Knox News!

May 2019

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Welcome to May!

Hello Knox Families!

With just a few short weeks in the school year left, we have a lot going on here at Knox. During the month of April, our students showcased our musical Annie, Jr. Congrats to our students, Ms. Hesse, Ms. Stevens, Ms. Hammond, Mr. Hill and Mr. Nich for their work in supporting this production. This partnership with the La Jolla Playhouse as well as JumpStart Theatre has been amazing for our school. What a wonderful job Knox students did in their 2 showcase performances.

Our 7th grade students took a trip to Safari Park and our ASB also helped the students at Nye Elementary with their Fun Run. Our Knox students also had a blast at the Special Olympics event at Pershing Middle School. On April 23rd, 16 Knox staff members took students on a field trip to the University of San Diego for a college tour, and also got to enjoy a university baseball game (USD v SDSU).

Our English classes have been making monthly trips to the library to check out new books. Thank you so much to the Jimmie Johnson foundation for our library make-over.

The History department is using Active Classroom to help create sixth grade thematic curriculum. The Knox 6th grade science team participated in a lesson study this month, as a method of increasing collaboration to improve student learning outcomes in science.

This school year, Knox has received over $137,000 in grant funding! These grant awards are having a huge positive impact on our school!

Our state SBAC testing has started. Our students have begun the ELA Performance Task and 8th grade students have completed their State Science Test. Please see the links below for our testing schedule and for the online practice test. It is important that students get a good night's rest and arrive on time for breakfast each day of testing.

8th grade parents, this is a reminder that in order for your student to participate in the Knox promotion ceremony, they must be passing all of their classes on June 4th at 4pm in Power School. This deadline is approaching very soon. If you have questions or concerns about your child's grades, please email their teacher.

Parents Guide To The Smarter Balanced Assessments:

SBAC for parents-English

SBAC for parents-Spanish

CAST 8th Grade Science Test-English

CAST 8th Grade Science Test-Spanish

All Knox students will have nightly math homework. Homework is assigned from a math packet that is given to the students at the start of each chapter. Math tutoring is EVERY Tuesday in room S4 from 3:10-4:10. The late bus departs at 4:15 pm.

Please check your child's planner nightly. They should be recording their homework assignments there.

Please log into Power School Parent Portal to monitor your student's grades.

Thank you for all of your support and collaboration!


Principal Potter


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Knox Engineering and Computer Science Courses!

Butterfly Project Holocaust Memorial

Knox @ Nye Fun Run

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Sea World Ocean Link

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University Of San Diego College Tour and Baseball Game


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Safari Park!

Jimmie Johnson Library Grant Update

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English Language Arts Update

Our ELA classes continue to visit the library to check out independent reading books. We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes a night independently. Students can check out books during Advisory or lunch time. As the summer approaches, it is recommended that students have a library card for the Mountain View or Malcolm X library. All students also have access to online for current event articles.

To support literacy at home, read articles together with your child online:

Helping your student with the Common Core Writing Standards

Our Knox focus for the year will continue to be engaging all of our students as readers and writers in all classes.

Current Units of Study:

6th Grade-Flush

7th Grade-Pygmalion

8th Grade-To Kill a Mockingbird

Knox ELA teachers implement the Engage NY Common Core Curriculum in their classes. Please click the links above to learn more about what your student is learning in English Language Arts class.

School-wide Gear-Up Focus: Claims, Evidence, Reasoning

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Math Update

Knox is very excited to receive a $30,000 math coaching grant for the 2019-2020 school year. This coaching grant will support our team (Admin and teachers) in continued collaboration and professional growth with CPM math!

Each student is given a math packet at the start of the Chapter. Please ask your student to show you their math work in their journal and their packet. As a reminder, students have math homework every night. Math tutoring is offered on Tuesdays after school in room S4.

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.

How To Access Grades and Attendance in Parent Portal

To get a copy of your password, please call 619-344-5500 or email Attend our parent workshop on 9/26 to learn more! Passwords were sent home on Friday 9/21 in Advisory and given at Back to School Night

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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. Please ensure if your child misses a day of school, you call the main office.

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

School is open Saturday and Sunday!

We are open this month on these weekend dates:






Each session will clear 1 full day absence and 3 tardies.

Happening on Campus this Month

5/1- ELA and Math state testing in progress this month

5/6- Teacher appreciation week

5/8- Food Pantry, Parent Circle


5/15- Knox Soccer and Basketball vs. Montgomery Middle. 3:30 @ Lincoln

5/20- Textbook returns start. It is important that your student return all books checked out to them.

5/22- Food Pantry

5/27 -Memorial Day

5/29- Western Lunch BBQ

Knox Brochure

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Traffic Safety

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.


May Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, May 13th, 5:30pm


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

Parent Workshops!!

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, May 8th, 8:30am

Room 15 @ Knox

Join us for a circle and community building with our Knox staff.

Translation will be available.

8:45-9:30 Knox Parent Room 15

9:45-10:45- Knox Food Pantry

Please bring your empty grocery bags.

Knox Food Pantry and parent Circle

Wednesday, May 22nd, 8:30pm

1098 South 49th Street

San Diego, CA

Key Contacts At Knox:

Principal-Heather Potter-

Vice Principal- Angelica Hueso-Garcia-

Head Counselor-M-Z- Lori Watkins-

Counselor- A-L- Sherri Penaloza-

Restorative Practices Coordinator-Jeff Ponsford-

Registration/Attendance-Leticia Alva Sanchez-

Site Tech- Power School Parent Portal- Kristen Ojetti-

Admin Assist-Linda Dozier-

Parent Liason- Oneida Barrera-

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