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Home Football Games

Over the past two home football games we have noticed an increasingly large number of students that are going in and out of Ken Locke Stadium and crossing the street and then coming back to the Stadium. This concerns us as the students are crossing busy roads on a Friday night and the sun is beginning to set earlier and earlier which makes it even more difficult to see these youngsters. So, beginning tomorrow night (Fri, Sep. 21) we are adopting a "once you're in, you're in; if you're out, you're out" stance as it pertains to students freely coming and going from the Stadium. We will have a police presence at the gate and after 645 PM any student that leaves the stadium will not be re-admitted. We realize many students go watch the Panther Walk and we want to continue to encourage that and with the team being to the stadium by 640 PM, the Panther Walk is over by then; hence the 645 PM time we will start enforcing this new policy.

Keeping students safe is our #1 priority and hopefully this will dramatically cut down on the number of kids we have out on these busy roads while home football games are going on.

Ryan Paulsen

Activities Director

Knoxville Community Schools

Homecoming Early Dismissal

Friday, Sept. 28th: One hour early dismissal

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Take a Peek Once a Week: Facts about Head Lice

  • Assume head lice is always a concern at school.

  • Check your child regularly (once a week), especially if they have an itchy scalp.

  • If you find lice and/or nits, treat head lice with an over the counter head lice shampoo following the instructions exactly; comb-comb-comb; wash, shampoo and comb-comb-comb every night in between head lice shampoo treatments.

  • Wash bedding, coats, sweatshirts, and clothing. Vacuum.

  • Check all family members. Treat if necessary.

Did you know?

  • Head lice do not fly or jump? They move by crawling and are spread by direct head-to-head contact with someone who has head lice.

  • Spread by clothing such as hats and personal care items like combs is uncommon?

  • Personal hygiene and cleanliness have nothing to do with who can or cannot get lice?

  • The school nurse will be happy to check your child? Just call and ask: 641-891-6016.

Be Aware. Show You Care...some have food allergies!

Knoxville Schools are “food allergy aware”. Please know that some students have severe food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, and milk. Peanut and tree nut reactions can be quite severe for some students. Please help by: not sending foods that contain peanut and/or tree nut, remind your child not to share foods, and remind your child to wash his/her hands if they have peanut/tree foods before coming to school.

National Concussion Awareness Day, September 21. Take time to learn more.

Enrollment Options

KCSD offers enrollment options other than the traditional full-time PK-12 student schedule:

  • Home School Assistance Program is offered to support home school families. If you are interested, please email our Home School Assistance Coordinator, Stacy Picard, at
  • Open Enrollment applications must be submitted to the resident AND to the receiving districts. The deadline for filing for OE for the 2019-2020 school year is March 1, 2019 for 1st—12th graders and September 1, 2019 for Kindergarten students.


Follow Student Senate on Twitter @senate_KHS


TIME/LOCATION: Movie Starts at 8:00pm @ Practice Soccer Field (NE side of the school)

REMINDER: Collection Boxes are out to collect cans from students for their grade (double points for each item)

MOVIE: Sandlot

*Concessions will be sold to the students: Water, hot chocolate, popcorn, and regular M&Ms

DRESS-UP DAYS - ALL WEEK, 9/24 - 9/28

Monday: Beach Day

Tuesday: Decades Day (Seniors - 70’s/Junior’s - 80’s/Sophomores - 90’s/Freshman - 2000’s)

Wednesday: Senior Citizen Day

Thursday: Safari Day

Friday: Spirit Day (Black and Gold, Class t-shirt day)

*Outfits must be school appropriate. If not, students will be sent home.

*Pictures will be taken each day during 1st Panther Time/Advisory by Mr. Gibbons’ room, rm 128.

*Points will be awarded to the grade with the highest participation, based on who gets their picture taken.


  • Activities throughout Homecoming
  • Each grade will try to earn points to win the “Class Competition Cup”
  • Different events are worth different amounts of points (one of the biggest is the food drive)


Each class is trying to gather the most non-perishable food items to donate to Helping Hands

The class that gathers the most items will get major points/ONE point per can that is collected (there will be bonus days)

Double points for- meat (cans, not packet of tuna), peanut butter, and fruit.

