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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Mummy Pizzas, Mummy Fingers, and Bloody Bones at KHS

Mrs. Kleinfehn's R2 and R3 classes today are listening to 5 Minute Thrillers and enjoying Mummy Pizzas, Mummy Fingers, and Bloody Bones.   Students enjoyed a sample of the spooky food on this Halloween Day!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Three Blind Mice in Music?

Three blind music mice visited KHS today in preparation for the KMS dress-up day. Mr. Phipps, Mr. Elliott, and Mrs. Pickell were chased around the KHS cafeteria by Mrs. Geisler singing and trying to cut off their tails. Halloween is almost here!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Knox Redskin Brigade wrapped up a red letter season this past Saturday

The Knox Redskin Brigade wrapped up a red letter season this past Saturday in Semi-State performance at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Redskin Brigade had an exceptional show to a standing room only audience and received a standing ovation as they took the field to perform. The Redskin Brigade students and staff wish to thank parents, administration, Knox Community Schools, and the Knox Community for unparalleled support in creating a great marching season.

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Correcting a Teacher

This is pretty self explanatory. We, as students, think of our teachers to always be right. But everyone makes mistakes, right?

So when they print out a paper of our next project and they spell a word wrong, you've got to love pointing it out. There's always the satisfaction of calling them out when they put Y-O-U-R instead of Y-O-U-'-R-E or even just the simple mistake of forgetting the E at the end of a word. Before it goes back to them knowing everything, you get this delightful, simple moment of gratification by outsmarting your teacher.


Submitted by Chelsea Collins...Mrs. Matysak's Class.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Knox Lady Redskins Dismantles Hanover Central

Knox wins the first game of sectional play 3-0. They will play again Saturday morning at 11:00 am.

Elizabeth "Biz" Ratliff

Monday, October 17, 2011

Being a Big Ball of Stupid with Your Friend

Don't you just love how when your with a friend everything you do is absolutely ludicrous. How every decision made is never thought completely through; how the main objective is to have a marvelous, entertaining time, and not to worry one bit about what could go wrong. Maybe its just fun to act without thinking and sharing the consequences with a close pal. Whatever it may be, being with a friend is a sure fire way to ensure that your day is filled will all things AWESOME!

Submitted by Natalie Shepherd...Mrs. Matysak's Class.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Additional Band Pictures from Mrs. Walters.

Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff
Knox High School Principal

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Redskin Brigade going to Semi-state.

The Knox Redskin Brigade received a standing ovation when entering the field for their ISSMA Regional competition.  The band was stunning and thrilled the well wishing fans with their outstanding performance. The Redskin Brigade performance earned a spot at Semi-state.

After Class C competition, the drum majors await the handing out of awards. The Redskin Brigade earned a gold award for their performance.

Way to go Redskins!

Elizabeth "Biz" Ratliff

Friday, October 14, 2011

Knox High School Students Remember Drew Shearin

Drew Shearin

On Friday, October 14th, Knox High School held visitation and services for our student Drew Shearin.  We would like to thank WKVI and Makayla Dillard for sharing this story.  I have been at a loss for words to describe the events of this week, my sorrow being as deep as all of yours. Absent a better way to present how all of us have felt, I would like to thank WKVI and Makayla Dillard for the eloquent words on our students' behalf. 
-Dr. Ratliff-

Knox High School Students Remember Drew Shearin
Excerpt Taken from the WKVI.com Website

