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Knoxville High School

Knoxville High School Panther Note
October 17, 2019  B-Day
                            PANTHER PRIDE FOCAL POINT

Nelson Mandela, the late, former South African President brilliantly said “Action without vision is the only passing time.  Vision without action is merely day dreaming. But, Vision with Action can change the world.” Now go back and reread that one more time and let it sink in and then ask yourself,  Are you just hustling for hustling sake, with no vision in mind? Are you just sitting around waiting for better things to happen to you? If you want to see a change, something different, then you’ll have to put some thought and effort into it. As the saying goes; dream it, believe it, achieve it. Have a great week and Go Panthers!

There is a new schedule out.  We now have homeroom again.

Late Start Monday Schedule(6 minute passing time)

Block 1 10:00-11:00 Block 1 10:00-11:00
Lunch/ Panther Time Lunch/ Panther Time
1st Shift

Lunch 11:00-11:28 Advisory 11:30-11:58

2nd Shift

Panther Time 11:00-11:28 Advisory 11:30-11:58

1st Shift

Lunch 11:00-11:28 Advisory 11:30-11:58

2nd Shift

Panther Time 11:00-11:28 Advisory 11:30-11:58

Block 2 12:05-1:05 Block 2 12:05-1:05
Block 3 1:12-2:12 Block 3 1:12-2:12
Block 4 2:19-3:19 Block 4 2:19-3:19

(Skinnies will be scheduled for 29 minutes with 2 minute passing times)

Tuesday-Friday Regular Schedule

Block 1 8:00-9:25 Block 1 8:00-9:25
Homeroom 9:28-9:33 Homeroom 9:28-9:33
Block 2 9:36-11:01 Block 2 9:36-11:01
Lunch/ Panther Time Lunch/ Panther Time
1st Shift

Lunch 11:06-11:31 Panther Time 11:36-12:15

2nd Shift

Panther Time 11:06-11:45 Lunch 11:45-12:15

1st Shift

Lunch 11:06-11:31 Panther Time 11:36-12:15

2nd Shift

Panther Time 11:06-11:45 Lunch 11:45-12:15

Block 3 12:22-1:47 Block 3 12:22-1:47
Block 4 1:54-3:19 Block 4 1:54-3:19

(Skinnies will be scheduled for 41 minutes with 3 minute passing times)

  • 2018-19 yearbooks are in.  If you ordered one you can pick them up today during lunch in the commons.
  • Map testing starts today.  Make sure your bring your iPads fully charged to school.
  • Basketball boys: Open gym starts on Sunday from 3:30-5:00 in the high school gym.
  • Picture retakes are October 28th.  Pick up your picture form in the office.
  • The K-Cup Coffee Shop will be open during homeroom.
  • We will serve coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, and iced coffee.  Please be sure to get your coffee shop pass from your homeroom teacher before coming to the media center.
  • WATER QUALITY measuring opportunities are available this week after school for students in Biology classes or who have completed Biology classes in previous years.

    Thursday:      3:30 – 5:00 pm          @ KHS Pond

    Friday:            5:00 – 6:30 pm         @ 2 Competine Creek Locations

    See Mr. Richardson to sign-up.
  • Bowling parent/student informational meeting on October 30 in the high school commons from 5:30 to 6:00 pm.
  • Interested in creative writing? Consider signing up for KNOXVILLE HIGH SCHOOL’S WRITERS’ WORKSHOP. Find a sign up sheet in front of your English teacher’s classroom door. More information will follow soon!
  • There will be a fall driver education class with Triple ‘R’ Driving School at Knoxville High School starting on October 28th.  Registration forms are available in the high school office.  If you wish to register for this class, please pick up a registration form, fill it out, and return it to the high school office.
We will be having a pep bus for Friday’s football game in Osky.  Sign up in the office.  You must have your $5 when you sign up.


Freedom for Youth – Knoxville offers after school programs for grades K-12 focusing on Faith, Education, Employment, and Leadership. Students can volunteer at our elementary after school programs on Mondays and Wednesdays! Come excited and willing to help younger students with their homework, read to them, and be someone these students can look up to. You can also volunteer by helping behind the scenes at a time convenient for you.  If you are interested in volunteering, fill out a volunteer application by contacting us via our Facebook page, Freedom for Youth – Knoxville.

