PANTHER PRESS

February 2022

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Celebrating Public Schools Week

We were pleased to celebrate National Public Schools Week February 21-25, 2022!


Nine out of every 10 students are educated by public schools. This week we honor the more than 51 million students, 3.2 million teachers, and hundreds of thousands of specialists, administrators and support staff working in public schools across America.

Please join us in celebrating public schools, the Knoxville Community School District, and the students and staff of this great community!

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We Appreciate Our School Counselors!

During the week of February 7, we celebrate National School Counseling Week!


We want to thank our Knoxville counselors for their unique contribution within our school systems and highlight the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.


Our school counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They work in a partnership with families as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world, and focus on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development.


Counselors also work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system in which students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.


Thank you to those pictured and to our interns, Allison Pleggenkuhle and Chanae Fitzgerald!

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Thank You to Our SRO!

February 15 was School Resource Officer Appreciation Day. We would like to express our appreciation for our SRO, Kyle Keller! Thank you for all you do for our students, staff, and families.


KCSD benefits from its community partnerships, including with the Knoxville Police Department. We are grateful for this important resource!

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Congratulations to Jasper McGrath, Brianna Murphy, Johanna Leonard, and Erin Graeve who performed their Readers Theatre piece at the Large Group State Speech Contest in Cedar Rapids!

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Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the District Equity Coordinator Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, (641)842-6551 or linda.russell@kcsd.k12.ia.us. Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator. The Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator is Linda Russell, Director of Human Resources. The District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Coordinator is Lindsay Rains. Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with this federal non-discrimination law can contact her at (641)842-3315 or lindsay.rains@kcsd.k12.ia.us. These individuals have been designated by the District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800)457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (312)730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60661, (800)669-4000. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.