LIBRARY AND INTERVENTION UPDATES

KING'S LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

  Our school library services the students, teachers and staff at King all day everyday. Our print collection is just under 30,000 books and we have a bank of twelve computers for student access. Students are able to use the computers for school assignments before school as well as during nutrition and lunch. Teachers sign up to bring classes for book selection and research. Ms. Baranich, the library media teacher and 19 service students who work an assigned class period each day, staffs the library. 

     Students visit the library to finish up, or get started on their assignments. We have copies of all the textbooks used at King so they can do just that. The computer access allows students to work on projects and print them as well as research. 

     Many of our students hang out with friends and read for fun. The most popular reading materials in the library are the magazines. There are over 30 titles that interest middle school students. Skateboarding, gaming, and cartooning magazines are the most read.  Students also really enjoy the drawing and origami books.  Many of our students who visit the library during their nutrition and lunch breaks practice drawing. Our collection of comics includes Spiderman and Batman series and the Simpsons.  Hopefully, reading and visiting the library while at King MS will help our students develop a life-long habit of reading.

    Thank you to Ms. Kaiser, Title I, the Bilingual Office and the School Site Council for remembering the library for funding whenever possible.  The investment in well-read students will pay off.

INTERSESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Intersession is one of our Intervention programs. Intersession is offered to students who are off track who need remedial classes in Mathematics or Language Arts. Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade that are failing Mathematics or Language Arts will receive an application from their track counselor that they must sign and return to the counselor or the ELA office. The Intersession classes are for 4 weeks. Students in the 8th grade attend Intersession from 7:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Students in the 6th and 7th grade attend Intersession from 12:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday School is our year round Intervention program for students. Students attend Saturday sessions of 7 or 8 weeks. The time for the Saturday classes are, 8:00 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. for the 8-week sessions and from 8:00 a.m. – 12:37 p.m. for the 7-week sessions. Students receive assistance in Mathematics, Language Arts or English as a Second Language class based on their CST scores or parent request. On Saturday we also offer an ESL class for parents from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30a.m. Childcare is provided for the children of the parents attending the ESL classes. There are two sessions remaining for the 2008-2009 school year. Session 3 begins January 10 and ends March 7, 2009. Session 4 begins March 24 and ends May 16, 2009.

Eighth grade students who attend the required number of hours on Saturday receive credits towards culmination. Eighth grade students also receive credits for culmination by attending and passing their Intersession classes.  Please speak to the track counselor if you need clarification about your child’s participation in the culmination ceremony.

This year, we have partnered with the East Los Angeles Classic Theater Company, to offer classes to EL students during their off track time. Students work with two actors for 16 days. Students participate in many drama activities and writing tasks. The lessons are standards based and are design to assist students to improve their proficiency and fluency levels in Language Arts.