OUR PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE FEBRUARY 2008

Dear King Parents,

As we enter into the second semester of this school year, it is important for your children to concentrate on their academic efforts. Our students need to take responsibility for their achievement and earn 55+ credits each school year. That means no more than 1 Fail each year and no more than 2 U’s (students may receive only 1 U in cooperation). Eighth grade students in particular need make sure they meet all the requirements for culmination, which is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2008. Students who have not met culmination requirements still have the opportunity to make up Fails by attending either intersession (B-track begins on March 10th) or Saturday School (session IV begins March 29). The 8th grade picnic and the trip to Magic Mountain also require students to meet culmination requirements in order to participate. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to speak with their child’s counselor regarding their child’s progress. As a reminder report cards are mailed home every four weeks.
   
Two key factors in academic achievement are attendance and parent involvement. In order to do well, students need to be in class, on time, every day. Each month, students with perfect attendance receive coupons redeemable for “paletas” at lunch. To increase parent involvement, the Parent Center continues to offer weekly workshops. Parents are invited to participate in a 15-week series: “Raising Children in Troubled Times” every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
   
College Awareness Week is scheduled for the week of February 18, 2008. Students are encouraged to wear college t-shirts and participate in activities that promote a college-going culture. This year King received fifteen Student Trust Award Scholarships of $2000 each, redeemable upon enrollment in college. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on grades, teacher recommendations and interviews.
       
Finally, I would like to remind parents that LAUSD Policy prohibits the use of all personal electronic equipment on campus. Students may not bring MP3 players, portable video games, cameras or any other personal electronic equipment to school. These items will be confiscated, and will only be returned to a parent. We will not be responsible for the loss or theft of any prohibited items. Cell phones may be brought to school, but may not be turned on or used at all during the school day, and must remain in backpacks, purses or out of sight. Please help us keep students focused on learning by minimizing distractions and adhering to school and district policies.

Kristen A. Kaiser, Principal

WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROVIDE
THE BEST LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME