1st Grade Outside — Introduction to Fairy House Project

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First graders recently learned that they would be building fairy houses in The Outdoor Learning Center as part of their science studies.  After locating forest resources and ideal locations they created the beginnings of unique homes in the local trees.

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Students will be working on this project for several weeks as they troubleshoot building techniques, learn how to use basic tools for secure construction, explore design principles – including incorporation of the golden ratio in their design, and try out some sustainable building techniques such as building out of clay or cob.

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1st Grade Science — Tree Identification

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First graders have been learning about trees. Part of their studies has included leaf rubbings as a means to learn about tree identification.  The fact that these students got to be in The Outdoor Learning Center and our own forest setting made the lesson even more meaningful!

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Taking note of the unique colors each species turn in the fall was fun. Sassafras was a favorite because the tree has three different leaf types.

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2nd Grade Outside Checking on Their Work

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You might remember that these industrious students spent time in The Outdoor Learning Center last year building fairy houses. Science teacher, Ms. Emily, gets all of her students outside as much as possible because the forest is an extension of her classroom.

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As students built these fairy house last year, they learned about the native flora and fauna found on our campus. They also learned about construction, design and trial and error!

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They’ve recently been checking on their fairy houses and deciding on repair, reconstruction or expansion ideas.

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Annual TLC Day of Service

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In memory of and tribute to the many Americans that lost their lives on September 11, 2001, our school hosts an annual Service Day on September 11th of each year. Due to weather, school was unexpectedly cancelled on that day this year. The event was rescheduled on Novemeber 9, 2017, the same day we honored veterans for Veteran’s Day.

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Gary Chamberalain, from the North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition spoke with students, provided trash pick-up supplies and encouraged students to be litter-free.  Afterwards, students in 5th-8th grades fanned across our campus and community to pick up trash.

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In addition to trash pick up, some students did other campus beautification projects such as tree trimming and weeding.

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Academic Growth Award

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has awarded The Learning Center Charter School their Academic Growth Award for 2016-2017.  This is it’s first year presenting awards for achieving and exceeding expected academic growth.

Academic growth refers to academic progress made over a period of time.

Academic growth represents an impressive amount of hard work by students and educators and our school is proud of this recognition!

Veteran’s Day Celebration

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Our students honored past and present military service men and women during a chorus performance on November 9, 2017.   Our school extends a special thank you to those veterans present and all service men and women around the world proudly and bravely serving the United States of America.

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French Jazz Concert at The Learning Center

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Students and teachers delighted at the musical sounds provided by Djoukil, a French Jazz band that played at our school on November 6, 2017.

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Djoukil was presented in part by support from the Cherokee County Arts Council and the Brasstown Concert Association.

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Students enjoyed learning more about this type of music from these special visitors from France.

4th Grade Fieldwork — Clay County Historical Museum

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Recently, fourth grade students traveled to the Clay County Art and Historical Museum and the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit in Hayesville, North Carolina.

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Students spent time learning about native art and crafts of our region as well as trying their hand at basket weaving.

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Halloween Maker Events

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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.

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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!

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The pumpkin carving contest was back this year too!

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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!