School News – October 12

McDowell Education Center offers ESL classes

McDowell Education Center is offering free English language courses for new English speakers.

To enroll in the English as a Second Language courses, prospective students must first attend an orientation from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 or from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the center, 2700 McKinley Ave.

Each orientation is limited to 15 people per session. To reserve a seat, call 812-376-4451, or go to

The ESL courses run in both the mornings and evenings for at least six months.

Classes offered for adults seeking equivalency diploma

Adults seeking a high school equivalency diploma can take free classes and complete the tests at McDowell Education Center through mid-November.

Free adult education classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evening at McDowell, 2700 McKinley Ave.

To enroll in the courses, students must first attend an orientation at the center. Orientation sessions run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, Oct. 28 and Nov. 11, and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12.

Students can also register for testing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at McDowell.

Pre-registration and pre-payment of $90 with cash or check is required for the test.

Testing will be at the center on Mondays and Tuesdays today through Nov. 17.

East teacher attends teacher institute

Columbus East social studies teacher Greg Lewis was one of 51 teachers nationwide selected to attend the 2015 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance during the summer.

For six days, Milvert joined other art, English, history and math teachers from around the country in Washington, D.C., where they studied the cultural and social context of the Renaissance art.

Participants attended lectures and gallery talks and participated in hands-on activities to analyze Renaissance artwork and focus on interdisciplinary teaching strategies.

They also studied the works of leading Renaissance artists.