Showing posts from May, 2017
Fight Song
Blue River Valley was consolidated from schools in Prairie and Blue River Townships. The Mt. Summit High School mascot was the Eagle, red and gray. The Mooreland High School mascot was the Bobcat, Black and Gold. There was a school house on our current site as long ago as the 1870's - along with school houses all across the two townships. 
Our fightsong is certainly one of the fightingest fightsongs around - it has the word "Fight" in it a full seven times - once even spelled out, c-a-p-i t-a-l letter by capital letter. I love it.
"Mighty" and "Vikings" appear five times each. 
"Conquer", "Glory", "Victor", and "Win" each show up one time. It makes me want to fight just reading it - and it is a high energy and original song, unique to us. 
It's a good legacy an our students are doing well defending it. 
I hope each of you has had a great week - enjoy the three-day weekend! 
We're the Vikings of…
Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge. (Horace Mann)
A Liberal Education
Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind, published in 1987, contained ideas that are equally - if not more -  relevant today.  (In this text he uses the term “liberal” in the traditional sense of the emergence of a belief in individual rights and freedoms, a free-market economy, and representative government - liber, free a free man - and not the modern political sense, which is universally used while etymologically abused.)
Composed during the Reagan years, it was timely. It was written in response to what was, in hindsight, a key and pivotal period in public education in this country - we didn’t know it then, but this was the last time educators could have taken control of our profession and responded to the general - and, to be fair, somewhat deserved - cultural criticisms of the time (The best-known educational critique of the 1980’s was A Nation at Risk, published in …
Our Blue River Valley

Our namesake landform is really a pretty interesting patch of real estate.  It is out-of-place and quite complicated, with a fascinating history. The part of the Big Blue River course that is actually a “valley” is about 24 miles long, from Luray to Knightstown, although the most dramatic and prominent parts of it are in our district and  stretch from Luray to New Castle.  It is a flat-bottomed and high-walled feature, filled with thick organic material in the bottom and strewn with colorful  granite boulders and archaic tallgrass and woodland deciduous biomes atop the walls.

The best research work on the subject is in Dr. J.E. Potzger’s 1935 work on the valley. In it he addresses its origins: “Because the Blue River Valley was formed many millennia ago by [glacial] meltwater discharge, the valley seems very wide for the size and age of the Big Blue River running through it.”  

According to Henry Gray from the Indiana Geological Survey (1997), "This valley is…
So, why is Henry County also called Raintree County?
For Raintree County is not the country of the perishable fact. It is the country of the enduring fiction. The clock in the Court House Tower on page five of the Raintree County Atlas is always fixed at nine o’clock, and it is summer and the days are long.—Ross Lockridge Jr.
Author Ross Lockridge, Jr, published his first and only novel, Raintree County in 1948. The book begins and ends on the Fourth of July, in 1892, but unfolds out of chronological order across several different years in order to structure the narrative.
The setting of the 1000+ page book is the eponymous (but fictional) Raintree County, Indiana.
It was also made into a major movie with Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, and Lee Marvin. The movie is over three hours long.
Raintree County is described in the book as being smaller than Henry County and further away from Indianapolis, but it is clearly based upon Henry County (For example, it contains the ‘National Road”…