Knox News!

October 2018

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Welcome to October!

Hello Knox Families!

We had a busy first month of school! Knox has increased in enrollment, so we have added an extra section of Math 8 to support our students. We also hosted our first Knox Parent Circle as well as our first Knox Parent Workshop on Internet Safety (see pictures below). Our ASB students attended the CADA leadership conference in Del Mar, and our Engineering students spent the day at Raytheon. Our 2 Knox robotics reams "Robotic Rascals" and "Bulldog Builders" are meeting after school to prepare for the October First Lego League Competition.

This month, all teachers will continue to support our school-wide focus of Reading and Writing in the classroom. Here are some ways parents can support their students at home with homework, reading and writing.

Resource #1 for parents.

Resource #2 for parents.

Resource #3 for parents.

Resource #4 for parents.


I would like to introduce our new Vice Principal Ms. Angelica Hueso-Garcia. Ms. Hueso-Garcia is joining us from the SDUSD's English Support Office, as a Common Core Resource Teacher. Ms. Hueso-Garcia will join the team on October 15th.

We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes a night independently. Students can check out books during Advisory or lunch time. Did you know that we have many new books in our school library? Your 7th grade student will be bringing home a copy of A Long Walk to Water, and your 6th grade student will be bringing home their own copy of A Lightening Thief.

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.

Reports Cards are Coming!! Progress report #1 ends on October 12th. Please log into Power School Parent Portal to monitor your child'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.

Thank you for all of your support!


Principal Potter


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Meet Our Math Team!!

Knox Math Update

Meet our math team!

Ms. Mock-Step Up 8 and Math 8

Ms. Arrighi-Math 7 and Math 8

Ms. Manns-Math 6 and Math 7

Ms. Chizmar-Math 6, Step Up 6

Mr. Hill-Math 6

Mr. Johnson-Applied Math, Co-teach Math

Ms. Helewa-Applied Math, Co-teach Math

Ms. Hodge-Applied Math, Co-teach Math

Our Knox students are moving into Chapter 2 of their CPM curriculum.

Math tutoring will be held on Tuesday's after school from 3:10-4:10 in room S4. Students may also come to Saturday School for additional homework help.

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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.

English Language Arts Update

During the month of October, our students will engage with grade-level text as they continue with their first novel of the year. Please see the links above on ways you can support reading and writing at home.

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

Current Units (October):

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

October 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

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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!

Saturday School has started!

We are open this month on:






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

Happening on Campus this Month

10/1- Picture Day

10/4, 10/11, 10/18- Minimum days

10/8- SDUSD School Police K9 Assembly Grade 8 (6/7th grade participated in the assembly in September)

10/10- Parents Circle +Food Pantry

10/12- End of grading period Progress #1

10/14- Open Sunday 8:00-12:00 to clear absences

10/16- TKF Assembly Grade 6 and new to Knox students

10/17- Report cards mailed home. LOP List #1 published.

10/19- Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill

10/24- Parent workshop #2-Helping your student with Common Core math and CPM +Food Pantry

10/25- SSC/SGT 3:15-S4

10/26- Student Pep Rally #1

Saturday School- Every Saturday in October 8:00-12:00 to clear absences

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Traffic Safety

The City of San Diego will soon be installing the sign below on the corner of South 49th Street and Logan Ave. Please ensure your child has a helmet if they are riding a bike, skateboard or scooter. Students must also stay on the sidewalk and cross at the crosswalk. Older siblings that are picking up Knox students must wait on the east side of 49th street across the street from the school.
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October Lincoln Cluster Meeting- @ Elementary Institute of Science

Monday, Oct. 8th, 5:30pm

608 51st Street

San Diego, CA

At the Elementary Institute of Science

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

September's Parent Training-Internet Safety

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Computers 2 Kids Computer Sale Event (September)

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 8:30am

Room 15 @ Knox

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

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8:45-9:30 Knox Parent Room 15

9:45-10:45- Knox Food Pantry

Please bring your empty grocery bags.

5th Grade Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 5:30-6:30pm

1098 South 49th Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Knox Parent Workshop #2 and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 8:45am

Knox Room 15

Parents- Please join us for a 1 hour workshop on how to support your middle schooler with Common Core math. At this workshop we will hear from our Math Department Chair Ms. Manns about our Knox math program called CPM, what math homework looks like for middle schoolers, how to support your student with math, and our online math program Buzzmath.

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RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Key Contacts At Knox:

Principal-Heather Potter-

Vice Principal- Angelica Hueso-Garcia- (starting October 15th)

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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