PANTHER PRESS

2/15/2019 Edition

Mrs. Pogue and Mrs. Trevillyan's Preschool Classes

We have been enjoying the amazing sensory path that the Knoxville Elementary PTO has funded in West Elementary. With all the cold weather we have not been able to go outside and this provides a creative and educational opportunity for our kids to learn and move at the same time. We are so grateful to have this in our building.

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100 Days in Kindergarten

Kindergarten celebrated 100 Days of School last week! It was so much fun! We made hats with 100 things on them, counted by 10’s and 1’s to 100, did 100 exercises, ate a “100” snack, made necklaces with 100 beads, tried stacking 100 cups, saw what it would look like to be 100 years old, and thought about what we would buy with $100! We even compared Kindergarteners now to Kindergarteners in 100 yearsJ.

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Caring First Graders

First Graders worked hard at making a variety of Valentine cards to share with their friends at Homestead. We love being part of a caring community.
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Second Grade Visitors

We have had many exciting visitors in second grade: Miss Mary Strawberry (who shared roasted garbanzo beans and hummus on a whole grain tortilla), Dexter the dog, Officer Keller, and Emily VanGent from Many Hands for Haiti. Students also worked in teams to brainstorm ways that we can help others.

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8th Grade Math

The 8th grade math classes are creating dilation cartoons this week. The students will be taking 4 inch cartoon pictures and recreating them as 4-7 foot cartoons. Each student will be working with a scale factor and testing their measuring skills. The kids will be documenting their progress on iPads, to share with the community at the end of the project. Follow the KMS facebook and twitter accounts to see their amazing final projects.



February is Local Scholarship Application Month

Paper copies of KHS's annual local scholarships are available in the school counseling office during February. Most all applications are due back to the counseling secretary by March 1.


The KPSF (Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation) application is the scholarship which every student who has applied in the past has received. This scholarship is also available in the school counseling office. Become familiar with the organization's website at www.kpsfoundation.org. The KPSF scholarship is renewable during the four years of college after high school. The website is where you will access annual scholarships after high school.


Below are additional scholarships from ICAN’s Website at www.icansucceed.org:

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KHS Presents: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Online Ticket Sales are now live for the upcoming KHS Spring Musical Little Shop of Horrors!

The cast and crew is made up of 8th thru 12th grade KCSD students and will have a live band directed by Mr. Ben McCartney.


  • Tickets are $8 and every penny goes directly into helping the Drama Department continue to produce productions for KCSD!
  • Performances are March 1st 7pm, March 2nd 7pm and March 3rd 2pm at Knoxville Performing Arts Center.


Please use the link below to reserve your tickets TODAY! https://knoxvillehs.seatyourself.biz

Box Office Hours are Saturdays:

  • Feb 16 9am-noon
  • Feb 23 9am-noon


Please direct any questions to knoxvillehsdrama@gmail.com and please follow us for fun pictures and updates on

Twitter @KnoxHSDrama

Knoxville Spring Musical on Facebook

Knoxvillehsdrama on Instagram

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Spring Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be one spring session offered at Knoxville High School beginning on Monday, February 25th. 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. Classes will run for three hours each day class is offered and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Class 1 Mon. Feb. 25 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 2 Tues. Feb. 26 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 3 Wed. Feb. 27 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 4 Thurs. Feb. 28 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 5 Fri. March 1 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 6 Sat. March 2 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 7 Mon. March 4 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 8 Tues. March 5 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 9 Wed. March 6 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 10 Thurs. March 7 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 11 Fri. March 8 3:30-6:30pm

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 drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

Choose Knoxville

Open Enrollment applications: if you do not live in the Knoxville district, you can still choose Knoxville for your child's education.

Deadlines for filing for open enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • March 1, 2019 for 1st—12th grade
  • September 1, 2019 for Kindergarten

Please call Lisa at the District Office for additional questions @ 641-842-6551, opt.1.

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Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

In order to receive notifications regarding weather cancellations and/or delays or changes to district activities, please subscribe to the GovDelivery service. Signing up is easy at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/IAEDU3375/subscriber/new. Screenshots are pictured below of the subscription process. If you need assistance, please contact: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us or 641-842-6551 opt 1.

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Please click this link to apply for any of the following positions.


Current Vacancies:

  • Middle School Softball, Assistant Coach*
  • ️Middle School Baseball, Assistant Coach*
  • FT Associates (one full time position at each school building)
  • Child Nutrition Substitutes
  • Bus Driver Substitutes
  • Teacher Substitutes
  • Associate Substitutes


2019-2020 Vacancies

  • 8th Grade Volleyball, Asst. Coach*
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball, Head Coach*
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball, Asst. Coach*


*Current KCSD staff may apply by emailing a letter of interest to Ryan Paulsen, AD.


Support staff vacancy questions? Email or call: Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us or 641-842-6551 opt 1

Coaching vacancy questions: ryan.paulsen@kcsd.k12.ia.us 641-842-2173 opt 5

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Attention Parents of 6th Grade and 11th Grade Students!

There are immunization updates required for students when they enter 7th grade and become seniors. Now is the time to think about getting the updates. There is no grace period so: Up-to-date immunization records (or a valid medical or religious exemption) must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school.


  • Entering 7th grade: in addition to the Tdap requirement already in place for 7th graders, there is a requirement for 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and grade 7 if born after September 15, 2004.
  • Entering 12th grade: the 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.


Immunization records can be turned in at the school office or faxed to the Knoxville Middle School: 641-842-5754 OR Knoxville High School: 641-842-2066. Forms can also be emailed to the school nurse at angie.mitchell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Please contact the nurse with any questions.

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Community Partner Contributions

Marion County Public Health

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KCSD ADMIN. OFFICE

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