The Golden Dumbbell at TLC! is awarded quarterly as part of our physical education program. Research & Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Cheryl, explains it best:
The Golden Dumbbell is awarded to the class that has the highest percentage of students at the presidential level in five different events. Presidential means that they have a level of fitness that is in the 85th percentile or higher in United States. Third grade has 50% of the students at presidential level. As a school we have 26% at presidential fitness level and the goal is 40%.
The third quarter Golden Dumbbell was awarded to the third grade class. Yeah third graders!
Won’t you please take a minute to complete a survey about the nutrition program here at TLC?
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Also, The Learning Center! child nutrition program has received the Award for Excellence from Child Nutrition Services, Department of Public Instruction. The award is given annually to North Carolina child nutrition programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence by completing specific requirements in various areas of operation such as customer service, management and nutrition education.
Ms. Stephanie’s third grade class visited the Valley River Humane Society Animal Shelter last Tuesday as part of their social studies curriculum. They got to tour the facility, go behind the scenes to see how things work, ask questions and see the abundance of homeless animals from our area. Many students brought dog/cat food, cleaning supplies, bedding and other items from the shelter’s wish list.
Social studies teacher Ms. Nancy planned the trip and was glad students got to see first hand the importance of having pets spayed or neutered.
Each spring TLC! celebrates all things related to academics and the arts in a two day event held on campus. This event, aptly called Academics & the Arts was held May 5th and 6th and included an art show, hands-on art, lunch time hand-bell concert from the Valley River Ringers, chorus concert at the Henn Theater, grades 2-5 writing contest and a Cherokee County Middle School writing contest.
In today’s tough economy, art programs are often the first to be cut from school budgets. Not true at The Learning Center. TLC! Board of Directors and school Director Mary Jo Dyre are committed to maintaining all forms of art from musical, visual, culinary and performing arts at our school. Our community benefits. Our school benefits. And, without a doubt, TLC! students benefit from this commitment.
Hurray for another successful Academics & the Arts!
Students from The Learning Center got down and dirty on April 27th in an effort to beautify our community. Students worked with staff and volunteers from Hanging Dog Nursery to plant native shrubs and perennials along the newest portion of the River Walk. Staff from the nursery taught the students about the importance of native plants and how these plantings would not only make the new bridge area more attractive, they would stop erosion and provide habitat for wildlife. Twenty-two students worked for about an hour to place over two dozen plants.
Our last day in NYC started out in Queens where we toured the Museum of Moving Images.
Then it was off to the 5th Avenue area for free time among iconic landmarks.
At Rockerfeller Center we toured NBC studios and saw where several popular television shows are filmed. A few lucky students even got to be newscasters and weather forecasters for awhile.
After the studio tour, we learned that the bus had broken down and that we were taking the subway to Chelsea for dinner. Imagine! Fifty-five people all boarding and exiting one subway car at the same time. Whew!
We managed to have a great time despite the unexpected change of plans.
This was our final day in New York City. Friday morning we boarded our bus bright and early for the long drive back home to Murphy. After spending three full days in the city that never sleeps, the bus was full of sleepy, tired folks. We rolled back into The Learning Center! parking lot at 2am with a huge cheer of relief.
Day one of the trip meant meeting at The Learning Center! to board the bus at 5:30am. Once loaded we headed out and stopped for a few hours at the Natural Bridge in Virginia. This naturally created land form was both awe inspiring and beautiful.
After 19 hours on the road, we arrived in Elizabeth, NJ a bit before 2am. We’d have to wait until morning to get our first glimpse of the city.
First stop? The Cathedral of Saint John in Upper Manhattan. Stunning!
Next was a stop at the Tomb of Ulysses S. Grant along the Hudson River.
A quick (relatively speaking since driving anywhere in NYC doesn’t happen quickly) trip through Harlem on our way to the Natural History Museum.
You could feel the excitement among the students as we headed out to Times Square. Okay. Okay. Yes, the adults in the group were equally excited.
A nice welcome from Planet Hollywood.
After dinner it was on to see the Broadway musical Wonderland. It was incredible!