Y7 Past Expeditions

Expeditions from the past

Spring 2014 -- WaterME

For our spring expedition, York 6 will be diving into the world of watershed sustainability by trawling for ways we and our community can keep things that are out of sight in mind. Service learning opportunities will provide students with real action for change, and we'll research solutions to current stormwater runoff issues in Portland that affect both local rivers and streams and Casco Bay. Partners from the City of Portland, USM, Cumberland County Soil and Water District, and others will guide us in considering how individuals and businesses in Portland can reduce negative impacts on the Bay. As a result of our research and learning, we'll write and submit editorials to local media, encouraging Greater Portland to become more involved in sustaining our beautiful Casco Bay and local rivers. Our culminating event will showcase student recommendations to reduce and slow down runoff from urban properties.

Fall 2013 -- Our House

The students of York 6 will be exploring what a community is and how individuals play a larger part in a community during their fall expedition, Our House. Using If the World Were A Village as an anchor text, students will examine their house of 100 and discover commonalities among its members and celebrate its differences. To understand their community, students will survey themselves as well as the larger King and Portland community and interpret the data to calculate the measure of central tendency. Then working in small teams, students will create a picture book that reflects both themselves in the past, present, and future, and York 6 as a cohesive unit that devotes time to collaborating and to the success of all of the members of the King Middle School, York 6 community.

Our Fall Expedition: Taking Care of Business Fall 2011

The students of York 6 will be exploring the world of business through the five themes of geography.  Each student will research a non-profit business and develop a strategy for starting his or her own non-profit in an area of the world that reflects a need.  The students will be responsible for constructing a formal business proposal, and presenting the plan at the culminating event, where guests can invest in the enterprise of their choosing. The expedition is literacy-driven with plenty of math concepts and other exciting learning opportunities.  

Our Spring Expedition: Alien Invaders Spring 2011

York 7 is fighting Alien Invaders! No, not from outer space.... The students and teachers of York 7 are joining forces with the City of Portland to address Maine's invasive species epidemic. Along the way, we will be collecting data on invasive species in Maine and across the US. As scientists, we will work to study invasives at Biddeford pool and to reduce an invasive plant in Portland. We'll become science reporters and newspaper editors to bring you breaking news of this world-wide issue.

Our Fall Expedition: 1000 Years without a Bath Fall 2010

York 7 will soon kickoff their medieval expedition, A Thousand Years Without a Bath. Students will examine life in the middle ages and take a close look at the genre of historical fiction. Our research will not only cover medieval life, but also the process of writing historical fiction. Students will use their research to write a memoir in the genre, which will be presented at the culminating event. We will also be editing and performing a musical at the culminating event. Author and actor visits, field work at local theater companies, and The Society for Creative Anachronism are all planned for York 7 students this fall. Students will also be creating their own costumes in art class, so if you can sew, we need you! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

York 6 becomes stewards of Deering Oaks in Urban Oasis Spring 2010

Students at King Middle School in York 6 have connected with Friends of Deering Oaks for their spring expedition, "Urban Oasis". Students will be collecting data about the health of the trees, conducting a tree inventory and testing soil samples in Deering Oaks Park. Students will assume the role of steward, arborist and soil scentists. They will report their findings to city officials and Friends of Deering Oaks. York 6 will also archive their information through a link on the Friends of Deering Oaks website and the KMS website. York 6 students will be busy this season providing spring clean up and becoming life-long stewards of Deering Oaks Park!

York 6 is Takin' Care of Business Fall 2009

Starting mid-October, the students of York 6 will be getting paid for coming to school, completing homework, helping classmates, and being respectful. With their earnings, the students will be creating businesses in small groups and putting their work to the test at the York 6 Carnival in December. There’s plenty of math to be completed (Ms. Murphy is the Banker), taxes to be paid (Mr. Michaud is the government), and formal business proposals to be written for the Executive Director of the York 6 Carnival, Mrs. Hatch.


