Girls on the Run

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This past Spring girls in grades 3 through 8 traveled to Asheville to participate in a 5K race as part of  “Girls on the Run.” Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization focused on girls from 3rd – 8th grade to inspire, empower and build confidence in order to unlock their full potential.  The program is a curriculum-based, character-development program at the school that offers physical fitness through running and track. The program, offered to 14 counties in North Carolina, combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education.

Look for information to come home about your daughter being part of this awesome organization.

The Learning Center! Offers Rich Program Across All Districts

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The Learning Center! Charter School continues to break ground with innovations that present parents and their students with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. Ambitious facility improvements designed for rich academic opportunities continue to take place on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center! offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment. 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.

Director Mary Jo Dyre is particularly proud to announce a Kindergarten Montessori Blend Program. “We have had such consistent, strong success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus, that we wanted to continue the Montessori Method into Kindergarten, which we believe works best for young learners.”

Learning Center’s “Above and Beyond” programs include Compacted Math Classes for gifted students, “MusicFriday” guest musicians program, K-5 chorus, links to a variety of instrument lessons, the opportunity to audition as a GrowZone Player in the school’s drama program, and upper-grades electives.

More extras including National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind teams, “Academics and the Arts” artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program, upper-grades electives program, Writers Club, “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track” provide students with the possibility to become all that they can be.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Last year, the school built a new Gymnatorium and “Makers’ Space.” The 4,500 square foot building serves as a half court gym as well as useful space for assemblies, drama performances and more.

The Learning Center serves approximately 200 students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There isno 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 “Inventors Boot camp” and Intervention programs are also offered.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 828.835.7240. Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org, their blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage).

“Girls on the Run” Keeps Girls on Track

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The Learning Center! Charter School has partnered with “Girls on the Run” for a third season this year.  Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization focused on girls from 3rd – 8th grade to inspire, empower and build confidence in order to unlock their full potential.  The program is a curriculum-based, character-development program at the school that offers physical fitness through running and track. The program, offered to 14 counties in North Carolina, combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education.

“Girls on the Run is perfect fit for the school because of our strong emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education,” said Cheryl Catuto, teacher and program liaison for the school. “STEM education incorporates all content areas with creative exploration, teamwork, confidence and determination for success–even after failure.”

Catuto went on to say, “by providing a strong foundation through Girls on the Run for our young ladies, we hope to unlock their potential and encourage all of our students to pursue their dreams.”

The Learning Center! As Seen in the Special School Round Up Section of the Cherokee Scout

The Learning Center! Charter School continues to break ground with innovations that present parents and their students with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. Ambitious facility improvement plans designed for rich academic opportunities continue to take place on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center! offers a STEM learning environment balanced with arts, music, an award winning nutrition program, daily P.E., and unique electives. The school’s curriculum blends healthy living, community involvement and an academic program rich in Common Core standards. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

The Learning Center! is beginning its second year STEM program — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM program completes what will be defined as an E-STEAM approach to education. “E” stands for entrepreneurship and the “A” represents a strong arts/language arts emphasis. “It is our goal,” said Mary Jo Dyre, director of The Learning Center “that all facility improvements provide the ideal setting for students to be involved in the hands-on, problem solving approach that is characteristic of a quality E-STEAM education. We will have a stage for our drama program, OM/STEM workspace and a multi-purpose gym included in our up-coming construction plan.”

The school offers a strong music and drama program. The music education program offers chorus, guest musicians and instrument lessons that include bowed string, fiddle, guitar and piano. The drama program has a skilled drama coach and theatre group called, “GrowZone Players.”

The Jackie Ward Foundation provides both funding and in-kind support for the school’s extra academics and arts programs. Students benefit from a rich cultural environment that complements academic offerings of the highest caliber.

The Learning Center! also offers extra-curricular programs such as National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind teams, “Academics and the Arts” Artists-in-Residency program,  “Mini and Middle REAL”  young entrepreneur program, compacted math classes for gifted students, upper-grades electives program, Writers Club, “Girls on the Run”, “Girls on Track” and “Chick Challengers Club”.

Designated an “A+ Fit School” by The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Students eat healthy, freshly prepared food, much of it from local sources.

The Learning Center!, serves approximately 200 students and is open to both in-and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th and students can attend from any county. The school also features a Montessori private preschool serving ages 3-5 years. After School programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs and Intervention programs are also offered.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 828.835.7240. Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org, their blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage).

More About Girls on the Run and Girls on Track

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This year’s 5K race was on May 17th at the UNC Asheville campus. You can see each TLC girl wore a green t-shirt, had an adult running buddy and wore #1 as her race number.

“Girls on the Run,” a curriculum-based, character-development program serving girls in the 3rd through 8th grades in Western North Carolina is one of many unique offerings at The Learning Center! Charter School. The national program is offered to 14 counties in the western N.C. division and combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education.

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The Girls on Track community service project was not just one thing, but many things for the playground at our school. Ms. Mary, Ms. Shelley, and Ms. Jay helped with the project along with one of the parents. The girls built new planter boxes, picked up trash from the playground, moved the big wooden bench, nailed in loose nails on the walkways, and blocked off an area by using recycled wood that matched the new planter box. They had a great time and it looks wonderful!

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“Girls on the Run” on Track at Learning Center!

Learning Center! Charter school girls are getting strong and fit. They are learning about ways to be healthy–both emotionally and physically– and how to work together. In its second year, “Girls on the Run,” a curriculum-based, character-development program at the school offers physical fitness through running and track. Serving girls in the 3rd through 8th grades in Western North Carolina, “Girls on the Run” is one of many unique offerings at The Learning Center! Charter School. The program, offered to 14 counties, combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education.

