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!

Charter School Extends Free School Meals

The Learning Center Charter School Nutrition Department is excited to announce that the USDA has extended the summer free school meals waivers through the 2020-2021 school year.

The extension of the summer feeding waivers not only allows all students to eat school meals at no charge, but they also help ensure that nutrition programs have flexibility and adaptability when it comes to meal service during unanticipated closures.

The charter school nutrition program will continue to offer families that have elected complete virtual learning the option to do curbside pick-up of meals.

“It remains critical our students continue to receive healthy and nutritious food as our community continues to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Hilary Ehlers, Child Nutrition Director at the school.  

Ehlers added that the waiver extension allows her team to focus on nourishing hungry children for success, rather than scrambling to process paperwork and verify eligibility in the midst of a pandemic.

“We are happy to see more and more of our students’ smiling faces during the lunch time as well as at curbside pick-up,” said Ehlers.

Ehlers added, “We would like to give a very special thank you to Dr. Lynn Harvey, Director of School Nutrition and District Operations for North Carolina, for all of her hard work in making sure these extensions and free meals to all children became a reality.”

Art Still Part of Curriculum Despite Covid-19

Students at The Learning Center Charter School are either attending school in a hybrid model or fully remote, depending on student choice. However, despite this unique scheduling due to the global pandemic, all students at the school are still receiving visual arts and music education weekly.

The charter school embraces learning through the arts as an essential part of their E-STEAM curriculum. E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & agriculture, and math. The arts component is evident on the campus grounds that showcases art projects from across the grade levels and subject areas.

Despite the challenges due to Covid-19 for teachers and students as opposed to a “normal” school year model, the school has found a way to still provide art education to all of students. Art teacher, Kelly Denton, has created both independent art and music websites that guide students through art and music lessons. The art website even acts as a showcase for student art upon submission to Denton.

“I’ve managed to map out the entire school year with both music and visual art lessons,” said Denton. Students will study things like rhythm, tempo, pitch and different music styles. Art lessons include things like shapes, positive and negative space, color theory, as well as focus on different famous artists throughout the school year. 

“School has to be more than sitting at a computer clicking through options. I want our kids to have fun and learning things they can use to express themselves. What the students have been producing is phenomenal. They inspire me,” said Denton.

1st Grade Science – All Living Things Video from Ms. Emily

Ms. Emily teaches science to our young students. Here she is teaching about living things.

As a family member or friend of a student at our school, you may wonder how education is being delivered remotely on the days that your student is not on campus. Our teachers are using many methods including videos. This is just one example! Here, Ms. Emily does a short ten minute lesson for first graders on living things as part of science.

Art for All Kindergarten through 8th Grade Students

You already know that The Learning Center Charter School values art in all forms as an important component education. We have always offered chorus, visual arts, and dramatic arts opportunities to our students. This year, as we operate A & B schedules as well as a fully remote option, we still have art!

Ms. Kelly is providing virtual art lessons for all Kindergarten through eighth grade students.

These photos are examples of the first lesson for the school year which taught how fun it it to use lines. Ms. Kelly asked students to create a scribble and fill it in with colored lines in any patters they liked. This introductory lesson allowed students an easy way to use lines at home with any medium they had available!

Freckle New at TLC this School Year

Whether your family has opted for in-person hybrid learning or fully remote learning, we are meeting students exactly where they are academically. Beginning this school year, we are using the online platform called Freckle, that provides differentiated learning.

Freckle continuously adapts to each student’s individual skills and provides inquiry based lessons. It also provides teachers with individual student data which helps to better differential for each child.

Learning More About Us & What the New School Year Will Look Like

School starts in less than a month and we appreciate Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce visiting our school, learning more about us, and making this video.

The 2020-21 school year is definitely going to look different for our students but The Learning Center has solid plans in place to offer our families two options for how students can be enrolled, attend school, and receive the awesome E-STEAM, Project Based Learning (PBL), Open Way Learning (OWL) education you expect and rely on.

Visit our website’s FAQ of our Covid-19 2020-21 School Year page to find the latest, up-to-date information about how school will look this fall at The Learning Center Charter School.