PANTHER PRESS

February 2021

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KCSD Staff Receive First Dose of COVID Vaccine

The Knoxville Community School District collaborated with Marion County Public Health to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for district staff on Tuesday, February 9.

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Snow Days
We are hoping we have moved past winter weather and that spring is on its way. Although we have had 5 snow days, students still do not need to make up any time at the end of the year due to extra hours already being built in.


Board Meetings

We are combining our second February school board meeting and first March meeting to coincide with the district getting final bid numbers for our middle school project. Our next school board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 3 at 5:30 pm. It will begin with a public hearing and acceptance of bids.


Important Dates

Wed, March 10 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Conferences
Thurs, March 11 - 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Conferences
Fri, March 12 - No School
March 15-19 - No School, Spring Break

Spring Break Travel

Please note that if your family is planning on traveling for spring break, we are not requiring quarantining upon return. We do ask that you take extra safety precautions and follow the CDC's guidelines by social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying home if you are feeling ill.

Upcoming Home Events

  • Fri, Mar. 5: HS Musical @Knoxville (KPAC), 7:00 PM

  • Sat, Mar. 6: HS Musical @Knoxville (KPAC), 1:00 PM

  • Sat, Mar. 6: HS Musical @Knoxville (KPAC), 7:00 PM

  • Sun, Mar. 7: HS Musical @Knoxville (KPAC), 2:00 PM


Some quick hits of February Highlights

  • Our girls basketball team won their opening play-off game, finished 2nd in the conference, and had a final record of 15-6.

  • Boys Basketball finished 2nd in the conference and closed the season at 13-8.

  • Boys and girls bowling both had top 5 team finishes in their respective State Qualifying Meets

  • We hosted Sectional wrestling and were able to have 4 of our wrestlers advance to the state qualifying District Meet

  • Max Purvis swam legs on the 200 and 400 free relays at the State Swimming Meet for our shared team with Indianola

  • Jazz Band received a Division 1 rating at State Contest!

  • Our partners at Ramaeker Screen Printing came up with some new designs and creative logo combinations for new apparel for our Knoxville Panther Store!


What’s ahead in March

  • Our Drama department has their production of Meet Me In St. Louis March 5-7 (more details below)

  • Spring sports being:

    • HS Girls & Boys Track: practices begin Monday, March 1

    • HS Shooting Club: practice begins Monday, March 1

    • HS Girls & Boys Golf, HS Girls & Boys Tennis, HS Boys Soccer: practices begin Monday, March 15

    • HS Girls Soccer: practice begins Monday, March 22

    • MS Girls & Boys Track: practices begin Monday, March 22

  • Concert time:

    • MS Band: Tuesday, March 9

    • 3rd & 4th Grade: Monday, March 22

    • 5th Grade: Tuesday, March 23

    • HS Band: Thursday, March 25

    • Kindergarten & 2nd Grade: Monday, March 29

    • 1st Grade: Tuesday, March 30

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KHS Drama will present Meet Me in St. Louis on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 5-6-7! Showtimes are 7 PM on Friday night, 1 PM and 7 PM on Saturday, and 2 PM on Sunday.

To Purchase Tickets please use this link: https://knoxvillehs.seatyourself.biz

*For wheelchair seating or any other seating inquiries please contact knoxvillehsdrama@gmail.com directly.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets will NOT be available at the door or box office for ANY performances. Due to Covid protocols, all tickets must be purchased in advance. Your receipt will serve as your ticket. Masks are required in KPAC and we are currently seating performances at 50% capacity with every other row blocked off for the health and safety of our patrons and our performers.

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Knoxville Community School District Food Pantry

Open to all KCSD students & their families on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month - Saturday, March 6 & 20.

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Book Fair
You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from March 1-14! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
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K-2 Healthy Heart Challenge

K-2 have kicked off their Healthly Heart Challenge and will be incorporated into PE curriculum for the next couple of weeks. Families can also participate at home!

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Amazing Iowa Women Display & Book Giveaway at the Knoxville Public Library
The Knoxville Public Library is excited to be able to display the traveling Amazing Iowa Women display, a companion exhibit to Dr. Katy Swalwell of ISU's book, published by Raygun. The exhibit features 14 double-sided, beautiful posters featuring (surprise!) amazing Iowa women. The artwork is commissioned by Iowa artists, as well. Each poster provides some information about the accomplishments of the featured subject, with a QR code you can scan to learn more.
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The Knoxville Community School District and Board will not discriminate in educational programs on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, marital status, socioeconomic status or genetic information. The Board and the District will not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability. Further, the District and the Board affirm the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and harassment.


The Board and the District require 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.


Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the Coordinator for District Equity, Title IX, and Affirmative Action, Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school District Equity Coordinator who is also the Title IX Coordinator. Employees who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the Affirmative Action Coordinator. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinators are Ryan Klein, elementary and Brian McNeill, secondary . Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact Ryan at (641)842-2185 or ryan.klein@kcsd.k12.ia.us or Brian at (641)842-3315 or brian.mcneill@kcsd.k12.ia.us. These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800)457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (312)730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (800)669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.