October 4, 2019

Important Calendar Dates

  • Oct. 11: Homecoming, 1 hour early dismissal
  • Oct. 14: No School (Professional Development)

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Activities Minute

Upcoming home events -

* Fri, Oct. 4: 7 volleyball v. Pella - 400 PM

* Mon, Oct. 7: South Central Conference Vocal Fest - 100 PM

* Mon, Oct. 7: 7 volleyball v. Chariton - 415 PM

* Tue, Oct. 8: 7 football v. Chariton - 430 PM

* Fri, Oct. 11: 9/Varsity football v. South Tama - 445 PM

** Marching Band, Dance Team performances

Big wins this past week -

volleyball over Iowa Valley, Bondurant-Farrar, Grandview Christian, and Clarke

* Our volleyball team is now 19-1, 5-0 in the conference, and ranked #9 in Class 4A!!!

Other announcements / info. -

** Impressive active streaks for our volleyball team - 6 match home court winning streak, 10 match conference home court winning streak, 18 match conference winning streak

* Freshmen Norah Pearson is currently ranked #4 in the Class 3A individual state cross country rankings!!

* Knoxville High School will be hosting over 250 high school singers for the South Central Conference Vocal Fest on Monday, October 7! The group will begin practicing at 100 PM with the concert in KPAC at approximately 630 PM.

HOCO 2K19!!!

Homecoming 2019 is upon us!!! Events for the week -

* Fri, Oct. 4: Homecoming Court announcement assembly - 245 PM

* Sat, Oct. 5: Dodgeball & Bonfire - 600 PM

* Tue, Oct. 8: Bags Tournament - 600 PM in the HS Commons

* Thu, Oct. 10: Jersey Auction - 530 PM at Ken Locke Stadium; Pep Rally - 700 PM at Ken Locke followed by PowderPuff football and IronMan volleyball

* Fri, Oct. 11: Pep Rally - 125 PM; Parade - 300 PM

* Sat, Oct. 12: Dance - 800 to 1100 PM

*All home events in the Knoxville High School gym and all school concerts in KPAC will be streamed LIVE on the NFHS Network! Go to for more details!

*Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to and then clicking on "Activity Calendar". You can even sign-up for email notifications so whenever we make a change to a schedule - you can be notified immediately.

*Follow the Knoxville Activities Department on Instagram! @knoxvilleactivities


  • Start at 6 pm in HS gym

  • Teams up to 8 members (6 play at a time)

  • Separate brackets for males and females

  • If you have a combined team then you play in the male bracket

  • Winning teams in each bracket will earn points for their grade (teams can be mixed grades)


TIME/LOCATION: Bonfire Starts at 7:30pm @ Gravel Parking Lot

(S of the Randy Wilson Track)

REMINDER: Bonfire will start once Dodgeball is done

High School DRESS-UP DAYS - ALL WEEK, 10/7-10/11

Monday: ER/OR Day (Dress as something that ends with -er or -or)

Tuesday: Superhero Day

Wednesday: Out of this World Day (Star Wars or Space Gear)

Thursday: Retro Day (Pick a Decade and dress-up through the decades)

Friday: Spirit Day (Black and Gold, or Class t-shirt day)

  • Outfits must be school appropriate. If not, students will be sent home.

  • Pictures will be taken each day during 1st Panther Time/Advisory in a location to be announced

  • Points will be awarded to the grade with the highest participation, based on who gets their picture taken.


  • Activities throughout Homecoming

  • Each grade will try to earn points to win the “Class Competition Cup”

  • Different events are worth different amounts of points

  • The food drive will be one of the best opportunities to earn points


  • ALL donations must be brought to Mr. Gibbons’s room by lunch on Friday

    • You can drop-off during the week

  • Each class is trying to gather the most non-perishable food items

  • All donations will go to Helping Hands

  • Bonus days will be announced during the week!

  • Double points will be awarded for meat donations (only cans of tuna count - not packets), peanut butter, and fruit.

  • We will be collecting donations at the following activities:

    • Dodgeball, Bags, and Iron Man VB

  • The class that gathers the most items will get major points/ONE point per can.

  • Certain items may not count for a full point.

