Annual School Round Up Feature in the Cherokee Scout

Each August, our school is featured in the special edition section of the paper from the Cherokee Scout called the Annual School Round Up.  It’s always a wonderful summary of all the great things happening on campus and the vast array of programs and services available for your students.  Take a look…

The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center Charter School offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment.  Students are exposed across the curriculum to 3-D Printers, robotics and coding. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, daily P.E., unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

The Learning Center’s Montessori Blend Kindergarten program has proven to be a strong approach to instruction for even the youngest learners. “We’ve had consistent success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus,” said school director in training, Ryan Bender.

The school’s programs include Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, a highly developed drama program, and frequent garden-based learning opportunities across campus and in the school’s Outdoor Learning Center. The upper grade’s CREW Program, in its fourth year of operation, promotes character development, goal setting and responsible behaviors.

More extras including National Junior Honor Society, wrestling team, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program and AIG After School Program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be.  The school will field a soccer team this fall and looks to expand their sports program to include cross country as well.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center Charter School places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. The school also has a free breakfast and lunch program available for ALL students.

The charter school serves approximately 200+ students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool, serving ages 3-5 years. After school programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as Innovation Tech Camp and intervention programs are also offered.

Soccer Now a Competitive Team Sport at Our School

New for the 2019-2020 school year, soccer is now offered as a competitive team sport at The Learning Center Charter School.

Soccer will be open to students for U12, U10 and U8 divisions. The three school teams will compete within the Cherokee County Soccer League and each team will be co-ed.

Ms. Shelley Farmer, physical education staff member, says that practice will be immediately after school at Conahetta Park. If rain prevents outdoor practice, the teams will practice on campus in the gym.  Ms. Shelley adds that students can expect to have practice two to three times a week and games will fall on Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings.

“Last year we introduced wrestling as a team sport to our students and we are thrilled to expand our program to include soccer this school year,” said Ms. Shelley.

Registration is now open through August 16th. The registration fee if $60 for the first child and $55 for additional siblings. Forms can be filled out in the front office. Feel free to contact Ms. Shelley with questions at Shelley@naturallygrownkids.org.

 

Archery part of PE program at The Learning Center Charter School

Archery is a highly anticipated unit in PE each spring at The Learning Center Charter School.  So much so, that students start asking about it the first week of school each fall.

Physical education teacher, Shelley Farmer, introduced archery at the school over ten year ago.  She uses the NASP standard course study.

NASP stands for National Archery in the School Program.  The NASP is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance by teaching students focus, self-control, discipline, and patience.

“Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in physical education five days a week at our school,” said Farmer. “And archery has proven to be incredibly popular over the years.”

Farmer said that during the Archery unit, students learn the history of archery, types of bows, parts to the bow and arrows, whistle commands, range layout, proper shooting technique and scoring.

“One of the main reasons that we teach archery every year is because it gives students that are not naturally athletic a chance to shine,” added Farmer.  “Archery doesn’t discriminate based on athletic skill, gender, size or academic 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.

The Learning Center Bears Wrestling Club

New for the 2018-2019 school year, wrestling is now offered as an after school activity at The Learning Center Charter School.

Wrestling Club is a USA Wrestling affiliated club that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in November from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Competition will be at USA Wrestling Folk Style Wrestling events across the mountain region.  The club is under the direction of Head Coach, Mike Catuto, and Assistant Coach, Sean Bain. It will be held in the Gymnatoriam on the charter school campus in Murphy.

Catuto said, “I’m very excited to be part of this program start up.  The sport of wrestling teaches a variety of skills that will last far beyond the wrestler’s school age years.”  He added, “Wrestling is both an individual and team sport at the same time which helps build self confidence and camaraderie.”

The new club is open for both boys and girls at the school.

Daily Walking Program

Students at The Learning Center Charter School have been walking their way to fitness this school year as part of a program from the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May. These events are used to encourage families to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking and to increase local leader commitment and visibility for traffic safety and community quality of life.

However, staff at the charter school opted to take this program farther than just a one day event each semester. Instead, they instituted a daily walking program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

School physical education coordinator, Cheryl Catuto, explained that they decided to create the walking program for several reasons. “We want to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for students, staff and parents,” said Catuto.  She added that starting each day with exercise is a great way to stimulate the brain and get it prepared to learn during school.  Also, by offering incentives to participate in the morning walk, the school has seen a reduction in the number of students arriving tardy to class each day.

Each morning students walk. If the weather is good, students walk a safe path on campus. If it is raining or below 35 degrees, students complete their walk in the Gymnatorium.

Sean Bain, physical education assistant, keeps statistics on the number of walkers and the percentage of each class that is walking each day.  He uses these stats to not only encourage participation but also to help the staff best determine what incentives to provide for the students.  Bain says that they have about 100 walkers every day.

TLC! Kicks Off the Walk Across NC Campaign

Through the North Carolina Safe Routes to School program, the N.C. Department of Transportation works to make walking and riding a bicycle to school a safe and more appealing options for all children.

