PANTHER PRESS

April 26, 2019

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All calendars have been updated on our website to reflect the schedule changes:

2019-2020 Knoxville CSD Calendar

Senior Alert - Upcoming Scholarships

April scholarship deadlines:

If you have any questions about the scholarship process, or any other part of your journey, give us a call at 877-272-4692 or email ICAN@ICANsucceed.org.

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Life Skills

In Life Skills 8th graders are finishing the year talking about stress and stress management as well as four year plans. Getting ready for high school can cause a little bit of stress and knowing how to manage it can be helpful! 6th graders are currently talking about Bullying and will finish the year with Career Exploration using the Harry Potter sorting hat to pick a career. 7th graders are currently working on Goal Setting and will finish the year with exploring careers and researching what career path they might want to take.

Knowledge Bowl

Two 7th grade teams and an 8th grade team qualified to compete in this year's Junior High Knowledge Bowl at DMACC in Ankeny April 18. Unfortunately, the 8th grade team couldn't attend due to the Washington DC trip, but the 7th grade teams represented Knoxville and finished in 6th and 11th place out of 14 teams.

Those participating included Caidin Myers, Gavin Eilbert, Tyce Huyck, Ciara Heffron, Charyle Willis, Noah Keefer, Treven Stanley, Reece Spaur, Morgan Bazer and Ella Rankin.

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Driver Education

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two summer sessions offered:

  • The 1st summer session will begin Monday, June 3rd and conclude on Saturday, June 15th. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).
  • The 2nd summer session will begin Monday, July 22nd and conclude on Saturday, August 3rd. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).

Registration forms are available HERE, in the high school office, or can be accessed from the website www.rumpsroadrules.com. Mr. Grimm & Ms. Bolton will be the instructors for this course.

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form and return the bottom portion to the high school or middle school office, or mail the registration form to the address listed on the form.

For those families who qualify for free or reduced tuition, please indicate that on the bottom of the registration form you turn it (write “free” or “reduced” on form). As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple ‘R’).

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

5th Grade Guidance

Fifth graders have been learning about different careers and spent time researching a career that they are interested in. They looked up job duties, salary, and education requirements for their career. Students were excited to share what they learned with their classmates. Be sure to ask them about their career plan!

Important Information for Kindergarten Parents/Guardians

Dear Kindergarten Parents & Guardians,


*Kindergarten Roundup: May 2 (Current kindergarten students staying home for the day)

*Step Up Day: May 28 (Current kindergarten students step up to 1st grade for a portion of the day)


On May 2, we will be having Kindergarten Roundup for next year’s kindergarten class. Our goal this year is to make sure our incoming kindergarten students have enough time to start to build a rapport and relationship with their kindergarten teacher, get a feel for the building, and experience what school feels like as a kindergartener. Our current kindergarten students will stay home on May 2. Below you will find some activities that your kindergarten student can do at home: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt and Science Activities involving Peeps. We realize it isn’t ideal for our current kindergarten students to have a day away from school. However, we feel this is necessary to get our future kindergarten students off to a great start.


  • Kinderprep students will attend Kindergarten Roundup on May 2.
  • On May 28, we will be having Step Up Day for current Kindergarten through 5th grade. Your kindergarten student will participate and will step up to 1st grade for a portion of their day.


Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


Ryan Klein

West Elementary Principal

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The school year is quickly winding down and it’s time to share some timely reminders for fall.


Pre-School Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Pre-School student in the fall of 2019? Here are the forms required for preschoolers;

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Kindergarten Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Kindergarten student in the fall of 2019? What an exciting and busy time. Just a friendly reminder of all the paperwork required before school starts in the fall:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines

  3. Kindergarten Physical

  4. Dental exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  5. Vision exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  1. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  2. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form


Attention fall 7th GRADERS and fall SENIORS!!

There are immunization requirements for Fall 2019. There is no grace period so:

Up-to-date vaccine records must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school!


7th grade: in addition to the Tdap requirement already in place for 7th graders, the NEW requirement is for 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and grade 7 if born after September 15, 2004.


12th grade: Requirement is for TWO doses of Meningococcal vaccine for those entering 12th grade if born after September 15, 1999 OR 1 dose if received when the student is 16 years of age or older.

KACT's Spring Comedy Play: This Weekend!

This coming weekend is KACT's spring comedy play, Taming the Wild Wild West in a Dress. A poster is attached and we'd appreciate it if you could possibly share it.


Our cast of 17 actors includes 8 students from Knoxville Schools - some in the lead roles. Six students are in high school, one is from the middle school and one is from Northstar Elementary. They've worked very hard getting the show ready and would love to have their friends and neighbors come to see this fun, family friendly show.

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Spring into Parks: This Weekend!

Knoxville, Iowa-Thrive Knoxville in partnership with The Well presents Spring into Parks 2019. Spring into Parks will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 1-5 PM. The goal of this year’s event is to build-out Panther Park at 309 West Main St. in Knoxville with funding from the Knoxville Wellness Coalition. Panther Park will include raised garden beds, handicap accessible picnic tables, a fire pit and a restored basketball court.

“We look forward to creating a space that promotes community and wellness,” said Cassi Pearson, Superintended of the Knoxville Community School District. “We hope people will utilize Panther Park as a picnic spot and see it as a place to bring their children to play, said Pearson.

Volunteer jobs may include raking leaves, trash pick-up, park repairs, assembly of park furniture, picnic tables, planting trees and other valuable community service projects. There are 2 and 4-hour slots available. Duties will be assigned the day of the event. Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d45a8af22a3f85-2019. More information can be found on the Spring into Parks Facebook page.

Thrive Knoxville acts as an incubator to kick-start community engagement and facilitate community service projects to continue to strengthen the Knoxville community. The goal is to pass on the projects long-term to other organizations in the community, so Thrive can keep on creating. The Well will combine their annual Transform volunteer event, where volunteers work on community betterment projects throughout the week, with Spring into Parks moving forward.

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Marion County Public Health

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Little Panther Relays: May 25

The Knoxville Wellness Committee will sponsor a youth track and field meet on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. We are inviting kids from throughout Iowa to compete in five different age groups. Age groups (as of May 25th, 2019), information and entry form are as follows.
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