PANTHER PRESS

January 31, 2020

Anonymous Donation - THANK YOU!

We are not sure who to thank, but were recently made aware of a very generous donor in our community. Please see the submission below from one of our employees!


"On Saturday, January 25th, I was at The Well and was talking to a local home daycare provider who was also shopping. She was there buying coats, hats, mittens, snow pants and boots for the children at the school bus stop by the Methodist Church in town. She mentioned this is where she takes her daycare kids to meet the bus and had noticed that many of the children were in need for these items. To give you an idea of how much she had bought, everything was marked at $.50 each and she left there with $42 worth of clothing to give to children on the following Monday at the bus stop!"


Again, we aren't sure who to thank, but wanted to publicly thank this kind, caring, generous member of our community! THANK YOU!

Hello, families,


We are seeing the number of students who are ill increase at each building. We have parent reports of a variety of illnesses including strep, Influenza, vomiting, respiratory infections and fevers.

Please remember to keep your student home if he/she is sick; students may return to school when fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, vomit/diarrhea free for at least 24 hours, and feeling well enough to work, play and eat at school.

Thanks to all who have kept students who are sick at home. Your help is really appreciated.


Healthy regards,


Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

Knoxville School Nurse

641-891-6016

Upcoming home events -

* Fri, Jan. 31: JV1/V GBB/V BBB v. Centerville - 500 PM (@Knoxville High School)

* Fri, Jan. 31: JV2/JV1 BBB v. Centerville - 500 PM (@Knoxville Middle School)

* Sat, Feb. 1: JV/V G/B BW v. Norwalk - 1000 AM (@Mustang Lanes - Monroe)

* Tue, Feb. 4: 7 BBB v. Indianola - 430 PM (@Knoxville Middle School)

* Tue, Feb. 4: JV/V WR v. Martensdale-St. Mary’s, Carlisle, Pleasantville - 530 PM (@KHS)

* Tue, Feb. 6: 7 BBB v. Grinnell - 430 PM (@Knoxville Middle School)

* Fri, Feb. 7: 7/8 Dance - 700 Pm (@Knoxville Middle School)

* Sat, Feb. 8: Dance Team Showcase Night - 700 PM (@Knoxville High School)


State Competitions upcoming!

  • Our Jazz Band competes at State Contest in Pella on Saturday, February 1 at 250 PM.

  • Wrestling competes at Sectionals in Albia on Saturday, February 8 at 1200 PM

    • We will host Districts in our high school gym on Saturday, February 15 at 1200 PM

  • Boys Swimming competes at Districts in Marshalltown on Saturday, February 8 at 1200 PM

  • Girls & Boys Bowling competes at the State Qualifying Meet in Pleasant Hill on Tuesday, February 18 at 100 PM


Our Girls Basketball team is currently 14-1 overall; 8-0 in the conference! Boys Basketball is 11-3 overall; also 8-0 in the conference! Postseason dates for our girls and boys basketball teams will be released very soon.


Logo Committee Update!

Our Logo Committee had our second meeting with Letterman Creative on Wednesday, December 18 where they presented to us two options for our new logo system! Both options were awesome and high quality; done with an exceptional level of professionalism. The artist took our input and will now make a few final revisions before coming back to us in a few weeks the the final product! Our group was very excited about what we were presented with and can’t wait to unveil this to the public!!

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  • 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 www.nfhsnetwork.com for more details!
  • Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to www.knoxville.k12.ia.us 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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Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition

Knoxville’s Special Olympics team went to Des Moines on Thursday, January 30th for a basketball skills competition. Students performed dribbling events, shooting events, and passing events. Several students from the team were able to place 1st in their category, allowing them to advance to the Mid-Winter Tournament in Iowa City on March 13 and 14.
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8th Graders Head to Iowa Wolves Game

Eighth grade students and staff will be attending the Iowa Wolves game at Wells Fargo on February 4th. This is the second quarter PBIS reward for students who demonstrated school expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Wolves will be taking on the Westchester Knicks in a game that tips off at 10:30 a.m. Students are looking forward to watching basketball and spending time with friends.

KACT's KMS Winter Theatre Experience Starts Monday

It's almost time for Winter Theatre Experience 2020! We'll have fun with scripts, improvisation, and drama exercises. We'll put on a show after our time together for our family and friends. There is no cost for this 5-week activity and there will be an informational meeting this Monday, February 3rd at 7 PM at the Middle School Auditorium - See you there!


