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Hornet Herald - April 23, 2017

posted Apr 23, 2017, 8:58 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 9:21 PM ]

Good afternoon Kealing Families,

Campus was alive Saturday, starting with a full classroom of Spanish for Spanish Speakers testers at 8:00 am. The students were not thrilled to be up so early but seemed to handle the test well. Then we had a lot of guests on campus to commemorate our reopening over thirty years ago.  Pictures are coming soon. Hopefully we have a good shot of the alumnus from 1948 who joined us! Our Science Olympiad team also had a busy weekend traveling to Texas A&M to compete in the state tournament. Their 2nd place showing has earned them a spot at Nationals in Dayton, Ohio in May. Congratulations Science Olympiad Team!  
The 2016-2017 school year is winding down and we are planning for 2017-2018. Our online registration percentages have increased but we have a long way to go! If your student will be attending Kealing next year, either in the Academy Program or the Magnet Program, you are now able to go online through the AISD Parent Cloud and register for next year. Early registration helps us plan staffing and budget appropriately so it is important that we get as many parents in as possible. Contact our registrar, Linda Rivera at linda.rivera@austinisd.org if you have trouble with registration. Summer transition and schedule mailings dates are up, so go ahead and mark your calendars if you will be with us next year

The next few weeks are pretty quiet since there are a number of testing days approaching. After testing ends, we enter the award and celebration phase of the year (finals are mixed in there somewhere too). Keep your eye on the campus calendar so that you don't miss anything as these last weeks fly by!

Regards,
Kenisha Coburn

IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

May 3
Algebra I End Of Course Exam
May 8
6th Math STAAR
7th Math STAAR
8th Math STAAR Retest
May 9
6th Reading STAAR
7th Reading STAAR
8th Reading STAAR Retest
May 10
8th Science STAAR
May 11
8th Social Studies STAAR
CAC Meeting 

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters! These businesses have given at least $250 to support Kealing this year!

PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999) 
Junior Achievement 
Spider House Ballroom 
UT College of Natural Sciences 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes
Charm School Vintage 
Disneyland Park and Disney California
Double Dave’s Arbor Trail 
GasPedal
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Katherine Hart Photography 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Primizie Snacks 
Robin Jackson Photography 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 
Texas Art Portraits 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
ACT Running 
Amity Worrell & Co. Interior Design 
Austin Panic Room 
BBBrown Fitness 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Mathnasium of Northwest and Westlake 
Oak Hill Drum 
Pilates on Kerbey 
Sail & Ski Center 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria 
ZACH Theatre

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing Cross Country Club
We are excited to let you know that we will have a club cross country running team at Kealing Middle School in the fall of 2017 for 6th through 8th graders! 

The club will be lead by Kealing parent Matt Kleiman and teachers Shannon Jones and Tania Tasneem. Below is some general information about the club. Please feel free to contact Matt Kleiman or Shannon Jones with questions. Some general info about the club: 
  1. Our goal for the club is to give our Kealing kids the opportunity to improve their fitness, to set personal goals and achieve them, to be able to compete with their friends for Kealing Middle School, and to learn to love the sport of running.
  2. Middle school cross country races are 2 miles. 
  3. 3. Our season will start officially at the beginning of the school year. We'll start some pre-conditioning in the late summer for those interested. 
  4. The season ends in late Oct / early Nov. 
  5. We expect we'll have 5-6 meets in Sept and Oct, but will not expect all runners to be at all meets. This will really be runner/parent choice. 
  6. We will train/compete 2-3 times a week. The time commitment is not much and will not prevent kids from playing another sport or joining another club. 
  7. Contact Info: Matt Kleiman: mkleiman1@gmail.com, Shannon Jones: shannon.jones@austinisd.org 
  8. Club website:  
April 30th at 8am we would like to get us all together for a fun run to meet each other and give the kids an idea of what cross country running is all about. Parents and siblings are welcome to join. We'll require a few parents to come to ensure all of the kids remain supervised on the run. We usually have enough volunteers but more are always great to have. We'll meet at Kealing in the parking lot by the track and head out shortly after 8am for a run. We'll have different distances mapped out so kids should not be afraid to join us even if they haven't run at all.

All Parents - Register Online for the 2017-2018 School Year!
You can register now through the Austin ISD Parent Cloud at my.austinisd.org.  Currently about 30% of our families are registered for the 2017-2018 school year. Register now to help us plan for next year and ensure appropriate staffing. Our goal is to be at 70% be the end of April! For more information, click here to access the Austin ISD registration guide.

8th Grade Celebration Slideshow Call for Photos!
Hey 8th Grade Hornets!. If you want pictures of you and your friends in the end of year celebration slideshow, email group photos of 8th grade Kealing students to kmsambassadors@gmail.com. Submit by May 3rd. Don't miss out!

