PANTHER PRESS

April 12, 2019

SCC Academic Bowl


  • Congratulations to Olivia Maasdam for earning All-Conference honors at the 2019 SCC Academic Bowl April 5.
  • Other students who participated include Ben VandeKamp, Seth Walraven, Cael Hollinrake, Isabella Day-Suhr, Gracie Smith, Lanie Smith, and Claire Schneider.
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Senior Alert - Upcoming Scholarships

April scholarship deadlines:

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.

6th Grade TAG

6th Grade TAG students study oil spill clean up processes and learn more by designing their own devices. Using the spheros to maneuver their designs, they attempted to clean up an oil spill in class.
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7th Grade Core

Language Arts: In honor of April being National Poetry Month, 7th-grade Language Arts students have been learning about poetry, sound devices, and figurative language. T different elements of poetry we are learning about include: onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, rhythm, rhyme and repetition. Seventh graders have studied a variety of styles poems by many famous poets to learn these devices.


Science: In Science, we are beginning to work to understand the basic properties of electricity and how it flows. Ask your student how to light a bulb with wires and a battery! I bet they would love to challenge you to do the same. :) They have discovered that they may be even smarter than some MIT Grads! (See video link.) As we continue our work on this standard, students will learn more about factors that impact the strength of both electric and magnetic forces and will experiment to find several ways to lessen and strengthen those forces. Students are really enjoying this standard!


Link to MIT Grads video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ve23i5K334


Math: In 7th grade math, math we are currently transitioning in to Geometry. Students will be investigating many geometry terms and their relationships and also learning and using many formulas for area and volume. This is usually a nice change of pace for students this time of year.


Social Studies: In Social Studies we are learning about global problems associated with population and migration. We have focused on population so far to understand how birth rate and death rate affect a population. We will be doing an inquiry about population growth in Southeast Asia. Then we will look at migration and why people move from place to place.

Driver Education

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two summer sessions offered:

  • The 1st summer session will begin Monday, June 3rd and conclude on Saturday, June 15th. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).
  • The 2nd summer session will begin Monday, July 22nd and conclude on Saturday, August 3rd. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).

Registration forms are available HERE, in the high school office, or can be accessed from the website www.rumpsroadrules.com. Mr. Grimm & Ms. Bolton will be the instructors for this course.

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form and return the bottom portion to the high school or middle school office, or mail the registration form to the address listed on the form.

For those families who qualify for free or reduced tuition, please indicate that on the bottom of the registration form you turn it (write “free” or “reduced” on form). As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple ‘R’).

If you have any questions concerning the summer driver education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

Third Grade Math

North Star 3rd graders have been working hard learning their multiplication facts. Each class is or has been working on “Ice Cream Math” - which earns scoops of ice cream and toppings for passing multiplication fluency tests. Two classes have already had their ice cream party - and the other three classes will be celebrating soon.

Students Celebrate Great Behavior with MAGIC

Last week students at West Elementary celebrated their good behavior by enjoying a magic show by ABSOLUTELY JIM (Jim Austin). Students were delighted to see a magically appearing dove and rabbit, an appearance by Super Chicken and Chicken Nugget, and much more. Jim explained how following our PBIS behavior expectations; BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, and BE RESPONSIBLE, makes a difference in our lives and to those around us. Teachers with classrooms who had received class awards were revealed with a handkerchief trick. Students were fully entertained and learned important lessons about behavior!

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Important Information for Kindergarten Parents/Guardians

Dear Kindergarten Parents & Guardians,


*Kindergarten Roundup--May 2 (Current kindergarten students staying home for the day)

*Step Up Day--May 28 (Current kindergarten students step up to 1st grade for a portion of the day)


On May 2, we will be having Kindergarten Roundup for next year’s kindergarten class. In the past few years, Kindergarten Roundup and Step Up Day have been combined into one day. Our goal this year is to make sure our incoming kindergarten students have enough time to start to build a rapport and relationship with their kindergarten teacher, get a feel for the building, and experience what school feels like as a kindergartener. When these two events are combined, our incoming kindergarten students and teachers do not have enough time to accomplish our goals. Since we are separating the two events this year, our current kindergarten students will stay home on May 2. Below you will find some activities that your kindergarten student can do at home: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt and Science Activities involving Peeps. We realize it isn’t ideal for our current kindergarten students to have a day away from school. However, we feel this is necessary to get our future kindergarten students off to a great start.


  • Kinderprep students will attend Kindergarten Roundup on May 2.
  • On May 28, we will be having Step Up Day for current Kindergarten through 5th grade. Your kindergarten student will participate and will step up to 1st grade for a portion of their day.


Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


Ryan Klein

West Elementary Principal

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The school year is quickly winding down and it’s time to share some timely reminders for fall.


Pre-School Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Pre-School student in the fall of 2019? Here are the forms required for preschoolers;

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Kindergarten Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Kindergarten student in the fall of 2019? What an exciting and busy time. Just a friendly reminder of all the paperwork required before school starts in the fall:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines

  3. Kindergarten Physical

  4. Dental exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  5. Vision exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  1. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  2. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Attention fall 7th GRADERS and fall SENIORS!!

There are immunization requirements for Fall 2019. There is no grace period so:

Up-to-date vaccine records must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school!


7th grade: in addition to the Tdap requirement already in place for 7th graders, the NEW requirement is for 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and grade 7 if born after September 15, 2004.


12th grade: Requirement is for TWO doses of Meningococcal vaccine for those entering 12th grade if born after September 15, 1999 OR 1 dose if received when the student is 16 years of age or older.

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.

2019-2020 Knoxville CSD Calendar

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Bravo Concert Series Featuring the Colorado Children’s Chorale

The Bravo Concert Series will be welcoming the Colorado Children’s Choral to Knoxville’s Performing Arts Center as their last event for the 2018-19 season on Thursday, April 25 at 7PM. While here, the Chorale is doing a workshop for elementary students during the day followed by on a short performance at each of the buildings (west and north) for everyone in the building. At the evening performance, a number of Knoxville elementary students will join the Chorale on stage.

Since 1974 the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully-staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit. In recognition of its artistic excellence, the Chorale was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the prestigious El Pomar Award for Excellence in Arts and Humanities.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Deborah DeSantis and Executive Director Meg Steitz, the Colorado Children’s Chorale annually trains 400 members between the ages of 7 and14 from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, representing more than 180 schools in the Denver metro area and beyond. Since its founding in 1974, the Chorale has sung countless performances with some of the world’s finest performing arts organizations, appeared with world-renowned artists, performed for numerous dignitaries and appeared in television and radio broadcasts.

The Performance Program includes a series of self-produced concerts, numerous performances with other Colorado arts organizations and touring around the world. The Chorale presents annual performances of Christmas with the Children’s Chorale and Spring with the Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Classical Afternoon at Montview Presbyterian Church or Classical Evening at Saint John’s Cathedral, plus Performing Small Miracles and Spring Fling Sing! which are presented in venues across the metro area.

In addition to the Performance Program, the Chorale offers an extensive mission-supporting Education Program. School Partnerships provide weekly choral music and performance training in targeted schools, offering instruction to students and support for teachers with professional conductors, accompanists, choreographers and other resources as needed. School concerts and workshops serve elementary and middle school students, giving school children the opportunity to experience a professional concert by their peers. Community Choirs, including the dual-language Aplausos de Colorado Children’s Chorale, NE Denver JAMS and SunRISE, provide children the opportunity to rehearse and perform in their own community with no audition necessary. The Chorale Education Program was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and received an Education Outreach Award from Chorus America.

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Spring into Parks Event Builds Panther Park

Knoxville, Iowa-Thrive Knoxville in partnership with The Well presents Spring into Parks 2019. Spring into Parks will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 1-5 PM. The goal of this year’s event is to build-out Panther Park at 309 West Main St. in Knoxville with funding from the Knoxville Wellness Coalition. Panther Park will include raised garden beds, handicap accessible picnic tables, a fire pit and a restored basketball court.

“We look forward to creating a space that promotes community and wellness,” said Cassi Pearson, Superintended of the Knoxville Community School District. “We hope people will utilize Panther Park as a picnic spot and see it as a place to bring their children to play, said Pearson.

Volunteer jobs may include raking leaves, trash pick-up, park repairs, assembly of park furniture, picnic tables, planting trees and other valuable community service projects. There are 2 and 4-hour slots available. Duties will be assigned the day of the event. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d45a8af22a3f85-2019. More information can be found on the Spring into Parks Facebook page.

Thrive Knoxville acts as an incubator to kick-start community engagement and facilitate community service projects to continue to strengthen the Knoxville community. The goal is to pass on the projects long-term to other organizations in the community, so Thrive can keep on creating. The Well will combine their annual Transform volunteer event, where volunteers work on community betterment projects throughout the week, with Spring into Parks moving forward.

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Little Panther Relays: May 25

The Knoxville Wellness Committee will sponsor a youth track and field meet on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. We are inviting kids from throughout Iowa to compete in five different age groups. Age groups (as of May 25th, 2019), information and entry form are as follows.
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Marion County Public Health

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