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Grade 8 GAT – Think-like a Writer (Sept 2017)

After reading Hemingway’s famous six-word story and learning about writer’s voice, the 8th-graders wrote their own six-word stories, highlighting a defining moment, memory, or mantra…in only six words. They also studied the Dada Movement and the history of collage and created art to accompany the tone of their stories. To see more of these, head over to the shared class slideshow HERE.

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Grade 7 GAT – Think-like an Orator (Sept 2017)

In Ms. Popa’s history class, students analyzed the main factors that contributed to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: Political Corruption, Economic Collapse, Barbarian Invasions, etc. One option to show mastery was to use the primary sources, write and perform a ‘persuasive speech’ pertaining to the above factors; and use “rhetoric” to deliver it. Students had to take on a Roman historical figure/character, use period attire, and elaborate on potential solutions to fix those problems, set the record straight and save Rome from destruction … a bold attempt to change history. To see one of these performances, head over to our 7th-grade page on our website: 7th-grade activities.

One student, Ms. Zoë Chamberlain, ‘reflected’ on her Socratic Seminar experience and the class sessions Ms. Popa’ students have had so far on the Fall of Rome. Zoë’s eloquence and academic approach on primary documents analysis qualified her as a competitive debater … not an easy endeavor to achieve. Read Zoë’s reflections HERE.

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Grade 6 GAT – Think-like a Nutritionist (Sept 2017)

Recently, the Health classes of Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Page participated in a project where they had to focus on one of the six essential nutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and minerals) we all need in our diets. Students were allowed to work solo or in pairs and had a choice of end products, which included creating a billboard, drafting a comic book, or creating a rap song. No matter the chosen project, students were to make clear what their assigned nutrient happened to be, foods that the nutrient may be found in, mention the benefits of proper consumption or risks of limited consumption of their specific nutrient, and were asked to be creative and have fun. To listen to a couple of the raps, head over to our 6th-grade page on our website: 6th-grade activities.

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2017 Open House

Thanks to the students, families and teachers for an amazing Open House/Student Showcase! What a great way to bring our year to a close!

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2017 Comic Con and King Invasion Festival

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.
       

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Bike To School Day – May 10, 2017

May 10th was National Bike to School Day and Thomas Starr King celebrated in style.

Thanks to all who made Bike to School Day a success!!!

CD13 staff for coming out and supporting
LAPD Bicycle Division for escorting our Group Rides
LADOT for providing water bottles, lights, maps, and patch kits
Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition for route planning and group ride leaders
Alta Planning for support and providing a group ride leader
The Bicycle Clinic for hosting two King Fix-It clinics
The Golden Saddle Cyclery for providing a Fix-a-Flat clinic and group ride leader
Pure Cycles for donating a beautiful new bike
We quadrupled our bicycle riders and had many students ride to school for the first time! Our riders arrived to school exhilarated and received water bottles, lights and tire patch kits. Our raffle winner was Anthony Lam, 8th grader FAM student, who got to take home a beautiful Pure Cycle black and gold fixie. For more information on riding in LA, pick up a Bike Route map in the front office or parent center.
 

  

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2017 Spring Concert by King Orchestra

King Orchestra, conducted by their fabulous music teacher Mr. Boktor, delivered yet another stellar performance last Thursday, May 4th, for their end-of-year Spring concert. This year, Mr. Boktor tried something really special: King Orchestra played movie sound tracks while projecting the movie in the background.
Kudos to Mr. Boktor and his amazing student musicians who played for the school during periods 3, 4, 5, and 6, plus an additional performance for the parents after school. That was about 6 hours being on stage and playing masterfully. Wow!!
Below are a few clips from the after school concert, or you can watch KSNC’s live recordings period by period HERE. KSNC had several cameras and they did an excellent job recording the concert from various angles.
Also, watch the video message that composer Ramin Djawadi sent Mr. Boktor and the King Orchestra after he heard that they were playing his main title and other selections from his score for HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’!!
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2017 Visions of Technology Art Exhibition

The Autry Museum held its annual student art exhibition opening for Visions of Technology on April 23, 2017. The following King students were included in this

show: Finnean Dore, Haley Alvarado, Hanora Collier, Janci Zelaya, Juliette Williamson, Katherine Zepeda, Mazie Wong and  Silvia Injikushyan. Mazie Wong won the Best Address of Theme award and Janci Zelaya won the Curators’ Choice award. If you missed the show at the Autry, you can view the work in the showcase in the main hallway across from the guidance office. It is a wonderful group of paintings and drawings.

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Dazzling performances of The Crucible by King Theater Company!

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.

The play, based on the Salem witch trials in 1692, is about  a group of girls who accuse innocent people of witchcraft. King’s Theater Company presented students various acts throughout the day on Friday April 28, with two full performances on Thursday and Friday nights (April 27 & 28).

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West Side Story 2017 – A tour de force!!!

Artfully directed through the Jaxx Theatricals After School program, our King students were simply dazzling in their performance of this most memorable musical and greatest love story! Our Jets and Sharks and two young idealistic lovers conveyed such vitality and meaning in their heart-wrenching struggle for survival, you were sure to chuckle at their wit and shed tears at the dramatic denouement. Bravo!!!

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