The following piece was submitted by WKVI Intern and Knox High School student, Makayla Dillard.  October 14, 2011
We’ve all heard the saying, “only the good die young.” This was undoubtedly proved true this past Monday night. The tragic untimely death of Drew Shearin affected the entire community. His life touched nearly everyone’s life in some way, shape, or form. He was the nicest young man, the most successful young musician, and the most talented young actor. But that’s just it – he was so young. As Ms. Miller, his best friend’s mother, said, “God needed someone to teach the angels how to play music.” The amount of people that showed up to his candle light vigil Wednesday evening was absolutely incredible. “Each of the candles represented someone that he touched,” said Ms. Miller. And that was inevitably true. Drew Shearin’s life affected hundreds upon hundreds of people. Everyone from his peers, to the entire community.
Tuesday may have been the most depressing day in Knox High School history. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing tear-filled eyes. From staff members to students – everyone was devastated. Yet, they pulled together. For Drew. On Wednesday anyone who had a band or play t-shirt wore one in honor of Drew. The majority of students also expressed their grief by painting a “D” on their cheek. The Knox High School Graphics students also created buttons, stickers, and papers that said “In memory of Drew Shearin 8/01/94-10/10/11.” Some girls got orange feathers in their hair, because orange was Drew’s favorite color. One student, David Williamson died one of his chops orange for Drew. There is no doubt that Drew would’ve been proud of everyone’s efforts and the way everyone’s been working together to honor him.
Some comments from students (some not even from Knox) and other members of the community are as follows:
Mikinzie Wilson, a classmate of Drew’s said, “I remember when Drew, Emily Porter and I went to the All Star Band thing and when it was over we saw his twin. This kid looked exactly like him and his name was Drew too! Then we went to Indiana Beach and rode all the rides with our new friend Jacob. We went and got the really tall slushies and we would drink until one of us got a brain freeze. That was a really fun day.”
Jonnie West, another classmate said, “I remember sitting in spanish class and Drew sat behind me. He was always so into spanish and would always volunteer to do something, whether it was translating something or speaking aloud. He would also draw pictures on his paper and tap me on the shoulder to show me what he had drawn. Then he would laugh like crazy. He also had this girly voice he would talk in when he was given a feminine part to speak in spanish. He was so funny in spanish and he will be greatly missed. I regret that I did not have more time to spend with Drew and get to know him better, but as they say “Only the good die young.” Everybody loves and misses you Drew.”