Help Kealing Park win a $20k grant!
Kealing Park (the park that adjoins Kealing MS) has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Austin “Meet me at the Park” campaign. The project with the most votes will be awarded the $20,000! If awarded the grant, our very own Kealing Parks & Rec elective is planning on working with the Austin P&R department to complete the project! You can vote every day in April by texting Kealing to 35350* or by visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired (requires a sign in and must be 18). 

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 35350 to opt out and to discontinue further participation in the Promotion. Text HELP for information. If you enter via text messaging, you will receive four (4) text messages in response to your entry from an automated system. Consent is not required to buy goods and services. To view the Sponsor's Mobile Privacy Policy,http://www.nrpa.org/About-National-Recreation-and-Park-Association/the-fine-print. To view Mobile Terms and Conditions, visit http://www.helloworld.com/terms. Please spread the word and vote often! Cara Crouch Parks & Recreation co-instructor

City-Wide Book Drive
Kealing advisories are collecting books for a city-wide book drive to benefit AISD schools. Many campuses do not have enough "choice" books for students to read in classrooms or before and after school. Others hope to send books home with students for the summer. We are looking for books from all reading levels, Pre-K through 12th grade. Please have your child bring them to advisory. The Austin Council of PTAs will collect and distribute them. Together, we can share the love of reading with ALL kids in AISD!


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Administrative Professionals Week
This week is Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week in AISD. Please join the PTA in appreciating Kealing's hard-working office staff. Surely our school couldn't run without them! The PTA will express their appreciation with a small gift for each and if you and/or your child has a chance, please appreciate them in your own way. Thank you!

Summer Camps and Programs for Middle School Students
The April PTA meeting featured presentations on free and reduced-cost summer camps and programs for middle schoolers, with presentations by the African American Youth Harvest Foundation and the YMCA. Click here for a list of opportunities that were shared at the meeting. Please email kealingpta@gmail.com if you know of other opportunities to share with the Kealing community.

PTA Getting Ready for next Year!
Congratulations to the following new officers for the Kealing PTA board, who were elected at our membership meeting last Thursday. Kristen Gossett: President 
Megan Carcassi: Vice President 
Nicole Miller: Secretary 
Jayne Rosso: Treasurer The Kealing PTA has many additional leadership positions and volunteer opportunities available for the 2017-18 year. We hope you will consider serving. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have questions, please contact the PTA at kealingmspta@gmail.com

Board positions include: historian, environmental chair, and programs chair. 

Additional leadership and volunteer opportunities include: Membership and Outreach, Business Outreach, Community Engagement, Hospitality, Parent Education, Teacher and Staff Appreciation, Kealing Center Stage, Spirit Wear, and MLK Day of Service / Peace through Pie Picnic. 

For a description of these opportunities and a list of additional volunteer opportunities (which is updated throughout the year), visit: http://www.kealingpta.org

Volunteer on the Reconciliation Committee
If you are around the latter part of July and like finances or nonprofit management, please consider serving on the Kealing PTA's Reconciliation Committee. This is a very short-term commitment but essential volunteer role. The Reconciliation Committee performs the very important function of reviewing the PTA's books and records, with a focus on making sure that all of our financial transactions this year were done properly. 

The Committee will meet 2-3 times in late July and then prepare a report with the committee's findings to present to the PTA membership at our first meeting at the beginning of the school year. 

If you are interested in serving or have any questions, please email kealingmspta@gmail.com.

Kealing Center Stage Thanks
There are still a few fun auction items available from Kealing Center Stage, including several fun buy-in parties where you can join fellow Kealing parents in smaller settings for dinner or a happy hour--or take your kid to a back-yard rock concert to see 6th grade band the Goo. Check these items and more out at https://www.32auctions.com/KCS2017

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Committee Thank Yous!! 
If you know these Kealing parents or see them around school or your community, please thank them for their service this year. These wonderful volunteers helped to make 2016-17 one of the most successful ever!! 

Committee Chair (“Chair of Chairs”): Stephanie Jarnigan 

6th Grade Field Trip Chair: Ileana Abounader 7th Grade Field Trip Chair: Katie Duffy 
8th Grade Field Trips & Graduation Events Chair: Linda Chanow 
Fundraising Chair: Becky Svahn, with: Susannah Auby, Michelle Cherry, Mollie Cullinane and Laura Loudamy 

*** New Record for Second Straight Year for KMAG’s “No Hassle Fundraiser” – THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS AND CONTRIBUTORS AND ESPECIALLY OUR DEPARTING 2015-16 and 2016-17 CHAIR BECKY SVAHN! *** 

AISD Choice Fair/KMAG Showcase Night Chair: Gayathri Ramanathan 

Shadowing Chairs: Molly Kohler and Gina Vance (year after year, these ladies get things done - THANK YOU!) 

