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Knoxville High School

December 13, 2019  A-Day
                            PANTHER PRIDE FOCAL POINT
Surprise, Surprise. This week’s Panther Pride Focus will focus on the importance of attendance.  Not just overall attendance, but the importance of making it to school on time each and every morning.  It may seem like you are not really missing anything when you show up just a little late. However, it is more than just what you miss in those few minutes. The real importance has to do with the habits you form when you make punctuality a priority.  Arriving late to school, or to practice, or even to go hang out with friends on a consistent basis can lead to a habit that take a lifetime to break. This belief can negatively impact future work ethic and employment opportunities as well as relationships.  When you build the habit of showing up on time, whether it be school, work, or other commitments, you begin to prove that you can be relied on and have a good sense of personal responsibility and respect. So when the alarm clock goes off this week I want you to think not about what you might miss by being late, but rather what you will gain by being on time.  Have a great week! And GO PANTHERS!!
  • DMACC Online students:  Please return your online books to the KHS Counseling Office on Dec. 13 or before.
  • A few TAG students are planning a drive for the Marion County Humane Society. They are in need of paper towels, dry cat food, and trash bags, but a list of other needed supplies can be found on their website. There will be a box outside of the office for donated items. Please bring in all donations by the end of the day on Thursday the 19th. There are also many animals up for adoption, so if your family is thinking about adopting this holiday season, please consider our local humane society.
  • If you are missing anything please check the lost and found.  Any items that are in the lost and found will be taken to the Well on December 20th.
  • Do not forget to check you FlexiSched so you know where to report for panther time.  This also goes for juniors and seniors with open campus.  If you fail to report to where you are requested you will have to serve a lunch detention.
  • The KHS Winter Formal is Saturday 12/14 from 8-11 pm in the High School Commons.  Tickets are $10/person or $5/person with the donation of a non-expired canned food item to be donated to Helping Hands.  If you are bringing a date that is not a student at KHS, please fill out a form in the office and it is due by the end of the day Tuesday, December 10th.  Any papers that are turned in after that will not be accepted. The dress code for this dance is no jeans, t-shirts, or shorts.  Remember that you will have to check all coats and bags before entering the dance.  Any questions see Mr. Gibbons.

Mon, Dec. 9       MS WR @Grinnell, 4:30 PM (Bus: 2:40 PM)
                           8/7 GBB v. Pella Christian @Knoxville, 4:30 PM – 8th first, then 7th
                           HS BD/CH Concert, 7:00 PM
Tue, Dec. 10       V G/B BW @Bloomfield, 4:00 PM (2 Subs: 2:00 PM)
                           JV1/V GBB @Osceola, 5:00 PM (Bus: 3:15 PM)
                           JV1/JV2/V BBB @Osceola, 5:00 PM (Bus: 3:15/4:00 PM)
Thu, Dec. 12       7 GBB @Grinnell, 4:30 PM (Bus: 2:45 PM)
                           8 GBB v. Grinnell @Knoxville, 4:30 PM
                           V WR – Conference Meet @Centerville, 6:00 PM (Bus: 2:35 PM; Cheer Sub: 3:00 PM)
Fri, Dec. 13       MS WR @Monroe, 4:30 PM (Bus: 3:20 PM)
                           JV1/V/JV2 GBB @Chariton, 5:00 PM (Bus: 3:45/4:30 PM)
                           JV1/JV2/V BBB @Chariton, 5:00 PM (Bus: 3:45/4:30 PM; Cheer Sub: 5:15 PM)
Sat, Dec. 14       HS BD SCIBA Jazz Festival
                           JV/V G/B BW @Newton, 9:00 AM (Bus: 7;35 AM)
                           V WR – Knoxville Inv @Knoxville, 10:00 AM
                               * Participating Schools: Knoxville, Fairfield, Southeast Polk JV, Notre Dame, Centerville, Nevada, Moraiva
                           B SW @Grinnell, 11:00 AM
                           HS Winter Formal, 8:00 PM
Silver Cord:
 3M needs helpers at the Tots Christmas party from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM this Saturday morning.  Please call Amy at 828-5580 if available
9th-11th Grade:  You will meet with your counselor and advisor in December to plan your courses for the 2020-2021 school year.  Then you will meet with your parents to discuss and sign your selections.  Return your forms to your advisor before December 20.
Future Ready Iowa Texting Program:  Iowa College Aid is preparing to launch the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program, which will provide support to college-bound students and access to one-on-one coaches.  Students who opt in to the program will receive tips and reminders about applying for college and financial aid and about making a smooth transition from high school to college. Iowa College Aid will customize text messages based on a student’s grade level and location. For instance, high school seniors might receive a reminder that a college fair is coming up at their school.  Students can opt in to the Future Ready Iowa Texting Program at

Iowa State Elks Association Vocational Grants (seniors going to 2 years training or less). under the ENF Scholarships tab.
MCEC Technical Scholarship Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic Charitable Education Corporation.  For seniors enrolling in a mechanical or trade course of study at an accredited Iowa Community College.  See your counselor for an application.

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

FAFSA Completion Event:  Seniors and parents, now is the time to begin completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  To Create your FSA ID:  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:
Senior pictures and quotes for the yearbook are due by January 15. Send them to Mr. Massman.
Seniors, your cap and gown orders were due by December 1st.  If you haven’t ordered yet make sure you go online to order your packages, the later you wait the more expensive it is.
Corn Dog, Garden Salad, Tater Tots, 2nd Choice: Chicken Fajita .

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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