Knox News!

December 2019

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Welcome To December!

Hello Knox Families!

Welcome to December. November was a month filled with lots of learning and positive school culture activities. These included: Brag Tag events, our Knox Turkey Drive, our Bella's House of Hope shoe give away for all 600 students, Red Ribbon Spirit Week, TKF Peacekeeping assemblies, the Butterfly Project in 6th grade History classes, Student-led conferences, Aladdin, Jr. auditions, Primetime students took a college tour of SDSU, lunchtime Staff v. Students Volleyball, as well as our first soccer and basketball games, and the addition of our new school mural. Check out the details below for all of these amazing Knox events and be sure to play the video from the Bella's House of Hope shoe event.

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 6 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:

We also hosted multiple events for our parents as partners in education. Thank you to our parents that supported students at the Lego Robotics Competition and those that came out for Student-led Conferences, as well as our parents who conferences with their student at home. Our CEP Gear Up Partners hosted a parent workshop: Common Core to College. Thank you to our 5th grade parents that have come out for our articulation presentations at Knox as well as at the Elementary schools. We are excited to have you join us at Knox next year! This month, we hope our Knox families will join us on 12/11 at 8:30 for the next wellness workshop for parents.

This month, our Bulldog Way theme is Friendly. 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. Please ask your student about this program and their current Lexile level. You received a copy of your child's reading level during Student-led Conferences.

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.

During the winter break, it is important that students get caught up on any missing assignments, as well as continue to read their articles on Achieve 3000. We have created a Knox Instagram account to give students information about current school events, as well as to promote rewards and Brag Tags for reading on Achieve 3000 as well as earning incentives for attendance and the Bulldog Way.

Thank you for your partnership!


Principal Potter


Bella's House of Hope Event! New shoes for everyone!

Check out the video below!

Knox Middle Shoe Surprise

Knox Annual Turkey Drive

Knox Turkey Drive, sponsored by Wheelhouse Credit Union

Each year our Knox Staff delivers 80 turkeys over 5 nights to our Knox families. It is a great way to connect with our Knox families, build community and give thanks. We are to appreciative of our partners at Wheelhouse Credit Union that make this annual event happen! Thank you to our Restorative Practices Coordinator Mr. Ponsford for all of the coordination and to all of the staff that help to deliver our 80 turkeys!
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Brag Tag Awards!!

Bulldog Way: Positivity Award

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Positive School Culture and Climate

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Tariq Khamisa Foundation: Peacekeeping Assembly

Restorative Practices- Knox + Baker + Balboa Circle Leaders Together

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5th Grade Parent Information (linked below)

History Update: The Butterfly Project

All 6th grade students had the opportunity to continue their learning with the Butterfly Project.

Butterfly Project Mission:

The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world—one for each child who perished in the Holocaust, and honoring the survivors.

Butterfly Project Vision:

The Butterfly Project will transform resistance through art and education, and empower people to take actions against injustice, partner with everyone that currently has or wants to build a connection to history and honoring those who died in the Holocaust, easily get ceramic butterflies into the hands of people of all faiths through schools, museums, and community centers, leading to bold artistic displays, and be included in classrooms across the country as an important part of Holocaust and anti-bullying education.

Meet Our Knox Robotics Teams!

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Bionic Bulldogs + Robotic Rascals:

Knox has 2 Lego Robotics Teams. Students in this specialized Advisory class learn Computer Science and programming on the EV3 Lego Mindstorm. During competition, students must program their robots to complete certain tasks to earn points. They must also conduct research and give a presentation to the judges. During November, our students competed at the regional competition, and will compete again at Legoland in February. Go Knox Robotics!

Knox Sports Update

Our Knox Basketball Team (Coach Edwards) and our Knox Soccer Team (Coach Balo) took on Montgomery Middle in their first game of the year. We look forward to more upcoming games in the future!

Meet Our Knox Soccer Team!!

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2019 Student-Led Conferences

Showcase of our Fall Semester Learning

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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

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.

Happening on Campus this Month

12/2- Late bus for Monday tutoring

12/3-Late bus for Tuesday tutoring

12/4-Report cards mailed home/LOP list published

12/4-8th grade History students take field trip to the downtown courthouse for a tour

12/8- November Brag Tag STEM Zoo trip

12/11- Family learning workshop 8:30am, Food Pantry 9:45am

12/11-Group #2-8th grade History students take field trip to the downtown courthouse for a tour

12/17-Bulldog Way Trip to Sea World

12/17-Band and Guitar Concert 6:30pm

12/18-Achieve 3000-STEM Legoland Field Trip

12/19-Orchestra Concert 6:30pm

12/20-P2 Pep Rally


December Lincoln Cluster Meeting- @ Porter Elem.

Monday, Dec. 16th, 5:30pm

445 South 47th Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

Knox Parent Workshop #4 and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 8:30am

Knox Room 15

Parents- Please join us for a parent workshop-

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

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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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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