School News – February 12

Sylvan to give practice SAT test

Sylvan will offer a practice SAT test for students at Columbus East High School on Feb. 17.

Students should arrive by 8:45 a.m. to check in and pay for the test, which will be administered in room C110. The cost is $15.

Representatives from Sylvan will be available to distribute and explain the results of the test at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in room C104. Students who wish to take the practice test are required to register in the counseling center by Feb. 15.

Trinity Lutheran schedules open house

SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour will have an open house Feb. 17.

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school, 7120 N. County Road 875E. Visitors are asked to enter through the commons entrance of the building.

For more information, call 812-524-8547.

Counselors discuss scheduling at Northside

High school counselors will meet with students at Northside Middle School to discuss the scheduling process on Feb. 14.

All eighth-graders will be attending the scheduling session with counselors for the high school where they live unless they have turned in a completed transfer request form, according to the school. Students are asked to check a list located outside the cafeteria to determine which high school they selecting for the 2018-19 school year.

BCSC hosts meeting about special education

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will host a meeting to discuss special education.

Parents are invited to the meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Terrace Room at the BCSC administration building, 1200 Central Ave. Parents may get answers to any questions they might have, said George Van Horn, BCSC’s director of special education.

Randy Lapidus, who co-owns Special Dogs & More at the FairOaks Mall, will also speak during the meeting about his hotdog business that provides employment opportunities for individuals with special needs.

For more information, call the BCSC special education office at 812-376-4460.

Taylorsville students named to honor society

Fourteen students from Taylorsville Elementary School were recently named to the school’s National Honor Society. They include: Madison Estes, Regina Holguin, Joseph Fry, Emily Wart, Maddie Sluder, Ingrid Ibarra, Lindsey Philpot, Bryce Fischer, Christian Miller, Seth Poindexter, Aldair Suarez Gomez, Kennedy Galentine, Irvin Castaneda and Jennifer Hernandez Moreno. The students were recognized Feb. 1.

Female seniors invited to East self-defense class

A self-defense class will be offered at Columbus East High School in March, open to female seniors.

The Situational Awareness for Everyday, or SAFE, class will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 at the high school. It is free.

The morning session will focus on basic self-defense through awareness, common and not so common sense, while the afternoon portion will be a hands-on class in which physical self-defense basics will be taught. The class will be hosted by the Columbus Police Department, the Indiana State Police and Columbus East.

Registration forms are available in the school’s counseling office and must be turned in before March 1. Students will be responsible for work they miss in their classes that day.

For more information, contact Columbus Police Department school resource officer Julie Quesenbery at 812-376-4346 or e-mail

Taylorsville accepts yearbook orders

Taylorsville Elementary School is accepting orders for yearbooks.

Yearbook order forms were sent home with students Jan. 22, but online orders can be completed by visiting using school ID code 6798118. The deadline to order a yearbook for the 2017-18 school year is March 2.

Pre-K applications available at BCSC

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is accepting applications from families interested in enrolling their children in pre-kindergarten.

Applications are available on BCSC’s homepage,, while paper applications can be obtained at any elementary school in the district or at the Busy Bees Academy, 1209 Sycamore St. Students must be 4-years-old on or before Aug. 1 to be eligible.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28 with acceptance letters being mailed March 5, according to the district. The openings will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tuition for pre-K for the 2018-19 school year will be $160 a week for 36 weeks of school, according to the district. For more information, call 812-376-4569.

North places among top math teams

A group of students from Columbus North High School were among nine teams from different schools receiving an outstanding team designation at a mathematical modeling contest.

North was among 256 schools that competed in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling that required teams of up to four students to work during a designated 36-hour period between Oct. 27 and Nov. 20. Each high school team chose from two modeling problems that were offered and then constructed their solutions.

North students Jannis Anderson, Vamshi Balanaga, Drew Riordan and Yijiang Zhao participated in the contest. The problem the team chose involved designing and optimizing a new Olympic-caliber ski resort on a real parcel of land in Utah and developing a ranking system to compare it with other North American ski resorts, said Mike Spock, North math and computer science teacher.

Anderson, Balanaga, Riordan and Zhao have been invited to compete in the fourth annual International Mathematical Modeling Challenge, which runs from March 12 to May 7, as a result of their performance in the first contest.

Capital High School in Helena, Montana; the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina (two outstanding teams); the Raffles Institution in Singapore; the Shenzhen College of International Education in China; the Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy in China; St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts; and YK Pao School in Shanghai, China were also named as outstanding teams.

INDOT seeks applications for ‘Paint the Plow’

The Indiana Department of Transportation’s Southeast District is accepting applications from schools in the area for its “Paint the Plow” program.

Middle school, junior high and high school art students are invited to develop designs that promote school spirit, community pride, INDOT snow operations or highway safety. Students chosen will paint a plow that has been pre-primed at a nearby INDOT unit.

The INDOT Southeast District includes schools in the following counties: Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland and Washington. Only students currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate.

For more information, call INDOT Southeast customer service at 812-524-3766 or e-mail E-mails can also be sent to INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity at

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