December 11, 2020

From the Supt.
Dear Panther Families~

Our KCSD School Board will be having a meeting and a work session on Monday evening. The meeting at 5:30 pm will include a public hearing for the first bid package for the precast concrete walls of the new middle school. We are very excited that the bids came in slightly below budget. This is a great way to start our project! The work session will be held with the Knoxville City Council at 6:00 pm. These two elected boards will be discussing the three options presented by Confluence in regard to the master planning of the VA campus. Anyone interested in watching or listening to the discussion will find the ZOOM link at the top of each agenda. Meeting Agenda Work Session Agenda

Our 7th & 8th graders will be resuming their extra-curricular activities today! The governor modified and extended her proclamation until December 16. Spectators are still limited to two per student participant, but we are grateful our students have the opportunity to play! At this time, we are only allowing our school teams to use our facilities. Hopefully virus activity will decrease after the winter break, and we will be able to move to Tier 2 of our Facilities Use Plan at that time.

This week we have seen a slight increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff. We are still well below the threshold to go virtual; however, we would like to encourage our families and community to please be diligent in following safety precautions: wash your hands frequently, socially distance, wear a mask, and stay home if you aren't feeling well or have been instructed by public health or your health care provider to quarantine. Our goal is to keep kids in school, but we can only do that with your help!

Have a great weekend!

Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent

309 W Main Street, Knoxville, IA 50138

o: (641) 842-6551


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The PTO does a giving tree each year for the teachers, we however know that not everyone is able to make it into the school, so we would like to give you the online version so you are able to better participate in the Giving Tree. Please select an item that fits best for your family, wrap it and bring it to school or send with your child. We will have the tree up so please make sure that the teachers name is on the package so we get it to them during their class party.

Deadline to have presents under the tree for the class parties will be December 18th.

Links are below:!/showSignUp/4090d48aea723a2fd0-west

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In Pawsitive Panther Time, we are learning about being a caring community. To help show how we care, all first grade students made Christmas cards for the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Knoxville.

Today, we delivered our cards to Homestead Assisted Living. We practiced social distancing by standing back 6 feet from the front door and wore our masks the whole time. It felt good to spread a little Christmas cheer to those who can't visit with their loved ones!

2nd Graders Explore the Properties of Matter

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Mr. Fox's 3rd grade class

We’ve been working on inherited traits during our science time! Students have been working in groups to decide which type of dog they should breed in order to create the perfect Christmas puppy! They needed to breed a dog that was medium sized, had a shiny coat, and was playful!
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Students in Ms. Crossett's US History class represent countries involved in World War 1 in 1914. They have prepared defenses and accusations for the last week and done extensive research to answer the question: Who started World War 1? Students did a great job and made very convincing arguments.They got very involved in the debate!

Pictured Below: Mackenzie Karr, Ella Rankin, and Olivia Bacon argue to defend Germany. Reece Spaur and Caidin Myers are pictured in the background, defending Austria-Hungary.

Tyce Huyck, Jalin Johnson, and Bianca Tiller passionately defend Serbia in the foreground.

Brittany Bacorn is seen lifting the flag of Russia to make a point against Austria-Hungary.


The KHS English/Language Arts department has been busy bringing big changes to the texts in their core classes and students are taking notice.

The first semester text for Mrs. McBride’s Language Arts I class was Every Day by David Levithan, which is about an entity that inhabits a different person’s body every day. When asked for their opinion of the text, one student said, “I absolutely love this book. I love the adventure, the mystery, the suspense--I just love it all. I would 100% recommend it to anybody and everybody; this book is awesome! It’s really hard to find a book that I actually am into, but I love this book so much.” Other students enjoy the inclusivity the book offers, as it includes characters from all walks of life, and they like the fact that “it brings awareness to multiple important issues.” With approximately 95% of students saying that they enjoyed reading Every Day, it was definitely a successful unit!

