Weekly Edition, 9/15/2017
In Daily Algebra students were given a 24 piece puzzle to put together. The only directions students were given was to be the first team to put their puzzle together. Their bag of puzzle pieces contained 24 pieces, but 5 of the pieces were from different puzzles in the room.
As students started to realize they didn't have all of the pieces needed they started looking around and working together to be the first team to put their puzzle together.
Students, Parents, and Staff: Welcome back to KMS! We are excited to have everyone back and in the building for the 2017-2018 school year. The first couple weeks of school have gone very well. The nervousness of new schedules and learning lockers has begun to settle, and students are getting situated into their daily routines.
We understand middle school is a time in which children undergo changes physically, socially, and cognitively. The following link provides some great information to keep in mind as kids develop throughout their middle school years.
Presentation- Do You Know Your Middle School Child?
As always, please contact the middle school office if you have any questions or need clarification on anything. We are looking forward to an outstanding school year!
Submitted by: Mrs. Nunnikhoven, KMS
Greetings from KMS General Music and Choir
My name is Megan Phillips and I teach students in General Music and Choir at the middle school. Our year is off to a fantastic start - students are politely enthusiastic and I’m learning just as much from them as learn from me. They also do a great job of collaborating and helping each other problem solve.
In General Music, students are creating reading routines based on their favorite bands or musical artist. They create these in our online learning platform, Canvas. We use these to begin each class. Students enjoy researching their favorite musicians (modern day, and not so modern) and sharing their favorite songs with peers. Students are also learning how to creatively manipulate Google Docs by making Listening Maps: visual representations of music. Students learn definitions of possible different parts of a pop song, such as “verse” and “refrain”. Students also research music lyrics and use a guideline covered in class, as well as personal filters to identify content that could be considered inappropriate and, therefore, unable to be used for school projects. An example of a listening map precedes this article.
In choir, we begin each class period by stretching and warming up our voices. This is a great way to segway from students’ previous classes. Students also learn solfege syllables and hand signals, which aids when sight-reading music (attempting to sing when seeing a piece of music for the first time). Students attend one group vocal lesson each week, right after lunch. We sing through music that was rehearsed in class.
Our Winter Concert is Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 7pm in KPAC. Simply attending the concert is a huge way to show support for these students in their musical endeavors. Concerts are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Last year, the Knoxville Elementary PTO raised more than $2000 from the Box Tops that our students brought in and we want this year we want to raise even more. Box Tops can be found on a variety of food and home products. Be sure to check out the full list of Box Tops products. They can be cut or torn off and simply collected in a baggie and brought to school. Electronic Box Tops are also available for Apple and Android users. Both Northstar and West have collection boxes for the Box Tops. It is a great idea to ask friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to save Box Tops for your student.
Jyl DeJong and Shana Krpan, Box Top Coordinators
S.M.I.L.E. at West Elementary
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.