Panther Press

K-12 Weekly: December 22, 2017

Winter Break

  • Fri. Dec. 22: 2 hr Early Dismissal
  • December 25 - January 2nd: NO SCHOOL
  • Wed. Jan. 3: School resumes

Complete calendar is linked here. Choose your preferred format (week, month or agenda).

Classroom Catering

The KCSD Nutrition Dept. is offering a new service available for parents & KCSD staff...

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Gingerbread Reading and Crafting in 1st Grade

1st Grade has been busy this month learning about three dimensional shapes, comparing and contrasting different stories about the Gingerbread Man and writing about our favorite story. We celebrated our hard work with decorating our own gingerbread house.

Fifth graders from Northstar recently got the opportunity to visit Christian Opportunity Center in Pella. They learned about what it is like to live with a disability. They also got the chance to do some of the jobs that the persons supported at COC do. Students helped make dog treats that will be donated to the Marion County Humane Society. They had the chance to talk to the staff and persons supported at COC.

Hearing Screening

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian:

Heartland AEA 11 will conduct its annual Hearing Conservation program at Northstar on January 10, 11, and 12.
Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades will receive a hearing screening.
Students who do not pass this screening will receive a repeat screening and may receive individual hearing tests by the audiologist and consultation with school personnel. Parents will be notified about the results of the hearing test if their child does not pass the test. This is a screening process only, and does not identify all hearing or ear problems. If your child has had hearing or ear problems recently, feel free to send this information to the school nurse for the audiologist.
If you do not want your child to participate in the screening program and follow-up assessments by the school audiologist, please notify the school. If there are any questions about the hearing testing program in your school, please contact your school nurse or principal.


Heartland AEA 11 Screening Program
Hearing Conservation/Education Services

Join the Local ISTEP Chapter

A little over a month ago, students participated in an after school event for Red Ribbon Week. Knoxville Middle School graciously allowed me to host an event with fun activities of button making and volleyball. This was a great opportunity for me to promote drug prevention, but also to shed light on a statewide program that is led by youth. Iowa Students for Tobacco Education & Prevention, or ISTEP, is an organization that was started by high school students who were tired of tobacco hurting family and friends. Every county in the state of Iowa has the opportunity to start a chapter in their community. All that is needed is an adult and at least three students who are interested in working with me to make a difference. To promote tobacco prevention we would plan a minimum of one event a year. There are lots of ways to do this, my event was just one example. I am looking for students or even an already existing group that would be interested in forming the first chapter in Marion County. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact me. I can be reached at 641-828-2238 ext. 149 or via email at vstalter@marionph.org.

Venessa Stalter, MPH, CMA

Program Coordinator|Marion County Public Health Department|2003 North Lincoln|PO Box 152|Knoxville, IA 50138|Phone 641.828.2238x149|Fax 641.842.3442| vstalter@marionph.org

HS & MS Laptop Reminders

Middle School and High School Parents/Guardians:


With the holiday break approaching, the Technology Department wants to remind you about the school issued devices for the students. Following these steps can help prevent any potential damage/theft to the computers and accessories.

  • Ensure the devices are being transported in their carrying cases at all times.
  • Try to keep the cords in areas where small children and pets cannot get to them.
  • Do not eat or drink around the computer.
  • Do not leave your device in an unsecured area.
  • Do not leave your device in the cold weather for an extended period of time.

Enjoy your holidays!

KCSD Technology Team

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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Pictured above are the KHS Students of the Month for November! These students have gone above and beyond for the month of November in and out of classroom. The overall winner of Student of the Month receives a plaque from Wells Fargo.

The KHS Chamber Choir recently performed during Rotary's meeting.

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Our KHS Makerspace continues to be a hit during the lunch hour for students! This activity, using printing pens, gives students the opportunity to write in 3D. Students are able to come into the Library/Media Center during their free time during lunch to create whatever they want. It's been so popular that we carried it over from last week to this week!
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Knoxville High School Alumni were invited to come and speak to the KHS teaching staff during our PD session on Monday morning. These students are recent graduates from KHS. They gave KHS teachers insight on how we did in preparing them for college, what college classes are like, and ideas on what else we can do to help our students be better prepared for life after high school. It is fun and interesting to talk and listen to graduates come back to KHS and shares their experiences with us. The students thanked us for doing a good job in preparing them.

We have a couple reminders about behavior when you are 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. .

Friday, Dec. 22nd:

  • 9/JV/Varsity G/B Basketball vs. Bondurant-Farrar 4:45 (KMS and KMS Gyms)

Knoxville High School will stream live the majority of the home boys and girls varsity basketball games via high school cube.

Record Breaker

Congratulations to Knoxville senior wrestler Joe Hollinrake for breaking the school record for most wrestling wins last night at Clarke. Joe now sits at 134 wins with over the half the season left to add to his record. Joe and the wrestlers are in action this weekend at the Lynnville-Sully tournament and host a dual against Ballard next Thursday. Congratulations Joe and Go Panthers!!

Moats on to Dordt College

Congratulations to Knoxville senior Kayla Moats on her signing a letter of intent to play volleyball at Dordt College. Best of luck Kayla; Knoxville is proud of you! (Pictured: Kayla with her KHS Volleyball Coach, Mollie Keitges and her parents, Mike & Jacque Moats)

2018 Coaches vs Cancer Order Form

Click the link above to go to the website or print the attachment below. DEADLINE FOR ALL ORDERS IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 9TH.

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SHOOTING FOR THE FUTURE & PINS FOR EDUCATION

The Knoxville Education Foundation was incorporated in 1995. The primary objective of the Foundation is to build a fund that will generate a continuing source of money for scholarships or special projects within the school district. The Knoxville Education Foundation is not part of the Knoxville School District; it is an independent organization that contributes to projects not achievable through the regular school budget.


To help in our efforts, you are invited to participate in the 12th year of a program designed to raise money for Knoxville’s students. We are asking that you consider donating money for each 3-point basket made by varsity basketball players (boys and girls) and/or each pin made by a Knoxville varsity wrestler during the 2017-2018 seasons. At the conclusion of the season, you will receive a bill showing the amount owed to the Foundation.


Money is used to provide scholarships for graduating seniors, supporting educational programs, and for other special projects designed to provide educational opportunities for our students. Each year we strive to donate $1,000 to each school for their use in meeting a need they have for their students. Those contributions have proven to be very helpful at each school.


If you are interested in participating in this program, please complete the pledge form below (PDF) and return it to:

Kim Hollinrake, Treasurer

Knoxville Education Foundation

309 W. Main St.

Knoxville, IA 50138


Thank you for your support.

David Hoke, President

Knoxville Education Foundation

Knoxville Schools Cancellation/Delay Alerts

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KCSD Administrative Office

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