K.O. Knudson Academy of the Arts

September 18, 2023

From Bob Gerye, Interim Principal

This will mark my last week as Interim Principal at KO. It is anticipated that the new principal will be in place sometime between the 22nd and 29th of September.

It has been such a pleasure to work with our kids this school year, after having worked with them briefly last spring. I wish every one of them a successful and goals focused future as they head to high school and post-secondary education/training!

KO is a special place...please continue your support of our kids and staff as you start a new journey with your new principal!

Bob Gerye

Parents: Stay updated!

In order to stay updated and to receive the most up to date information regarding KO events, performances, sports, or changes to the activities calendar, please go to our website: knudsonms.org

Here, you will scroll down to the calendar on the homepage, and this will provide the most up to date information.

As always, the best way to communicate to families is through our weekly newsletter. Please check it throughout the week as well, as activities do change.

Thank you!


PARENTS: We need your help!

Please make sure your child has created an Instaraise account and that they have shared our fundraiser with at least 20 adult family members or family friends.

Adult family and friends can donate of purchase items from anywhere, not just Las Vegas. Items purchased get shipped directly to the person.

Please help us raise student generated funds so we can plan special incentives and events for our students.

KO SCHOOLWIDE FUNDRAISER: KO Knudson schoolwide (instaraise.com)

Our school wide fundraiser has been extended until September 24th. If students did not set up accounts in PAWS, you can help them set up accounts now.

Donations of $100 earn you a 3-day paid getaway in Las Vegas or Florida! Check out details here: https://shareliferewards.org/SlimCode?code=CWACTCODE

All students need to have 20-30 friends and family contacts (names, emails, & phone numbers) added to their account so they can share their fundraiser with family near and far.

See Attached Parent Letter: Parent Fundraiser Letter

Parent Video Instructions: Parents Video - YouTube

Student Video Instructions: Insta Raise Kick Off on Vimeo

Engagement Center Parent Interest Survey

Hello, Parents and Guardians of K.O. Knudson Academy of the Arts!

The Knudson Parent Engagement Center is here to offer you classes, meetings, and workshops that are tailored to your needs. Our team is constantly working to improve our content and ensure that it supports families in the best way possible. That's why we're reaching out to you today for your input and suggestions.

We have attached a Family Interest Survey for you to complete. We value your feedback and believe that it will help us develop content that is both relevant and useful to you. Your involvement is essential and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Knudson MS 23-24 Family Interest Survey

Knudson MS 23-24 SPANISH Family Interest Survey

SBAC Test Results


Please look for student SBAC test results as each 7th and 8th grade student will come home with them on Thursday, September 21.

Incoming 6th grade students would have had them mailed to them from their elementary school or hand delivered to them here at KO.

Students not participating in spirit week dress, must be in SSA. No exceptions.

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Cheer tryouts will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023 from 2:05pm - 3:45pm in room 611.

Students cleared to tryout will be notified on 9/18/23 and will need to attend the mandatory Cheer Intramurals which will be held on September 20 & 21 from 2:05-3:45pm in room 611. All students who want to try out for cheer must attend intramurals.

Only students who have been completely cleared through KO's activities office can try out for Cheer.

Please see Ms. Martinez or Ms. Carrizzo for information.

Sport Registration Information

If you are interested in BASKETBALL or SOCCER complete your registration NOW at https://www.registermyathlete.com/login/

Be sure to select 2023-2024 option when selecting your sport of interest. Registration includes but is not limited to: a GPA/Grade check, proof of insurance and a health physical completed by a licensed professional. The medical physical papers the doctor needs to fill out can be downloaded from https://www.registermyathlete.com/login/ or picked up from the Front Office.

Step-by-Step Instructions: Click below




Once fully registered, your athlete will be eligible to try out for the team. Try out dates will be announced as they come up.

Flag Football Updated Schedule

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Basketball Informational Meeting

There is an informational meeting for STUDENTS who are interested in trying out for basketball on Tuesday, September 26, in the GYM from 2:10pm - 3:00pm All students will need a ride home no later than 3:10pm.

