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May 6, 2019


April 8th BCSC School Board Meeting Highlights

On April 8th, Columbus North High School hosted our first of two BCSC School Board Meetings in the month of April. If you were not able to attend in person, it is our hope, that through the highlight video above, you will be more informed about the decisions made that impact our students, staff, and buildings.

In case you would like to read about our meeting, here are a few of the highlights:

1. Ms. Karla Eudy, Central Middle School Social Studies Teacher, noted that Karthik Varigonda was the first Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation student to win the State Geographic Geography Championship. He will advance to the National competition.

2. Ms. Laura Daily, Columbus North Business Teacher, introduced Fatima Arroyo, and noted that Fatima’s Maverick Challenge winning business plan was for an upscale spa focusing on healthy skin.

3. Mr. Bob Hartman, C4 Business Teacher, introduced Avery Spencer and shared that Avery’s winning business plan was for a Taxi Service for high school students.

4. Ms. Teresa Heiny introduced Karen Nading, C4 Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, and noted that Mrs. Nading had taught for 42 years. Nading was recognized for winning the 2019 Edna Folger Outstanding Teacher Award.

5. Columbus North Counselors, Ms. Tucker, Ms. Shireman and Mr. Ragsdale shared information on the Welcoming Newcomer Program at Columbus North. The goal of the program is to facilitate the positive transition of new students through academics, social and emotional support. The program intentionally connects new students to adults. The staff also connects with parents to help families connect to community resources. Columbus North plans to expand the collaboration, collect data and add additional English Language Learner (ELL) support.

6. Food Service Director, Nancy Millspaugh, shared an update on the Food Service Department. She shared percentages of students eating plate lunches and their plans to improve customer service. Ms. Millspaugh shared the history of lunch prices and requested an increase of 10 cents for the elementary lunch, secondary lunch and adult lunch. She noted that schools are federally mandated to raise the price of lunches if they are charging less than the national average that is determined yearly. The requested increase of 10 cents is still less than the national guideline price.

7. Mr. Bill Jensen, Director of Secondary Education, noted that the school board met in Strategic Planning on March 8 and decided they needed more time to better understand the proposed schedule. Columbus North Principal Mr. Clark and the committee have completed a frequently asked questions document that will be shared soon. Mr. Clark has met with parents to answer their questions, and Mr. Newell, Columbus East High School Principal, met with a student that started a petition drive. Both schools have held informational discussions with staff at faculty meetings.

Mr. Newell shared that he met with the freshman class at Columbus East and answered all their questions on the proposed block schedule. He shared that the extra minutes in a period would give time for teachers and students to check for understanding of materials being taught.

The added time for social and emotional help and relationship building is also a powerful motivator for the block schedule. He noted Columbus East has an outstanding staff that goes above and beyond, and they are ready to meet the challenge and are dedicated to keeping students engaged for the longer periods. He added that there was not a perfect schedule, but the proposed block schedule is best for all.

Dr. George Van Horn, Director of Special Education, noted that Mr. Paffenberger was the special education representative on the block schedule committee. He added that students cannot sit for an 85-minute period, but through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) the longer period adds the opportunity for better engagement and more activities where students are not sitting. Our teachers are following the UDL framework now, and the quality of instruction will just increase with more time in the period. UDL is a part of a teacher’s evaluation process and is the backbone for their success. He added that we have great teachers doing a great job and with the block schedule the opportunity for engagement increases.

If you would like to read the complete summary of this board meeting, the minutes can be downloaded from the BCSC district website after they are approved at the following board meeting.


April 22nd BCSC School Board Meeting Highlights

On April 22nd, Columbus North High School hosted our second BCSC School Board Meeting in the month of April. If you were not able to attend in person, it is our hope, that through the highlight video above, you will be more informed about the decisions made that impact our students, staff, and buildings.

In case you would like to read about our meeting, here are a few of the highlights:

1. Columbus North's Jazz Band played a rendition of Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” and it was noted that Band Director, Mr. Stultz, will retire at the end of the school year.

