MARCH 28, 2018

  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Mar. 30th & Monday, Apr. 2nd
  • Complete calendar is linked here. Choose your preferred format (week, month or agenda).
  • Transportation Reminders

    With Spring right around the corner, the Transportation Department would like to remind parents and students of the “Hard Surface” stops for the rural riders. Please familiarize yourself with this information and let us know if you have questions. In addition to hard surface routes, information regarding bus expectations & city bus stops are outlined on our website:

    Please remind your student who rides a bus from a City Stop to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible at all times while waiting at the stop.

    Brenda Dunkin

    KCSD Transportation Assistant Director

    o: (641) 842-3313 m: (641) 780-7648


    Sign up early to get the session that best fits your schedule. *Morning classes are 8:15 to 11:00, Tues.-Fri. *Afternoon classes are 12:00-2:45, Tues.-Fri.

    To register, complete these forms and return to Sue at the West Elementary Office.

    A parent meeting for incoming preschool students is set for April 24 at 5:30pm & a parent meeting for 2018-2019 kindergarten students will be held at on April 26 at 5:30pm, both at West Elementary.

    Questions? Please contact Sue at 641-842-2185 opt. 1

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    Reminder for Upcoming Online Registration for the 2018-19 School Year

    In order to register your child(ren) for school this summer, your JMC username and password is necessary to begin the registration process. If you do not remember login information, please contact your child's school office A.S.A.P. (contact information below). School building offices are closed during the summer, so please them know right away if in need of login information.

    JMC is a great source of information to stay up-to-date with your child's academics throughout the school year. Parents can utilize JMC year-round to:

    • check progress reports of each child in their household
    • view lunch transactions (link to is available for lunch payments)
    • view/print student report cards
    • bus information (currently being updated)
    • review student health and attendance records
    • view/print student transcripts
    • verify student schedules and advisors
    • verify/update parent/guardian contact information


    West Elementary 842-2185 (Sue)

    Northstar Elementary 842-6527 (Lesa)

    Middle School 842-3315 (Mary or Kendra)

    High School 842-2173 (Pam, Stacy or Rachelle)

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    Preparing for 2018-19 School Year

    April is here and as school year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about next school year!

    This is a great time to make appointments for physicals, eye and dental appointments, medication refills, and immunization updates.

    Immunization updates are especially important for PK, K, 7th and 12th grade students.

    Friendly reminders:

    • All students PK-12: Annual Health History Form
    • Grades 6-12 (optional): Tylenol consent
    • 12th grade: NEW 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. REQUIRED before starting senior year.
    • 9th grade: Proof of a dental exam. An exam within 1 year before to 4 months after enrollment in 9th grade is acceptable. Your dentist should have the form.
    • 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. REQUIRED before starting 7th grade.
    • 3rd grade: Proof of an vision exam. An exam within 1 year before and 6 months after enrollment in 3rd grade is acceptable. Your eye doctor should have the form.


    1. Health History Form

    2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines: REQUIRED BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL

    3. Kindergarten Physical (and lead test)

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

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

    6. For those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

    7. For those who need daily medication at school: Medication Administration Form


    1. Health History Form

    2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines REQUIRED BEFORE STARTING PRE-SCHOOL

    3. PreSchool Physical

    4. For those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

    5. For those who need daily medication at school: Medication Administration Form

    Healthy regards,

    Angie Mitchell, RN, BSN

    Knoxville School Nurse

    Dance Team Showcase

    The Knoxville High School Dance Team invites you to attend their 2017-2018 Season Showcase on Saturday, April 7th at the High School Gym at 7PM. The Showcase will include 50+ K-5 Clinic dancers, the dance team's state routines, and the Co-Ed routine! Be sure to attend the fun-filled evening and support the dance team! Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for K-12 Students, and 5 and Under Free (clinic dancers are admitted free to the showcase).

    Summer Drivers Education Classes

    Driver Education will again be offered this spring at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two sessions offered at Knoxville High School in the summer of 2018.

