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Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball at Wells Fargo Arena

Our Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams will be playing Newton at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday, January 5, 2019 and we want you there! The Varsity Girls game will start at 200 PM; the Varsity Boys game to follow around 330 PM. Our Dance Team will also be performing at halftime of the girls and boys games!

Everyone that goes to the game must purchase a ticket. That ticket gets you into our games and also the Iowa Wolves game that evening. Purchase tickets here.

The school will provide tickets to the Varsity student-athletes playing/performing, coaches, and other related team personnel. Everyone else that attends our games will need to purchase a ticket.

Come cheer on the Panthers as we get a chance to perform in a big-time venue!

Ryan Paulsen

KCSD Activities Director

2019 Coaches vs. Cancer T-Shirt Order Form

Click the link above to go to the website or print the attachment below. DEADLINE FOR ALL ORDERS IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 6TH.

6th Grade Science

The 2018-2019 has been flying by way too quickly. So far this year, the students have made models of animal and/or plant cells and had a coloring observed wrapped lifesavers under microscopes, identified, and colored the different parts of cells.

They have also been learning about chemical and physical changes by making s'mores using a small alcohol burner as a fire source. Observation skills are being improved by observing what kinds of physical and chemical changes can take place when you are trying to roast or smash a marshmallow, break a graham cracker, or melt chocolate.

The students got to use a new tool - a triple beam balance - to find the mass of an object.

5th Grade Field Trip

Fifth graders at Northstar had the opportunity to visit COC in Pella during December. They spent time working on social skills with persons supported. Students also participated in activities that simulated what life is like living with a disability.The students left COC with an awareness and appreciation of the difficulties some people face everyday.

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Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

In order to receive notifications regarding weather cancellations and/or delays or changes to district activities, please subscribe to the GovDelivery service. Signing up is easy at: Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process.

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Community Partner Contributions

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ISU Extension and Outreach - Parent Education Survey

Marion County educators and agencies,

ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is exploring potential gaps in the parent education opportunities available for Iowa families. In order to gather more information, the Human Sciences Parent Education Workgroup developed a survey to be distributed to Iowa agencies currently providing parenting education. As an agency dedicated to meeting the needs of parents, we deeply value your input and invite you to participate in this survey.

The survey will take 10 – 15 minutes to complete. We encourage you to share this message with others we may have missed with this invitation.

The survey link is:

The survey will close January 4, so thank you for your quick attention to this request.

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