Wednesday, Sept. 28

Cross Country Match is at Narragansett School, Gorham

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.

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/)

Highlights from
the National SeaPerch Challenge
in Baton Rouge, LA

Congratulations to King Middle School's Team Blueberry Soup for their performance at the 2016 National SeaPerch Challenge. They came in 62nd  placed out of 92 teams, and had a superb  presentation in the poster competition coming in 12th  place.
Check out some great photos from their trip!

seaperch 1

seaperch 2


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...