    • Examples: Ramen noodles, Jello Packs, Vienna Sausage are 4 packs/boxes for 1 point


  • Voting will occur via email during Homecoming week

  • All 9-12th graders will vote online, check your email daily!


  • Bags tournament starts at 6 pm in HS gym

  • Teams will consist of two people (Teams can be mixed grades)

  • Forms can be picked up in the HS office

  • There will be a single bracket for all teams

  • Winning teams in each bracket will earn points for their grad


  • Jersey Auction starts @ 5:30pm

  • All proceeds are split between the junior class and football program

  • Pep Rally starts @ 7:00pm

  • Announcement of the court

  • Performances by:

    • KHS Band, KHS Dance Team and KHS Cheerleaders/Cheer Clinic Participants


  • One team for each grade will compete at Ken Locke Stadium in a flag football game

  • The first round will have 9th grade vs 12th grade and 11th grade vs 10th grade

  • The game will include 8 minute halves with a 2 minute halftime

  • Winners and losers will have a game after the first

    • Consolation game and Championship game

  • Each team may have only two coaches on the field with them

  • If you are removed from the game for contact, rough play, or arguing with the referee then 100 pts will be deducted from your grade’s point total


  • Start roughly around 9:15 p.m. in the HS gym

  • One team per grade (Possible Male and Female Teacher teams)

  • Best 2 out of 3 games to 15 points or a time limit of 15 minutes (3rd game to 10 pts)

  • Each team may have only two coaches on the field with them

  • No inappropriate clothing may be worn (i.e. spanx or revealing clothing)

  • Any issues and you will receive a 100 pt deduction to your grade’s point total


  • During the spirit assembly, students will compete for final points to help their class win the Class Competition Cup Trophy

  • Students can sign-up to be part of the competitions during the assembly using the link below, it will also be emailed out and listed in the high school daily announcements.


  • Each grade will perform a dance created by the Dance Team

  • Participation is voluntary

  • Practice will be during Panther Time or can be outside of school.

    • If at the school, sign-up on FlexiSCHED and teacher supervision needed

  • Performance of the dance will happen during the class competition at the Friday assembly

  • The winning team will be awarded points for the class cup competition

FRIDAY, 10/11 SCHEDULE (Friday we will be running a shortened schedule)

Block 1 8:00-9:05

Block 2 9:10-10:10

Block 3 10:15-11:15

Lunch/Panther time

1ST Lunch Panther Time

11:15-11:45 11:45-12:15

Panther Time 2ND Lunch

11:15-12:15 11:45-12:15

Block 4 12:20-1:20

ASSEMBLY 1:25-2:15

*Dismissed at 2:15 for Parade (Parade begins at 3:00)


  • Come cheer on the 9th grade and Varsity teams as they take on the South Tama Trojans!

  • Freshman game is at 4:45 AND varsity kicks off at 7:30 at Ken Locke Stadium


  • Saturday night from 8:00-11:00 in the HS Commons

  • $10 per person- If you donate a non-expired canned good, ticket will be $5 per person

  • All canned goods will be donated to Helping Hands

  • If you are bringing a person from out of town, there is a form in the office to fill out and it must be returned to the high school BEFORE the dance

  • Dress attire: Jeans or khaki shorts are acceptable, NO t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or hats allowed

  • If you need to go to your car, you may be escorted out by a staff member

If you leave the dance unescorted then you cannot come back.
KHS Student Senate's Homecoming Parade Entry Form

Parade: Friday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. The theme this year is “Panthers Strike Back”!

KHS SPRING MUSICAL: Audition Information

Due to circumstances beyond our control, KHS will not be producing OKLAHOMA as our Spring 2020 Musical. That being said, THE SHOW MUST GO ON, and I am SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW SPRING 2020 MUSICAL...

(click this link) ;)

Please direct any questions to

ROCK ON!!!! :)

Heidi Feldman


Ready to File the FAFSA? What You’ll Need!

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DMACC Career Discovery Days

DMACC Career Discovery Days are open to 9th–12th grade students, educators and parents. Explore career pathways through hands-on activity sessions, learn about educational opportunities by hearing from DMACC instructors, and connect to future careers and professionals by touring related businesses. Click here for more information.

