K-12 Weekly: February 16, 2018 edition

Monday, Feb. 19th: NO SCHOOL

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  • 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.

    Knoxville Public Library: Your Change Helps Us Change

    The Knoxville Public Library and the Knoxville Community School District are teaming up to raise money for the library expansion and renovation project. By involving our young people, we hope they will feel ownership in the library and increase library usage and involvement in the many programs that are offered. Students and their families are invited to send change to school during February 12-March 2. Donations can be given to classroom teachers K-5 and to advisory leaders at grades 6-12. Local business like Subway, DQ, McDonald's, Hardee's, Rib Shack, Mr. C's, and Casey's have shared coupons/gift certificates to be used as incentives during the drive.

    At the end of the competition:

    • the highest earning grade level at West will win a trip to the Knoxville Recreation Center
    • highest earning grade level at Northstar will win cookies and ice cream provided by HyVee and the Elementary PTO
    • and each highest earning advisory group at the Middle and High School will get pizza provided by Knoxville Pizza Hut and cookies and carrots provided by Knoxville Fareway.

    FFA Members to Receive State Degrees

    The Knoxville FFA had a pretty successful at Review Night and District Officer Interviews this past Monday.

    • Both members that applied for their state degrees, Mickayla McGill and Makenzie Varner were approved to receive this prestigious honor in April! Receiving their state degree is the highest degree a state can bestow upon a member, and shows their exemplary efforts in their Supervised Agriculture Experience, leadership, community service, and FFA career!
    • Mickayla McGill was also balloted as one of the candidates for South Central District FFA Vice President (There were 23 members that interviewed to be balloted)!! This process is rather extensive... She had to fill out an application with two short essays, take an FFA knowledge quiz, do an individual interview with a nomination committee, and prepare and give a group presentation with other potential officer candidates. On March 10th, Mickayla will give a 2 minute speech to the South Central District delegates (consists of 2 members from each chapter in our district), who then vote and determine if Mickayla will be a district officer!

    We are proud of these ladies, their hard work, and their accomplishments.

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    FFA Service Project

    The Knoxville FFA has the opportunity to host a Meals From the Heartland community service project on March 1, 2018! The mission for Meals From the Heartland is to empower people to save the starving by having different organizations in Iowa volunteer to package meals for delivery. Numerous Knoxville FFA members have had the opportunity to help package meals for Meals From the Heartland at Iowa FFA State Convention the past 5-6 years. This year's Knoxville FFA officer team decided their area of focus for our chapter is service projects. Their challenge is for our chapter to do at least one service project per month. So far this year, we have been right on target with some months even doing numerous service projects. Our chapter felt that packaging meals for Meals From the Heartland at the high school would be a great way to involve not only all high school students, but also our community. One package can feed a family of six, and we plan to include the entire high school student body to pack 50,000 meals. The opportunity to help feed 300,000 people will cost $5,000 after we subtract the funding we could potentially receive through a youth assistance program.

    The financial responsibility to host an event such as this will require assistance from people in our community. Partnership is very important within the Knoxville FFA chapter and school district, and we always appreciate the continued support our community demonstrates. The Knoxville FFA would like to ask local businesses to please consider partnering with us to help fund the expense of this event. We certainly do not expect any business to fund the entire event, and appreciate any amount businesses are willing or able to donate. We would also like to invite anyone interested to stop by the high school and witness this event take place or even help package meals on March 1st. We plan to start packing from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m-2:30 p.m. If you are able to help financially assist or package meals for this incredible event, please feel free to contact the Knoxville FFA Advisor, Tiffany Johnston via email at or call her at (641) 842-2173(school). Thank you for your consideration.
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    Knoxville Boys Bowling: State Bound

    Congratulations to the Knoxville boys bowling team on their district championship! As a result, the boys qualify for the state bowling meet on Monday, Feb. 19th in Waterloo. The boys rolled a 3168 team score, which was the highest state qualifying score in the state for class 1A. Individually, Tanner Mason was crowned district champion with a 501 score, and Keagan McCarty was district runner-up with a 453 score. Overall, a fantastic day for the boys!!

    Members of the varsity boys bowling team pictured below are (from L to R): Asst. Coach Craig Mobley, Cole Murphy, Blaise Hubler, Kyler Reidel, Tanner Mason, Tyler Ritter, Keagan McCarty, and Head Coach Shaun Renard.

    Best of luck to the boys bowling team on Monday at the state tournament!

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    District Wrestling Success

    Congratulations to Knoxville seniors Chase Bellon and Coby Meyer qualified for the state wrestling tournament with their performances this past Saturday at the district wrestling meet. (See article below for more information.)

