Northstar Elementary



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Welcome to Northstar Elementary!
Our vision at Northstar is:  Meeting the needs of all who enter.

Northstar Elementary has over 500 students in grades third through fifth. Our class size is typically 22-25 students per classroom with a hard-working and outstanding staff.

Northstar highly encourages parent participation.  Working together as a team, student-teacher-school, is very powerful.  At all times, please feel free to talk and work with your child’s teacher(s), the guidance counselor, and myself to help your child achieve their personal best.  We ask that you give your children experiences and chances to learn at home, as well as to read with them and show your interest/excitement in their learning. At Northstar Elementary, we strive to instill a desire for doing our best and becoming life-long learners.  As educators, we realize the value of being life-long learners ourselves. The staff has been highly trained in literacy and mathematics and will continue to look for ways to further expand our knowledge about teaching all children.

Be Positive, Be Yourself, and Dream Big,

John Keitges, Principal
Twitter: @MrKeitges

Northstar Building Information

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Office Hours:  7:30am to 3:30pm
Official School Day:  8:10am to 3:10pm

  • 7:40am –  Breakfast begins being served    If students are not eating breakfast, they are encouraged to NOT be at the school until as close to 8:00am as possible.
Lunch/ Noon recess times:

4th gr – 11:10-11:50
5th gr – 11:30 – 12:10
3rd gr – 11:50 – 12:30

Dismissal Times:
3:10 bell – bus 10,14, 2, 13, 3
3:25 bell – bus 4, 7, 16, 18, 11, 5, 1

The Knoxville CSD is required to maintain a 95.8% attendance rate for all students.  IF your child needs to be absent, PLEASE notify the school between 7:30-8:20am.  If an absence is known ahead of time, please make sure the office and the classroom teacher are aware.  This will help assist with preparing any make-up work that may be needed.

Northstar PBIS Overview

Do Your Panther Best
Be Safe
Be Respectful
Be Responsible

*Please use this terminology (Safe, Respectful, and Responsible) with your children, at home and in the community, when they are making poor choices.  It is also great to use these terms when your child makes positive choices.  (Thanks for being…. Safe/ Respectful/ Responsible)

School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS, Do Your Panther Best) is a systemic approach for achieving social and academic goals while preventing problem behaviors with ALL students.
The purpose of the program is to develop an environment that promotes learning for all students.

Major Components
· Common approach to discipline with all staff and students
· Positively stated school-wide expectations for all students and staff
· Behavioral expectations are taught to students (In the first days and throughout the school
· Consistent use of a acknowledge system and consequence system
· Procedures for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the program on a regular and
frequent basis
· Led by a Core Leadership Team and implemented by all staff