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Knoxville Middle School – Daily Announcements                        Day 2

Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • Due to road conditions, Knoxville school buses will be running hard surface routes the remainder of this week – morning and afternoon. Hard Surface Only (schedule and stops).
  • It’s Coaches vs Cancer week – there will be a variety of activities to take part in on Saturday at the High School. Knoxville will be taking on the Chargers from Charition in Varsity basketball action.
  • As a reminder, we go to the REC Center for our second quarter PBIS reward TODAY. 6th graders will eat lunch at 10:50 on this day and will board buses by 11:30 to leave.  7th graders will board buses at 1:15.  As a reminder, you should bring swimwear AND towel if you wish to swim.  You will need a sack for your wet swim wear should you choose to swim.  Cell phones are to be left at the middle school during the reward time.
  • Our Panther PBIS focus this week is on appropriate classroom behavior.  to show respect to whoever is presenting by making eye contact and keeping voices off during that time.  When you have information to share, raise your hand and wait to be called on before sharing.  Be respectful of the thoughts and opinions of others.
  • Our KMS 8th grade students will be attending the Iowa Wolves game on Tuesday, February 4th. This is the 8th grade quarterly reward for PBIS.  They will be leaving for the game at 8:30 a.m., and we will arrive back at the school between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Students were given a letter to take home to parents to give them information and to ask what type of lunch you will be doing that day. Please bring that letter home and return it this Friday to your 1st hour teacher.
  • We have moved last week’s PBIS raffle to this Friday.  Up for grabs will be a portable charger, fish pass, pack of mints, and some KMS gear.
  • Spring Driver Education information is available at the communication corner.
  • The Knoxville Public Library is having 6 weeks of Chess on Wednesday’s from 3:30 to 4:45 PM. Pick up a slip at the Communication Corner with more details.

Athletics –

  • Good Luck to our KMS boys’ basketball teams as they play at home today against Albia starting at 4:15.

Birthday – Jaidyn Montalvo and Brenden Woolsey

Lunch – Spaghetti with meat sauce or turkey sub, mini garlic toast, garden salad, assorted fresh fruit and vegetables.


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 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES 2 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.