PANTHER PRESS

1/11/2019 Edition

Notifications for School Delays & Cancellations

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A Friendly Reminder

With this 3-day weekend, it would be a great time to wash coats, snow pants, jackets/sweatshirts, and clean off and empty out backpacks.

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Live Streaming of Activities

Hi Everyone:


Happy New Year! And with the turn of the calendar to 2019 we are excited to announce that school events in the Knoxville High School Gym and KPAC will now be live streamed on the NFHS Network!


For a fee, customers can watch games in our gym on the NFHS Network live stream. In previous years, many schools used the High School Cube to live stream events for free, however the NFHS acquired the Cube several months ago. A couple of advantages of the NFHS Network is their camera is completely automated (no camera operator is needed) and home boys play-off games/events can be live streamed as well (the IHSAA which governs boys sports in Iowa is a partner with the NFHS Network, the IGHSAU which governs girls sports in Iowa is not).


Also, events we stream in KPAC (concerts, etc.) will be streamed for free (that's what we have been told by the NFHS Network). So, if you are wanting to watch basketball/wrestling/volleyball contests in our high school gym - you will need a subscription/account. If you have grandparents/siblings/other family/friends in another part of the country - here is a way for them to watch our events live!


To purchase a subscription, please see this link:

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/support/knoxville-high-school-knoxville-ia


Go Panthers!!

Ryan Paulsen, Activities Director

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Spring Drivers Education Classes

Driver Education is offered at Knoxville High School through Triple ‘R’ Driving School. There will be one spring session offered at Knoxville High School beginning on Monday, February 25th. Registration forms are available HERE, in the High School office, or can be accessed from the website www.rumpsroadrules.com. Mr. Grimm & Ms. Bolton will be the instructors for this course. Classes will run for three hours each day class is offered and the dates and times are as follows:

  • Class 1 Mon. Feb. 25 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 2 Tues. Feb. 26 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 3 Wed. Feb. 27 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 4 Thurs. Feb. 28 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 5 Fri. March 1 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 6 Sat. March 2 8:00-11:00am
  • Class 7 Mon. March 4 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 8 Tues. March 5 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 9 Wed. March 6 3:30-6:30pm
  • Class 10 Thurs. March 7 6:00-9:00pm
  • Class 11 Fri. March 8 3:30-6:30pm

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 drivers education program at Knoxville High School, please contact Ryan Rump at 319-470-6975, or e-mail triplerdrivingschool@gmail.com.

7th Grade Language Arts

In 7th grade Language Arts, we recently finished a unit about theme. To discover how to find the theme of a story, students read the play version of A Christmas Carol and found evidence from the text that demonstrated the theme of the play. Students had a blast acting out the different parts in the play and, after reading, decided that some common themes of the play include, “everyone deserves a second chance” and “family and friends are more important than money.”

As a grand finale to the unit, students engaged in an online escape room based upon A Christmas Carol. Students had to work with their team to complete six tasks about the play, from deciphering word problems to piecing together a puzzle, and be the first to “escape”! The escape room was an exciting and fun way to deepen students’ knowledge of the play and celebrate the last day before winter break!

TAG & Enrichment

As the new year begins, 4th and 5th grade Enrichment Groups and TAG Groups are starting their big projects. The projects take about 6 weeks and they get a chance to practice public speaking as they present their projects to their peers during the school day and then to their parents at night.


The 4th grade is given 3 choices for their project. Here is a brief overview of the choices they get to choose from.


1. Culturegrams (studying another country's food, language, clothes, geography, transportation, and what life is like as a kid living there.)

2. Financial Adventure (finding jobs you might be good at, figuring out a salary and budget for your job, designing houses plans, and figuring the cost to furnishing a house)

3. Fitness Pursuit (looking at whole body fitness from the amount of sleep we get, the healthy food we could eat, the exercise we need, and stretching our brains to learn new things)


The 5th grade is given 3 choices for their project. Here is a brief overview of the choices they get to choose from.


1. The Stock Market Project (learning how the stock market works, getting one million dollars to invest in three companies, keeping track for 6 weeks and see who invested wisely and made the most money, graphing how your companies have done, and creating a website explaining it all)

2. Travel Passport (planning all the details of a vacation like where, when, and cost, creating a virtual tour on Google Tour Builder, making an expense chart, creating a 3-D object representing your trip, and creating an authentic postcard from the location you are traveling)

3. Start Your Own Business (start your own business and see what it takes to make that happen... from what to sell, business name, logo, slogan, pricing, etc.)



Below are some pictures from last year's students presenting their projects and also the things they created with our 3-D pens. This is always an exciting time of year watching these kids learn and create!

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Northstar Guidance

Northstar is excited to announce that we are participating in the 2019 No Name Calling Week January 15-19. Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity and respect at school and beyond.


Students will participate in Kindness Challenges throughout the week. They will also be able to dress up to show their support for a kinder Northstar!

Tuesday- Stomp Out Bullying- wear fun socks, shoes, or slippers

Wednesday- We’re Crazy for Kindness- crazy hair

Thursday- Fight for Kindness- wear camo

Friday- Panthers Take Pride in Being Kind- wear Panther gear


Thank you in advance for helping to create a culture of kindness and compassion in our community and beyond!

Annual Dance Team Youth Clinic: PK-6th

1st Grade Student Teachers

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Community Partner Contributions

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MARION COUNTY FOOD COALITION CALENDAR JAN. 2019

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KCSD ADMIN. OFFICE

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