Written by thillman
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 11:23 AM
I have been in deep thought for about a week now trying to figure out how something that was so important to my son and to
me and my extended family could have been taken away for no good reason.
So I thought I would do some reading on the school web site and I found some things that I wanted to share with the community
In the athletic hand book it states that ( The
major objective of the program is to provide wholesome opportunities
to develop from their experiences favorable habits and attitudes
for social and group living in a democratic world ) I guess
after playing basketball for Rising Sun for seven years they must
have figured he had enough opportunity.
In the Statement of Purpose it states
The purpose of the high school athletic program is:
1. To improve the image of the student athlete.
2. To strive always for practicing and playing for excellence.
3. To ensure growth and development that will raise the number of individual participants; that will give impetus to increasing
attendance at each contest; that will build up gate receipts.
4. To provide opportunities that will allow the program to serve as a laboratory where students may cope with problems and
handle situations similar to those encountered under conditions prevailing in the contemporary world.
The laboratory should provide adequate and natural opportunities for:
Physical, mental, and emotional growth and development.
Acquisition and development of special skills activities of each students choice.
A focus of interest on activity programs for student body, faculty, and community that will generate a feeling of unity.
It all sounds real good doesn't it? This is
just a small portion of what's in there, so can someone tell me how a
makes policies like this could let a new coach from out of town
come in here and cut all 4 seniors from the basketball team
for not communicating with him through the summer. I have tried
many times to communicate with the coach and after 8 days
I finally got my talk, I guess maybe he should be cut from the
team if that is his standards to get to play on this team.
I tried to relate to him on a caring human level, told him how
hard my son has worked to get stronger and faster and how he
was looking forward to his senior basketball season, how he has
also taken this opportunity away from my wife and I along
with most of all my 73 year dad who loves to come to the games and
watch his grandson play basketball. It was a complete waste
of my breath. He has not only done an injustice to these 4 boys
but in my opinion has put some of the boys who are still playing
at risk of injury, by putting them up against boys much bigger and
My son is the fifth generation in my family to
attend school at Rising Sun and play sports there, my dad was a school
member for many years so my family has a lot of ties to this
community and I couldn't think of living anywhere else. But this
whole thing has put a really bad spin on how we think about the
school at this point!
The school board has also denied us the chance
to speak at the school board meeting, someone needs to remind them who
them in and why, nothing speaks louder than the voice of the
public as for me and my family we will not be attending any basketball
games in Rising Sun as long as they allow this coach to do what he
is doing to these young men and this community.
As a final note under school board ethics the very first one at the top of the page is.
(THINKING ALWAYS IN TERMS OF CHILDREN FIRST)
Written by thillman
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:05 AM
As an alumni of Rising Sun High School, I was
proud to personally witness the Shiner Pride Band and its
this season. The Band and its leadership is outstanding. The
conduct of the students, parents, and staff was top notch. I
was also able to witness the success of the boys baseball team and
even though the semi-state was not their best game, the
boys, parents, and staff demonstrated poise and character.
However, this brings me to my current point(new coach cuts four seniors). Character is the foundation on which all leadership
is built and there appears to be a lack of character in this situation. The quality of a coach’s character sets the stage
for success. How can players succeed in such an environment filled with a lack of trust, poor leadership, and the lack of
relationships between players and the community? Yes, a crisis has developed.
At this point, it’s too late for people to follow an individual with such character flaws. It is up to you and the school
board of Rising Sun schools to remedy this situation and begin the process of mending the scars of not only the young men
this has directly affected but also the young men who soon will enter high school.
As a fourth generation graduate of Rising Sun
High School, a mother of two daughters with state championships in girls
a coach of national winning FFA leadership contests, and a teacher
who understands my role as a mentor; I strongly suggest
you address this issue because the very foundation of the Rising
Sun community and these young men has been shattered and
in need of great repair.
Melody Weaver Warner
Class of 1979
Written by thillman
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:52 PM
According to the Indiana High School Athletic
Association your high school years provide some of the most memorable
moments you will ever experience. Competition in interschool
athletics is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which will influence
Well this will not be possible for my son Cody
Weaver who was one of the four seniors cut from the high school
team. On Nov. 11 his high school athletic career playing
basketball ended. Not because he wasn’t at the open gym and conditioning
the past 2 ½ months 4 days a week. The reasoning was stated that
they were cut because of lack of communication. The coach
expected these boys to contact him over the summer, keep in mind
that this is a new coach who was just hired in late May.
