November 8, 2019

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Please click the following link to apply for any of the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers (two regular route positions)
  • Associate (West Elementary)
  • Substitutes (Teachers, Associates, Child Nutrition, Bus Drivers, Custodians)
  • HS Boys Tennis Coach
  • MS Softball Asst. Coach
Questions? Contact: Lisa at 641-842-6551, opt. 1 or email:

Become a Substitute Teacher

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!

Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

Knoxville Schools utilizes GovDelivery to communicate weather cancellations, delays and/or changes to district activities. We recommend all parents/guardians sign up to receive email and/or text notifications. Anyone is welcome to subscribe, including community members interested in schedule changes for activities purposes.

If you signed up in the past for this service, you do not need to sign up again but you will want to adjust notifications if your child changed to a different school building this year.

Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process.

If you need assistance, please contact: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.usor 641-842-6551 opt 1.

KCSD Food Pantry

A friendly reminder that our school has a food pantry open to ALL students and families in our district!

The food pantry is located at the high school and the schedule is noted on the flier to the right. Angela Nelson and I can also help families with the pantry during other times; we have also shopped for families and taken the food to the kids at different buildings.

Please let me know if you have any questions or have students you know are in need.

Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

Knoxville School Nurse

West Elementary: 641-842-2185

Northstar Elementary: 641-842-6527

Knoxville Middle School: 641-842-3315

Knoxville High School: 641-842-2173

Cell: 641-891-6016

Activities Minute

Upcoming home events -

* Mon, Nov. 11: 7/8 GBB v. PCM - 430 PM

* Thu, Nov. 14: 8 GBB v. Newton - 430 PM

Knoxville students at STATE!!

Congratulations to these Knoxville High School students for their performances at recent STATE competitions!

  • Norah Pearson: 5th place at the Class 3A State Cross Country meet

  • Raeghan Breazeale: 5th place at the State Dance Solo Competition

  • Lane Franck: 6th place at the State Dance Solo Competition

  • Harper Chambers: Division 1 rating at the State Dance Solo Competition

  • Hayden Hudson: Division 1 rating at the State Dance Solo Competition

Upcoming State Competitions!

Good luck to these Knoxville High School students participating in upcoming State competitions:

  • Jorja Culver and Kinsli Cram at the Girls State Swimming Meet! Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at Marshalltown

  • Braden VanderHart at the All-State Vocal Festival! Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at Ames

  • Special Olympics at the State Bowling Meet! Saturday, November 23 at Des Moines

  • Dance Team at the State Dance Championships! They perform at 941 AM and 538 PM on Thursday, December 5 and at 905 AM on Friday, December 6 - all at Wells Fargo Arena/Hyvee Hall in Des Moines

Winter Sports are upon us!

Middle school girls basketball and middle school wrestling have started and all other middle school and high school winter sports are starting in the near future. Here (preseason information) is sport-specific information for all middle school and high school winter sports - including coaches’ names, 1st practice dates, and coaches’ email addresses.

Any student that wishes to participate in school-sponsored sports in grades 7 through 12 needs a concussion form and a physical form signed by a medical professional. The concussion form was part of school registration in August so when parents registered their child - they took care of the concussion form. A blank physical form can be found here (physical form).

Varsity Basketball at The Well!

Our Varsity girls and boys basketball teams will again play regular season games at Wells Fargo Arena this season! We will play Newton on Saturday, January 4, 2020 - girls at 200 PM, boys at 330 PM. Purchasing a ticket gets one into our games and also the Iowa Wolves game that evening. Tickets can be purchased HERE!


  • All home events in the Knoxville High School gym and all school concerts in KPAC will be streamed LIVE on the NFHS Network! Go to for more details!
  • Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to and then clicking on "Activity 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

VanderHart Selected for All-State Chorus

Braden VanderHart is a senior at Knoxville High School. He has attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2019 All-State Chorus. Braden is the song of Doug and Patti VanderHart.

The 2019 Festival will celebrate the 73 rd anniversary of this prestigious event. District Auditions for the 279 piece All-State Band, 227-piece All-State Orchestra and 601 member All-State Chorus were held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Le Mars, Hampton, Independence, Atlantic, Indianola and Washington. Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles. Participants will rehearse in Ames on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, and the Festival Concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 pm in Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, Ames, on Saturday evening November 23,2019. Iowa Public Television will record the concert for re-broadcast. Please check the IPTV website for the exact dates and times. This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.

KMS Mock Trial Results

Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade Mock Trial teams on great performances at the Regional Mock Trial competition on October 31.

