PANTHER PRESS

May 10, 2019

Drake Unified Sports Day

A group of students from the middle school and high school participated in the Drake Unified Sports Day through Special Olympics on Thursday, May 2nd. Unified events are put on as a way for students with disabilities to interact and compete with their peers while gaining social inclusion and creating lasting friendships.

The group participated in modified versions of volleyball and basketball, as well as several different free time activities including yoga, parachute, miniature golf, bocce ball, and relay races. The students had a lot of fun, and did a great job representing Knoxville at this event.


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Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship


A state-funded program for Iowans who:

  • Are new high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners starting college at least part-time
  • Have applied for all other available aid
  • Plan to earn a credential for a high-demand job

Credentials include postsecondary certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. The Last-Dollar Scholarship is expected to be available in fall 2019.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/LastDollar.
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Track Conference Champs

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.

Farm Day!

1st Grade enjoyed visiting the farm! Thank you to the FFA for putting this great learning event together for us! We learned lot of fun facts about animals on a farm and really loved getting to pet the animals.

2nd Grade Field Trips

The Second Grade students have been learning outside of the classroom in recent days with trips to Principal Park and the DesMoines PlayHouse.


West Elementary second graders would like to thank the high school agriculture classes for helping them to replant flowers for a special someone. Thanks to Hy-Vee for generously donating the flowers and soil.
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All calendars have been updated on our website to reflect the schedule changes:

2019-2020 Knoxville CSD Calendar

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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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School Board Recognition Month

May is Iowa School Board Recognition Month! When you see any of our Board members, please thank them for the time and effort they put in for the children of our community. They put in countless hours of their personal time and it is not always an easy job! Andrew Schmidt, Larissa Van Donselaar, Marty Duffy, Vickie Reed, Larry Scott – Thank you for all you do!

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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2019 Knoxville Youth Football Registration

-Grades 3,4,5 & 6 in the fall of 2019

-Thursday Night May 16th from 5-7pm

-National Sprint Car HoF & Museum 2nd Floor

-Cost is $100.00 per athlete

-Please bring your child with you in order for us to get an accurate weight on them

Questions? Email Ryan McCarty: eliteinst_ryanmc2@yahoo.com or visit Facebook page.

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Marion County Public Health Department

Please note the new income guidelines for eligibility for children for the state Medicaid and Hawki programs in the PDF or link below.


Emily DesPlanque, BA

Maternal Health Coordinator

Hawk-i Coordinator

Marion County Public Health Department

2003 N Lincoln St.

Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641-828-2238 ext 224

Fax: 641-842-3442

Email: edesplanque@marionph.org

https://dhs.iowa.gov/hawki/who-qualifies

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