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    AVID Logo

                      Our school is now designated as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  As you may be aware,
                    AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is something we implement at our school as a                         college  readiness system where we

                            1. Commit to equity and opportunity for ALL students on a campus
                            2. Promote rigorous academic opportunities for our students
                            3. Deploy highly effective, research-based instructional practices across the school

                         Whether our students are taking AVID as an elective class, or exposed to and using the skills and                        tools AVID  brings our teachers in core classes, we wanted you to know that our staff is recognized                         by AVID as a TOP example of work in these important areas.

                                                           For more information about AVID, please contact our counseling office or visit

    MLK notices and documents

    Attention 6th grade parents… By California law all incoming 7thgraders are required to show definitive proof of immunization (TDAP) before they can attend 7th grade.  This shot must have been given on or after age 7.  Your incoming 7th grader will not be allowed to register for the 2019-2020 school year without proof.  Some students may have already got the shot, but have not shown the proof to the Health Office.  Please have your 6thgrader present their updated immunization record to the Health Office before the end of this school year. If your student has not received the TDAP yet, please make an appointment NOW to get it.  This way you will prevent your student from being excluded from registering at Lion Camp in August.  Please call the Health Office if you have any questions, 760-901-8821. 

    King Parents, check out the Parent's Guide to Understanding The Smarter Balanced Assessments

    Testing Notice- Please read the Statewide Testing Notice (available in English and Spanish).  If you wish to opt your student out of Statewide Testing, please submit this form to the front office. 

    8th Grade Health and Human Development - Opt out forms were sent home for 8th grade parents to review. Please visit the Health and Human Development Page for more information.

    8th Grade Parents: Please review the 8th Grade Promotion and end of year activities criteria with your student.
    8th Grade Promotion and Events Criteria- English
    8th Grade Promotion and Events Criteria- Spanish 

    Congrats PIQE Graduates

    Congratulations to our parents who completed the Parent Institute for Quality Education.  These families attended our parent workshop every week for 8 weeks!  

    parent worjshopparents holding certificates

    Upcoming Events

    MLK 2018-19 Scheduled Minimum Days:
    9/18, 12/4, 12/21, 2/5, and 4/5 - Dismissal time on these dates is 12:32pm for all grades.
    6/13 (last day of school) - Dismissal is 10:30am. 

    8th Grade Promotion: Thursday June 13th, 2019 @ 12pm (Gates open for families @ 11:00am)
         -->8th Grade Promotion Information Page<--

    Tutoring for 6th and 7th Graders now available at MLK through Gear Up program during lunch and
    after school. 

    5/6 - 5/10 State Testing (6th and 8th grade Math)
    5/7 PTSO Meeting, 4pm @ MLK Library
    5/7 Orchestra Concert, 7pm @ MLK MPR
    5/8 "Savory & Sweet Day"- Lets show our teachers how much we appreciate them by filling their teacher's lounge with savory and sweet treats!
    5/9 Coffee with the Principal, 9am @ MLK Office (5th grade parents)
    5/10 AVID trip to UCI
    5/13 6th grade Book Exchange (6th gr ELA class)
    5/14 Dine Out Day @ Board & Brew, Oceanside Flyer
    5/15 Band Concert, 7pm @ MLK MPR
    5/16 Band assemblies for students
    5/17 Advanced Band and Orchestra to Disneyland
    5/20-5/24 Scholastic Book Fair -->Volunteer Sign Up
    5/21 7th Grade Trip to Medieval Times- Spaces are limited! Purchase tickets at Student Store ASAP.  Payment plans are available!
    5/22 Allstar Race 11am-12:30 @ MLK Track
    5/22 ELAC Meeting, 6pm in Library
    5/22- 6/5 BOX TOPS Turn In Contest
    5/22 AVID Celebration @ MPR, 6pm
    5/23 Super Grade Card Trip to Knotts Berry Farm- Spaces are limited! Purchase tickets at Student Store ASAP.
    5/29 6th Grade Olympics  -->Volunteer Sign Up
    5/29 8th Grade End Of Year trip to BOOMERS -->Volunteer Sign Up
    5/29 NJHS Induction Ceremony, 6pm @ MLK MPR
    5/30 Gear Up trip to Safari Park (6th grade)
    5/31 Gear Up trip to Safari Park (6th grade)