Choose your new planet before it's too late at York 7's culminating event on June 4.


Artist rendering of June 5, 2009


It is with regret that I, Michap Pedroia, Chancellor of the Intergalactic Federation of Planets (IFP), inform all Earthlings of your impending doom. All life forms on Earth will be destroyed by an asteroid measuring 1000 of your Earth miles in diameter. The asteroid will impact your planet at 9:00 a.m. on June 5, 2009.

The IFP has assigned 12 member planets to assist in saving as many of your inhabitants as possible. These member planets have the capability of sustaining human life, and also stand to gain something by the presence of Earthlings on their respective planets.

At the culminating event on June 4, you will have the opportunity to select the planet on which you wish to live. 


Michap Pedroia

Michap Pedroia
Intergalactic Federation of Planets

York 7 blasts off into their final expedition - the Final Frontier Spring 2009

Greetings Earthlings,

This is Commander John of the Counsel of Intergalactic Calamities. I have some disconcerting information to reveal.

Unfortunately, on June 1, 2009, your planet will disintegrate, destroying all Earth-based life forms. It is York 7's mission to construct a space colony containing the prime specimens of humanity. This space colony must be able to sustain human life for 1000 Earth years. Use all of your skills, as well as your knowledge of ecology, architecture and sustainability.To assist you in your mission, find comfort in knowing that one of your teachers is a member of the Final Five.

Student Views of the Expedition: 1000 Years without a Bath, on the web in multimedia
See the documentaries Fall 2008

The expedition 1000 Years Without a Bath is one of the longest running expeditions at King. This year, the students of York 7 produced over 10 skits that fit together loosely into a musical depicting life in medieval Europe.

York 7 brings medieval times to life Fall 2008

York 7 has begun their medieval expedition, A Thousand Years Without a Bath. Students will create and take on fictional roles of lives in the middle ages, and will finish with a performance at the State Street Church. Each student will create a character based upon roles of that time, and write a memoir or a journal entry about what life was like for that character. Eventually the different characters will meet one another in skits produced by the students.

To prepare for the performances, students and teachers will create original costumes of the age, and develop context for their stories through studies of medieval medicine and disease, calligraphy, family shields, stain glass work, and much more.

Following the performance, students will enjoy a medieval feast!

Alien Invaders are coming Spring 2008

York 6 is fighting Alien Invaders! No, it's not an expedition about science fiction. The students and teachers of York 6 are joining forces with the City of Portland and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to address Maine's invasive species epidemic. Along the way, we will be collecting data on invasives in Maine, working to reduce invasives in Portland and at Biddeford pool, and disseminating our findings through the design and production of informational pamphlets and posters.


Student Views of the Expedition: Takin' Care of Business on the web in multimedia Fall 2007

Taking Care of Business is a learning expedition for students in York 6.  We learned about what it takes to run a small business, we created our own businesses, and tested our ideas in a business carnival for fellow-students and families. 

Students produce radio advertisements to highlight their products Dec 13

In music class, the students of York 6 learned about advertising, and the role of music in selling products. They then produced their own commercials, each with original music arrangements and a voice recording of their sales pitch.


Students in York 6 are Takin' Care of Business  Fall 2007

This fall, students in York 6 have been working on their own business, in Takin' Care of Business, our first expedition.   Students have been raising money for a while now, and are almost ready to take out their bank loans.

We will need to create a business proposal in LA, make money in math, and pay our taxes in social studies. Coming to school and doing odd jobs for our teachers can make money. And yes, money can be taken away by coming to class late, speaking out, and not doing your homework.




1000 Years without a Bath?: Student Views of the Expedition Fall 2006 

During the fall and the winter the students and teachers of York 7 made medieval times come to life in our expedition1000 Years without a Bath? The journey from idea to reality was long but worth every second. Learn all about it in ourStudent View of the Expedition.More...