Turn in donations to Mr. Gibbons’s room by lunch on Friday or each day during the week

Certain items may not count for a full point (i.e. Ramen noodles, Jello Packs, Vienna Sausage are 4 packs/boxes for 1 point)

We will be collecting donations at the following: Homecoming Movie Bash, Dodgeball, and Iron Man VB

A box will be set up for each grade as a voluntary “payment” to get in


Will occur via email during Homecoming week - 9-12th graders will all vote online. Check your email daily.


Start at 6 pm in HS gym

Teams up to 8 members (6 play at a time)

Separate brackets for males and females (if you have a combined team then you play in the male bracket)

Winning teams in each bracket will earn points for their grade (teams can be mixed grades)


  • Home Volleyball Games - 9th/JV/V VB Game Against. EBF

    • Sign-in for class competition points. Cael Hollinrake or Mr. Gibbons

  • Home Cross Country Meet at Pine Knolls Golf and Country Club

    • Sign-in for class competition points. Maddi Graves


  • Start roughly around 8:15 p.m. in the HS gym.
  • One team per grade. (Possible Male and Female Teacher teams)
  • Best 2 out of 3 games to 15 points or a time limit of 15 minutes.


One team for each grade will compete at Randy Wilson Track in a flag football game.

The first round will have 9th grade vs 12th grade and 11th grade vs 10th grade.

8 minute halves with a 2 minute halftime.

Winners and losers will have a game after the first (Consolation game and Champion game).

Each team may have only two coaches on the field with them.

If you are removed from the game for contact, rough playing, or arguing with the referee then 100 pts will be deducted from your grade


  • During the spirit assembly students will compete for final points to help their class win the Class Competition Cup Trophy.
  • Students can sign-up for the games will occur as a Google Survey NOW.


  • Each grade will perform a dance created by the Dance Team
  • Participation is voluntary, sign-up through a Google Form emailed to you.
  • Practice will be during Homeroom and can be outside of school
  • Performance of the dance will happen during the class competition at the assembly (see below)
  • The winning team will be awarded points for the class cup competition

FRIDAY, 9/28 SCHEDULE (Friday we will be running a shortened schedule)

Block 1 8:05-9:05

Block 2 9:10-10:10

Block 3 10:15-11:15

Lunch/Panther time

1ST Lunch Advisory

11:15-11:45 11:45-12:15

Advisory 2ND Lunch

11:15-12:15 11:45-12:15

Block 4 12:20-1:20

Assembly 1:25-2:15

*Dismissed at 2:15 for Parade (Parade begins at 3:00)


Come cheer on the 9th grade and Varsity teams as they take on the Grinnell Tigers!


  • Saturday night from 8:00-11:00 in the HS Commons

  • $10 per person- If you donate a non-expired canned good, ticket will be $5 per person

  • All canned goods and half of ticket sales will be donated to Helping Hands

  • If you are bringing a person from out of town, there is a form in the office to fill out and it must be returned to the high school BEFORE the dance

  • Dress attire: Jeans or khaki shorts are acceptable, NO t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or hats allowed

  • If you need to go to your car, you may be escorted out by a staff member

If you leave the dance unescorted then you cannot come back.

Homecoming Court

Front: Molly Devin, Mickayla McGill, Emery Neer, April Olson, Kelsey Ryan

Back: Max Eck, Joey Kesteloot, Cristian Magaña, Elliott Schmidt, Nyan Baker

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Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Students of all ages are encouraged to visit the annual Golden Circle College and Career Fair. Whether you're a freshmen or sophomore just starting to explore career options, or a junior or senior narrowing your list of college choices, Golden Circle College & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to gather knowledge, make connections, and begin to make informed decisions about your future.

  • Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • New Location: Iowa Center for Higher Education Activities Center - 2280 Bell Avenue, Des Moines (map)
  • Time: 12:30 - 3 pm

Career Discovery at DMACC

This event is for students in 10th – 12th grades interested in exploring future educational and career opportunities in Fire Science and Emergence Medical Services (EMS). Students will have the opportunity to tour the Ankeny Fire Department and take part in hands-on activities, which will include trying on firefighter gear, obstacle courses and handling firefighting equipment. *Please dress appropriately. TENNIS SHOES ARE REQUIRED.

*Space is limited to 20 girls and 20 boys

Check-In Location:

DMACC Ankeny Campus, Building 19
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023
Tentative Agenda Monday, Sept. 24

  • 8:30am: Check-In
  • 9:15am – 11:35am: Hands on activity sessions with DMACC Instructors
  • 11:35am: Lunch
  • 12:00pm: Ankeny Fire Department Tour
  • 1:30pm: Dismissal

College Funding Programs for Students & Families

Iowa students and families can participate in three college funding programs offered by Iowa Student Loan®during the 2018–2019 school year. Each program promotes essential concepts in saving for and financing college for all participants.

Sept. 4–Oct. 21: Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway

  • Open to: Parents and guardians of Iowa students in grades 6–12.
  • Awards: Fifty $1,000 deposits into College Savings Iowa accounts.
  • Requirements: Visit the Parent Handbook guide for important college financing information and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.
  • Start at:

Oct. 22–Feb. 22: Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

  • Open to: Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2019.
  • Awards: Thirty $2,000 college scholarships plus $250 to each recipient's high school.
  • Requirements: Register online and then follow emailed instructions to complete two online components and a related assessment. Scholarships are awarded to the 30 students with the highest scores. A tiebreaker may be required.
  • Start at:

March 18–April 30: College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

  • Open to: Iowa high school seniors attending college in fall 2019 and their parents or guardians
  • Awards: Ten $1,000 awards sent directly to each student’s college for fall 2019
  • Requirements: Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.
  • Start at:

Fall Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be one fall session offered at Knoxville High School beginning Monday, Oct. 15th. Mr. Tom Grimm will be the classroom instructor for this course. Mr. Grimm and Mr. Ryan Rump will be the behind-the-wheel instructors. Classes will run for three hours each day class is offered and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Class 1 Mon. Oct. 15 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 2 Tues. Oct. 16 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 3 Wed. Oct. 17 3:45-6:30pm
  • Class 4 Thurs. Oct. 18 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 5 Mon. Oct. 22 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 6 Tues. Oct. 23 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 7 Wed. Oct. 24 3:45-6:30pm
  • Class 8 Thurs. Oct. 25 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 9 Fri. Oct. 26 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 10 Sat. Oct. 27 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 11 TBD

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form (PDF below) 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 when you return it. 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 drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail For more information, please visit

8th Grade Math

The 8th grade math students were classifying numbers this week. Pictured are of some of the football helmets the students colored to classify numbers.

Middle School Band

The 7-8th Grade Marching Band will march in the annual Knoxville Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 16th. The Marching Band will perform their fall parade music during the parade, which is “Feel It Still” by Portugal The Man. The 7th and 8th grade band students will also perform at a pep assembly for KMS that morning.

4th Grade Happenings

Reading: Our anchor texts for the beginning of the year have been Because of Winn Dixie, My Brother Martin, and My Librarian is a Camel . We have worked hard on several comprehension strategies including summarizing texts, finding the author’s purpose, and distinguishing between cause and effect. The students are doing great at visualizing texts and finding idioms as well. We took our first FAST assessment last week and are working hard at meeting the mid year goal of 136 correct words per minute.

Math: In Math we have been working hard on Addition and Subtraction to 1,000,000. Students have also been estimating, rounding, and solving multi-step problems. After this chapter we will be moving on to using Factors, Multiples, and Patterns to get ourselves ready for Multiplication.

Science: We have been focusing on the following NGSS science standards:

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. 4-LS1-1

Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. 4-LS1-2

The students have taken part in discovering the various internal and external structures of plants and animals throughout the last few weeks. They also have been focusing on how plants and animals use a variety of adaptations to survive in various habitats. They will be completing and end of unit project where they will research a plant or animal on a Google Slide format to share with the entire class.

