11/30/2018 Edition

Winter Music Programs

Winter programs are scheduled for next week! The students have been working very hard to prepare. Please save the following dates and come see what they have been preparing for you. Programs will take place in the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. Due to props being used this year, I am recommending that Kinder Prep/Kindergarten students wear something with pockets or loose fitting long sleeves. I am also recommending that First and Second grade students wear something with pockets.

  • Kinder Prep/Kindergarten- Dec 3 @ 6:00 (Students should arrive after 5:30)
  • First Grade- Dec 3 @ 7:30 (Students should arrive after 7:00)
  • Second Grade- Dec 11 @ 7:00 (Students should arrive after 6:30)


Sarah Rodilosso, West Music Teacher

Bumblebee Preschool Class at SSELC

During the month of November we talked about Grandparents and how they are so special to us. We had a special day for grandparents in our classroom. We made cookies and lemonade, sang songs, made a special gift and made a class book to read to our grandparents. The students had a great day making their grandparents feel loved!

We started the Bread Study, which is part of the curriculum that we use, so for our Thanksgiving Feast the students got to make their own pizzas to go along with the Bread Study! The students did a great job at kneading the dough and making it into a pizza shape. The pizzas turned out wonderful!

We also started Visual Phonics, which is a system of 46 hand shapes with corresponding movements which when used together are called cues. These cues represent the 46 phoneme sounds of spoken English. The students are really catching on!

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5th Grade Financial Literacy

The fifth grade students spent a week probing key areas of financial literacy which culminated in a performance of “Dimes, Dollars, and Decisions”. They learned about taxes, saving money, insurance, interest, and the important distinctions of debit and credit cards.
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Yoga in Guidance

Northstar guidance classes spent time doing some yoga and learning about loving our differences using the book "Giraffes Can't Dance." Students shared something they love, had fun playing Yoga Freeze Dance with the poses that they learned, and spent some time relaxing before heading back to class.

KMS Band Updates

Winter Concert

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:00PM is our annual KMS Winter concert held in KPAC. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band students will perform music that they have been working on the past few months. Please come out and support live music in our school.

Veterans Day Performance

On Monday November 12th, 25 middle school band students performed for our local Hy-Vee Veterans Day Breakfast. They practiced on Tuesday and Friday mornings in order to prepare for this amazing event. Thank you to all of the students involved and most of all thank you to all of the Veterans.

SCIBA Honor Band

Tuesday November 6th was the annual SCIBA Honor Band Festival held at Ankeny Centennial High School. Congratulations to the following students who participated: Morgan Bazer, Ella Breazeale, and Dane Gullion.

7th Grade Math

7th grade students in Mr. Vander Veer’s math class have been discussing unit rates. Students learned how to calculate unit rates and use them to compare costs when buying things. The kids recently shopped online for two items of their choosing to determine which one was the better deal financially. The students really enjoyed this activity and were surprised at how much money they could save when they compared the unit rates of items at the store.
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Panther Success Graduate

Savanah Reece is the 4th graduate of the Panther Success program for the 2018-19 school year. Savanah plans to attend college next fall, and is currently saving money by working a job in home health care. The Panther family is extremely proud of Savanah’s accomplishment, and we wish her the best!

College and Career Planning

The junior class recently had a college and career planning seminar where they transformed a student without college and career goals into a Knoxville Panther with a solid college or career going plan including steps to take this year.

KHS Boys Basketball Apparel

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Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

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Community Partner Contributions

Katelynn Collins, a sophomore at KHS, will be playing the part of Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. This production will be presented by Union Street Players in Pella. Katelynn auditioned for this part in August and the troop has been practicing to put on a great show. Come see Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, and all their fishy friends in one of the eight performances from November 27- December 9th. Tickets may be purchased at the USP website at or by calling 641-204-1094.

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