Scenes from ARTrageous 2019

On November 8, 2019, our school hosted our fourth annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2019.

Art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and a live drama performance from our very own TLC GrowZone Players.

The TLC GrowZone Players always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s performance was a spin on a old time radio show called The Thin Man.

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the arts at TLC!

5th grade students enjoy Muddy Sneakers trip to Fires Creek

Building boats and racing them down the creek was the order of the day on October 29th for fifth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School.  That’s because field educators from Muddy Sneakers took the class on an expedition to Fires Creek to learn about force and motion.

The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude.  Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.

While at Fires Creek, students had to construct a boat and see how fast it could travel in the creek in 11 seconds.  Students made a hypothesis, tested their boats, made adjustments and then tested them again.  They also investigated how a pulley system works by trying to find the best way to get a rope over a tree limb to lift a weighted backpack off the ground.

Fifth grade science teacher at the school, Gina Stafford, said, “The students loved the trip not just because it was fun, but because they were divided into small groups and were really able to focus on what the instructors were teaching. I loved seeing the kids so involved with the activities and enjoying the outdoors. They really did get muddy sneakers!”

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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.

5th Grade Starts Muddy Sneakers

For the third year in a row, fifth graders at our school are participating in Muddy Sneakers.  The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude.  Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.

Students had their first excursion to learn the rules and procedures during these field work expeditions.  Students learned things like how to identify poison ivy, what to do if they see a snake in the woods, how to use compasses and magnifying glasses, and how to behave around stinging insects.

On the second day, students focused on matter and the water cycle. Students did a scientific experiment with transpiration where they placed baggies on leaves and collected data about which leaves had the most transpiration.  They also did an experiment where they had to create a representation of the water cycle. 

The students really are excited to learn more on future Muddy Sneakers expeditions!

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Murphy PD & EMS Visit

In September, both the Cherokee County EMS Department and the Murphy Police Department visited our Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten students.

Thank you for visiting our young students and telling them about your important community function and answering all of their many, many questions!

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How Teachers Spent Their Summer Break

Teachers and staff at The Learning Center Charter School have spent the last several weeks prepping classrooms, campus and curriculum for the start of the new school year this week.

Annual Parent Fair at The Learning Center Charter School

Ryan Bender, Head of School in Training, pointed out all the steps necessary to get ready for a new school year.  “Building and site maintenance is crucial during the summer months,” said Bender.  “More importantly, however, our teachers spend much of their summer break attending training in order to be sure our school continues to offer an outstanding academic program.”

Bender said that some of the most exciting training teachers experienced this summer was OWL trainingOWL stands for Open Way Learning and is the brainchild of local educators Ben Owens and Adam Haigler. This way of teaching/learning has been the foundational approach at Tri-County Early College High School. 

According to openwaylearning.org, “Open Way Learning (OWL) offers a set of principles that can transform schooling through leveraging the power of open communities. It is a framework that encourages educators to create, tweak, and share best practices to help education keep pace with a rapidly changing economy, society, and environment. OWL encourages educators to prioritize shared vision, distributed leadership, collaboration, freely exchanged knowledge, and innovation in creating customized solutions for their learning communities.”

“Tri-County Early College High School has an impressive and proven track record of success,” said Bender. “We are here to take this revolutionary educational model to the kindergarten through eighth grade level.”

To learn more about the Community of Learners at The Learning Center Charter School, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or call 835-7240.

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