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October 13, 2017

KHS Construction Trades

Construction Trades class putting together a project in the shop and then moving out to its permanent location.
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KHS students took the PSAT test Wednesday morning. PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and is voluntary. The PSAT provides practice on a national standardized test, assesses skill levels and college readiness, and is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Conference Choral Festival

KHS Students participating in the Conference Choral Festival on October 9th. The festival was hosted by Centerville. Even though we can't hear them through the pictures, we know they sounded great!
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KHS Dance Team Apparel

The Knoxville Dance Team Parent Boosters are conducting an apparel sale. Each item can be personalized to say "dance team" or left as generic panther gear! We are live for online ordering! CHECK IT OUT! There are some COOL items on the order, even some items that would make great Christmas gifts! Youth sizes are also available. Here is the link to order: Be sure to stock up on winter panther gear as the cold weather settles in! We have several sweatshirt options and sweatpants available here! Go Panthers! The order closes 10/22 at midnight!
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A complete directory of staff is always available on our website.
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6th grade social studies

In Social Studies, the 6th graders are learning how the first civilizations formed and became successful. Students learned that the idea of money was not invented yet and that the first civilizations had to trade and barter. To understand the concept of trading and bartering we played a game simulating life as a common worker in the city. Students had to trade and barter supplies in order to survive in the first civilizations. Here are a few pictures from Monday.

Marshmallow Molecules: 6th grade science

Northstar Guidance

We've been learning all about Growth Mindset in guidance this month. Growth mindset is a term coined by Carol Dweck that refers to science showing that the brain can grow and get stronger with effort and continued learning rather than intelligence and talent being a fixed trait.

Kids learned about how to use their "bubble gum brain" to stretch their brains with challenging activities and learning. We also practiced using growth mindset language (I will keep trying) and the power of yet (I can't do this yet). You can help encourage your child by praising them for trying new and challenging things, not giving up, and for learning from their mistakes (or yours :)).

healthy 3rd graders

Third Graders enjoyed taking part in the Healthiest State Initiative by walking at the Randy Wilson Track last week. Students were bussed from Northstar to the track in the morning and spent about 40 minutes walking with not only students from Northstar, but kids from Stepping Stones and KHS. It was a great way to spend a beautiful morning! #GetYourWalkOn!

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2nd grade counts to 1000 using pumpkin seeds!

Our website ( is a great source of endless information for parents, students and community members. If it's happening, it is most likely to be found within the many pages and links on our website. Whether on a calendar entry, listed on a page within our site, or in the announcements section, we want you to be in the know. From nutrition menus to student handbooks to 1:1 Computer handbooks to high school course offerings to class schedules to student assignments in Canvas and grades in JMC to city bus stops, they are all linked from our website. We have it all accessible for you 24/7! If you can't find what you are looking for, please call or email for assistance in locating it: or 641-842-6551 option 1.

High School: Website, Facebook and Twitter

Middle School: Website, Facebook and Twitter

Northstar Elementary: Website, Facebook and Twitter

West Elementary: Website, Facebook and Twitter

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Knoxville community school district


KCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Knoxville Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator Jill Van Woerkom, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or The grievance will then be directed to the appropriate administrator charged with managing the program or department specified in the grievance.

The Board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.