Panther Press

November 17, 2017

From the School Calendar...

  • Wed. Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Thu. Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Fri. Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Mon. Nov. 27: School resumes (2 hour Late Start - PD)

Complete calendar is linked here. Choose your preferred format (week, month or agenda).

Winter Coats Available

Does your child need a winter coat? The Knoxville community has blessed KCSD with donations of new and gently used winter coats. Please let the school nurse, counselors or secretaries at your child's school know if your child needs a coat and we will work to find one.

Knoxville Schools Cancellation/Delay Alerts

If you haven't already, please sign up to receive cancellations and/or delay notifications through GovDelivery. Choose to receive email and/or text messages. Directions to sign up are located here.

Laptop Reminders

Middle School and High School Parents/Guardians:

With the Thanksgiving weekend approaching, the Technology Department wants to remind you about the school issued devices for the students. Following these steps can help prevent any potential damage to the computers and accessories.

  • Ensure the devices are being transported in their carrying cases at all times.
  • Try to keep the cords in areas where small children and pets cannot get to them.
  • Do not eat or drink around the computer.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Panther Success Graduates Two Students

Congratulations to Dylan Beal and Isaac Miller! They both completed their coursework this week to graduate from KHS. Isaac and Dylan are each part of the Panther Success program where the majority of the classes they take are online. Dylan and Isaac will be approved for graduation at the December school board meeting. According to Isaac, he plans to continue working for Wal-Mart and stated, “I am just happy that I get to sleep in now!” Dylan’s future plans are uncertain, but he has a passion for history and has considered joining the military. Best of luck to these two graduates!

Last Friday, a couple of members our Digital Literacy and Wellness Committee attended a conference on the campus of ISU. Two of our students went with our committee had the opportunity to meet and talk with Senator Grassley. Great learning experience for these students!

The Knoxville Varsity Debate squad finished with a 5-11 record this year led by the pairing of Tierney Heffron and Taylor Wyss. Asa Leonard and Nyan Baker rounded out the varsity squad for us, while the JV debaters were Bre Burton, Alaina Gerdes, Brianna Norman, Ben Clodfelter, Mirrah Wilson, and Daniel Raemaker. We had a very enjoyable season and the kids learned a lot with an exciting and timely topic centered around creating an alternative plan to the electoral college in electing US presidents. Mr. DeVore is greatly looking forward to everyone returning next year and encourage all who are interested in this wonderful activity to come aboard!
In US History, students worked together to create an argument as to which job would have been the best during the time of Western Expansion. Students were free to express their opinion and supporting points how he/she saw fit. Many students collaborated to create a thorough and extensive argument.

Knoxville Girls Basketball Apparel Order

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Below is the order form for basketball apparel for this year from the Girls Basketball Club. Everything should be done by Christmas.

7th Grade Science and PEERS Program

Last Friday, 11/10/17, 7th Grade Science students participated in a workshop led by Dave Siitari and Taylor Davis of Pella Corporation. This workshop was designed to teach students a little bit more about the structure of molecules and how their properties such as pH, could help us identify unknown substances. Also during this activity, students were able to practice using quantitative and qualitative observations and using data to support their conclusions. Students really enjoyed getting to use their science process skills to solve the mystery of which liquids were in the sample cups!

4th Grade Reading Strategies

Fourth grade has been using PRESS fluency strategies learned from recent teacher professional development to help students practice their decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Fourth graders’ goal for winter benchmark is 136 words per minute. By the end of the year, fourth graders should be reading 150 words per minute. They are working hard to exceed these goals! Parents can help by having their child read out loud to them each night.
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Storybook Night a Success

On the night of Tuesday, November 14, West Elementary hosted a Storybook Night. Families were invited to enjoy pancakes and sausage made by our awesome morning Kiwanis Club. We were able to enjoy our pancakes while listening to the story “If You Give A Pig A Pancake.” K-Act, Knoxville Police Department, and Knoxville Public Library joined staff in making this a fun night for all. Everyone participated in a variety of stories and activities. Children were encouraged to dress as their favorite book character. Many volunteers brought the stories to life as they wore character costumes. Students made crafts, put on puppet shows, listened to stories, and ate cookies. Parents were given information and tips on choosing appropriate books and the opportunity to learn ways to improve comprehension and phonics strategies with their children. Thanks to Kim Collins, instructional coach, for making a successful fun evening for Knoxville!

Kindergartners Salute Veterans

This month in Kindergarten we learned about Veterans and why we celebrate Veterans Day. We read books, made books, and created soldiers (pictured below) to hang in our hallway to thank our veterans. The children in the photo either know someone who served in the military or is currently servingJ.

Help Wanted

Our current vacancies are listed below:

  1. Substitutes (teacher and teacher associates)
  2. Associate / Para-Educator (Full Time, West)​
  3. ​Volunteers (district-wide, variety of needs)
  4. Varsity Girls Soccer, Assistant Coach
  5. ​Varsity Softball, Head Coach

  6. Varsity Softball, Asst. Coach
  7. Softball, 9th Grade Coach
  8. Varsity Girls Golf Coach
  9. 8th Grade Volleyball, Head Coach (2018-19 school year)

Apply online at: or inquire at the administration building (309 W. Main).

Call or email Lisa (641-842-6551 opt 1; with any questions.

KCSD Administrative Office

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KCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Knoxville Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator Jill Van Woerkom, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or The grievance will then be directed to the appropriate administrator charged with managing the program or department specified in the grievance.

The Board requires 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.