April 27, 2018

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Preparing for 2018-19 School Year

Now 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 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

Upcoming Online Registration for 2018-19

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 NOW is the time to ask for login assistance.

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)

JMC is a great source of information to stay up-to-date with your child's academics THROUGHOUT the SCHOOL YEAR. Parents/guardians can utilize JMC year-round to:

  • check PROGRESS reports of each child in 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
    2018-2019 Academic Calendar

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

    Transportation Reminders

    With Spring upon us, 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 (below).

    Please remind your student who rides a bus to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible at all times while waiting at the stop. This goes for our city stop and country route riders.

    Brenda Dunkin, KCSD Transportation Assistant Director

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


    KCSD Staff Members Attend Conference in Washington, D.C.

    Last week Angie Mitchell, Jen Wright, and Mandy Hudson traveled to Washington D.C. to attend a train the trainer conference for Mental Health First Aid. The conference was geared specifically toward those who work with youth. It occurred over the course of five days and required 40 hours of training including instructional lectures, hands on activities, exams, and a presentation of the material. MHFA is striving to educate and inform people so that they can “be the difference” in someone’s life. Beginning this year, MHFA training is a requirement for all KCSD certified employees. As Angie Mitchell, KCSD’s nurse stated, “"It was an intense week of classes and practice sessions to become a trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, but I came away with more tools for my toolbox. We developed skills to use when talking with adolescents and having those sensitive, crucial conversations around mental health and suicide. It was a beneficial week." Starting in June, Mandy, Jen, and Angie will hold training sessions with the KCSD staff in cooperation with Marion County Public Health. As a district we have the mission of “Ensuring a Culture of Excellence for Every Student.” Mental Health First Aid training and the resources provided help us as a district to be ambassadors of this mission.
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    Two class options:

    • Morning classes are 8:15 to 11:00, Tues.-Fri. OR
    • Afternoon classes are 12:00-2:45, Tues.-Fri.

    To register, complete these forms and return to Sue at the West Elementary Office. Questions? Please contact Sue at 641-842-2185 opt. 1

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    4th Grade: Exercise Your Character

    On April 12th, all 4th grade students attended Exercise Your Character at Hy-Vee Hall. This event focuses on making healthy choices. In addition to dancing and exercising, students heard messages focused on perseverance under pressure and doing your best in school and in life. The presenters included U.S. women’s Olympic gold medalist in hockey Hannah Brandt, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, motivational speaker King Nahh, and WNBA forward Rebekkah Brunson from the Minnesota Lynx.

    After the event, Hy-Vee provided all students and staff with sack lunches which we enjoyed at Gray’s Lake. Students also came away with a swag bag. Thanks Hy-Vee for this opportunity!

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    Problem Solving With Solar Cars

    6th grade Science students continue working through challenging assignments, even as the school year winds down. For many years, Mr. Timm has borrowed solar car kits from UNI in Cedar Falls. Many students think it will be an easy project. Every students starts with a working solar panel and motor. Otherwise, no initial help is given to the students. They work to figure out why the car doesn't move or how / where to put the parts together so they have a successful project. Finally, after three or four school days, Mr. Timm begins to make suggestions to help relieve some of the stress of problem solving.

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    Calculating Speed & Kinetic Energy

    The 8th grade Science students have been learning about Kinetic and Potential Energy. They have had a student teacher from Central College taking them through this unit! His name is Mr. Smith. They carried out a lab to show the relationship between speed and kinetic energy. It was the only nice day we had, and it turned out to be the day we had the lab, so we got to go outside! They gathered data on different movements, calculated speed and kinetic energy, and then graphed their data to show the relationship between the two.

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    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 KHS 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. Grimm & Mr. Rump will be the in car and classroom instructors 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 Driving School).

    Questions concerning the summer drivers education program at KHS? Please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975 or e-mail @

    COMMUNITY Partner Flyers

    Bravo! Concert Series @ KPAC

    The Bravo! Concert Series invites you to join us for an evening of hilarious interactive comedy with Broadway's Next Hit Musical coming up on Friday, April 27th at 7:00 pm!

    If you loved Second City, don't miss this performance! Tickets: $25/adults, $10/students available at the door or at

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    Custom yearbooks are still available, but shipping charges are applicable. The deadline previously given was for our schools' bulk order. Those yearbooks will arrive by May21st. Go to: and enter the passcode: 1015064502971783. Thanks to the Knoxville Elementary PTO for making this option available. Questions? Message the Elementary PTO on Facebook or email
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