Panther Press

K-12 Weekly: November 22, 2017

Missing Books & 3-D glasses


  • The West Elementary Library currently have 42 students with overdue library books. Have you seen one at your house? Please ask your student if they have any books out that they are missing. Your help with this is greatly appreciated!
  • We also have lost many 3-D glasses this year. If you have any spares laying around, please consider donating them to the library. Our students love the 3-D books!

QUESTIONS? Please contact Jeanne McCombs at the West library.

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4th Graders Receive Safety Lesson

As part of our focus on safety and our partnership with the Knoxville Police Department, Officer Keller and Officer Rowland met with each fourth grade class at Northstar Elementary to introduce Eddie Eagle.


The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program was created in 1988 by reading and curriculum specialists, teachers, law enforcement, psychologists and other professionals. The program continues to evolve through the years, but its mission remains the same: teach children what to do if they ever come across a gun: STOP, Don’t Touch, Run Away, and Tell a Grown-Up.


Fourth grade students participated in discussions around overall safety practices, large and small group activities and asked great questions of Officers Keller and Rowland!

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Nutrition Nuggets

In this issue: Science in the Kitchen, fitness index cards, and much more!

Teen Food & Fitness

In this issue: tips for an active holiday season, mindful eating, finding the right shoes & more.

KHS Activities - Wrestling Meet the Team Day


  • Wednesday, Nov. 22nd: No Activities Scheduled
  • Thursday, Nov. 23rd: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, Nov. 24th: No Activities Scheduled
  • Saturday, Nov. 25th: Wrestling Meet the Team Day and Wrestle offs 2:00pm, HS Gym

HS Students Visit Camp Dodge

KHS students recently visited Camp Dodge. They performed an injector test on a military wrecker, using a CNC machine (just like the one we have at the high school), removed an engine and transmission from an M1 battle tank, and learned about artillery and gun repair. This was a great experience for these students. They were shown the real-world applications and can now compare to what they are learning about in the classroom.
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KHS Alum Returns as Presenter

Knoxville High School alum, Kass Davis presented to the Advanced Animal Science class today about the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University. Students played Cy Ball to learn more about the agriculture opportunities at ISU! It is awesome to see Knoxville Alumni come back to the HS and present to our students!

HS Students Attend Leadership Conference

Several KHS students attended the Student Leadership Conference hosted by Jostens Renaissance and Mike Smith. #findyourgrind

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Winter Coats Available

Does your child need a winter coat? The Knoxville community has blessed KCSD with donations of new and gently used winter coats. Please let the school nurse, counselors or secretaries at your child's school know if your child needs a coat and we will work to find one.

Laptop Reminders

Middle School and High School Parents/Guardians:

With the Thanksgiving weekend approaching, the Technology Department wants to remind you about the school issued devices for the students. Following these steps can help prevent any potential damage to the computers and accessories.

  • Ensure the devices are being transported in their carrying cases at all times.
  • Try to keep the cords in areas where small children and pets cannot get to them.
  • Do not eat or drink around the computer.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Knoxville Schools Cancellation/Delay Alerts

If you haven't already, please sign up to receive cancellations and/or delay notifications through GovDelivery. Choose to receive email and/or text messages. Directions to sign up are located here.

Help Wanted

Our current vacancies are listed below:

  1. Substitutes (teacher and teacher associates)
  2. Associate / Para-Educator (Full Time, West)​
  3. ​Volunteers (district-wide, variety of needs)
  4. Varsity Girls Soccer, Assistant Coach
  5. Softball, 9th Grade Coach

  6. Varsity Girls Golf Coach
  7. 8th Grade Volleyball, Head Coach (2018-19 school year)
  8. 9th Grade Volleyball Coach (2018-19 school year)

Apply online at: http://www.knoxville.k12.ia.us/district/vacancies/ or inquire at the administration building (309 W. Main).

Call or email Lisa (641-842-6551 opt 1; lisa.willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us) with any questions.

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Stop the Spread of Illness

Stop the spread of illness during Flu season by taking care for others with proper hand washing and staying away from others when you have illness is showing how much you care for them.

Illness in elderly persons can be life threatening and a phone call or a card delivered by staff will be a better way to reach out and say I care for you and am thinking of you than bringing in an illness that is more severe to them!

For more information, please download the document below. If questions, please contact: Barb Anderson (banderson@knoxvillehospital.org) @ Knoxville Hospital and Clinics.

KCSD Administrative Office

The Panther Press is a weekly collective newsletter for parents and community members. Do you have an article or flier to share? Please submit to Lisa.Willis@kcsd.k12.ia.us for consideration.

KCSD Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Knoxville Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Equity Coordinator Jill Van Woerkom, Director of Human Resources at 309 W Main, Knoxville, IA 50138, 641/842-6551 or jill.vanwoerkom@kcsd.k12.ia.us. The grievance will then be directed to the appropriate administrator charged with managing the program or department specified in the grievance.

The Board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.