Daylight Savings

Don't forget to FALL BACK one hour on Sunday, November 4.

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The Knoxville Community School District is striving to become a leader in 21st century learning. Thursday, November 1st, a collaborative process was used to examine 30 key life skills by 60 participants. After two and a half hours, this team came to consensus on five of these skills that will be developed into our Portrait of a Panther Graduate: 1) Communication, 2) Flexibility & Adaptability, 3) Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, 4) Personal Responsibility, and 5) Social Skills. Identifying these skills is just the first step. For more information about this national movement, check out
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Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

In order to receive notifications regarding weather cancellations and/or delays or changes to district activities, please subscribe to the GovDelivery service. Signing up is easy at: Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process.

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As part of West Elementary Guidance we have been discussing the difference between being a reporter and a tattler. Please ask your child about the difference and this a great fun read that we did in 1st grade.

Bumblebee Preschool Classroom at Stepping Stones ELC

During the month of October we studied about trees. We talked about what makes trees grow, how trees change, food and other things that come from trees, and parts of trees. We went on a tree hunt to collect beautiful leaves, twigs, branches and bark. We brought our collection back to our classroom to investigate. The students painted branches and created their own trees. The picture is of a gigantic branch the PM class found and demanded we bring it back to our classroom.

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Kindergarten News



7th Grade Field Trip

You never know what you are going to get for weather when you schedule an outdoor field trip for the month of October, but you can be sure when you work with Knoxville’s community members to create real-world learning experiences, the day will be great! Despite the forty degree high temperature, KMS 7th graders enjoyed all of the learning they could in regards to a variety of important topics.

7th graders learned:

  • where our drinking water comes from and how it is processed

  • where our wastewater ends up and how it is recycled

  • the differences between a landfill and a dump

  • why pollinators are important to us and how we can prevent their extinction

  • a variety of farming practices to preserve soil and prevent run-off into lakes and streams

  • how the DNR works for the public and on behalf of animals in the state of Iowa

  • about how the type of skin and fur on an animal is perfectly suited to their job in nature

  • the benefits and drawbacks of an animal having binocular or monocular vision

As always, we are grateful to our local municipalities and businesses for hosting this impactful day of learning. As you will be able to see in the shared photos- the kids had a super time!

2018 Ecology Trip Photos

Since the day of the trip, students have been encouraged to express their learning by communicating with a grandparent or sending a letter of thanks to the site leader! Please enjoy some samples of student work below.

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KHS Spring Musical Audition Breakdown and Participation Rules/Expectations

In the PDF's below, you will find the audition information and a character breakdown for the KHS Drama Department Spring Musical, Little Shop of Horrors!
  • Nov 10th we will have a MOCK AUDITION WORKSHOP from 10am-noon in KPAC where you will get the opportunity to run your audition pieces for feedback, you will also be able to have a mock interview if you are interested in a backstage position. NO DECISIONS WILL BE MADE FROM THIS WORKSHOP.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to email or text 515-554-1243.

Looking forward to getting our Drama ON!

Heidi Feldman, KHS Drama Director


Community Partner Contributions

Volunteers Needed for Family Fun Night

The Elementary PTO needs volunteers to help kids with games, crafts, and snacks at the Family Fun Night on Tuesday November 6th from 5-7! To sign up as a volunteer, click on the link below!

Marion County Food Coalition Calendar November 2018

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