Knox News!

November 2018

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Welcome to November!

Hello Knox Families!

During the month of October, we welcomed the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, with an assembly on peace, non-violence and forgiveness. Our 5th grade friends from Nye, Porter, Baker and Chavez all came for a tour of Knox and a special collaboration with our 8th grade AVID students. We hosted a parent workshop on supporting students with Common Core math and math homework, and also had a packed parent circle. Our Knox students have also participated in 3 acting workshops in collaboration with the La Jolla Playhouse, in preparation for our Spring Musical, Annie Jr. We are so thankful to our teachers (Hesse, Stevens, Peretto, and Valadez) for taking on this project.

Our 2 Knox Robotics teams continue to prepare for competition on November 3rd at High Tech High. Mr. Morris has helped to secure donations from multiple sources to support our robotics team.

The Knox ASB, lead by Ms. Hesse, also hosted our first Pep Rally of the year to celebrate Progress Report #1. We were fortunate to be presented with a grant for $5,000 from Barona Education, with support from Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber's office. The $5,000 will be used for library books. Please see Ms. Ullman to add your titles to the list to be ordered.

Our Knox Circle leaders joined Lincoln High circle leaders as they participated in a Saturday training with our Restorative Practices Coordinator, Mr. Ponsford, the Restorative Teams from NCRC, Lincoln and the Restorative Practices Department at the district.

In addition, 60 Knox students attended Sea World's Ocean Link project. We congratulate these 50 students on perfect attendance, and 10 more who have been attending Saturday/Sunday school exhibiting responsible attendance.

This month, all of our Knox students also got to meet Blitz, the SDUSD K9, and learn more about his role in keeping our schools safe.

Many students have been attending math tutoring after school on Tuesdays in S4.

Ms. Lapp has also started a guided reading group on Monday's before school. The students are reading El Deafo. Please reach out to Ms. Lapp if you would like your student to take part in this special opportunity (

We will be finishing our school-wide read aloud of Out of My Mind before the Thanksgiving Break. Please encourage your student to check out a book from the Knox library.

Here are some resources for parents to help support your middle school student:


10 Ways to Help your Middle School Child Succeed

Read articles together with your child online:

Helping your student with the Common Core Writing Standards

We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes a night independently. Students can check out books during Advisory or lunch time. Did you know that we have many new books in our school library? Your 7th grade student will be bringing home a copy of A Long Walk to Water, and your 6th grade student will be bringing home their own copy of A Lightening Thief.

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.

Reports Cards were mailed home! Please log into Power School Parent Portal to monitor your child's grades.

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.

Thank you for all of your support!


Principal Potter


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Meet Our History Team!!

Knox History Update

Meet our history team!

Ms. Stevens-History 7/8

Ms. Hesse- History 8/ASB

Ms. Samano-History 6/7

Mr. Conover-History 6

Our History team is supporting our students with writing! As a team, they are gathering tools that support our students' writing needs based on the baseline data that was gathered across grade levels. The data showed our students need support with transitions, flow and analysis, so we are working on ways to support and strengthen our student's writing.

In addition, 6th grade students just completed building Sumerian carts! Check them out!

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Students have math homework every night!

Math Update

8th grade math will be starting CPM Chapter 3 on Monday (3.1.1)

6th grade is working on CPM 3.1.4

7th grade is working on the end of Chapter 2 and will start 3.1.1 in 1 week.


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 November, our students will engage with grade-level text as they continue with their first novel of the year. Please see the links above on ways you can support reading and writing at home.

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

Current Units (October):

6th Grade-The Lightening Thief

7th Grade-A Long Walk to Water

8th Grade-Inside Out and Back Again

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 class.

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

School-wide Focus on Reading and Writing

November Read Aloud- Out of My Mind

Click the button for a readers guide

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Student-Led Conferences are coming 11/15 from 3:00-4:30 in all classrooms

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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

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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 has started!

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

11/2-Picture day make-up

11/3- First Lego Robotics Teams Compete

11/7-Parent Circle/Coffee Chat

11/6-AVID guest speakers-career

11/10- 11am-3pm-8th grade Naco Sale @ Wrigley's-8th grade activities fundraising.

11/12-Veteran's Day

11/13-Valencia Park 5th grade visits

11/14-Western BBQ

11/15- Student-led Conferences- all classrooms-3:00-4:30

11/19-11/23-Closed for Thanksgiving Break

11/26-11/27- Dentist on campus


11/30-End of progress report #2

Knox Brochure

Traffic Safety

The City of San Diego will soon be installing the sign below on the corner of South 49th Street and Logan Ave. Please ensure your child has a helmet if they are riding a bike, skateboard or scooter. Students must also stay on the sidewalk and cross at the crosswalk. Older siblings that are picking up Knox students must wait on the east side of 49th street across the street from the school.


November Lincoln Cluster Meeting- Malcolm X Library

Thursday, Nov. 29th 2018 at 5:30pm

5148 Market Street

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, Nov. 7th 2018 at 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.

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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