October 8th Principal’s Update

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Orange Charter Families, Just like Project-Based Learning pioneers Sylvia Chard and Lillian Katz, I believe that school life should be a reflection of real life. Periods of intense solo work should be balanced with periods of intense collaborative work which should be balanced with opportunities for lighter work and reflection which should be balanced with […]

2014-2015 Welcome Back Message from Mr. Corcoran

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August 4th, 2014 Hello, OCS Families! August has arrived and that means it is time to officially welcome everyone to the start of the 2014-2015 school year! Staff members and I have been working hard, in a number of different ways (cleaning, interviewing, attending workshops, painting, reading, renovating…etc., you get the point:)), to prepare for […]

Mr. Corcoran’s Top 10

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My, how the time has flown by this school year!   Here are my top 10 unforgettable memories from 2013-2014:   10. Pi Day. Never in my life have I been the target of such, ahem (pie in the face), affection. Fun with an academic purpose!   9. Quality (bonus) time spent with my three […]

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 […]

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: Scholastic.com 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 socrative.com, to gather feedback and steer class discussion regarding a […]

Weighing in on “Teachers and the Great Economic Debate”

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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, […]

STEAM Education FAQ

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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 […]

Welcome to my Principal’s Blog!

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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 […]