December 13, 2019

KCSD Food Pantry info

  • Dec. 23-Jan. 1: Winter Break / No School
  • Jan. 2: School Resumes

Subscribe or Update Your Notifications for Weather Alerts

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.


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

  • FT 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:

E-cigarettes and Vaping: Information and Resources for Youth

E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.

Vaping may seem like it’s harmless, but the truth is that vape e-liquid can contain nicotine, lead and other harmful chemicals. Escape the vape.

For more information, please visit

Source: Iowa Dept. of Public Health

Vaping Vs Reality
Vaping Is An Epidemic | The Real Cost

Holiday Fun on the Bus

Check out this festive bus! Dan Nichols, Para-Educator and Bus Driver, enjoys the holiday season so much that he spreads cheer wherever he goes, including on the road. With the help of his wife, he ensures each student on his bus route has their own stocking to enjoy!
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2nd Graders Helped Pack the Knapp

Last Thursday, 2nd graders headed to Drake University to participate in the Pack the Knapp event. Our students learned about health, character, and cheered on the women's Drake Bulldog team with thousands of other K-8 students throughout the state. It was a fun-filled day with education and entertainment!

Reading Room

Taylor Fisher has been working with students in the Reading Room at West. We have enjoyed having her with us. Miss Fisher is a senior at Central College in Pella. She will be moving on to do her student teaching, and we all wish her luck.

Office News

We are pleased to announce that Amy Wallace has accepted the Administrative Assistant at Northstar Elementary! Amy has substituted for this position over the past 10 years and will do a great job serving our students, parents, and staff at Northstar. Please join us in congratulating her on her new position!

Gratitude Tree and Yoga Memory

Northstar students have spent time decorating the Northstar tree of gratitude with leaves describing what they are thankful for. They also got to play yoga memory. Be sure to ask your student to show you their favorite yoga pose!

6-8 Industrial Technology

This week the student have started their woodworking and bridge building units. These units are very unique and fun for the students.

The 6th grade have started doing the safety work and tool demonstrations for basic hand tools used in wood working. The students will then take a safety test over the tools and their use. The students when finished covering the tools will be required to build a basic book shelf. The book shelf sounds very simple but is very complicated, the students are required to do measuring and cut several pieces of wood along with 2 dados.

The 7th grade students are also starting their woodworking unit as well. The students in 7th grade cover a wide variety of power tools. The students learn about the bandsaw, planer, drill press among others. They learn how to set up and safely operate the machines to create their projects. The 7th grade students get to choose from a very nice selection of projects that include media rack, guitar pick box, bandsaw boxes, bird house, tool tote, baseball/softball rack and cribbage board as well as a few others. The project provide a challenge to the students and in the end provide them with a very unique project that usually turn out very nice.

8th grade student have started their engineering/bridge building unit. The students work in partner groups to design a truss style bridge. Once they have gone though the designing of the bridge the student then build a small model of the bridge and then do a destructive test on the models to see how much weight they can hold. The goal is to hold at least 20 pounds, but many bridges exceed the 20 lb mark and some have even surpassed 100 lbs. This is a great team building activity and teaches the students problem solving skills along with how industry designs and tests products

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Sophomore Josten Leaders Joey Hembrook, Johanna Leonard, Emmett Schmidt, Claire Schneider, and Lily Yocum held a Holiday Social where they invited this year's new 9th and 10th grade students to join them for a cup of cheer, grab bag gift, and time to socialize.

Activities Minute

Upcoming home events -

* Sat, Dec. 14: V WR - Knoxville Invitational - 1000 AM

* Sat, Dec. 14: High School Winter Formal - 800 PM

* Mon, Dec. 16: JV WR - Knoxville Invitational - 500 PM

* Tue, Dec 17: 8/7 GBB v. Indianola - 430 PM (@Administration Building)

* Tue, Dec. 17: JV1/V GBB/V BBB v. Davis County - 500 PM (@Knoxville High School)

* Tue, Dec. 17: JV2/JV1/JV2 G/BBB v. Davis Country - 500 PM (@Knoxville Middle School)

* Tue, Dec. 17: B SW v. Ankeny Centennial - 530 PM (@Indianola YMCA)

* Thu, Dec. 19: JV/V WR v. Clarke, E-B-F, Central Decatur - 530 PM

* Sat, Dec. 21: JV/V G/B BW v. Bondurant-Farrar - 1000 AM (@Monroe)

Dance Team at the State Dance/Drill Team Championships!

Our Dance Team competed at the State Dance/Drill Team Championships in Des Moines on Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6 and they had an ultra-successful showing! They competed in 3 events and came away from the weekend with the following awards:

  • Novelty: 5th place

  • Pom: 5th place

  • Lyrical: 2nd place

  • Distinguished Academic Award (cumulative team GPA of 3.5-4; highest academic award possible!)

  • Outstanding Community Service Award (only 1 of 4 schools in the large school class to receive this award)

Logo Committee Update!

In late October a survey was sent to students, staff, and placed on social media for community members to take asking for input about the new Knoxville Panther logo system we are having a company from West Des Moines called Letterman Creative create for us. We had approximately 350 responses to that survey!

In mid-November, our Logo Committee met with Letterman Creative to go over the survey results and trends, ask questions, provide input, and talk about next steps.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 18 where Letterman Creative will bring us some possible options as to what our new Knoxville Panther logo system will look like!

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
Youth Basketball Camp
Marion County Public Health Dept
Marion County Public Health Dept

Freedom For Youth

Free special events that we would like to be able to let students know about, open to students K-12:

  • Create nice Christmas Gifts to give to friends/family: 4:30pm on Dec 19th
  • Help Assemble Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes: 5pm on Friday 22nd

Angie Lee Gentry, Freedom for Youth Ministries ~ Cell: 515-238-5844

Marion County Food Coalition Calendar & Information

Food Coalition Calendar

Marion County General Assistance M-F 8-4:30pm, Located in the Marion County Courthouse

IMPACT Community Action - Food Cards to Fareway/HyVee to be used every 6 months. *indicates food distribution day

Food Share Mobile Food Pantry: 3rd Wednesday of the month

Attica Mobile Pantry 10-10:30

Harvey 10-10:25

End of the Month Meals: New Covenant Church 315 E. Main St. Knoxville 5-545pm DEC 16-20 641-842-3176- Delivered Meals


Celebrate Community Church

P: 641-828-7603


Marion County General Assistance/

Veteran's Affairs

P: 641-828-2201


Helping Hands

P: 641-842-6933


Marion County Senior Nutrition (MCSN)

P: 641-205-3811


Knoxville Food Youth Initiative (KFYI)




End of the Month Meals

The End of the Month Meal program or E.O.M.M. was started in 2002 and 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.

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 typically 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:

  • 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

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

Neighbor helping Neighbor is every Monday - Wednesday from 1-3pm and 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.


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