Book Fair Chairs: Raji Parameswaran and Leslie Dover 

New Parent Reception/New Student Registration Committee Chair: Letty Tarin 

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS! HOPE TO SEE THESE AND OTHERS NEXT YEAR!!

OPPORTUNITIES ON OTHER CAMPUSES

McCallum Transition Camp 
If you are an 8th grader who will be attending McCallum in the fall, you need to sign up for transition camp. The camp will be held June 6 or 7th. Please visit the McCallum website or the Kealing Counselling website where we will provide the flyer and registration information. Visit kmsguidance.weebly.com. A few printed flyers will be available with Ms. Rivera in the counseling office.

STEAM Summer Camp at Small Middle School
Registration is open for the Small Middle School STEAM summer camp. Click here for more information.

Hornet Herald - April 16, 2017

posted Apr 16, 2017, 6:32 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 5:50 AM by KC Videos ]


IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

April 19
8th Grade Magnet Field Trip
Track Meet @ Nelson Field
April 20
PTA Meeting @ 7:30 am
April 22
New Student Spanish for Spanish Speakers Test @ 8:00am
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year (Re)opening Celebration @10:00 am

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters! These businesses have given at least $250 to support Kealing this year!

PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999) 
Junior Achievement 
Spider House Ballroom 
UT College of Natural Sciences 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes
Charm School Vintage
Disneyland Park and Disney California
Double Dave’s Arbor Trail 
GasPedal
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Katherine Hart Photography 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Primizie Snacks 
Robin Jackson Photography 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 
Texas Art Portraits 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
ACT Running 
Amity Worrell & Co. Interior Design 
Austin Panic Room 
BBBrown Fitness 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Mathnasium of Northwest and Westlake 
Oak Hill Drum 
Pilates on Kerbey 
Sail & Ski Center 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria 
ZACH Theatre

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing 30th (Re)opening Anniversary
Who:     All Hornets (past, present, future)
What:    30th Anniversary Celebration 
When:    April 22, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for games, tours, music, spaghetti lunch, line dancing and fun as we mark this milestone with members of the Hornet community. Help is needed with set-up, check-in, display of memorabilia, games, face painting, planting in the courtyard for Earth Day, distribution of slushies and Jim-Jims Water Ice, and more. Students and siblings can get service hours. Email lhdicarlo@yahoo.com to volunteer.

Also, we will display Hornet memorabilia as a part of the event.  If you have old photos, uniforms, t-shirts, et cetera that you are willing to donate for the display, please drop them by campus by April 18. Email shauntay.black@austinisd.org with questions.

All Parents - Register Online for the 2017-2018 School Year!
You can register now through the Austin ISD Parent Cloud at my.austinisd.org.  Currently about 30% of our families are registered for the 2017-2018 school year. Register now to help us plan for next year and ensure appropriate staffing. Our goal is to be at 70% be the end of April! For more information, click here to access the Austin ISD registration guide.

Help Kealing Park win a $20k grant!
Kealing Park (the park that adjoins Kealing MS) has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Austin “Meet me at the Park” campaign. The project with the most votes will be awarded the $20,000! If awarded the grant, our very own Kealing Parks & Rec elective is planning on working with the Austin P&R department to complete the project! You can vote every day in April by texting Kealing to 35350* or by visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired (requires a sign in and must be 18). 

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 35350 to opt out and to discontinue further participation in the Promotion. Text HELP for information. If you enter via text messaging, you will receive four (4) text messages in response to your entry from an automated system. Consent is not required to buy goods and services. To view the Sponsor's Mobile Privacy Policy,http://www.nrpa.org/About-National-Recreation-and-Park-Association/the-fine-print. To view Mobile Terms and Conditions, visit http://www.helloworld.com/terms. Please spread the word and vote often! Cara Crouch Parks & Recreation co-instructor

City-Wide Book Drive
Kealing advisories are collecting books for a city-wide book drive to benefit AISD schools. Many campuses do not have enough "choice" books for students to read in classrooms or before and after school. Others hope to send books home with students for the summer. We are looking for books from all reading levels, Pre-K through 12th grade. Please have your child bring them to advisory. The Austin Council of PTAs will collect and distribute them. Together, we can share the love of reading with ALL kids in AISD!

Dream Flags Realized
Thank you to the dream team of volunteers! You made 1200 dream flags come true! A special shout out to Sarah Morgan and the National Junior Honor Society and Kelly Morledge with Student Council for helping cut and string the flags. 

