Principal’s Message

Dear King Parents,

The 2009-2010 school year is off to a great start! Our API score has increased by 12 points, with our 2-year increase at 51 points. In addition, the percentage of students scoring advanced or proficient in Mathematics and English Language Arts continues to increase with 37.3% proficient or advanced in English Language Arts and 31.1% in Mathematics. I am confident 2009-2010 will be another year of excellent academic growth. Our staff continues to work hard to implement programs and strategies to improve teaching and learning at king.

As part of our effort to increase academic achievement and personalize instruction, King is implementing 4 PLE’s (Personalized Learning Environments). In essence, we now have 4 smaller schools, one of which is our magnet, each with their own administrator, counselor and teachers. Students will know who their team is and who their teachers will be during their middle school years.  PLE’s will provide students with an experience of a close-knit community.

This school year we will continue to implement our College Awareness Program: “College Starts at King.”  Every Monday our students can wear college T-shirts instead of their white collared-shirts.  As part of this program our goal is to provide all of our students with the opportunity to visit a college campus during this school year.  They may participate in a tour of the campus, a sports activity, or even a college drama or musical production.  I believe our students need to become aware that college life is about opportunities for personal growth as well as academics. The more we expose our students to what college life is like the greater the chance that they will set goals for higher education.   

I look forward to a successful year!    

This school year will be full of opportunities for parents to be involved with their children’s education. Parent Institute for Quality Education classes to help establish a connection between home and school that supports academic achievement.  Every Tuesday, parents are invited to join the 7th grade health classes in taking care of our new garden.  Remember, research shows that students whose parents are involved in their children’s education will be more successful in their studies, and will be more likely to continue their pursuit of higher education. 

 Kristen K. Murphy, Ed.D. Principal