Driver Education

Driver Education will be offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School again this fall. Classes for the fall session will begin Monday, October 28th and conclude on Friday, November 8th. For more information, click here or see registration form below.

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7th Grade Field Trip

Real world learning with five different stations was in store for KMS 7th graders on Friday 9/27/19. The buses were boarded and students headed out to learn from the experts- Knoxville’s community members! We are ever thankful for local municipalities and businesses for their willingness to host this impactful day of learning. Special thanks to: Brian Bailey- Knoxville Water Works, Patrick Murphy- Water Reclamation, Rick Hurt- SCISWA, Tyler Christian- Marion County Engineer and Road Department, and Jim Coffey- DNR Wildlife Biologist.

Here is what some of the kids had to say about the day!

  • Hannah Dunkin “The water treatment was my favorite because I like to learn about water and how to make it cleaner for people to drink.”
  • Ella Pelong “One thing I learned on this field trip is that these jobs take a lot of work and it takes commitment .”
  • Ray Kesteloot - “He showed us how the roads are in layers. How one layer is better than the other.”
  • Faith Nelson - “One thing I learned on the trip was that the water waste treatment filters the water so it is easier for the water works to clean.”
  • Riley Sailors - “They can’t call the landfill a dump because a dump doesn’t have rules and regulations like the landfill does”
  • Paige McMurray “The Marion County Engineer’s office was my favorite because it was very interactive.”
  • Jeanetta Clayton “The SCISWA was my favorite because they are trying to find better ways for the landfill to be more safe for the world.”
  • Madison Wells “One thing I learned on this trip is that after the water leaves the water treatment plant it goes to Lake Red Rock.”
  • Rylyn McCarty “He talked about how to put trackers to a deer and he told us how to estimate how many animals are in an ecosystem.”
  • Carson Cecil “Water that touches trash is called leachate.”
  • Ethyn Elliott- “This one was my favorite because it showed us a cool explosion of how a straw with ridges will slow how far the water goes. This showed us that pipes with ridges (culverts) can slow the water flow.”
  • Cassidie DeMaderios “One thing I learned on this trip was that in a landfill before you put the trash in, you have to put a liner in the ground so it (leachate) doesn’t get into groundwater.”
  • Ezra Schmidt “One of the things I learned was how the Marion County Engineer department used different materials to make the roads stronger.”

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K-5th Hearing Screening

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Here is our check out schedule for West students:

Monday: Mrs. Swayne’s

Tuesday: Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Helle, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. DeMoss & Mrs. Leedom

Wednesday: Mrs. Butler, Ms. McCloud, Mrs. Hollinrake & Ms. Shepherd

Thursday: Mrs. Cook, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Rozendaal & Mrs. Foster

Friday: Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. VanderLinden (Mr. Kingery), Mrs. Galeazzi & Mrs. Cox

This year we have Shelf Elf watching over our library. He is watching for good library manners, quiet voices and walking feet. Shelf Elf leaves Mrs. McCombs a note each week as to which class he thought did the best job for the week. Then the winner of the Shelf elf Award is announced on the intercom and the class receives a trophy to display in their room for a week. Our students are working hard to win the trophy

So far the winners have been Mrs. Galeazzi’s Kindergarten class and Mrs. Crawford’s 1st grade.

This week in the library we are learning and exploring stem activities to go along with our read aloud books of: The Most Magnificent Thing, Ada Twist, Scientist and If I built a Car.

Have you filled someone's bucket today?

By teaching our behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a more positive approach for student success. The purpose for school wide PBIS is to establish a climate of appropriate behavior in all area of the building.

The expectations at West Elementary are:

Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible

Our students are working each day on being bucket fillers by meeting and exceeding our behavior expectations. To celebrate our student bucket filling we are swimming at the REC Center this month.

Team K at West Elementary

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The Kindergarten Team at West Elementary expanded, a bit, this fall to include long-term substitutes to cover those teachers on medical leave. Each of the substitutes is a long-time teacher of kindergarten and has been welcomed by a wonderful team and administration.

