PANTHER PRESS

2/8/2019 Edition

2nd Grade Updates

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7th Grade Math

The 7th grade math students in Mr. Uitermarkt and Mr. Vander Veer’s classes have been learning about percents. This unit covered various uses of percents in our lives which included discussions about markups, markdowns, coupons, sales tax, interest, and gratuity. Students recently completed a project where they had $3,000 to shop online for a required list of items to furnish an apartment. The students had to use 7 coupons to calculate various percentages off on certain items, and they had to find 7% sales tax on every item that they bought. They had to do all of this while keeping an eye on their budget to ensure that they didn’t go over. The students had fun “dreaming” of living on their own, but found some challenges in getting everything needed for the $3,000 that they were allotted.

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February is Local Scholarship Application Month

Paper copies of KHS's annual local scholarships are available in the school counseling office during February. Most all applications are due back to the counseling secretary by March 1.


The KPSF (Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation) application is the scholarship which every student who has applied in the past has received. This scholarship is also available in the school counseling office. Become familiar with the organization's website at www.kpsfoundation.org. The KPSF scholarship is renewable during the four years of college after high school. The website is where you will access annual scholarships after high school.


Below are additional scholarships from ICAN’s Website at www.icansucceed.org:

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KHS Presents: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Online Ticket Sales are now live for the upcoming KHS Spring Musical Little Shop of Horrors!

The cast and crew is made up of 8th thru 12th grade KCSD students and will have a live band directed by Mr. Ben McCartney.


  • Tickets are $8 and every penny goes directly into helping the Drama Department continue to produce productions for KCSD!
  • Performances are March 1st 7pm, March 2nd 7pm and March 3rd 2pm at Knoxville Performing Arts Center.


Please use the link below to reserve your tickets TODAY! https://knoxvillehs.seatyourself.biz

Box Office Hours are Saturdays:

  • Feb 16 9am-noon
  • Feb 23 9am-noon


Please direct any questions to knoxvillehsdrama@gmail.com and please follow us for fun pictures and updates on

Twitter @KnoxHSDrama

Knoxville Spring Musical on Facebook

Knoxvillehsdrama on Instagram

Spring Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be one spring session offered at Knoxville High School beginning on Monday, February 25th. Registration forms are available HERE, in the High School office, or can be accessed from the website www.rumpsroadrules.com. Mr. Grimm & Ms. Bolton will be the instructors for this course. Classes will run for three hours each day class is offered and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Class 1 Mon. Feb. 25 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 2 Tues. Feb. 26 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 3 Wed. Feb. 27 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 4 Thurs. Feb. 28 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 5 Fri. March 1 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 6 Sat. March 2 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 7 Mon. March 4 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 8 Tues. March 5 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 9 Wed. March 6 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 10 Thurs. March 7 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 11 Fri. March 8 3:30-6:30pm

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form and return the bottom portion to the high school or middle school office, or mail the registration form to the address listed on the form.

For those families who qualify for free or reduced tuition, please indicate that on the bottom of the registration form you turn it (write “free” or “reduced” on form). As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple ‘R’).

If you have any questions concerning the drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

National School Counseling Week

February 4th-8th is National School Counseling Week. Knoxville's school counselors provide academic, career, and personal/social services to every student in the district. Our district counselors are Doug Hatch, Carolyn Jones, Deb Ellerman, Corrie Sass, Traci Lee, and Ruthann Burkman.


"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."


Please be sure to thank your school counselor this week!

Please click this link to apply for any of the following positions.


Current Vacancies:

  • Middle School Softball, Assistant Coach*
  • ️Middle School Baseball, Assistant Coach*
  • FT Associates (one full time position at each school building)
  • Child Nutrition Substitutes
  • Bus Driver Substitutes
  • Teacher Substitutes
  • Associate Substitutes


2019-2020 Vacancies

  • 8th Grade Volleyball, Asst. Coach*
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball, Head Coach*
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball, Asst. Coach*


*Current KCSD staff may apply by emailing a letter of interest to Ryan Paulsen, AD.


Support staff vacancy questions? Email or call: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us or 641-842-6551 opt 1

Coaching vacancy questions: ryan.paulsen@kcsd.k12.ia.us 641-842-2173 opt 5

Transportation News

The Knoxville CSD Transportation Department strives to keep our students safe. In an effort to continue to do so all route buses are now equipped with cameras to monitor violators of the Bus Stop Signal Arm. What does this mean for you as a motorist? As stated in March 2012, Iowa Govenor Terry Branstad signed into law the “Keep Aware Driving — Youth Need School Safety Act,” also known as “Kadyn’s Law.” Kadyn Halverson was just seven years old when she was struck and killed by a motorist while attempting to cross the road to board a school bus. Kadyn’s Law includes several provisions aimed at reducing school bus-related injuries and fatalities: expanded school bus safety education; a school bus safety study; and increased penalties for failure to obey school bus warning lights and stop signal arms. Failure to obey warning lights may result in at least a $250-$1,875 ticket depending on the severity of the offense.


Here is a refresher for what is required stopping for school buses:

When traveling on a two-or-three lane road ~

  • Approaching the bus from the rear: When you see flashing red or amber warning lights, you are not permitted to pass the school bus and should be prepared to stop. Stop behind the school bus when the school bus stops and the stop arm is extended. Stop no closer than 15 feet from the rear of the bus, and remain stopped until the stop arm is retracted and school bus starts moving again. Proceed with caution

  • Meeting the bus from the front: When you see amber warning lights flashing you must slow your vehicle to no more than 20 mph and be prepared to stop. Stop in front of the school bus when the school bus stops and its stop arm is extended. Remain stopped until the stop arm is retracted. Proceed with caution.

Contact your local law enforcement if you have any questions.

HELP KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE!

Hard Surface Routes

With winter weather upon us and road conditions changing, we may require our route buses to run “HARD SURFACE” only. Here is the link, Hard Surface Routes, to see where your student would be picked up. It will be communicated over local radio and the Iowa School Alerts.

Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

In order to receive notifications regarding weather cancellations and/or delays or changes to district activities, please subscribe to the GovDelivery service. Signing up is easy at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU3375/subscriber/new. Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process. If you need assistance, please contact: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us or 641-842-6551 opt 1.

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Choose Knoxville

Open Enrollment applications: if you do not live in the Knoxville district, you can still choose Knoxville for your child's education.

Deadlines for filing for open enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • March 1, 2019 for 1st—12th grade
  • September 1, 2019 for Kindergarten

Please call the District Office for additional questions @ 641-842-6551, opt.1.

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Attention Parents of 6th Grade and 11th Grade Students!

There are immunization updates required for students when they enter 7th grade and become seniors. Now is the time to think about getting the updates. There is no grace period so: Up-to-date immunization records (or a valid medical or religious exemption) must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school.


  • Entering 7th grade: in addition to the Tdap requirement already in place for 7th graders, there is a requirement for 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and grade 7 if born after September 15, 2004.
  • Entering 12th grade: the requirement is for TWO doses of Meningococcal vaccine for those entering 12th grade if born after September 15, 1999 OR 1 dose if received when the student is 16 years of age or older.


Immunization records can be turned in at the school office or faxed to the Knoxville Middle School: 641-842-5754 OR Knoxville High School: 641-842-2066. Forms can also be emailed to the school nurse at angie.mitchell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Please contact the nurse with any questions.

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Community Partner Contributions

Marion County Public Health

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KCSD ADMIN. OFFICE

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