PANTHER PRESS

December 4, 2020

From the Supt.
Dear Panther Families~


You may have heard that the CDC has provided additional options regarding quarantining for those that may have been exposed to COVID-19. Marion County Public Health has approved using these changes, and KCSD will also begin to use the guidelines beginning next week for new cases. If students have been quarantining, they will need to continue to do so until the original date of return is met.


KCSD will continue to follow the dates provided to students/families from Marion County Public Health. As the new guidelines are implemented, many students will miss less school due to quarantining.


If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will still be required to isolate for 10 days and must be fever free before returning to school. There is no change in this protocol.


Below you will find the most recent 5-Day Average Rates for our district. Overall, we are still in good shape and plan to continue having school in our buildings. We appreciate the care our families took over Thanksgiving to keep our students healthy, so we can keep kids in schools and activities. We are hopeful the Governor will allow our middle school activities to resume after December 10. Look for more information next week.


Have a great weekend!


Cassi Pearson, KCSD Superintendent

309 W Main Street, Knoxville, IA 50138

o: (641) 842-6551

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

District Data

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!

Preschoolers Give the Grinch a Heart

This month in preschool we are learning about being kind. When we get caught doing something Kind we get to put a heart on the Grinch. We are always exploring with some fun Christmas candy STEM activities and building lots of things. We are looking forward to more fun Christmas activities and our Grinch party!

8th Grade Language Arts

In language arts this semester, students have read a variety of short stories, with an emphasis on analyzing the stages of plot, conflict, point-of-view, and characterization. Some of the stories students have read are "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and a play narrated by Orson Welles called "The Hitchhiker". In addition, students read "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, a story about a man who has a surgery that triples his intelligence. "Flowers for Algernon" is a particularly interesting story because it leads to a discussion over the nature and importance of intelligence. The discussion over that story also centers around characterization, with students analyzing how a writer develops a character in his or her story. Students then develop their own character, using some of these techniques themselves.



8th Grade Mock Trial: State Tournament

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Mock Trial Team for placing 10th at the 2020 State Mock Trial Tournament. This year's competition has been done virtually through zoom. There were 80 teams from across the state this year. 24 teams advanced to the State Tournament.
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Front Row: Ella Pelong, Madi Day-Suhr, Janie Maasdam

Back Row:Elliott King, Jackson Felton, Faith Nelson, Marlea Cox, Hannah Dunkin & Celia Marean.

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Panther Success

Jaden Clark is the first student this year from Panther Success to complete all of his required coursework for graduation. Jaden plans to work full time at Weiler and may attend college for welding. Students who are part of the Panther Success program do coursework using the Edgenuity program and are self paced to finish at their convenience. KHS is very proud of Jaden and all of the hard work he has put into earning his degree!

Upcoming home events:

* Tue, Dec. 8: JV1/V G/V B BB v. Clarke, 500 PM @Knoxville High School

* Tue, Dec. 8: JV1/JV2 B/JV2 G BB v. Clarke, 500 PM @Knoxville Middle School

* Sat, Dec. 12: V WR - Knoxville Invitational, 1000 AM


* Sat, Dec. 12: JV/V G/B BW v. Newton, 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 are currently suspended until 1159 PM on Thursday, December 10

  • High school extracurricular activities can continue

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

Events will be streamed for free on the KHS Activities channel on YouTube.


Big Wins this past week!


  • Our dance team performed 3 routines at the State Dance Team Championships on November 18 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and 6 individuals competed in the State Solo contest that same day as well. They will know their results on December 5 at 100 PM!

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

    • They opened their season with a 39-32 road win over PCM and followed that up with a thrilling, last-second win over Van Meter in triple overtime, 66-65.

  • Our boys basketball team opened their season with a win this week - 62-55 at PCM!

  • Our wrestling, bowling, and boys swimming teams all have their first competitions in the very near future as well!


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.


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

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

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

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