    • The first summer session will begin Tuesday, June 5th and conclude on Saturday, June 16th. This session will include classroom hours every day except Sunday for three hours (8-11am).
    • The second summer session will begin Monday, July 16th and conclude on Friday, July 27th. This session will include classroom hours every day except Sunday for three hours (8-11am).
      • Mr. Tom Grimm will be the in car and classroom instructor for these sessions. Registration forms are available HERE, in the High School office, or can be accessed from the website

    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. 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 drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail

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    Draw the Line/Respect the Line program

    Currently at Knoxville Middle School, the Life Skills classes will be participating in a program called Draw the Line/Respect the Line led by program facilitator, Alissa Swarts. This is our Health unit and will last for about two weeks. The program helps students learn ways to prevent HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The lessons emphasize that choosing not to have sex is the safest choice during this time in their life.

    In sixth grade, students will receive 5 lessons. In seventh and eighth grade, the students will receive 7 lessons. The lessons focus on peer pressure and how to resist it. Learning to resist peer pressure is important for many situations. Students will learn and practice ways to resist pressure by role playing. Communication and decision-making skills will also be taught!

    The Draw the Line/Respect the Line program includes homework activities to help parents and children talk about personal limits. We hope parents will work with their children on these. This homework is voluntary and students will not share answers in class. During this program, students have a chance to ask questions that might come up and Alissa does a great job of answering those questions.

    Overall, this unit is very informative for the students and Alissa does a great job of teaching this unit. We look forward to working with her next year as well!

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    6th Grade Science


    Recently, the 6th grade Science classes have been learning about the basics of DNA. The students made DNA models out of red licorice and colored marshmallows. The new Science standards are really pushing for models to explain what we are talking about.


    With the talk of DNA, an activity called FINGERPRINT SCIENCE, helped the students learn about fingerprints - how to use flour to make a fingerprint visible and easier to see. They also attempted to use scotch tape to "collect" and save fingerprints. Using paintbrushes gently was not an easy task.


    The students were intoduced to stereo microscopes to determine the type of fingerprint on each of their fingers - plain arch, tented arch, ulnar loop, radical loop, plain whorl, central pocket loop, double loop, and accidental whorl.


    Each of the sixth graders will be using a kit to make a solar car during the first week in April. The students will get no help from me - at the beginning. It is a frustrating, challenging, and problem solving activity to get the students to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX to think of possible solutions for each problem they encounter. A big part of the project is to motivate the students ti speak with each other and come up with possible solutions.

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    Second Grade: Math Problems & Penguins

    Second graders have been working to solve this math word problem. Can you figure it out? Be sure to put a label on your answer.

    In the parking lot at Casey's, there are a total of 40 wheels touching the ground. How many vehicles are there, and what kind of vehicles are they?

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    Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

    West Elementary would like to thank HyVee for helping us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. Managers Kelly Kayser, Kathy Reece, and Jake Willoughby came to read books written by Dr. Seuss to each kindergarten - second grade classroom. Each class was given five new books for students to enjoy.

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    Knoxville Elementary Yearbook: "Where the Wild Things Are"

    This year, Knoxville Elementary PTO is putting together and selling a TreeRing yearbook!
    • The yearbooks only come with two free customized pages until April 15th. After that the yearbooks are just standard but they are the same price. All customization and orders are made online with - no order forms are being sent home.
    • The price is $18. A small amount of the cost will go back to our schools.
    • Parents can contact for questions and support and me as well (Sarah Adams) if they need at
    • 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.

    We are so excited to be able to offer these high quality yearbooks with the theme "Where the Wild Things Are"!

    Sarah Adams, Knoxville Elementary PTO

    P.S. Our next and last elementary PTO meeting for this school year is coming up on Thursday, April 5th at 6pm at Northstar. This is an important one where we approve field trips, elect officers and make other decisions for next year. It's a great time to come and see what PTO is all about and support our elementary schools!

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    Who’s ready to Spring into Parks?!?!?!?

    Volunteers WANTED . . . a FANTASTIC DAY has been planned . . . ALL ages welcome!

    Register TODAY at this link!


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    2018-2019 Academic Calendar

    Click on this heading to view the academic calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

    KCSD Administrative Office

    The Panther Press is a weekly collective newsletter for parents and community members. Do you have an article or flier to share? Please submit to for consideration.
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