School News – February 5

FAFSA assistance offered at local high schools

The Bartholomew Financial Literacy Coalition will help high school students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

FAFSA days will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Columbus East High School in the library. The coalition also will offer assistance at Columbus North High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in rooms 1004 A and B and will also be at Hauser High School in Hope from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 22.

Pizza will be provided at Columbus East and North during the lunch hours to help parents who may want to attend during their lunch breaks. For more information, contact Laurie Dickerson, iGrad director at Ivy Tech Community College, at 812-374-5281 or e-mail

BCSC kindergarten enrollment begins soon

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will begin kindergarten enrollment for the 2018-19 school year next month.

Enrollment will be from March 5 to 9, with each BCSC elementary school having an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. March 6 to enroll students. Any child who is age 5 by Aug. 1 is eligible for kindergarten.

All parents must bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency to enroll them. Proof of residency can be a utility bill, but the address must reflect the student’s home address.

Individuals who are not able to attend the evening open house can enroll their child at their home school’s main office during the week of March 5 to 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, parents should contact the school where they plan to enroll their kindergartner.

Deadline approaching for Northside ski trip

Northside Middle School students who are interested in going on a ski trip in Lawrenceburg must register by Friday.

The day-long ski trip to Perfect North Slopes will be Feb. 17 and costs $77 per individual. The price includes lift tickets, rentals for skiing, snowboarding and tubing plus transportation fees.

Free lessons for skiing and snowboarding are included in the price. Students will leave Northside at 7:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.

Money must be turned in by Friday with information packets available in the school’s main office. For more information, students can contact Shannon Kennedy in Room 215 or Elizabeth Bowers in Room 220.

IDEM to offer Earth Day presentations at schools

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will offer interactive presentations about Earth Day to elementary schools across the state beginning in April.

The presentations are available for elementary schools in grades kindergarten through fourth and vary in length from 30 to 50 minutes.

Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the month of April and each school may request up to four presentations. Teachers can request a presentation by visiting

Deadline to register is Feb. 21.

Columbus North students receive band honors

Ten Columbus North High School students have received all-state band honors.

Kirstie Duncan, Ciaran Hill, Hyrum Croft, Aishwarya Pattel, Eli Heichelbech, Machi Takeda, Nick Cooksey and Nao Takeda all made the Indiana All-State Honor band. Anna Kim and Alex Farrar made the all-state band.

In order to be selected for the all-state bands, students must do a live audition with challenging music, said Bill Stultz, North’s director of bands.

Columbus North tied for the second most students of any high school in the state in the honor band. Carmel High School had nine students, while Columbus North and Fishers High School tied for second place with eight students each, according to Stultz.

St. Bartholomew takes part in Catholic Schools Week

St. Bartholomew Catholic School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a number of retreat and service projects.

Catholic Schools Week, which took place Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, included a service/retreat day Jan. 30 among several grade levels, said Kelly Glick, marketing assistant at the school.

Fifth-grade students collected items from their families to be donated to the Clarity Pregnancy Care Project, while fourth-graders teamed up with art teacher Cheryl Pollert to make sun catchers and Valentine’s Day cards for local nursing homes, Glick said.

Second- and third-grade students helped organize and promote a collection for the St. Bartholomew support of the high school Dance Marathon, which helps raise money for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. First-grade students worked to spread literacy awareness as part of their service project, while kindergartners painted prayer rocks and put Bible quotes and phrases on them to be placed around Columbus, Glick said.

Holcomb invites students to join CyberStart program

Gov. Eric Holcomb is inviting female high school students to explore the computer science and technology field by joining an online program.

Holcomb is inviting students to join the Girls Go CyberStart program, an online series of challenges that allow students to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore topics such as cryptography and digital forensics.

Girls may play alone or in teams of two to four. Participants may win computers and other technology-based prizes. The grand prize includes a trip, along with a parent to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference. In addition, the winning girls’ schools will also receive a cash prize.

Registration, which can be found at, is available until Feb. 16 with the competition limited to the first 10,000 female high school participants.

Participants will play the game online from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25.

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