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More than 4,500 students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades from around the state are preparing for the 19th annual Elementary Spell Bowl competition Thursday at more than 20 statewide sites. At least 400 teams of eight students each will compete.

Local sites include the Merrillville Intermediate School gym, where 20 schools will compete, and Col. Wheeler Middle School in Crown Point. Competition will begin at 5 p.m. at both sites.

Everest College sent a Limo to pick up the Pikes Peak Prep students for a tour of the college. For most of the students it was there first time to ride in such luxury. Once they arrived at the college they were greeted by the Everest College staff who provided them information and a tour of the facility. The students were treated to lunch, candy, and even got to ride back to Pikes Peak Prep in the Limo.

Teasley participates on IU education panel

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The Impact of Charter Schools in Indiana after a Decade", was the topic of CEEP’s first Education Policy Chat of the 2011-12 academic year. The panel included: Teresa Lubbers (Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education), Kevin Teasley (founder and CEO of the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation), Gretchen Gutman (Associate Vice President for Government Relations at Ball State University) and Russ Simnick (President of the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association).

CenturyLink employees in Colorado Springs recently organized a school supplies drive for Pikes Peak Prep, a local school founded in 2005. A group of CenturyLink employees presented the supplies to students and teachers at the school on Friday October 21st, 2011.

“Supporting K-12 education is one of CenturyLink’s philanthropic focus areas,” said Mark Bittle, market development manager for Colorado Springs. “After touring Pikes Peak Prep, we knew that donating supplies would help improve the lives of our customers and neighbors.”

A dozen charter schools are operating in Northwest Indiana, with seven in Gary and one in Porter County. Two more are scheduled to open next year -- Heritage Institute of Arts and Technology, which wants to locate in Merrillville, and Gary Middle College.

21st Century presents at national conference

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21st Century Charter School at Gary Principal, Angela West, and Vice Principal, Molly Robinson, were chosen to present at the 2011 National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was held at the Georgia World Congress Center, and took place June 20-23. Our leaders were excited to share information about how they used NWEA data at the school.

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