Late Activity Pick Up

PARENTS: Please be advised that students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of any school activity after regular school hours, to include sports, performing arts and any other activity that has a game or performance after school. Failure to do so may exclude your student from further participation in that activity.

Google Family Link

Google Family Link is a FREE family parental controls service by Google that allows parents to adjust parameters for their children's devices. The application allows parents to restrict content, approve or disapprove apps, set screen times, turn off the phone, track their child's location, restrict phone calls/text messaging, and restrict access to phone usage during the school instructional day.

Create Your Google Family Link FREE Account Here

Student Success Update

  • Ms. Fernando has administered attendance and behavior contracts to students who have more than five tardies this year. Please continue to encourage your child to arrive at class on-time and be in attendance at school each day. We currently have a 93.83% attendance rate at Knudson. We are looking forward to celebrating the grade level with the highest attendance average on the next First Friday-October 6th, 2023.
  • We are so proud of our students who have been attending school in Standard Student Attire. Keep up the great work!
  • Students have been doing a great job ensuring their student ID is displayed once they enter the campus. Please continue to ensure they keep up the great work!
  • Currently, we have 26% of students enrolled in PE this quarter who are not dressing out for class. If your child does not dress out for PE, this is considered a minor behavior. Please visit the KO webstore to purchase your child's PE uniform. They may coordinate uniform pickup with their PE teacher.

Tardy = Detention

In between each class period, we host a tardy lockout. Students who are tardy must report to the Quad or any Campus Security Monitor (CSM) to receive their detention slip. This detention slip serves as the students pass to class. They should give it to their teacher upon entering class. The after-school detention must be served within a week, or the student will receive lunch detention. After-school detention is held in the cafeteria until 3:00 p.m. Please arrive at 3:00 p.m. to pick up your child.

Lunch detention will be held on Tuesday & Thursday of each week. Our first lunch detention will be held on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023. Our students with the most unserved after-school detentions will be hosted in silent lunch first. Every child will receive a hot meal, they will eat lunch silently in room 701, cell phones will not be permitted, and they will engage in a quick time-management activity with Mr. Ariza. You should receive a Parentlink message when your child is assigned a silent lunch. You will also receive a ParentLink once your child is assigned a silent lunch detention. Remember, to ATTEND, LEARN & STRIVE FOR FIVE...we want our students to have less than five tardies and absences this school year! GO COUGARS!

IDs. SSA. On. Every day.

Thank you parents for helping your child remember to enter campus with their ID on. We appreciate your continued support.

Remember, that for student safety, if students forget their ID they will have a new one printed to be worn that day. Each new ID printed is $5 and a lanyard is $1. If students do not pay at that time, the fee will be placed on their account which will need to be paid as soon as possible.

Standard Student Attire (SSA)

Please remember that K.O. Knudson Academy is a Standard School Attire (SSA) school. SSA guidelines are found below to assist you with back-to-school shopping. Most department stores sell these items and we currently have a special package available on our website at the following link: https://bit.ly/3z52Zh3

If students are dress coded and borrow KO clothing, they need to return it at the end of the day to the Cafeteria. Otherwise, their account will be charged $10 per article of clothing. Thank you for making sure students come to campus dressed appropriately.


SSA Examples

Click Below to view the KO Knudson PRIDE Matrix and the Student Success Bulletin!

Rave Review Program

This program is for employees who have demonstrated excellence in character,

performance, and service. Fellow employees, parents/guardians, students, and

community members are all eligible to nominate an employee.

If you would like to nominate a K.O staff member please click the link below.


In the Community

"Transition in Education: Thriving in Middle School" & "Digital Citizenship: Safe & Responsible Technology Use"

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Fossil Day Art Contest

K-12 students can enter the Protectors of Tule Springs' annual Fossil Day Art Contest. Prizes will be awarded to student winners and their teachers. In addition, all K-12 students who enter the contest are welcome to attend the Fossil Day celebration on October 7th at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Event admission is FREE and participants will receive a door prize. Please see the attached flyers and resources for more information.



Flag Football Schedule