Here’s a little more about each of the kindergarten teachers at West Elementary:

Tina Cook:

· Years Taught = 21

· College Attended = University of Northern Iowa

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education & Reading

· Grades Taught = Reading Specialist, Kindergarten, & 2nd

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? I love the younger kids. They are excited about school and learning. I enjoy their innocence. The look in their eyes when they figure out they can do something they weren't able to do before. I LOVE all the hugs from the kids!

Elaine Galeazzi:

· Years Taught = 39

· College Attended = Central College

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education, Art, & Coaching

· Grades Taught = Art & Kindergarten

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? The thing I love best about teaching Kindergarten is the excitement the students have when they first figure out how to sound out words and read. I love how the students have unconditional love for everyone and how they love to give the best hugs!

Candi Hatch:

· Years Taught = 18

· College Attended = University of Northern Iowa

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education

· Grades Taught = Early Childhood Special Education Preschool, KinderPrep, & Kindergarten

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? Spending the day with 20-23 new best friends each year, and watching them grow and blossom educationally, as well as emotionally and behaviorally. Watching them become confident in all that they can do is very rewarding! There is never a dull moment in kindergarten, and if I'm ever having a stressful day, they are always able to make me smile. It really is the best grade!

Sharla McCloud:

· Years Taught = 31

· College Attended = University of Northern Iowa

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education

· Grades Taught = Kindergarten

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? I love listening to the way kids think and helping them make discoveries both academically and about themselves.

Lisa Thomas:

· Years Taught = 31

· College Attended = Central College

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education

· Grades Taught = Kindergarten

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? I love helping little ones realize they are able to do so much on their own…they’re incredible little beings!

Mandy VanderLinden:

· Years Taught = 17

· College Attended = Simpson College

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Math, & Reading

· Grades Taught = Kindergarten & 1st

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? The little ones are like sponges. They absorb everything you teach them!


Donna Flattery

· Years Taught = 44

· College Attended = William Penn University

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education

· Grades Taught = Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, & 4th

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? The realization that we are building the educational foundation for those who are the future. Every day is a new adventure!

Brian Kingrey

· Years Taught = 15

· College Attended = Central College & University of Northern Iowa

· Degrees/Endorsements = Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Reading, Reading Specialist, Administration, Supervisor of Special Education, Evaluator, and Doctor of Educational Leadership

· Grades Taught = Kindergarten

· What do you like best about teaching Kindergarten? The best part of the school year is October, when routines have been set and all the kiddos are in their element learning new things. Once these routines have been set for the year, learning takes place across the board, and that’s exciting for the kids and me. Seeing that “lightbulb” come on when they learn something new is something I strive to see in some fashion on a daily basis.

The Kindergarten Team, as it is comprised for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, has over 200 years of teaching experience, with most of those years in Kindergarten itself. It takes a special teacher to understand the subtle nuances of the kindergarten-aged child; (s)he is not preschool-like anymore and yet they’re not exactly first-grade-like either. Therefore, it takes someone who understands early childhood education, child development, and approaches to learning for young children in order to create a classroom that embodies 5- and 6-year old minds, emotions, and developmentally appropriate practices.

Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

Knoxville Schools utilizes GovDelivery to communicate weather cancellations, delays and/or changes to district activities. We recommend all parents/guardians sign up to receive email and/or text notifications. Anyone is welcome to subscribe, including community members interested in schedule changes for activities purposes.

If you signed up in the past for this service, you do not need to sign up again but you will want to adjust notifications if your child changed to a different school building this year.

Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process.

If you need assistance, please contact: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.usor 641-842-6551 opt 1.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Neighbor helping Neighbor is every Monday - Wed 1-3pm. It is located at the First United Methodist Church activities center downtown. They have vouchers for food, personal care items, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and diapers at times.
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2019 Knoxville Cancer Relay Shirt

Order Deadline October 6th (11:59 pm CT)


Panthers Strike Back Homecoming Campaign 2019
To support and create excitement within the community leading up to Knoxville Homecoming Events scheduled the week of October 6th through October 11, 2019.

Candi’s Flowers and Gifts Promotion:
Candi will offer Football Mum Corsages the week of homecoming.
Price Point: $8.00
50% of all proceeds from mum sales will be split evenly and donated, in addition to a portion of all sales made within the week of October 7th thru October 11th to the Knoxville Booster Club and Knoxville Alumni Association.


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