Feb. 19, 2022
School Board Votes Unanimously to Make Face-Coverings Optional

As you are likely aware, Gov. Roy Cooper has now recommended that all schools shift to a mask optional policy related to mitigation efforts surrounding COVID. During this week’s meeting, the Lake Lure Classical Academy school board voted unanimously to make face coverings optional in all grade levels, and indoors at all school-sanctioned events, effective immediately.

This is a change to the board’s decision in January that maintained the face-covering requirement during a time of heightened community spread of the Omicron variant across the nation and in our school's service area. The board’s decision this week followed discussions on the current downward trend in community positivity rates and recent changes to the NCDHHS StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit. As required by Senate Bill 654, school boards will continue to be required to review their mask policies every month.

Therefore, when students return to school on Tuesday, February 22nd, masks will be optional for all students and staff.

 We ask you to join us in modeling kindness and respect for the personal choices surrounding face coverings. 

As a leadership team, we will continue to do our part here to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID and other viruses. The teachers and staff at LLCA value the trust parents place in us as we educate your children. 
Recent changes have been made to the NC Strong School Toolkit. This information is available on our school website or can be found here.
Here are the summary points of the latest changes:

  • If you have had a Covid exposure, it is recommended that you wear a mask for 10 days while outside of the home.
  • You no longer need to quarantine for your exposure.
  • If you are showing signs of illness, stay home and get tested.

Covid screening is available weekly for those who sign up and diagnostic testing is also available for those who experience symptoms while at school or at home. Feel free to contact Nurse Redmon by email at [email protected] with any questions you may have.
We want to encourage all of our students to continue good hand and respiratory hygiene during the remainder of the school year while we continue to experience high levels of Covid in our county. 
Help Save a Life - THIS COMING FRIDAY!
On February 25th we will have a Red Cross Blood Drive in the Raptor Center from 8 am to 1:30 pm.
This will be a public event as well. Please consider donating. Blood supplies remain critically low.
February 22nd - 25th - NC Check-ins for Middle School
Friday, Feb. 18th - Teacher Workday, no school for students
Monday, Feb. 21st - Presidents’ Day Holiday, No school
Wednesday, Feb. 23rd - PTO Meeting, 5:30 pm (On-Campus & Virtual)
Thursday, Feb.24th - Meeting for parents of rising seniors (Class of 2023) at 5:30 pm. LLCA Room C-15 in the high school wing
Friday, Feb. 25th - Blood Drive in the Raptor Center (Open to the Public), 8 am - 1:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 25th - Middle School Dance, 3:15 pm-6 pm. Raptor Center
Tuesday, March 1st - Deadline for Intent to Return Forms for 2022-2023 School Year. Submit the Intent to Return Form Here
Tuesday, March 1st - All 10th and 11th Graders will take Pre-ACT and ACT 
March 4th & 14th - LLCA Open House & Discovery Tours for Families of new and prospective students, 10 am - 2 pm
Kindergarten & Elementary School Activities
In Mrs. Peyer’s class students celebrated the end of their domain on “Kings and Queens' by having an Alice in Wonderland Royal Tea Party. The children dressed up as their favorite character or prince/princess played games and had a tea party with all the goodies.
Rainy days don't get Ms. Bradley's class down! Her class loves having fun building, drawing, and pretend play on Indoor Recess days.
Fourth-grade students in Ms.Erickson's ELA class completed a two-part cumulative project for their class book Robinhood. This Classic gave students a deeper understanding of the Middle Ages. Students worked teamwork creativity while creating chalk murals of their favorite Robinhood adventures
Mrs. Triplett’s class extended their Native American Unit by creating a teepee complete with drawings from the Lakota Sioux tribe. 

TERM 3 Elementary Clubs coming SOON!
Online registration opens next week and will be offered online only. 
Clubs for this term will start the week of March 21-25 and conclude the week of May 15-20. The cost per club is $25. *If you need a scholarship, please contact Ms. Kristin or Dr. Phipps.
Selections include:
  • Hiking Club (K-2) TUESDAYS Mrs. Peyer & Mrs. W-W (Max. 14)
  • Yoga & Mindfulness Club (2-3) TUESDAYS Mrs. Massey (Max. 12)
  • Gardening Club (3-5) WEDNESDAYS Mrs. Sarratt (Max. 16)
  • Running Raptors (4-5) THURSDAYS Ms. Kristin (Max. 14)
  • Odyssey of the Mind (4-5) THURSDAYS Ms. Kristin (Max 12)
Honoring Black History Month
In 7th and 8th grade ELA we have been celebrating Black History Month by highlighting books written by black authors or about black characters. We have been studying Frederick Douglass closely, as well as listening to dramatic readings by Chadwick Boseman, (formerly a Black Panther).
Random Acts of Kindness

Ms. Askins’s students showered the high school this week with random acts of kindness in honor of the national day for Random Acts of Kindness, which was celebrated this week on Thursday, February 17th. The PTO also provided gifts, and students arranged and delivered these gifts with personalized notes. These wonderful acts of kindness brightened the day of many, and hopefully, they are being paid forward now. #BEKIND! 
Reminder: Upcoming Parent Meetings!
Mr. Smith and Mrs. Powell plan to meet with parents before the 2022-2023 course registration. These meetings are scheduled for the following dates at 5:30 pm on the school campus.

Parents of Rising Seniors: Thursday, February 24th
Parents of Rising Juniors & Sophomores: Thursday, March 3rd 
Parents of Rising Freshmen: Thursday, March 10th 

These meetings will provide an overview of the registration process and offer some recommendations for how parents can help students prepare for the upcoming academic year as well as for life after high school.
For questions, please email
High School Principal, Michael Smith at [email protected]
High School Counselor, Jennifer Powel at [email protected]
PTO News & Events
The next meeting of the LLCA-PTO is Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at 5:30 pm., in the high school lab. You may also join by video at

Or by phone:
‪+1 304-518-4063‬
PIN: ‪937 052 941#‬

The PTO is also organizing a Middle School Dance for Feb. 25th. Click the graphic for all the details and to sign up to help!
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To provide an educational community with high academic and character expectations, creating life-long learners. 

Our Vision: 
To partner with community resources supporting a culture of mutual respect and academic excellence that reflects high quality and relevant instruction and produces college and/or career-ready graduates.
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