PANTHER PRESS

October 16, 2020

Dear Panther Families~


We are only 8 days away from midterm of our first semester! This quarter has been filled with many new things at KCSD, and I want to give a shoutout to our staff, students, and parents who have made it all possible. We are grateful to be in school with a virtual option for families!


THANK YOU to our teachers who have implemented virtual learning for students unable to attend school and for learning to teach wearing PPE and following safety protocols. They are working so hard to make sure kids are learning and feel safe.


This week the sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences was shared by email. These will be held either by Zoom or phone this year. We encourage you to sign up for a time to visit with your child’s teacher. Please contact the teacher if you have questions. Conferences will be held on October 28 & 29. There will be no school on October 30.


The impact of COVID-19 on the school remains low. Our average rates are listed in the table. Students and staff are staying home when they don’t feel well, and we appreciate this help to keep everyone healthy!

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As the weather gets colder, please remember to sign-up for our notification system. The directions are listed in the newsletter below. We announce delays and cancellations as soon as decisions are made, so families can implement their plans. If you haven’t made plans yet for these possibilities, now would be a great time to do so!


Enjoy this weekend~


Cassi Pearson, Superintendent

Knoxville Community School District

309 W Main Street, Knoxville, IA 50138

o: (641) 842-6551

e: cassi.pearson@kcsd.k12.ia.us

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Officer Keller and Chief Fuller came to the kindergarten classrooms to talk to them about the importance of wearing a seat belt. Officer Keller also showed them equipment he has to wear as a police officer.

As a part of our caring community, West Elementary students cheered on the Coaches vs. Cancer relay runners as they ran by our school.

KMS Band News

The KMS Band Program has had a really exciting start to the 2020-2021 school year! It’s been a little different from years past due to COVID. We have implemented a variety of new procedures to help keep our students safe. Below is a look at what we have been up to so far this year.


2020 KMS Marching Band Performance

On October 14th, the KMS 7th and 8th grade bands did a performance for West Elementary and some high school Band students. We videotaped the performance and will be sharing with the public at a future date. We would like to thank KMS Instructional Coach Kelly Keefer and High School Band Instructor Meredith Tipping for their help with the videotaping. I want to also give a big shout out to Officer Kyle Keller for helping with traffic control.


New COVID Band Procedures At KMS

This year has definitely been due to the current pandemic. With COVID, a group of researchers out in Colorado did several studies on how to keep our students as safe as possible. Here at Knoxville, we have implemented several new practices to ensure the safety of our students. The first change is that we are now having our band practices in the auditorium. The wind players are spread out in the seating area, while the percussion students are on the stage. Another strategy that we have implemented is having students use bell covers and towels for students to empty their water keys. After every rehearsal, both of these items are washed. Last (and certainly not least,) because we are in the auditorium, we have an advantage of providing several ways to get into the auditorium to minimize traffic. At each entrance/exit, the school has provided hand sanitizer for the students to use. The Knoxville Community School District has been extremely supportive of this effort and has provided the middle school and high school Band students bell covers and instrument towels.


6th Grade Band

The 6th Grade Band has gotten off to a great start this year. All of the 6th grade students have done a great job learning their new instrument and what it’s like to be a part of a band. We are always open to having more students join the 6th grade band. If any 6th grader is interested in being a part of this awesome band please contact Mr. McBride at tim.mcbride@kcsd.k12.ia.us.

What's Happening at KMS

Keep track of what's happening at KMS by reading our daily announcements:
  • Panther PBIS Focus
  • Meeting information for athletics organizations
  • birthday announcements
  • activities schedule
and other up-to-date important information.

UPCOMING HOME EVENTS:

* Sat, Oct. 17: V VB - Knoxville Invitational, 830 AM

* Mon, Oct. 19: V VB - Regional Quarterfinal v. Clarke, 700 PM

* Tue, Oct. 20: V G SW - Conference Meet @Indianola YMCA, 530 PM


BIG WINS THIS PAST WEEK:

  • Our Volleyball team is having an awesome season!

