PANTHER PRESS

June 2022

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PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION: KCSD will offer sections of 3-year-old preschool and 4-year-old preschool this fall. Families can register for either section by downloading forms from the KCSD website or by calling (641) 842-6551 to request a packet. Here's a link to those forms: https://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/parents/preschool-registration?fbclid=IwAR26heJBhEMN7xadkvaRSgKIlWsWijB0ypzN4qRL8eE9P21wsw82Kn5B58E

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Have you seen the 2022-2023 school calendar? You can find it right here!
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We are so excited about this change we have coming to our district. District families should have received an email from Infinite Campus (infinitecampus@kcsd.k12.ia.us). This email contained directions to sign in to your new account on Infinite Campus, our NEW Student Information System! If you have not received the email, make sure to check you spam folder.


When you log in please make sure that all of your information is updated (email addresses, phone numbers, emergency contacts, any new family members in the household).


Infinite Campus will replace JMC, where you will find attendance, grades, and other information about your student/s.

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These staff members are celebrating 25 years of service with the Knoxville Community School District!

Pictured here are (front) Ruthann Burkman, Rose Kennedy, Shelly Carter, (back) Dee Huyck, and Shawn Helle.

Please join us in thanking them for their service to our schools, students, families, and community over the years!
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We are so thrilled to be part of the South Central Conference and the new broadcast network, GoSCCTV! The new network will be broadcasting more than 100 sporting events across the South Central Conference, giving coverage to nearly every sport possible.


GoSCCTV is also giving back a percentage of all of their advertising to the member schools of the South Central Conference. We are looking for businesses that are interested in helping support this new conference network.


If interested, please email Josh Brice at Josh@GoPitchTV.com or RC Newcomer at l Robert@GoPItchTV.com!

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On June 19th we celebrated Father's Day by giving a shout out to all of the fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and father figures in our district.


Whether teeing off, kicking back, or diving into an activity they love, we hope all of our fathers and father figures had a great Father's Day!

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The Knoxville Community School District was awarded a competitive grant as part of Gov. Reynolds’ new Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Pilot Program to grow Iowa’s educator talent pipeline and support expansion of registered apprenticeships in schools across the state. Included as part of a consortium of school districts sponsored by the Cherokee Community School District, the total grant awarded to the consortium was $6,376,113.


This innovative program will provide opportunities for current high school students to earn a paraeducator certificate and associate degree, and adult paraeducators with an associate degree to earn their bachelor’s degree all while working in the classroom as a paraeducator and taking courses towards their education degree. School districts are partnering with an eligible community college or four-year college or university to provide the required education.


“The nation is facing a teacher shortage and school districts across Iowa, including the Knoxville Community School District, are feeling its impact,” said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. “The Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Pilot Grant will allow our students and staff to receive the necessary training and education they need to further their own careers while also supporting our schools by potentially filling future teaching positions.”


The Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship grants drew 26 applications. Of those, 19 districts were granted awards totaling over $45.6 million, which will serve more than 1,000

paraeducators and students in 134 schools, ultimately creating over 500 new paraeducators and 500 new teachers. Funding for these one-time grant awards is provided through the state’s allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. Recipients will regularly report their progress throughout the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.


To learn more about the Teacher and Paraeducator Registered Apprenticeship Pilot Grant program, please visit https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/future-ready-pk-12. More information is also available at https://tinyurl.com/2swk44zn.

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June 23rd marked the 50th Anniversary of the passing of Title IX. On this day we honored the amazing administrators, coaches, and athletes who paved the way for women in sports!


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools at all levels. If any part of a school district or college receives any Federal funds for any purpose, all of the operations of the district or college are covered by Title IX.


Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students (as well as other persons) at recipient institutions are protected by Title IX — regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin — in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities. Learn more about Title IX here.

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The Marion County Coalition for Suicide Prevention hosted the first in-person county-wide Marion County Student Health and Wellness Day on April 29, 2022.


More than 500 sophomores and staff from local schools throughout Marion County participated in this day of learning.


Founder of Your Life Speaks, Nathan Harmon appeared as the event keynote speaker and amazing local experts led 27 breakout sessions on a variety of student driven topics related to mental health and wellness. Check out this video to learn more: https://tinyurl.com/yfa5kf5f

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We wanted to let our students and families know that the free school meals made available by the USDA during the pandemic will end at the conclusion of this school year.


As a result, the Knoxville Community School District will need to once again collect payment for meals, starting this fall.


Please note that students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The 2022-2023 Iowa Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals/Milk will be available starting July 1. Once it’s available, we encourage families to fill it out to see if they qualify.


Thank you for your understanding as we make this transition back to our usual meal program.

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Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the District Equity Coordinator Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, (641)842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator. The Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator is Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator is Lindsay Rains. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact her at (641)842-3315 or lindsay.rains@kcsd.k12.ia.us. These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800)457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (312)730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (800)669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.