Knox News!

November 2019

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Welcome To November!

Hello Knox Families!

We had so much fun during October. Our students earned many brag tags for their p1 report cards and our Bulldog Way theme of Trustworthiness. Our students earned tags for Perfect and Responsible Attendance, GPA and Citizenship. Our students were also able to purchase a Halloween Brag Tag for their friends at the ASB store. A huge congratulations to our students that have earned tags for reading articles in our Achieve 3000 reading program.

This month, our Bulldog Way theme is Positivity. Each Advisory teachers will select the student who has demonstrated this characteristic. Students will get a brag tag and then spend the day on a STEM trip to the zoo.

Our Knox ASB put on their first pep rally of the year. Thank you to Ms. Hesse for her guidance. It was an incredible event. Lots of fun games, musical performances, celebrations of achievement and rewards for our awesome students! Check out the pictures below of our teachers as mummies!

We have also begun our school-wide Advisory reading program Achieve 3000, in order to promote our school-wide literacy focus. We are excited for our students to begin to monitor their own reading growth on a daily basis. Please ask your student about this program and their current Lexile level. You received a copy of your child's reading level in the envelope with their p1 report card.

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 20 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.

This month, we will be hosting Student-led conferences in all classrooms at Knox on 11/21 from 3:00-4:30pm. These conferences are a great way for your student to show you all of their amazing school work. What are student-led conferences? Click here:

Thank you for your partnership!


Principal Potter


Knox Middle School's new Chargers Champions Fitness Facility

Brag Tag Awards!! Knox Positive School Culture!!

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Bulldog Way: Integrity/Trustworthiness Award

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Brag Tag Award- Top Readers in Achieve 3000

5th Grade Parent Information (linked below)

Meet Our Elective Team!

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Elective Team:

Mr. Jones- Music Teacher, Musical theater Director

Ms. Muñoz-Spanish Teacher

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Meet Our PE Team!!

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Knox PE Update

Meet our PE team!

Coach U-6th/7th grade

Coach M-7th/8th grade

Coach Curtis-APE

Our basketball team and soccer team have started practice. Students must maintain responsible attendance and exhibit the Bulldog Way in citizenship to participate.

We hosted the SD Kings Basketball team at lunch for a game of Knoxout.

Our Chargers Outdoor Fitness Center also hosted its grand opening!

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Students have math homework every night!

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English Language Arts Update

During the month of October, our students will engaged with grade-level text as they dove into their first novel of the year.

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 Unit 1-The Lightning Thief

7th Grade Unit 1-A Long Walk to Water

8th Grade Unit 1- 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 log into Achieve 3000 articles at home as part of their nightly homework or may read an independent reading book from the Knox library.

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Positive School Culture and Climate

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Pep Rally Fun-Teacher Mummies
Knox @ Lincoln for Restorative Practices Collaboration

Restorative Practices- Knox + Lincoln Circle Leaders Together

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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 has started!

We are open this month on:






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

Happening on Campus this Month

11/1-Positive Parenting Seminar-9-11 room 15

11/4-Make-up picture day

11/5-Aladdin, Jr. auditions

11/7-minimum day

11/12-TKF Assemblies

11/13- Parent workshop Gear Up-Common Core to College-8:30-10:30. Food Pantry 10:30

11/14-minimum day

11/19-11/20- Butterfly Project 6th grade History

11/20-3:30- Cross Country meet

11/21-Student-led conferences-all classrooms-3:00-4:30

11/22-Progress Reporting period #2 ends

11/25-11/29- Thanksgiving break


November Lincoln Cluster Meeting- @ Porter Elem.

Monday, Nov. 18th, 5:30pm

445 South 47th Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

Knox Parent Workshop #3 and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 8:30am

Knox Room 15

Parents- Please join us for a parent workshop-Common Core to College

We will begin our food pantry at 10:30 am on this day.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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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