    • SCC Champions for the 4th consecutive year!

    • 21-5 overall

    • They have won 13 conference matches in a row at home

    • They have won 26 conference matches in a row overall

    • Marley McKay surpassed the 2000 career assists milestones

  • Norah Pearson is the conference champion in Girls Cross Country having won the race this past Tuesday in Bloomfield.

  • The fall season is winding down and postseason competition is just around the corner! Best of luck to our students performing in these upcoming postseason contests:

    • Varsity Football: State 1st round on Fri, Oct. 16 @Fort Madison, 700 PM

    • Varsity Volleyball: Regional Quarterfinal on Mon, Oct. 19 v. Clarke, here, 700 PM

    • Varsity G/B cross country: State Qualifying Meet on Wed, Oct. 21 (location TBD)

    • Choir: All-State Auditions on Sat, Oct. 24

    • Varsity Girls Swimming: Regional Meet on Sat, Nov. 7 (location to be determined)

    • Dance Team: State Championships on Nov. 17-19 in Des Moines


MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS

The winter sports season gets started next week with girls basketball and wrestling. Here is additional information.


THE KNOXVILLE STORE

In partnership with Ramaeker Enterprises Inc., we are excited to offer the Knoxville Store - the online apparel store for Knoxville Panther gear!

  • This link can be found on our school website: https://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/ and then click on the "Knoxville Store."
  • This store features apparel/gear with items from our new brand system with logo marks that have never been on the market! These are exclusive Knoxville Panther items you will only find here!
  • Some items on this store will stay from month to month - some items will change so that there are constantly new items to choose from for Panther fans!
  • Orders will be processed twice a month - on the 15th and at the end of the month and Ramaeker Enterprises will email you when your order is ready.
  • Some new items were unveiled on October 1!


NFHS Network

There were some malicious links posted on school Facebook pages over the last month advertising livestream events that were not actually valid. For events in our high school gym, we will stream on the NFHS Network (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com) and then search for Knoxville. This is a subscription-based service, but it is legitimate.

When our team is on the road and the host school offers a livestream - we will post that link on Facebook with the host school spectator guidelines that have been sent to us - this will ensure to our viewing public the post/link is authentic.

We will also stream all concerts in KPAC on there as well.


SCHEDULES

Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to www.knoxville.k12.ia.us and then clicking on "Activities Calendar". You can even sign-up for email notifications so whenever we make a change to a schedule - you can be notified immediately.


INSTAGRAM

Follow the Knoxville Activities Department on Instagram! @knoxvilleactivities

Driver Education Info.


Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. The fall classroom sessions will be held Oct. 21-Nov. 6 online via Zoom. For more information and to register, click here.

What's Happening at KHS

Keep track of what's happening at KHS by reading our daily announcements:
  • A Day or B Day
  • Weekly Panther Pride Focal Point
  • Meeting information for clubs and organizations
  • activities schedule
and other up-to-date important information.


Dear Parents/Guardians:


The Knoxville CSD will be hosting virtual parent-teacher conferences (via Zoom or phone) on October 28th and 29th. Below you will find links for each school building. Please click to schedule your conference(s) with your student's teacher(s).

Thank you,

Knoxville CSD Principals


Oct. 27: School pictures for West Elementary students & staff

Oct. 28: School pictures for all other students & staff

Oct. 28 & 29: Parent/Teacher Conferences & 2 Hr. Early Dismissals

Oct. 30: No School

Nov. 25-27: No School

2020-21 KCSD Academic Calendar

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Substitute Authorization Course Information

If you hold a bachelor's degree, obtaining a substitute authorization is easy. Sign up to become a sub today through the Heartland Area Education Agency!

Register now for a remote learning course to obtain your substitute authorization! Learn more at at Heartland.aea.org or register for the class that works for you schedule: http://ow.ly/q7vA50zA9Hi.

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