School News – December 11

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Applications accepted for dual language program

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is accepting applications for its dual language immersion program that will begin next fall.

The program, which will be offered at Clifty Creek Elementary School, will allow prekindergarten and kindergarten students to learn in a bilingual classroom. Under the voluntary program, students will be taught how to read and write in English and Spanish by a native Spanish speaker.

Students who are enrolled in the program would be immersed in Spanish for most of the day under an 80/20 model.

Applications for the program are on the district’s website,, and will be accepted through Feb. 5, said Gina Pleak, BCSC’s director of title programs. The district plans to charge a $160 weekly fee for students interested in the pre-kindergarten program, while a reduced rate of $60 will be offered for families meeting free/reduced guidelines, Pleak said.

Scholarships also will be available for families who cannot afford to pay the fee, she added. There will be no fee associated for students enrolled in the kindergarten dual language program.

Families who are accepted into the program will be notified Feb. 9. For more information, contact Clifty Creek principal Michael Parsons at or Denise Recarte, BCSC director of the English Language Learning program, at

Indiana Senate offering page program

Applications are being accepted for the Indiana Senate page program that helps students learn about state government.

The day-long program, which runs from mid-January until early March, gives sixth- to 12th-grade students an opportunity to tour the Indiana Statehouse, observe session debates on the Senate floor and assist staff with age-appropriate tasks. Students will also be able to meet with their senator as part of the program.

Pages are scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the legislative session starting at 8:30 a.m. and dismissing at 3:30 p.m., while groups serve together on Wednesdays. Serving as a page is considered to be an excused absence from school.

For more information or to apply, visit

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or