Charter School News From the National Alliance

The Learning Center Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our school community with information about what is happening politically in our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.

Dear Dana

Hurry Up and Wait.

That’s the phrase that keeps coming to mind as I think about the North Carolina legislature’s effort this year to strengthen the state’s charter school law.

We’ve waited long enough. It’s time for action.

In February, thanks to your efforts, the Senate voted to lift the state’s cap on charters, narrow the funding gap between charter and traditional public schools, and establish a new path to getting charter applications approved in the state.

In an effort to avoid a threatened veto by the Governor, the House passed an amended version of SB 8 on April 11.  Despite those efforts to address her concerns, Governor Perdue has not come to the table and pledged her support for a measure that would strengthen the state’s charter school law.  Instead, SB 8 has languished in a conference committee for six weeks.

Governor Perdue won’t act unless she hears from the public charter school community that it’s time for her step up and back efforts to improve the state’s charter school law.  Tell her today.

Time is running short in this year’s legislative session.  We can’t let Governor Perdue run out the clock.

I urge you to contact her today and ask her to support efforts to enhance the state’s charter school law.

Thanks for your support.


Todd Ziebarth
Vice President for State Advocacy and Support
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


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Mini Mall Time Again!

One of the many businesses at Mini Mall.

The Learning Center prides itself on their long standing Middle REAL program offered to 5th through 8th graders.  Middle REAL stands for the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Additionally, TLC also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders.  Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program that is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

Much planning, research and market study is done before any mini mall business can open.


The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and devising effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace.

Mini Mall is a hugely popular event on campus but Middle REAL and Mini REAL achieve far more than just that at TLC!  These programs also educate in the following ways:

·         Community Problem Solving – Students focus on the basic rules of safety at home, in the community and on the internet. Students create dramatizations of problematic situations then model effective solutions. Students compete for “best” solutions much like real-life contractors.

·         Community Environmental Design – Students are involved in the design and construction of a miniature “green” community and the design and creation of a Japanese garden.

·         The Global Community – Students learn Internet safety as they develop an awareness of the world that is accessible with the click of a mouse. Student research will support other Middle REAL classes and Friday activities.

·         Community Wellness –With a focus on overall health of humans and the good earth, students experiment with good-tasting, nutritious, “kid-friendly” snack recipes. These recipes are then be distributed to grades K-4 for classroom use.



2nd Grade Author Meet & Greet

2nd graders meet local author Jamie Mock

The 2nd graders just finished reading Gracie’s Garden a “heart-warming, humorous and adventurous book” (as a 2nd grader said in his book report) written by a local author Jamie Mock.

Some of the hard work leading up to the meeting

Second grade students spent several weeks reading and working with this lengthy chapter book. They have done character reports, visualization projects, a mapping project and have most recently finished their book reports.


Local author Jamie Mock

On May 26 Jamie Mock came in to meet the 2nd graders and answer any questions that they had for him. He showed and talked to them about the process that he had to go through to publish the book. He encouraged them to always try to make their writing better by accepting and using constructive criticism.


One second grader sharing her chapter book in progress.

He took the time to listen to one of the students share her chapter book in progress.

He shared some unpublished poetry and let the students in on some of the books that they can expect to see in the near future. He shared his inspiring story and left the 2nd graders with a simple message- you can do anything you put your mind to.

Thank you Mr. Mock!

Fourth Grade Learns “All About Trees”

Recently, fourth grade students experienced outdoor classes as part of the Georgia Mountain Research Education Center’s program called “All About Trees.”

While on the Georgia campus, these students learned about Appalachian native tree identification, tree competition, Indian trail trees, tree parts, uses of the forests, forest ecology, saving the Chestnut trees, and habitats and limiting factors. 

Fourth grade teacher, Ms. Ashley said:

They loved it! It was set up in stations – they loved the habitat competition station where they got to run around and compete for food (index cards), the tree identification station, and learning about Indian trail trees.  They also learned about the American chestnut tree and the different products we use that come from trees.

The stations were just long enough and very engaging – super nice volunteers as well!


What a great, hands-on opportunity to learn more about the trees and ecology of our region!

Baby chicks visit grades K-2

Mr. Arthur recently visited kindergarten through second grade with some special feathery friends.

Mr. Arthur had models of each day of a chick incubation period from day 1 through day 21.    Students were able to actually see the egg tooth and how a chick breaks out of the egg shell.

Then it was time to see the live babies!

The kids had a ball and it was a welcome opportunity to review all they had learned during their studies of birds.

3rd Quarter Golden Dumbbell Award

Excitement at the awards ceremony

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 winners!

The third quarter Golden Dumbbell was awarded to the third grade class.  Yeah third graders!

TLC! Child Nutrition Survey

Won’t you please take a minute to complete a survey about the nutrition program here at TLC?

Click <<<HERE>>> to go directly to the online survey.

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.


3rd grade visits Valley River Humane Society

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.