February 14, 2020

Thank You!

Hormel recently made a very generous donation to the KCSD Angel Fund Pictured are Hormel team members presenting the check to Jason Swanson, KCSD Child Nutrition Director. Thank you for your donation!!

Online Safety Guides

As a Knoxville Community School District we want to ensure that both parents and students are aware of the digital footprint and online activities that are taking place in today’s world. The online safety guides provided by the National Online Safety website provides several great informational graphic resources. We have compiled these resources into a website that are categorically organized into specific content pages. The pages include: Child Friendly, Gaming, Mental Health, Online Bullying, Online Relationships, Online Reputation, Policy, Privacy & Security, Social Media, and Technology. We feel it is important that all parties are given guidelines and features to be aware of when using various online platforms.

As you can see below, there are “Tips for Parents” and “What parents need to know about...” to help users take precautions to help their child be a safe consumer and creator of online content. These resources are not just for parents to be aware of, but can be used as a conversation starter with everyone in their household.

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Ag in the Classroom

Where does your food come from? Third graders at Northstar can tell you! Students always enjoy their visits from Karen Adams with Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom program. This week they learned about dairy farms and each class got the experience of making butter! Mrs. Adams does a fantastic job packing so much knowledge into her 30 minute time slot with engaging lessons and hands-on experiences.

6th Graders Visit the Civic Center

The 6th Grade students visited the Des Moines Civic Center to watch the presentation “When Women Ruled the World”. Dr. Kara Cooney, from National Geographic, is an Egyptologist. She talked to the students about little known female pharaohs. Many of these female pharaohs were nearly erased from history by other leaders, but recovered Egyption documents revealed these powerful women. Students also learned to always ask questions when looking at media sources because that is what led to the discovery of these powerful women.

Upcoming home events -

* Sat, Feb. 15: V WR - Districts - 1200 PM (@Knoxville High School)

* Wed, Feb. 19: V GBB - Regionals v. Des Moines Hoover - 730 PM (@Knoxville High School). We are also hosting a 3A girls Regional game at 600 PM as well.

* Thu, Feb. 20: 8 BBB v. PCM - 430 PM (@Knoxville Middle School)

* Thu, Feb. 20: JV2/JV1/V BBB v. Fairfield - 445 PM (@Knoxville High School)

State Competitions upcoming!

  • Wrestling competes at Districts at Knoxville High School on Saturday, February 15 at 1200 PM

    • Best of luck to Marco Alejo, Luke Spaur, Gabe Gordon, Hayden Hatch, Nash Linsley, and Gavin Montalvo as they represent Knoxville High School at this state qualifying tournament!

  • Girls & Boys Bowling competes at the State Qualifying Meet in Pleasant Hill on Tuesday, February 18 at 100 PM

  • Girls basketball hosts Des Moines Hoover in a Regional Quarterfinal on Wed, Feb. 19 - 730 PM at Knoxville High School

    • Our girls finished the regular season 19-2 and were undefeated South Central Conference Champions!

  • Boys Basketball will open up postseason play on Mon, Feb. 24

1000 Points!!

A HUGE congratulations to juniors Maggie Wilkins and Kieren Nichols who both recently scored their 1000th career points respectively!! Scoring 1000 career points is an incredible accomplishment during a high school basketball career - and reaching this elite milestone in your junior year is even more impressive! Congratulations Maggie and Kieren!! Maggie joins senior Katie Keitges as current girls basketball team members in the 1000 point club!

Varsity Football 2020!

The Iowa High School Athletic Association just released some information on Varsity football scheduling for the 2020 season. In the past, Varsity football schedules were scheduled on a 2-year cycle. Scheduling for the 2020 season will be for 1-year only and then re-evaluated around this time next year. Our Class 3A district for 2020 includes: Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Pella, Nevada, and North Polk. Our complete 2020 Varsity football schedule should be released sometime in mid to late March.

Logo Committee Update!

Our Logo Committee had our third and final meeting with Letterman Creative on Wednesday, February 5. At our December 18 meeting, they had presented us with options and based on our feedback - made some minor revisions to the logo system and fonts and then presented those to us at our February 5 meeting. We should have the final logo system product in the near future and will be presented to the school board in March for final approval.


  • All home events in the Knoxville High School gym and all school concerts in KPAC will be streamed LIVE on the NFHS Network! Go to for more details!
  • Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to and then clicking on "Activity Calendar". You can even sign-up for email notifications so whenever we make a change to a schedule - you can be notified immediately.
  • Follow the Knoxville Activities Department on Instagram! @knoxvilleactivities

TICKETS for Rock of Ages ON SALE NOW!


