Knox News!

April 2019

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Welcome to April!

Hello Knox Families!

Welcome back from Spring Break. I hope that everyone had a restful week off. We have about 10 weeks left in the school year and a lot of exciting things going on. During the month of March, our school site was awarded another $30,000 professional development grant in mathematics. This school year, Knox has received over $137,000 in grant funding!

During the month of March, we celebrated Read Across America by reading to the students at Baker Elementary. Our ASB also supported the students at Chavez Elementary with their annual march.

We also finished up our school-wide read aloud of Milkweed and all students had the opportunity to participate in the Butterfly Project. Our 700 ceramic butterflies will soon be displayed in the auditorium, as a memorial to the children that lost their lives during the Holocaust.

This month our state SBAC testing begins. Please see the links below for our testing schedule and for the online practice test. It is important that students get a good night's rest and arrive on time for breakfast each day of testing.

8th grade parents, this is a reminder that in order for your student to participate in the Knox promotion ceremony, they must be passing all of their classes on June 4th at 4pm in Power School.

Supporting your middle school student with reading at home:

Parent's Guide to Guided Reading

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. The late bus departs at 4:15 pm.

Please check your child's planner nightly. They should be recording their homework assignments there.

Please log into Power School Parent Portal to monitor your student's grades.

Thank you for all of your support and collaboration!


Principal Potter


Knox @ Baker Elementary-Read Across America

Knox V Montgomery Basketball

Progress Report 3 Pep Rally!

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Spirit Week

Jimmie Johnson Library Grant Update

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Coming Spring 2019!! Annie Jr.

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English Language Arts Update

Our Knox students are reading, reading, reading! All students have had a chance to visit the new library and have checked out independent reading books. Our students are VERY excited about all of the new books available in the library. All students should be reading at home for 20 minutes a night.

We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes a night independently. Students can check out books during Advisory or lunch time.

Ms. Lapp has also started a book club before school on Thursdays. The students are starting their next novel now. Please reach out to Ms. Lapp if you would like your student to take part in this special opportunity (

To support literacy at home, read articles together with your child online:

Helping your student with the Common Core Writing Standards

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

Current Units of Study:

6th Grade-Flush

7th Grade-Pygmalion

8th Grade-To Kill a Mockingbird

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 English Language Arts class.

School-wide Focus on Reading and Writing

AAAE Conference 2019

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Math Update

Knox is very excited to receive a $30,000 math coaching grant for the 2019-2020 school year. This coaching grant will support our team (Admin and teachers) in continued collaboration and professional growth with CPM math!

Each student is given a math packet at the start of the Chapter. Please ask your student to show you their math work in their journal and their packet. As a reminder, students have math homework every night. Math tutoring is offered on Tuesdays after school in room S4.

Students have math homework every night!

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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.

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 your 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!

School is open Saturday and Sunday!

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

4/2-Knox students to Sea World Ocean Link

4/3-Knox students to Sea World Ocean Link

4/3-Knox V Montgomery Middle (Basketball and Soccer)- Lincoln Old Gym and Soccer Field-3:30pm

4/9-Safari Park Trip

4/10-7th Grade to Safari park

4/12-Knox students to Special Olympics @ Pershing Middle

4/23-USD tour and baseball game

4/24-Knox Circle Leaders to Lincoln

Knox Brochure

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Traffic Safety

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. In addition, students may not ride Bird scooters or any other electronic scooters to or from campus. Per Bird Company policy, riders must be 18 yrs old.

Electronic scooters are not permitted near campus. Students are not permitted to ride electronic scooters.


April Lincoln Cluster Meeting

Monday, April 8th, 5:30pm

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RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

Coffee Time!!

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, April 10th, 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.

Knox Food Pantry and parent Circle

Wednesday, April 24th, 8:45pm

1098 South 49th Street

San Diego, CA

Knox Basketball and Soccer Games- Knox v Montgomery Middle

Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30-5:30pm

Old Gym Lincoln HS

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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