Philosophy students are exposed to the nature of philosophical thinking such as questioning the nature of reality, the good, beauty, knowledge, and experience. Students engage in daily dialogue and occasional formal debate, as well as writing essays on the nature of philosophy and the character of the philosopher.
Reading & Writing
A Skills-Based Approach to Reading, Writing, Thinking and Speaking
King fosters creative and intellectual development through a skills-based content-embedded approach to teaching reading, writing, thinking, and speaking, PreK-Grade 12, in a sequence that strengthens student expertise and allows for group and individual instruction. Elementary, middle, and high school students learn how to read carefully, write clearly, think critically, and communicate their ideas with peers. Students tackle challenging texts in English, History, Science, Social Sciences, and World Languages, and learn how to conduct thoughtful research in order to develop a claim (thesis) and support an argument.
We emphasize the importance of cultural, contextual, and technical aspects of written expression, and we equip students with a set of tools enabling them to read, think, write, and speak about a text on personal, communal, and global levels.
King students explore literary composition and nonfiction writing outside of the classroom. Students attend The Dodge Poetry Festival and submit creative work to competitions, including The Stamford Literary Competition. We are a community of writers and all students can publish their work. Students submit poems to the Lower School’s poetry anthology; short stories to the Upper School creative magazine, Ink; and articles to the Yearbook.
Grade 6 students examined controversial environmental topics and utilized elements they had practiced in their history and english classes. The preparation with their CEA - claim, evidence, analysis, is related to their job roles in English book club reflections and the inner/outer circle is similar to a style used in a recent History class debate.
Grade 5 students enthusiastically accepted the challenge of researching to become experts on their topic of choice and then applying their learning by authoring, creating, and presenting digital, nonfiction books. This informational writing initiative was part of the Grade 5 Writing Workshop that helps students master a variety of approaches to writing.
Congratulations to Michelle Mulé '20 who was awarded three silver keys, for two poems and one short story, and six honorable mentions, for five poems and one short story, in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Michelle also received a Gold Key and an honorable mention for two additional photographs she submitted.
In the end, it was a battle of the grades as three students sat on the stage in a row of otherwise empty folding chairs. Waiting for the next question was Colt Jones, Grade 6, Alex Stuebe, Grade 7, and Will Kearns, Grade 8, during the final round of the 5th Annual National Geographic GeoBee earlier this week. To prepare for the GeoBee, all MS students participated in the preliminary rounds in their history classes following winter break.
In October, Grade 2 students and their parents celebrated the "publication" of their small moment stories, inspired by the work of authors Jack Ezra Keats and Nina Laden, with an Author's Toast and Book Signing. Parents had a chance to read their child's story as well as the work of other students.
Grade 1 students have worked on a variety of poems throughout the school year. They created poetry books where they published and illustrated some of their favorite poems that they have written. To celebrate all their hard work, students recited and shared their poems and poetry books during our annual Poetry Tea.
"Ms. Pambianchi taught me to read with my imagination making the story real, so in my head the story plays like a movie," she said. She is so appreciative of that trick that she has decided to be a teacher herself so she can teach other kids similar tricks too. She is already rehearsing for the teacher role.
Michelle Mulé '20 has been writing poetry for a long time and her skills are gaining recognition. Congratulations to Michelle for winning several Scholastic Writing Awards recently for her poetry, both statewide and nationally. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.
New York Times best selling author Adam Gidwitz visited Grades 2-5 this week to share how he became an author, and discuss his soon to be released series "The Unicorn Rescue Society."