Knox News!

May 2018

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May Newsletter

Hello Knox Families!

Happy Spring! During the month of April, our Knox students have been very busy learning in their classrooms and setting goals for success. Last week, we had a testing kickoff assembly. All students received their SBAC (state testing) scores for ELA/Math for the last 2 years. Students then had the opportunity to set a Math and English goal. Please talk with your student about the goals that they set.

Ways to support your student for testing:

  • Talk with them about their goals.
  • Ensure they get lots of rest the night before.
  • Students must arrive on time for breakfast. Advisory is shortened on testing days.
  • Encourage your student with positive words promoting a Growth Mindset.

Report cards will be mailed out Tuesday of this week (Progress Report 4). Please continue to check Power School Parent Portal for all missing assignments.

Knox has been awarded a 3-year musical theater grant beginning next school year. The grant will allow us to work with La Jolla playhouse to provide an after school musical theater program at Knox.


8th grade students need to earn passing grades in all of their classes by June 7th at 4:00pm for participation in our Knox Promotion Ceremony. A letter was sent out to all 8th grade families outlining the criteria for participation in promotion and all End of the Year activities.

We will continue our second school-wide Advisory read aloud of the book Becoming Naomi León. Please ask your student about the book. We will continue our Advisory read-aloud program, in order to promote our school-wide literacy focus.

Our library is open! 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 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 available every day in room 107 from 3:15-4:15.

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 wear a helmet.


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Spring Open House-May 22nd-5:00-6:30

5:00-5:30-Join us for some refreshments with the teachers in the 6th grade lunch court.

5:30-6:30-Visit classrooms for some fun hands-on activities focused on our curriculum.


8th Grade Promotion- June 13th- 9:15-10:30 @ Knox.

8th grade students must be passing all classes on June 7th at 4:00pm to participate in the ceremony.

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Knox Brochure

How To Access Grades and Attendance in Parent Portal

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

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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.

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

Knox is open from 8-12 on Saturdays and most Sundays.

If your student has missed any days of school, please consider sending them to Saturday School next weekend.

Knox Science Update

Our Knox Botball robotics team participated in the regional competition at the University of San Diego.

What is Botball?

English Language Arts Update

Our grade-level teams are focused on supporting student writing across the curriculum. We are streamlining the way in which we teach writing with our students. Our writing process focuses on Claim, Evidence and Reasoning. Students are writing in all classes at Knox.

Our students are on module 2 in the Engage NY curriculum.

Upcoming Units:

6th Grade-World Without Fish, by Mark Kurlansky (Module 3B)

7th Grade-Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw

8th Grade-To Kill a Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

Knox ELA teachers use the Engage NY Common Core Curriculum in their classes.

Parents can learn more about this curriculum here:

6th grade ELA-

7th Grade ELA-

8th Grade ELA-

Students may read articles at home or an independent reading book from the Knox library.


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Tutoring is in 107 from 3:15-4:15 daily.

Students have math homework every night!


Buzzmath is a 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.

Join our monthly parent circle!

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SDUSD PIY Program Is Coming To AVID 8!

Officer Gonzales of Lincoln High School has been implementing our PIY (Police Interaction with Youth) program. Our 8th grade AVID students will have a chance to participate in this program before the school year is over.
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Knox Food Pantry

Wednesday, May 9th, 9:30am

1098 South 49th Street

San Diego, CA

May Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, May 14th, 5:30pm

4800 T Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Knox Parent Circle and Food Pantry

Wednesday, May 23rd, 8:30am

Room 15 @ Knox

Join us for a Knox Parent Circle-

8:45-9:30 Knox Parent Room 15

9:45-10:45- Knox Food Pantry

Please bring your empty grocery bags.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Key Contacts At Knox:

Principal-Heather Potter-

Vice Principal- Alex Villalobos-

Head Counselor-M-Z- Lori Watkins-

Counselor- A-L- Sherri Penaloza-

Restorative Practices Coordinator-Jeff Ponsford-

Registration-Leticia Alva Sanchez-

Site Tech- Power School Parent Portal- Kristen Ojetti-

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