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Knoxville Middle School Daily Announcements

Friday, April 21, 2017                    Day 1

  • 8th grade students take note – 4-year plans are due. Turn them in by Friday. If you need a copy of your plan see Miss Ellerman.
  • We will have a weekly PBIS raffle drawing TODAY.  The raffle bucket is in the office.  We will draw after 1:00.
  • Attention 8th grade girls planning to play volleyball next fall. Coach Keitges- the varsity volleyball coach- will be here to have a brief volleyball meeting on Tuesday at 3:00.  The meeting will be in the commons area outside the office.  Will call you down Tuesday when we are ready to start the meeting.  If you cannot be there or miss the meeting Tuesday, please see Mr. Keefer.
  • Attention all 7th and 8th grade band students.  Don’t forget you have your SCIBA Large Group Festival TOMORROW.  Please be at the middle school no later than 7:40 am.  If you have any questions please see Mr. McBride.
  • This year’s 8th grade Gamemakers have been preparing and will be presenting the 5th Annual Hunger Games Assemblies towards the end of May. From each grade, 12 boys and 12 girls will be randomly drawn to compete. You do not have to participate but it is a fun experience and is highly encouraged. Names will go into the drawing for anyone who wants to participate, but you can increase your chances for being drawn by turning in 5 extra PBIS tickets to have your name in again, and you may do this as many times as you’d like. Boxes are available in the office. See you at the Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Reminder: Don’t forget to turn in your Panther Tickets to increase your chances for being drawn in this year’s Hunger Games Assemblies! Boxes are available in the office.

  • A variety of information is available at the communication corner . . . . . check it out often.


  • Good Luck to our KMS Shooting Club members at their meet tomorrow in Ankeny.
  • Attention middle school baseball and softball players: We will be taking the IMPACT concussion baseline test this year for athletes playing baseball and softball.  7th graders will test on Wednesday, April 26th during Panther Time.  8th graders will test Friday, April 28th during Panther Time.  We will make an announcement and call you down when we are ready for you. You will need to have your laptop and it will need to be charged.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. Keefer.

Birthdays – Today – Ashton Edwards and Caleb Murra

Saturday – none – Jaxon Zuck and Nathalie Henning on June 10

Lunch – baked potato bar or Italian meatball sub sandwich, sweet potato fries, side kick/fruit slushie; assorted fresh fruit, 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.