Panther Press

K-12 Weekly: February 2, 2018

Knoxville Counselors Celebrate School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 5–9, 2017, to celebrate the unique contribution of professional school counselors in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.


School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; working with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.


The Knoxville counselors would like to thank the students, families, and teachers for their support of our K-12 Counseling Program. Knoxville staff will be celebrating by wearing kindness shirts on Monday, February 5th.


Your KCSD counselors are:

Carolyn Jones & Doug Hatch- High School

Deb Ellerman & Corrie Sass- Middle School

Traci Lee - Northstar Elementary

Ruthan Burkman - West Elementary

2018-2019 Academic Calendar



The academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year was approved at the January 8, 2018 school board meeting. Please take note to plan ahead for the next school year.
Drivers Education will be offered this spring @ KHS through Triple 'R' Driving School. This session begins on Tues., Feb. 27th with Mr. Grimm as the instructor. Register forms are available on our website, in the HS office, & via the PDF below.
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100th Day of School Celebration

It was the 100th day of school for us on Wednesday, January 31. Each classroom at West Elementary celebrated with many different activities, practicing and reinforcing ways to count to 100 such as making hats, seeing what we would look like in 100 years, writing about what we would do with $100, and building towers with 100 cups. We also celebrated by making a BIG 100 in our gym! We can't believe that we are 100 days smarter already! Here is Roxie Kennedy, from Ms. McCloud's kindergarten class, modeling her hat with 100 Cheerios.


Mrs. Thomas' class received the kindergarten Golden Bucket for earning the most Class Balls for showing good citizens at the January PBIS Celebration. Our school worked together, to make the number 100 at our celebration. We have 100 days of learning down and 80 to go, amazing things are happening!

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8th Grade Language Arts

The 8th grade language arts classes have just finished reading Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon.” The story is about a mentally challenged man who has a medical procedure done which vastly improves his intelligence. The students enjoyed the story and found the structure of it interesting--as it is told through Charlie’s daily journal entries. To wrap up the story, the students worked together to research the different lobes of the brain to find out what functions they perform. Then they explained how that lobe was improved after Charlie’s operation using evidence from the story. Students presented this information on a poster using a diagram of the brain. The students did a great job on the posters as well as collaborating with each other.
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KMS Vocal Music

The KMS vocal music concert was held Dec. 14, 2017 at KPAC, directed by KMS Vocal & General Music teacher Megan Phillips. Each individual grade performed three pieces. To close, all three grades combined to form a mass choir and also performed three pieces. Along with the choral performances, there were multiple individual and small group performances that students prepared outside of the school day. Rehearsals for extra performances included evenings, weekends, and other personal times. Solos and small group pieces were performed before the concert, and during stage changes. There were multiple student greeters and concert orators as well. For a piece by Mozart,we were fortunate to have several instrumentalists prepare and perform with the mass choir: cellist Lyn Schuck, and flautists Reagan Cook & Olivia Maasdam.

Mark your calendar: The KMS Spring Vocal Concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7pm in KPAC.

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KMS P.E.

6th, 7th and 8th grade students worked on a unit called Team Building. They learn how to communicate, cooperate and show respect for each others ideas in order to complete tasks together effectively. These tasks prepare them for the 8th grade project that they will do called Create-A-Game. They have a great time with the tasks and really learn how important it is to work together as a team!
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Panther Success Graduate

Madison Carter is the most recent Panther Success graduate! She is immediately looking forward to sleeping in, but plans to go to Indian Hills Community College starting this summer with the goal of being a phlebotomist. Madison is the first member of her immediate family to receive a high school diploma, and the staff at KHS couldn’t be happier for her! Congratulations, Madison!

Knoxville Activities: week of Feb. 2 - 8

Reminders when attending home events as spectators:

Please remain in the gym and cheer in a positive manner for players. Students are not allowed to be in the hallways or walking around the school building at any time unsupervised by an adult.

Friday, Feb. 2nd: No Events Scheduled

Saturday, Feb. 3rd:

  • Wrestling Sectionals @ Williamsburg, 12pm

  • 9/JV/Varsity Boys Basketball @ Grinnell, 3pm

  • G/B Bowling @ Norwalk, 11am

  • State Jazz Band @ Pella, 3:35pm

  • High School Honor Band @ Iowa State University

  • Large Group State Speech Contest

Monday, Feb. 5th:

  • JV Boys Basketball vs. Twin Cedars, 6pm @ KMS gym
  • JV/Varsity Girls Basketball @ Carlisle, 6pm

Tuesday, Feb. 6th:

  • JV/Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Fairfield, 6pm @ KHS gym
  • Wrestling Regional Duals: TBD
Wednesday, Feb. 7th:
  • SCC Speech Contest @ Clarke
Thursday, Feb. 8th
  • JV/Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Winterset, 6pm @ KHS gym

South Central Conference Champions

Congratulations to the Knoxville girls basketball team as they clinched the outright South Central Conference championship on Friday with their home win over Centerville. The girls are in the midst of an outstanding season as they finished the conference portion of their schedule 11-1 and sit 15-4 overall. The girls have three games left before their post season begins, two of which are at home (Feb. 6th and Feb. 8th, both JV/V beginning at 6pm). Congrats to Coach Uitermarkt, Coach Keefer, Coach Goff, and the entire girls basketball team on their achievement and best of luck in the post season!

100 Wins for Smith



Congratulations to Knoxville senior wrestler Cody Ray Smith on picking up his 100th win at Pleasantville on Tuesday night. Great job Cody Ray!

Coach Hatch's Milestone: 300 DUAL WINS

Congratulations to Doug Hatch on 300 Dual Wins! What a Huge Milestone!
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The Knoxville FFA has the opportunity to host a Meals From the Heartland community service project on March 1, 2018! The mission for Meals From the Heartland is to empower people to save the starving by having different organizations in Iowa volunteer to package meals for delivery. Numerous Knoxville FFA members have had the opportunity to help package meals for Meals From the Heartland at Iowa FFA State Convention the past 5-6 years. This year's Knoxville FFA officer team decided their area of focus for our chapter is service projects. Their challenge is for our chapter to do at least one service project per month. So far this year, we have been right on target with some months even doing numerous service projects. Our chapter felt that packaging meals for Meals From the Heartland at the high school would be a great way to involve not only all high school students, but also our community. One package can feed a family of six, and we plan to include the entire high school student body to pack 50,000 meals. The opportunity to help feed 300,000 people will cost $5,000 after we subtract the funding we could potentially receive through a youth assistance program.

The financial responsibility to host an event such as this will require assistance from people in our community. Partnership is very important within the Knoxville FFA chapter and school district, and we always appreciate the continued support our community demonstrates. The Knoxville FFA would like to ask local businesses to please consider partnering with us to help fund the expense of this event. We certainly do not expect any business to fund the entire event, and appreciate any amount businesses are willing or able to donate. We would also like to invite anyone interested to stop by the high school and witness this event take place or even help package meals on March 1st. We plan to start packing from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m-2:30 p.m. If you are able to help financially assist or package meals for this incredible event, please feel free to contact the Knoxville FFA Advisor, Tiffany Johnston via email at tiffany.johnston@kcsd.k12.ia.us or call her at (641) 842-2173(school). Thank you for your consideration.
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Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

The KCSD Wellness Team will be hosting a special screening of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" at KPAC on March 19. This is a FREE event THANKS to our friends at Iowa State Savings Bank!

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KCSD Administrative Office

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