May 11, 2018

State FFA Convention

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Our FFA chapter took 19 students to the 90th State FFA Convention this year! Through this experience, members enjoyed meeting with colleges and businesses at the Career Fair, attending workshops, listening to keynote speakers, hearing motivational state officer retiring addresses, and met countless members from across the state! We had three members; Mickayla McGill, Makenzie Varner, and Cole Murphy compete in the Chapter Program Career Development Event (advanced from sub districts and districts) and received a silver rating. Our Chapter Display that depicted our Meals From the Heartland event created by Savanna Scott, Maddy Findley, and Hannah Schakel also received a silver rating. Our members Shae VanderHart and Samara Staton served as our two chapter delegates, and 13 of the members that attended were able to help with packaging for Meals From the Heartland. Mickayla McGill also served as a Courtesy Corps member throughout the convention. Mickayla along with Mackenzie Varner were awarded their State FFA degree, which is the highest degree the state can bestow upon a member. The state degree represents hard work and dedication to their Supervised Agricultural Experience; their involvement in activities at chapter, district, state, and national levels; and community service. Members are excited to bring back new ideas for our chapter to implement, and they are they cannot wait to see what the next year brings for the Knoxville FFA chapter!
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Sports Physical Clinic

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics will hold their annual sports physical clinic on Tuesday, May 15th at KMS & KHS. This is open to all 6-12th grade students.

**Parents will need to complete the form linked below and return it to the school no later than Monday, May 14th.** No late forms will be accepted."

Summer Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education will again be offered this spring at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two sessions offered at KHS in the summer of 2018.

  • The first summer session will begin Tuesday, June 5th and conclude on Saturday, June 16th. This session will include classroom hours every day except Sunday for three hours (8-11am).
  • The second summer session will begin Monday, July 16th and conclude on Friday, July 27th. This session will include classroom hours every day except Sunday for three hours (8-11am).
    • Mr. Grimm & Mr. Rump will be the in car and classroom instructors for these sessions. Registration forms are available HERE, in the High School office, or can be accessed from the website

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. As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple R Driving School).

Questions concerning the summer drivers education program at KHS? Please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975 or e-mail @

8th Grade Language Arts

The 8th grade language arts classes are currently reading a play version of Anne Frank's diary. In this unit, students will learn a great deal about Anne Frank and her family. In addition, students will learn about different aspects of World War II, with a major emphasis on the Holocaust and its impact on the world. To form a better understanding of the events surrounding the Holocaust, students will also learn about and research the stories of some Holocaust survivors. Through further research, students will also be made aware that the Holocaust is far from the only genocide in world history. Further, students will take a virtual reality tour of the Holocaust Museum. As a whole, this is a very educational and eye-opening unit for the students.

6th Grade Language Arts

The knights and princesses of 6th grade are enveloped in the Middle Ages. The language arts classes are reading the novel Crispin: The Cross of Lead which takes place toward the end of the Middle Ages when the plague is ravishing England. The novel is always a big hit with students as they read with anticipation to uncover the exploits of Crispin and his dangerous pursuers. Likewise, the social studies classes are studying the daily life of those in the Middle Ages and all of the intriguing things that go along with the time period such as castles, stained glass windows, and medieval weapons! There’s no doubt that the 6th graders will be bringing back chainmail as a fashion statement by the end of the year!

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In case you didn’t have the opportunity to attend our preschool parent meeting on April 25, here is our presentation for you to view. The video that was shared before and at the end of our meeting is on the last slide (both preschool and kindergarten). I know you will want to see this, as it gives you a snapshot of the fun and learning that happens by design at West Elementary! Preschool Parent Orientation

I would be remiss if I did not credit Tyler Pearson for capturing photos for this and our kindergarten presentation to share with you. Please let me know how I can make your experiences here at West more welcoming and inviting!

On April 26 we had a great turn out for the kindergarten parent meeting! It’s an exciting time and there were lots of questions! If you are the parent of a five year old or one who will be five by September 15, please take a few minutes to enjoy this video. At any point over the coming weeks, please call our office with any questions you may have.

Kindergarten Parent Orientation

May is full of activities! We will be completing our spring FAST reading assessments and this year we are beginning implementation of FAST math. Along with that, Kindergarten visits the Blank Park Zoo and Marion County Park for field trips; first grade visits the Science Center of Iowa, second grade visits the Marion County Historical Village. Our Little Panthers Preschool students will have their graduations on May 24 and 25 at KPAC and their last day of school is May 25. The PTO Jog-a-thon is May 9, West Track Day is set for May 18, and on May 22 we will have Step Up Day where students will get to find out who their teachers are for next year.

Stay up to date through the communication provided by your child’s classroom teacher. Speaking of teachers, a huge thank you goes out to all our staff for their dedication to the students of Knoxville Community School. The week of May 7-11 is Staff Appreciation Week. I know they would enjoy a note of appreciation. Many of you do that throughout the year, and it’s always very heartwarming to see!

