KSTM Back to School Newsletter


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Meet Ms. Laughlin - Principal

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter to introduce myself as the new principal of King Science and Technology Magnet Center. I hope that this note finds you healthy and well. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with an extremely dedicated staff and a supportive school community.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for 21 years in a variety of roles. I began my teaching career at Beveridge Middle School teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and gifted programming. I then served as a Curriculum Specialist and Freshman Academy leader at Benson High School. I am thrilled to return to the middle level in the role of principal at KSTM and to work with families, staff, and community partners to ensure a safe and secure environment for students to learn and excel. The staff are proud of our beautiful school and the unique programming offerings at KSTM. We strive to make connections with our students to help them feel valued, accepted, and safe.

I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of our community this year and in the years to come. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students. Because the relationships between families and school staff are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible. As the principal, I look forward to working with you to make this year a fabulous year.

We would love to see your first day of school pictures! Follow us below and use the hashtag #KSTMProud. We will be on the lookout for your photos!

Morning Procedures

  • Please drop off your students only on Florence Blvd (the EAST side of the building).
  • Students may begin entering the building at 7:10 if they would like to eat breakfast.
  • When students arrive in the morning, they must report to either the cafeteria, gym/track weather depending, or library.
  • Our 5th grade students' first day of school is Tuesday, 8/17. On this day, all 5th graders should report to the cafeteria in the morning.
  • We will see all of our wildcat students (5-8 graders) on Wednesday, 8/18.

Dismissal Procedures

Students will be dismissed at 3:05.

  • If you are picking up your student after school, please do so only on Florence Blvd. (east side of the building) due to bus pickup on Pratt St. and 22nd St.
  • Students riding a school bus will find their bus either on Pratt St. (south side of the building) or 22nd St. (west side of the building). Buses leave promptly at 3:10; please go directly to your bus after school.

No Lockers

Students will not have access to lockers. Students will be permitted to carry their backpacks during the school day.

Items to Bring to School

  • Mask (required)
  • Check your class schedule as changes may have occurred. You can view your class schedule on student iPads via the Infinite Campus app. Paper copies of schedules will not be handed out; all schedules should be viewed electronically.
  • Backpack (students will not have lockers)
  • Writing utensils
  • Water bottle (optional; water fountains are not operational at this time)

Bell Schedule 2021-2022

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Call 531-299-2389 if your student will be absent.

Attendance is being taken in every class, every day, for all students. If your student will be absent, please contact the school's attendance secretary before 7:40 a.m. by calling 531-299-2389. If you leave a voicemail, please include your student's name and the reason for the absence.

Regular school attendance is crucial to the development and education of students. Daily engagement will ensure students are on track and prepared, especially as we look toward a return to in-person learning when it is possible. We expect all of our students to arrive on time every day to every class. We appreciate your partnership and support!

Did you know KSTM students earn Class DoJo points in all of their classes?

We will recognize and reward students from every grade level for earning DoJo points! Students earn DoJo points in their classes for being:
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Safe
  • Engaged
Connect with your student's classes in Class DoJo to keep track of their progress! Click below to sign up for ClassDojo!

Picture Day - Wednesday, August 25

Picture Day is just around the corner! Click below to order pictures online.


Passcode: Wildcats

Don't Forget!

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