Knox News!

March 2020

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Welcome To March!

Hello Knox Families!


Welcome to March!


WOW! We just complete our first i2 STEM Week at Knox. It was an amazing experience for our students and staff. Each day, students got to engage in the Design Process as teams, during multiple science and engineering projects.


Knox ELAC: English Learner Advisory Committee

Knox is starting an English learner advisory committee. The purpose of ELAC is to provide parents of English Learners opportunities to:

  • Learn more about programs offered to their students
  • Advise the principal and school staff on the most positive and effective actions to improve learning of English Learners
  • Advise the school principal and staff on the development of the School Plan
  • Review the Language Census each spring
  • Send information to D.E.L.A.C. (District English Learner Advisory Committee)

If you are interested or would like additional information please contact Ms. Hueso-García, our VP.


Promotion:

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.


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: https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/knox/staff-directory



This month, our Bulldog Way theme is Responsibility. 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 as well as a Reading Log for English class. 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!


Sincerely,

Principal Potter




GO BULLDOGS!!

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i2 STEM WEEK SUCCESS!

i2 STEM WEEK-https://i2learning.org/stem-week


STEM week was a great success. Students built many different projects and science experiments this week. This Project Based Learning experience will give students a chance to work as teams on a different project each day for 4 hours and ends with a culminating showcase on Friday afternoon.



6th Grade-https://i2learning.org/courses/building-a-lunar-colony

7th Grade-https://i2learning.org/courses/kinetic-sculpture

8th Grade-https://i2learning.org/courses/surgical-techniques

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Positive School Culture and Climate

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Brag Tag Awards!!

Bulldog Way: Empathy Award

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AVID visits Junior Achievement Finance Park

8th Grade Students Get a Tour of The Hive

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5th Grade Parent Information (linked below)

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Students have math homework every night!

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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 kojetti@sandi.net

Power School Parent Portal Video-English

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

Knox Nursing- Meet Nurse Joy

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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:


3/1

3/7

3/14

3/21

3/22

3/28


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

Happening on Campus this Month

3/2- Knox to Baker Elem.-Read Across America


3/5-Getty Villa Field trip


3/5-Minimum Day


3/6-End of Progress Reporting Period 3


3/7-First Lego League Tournament


3/11- Parent Workshop


3/12-Minimum Day


3/16- Sexual Health Education begins 6th and 8th grade Science


3/16-Spirit Week


3/17-Bird, Palmer, Mac-Safari Park Trip (LOP)


3/18- 7th grade Safari Park trip (LOP)


3/19-Minimum Day


3/20-Parent Conferences (Invites to go home)


3/20-P3 Pep Rally


3/20-6th grade to the zoo (LOP)


3/23-Spirit Week


3/25- Parent workshop


3/26- SSC/SGT


3/30-Spring Break begins

SAVE THE DATE

Join our monthly parent events!

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Knox Parent Workshop and Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11th, 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, March 25th, 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- hpotter@sandi.net


Vice Principal- Angelica Hueso-Garcia- ahueso@sandi.net


Head Counselor-M-Z- Lori Watkins- lcruz@sandi.net


Counselor- A-L- Sherri Penaloza- sbaildon@sandi.net


Restorative Practices Coordinator-Jeff Ponsford- jponsford@sandi.net


Registration/Attendance-Leticia Alva Sanchez- lalvasanchez@sandi.net


Site Tech- Power School Parent Portal- Kristen Ojetti- kojetti@sandi.net


Admin Assist-Linda Dozier- ldozier@sandi.net


Parent Liason- Marthita Huezo- mhuezo@sandi.net

Join the mailing list- email hpotter@sandi.net