PANTHER PRESS

May 18, 2018

Reminder: Return Library books


All library materials are due on Wednesday, May 23rd. Books returned, replaced or paid for lost books.
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State Track Qualifiers

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Congratulations to all of our boys and girls state track qualifiers!!
  • Alex Buckley
  • Bree Burton
  • Titus Chapman
  • Keegan Cox
  • Joe Hollinrake
  • Abbey Jackson
  • Katie Keitges
  • Emery Neer
  • Kieren Nichols

They will be competing this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. A preliminary schedule complete with dates/times for our qualifiers can be seen in the picture below. You can view the entire state track and field schedule on the IAHSAA website at: http://www.iahsaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/18schedule.pdf

Best of luck to all of our athletes this weekend in Des Moines!

Summer Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education will again be offered this spring at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two sessions offered at KHS in the summer of 2018.

  • The first summer session will begin Tuesday, June 5th and conclude on Saturday, June 16th. This session will include classroom hours every day except Sunday for three hours (8-11am).
  • The second summer session will begin Monday, July 16th and conclude on Friday, July 27th. This session will include classroom hours every day except Sunday for three hours (8-11am).
    • Mr. Grimm & Mr. Rump will be the in car and classroom instructors for these sessions. Registration forms are available HERE, in the High School office, or can be accessed from the website www.rumpsroadrules.com.

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. As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple R Driving School).

Questions concerning the summer drivers education program at KHS? Please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975 or e-mail @ triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

5th Grade Field Trip

On May 1st the fifth grade grade students from Northstar went to Lake Red Rock for a field trip. Students went through five stations: wildlife, water safety, pond study, geocaching, and a tour of the dam. Students enjoyed the day outdoors. Thanks to the county conservation employees and the Corps of Engineers and volunteers who made this day possible.
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Kindergarten Field Trip

West Elementary Kindergarten visited the Blank Park Zoo this week! We had great weather and saw lots of amazing animals. There were lion cubs, giraffe calves, monkey infants, and a rhino calf. The kid’s favorite animal was the snow leopard. Feeding the llamas, goats, calf, and fish were also a highlight!

Thanks to the Elementary PTO for funding our field trip!

Farewell to Awesome Volunteers

The 1st grade team would like to send a big THANK YOU to Dr. and Mrs. Flack! They have spent numerous Tuesday and Thursday mornings volunteering in our classrooms. Over the years, they have listened to hundreds of students read, add and subtract, and help find just the right leveled reader. We are sad to see them move on from us (and Knoxville) but so thankful for their support and dedication for the last 25+ years!

The Flacks are the names and faces behind the Back Pack Buddies. They have supported the program every step of the way! This program focuses on helping children that are food insecure. You have made such a difference for many Knoxville students. Thanks for sharing you insights, energy, and time to this program.

Two class options:

  • Morning classes are 8:15 to 11:00, Tues.-Fri. OR
  • Afternoon classes are 12:00-2:45, Tues.-Fri.

To register, complete these forms and return to Sue at the West Elementary Office. Questions? Please contact Sue at 641-842-2185 opt. 1

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As the end of the 2017-18 school year draws near, now is a good time to check to make sure all past due registration fees, computer fines and/or negative lunch balances have been paid. All payments can be made through parent/guardian account at www.payforit.net. Check this off your list so you're ready to start the 2018-19 out fresh with no past dues to be paid! Questions? Please contact Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us or 641-842-6551 opt. 1.

Preparing for 2018-19 School Year

Now is a great time to make appointments for physicals, eye and dental appointments, medication refills, and immunization updates.

Immunization updates are especially important for PK, K, 7th and 12th grade students.

Friendly reminders:

  • All students PK-12: Annual Health History Form
  • Grades 6-12 (optional): Tylenol consent
  • 12th grade: NEW 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. REQUIRED before starting senior year.
  • 9th grade: Proof of a dental exam. An exam within 1 year before to 4 months after enrollment in 9th grade is acceptable. Your dentist should have the form.
  • 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. REQUIRED before starting 7th grade.
  • 3rd grade: Proof of an vision exam. An exam within 1 year before and 6 months after enrollment in 3rd grade is acceptable. Your eye doctor should have the form.

Kindergarten:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines: required BEFORE starting school

  3. Kindergarten Physical (and lead test)

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

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

  6. For those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  7. For those who need daily medication at school: Medication Administration Form

Pre-School:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines required BEFORE starting school

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. For those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. For those who need daily medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Healthy regards,

Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

Knoxville School Nurse

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Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

Knoxville School Nurse

"You can't educate a child who is not healthy, and you can't keep a child healthy who is not educated."

Cell: 641-891-6016

West Elementary: 641-842-2185

Northstar Elementary: 641-842-6527

Knoxville Middle School: 641-842-3315

Knoxville High School: 641-842-2173

Upcoming Online Registration for 2018-19

In order to register your child(ren) for school this summer, your JMC username and password is necessary to begin the registration process. If you do not remember login information, please contact your child's school office A.S.A.P. (contact information below). School building offices are closed during the summer, so NOW is the time to ask for login assistance.


West Elementary 842-2185 (Sue)

Northstar Elementary 842-6527 (Lesa)

Middle School 842-3315 (Mary or Kendra)

High School 842-2173 (Pam, Stacy or Rachelle)


JMC is a great source of information to stay up-to-date with your child's academics THROUGHOUT the SCHOOL YEAR. Parents/guardians can utilize JMC year-round to:

  • check PROGRESS reports of each child in household
  • view LUNCH TRANSACTIONS (& link to www.payforit.net is available for lunch payments)
  • view/print student REPORT cards
  • bus information (currently being updated)
  • review student health and attendance records
    • view/print student TRANSCRIPTS
    • verify student SCHEDULES and advisors
    • verify/update parent/guardian CONTACT information
    2018-2019 Academic Calendar

    Click on this heading to view the academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

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    Community Partner Flyers

    Custom yearbooks are still available, but shipping charges are applicable. The deadline previously given was for our schools' bulk order. Those yearbooks will arrive by May 21st. Go to: https://www.treering.com/validate and enter the passcode: 1015064502971783. Thanks to the Knoxville Elementary PTO for making this option available. Questions? Message the Elementary PTO on Facebook or email knoxvilleyearbookelem@gmail.com.
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