Middle School News

King School and the American School of Warsaw Partner to Help Ukrainian Children

King School is partnering with the American School of Warsaw to support Ukrainian children who have fled their country due to the Russian invasion and sought refuge in Poland. This week, King is collecting school supplies such as crayons, markers, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, and pencils to send to Ukrainian children who are attending the school in Warsaw. 

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Middle School Students Set Boats Afloat for STEM Boat Competition

Grade 6 students carefully eased their boats into a container of water to see if their boats would sink or float for the annual STEM boat competition. The students were challenged to design and engineer a boat that is less dense than water at room temperature to ensure that it is buoyant. The boat with the lowest density wins the challenge!

In an effort to keep their cost and materials low, the students found themselves working through different designs in a process of trial and error.

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King Hosts Award-Winning Authors for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Award-winning authors Veera Hiranandani, Sheela Chari, and Sayantani DasGupta have a few things in common – their Indian heritage, their love of writing, and motherhood. The authors have known each other for over 10 years and have developed a special friendship that offers advice, encouragement, and support in their accomplished careers as Indian-American authors. “It was enlightening to see how their diverse identities have influenced their writing as authors. With this event, we are continuing to provide experiences that seek to educate, engage, and empower students with new perspectives,” said Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Clyde Beverly III, who organized the event on May 11 in partnership with the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. 

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Middle School Musical Takes the Stage for the Wizard of Oz

Middle school thespians followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Performing Arts Center for a musical performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” In the classic tale, a tornado whisks away Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz.

While the pair are traveling towards Emerald City to meet the Wizard, they also meet a scarecrow that needs a brain, a tin man missing a heart, and a cowardly lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help, so they set out on a perilous journey where each learns that there is no place like home.

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Inaugural King of Spring Events Bloom Into Action

King of Spring was in full bloom on King School’s campus last weekend. The inaugural festivities showcased King’s extracurricular programs – Athletics, King Cares Service Learning, and Performing Arts – during a week of fun-filled activities. 

Leading up to the weekend, each division hosted a different theme each day for Spirit Week to kick off the celebration with a major show of Viking Pride. To name a few, the week featured a tie dye day in the Lower School, Wacky Wednesday in the Middle School, a neon day in the Upper School, and an all school King Spirit day at the end of the week. 

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King School’s Biennial Gala Returns After Pandemic Pause

King School’s biennial gala returned to campus this year with invigorating energy after an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass ceiling tent was filled with cheer, laughter, and the sound of clinking glasses as over 350 guests gathered for the event which took place on Saturday, April 23, on the King School campus. 

Head of School Carol Maoz kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we celebrate our community, and we celebrate the ability to gather in person on this beautiful campus – something we no longer take for granted!”

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Upward Bound: Facilitating the Transition to Upper School

Upper school students mingled with their middle school counterparts recently as part of the school’s effort to prepare eighth grade students for the high school experience. In preparation for the visit, the rising students took a survey that identified important topics of conversation between the two divisions based on interest.

Middle school student Varun Bennabattula '26 found the event to be beneficial. “I really thought they helped a lot with all of the things I was confused about. They helped with the questions on course selection, time management, and the overall experience,” said Varun. 

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Curious Thinkers Examine Chemistry With Cookies

Chemistry class became a tasty treat for sixth grade students at King School when they used cookies to examine the physical properties of matter last week. Middle school teacher Katie O’Connor led the students in an exercise on identifying properties of matter by studying the characteristics that make each cookie unique.

O’Connor introduced matter as anything that has mass and volume. Mass is the amount of matter in an object, which is usually measured in grams or kilograms, and volume is the amount of space that matter takes up. She then prompted the class with a question: How can we describe matter using our cookies?  

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