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17.Sep.2004  
Schools roundup

Printed in the Indystar.com, Online edition of the Indianapolis Star

Standing in line to cast a vote or making sure their paper form was free of hanging chads was not an issue to more than 580 high school freshmen who cast ballots in this week's class election.

The balloting process took place on the Internet, making Carmel the first high school in the area to use such a voting method, said Lee Lonzo, assistant principal in charge of student activities.

Students went to a Web site, logged in to ensure security and cast their vote for freshman class president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

In previous years, students had to register to vote and then show their ID during lunch to pick up and cast their ballot. That process resulted in a voter turnout rate of no more than 20 percent.

The Internet system worked so well, officials said -- and boosted voter turnout -- that the school is using the same procedure to select the football homecoming court.

All 3,860 Carmel High School students have until Monday to cast ballots in that election online. Students vote from any computer on or off school grounds with Internet access and may do so 24 hours a day until the announced deadline of 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Lonzo said students had no trouble adjusting to the election software, which is being purchased through Votenet, a Washington, D.C., company.

"Our students seem to be reacting very positively to this change. We have increased student interest and increased voter turnout."

The assistant principal said he expects the school will use this voting method next spring when underclassmen elect their student government leaders for the following school year.

• Creekside Middle School winter sports coaches have scheduled their callout informational meetings for prospective winter athletes. All meetings will take place in the school's large group instruction room.

Boys interested in playing seventh- and eighth-grade basketball will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 30. For more information, contact seventh-grade coach David Mikesell at dkcmike@tds.net or eighth-grade coach Paul Gianakos at pgianako@ccs.k12.in.us.

Girls who want to play seventh- and eighth-grade basketball will meet at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 9. To learn more, contact seventh-grade coach Lucas Smith at indy smiths@msn.com or eighth-grade coach Mike Walsh at mwalsh@ ccs.k12.in.us.

Potential sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade wrestlers will meet with their coach, John Johnson (jjohnson@ccs.k12.in.us ) at 3:20 p.m. Nov. 9.

Frankton-Lapel

Frankton Elementary School is offering a mini-space camp trip to Huntsville, Ala., for all students in Grades 4-6 in the Frankton-Lapel Community Schools.

The students will leave Oct. 15 and return Oct. 17.

Paperwork for the trip may be picked up from the office. Registration is open until Sept. 24.

Cost is $395 per person and includes seven meals, two nights' lodging and admission to all facilities.

For more information, call Ken Kakasuleff at (765) 754-7545.

Hamilton Southeastern

High school teacher and English Department Chairman Herb Budden is the general chairman of the local committee for the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention that will be in Indianapolis Nov. 18-21.

Budden said the local committee includes about 275 English teachers from kindergarten through college, mostly from the metro area.

"Our job will be to put Indiana's best foot forward in representing the state to the rest of the country," he said.

"Specifically, we are in charge of the various banquets and luncheons, publicity and smooth convention operation."

He said the convention usually attracts about 6,000 language arts teachers from throughout the world. Because of the central location and ease of travel to Indianapolis, he said the organization is expecting a big turnout, probably upwards of 7,000.

The Downtown Indianapolis Marriott is the headquarters hotel, and the group will use the Convention Center and Westin Hotel, as well.

He said the opening banquet will feature Afar Nafisi, best-selling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran."

Major authors and leaders in the field of language arts who will speak at the convention are Alfie Kohn, Louise Rosenblatt, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Bell Hooks and many others.

Randy Bomer, the national council's president-elect, said the conference offers "600 concurrent sessions designed to help advance student achievement and deepen teacher knowledge."

Lawrence Township

The Brook Park Elementary School Parent Faculty Organization invites families to attend Bingo for Books on Sept. 24.

Bingo will be held in the school's cafe from 6 to 8 p.m. A slice of pizza and a drink may be purchased for $1.50 per person.

Prizes will not include money. Winners will be able to pick from age-appropriate books, CDs, cassettes or computer games.

The school is at 5259 N. David St. For more information, call the school's office at (317) 546-4988.

Pike Township

The Pike Township School Board will have its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

School Board meetings are held in the Board Room at the Administrative Services Center, 6901 Zionsville Road.

Washington Township

The Computing Services Department at North Central High School now has a few personal computers for students to check out for the entire school year.

They will come with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. They are Internet ready but have no modem; Microsoft Office is loaded on each one.

If you are interested in checking out one of these computers, come by Computing Services before or after school or during your lunch period to get the appropriate papers for you and your parents to sign.

 
 
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