Drew Shearin
Brittany Rowe, a cast and class mate of Drew’s said, “I have so many memories with Drew, and I miss him so very much. He was such a beautiful person and a great friend that I am so eternally grateful that I was able to call him one of my friends. He was my prom date last year and one of the things I remember most about that day is the fact that we stayed the night with Heather and I had sooPre-Cal, I will miss his laugh and our conversations, but most of all I will miss my talented, crazy, funny, sweet, smart, lovable friend Drew Shearin. He will always be in my heart. I love you Drew.”
Sarah Horstmann, who was in marching band with Drew said, “Before Drew and his family moved, he rode my bus. And one day I was not in the best of moods, trying to block out everything with music. Drew comes up and sits next to me with the big goofy grin he always had on his face and says hey. I just nodded and turned away still listening to music. So he decides to pull out my headphones, and say “What is wrong?” He made me tell him what was wrong and by the time we got to the school I was smiling too. I love Drew so much and will miss him dearly…”
August Hatter went to elementary school with Drew and this is what she had to say, “Me and Drew shared our birthday. When we turned 16 I was like jeez drew, you’re so dang old!! And then we laughed and I said we were twins. In elementary we were best friends. Before sophomore year there was a group who went to Ancilla College. He got the idea to spray our campfire with bug spray in order to get it lit. And we had a water fight. He made friends with our friend Jackii. He was a great kid. And funny. Courageous. I’ll forever love him.”
Elizabeth Winterrowd, a fellow dancer and classmate of his, was asked what her favorite memory of Drew was replied with this, “My favorite memory with Drew would have to be doing his hair at recital and dancing with him in our opener, I love you drew! And I miss you dearly!”
Aaron Shackleford, a band mate of Drew’s had this to say, “During the Earth Rise season in marching band back in ’08, the trumpets and mellophones made shirts for the homecoming parade. 6 trumpets and 4 mellophones, so we had 5 trumpets with ‘EARTH’ spelled out in their line, a line with the middle having a star, and then the mellophone line spelling ‘RISE’. Drew and I were the R’s. When I left for CMA that year we assumed that I probably wouldn’t be able to see most of the people in town again, so Drew and I had a ‘last word’. It consisted of us saying ‘R’ a few times before we both left. When I came back to Knox late in the marching season we were glad that ‘R’ didn’t have to be our last word and that we didn’t have distance separating us. We resumed our friendship as always…but now I’m the only R, and this time he can’t just come back. I miss Drewbie. He was my brother. Also 2 years ago during play practice, he decided to get a drink at the fountain by the auditorium during a break, and right after he finished his drink he was assaulted by someone that heard an incorrect rumor. I jumped in to intervene the attacker and managed to stop everything before Drew took too many hits, even though I took enough for him. The entire time Drew never threw a punch, never cursed at his enemy. It would’ve seemed like a simple fight intervention if he had not turned to me after all the tumult, clutching his jaw, grin on his face, and saying with a playful tone, “Well that sucked!””Nathan Upchurch, a fellow cast mate of Drew’s said, “I remember when Drew, Aaron Shackleford, Julianna Richey, Brittany Shannon, and I went to Indiana Beach together. Drew went on the “den of lost thieves” ride alone, when he came out at the end of it, he was pointing the plastic “guns” in the air and shouted “I’m a crab!!!”
Austin Risner, yet another classmate of Drew’s wanted to say this to Drew since he never got the chance to, “Drew, I know we never really hung out as much as we wanted to, but I just loved the times we had in Mrs. Kubasyk’s class, they were good times. I miss seeing you smile and making me laugh and you being there for me when I need you. I wish I could just hug you one more time and say goodbye. I’m not ready to let you go bud, I’ll always miss you forever and ever, and even though you are up in heaven I know I’ll see you soon. Love, Austin Risner”
Sheldon Hubbard was an old band mate of Drew’s. He moved to Rochester almost a year ago. When asked about his favorite memory of Drew, this is what he had to say, “My fondest memory of Drew was getting to be in the Knox Redskin Brigade and attending Knox High School with him and getting to experience him in all of his greatness. Whether he’s portraying a beef-head surfer dude or playing beautiful music on an array of instruments, I will always remember Drew as being a lively, loving individual. He was one of the best and brightest people I knew. 
I love and you miss you Drew! You are forever in ALL of our hearts!”
Anthony Chasse, another classmate of Drew’s said, “I would have to say the memory I remember is when I walked into subway and saw him with a sash on that said, “Subway Dancing Queen.” Why do the worst things happen to the best people?! I hardly knew him, but I wish I would have talked to him more and had gotten to know him better. His family and him are in my prayers. R.I.P. man you’re loved by everyone.”
