PANTHER PRESS

April 19, 2019

3M Smart Girls Rock STEM Program

Thirty 9th-11th grade girls were invited to attend the first Knoxville 3M Smart Girls Rock program. The Smart Girls Rock initiative is an educational program created by 3M aimed at high school girls who have an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The program brings the girls into the 3M Knoxville site for a partial day to explore the world made possible by 3M science and what can be done with a STEM degree. The girls have an opportunity to learn about the different STEM career paths, meet with women who are working in STEM careers, and receive a tour of the 3M Knoxville site. The day is focused around education and empowering the young women to realize that they can be anything they want to be. Smart Girls Rock has taken place at many 3M sites across the United States but this is the first time it has been held at 3M Knoxville!

Senior Alert - Upcoming Scholarships

April scholarship deadlines:

If you have any questions about the scholarship process, or any other part of your journey, give us a call at 877-272-4692 or email ICAN@ICANsucceed.org.

Driver Education

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two summer sessions offered:

  • The 1st summer session will begin Monday, June 3rd and conclude on Saturday, June 15th. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).
  • The 2nd summer session will begin Monday, July 22nd and conclude on Saturday, August 3rd. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).

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.

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 summer driver education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

Exercise Your Character Event

On Tuesday April 9, 2019, 150 fourth grade students and several chaperones attended the Exercise Your Character Event in downtown Des Moines. It was held in a huge room at the Hy-Vee Hall where Northstar students joined 11,000 other 4th and 5th grade students from around the state of Iowa. The purpose of this fun event is to emphasize to young people how important the pillars of character are in all of our lives and how each day we all need to strive to be more trustworthy, kind and respectful to our neighbors. The event was filled with 90 minutes of dancing, singing and motivational messages from famous athletes,(Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs quarterback), Ariana Feygin (a young master chef), and Jesse LeBeau (a basketball trick artist who defied all of the odds, especially his height, and became very famous). All of these fabulous guests spoke about how important it was to stay in school and to practice really hard at what you want to become. They encouraged all of the young people at the event to not give up on their dreams and to persevere.

After all of that excitement our 4th graders were able to enjoy a box lunch,(courtesy of Hy-Vee), at a nearby park in Des Moines. The students were all able to let off some steam and play together before our drive back to Knoxville. It was an amazing and overwhelming experience for our students. We are very grateful to Hy-Vee for allowing this opportunity to happen. Hopefully our students will remember the motivational messages and apply them to their future hopes and dreams!

Here is a video we made of our experience that day! https://youtu.be/MDOQUQiqvUA

Miss Mary Strawberry

The students and staff at West Elementary want to thank "Miss Mary Strawberry" for the great healthy snacks and nutrition information through out this school year. "Miss Mary" visits students four times a year and each time there is a tasty treat and health information that can be used every day.

See you next year and thanks for helping us!!

Important Information for Kindergarten Parents/Guardians

Dear Kindergarten Parents & Guardians,


*Kindergarten Roundup: May 2 (Current kindergarten students staying home for the day)

*Step Up Day: May 28 (Current kindergarten students step up to 1st grade for a portion of the day)


On May 2, we will be having Kindergarten Roundup for next year’s kindergarten class. In the past few years, Kindergarten Roundup and Step Up Day have been combined into one day. Our goal this year is to make sure our incoming kindergarten students have enough time to start to build a rapport and relationship with their kindergarten teacher, get a feel for the building, and experience what school feels like as a kindergartener. When these two events are combined, our incoming kindergarten students and teachers do not have enough time to accomplish our goals. Since we are separating the two events this year, our current kindergarten students will stay home on May 2. Below you will find some activities that your kindergarten student can do at home: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt and Science Activities involving Peeps. We realize it isn’t ideal for our current kindergarten students to have a day away from school. However, we feel this is necessary to get our future kindergarten students off to a great start.


  • Kinderprep students will attend Kindergarten Roundup on May 2.
  • On May 28, we will be having Step Up Day for current Kindergarten through 5th grade. Your kindergarten student will participate and will step up to 1st grade for a portion of their day.


Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


Ryan Klein

West Elementary Principal

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The school year is quickly winding down and it’s time to share some timely reminders for fall.


Pre-School Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Pre-School student in the fall of 2019? Here are the forms required for preschoolers;

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Kindergarten Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Kindergarten student in the fall of 2019? What an exciting and busy time. Just a friendly reminder of all the paperwork required before school starts in the fall:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines

  3. Kindergarten Physical

  4. Dental exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  5. Vision exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  1. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  2. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Attention fall 7th GRADERS and fall SENIORS!!

