Free Online Counseling Sessions Available to Community

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.

Michaela Landry, Licensed Clinical Social Worker for DotCom Therapy, will lead four free online Jam Sessions for our community on June 16, June 30, July 14, and July 28th.

8th Grade Graduation Parade

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!

Scenes From Our 5th Annual School Maker Faire

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 at TLC

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.

Ms. Nicole taught “Green Eggs & Hamlet” to her students.

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.

Third graders Gear Up for 5th Annual School Maker Faire

Third graders 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 famous art. 

Teacher Kathleen Shook tapped into the student interest and has allowed the class to continue their exploration of famous artists.

“After we 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 from 3:30-6:30.

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.

Don’t Forget: School Maker Faire is Thursday!

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!

National Junior Honor Society Induction

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.