On Friday, May 26th teachers signed up to bring their classes to the King Invasion Film Festival and the KSNC Comic Con. Mr Palayan has been sponsoring the King Invasion Film Festival for over ten years. Students make films about what would happen if aliens from another planet invaded our school. Mr. Palayan’s Animation students and Mrs. Rinaldi’s Film students entered films for the festival. Congratulations to “My Alien” the winning film by Dahlia Kasson, Jennifer Vu, Mayen Chhuy, Nicole Alexsanian, and Lillian Deng. In addition to watching the top five films and honorable mentions, students viewed a documentary about actual UFO sightings in the United States. Mr Palayan asked the audience if they believed if the sightings were real and look at the picture, almost everyone raised their hand!
Before and after the film festival, the library courtyard was set up with fun Comic Con themed activities. There was a Twilight Zone themed maze, a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Scavenger Hunt, a Comic Book Art booth where students were able to create their own covers to win an actual comic book, and in honor of Star Wars: A New Hope‘s 40th birthday the film was shown in room 136 and there was a photo booth set up with Jabba the Hut and his prisoner, Princess Leah.
It was a busy day, but the teachers and students had a blast. A great way to end a stressful three weeks of testing.
King’s Theatre Company’s production of, The Crucible was a huge success! Thank you to our talented cast and crew, our amazing theater teacher Ms. Isenberg, and the support of our wonderful King families and staff.
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.
Sixth graders in Ms. Jones’s class tested their critical thinking and creative skills when they became “owners” of a Toy Company. The student owners had a task to design and create a prototype or a blueprint of an action figure, sports equipment, or stuffed animal, then present it to their colleagues. In designing the toy, students had to research the raw materials used to create the toy. Students reported on extraction or harvesting method of raw materials used, production of the toy, transportation and packaging of the toy, and what would happen to the toy once it is no longer used. The enthusiastic student toy company owners participated in a gallery walk to share their toy ideas and products.
Mr. Tran’s 8th-grade geometry students delved into the concepts of parallel and transversal lines with their “Amazing Space” projects. Students explored shape puzzles, such as tangrams, and used them to solve puzzles and create other geometric puzzles, like Pentominoes and SOMAs (three-dimensional puzzles made of unit cubes). Want to see these kids in action? Click here for a video illustrating the project.