November 3, 2017

Community Events

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Elementary News

2nd Grade Outing

West Elementary second graders loved sharing their costumes with their friends at the Westridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Northstar Guidance

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Northstar guidance classes are just finishing up our growth mindset unit. We spent last week making classroom paper chains with growth mindset statements on them to serve as reminders to use our Bubble Gum Brains.

We'll be moving on to focus on healthy lifestyle choices next. Classes will be learning about nutrition, exercise, and how to stay away from unhealthy substances.

Elementary PTO Minutes, 11/2/17

Meeting was called to order by President Amy Sinn at 6:05pm. 7 members was present...

Middle School News

Knoxville IA Rocks

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The Knoxville 6th Grade TAG students have challenges every Friday. One Friday the challenge was to choose a rock and paint it using the shape of the rock for inspiration. They hid their rocks in the Knoxville Community and created a Facebook page with clues. They are hoping those who find the rocks will post pictures to their page: Knoxville IA Rocks which is written on the back or bottom of each rock! Good luck hunting!

During the week of October 16th, the students and staff at KMS participated in RED OUT activities after school. Students were invited to raise money for the American Heart Association by getting donations for red t-shirts that would be worn to participate in after school activities including volleyball, 3 on 3 basketball, and dodgeball. Each activity ended with a single elimination tournament where champions were crowned each day. KMS was able to raise $1,270 this year for the American Heart Association.

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High School News

Girls State Swimming

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The girls state swimming meet is this weekend in Marshalltown. Knoxville now has two girls participating; Kinsli Cram will now be swimming in the 200 medley relay along with Taylor Purvis. Taylor also will be swimming individually in the 100 backstroke. Attached is a picture of the three Knoxville girls who where members of the Indianola varsity swimming team this year. From left to right, they are Taylor Purvis, Kinsli Cram, and Wynter Knowler. All three helped the Indianola team have a fantastic year in the pool this fall. A schedule of races and times for the state meet can be found on the IGHSAU website. Best of luck tomorrow girls at the state meet and swim fast!!

Professional Development

On Monday, KHS teachers shared and presented to each other about Formative Assessments.

Annual FFA Blood Drive

Knoxville FFA partnered with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to host a fall blood drive. There were 53 KHS students and staff that showed up to donate blood. We were able to collect 43 units, which has the potential to save 129 lives! Knoxville FFA would like to thank everyone that was willing to donate!
Football Senior Night

Be sure to check out the HS Camera Club's pictures from the Football Senior Night!

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KCSD Administrative Office

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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.

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