In Seventh Grade we APPLY

In seventh grade, students form groups in order to re-imagine a more sustainable world. Our core team works together to teach students about the various systems and structures that need to be planned for a city: transportation, agriculture, water, energy, and industry are all areas that students must consider and plan for in their cities. These inter-disciplinary concepts are taught in each class whether it be case studies, field trips, informational articles, and mathematical concepts for the blueprint of their city. They apply this knowledge and justify their design choices to dream of a better future for our planet. In all core classes we emphasize cooperative learning, academic curiosity, and critical thinking skills which are exemplified through the Sustainable City project.

Ms. Altounian

Anush Altounian

CC Math 7, Accelerated Math, Math Tutorials

I have been working at King for more than a decade, and I've been part of ESM since the beginning. I am excited to be part of this team. I grew up near this area, and I love the community around our school. Critical thinking, questioning, and analyzing have been constant in my daily life, and now I’m excited to pass these skills to my students.  I teach math to 7th graders. Watching my students enjoy and feel confident in math is the best part of my teaching. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and spending time in nature.

The best book I read in middle school: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O' Dell
My favorite band in middle school: Madonna
My favorite place to spend outdoors: Beach, parks and farmers markets
When I’m not at school, you can find me: Driving my children to after school activities.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t make them ALL yourself.
Fun fact: I have a 10-year-old sourdough starter.

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April Bennett - World History 7

April Bennett

World History 7

The study of history became my passion in middle school. (Back then, we called it junior high school.) I love learning about the past alongside my students, and discovering new things together about ourselves and our world. I began teaching in 1991 and most of my experience is in 7th and 8th grade, which are my two favorite grades to teach. This is my eleventh year of teaching at King Middle School and I am grateful to be a part of this dedicated community of families and educators.

The best books I read in middle school: Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume and Animal Farm by George Orwell
My favorite bands in middle school: The Pretenders and Culture Club
My favorite place to spend outdoors: Sequioa National Park

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Anthony Cantatore

Anthony Cantatore

Science, Health

I was interested in Science from a young age, probably because of my interest in Star Trek and all the strange new worlds the characters explored each episode. I think it is fascinating to experiment and collect data to learn about everything, from the enormous universe that we live in to the planet that we inhabit and all the way down to the microscopic cells that make up all living things and even smaller molecules and atoms that make up all matter. I began teaching in 2007 and have taught from 7th grade to 12th grade. This is my 6th year teaching at King MS ESM and I enjoy working with such a supportive team of teachers and families.

The best book I read in middle school: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O' Dell
My favorite song/piece in middle school: J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, First Movement (Allegro)
My favorite place to spend outdoors: Natural Bridges National Monument
When I’m not at school, you can find me: Playing board games with friends
Fun fact: I enjoy rock hounding.

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Ms. Roberts

Lauren Roberts

English Language Arts 7

Growing up, I was typically swamped with extracurriculars. From basketball practices and games, to band tournaments and going to football games on Friday nights. I was constantly busy enmeshing myself in my community. In my few moments of downtime, I found myself lost in the worlds that books created. After college, I began substitute teaching and loved leading Socratic Seminars and literary discussions. After a couple of years, I found myself longing for my own classroom. I love the way English helps students understand viewpoints that vary from their own. I also intersperse socio-emotional learning into my curriculum to help students understand themselves and their emotions. I started at King in 2021, and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else! I love our staff, students, families, and community.

The best book I read in middle school: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
My favorite band in middle school: Blink-182
My favorite place to spend outdoors: Topanga State Beach
When I’m not at school, you can find me: Hanging out with my friends or cooking a nice meal.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of traveling.
Fun fact: I make soup on Wednesdays 🙂

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