The Learning Center charter school has long been known for selling beautiful mums each fall to the community. It’s that time of year again!
Locally grown by Robert Gouglar of Sunshine Mountain Farms, the mums are larger and longer-lasting than what local chain stores are selling them for. They cost $12 each and come in a gallon sized terra cotta colored pot. Brilliant colors of red, white, orange yellow and pink/purple are available.
The annual mum sale is coordinated by the school’s parent group, Parents Involved. The group uses the proceeds from the sale to purchase school supplies for the school.
To buy a mum, call the school at 835-7240 or purchase directly from a school student.
Teachers and students made a jump start to the new school year at The Learning Center Charter School the week of July 20, 2020.
Rising third and fourth graders at the school took advantage of the Summer Jump Start program that is designed to fill in the learning gaps and help with potential learning loss due to Covid-19.
Students countywide were directed by Governor Cooper to remain home from mid-March through the end of the last school year. The same is true for most all kindergarten through twelfth grade students nationwide. Although students were participating in remote/virtual learning during that stay-at-home period, the extended pause has experts and educators concerned about the potential impacts on student achievement.
According to the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a non-profit organization that assesses student academic progress in over 49 countries , 50 states, and 3400 districts, there are projected learning losses that are magnified by the extended absence from in person instruction that occurs in the classroom.
NWEA used data of typical summer learning loss and compared the learning loss trajectory for the additional two months of missed in person instruction. They used a national sample of over 5 million students in grades 3-8.
“It’s a statistical fact that students can suffer an academic setback during the summer months and with the extended closure due to Covid-19, we decided to put our Summer Jump Start program in place to lessen that gap,” said Stephanie Hopper, Associate Academic Director at the charter school.
The charter school carefully prepared the campus following DHHS guidelines to assure that students are learning in a safe environment. Masks and strict safety protocols are in place to protect both students and teachers during the Summer Jump Start.
“Our goal has always been and it remains so during these difficult times to provide our students a high quality, comprehensive, and engaging education,” said Hopper. “Our Summer Jump Start is ensuring we keep our students on track for a successful new school year.”
The global pandemic and resulting health, economic, and job security concerns along with continued and sustained social distancing are difficult for us all. How can you cope? How can you help your family and friends cope with the uncertainty of it all?
The Learning Center Charter School in conjunction with DotCom Therapy, is offering four free online Jam Sessions for anyone in the community that would like to attend. Each session is on a Tuesday evening as follows: June 16 at 6pm, June 30 at 6pm, July 14 at 6pm, and July 28 at 6pm. Topics will include things like parents’ summer survival tips and helping kids self-regulate as well as cope during these times of isolation.
Participants can expect to have an open, supportive conversation about important topics and tips that impact our daily lives.
Participants can simply log on to listen to the information or take a more active role in the dialogue by asking questions.
The counselor that will be leading the sessions is Michaela Landry. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2015 from University of New England.
These Jam Sessions are funded by The Learning Center Charter School and are available to anyone in the community at no cost. Please visit www.naturallygrownkids.org, https://www.facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage, or call 835-7240 to find the login information to join these free Jam Sessions.
On May 27, 2020, teachers and staff lined up around the school to cheer on our twenty one graduates as they paraded around the school and received their diplomas from Mr. Ryan near the front office. The event was streamed live on our Facebook page and although not a traditional graduation ceremony, it was a special way to honor the awesome eighth graders as they “level up” to high school. Congratulations Graduates!
The Learning Center Charter School celebrated making of all kinds at our 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30. Imagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a School Maker Faire.
Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – had booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There were hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.
A special thank you to our wonderful community of Makers that made this event possible. The School Maker Faire proved to be an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.
Read Across America Week was March 2-6, 2020 and our students enjoyed all the activities teachers planned to celebrate.
Read Across America Week promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books.
You might have heard your student talking about the daily events going on at school to celebrate. They were:
Mixed Up Monday: Wear your shirt inside out or backwards.
Truffula Tuesday: Wear a mustache (like the LORAX!)
Wacky Socks Wednesday: Wear a pair of WACKY socks.
Thing 2 Thursday: Decorate your hair in a crazy way, like Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Friday: Oh the Places You’ll Go! Wear a shirt for your favorite college or profession.
It’s Open Enrollment time. That means that if you know of families and students in our community that want to be part of The Learning Center community of learners, now is the time to pre-enroll for the 2020-21 school year.
at The Learning Center Charter School read a book about Vincent Van Gogh early
in the school year and immediately wanted to try their hand at replicating his
Kathleen Shook tapped into the student interest and has allowed the class to
continue their exploration of famous artists.
spent time making Van Gogh replicas, we journeyed into independent studies of
artists that interested us,” said Shook.
The class has
spent time looking at photography as art and as a
way to tell stories. They have explored different art forms including pottery,
metal work, graffiti, hieroglyphics, and ultimately took an interest in
installations, or whole rooms that are transformed into art projects. In fact,
the class decided to incorporate science into an art project by taking their
studies of outer space and transforming their classroom into an art piece that
shows off the Solar System.
The final Solar System art installation
will be unveiled at the 5th Annual School Maker Faire on March 12th
A School Maker Faire is a place to show what you’ve made
and to share what you’ve learned with others.
Schools host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part
science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker
Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals,
clubs, classes or groups. Maker Faire
exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to
engineering to craft.
“We have begun planetary
research that will lead us into art, and we hope to use QR codes to make
the exhibit interactive and educational,” said Shook.
The community is invited and encouraged
to be part of the 5th Annual School Maker Faire set for March 12th
from 3:30-6:30 on the campus of The Learning Center Charter School located at
945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy. Visit www.naturally grownkids.org to learn more
or call 835-7240 to register to be a Maker at the event.
We hope you plan to attend. There will be Makers of all sorts on campus demonstrating and sharing what they make. Additionally, there will be spaghetti dinner for sale as a fundraiser for upper grade class trips. It will be fun, educational, and delicious! See you Thursday!
The Learning Center Charter School inducted new members to National Junior Honor Society on January 30, 2020.
Membership qualifications are based on the five pillars of NJHS:
Scholarship Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
Service This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
Leadership Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
Character The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
Citizenship The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects democracy; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.