Knox News!

February 2019

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Welcome to February!

Hello Knox Families!

Welcome to Semester 2!

We had an exciting January at Knox. We hosted our 42nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. March.

Our students were joined by students from Lincoln and Morse for this special event. We also had many special dignitaries join us. See some of the highlights below!

Last week, a group of our 8th grade students took a tour of the new downtown courthouse. They were able to conduct a mock trial of their own in a courtroom and also observe a real trial taking place. Students learned a lot about the Judicial process and how the courthouse works.

Semester 2 has started. 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.

8th grade parents, a letter will be mailed to your home regarding the criteria for participation in the 8th grade promotion ceremony.

Supporting your middle school student with reading at home:

Parent's Guide to Guided Reading

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 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


42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March!!

8th Grade Courthouse tour and Mock Trial

Meet Our Science Team!!

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Knox Science

Meet our science team!

Ms. Sand-8

Ms. Peretto-6/7

Ms. Savage-7

Mr. Rubira-6/8

Our science team is developing lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Learn more about the standards here:

NGSS Fact Sheet

NGSS Parent Guide (English)

NGSS Parent Guide (Spanish)

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Coming Spring 2019!! Annie Jr.

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English Language Arts Update

Our Knox ELA team has launched a coaching cycle in which we will be working collaboratively with the district ELA coaches for the next 6 weeks.

Our Knox teachers also participated in a 5-part balanced literacy professional development learning more about reading behaviors and reading strategies to support students.

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 book club 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

February Read Aloud- Milkweed

Click the button for a readers guide

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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.

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 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

2/1- ELPAC testing begins

2/4-Fitnessgram testing begins. NAEP testing for 8th grade

School Counselor Appreciation Week

2/5-8th grade to courthouse tour

2/8- S1 Pep Rally

2/9- Robotic Rascals and Bulldog Builders Compete at Legoland in First Lego League Robotics Competition.

2/11- Semester 1 awards ceremony.

2/12- 6th grade field trip to Safari Park. LOP event.

2/13- Food Pantry and Parent Circle.

2/13-Advanced Engineering to the Midway.

2/15 & 2/18- School is closed- Holiday

2/20- 6th grade AVID to PLNU Campus College tour

2/27- Food Pantry, Coffee with a Cop, Parent computer class


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 or any other electronic scooters to or from campus. Per Bird Company policy, riders must be 18 yrs old.

Electronic scooters are not permitted near campus. Students are not permitted to ride electronic scooters.


February Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, Feb. 11th, 5:30pm

5880 Skyline Drive

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 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, Coffee with a Cop, and Computer Class

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 8:45am

Knox 15

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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