2. Columbus North and Columbus East presented their Top Ten Seniors. After introducing themselves and their parents, each student shared their college and career plans, senior projects and noted their most influential teacher.

3. Suzi Bruin, Executive Director of the School Foundation, introduced, Michelle Fee, Central Middle School Media Specialist, as the winner of the Ross Wallace and Chuck Grimes Out of the Box Innovation Award. Mrs. Bruin also introduced this year's grant winners and shared that 2019 spring grants totaled $28,866.67.

5. Dr. Roberts, BCSC Superintendent, summarized the High School Alternative Schedule that was later approved during the meeting. The block schedule has been shared and discussed at three board meetings. There will be training on block scheduling at the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) summer institute and professional development will take place during the 2019-2020 school year. The proposed block schedule will begin the 2020-2021 school year.

If you would like to read the complete summary of this board meeting, the minutes can be downloaded from the BCSC district website after they are approved at the following board meeting.

If you would like to attend the next BCSC School Board Meeting, you are invited to Rockcreek Elementary School on May 13th. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm.

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2019 BCSF Spring Innovation Grant Winners

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation has been awarding Innovative Teacher Grants for over 63 years now. Each year, they provide additional opportunities for educators to explore innovative ideas with their students which may exceed the BCSC General Budget. In addition to the generous gift from BCSC to BCSF, they partnered with Bartholomew Area Retired Teachers Association (BARTA) and The Literacy Task Force during this grant cycle. The School Foundation is proud to award a total of $28,866.67 to our Fall 2018 Innovation Grant Recipients.

In Case You Missed It


2019 BCSC Operation Safe Prom

In case you missed the video on Facebook, check it out here. Operation Safe Prom is a real-life simulation program that was held for juniors and seniors (rotating high schools each year), portraying BCSC students who are involved in a mock accident while traveling to or from prom.

BCSC juniors and seniors were encouraged to consider the dangers of distracted driving and the consequences of those actions. In the scenario, the drivers had been distracted and/or drinking, and caused the crash. One of the students was thrown through the windshield and fatally injured. The firefighters and EMS personnel attended to the injured victims, the fatally injured student was taken away by the coroner, and the impaired driver was placed under arrest. The event was a powerful reminder of how decisions can impact a community.

Coming Up This Week For BCSC

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National Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 6th, 7:30am to Friday, May 10th, 4pm

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, IN, USA

Join BCSC in celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week by recognizing all of our teachers!
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2019 D.A.R.E. Graduation

Monday, May 6th, 6:30-8pm

230 South Marr Road

Columbus, IN

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E), a 10 week educational program for elementary school students began in Los Angeles, California in 1983. It has been taught in our Columbus Elementary Schools for over 20 years. The D.A.R.E. program in Columbus and Bartholomew County has been cited a successful model for other police departments across the State of Indiana. D.A.R.E. students and families are encouraged to attend this graduation.
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American Pie: The Magical History Tour

Friday, March 8th, 7-10pm

1400 25th Street

Columbus, IN

Come celebrate the 34th American Pie concert at Columbus North's Judson Erne Auditorium. This year's theme is "Those Were The Days", and will be Ed Niespodziani's (American Pie Founder) last American Pie. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.
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Columbus North High School 150th Anniversary Gala Reunion

Saturday, May 11th, 5-8pm

900 Lindsey Street

Columbus, IN

May 11th is an opportunity for BCSC to commemorate 150 years of high school excellence in Columbus!!

To help us cap this year of celebration and help us kick off the next 150, we invite and encourage everyone to join us for our 150th Anniversary Gala Reunion.

We have a wonderful few hours planned for everyone with entertainment by current and past Debuteens and Music Men, special recognition of retired teachers and staff, and some food-drink-socializing with fellow Bull Dog Alumni across the generations.

Please make plans to join us at the Mill Race Center in Columbus for this special evening.

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