What Kindergarten Is Up To


There is never a dull moment for our young learners. Students in Kindergarten benefit from a Montessori-blend approach that extends the Montessori approach from preschool into their first charter school classroom. Whether they are sorting, spending time in nature, gardening, counting, learning to read, exploring math concepts or creating art, these students know how to keep it lively and fun.

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1st Grade Science


In science, students in first grade are studying how plants and animals get energy. They have spent time in the greenhouse and gardens. Each student has their own pot where they are growing plants to explore how nutrients, sun, water and air affect their growth.

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7th Grade Math — Crime Scene Investigators


A crime has been committed in the Seventh Grade Math Class. “Negative 7” met his demise at a family reunion and students are trying to figure out which family members did it. Is it 3 and -10? Students act as investigator, crime scene analyst, funeral director and grave digger in this fun project.

Upper Grade Elective Offerings

Check out the awesome sampling of electives offered to fifth through eighth grade students this semester!

Drama: The Drama program is excited to be offering a fall drama, a one-act, straight play to be performed at our developing fundraising night in November. This night will involve students from other electives and finish with the performance of the one act play. Students will help choose the play, and also learn a little about the design process for costumes and sets.

Aquaponics: Yikes!  We’ve run into a few new snags with our Aquaponics system.  This semester we will be analyzing the basic design of the system and begin to redesign and reconfigure, as needed, the various system components. It is our goal to have the system up and running again during this time frame, plus reintroducing fish into the main system.  It’s still not too late to grow a fall crop or two!  Only those with a desire to get their hands dirty need apply. (Limit: 4 students)

 Film Appreciation: The idea of this elective is help you learn to make an informed opinion about movies and hopefully make your enjoyment of the film media deeper. In this elective If you love the art of film, then this is the elective for you. You will learn about genres, film styles, film analysis and reviews through observation and discussion, we will be exploring a variety of movies including, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back (1980), Gremlins (1984), Apollo 13 (1995),   Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)-Silent Movie, Casablanca (1942),. A Bug’s Life (1998), Annie (1982), Space Jam (1996), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), The Adventures of Milo & Otis (1986), Free Willy (1993), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Some movies may be rated PG-13; parents must sign the permission line for students to be allowed to participate in this elective. ( limit 20 students)

Teacher Assistants in Training: If you have a love of helping others, then this is the elective for you.  You can become a teacher assistant in one of our K-4 classrooms.  If you choose this elective you must be a responsible student that is able to follow directions.  You may be working with students, assisting teachers or running errands.

Coloring for Big Kids: No joke!  Coloring is a fun activity that can be artistic and relaxing.  Coloring has been shown to be as effective as meditation for adults.  We will use some pattern coloring books for adults as well as some biological coloring books that can help the artist learn about birds and plants.  We will use colored pencils, markers and crayons

 Be our Guest! Appetizers 101: Blini, crustini, grilled cheesy who knows!  Investigate, create and serve delicious hors d’oeuvres. Not only will we make our tasty treats, we will be serve them to guests during the drama fund raiser. (Limit: 6 students)

 The Science of Fishing Elective: This  sure-to-hook you elective is designed to guide students  in the Science of Fishing, introducing  the individual sport of fishing with emphasis on the following aspects : tying knots, different types of hooks, salt water vs. fresh water fishing, different casting techniques, types of rods and reels, species of fish, anatomy of fish, conservation, migration, ecosystem and habitats, difference between live and artificial bait , and much more.  Beginners will be learning how to fish or  advanced will perfect skills.  Please bring your pole if you have one.  Parents please be advised the students will be working with sharp objects.  There will be a $3 charge to help with supplies.(Limit: 6 students)

Creative Writing: Are you the kind of person who has so many thoughts in your head that you just have to put them on paper?  Do you have a collection of stories, poems, journal entries or comic strips?   On the other hand, maybe you struggle with writing, but would like to learn more about this craft. Either way, this elective is for you!  In this creative writing elective you will be challenged to become a better writer or learn strategies and techniques that will help you hone your writing skills. You will also learn to collaborate with other writers as well as critique writing by some famous authors. (Limit 6 students)

 Muggle Quidditch: Quidditch is back this fall! Have you ever wanted to join the world of Harry Potter?  Would you like to play 5 sports at one time? If so, then this elective is for you.  The elective will involve rigorous physical activity while on a broom.  Students in this elective must be able to follow directions and safety protocol.  We will take enough kids to have 2 teams that will eventually compete against each other.  Muggles are you ready for the fierce battle ahead? (Limit:18 to 20 Muggles) Supply Fee: $1 (for scrimmage vests)

Honoring 9/11 with 6th Annual TLC Day of Service


On September 9, 2016 TLC students and staff fanned out across our community to “pay it forward” with service work as a means to honor the victims of the terror attacks from that horrible day fifteen years ago.



Students were spread across our campus and community picking up litter.


This day not only honored those who gave all on September 11th, but helped develop the character of our students and instill an appreciation for community service.

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Facilities Improvements Continue at Charter School


2As the dust settled just in time for the start of the new school year, The Learning Center! Charter School completed another building improvement project. The  newly renovated Dining Commons got a facelift inside and out that students, faculty and parents will enjoy for years to come. The school added a new first aid station to the list of upgrades for the improvement project. Last year, the school completed the construction of a “Gymnatorium” that includes two P.E. workout areas and a stage for drama events. 20160808_075401The school contracted with Denny Laney for the exterior renovation and worked with several others to complete interior work on the Dining Commons. The renovation project began almost as soon as the school year ended in May. The final touches were complete just days before the start of the new school year. Laney Construction Company replaced the roof and Tom Miller did the drywall work. The school’s maintenance team, Bill Brechbill and John Lloyd also helped with the renovations.

TLC Welcomes New Board Member


The Learning Center! Charter School welcomes new school board member, Anna Ramirez Sharp for the 2016-2017 school year. Sharp has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of The Learning Center! Charter School in Murphy.

Sharp and her husband, Bob, moved to Murphy in 2008 after working more than 30 years as an educator and educational consultant in Texas. She is bilingual and her professional experiences include serving as an instructional specialist in special education, assistant elementary principal, a facilitator for staff development, instructional intern, personnel recruiter, educational diagnostician, early childhood special education teacher and speech therapist.

Sharp earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas and a master of science from Texas A & M

University in Kingsville, Texas. She also holds professional certifications in mid-management, speech-language pathology, early childhood education-handicapped, language and/or learning disabilities, mentally retarded, educational diagnostician and kindergarten.

Sharp and her husband are volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters organization of Cherokee County and other community activities in and around Murphy.

“We welcome our newest highly motivated and credentialed community servant to our school board,” said board chairwoman, Cecilia Crawford. “Without the Board’s support and time volunteering to our school, we would not be able to have the exceptional instructional program that we have today.”

The Learning Center! is a tuition-free public charter school that operates independently from the local school district. The school itself is considered a school district and thus reports to a board of directors much the same way that traditional public schools work with and report to their boards. In addition, charter school’s accept students across county lines.

For more information call 828.835.7240 or visit naturallygrownkids.org. Visit the blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage).

Thanks for Making the Annual Parent Fair a Success


The annual Parent Fair was held August 9, 2016 from 1:30-6:00 pm and served as way to inform and to provide parents of enrolled students with all of the “start-up” details for the upcoming school year. It also provided an opportunity for parents and the community to explore the full range of Learning Center offerings.

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