The Power of Discovery
Middle School, Grades 6-8, is a time of significant change cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically for adolescents. At King, we create opportunities for our students to develop a genuine understanding of who they are and how they fit into the world around them.
Communication, intellectual and creative processing, character development, and personal growth are key competency areas designed to encourage academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and social responsibility.
King encourages self-discovery and builds their confidence to explore their passions. We create a student-centered environment where children thrive because they can become “both/and”: a rower and a robot-maker, a designer and a goalie, a chemist and a choreographer.
King guides every student in the discovery of who they are and how they learn. Students explore a wide variety of fields and topics deeply and intentionally. They seek to understand the ways that strong communities are built upon differences both in experience and perspective. Only then can students begin to see learning as a way to understand their community, their place in the world, and the possibilities they possess to drive positive change.
Dr. Josh Deitch, Head of Middle School
One way to understand the events that led to World War I is to reenact them, which is exactly what Ken Lewis’ Grade 8 history class did recently. In an engaging and lively simulation, the exercise introduced students to the national alliances that developed before the start of The Great War. Using role-play, students gained a deeper understanding of the alliances and the discussions, negotiations, and occasional agreements between country representatives.
Culminating a semester-long independent study, students in King’s Middle School debuted their R.E.A.D.Y. projects this week to peers and community members. The projects showcased the unique interests of each student spanning the worlds of fashion, film, engineering, athletics, and more.
Continuing his 12-year career in education, Jeremy Bletterman joined King School this year as Dean of Student Life in the Middle School. After a busy fall semester, he shares what surprised him the most about King, his thoughts on its robust middle school experience, and his hopes for the future.
At King School, students infuse service learning into holiday season celebrations. Beginning the Thursday after Thanksgiving, and every Thursday into the start of January, middle school students come together for King Cares Give-Back Thursdays.
The periodic table had a social media moment when Grade 8 students created social profiles for the elements. Students were assigned an element and tasked with researching its properties to create an Instagram profile complete with a profile photo, bio, and comments. Students presented their profiles at the end of the week before combining them into their own periodic table outside of the classroom.
Middle School thespians explored how Leonardo da Vinci allowed curiosity to spark his intellectual pursuits in the premiere performance of “I Want to Fly” at the Performing Arts Center.
King’s Digital Wellness Committee welcomed parents and students to “Navigating a Digital World through Parent-Child Partnerships.”
Crayons, wizards, M&M’s, animals, and more taught classes to witches, angels, superheroes, and a host of other characters and creatures on Monday, October 31, as the King community celebrated Halloween. Parents, guardians, and other community members gathered in the lower school courtyard for the culminating lower school Halloween parade.
Leadership and citizenship were on full display during the Middle School Student Council elections on October 19. Each candidate represented King School virtues, speaking about their experiences at King and their hopes for the future.