At the beginning of the school year, third grade teacher Ms. Gina planned a get together with her students and their families at a local pizza place. Ms. Gina does this each school year as a way to get to know her students and set the stage for a wonderful school year.
At 9:00am on September 11th, students at The Learning Center Charter School gathered in front of the school to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. After observing a moment of silence, the students mobilized into groups to perform acts of kindness and service across campus and the community.
Some students spent the day picking up litter along the local roadways, streams and hiking trails while others remained on campus and performed beautification projects such as tree trimming and weeding. One group helped construct the newly expanded Aquaponics garden while another created new games for one of the school’s playgrounds. Several students operated a car washing station where they washed teacher and staff cars.
“This year’s event marked the eighth year in a row we have performed community service as a means to honor the lives lost on 9/11,” said Mary Jo Dyre, school director. “Our annual day of service not only honors those victims, but develops the character of our students as well.”
Fifth graders have been learning about the different states of matter — solid, liquid and gas. Ms. Jay read the book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss pausing at the creation of oobleck. She then told them that they were going to create their own oobleck from cornstarch and water. The students had a blast and learned that oobleck is a “non-Newtonian” substance similar to magma.
Recently, eighth grade students have explored ecosystems near and far. They have focused their studies on Yellowstone and Great Smoky Mountain National Parks. In addition to the science of ecosystems where they learned of species extinction and reintroduction, they have also been taking a look at the politics and leadership roles within our National Park system. Seen here, students held a mock public debate between “US wildlife officials” and concerned citizens.
You won’t want to miss out in this super fun annual Maker event. The whole school gets involved and it’s a fun day to showcase your creativity. Click HERE to find out more.
Fifth grade students were recently given the challenge of building a tower to display a 3D printed plastic skull in their classroom. It had to be 24 inches tall and hold the skull for 30 seconds without collapsing. Students were given 10 straws and 50 index cards to do the project. By designing, testing, and redesigning, students built impressive display structures and thoroughly enjoyed the project.