PANTHER PRESS

April 2021

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Gordon’s Coffee Connection Returns to Northstar Elementary

For the first time during the 2020-2021 school year, the student’s in Mrs. A. Gullion’s room were able to serve the Northstar staff coffee, juice, and other goodies. Read more.
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On Monday, March 29 the Knoxville School Board voted unanimously to move to tier 3 of the Facility Use By Non-District Groups plan.

This includes:
  • Events with spectators allowed

  • Face coverings are required indoors except for coaches and athletes if an athletic event*

  • Concessions allowed

  • No restrictions on capacity

  • *Masks optional at outdoor facilities


School related events update:

  • Masks optional for outdoor events

Upcoming Home Events

  • Mon, May 3: V G GF v. PCM & Saydel @Knoxville (Pine Knolls Golf Course), 400 PM

  • Mon, May 3: V G SC v. Pella Christian @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 530 PM

  • Thu, May 6: JV/V G TN v. Chariton @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 415 PM

  • Mon, May 10: V B TN - Conference Meet @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 900 AM

  • Mon, May 10: V G/B SC v. Clarke @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 500 PM

  • Tue, May 11: V G TN - Conference Meet @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 900 AM

  • Tue, May 11: MS BD - Solo/Ensemble Contest @Knoxville (Middle School), 500 PM

  • Wed, May 12: V B TN - Districts @Knoxville (Joel Tonda Tennis Complex), 800 AM

  • Thu, May 13: SC Meet @Knoxville (Sportman’s), 330 PM

  • Thu, May 13: MS CH Concert @Knoxville (KPAC), 700 PM

  • Fri, May 14: V B GF - Sectionals @Knoxville (Pine Knolls Golf Course), 1000 AM

  • Fri, May 14: V G GF v. Pleasantville & Carlisle @Knoxville (Pine Knolls Golf Course), 400 PM

  • Fri, May 14: 6th Grade Fun Night @Knoxville (Middle School), 330 PM

  • Fri, May 14: 7th/8th Grade Fun Night @Knoxville (Middle School), 530 PM

  • Fri, May 14: JV/V B SC v. Pella @Knoxville (Ken Locke Stadium), 530 PM


Some quick hits of April Highlights!

  • The following KHS Band students received a Division 1 rating at State Solo/Small Group Contest:

    • Clarinet Duet - Angelina DeSocio and Alexa Jerkins

    • Clarinet Solo - Angelina DeSocio

    • Flute Solo - Jayce Hughes (Perfect Score!)

    • Piccolo Solo - Jayce Hughes (Perfect Score!)

    • Saxophone Duet - Brianna Norman and Lily Yocum

    • Trombone Solo - Alexia Davis

    • Woodwind Duet - Olivia Maasdam and Norah Pearson

  • The following KHS Choir student received a Division 1 rating at State Solo/Small Group Contest:

    • Mason Hatch

    • Katie Collins and was also selected "Best of Center".

  • Jim Uitermarkt was selected as the winner of this year’s Champion Award - a prestigious national honor from the Coaches v. Cancer program.

  • Knoxville was also the National Champion this year for the most money raised for Coaches v. Cancer events by a school

  • We had 8 students - Ashley Kearney, Morgan McKay, Kaden McGill, Josie Brooks, Samara Staton, Shaylyn Black, Cassie Brooks, and Bailey Finken compete at the State FFA convention

  • Kieren Nichols qualified for the Drake Relays in the 400 meter dash

  • A safe, ultra-successful Prom occurred on April 17


What’s ahead in May!


  • We have entered the most important month for our spring activity groups as postseason competition is ahead. Good luck to these students in these upcoming State-sponsored activities:

    • HS Band & Choir - State Large Group Contest @Winterset on Friday, May 7

    • Varsity Boys Tennis - Districts @Knoxville on Wednesday, May 13

    • Special Olympics - West Central Skills Competition @Indianola on Thursday, May 13

    • Varsity Girls & Boys Track - State Qualifying Meet @Pella on Thursday, May 13

    • Varsity Boys Golf - Sectionals @Knoxville on Friday, May 14

    • Varsity Girls Tennis - Team Regionals @TBA on Saturday, May 15

    • Varsity Girls Tennis - Singles/Doubles Regionals @TBA on Wednesday, May 19

    • Varsity Boys Soccer - Substate Quarterfinal @TBA on Thursday, May 20

    • Varsity Girls Golf - Regionals @TBA on Monday, May 24

    • Varsity Girls Soccer - Regional Quarterfinal @TBA on Wednesday, May 26

KCSD Quick Links

New Option for Classroom Catering

The KCSD Child Nutrition Department is happy to announce a new option for classroom catering - Mini Cupcakes + Juice Box combo!

Did you know that you can order classroom treats through our kitchen? No hassle for parents & guardians, just as delicious for students!

More info: https://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/departments/nutrition/index

Digital Backpack

School Supply Bash
First United Methodist Church is sponsoring school supplies for families in Knoxville. More information


Iowa Rush Soccer
Fall registration. More information


Climbing the Ed Ladder Summer Tutoring
Serving students grades PK+. More information


Knoxville Community School District Food Pantry

Open to all KCSD students & their families on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month - Saturday, March 6 & 20.

More information


Freedom For Youth Fun Walk

Support a good cause while having a good time. Join us at this fun event for youth, families, and friends. Get outdoors, enjoy a nice walk around Marion County Park, and participate in a variety of fun and engaging stations all along the way - Saturday, May 8. More information
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The Board and the District require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.


Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the Coordinator for District Equity, Title IX, and Affirmative Action, Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school District Equity Coordinator who is also the Title IX Coordinator. Employees who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the Affirmative Action Coordinator. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinators are Ryan Klein, elementary and Brian McNeill, secondary . Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact Ryan at (641)842-2185 or ryan.klein@kcsd.k12.ia.us or Brian at (641)842-3315 or brian.mcneill@kcsd.k12.ia.us. These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800)457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (312)730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (800)669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.