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KMS Announcements         Monday, November 20, 2017         Day 2

  • Our Panther Focus is on appropriate hallway behavior.  It is important that we walk at all times.  Running in the hallways is not acceptable, and should not happen.  We have started to see a lot of students running to lunch; you need to walk.  Please be mindful of the expectations- we expect you to walk down the right side of the hallway and keep your voices at an inside level.
  • Our next PBIS raffle will be on December 1.  We will raffle off a $20 GameStop gift card, tic-tacs, and a KMS t-shirt.
  • There is a new Art Studio opening near Knoxville/Pella called Light Within Studio. They are offering a variety of classes in clay, fiber and DYI. You can pick up a flyer at the communication corner, the office or from Ms. Kendall at the art room.
  • Reminder – No school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Classes resume on Monday, November 27. Have a great Thanksgiving break.


  • Middle school Blues volleyball girls, Poinsettia orders are due by Wednesday evening. You can give your orders to Christa Willis today or tomorrow. See Mrs. Willis if you have any questions.

Birthday – Yesterday – Ty Higginbotham       Today – Ginger Hyatt and Nattilie Billiter

Lunch — Pepperoni Pizza or chef salad or uncrustable, Karen’s choice veggies, kiwi, frosted brownie, assorted fresh fruit, and salad bar.

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Regular Monday Late Start  Schedule


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.