The statewide, national and international program involves facilitating the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities to improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools.

Students at TLC are doing their part by starting a Walk Across NC campaign.  Last week students heard a special presentation and started walking!

Look for information coming home with your student.

Electives for 5th -8th Grade Students

Check out the awesome sampling of electives offered to fifth through eighth grade students this semester!

ARTrageous: Drama students will be putting on The Learning Center’s 3rd Annual ARTrageous event this semester. This year we will be presenting drama and art focusing on the 50th anniversary of the NC Arts Program. The Drama will be centered on culture from North Carolina and writers from the state. The students will take our annual field trip to Young Harris College’s Children’s Theatre Production, play LOTS of games, laugh a great amount, and learn the basics of drama. This is not a prerequisite for the Spring Musical, anyone interested is welcome!  Instructors: Ryan Bender, Judy Coleman

 Aquaponics: The original system, in the pit, is up and running. The fish tank has about 350 fish of varying sizes; anywhere from 1” to 4” in length.  If you’ve walked by the system lately, you will have seen the system is operating as it should and many plants are growing quite well.

At the end of last year we were ready to expand and move into a new area near the black shed.  A number of interesting developments have occurred over the summer, and we now have the opportunity to expand even more.  Therefore we will focus a majority of our efforts on designing and building a new system.  In addition, we will continue to monitor and maintain the existing system.  Instructor: Bill Coleman

 Campus Creativity: This elective will have students working outdoors around campus to add creativity in different places. Projects include creating some simple outdoor science centers, helping in gardens, labeling plants/trees along the trails, and more. (Limit: 10 students)  Instructor: Kathleen Shook

Furniture Flip: In the furniture flip elective, we will be taking old donated furniture pieces and creating new usable pieces to sell. As we create these new pieces, we will learn proper safety and use of power tools. Students in this elective will be required to have safety glasses as well as old clothes for painting. Since we will be using power tools, this group must be well behaved and self motivated. (Limit: 8 students)  Instructor: Shelley Dockery

Muggle Quidditch: Quidditch is back this fall! Have you ever wanted to join the world of Harry Potter?  Would you like to play 5 sports and one time? If so, then this elective is for you.  The elective will involve rigorous physical activity while on a broom.  Students in this elective must be able to follow directions and safety protocol.  We will take enough kids to have 2 teams that will eventually compete against each other.  Muggles are you ready for the fierce battle ahead? (Limit: 20 students) Cost: $1 Instructors: Jessie Adams and Cheryl Catuto

Tech Ed: The Tech Ed course will be covering a diverse range of tech-based and engineering-based activities including the following:  Making/Building, Engineering Basics, Repurposing old tech, 3D Printing, Coding, Sensors, Robotics, and whatever other crazy things we can come up with. Class usually involves research skills and discovery-based learning. It has the potential of involving local businesses and other cool stuff too.  (Limit: 10 students)  Cost $10 Instructor: Franklin Shook

Performance Choral Ensemble: Join Ms. G and Ms. Monica for a fun and energetic Performance Choral Ensemble. You will receive voice training in your choral part, learn
simple choreography, and learn to use rhythmic instruments.  You will learn a variety of songs from popular music to traditional show tunes. You will have input in choosing songs. You will perform at school and have community performance opportunities.Instructor: Nancy Gardner & Monica Matthews

Personal Conditioning: We will focus on strength and condition training, setting personal fitness goals, enhancing specific skills and techniques and feeling confident in your physical abilities. Students can customize their own physical fitness plan to achieve their individualized goals.  The overall idea is to maximize your overall potential. (Limit: 10 students)  Instructor: Sean Bain

Beginning Quilting: In this elective you will learn how to use a sewing machine, the required tools needed to create a quilt, learn a brief history and the art of quilting.  You will also be able to piece a creation of your choice. Students are also able to bring their own sewing machine to this elective. (Limit: 4 students) Cost: $5 plus Materials for your individual project;, shopping list will be given when project is determined.  Instructor: Cheryl Kirby

As Seen in the Cherokee Scout School Round Up Edition

Murphy – The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center Charter School offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment.  Students are exposed across the curriculum to 3-D Printers, robotics and coding. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, daily P.E., unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

The Learning Center’s Montessori Blend Kindergarten program has proven to be a strong approach to instruction for even the youngest learners. “We’ve had consistent success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus,” said school director, Mary Jo Dyre.

The school’s programs include Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, a highly developed drama program, and frequent garden-based learning opportunities across campus and in the school’s Outdoor Learning Center. The upper grade’s CREW Program, in its third year of operation, promotes character development, goal setting and responsible behaviors.

More extras including National Junior Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind teams, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program and AIG After School Program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center Charter School places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. The school also has a free breakfast and lunch program available for ALL students.

The charter school serves approximately 200+ students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool, serving ages 3-5 years. After school programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as Innovation Tech Camp and intervention programs are also offered.