King Night at Ozu – August 30th, 5-9pm

King Nite at Ozu
Happy Back to School Night! Thomas Starr King Middle School Parent Paul is hosting a fundraiser for our school at his award-winning restaurant, Ozu East Kitchen, this Tuesday, Aug 30, 5-9pm, on Back to School Night. 25% OF ALL SALES from King families and friends will be donated to Friends of King to benefit our school (just indicate you are a King family when you are there). Come enjoy tasty pan Asian food and drinks at this neighborhood gem!

Click on the link below to learn more and let us know you are coming!

Back to School Night – Tuesday, August 30th


Becoming Global Citizens in FAM 7th Grade

The 7th grade students of FAM All Starrs are beginning their journey in becoming global citizens. In reading, “If the World Were a Village” students are practicing  their listening, speaking, and note-taking skills. In spirited discussion about  the make-up of the world’s population and human rights Students are engaged in learning the world we live in and dialogue with each other about what they are learning.  For example, students had a lengthy talk about the benefits of being literate in many languages.  They also had an opportunity to explore and make inferences about the effects of education, or lack thereof, when they learned that some parts of the world do not believe in educating girls the way they educate boys. This led to a meaty discussion about gender equality in the United States.
After studying the book, the students will wrap up this mini unit by composing work linking what they learned  with their role in this world as global citizens; they will connect the book to their lives. Go 7th Grade FAM All Starrs!
Melina Castillo – 7th Grade English teacher,  FAM All Starrs
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Advanced Animation student wins award!

For the 4th year in a row, an Advanced Animation student has won the Best New Media Secondary Category for the Video in the Classroom Awards from PBS-KLCS Channel 58! This year the student is Mr. Milan Debert and he has already been recognized for his awesome work with a Best Overall Middle School Award from the Los Angeles County Office of Education too! You can watch the 1st broadcast of the Video in the Classroom Awards on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 7pm on KLCS Channel 58. It will be broadcast throughout the month on the channel if you miss it.

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Storks Screening Field Trip

100 Animation Students attended the very advanced screening of Warner Bros. 3D Animated Film, ‘Storks’. It was on the Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank, and immediately after the screening the students were treated to treat bags and delectable food. It was a great night and King Animation students had lotsa fun!

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First week in the ESM magnet…

The first week of school was a flurry of team building activities.  The sixth grade classes spent Wednesday on the p.e. field participating in a variety of ice breaker/teambuilding games and activities.

Ms. Mitsuse’s Class dug right in to engineering when they broke into teams to see who could create the tallest tower.  Students used marshmallows and spaghetti to test their skills.

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Back-to-School with Film and Media

Welcome back “FAMily” to a great school year. As we enter the fourth year of our magnet, there are exciting plans for this school year.

  • First, the dedicated Film Lab created for Film and Media students continues our mission of innovative teaching by our faculty and creative productions by our students.
  • Second, the first ever Film and Media Student Council will begin this year as a collection of stellar FAM students helping to create FAM movie nights, design the magnet shirt, and run other social events. The first meeting will be held in Mr. Laguna’s room, Monday, August 29th to discuss the year’s events and officer applications.
  • Last, the staff of FAM will further the mission of the magnet, and continue to take an “ALL IN” approach with Film and Media.

Let’s have a great year and looking forward to working together with students, staff, and parents this year.

– Mr. Laguna, Film and Media Lead Teacher

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Welcome back to school King Lions!

First day of instruction for 2016-17: Tuesday August 16th, 7:56 a.m. to 1:24 p.m. (2:54 p.m. bus pick-up)

Film and Media Lab



Over the summer, a former classroom used for storage and copy machines was set aside to be revitalized and used as a creative space and interactive Film Lab at Thomas Starr King Middle School this year. One of our very own FAM parents Rani Ben-Ezra and his company, Basix Designs Remodeling, donated paint and time to breathe new life into the classroom with a beautiful coat of Beacon Blue.

The Film Lab will contain 10 editing bays, each with iMac computers donated from Nickelodeon, stop-motion animation hardware, microphones, and advanced editing software. The Film Lab will also have 10 brand new Canon Vixia cameras, a green screen, and screening wall. Announcements will be made when the Film Lab is fully operational and include a community open house. Stay tuned and be ready for innovative student projects this school year.  Again, thank you Basix Designs Remodeling and Nickelodeon for help making this possible.





Lion’s head up in the breezeway!

King’s lion head is now up in the breezeway! Kudos to an incredible team of volunteers who worked tirelessly over the past 3 years to make King blue and beautiful. Special thanks to Camelot Kids, mastermind designer, Oscar Varela/Atwater Art Company, and “master Yoda” Mr Noel Strachman/Noel Welding Industries in Chatsworth for bringing this vision to life.

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