Principal's Blog

Guest Blog: “Everything is Awesome” by Kim Apelgren

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It’s Friday afternoon and I’ve just witnessed the middle school “lip sync” assembly.  I have what has become a frequent part of my life since joining Orange Charter 6 years ago, an enormous feeling of pride.  I am proud because kids who are normally shy and soft-spoken felt comfortable enough to get up on stage […]

You are cordially invited to the OCS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, April 9th from 8-9AM!


OCS Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Invite We appreciate our parent and community volunteers! Please drop in anytime between 8-9 AM on the morning of Wednesday, April 9th to enjoy breakfast, student musical performances, and other heartfelt gestures of our appreciation.

Community, by Wendy Geise

Recently while preparing for our upcoming Kindergarten unit, “My Community,” I paused to reflect on what community means, exactly, in the year 2014. Community. Webster’s defines it as: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, […]

Fun Family Reading Tips for Snow Days….& Beyond!

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Source: 1. Nourishing the Meal Time Have your kids read recipes aloud to you while you’re cooking dinner. From ingredient lists to cooking directions, this kind of family reading will help build vocabulary, fluency… and dessert! 2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? While your family is eating together, discuss what your favorite characters would have […]

The Future of Learning Has Arrived at OCS!

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Wonder what happens when you “blend” experienced teachers, eager 8th grade students, and the very latest in online teaching tools? Pure magic, that’s what! Check out these images from Mrs. Potter’s Language Arts classroom, where she and Dr. Breedlove used a web-based student response system, called, to gather feedback and steer class discussion regarding a […]

Weighing in on “Teachers and the Great Economic Debate”


This Monday, I had the privilege of attending the latest version of the NCSU-sponsored Emerging Issues Forum, entitled Teachers and the Great Economic Debate. There was a star-studded lineup of speakers at the event, including former NC Governor Jim Hunt Jr., best-selling author and human motivation expert Daniel Pink, Time Magazine contributor Amanda Ripley, Harvard economist Raj Chetty, […]

Join us for the OCS Digital Learning Showcase on Monday, 3/10 starting at 5:30 PM!


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STEAM Education FAQ pyramid

Orange Charter School is well on its way to becoming an authentic STEAM learning environment!   What is STEAM education & how does it differ from STEM? STEAM is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) teaching & learning built around an Arts foundation. Whereas STEM tends to focus on purely technical elements, STEAM is careful to […]

Now accepting applications for Fall 2014-2015, deadline is Thursday, February 13th at 3 PM

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We are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 School Year. The application window opened on Friday, January 3rd and closes on Thursday, February 13th at 3 PM. Siblings of our current students are guaranteed admission for Kindergarten & 6th grade and are given priority for other grades (space allowing). All other applications will be entered into […]

Welcome to my Principal’s Blog!

From the Desk of Mr. Corcoran

Welcome to my Principal’s Blog! I will use this space to regularly spotlight the many great things taking place at Orange Charter School! I will focus my initial entry on the main factor that distinguishes us from other schools. That’s right, our AMAZING, WORLD-CLASS TEACHERS! Not only do they love kids and have a passion for […]