Two class options:

  • Morning classes are 8:15 to 11:00, Tues.-Fri. OR
  • Afternoon classes are 12:00-2:45, Tues.-Fri.

To register, complete these forms and return to Sue at the West Elementary Office. Questions? Please contact Sue at 641-842-2185 opt. 1

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Reading is Farmtastic

Students at West Elementary we have been participating in a school-wide incentive to motivate students to practice their reading skills. The theme of our 3 week long incentive is "Reading is Farmtastic". A commercial was created to kick off the reading program. Teachers took a trip to the farm to share why reading is "Farmtastic"! The intervention started the second week in April and ran through the end of the month. Students are now taking a statewide assessment called FAST to determine growth in reading over the school year. Our goal is for students to improve their word per minute scores by a few words a minute over the three week period.

Daily, students work through a reading routine with a partner to practice reading skills appropriate to their grade level. Last year, we saw great growth over the three week period so we hope to see the same growth this year as well. At the end of the intervention time each day, teachers award the hardest working pair with a certificate. Pictures of these "Farmtastic Readers" in a farm scene are shared on a TV in our lobby area. Students love to stop and watch themselves on the big screen.

We plan to celebrate our growth with a "Farm Fest" day in which students will visit a petting zoo and learn about farm with the KHS FFA, The ISU extension office will be facilitating "Little Hands on the Farm" activities, and John Deere has agreed to bring out some equipment for students to explore. Linda Abbott, our principal, has offered to kiss a pig if students show gains in reading! Other Farm Fest activities will continue throughout the school day.

Link to Commercial ---> Reading is Farmtastic @ West Elementary

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We hope our staff have enjoyed their week! Happy School Nurse's week and Teacher Appreciation Weekl!

School Board Appreciation

The month of May is School Board appreciation month. Being on the School Board is a volunteer position, and our current members donate countless hours of their personal time to serve the District.

Our Board of Education includes:

  • Andrew Schmidt, President
  • Larissa Van Donselaar, Vice-President
  • Vickie Reed
  • Marty Duffy
  • Larry Scott

If you have the opportunity to thank one or all of these individuals, please do so! They put in many hours and it is not always an easy job!

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Preparing for 2018-19 School Year

Now is a great time to make appointments for physicals, eye and dental appointments, medication refills, and immunization updates.

Immunization updates are especially important for PK, K, 7th and 12th grade students.

Friendly reminders:

  • All students PK-12: Annual Health History Form
  • Grades 6-12 (optional): Tylenol consent
  • 12th grade: NEW 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. REQUIRED before starting senior year.
  • 9th grade: Proof of a dental exam. An exam within 1 year before to 4 months after enrollment in 9th grade is acceptable. Your dentist should have the form.
  • 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. REQUIRED before starting 7th grade.
  • 3rd grade: Proof of an vision exam. An exam within 1 year before and 6 months after enrollment in 3rd grade is acceptable. Your eye doctor should have the form.


  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines: required BEFORE starting school

  3. Kindergarten Physical (and lead test)

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

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

  6. For those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  7. For those who need daily medication at school: Medication Administration Form


  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines required BEFORE starting school

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. For those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. For those who need daily medication at school: Medication Administration Form

Healthy regards,

Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

Knoxville School Nurse

Upcoming Online Registration for 2018-19

In order to register your child(ren) for school this summer, your JMC username and password is necessary to begin the registration process. If you do not remember login information, please contact your child's school office A.S.A.P. (contact information below). School building offices are closed during the summer, so NOW is the time to ask for login assistance.

West Elementary 842-2185 (Sue)

Northstar Elementary 842-6527 (Lesa)

Middle School 842-3315 (Mary or Kendra)

High School 842-2173 (Pam, Stacy or Rachelle)

JMC is a great source of information to stay up-to-date with your child's academics THROUGHOUT the SCHOOL YEAR. Parents/guardians can utilize JMC year-round to:

  • check PROGRESS reports of each child in household
  • view LUNCH TRANSACTIONS (& link to is available for lunch payments)
  • view/print student REPORT cards
  • bus information (currently being updated)
  • review student health and attendance records
    • view/print student TRANSCRIPTS
    • verify student SCHEDULES and advisors
    • verify/update parent/guardian CONTACT information
    2018-2019 Academic Calendar

    Click on this heading to view the academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Community Partner Flyers

    Custom yearbooks are still available, but shipping charges are applicable. The deadline previously given was for our schools' bulk order. Those yearbooks will arrive by May 21st. Go to: and enter the passcode: 1015064502971783. Thanks to the Knoxville Elementary PTO for making this option available. Questions? Message the Elementary PTO on Facebook or email
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