Weekly Edition, 9/14/2018

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School Picture Day: Sept 19

School pictures will be taken at each school building for PK-12 students and staff on Wednesday, September 19.

We Love Volunteers!

We encourage parents and community members to share their time and knowledge with our students by becoming authorized volunteers. Complete a volunteer application today and return to any school building.

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Elliott Schmidt is named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

On Wednesday, September 12, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are selected based on the PSAT qualifying test scores. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for scholarships, and about 90 percent will attain Finalist standing. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship earning the Merit Scholar title.

Congratulations and good luck, Elliott!

Panther Success Graduates

Since the start of the 2018-19 school year, KHS has seen two students meet the requirements of graduation through the Panther Success program.

  • Nathan Roose was the first to graduate. He plans to move in with family in Creston and work on a farm. He hopes to gain enough work experience and put money aside to go to college to become a veterinary technician.
  • Kierra VanSteenwyk also completed her coursework through Panther Success. She plans to attend Indian Hills and pursue a degree in psychology.

KHS and Knoxville Schools are proud of these two students and wish them the best!

Career Discovery at DMACC

This event is for students in 10th – 12th grades interested in exploring future educational and career opportunities in Fire Science and Emergence Medical Services (EMS). Students will have the opportunity to tour the Ankeny Fire Department and take part in hands-on activities, which will include trying on firefighter gear, obstacle courses and handling firefighting equipment. *Please dress appropriately. TENNIS SHOES ARE REQUIRED.

*Space is limited to 20 girls and 20 boys

Check-In Location:

DMACC Ankeny Campus, Building 19
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023
Tentative Agenda Monday, Sept. 24

  • 8:30am: Check-In
  • 9:15am – 11:35am: Hands on activity sessions with DMACC Instructors
  • 11:35am: Lunch
  • 12:00pm: Ankeny Fire Department Tour
  • 1:30pm: Dismissal
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Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Students of all ages are encouraged to visit the annual Golden Circle College and Career Fair. Whether you're a freshmen or sophomore just starting to explore career options, or a junior or senior narrowing your list of college choices, Golden Circle College & Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to gather knowledge, make connections, and begin to make informed decisions about your future.

  • Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • New Location: Iowa Center for Higher Education Activities Center - 2280 Bell Avenue, Des Moines (map)
  • Time: 12:30 - 3 pm

College Funding Programs for Students & Families

Iowa students and families can participate in three college funding programs offered by Iowa Student Loan®during the 2018–2019 school year. Each program promotes essential concepts in saving for and financing college for all participants.

Sept. 4–Oct. 21: Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway

  • Open to: Parents and guardians of Iowa students in grades 6–12.
  • Awards: Fifty $1,000 deposits into College Savings Iowa accounts.
  • Requirements: Visit the Parent Handbook guide for important college financing information and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.
  • Start at:

Oct. 22–Feb. 22: Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship

  • Open to: Iowa high school seniors who will attend college in fall 2019.
  • Awards: Thirty $2,000 college scholarships plus $250 to each recipient's high school.
  • Requirements: Register online and then follow emailed instructions to complete two online components and a related assessment. Scholarships are awarded to the 30 students with the highest scores. A tiebreaker may be required.
  • Start at:

March 18–April 30: College Funding Forecaster Giveaway

  • Open to: Iowa high school seniors attending college in fall 2019 and their parents or guardians
  • Awards: Ten $1,000 awards sent directly to each student’s college for fall 2019
  • Requirements: Complete the College Funding Forecaster tool to estimate total college costs over four years and enter contact information to register for a random drawing.
  • Start at:

Dance Team Apparel Deadline: Sunday, Sept. 16

Here is the link to the Dance Team Apparel order through Ramaeker's! There is an option that just says Knoxville if you don't want it to say Dance Team. The store closes Sunday so that orders will be here in time for Homecoming! Help us support Panther Nation!

