Whether it’s remembering the warmer days earlier this semester or the fun students had when the Bookmobile visited, the first part of the 2019-2020 school year is in the books. Hoping everyone is having a wonderful break! See you in 2020!
Our second year of wrestling is underway. Athletes participated in their first wrestling tournament of the season on December 1st at North Gwinnett High School. We had two 2nd place finishers and one 3rd place. Way to go TLC Bears!
Second grade created stepping stones for the class garden area using recycled glass in the stones. The students were partnered up to work collaboratively on designing and creating their stepping stones.
The stepping stones were put on display during ARTrageous and will be put in the second grade garden plot in the front of the school.
Second grade completed a cross curricular Thanksgiving lapbook project where students learned all about the history of Thanksgiving through reading, writing, research and collaboration.
As part of the project, students were partnered up and given instruction on how to work collaboratively and how to have constructive conversations.
Next the students were taught how to conduct research on laptops and how to take notes.
Lastly, the children worked closely with their partners to complete their Thanksgiving lapbook projects and presented them to the class, taking questions from classmates and giving feedback.
Each fall our 8th graders go on a school camping trip. This go around, students traveled to Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC from September 23-25th.
Activities were supervised by Camp Kanuga staff and included ecology lessons, canoeing, high ropes and climbing courses. There was also a night hike, Appalachian culture activities and campfires.
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!
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May. These events are used to encourage families to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking and to increase local leader commitment and visibility for traffic safety and community quality of life.
However, staff at the charter school opted to take this program farther than just a one day event each semester. Instead, they instituted a daily walking program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Head of school, Ryan Bender, said “We want to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for students, staff and parents.” He added that starting each day with exercise is a great way to stimulate the brain and get it prepared to learn during school. Also, by offering incentives to participate in the morning walk, the school has seen a reduction in the number of students arriving tardy to class each day.
Each morning students walk. If the weather is good, students walk a safe path on campus. If it is raining or below 35 degrees, students complete their walk in the Gymnatorium.
“The first year of our walking program was a success in the way of fitness, attendance, class attentiveness and team building and we are thrilled to be continuing the daily walking program for a second year,” said Bender.
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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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What does a third grade teacher at The Learning Center Charter School do when she senses a restless class?
She takes them to the Outdoor Learning Center for a giant leaf playing session of course!