Knox News!

December 2018

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Welcome to December!

Hello Knox Families!

We are thankful to our staff at Knox, our community partners at Wrigley's supermarket and Wheelhouse Credit Union, the sponsor of our 2018 Knox turkey drive. This month, we have been able to make approximately 100 home visits as a Knox staff. With donations from our sponsors, we were able to support 73 current Knox students and Knox Alumni with turkeys for Thanksgiving. We thank you to all of our Knox families to opening their homes to our Knox Staff during our many home visits, strengthening our home-school partnership.

During the month of November, we celebrated Red Ribbon week, and the healthy choices our Knox students are making. Our students also participated in Student-led conferences. Thank you to all of the Knox families that joined us to hear their student share their work and successes in school. What a great turn out!

Our 5th grade friends from Baker and Valencia Park came for a tour of Knox and a special collaboration with our 8th grade AVID students. We are excited for all of our cluster 5th grade students to attend Knox next year.

We hosted 3 grade-level assemblies where we got a chance to support students taking charge of their learning. Students reviewed their CAASPP test scores from the Spring of 2017 and 2018 to set goals for themselves for this Spring. If you would like for your student to access the practice test at home, click this link, and choose the green button for the Practice Test.

During these assemblies, we also reminded our students about the following expectations:

1. Students must arrive to class on time. There is a 5 minute passing period. Students with more than 10 tardies will be on LOP.

2. The second progress report ends on 11/30. Report cards will be mailed home the following Wednesday.

3. Students must clean their lunch area and stack their trays. We recycle!

Raising Readers at Home:

Read Aloud

Tips for parents

Help Build Fluency

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.

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

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

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. In addition, students may not ride Bird scooters to or from campus. Per Bird Company policy, riders must be 18 yrs old.

Thank you for all of your support!


Principal Potter


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Annie Jr. Auditions!!

Jump Start Musical Theater Grant!

Our Knox theater team (Valadez, Stevens, Hesse, Peretto) have been supporting our students with acting workshops hosted by the La Jolla Playhouse. This is part of a 3 year musical theater grant at Knox. Students will be performing the musical Annie Jr. at Knox in the Spring. Auditions are coming this month. We will also be taking our musical theater students to the musical Elf Jr. on 12/7.
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Meet Our PE Team!!

Knox PE Update

Meet our PE team!

Coach Brown-PE 7/8

Coach U- PE 6/7

Coach Curtis-APE

Our students have been learning to play Volleyball and Pickleball!! Check out some of the pictures below from our staff v student volleyball game at lunch.


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Math Update

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. Our math team is currently pursuing ways to track student math achievement online through the SDUSD Illuminate program aligned to our CPM math program.

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.

English Language Arts Update

Read articles together with your child online:

Helping your student with the Common Core Writing Standards

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

Ms. Lapp has also started a guided reading group before school. The students are reading El Deafo. Please reach out to Ms. Lapp if you would like your student to take part in this special opportunity (

We will be finishing our school-wide read aloud of Out of My Mind in the next 3 weeks. Please encourage your student to check out a book from the Knox library before the winter break.

Our Knox focus for the year will continue to be engaging all of our students as readers and writers in all classes. Our 8th grade English teachers will be working with the English team at Lincoln this week to support our literacy across the cluster initiative.

Current Units:

6th Grade-The Lightening Thief

7th Grade-A Long Walk to Water

8th Grade-Inside Out and Back Again

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 class.

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

School-wide Focus on Reading and Writing

December Read Aloud- Out of My Mind

Click the button for a readers guide

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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 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

SDUSD Parent Involvement Policy

Link on the bottom of the page

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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 you 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.

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Happening on Campus this Month

12/5- Hour of Code ( Knox Science Classes and Computer Science Electives

12/5- Report cards and attendance updates mailed home

12/11-Auditions for Annie Jr. the musical

12/12-Food Pantry and Parent Circle

12/12-Winter Dance

12/21-Pep Rally

Knox Brochure

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Traffic Safety

Please remind your student to cross at the crosswalk. Students have been reminded many times to not run across the middle of the street to purchase snacks at the church. They must cross at the crosswalk.

The No Right on Red sign has been installed on the corner of 49th and Logan.


December Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, Dec. 10th, 5:30pm


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 8:45am

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.

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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