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Knoxville High School Panther Note
February 15, 2019  B-Day
                            PANTHER PRIDE FOCAL POINT
This week’s Panther Pride Focal Point is more of an announcement than a focus.  One thing that we at KHS attempt to do on a regular basis is to acknowledge and recognize our students for the positive behaviors they display.  Often these behaviors are acknowledged in the way of Panther Pride Tickets. Then throughout the year we conduct drawings to give away prizes to those who turn their tickets into the prize boxes.  It is our goal to have great prizes and rewards for all of our students to earn, but let’s face it; it costs us a lot. With that being said, we have come up with a plan to help raise money to be used for our raffle prizes and to help stock our Panther Pride Store.  Down in the commons, we have a newly stocked vending machine for anyone to use. Not only is it full of great snacks, all of the proceeds will go to stock our Panther Pride Store and purchase Raffle items! So when you get a little hungry grab a snack and support Panther Pride! Have a great week PANTHER NATION! Be Proud to be a Panther!
Spring Musical Tickets
Online Ticket Sales are now live for the upcoming KHS Spring Musical Little Shop of Horrors! 
The cast and crew is made up of 8th thru 12th grade KCSD students and will have a live band directed by Mr Ben McCartney. 
Tickets are $8 and every penny goes directly into helping the Drama Department continue to produce productions for KCSD! 
Performances are March 1st 7pm, March 2nd 7pm and March 3rd 2pm at Knoxville Performing Arts Center 
Please use the link below to reserve your tickets TODAY!  
Box Office Hours are 
Feb 16 9am-noon
Feb 23 9am-noon 
Please direct any questions to and please follow us for fun pictures and updates on 
Twitter @KnoxHSDrama 
Knoxville Spring Musical on Facebook 
Knoxvillehsdrama on Instagram 
  • Complete computer checks need to be done TODAY.  If you do not have them checked by today you will lose your computer until you do so.
  • After Prom Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 2 from 5-7 pm in the high school commons, just prior to the Saturday showing of Little Shop of Horrors.  All proceeds will support this year’s After Prom event.  Tickets are $7 and will be sold at the door.    Advance purchase tickets will be sold at KPAC on Sat, Feb 16 and Sat Feb 23 from 9-noon.  You can also order takeout and  curbside pickup by calling Jacquii Olson at 641-218-4411 or Kristi Vanhauen at 641-891-8696.
  • Reminder for those of you who drive: Please be sure to remove ALL the snow and ice from your windshield before you drive.  Do not just clear a small section, this reduces your visibility and makes you dangerous to yourself and others! 
  • If you are interested in signing up for Spring Driver’s Ed pick up the registration forms in the office.


  • Your senior pictures for the yearbook need to be in by February 28. E-mail your picture to Mr. Massman. High resolution, vertically aligned jpegs only please.
  • PTO is looking for volunteers to help watch kids during their PTO meetings. Please contact your counselors for more details.


  • It’s always wise to keep your information/documents on your computer backed up. It’s easier to retrieve them in case of an issue.


Wed, Feb. 13        V BBB v. Carlisle @Knoxville (High School), 4:15 PM
                              V GBB – Regionals v. Norwalk @Knoxville (High School), 7:00 PM
Thu, Feb. 14         9/JV/V BBB @Fairfield, 445 PM (Bus: 2:30 PM)
Fri, Feb. 15           Conference Speech Fest @Eddyville, 8:30 AM (Bus: 7:15 AM)
                             9/JV/V BBB v. Indianola @Knoxville (High School), 5:00 PM
Sat, Feb. 16         JZ BD @Indianola, 4:32 PM (Bus: 2:15 PM)



Senior Countdown to College Calendar

  • Apply for local scholarships.  Pick up copies in the high school counseling office. Due March 1.

  • Submit your FAFSA if you haven’t done so.

  • Schedule an award letter comparison appointment with ICAN to review award packages and get help with best options.

  • Send in college housing applications.

Junior Countdown to College Calendar

  • ACT Test:  Register now for the April 13 ACT. (High School Code 162-310)

  • Campus Visits: Build a list of colleges to consider and schedule campus visits.  Pick up forms in the Counseling Office. Try or to find the best fit and compare financial aid estimates.

  • DMACC Career Discovery Days. Register at if interested.

Pick up a campus visit form in the high school counseling office.  You must provide your own transportation.

Engineering Tech Feb. 12

Engineering March 28

Education April 2

Auto/Diesel April 5

Healthcare April 9

Information Technology April 12

  • Kuder Career Exploration:  Spend time on learning about yourself, interests, values, skills, and training options.  Identify 3 possible career choices and a career cluster.

  • Future Ready Iowa: Visit and explore all parts of the site.  Go to Career Coach to take a brief assessment about interests.  Explore careers, learn about jobs and Iowa’s workforce needs. Read up on how to pay for training.  Build your resume.

  •  Explore this site completely.  It is full of information about college planning, financial aid, scholarships, colleges, and how to build an activity resume.

Scholarship Opportunities:
  • Local:  Paper copies of KHS’s annual local scholarships will be available in the school counseling office Februay 1-March 1.  All applications are due back to Rachelle Hall in the counseling office by March 1.
  • Local:  The KPSF (Knoxville Panther Scholarship Foundation) application is the scholarship which every student who has applied in the past has received.  This scholarship is available in the school counseling office.  Become familiar with the organization’s website at  This scholarship is renewable each year.  The website is where you will access future annual scholarships. 
  • Bill of Rights Institute: We the Students Essay Contest offers $5000 scholarship for 1st place.  Due February 14th.


Seniors and Parents:  FAFSA Ready Iowa Financial Aid Made Easy.  

Receive professional help filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You may set up an appointment with Andrea Gotta, and she will assist you with the FAFSA at Knoxville City Hall.  Her contact information is or call 641-840-2026. Plan to bring copies of your taxes to the appointment. Important:  Once you complete the FAFSA, you must also complete the Iowa Financial Aid Application to be considered for many state-administered grants and scholarships for Iowa students. The Iowa Financial Aid Application links to information reported on the FAFSA.  The Iowa application can be accessed at


French Bread Cheese Pizza, Steamed Baby Carrots, Garden Bar, Vanilla Pudding, 2nd Choice all Week=Club Sandwich.

Welcome to Knoxville High School

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 laptop school where all students are issued a Macintosh Laptop 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

KHS Building Information

Regular Monday Late Start  Schedule

First Block…………………………………10:00-11:00
Lunch/Panther Time (PT)…………..11:00-11:58
1st Lunch……..11:00-11:28 (PT 11:30-11:58)
2nd Lunch……11:30-11:58 (PT 11:00-11:28)
Second Block………………………………12:03-1:03
Third Block……………………………………1:09-2:09
Fourth Block………………………………..2:15–3:15


2 hour Early Dismissal

First Block………………………………..8:05-9:13
Second Block……………………………9:19-10:27
Third Block………………………………10:33-11:41
Fourth Block…………………………….11:47-12:55

Regular Tuesday-Friday Schedule

First Block………………………………….8:05-9:30
Second Block………………………………9:46-11:11
Lunch/Panther Time (PT)……………11:11-12:11

1st Lunch……..11:11-11:41 (PT 11:41-12:11)
2nd Lunch……..11:41-12:11 (PT 11:11-11:41)
Third Block………………………..12:18-1:43
Fourth Block……………..…….…..1:50-3:15


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