PANTHER PRESS

February 2021

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We are doing work to our Panther Press to make it a more readable and an enjoyable experience for you! We will be updating some of our information but school stories will be on hold for now. You can find all of our schools on Facebook to get daily updates.

The updated addition of the Panther Press will be sent out again starting at the end of February.

Snow Day Information

Thursday, February 4 marked our 4th snow day of the 2020/2021 school year. We still have one more snow day built in without having to make days up at the end of the year.

COVID Reporting

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Note that this week's reporting is based on a 4-day average due to our snow day on February 4.

Scholarship Opportunities

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Future Ready Iowa has grants, scholarship, and funds available for students pursuing a variety of careers. Click for more information.


DMACC Last Dollar Scholarships

Even students who typically receive no federal or state aid- the Last Dollar Scholarship program can pay their entire tuition. That’s right, regardless of their personal income situation, they could pay no tuition costs.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Students complete their FAFSA by July 1, 2021

  2. Students are accepted/enrolled in one of DMACC’s Eligible Programs

  3. Financial Aid calculates the student’s award and any remaining balance beyond the eligible aid is COVERED by the SCHOLARSHIP!

Click for more information

Upcoming Home Events

Upcoming Home Events

  • Sat, Feb. 6: V WR - Sectionals @Knoxville (High School), 12:00 PM

  • Mon, Feb. 8: 8/7 BBB v. Albia @Knoxville (Middle School), 4:15 PM

  • Mon, Feb. 8: V/JV1 GBB v. Martensdale-St. Mary’s @Knoxville (High School), 6:00 PM

  • Tue, Feb. 9: 8 BBB v. Pella @Knoxville (Middle School), 4:30 PM

  • Tue, Feb. 9: JV1/V BBB v. Martensdale-St. Mary’s @Knoxville (High School), 6:00 PM

  • Fri, Feb. 12: JV2/JV1/V BBB v. Pella @Knoxville (High School), 5:15 PM


Quick Hits!

  • Girls Basketball beat Albia on Tuesday to get to 9-2 in the conference, 12-4 overall!

  • Boys Basketball beat Grinnell on Monday - now 10-5 on the season!

  • Boys Bowling defeated Pella Christian last Saturday to improve to 8-3 this year!

The Postseason is almost here!

With the middle of January brings the upcoming postseason series for many of our teams. Upcoming postseason events:


  • Sat, Feb. 6: Wrestling Sectionals @Knoxville

  • Sat, Feb. 6: Boys Swimming Districts @Altoona

  • Fri, Feb. 12: FFA Subdistricts @Moulton

  • Sat, Feb. 13: Girls Basketball Regionals

  • Tue, Feb. 16: Girls/Boys Bowling State Qualifying Meet

  • Mon, Feb. 22: Boys Basketball Districts

  • Sat, Feb. 27: District Individual Speech Contest


Governor’s Proclamation

Governor Reynolds has issued a Proclamation that does not restrict how many spectators can attend extra-curricular events. After consultation with Marion County Public Health and a review of data, KCSD will not restrict the number of fans that can attend our home extra-curricular events.

A couple of requirements for fans wishing to attend our home events:

  • Masks are still required.

  • Groups of spectators must social distance.

  • If you do not feel well - stay home.

For those interested, there will still be a free live stream option to view our home high school events.


We will continue to monitor our data and make adjustments as needed to ensure the health and safety of our students, families, and community.


The Knoxville Store

In partnership with Ramaeker Enterprises Inc., we are excited to offer the Knoxville Store - the online apparel store for Knoxville Panther gear!

This link can be found on our school website: https://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/ and then click on the "Knoxville Store."


This store features apparel/gear with items from our new brand system with logo marks that have never been on the market! These are exclusive Knoxville Panther items you will only find here!


Some items on this store will stay from month to month - some items will change so that there are constantly new items to choose from for Panther fans!

Orders will be processed twice a month - on the 15th and at the end of the month and Ramaeker Enterprises will email you when your order is ready.


Activity Schedules

Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to www.knoxville.k12.ia.us and then clicking on "Activities 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

News from the Transportation Department

Winter Reminders

We would like to remind parents and students to be aware of slick spots when approaching, loading and unloading the bus. Take small steps and don’t run to the bus.

Here is the link for Hard Surface pickup stops and times if needed this winter. This can also be found on the District website under Transportation.


BUS SAFETY RULES

  1. Wait quietly for the bus, stay a safe distance from the road.

  2. Keep out of the Danger Zone, which is 10 feet all around the bus.

  3. Stay in your seat.

  4. Don’t put anything out the window.

  5. Keep your school bag and other belongings out of the aisle.

  6. Keep your mask on at all times.

  7. No food or drink on the bus.

  8. Respect the driver and other bus riders.

  9. Wait your turn to get on or off the bus.


Brenda Dunkin, Transportation Director & Bill Burkhart, Mechanic

Sign Up To Receive Alerts

Sign up and/or update your subscription to receive alerts regarding school cancellations/delay and/or activity changes, you will need to subscribe to this service through GovDelivery. You can choose to receive text messages, email messages, or both. Please don’t delay, sign up today: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU3375/subscriber/new

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Track Your Student's Meals

Did you know you can track your student(s) meal / A la Carte purchases from JMC? After logging into JMC click on the “lunch” button on the left hand side. This will pull up a screen with a top section and bottom section. The top section is an overview of all students on your account, showing you who has purchased Breakfast, Lunch or A la Carte. It will show the amount charged for each item, the date, and has a running total of your family account balance. The bottom section allows you to look up individual students. Next to “Lunch Students” click the drop down menu and choose which student you would like to review. This is a great way to see if your child is eating meals and helps you to stay informed of your account balance. If you have any questions please call or email Jason Swanson, 641-828-2094 | jason.swanson@kcsd.k12.ia.us

2020-21 KCSD Academic Calendar

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One Spring Session Offered Beginning Thursday, February 25th.

More information & registration forms can be found here.
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Free Winter Coats
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KCSD Admin. Office

The Panther Press is a weekly collective newsletter for parents & community members. If you have an article or flyer to share, please submit to knoxville@kcsd.k12.ia.us for consideration. We love to hear from you so please send us your submissions and feedback. The regular weekly deadline is Thursday at noon.

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Have you Downloaded the KCSD App?

The Knoxville Community School District launched its newly designed website and mobile app in June. The website provides a seamless user experience, allowing visitors to more quickly access important information and updates.

In addition, KCSD launched its first-ever mobile app, available for download on both iOS and Android devices. The app includes push notifications for alerts, news, events, schedule changes and more.

The app allows our families, students and community members to receive push notifications for news, events, schedule changes and more! Download it today!