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!

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!

PI Donates Basketball Goals

Featured above are two basketball goals that Parents Involved (PI) purchased for our school and PE program!

PI is our version of a traditional PTA. We believe in fostering a Community of Learners, and our Parents Involved are a crucial part of this community.

PI is a non-profit entity working solely for the better good of the students, teachers and The Learning Center as a whole.  PI earn it’s dollars by fundraising and all proceeds go back to the students and their classrooms. 

How can you get involved?

Click HERE to visit the PI portion of the school website. On the website you can learn more about PI, see the calendar of when their monthly meetings are scheduled, and contact officers with further questions.

Your involvement is critical in allowing the organization to achieve it’s plans for YOUR student(s)!

Virtual Talent Showcase Live Streaming Tomorrow, Dec 10th

You’re invited to be part of the Jackie Ward Foundation Virtual Talent Showcase that will be live streaming on the Jackie Ward Foundation Facebook page tomorrow, December 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm. This awesome cultural event will feature talents from students across our community. See you there!

Volunteers Help Clear Trails in Outdoor Learning Center

Our last post was about how important community partnerships are to our school and our ability to provide interesting and engaging experiences to our students. Today we showcase more volunteers.

These volunteers and generous donations brought workers to our outdoor classroom to clear trails.

Without them we don’t know how or when we would have been able to clear the trails and make best use of the space for our students and their safety. Thank you all!

Learning About Bees & Honey

A local beekeeper made this video for our elementary grade students to learn about how honey is collected from a bee hive. Our community partners, like this awesome beekeeper, are a valuable tool in educating and engaging our students in countless ways. We couldn’t do all that we do with out them. Thank you!