May 3, 2019

School Board Recognition Month

May is Iowa School Board Recognition Month! When you see any of our Board members, please thank them for the time and effort they put in for the children of our community. They put in countless hours of their personal time and it is not always an easy job! Andrew Schmidt, Larissa Van Donselaar, Marty Duffy, Vickie Reed, Larry Scott – Thank you for all you do!
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All calendars have been updated on our website to reflect the schedule changes:

2019-2020 Knoxville CSD Calendar

Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship

A state-funded program for Iowans who:

  • Are new high school graduates starting college full-time or adult learners starting college at least part-time
  • Have applied for all other available aid
  • Plan to earn a credential for a high-demand job

Credentials include postsecondary certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. The Last-Dollar Scholarship is expected to be available in fall 2019.

For more information, please visit:

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Dates to Remember

  • May 7: KMS Spring Vocal Concert
  • May 10: 7-8th Grade Dance

6th Grade Social Studies

The 6th graders are currently studying Ancient Greece in Social Studies. We just completed a project where the 6th graders chose a Greek God/Goddess and researched their background. They then took that information and made a fake Facebook page (on Google Drawings) that reflected their God/Goddess’ personality. They had a lot of fun finding out who their God was friends with, who was in their family tree, and the myths they appeared in. Ask your child to see their Facebook page, they are pretty proud of them!

Driver Education

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be two summer sessions offered:

  • The 1st summer session will begin Monday, June 3rd and conclude on Saturday, June 15th. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).
  • The 2nd summer session will begin Monday, July 22nd and conclude on Saturday, August 3rd. This session will include classroom hours every day (Mon-Fri) for three hours (8-11am).

Registration forms are available HERE, in the high school office, or can be accessed from the website Mr. Grimm & Ms. Bolton will be the instructors for this course.

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 (write “free” or “reduced” on form). As a reminder, in order to receive the free and reduced benefit, students must take drivers education through the school affiliated provider (Triple ‘R’).

If you have any questions concerning the summer driver education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail

Northstar Guidance

Fourth and fifth grade students got to head outside for some springtime yoga. Students played yoga show or tell where they got to lead their classmates in various spring related yoga poses.

Third graders are finishing up learning all about emotions and cool down strategies. Some of the strategies they got to practice were coloring, using their senses, exercise, stress ball squeezes, and deep breathing. One of the breathing exercises they used was rainbow breath. Have them show you how to do it! They finished by watching the movie Inside Out.

5th Grade Science

In science, we got the opportunity to go outside and plant some vegetables in our school garden. Each student received the opportunity to contribute in some way during the planting process by prepping the soil, digging trophs, planting the seeds, watering the seeds, and making labels to show where each different vegetable was planted. During this time each student also got the opportunity to share their past gardening experiences as well as learn how to read a seed package in order to learn how to properly plant an assortment of vegetables. Finally, they observed seeds of many different vegetables and drew them to understand that seeds can differ from one another. The students loved this gardening lesson and we can’t wait to taste our vegetables at the end of the school year!

West And North Music

Last week we were very lucky to have the Colorado Children’s Chorale come and work with some of our students. Our students got to learn two new songs and make some new friends. The Chorale performed for everyone in the buildings. Several of our students came to the evening performance at KPAC and got to perform on stage with the Chorale.
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Preschool Fun

In preschool at West Elementary, we have been busy the last few months. We have had Dads and Donuts Day, Family STEM night, and Moms and Muffins. Everyone that was able to make had a great time and we look forward to a few more fun celebrations in Preschool this year.

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The school year is quickly winding down and it’s time to share some timely reminders for fall.

Pre-School Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Pre-School student in the fall of 2019? Here are the forms required for preschoolers;

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Preschool vaccines

  3. PreSchool Physical

  4. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  5. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form

Kindergarten Fall 2019 Paperwork

Will you have a Kindergarten student in the fall of 2019? What an exciting and busy time. Just a friendly reminder of all the paperwork required before school starts in the fall:

  1. Health History Form

  2. Immunization Record with required Kindergarten vaccines

  3. Kindergarten Physical

  4. Dental exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  5. Vision exam (within 1 year of start of school)

  1. Optional for those with food allergies: Diet Modification Form

  2. Optional for those who need daily or emergency medication at school: Medication Administration Form

Attention fall 7th GRADERS and fall SENIORS!!

There are immunization requirements for Fall 2019. There is no grace period so:

Up-to-date vaccine records must be turned in before the first day of school in the fall so your student can be in school!

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.

12th grade: 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.
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2019 Knoxville Youth Football Registration

-Grades 3,4,5 & 6 in the fall of 2019

-Thursday Night May 16th from 5-7pm

-National Sprint Car HoF & Museum 2nd Floor

-Cost is $100.00 per athlete

-Please bring your child with you in order for us to get an accurate weight on them

Questions? Email Ryan McCarty: or visit Facebook page.

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Little Panther Relays: May 25

The Knoxville Wellness Committee will sponsor a youth track and field meet on Saturday, May 25th, 2019. We are inviting kids from throughout Iowa to compete in five different age groups. Age groups (as of May 25th, 2019), information and entry form are as follows.
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Marion County Public Health Department

Please note the new income guidelines for eligibility for children for the state Medicaid and Hawki programs in the PDF or link below.

Emily DesPlanque, BA

Maternal Health Coordinator

Hawk-i Coordinator

Marion County Public Health Department

2003 N Lincoln St.

Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: 641-828-2238 ext 224

Fax: 641-842-3442



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