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    Latest Updates from King

    Please see our 8th Grade Washington DC page for important changes to our upcoming Washington DC trip. 

    Out of precaution and guidance from our district, ALL 5th grade events at King have been postponed through the end of March. We will post here when new dates are arranged. 

    mlk closure information and other notices

    Student Chromebook use during school closure: Read  the latest letter from Mr. Smedley regarding Chromebook check-out during the closure (Sent March 20)

    Instruments left at school during school closure: Please email Mrs. Cook to discuss the possibility of retrieving instruments from school during the closure.

    California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS): Your child is being asked to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey, sponsored by the California Department of Education. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health and well-being among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must notify your school. The survey is both voluntary and anonymous and will be administered Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in your child's Social Studies class.  

    Parents,  it's time to share your opinion! The California School Parent Survey will be available for all parents to take online from March 9 - April 9, 2020. We ask all parents to take the time to complete this online survey so that we can learn more about your opinions about MLK. Please read this letter for more information. (Español)  Click here to take the Parent Survey 

    Immunization Update: 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 school without proof.  Please call the Health Office if you have any questions, 760-901-8821. 

    Yearbook Info: Visit the webstore page to view information regarding yearbook and yearbook related events. 

    Make Money for King! From joining us on our Dine Out Nights, to simply registering your Ralphs card and raising money while your shop,  there are a lot of ways you can help raise money for King!  Visit our PTSO's fundraising page for more information. 

    Absence Procedure: The OUSD Board of Education regulation 5113(a) policy reads, "Absences must be cleared within 5 school days after the student returns to school."  In accordance with this policy, please make sure that you clear your student's absence within five school days after their return. To report your child's absence please call our attendance line at 760-901-8801. 



    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

    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 cyber-bullying.

    "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 Principal Greg Smedley, "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."

    To learn more about the criteria King Middle School met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit the Commonsense Recognition site.

    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.  

      Visit our Drop Off/Pick Up info page for more guidelines on drop off and pick up!
    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:

    Last Day of School 6/11 (10:30am dismissal):
    Office closes at 10:45am

    You're Invited: Coffee with the Principal

    Please join us for
    Coffee with the Principal
    at 9am on the following dates:

    October 10, 2019
    November 14, 2019
    February 13, 2020
    March 12, 2020

    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.

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