PANTHER PRESS

December 6, 2019

City Bus Stop Update


West, Middle School and High School Students busing to and from the Wheel Estates (Dollar General) bus stop will now ride Bus 18 to and from school. Pickup time will be 7:40 a.m. drop off will be 3:25 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the Transportation Department at 641-842-3313 or see our city bus stop locations for more information.



  • Dec. 23-Jan. 1: Winter Break / No School
  • Jan. 2: School Resumes

KCSD VACANCIES

Please click the following link to apply for any of the following positions: http://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/district/vacancies/

  • FT Associate (West Elementary)
  • Substitutes (Teachers, Associates, Child Nutrition, Bus Drivers, Custodians)
  • HS Boys Tennis Coach
  • MS Softball Asst. Coach
Questions? Contact: Lisa at 641-842-6551, opt. 1 or email: lisa.willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us

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 want 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.

KCSD Food Pantry info.

WEST ELEMENTARY

8th Grade Language Arts

After having a speaker come to address students about the Holocaust, the 8th grade language arts classes are now currently reading a play version of Anne Frank's diary. In this unit, students will learn a great deal about Anne Frank and her family, with an emphasis placed on finding themes and symbolism in the reading. In addition, students will learn about different aspects of World War II, with a major emphasis on the Holocaust and its impact on the world. To form a better understanding of the events surrounding the Holocaust, students will also learn about and research the stories of some Holocaust survivors. Through further research, students will also be made aware that the Holocaust is far from the only genocide in world history. Further, students will take a virtual reality tour of the Holocaust Museum. As a whole, this is a very educational and eye-opening unit for the students. After completion of The Diary of Anne Frank and learning about Anne's life and experiences, students will then write a personal narrative, reflecting on a person and/or experiences in their own life that have helped make them into the person they are today. There will be an emphasis on proper organization and description when writing this narrative.

Does your student want to serve on the Iowa State Board of Education?

Applications are being accepted for the student member (10-11th grade) of the Iowa State Board of Education. Each year the Governor appoints a student to serve as a nonvoting member of the State Board. The term of the student member starts May 1, 2020, and ends April 30, 2021. The State Board meets at least seven times during that term, with most meetings taking place in the Grimes State Office Building in Des Moines. The deadline for submitting an application with all required documents is Jan. 31, 2020. Visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website for additional information.

Special Olympics

Saturday's bowling was an amazing experience to be a part of. We had first place finishes by Avery, Stacia, and Caylee, and a 2nd place finish by Leo. Congratulations to all!!
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Activities Minute

Upcoming home events -

* Sat, Dec. 7: JV1/V GBB v. Oskaloosa - 200 PM

* Mon, Dec. 9: 7/8 GBB v. Pella Christian - 430 PM

* Mon, Dec. 9: High School Band/Vocal Concert - 700 PM

* Thu, Dec. 12: 8 GBB v. Grinnell - 430 PM

* Sat, Dec. 14: V WR - Knoxville Invitational - 1000 AM

* Sat, Dec. 14: High School Winter Formal - 800 PM


Special Olympics State Bowling Meet!

Congratulations to these Knoxville students (pictured above) that competed at the Special Olympics State Bowling Meet at Bowlerama Lanes in Des Moines on Saturday, November 23:

  • Caylee Pettyjohn: 1st Place

  • Avery Moore: 1st Place

  • Stacia Mason: 1st Place

  • Leo Lewis: 2nd Place


Varsity Basketball at The Well!

Our Varsity girls and boys basketball teams will again play regular season games at Wells Fargo Arena this season! We will play Newton on Saturday, January 4, 2020 - girls at 200 PM, boys at 330 PM. Purchasing a ticket gets one into our games and also the Iowa Wolves game that evening. Tickets can be purchased HERE!

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  • 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 www.nfhsnetwork.com for more details!
  • Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to www.knoxville.k12.ia.us 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
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Breakfast with Santa - Stepping Stones

Marion County Food Coalition Calendar & Info ~ December

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

IMPACT Community Action - Food Cards to Fareway/HyVee 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 DEC 16-20 641-842-3176- Delivered Meals

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Celebrate Community Church

P: 641-828-7603

Email: bruce@celebratechurch.com

Marion County General Assistance/

Veteran's Affairs

P: 641-828-2201

Email: mkuhn@co.marion.ia.us

Helping Hands

P: 641-842-6933

Email: finanhollinrake@yahoo.com

Marion County Senior Nutrition (MCSN)

P: 641-205-3811

Email: jiworthington@marionph.org

Knoxville Food Youth Initiative (KFYI)

Email: robemai@mchsi.com

Email: vgoodykvikesfan@gmail.com

Email: knoxvillelibr@yahoo.com

End of the Month Meals

The End of the Month Meal program or E.O.M.M. was started in 2002 by Lillie Brandon of Knoxville. God laid the need of the program on Lillie’s heart. There are a lot of elderly people on fixed incomes in our community that tend to have more month than money, especially during the colder months of November- March. So Lillie began the program with elderly people on fixed incomes as her core target. The program is community based and run by volunteers. It 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.

My name is Shiloh Schrader and I took over the coordinating position from Lillie in 2015. Lillie still takes care of all things financial for us though, thankfully.

We have expanded our core target since 2002 to include not only the elderly, but anyone who finds themselves down on their luck and in need of a meal. Last season we served a total of 6,564 meals to people. Our season runs from November through March. November and December begin the week before the holiday and January through March are the last full week of the month. 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 usually 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:

  • December: 16th-20th
  • January: 20th-24th
  • February: 17th-21st
  • March: 23rd-27th

If anyone has questions or would like to have someone talk about our program please E-mail shiloh1971@hotmail.com.

Freedom For Youth

Free special events that we would like to be able to let students know about, open to students K-12:

  • Create nice Christmas Gifts to give to friends/family: 4:30pm on Dec 19th
  • Help Assemble Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes: 5pm on Friday 22nd


Angie Lee Gentry

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Cell: 515-238-5844

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Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Neighbor helping Neighbor is every Monday - Wed 1-3pm. It 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.

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