PANTHER PRESS

K-12 Weekly: February 23, 2018 edition

KHS Spring Musical

Knoxville High School Spring Musical is just around the corner. Be sure to purchase your tickets today at www.knoxvillehs.seatyourself.biz or in person at KPAC office, Saturdays 9am-12pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show(s).

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Drivers Education will be offered this spring @ KHS through Triple 'R' Driving School. This session begins on Tues., Feb. 27th with Mr. Grimm as the instructor. Register forms are available on our website, in the HS office, & via the PDF below.

All-Iowa Honor Dance Team

Knoxville Sophomore, Raeghan Breazeale was selected to perform in the All Iowa Honor Dance Team Kick performance at the State basketball tournament. More than 480 dancers auditioned for 274 positions this fall. What an honor to be selected for this team!
The halftime group will consist of 224 dancers performing pom and kick. Raeghan will be performing in the kick portion. They will perform once during the halftime of the Championship game on Saturday night, March 3 at approximately 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm.

Forty teams qualified for the State Basketball Tournament after days, weeks and months of practice. Another championship caliber team that will show its talent Friday and Saturday has practiced just a few hours. That team is the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team, which has become a tradition at the Girls’ State Basketball Tournament.

All dance teams represented are members of the Iowa State Dance Team Association, and the dancers were chosen based on ability, attitude, dedication and leadership qualities. Auditions were held last fall at Ames Community Schools. After just hours of practice together, the students annually put on a show that is nationally recognized as one of the finest of its kind. Grand View University serves as the host for the Thursday and Friday rehearsals.

The pregame performance will include 50 dancers performing a patriotic salute. Lois Turnage of Pleasantville is the choreographer. The national anthem will be sung

by the Hope Lutheran Church Quintet from West Des Moines.

The halftime show will take place during the 3A championship game Saturday. The halftime group includes 224 dancers representing 88 Iowa high schools.

Coverage of the pregame and halftime performances can be viewed on your

local IPTV/PBS stations.

The IGHSAU salutes, for the 36th consecutive year, Kathy Enyart and the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team.

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Boys Bowling Team: State Results

Congratulations to the Knoxville boys bowling team on their 3rd place finish at the class 1A state bowling meet on Monday, Feb. 19th. Senior Tanner Mason also finished 4th overall as an individual, and sophomore Keagan McCarty finished 6th overall. Pictured below is the varsity boys bowling team (from left to right): Head Coach Shaun Renard, Tyler Ritter, Blaise Hubler, Tanner Mason, Cole Murphy, Kyler Reidel, Keagan McCarty, Assistant Coach Craig Mobley.

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Blood Pressure and the Cardiovascular System

District Nurse Angie Mitchell recently visited the Anatomy and Physiology classes of Sean Gibbons to teach students about blood pressure and their pulse. Students learned how to take their pulses in their arm and wrist. Students had fun seeing if they could get a marshmallow to pulse with their heart beat. Then also learned how to take someone’s blood pressure. This is part of our large unit on the cardiovascular system.

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FFA Service Project

The Knoxville FFA has the opportunity to host a Meals From the Heartland community service project on March 1, 2018! The mission for Meals From the Heartland is to empower people to save the starving by having different organizations in Iowa volunteer to package meals for delivery. Numerous Knoxville FFA members have had the opportunity to help package meals for Meals From the Heartland at Iowa FFA State Convention the past 5-6 years. This year's Knoxville FFA officer team decided their area of focus for our chapter is service projects. Their challenge is for our chapter to do at least one service project per month. So far this year, we have been right on target with some months even doing numerous service projects. Our chapter felt that packaging meals for Meals From the Heartland at the high school would be a great way to involve not only all high school students, but also our community. One package can feed a family of six, and we plan to include the entire high school student body to pack 50,000 meals. The opportunity to help feed 300,000 people will cost $5,000 after we subtract the funding we could potentially receive through a youth assistance program.

The financial responsibility to host an event such as this will require assistance from people in our community. Partnership is very important within the Knoxville FFA chapter and school district, and we always appreciate the continued support our community demonstrates. The Knoxville FFA would like to ask local businesses to please consider partnering with us to help fund the expense of this event. We certainly do not expect any business to fund the entire event, and appreciate any amount businesses are willing or able to donate. We would also like to invite anyone interested to stop by the high school and witness this event take place or even help package meals on March 1st. We plan to start packing from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m-2:30 p.m. If you are able to help financially assist or package meals for this incredible event, please feel free to contact the Knoxville FFA Advisor, Tiffany Johnston via email at tiffany.johnston@kcsd.k12.ia.us or call her at (641) 842-2173(school). Thank you for your consideration.
Girls Basketball Senior Night Photos

Photos taken by members of the KHS Camera Club during the Girls Basketball Senior Night.

Boys Basketball Senior Night Photos

Photos taken by members of the KHS Camera Club during the Boys Basketball Senior Night.

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ELEMENTARY UPDATES

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4th Grade Kindness Challenge

Fourth grade students participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. Students were challenged to show kindness to their fellow classmates in a variety of ways. Some ways they could show kindness:

  • Invite a new friend to play.

  • Smile at 25 people.

  • Make a wish for a child in another country.

  • Give your friend a high five.

  • Compliment 5 people

What does kindness mean to you?

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Knoxville Elementary Yearbook

This year, Knoxville Elementary PTO is putting together and selling a TreeRing yearbook! Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:
  • Custom Yearbooks: Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos.
  • Green Yearbooks: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and prints on recycled paper.
  • Beautiful Yearbooks: All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available

The cost of your personalized yearbook is $18 and the money spent will assist PTO in funding field trips and other items for your children. The final sale date is April 15th and you can customize 2 pages for FREE. If you customize, you’ll receive a standard yearbook and the cost is the same.

YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR Northstar & West Elementary YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE. Buy one for per child or for your elementary kids to share.


Thanks,
Sarah Adams, Knoxville Elementary PTO

knoxvilleyearbookelem@gmail.com

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Marion County Food Coalition: Food Distribution Calendar

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Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

The KCSD Wellness Team will be hosting a special screening of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" at KPAC on March 19. This is a FREE event THANKS to our friends at Iowa State Savings Bank!

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Knoxville Public Library: Your Change Helps Us Change

The Knoxville Public Library and the Knoxville Community School District are teaming up to raise money for the library expansion and renovation project. By involving our young people, we hope they will feel ownership in the library and increase library usage and involvement in the many programs that are offered. Students and their families are invited to send change to school during February 12-March 2. Donations can be given to classroom teachers K-5 and to advisory leaders at grades 6-12. Local business like Subway, DQ, McDonald's, Hardee's, Rib Shack, Mr. C's, and Casey's have shared coupons/gift certificates to be used as incentives during the drive.

At the end of the competition:

  • the highest earning grade level at West will win a trip to the Knoxville Recreation Center
  • highest earning grade level at Northstar will win cookies and ice cream provided by HyVee and the Elementary PTO
  • and each highest earning advisory group at the Middle and High School will get pizza provided by Knoxville Pizza Hut and cookies and carrots provided by Knoxville Fareway.
2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Click on this heading to view the academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

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KCSD Administrative Office

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