STEM of the Triad

2020-2021 HANDBOOK

 

The desire of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) of the Triad classes is to offer outstanding STEM curriculum to triad area homeschoolers and to be a blessing to the families that we serve. This document in no way precludes the staff or board from making decisions that need to be made in the best interests of this program or from allowing the Lord to redirect our paths. This document is intended to be a set of guidelines to give all staff and STEM of the Triad families a fair expectation of our time together and to eliminate confusion about policies and procedures.

Philosophy

 

The philosophy of STEM of the Triad is to provide fun STEM classes as well as academic classes that supplement and complement the homeschool curriculum. It is a family-friendly environment where families can look forward to healthy social interaction with instructors and peers. The program is not a “school” in the traditional sense. Our assumption is that schooling takes place in the home and our enrichment classes are designed to support families in those efforts. Each semester, the classes offered will vary as the Lord provides instructors and exciting choices for your scheduling.

 

Statement of Faith

 

Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works.

 

General Policies

  • Visitation Days – Prospective families may visit according to the schedule posted on the home page of the website.

  • Severe Weather – We do not follow any particular county school system. Check the website and your email for announcements.

  • Drop Off – Parents should be sure students are safely inside the building before leaving.

  • Pick Up – Parents may enter the building to pick up students or line up in the drive-thru pickup line.  Students will be released when the car is at the front of the line.

  • Lunch – Students will eat lunch outside unless it is raining or temperatures are extremely cold.  Please dress your children accordingly (i.e. layers are best).

  • Volunteer Jobs – The volunteer sign-up system instructions will be shared via email.Parents are encouraged to volunteer in order to make the program flow smoothly and to ensure adult supervision.  There are circumstances where parents may need to opt out of volunteering.  The Opt-Out Fee is $125 per semester. 

  • Absences – Notify STEM if your child will be absent using the STEM Absentee line, 336-310-5155 (call or text). Instructors are notified of absences throughout the day. We account for all children every hour, and instructors report absent students not already on the absentee list.

  • Age Guideline – Students must be five years old on or before October 1 to register for STEM classes.

  • Grade Level Guideline – We strictly adhere to the grade levels listed for each class. Out-of-grade-level registrants must be approved by/may be added at the discretion of the instructor and STEM board.

  • Email Forwarding – Requests to forward emails will be limited to those that promote the education of children and activities that help homeschool families.

  • Enrollment Priority – Students enrolled in fall classes will have first priority for class enrollment in the spring.In addition, class slots will be guaranteed provided the student registers for the same hourly class slots.

 

Behavior Policies

 

We have high standards for behavior and expect children (students and siblings) and their parents to be respectful.  Give prayerful consideration before enrolling your children. Students must conduct themselves in a respectful and Christian manner.  If there is any doubt that your children cannot or will not adhere to the STEM rules and policies, this is likely not the appropriate program for them. 

Realizing that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, the staff requires certain standards of behavior to help train children in this important area. True joy is found in submission to Jesus Christ and outward control helps to train children in inward control. Willing submission to the following standards is expected from each child. Your efforts to uphold these standards will aid in a well-run and Godly program. These behavior standards apply to all STEM of the Triad functions and activities.

  1.  Acceptable behavior requires students to be respectful, polite, considerate, trustworthy, obedient, and self-controlled at all times.  Disrespect toward others will not be tolerated.

  2. Students are not allowed to disrupt class or interfere with the learning process.

  3. Most unacceptable behaviors will result in one warning and a discussion between our director, student, and student’s parent. A repeat offense will most likely result in expulsion from the classes.  We maintain a strict “hands off” policy.  Absolutely no fighting or bullying will be tolerated.  If the behavior problem is serious, no warning will be given but immediate suspension or expulsion will be administered.  

  4. Students who have possession of anything illegal will be immediately expelled.  The police will be notified.   

  5. Public displays of affection such as kissing, hand-holding, and other body-to-body contact are not permitted.

  6. Conversations must not contain language or topics that are inappropriate in a Christian environment.

  7. All students must be in a supervised classroom, lunch area, or study hall.

  8. Cell phones and other devices are not permitted in class unless otherwise requested or approved by an instructor. 

 

Expectations for Classroom Behavior

  1. Students must respect the rights and property of others and treat those in authority with respect.  Adults should be addressed with appropriate titles of respect.

  2. When talking, students will use an appropriate conversational tone.

  3. Students must be punctual to each class.

  4. Students are expected to listen when others are speaking and raise hands for permission to speak in class.

  5. Writing and passing notes, tossing objects, and playing with irrelevant objects (such as laser pens, hand held games, etc.) will not be allowed in class.

  6. Students must help keep the church classrooms and grounds clean and free of trash. Students must not damage church property. Parents will be financially responsible for damage caused by their child, even if the damage is the result of an accident. Good stewardship of all our property is a biblical standard that is very important to the leaders of STEM of the Triad.

  7. If a child is unable to bring his behavior under control, he may be removed from the classroom at which time the parent may be called. (In addition, please see special section on K-1 and 2-3 Behavior Policy.)

  8. We reserve the right to impose academic standards that will maximize our ability to retain qualified instructors and an environment that fosters academic excellence. Students are expected to participate in class and complete all assignments and projects. This minimizes classroom distractions and ensures students are gaining the maximum benefit from their classes.

  9. Students who consistently fail to participate in class and/or complete assignments and projects may be suspended or dismissed from the class at the discretion of the instructor, with no refund. (In addition, please see special section on Academic Class Policy.)

  10. Please refer to the class descriptions and/or syllabi for individual classroom expectations including study hall.

 

K-1 and 2-3 Behavior Policy

Please review with your children the expectations for good behavior while at STEM.  Simply put, if your child is truly ready for a classroom environment, he must:

1.  be respectful to adults and authority,

2.  exhibit self-control (e.g. keeping hands to self), and

3.  be engaged in classroom activities.

