PANTHER PRESS

MARCH 7, 2018

Sign up early to get the session that best fits your schedule. *Morning classes are 8:15 to 11:00, Tues.-Fri. *Afternoon classes are 12:00-2:45, Tues.-Fri.

To register, complete these forms and return to Sue at the West Elementary Office.

A parent meeting for incoming preschool students is set for April 24 at 5:30pm & a parent meeting for 2018-2019 kindergarten students will be held at on April 26 at 5:30pm, both at West Elementary.

Questions? Please contact Sue at 641-842-2185 opt. 1

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Reminder for Upcoming Online Registration for the 2018-19 School Year

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 please them know right away if in need of login information.


JMC is a great source of information to stay up-to-date with your child's academics throughout the school year. Parents can utilize JMC year-round to:

  • check progress reports of each child in their 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

    Sincerely,

    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)

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    Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

    The KCSD Wellness Team will be hosting a special screening of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" at KPAC on March 19. This is a FREE event THANKS to our friends at Iowa State Savings Bank!

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    FFA Lead Meals From the Heartland a Success!

    On March 1st the Knoxville FFA and the remainder of the high school student body had the opportunity to package 50,142 meals for Meals From the Heartland. The Knoxville FFA has been a part of packaging meals for the Meals From the Heartland organization through attending State FFA Convention, and the officer team decided they wanted to bring this opportunity to all of the high school students.

    The event started with an all school assembly where we recognized our businesses and organizations that donated to help us put on this event and learned about the purpose of Meals From the Heartland. The Knoxville FFA would like to give a huge thank you to Iowa State Savings Bank, Knoxville Church of the Nazarene Youth Group, Marion County Friends of 4-H & Youth Foundation, McKay Insurance, Motor Inn, and Shinn Construction for their donations. We would also like to thank Casey’s, Lucky Buffet, Pizza Hut, and Wal-Mart for donating items for the raffle we held for students that promoted the event on social media!

    As a teacher of the Knoxville Community School district, it warms my heart to see so many students, staff, and community members come together to help combat hunger across the world. We hope to continue having this event at the high school in the future.

    Ms. Johnston

    State Speech Qualifiers

    Several Knoxville High School students have qualified to participate in the state individual speech contest this coming Saturday, March 10th, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. In order to qualify for the state contest, students had to qualify from the district contest that was held on February 24th in Marshalltown. Pictured from left to right are: Nyan Baker, Asa Leonard, David Baluch, Alaina Gerdes, Taylor Wyss, and Tierney Heffron. Not pictured but also qualifying for the state contest are Bree Burton and Katie Collins.

    Congratulations to these students on an outstanding achievement and best of luck at the state contest this weekend!

    6th Grade Language Arts

    The 6th grade Panthers have been working hard in Language Arts. We’ve been discussing topic and theme.

    In the story “The Dog of Pompeii”, students were able to travel back in time to Pompeii, Italy and read about Tito and his trusty dog, Bimbo. Tito is poor and cannot see, so he relies on Bimbo to take care of him. Students discussed topic of friendship and how it applied to the theme of the story.

    The 6th graders took a trip to modern day Pompeii to view the ruins of the city that was destroyed by the volcano, Mt. Vesuvius, using our 3D virtual reality headsets. The students had a great time visiting the forum of Pompeii and viewing volcanoes from around the world. We were so close to the volcanoes, we could almost feel the heat! They also worked on their collaboration skills by teaming up to find the theme/main idea of short nonfiction passages about Pompeii to present to their peers. The students are looking forward to our next adventure: poetry!

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    8th Grade Choir

    On Monday, Feb. 26, KMS 8th grade choir students traveled to Davis County high school (Bloomfield, IA) to participate in the SCC Vocal Festival. This middle school/Jr. high festival was reinstated as an SCC event four years ago, and each school takes its turn hosting the festival. All seven area South Central Conference middle schools and junior highs participated. Beginning after winter break, KMS 8th grade students worked on festival music in class. At the festival students participated in large group and sectional rehearsals. Each school showcased one musical performance, and then all seven schools performed four pieces as a mass choir. The day was organized and led by Fairfield High School director, Zach Reiter (who also chose the large-group choir music), with assistance from the Davis County vocal director, Lyle Stirling. All other directors aided by leading sectionals, playing instruments and singing with students. KMS students Claire Schneider and Abby Wadle were selected to sing with a small group of soloists, which consisted of students from each school.

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    ELEMENTARY NEWS

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    NEWS FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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    Knoxville Elementary Yearbook

    This year, Knoxville Elementary PTO is putting together and selling a TreeRing yearbook! Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:
    • Custom Yearbooks: Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos.
    • Green Yearbooks: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and prints on recycled paper.
    • Beautiful Yearbooks: All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available

    The cost of your personalized yearbook is $18 and the money spent will assist PTO in funding field trips and other items for your children. The final sale date is April 15th and you can customize 2 pages for FREE. If you customize, you’ll receive a standard yearbook and the cost is the same.

    YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR Northstar & West Elementary YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE. Buy one for per child or for your elementary kids to share.


    Thanks,
    Sarah Adams, Knoxville Elementary PTO

    knoxvilleyearbookelem@gmail.com

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    2018-2019 Academic Calendar

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

    KCSD Administrative Office

    The Panther Press is a weekly collective newsletter for parents and community members. Do you have an article or flier to share? Please submit to Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us for consideration.
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