November 22, 2019

Important Dates

  • Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break / No School
  • Dec. 2: School Resumes

Activities Minute

Upcoming home events -

* Fri, Nov. 22: Winter Meet the Panther Night - 500 PM

* Mon, Nov. 25: Middle School Vocal Concert - 700 PM

* Tue, Nov. 26: JV1/V GBB v. PCM - 630 PM

* Tue, Dec. 3: 7 GBB v. Newton - 430 PM

* Tue, Dec. 3: JV2/JV1/V BBB v. PCM - 445 PM

* Thu, Dec. 5: 7 GBB v. Oskaloosa - 430 PM

* Thu, Dec. 5: JV/V WR v. Nevada & Pella - 600 PM

Upcoming State Competitions!

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

  • 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

All-State Vocal Festival!

Knoxville High School student Brady VanderHart will participate in the 73rd annual All-State Music Festival in Ames November 22-23. Qualification for this prestigious event occurred on Saturday, October 26 with only 17% of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State Ensembles. Participants will rehearse Friday and Saturday, November 22-23 with the Festival concert presented to the public in Hilton Coliseum at 730 PM on Saturday night. Being selected to All-State is a tremendous honor. Congratulations, Brady!

Assistant Football Coach of the Year!

Knoxville High School football coach Chris Hudson was selected as the 3A Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2019 season! Coach Hudson was presented this award at halftime of the Class 3A State Championship game on Thursday, November 21 in the UNI-DOME in Cedar Falls. An awesome honor and well deserved for Coach Hud!

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
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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.

The 6th graders have had a great start to the school year so far! In Social Studies, we are just about to wrap up our unit about Mesopotamia. During the last few weeks we talked about the importance of language to a civilization. We also discussed the very important job of being a scribe. The 6th grade students experienced being a scribe by writing their initials on “clay” tablets in the first style of writing called cuneiform. The students had a great time using the magic clay and showing their parents their masterpieces at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

For more pictures follow our class on Twitter: @KMS_Schroeder

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Recently, Rotary Club members from Knoxville presented 4th grade students with their own dictionary. Students have been enjoying this new resource in class and out. We are thankful to the Rotary Club for their generosity!

In late October Mrs. Spriggs’ 4th Grade Class researched different animal adaptations and focused on what it would be like to be a bird with specialized beaks. They used various tools to emulate various beaks of different birds and tried to pick up a variety of foods. They concluded that certain beaks were far more practical than others. They also used their dictionaries to look up their science vocabulary words over the animal adaptation unit. The dictionaries also contain the Periodic Table of Elements, which will come in handy when studying about the various minerals that make up our Earth during the month of November. Thank you Rotary!!!!


Students in fifth grade have been working hard learning about, planning, constructing, and testing compost bins. They have written letters to Mr. Keitges explaining their plans and the benefits a compost bin could bring to our school. They have been very creative and excited about this project.

Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. Better sleep leads to better performance for students and adults. Learn more HERE.

It’s the time of year to think about Influenza and Illness season

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Prevention: The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. (No, it is not too late to get a flu shot. Flu shots are available at your health care providers, Marion County Public Health, and your local pharmacy)!

Signs and Symptoms of Flu: People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (very tired)

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

Treatment: Rest, fluids, stay home from school until fever free for at least 24 hours and feeling well enough to return to school, over-the-counter fever reducers, and if diagnosed early enough, some people may take antiviral medications to shorten the illness.

General Illness and When to Stay Home from School

Regular school attendance is very important and we want students in school, but not if they are sick. Please keep the following in mind when making the decision about whether to send your student to school or keep them home:

  • Fever of 100 or over and not feeling well. Students may return to school when fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin and feeling well enough to participate in class.

  • Vomiting: may return to school when vomit free for at least 24 hours and able to tolerate a regular diet.

  • Diarrhea: may return to school when diarrhea free for at least 24 hours and able to tolerate a regular diet.

  • Starting antibiotics: students may generally return when they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours, are fever free (see above) and feeling well enough to attend school.

  • A word about times to give antibiotics: antibiotics that are ordered 2 or 3 times a day do not need to be given at school. They can be given at home (twice a day: morning and evening or 3 times a day: before and after school and before bed). Antibiotics prescribed 4 times a day will generally need a dose given during the school day.

  • Please remember to call your student’s building to let them know if they are sick and staying home.

Marion County Public Health offers a variety of services from immunizations to WIC to I-Smiles dental care to help with transportation. Call 641-828-2238 to find out more.

Questions or concerns? Please call the school nurse: 641-891-6016.

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

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:

  • Administrative Assistant (Northstar 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:

End of the Month Meals

Hello, everyone! It’s that time of year again. The End of the Month Meal program has begun!

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:

  • 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

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 Dec 19th
  • Help Assemble Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes 5pm Friday 22nd

Angie Lee Gentry

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Cell: 515-238-5844

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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.


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