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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

    Upcoming Events

    8th Grade Events and Promotion Information:
    8th Grade Parents- please review the 8th Grade Events Criteria. This letter needs to be singed and turned in on February 14th, 2020.  You can bring it to the office or your student can return it to his/her 1st period teacher.  For more information about our 8th Grade End of Year Events, please visit the 8th grade page.

    2/1 Wrestling Match @ King
    2/3 7th Gr. AVID trip to UCI
    2/4 Coed Soccer starts- contact Coach McKenney for more information
    2/4 1st Semester Awards Ceremonies
             Students who have 3.5- 4.0 or perfect attendance will be recognized on stage.  Students can check their award status in Student Services beginning on             January 16th.  Please call the office if you have any questions. 
                        8th grade 8:18am
                        7th grade 9:03am
                        6th grade 9:48am
    2/4 PTSO Meeting, 4pm in Library
    2/4 PIQE Parent Workshop, 6pm
    2/7 Black History Month Assemblies
    2/10-2/14 PTSO Book Donation Drive FLYER 
    2/11 Minimum Day-12:32 Dismissal for all grades 
    2/11 PIQE Parent Workshops, 6pm
    2/13 Coffee with the Principal, 9am
    2/13 ECHS AVID Interviews @ King
    2/14 Hoops for Hearts events in PE
    2/14 8th Grade Panorama Photo, 8:45am
    2/14 Valentine's Day Dance, 2:15pm-4pm- permission slip required
    2/15-2/16 Gear Up Overnight College Trip- FULL
    2/17-2/21 NO SCHOOL- President's Week
    2/25 8th gr. AVID trip to Museum of Holocaust
    2/25 ASB Kindness Assemblies
    2/26 CPR/AED Training for King Students  Flyer/Permission slip
    2/27 ECHS Incoming Freshman Night, 6pm @ Chavez Middle MPR FLYER / ESPAÑOL
    2/28 Gear Up trip to Safari Park
    2/28 6 week grading window ends

    iReady diagnostic testing window opens March 2-20th.
    3/2-3/6 Book Fair
    3/3 ECHS Counseling visits 8th grade classrooms
    3/3 OHS Future Pirate Field Trip (Only students scheduled to attend OHS)
    3/3 Boys Basketball Tournament
    3/3 PIQE Parent Workshops, 6pm
    3/4 Boys Basketball Tournament
    3/5 Boys Basketball Tournament
    3/6 Intermediate & Advanced Band Music Festival @ ECHS
    3/6 Gear Up College Conference @ CSUSM
    3/6 AVID Knotts Berry Farm trip
    3/10 5th Grade Visit- Nichols, 10am-11am
    3/10 PIQE Parent Workshops, 6pm
    3/12 AVID Safari Park trip (8th)
    3/12 5th Grade Visit- Reynolds & Foussat, 10am-11am
    3/16 OHS MJROTC Presentations @ King (Only for students scheduled to attend OHS)
    3/17 JV Soccer Tournament
    3/17 5th Grade Visit- McCauliffe, 10am-11am
    3/17 PIQE Parent Workshops, 6pm
    3/18 Varsity Soccer Tournament
    3/18 5th Grade Parent Night, 6pm in MPR
    3/19 5th Grade Visit- Ivey, 9am-10:30am
    3/23-4/2 ASB Elections
    3/24 PIQE Parent Workshops, 6pm
    3/27 King Clawnival
    3/31 PIQE Parent Graduation Celebration

    5th Grade Events

    Here are the upcoming events for our incoming 6th grade families (2020-21 school year).  Elective forms will be mailed to students who are automatically slated to attend King.  If you are not slated to come to King, but are interested in having your student attend, you are welcome to join any of the following events. You can check to see if your address falls within King's boundaries here.

    5th Grade Parent Night at King:
    Wednesday, March 18th, 6pm 
    In the MPR

    School Visits
    Nichols 3/10, 10am-11am
    Reynolds/Foussat 3/12, 10am-11am
    McAuliffe 3/17, 10am-11am
    Ivey 3/19, 9:00am- 10:30am

    5th grade Coffee with the Principal
    Thursday, April 2nd, 9am

    Did you purchase a yearbook yet?

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

    MLK notices and documents

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

    READ THE GUIDE To Understanding The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments

    LEE LA GUÍA de padres para comprender las pruebas sumativas Smarter Balanced

    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.

    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.

    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!
    District Absence Procedures

    Attention Parents:

    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. 

    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

    Minimum Day 2/11 (12:32pm Dismissal): 
    On minimum days, the office will close at 1:00pm

    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
    April 2, 2020 (5th grade parents)

    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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