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Knoxville Middle School Daily Announcements                  Day 1

Monday, October 15, 2018

  • Picture retake day at KMS will be Tuesday, October 30
  • We are looking for a couple 6th grade students to work in the office during Panther time. Please stop in the office and let us know if you would be interested.
  • Attention KMS, RED OUT activities start this week on Wednesday with volleyball games. Please see Mr. Gramlich or Mrs. Snodgrass to get your t-shirts.
  • Congratulations to our staff PBIS winners for the week: — Parking – Mrs. Downing and Mrs. Matthias; Jackie Moon – Mrs. Snodgrass; and Jeans – Mr. Hudson, Mrs. Kinnamon and Ms. Heaton.
  • Our Panther Focus this week is on being aware of how we talk to others.  It is important to be aware of your tone of voice and what you say.  While you may not always mean for something to sound mean or harsh, sometimes your tone or choice of words may come across that way and hurt someone’s feelings or upset them.  Be mindful of this and choose your words carefully.  Be kind and be awesome!
  • We will have a PBIS raffle this week.  Up for grabs will be a fish pass, a pack of mints, and a Visa gift card.
  • If you are interested in taking a moped safety course – the Pella police department is offering a class – get a flyer with all the details at the communication corner.
  • This Week’s TECH TIP — If a key falls off and you come in right away, chances are it’s a $9.00 fix at most. If you wait till the rubber boot falls off, it will cost $159.00… so come in and see us if you have any keyboard issues!

Athletics –

  • Eighth grade girls need to bring the volleyball jerseys to Mrs. Willis’s room by Friday.
  • Good job to Norah Pearson and Kaden McGill at the State Cross Country Meet this weekend. Norah placed 5th and Kaden finished 17th. Also, Mr. Vander Veer needs every cross country runner to stop by his room sometime this week.
  • Congratulations to the 7th grade football team on their 24-0 victory over Grinnell last Thursday night
  • Any 6th grade students interested in joining the Knoxville Youth Wrestling Club pick up a registration form at the communication corner or office.

Birthday – Sydney Villegas and Mr. Showers

Lunch – Cheese pizza or chef salad or deli ham and cheese sandwich, baby carrots, ranch dip and assorted fresh fruit and vegetables.


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Regular Tuesday-Friday Schedule2 hour Early Dismissal: drop classes at the end of the day.

Knoxville Middle School Syllabus

I would like to welcome back all returning students and parents in addition to all new students and families. Knoxville is a great place to live and learn.

Knoxville Middle School has a safe, caring, and consistent environment where students learn.
I want students and parents to feel that all staff in the building will do whatever it takes to make the best possible learning environment for their child.

This is accomplished with hard work and reflection on a daily basis with student needs in mind. When talking about student needs, you cannot stop at academic needs. Students need to be listened to, respected, shown compassion, and guided through decision making. This is especially true at the middle school level.

If we can make a connection with all students in some way, they are more likely to find that attachment and belonging to school so they are able to be successful. You never know when you are going to make those connections; therefore, a positive mindset is needed everyday you step in the building both as a teacher and a student.

Please contact your teacher or the office if we can assist you with questions.


Brian McNeill, Principal

KMS Guidance

What do we do as School Counselors?
According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), school counselors create comprehensive school counseling programs that focus on student outcomes, teach student competencies and are delivered with identified professional competencies.

For middle school students, this means the school counselor focuses on academic growth, personal social and emotional development, and future career readiness.  School counselors create an environment where students feel comfortable discussing areas of potential growth and change for their lives.

As the school counselors, we hold confidential sessions with the students, unless a student is threatening harm to themselves or others, or if someone is harming them.  We ask that you respect this private and professional relationship, although guardians do have the right to ask about sessions with minors.  This allows students to be open and honest with the school counselor.

Students are welcome to come see us at any time!  We also hope to talk with parents regularly about any interests or concerns they may have.

Our Mission
The mission of the Knoxville Middle School school counseling program is to help all students reach their full potential by increasing their academic knowledge and skills, encouraging the development of their personal and social skills, and sparking interest in future career potential.  Students are the assets of the future, and this program will support their growth and development to face future challenges alongside teachers, administration, parents, and the surrounding community.

Services Provided
Classroom Guidance (Life Skills)

Each grade level is required to take Life Skills.  A class taught by Mrs. Sass and Ms. Ellerman that covers academics, career exploration, and personal/social development.

Example Classroom Topics
Identity, respecting yourself and others, goal setting, identifying and expressing feelings, identifying strengths and interests, prevention

Small Group Counseling
Students can be recommended or request to join small group counseling on specific subjects.  These groups are typically 4-6 students of a similar age dealing with a similar situation.

Example Small Group Counseling Topics
Divorce, Making Friends, Anger, Grief, Self-Confidence, Study Skills, New to the School, Military

Individual Counseling
Students request or are recommended by a teacher or parent to meet with the school counselor on a scheduled basis for one-on-one counseling about specific needs.