Mon, Oct. 14         7 VB v. Newton @Knoxville, 4:30 PM
                              8 VB @Newton, 4:30 PM (Bus: 3:05 PM)
Tue, Oct. 15         7 VB v. Oskaloosa @Knoxville, 4:30 PM
                             8 VB @Oskaloosa, 4:30 PM (Bus: 3:10 PM)
                             7 FB v. Oskaloosa @Knoxville, 4:30 PM
                             8 FB @Oskaloosa, 4:30 PM (Bus: 2:55 PM)
                             MS/JV/V CC – Conference Meet @Osceola, 4:30 PM (Bus: 2:20/2:25 PM)
                             JV2/JV1/V VB @Centerville, 5:30 PM (Bus: 3:30 PM)
                             DB – CIDL @Knoxville, 5:30 PM
Thu, Oct. 17        7 FB @Grinnell, 4:30 PM (Bus: 2:20 PM)
                            8 FB v. Grinnell @Knoxville, 4:30 PM
                            JV2/JV1/V VB v. Winterset @Knoxville, 5:30 PM
Fri, Oct. 18          9/10 FB @Oskaloosa, 4:45 PM (Bus: 3:10 PM)
                            V FB @Oskaloosa, 7:30 PM (Bus: 5:45 PM)
Sat, Oct. 19          V VB – Knoxville Invitational @Knoxville, 8:30 AM
                               * Participating Schools: Knoxville, Iowa Falls-Alden, Pella Christian, Perry, Albia, Union, ADM, Bondurant-Farrar
                             M BD – State Contest @Pella, 11:05 AM (Bus: 8:00 AM)

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

October 25 Horatio Alger Scholarship.     Need based.

October 31 Coca-Cola Scholars Program

FAFSA Completion Event:  Seniors and parents, now is the time to begin completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Go to to begin the process.
Use this link to see a list of needed items: FAFSA Items Checklist
To schedule an appointment for help with the FAFSA, please visit the ICAN site:
DMACC Career Discovery Days:  Consider attending a Career Discovery Day at one of DMACC’s campuses or centers. Explore career pathways through hands-on activity sessions, learn about educational opportunities by hearing from DMACC instructors, and connect to future careers and professionals by touring related businesses. Career Discovery Days include fire science, EMT, auto & diesel, business, technology, Ag, IT, creative technologies, and criminal justice.
This is open to 9-12th graders, educators, and parents.  If interested register at the link below.  You must provide your own transportation.
Temporary Job Offer:  A retired school employee is looking for 3 strong students, and one must have a pickup truck, to move 80 bags of river rock.  She will pay around $20.00 per hour.  You may call Roxanne Fee if interested at 641-891-5671.
  • Senior pictures and quotes for the yearbook are due by January 15. Send them to Mr. Massman.
Oven Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Crinkle Cut Carrots, Rice Kristie Bar, 2nd Choice: Fiestada Pizza.


High School and Post-Secondary Planning

CTE – Program of Studies

Health and Medical Administrative Services

Administrative Assistant



Business Management-Administration

Construction Trades

Family & Consumer Science

2019-2020 Syllabus

Silver Cord Program

Knoxville High School is 9th-12th grade building with approximately 600 students.  The staff of Knoxville High School strives to provide the best educational opportunities for all students.  KHS is a 1 to 1  school where all students are issued an iPad to use 24 hours a day and 7 days a week during the school year.  The high school is located in Knoxville, which is located 35 miles southeast of Des Moines, and it is known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World.

Students attending KHS are required to graduate with 46 credits including eight credits in Language Arts and six each in Social Studies, Science, and Math.  KHS staff prides itself in providing students a wide range of opportunities to meet their academic interests and needs.  We also work very hard to provide students with opportunities to experience some of the most current trends in technology.

Knoxville High School provides students an opportunity to explore interests in several different areas such as our Construction Trades class partners with Habitat For Humanity each to build a home in the community, auto mechanics, welding, and various course in business, and family consumer science.    The Fine Arts Department rates high in state competition.  Vocal and Instrumental departments consistently receive Division I ratings in contests and the Art Department always has award winning artists.

In addition to providing our students opportunities to gain technical skills, KHS prides itself in continuing to provide students opportunities to receive college credit while attending high school. Students have college credit opportunities in Math, Business, Health Occupations, and Science.  DMACC has an evening presence in the building in which many high school students take advantage of.  Other students also have an opportunity to take advantage of Central College by taking classes on campus in Pella.

KHS has a wide variety of opportunities for student to get involved in extracurricular activities.   Boys have opportunities to participate in football, cross country, wrestling, basketball, bowling, swimming, track, tennis, soccer, golf, and baseball.  Girls can participate in volleyball, cross country, swimming, basketball, bowling, soccer, golf, tennis, and softball.   We also have opportunities for all students to participate other activities such as FFA, Debate, Marching Band, Vocal contests, Dance, Cheerleading, Student Leadership, Science Club, National Honor Society, Camera Club, and several other activities.

We continue to put our focus on communication with parents using the parent portal as part of the JMC student management system used in the district.  With a username and password, parents can get updates on student grades, attendance, and lunch account balances.  Sending an email to a teacher using the system is very simple.  In addition to JMC, we will provide parents information using our activities scheduling program at by selecting activities schedule and signing up to receive text message or email notifications of all schedule changes.

Please join us on Twitter at @KHS_Panthers where we will be providing current news and updates daily.  We also have a KHS Panthers Facebook page.

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students.  Please feel free to come visit us.

Tracy Wilkins, Principal
Knoxville High School