 

Our goal is for STEM of the Triad to be an environment conducive to learning  where instructors and students alike have an enjoyable school day.  We are not a school and do not have the ability to deal with behaviors beyond simple re-direction.

Students will be warned/ redirected for inappropriate behavior.  If a child needs to be removed from a classroom for any reason, a parent will be called and if needed, the student will stay in study hall until a parent can pick him up ($5/hour).  Upon the second offense, a parent will need to remain on the premises (STEM campus) for a minimum of two (2) weeks to be available to intervene with the child, if needed.  

Academic Class Policy

Carefully consider whether or not enrolling your child in an academic class at STEM of the Triad will be a good fit for your family.  Students enrolled in academic classes must come to class prepared, actively participate in class, (discussions, labs, presentations, etc.) and complete assignments on time. 

It is imperative that students stay current with their assignments. Students are also responsible for class material missed in the event of an absence. It is the responsibility of the student and/or parent to contact the instructor in the event of an absence to determine any material missed and to complete assignments prior to the next class period. Late or missing assignments put an extra burden on the instructor, cause the student to fall behind, and create an inefficient use of time and energy for both student and instructor. 

Students who are unprepared, not engaged, or do not turn in required work diminish the integrity of the instructor and classmates who are actively participating.  For this reason:

        *failure to be prepared for or participate in multiple classes may result in dismissal from the class.

        *if the student misses two (2) weeks of assignments, he will not be permitted to attend that particular class until the assignments have been completed. 

          It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor to turn in missed work in order to be cleared to attend the next class

period.

        *three (3) weeks of missing or incomplete assignments without attempt to get caught up will deem the student ineligible to return to class.

 

Students suspended from a class must remain with a parent or attend study hall at the hourly study hall rate ($5/hour).

It is the goal of STEM of the Triad to help students exhibit responsibility and accountability for work required in academic classes.  Additionally, the STEM of the Triad board is dedicated to providing an enjoyable learning environment for all participants.  

Payment Information (details on the Registration and Fee Information page)

Acceptable forms of payment:

  • personal check, cashier’s check, official check, bank check, bill pay, and money order

  • PayPal

  • credit card (4 ½ % transaction fee added)

Fees (per semester):

  • The Registration Fee (per family) of $50 is nonrefundable.

  • The Facility Fee is $10 per class with a maximum of $100 per family.

  • The Volunteer Opt-Out Fee is $125 and may be paid in lieu of volunteering.

  • The Study Hall Fee is $25 per semester hour per student and may be used if the student has a gap in the schedule AND the parent is not on campus to supervise the student.

 

Semester fees may either be paid in full at the time of registration OR according to the following schedule:

  • A minimum of half is due at the time of registration (within five business days of receiving the registration confirmation email).

  • Balances due May 31 for the fall semester.

  • Balances due January 1 for the spring semester.

Registrations submitted after the balance due dates will require payment in full within five business days.

​A late fee of $25 will be assessed to all new registrations submitted after the balance due date and to any prior registrations not paid according to each of the two due dates each semester.

Class Changes and Withdrawals

  • Withdraw by June 30 for a full refund not including the registration fee (fall semester).

  • Withdraw by November 30 for a full refund not including the registration fee (spring semester).

  • Class changes or withdrawals after these dates will have materials fees deducted from the refund.

 

Students have the opportunity to attend one full day of classes (based on STEM's start date) before the drop deadline.  The drop deadline will be the Monday following the first week of classes.  Students may withdraw at any time, but no refund will be issued after the drop deadline. 

If a student withdraws from a class and would like to add Study Hall in its place, he may do so at the discretion of the director.  The $25 Study Hall Fee (or $5/hour if the withdrawal occurs with less than five weeks left in the semester) must be paid in this circumstance.  If a student wishes to change classes before the drop/add deadline, a balance adjustment will be made.

Communication is essential to the success of the program and the student. Please do not wait for a problem to become serious before contacting the instructor. The director is available to meet with instructors and parents, if needed. Parents may confer with the director regarding any communication from instructors that causes concern.

Dress Code

STEM of the Triad’s program leadership does not require a specific dress code. Parents should monitor their child’s clothing carefully. All participants and families are encouraged to dress in a modest, tasteful fashion. If you are unsure if something is appropriate, please do not wear it. For girls, any shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, or shorts should be an appropriate length for sitting and moving modestly. Shirt and dress necklines must cover cleavage even when bending. Shirts should completely cover the abdomen and lower back even when sitting or bending. Parents will be required to bring a change of clothing if a student wears something that is immodest or offensive (including t-shirt graphics and logos). Boys and girls should wear jeans, pants, or shorts that are neat, clean, and that fit comfortably and are not too tight or excessively baggy. Shirts with sleeves are preferred, and T-shirts are acceptable for all.

Volunteers

  • This program is not possible without the committed involvement and assistance of the parents. We offer a variety of volunteer duties that help the program run smoothly. 

  • We do understand that there are circumstances in which parents may not be able to or choose not to volunteer. In this case, the Volunteer Opt-Out Fee is $125 per semester. 

  • Volunteers may not have their children with them when assisting in classrooms.  It permissible for children to be with their parents while volunteering for lunch duty, entrance monitor, clean up, set up, and tear down.

  • Once you have selected your volunteer duties, please make note of them on your calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts. 

  • If, for some reason, you have to miss a day of volunteer duty, you are expected to find a replacement for your position. The Volunteer Coordinator can provide you with names of individuals to contact. 

  • Failure to successfully fulfill your selected volunteer duty will mean that you forfeit the volunteer option for future semesters and will be obligated to pay the $125 fee.