Music to Our Ears – Knox High School Students Pay it Forward

06-07-14 Music Recycled picKnox High School had a total of 15 band students participating in the 2013-14 school year Music Recycled program. It provides music lessons to students who demonstrate a desire for higher learning in music education. It is funded by the Drew’s Gift Foundation and maintained by Knox High School Assistant Band Director Darren Day. The program allows high school band students to take lessons from a professional on their particular instrument. In order to receive the lessons the high school students must pay it forward and provide lessons to middle school band students. Music Recycled is an opportunity for young band enthusiasts to obtain cadet teaching credit on their report cards and valuable teaching experience.

Knox High School Student Achievement and Open Swim Hours

Student Nathan Lynch poses proudly with his "Play like a Champion/Eat like a King - Redskin Nation" sign that will be displayed in Burger King
Student Nathan Lynch poses proudly with his “Play like a Champion/Eat like a King – Redskin Nation” sign that will be displayed in Burger King

Knox High School will have open swim hours and a student will have a project on display at a local fast food restaurant.

The Knox Graphics department has designed a Redskin Nation sign for the Knox Burger King. Nathan Lynch’s “Play like a Champion/Eat like a King – Redskin Nation” sign will be displayed in the store.

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Financial Aid Meeting Set for Jan. 29

Those needing information on how to pay for college are invited to attend a presentation at the Knox High School to gather that information.

The director of financial aid at Ancilla College, Kathy Mills, will be at the school on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. CT where she will assist parents with the FAFSA form as well as answer any questions related to financial aid.

This paying for college presentation is open to all students, parents or community members who are interested in attending. Senior students and their parents are highly encouraged to attend.

Homecoming Week is Next Week at Knox High School


Knox High School will hold homecoming activities throughout the week next week to lead up to  Friday’s football game.

It all starts Monday, Sept. 30 where students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing different styles of clothing to school. Monday is Costume Day, Tuesday is Twin Day, Wednesday is Western Day, Thursday is Class Color Day and Friday is Red and White Day.

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Knox High School Pool Open Tuesdays


Knox High School Principal Dr. Elizabeth Ratliff told the school board this week that the lifeguarding classes conducted at the high school pool went well.

Twenty-five residents have been certified as lifeguards in the classes that were offered earlier this month. Amy Nimetz said the five day classes that were held June 3–7 and June 10–14 were a success and they may be offered again.

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High School Graduations Approaching; Celebrate Safely

Area high schools are preparing for graduation ceremonies across the Kankakee Valley as soon-to-be-graduates prepare for life after high school. West Central High School students will be the first to graduate while South Central High School students will undergo their graduation ceremonies last, but police will be on high-alert, searching for intoxicated and unrestrained drivers, so adults are strongly encouraged not to provide alcohol for graduation parties and to keep tabs on graduates attending parties to ensure they are being responsible.

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Knox Community School Board Commends Envirothon Team

Back left to right: Benjamin Darda, Austin Heise, Colton Skidmore  Front: Marge Wood, Nikole Scheib, Julia Markovitz, Laurie Simmons.
Back left to right: Benjamin Darda, Austin Heise, Colton Skidmore Front: Marge Wood, Nikole Scheib, Julia Markovitz, Laurie Simmons.

The Knox Community School Board members recognized the Knox High School Envirothon team during the Spotlight on Success portion of their meeting Monday night.

The team had gone to the state competition on April 30 and placed 13th out of 17 teams. Coaches Laurie Simmons and Marge Wood told the board they were proud of the effort of the students and competed well at Washington High School.

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Area Proms Prompt Law Enforcement to Step up DUI Patrols

With area schools holding their proms and post-prom events within the next month, local law enforcement departments are stepping up DUI patrols throughout their communities. Police will saturate areas around each prom and post-prom site in an effort to cut down on potential alcohol and drug use, with a zero-tolerance policy toward the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In addition, those who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed.

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Knox High School Closes Due to Electrical Issues

Knox High School is experiencing electrical issues.  Students with permission from parents are being dismissed at 11:30 a.m.  Students who do not have permission to leave will be at the middle school until school is dismissed for the day.  Elementary and Middle School students will be dismissed at the end of the regular school day.
NIPSCO will be shutting off the electricity at the high school this afternoon in order to make necessary repairs.
Saturday night’s dance in the Knox High School Cafeteria has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Knox High School Junior Wins NCWIT Award

Emily Burton
Emily Burton

A Knox High School Junior was recognized by the school board during the Spotlight on Success portion of their meeting.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa explained that Emily Burton received a high academic honor.

“Emily won the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) award for Aspirations in Computing,” said Gappa. “Emily was among 20 students who won the Aspirations in Computing award in the Indiana affiliate membership. There were 1800 applications nationwide and only three national award winners. Emily was also runner-up for the national award.”

Burton recently attended a dinner and awards banquet in Indianapolis where she received a $250 cash award, trophies and other items for her accomplishment.

Status Hearing Set for Knox Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Todd Boldry

There have been no major developments in the case against a former Knox High School teacher accused of fathering a child with a former student. The Knox Community School Board initially suspended Boldry with pay on Aug. 24 and has since been suspended without pay.  Superintendent A.J. Gappa said earlier that substitute teachers will fill the position until the outcome of the investigation is determined.

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