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7th Grade FAM VICTORIAN TEA PARTY

As a culminating activity to a unit of study, Ms. Castillo ‘s period 5 class (7th grade FAM ALL STARSS) had a Victorian themed tea party last December.  The activity is part of the study of a book called “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters”. The students analyzed life in the mid 1800’s in a Virginia plantation. They looked at multiple perspectives and synthesized information they learned from this text with those others that they’ve read within this unit. It was a memorable experience made even more special because some parents were able to attend the event. Ms. Castillo thanks all the parents who pulled together to help make this event happen, from those who sent food and other necessary items to the parents who joined the class activity. Ms. Castillo also thanks Mr. Naulls, Ms. Milio, Ms. Rogers, and the Main Office staff who supported the event.

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UCLA vs Oregon

As part of the “I Am Going to College” program, Mr. Yontarak and Mr. Hernandez (FAM) took 30 eighth graders to the UCLA versus Oregon State game at UCLA.  Home team won!

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Hands-On Camera Angles and Shots

Unboxing the new Canon r700 video cameras, students in Mr.Laguna’s elective class are learning completing their first film project. Working our way up to our first film short in October, students are learning cinematography angles and shots, and proper camera grip techniques. For the first project, students are learning about establishing, long, medium, and close-up shooting. Students are also learning about high and low angles, proper lighting and focus, and zooming techniques. Budding filmmakers were having  so much fun with the cameras this week, but quickly realized how much work goes into properly framing shots. “This is the like seventh time we did this over, but it looks good now,” a student told Mr. Laguna. Learning the basics of filmmaking well is a top priority for the elective. The next film project students will learn how to shoot action shots, and keeping continuity in their filmmaking. Fantastic job filmmakers, keep up the good work.

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“Chex-Mixing” Ratios

What better way to learn, than with food? Budding mathematicians in Ms. Yang’s 6th grade math class begin the year learning ratios. To apply a kinsthetic learning experience, Ms. Yang decided students would  better understand the concept of ratios and how they work in real life if they got to see, feel, and taste the concept of ratios. Studets broke down how many different types of food, mapped out visually what they saw, and then applied it to greater mathematical concepts to the world around them. Great job mathematicians!

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Mr. Ward publishes his third book!

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The Film and Media Magnet wants to proudly announce and congratulate Robert Ward on publishing his third book, A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: How Children Thrive with Leadership, Love, Laughter, and Learning. Robert Ward, 8th grade FAM English teacher, is an enthusiastic educator and has been teaching for twenty-four years. He is also a published author who has recently written two books for teachers.

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Mr. Ward’s third book, A Teacher’s Inside Advice to Parents: How Children Thrive with Leadership, Love, Laughter, and Learning becomes available in November. Mr. Ward’s articles on education have been featured by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Education Week, Edutopia, the International Literacy Association, and UKEdChat magazine.

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Back to School Night with Laguna/Yang – 8/30/16

Thank you for all those who made it to Back to School Night! It was a pleasure meeting all of you. One of the reasons we love working at TS King Middle School is the awesome and supportive parents we have every year. After meeting all of you…I am sure our “awesome” streak will continue. Looking forward to a great year and see you at “FAMily” Potluck Night – Mr. Laguna and Ms. Yang

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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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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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Film and Media Lab

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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.

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Evolution and Adaptations in Mr. Gabriel’s Class – May 2016

Students are finishing up their evolution unit in Mr. Gabriels class by doing a hands on lab on bird evolution. Our young scientists were getting their hands busy, looking at different types of bird beaks and what adaptations are the best for certain habitats. Simulating pincers, flat-billed beaks, hard beaks, and others students had fun learning about adaptations and evolution. Go 7th grade FAM students!

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