PANTHER PRESS

March 14, 2019

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West Families: It looks like spring is finally here along with lots of melting snow and wet playgrounds. Please pack an extra set of clothes, including undies and socks, in your student's backpack so they have their own clothes to change into should they land on the soggy, wet or muddy ground. THANKS!


Healthy regards,

Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

Knoxville School Nurse

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Knoxville CSD Make-Up Days

In case you missed it: Here is our plan for make-up days as of 2.26.2019. All calendars have been updated on our website to reflect the schedule changes:


As a reminder, our 2019-2020 Academic Calendar is also posted to help you plan for next year.


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa @ the district office at 641-842-6551 opt. 1 or lisa.willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us.

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: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU3375/subscriber/new. Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process. If you need assistance, please contact: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us or 641-842-6551 opt 1.

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Staff Donation to Community Meals

New Covenant Church served over 1300 meals last month. Our donation will help them continue that cause. Thanks for being part of our caring community.

Kindergarten Welcomes Guest Readers

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Second Graders and FFA Pals

2nd Grade students sure enjoy their FFA Pals. We appreciate this partnership with Ms. Johnston and her high school students. The 2nd graders recently participated in various games and activities, to learn about cattle, created by the high school students.
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Ice Cream Math for Third Graders

Third grade students have been practicing their multiplication facts for the past few weeks. Students are motivated to learn their facts by passing a one minute timed test and coloring each fact's ice cream scoop. Third graders will get to enjoy their well deserved ice cream after the unit!

6th Grade Science

The solar car activity was slightly different this year in 6th Grade Science. We received a limited amount of solar cars from UNI, so this annual individual activity turned into a small group project. With texting being so popular, many students do not spend as much time talking face-to-face like in past years. This problem-creating and problem-solving activity has always been quite interesting.

If the pieces of the project go like the students would like them to go, there would be little challenge. Most of the groups had students who were speaking with each other, suggesting new things to try, and encouraging each other.

As always, the groups who have someone who likes to "take over and control" a project, were challenged to be being more of a "team" player.

Skills take time to develop and get better. Finally, several new "twists" were added to the project. First, the students learned how to read the voltage on a multi-meter. This skill was used when the solar panel was connected with the multi-meter, the students could actually "see" what was the best angle to place a solar panel to get the most energy from the sun. Since some days are cloudy, solar cars don't work very well. The students really took to the challenge to power their cars with battery power only.

It is TRULY AMAZING when the students come up with ideas and suggestions by themselves. When they don't receive an easy answer, they are forced to return to their groups to problem solve together.

From the beginning of the school year, these students have developed many positive and useful skills like trying to work and help each other, instead of just talking.

Here are some pictures showing the students using their "noggins" to problem solve.

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8th Grade Social Studies

8th grade social studies students are currently exploring the causes and consequences of western expansion. From the allure of gold in California to the horrors of the Donner Party being trapped in the Sierra Nevadas the 8th graders are researching the positives and negatives of Manifest Destiny. Western expansion shaped the U.S. many different ways and students are realizing just how different regions of the nation were impacted by this life changing event. Eventually, class focus will change towards how westward expansion impacted slavery and how it contributed to the Civil War.

Mock Trial

Congratulations to KHS Gold team for advancing to the Mock Trial State Tournament. They will compete April 4-6 in Des Moines.

Special shout out to the following for earning All-District Honors: Outstanding Attorney: Nyan Baker & Norah Pearson Outstanding Witness: Lane Franck
Earning Honorable Mention: Attorneys Cade McDonald, Tierney Heffron, ALexander Bull, Trent Walraven, and Ryan Grinstead. Witnesses: Johanna Leonard, Samara Staton, & Brandon Barkey

Senior Alert - Upcoming Scholarships

List of scholarships due in March in order of deadline:

If you have any questions about the scholarship process, or any other part of your journey, give us a call at 877-272-4692 or email ICAN@ICANsucceed.org.

Rec Center Spring Deadlines

Spring Soccer for 3-5 years and Kindergarten-First Grade deadline is Wednesday, April 3 @ 9:00pm. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays between April 23 and May 9 on the Recreation Center grounds.

Elementary PTO

To Purchase & Customize Your Yearbook

Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.

  1. Go to www.treering.com/validate

  2. Enter your school’s passcode: 1015064502971783

Regular Price: $18.00 Deadline: Apr 9

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The City of Knoxville will be hosting a free, 6-week leadership course that gives city residents an opportunity to learn more about their local government, encouraging individuals to be more informed and inspired to effectively become more involved in our community.

The Knoxville Leadership Academy is limited to 15 participants and applications are due by 12:00 pm Thursday – March 21, 2019.

Application forms are available on the city website http://www.knoxvilleia.gov or can be picked up at city hall. If you have questions or would like to obtain an application form, please contact Heather Ussery at 641-828-0550.

Marion County Public Health

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KCSD ADMIN. OFFICE

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