On November 17, 2017, our school hosted our second annual art celebration and fundraising event. Last year it was called our Art Gala. This year the name changed to ARTrageous.
The evening included gallery art from students, teachers and community members as well as writing performers, local musicians Elise and Micah McCool, the John C. Campbell Folk School Dancers and Band. The evening concluded with a hilarious performance by TLC’s own GrowZone Players in a one-act play titled, St. George and the Dragon.
Special thanks to the following community partners for making this event a success:
Lori Coffey, Community Youth Players
David & Terry Blackshear
Right before Christmas break, students in first through fourth grades celebrated Polar Express Day. Their whole day revolved around the book Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. In the morning they read and discussed the events in the book. In the afternoon they boarded the “Polar Express” getting their tickets punched and enjoying snacks. The students watched the movie and were paying attention to how the movie and book were similar and how they were different. Looks to me like they had a wonderful day!!
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.
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.
In addition to trash pick up, some students did other campus beautification projects such as tree trimming and weeding.
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.
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!
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!
The pumpkin carving contest was back this year too!
The costume contest categories included traditional, Maker Challenge Yearly Theme of the 1980’s, upcycled costumes, and group themed costumes.
Fun was had by all!
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.
“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.