Knox News!

February 2020

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Welcome To February!

Hello Knox Families!

Welcome to February!

We have begun Second Semester! We will be celebrating our student's success with an awards ceremony coming soon. Invitations will go home this week. For the last month, our Knox team has been partnering with i2 learning to prepare for a full STEM week at Knox. During the last week of February, students will remain with their period 1 teacher all day for project-based learning. Each day of the week, students will engage in a science experiment with their team. On Friday, February 28th, we will have a student learning showcase. More information below.

8th grade parents, this is a reminder that students must be passing all class in Power School on 6/2 at 4pm in order to participate in our Knox promotion ceremony. If you need your Power School Parent Portal log-in, please call Ms. Kristen in the office.

Parents, here are some resources to support safety online and digital citizenship:

Resources for Internet Safety and Social Media Responsibility:

As a school, we continue to focus on improving school-wide attendance and reading success for all. It's extremely important that all absences be made up in Saturday School. When students are absent, they miss 6 class lessons. We are open every weekend from 8-12 for students to clear their missed days. It is also extremely important that students arrive on time to school each morning. Our first 30 minutes daily are spent on Achieve 3000, our school-wide reading program.

Students have been focused and engaged in class, making up absences in Saturday and Sunday School, taking advantage of the late bus on Monday and Tuesdays to attend tutoring, and morning Achieve reading lab. As we move into the last few weeks of the semester, please continue to support your student by having them check their Power School assignments regularly, make up all absences, make sure they arrive on time daily to participate in our morning Achieve 3000 reading time in Advisory, as well as reaching out to their teachers if needed. Our staff directory can be found here:

This month, our Bulldog Way theme is Empathy. Each Advisory teacher will select the student who has demonstrated this characteristic. Students will get a brag tag and a reward. Please ask your student about their Brag Tags!

We continue to spend our mornings in Advisory reading. Students are logging into the program Achieve 3000, in order to promote our school-wide literacy focus.

Students can also read articles at home or in morning reading lab from 7:30-8:00 every morning at Knox.

Morning Achieve 3000 Reading Lab Schedule: 7:30-8:00am

Monday- Room 6

Tuesday-Room 3

Wednesday-Room S1

Thursday-Room 103

Friday-Room 206

Thank you to our parents that have been participating in our parent circles and workshops. We appreciate your partnership.

We encourage all students to read for 40 minutes a night independently. Students will be checking out independent reading books during library visits with their English class.

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.

Thank you for your partnership and Happy New Year!


Principal Potter


43rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March

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Positive School Culture and Climate

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Brag Tag Awards!!

Bulldog Way: Perseverance Award

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5th Grade Parent Information (linked below)

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STEM week will occur the last week of February in all Knox classrooms. Students will build 5 different projects and science experiments over the course of a week. This Project Based Learning experience will give students a chance to work as teams on a different project each day for 4 hours.

Parents will be invited to our student learning showcase on Friday 28, 2020.

6th Grade-

7th Grade-

8th Grade-

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SALK Mobile Science Lab

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Aladdin Jr. Musical Rehearsal

Knox Gear Up Partnership with UCSD

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Students have math homework every night!

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Math 8 Lesson Study-CPM Partnership

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Parent Portal- Grades and Attendance

How To Access Grades and Attendance in Parent Portal

To get a copy of your password, please call 619-344-5500 or email

Power School Parent Portal Video-English

Directions on how to access your student's grades and attendance

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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 be partnering with Mending Matters to support students with excessive absences or tardies. Mending Matters group sessions will be held on Mondays for 3 hours on campus called STAY.

The STAY curriculum focuses on truancy and attendance. The school-based instruction explores factors which contribute to truancy, and the resulting consequences of missing school. Topics range from goal-setting, coping skills, support system, self-evaluation, and both personal and environmental factors that contribute to truancy.

We will continue to provide incentives to students that clear all of their missed days, showing responsible attendance!

Saturday School /Sunday School are in progress!

We are open this month on:







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

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Happening on Campus this Month

2/1- Gear Up CEP- Common Core Parent Workshop- Room 15- 8am-12pm

2/3- Late bus for Monday tutoring

2/3-ELPAC testing begins for English Learners

2/4-Late bus for Tuesday tutoring

2/5-Brag Tag 100th Day of School

2/5-Paving Great Futures EMPIRE program begins

2/6- Minimum Day

2/6-8th Graders to Lincoln for Articulation 8:30-11:30

2/7-Semester 1 Pep Rally, Vision to Learn Mobile Eye Clinic

2/10- Late bus tutoring

2/11-Late bus tutoring

2/11- Semester 1 Awards Ceremony- Invites coming- 6th grade p1, 7th grade p2, 8th grade p3

2/13- Minimum Day

2/14- School Closed

2/17- School Closed

2/20-Minimum Day

2/24-2/28- i2 STEM Week at Knox. All week will spend the day in their period 1 class.

2/28-i2 STEM Week Showcase- 1:30-2:15- Community Members, 2:15-3:00-Parents

2/26- Parent workshop -MediCal 8:45-9:45



February Lincoln Cluster Meeting- @ Porter Elem.

Monday, Feb. 10th, 5:30pm

445 South 47th Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

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Knox Parent Workshop and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 8:30am

Knox Room 15

Parents- Please join us for a family learning workshop

We will begin our food pantry at 9:45 am on this day.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Knox Parent Workshop + Food Pantry

Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 8:30am

Knox Parent Room

Food Pantry will begin at 9:45

Workshop will begin at 8:45

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Knox Partnerships 19-20

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- Marthita Huezo-

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