What We Do............

The Morton Middle School Panther Pack inspires and enables all young people,
 especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, healthy and caring citizens.       

The Panther Pack program  is not just a safe place for kids to go after school.   We provide diverse activities that meet the interests of youth, all of which promote healthy development and education that help kids grow into positive and caring adults. The 5 Core Program areas outlined below engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to develop self-esteem and to reach their full potential.

Special Programs and Services: We are constantly seeking out new, enriching activities for our kids to participate in. From literacy support to driving safety.

Sports/Fitness and Recreation:
Our athletics programming develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.

The Arts: Our art programs help youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.

Health and Life Skills: Our health & life skills programming develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

Education and Career Development:
Our academic programming enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, set goals, explore careers, prepare for employment and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.

Character and Leadership Development:
Our Character & Leadership focus empowers youth to support and influence the school and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character, participate in the democratic process, and respect their and others’ cultural identities.


Program Staff

2019-2020 Panther Pack Staff 
Site Director: Stephanie Henderson


Office Manger:
Mrs. Parisee Singleton-Bosley (Mrs. P)
parisee.bosley@ops.org
pbosley@bgcomaha.org
SRO/School Security:  Ron Beasley

Program Specialists:
 Mr. Milton Kitchen
 Mr. Kelan Jones
 Mr. Rodney Conyers
 Miss Tia Parks
 Mr. Tyler Lee
 Mr. Preston Fant
 Miss Alexis Riley
 Miss Jordan Barfield
 Mr. Kyle Garrett
 Officer Beasley (School SRO)

 

If you have any questions, please contact us at (531) 301-4042.

 


Parent and Student Expectations/ Announcements

 


Greetings Morton Panther Pack!



ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
Every student must have an ACTIVE application and ROI completed in full on file for our records. Application and ROI information must match the information that is on file for the OPS system. Students must turn in the appropriate paperwork in a timely fashion or they will not be allowed to participate in our program.
*Please allow our office staff a 48 hour grace period to get your students information updated in our system before they can attend*
Returning Students
All students that have been previously enrolled in the program DO NOT need to fill out a new application. If any information (i.e. phone, address) has changed, parent/guardian must give that to staff in writing.
ALL students MUST have a signed Parent Meeting Acknowledgement form on file in order to attend.

PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS
We take great care and responsibility in providing a positive safe place to be for everyone in our program. We expect every student to abide by all program rules and expectations. All rules apply to the student during program and school hours. Panther Pack works closely with the school so all behaviors are building wide.
Respect
Panther Pack staff does not tolerate any form of disrespect to staff, providers, other students, school employees or visitors to the building at any time. Students will not use curse words, talk back to staff, bully any other student ect.
There is a zero tolerance for touching in the program. Students are not to “play fight” or hit each other at any time. This activity usually starts as playing but ends with someone getting upset or wanting to actually fight.
1st Offense: 1 day suspension from program
2nd Offense: 1 week suspension from program & conference with Parent/Guardian
3rd Offense: Suspended indefinitely & conference with Parent/Guardian
Stealing
No one should have to worry about their things coming up missing at any time. Any student caught taking someone else’s belongings will be suspended indefinitely immediately.
Cell Phones
Students are allowed to be on their phones during certain designated times during programming. If the student has been told to put their phone away during times that they are not to have them out, it will be confiscated and returned when the student leaves for the day.
Students are allowed to talk or text with their parents but they must ask permission or let a staff member know. They will be asked to make those calls from the hallway as to not disrupt programming time.
Disciplinary Actions
 1st offense – Your student will be pulled aside by our staff and talked to
 2nd offense – Your student will have a phone call home and/or on site parent conference with the Director
 3rd offense – Your student will be suspended from the program for whatever time deemed appropriate by Director.

