How Teachers Spent Their Summer Break

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.

Annual Parent Fair at The Learning Center Charter School

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.”

Bender said that some of the most exciting training teachers experienced this summer was OWL trainingOWL stands for Open Way Learning and is the brainchild of local educators Ben Owens and Adam Haigler. This way of teaching/learning has been the foundational approach at Tri-County Early College High School. 

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.”

To learn more about the Community of Learners at The Learning Center Charter School, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or call 835-7240.

#OpenWayLearning  #OpenUpEducation

Music Camp Taught More Than Just Music

Twenty four area teens participated in the inaugural year of “Music Takes You Places” in Murphy from June 25-30, 2019.  The camp was brought to Murphy by the Jackie Ward Foundation.

The Jackie Ward Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation that seeks to enrich and enhance education to local students by introducing the life-changing power of the Arts, while also promoting business, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and math education.

The music camp was founded and is directed by accomplished pianist, Latavius Mulzac. Mulzac is a musician and music producer out of Nashville, Tennessee and has toured with BB King All Star Band, Lady Antebellum, Silk and more.

“My ‘Music Takes You Places’ program is designed to cultivate self discipline and awareness, emotional intelligence, and creativity in each student.  The goal is to guide each participant to a place musically that acts as a path to success in society,” said Mulzac.

The campers spent the week learning numerous songs in preparation for their showcase performance that was held Sunday, June 30th at the Texana Community Center.

Mulzac said that in addition to the music lessons, he had campers focused on setting and achieving goals each day.  Plus, each day during the lunch session, campers were entertained by notable musicians including Daniela Soledade, a Brazilian singer from Rio de Janeiro, master guitarist Nate Najara, and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.

To learn more, please visit Music Takes You Places or the Jackie Ward Foundation.

Innovation Tech Camp — June 10 – 13, 2019 — at TLC!

June will be here before you know it.  Consider this A W E S O M E camp for your student. Open to all whether a TLC student or not.

Call our front office at 835-7240 for more information or go to HERE  to register.

Scenes from Our 4th Annual School Maker Faire

The Learning Center Charter School celebrated making of all kinds at our 4th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 14 from 3:30 – 6:30. Imagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a School Maker Faire.

Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – had booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There were hands-on activities, demonstrations, delicious homemade food and live music.

A special thank you to our wonderful community of Makers that made this event possible. The School Maker Faire proved to be an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.

School Maker Faire spotlights makers of all kinds, March 14

This Maker crafted her dress entirely from duct tape!

The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of all kinds at their 4th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 14 from 3:30 – 6:30.

Maker Faire, an official brand and trademark for this worldwide phenomenon, is a celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. It’s a place to show what you’ve made and to share what you’ve learned with others.  Schools host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or groups. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to engineering to craft.

Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – will have booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.

Julie Johnson, organizer for the School Maker Faire, says, “Kids are inherently curious and creative. Given the space and opportunity to build and create, they will and you’ll be amazed at the things they make.”

Johnson added that having makers from the community sharing and interacting with the young people make the event truly special.

The Learning Center is an official host of the fourth annual School Maker Faire open to the Murphy area and is looking for Makers to join the festivities. The event will be held at the school on Thursday, March 14th, from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Contact The Learning Center for more information and to enter YOUR Maker project at naturallygrownkids.org/school-maker-faire.

Building Furniture as Part of STEM Fun in Kindergarten

Recently, students in Kindergarten welcomed a parent volunteer who helped them make furniture out of cardboard.  Students made a chess table and two chairs.

Students were engaged in the hands on designing, testing, trouble shooting and redesigning necessary to build a solid table and chairs. This awesome set is now in the Kindergarten classroom and will be on display at our 4th Annual School Maker Faire on March 14th from 3:30-6:30.

Ready for School Maker Faire?

Across the world, Makers are coming together to celebrate the innovation and invention that comes from curiosity and the drive to explore. In gathering both formal and informal, they are coming together to share the love of their DIY, tech-driven passions. Maker Faires occur across the globe.

This year marks our Fourth Annual School Maker Faire!

School Maker Faires are mini versions of the city-wide Maker Faires that happen all over the globe.

As an E-STEAM school that emphasizes learning through doing, we think being part of the Maker Movement is the perfect way to engage and excite our students and larger community, about the world around them.

Mark your calendars for March 14th to join us for our School Maker Faire. Want to showcase your makes?  Click HERE to register!