Panther Press

K-12 Weekly: January 19, 2018

Coaches vs. Cancer Games

Saturday, January 20th at 6:15pm

For the full schedule of events, please see the Activities Updates section (below).

Many members of KCSD’s Digital Intelligence Task Force attended the Digital Literacy and Wellness conference back in November. This task force consists of law enforcement, community members, business partners, and educators.

Probably one of the most shocking slides we saw in all of the presentations was the amount of non-academic screen time children partake in each week. Combined, watching TV and playing video games AVERAGED 44 hours a week (compared to a jaw-dropping THREE HOURS combined alone with parents, which means parents doing something engaging with their kids that didn’t involve a screen). That’s more than a full time job! Advocacy groups and investors are asking tech giants Apple to make it easier to parent screen time by adding features to iPhones that enable parents to set up their children’s phones differently than they would be set up for an adult.

Whether your kids are new to screen time or have had screens in their hands for several years, it might be worth talking to them about how much time they are spending looking at a device or watching tv per day. For questions related to screen time to help you talk to your older kids about it, check out this blogpost from documentarian Dr. Delaney Ruston. Her blog, Tech Talk Tuesdays offers a new topic each week around technology that parents can use to discuss technology with their kids along with many other resources for parenting in the 21st Century.

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2018-2019 Academic Calendar



The academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year was approved at the January 8, 2018 school board meeting. Please take note to plan ahead for the next school year.
Jan. 30: Public School Parents Day at the Capitol

If you want to do ONE thing for public education this year that will have the greatest impact, join us in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 30...

Drivers Education will be offered this spring @ KHS through Triple 'R' Driving School. This session begins on Tues., Feb. 27th with Mr. Grimm as the instructor. Register forms are available on our website, in the HS office, & via the PDF below.

Elementary Updates

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we did several activities to learn about this important figure in history. We read books, made a book, and did a writing activity. The kids were able to write what their “dream” for the world was. Here are some of their responses to the sentence starter “I have a dream…”

-that no one fights or hits.

-everyone plays nice.

-everyone shares and is kind.

-everyone gives high fives.

- that kids aren’t naughty.

-that no one argues

-everyone in the whole world is good.

Third grade students are using ice cream as a motivation to learn their multiplication facts! We have been having a great time and can't wait to celebrate all we have learned!
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Pictured below are the December students of the month. These students went above and beyond in and out of the classroom during this month! Congrats to all!
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Second Chance Breakfast is now being offered during the passing periods before and after homeroom. Second Chance Breakfast gives students another opportunity to grab something to eat if they missed breakfast, or quickly grab and go with snacks for the morning. This is a brand new program for 2nd semester that we are piloting at KHS.
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Activities Updates

Reminders when attending home events as spectators:

  • Please remain in the gym and cheer in a positive manner for players.
  • Students are not allowed to be in the hallways or walking around the school building at any time unsupervised by an adult.


Friday, Jan. 19th:

  • 9/JV/Varsity G/B Basketball @ Davis County, 5pm
Saturday, Jan. 20th:
  • Varsity Wrestling @ Colfax-Mingo Invite, 9am
  • G/B Bowling @ Oskaloosa, 1pm
  • Large Group District Speech Contest
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Event @ KHS
Alumni Games beginning at 8:00am

Silent Auction all day long

Dinner in the HS Commons before the basketball games
Knoxville vs. Chariton Varsity G/B Doubleheader beginning at 6:15 (doors open at 5:15)
Monday, Jan. 22nd:

  • SCC Band Day @ EBF High School
  • 7th & 8th Boys Basketball vs. Pleasantville at KMS gym, 4:15pm

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd:

  • MS Wrestling @ ADM Admin. Gym, 4pm
  • 9/JV/Varsity G/B Basketball vs. EBF @ KMS & KHS gyms, 5pm
Wednesday, Jan. 24th: No activities

Thursday, Jan. 18th:

  • G/B Bowling @ Creston Pine Valley, Alley Bowl, 4pm
  • 7th & 8th Girls Basketball @ Pleasantville, 4:15pm
  • 7th Boys Basketball @ Pella Christian, 4:15pm

  • 8th Boys Basketball vs. Pella Christian @ KMS, 4:15pm

  • JV/V Wrestling @ Newton (w/ Dallas Center-Grimes), 5:30pm

  • JV G/B Basketball @ Twin Cedars, 6:30pm


Knoxville High School will stream live the majority of the home boys and girls varsity basketball games via high school cube.
Coach Keitges Featured

Our Head Panther Volleyball Coach is featured in the IGHSAU's winter nutrition newsletter! Gatorade or Chocolate Milk after practice or workout? Click to read Mollie's answer to this question & more.

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