    5/22- 6/5 BOX TOPS Turn In Contest
    6/3 AVID trip to Palomar College (6th grade)
    6/4 6th Grade Poetry Slam @ 8:30am
    6/5 Yearbook signing party @ 12:32pm
    6/6 AVID visit to ECHS (8th grade)
    6/12 6th/7th Grade Awards Assemblies (during the school day)
                   6th Grade 8:00am
                   7th Grade 12pm 
    6/12 8th grade Awards Night @ 6pm
    6/13 Last Day of School & 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
                    6th/7th grade dismissal @ 10:30
                    8th Grade Promotion  Ceremony @ 12pm (8th Grade Promotion Info Page)
                                  -8th Graders report to MPR @ 11am
                                  -Gates open for seating @ 11am (Seating will be pre arranged by alpha)

    Bell schedule on June 13th:
    PER 1  7:30A  - 7:53A
       PER 2  7:56A  - 8:19A
       PER 3  8:22A  - 8:45A
       PER 4  8:48A  - 9:11A
    PER 5/6  9:14A  - 9:37A
       PER 7  9:40A  - 10:03A
       PER 8 10:06A - 10:30A


    Students of the Month

    Student of the Month Star

    We at King would like to honor a Student of the month who represents the best of King!  Students and staff can nominate and vote for students who make our school amazing. 

    Please listen to the morning announcements for deadlines on nominations and voting.

    Press Release from Principal Smedley

    Press Release

    King Middle School recognized as a Common Sense Certified School:
    Digital Citizenship

    Oceanside, CA – Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized King Middle School  as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.

    King Middle School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

    "We applaud the faculty and staff of King Middle School  for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. "King deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

    King has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

    "We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Greg Smedley "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."

    For more information about King Middle School, gohere. To learn more about the criteria King Middle School met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit this site.

    Make Money for King every time you Grocery Shop!!

    Dear Parents and Staff,

    Here is an easy way for our school to make money, and it doesn't cost you a thing!  We all have to eat, so we are asking you to register your Ralph's grocery store cards (and Von's, Macy's, or other participating merchant cards ~ see the Escrip merchant list).  Tell everyone you know to register theirs as well.  All you have to do is take a few minutes to register, then use your cards when you shop!!!

    Estimados padres,

    Aqui estan unas maneras de recaudar dinero para la escuela.  Si tienen una tarjeta de las tiendas Ralph's o Von's, estamos pidiendo que registren su tarjeta en el internet.  Solamente tienen que registrarla y usarla cuando vayan de compras.

    Registration Information in English 

    Registration Information in Spanish

    OPD Traffic News

    trafficOPD officers are in the area of the school at both drop off and dismissal times in an effort to ensure the safe travel of all students.  Please abide by the traffic laws and posted zones, show respect for school staff, and be courteous drivers.  The safety of all of the children is our primary concern. 

    • The bike lane was modified along Mesa Drive to allow for more parking along the north side of the road.  This parking area is not being used and is available to ease drop off and pick up of students.  This is a less congested alternative to the busy MLK park parking lots. 
    • The “right turn on red” ability from westbound Mesa to northbound Via Rancho is now restricted during student drop off times.  Violations will be enforced, and tickets will be issued. 
    • Please respect the red curb lines and do not park there to pick up or drop off a student.  This includes the driveways to the church.
    • Please respect the direction of school security staff as they try to assist students in using the crosswalks.  Do not block the crosswalks.  Additional crosswalks have been added on the access streets near the school.  Tickets may be issued any time you are blocking a crosswalk.

