PANTHER PRESS

August 2022

Have you seen the 2022-2023 school calendar? You can find it right here!
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Third Leadership Academy Set for October, November

The Knoxville Community School District is inviting community members to take part in its third Leadership Academy.


The academy allows KCSD to provide an in-depth look at how the district operates, with a goal of providing paths to potential leadership for parents or guardians, parent-teacher organization participants, volunteers, school board members and community members.


“We look forward to hosting our third Leadership Academy starting this October. Our goal is to provide district families and community members with another opportunity to engage with our school district,” said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. “Throughout these events, we look at and discuss a number of important issues and opportunities related to our schools. We see this as a critical component of our efforts to engage our community as we work to deliver the best possible educational experience to our students.”


The Leadership Academy features four sessions that will offer insights on KCSD policies, human resources, academics, extracurricular activities, school finance, school facilities, child nutrition, technology and transportation.


Below are the dates, times, locations and topics for each of the sessions:


Thursday, October 13, 2022, 6-8 p.m.

Topics: School Boards, Policies, Human Resources

Tour: Knoxville Middle School


Thursday, October 20, 2022, 6-8 p.m.

Topics: Academics, Extracurriculars

Tour: Northstar Elementary


Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6-8 p.m.

Topics: Finance, Facilities

Tour: West Elementary, Maintenance Building


Thursday, November 3, 2022, 6-8 p.m.

Topics: Child Nutrition, Technology & Transportation

Tour: Bus Barn, Knoxville High School


Attendees are asked to register for the third Leadership Academy by Friday, October 7 by visiting bit.ly/KCSDLeadershipAcademy3. Limited seats are available. There is no cost to attend and dinner will be provided to all participants.


The next Leadership Academy will be held in the spring of 2023.

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Watch for Students!

Knoxville Panther Community, as we start school again we want to remind everyone to be mindful of buses and students as they are coming and leaving our school buildings. Always be watching for students walking, riding bikes, and getting on and off buses to make sure our students can arrive and leave school safely this school year.
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Back-to-School Information

KCSD Families, we are so ready for the 2022-23 school year! We can't believe it is almost here, but are so excited to see everyone in our hallways again! We put together a checklist for everyone as the summer comes to a close to make sure everyone is ready for the 1st Day of School.


Nutrition

School Supply Lists

Transportation

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Administrative Offices Have Relocated

The administrative offices of the Knoxville Community School District have moved to 418 South Park Lane Drive.


The move is a part of KCSD’s larger middle school construction project, which is progressing ahead of schedule. Originally, the plan was to open the new school to students in December. However, the timeline has been pushed up, with students now set to begin using the building on Wednesday, October 12.


“As we have said so many times before, we would like to thank our community for their support and patience as we have moved ahead with our middle school project,” said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. “We are also grateful for the continued work of the crews onsite. We cannot wait for you to see the new Knoxville Middle School once it’s completed in just a few months.”


The project was made possible after voters approved a bond issue in March 2020. The new school is being built just to the north of Knoxville High School. The two buildings will be connected.


The main phone number for the new district office will remain the same: 641-842-6551.

The Home School Assistance Program will remain at 309 W. Main before relocating to the bus barn in the near future.

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Infinite Campus

Check out these new features with Infinite Campus!


Lunch Accounts

Lunch Accounts are now available in the Parent Portal. This will allow parents to make deposits into student lunch accounts. This is listed under "Food Service" in the Parent Portal. Any balances that were leftover from JMC were transferred over to Infinite Campus.


Infinite Campus App

Infinite Campus has an app to make it even easier to check in on everything that IC has to offer! Follow the directions in the image to get the app downloaded on your device today. Be sure to search the school name, Knoxville, and the state, Iowa, to find our district.

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Meet the Teacher Night


Mark your calendars: Meet the Teacher Nights are just around the corner!


Drop off your school supplies, say hello to your new teacher, familiarize yourself with your classroom and get excited for a great school year.



Northstar & KHS: Tuesday, August 23 | 3:30-5:30

West & KMS: Wednesday, August 24 | 3:30-5:30

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Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the District Equity Coordinator Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 418 South Park Lane Drive, 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 Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator. The Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator is Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator is Lindsay Rains. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact her at (641)842-3315 or lindsay.rains@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.