Halloween Maker Events

Monster Maker winners

Being a Maker is what E-STEAM learning at TLC! is all about. We want all of our students to engage in the kind of hands-on learning that inspires natural curiosity and develops the skill to create and innovate. Each year for Halloween, we host Maker events that challenge and inspire the Maker spirit in our classrooms.  This year students could enter the Monster Maker contest, several categories of costume contests and a pumpkin carving contest.

Honorable mention in traditional category

While the challenges were not mandatory, teachers had the opportunity to use them as Project Based Learning opportunities in the classroom. Students could work on these challenges at home, in groups, as individuals, or with their families. We strongly encouraged all students and teachers to participate in these challenges, and be part of creating a handmade, hands-on experience for our Community of Learners!

Pumpkin carving winners

Students stretched their creative skills to the MAX to make monsters out of used materials! Upcycling means taking things we usually send to the landfill and recycling them into wild, creative, and sometimes useful art. Anything you can find and repurpose was allowed in this contest!

winners 1980s category

The pumpkin carving contest was back this year too!

winners group category

The costume contest categories included traditional, Maker Challenge Yearly Theme of the 1980’s,  upcycled costumes, and group themed costumes.

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Fun was had by all!

Local Artist and Author Visits Charter School


Students at The Learning Center Charter School were delighted when local author and artist, Ann Woodford, visited the school on October 24, 2017.  Woodford, who is a native of Andrews, NC, shared her art and stories with the students. They especially enjoyed the interactive song she taught them. It was a song she learned from her childhood that incorporated repetitive hand movements that the students picked up on quickly.


Woodford, who is an accomplished author and artist, has lived all over the country and has developed a love for people and public relations. She has created works of art and crafts that have been marketed internationally. In the 1980s, she teamed up with actress Esther Rolle who played Florida Evans on the TV series “Good Times” and formed a successful business partnership.

Woodford, who believes that we must “Think globally but act locally,” is deeply committed to community involvement. She is the founder of Chautauqua AVE! (Andrews Valley Experience!), a Chautauqua festival held each spring and fall in Andrews, NC, featuring local and national speakers.  Additionally, Woodford is the founder of One Dozen Who Care, Inc., whose vision is to create leadership and community unity in the far western region of North Carolina through collaborating with other community groups, and organizing economic development, social, cultural and educational activities.

For more information about Ann Woodford, visit www.annwoodford.com.

We’re Hosting a Contest Over on Facebook to Win an $80 Prize Package!

ARTrageous Contest

We are hosting a CONTEST over on our Facebook page where you have the chance to win the following prize package valued at $80:
1) 2 adult and 2 student tickets to ARTrageous on Nov. 17th at The Learning Center Charter School;
2) $30 gift certificate to ShoeBooties Cafe;
3) A handmade pottery mug from our own, Julie Johnson!

You can only enter on our Facebook page by leaving a comment, tagging at least two friends, “liking” The Learning Center Facebook page and “liking” ShoeBooties Cafe Facebook page!  Easy!

Winner will be selected by random draw but must have completed all the steps to enter. Winner will be notified via Facebook on Wednesday, Nov 16 by noon! Good luck and thanks for entering!!

1st Grade Science — Motion & Forces in The Outdoor Learning Center


First graders have been taking advantage of the wonderful Autumn weather to take their science studies out into The Outdoor Learning Center.


Here they are seen observing motion and forces out in the woods and recording their findings in their journals.


Learning in the Great Outdoors – 6th-8th Charter School Students Go Camping


This September, Learning Center charter school 6th-8th grade students embarked on a two night, three day camping trip to explore Cherokee history and the great outdoors. While camping in the Deep Creek area, students explored their surroundings in a variety of different ways.


Students enjoyed a horseback ride through a wooded trail and were able to learn about local flora and fauna. They were taught the basics of horseback safety while exploring the incredible biodiversity of our mountains.


While at camp, students hiked, waded in the river, found signs of insect and animal life, inspected plants of all kinds, and tried their hand at fishing. In camp, students were taught leave-no-trace ethics and pitched in to set up camp and maintain a safe, clean, and happy community.


The group ventured out of camp to enjoy a hayride and ride the Smoky Mountain Railroad Steam Train.

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Students Visit Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial


“The Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.


Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.


The Moving Wall was in Murphy October 5 -9, 2017 at Band of Brothers Veterans Park located at 430 Carriage Lane.


Sixth through eighth grade students visited The Moving Wall.


These events were sponsored by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County Schools NC and Band of Brothers Veterans Park.


7th Grade Learns Science by Creating Aliens


Recently, students in seventh grade used what they have learned about genetics and biological inheritance to create fictional alien families.  They used Punnett squares to create genotypes and correlating phenotypes for each alien.  A Punnett square is a diagram that is used to predict an outcome of a particular cross or breeding experiment. The diagram is used by biologists to determine the probability of an offspring having a particular genotype.


Students tracked the passing of genetic traits with a pedigree and created back stories for their alien families.


They enjoyed applying science to a subject they were all very interested in learning about . . . aliens!

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