October 9, 2020

Oct. 12: No School

Oct. 28 & 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences & 2 Hr. Early Dismissals

Oct. 30: No School

Panther Families~

The weather has been beautiful, and our community has been busy! THANK YOU to everyone who participated and supported the Knoxville Cancer Relay Team! These efforts are so appreciated and necessary--we are grateful you are willing to make a difference and provide hope for several of our school families that are battling cancer at this moment. Cancer is a horrible disease that touches too many lives. KCSD is proud of our community for taking on this challenge!

Monday we celebrated World Teacher Day and want to give a shoutout to all of our AWESOME Panther Educators! Our teachers have a heart for kids and take our district goals very seriously--be a leader in 21st century learning and be a caring community! Our students are so lucky to have you, and we are excited to watch them grow under your classroom leadership.

Remember there is no school Monday due to professional development. Look for information on our new school picture dates and on upcoming parent-teacher conferences in future editions of the Panther Press.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the warm weather!

Cassi Pearson


Knoxville Community School District

309 W Main Street, Knoxville, IA 50138

o: (641) 842-6551


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Stay Home If You’re Sick. Wash Hands. Wear a Face Covering. Stay 6 Feet Apart.

Let’s review: Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands. Wear a face covering. And the final reminders: Stay 6 feet apart and practice social distancing. Anybody else carrying around a tape measure or using the app on your phone to see what 6 feet looks like? Some ways to estimate: put your arm out, have the other person put their arm out and fingertips should not touch. When I can, I have doorway conversations. When the door needs to be closed for confidentiality, I stay back from my co-workers to make sure we’re at least 6 feet away from each other. Social distancing is another key to stopping the spread of germs. Take care of yourself and your family.

Angie Mitchell, RN, School Nurse

Landforms You Can Eat!

Second graders have been learning about landforms. On Friday, we made edible landform cookies to review what we had learned. Thank you to Hy-Vee for helping us with the cookies and frosting.

KFD Zooms in for Fire Prevention Week

Our Knoxville Fire Department Zoomed in with each grade level (PK-2) on Tuesday to talk to our students about Fire Prevention since this is Fire Prevention Week. We are glad we were still able to partner with them virtually! Our students loved seeing and learning from the Knoxville Firefighters via Zoom.


3rd graders are enjoying our brand new panther masks!

Thanks to all our great community partners for providing these!

We appreciate you!

KMS Yearbooks

Did you know that we ordered more 2019-2020 yearbooks?!? Well we did, and we still have 15 extra copies! If you are interested, please bring $30 to the middle school, where Mrs. Miller can help you buy one!

This is also the perfect time to order your 2020-2021 yearbook! My 1st Quarter students have been working extremely diligently to create a stylish and interesting yearbook, so don’t miss out! If you would like to order, please follow the link below.

Note: there is a sale going on for a limited amount of time where you can get free icons with the purchase of a personalized yearbook. Don’t miss out!

What's Happening at KMS

Keep track of what's happening at KMS by reading our daily announcements:
  • Panther PBIS Focus
  • Meeting information for athletics organizations
  • birthday announcements
  • activities schedule
and other up-to-date important information.

Panther Success Program

With about 70% of the Panther Success students opting to work virtually, our year has been a bit different. The students must Zoom with Mrs. Hudson at 8:00 A.M. or at 12:00 P.M. daily. At this time the class can ask questions and set daily goals. In addition, students take tests while from home by setting up times with Mrs. Hudson. Anytime they have questions they can email or use the Google Hangout option in email to make contact. The use of technology has been integral in the student’s completion of classes. Furthermore, there are still students who are attending in person. The classroom is a mix of balancing online and in person learners, but has been a challenge that is great to have. Thus far virtual and in-person Panther Success students have completed a total of 14 classes, and at least two students are on track to graduate before winter break. It has been a great start to a very unconventional school year!


* Mon, Oct. 12: 8 VB v. Newton, 430 PM

* Tue, Oct. 13: 7 VB v. Oskaloosa, 430 PM

* Tue, Oct. 13: 7 FB v. Oskaloosa, 430 PM

* Tue, Oct. 13: JV2/JV1/V VB v. Centerville, 530 PM

* Sat, Oct. 17: V VB - Knoxville Invitational, 830 AM


  • Our Volleyball team is having an awesome season!

    • Currently ranked #15 in Class 3A

    • 17-3 overall, 5-0 in the conference!

    • They have won 12 conference matches in a row at home

    • They have won 25 conference matches in a row overall

  • The fall season is winding down and postseason competition is just around the corner! Best of luck to our students performing in these upcoming postseason contests:

    • Varsity Football: State 1st round on Fri, Oct. 16 (opponent and location to be determined)

    • Varsity Volleyball: Regional Quarterfinal on Mon, Oct. 19 (opponent and location to be determined)

    • Varsity Girls & Boys cross country: State Qualifying Meet on Wed, Oct. 21 (location to be determined)

    • Band & Choir: All-State Auditions on Sat, Oct. 24

    • Varsity Girls Swimming: Regional Meet on Sat, Nov. 7 (location to be determined)

    • Dance Team: State Championships on Nov. 17-19 in Des Moines

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: 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.

Some new items were unveiled on October 1!

NFHS Network

There were some malicious links posted on school Facebook pages over the last month advertising livestream events that were not actually valid. For events in our high school gym, we will stream on the NFHS Network ( and then search for Knoxville. This is a subscription-based service, but it is legitimate.

When our team is on the road and the host school offers a livestream - we will post that link on Facebook with the host school spectator guidelines that have been sent to us - this will ensure to our viewing public the post/link is authentic.

We will also stream all concerts in KPAC on there as well.


Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to 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

The Iowa College Aid site is an amazing resource. Visit this site for information on scholarships and grants to loan repayments to FASFA help and so much more! Be sure to bookmark this page and check it often for the most up-to-date information.

Driver Education Info.

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. The fall classroom sessions will be held Oct. 21-Nov. 6 online via Zoom. For more information and to register, click here.

What's Happening at KHS

Keep track of what's happening at KHS by reading our daily announcements:
  • A Day or B Day
  • Weekly Panther Pride Focal Point
  • Meeting information for clubs and organizations
  • activities schedule
and other up-to-date important information.

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:

2020-21 KCSD Academic Calendar

Virtual Learning Contacts

For families utilizing virtual learning, please direct any questions you may have to the contact listed below at your student's school building.

West: Mr. Klein

Northstar: Mr. Keitges

KMS: Mr. Keefer

KHS: Mr. Wilkins or Mr. Sandy

Substitute Authorization Course Information

If you hold a bachelor's degree, obtaining a substitute authorization is easy. Sign up to become a sub today through the Heartland Area Education Agency!

Register now for a remote learning course to obtain your substitute authorization! Learn more at at or see a class scheduled here.

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