    Congratulations to seniors Joe Hollinrake (152) and Cody Ray Smith (160) on their third place finishes. Joe and Cody Ray both cap outstanding Panther wrestling careers with over 100 wins apiece, while Joe finishes his wrestling career with the most wins in Panther wrestling history at 158 wins. Great job boys!

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    State Wrestling Update

    Knoxville Junior Coby Meyer and Senior Chase Bellon both wrestled Thursday morning at the state wrestling meet in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena. Chase went 1-1 on Thursday at 220, losing his first round match in a hard fought OT decision then pinning his opponent in his wrestle back match. Chase will wrestle today (Friday at 9:00 am) in the consolation bracket. Coby lost both of his matches at 170, with both matches being hard fought defeats. The boys both did a great job of represented Knoxville with class. Way to go guys, great season Coby and best of luck to Chase Friday!

    The complete schedule for the state wrestling tournament can be found on the Iowa High School Athletic Association website at

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    Keitges Breaks School Record

    Congratulations to Knoxville sophomore Katie Keitges on breaking the single season girls basketball scoring record! Katie has amassed 423 points so far this season and will look to add to that total this Wednesday when the Panthers open regional tournament play at home vs. Oskaloosa.

    Congrats to Katie and the Panther girls hoops team on their great season so far.

    Activities Schedule: Feb. 17- 24

    Saturday, Feb. 17th

    • State Wrestling continues
    • FFA Week begins
    • Band Jazzfest (Indianola)
    • Speech All-State Festival (Large Group events @ Iowa State Center, Ames)
    • Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Pella @ Pella 8:00pm

    Monday, Feb. 19th

    • Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Bondurant-Farrar @ Oskaloosa (District Semi Final) 6:30
    • Boys Bowling @ State Bowling Meet in Waterloo (Cadillac Lanes) 10:00am
    • FFA Sub Districts @ Knoxville High School

    Tuesday, Feb. 20th

    • Varsity Girls Basketball Substate @ TBA (if win Saturday) 7:00

    Wednesday, Feb. 21st: No Activities Scheduled

    Thursday, Feb. 22nd

    • Varsity Boys Basketball vs. TBD (if win Monday, District Final) @ Oskaloosa 7:00

    Friday, Feb. 23rd: No Activities Scheduled

    Saturday, Feb. 24th

    • Jazz Band - Jim Coffin Jazz Festival @ Woodward-Grainger HS
    • District Speech Contest - Individual Events
    • Boys Basketball Class 2A Substate Game @ Knoxville High School (Teams TBD) 8:00
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    MS MathCounts Team on to State

    On February 2nd, ten middle school math students headed to Pella for the MathCounts competition. This is where the Southeast Iowa MathCounts Chapter is held, which included a total of seven teams.

    The representatives of the Knoxville team were Ben VandeKamp, Emmett Schmidt, Abby Wadle, and Joey Hembrook. The individuals who participated were Tyler Kearney, Seth Walraven, Bristol Huyck, Olivia Maasdam, Norah Pearson, and Emma Dunkin. The competition included multiple rounds with individual scoring and one round for the team score. The Knoxville team came out winners of the chapter, having five of the participants place in the top ten; those five kids were Seth Walraven, Abby Wadle, Emmett Schmidt, Ben VandeKamp, and Joey Hembrook. Knoxville had two of the top three finishers with Emmett Schmidt and Joey Hembrook finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

    The Knoxville team will be represented in the State Competition at Drake University. Mr. Lobdell would also like to thank Peter Thomas and the rest of his staff who help the students practice for the competition.


    Second Grade Fun in February

    Second grade students use interactive whiteboards, iPads, and educational games/puzzles to practice phonics/spelling.

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    2nd grade students LOVED recess time with snow, before it was gone.

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    Knoxville Elementary Yearbook

    This year, Knoxville Elementary PTO is putting together and selling a TreeRing yearbook! Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:
    • Custom Yearbooks: Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos.
    • Green Yearbooks: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and prints on recycled paper.
    • Beautiful Yearbooks: All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available

    The cost of your personalized yearbook is $18 and the money spent will assist PTO in funding field trips and other items for your children. The final sale date is April 15th and you can customize 2 pages for FREE. If you customize, you’ll receive a standard yearbook and the cost is the same.

    YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR Northstar & West Elementary YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE. Buy one for per child or for your elementary kids to share.

    Sarah Adams, Knoxville Elementary PTO

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    Marion County Food Coalition: Food Distribution Calendar

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    Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age

    The KCSD Wellness Team will be hosting a special screening of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age" at KPAC on March 19. This is a FREE event THANKS to our friends at Iowa State Savings Bank!

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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.

    KCSD Administrative Office

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