Knox News!

January 2018

January Newsletter

Happy New Year Knox Families!!

School will reopen on January 3rd. Gates open at 8am and the first bell rings at 8:10 am.

We hope everyone is having a wonderful winter break.

Important Reminder:

We will be having a computer distribution event on January 4, 2018 from 2-3:30 at Knox. Knox/Lincoln families can purchase a computer for $80 (desktop) or $100 (laptop) during this event. See additional information below.

On January 12th, we will be celebrating our 41st annual Martin Luther King March at Knox. Your student will be bringing home a permission slip for this event when we return. Please have them return it ASAP to their Advisory teacher, if you would like them to march off campus. Students will be dismissed at 1:00pm on the 12th.

The semester is coming to a close on January 26th. Please log in to Power School to check your student's assignments. Our Knox counselors will be reaching out to parents of students with D/F grades to discuss learning contracts.

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.


School Opens on January 3rd! Happy New Year

January 26th- End Of Semester 1

Connect 2 Compete- Computer Distribution Day - January 4th, 2-3:30 at Knox

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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

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 some Sundays.

If your student has missed any days of school, please consider sending them to Saturday School next weekend (1/6).

We will be open on Sunday 1/7 and Sunday 1/21 from 8-12 for an additional chance to clear absences

December Pep Rally-Advisory students decorated ugly sweaters for their teachers!

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Knox Science Update

Knox science students visited Sea World to participate in a program called Ocean Link. This was featured on KUSI news.
Knox presented @ the SDUSD Board Of Education-12/12/17

Knox students presented to the Board of Education about their work leading Community Circles on campus. This work is supported by Knox Restorative Practices Coordinator, Mr. Ponsford, & the Restorative Practices Department at SDUSD.

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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.

The English department completed another SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) assessment right before the break, in order to measure your student's progress in reading. Please continue to encourage your student to read for 20 minutes a day at home independently.

Our students will be beginning the next novel in their curriculum.

Upcoming Units:

6th Grade-Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

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.

Students can read current event articles on Newsela

Students are required to read 1 article a week in their Advisory class.

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Students have math homework every night!

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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.


Knox Food Pantry

Wednesday, Jan. 10th 2018 at 9:45am

Knox lunch court

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Knox Parent Circle and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Jan. 24th 2018 at 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.

January Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, Jan. 8th 2018 at 5:30pm

445 South 47th Street

San Diego, CA

Event is at Porter Elementary School North

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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