    We are also continuing to get reports of parents dropping off their students in the middle of traffic and kids running between vehicles!  This creates a very unsafe situation and a student will be hurt.

    Student/Parent Handbook Available Online

    HandbookThe OUSD Student/Parent Handbook is now available for viewing online.  The handbook is available in both English and Spanish.  Parents can also download a PDF version of this guide.  Click English Student/Parent Handbook or Spanish Student/Parent Handbook to access this year’s guide. 

    For questions regarding the handbook, please contact your child’s individual school site or our Education Support Services office at 760-966-4443.

    District Absence Procedures

    Attention Parents:

    The OUSD Board of Education amended administrative regulation 5113(a) effective August 26th, 2014 regarding student absences. The policy now reads, "Absences must be cleared within 5 school days after the student returns to school."  

    In accordance with this new policy, please make sure that you clear your student's absence within five (5) school days after their return. To report your child's absence please call our attendance line at 760-901-8801. Just a reminder in order to excuse your child's tardy it must be for medical reasons. 

    Free/Reduced Meal Application

    Free/Reduced Meal Application


    Click here to apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals "ONLINE"

    • Easy Step by Step Instructions
    • You will receive a Confirmation Number of your accepted application
    • Applications will be processed between 1 and 10 days depending on the volume of applications currently being process
    OUSD Policy on Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination

    no bullyingThe local educational agency (LEA) adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

    School info

    OFFICE (760) 901-8800                                                  FAX (760) 967-4154
    ATTENDANCE (760) 901-8801         

    Office Hours
    Monday 7:00 am - 1:45 pm
    Tuesday - Friday 7:00 am - 2:45 pm

    Office will be closed early on all scheduled minimum days: 9/18, 12/4, 12/21, 2/5, 4/5, and 6/13 

    School Hours:
    Monday 7:30 am-1:15 pm
    Tuesday - Friday 7:30 am -2:15 pm

    You're Invited: Coffee with the Principal
    Coffee Please join us for
    Coffee with the Principal
    @ MLK, 9am - 10am
    October 4th
    November 15th
    December 6th
    February 7th
    March 6th
    May 9th (5th grade parents invited!) 

    Monthly Newsletter

    Principal Smedley is very excited to provide the monthly Middle Years News Letter for parents.

    The purpose of the newsletter is to show parents how to improve their children's school success- and behavior-during the middle years. 

    Middle grade children go through dramatic changes and desperately need their parents’ support. Many parents want to help, but aren’t sure what to do. With Middle Years, this will provide you with articles that will help:

    • understand their middle graders’ behavior
    • build respect, responsibility, empathy, and more
    • support homework and study skills
    • stay involved—middle-school style
    • set age-appropriate rules and expectations
    • promote health and safety
    • emphasize the importance of education


    MLK Jr. Middle School Named AVID School Wide Side of Distinction


    Martin Luther King Jr., Middle School has been named an AVID School Wide Site of Distinction.  This designation represents the highest level of AVID implementation fidelity demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness school wide.  Congratulations to our staff and students.  We are proud of the hard work we do in our classrooms!

    Digital Classroom Blog
    Peachjar E-FLyer Service

    peachjarOUSD and e-flyer service Peachjar have come together to help reduce paper usage, costs and time promoting community flyers.  Click King Middle School Peachjar to view school-site flyers.

    To learn more about Peachjar, visit OUSD Peachjar e-flyers. The OUSD Peachjar program will become live as of Wednesday, October 16.

    Aeries Log In to Parent/Student Portal

    Parent/Student Portal


    King Middle School Traffic Flow Plan

    School Map

    Traffic Flow 2017-2018


    Would you like to see your student's name up in lights? You can now request a birthday message on our new marquee. Click HERE for the order form and all of the information. You can also place your orders online at our Webstore. If you have any questions, you can contact Stephanie in our Student Store at 760-901-8824.