Each Halloween students at The Learning Center Charter School participate in their annual Makers Mash. Students make decorated/carved pumpkins, monsters from upcycled materials, and come dressed in costumes in all sorts of categories such as traditional, upcycled, yearly themed and group categories. Judges are on hand to pick winners in a wide variety of categories and even award cash prizes. This yearly Maker event gets the creative juices flowing and gets students thinking about the school’s annual School Maker Faire held each March.
Second grade recently learned all about weather patterns and climate. Part of their learning included satellites as they monitor and track weather patterns and changes over periods of time. STEM time was devoted to designing and building satellites. Students had a great time and enjoyed sharing the satellites they designed and built.
Fifth graders recently made paper mache Trojan horses as part of their social studies on ancient Greece. As a school that works to foster an E-STEAM environment, mixing a hands-on art project with a study of history is a perfect example of how we do it.
E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art & agriculture and math.
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Hands on learning is what gets our students participating and engaged in the subject. Here fourth graders are seen building columns out of paper and measuring to see which column is the strongest.
Teachers and staff underwent CPR and first aid training in October. Special thanks is extended to Kevin Carter, Cherokee County Fire Marshal, who taught the class.
National School Lunch Week was October 14-18th and The Learning Center Charter School celebrated with a cultural culinary exploration each day for lunch.
The National School Lunch Program serves more than 30 million children every school day. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. During the annual weeklong celebration, schools across the country celebrate in their cafeterias with special menus and events.
Hilary Ehlers, Child Nutrition Director at the charter school, decided that this year’s celebration would be a cultural exploration of food found around the world. The nutrition staff and teachers worked together in the planning to ensure that students would learn about the highlighted global cultures while getting the opportunity to try the corresponding foods at lunchtime.
Each day a new country and its foods were presented to the students. Greece, Italy, Thailand, Mexico and the Caribbean were all part of the week. Ravioli, egg rolls, fried rice, fajitas, jerk chicken, pineapple salsa and coconut rice were just some of the delicious things on the menu.
“Our goal was to introduce new foods and flavors to our students,” said Ehlers. She added that the enthusiasm about trying new foods far exceeded her expectations.
“Food is such a fundamental part of the human experience and exposing our students to cultures around the world through food has been so much fun for everyone at our school,” said Ehlers. She added that many of the new foods will become regular features on the school’s lunch menus.
If you love supporting the Arts in our community, especially in our schools, then you will want to be at ARTrageous 2019 on November 8th at The Learning Center Charter School.
ARTrageous is an annual, themed celebration of the Arts. The event features music, dancing, dramatic performances, galleries of student work and more.
This year’s theme is an old time radio show. Students have studied what entertainment was like in the 1920s and 1930s before television. The school’s theater troupe, the Grow Zone Players, will be performing an actual episode of “The Thin Man” while also creating the sound effects from the story.
“The Thin Man” was a weekly radio show that starred Nick and Nora as crime detectives solving a mysterious case each week.
“This is a different style of performance than we’ve done in the past but one that our young actors are very excited to share with our community,” said drama program director, Ryan Bender.
Along with displays of student work and delicious hors d’oeuvres, there will be local performers including members of the Ridgeline Literary Alliance. The TLC Grow Zone Players will present their live radio performance of “The Thin Man” at 7:30pm.
Mark your calendar for ARTrageous 2019 on Nov 8th at 6pm at The Learning Center Charter School located at 945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy. Adult tickets are $10 and students are $5.
Offering well prepared, healthy food that nourishes students is a cornerstone of the educational environment at The Learning Center Charter School. Using locally grown produce is icing on the cake.
The charter school is part of the NC Farm to School program which affords the school ample opportunity and access to healthy North Carolina produce.
The NC Farm to School program is run through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Food Distribution. During the 2011-12 school year, the NC Farm to School program delivered over one million dollars worth of NC produce to NC schools, reaching 1,003,921 students in 1,599 schools.
NC Farm to School gives North Carolina farms a viable market for their crops while providing schools a local source of fresh, seasonal produce. Produce includes watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, red potatoes, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, romaine lettuce, apple slices, collards, sweet potatoes, strawberries, squash, zucchini and blueberries.
Hilary Ehlers, Child Nutrition Director at the school, said, “The Farm to School program not only provides easy access to foods grown locally but also opportunities for agriculture, nutrition and health education.”
Ehlers added that when a student makes the connection between agriculture and food, they realize that food comes from a farmer and not magically from the grocery store.
“Nutrition education is a key part of our mission at our school,” said Ehlers. “Our students tend vegetable gardens on campus and the produce we buy from local farmers through this program reinforces the lessons we teach daily.”
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For the third year in a row, fifth graders at our school are participating in 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.
Students had their first excursion to learn the rules and procedures during these field work expeditions. Students learned things like how to identify poison ivy, what to do if they see a snake in the woods, how to use compasses and magnifying glasses, and how to behave around stinging insects.
On the second day, students focused on matter and the water cycle. Students did a scientific experiment with transpiration where they placed baggies on leaves and collected data about which leaves had the most transpiration. They also did an experiment where they had to create a representation of the water cycle.
The students really are excited to learn more on future Muddy Sneakers expeditions!
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