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JAG Students Helping Promote Literacy to Homeless

Students in the Knox JAG class sanitize and organize books for distribution. Photo provided.

Students in the Knox JAG class sanitize and organize books for distribution. Photo provided.

Several students in the Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG) program are helping to promote literacy among the homeless.

Students were given approximately 40 books, ranging from elementary level to adult reading. Students were then tasked to select a homeless shelter or community location where services are available for the homeless and deliver those books.

Knox High School is one of the schools that participates in the JAG program. The educational program is dedicated to helping at-risk students overcome barriers to high school graduation.

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All Aboard for the Knox High School Marching Brigade’s Premiere Performance

06-07-14 Music Recycled picMarching band members and musical instructors have been hard at work all summer with band camp. Their dedication has paid off and the group is scheduled to perform an exhibition of this year’s show, “All Aboard” on Thursday, August 7th. Continue reading

Knox School Board Approves Administrative Changes

Back to school season is upon us.

Teachers are prepping their lessons and classrooms for their incoming students, students are choosing new school ensembles as well as the best supplies to buy and administrators are settling in to their new positions. The Knox Community School Corporation has shuffled around their principals and added on a new member.

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Knox Community School Board Meets Tonight

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox Community School Board is doing things a little differently this time around and is holding their second bi-monthly meeting on a Tuesday. Tonight the board will meet at 6:30 p.m in the administrative office in the Palmer wing of the Knox Community Elementary School.

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Knox Community School Dates and Times for the Upcoming School Year

BackToSchoolNightSummer unfortunately can’t last all year. School resumes in August and the Knox Community School Board approved the dates and times for freshman orientation and back to school nights at their Monday evening board meeting. Continue reading

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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Local Student Recognized at State JAG Competition

Justin Reynolds from Knox High School was recognized at the 2014 Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Career Development Conference.

According to a published report on www.LaPorteCountyLife.com, the final state competition on March 14 found Reynolds in first place in the category of Financial Literacy.

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Knox High School Students Compete at Career Development Conference

Knox High School students were recently recognized by the Knox Community School Board for their participation in the Regional Jobs for America’s Graduates Career Development Conference on Feb. 7.

JAG students are considered at-risk students who need assistance in completing high school and transitioning to employment or post-secondary education. Continue reading

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.

Food Basket Donations Still Needed

Members of the Knox High School National Honor Society, the student council and the local Kiwanis club are collecting food donations for baskets to be distributed to those in need on Dec. 13.

You may drop off your non-perishable food donation in the main office at the high school or send your donation to school with your child.

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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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Miss Sandy’s 35th Dance Production Takes Stage This Weekend

Miss Sandy’s Studio of Dance annual production is this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. CT at the Knox High School Auditorium.

This is the 35th annual production and Miss Sandy explained that the theme this year is “Don’t Stop Believing.”

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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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March is Support Music in Schools Month

Knox Band Director Craig Phipps

Knox Band Director Craig Phipps

March is Support Music in our Schools month.

Music affects everyone – even more so in students of performing arts. Knox Band Director Craige Phipps says most of his students are excited to come to school because they are involved in music classes. He believes keeping music in schools is extremely important.

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