While Language Arts I studied fiction, Mrs. McBride’s and Mrs. Carlson’s Language Arts II students read the true story Just Mercy. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and social justice advocate, writes about his experiences working with the wrongfully imprisoned and his fight for their freedom. Although some students lamented that they did not like the writing style, a majority of them appreciated the content and understood the importance of studying such texts: “I will never fully understand what it’s like to be different than I am, but hopefully I can continue to grow in my knowledge to help others around me. This book has opened my eyes to oppression and hardship that I have never experienced and tragedies that I can’t imagine. I’m very grateful that we read this book as a class because I think in seeing things from a different perspective or way than we’re used to, it has opened our eyes. I believe it’s very important to keep learning about justice, racism, and inequality in our country and to be aware of it, since that’s the only way some of us can help.” Others enjoyed the fact that this book opened the class up for powerful discussions, which has, in turn, helped students to begin writing their essays on how to make the criminal justice system more just.

Language Arts III with Mrs. Carlson and Mr. Massman studied Sherman Alexie’s Flight. The focus of this piece of fiction was literary analysis and studying non-linear plots. The main character, Zits, is a Native American kid who has lived in 20 foster homes. He time travels and becomes several different characters throughout history. On average, students rated the book 4 out of 5 stars. One student commented, “I really enjoyed the way Alexie writes. His writing style is very personable and easy to relate to.”

We are looking forward to hosting book clubs in their classrooms and trying out podcast clubs as well.

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Upcoming home events -

* Sat, Dec. 12: JV/V G/B BW v. Newton, 1230 PM @Statesmen Lanes - Oskaloosa

* Thu, Dec. 17: MS Band Concert, 630 PM

* Fri, Dec. 18: 7 GBB v. Newton, 430 PM @Knoxville Administration Building

* Fri, Dec. 18: JV1/V G/V B BB v. E-B-F, 500 PM @Knoxville High School

* Fri, Dec. 18: JV1/JV2 B/JV2 G BB v. E-B-F, 500 PM @Knoxville Middle School

* Sat, Dec. 19: JV/V G/B BW v. Bondurant-Farrar, 1230 PM @Statesmen Lanes - Oskaloosa

Governor’s Proclamation

Governor Reynolds has issued a Proclamation that impacts extracurricular activities. Here are the most notable impacts of this on KCSD Activities:

  • Middle school sports can resume on Friday, December 11.

  • High school extracurricular activities can continue

  • Performers at school extracurricular events will receive 2 tickets for spectators and groups of spectators must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.

High School events will be streamed for free on the KHS Activities channel on YouTube.

Big Wins this past week!

  • Our dance team has received their awards from the State Dance Championships they competed at on Wednesday, November 18. Their awards are:

    • Distinguished Academic award: 3.7-4.0 GPA average as a team

    • Outstanding Community Service award (1 of 4 awarded for large schools)

    • All 6 soloists received Division 1 ratings

    • 5th place in Pom

  • Our girls basketball team is off to a 4-0 start!

    • They opened up conference play with a home win against Clarke this week

  • Our boys basketball team is off to a 2-0 start!

    • They defeated Clarke in their conference opener at home this week

  • Our boys bowling team defeated Centerville and Davis County in their season opener this week!

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: 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.

Get schedules for all extra-curricular middle school and high school activities by going to 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.

Follow the Knoxville Activities Department on Instagram! @knoxvilleactivities

A Reminder from the Nurse

Does your child require prescribed medication at school? If so, the medication must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle/container and a completed medication consent form must be turned in before the medication can be given. Parents: please bring medication to the office at your student's school. Please: Do not send medications in baggies or with your child in their lunch or pocket. We will not administer those medications. Thanks for the help to keep everyone safe!

2020-21 KCSD Academic Calendar

Merry-N County Christmas
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Festive Fresh Food Boxes
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Free Winter Coats

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Have you Downloaded the KCSD App?

The Knoxville Community School District launched its newly designed website and mobile app in June. The website provides a seamless user experience, allowing visitors to more quickly access important information and updates.

In addition, KCSD launched its first-ever mobile app, available for download on both iOS and Android devices. The app includes push notifications for alerts, news, events, schedule changes and more.

The app allows our families, students and community members to receive push notifications for news, events, schedule changes and more! Download it today!