PANTHER PRESS

March 2021

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Construction on the New Knoxville Middle School Has Begun

"Our students and staff are going to have opportunities that we couldn’t provide in the old building, and that’s really exciting. Our community has been supportive. We thank you for getting out to vote. We also ask for your patience. The next year and a half, we know there’s going to be some inconveniences, we know there’s going to be some fences that go up, and some areas that might be off limits for a short period of time. We truly believe that in the end, it’s going to be well worth that short term inconvenience." - Cassi Pearson, Superintendent. Read more.
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On Monday, March 29 the Knoxville School Board voted unanimously to move to tier 3 of the Facility Use By Non-District Groups plan.

This includes:
  • Events with spectators allowed

  • Face coverings are required indoors except for coaches and athletes if an athletic event*

  • Concessions allowed

  • No restrictions on capacity

  • *Masks optional at outdoor facilities


School related events update:

  • Masks optional for outdoor events

Upcoming Home Events

  • Thu, Apr. 1: JV/V B TN v. North Polk @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 4:15 PM

  • Mon, Apr. 5: JV/V B SC v. Carlisle @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 5:30 PM

  • Tue, Apr. 6: V/JV G SC v. Newton @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 5:30 PM

  • Thu, Apr. 8: JV/V G TN v. Centerville @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 4:15 PM

  • Thu, Apr. 8: JV/V B SC v. Albia @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 5:30 PM

  • Fri, Apr. 9: JV/V B GF v. Carlisle & Pleasantville @Knoxville (Pine Knolls Golf Course), 4 PM

  • Mon, Apr. 12: JV/V G GF v. Clarke & Chariton @Knoxville (Pine Knolls Golf Course), 4 PM

  • Thu, Apr. 15: JV/V B TN v. Clarke @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 4:15 PM

  • Thu, Apr. 15: JV/V G/B TR - Panther Relays @Knoxville (Randy Wilson Track), 4:30 PM

  • Fri, Apr. 16: V G SC v. Oskaloosa @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 5:30 PM

    See our full calendar.


Some quick hits of March Highlights!

  • All-State Honors! Congratulations to the following students who recently earned All-State Honors!

    • Maggie Wilkins: 1st team in girls basketball from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association

    • Kieren Nichols: 2nd team in boys basketball from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association

    • Johanna Leonard: All-State in Individual Events from the Iowa High School Speech Association

  • Our Experience the Action FFA team of Josie Brooks, Samara Staton, Shaylyn Black, Cassie Brooks, and Bailey Finken received a gold and advanced to State!

  • Our Drama Department had AWESOME performances of Meet Me In St. Louis!

  • We had several outstanding performances by our kids at concerts in March:

    • MS Band, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, HS Band, Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade


What’s ahead in April!


  • It is an unbelievably busy time for activities in April!

    • We have over a dozen sports/clubs active in April with lots of chances to see them at home events! Hopefully the weather cooperates :)

  • Prom will be held at the Knoxville National Guard Armory on Saturday, April 17

KCSD Quick Links

New Option for Classroom Catering

The KCSD Child Nutrition Department is happy to announce a new option for classroom catering - Mini Cupcakes + Juice Box combo!

Did you know that you can order classroom treats through our kitchen? No hassle for parents & guardians, just as delicious for students!

More info: https://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/departments/nutrition/index

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Knoxville Community School District Food Pantry

Open to all KCSD students & their families on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month - Saturday, March 6 & 20.

More information


Freedom For Youth Fun Walk

Support a good cause while having a good time. Join us at this fun event for youth, families, and friends. Get outdoors, enjoy a nice walk around Marion County Park, and participate in a variety of fun and engaging stations all along the way - Saturday, May 8. More information

Love & Logic: A Snapshot
Are you curious about Love and Logic Parenting Classes? Check out this ONE-TIME, ONLINE overview of the class and learn a few techniques! More information.

Families First Drive By Book Bash
Saturday, April 10 | Free book for first 75 families. Geared towards families ages 0-5 years. More information.

Hip History Contest - The Story of Buxton, Iowa
The Hip History Contest for middle and high school students is now open; students have until April 21 to submit video entries that bring the story of Buxton, Iowa to life (Buxton was an integrated Iowa coal town at the turn of the 19th century. Prizes range from $250-$2000! More information.
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The Knoxville Community School District and Board will not discriminate in educational programs on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, marital status, socioeconomic status or genetic information. The Board and the District will not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability. Further, the District and the Board affirm the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and harassment.


The Board and the District require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.


Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the Coordinator for District Equity, Title IX, and Affirmative Action, Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school District Equity Coordinator who is also the Title IX Coordinator. Employees who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the Affirmative Action Coordinator. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinators are Ryan Klein, elementary and Brian McNeill, secondary . Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact Ryan at (641)842-2185 or ryan.klein@kcsd.k12.ia.us or Brian at (641)842-3315 or brian.mcneill@kcsd.k12.ia.us. These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800)457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (312)730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (800)669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.