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Friday, March 24, 2017                 Day 1

  • We will have a PBIS raffle TODAY.  Up for grabs is a Bath & Body Works gift card, a fish pass for the week, and a Knoxville Panther hooded sweatshirt. Tickets need to be turned in at the office.
  • On Thursday, March 30 there is a mandatory Washington DC trip mtg at 6:30pm in the middle school auditorium.  This meeting is for all students going on the trip as well as their parents. If you have any questions please contact Mr. U.
  • The SC STEM Hub would like to share an opportunity with you and your students. The Metro STEM Festival is an annual spring event. This year it will be at the Science Center of Iowa. We host hands-on STEM activities for ages PK-8 and families. It’s always free and open to the public. Please feel free to share the info in newsletters, emails and websites. WHEN: April 4, 6:00-8:00 PM; WHERE: Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines; AUDIENCE: PreK-8 and families; REGISTER: welcome, also.) A flyer is available at the communication corner.
  • An Iowa Flag Day Celebration that will be held on Wednesday, March 29th. As a part of the day’s celebration, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and the Knoxville Public Library are hosting a “passport” activity and carnival at Memorial Hall from 4-6 p.m. Passports can be picked up at the Library, Chamber or Courthouse after school.  When students/families visit the places in the passport, they will receive a sticker and will be able to place their names for one of two door prizes valued at over $50 each.  The drawing will take place during the Carnival at Memorial Hall. A press release flyer is available at the communication corner if you want more details.
  • Don’t forget – KMS collects Box Tops. You can bring them to the office. Those ten cent coupon add up – the money we receive for them goes to help pay for activities for you. Please look around your home and ask family, friends and neighbors to collect them for you.
  • A variety of information is available at the communication corner . . . . . check it out often.

New – information about a girl’s basketball camp at Drake University this summer.


  • If you missed the middle school softball meeting and you still want to participate, please email Mrs. Willis by Wednesday, March 29th.
  • 21stcentury Rehab with Knoxville athletics is providing a Panther Power clinic for 7th and 8th Panther Power will focus on core strength, flexibility, agility speed, and preparation for lifting in high school. This is a free clinic and will be held after school at the middle school 2 days a week 3:30-4:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Panther Power will be an 8-week course that will take place starting April 4th– May 25th. A flyer is available at the communication corner.

Birthdays – None – June 22 – Caden Davison, Madison Shimek and Piper King

Saturday – none – June 21 – Brandon White, Kenzie Kincaid, and Kaden Smith

Lunch – Baked potato bar or cheesy chicken burrito with nacho cheese sauce, fresh broccoli, diced peaches, assorted fresh fruit and salad bar.

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

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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.