Welcome to the Middle School
Students are told from a young age they need to focus their interests. By the time they reach adolescence -- precisely the time when they should be broadening their passions and talents -- they are instead becoming specialists.
Our children deserve schools that encourage self-discovery and build their confidence in exploring more things -- not picking one thing. King School sets a better standard by cultivating a student-centered environment in a private school where children thrive because they can become “both/and”: a rower and a robot-maker, a designer and a defenseman, a chemist and a choreographer.
A Better Standard for Middle School
When adolescents can delve into an expansive range of interests and topics, they are more likely to discover the multitude of their talents and passions, as well as identify opportunities for growth. Students who feel supported in keeping open minds ask, “What’s next?” and “Why not?” as they look to their futures. As a private middle school in Stamford, CT, King promotes this self-exploration and self-awareness, encouraging students to discover their academic, artistic, and athletic talents in ways that foster balance, growth, and overall wellness.
“I’ve learned that anyone can make a difference, whether packing a lunch for someone, helping kids with homework, or running a 5K in support of other children.”
— Finleigh B., Middle School student
“I had to give a speech when I ran for student council. Having that extra confidence boost from being able to perform on stage was really helpful.”
— Gouri K., Middle School student
Middle School in Action
Over the past two weeks, Grade 6 has been immersed in a new science unit: Elements and the Periodic Table. They began by studying the history of the atom, which included research on the scientists who theorized what the atom might look like, and closed with Zoom 3D model presentations this week.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Thanks to the guidance and support of their teachers, college counselors, and families, the successes they created for themselves at King helped them earn acceptances to some of the best schools in the country.
Presently, the class is researching information on climate change, and in their roles as representatives of UN member countries they are learning the who/what/where/why's of the issue; past actions that were taken by the international community to manage the issue; their assigned country's position or policies on the issue; and determining solutions from the perspective of their country.
Students were tasked with building a skeleton using only the materials that they had at home. They were required to follow a rubric, which outlined what bones they had to present, the composition inside of bones, the types of tissues that would surround a joint, make two moveable joints and demonstrate their movement, illustrate a fracture and name its type and then show the types of muscles and name them.
The 2020 Summer Olympics may have been postponed but the Grade 6 Math Olympiad Challenge has begun. Lee Couch, Mathematics Faculty, proposes one challenge per week, which is an optional assignment for students who desire more math equations, problem-solving, and challenge.
Congratulations to a group of King students who were awarded prizes in the Annual Stamford Literary Competition, which celebrates excellence in student writing and is sponsored by the Friends of The Ferguson Library. The Competition is open to students in grades 3-12 and they are encouraged to submit their work in one of three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Charlie Allard '24 is making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic by thinking like an entrepreneur. Charlie is making and selling Purallard, a hand sanitizer, which is 70% alcohol (made in an FDA registered facility) and is infused with pure lavender essential oil, so it smells amazing! All proceeds are donated to Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) in Greenwich.
During KingIsHome, our remote learning program, Ken Lewis, History Faculty, guided Grade 8 students to understand the importance of studying crisis events in US history and provide hope and inspiration during our present crisis.
Ms. Hoos will use this concept, along with many other thematic/figurative elements such as symbolism and characterization to prepare her students for studying duality and pairings in Romeo + Juliet, their final literary text of the year.