Makers Mash 2019

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.

How we celebrated National School Lunch Week

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.

4th annual ARTrageous event set for Friday, Nov. 8th

Last year’s cast of the ARTrageous production was all smiles!

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.

Save the Date – ARTrageous 2019

Our 4th Annual ARTrageous event is scheduled for November 8, 2019 at 6:00pm in our Auditorium. This annual event features student written and visual art, art from our local community, live performances and a special production from our very own GrowZone Players. This year’s theme is Old Time Radio Show and you won’t want to miss it. Stop by the front office to grab tickets for this awesome! annual event. $5 per student and $10 per adult. All money raised goes to support the Arts at our school.

And hors d’oeuvres! We’ll have ’em!

Mark your calendars! Monster Mash & ARTrageous

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Day of Service for 9/11 Remembrance

At 8:10am on the morning of September 11, 2019, students and teachers at The Learning Center Charter School gathered in front of the school to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.  After observing a moment of silence, the students mobilized into groups and performed acts of kindness and service across campus and the community.

This was the ninth year in a row the school has performed community service as a means to honor the lives lost on 9/11.

Students fanned out across the campus and community with a spirit of helpfulness.  Some picked up litter along the River Walk while others scoured Conahetta Park for trash and debris.  The Fifth Grade class volunteered at Nantahala Regional Library where they cleaned and organized books.

 “Our annual day of service not only honors those victims, but develops the character of our students as well,” said Ryan Bender, head of school in training at the charter school.  “Children’s television host Fred Rogers famously said that when he was a boy and saw scary things in the news, his mother would tell him to ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’  Our annual day of service instills in these kids to become those helpers.”

Bender added that in addition to the day of service activities, teachers use the day to encourage dialogue and education in the classroom to this young generation of students who weren’t alive during the 2001 terror attacks.  “Our goal is to ensure that these students understand this day and its significance to our history.”

First graders picked up litter in The Outdoor Learning Center and then made this poster with the trash they collected.

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Scenes from Our Annual Parent Fair

The annual Parent Fair was held August 22, 2019 from 2:00-6:00 pm and served as way to inform and to provide parents of enrolled students with all of the “start-up” details for the upcoming school year. It also provided an opportunity for parents and the community to explore the full range of Learning Center offerings.

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6th-8th Grade Fall Camping Trip Sept. 23-25th

6th - 8th Fall Camping Trip

It’s time for our annual 6th-8th grade fall camping trip. Students and staff will be camping September 23-25, 2019 at Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC.

Activities will be supervised by Camp Kanuga staff and include ecology lessons, canoeing, high ropes and climbing courses. There will also be a night hike, Appalachian culture activities and campfires.

Students will stay in winterized cabins and all meals will be provided by Camp Kanuga staff.

This highly anticipated event is a highlight of the school year for our 6th through 8th grade students!