Living History Museum 2019

Back in May, upper grade students “opened” a Living History Museum to the younger grades. These older students each selected a historic figure, event or place and presented information about it. Many students essentially “became” that historical figure as they dressed, acted and spoke as though they were that person.

For this project, these upper grade students had to synthesize the information they learned to create an exhibit representative of their subject. In order to select pivotal events or recreate significant circumstances in an individual’s life, students had to research the person but also critically evaluate the people, places, and events surrounding them in order to develop a powerful exhibit.

Deciding on a format, selecting key material for younger students to understand, and putting it all in context required active learning and encouraged creative interpretation. As they worked, students needed to understand the subject and the world in which he or she lived.  Additionally, this Living History Museum introduced younger students to subjects relevant to their history studies beyond their reading ability.

National Bike or Walk to School Day

May 8th was National Bike to School Day.  Communities across the country celebrated the day and took the time to focus on health and safety.

Our students have been participating in a year long walking program that started in conjunction with the National Center for Safe Routes to School as part of the National Walk to School Day held in October.

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center, helps support communities in changing their culture to support safe and active travel. The National Center’s work uses research-based evidence to highlight what works and why, and translates this research into education, professional development tools and training to provide communities the technical support they need to make community-enhancing decisions. As the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May, the National Center provides technical support; coordinates online registration, develops resources, and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center has served as the coordinator of Walk to School Day since the event’s U.S. inception in 1997.

In addition to their regular morning walk, TLC students celebrated by picking up trash and debris around campus. Plus, students made signs encouraging both walking and safety.

Spring Musical – Aesop’s Musical Foibles

The annual spring drama production showed May 3-5, 2019 to sold out crowds in the school’s Black Box Theater.

The musical began as young Aesop explains to the audience about his problem of constantly hearing annoying voices in his head, which come to life as hysterical characters onstage that only Aesop (and the audience) can see and hear. With the resentful Fox, the egomaniac Hare, the sluggish Tortoise, the zen-like Grasshopper and many more, Aesop’s Musical Foibles retold the fables like you’ve never quite heard them before!

It was a rousing comedy filled with talented actors perfectly cast for their parts. These students spent months learning lines, songs and dances and their hard work paid off in the incredible final production!

Annual Talent Show

On April 4th, the gymnatorium at The Learning Center Charter School was filled to capacity in anticipation of the school’s annual talent show.  Students, staff, parents and family members were treated to an afternoon of amazing talents.

Singers, dancers, Lego builders, piano players, gymnasts, and cloggers were among the impressive talents on display. The school’s middle school Odyssey of the Mind team also performed.

“It’s always fun to see what our talented students share with us,” said school director Mary Jo Dyre.

Dyre added that the school’s drama program, now in its eighth year, sees increased participation based on the opportunities provided by such events.

“We embrace learning through the arts as an essential part of a holistic, E-STEAM curriculum,” said Dyre.  “We expose students to musical, visual, culinary, performing and dramatic arts as often as possible and by the time a student is in middle school, they jump at the chance to be part of our annual spring musical.”

E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math.