Come Support ARTrageous & Our Own GrowZone Players TONIGHT

TONIGHT is ARTrageous 2018 — art, food, live music, and our fabulous GrowZone Players performing a one-act play. $8 for adults and $5 for students. Please consider supporting this awesome event. Plus you’ll be able to bid on items in our silent auction. OH! Did I mention there will be food? 

 

TLC! Kicks Off the Walk Across NC Campaign

Through the North Carolina Safe Routes to School program, the N.C. Department of Transportation works to make walking and riding a bicycle to school a safe and more appealing options for all children.

The statewide, national and international program involves facilitating the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities to improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.

Students at TLC are doing their part by starting a Walk Across NC campaign.  Last week students heard a special presentation and started walking!

Look for information coming home with your student.

8th Annual Day of Service to Honor 9/11

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.”

Cherokee County EMS Visits Preschool & Kindergarten

Kindergarten and Preschool students continued to learn about the important community workers within Cherokee County with a visit from Cherokee County EMS workers. They loved asking questions and touring the ambulance.  Thank you Cherokee County EMS!

Murphy Police Department Visits Preschool & Kindergarten

We are so glad to have such a strong community partnership with Murphy Police Department. Thank you for visiting our young students recently and telling them about your important community function and answering all of their many, many questions.

Entire Middle School visits Pacesetters Adventures

On August 24, 2018, the entire middle school student body of The Learning Center Charter School traveled to Pacesetters Adventures for a day of experiential learning, team building and confidence boosting.

The Learning Center’s middle school students are divided into six multi-grade CREW groups.  Each CREW meets several times a week throughout the school year and are designed to build relationships and a sense of community.  CREW allows students to have a safe place with peers to share both triumphs and defeats. CREW encourages peer facilitation wherein students take active leadership roles and teachers serve as moderators rather than leaders of the groups.

Pacesetters Adventures is a 44 acre campus located along the Valley River in Andrews, NC.  The facility has a 60 foot climbing tower as part of its Adventure Course as well as a giant swing, a 200 yard driving range, putting green, multipurpose building, as well as fishing, camping and assorted gear for use on any sort of adventure.

While student CREWS were at Pacesetters Adventures, they worked on games that required teamwork and good communication to complete.  Simple items like 2×4 lumber, ropes and tarps made for excellent challenge builders and provided the students hours of fun.

Charter school teacher, Jess Stephens said, “Our CREW concept is based on the idea that we are all in the same boat. We work together like a crew of a ship.”  She added, “The staff at Pacesetters Adventures not only provided a great adventure for our middle school students, but also the basis to work like the crews we set out to be.”

Electives for 5th -8th Grade Students

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

ARTrageous: Drama students will be putting on The Learning Center’s 3rd Annual ARTrageous event this semester. This year we will be presenting drama and art focusing on the 50th anniversary of the NC Arts Program. The Drama will be centered on culture from North Carolina and writers from the state. The students will take our annual field trip to Young Harris College’s Children’s Theatre Production, play LOTS of games, laugh a great amount, and learn the basics of drama. This is not a prerequisite for the Spring Musical, anyone interested is welcome!  Instructors: Ryan Bender, Judy Coleman

 Aquaponics: The original system, in the pit, is up and running. The fish tank has about 350 fish of varying sizes; anywhere from 1” to 4” in length.  If you’ve walked by the system lately, you will have seen the system is operating as it should and many plants are growing quite well.

At the end of last year we were ready to expand and move into a new area near the black shed.  A number of interesting developments have occurred over the summer, and we now have the opportunity to expand even more.  Therefore we will focus a majority of our efforts on designing and building a new system.  In addition, we will continue to monitor and maintain the existing system.  Instructor: Bill Coleman

 Campus Creativity: This elective will have students working outdoors around campus to add creativity in different places. Projects include creating some simple outdoor science centers, helping in gardens, labeling plants/trees along the trails, and more. (Limit: 10 students)  Instructor: Kathleen Shook

Furniture Flip: In the furniture flip elective, we will be taking old donated furniture pieces and creating new usable pieces to sell. As we create these new pieces, we will learn proper safety and use of power tools. Students in this elective will be required to have safety glasses as well as old clothes for painting. Since we will be using power tools, this group must be well behaved and self motivated. (Limit: 8 students)  Instructor: Shelley Dockery

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 and 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: 20 students) Cost: $1 Instructors: Jessie Adams and Cheryl Catuto

Tech Ed: The Tech Ed course will be covering a diverse range of tech-based and engineering-based activities including the following:  Making/Building, Engineering Basics, Repurposing old tech, 3D Printing, Coding, Sensors, Robotics, and whatever other crazy things we can come up with. Class usually involves research skills and discovery-based learning. It has the potential of involving local businesses and other cool stuff too.  (Limit: 10 students)  Cost $10 Instructor: Franklin Shook

Performance Choral Ensemble: Join Ms. G and Ms. Monica for a fun and energetic Performance Choral Ensemble. You will receive voice training in your choral part, learn
simple choreography, and learn to use rhythmic instruments.  You will learn a variety of songs from popular music to traditional show tunes. You will have input in choosing songs. You will perform at school and have community performance opportunities.Instructor: Nancy Gardner & Monica Matthews

Personal Conditioning: We will focus on strength and condition training, setting personal fitness goals, enhancing specific skills and techniques and feeling confident in your physical abilities. Students can customize their own physical fitness plan to achieve their individualized goals.  The overall idea is to maximize your overall potential. (Limit: 10 students)  Instructor: Sean Bain

Beginning Quilting: In this elective you will learn how to use a sewing machine, the required tools needed to create a quilt, learn a brief history and the art of quilting.  You will also be able to piece a creation of your choice. Students are also able to bring their own sewing machine to this elective. (Limit: 4 students) Cost: $5 plus Materials for your individual project;, shopping list will be given when project is determined.  Instructor: Cheryl Kirby