Knox News!

September 2018

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Welcome Back!!

Hello Knox Families!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are very excited for all of the amazing things going on at Knox this year. We look forward to building a strong partnership, that can support our students in their successful academic and social-emotional growth. We have an awesome team on our campus!

This year we have a lot of great opportunities going on at Knox. We have been awarded a Gear Up grant partnership, which will support literacy achievement for the next 6 years. In addition, Knox was awarded the Jump Start Musical Theater grant, and our students will be performing the musical Annie Jr. in the Spring. Last week, Knox was awarded a $5,000 grant from Barona Education to add an additional 300 books to our Knox library. We are continuing our model of Restorative Practices at Knox. Students have already joined in their weekly Wednesday community circles in their Advisory classrooms. This year, we also have a designated circle room, to support our Restorative Model. During club sign-up day, we will be looking for students that would like to take on a leadership role as a Knox Circle Leader. To learn more about Restorative Practices in SDUSD, click here.

Soon, we will begin our second school-wide Advisory read aloud of the book Out of My Mind. Please ask your student about the book. We will continue our Advisory read-aloud program, in order to promote our school-wide literacy focus.

On the first day of school, your student brought home a Knox Handbook. Please review this handbook with your student, and sign on page 16. Each student was also given a school planner. A planner provides students with a way to track assignments, homework, important school events, and due dates. Please review your child's planner weekly with them.

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 will 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.

This is going to be a great year!


Principal Potter


We have BIG NEWS!!

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Barona Education $5000 Grant

Knox has been awarded another $5,000 grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians to purchase new books or our library. We are so grateful for this award. It will help our students gain access to additional independent reading books!

Meet Our English Language Arts TEAM!!

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English Language Arts Update

Meet our ELA team:

Ms. Lapp

Ms. Pinkerton

Ms. Peoples

Ms. Grocott

Mr. Escriba

Ms. Bermudez

Ms. Cardozo

Ms. Alvarez

Ms. Kcomt

Ms. Stinebaugh-ELA Resource teacher

Ms. Badu- Gear UP ELA Coach

During the month of September, our students will engage with grade-level text in a close reading unit. Students will also participate in an On-Demand writing activity, which will help our team learn more about how to help our students grow as writers.

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

Engage NY Reading Closely Modules (Early-September):

Module 1 6th grade

Module 1 7th grade

Module 1 8th grade

Upcoming Units (Mid/Late-September):

6th Grade-The Lightening Thief

7th Grade-A Long Walk to Water

8th Grade-Inside Out and Back Again

Knox ELA teachers use 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

September & October Read Aloud Novel

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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!

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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 will be starting this weekend for students that have missed a full day of school only! Saturday School will be open to everyone on 9/22.

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


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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.

Happening on Campus this Month

Week of 9/4- Textbook check out through History classes.

LCFF forms and registration packets due.

9/12- Club sign-up day at lunch. Parent Circle and Food Pantry.

9/18- ASB elections

9/20-Back to School Night 5:00-6:30

9/21-International Peace Day and peace chain creation in all Advisory classes

SDUSD k9 assemblies all grades

9/26- Parent Workshop (Email and Power School Parent Portal training) & Food Pantry

9/27-SSC/SGT 3:15

Computers 2 Kids Distribution Day. See below for the application

Knox Brochure


September Lincoln Cluster Meeting- @ Porter Elem.

Monday, Sep. 10th, 5:30pm

4800 T Street

San Diego, CA

At Porter Elementary School

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Join our monthly parent circle!

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 8:45am

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.

Back To School Night

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 5-6:30pm


All families that join us will get a 2 day pass to the Jackie Robinson YMCA!!

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Knox Parent Workshop #1 and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 8:45am

Knox Room 15

Parents- Please join us for a 1 hour technology workshop. At this workshop we will help parents to create an email account and to learn more about logging into Power School Parent Portal to monitor your student's grades and attendance. Translation will be available.

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Computers 2 Kids Event

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 3-4:30am

Knox Auditorium

Sign up to purchase a low cost computer for your home here:

Our new grass field!

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Key Contacts At Knox:

Principal-Heather Potter-

Vice Principal- Vacant

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-

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