Knox News!

January 2019

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Welcome to January!

Hello Knox Families!

Happy New Year everyone!!

December was a busy month on campus, filled with positive energy, exciting activities for students and lots of learning. Knox also received the wonderful news that we were awarded a $63,206.37 grant to improve our Knox library from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation! The grant will provide new books and furniture. As part of our grant program, all Knox students will visit the library with their Advisory class to check out books to support independent reading at home. We also just placed an order for new books that should be arriving shortly, as part of our $5,000 Barona Education grant we received in the Fall. We know that all of the support will encourage our students to continue to grow their love of reading. Knox has been extremely fortunate to receive approximately $185, 000 in grants since 2016 to support student achievement and facilities improvements! Learn more about our special grant projects here.

Last month, our AVID students took part in the Wild Wonders assembly to learn more about future career options and the path to becoming a vet/animal caretaker. This month our AVID students will be visiting Junior Achievement's Finance Park, where 120 Knox AVID students will learn about additional career opportunities.

The Knox ASB was busy planning a fun p2 Pep Rally as well as our first dance of the year. The picture above is from our p2 pep rally, where Advisory students decorated a festive sweater for their Advisory teacher to wear to the Pep Rally!

Ms. Valadez and our Knox musicians hosted multiple music concerts for peers and parents.

What an amazing job our Band, Orchestra and Guitar students did during their performances!

Our musical theater team has cast roles in our upcoming musical Annie, Jr. Last month, our theater students had the chance to see the musical Elf, Jr. in Ocean Beach. It was a great night out at the theater for our students.

Congratulations to Coach Brown, our Knox 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!

As a reminder to all parents, the Semester comes to a close on January 25th. We encourage all parents to continue to check Power School grades and attendance to support our students. If you need your Power School Parent Portal password, please reach out to Ms. Kristen Ojetti ( our Knox Site Tech.

Supporting your middle school student with math at home:

National Council of Mathematics

Supporting your middle school child with math

Family guide for success in school mathematics

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 mark your calendars for the 1:00 pm student dismissal on January 18th. We will be having our annual MLK March on this date.

Thank you for all of your support and collaboration!


Principal Potter


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Annie Jr. has been cast!!

Jump Start Musical Theater Grant!

Our Knox theater team (Valadez, Stevens, Hesse, Peretto, Sand) 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. On 12/7, we had a chance to take our musical theater students (shown below) to the theater to see Elf, Jr.!! We had a great time!!
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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. 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.

English Language Arts Update

During the month of December, our 8th grade ELA team had the opportunity to join the 8th grade ELA team from Millennial Tech, as well as the ELA team from Lincoln High School for a vertical planning session. The teams collaborated to plan for implementation of reading and writing supports as part of our Gear Up grant partnership.

This month, all Knox students will take the 2nd aReading (FAST) assessment to measure student Lexile reading growth since September. Students will also complete a 2nd On Demand writing assessment in their English classes, as a way of monitoring student growth in writing.

To support school-wide literacy focus, our Advisory read aloud of Milkweed will begin when we return from break. Students will then participate in the Butterfly Project in their History class in early March.

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 on Thursdays. The students are starting their next novel now. Please reach out to Ms. Lapp if you would like your student to take part in this special opportunity (

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-Bud, Not Buddy

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 Focus on Reading and Writing

January Read Aloud- Milkweed

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!

At the end of the semester, ALL STUDENTS with no uncleared full day absences, will be entered into a raffle to win a FLAT SCREEN TV.

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

1/7-School Reopens after winter break

1/9- 8:45 Parent Circle and Food Pantry

1/10- Parent computer class 10am room 15

1/18- MLK March- 1pm dismissal

1/21- School Closed MLK Holiday

1/23- 8:45 Food Pantry,Literacy workshop (Reading at home) in the Parent Room (Gear Up Coach)

1/24-Parent Computer class 10am room 15

1/24- SGT/SSC- 3:15 in S4

1/25- End of Semester 1

1/30-1/31- All AVID students to Junior Achievement Finance Park

1/30-Semester 1 report cards mailed home

1/31-Parent Computer class 10am room 15

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

Bird scooters are not permitted near campus. Students are not permitted to ride Bird scooters.


January Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 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, Jan. 9th, 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.

Knox Food Pantry and Parent Training (Literacy at Home)

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 8:45am

Knox 15

Our Gear-Up Coach Ms. Badu will be presenting a workshop for parents on supporting literacy at home.

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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