There are immunization requirements for Fall 2019. There is no grace period so:

Up-to-date vaccine records must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school!


7th grade: in addition to the Tdap requirement already in place for 7th graders, the NEW requirement is for 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and grade 7 if born after September 15, 2004.


12th grade: 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.
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Knoxville CSD Make-Up Days

In case you missed it: Here is our plan for make-up days as of 2.26.2019. All calendars have been updated on our website to reflect the schedule changes:


As a reminder, our 2019-2020 Academic Calendar is also posted to help you plan for next year.


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa @ the district office at 641-842-6551 opt. 1 or lisa.willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us.

2019-2020 Knoxville CSD Calendar

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Bravo Concert Series Featuring the Colorado Children’s Chorale

The Bravo Concert Series will be welcoming the Colorado Children’s Choral to Knoxville’s Performing Arts Center as their last event for the 2018-19 season on Thursday, April 25 at 7PM. While here, the Chorale is doing a workshop for elementary students during the day followed by on a short performance at each of the buildings (west and north) for everyone in the building. At the evening performance, a number of Knoxville elementary students will join the Chorale on stage.

Since 1974 the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully-staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit. In recognition of its artistic excellence, the Chorale was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the prestigious El Pomar Award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Deborah DeSantis and Executive Director Meg Steitz, the Colorado Children’s Chorale annually trains 400 members between the ages of 7 and14 from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, representing more than 180 schools in the Denver metro area and beyond. Since its founding in 1974, the Chorale has sung countless performances with some of the world’s finest performing arts organizations, appeared with world-renowned artists, performed for numerous dignitaries and appeared in television and radio broadcasts.

The Performance Program includes a series of self-produced concerts, numerous performances with other Colorado arts organizations and touring around the world. The Chorale presents annual performances of Christmas with the Children’s Chorale and Spring with the Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Classical Afternoon at Montview Presbyterian Church or Classical Evening at Saint John’s Cathedral, plus Performing Small Miracles and Spring Fling Sing! which are presented in venues across the metro area.

In addition to the Performance Program, the Chorale offers an extensive mission-supporting Education Program. School Partnerships provide weekly choral music and performance training in targeted schools, offering instruction to students and support for teachers with professional conductors, accompanists, choreographers and other resources as needed. School concerts and workshops serve elementary and middle school students, giving school children the opportunity to experience a professional concert by their peers. Community Choirs, including the dual-language Aplausos de Colorado Children’s Chorale, NE Denver JAMS and SunRISE, provide children the opportunity to rehearse and perform in their own community with no audition necessary. The Chorale Education Program was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and received an Education Outreach Award from Chorus America.

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Spring into Parks Event Builds Panther Park

Knoxville, Iowa-Thrive Knoxville in partnership with The Well presents Spring into Parks 2019. Spring into Parks will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 1-5 PM. The goal of this year’s event is to build-out Panther Park at 309 West Main St. in Knoxville with funding from the Knoxville Wellness Coalition. Panther Park will include raised garden beds, handicap accessible picnic tables, a fire pit and a restored basketball court.

“We look forward to creating a space that promotes community and wellness,” said Cassi Pearson, Superintended of the Knoxville Community School District. “We hope people will utilize Panther Park as a picnic spot and see it as a place to bring their children to play, said Pearson.

Volunteer jobs may include raking leaves, trash pick-up, park repairs, assembly of park furniture, picnic tables, planting trees and other valuable community service projects. There are 2 and 4-hour slots available. Duties will be assigned the day of the event. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d45a8af22a3f85-2019. More information can be found on the Spring into Parks Facebook page.

Thrive Knoxville acts as an incubator to kick-start community engagement and facilitate community service projects to continue to strengthen the Knoxville community. The goal is to pass on the projects long-term to other organizations in the community, so Thrive can keep on creating. The Well will combine their annual Transform volunteer event, where volunteers work on community betterment projects throughout the week, with Spring into Parks moving forward.

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Little Panther Relays: May 25

The Knoxville Wellness Committee will sponsor a youth track and field meet on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. We are inviting kids from throughout Iowa to compete in five different age groups. Age groups (as of May 25th, 2019), information and entry form are as follows.
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Marion County Public Health

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