Knox News!

April 2018

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April Newsletter

Hello Knox Families!

Welcome back from Spring Break. March was filled with lots of exciting events. Our Knox students got to support our friends at Nye Elementary with their Fun Run, and also our friends at Chavez Elementary with their Cesar Chavez march and festival.

Our Knox students also had a chance to go to Baker Elementary to read to 2nd and 5th grade students for Read Across America day. Students from Lincoln's Fire Tech program joined us at Knox for Read Across America day. They read Wonder in our 6th grade Advisory classrooms.

Knox also had our second basketball game of the year vs. Millennial Tech at the Lincoln gym. It was an exciting way to raise funds for the American Heart Association.

During March, your 6th or 7th grade student had a chance to choose their elective preference for the 2018-2019 school year. Please see our brochure below for an overview of our course offerings. The Lincoln High School counseling team will be coming to meet with our 8th grade students, to support each student in individually planning their courses for High School.

We are now in progress reporting period 4 and the school year is flying by. We will begin state testing at the end of April (Science) and continue through May (English and Math).


8th grade students need to earn passing grades in all of their classes by June 7th at 4:00pm for participation in our Knox Promotion Ceremony. A letter was sent out to all 8th grade families outlining the criteria for participation in promotion and all End of the Year activities.

We will begin our second school-wide Advisory read aloud of the book Becoming Naomi León. Please ask your student about the book. We will continue our Advisory read-aloud program, in order to promote our school-wide literacy focus.

Our library is open! We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes a night independently. Students can check out books during Advisory or lunch time.

All Knox students have nightly math homework. Homework is assigned from a math packet that is given to the students at the start of each chapter.

Please remind your student to stay on the sidewalk when walking home from school. This is very important for student safety. Also, all students that ride bikes, skateboards, and scooters must have a helmet.


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Rachel's Challenge Assembly is Coming to Knox on 4/23

We will host the assembly for grades 7-8. There will also be an evening community showing for Knox families and community members.

This month, we will host 2 Rachel’s Challenge assemblies, for grades 7 and 8. Our 7-8th grade students and our school community (evening event) will learn about Rachel’s story. Rachel, the first victim of the Columbine High School incident, believed that together we can replace harassment, bullying and violence with kindness and compassion. The assemblies contain sensitive content and is age appropriate for middle schoolers. We encourage families to engage in conversation with their children about Rachel’s impact on our community. More information about Rachel’s Challenge can be found at

Knox Brochure

Read Across America Day Success!

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How To Access Grades and Attendance in Parent Portal

To get a copy of your password, please call 619-344-5500 or email

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Attendance Matters

On time daily attendance is an extremely important factor in promoting student success. School starts at 8:15 every morning. We highly encourage all students to make up missed days (for any reason) on a Saturday. When students are absent, they miss 6 different class lessons. Saturday School can help provide students the time to make up missing assignments.

We will continue to provide incentives to students that clear all of their missed days, showing responsible attendance!

Knox is open from 8-12 on Saturdays and most Sundays.

If your student has missed any days of school, please consider sending them to Saturday School next weekend.

Knox Science Update

Knox students competed at the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Advancement) Day competition at Lincoln High School on March 17th. See the picture above of our students testing their bridge structure!

Learn more about MESA DAY!!

Our Knox Botball robotics team is also preparing to compete in April. Check out the game board our students built with help from Mr. Morris and our UCSD student volunteers.

What is Botball?

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English Language Arts Update

Our grade-level teams are focused on supporting student writing across the curriculum. We are streamlining the way in which we teach writing with our students. Our writing process focuses on Claim, Evidence and Reasoning. Students are writing in all classes at Knox.

Our students are on module 2 in the Engage NY curriculum.

Upcoming Units:

6th Grade-World Without Fish, by Mark Kurlansky (Module 3B)

7th Grade-Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw

8th Grade-To Kill a Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

Knox ELA teachers use the Engage NY Common Core Curriculum in their classes.

Parents can learn more about this curriculum here:

6th grade ELA-

7th Grade ELA-

8th Grade ELA-

Students may read articles at home or an independent reading book from the Knox library.


Math Homework Help- Room 3- Lunchtime-Wednesday and Thursday

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Students have math homework every night!


Buzzmath is an math program that allows students to practice math concepts online. Students were given access codes from their math teacher.If your student can't access their code, please email their teacher.

Join our monthly parent circle!

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SDUSD PIY Program Graduation Is Coming!

Officer Gonzales of Lincoln High School has been supporting our PIY (Police Interaction with Youth) program for the last 2 months. On April 12th, 100 Knox 6th grade students will be graduating from the program. Great job Bulldogs!
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Lincoln Collective Arts Program (LCAP)

Monday, April 2nd, 4pm

4777 Imperial Avenue

San Diego, CA

Our Knox students are welcome to join the after school arts program at Lincoln HS from 4-5pm daily.
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Knox Food Pantry

Wednesday, April 11th, 9:45am

1098 South 49th Street

San Diego, CA

Nacho Sale-Wrigley's Supermarket-8th grade fundraiser

Saturday, April 14th, 10am-12pm

34 North Euclid Avenue

National City, CA

April Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, April 9th, 5:30pm

4800 T Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Knox Parent Circle and Food Pantry

Wednesday, April 25th, 8:45am

Room 15 @ Knox

Join us for a Knox Parent Circle-

8:45-9:30 Knox Parent Room 15

9:45-10:45- Knox Food Pantry

Please bring your empty grocery bags.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Key Contacts At Knox:

Principal-Heather Potter-

Vice Principal- Alex Villalobos-

Head Counselor-M-Z- Lori Watkins-

Counselor- A-L- Sherri Penaloza-

Restorative Practices Coordinator-Jeff Ponsford-

Registration-Leticia Alva Sanchez-

Site Tech- Power School Parent Portal- Kristen Ojetti-

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