Carol Adkins, KACT Secretary

carolsa602@gmail.com

Attention: Parents/Guardians of Elementary Students

Reminder: Please join the Elementary PTO for their monthly meeting on February 6th, 5:30 at West Elementary.

What’s New in the Northstar Library?

This week in Library Skills class the students at Northstar had a STEAM lesson.

STEAM aims to strengthen the foundation of STEM by helping students enhance their critical thinking skills and recognize the intersection of art, science, technology, engineering, and math. When the students entered the library there were 6 different stations set up. New activities included 4D+ Dinosaur Experience app, 3D pens, Santori boards, Magna tablets, Quivers masks app and magnetic building tiles.

American Legion Essay Contest

Northstar 5th grade students wrote a flag essay for our local American Legion post in order to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the United States Flag. Another objective was to help the students gain a knowledge of flag etiquette and respect for the flag. Thank you to Curt Froyen, Jack Spaur, Conrad Nelson, and Jim Brees for presenting a certificate, an American flag, and commemorative coins to the eleven essay finalists pictured. Students were recognized in January at an assembly with our fifth graders.

Pictured are the 11 flag essay finalists from our 5th grade class at Northstar Elementary.

4th Grade Updates

Science

We have been studying Tectonic Plate Theory and how the movement of the plates has created a variety of processes, such as : volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, mountain ranges, and mudslides. Depending on which way the plates are moving determines which kind of natural event will occur. We are also focusing upon how humans can protect themselves and reduce the impact of these natural disasters. With technology today, scientists are able to predict more accurately when some of these events will occur.


Math

In 4th grade we have started learning about fractions. We have reviewed what a fraction is as well as the parts of a fraction. Students learned about equivalent fractions and how we can create them through multiplication and division. We are currently learning how to simplify fractions. The students did an activity where they were given a handful of Skittles. They had to count all of the Skittles and then separate them into groups based on color. They needed to then write each color as a fraction of the whole number of Skittles. After recording our original fractions we used what we knew about Greatest Common Factors to reduce our Skittles Fractions.


Social Studies

We have been learning about the states in the Northeast Region of the United States, along with their capitals. Students are using their iPads to look up interesting information about the states as well, such as state nicknames, famous landmarks located in the states, and important waterways located in the region. The rest of the school year will include all of the other regions of the United States.


Language Arts

We have spent the past two weeks learning about storms around the world! Students are always interested when science-related topics come up in other subjects, so the interest level was high as we learned about tornadoes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, and more. Students have been working on skills such as finding text structure, using text and graphic features to help us understand the text, and explaining scientific ideas.

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Snow Fun!

Kids at West are sure making the best out of all this snow! We hope you enjoy their fun in pictures.

Students from the high school involved in FFA come over to 2nd grade once a month. Second graders have learned about turkeys, caribou, pumpkins, and various other animals. They really enjoy the activities and lessons taught. Thank you FFA!

Best of Red Rock Awards

On Thursday, January 30th, our district accepted an award at the annual Best of Red Rock awards in the best "Live Entertainment" category for the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. Congratulations to all of the winners! Thank you for your continued support and for your votes on this first class venue!
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Hard Surface Routes

With winter weather upon us and road conditions changing, we may require our buses to run “HARD SURFACE” only. Here is the link, Hard Surface Routes, to see where your student would be picked up. It will be communicated over local radio and GovDelivery alerts.

You've Got Mail!

Families of students in grades 4-12 will be receiving student results from the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The test was given last spring to all students in Iowa public schools. Student test results will be mailed with 1st semester report cards.


This guide can assist you in understanding how your child is learning in the areas of English Language Arts and math. Students who were in grades 5, 8, and 11, last school year will also have information about their learning in science.


If you have questions please contact your child's teacher, principal, or Allison Emery, Director of Teaching and Learning, 641.842.6551.

Driver Education Session Begins March 2

Driver Education will be offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School again this spring, beginning on March 2, 2020.

  • Mr. Tom Grimm and Ms. Paige Bolton will be the instructors for this session. Classes will run for three hours each class day. The dates and times are listed on this information and registration form.
  • Knoxville students enrolling can mail registration forms to the address listed OR drop off registration form and deposit to the KHS office.


If you have any questions concerning the driver education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

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 need 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.

Estimated property tax impact to fund key projects less than originally expected


The Knoxville Community School District Board of Education has approved a general bond referendum question that will appear on a special election ballot Tuesday, March 3, 2020.