If this was such a priority with this coach he had access to all the boys information why didn’t he contact them? My son held
a full time job over the summer. I didn’t even know the coach's name until we met with the Athletic Director this week. We
asked to meet with the coach and have been denied.
My son who is Senior Class President has been a
part of the basketball program since grade school. He had a successful
his junior year and I’m thankful for that. He wasn’t cut due to
the lack of ability or dedication because the boys that were
cut should have been a big part of the starting five this year. He
has played varsity baseball the past three years when they
won three ORVC Championships, three Sectional Championships, one
Regional Championship and went to the Final Four. I’ve watched
him play hiding a broken hand for three weeks so they wouldn’t
pull him, being spiked and bleeding to go back out and finish
the game at shortstop before we went to Urgent Care to get six
stitches and continue to play in the next game with stitches.
Again, it is not lack of ability or dedication.
My son is being denied his senior year experience because of a coach no one knows and who doesn’t know the kids. Did he make
an effort since September when my son was in the gym four nights a week? Evidently not or he would know what he’s losing.
This school reports every year how attendance is dropping. I wonder why? Are all seniors going to be cut because when the
seasons over there gone and why should they waste their time with them?
If this community cares (whether you’re a
parent, grandparent, student or alumni) please take the time to let your
board members, and superintendent know. The boys have been getting
a lot of support from their classmates and most of the
students and staff at the school and I would like to thank them
for that. It could be your child or grandchild asking what
am I going to do tomorrow when all I’ve ever done is practice
after school. If this school allows it to happen once it will
According to the school board we have just been denied to come to the open meeting and present our complaint.
Who voted them in? Why do we have them? The
letter they sent to us says “The topic deals with school personnel as
students . Both of these topics are not appropriate for a public
meeting. “They feel it is not an appropriate topic for the
meeting and that what students get cut from the team, and what
grade level those students are in, does not shake the conscience.”
I guess not if it’s not your kid, and those of
you who think this won’t happen again there it is in writing straight
your elected school board members. The school board members and
email addresses are listed on the website at www.risingsunschools.com
Troy and Darlene Weaver
Written by thillman
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:51 PM
Dear Editor and Readers,
The City of Rising Sun staff at city hall have researched and found the names of past clerk-treasurers and mayors of Rising
Sun. They are seeking additional information on the office holders which will be placed in a book to keep for the history
of the town. Can anyone help? If so, call Donita or Tammy at the city hall at 438-3340 or 438-2427. They are very anxious
to find this information.
Clerk-Treasurers: James M. Green, 1936-1945;
Stanley Powell, 1922-1935; William T. Burns, 1918-1921; Lee Jones,
James S. Hemphill, 1909-1914; William Toohy, 1904-1909; Albert B.
Cooper, 1887-1904; Charles B. Matson, 1883-1887; William
H. Smith, 1877-1883; Matthew (Mat) R. Hall, 1874-1876; James Hall,
1873-1874; Henry Lemmon, 1871-1872; John W. Gary, 18??-1871.
Mayors: Tracy Duncan, 1960-1967; Myron D.
Snyder, 1956-1959; Dr. Isaac H. Pate, 1952-1955; Walter Humphrey,
H. French, ?-1939; John S. Durbin, 1932-1933?; Scott Thompson,
1926-1927?; Cornelius D. Green, 1922-1925; Scott Thompson,
1918-1921; Samuel M. Seward, 1914-1917; Henry B. Steele,
1910-1913; Charles B. Matson, 1902-1909; Joshua M. Spencer, 1897-1902;
David S. Wilber, 1891-1897; Will W. Williams, 1885-1891; O. H.
Miller, 1881-1883; Jonathan B. Coles, 1877-1881; William Gillispie,
1875-1877; S. H. Stewart, 1871-1872.
There are a few gaps where the mayor is unknown, which include 1928-1931, 1934-1938, and 1940-1944.
If anyone would like to email me, the address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising Sun, IN 47040