King Social @ Silver Lake Wine – 12/1/17

THANK YOU for a great wine tasting get-together!

It is a really nice evening of camaraderie and cheers among King friends, as well as a great pretext to taste three selections of wine, along with bread, cheese, and olives.

Thanks to Silver Lake Wine for hosting and giving back part of the ticket sales to our school!

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FAM Speaker Series – Aaron Wolf (Nov. 2017)

Mr. Laguna’s class hosted Aaron Wolf, a director, to come speak to his period 2 and 3 classes.  Aaron Wolf is a director, actor, writer and co-founder of Howling Wolf Productions. His credits include the award-winning films Guest House, starring Michael Gross and Heather Lind, and The Walk, starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Peter Riegert as well as Wolf. Wolf has directed and starred in pilots for Warner Brothers and co-hosted a sports show for Cox TV. Currently, Wolf is in post-production on Tar, a horror adventure about an ancient creature that lurks beneath the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits. Students in Mr. Laguna’s acting class, asked Aaron questions, learned some cinematography tips and got signed
headshots and selfies. It was an awesome time.
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FAM Parent Holiday Mixer – Tuesday Nov. 28, 2017

Our 6th Grade FAM Parent Holiday Mixer is on Tuesday, November 28 at Home Restaurant- Silverlake from 7pm- 9pm. Please come have a drink and some snacks, meet our principal, Mr. Naulls, our teachers and other parents, hear about the exciting vision the FAM Educational Team is implementing and find out how you can get involved.

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7th grade ESM – Big Projects! (Nov. 2017)

ESM STEAM Magnet students, in Ms. Altounian’s 7th grade Math class, experienced the joy of art and math in using scrap they have to create Big Projects.  Their task was to use a common household product or item to design and build a larger scale model of the item.  You can see the love and joy of learning through their projects.

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6th grade ESM – Robotics (Nov. 2017)

In Mr. Aleman’s Robotics class, students designed and built rovers using legos and also have been programming sensors, such as ultrasonic and color sensors, to accomplish challenging tasks. Following a line, avoiding obstacles, moving in a square and participating in a sumo wrestling competition are some of the challenges students have completed so far.

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ESM 6th grade awarded a $1,500 grant!

ESM Sixth Grade teachers were awarded a $1,500 grant from Keeping History Alive.  The grant supports integrating history with other subjects in project-based learning lessons, and will provide field trips to Tall Ships in San Pedro where students will learn to sail on brigandines while engaging in STEM and history activities. https://lamitopsail.org/programs/topsail-stem-program/

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Developing Sustainable Schools Curricula (Nov. 2017)

ESM teachers Ms. Grimaldi, Ms. Jones, Ms. Mitsuse, and GAT teacher Mr. Gabriel were guests of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition.  The teachers attended a breakfast meeting with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.  Also, the teachers worked with Ten Strands founder, Will Parish, along with representatives from Sepulveda Middle School and Wilmington STEAM Magnet to develop sustainable schools curricula.

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6th grade GAT – Think-like an Art Historian (Nov. 2017)

After a 2+ hr. bus ride worthy of Odysseus himself, the 6th-grade Gifted Arts/Tech classes of Mr. Purdy, Mr. Piumarta, Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Garnett enjoyed their annual trip to the galleries of the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, CA. They viewed Greco-Roman statues of Zeus and Athena, Roman mummies, ancient coins, pottery, jewelry, and experienced the Family forum where they could act out Greek myths and decorate vases. They look forward to returning next year!

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7th grade GAT – Think-like a Mathematician (Nov. 2017)

7th-graders were math detectives at work solving a system of equations clue to find who was the thief that stole the ice block needed for a gala. After solving that crime, they headed to the Los Angeles Zoo to collect evidence for their annual Zoopalooza project, a cross-curricular study of animals, their habitats, and the dangers threatening their existence. Students will work in all areas of this research project, from science and history to math and English. See pictures of their zoo adventure here.

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8th grade GAT – Think-like a Researcher (Nov. 2017)

Blast to the past as the 8th-graders researched technology they believed to be obsolete, dead, or dying for our annual Day of the Dead Technology Project. To see their memorials to these dearly departed devices, take a look at this slideshow of the altars. As a celebration of their work and the machines, the 8th-graders invited classes, teachers, and parents to join in on the celebration with a gallery of the altars in the library. See pictures of the event here.

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