School News – November 14

School news

Lego Club helping protect turtles

The Columbus Signature Academy — Lincoln Lego Club chose to research box turtles as part of the Lego robotics competition. The club’s mission was to find a way to help an animal in danger from human activities.

In order to raise awareness for box turtles, the students intend to make turtle crossing signs to be placed in local parks. The team presented their idea to the Columbus City Council and Mayor Lienhoop received approval.

Students experience rigors of adult life

Fifth-grade students at Columbus Signature Academy — Lincoln participated in the day-long Junior Achievement Biztown project.

In the project, the students experienced a day-long visit to the fully-interactive, simulated town in Indianapolis on Nov. 8. Students were responsible for the duties of the jobs they were assigned, such as mayor, town marshal, fast-food workers and electricity meter reader.

To prepare, students completed interviews in real businesses in downtown Columbus, to help determine where they would be hired or assigned for their day at Biztown.

Columbus businesses that participated in the interviews were Johnson-Witkemper Insurance, WellConnect, Bartholomew County assessor, Bartholomew County Courthouse, Hoosier Sporting Goods and the Bartholomew County Public Library.

Parent/student planning night set

Columbus North High School’s Counseling Department will host a parent/student planning night for juniors at 7 p.m. Wednesday in North’s cafeteria.

Graduation requirements, transcripts, Naviance, SAT and ACT, career exploration, college visits and more will be discussed.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.