Cheryl Catuto, teacher and site liaison for the school, coordinated two teams: “Girls on the Run” for grades 3rd through 5th and “Girls on Track” for grades 6th through 8th.  Each group met twice a week to have lesson-based character education, self-esteem and health education.

The program provides a healthy snack at each lesson, and a physical activity to help prepare them for the 5K at the end of the session. “Girls on the Run” session culminates with a celebratory 5K run on Saturday, May 17th at UNC-Asheville. Cheryl Catuto, teacher and site liaison for the school, coordinated two teams: “Girls on the Run” for grades 3rd through 5th and “Girls on Track” for grades 6th through 8th.

“Girls on the Run” is coached by Chris Crayton, Mary Morris, Debby Intemann and Learning Center alumni, Mary Booze.  For Girls on Track, the coaches are Jay Evans, Shelley Dockery, and Mary Morris.

The girls also have to come up with a community service project at the end of the lessons as well. The “Girls on the Run” team chose to clear and maintain the school’s nature trail and the “Girls on Track” team chose to build a new planter for the willow tree on the school’s playground and create benches. Said Catuto, “The character-development aspect of this program has been especially rewarding for these girls.”

For more about other unique programs at the school visit www.naturallygrownkids.org, or the blog at tlcgrowzone.org/blog/.

Girls on the Run

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Girls on the Run is having a great season.  Participants are learning about ways to be healthy, both emotionally and physically, and how to use healthy language to express their feelings.  They are learning about how to be good friends to each other.  And they run!!  Recently the girls ran a 5 K to practice for the regional event at the end of the season.  There was lots of evidence of how much the girls have learned, and how strong they are getting.  More than one girl ran an extra lap or two to help a friend finish!

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Girls on the Run/Girls on Track Sign Ups

Girls on the Run Spring 2014 Session

 

Registration Dates: February 3-14

Program Dates:  February 17-May 16

5k Run/Walk Date:  Saturday, May 17

WHO? The program is for 3rd – 8th grade girls of ALL fitness and ability levels.

WHAT?  Teams of 8-20 girls meet afterschool twice a week for 12-weeks with their trained, volunteer coaches to discuss important life lessons while playing fun running games that encourage each girl to find and stay true to her REAL self.  The program ends with a BIG 5k (3.1 mile event) with every girl being celebrated for reaching her goal!

HOW? Parent meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5th in the Dining Commons after school to find out more and have computer access to register. Be sure to register as early as possible to get your spot on the team! Registration fee is based on a sliding scale from $15-$125.

 

Site Contact: Cheryl Catuto

Lesson Dates & Times: each team will meet from 3:20-4:45

3rd-5th Grade Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 6th-8th Grade Mondays & Thursdays

 Register & learn more at www.gotrwnc.org or by calling Jennifer Ingle, Program Coordinator at 828-713-3132.

Be on the lookout for Girls on the Run!

girls_on_the_run_logo“Girls on the Run,” a curriculum-based, character-development program serving girls in the 3rd through 8th grades in Western North Carolina is one of many unique offerings at The Learning Center! Charter School. The national program is offered to 14 counties in the western N.C. division and combines training for a 5K running event with healthy living education. This year, the kick-off for the 2014 program at the school happens in February and will culminate with a 5k challenge on May 17th.

Cheryl Catuto, teacher and site liaison for the school, will coordinate two teams: “Girls on the Run” for grades 3 through 5 and “Girls on Track” for grades 6 through 8. Each group meets twice a week to have lesson-based character education, self-esteem and health education.

The program provides a healthy snack at each lesson, and a physical activity to help prepare them for the 5K at the end of the session. The girls also have to come up with a community service project at the end of the lessons as well. Students may begin sign-ups in January.

As seen in the Cherokee Scout’s School Round Up Addition

The Learning Center! Charter School

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Murphy – The Learning Center! Charter School has broken ground on the beginnings of an ambitious facility improvement plan designed to make the school “future-ready.” This summer, the school moved into it’s newly renovated administration office with plans for more expansion and improvements through a recently procured USDA loan.

The school offers a learning environment rich in academics balanced with the arts, music, an award winning nutrition program, daily P.E., and unique electives. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) blends healthy living, community involvement and an academic program rich in Common Core standards for well-rounded future-ready citizens.

The Learning Center! is piloting a STEM program — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics- for the new school year. The STEM program will complete what will be defined as an E-STEAM approach to education. “E” stands for entrepreneurship and the “A” is representative of a strong arts/language arts emphasis. “It is our goal,” said Mary Jo Dyre, director of The Learning Center “that all facility improvements  provide the ideal setting for students to be involved in the hands-on, problem solving approach that is characteristic of a quality E-STEAM education. We will have a stage for our drama program, OM/STEM workspace and a multi-purpose gym included in our up-coming construction plan.”

The school offers Jr. Beta Club, Odyssey of the Mind teams, bowed string, fiddle, guitar and piano lessons,  “Academics and the Arts” Artists-in-Residency program,  “Mini and Middle REAL”  young entrepreneur program, compacted math classes for gifted students, and pottery. “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track”, and “Chick Challengers Club” are among some of the rich electives and extra-curricular programs available through the charter school program.

The Jackie Ward Foundation provides both funding and in-kind support for the school’s extra academics and arts programs. Students benefit from a rich cultural environment that complements academic offerings of the highest caliber.

Designated an “A+ Fit School” by The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Students eat healthy, freshly prepared food (served on real china and silverware) much of it from local sources.

The school also has a rich social media program to better communicate and interact with students, parents and faculty. Visit their new website (naturallygrownkids.org), blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage) to get a comprehensive overview of student opportunities.