1/18/2019 Edition

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: Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process. If you need assistance, please contact: or 641-842-6551 opt 1.

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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 which 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.


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.

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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 Please contact the nurse with any questions.

KCSD Food Pantry and End of Month Meals Information

Reminder: The Knoxville School Food Pantry will be open at the High School Monday, January 21 from 3 until 4:30. This is open to any student and family in the Knoxville School District.

Reminder: End of the month meals are FREE suppers being offered Monday, January 21 through January 25, 5pm to 5:45pm at LWF Jenkins Center, 318 E. Main Street, Knoxville. Questions or need delivery? Call New Covenant Church at 641-842-3176. Come enjoy a free meal!

1944 KHS Grad Receives Drake Relays Medal 75 Years Later

From KCSD Activities Director, Ryan Paulsen:

This is Ted Williams. Ted is a 1944 graduate of Knoxville High School. He placed 2nd as a Senior in the discus at the Drake Relays in the Spring of 1944. Due to World War II, he received a certificate saying after the war was over he could turn in this certificate to receive his runner-up medal. Ted served his country after high school in the Marines, got a degree from Simpson College and then taught Social Studies at Harlan Community High School for 35+ years. He never turned in his certificate to get his medal. One of his friends reached out to us, Drake University, and Simpson College and arranged for a surprise medal presentation today - at his surprise 93rd birthday party. He got his medal today - 75 years after earning it. This was just incredible. One of the coolest experiences I've been part of in 15 years in education and was honored to be able to represent our school district and say a few words honoring the achievements of one of our great alums from Knoxville High School. So awesome to have so many representatives of the Drake Relays present including Relays Director, Blake Boldon, and so many media outlets covering this amazing story.

Below are a few stories from our local media from this celebration.

PE Student Teacher

Greetings Panther Parents and Students,

I am Daniel Coovert and I will be student teaching with Ms. Douglas in her general PE, personal fitness, and low impact classes this semester. I am writing to tell you more about myself and some of the activities we will be doing during my time here. I am currently a senior at Central College majoring in Exercise Science with a Physical Education emphasis. I played football at Central for four years. My love of sports and fitness is what drove me to becoming a physical education teacher. My goal for this semester is to grow and learn as a physical educator. Additionally, I look forward to working with and building relationships with the students and facility to fully enhance my experience.

On Thursday, the general PE class will begin their table tennis unit. During this unit we will be practicing and learning different spins, rules, and having both singles and doubles tournaments. The personal fitness class will continue to work on agility, flexibility, and strength development. The class will be maxing out at the end of January. The low impact class will continue to walk with the goal of increasing their heart rate.

I truly look forward to my experiences to come. If you have questions or need to get ahold of me, please email me at

Live Streaming of Activities

Hi Everyone:

Happy New Year! And with the turn of the calendar to 2019 we are excited to announce that school events in the Knoxville High School Gym and KPAC will now be live streamed on the NFHS Network!

For a fee, customers can watch games in our gym on the NFHS Network live stream. In previous years, many schools used the High School Cube to live stream events for free, however the NFHS acquired the Cube several months ago. A couple of advantages of the NFHS Network is their camera is completely automated (no camera operator is needed) and home boys play-off games/events can be live streamed as well (the IHSAA which governs boys sports in Iowa is a partner with the NFHS Network, the IGHSAU which governs girls sports in Iowa is not).

Also, events we stream in KPAC (concerts, etc.) will be streamed for free (that's what we have been told by the NFHS Network). So, if you are wanting to watch basketball/wrestling/volleyball contests in our high school gym - you will need a subscription/account. If you have grandparents/siblings/other family/friends in another part of the country - here is a way for them to watch our events live!

To purchase a subscription, please see this link:

Go Panthers!!

Ryan Paulsen, Activities Director

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 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

Northstar Guidance

Northstar enjoyed celebrating Kindness Week. Students completed several challenges including write a kind note, give compliments, tell a joke, and give high fives. Third and Fourth grade students also got to hear the book "Be Kind" and all students had great conversations about how they can be kind. Students also participated in yoga during guidance and learned some affirmations to tell themselves.

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3rd Grade

3rd graders in Mr. Dunkin’s class have been working hard on their writing skills after coming back from winter break. Students are currently in the middle of learning about letter writing. Recently, students were paired up with a class from the Netherlands to become pen pals. The students from the two classes will be writing letters back and forth for the remainder of the school year to learn about cultures, traditions, and holidays from around the world. Along with having pen pals, students in Mr. Dunkin’s class will also be writing letters to kids at St. Jude Children’s hospital.

West and Northstar Library Check Out Schedule

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2nd Grade Student Teachers

At West Elementary, we have two student teachers from Central College. Taryn Ernst and Shayla Filson will be working with Knoxville's second graders for the next two months.

Foreign Holidays in 2nd Grade

Winter is not JUST fun and games at West Elementary. Besides playing in the snow, second graders learned about holidays in Israel, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and Mexico. They enjoyed playing dreidel, making reindeer food, eating treats from their "wooden" shoes, and making crafts and snowmen.

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Community Partner Contributions

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