Welcome to the Blog for Dr. Ratliff-Principal of Knox Community High School. This Blog is created to share information with our community, parents and students. Many staff and community members assist with news and pictures for our blog. We thank them for the contributions they make to help us keep the community informed.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Prom Crew is ready!

After a long day of decorating, the prom crew is ready to welcome the 260 students to "Walk the Red Carpet" for the 2010 KHS Prom.  Video upgrades have been implemented that will allow the community to view the festivities and entrance of the students.  Tune in at 7:00 pm to the High School website to watch live as our students enter the dance and are announced for the cameras.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Knox Track - A Cool Place to Be!

Knox High School hosted a chilly home track meet and competed against John Glenn and Triton on April 28, 2010. Congratulations to all the members of the track team.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Anatomy/Physiology takes field trip to Ancilla

The Anatomy/Physiology class from Knox High School visited Ancilla College on Friday, April 23. They were given a tour of the facilities, introduced to some of the professors, and given a demonstration of the iStan simulator. Students learned that Ancilla has a lot to offer. Ancilla is a small school with a 15:1 student/teacher ratio. They offer free tutoring for their students and will pay students who are willing to tutor. Their facilities are beautiful and the professors and staff are friendly and helpful.

Students met with Dr. Fogl, who is the head of the Biology department and an anatomy instructor. He highlighted some of the abnormalities found in the dissection cats in his lab and pointed out that this is why dissection is necessary in order to learn anatomy. A demonstration of the iStan simulator by Mrs. Berndt, one of the nursing instructors, revealed that iStan is an $80,000.00, life -sized, electronic mannequin that can do about everything but walk. He is used to train nurses in the proper treatment of patients in a hospital setting. He can also be used to practice taking blood pressure, pulse, giving injections, setting up IV’s, and intubation. It was an interesting trip and well worth the time.
Submitted by Mrs. Simmons - KHS Science Teacher

Senior Jessica W. in action against Culver.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Concert Band Rocks the House

The Knox High School Concert, Jazz band, and Percussion Line played for a full house at their concert on April 25, 2010.  The community was thrilled by many spectacular musical arrangement in the one hour concert designed by Head Band director Craige Phipps and Assistant Band Director David Elliott.

Congratulations also goes out to the KHS Band for an excellent performance at Concord H.S. in Elkhart on Friday April 23, 2010. The Redskins received a silver rating for their performance. Knox was among 20 bands from North Central Indiana.

Jazz Band Takes the Stage

The KHS Jazz Band was highlighted during the community performance on April 25, 2010.

Upcoming events:  The KHS Jazz Band will perform at Plymouth H.S. May 14 for the annual CafĂ© Jazz festival There will be a fan bus traveling with the band to Plymouth. Any interested parties should contact Assistant Band Director David Elliott through the High School Band Office.
The Jazz Band appears again from 5:00-6:30 on Friday May 21 at the Knox Moose Lodge during the Band Booster Fish Fry.  Tickets are on sale to the community for this event.  Please contact a Band Booster member or KHS.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Academic Banquet Recognizes Students

Knox High School hosted the 2010 Academic Banquet on April 22, 2010. More than 270 guests attended this important function held in the Redskin Cafeteria. The school recognized 94 students for their academic performance at KHS.

Cinderella Visits KHS and Thrills Elementary Students and Community

The Knox High School musical cast of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's Cinderella gave two special performances Thursday for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students from Knox Community Elementary School. The cast will perform for the public on April 24-26, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, at 7:00 p.m. General Admission is $6.00, or $3.00 if you are a senior citizen.

Academic Super Bowl Places First

Congratulations to the Academic Super Bowl. They placed Second in the English and Interdisciplinary competitions, and won the tie-breaker for First place in Fine Arts. Great job to all participants.

Kyle Sanders selected for Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic

Congratulations to KHS Senior Kyle Sanders for being selected to play in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic. The game will be held June 19 at New Castle High School. News Release

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Guidance Counselor and Students Learn About Art Therapy

Knox High School Guidance counselor, Terri Schmidt, attended the Porter-Starke Lunch and Learn series with two students on 4/20/10. The topic was Art Therapy. The two students were exploring possible careers which included their love of art and how it can actually be used to help others. Ms. Schmidt was revisiting the power of art as a therapeutic tool as well as encouraging the students to look outside the box for artistic career opportunities.

KHS Takes Step Forward to Increase Access to Facilities.

Knox High School received approve from the KCSC Board to add positions that increase the High School's ability to open their swimming pool and gym facilities. The High School will be developing a schedule of water activities for the students and community in the near future.

Alternative Physical Education Credit Proposal Approved for KHS Students

High School has been approved to award PE I and PE II credit for IHSAA recognized sports and summer marching band programs that fit physical education criteria. Knox High School students may earn physical education credit through an alternative supervised program (ASPE) during the fall, winter, spring, or summer sessions. ASPE does count toward minimum course load requirements and IHSAA eligibility. One credit per semester/summer may be earned. The application ASPE will be available from counselors and on our website. Summer Marching Band will participate in this program. Athletic coaches are not required to participate in this program, so students need to talk to the coach of their sport prior to the start of the semester.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sports Update for April 16, 2010 - New School Record for Brooke B.

Last night, the tennis team lost to CMA 0-5, the baseball team defeated Morgan Township 10-5, the JV baseball team lost to Rochester 5-10, the golf team defeated Pioneer 177-190, and the JV softball team defeated Winamac 17-7. Both track teams lost to Hebron. Congratulations to Brooke B. for setting a new school record for the pole vault, and to Jared B. for placing first in the long jump, the 200 and the 4 X 400 relay.

Professional Photographer Works With Graphic Arts Students

Professional Photographer Jayme Goetz spent several hours at the high school on Friday, April 16, 2010 working with the advanced photography students in the Graphic Arts Department. She shared her expertise on how to be a professional photographer and how to shoot and pose people to get professional results. Her work can be seen on her web site, http://www.photographybyjayme.com/.  The High School would like to thank Jayme for her continued support of our school programs.

Friday, April 16, 2010

SCILL Center Competes in Pit Stop Competition

On Saturday, March 20th, the SCILL Center Auto Tech students attended the Cavalcade of Wheels car show, where they also had a Pit Stop Competition sponsored by the Coachmen Auto Club.

The SCILL Centers senior class earned a second place finish and collected a check in the amount of $400.00. Missing out on a 3rd place finish by 1/100th of a second and finishing in fourth was our first year students. All students were presented with wall plaques for competing in the Pit Stop Competition by the Coachmen Auto Club members.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

KHS Health Occupations Class

The Knox High School Health Occupations class participated in the Legacy of Women’s Health Fair that was held at the Knox High School Cafeteria on April 15, 2010.