****NEW THIS YEAR!****
We will ONLY be offering GENERAL ADMISSION tickets at Box Office the day of performances. (GREY SECTIONS)
If you like sitting in the GREEN or BLUE SECTIONS you MUST pre purchase ONLINE ONLY and your receipt will serve as your ticket.
Ticket prices are $10 for Students and Adults.
Activity Passes are NOT accepted for these performances!
This is how we continue to bring amazing musicals to the stage year after year! Thank you in advance and ROCK ON!

*Any questions, please email*


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Hard Surface Routes

With winter weather upon us and road conditions changing, we may require our buses to run “HARD SURFACE” only. Here is the link, Hard Surface Routes, to see where your student would be picked up. It will be communicated over local radio and GovDelivery alerts.


Effective, Monday, February 17, the bus stop at Wheel Estates (Dollar General) will be relocated to the road directly behind the empty KFC building.

A.M. pick up time and P.M. drop off time will remain the same.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the transportation department at 641-842-3313.

It’s time to think spring...and fall school health requirements! NOW is the time to schedule physicals, dental appointments, eye exams and immunization updates. Here are some highlights of various requirements for fall:

Will you have students in the following grades in the Fall 2020? If so, here’s what they’ll need:

  • Pre-Kindergarten: immunizations, physical
  • Kindergarten: immunizations, lead screening, physical, eye exam, dental exam
  • 3rd graders: eye exam
  • 7th graders: immunization update of Tdap and Meningococcal required
  • 9th graders: dental exam
  • 12th graders: immunization update of Meningococcal

Find forms and information on the School Nurse web page.

Need immunizations? Marion County Public Health can help: call 641-828-2238.

If you’d like help reviewing your child’s immunization record to determine what they need for the fall, call me and I’ll be glad to review it for you.

  • Cell: 641-891-6016
  • Ofc: 641-842-6551 ext 10

You've Got Mail!

Families of students in grades 4-12 will be receiving student results from the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The test was given last spring to all students in Iowa public schools. Student test results will be mailed with 1st semester report cards.

This guide can assist you in understanding how your child is learning in the areas of English Language Arts and math. Students who were in grades 5, 8, and 11, last school year will also have information about their learning in science.

If you have questions please contact your child's teacher, principal, or Allison Emery, Director of Teaching and Learning, 641.842.6551.

Driver Education Session Begins March 2

Driver Education will be offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School again this spring, beginning on March 2, 2020.

  • Mr. Tom Grimm and Ms. Paige Bolton will be the instructors for this session. Classes will run for three hours each class day. The dates and times are listed on this information and registration form.
  • Knoxville students enrolling can mail registration forms to the address listed OR drop off registration form and deposit to the KHS office.

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

Subscribe or Update Your Notifications for Weather Alerts

Knoxville Schools utilizes GovDelivery to communicate weather cancellations, delays and/or changes to district activities. We recommend all parents/guardians sign up to receive email and/or text notifications. Anyone is welcome to subscribe, including community members interested in schedule changes for activities purposes.

If you signed up in the past for this service, you do not need to sign up again but you will need to adjust notifications if your child changed to a different school building this year.

Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process. If you need assistance, please contact: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.usor 641-842-6551 opt 1.

Estimated property tax impact to fund key projects less than originally expected

The Knoxville Community School District Board of Education has approved a general bond referendum question that will appear on a special election ballot Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

The question will ask voters to approve the first phase of the district's facilities improvement plan, at a total cost of $26.25 million. If approved, the 20-year bond would have a net property tax impact of $8.79 per month on a $100,000 home, $18.53 per month on a $200,000 home and $28.08 per month on a $300,000 home.

These tax impact numbers are lower than the district and board previously expected. An approved bond would place KCSD's levy rates in the middle of comparable districts in the area—and still less than Carlisle, Melcher-Dallas, Pleasantville and Indianola.

"We are very pleased that we have found a potential solution to our facilities needs that will limit the property tax impact on our community members," said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. "We look forward to continuing an open and transparent process that began with 20 community members on a taskforce that created the proposal to address the needs. Over 430 residents have signed the petition to call for the March 3 Referendum that could fund the necessary projects."

Phase I of the plan would include a new Knoxville Middle School building, along with air conditioning for Northstar Elementary and an HVAC system upgrade at Knoxville High School. Construction on these projects would take place between 2020 and 2022.

Phase II would be funded through the use of the one-penny sales tax (known as SAVE). It would

include an extensive renovation to Northstar Elementary and athletic facility improvements throughout the district. Construction on these projects would be scheduled for 2022 to 2024.

