Welcome to King Middle School

King Middle School serves the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the state of Maine. More than 120 of King's approximately 500 students speak 28 languages and come from 17 countries.

King Middle School is dedicated to the idea that we can create a school where all kids succeed at a high level. Our school wide model is Expeditionary Learning. Our students engage in eight to twelve week experiential learning expeditions. These expeditions are in-depth and interdisciplinary in nature and require students to engage in sophisticated research, use the community in authentic ways, and represent their knowledge with high quality products which are presented to legitimate audiences.

King's Expeditionary Learning
Site Seminar:

A Middle School for All
May 12 and 13, 2016

Pleasejoin King students, faculty and administration for our nationallysponsored site seminar: A Middle School for All. During these two activedays, we will focus on EL Education, formerly Expeditionary Learning, asa school-wide design to help all students achieve at highlevels.Participants will observe classes and interact with teachers,teacher teams, students and administrators.

This two day professional development seminar is conducted by King's leadership team. In addition to sessions focused on EL Education and our transition to standards-based grading and student-engaged assessment, participants have ample opportunities to interact with students and teachers, exploring how King maintains a culture of high academic achievement, deep student engagement, and continuous improvement. Leadership teams and teaching teams are encouraged to attend.

For more information and to Register: please go to "About Us" -> "Visiting King"

King Sending 5 Students to
the National SeaPerch Challenge
in Baton Rouge, LA


King Middle School competed in the 5th annual Northern New England Sea Perch Challenge and has been selected as the Maine representative to the National Sea Perch Challenge in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.

The Sea Perch Challenge welcomes individual students, as well as student groups of middle school and high school age to participate in designing, building and demonstrating the capabilities of remote control underwater robots. The basis for the underwater robots comes from a kit designed by MIT and the Office of Naval Research, and are constructed using basic tools following a set of plans provided with the kits.

Students earn points in the competition and maximize the time to demonstrate their piloting skills and their ROV capabilities.

The SeaPerch National Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that the 6th National SeaPerch Challenge will be held on May 20- 21, 2016 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 175+ teams from across the country will compete in a juried poster competition and in-pool technical events with their SeaPerch ROVs. Students will once again enjoy a “college experience,” as accommodations and meals will be available for all participants on the university’s campus.

King Middle School will be sending 5 students and two chaperones to this national event.  Funds raised will pay for the registration to the Challenge, airfare and room and board.

Colorful and Bright:
King Students Begin
“It’s for the Birds” Project

Students at King Middle School have been using their Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) Grant on a project called “It’s for the Birds.” In order to better understand their local ecosystems and the problem of shrinking bird habitats, they have been observing local bird species as well as creating a set of species cards for the Audubon Society. Check out their progress below in a report from 7th Grade Science Teacher Ruth Maclean. Congratulations on a fantastic start to your project!

In the fall of 2014 the National Audubon Society published a report in which they listed 314 birds across the country that are endangered by human activity. The Maine Audubon Society has identified 84 birds from that list that are residents in Maine for at least part of each year. This fall in our expedition titled, “It’s for the Birds,” seven students at King Middle School created species cards on these birds that will educate the public about these birds and their needs. They learned about the connections between these birds and native insects and native plants with the goal of identifying areas in Portland where native plants can be introduced to help improve habitat for both the birds and the insects that they depend upon. Here are two examples of finished species cards. We put drawings created in art class on side 1 with a poem created in language arts class. On side 2 each student put facts learned in science, math, and social studies about the bird’s ecosystem relationships and ways for humans to help the bird. A full set of the species cards has been sent to Maine Audubon for use in their nature centers. Each student also did an adobe slide presentation on their work during phase one of the project. Here is a link to a student summary slideshow of her fall investigation into the life and needs of the ovenbird: https://slate.adobe.com/cp/te6gl/. In phase 2 of our expedition this spring, students will add native plant species to their own backyards and teach Portland residents how to garden for habitat. We are looking forward to learning how to germinate and cultivate native seeds.


Report by Ruth MacLean
Species cards by Sierra Aponte-Clarke and Rose Stait
(Source: http://www.nrcm.org/blogs-of-nrcm/students-engaging-in-the-nature-of-maine/colorful-and-bright-king-middle-school-students-begin-its-for-the-birds-project/)

King News Flash

Revised Proposal for School Start and End Times
Posted on 04/09/2015
The Portland Board of Public Education is considering a newly revised schedule of elementary and middle school start and end times for the 2015-2016 school year. The latest bell schedule, which was presented to the school board at a workshop on Tuesday, April 7, is designed to be responsive to a variety of feedback from the public and staff about previously proposed start/end times. That board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School on the proposed changes.  READ MORE...
Windsor 8 Students to Present Learning at Portland Trails Annual Meeting
Windsor 8 students will be presenting their learning from the Smart Cities Expedition at the Portland Trails Annual Meeting. Ten Windsor 8 students have spent the last month planning a PechaKucha presentation to summarize the expedition and to inspire the community to make Portland a "smarter" city. The presentation will be on Wednesday, March 25th from 6-8 PM at Space Gallery (534 Congress Street). It is free and open to the public.   READ MORE...