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By The Staff

New math and reading center recently opened in Prospect

Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, recently opened in Prospect.

The center is located at 9555 Prospect Point along U.S. 42. Reema Mehta, a former math and English instructor with a background in business and accounting, is the center’s owner and director. Her passion for helping students reach their full potential led her to become a certified Kumon Instructor.

Kumon emphasizes self-learning with a goal of helping students to become independent thinkers. 

Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. 

Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide.

Local child care program participates in STARS for KIDS NOW

Kenwood Station’s “The Jungle” child care program is participating in the STARS for KIDS NOW program. The Jungle received a 2-STAR rating, indicating the program seeks quality standards beyond the requirements for facility licensure.

STARS for KIDS NOW is a voluntary rating system for licensed and certified child care programs. Programs are given a 1 to 4 STAR rating. All STAR levels are measurable quality indicators above the state minimum requirements.

STAR ratings are based on factors associated with good outcomes for young children such as staff to child ratios, program curriculum, and staff education and training. 

Child care programs that participate in the STARS program are eligible for achievement and incentive awards that will help to maintain and increase quality standards. Child care professionals can access a college scholarship fund and have technical assistance from specially trained personnel to assist their program in meeting the quality standards are a part of the STARS program.

For information about the Jungle child care program, call Karen Daniels at 241-1707.

Local students named to JCTC fall dean’s list  

The following students from Oldham County were named to the JCTC dean’s list for the fall semester:Brittany Hancock, Renea Lawrence, Timothy Oliver, Cassie Stringer, Jonathon Rice and Anthony Slonaker.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must maintain full-time status and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. 

North Oldham Band members perform in clinics, concert bands

The North Oldham Band program is in its sixth year of existence.  Under the direction of Kyle Ray, with the assistance of Marc Richardson, this academic year, the band has had the largest group of talented musicians qualified to perform in honorary musical clinics and concert bands.

The following students performed at the KMEA All-District Band Jan. 9-10 at the University of Louisville:Brice Catlett, Brady Corless, Stephanie Deaver, Gabby Esposito, Ryan Kaufman, Erin Morris, Paige Napier, Collin Pitman, Cody Robbins, Zach Robinson, Meaghan Spencer, Steve Tanner, Scott Thompson, Shawn Webb and Adam Wezensky.

The following students qualified for and performed at the University of Louisville Honor Band Clinic and Concert Jan. 16-17 at UofL: Stephanie Deaver, Erin Morris, Paige Napier, Cody Robbins and Meaghan Spencer.

The following students were nominated for the Western Kentucky University Honors Band Clinic Jan. 22-24 at WKU:Brice Catlett, Stephanie Deaver, Ryan Kaufman, Kyle MacDonald, Erin Morris,  Collin Pitman. Cody Robbins, Zach Robinson, Meaghan Spencer, Scott Thompson, Shawn Webb, Adam Wezensky and Hayley Wihlon.

Three students were invited to attend the KMEA All-State Band Clinic, Feb. 4-7, in downtown Louisville: Erin Morris, Cody Robbins and Adam Wezensky.