PANTHER PRESS

April 5, 2019

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Student Teachers Welcome in the Reading Room

In the Reading Room at West Elementary, we are happy to say that we have a few students studying to become teachers. Emilee Anderson, Alaena Pelzer, and McKenna Fiebelkorn from Central College will be joining us. Emilee is studying Elementary Education and is in her junior year. She is originally from Waukee. Alaena is also a junior in Elementary Education. She is from Audubon. McKenna is from Brooklyn. She is currently a junior studying Elementary Education. We are excited that they have chosen Knoxville to do their Reading Practicum. The students look forward to learning and sharing time with them.

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PBIS: March Madness Comes to Northstar

To freshen up our Class-Wide Panther Paw recognition this month, each class traded in a “regular” Panther Paw (earned for awesome class behavior) for a March Madness ticket. Each class then drew a name from one of the Sweet Sixteen teams.

The classes left in the bracket include Mr. Kincaid’s class (Michigan State) vs. Mrs. Keller’s class (Texas Tech) and Mrs. Gullion’s class (Virginia) vs. Mrs. Spriggs’ class (Auburn). Our building is excited to see whose team is victorious!

6th Grade Language Arts

Not Literally!

The 6th-grade language arts students have been learning about figurative language. We have been working on onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, alliteration and idioms. We’ve been using videos and music to learn these devices. It’s a lot of fun for the students and teachers! Pictured is an example of a student using alliteration to create a superhero name and then creating some alliteration sentences.

Driver Education

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two summer sessions offered:

  • The 1st summer session will begin Monday, June 3rd and conclude on Saturday, June 15th. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).
  • The 2nd summer session will begin Monday, July 22nd and conclude on Saturday, August 3rd. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).

Registration forms are available HERE, in the high school office, or can be accessed from the website www.rumpsroadrules.com. Mr. Grimm & Ms. Bolton will be the instructors for this course.

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form and return the bottom portion to the high school or middle school office, or mail the registration form to the address listed on the form.

For those families who qualify for free or reduced tuition, please indicate that on the bottom of the registration form you turn it (write “free” or “reduced” on form). As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple ‘R’).

If you have any questions concerning the summer driver education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

State Mock Trial

Seniors Tierney Heffron & Nyan Baker performed in their final high school State Mock Trial tournament this week. Both plan to compete in mock trial for Simpson College next year.

GSA News

2019 Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth

Knoxville High School students had the exciting opportunity to attend Iowa Safe Schools’ 14th annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth in Des Moines on April 1st. The event—the largest of its kind in the nation—had 2,000 people in attendance, most of whom were LGBTQ high school students and their allies from all around the country. The purpose of the yearly event is to educate students and adults who are concerned with LGBTQ issues and to encourage networking and activism.

The event featured three celebrity keynote speakers who are part of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer) community. The three celebrities were Garrard Conley, author of the book Boy Erased, which was recently made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman; Dr. Eliza Byard, executive director of the international group GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network); and Carmen Carrera, a transgender woman, activist, and model who starred in the hit reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In the time between the keynote speakers, attendees were able to choose from a large assortment of educational workshops. The topics included religion, mental health, and drag queen makeup among many others. A variety of colleges, military branches, and local organizations also had tables set up to speak with students and show their support of the LGBTQ community.

Special thanks to Sheryl Moore and the AJ Betts LGBTQ Memorial Youth Fund for providing the funding to allow the students and chaperones to attend. AJ Betts was a student at Southeast Polk High School who committed suicide in 2013. Prior to his death, Betts had been bullied for his sexuality. Sheryl Moore, AJ Bett’s mother, set up the youth memorial fund to help other LGBTQ students attend events like the Governor’s Conference.

Moss Earns Matthew Shepard Scholarship

Knoxville High School student Atlee Moss has been selected as a recipient of a Matthew

Shepard Scholarship. The scholarship honors Matthew Shepard, a gay student who was

beaten to death in Wyoming in the late 90s for his sexuality.

This prestigious scholarship is given to only a handful of Iowa high school seniors

who openly identify as a member of the LGBTQ community. Atlee went through a

rigorous application process, which included letters of recommendation and a formal

interview in front of nine people, before being selected as a recipient. As part of the

scholarship, Atlee will receive up to $14,000 of funding per year of college and attend

workshops tailored for LGBTQ college students. Additionally, Atlee will be honored at a

scholarship awards dinner in Des Moines later this year.

Senior Alert - Upcoming Scholarships

April scholarship deadlines:

If you have any questions about the scholarship process, or any other part of your journey, give us a call at 877-272-4692 or email ICAN@ICANsucceed.org.

Knoxville CSD Make-Up Days

In case you missed it: Here is our plan for make-up days as of 2.26.2019. All calendars have been updated on our website to reflect the schedule changes:


As a reminder, our 2019-2020 Academic Calendar is also posted to help you plan for next year.


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa @ the district office at 641-842-6551 opt. 1 or lisa.willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us.

2019-2020 Knoxville CSD Calendar

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The school year is quickly winding down and it’s time to share some timely reminders for fall.


Pre-School Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Pre-School student in the fall of 2019? Here are the forms required for preschoolers;

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Kindergarten Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Kindergarten student in the fall of 2019? What an exciting and busy time. Just a friendly reminder of all the paperwork required before school starts in the fall:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines

  3. Kindergarten Physical

  4. Dental exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  5. Vision exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  1. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  2. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Attention fall 7th GRADERS and fall SENIORS!!

There are immunization requirements for Fall 2019. There is no grace period so:

Up-to-date vaccine records must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school!


7th grade: in addition to the Tdap requirement already in place for 7th graders, the NEW requirement is for 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and grade 7 if born after September 15, 2004.


12th grade: Requirement is for TWO doses of Meningococcal vaccine for those entering 12th grade if born after September 15, 1999 OR 1 dose if received when the student is 16 years of age or older.

Little Panther Relays: May 25

The Knoxville Wellness Committee will sponsor a youth track and field meet on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. We are inviting kids from throughout Iowa to compete in five different age groups. Age groups (as of May 25th, 2019), information and entry form are as follows.
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Elementary PTO

To Purchase & Customize Your Yearbook

Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.

  1. Go to www.treering.com/validate

  2. Enter your school’s passcode: 1015064502971783

Regular Price: $18.00 Deadline: Apr 9

Marion County Public Health

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