Fall Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be one fall session offered at Knoxville High School beginning Monday, Oct. 15th. Mr. Tom Grimm will be the classroom instructor for this course. Mr. Grimm and Mr. Ryan Rump will be the behind-the-wheel instructors. Classes will run for three hours each day class is offered and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Class 1 Mon. Oct. 15 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 2 Tues. Oct. 16 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 3 Wed. Oct. 17 3:45-6:30pm
  • Class 4 Thurs. Oct. 18 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 5 Mon. Oct. 22 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 6 Tues. Oct. 23 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 7 Wed. Oct. 24 3:45-6:30pm
  • Class 8 Thurs. Oct. 25 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 9 Fri. Oct. 26 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 10 Sat. Oct. 27 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 11 TBD

Families who wish to enroll their student should complete the registration form (PDF below) 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 when you return it. 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 drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Mr. Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail For more information, please visit

Hopping in the Library

Mrs. Butler’s Kinderprep class heard the story “I Took My Frog to the Library” by Eric Kimmel in Library skills class with Mrs. Hauschildt to review the way to be in the library. They had a fun time listening, learning and making their own frog masks!

Little Panther Cheer Clinic: K-8th Students

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. @ KHS Gym

  • TIME: Registration starts at 8:30 a.m (return form below to school)
  • COST: $35 (Pays for clinic, shirt, pom poms, and snacks)
  • WHO: Kindergarten-8th Grade

Little Panther Cheerleaders will rehearse on Wednesday, September 26 at 5:15 p.m. for 20 minutes to prepare for their performance at the Pep Rally on Thursday, September 27.

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NAMI Basics Class Advocates for Mental Illness in Families

The Well is excited to host NAMI Basics beginning on September 25, led by volunteers Bev and Steve Roozeboom. NAMI Basics is a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The class helps parents and other family caregivers understand the illnesses that are causing those behavioral difficulties, and the family’s critical role in helping with the treatment of those illnesses.

The Roozeboom’s are passionate about what they teach through NAMI Basics because of their own personal experiences with a child with mental health issues. “As parents of a son with a mental health diagnosis, we often felt lost and alone, not really understanding what he was experiencing or why his behaviors were as they were,” Bev Roozeboom says.

“We wish we would have discovered the NAMI Basics class when our son was younger. It is an excellent resource for parents. In NAMI Basics, parents will learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support their child at home, at school and when they're getting medical care. Equally important, parents will learn they are not alone. We know what they’re going through, because we have been there,” said Bev Roozeboom.

NAMI Basics will run each Tuesday at The Well starting September 25 through October 30th from 6:30-9:00 pm. The class will meet at The Well Resource Center in Pella, Iowa. There are several spots still available to attend the class. If you’re interested in participating, please call 641-621-0164 ext 706, or email The Well is located at 419 E. Oskaloosa Street in Pella, Iowa.

About The Well - The Well’s mission is combining the love of Christ, the help of our communities, and the strength in every person to find hope for life. The Well is an organization of people from area churches, non-profits, businesses and foundations interested in more effectively ministering to those in need in the Pella area. Through volunteers and partnerships with churches and social service agencies, we hope to be a place of encouragement and support that connects people to necessary resources.

For more information, go to:

Or contact: Eden Youngberg, Director of Advancement and Marketing at or call 641-621-0164 Ext 713

Elementary PTO News

Yearbook early bird discount

There is a 15% discount on the yearbook for parents who order the yearbook before Sept. 30th.

Below is the flyer with the code to our yearbook through for purchase. Anyone who would still like a copy of last year's yearbook may still purchase one until October as well. The 15% off discount is only good on the the current yearbook which will be published sometime in May 2019. Enter our school's passcode: 1015064502971783.

Elementary PTO Meeting Minutes are posted on our page on the district website. Click here to read and please join us at our next meeting: October 4th at 5:30pm at West Cafeteria.

Thank you!

Sarah Adams, Elem. PTO Secretary

4H Animal Science Club

Please see the information below regarding our Animal Science Club

Lauren Petersen | Office and Horticulture Assistant

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

210 N. Iowa St., Knoxville, IA 50138

(O) 641.842.2014 (C) 515.201.1082

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Parents Asked to Give Insight on Childcare Needs

The Marion County Development Commission and PACE Alliance are currently conducting a child care needs assessment. We need your help to encourage parents and future parents to complete a short survey. The survey will help us identify needs and gaps in child care.

Below is a press release. There are three surveys as part of the study: survey of parents/guardians, survey of child care providers and survey of employers. All surveys will be open until October 15. We want to hear from parents from all parts of the county. Please help us spread the word either by including the link in a newsletter or other communications with parents. Let me know if you have any questions.

Link to parent/guardian survey:


Carla Eysink, IOM
Executive Director, Marion County Development Commission


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