2nd Grade Groundhog’s Day STEM Challenge

Second grade students recently completed a Groundhog’s Day STEM Challenge.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

After reading about Groundhog’s Day, students drew two faces on a balloon to represent how the groundhog’s emotions and point of view changed from the beginning of the story to the end. 

5th Grade – Muddy Sneakers

Each year, our fifth grade students spend the year doing field work with Muddy Sneakers. The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude.  Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.

In early February, students had a fun outdoor science excursion. Students trekked in the woods (The Outdoor Learning Center) to observe a flock of robins searching for food, then searched under the leaves to find a few myriapods (centipedes and millipedes), spiders, and other fun creepy crawlies.

Next, students learned about weather measurement tools, cloud types, evaporation, air density/pressure zones, and how all these factors play together to create the weather effects we are all already familiar with. Teacher, Mr. Fenris, was the “Sun, the Great Evaporator” evaporating our 5th grade water molecules in a Red-light, Greenlight style game.

Finally, they built and decimated a model city with EXTREME weather (handfuls of leaves).

Students had an absolute blast!

1st Grade Science – Ecosystems

First grade students spent time outdoors learning about ecosystems as part of their science studies. The Outdoor Learning Center on our campus is a living, breathing, science laboratory and our first grade students love being in it!

Kindergarten 100 Day

In addition to making fancy hats to celebrate the 100th day of school, Kindergarten students also got creative and displayed collections of 100 items. Each student shared their collection with the class. This fun, hands-on activity served an educational purpose as well. Purposely finding 100 of the same item gave students a concrete sense of how much 100 really is in physical form. Plus, it was an excellent chance to practice their counting skills!

Learning Science Remotely

All students have been in remote learning school for the month of January. However, teachers and students did not let the fact that they were not meeting in person stop them from exciting, hands-on E-STEAM activities and PBL activities.

A targeted E-STEAM education approach ensures students engage in science, technology, engineering and math regularly. PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, complex question, problem, or challenge.

Our teachers know from experience that E-STEAM and PBL projects harness student curiosity and allow a deeper exploration and understanding of studies.

In the photo example above, this meant that a student was conducting science experiments at home in his kitchen!

Lunch Procedure Improvements

Covid-19 changed the way food was served at The Learning Center Charter School for the first part of the 2020-21 school year. However, the school has made improvements that mean students will see a return to more of what they are used to for the remainder of the year.

The charter school serves breakfast and lunch to approximately 200 students daily.  Prior to the pandemic restrictions, food was served via a serving line that offered both hot and cold options.

“The serving line will continue to work similarly to how it has in past years with a few changes,” said Hilary Ehlers, Nutrition Director at the school.

Ehlers explained that meals are served off the hot bar all while keeping social distancing in place.  Students and staff are separated by Plexiglas windows across the entire hot bar.  At the end of the line students receive their meal through a window in the Plexiglas.  Before being served their milk of choice at the beginning of the line, students must sanitize their hands.  Then one by one students receive their meals.  Markers are placed on the floor to help students visualize the six foot distance they need to space between one another.  The meals are packaged in a to go box and are taken back to the classroom to eat. 

“Students will still receive the amazing and nutritious food as they have in past school years. Plus, our friendly nutrition staff will still be there to greet each student and ask about their day and give students a sense of normalcy at school again,” said Ehlers.

New menu items have been added including catfish po-boy sandwiches and chicken and cheese quesadillas.  “Healthy food doesn’t have to come at the expense of great flavor,” said Ehlers.

National School Choice Week

We proudly join over 2.9 million charter school students nationwide in support of National School Choice Week.

Held every January, National School Choice Week focuses on increasing public awareness and empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

School choice is the movement that offers charter schools as a viable option in education. We are a North Carolina Public School Choice opportunity for education and parents who are seeking a choice for their students’ academic needs have said YES to choosing our school.

Thank YOU for choosing The Learning Center Charter School for your students!