Hanna Ehlinger, another classmate, said, “In English class when we were picking roles for ‘The Crucible’ he didn’t know that I had already chosen a part, Abigail Williams. He was John Proctor, and when it was time to pick his wife Elizabeth Proctor he pointed across the room to me and he said “Hanna!!!!!” It made me giggle so much! Eighth grade year, all year he tried to get me to hug him and I was always shy and never would. The very last day after the slideshow when I was crying I finally gave him the hug he’d been asking for. I wish I could give him another hug,” Hanna also wanted to say this about Drew, “We’ll all miss him so much. I hope he can see all the love from up there. Spanish, Math, and English won’t be the same without him. Our school isn’t the same without him…. I’ll miss him being silly in Spanish & that occupied seat. All the tears and hugs were for him and he deserved it. One day we were Spanish and he found a mustache sticker and I was so jealous. I’m glad he was in the Dance Recital last year, I put the picture of him, Kara, and I as my profile picture. The one where he wanted to be the awkward one in the background. I miss his humor. And that crazy laugh of his. He didn’t have one enemy, everyone who got to know him adored his personality. I wish I could sit down in Spanish and look to the right and he’d be there again. Or turn the corner in Subway and there would be my favorite sandwich artist. He had so much going for him and he was already so successful. He touched everyone’s lives! Miss you so much Drew! Rest in peace, buddy! We all love you!”Jose Resendez, another band mate of Drew’s said, “I remember when we were in 7th grade. Honestly, I don’t even remember how, but we became really good friends. And I remember going to his house, and we sat in his room and played guitar hero, pretty much all day. And we would just laugh every time we failed a song. And we would play Cliffs of Dover, and would make up the corniest lyrics for it. And then after we decided we were done with guitar hero, we went and watched tv. and there was nothing good on at all. We went through every channel, and laughed when we saw the ‘late night’ channels. And then the next day, we went to some relative’s of his, and watched them tear down this big barn/house thing. And I remember his grandma kept calling me sexy teeth.”
Brittany Davis, a friend of his said, “I went on a trip with Drew to Ancilla and he did ballet dances with a twig around the bonfire and tell us it was okay to eat twigs? Haha, then when the fire wouldn’t light he told us to use bug spray to light it. I went to Drew for everything and anything and would know he was there no matter what. He’s probably the greatest person I’ve ever met, or one of the greatest. I’ll never forget the impacts he made on me. He means the world to me and I love him, will miss him dearly”
Yesica Delara, another classmate, said, “This year’s Ironman was so much fun with him. The Juniors didn’t have a coach, so I volunteered and I thought it was going to be so lame. But Drew made it so much fun. When the freshman were cheering we would go “lets go sophomores”, we forgot that we were juniors. We got fourth place but me and Drew just kept laughing the whole time. At the end, I asked who was going to do it next year, and they all said yes. Drew said that we were going to win for sure. Thanks Drew, you made getting 4th place soooo much fun!”
Megan McCarty, yet another classmate, said, “Drew Shearin! Way way way way way to many words to Describe this young fella! He was an amazing friend, a great person. He did sooooo many things to help people. I think of it as You either liked Drew or you loved Him! He always had a smile on his face and was always laughing! You are the greatest person i know and i love you so very much! Thanks for everything you have done!”
Tyler Feece, another band mate said, “I remember one time during the 2010 fall play, Matt Neuer was laughing (his laugh is hilarious to listen to) and so Drew and I started laughing too (Drew and I also had really weird funny laughs) well the three of us kept laughing until none of us could possibly laugh any more……but Drew still managed to continue to laugh. My favorite memory of him.”
Adam Jaworski, another band mate, said, “I remember one time I went to Drew’s work (Subway) and got a sandwich and I payed seven dollars and fifty cents all in quarter and dimes, but mostly in dimes. Drew was like “Really? Come on Adam. Really? Wow.” He was laughing so hard.”
Chandra Krueger, another class mate, said, “Drew was my seat buddy to Washington D.C….. my goodness. He was watching a movie with this little headset and i didnt know it.. he started cracking up laughing, i had no clue why! I was so tired so i just kicked him and then we started getting in this play war of hits Then i got aggravated and made him sleep on the bus floor :p all the while he literally SANG to me the whole way there! Once we reached the great Hardy’s i remember exactly what he said. “Chandra, oh sleeping beauty its time to eat some foody. ohhh because we need food to survive!” he sang that to me in the funniest tune and sang it over and over again…. I miss my bus buddy. Drew also was going to be mine and Anna Haskins dance partner for our trio this year… For a Justin Beiber act/dance… He was so willing to try anything, anything at all… 
Drew was like my big brother, he always said i looked beautiful and about every night we would say ‘goodnight gorgeous guurrllllll’ (we both thought it was hilarious because it started with all G’s… we always “fought” about who should be making sandwich’s in our “marriage.” Him the professional sandwich artist or me ‘the woman’ There is many other memories but these were just some of my favorites… ohh i miss him so much. Love you Drew, i cant wait to see you again!”
Samantha Forsythe, a classmate, said, “My favorite memory of Drew is at my sister Catherine’s sixteenth birthday party when he and Makayla were acting out a scene from the Titanic in our pond. She was laying on a raft and he was in the water, holding her hands. I will never forget that day.”
Anna Bradney, another classmate, said, “I can count on a hand of how many talented people I know….and he’s number one. He captured the heart of so many people. His words were always so encouraging, and that smile of his, could put anyone in a good mood. I remember riding the bus home last year with one of my friends, and the whole ride home was a blast, because of him. He had so many hopes and dreams, and goals for his life…& even though he’s up in heaven, shining down on us, I KNOW he’s going to fulfill all those dreams. Life may not be the same without him here, but thats the thing, we aren’t without him…He’s always in our hearts, minds, thoughts, and memories. He’s always with us some how. He had a gift, many gifts, at that. Drew was the kind of person that if you were his friend, he made it worth while getting up everyday for school. Rest In Paradise Andrew Shearin.”

