September 11, 2020

Free Meals for All KCSD Students

City Bus Stop Changes


**** 4th graders will now ride BUS 3****


- Wheel Estates -- Bus 14 - will pick up ALL students

a.m. pickup time will be 7:28

- Westridge stops -- Bus 10 - will pick up these students

Pickup times will remain the same

Contact the bus barn at 641-842-3313 if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Brenda Dunkin

KCSD Transportation Director

o: (641) 842-3313


Preschool Registration

There is still time to register for our free four-year-old preschool program! Email Cindy or call her at 641-842-2185, option 1 today! Parents may complete a registration packet and return to the West Elementary office.
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Virtual Learning Contacts

For families utilizing virtual learning, please direct any questions you may have to the contact listed below at your student's school building.

West: Mr. Klein

Northstar: Mr. Keitges

KMS: Mr. Keefer

KHS: Mr. Wilkins or Mr. Sandy

Coughing, sneezing, congestion, muscle aches, sore throat, loss of smell, fever...

Is it Covid-19, allergies, influenza or a common cold? It can be hard to tell when symptoms can overlap each illness. Your healthcare provider is the best resource for accurate information about treatments for illness and recommendations about testing. Not everyone with symptoms of illness will meet the criteria for Covid-19 testing. Call your provider for directions about how to proceed.

Upcoming home events -

*Fri, Sep. 11: Varsity FB v. Pella, 700 PM ** moved to Pella

* Mon, Sep. 14: 7 VB v. Pella, 430 PM

* Mon, Sep. 14: 9 FB v. Pella, 600 PM

* Tue, Sep. 15: 7 FB v. Chariton, 430 PM

Big wins this past week:

  • Our Football team had a thrilling 27-26 win over Keokuk last Friday night.

    • Dating back to last year, our team has now won 5 home games in a row.

  • Our Volleyball team is off to an awesome start this season!

    • They went 4-0 and won the Newton Tournament with wins over PCM, Newton, Saydel, and Des Moines Hoover and are now 2-0 in South Central Conference play after defeating Albia and Chariton on the road!

    • They now have a 22 match conference winning streak and are 7-1 overall this season!

  • Norah Pearson is currently ranked #8 in the Class 3A individual Cross Country rankings!

The Knoxville Store

In partnership with Ramaeker Enterprises Inc., we are excited to unveil 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.

Spectators at Home Fall Events

As we navigate the return of school-sponsored activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some key things spectators need to know about attending events at Knoxville Community Schools:

    • Masks are required for spectators

    • There will be no limit to the number of spectators at events as long as social distancing can be maintained.

      • Spectators in the same family may sit or stand together, but should social distance from others.

      • All other spectators should use six feet of social distancing.

    • Students in 6th grade and younger must sit with their parents.

      • Parents of children this age cannot drop these children off at our events unsupervised.

  • If social distancing is not maintained by spectators, capacity restrictions may have to be enacted at any time.

Our Return to Activities Plan

At their August 10 meeting, the KCSD Board of Education approved our Return to Activities Plan. Our complete plan can be found here.

Fall Sports!

The fall sports season is upon us! Here is information about KMS and KHS fall sports!

  • All home events in the KHS gym and all school concerts in KPAC will be streamed LIVE on the NFHS Network! Go to for more details!
  • Get schedules for all extra-curricular KMS and KHS 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.

2020 KHS Homecoming Shirts Are On Sale!

Order yours at Shirts are $10 each and orders are due by Sunday 9/13 at 11:59 PM. Any questions, please email Mr. Gibbons. Shirts will be delivered the week of Homecoming, 9/28-10/2.

KHS Student Senate Fundraising for Water Bottle Filler Station

KHS Student Senate is selling water bottles as a fundraiser. Due to Covid, the water fountains are shut off at all schools. The goal of this fundraiser is to help purchase an additional water bottle filler station at KHS. We appreciate your support!!

