Sixth through eighth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School are divided into four multi-grade CREW groups at the beginning of each school year. This year the process mimicked the sorting ceremony from the popular Harry Potter book series.
The CREW selection process was like the Harry Potter sorting ceremony where each student wore the hat and it was revealed to them which CREW had been selected for them.
Each CREW meets weekly 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 facilitations wherein students take active leadership roles and teachers serve as moderators rather than leaders of the groups.
Ms. Jessie 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.”
After the sorting ceremony, each CREW participated in get-to-know-you icebreaker games. As the school year progresses, each group will work on goal setting, community service and social development.
The annual Parent Fair was held August 22, 2019 from 2:00-6:00 pm and served as way to inform and to provide parents of enrolled students with all of the “start-up” details for the upcoming school year. It also provided an opportunity for parents and the community to explore the full range of Learning Center offerings.
It’s time for our annual 6th-8th grade fall camping trip. Students and staff will be camping September 23-25, 2019 at Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC.
Activities will be supervised by Camp Kanuga staff and include ecology lessons, canoeing, high ropes and climbing courses. There will also be a night hike, Appalachian culture activities and campfires.
Students will stay in winterized cabins and all meals will be provided by Camp Kanuga staff.
This highly anticipated event is a highlight of the school year for our 6th through 8th grade students!
Several times a year, our Director — and in this case our Head of School in Training — sets up a tent in the front parking lot and makes himself available all day. Use this time to get information, ask questions and chat with Mr. Ryan about The Learning Center Charter School. This casual setting is the perfect opportunity to find out about programs on campus, volunteer your time or talent, and ask questions that have cropped up since school began.
Mr. Ryan will see you Thursday, September 12th any time during regular school hours.
Keep an eye out for these bear paws popping up all over campus. . . maybe even in your child’s backpack!
What are they? They are part of a new program we are kicking off this year at The Learning Center called Kindness in the Classroom. On the reverse side of each paw print, you’ll find the following:
Teachers and staff are implementing a Kindness in the Classroom program that addresses and teaches important life skills such as assertiveness, caring, compassion, fairness, gratitude, integrity, helpfulness, perseverance, respect, responsibility, self-care and self-discipline. These concepts are presented in ways that are differentiated for each grade to account for students’ developmental levels.
This will be an on-going campaign.
Be sure to ask your student about what they are learning!
Students at The Learning Center Charter School regularly play in the dirt. Whether working on the school’s vegetable garden, building miniature homes in the school’s Outdoor Learning Center, taking soil samples for science class or turning the school compost pile, being in the dirt is a regular part of any school day.
Kindergarten through eighth grade students at the school do everything in the garden from weeding, planting, watering and harvesting fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Director in Training, Ryan Bender, believes that gardening engages students by providing a living environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. “Gardens are living laboratories where our students learn everything from team work to food production and lessons can be taught across the curriculum,” says Bender.
Emily Willey, elementary science and outdoor learning coordinator at the charter school, makes gardening a regular part of the daily routine for students at the school.
“Playing an active role in food production teaches young people everything from agriculture to nutrition. These kids love seeing the fruits of their labor and are willing to eat unfamiliar vegetables as a result.”
Willey also has her first through fourth grade students continuously engineering, building, trouble shooting and redesigning miniature houses out in the woods for imaginary fairies and trolls.
“It is helpful for students who are intimidated in a classroom setting to be outdoors and have unstructured play and creative freedom while interacting with nature,” says Willey. “There is no wrong way to build these miniature homes and to watch students who may be timid in class slowly come into their own as they get to build outside has been nothing but inspiring.”
Over the years, the school has won numerous awards and recognition by the NC Department of Public Instruction for its dedication to maintaining the highest standards in child nutrition including Award of Excellence, Breakfast Champion Award, as well as the Silver Level Award from USDA HealthierUS School Challenge Program, and the Twentieth Annual “Best Practice Awards” in the categories of National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Food Distribution Program from the Southeast Regional Office of the USDA.
Hilary Ehlers, Child Nutrition Director at the school, notes that for the first time this fall, Montessori preschool students on the charter school campus will be offered meals through the school.
“We are excited that our Montessori preschool students will be eating the same delicious, nutritious meals that our kindergarten through eighth grade students have always enjoyed,” said Ehlers.
Breakfast will be served in the Dining Commons while lunch and snacks will be served directly to the Montessori classroom using the school’s moveable hotbox for delivery.
Ehlers added that she and the nutrition staff have great new menus lined up for the new school year that include some new and exciting foods. The nutrition team already has several weeks planned focusing on a food cultural exchange where foods from different parts of the world are served. “Offering foods from different cultures helps broaden our students’ taste bud horizons,” said Ehlers.
The Montessori preschool program located on The Learning Center Charter School campus is currently accepting applications.
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Tried and tested world-wide for over 100 years, the Montessori approach helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time management skills.
TLC! Montessori Preschool has been in operation since 1983 and is designed to ensure that young students are starting their educational lives in an exciting, engaging and individualized way.
TLC! Montessori Preschool provides a seamless transition for students to enter the tuition free, public charter school that shares its campus. These preschoolers graduate ready to smoothly transition into the Montessori Blend Kindergarten program at the charter school. From then, all the way through eighth grade, students are educated in an environment that puts into practice the principles of Montessori – respect for the individuality of every student and the freedom and support to let each student take charge of his own learning.
For more information or to schedule a tour, call the school at 828-835-7240.
Teachers and staff at The Learning Center Charter School have spent the last several weeks prepping classrooms, campus and curriculum for the start of the new school year this week.
Ryan Bender, Head of School in Training, pointed out all the steps necessary to get ready for a new school year. “Building and site maintenance is crucial during the summer months,” said Bender. “More importantly, however, our teachers spend much of their summer break attending training in order to be sure our school continues to offer an outstanding academic program.”
According to openwaylearning.org, “Open Way Learning (OWL) offers a set of principles that can transform schooling through leveraging the power of open communities. It is a framework that encourages educators to create, tweak, and share best practices to help education keep pace with a rapidly changing economy, society, and environment. OWL encourages educators to prioritize shared vision, distributed leadership, collaboration, freely exchanged knowledge, and innovation in creating customized solutions for their learning communities.”
“Tri-County Early College High School has an impressive and proven track record of success,” said Bender. “We are here to take this revolutionary educational model to the kindergarten through eighth grade level.”