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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‘Addams Family on Friday the 13th’ – 10/13/17

King MS + Street Food Cinema Presents

 Addams Family on Friday the 13th

Fun, Food Trucks, and Friday the 13th Oh My! King Middle School invites all school students and their families to a night showing of Addams Family on the soccer field of King. A fundraiser collaboration of Thomas Starr King Middle School and Street Food Cinema. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and the kids for a night out at King. Food trucks will be parked on Bates. Tickets will be sold by the FAM Student Council at lunch

in Mr. Laguna’s classroom beginning Wednesday, October 4th.
What:  Addams Family presented by King MS + Street Food Cinema
When: Doors open at 6:30pm, Movie at 7pm on Friday, October 13th
Where: King MS Soccer Field
Price: Tickets are $5 per person, with children under 5 free, tickets may be purchased at the door. Sale starts on 10/4 – get your tickets!
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Costume and Prop Donation Drive – 10/30/17 to 11/10/17

Overflowing closets and toy chests? No longer using that light-saber from 2011’s Halloween Parage? Donate it to King’s Costume and Prop Shop. TS King Middle School is running a Costume and PropDonation Drive from Monday, October 30th – Friday, November 10th.
Donations can be made in Mr. Laguna’s classroom or contact joel.laguna@lausd.net for drop off. Donations will be used to build the Film and Media Costume and Prop Shop. All donations are graciously taken to be used in films and theater performances – from superhero costumes and scary masks to wigs and accessories.
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8th grade ESM – Catapulting forward! (Sept 2017)

This past week, Ms. Cutler’s 8th grade science class designed, built, and tested catapults. This NGSS project was designed to introduce concepts of motion and forces, while embedding engineering practices and the principles governing scientific investigations.

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7th grade ESM – Grammar games (Sept 2017)

In Ms Munoz’s 7th Grade English ESM STEAM class, students created their own board games to practice various grammar elements while having fun!  Students also finished reading the classic science fiction story, “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury.  After analyzing the story, students wrote theme responses relating to The Butterfly Effect, and created videos in which they presented their environmental-related “cause and effect” visuals.

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6th grade ESM – Learning about sustainability (Sept 2017)

The sixth grade classes visited the Hyperion Treatment Plant and Education Center this past week.  The Hyperion Treatment Plant and Education Center, in addition to illustrating how wastewater is recycled, extolls the virtues of watershed protection and all things related to sustainability.  In preparation for the trip, the students became honorary epidemiologists and worked in collaborative groups using the same clues and maps that John Snow would have used to solve the cause of the 1854 Cholera Epidemic in London.  At the treatment plant in the fragrant processing section, students had high praise for John Snow’s contributions to the modern urban sewer system. Afterwards, students enjoyed fresh air during their beach picnic.

 

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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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