All orders will be processed as they ordered. Please select your student's school if you would like it delivered there, or select to pick up at Ramaeker's on the square.

Homecoming Tattoos

Homecoming Tattoo sales are still on! Here is the new process:

  1. A baggie with a paper form will be given to your student (approximately) on Thursday, Sept. 15th. Please fill out the paper form in the baggie. You will place the money for tattoos in this baggie. Baggies are due back to your student's office by Friday Sept. 25th.
  2. Please fill out the online form. This will close Wednesday Sept. 23rd
  3. Your student's teacher will pass out tattoos in the baggie on Sept. 29th or 30th in the baggie.

Any questions please contact Whitney McWilliams ( or Sean Gibbons ( Thanks and Go Panthers!

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.

From the HS Counseling Office

All High School Students and Parents:

New KCSD Website and Mobile App!

We are very pleased to share the newly designed Knoxville Community School District website and mobile app!

The website, located at, provides a seamless user experience, allowing visitors to more quickly access important information and updates. It will also be easier to track usage and make updates, expanding the district’s ability to use the website to communicate with students and families in real time.

In addition, KCSD has 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.

“We are thrilled to launch our new website and mobile app as part of our efforts to continually improve our communication and engagement with parents, staff, students and community members,” said Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent. “In addition to having a fresh look and feel, the site is now much more intuitive for both the staff members updating it and the visitors browsing it. We look forward to using both our website and the app to deliver important news, updates and information moving forward.”

The new website is also now compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. KCSD’s previous site, for example, was missing elements like closed captioning, large print, multi-language capabilities and contrast in colors. The site is supported by CampusSuite, a company that focuses on K-12 digital platforms.

The KCSD app is available for download on iOS devices at, and Android devices at

We encourage you to check out the new website and download the app today. Please do not hesitate to give us your feedback if you have any ideas for how we might improve either one. We look forward to using these digital platforms to deliver important news, updates and information moving forward.


Barry Smith, Director of Technology

2020-21 KCSD Academic Calendar

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 or see a class scheduled here.

Sign Up To Receive Alerts

Sign up and/or update your subscription to receive alerts regarding school cancellations/delay and/or activity changes, you will need to subscribe to this service through GovDelivery. You can choose to receive text messages, email messages, or both. Please don’t delay, sign up today:

Dance Team Gear

Parents of The KHS Dance Team are holding a fundraiser. Place your order today as their web store closes this Sunday night!
Library Series: Voter Education

Knoxville Public Library Sponsoring Voter Education Classes

Hello Library Friends,

The Knoxville Public Library is thrilled to be partnering with Knoxville alumna Melissa Molloy to offer a series of nonpartisan voter education classes. This dynamic sequence of classes will be offered via Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 pm. Participants may attend any and all courses that they are interested in, or able to attend.

  • 9/16: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Voting and Elections (in 1 hour or less)
  • 9/23: Why Your Vote Matters: The Case for Voting, Even When it Feels Like a Waste of Your Time
  • 9/30: News Literacy & Responsible Voting: Skills for Confident Media Engagement
  • 10/7: Get to Know Your Ballot: A Rundown of Everyone & Everything on Your November Ballot

A little about the instructor:

Melissa, a 2015 graduate from Knoxville High School, went on to major in International & Comparative Policy Studies at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She focused her education on how policy impacts our communities and society, and in her senior year spent eight months researching and analyzing data on voter identification laws across the US. Her plans are to attend law school with an emphasis on election law or employment law beginning in fall 2021, and to continue to encourage voter participation in her community and beyond.

All of the sessions will be available at the Zoom link pasted below. Contact me with any questions; hope to “see” many of you soon!


Heather Libby

Knoxville Public Library Voter Education Series (Zoom)

Time: Sep 16, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Wed, 4 occurrence(s)

  • Sep 16, 2020 06:00 PM
  • Sep 23, 2020 06:00 PM
  • Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM
  • Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 863 7289 0481

Passcode: 914792

Find your local number:

KCSD Admin. Office

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