The question will ask voters to approve the first phase of the district's facilities improvement plan, at a total cost of $26.25 million. If approved, the 20-year bond would have a net property tax impact of $8.79 per month on a $100,000 home, $18.53 per month on a $200,000 home and $28.08 per month on a $300,000 home.


These tax impact numbers are lower than the district and board previously expected. An approved bond would place KCSD's levy rates in the middle of comparable districts in the area—and still less than Carlisle, Melcher-Dallas, Pleasantville and Indianola.


"We are very pleased that we have found a potential solution to our facilities needs that will limit the property tax impact on our community members," said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. "We look forward to continuing an open and transparent process that began with 20 community members on a taskforce that created the proposal to address the needs. Over 430 residents have signed the petition to call for the March 3 Referendum that could fund the necessary projects."


Phase I of the plan would include a new Knoxville Middle School building, along with air conditioning for Northstar Elementary and an HVAC system upgrade at Knoxville High School. Construction on these projects would take place between 2020 and 2022.


Phase II would be funded through the use of the one-penny sales tax (known as SAVE). It would

include an extensive renovation to Northstar Elementary and athletic facility improvements throughout the district. Construction on these projects would be scheduled for 2022 to 2024.


To learn more about KCSD's facility needs, five-year plan, and the March 3 bond referendum, please visit the Knoxville School’s website at www.knoxville.k12.ia.us.

KCSD VACANCIES

Please click the following link to apply for any of the following positions: http://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/district/vacancies/

  • FT Associate (Northstar Elementary)
  • Special Education Teacher (West Elementary)
  • Substitutes (Teachers, Associates, Nutrition, Bus Drivers, Custodians)
  • HS Boys Tennis Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • MS Baseball Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • 9th Baseball Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • MS Softball Asst. Coach (2019-20 school year)
  • HS Special Education Teacher (2020-21 school year)
  • MS Vocal Music Teacher (2020-21 school year)
  • 8th Grade Volleyball Assistant Coach (2020-21 school year)
  • 9th Grade Football Coach (2020-21 school year)
  • 9th Grade Football Asst. Coach (2020-21 school year)
Questions? Contact: Lisa at 641-842-6551, opt. 1 or email: lisa.willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us

Calendar Approved for Next School Year

2020-2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The KCSD school board recently approved the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see below for your planning needs.

Knoxville CSD Board Information

The Knoxville CSD Board of Directors is committed to Ensuring a Culture of Excellence for Every Student. Community members and visitors are welcome to attend our meetings on the second and fourth Monday each month at 5:30 p.m.

The primary purpose of our board meetings is to conduct business. An official meeting is the only means by which we, as a board can carry out our legal duties or exercise our legal powers. These meetings provide an opportunity for decision-making and offer an opportunity for the public and school district staff to establish a formal dialogue with us. Postings of these meetings are placed on the district website, www.knoxville.k12.ia.us. Please visit often to be informed.

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 2020-2021 school year:

  • March 1, 2020 for 1st—12th grade
  • September 1, 2020 for Kindergarten

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

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.

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:

  • February: 17th-21st
  • March: 23rd-27th

If anyone has questions or would like to have someone talk about our program please E-mail shiloh1971@hotmail.com.

Marion County Food Coalition Calendar & Information

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

IMPACT Community Action - Food Cards to Fareway/Hy-Vee 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: Feb. 17-21

March 2020- 23rd-27th 641-842-3176- Delivered Meals

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Celebrate Community Church

P: 641-828-7603

Email: bruce@celebratechurch.com

Marion County General Assistance/

Veteran's Affairs

P: 641-828-2201

Email: mkuhn@co.marion.ia.us

Helping Hands

P: 641-842-6933

Email: finanhollinrake@yahoo.com

Marion County Senior Nutrition (MCSN)

P: 641-205-3811

Email: jiworthington@marionph.org

Knoxville Food Youth Initiative (KFYI)

Email: robemai@mchsi.com

Email: vgoodykvikesfan@gmail.com

Email: knoxvillelibr@yahoo.com

Invest Vote YES

The Knoxville Invest Vote YES Committee is dedicated to rallying the community surrounding the Knoxville Community School District to vote YES on March 3, 2020 to pass a bond vote for facility projects. Please enjoy our video below and like and follow us on our Facebook page!
Invest Vote YES - March 3, 2020
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