TRANSPORTATION
Buses
If your student rides a bus to school, they will be allowed to ride the late bus. Buses load between 5:15 pm and 5:30 pm with all buses off school property by 5:30pm. Should those times ever change; the student will make a call home to inform parents/guardians.
Walkers
If your student walks to school, they will be required to walk home before it gets dark (winter hours). We want to ensure that all the students get home safely. These students will be required to sign-out at the South entrance EACH day with the date and time they leave for our records.
Pick-Up
Students must be picked up by 6:30 pm on the South side of the building (parking lot).
 If there is an emergency and you are unable to pick your student on time, please make sure you communicate that with Panther Pack staff.
 The Panther Pack phone is NOT to be used to have your child sent outside. This is our office business phone; please come into the building or contact your child directly.
Field Trip Pick-Up
Students will always be picked up on the South side of the building (parking lot) after returning from any field trip. A permission slip will always be sent home in advance to inform parents/guardians of dates and times. Should any student not be picked up on time too many times, they will not be allowed to go on any more field trips.
Daily Programming
Because pick-up time is 6:30 p.m., any pick-up of any member after that time is considered late. If you are late picking up your student, they will be placed on a list for being late.
In the case of late pick-up:
1st Offense: Conference with Site Director
2nd Offense: $15.00 fee – up to 15 minutes late
3rd Offense: $20.00 fee – up to 15 minutes late
Any Offenses after will result in suspensions from field trips and/or programming
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Field Trips
Because all pertinent information is always listed on the top portion of all permission slips, parents/guardians are well away of pick-up times. If you are late picking up your student, they will be placed on a list for being late which will result in your student not being able to attend field trips for a certain amount of time.
 15 minutes – 30 days/1 month
 30 minutes – 60 days/2 months
 45 minutes – 90 days/ 3 months
 Any time after will result in the student being suspended from the program time determined by the Director.

Other

HOMEWORK HOUR

All students have the opportunity to do homework, study or get tutoring with a teacher in the first hour of programming. This time is offered to every student but is not forced.

FIELD TRIPS

Panther Pack isn’t always about business…we like to have lots of fun too! We have many field trips planned all year at no cost to you or your student. Some of our field trips will be grade incentive driven which means, if the student is carrying any D’s or F’s in any class, they will not be permitted on those field trips. All field trips are driven by behavior. If your student has continuous bad behavior during school hours and/or at Panther Pack, they will not be permitted on field trips until they clean up their issues. We will not take any student off school grounds if they are misbehaving in the building.

Permission slips will always be sent home with the student and they will be given a date to return them. We will not call home to get confirmations from parents. We have to have a parent/guardian signed slip on file.

FAMILY NIGHTS/OUTINGS

Panther Pack has 6-10 Family Nights a year. These nights are great opportunities for members to show off the club, what we offer and the works they have completed or learned. It also gives the families a chance to mingle with the staff and get to know one another. This allows the parents/guardians to get a better understanding of what their child is learning and involved in during their time in Panther Pack.

Contact Us

Panther Pack

For more information or questions please contact us at: 531-301-4042

or you can e -mail us at:

shenderson@bgcomaha.org

Enrollment

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
Every student must have an ACTIVE application and ROI completed in full on file for our records. Application and ROI information must match the information that is on file for the OPS system. Students must turn in the appropriate paperwork in a timely fashion or they will not be allowed to participate in our program.
*Please allow our office staff a 48 hour grace period to get your students information updated in our system before they can attend*
Returning Students
All students that have been previously enrolled in the program DO NOT need to fill out a new application. If any information (i.e. phone, address) has changed, parent/guardian must give that to staff in writing.
ALL students MUST have a signed Parent Meeting Acknowledgement form on file in order to attend.

Afterschool Clubs


PROGRAMMING
All students are required to participate in all scheduled programs and clubs during Panther Pack hours. Our programs and clubs provide each child with a target outcome that is important to BGCM. Our priority is to ensure that all lessons and activities target good character, citizenship, academic success and a healthy lifestyle.
AVAILABLE PROVIDERS AND CLUBS
 Homework Help – Morton Teacher Tutoring
 REAL Talk (girls & boys)
 Omaha Girls Rock!
 Omaha Public Library
 Tech & Media
 Healthcare Science Academy
 African Culture
 Brigit St. Brigit
 D.R.E.A.M. (boys mentoring)
 Omaha Ballet Company
 Why Arts?
 Big Garden
 Hines Glow Entrepreneurship
 Hip Hop Line Dancing
 Street Team
 NE Writers Collaborative (spoken word)
 Y-STEM
 Coding
 SAC Museum
 Gifford Farm
 Girl Scouts
 Community Playhouse
 Nebraska Wildlife Rehab
 Lego Robotics
 Google
 Smart Girls
 Passport to Manhood
 Chess Club
 Art Club
 Science Olympiad
 Readers to Leaders
 Cooking Classes
 Fun Arts & Crafts
 Board Games
 Triple Play
 Game Room
 Cheer
 Science Olympiad

Program Schedule

 

Panther Pack Afterschool Program
Daily Program Schedule
 

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday – Friday
3:05 pm – 6:30 pm
 Hours are subject to change due to field trips, weather, school closings, ect.
 Members MUST BE picked up by 6:30 pm on the south side of the school (parking lot)

 

 

 3:05 pm – 3:30 pm Snack/Evening Meal
 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Staff/Student Power Time
 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Community Partner Providers/Homework Hour
 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm BGCM Classes&Clubs/Open Gym/Game Room/Board Games

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