Miranda Howard, a classmate, said, “Drew was one of the funniest people you could ever meet. No matter what he was doing he would find something out of it that would make it fun. He could always get people to laugh. Even if he didn’t say anything. Just by walking into a room. He would leave half the people in that room laughing. He was a goofy guy and always fun to be around. When having a bad day, Drew would come along and make you feel better. He was a very optimistic person, and had a lot going for him. I will never forget all the good memories of him, from the times in Spanish class, to the times we went to the Middle School. Drew will always have a place in my heart.”
Kyle Cooke, a fellow cast mate, said, “Drew was an amazing individual. He had the ability to make almost everyone smile. He had a magnetic personality that and everyone he met he impacted. He was an amazing musician and his theatre performances were amazing. I had the privilege of knowing him and working with him in the theatre productions and working with him for senior gifts last year. I’m proud to have known such an amazing individual and i’m sure that Drew is teaching the angels how to play as beautifully as he did. Love ya Drew!”
Kara Aaron; a fellow classmate, dancer, and cast member, said, “I admired you so much fro always being what I wanted to be. You could play the guitar, drums, flute, clarinet. You could sing… you got a job (when I couldn’t), you got the main roles in the Theatre Productions. Aside from being together in the plays and musicals I feel like we bonded through the Beatles skit we did. I kinda wish I didn’t turn my head when you leaned in to kiss me. I remember at practice when you stared intently into my eyes and recited something really dumb, in an intense voice and for some reason, it made me cry! Bringing tears to my eyes made you happy you little turd! I remember at practice you couldn’t say Tzeitel right, so you just started calling me hot-tits. That always made my day… Drew, your smile and laughter made my day and I really wish we could have gotten closer. You were and are the biggest inspiration that I know and I’ll always remember you for that. I hope someday (if by chance there is a heaven) that I’ll get to see your adorable face again. I truly love you Andrew Shearin.”
Last, but certainly not least, Paul Godines, a friend’s father, said, “Back from Indy, while I was gone I found out about the death of a very awesome kid (17 yrs old). He would come to my house to visit my son, I really liked him he was a good kid, one that I enjoyed having over the house. He was the kind of kid parents wanted their children to be friends with. To hang with. The kind of kid we parents would go out of our way to do anything for, just to keep him around.While there are many kids that are like this one their is not another kid that is this one. A soft, funny, wacky, talented leader among his peers. Someone who you just couldn’t help but like. Not someone who needed to do something to stand out but someone who was a standout. However I must have faith in God in his infinite wisdom. Apparently God needs a new drum major for his thunderstorm orchestras, someone to semaphore the thunder, signal the wind to whip, for those times when someone is needed to announce to the clouds to blow and to mark the time for the sun to shine for the most magnificently timed finale. That my friends is a God given talent that no one I know has except my young friend. I will miss him, but I will forever be reminded of him during every thunderstorm. I will get excited when he signals the thunder to crack so hard that it surprises me, rattles the house and scares the crap out of me.That will be my friend the Drum Major Drew.”
In summation, it is obvious that the untimely death of such an incredible individual was an, as Drew would say, “epic fail.” He meant so much to so many people. He made a difference in this world and in all of our lives, before he was even an adult. He will never EVER be forgotten. As a fellow cast mate, former band mate, and class mate of Drew’s I must say that for having known him I am a better person. I’ll never forget that smile, that laugh, or that goofy personality. I’ll never forget the way he could bring me up when I needed him the most. I’ll never forget the way that he could make me feel like his best friend, even if we hadn’t talked in years. He was one of my best friends when I was in middle school, but that faded as we went our separate ways in high school. However, he was still always there for me, as if by magic. When I obviously completely failed at my play audition my sophomore year, he sat outside the school with me and spent over a half an hour telling me how amazing of an actress I was and how I was sure to get a part. When I miserably failed at marching the Indy 500 race track, he told me I, “got an A+ for effort, but a B for actually doing it.” He was a great friend, and we were all lucky to have known him.
Drew Shearin will never be forgotten. His life may be over, but his legacy will live in our hearts forever. When you hear the thunder hit like a bass drum or when you hear the lightning crash like symbols, that’s Drew. He’s up there rockin’ God’s world.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Knox takes a win over North Judson in Volleyball.