Social Studies: We have been learning about the five themes of geography and map skills.:

NFL: Some of our students have started to participate in the NFL (North Football League) during their lunch recess. Students who wanted to play two hand touch football signed up and were divided into teams to play each other during lunch recesses for the next month. All culminating in the Super Duper Bowl, which pits the best 5th grade team against the best 4th grade team!

Second Grade Stamina

Second grade has been working on building stamina for reading to self. Pictured is some of Mrs. Helle's and Mrs. Rozendaal's students.

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Little Panther Cheer Clinic: K-8th Students

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. @ KHS Gym

  • TIME: Registration starts at 8:30 a.m (return form below to school)
  • COST: $35 (Pays for clinic, shirt, pom poms, and snacks)
  • WHO: Kindergarten-8th Grade

Little Panther Cheerleaders will rehearse on Wednesday, September 26 at 5:15 p.m. for 20 minutes to prepare for their performance at the Pep Rally on Thursday, September 27.

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NAMI Basics Class Advocates for Mental Illness in Families

The Well is excited to host NAMI Basics beginning on September 25, led by volunteers Bev and Steve Roozeboom. NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The class helps parents and other family caregivers understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the family’s critical role in helping with the treatment of those illnesses.

The Roozeboom’s are passionate about what they teach through NAMI Basics because of their own personal experiences with a child with mental health issues. “As parents of a son with a mental health diagnosis, we often felt lost and alone, not really understanding what he was experiencing or why his behaviors were as they were,” Bev Roozeboom says.

“We wish we would have discovered the NAMI Basics class when our son was younger. It is an excellent resource for parents. In NAMI Basics, parents will learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support their child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Equally important, parents will learn they are not alone. We know what they’re going through, because we have been there,” said Bev Roozeboom.

NAMI Basics will run each Tuesday at The Well starting September 25 through October 30th from 6:30-9:00 pm. The class will meet at The Well Resource Center in Pella, Iowa. There are several spots still available to attend the class. If you’re interested in participating, please call 641-621-0164 ext 706, or email The Well is located at 419 E. Oskaloosa Street in Pella, Iowa.

About The Well - The Well’s mission is combining the love of Christ, the help of our communities, and the strength in every person to find hope for life. The Well is an organization of people from area churches, non-profits, businesses and foundations interested in more effectively ministering to those in need in the Pella area. Through volunteers and partnerships with churches and social service agencies, we hope to be a place of encouragement and support that connects people to necessary resources.

For more information, go to:

Or contact: Eden Youngberg, Director of Advancement and Marketing at or call 641-621-0164 Ext 713

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Elementary PTO News

Yearbook early bird discount

There is a 15% discount on the yearbook for parents who order the yearbook before Sept. 30th.

Below is the flyer with the code to our yearbook through for purchase. Anyone who would still like a copy of last year's yearbook may still purchase one until October as well. The 15% off discount is only good on the the current yearbook which will be published sometime in May 2019. Enter our school's passcode: 1015064502971783.

Elementary PTO Meeting Minutes are posted on our page on the district website. Click here to read and please join us at our next meeting: October 4th at 5:30pm at West Cafeteria.

Thank you!

Sarah Adams, Elem. PTO Secretary

4H Animal Science Club

Please see the information below regarding our Animal Science Club

Lauren Petersen | Office and Horticulture Assistant

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

210 N. Iowa St., Knoxville, IA 50138

(O) 641.842.2014 (C) 515.201.1082

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Parents Asked to Give Insight on Childcare Needs

The Marion County Development Commission and PACE Alliance are currently conducting a child care needs assessment. We need your help to encourage parents and future parents to complete a short survey. The survey will help us identify needs and gaps in child care.

Below is a press release. There are three surveys as part of the study: survey of parents/guardians, survey of child care providers and survey of employers. All surveys will be open until October 15. We want to hear from parents from all parts of the county. Please help us spread the word either by including the link in a newsletter or other communications with parents. Let me know if you have any questions.

Link to parent/guardian survey:


Carla Eysink, IOM
Executive Director, Marion County Development Commission


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