To learn more about KCSD's facility needs, five-year plan, and the March 3 bond referendum, please visit the Knoxville School’s website at


Please click the following link to apply for any of the following positions:

  • PT Associate (West Elementary)
  • Special Education Teacher (West Elementary)
  • HS Boys/Girls Tennis Asst. Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • MS Baseball Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • MS Softball Asst. Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • 9th Baseball Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • Substitutes (Teachers, Associates, Nutrition, Bus Drivers, Custodians)

  • HS Special Education Teacher (2020-21 school year)
  • HS Career and Technical/Vocational Coordinator (2020-21 school year)
  • HS Science Teacher (2020-21 school year)

  • MS Vocal Music Teacher (2020-21 school year)
  • 8th Grade Volleyball Assistant Coach (2020-21 school year)
  • 9th Grade Football Coach (2020-21 school year)
  • 8th Grade Football Coach (2020-21 school year)
Questions? Contact: Lisa at 641-842-6551, opt. 1 or email:

Calendar Approved for Next School Year


The KCSD school board recently approved the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see below for your planning needs.

Knoxville CSD Board Information

The Knoxville CSD Board of Directors is committed to Ensuring a Culture of Excellence for Every Student. Community members and visitors are welcome to attend our meetings on the second and fourth Monday each month at 5:30 p.m.

The primary purpose of our board meetings is to conduct business. An official meeting is the only means by which we, as a board can carry out our legal duties or exercise our legal powers. These meetings provide an opportunity for decision-making and offer an opportunity for the public and school district staff to establish a formal dialogue with us. Postings of these meetings are placed on the district website, Please visit often to be informed.

Choose Knoxville

Open Enrollment applications: if you do not live in the Knoxville district, you can still choose Knoxville for your child's education.

Deadlines for filing for open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • March 1, 2020 for 1st—12th grade
  • September 1, 2020 for Kindergarten

Please call Lisa at the District Office for additional questions @ 641-842-6551, opt.1.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Neighbor helping Neighbor is every Monday - Wednesday from 1-3pm and is located at the First United Methodist Church activities center downtown. They have vouchers for food, personal care items, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and diapers at times.

End of the Month Meals

The End of the Month Meal program or E.O.M.M. was started in 2002 and is a not-for-profit organization and can only continue as long as generous people are willing to donate their money, time, can food items, or grocery gift cards. Any of these donations may be dropped off at New Covenant Church at 1510 West Madison Knoxville, Iowa. If you send a check please make it out to New Covenant Church and put “E.O.M.M. program” in the memo section.

We send out our deliveries from New Covenant Church 1510 West Madison. If people would like to have their meals delivered to them please call the church office at 641-842-3176 preferably the week before we start serving meals so that we can have an idea of how much food we need to prepare. The only information we need to have is your name, address, a phone number where we can reach you, and the number of meals you would like to have.

If you prefer to dine out you are more than welcome to go to the Jenkins Center on Main Street. We provide the casserole and vegetable or salad, whichever is on the meal plan and the people from Living Word Fellowship provides the dessert, coffee, and excellent service. No questions asked.

Our meals typically consist of a casserole for the entrée, a dinner roll, a hot vegetable, or a cold “salad” (these are flip-flopped each meal) , and a dessert. I also like to have a sandwich meal at least twice during the season. This would consist of a Manwich burger, scalloped corn, cole slaw, and a dessert. Our meals are “comfort food” and are good sized portions because nobody should go hungry.

These are the dates for the 2019-2020 season:

  • February: 24th-28th
  • March: 23rd-27th

If anyone has questions or would like to have someone talk about our program please E-mail

Marion County Food Coalition Calendar & Information

Marion County General Assistance M-F 8-4:30pm, Located in the Marion County Courthouse

IMPACT Community Action - Food Cards to Fareway/Hy-Vee to be used every 6 months. *indicates food distribution day

Food Share Mobile Food Pantry: 3rd Wednesday of the month

Attica Mobile Pantry 10-10:30

Harvey 10-10:25

End of the Month Meals: New Covenant Church 315 E. Main St. Knoxville 5-545pm: Feb. 17-21

March 2020- 23rd-27th 641-842-3176- Delivered Meals


Celebrate Community Church

P: 641-828-7603


Marion County General Assistance/

Veteran's Affairs

P: 641-828-2201


Helping Hands

P: 641-842-6933


Marion County Senior Nutrition (MCSN)

P: 641-205-3811


Knoxville Food Youth Initiative (KFYI)




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Invest Vote YES

The Knoxville Invest Vote YES Committee is dedicated to rallying the community surrounding the Knoxville Community School District to vote YES on March 3, 2020 to pass a bond vote for facility projects. Please enjoy our video below and like and follow us on our Facebook page!
Invest Vote YES - March 3, 2020


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