The Knox Varsity Volleyball Team beat North Judson tonight 3-1 with the scores of: 25-22, 16-25, 25-21, 25-16.

The Knox Varsity Overall Record is now: 20-12.

The Knox JV Volleyball Team beat North Judson tonight 2-0 with the scores of: 25-14, 25-16.

The Lady Redskins Will be back in action Monday Oct. 17th at home vs. Logansport for Senior Night with a JV start of 5:00 PM.

A candlelight vigil

Information taken from the WKVI website:

A candlelight vigil was held in his memory at the Knox High School band tower on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of hundreds. The night was lit up by a sea of candles, each flame burning bright and illuminating the tears on the faces of the many who had gathered together to celebrate the memory of Drew and support each other in dealing with this painful loss. Even amongst the sadness, a flicker of Drew’s humor shined through—many people in attendance donned fake moustaches, reminiscent of one of Drew’s many humorous experiences.

Not unlike the flames burning brightly the night of his vigil, Drew seemed to have a way of brightening up the life of anyone he spoke to. Officials at Knox High School describe Drew as an extremely talented and gifted student who was loved by his classmates.
Please go to WKVI http://www.wkvi.com/ for the full article posted by Ben Haut.

The photos by Jayme Goetz and Ben Haut are posted on the WKVI website.

Fall Concert

The students came together for their fall choir concert Wednesday night. They shared their music, hearts and tears during this beautiful performance. The simple opening from Mrs. Pickell echoed the feeling of those in the auditorium.

When words fail you...

Music speaks.

The audience could not not help but be moved by this outstanding performance.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Knox High School Loses One Of Its Own...

This morning, Knox High School was informed of the tragic death of Andrew Shearin, an 11th grade student, Drum Major for the marching band, and a special member of our school. It is known that Drew was involved in an automobile accident Monday night.

Drew was an extremely popular and engaging student and will be greatly missed by his peers, our staff, and the Knox community.  Drew was a leader in our band programs, theater arts productions, and at our school. 

A gifted music composer, Drew received awards in 2010 from the Indiana Music Educators Association, Composition Competition for his 2010 Concert Band Composition and 2011 Choral/Vocal composition. 

 We also offer our heartfelt sympathies to the family for their loss.  

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elementary Swimming Starts

Elementary Swimming started today with the KCES student enjoying a dip in the newly remodeled pool.
The swim team enjoyed being able to hit the water for practice.

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