The 8th grade team took 2nd place and advances to the state competition November 19-21.

Earning Honorable Mention as attorneys were Ciara Heffron, Charlye Willis, Elliott King & Hannah Dunkin and as witness: Ella Rankin. Earning Outstanding Attorney was Rylan Robinson and Outstanding Witnesses Charlye Willis, Faith Roozeboom, Christian Braida and Janie Maadam. Shout out to Treven Stanley who earned both Outstanding Attorney & Outstanding Witness, a rare accomplishment!

Ready to File the FAFSA? What You’ll Need!

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DMACC Career Discovery Days

DMACC Career Discovery Days are open to 9th–12th grade students, educators and parents. Explore career pathways through hands-on activity sessions, learn about educational opportunities by hearing from DMACC instructors, and connect to future careers and professionals by touring related businesses. Click here for more information as well as see the schedule is below.

8th grade Social Studies students are currently working in groups developing lessons they will teach to class. The lessons are focusing on the transition from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution. Students will develop four separate lessons demonstrating this transition and record the lessons on their iPad to present to class.


Northstar PBIS Monthly Assemblies

Mr. Keitges meets with each grade level monthly to review our three building expectations: Be respectful. Be responsible. Be safe. He also discusses our monthly building goal and positive behaviors that will help the students reach the goal. If the grade level earns the monthly goal, then they get a special reward.

November’s Grade-Level Goal

Northstar students will be respectful to their classmates and teachers in the classroom for 12 school days in November (out of 16 total school days).

2nd graders enjoyed dressing up last week for Halloween!

KACT's Mary Poppins: Nov. 14-17

KACT's fall show, Mary Poppins, will be here before we know it! Show dates are Nov. 14-17 at KPAC.

We have 15 Knoxville students in the cast and they're excited to show the community what they've been working on since August. They're all great kids and they have a lot to be proud of!

Carol Adkins, KACT Secretary

Marion County Public Health News

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Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Neighbor helping Neighbor is every Monday - Wed 1-3pm. It is located at the First United Methodist Church activities center downtown. They have vouchers for food, personal care items, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and diapers at times.

End of the Month Meals Begin Nov. 18

Hello, everyone! It’s that time of year again. The End of the Month Meal program will be starting up November 18th - 22nd.

For those of you who haven’t heard of our program here’s a little bit of it’s history...

The End of the Month Meal program or E.O.M.M. was started in 2002 by Lillie Brandon of Knoxville, Iowa. God laid the need of the program on Lillie’s heart. There are a lot of elderly people on fixed incomes in our community that tend to have more month than money, especially during the colder months of November- March. So Lillie began the program with elderly people on fixed incomes as her core target. The program is community based and run by volunteers. It is a not-for-profit organization and can only continue as long as generous people are willing to donate their money, time, can food items, or grocery gift cards. Any of these donations may be dropped off at New Covenant Church at 1510 West Madison Knoxville, Iowa. If you send a check please make it out to New Covenant Church and put “E.O.M.M. program” in the memo section.

My name is Shiloh Schrader and I took over the coordinating position from Lillie in 2015. Lillie still takes care of all things financial for us though, thankfully.

We have expanded our core target since 2002 to include not only the elderly, but anyone who finds themselves down on their luck and in need of a meal. Last season we served a total of 6,564 meals to people. Our season runs from November through March. November and December begin the week before the holiday and January through March are the last full week of the month. We send out our deliveries from New Covenant Church 1510 West Madison. If people would like to have their meals delivered to them please call the church office at 641-842-3176 preferably the week before we start serving meals so that we can have an idea of how much food we need to prepare. The only information we need to have is your name, address, a phone number where we can reach you, and the number of meals you would like to have.

If you prefer to dine out you are more than welcome to go to the Jenkins Center on Main street. We provide the casserole and vegetable or salad, whichever is on the meal plan and the people from Living Word Fellowship provides the dessert, coffee, and excellent service. No questions asked.

Our meals usually consist of a casserole for the entrée, a dinner roll, a hot vegetable, or a cold “salad” (these are flip-flopped each meal) , and a dessert. I also like to have a sandwich meal at least twice during the season. This would consist of a Manwich burger, scalloped corn, cole slaw, and a dessert. Our meals are “comfort food” and are good sized portions because nobody should go hungry.

These are the dates for the 2019-2020 season:

  • November: 18th-22nd
  • December: 16th-20th
  • January: 20th-24th
  • February: 17th-21st
  • March: 23rd-27th

If anyone has questions or would like to have someone talk about our program please E-mail


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