October 26, 2017

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Mrs. McBride's Short Stories class is taking advantage of the comfy chairs in the KHS Media Center, as they work together and read.
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Our school health team is here to help! Erin Prevo, Health Associate at West Elementary, and Tina VandeKamp, Health Associate at Northstar Elementary, work with Angie Mitchell, School Nurse to provide more coverage at all the buildings. If you have any questions, concerns or information to pass along, please let them know.

Here are some friendly tips and reminders from the Nurse’s Office:

Help your student stay healthy by encouraging them to:

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.



  • Get an hour of physical activity/play every day.

  • Get 8-10 hours of sleep...every night.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Dress for the weather: layers, extra jacket, extra clothes are helpful.

  • Stay home if ill.

Illness and when to stay home from school:

  • Fever over 100 and not feeling well. May return when fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin.

  • Vomiting: may return when vomit free for 24 hours and able to tolerate a regular diet.

  • Diarrhea: may return when diarrhea free for 24 hours and able to tolerate a regular diet.

  • Starting antibiotics: students may generally return when they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours, are fever free (see above) and feeling well enough to attend school.

Facts about Head Lice:

  • Assume head lice is always a concern

  • “Take a Peek Once a Week”: Check your child regularly, especially if they have an itchy scalp.

  • If you find lice and/or nits, treat head lice with an over the counter head lice shampoo following the instructions exactly; comb-comb-comb; wash, shampoo and comb-comb-comb every night in between head lice shampoo treatments.

  • Wash bedding, coats, sweatshirts, and clothing. Vaccum.

  • Check all family members. Treat if necessary.

Did you know?

  • Head lice do not fly or jump? They move by crawling and are spread by direct head-to-head contact with someone who has head lice.

  • Spread by clothing, such as hats and personal care items like combs, is uncommon?

  • Personal hygiene and cleanliness have nothing to do with who can or cannot get lice?

  • The school nurse will be happy to check your child? Just call and ask: 641-891-6016.

Marion County Public Health offers a variety of services from immunizations to WIC to I-Smiles dental care to help with transportation. Call 641-828-2238 to find out more.

Health Regards!

Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN, School Nurse


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The story of “The Elevator” was very exciting to the students in Mrs. Hansen’s 8th grade Language Arts class. The story was open ended, and the students had to make a google slide to write an ending to the story. The students had a lot of fun working on this project, for they all had different ideas of what the ending of the story world be and want the elevator looks like with the characters on it.

Click here to view their google slide projects!

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Bravo! Concert Series: Jimmy Weber

Jimmy Weber plays at 7pm on Veteran's Day! Let’s fill the house and enjoy this special evening! Veterans & Active Military Personnel Tickets available at the VFW, The Legion & Iowa State Savings Bank in Knoxville (while supplies last). General Admission Tickets are available online at: or at ISSB.

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KCSD Administrative Office

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KCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Knoxville Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator Jill Van Woerkom, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or The grievance will then be directed to the appropriate administrator charged with managing the program or department specified in the grievance.

The Board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.