May 17, 2019

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Spring Musical 2019, Little Shop of Horrors earns Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

The Knoxville High School Drama Department is pleased to announce that the 2019 Spring Musical production of Little Shop of Horrors has been recognized by the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards with several nominations!

The Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards celebrates the achievements of students involved in high school musicals across Iowa. This year, Knoxville received nominations

in three categories, Production Awards, Student Awards, and Special Recognition.

Production Award

Distinguished Scene – ‘Mushnik and Son’, which featured Lane Franck as ‘Seymour’ and Asa Leonard as ‘Mr. Mushnik’.

Student Awards

Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role – Asa Leonard as ‘Mr. Mushnik’

Special Recognition

Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Taryn Johnson as ‘Audrey’

Special Recognition for Performance in a Principal Role – Ethan Rowland as ‘Voice of Audrey II’

Additionally, Asa Leonard has been invited to perform an excerpt from “Mushnik and Son”, which the adjudicator steward team found particularly noteworthy, at the upcoming IHSMT Awards Show on June 3rd at the Des Moines Civic Center. He will be singing as part of one of the Spotlight Medley segments.

Three other cast members have been invited to perform in the Inter-School Finale portion of the show, including Lane Franck, Riley Newendorp, and Katie Collins.

Tickets for this year’s Awards show will go on sale May 15th, and a recording of the show will be broadcast on IPTV later in the summer.

About the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards

Each school year, Drama directors across Iowa may choose to enter their school’s musical productions in the IHSMT Awards program. The year-long program consists of three main components.

Professional Review: Each participating musical production receives a professional review. A panel of performing arts educators and professionals (adjudicators) attend each school's musical and provides feedback on everything from individual actors' performances, to the orchestra, set, lighting, costumes and more. Teachers and students use these insights to make their next show even stronger. Schools participating year over year have seen dramatic transformations in skill, student enthusiasm, and community support.

Learning Opportunities: Throughout the school year, workshops led by theater professionals are offered with a focus on areas such as performance skills, technical aspects such as lighting design, scenic design, and stage management.

Awards Showcase: The program culminates with a year-end Awards Showcase, when Iowa's best musical theater students take the Des Moines Civic Center stage. Based on reviewer scores and nominations, outstanding musicals and performers are invited to share highlights from their productions. Rehearsals with a guest Broadway music director and choreographer prepare students for impressive opening and closing numbers. Awards and recognitions are given throughout the evening, including to two students who win the honor of representing Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.

For more information, please contact Heidi Feldman at 515.554.1243,

KHS Students Qualify for State Track

Check out the schedule below and click on the above title to watch the State Track & Field meet live!

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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:

8th Grade Language Arts

The 8th grade language arts classes are currently reading a play version of Anne Frank's diary. In this unit, students will learn a great deal about Anne Frank and her family. In addition, students will learn about different aspects of World War II, with a major emphasis on the Holocaust and its impact on the world. To form a better understanding of the events surrounding the Holocaust, students will also learn about and research the stories of some Holocaust survivors. Through further research, students will also be made aware that the Holocaust is far from the only genocide in world history. Additionally, students will practice making a works cited page during this unit and be introduced to in-text citation, readying them for high school research expectations. From a literary perspective, this unit has a focus on the ideas of theme and symbolism. Students will do some creative writing assignments that focus on these ideas.

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

PBIS: Panther Store Experiences

On Monday, May 13th, students who had “purchased” Rec Center time at the Panther Store with their Panther tickets played for an hour. Students earned their Panther tickets from staff members for being respectful, responsible, and safe. Thank you, Knoxville Recreation Center, for allowing us the use of your facility!

We would love parent’s feedback on our PBIS system this year. Please take a minute to fill out this quick survey. Thank you!
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Northstar PBIS Parent Survey

Parents/Guardians: Please click the title above and complete the survey.

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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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

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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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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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