to Sep 20


STARS is Happy to announce that we will be offering math intensives in Algebra I, and Algebra II.  Plus a comprehensive math SAT prep course.

 The instructor is David Elliott, a former Cheverus math and physics teacher with decades of tutoring experience.  The classes will be small; so that every student will have individual attention.  The fee is $20.00 per hour per student.

 Please contact David at delliot1@gmail.com for more information.

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to Jul 26

Understanding Executive Function

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August 19th 12-3:00 p.m. 8th graders going into 9th
August 26th 12-3:00 p.m. 9th graders going into 10th

This three hour small group meeting, helps students to begin to understand and improve EF in a way that can positively influence their life. Activities explore how we can make goals matter, fuel motivation and discover strategies to help in school/life situations. As the Greeks so astutely said “Know thyself.” This knowledge can empower students to work “smarter not harder.”
The study groups have 5-6 students and will include lunch and a follow-up consultation in September after school begins. Additional individual coaching throughout the year will be available upon request.
Cost $175.00
For more information, or to register, contact Joanne at joanneroark@gmail.com.

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to Aug 23

Join us at STARS for a Middle School Executive Function Camp!

Who: Students entering grades 6-8

What: A four-day camp where students will learn essential executive function skills that are critical for success in school, at home, with friends and in the community. These skills will be taught using the SMARTS program.

When: August 20-23 from 9am-12noon.

Where: STARS Learning Cooperative 194 Main Street Freeport, ME.

Why: Because strong executive function skills improve performance in school and in life, and help people achieve their goals.

How: To register call STARS at 207-869-5216 or email Karyn at karyn@stars-success.com or Biz at biz@stars-success.com.

Fee: $600.00 for 12 hours of instruction. All materials are included in this fee.

SMARTS© empowers students by helping them understand their strengths and weaknesses and teaching them critically important executive function strategies. SMARTS is:

Strategies: Executive function strategies, sometimes called executive function skills, empower students to manage demanding academic school work, allowing them to focus their effort and show what they know. When students use strategies effectively, they think and problem solve more flexibly.

Motivation: When students learn strategies that allow them to complete their homework and school work, which previously seemed impossible, they are more motivated to work hard.

Awareness: SMARTS teaches students to develop metacognitive awareness, so they understand how they think and learn. With this knowledge, students can select the strategies that work best for them and can apply these strategies to assignments in all their classes.

Resilience: Once students have learned executive function strategies and understand their learning profiles, they develop resilient approaches to learning. When faced with challenges, they apply strategies rather than giving in to frustration.

Talents:   Strategies and metacognitive awareness allow students to leverage their talents, applying their strengths in creative ways so that they can overcome challenges and succeed.

Success: With SMARTS, all students gain the tools they need to succeed. When students understand their learning profiles and use the SMARTS strategies to complete their homework and school work, they are more motivated to persist in the face of challenges.


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to Aug 16

Summer Study Skills Classes for Middle School and High School Students

STARS will once again offer our “kick off to the new school year” study skills classes, taught by Christine Van Alstine, a middle and high school executive skills coach and study skills teacher. The class for middle school students, will be held on August 14th, 15th and 16th from 9:30-11:30, and the high school class will be taught on these same days from noon-2pm. The cost of the class is $350.00, which includes the SOAR study skills book, a working binder and a home filing system. If you would like to sign up for either of these study skills classes, or if you have any questions, please email Christine at cavanalstine@yahoo.com by June 30th.

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