Thank you to our librarian Kerensa Williams for cutting out flags. A huge shout out to Patty Hill, Michael Word and Math in the Arts students for more flag stringing, ironing and hanging them in our hallways. They look stunning. 

Thank you to Kealing parents Dana Curtis, Melissa Tanis, Meggan Carcasi, Mary Morgan, and Ann Phipps for cutting, sewing, cutting and more sewing. 

Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed time and fabric to help beautify our hallways. Our students' dream flags greet us each morning, serving as a reminder of our commitment to helping students realize those dreams.

MathCounts Last Club Meeting
This Tuesday, April 18th, will be our last Mathcounts club meeting, so we will have our end of the year party! We have success to celebrate, as well as plans to make for next year. Any and all students who have been involved in Mathcounts this year are invited to come. Bring a snack or drink to share if you want, but don't worry if you can't. If you have checked out any practice books, please bring them with you on Tuesday to return. Contact Ms. Strickland with any questions.

8th Grade Chaperones Needed!
We are in need of chaperones for the 8th grade Magnet San Antonio Museum Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 19 and the Kealing 8th grade End of the year celebration at Shady Springs on Tuesday, May 30. Email lchanow1973@me.com to sign up. Thanks!

Model UN
The first Model UN meeting will be after school on Tuesday, April 18 in room 215 (Mr. Hendrex's room). Weekly meetings will occur on Tuesdays until the competition on May 16. Please see Ms. Shoaf (rm 516) or Mr. Hendrex (rm 215) for more information. 

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Meeting This Week
Join us in the library this Thursday at 7:30am for a Kealing PTA Membership Meeting, where we will be electing our officers and discussing other volunteer opportunities for next year. The meeting will be followed by a Principal's Coffee at 8am, featuring presentations on free and affordable summer camp options for middle schoolers.

Kealing Center Stage Thanks
Thanks to all of the generous sponsors for Kealing Center Stage for their support of Kealing Middle School and for helping make our fundraising event such a huge success this year! Special thanks to our Platinum Legend sponsors, Susannah & Jase Auby, and our Musical Icon sponsors, Michelle Cherry, Realty Austin; and Primizie Snacks/Mark & Lisa Spedale. Click here for the complete list of sponsors. http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs

Thanks to everyone who supported our school through Kealing Center Stage this year! It was a fun night out with fellow parents and teachers and entertainment by the our Kealing Teachers, the Spiral Notebooks, along with a duet by Ms. Coburn and Ms. Carter! 

We still have several great items available in our online auction at https://www.32auctions.com/KCS2017 including newly-added items and opportunities to donate to specific, critical needs at Kealing, including new goggles for the science classrooms, digital microscopes, a volleyball net for the small gym, new lap top computers, and more. 

A special shout out to the leadership of our FABULOUS Planning Committee for Kealing Center Stage this year: Sara Bircher (Auction Co-Chair), Michelle Cherry (Sponsorship/Ticket Chair), Katie Duffy (Venue Chair), Ellen Fraser (Auction Co-Chair), Angi Menell (Venue Chair), Arthur D’Andrea (PTA Fundraising Chair), and Jayne Rosso (PTA Treasurer). 

Many thanks also to our other planning committee members and key contributors to the event, including: The Spiral Notebooks members (Ms. Henderson, Mr. Webster, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Barton), Lara Lampert, Stephanie Jarnigan, Shannon Ratcliff, Ms. Pena Brooks, Ms. Scott, Susan Lo, Emily Long, Grace Foster, Kate Hearne, Michelle Hoelscher, Anne Horsley, Sara Marzani, Lynn Boswell, and many other volunteers. 

We are so appreciative of your work on this event and everything you have done to support the school this year!

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Committee Thank Yous!! 
If you know these Kealing parents or see them around school or your community, please thank them for their service this year. These wonderful volunteers helped to make 2016-17 one of the most successful ever!! 

Committee Chair (“Chair of Chairs”): Stephanie Jarnigan 

6th Grade Field Trip Chair: Ileana Abounader 7th Grade Field Trip Chair: Katie Duffy 
8th Grade Field Trips & Graduation Events Chair: Linda Chanow 
Fundraising Chair: Becky Svahn, with: Susannah Auby, Michelle Cherry, Mollie Cullinane and Laura Loudamy 

*** New Record for Second Straight Year for KMAG’s “No Hassle Fundraiser” – THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS AND CONTRIBUTORS AND ESPECIALLY OUR DEPARTING 2015-16 and 2016-17 CHAIR BECKY SVAHN! *** 

AISD Choice Fair/KMAG Showcase Night Chair: Gayathri Ramanathan 

Shadowing Chairs: Molly Kohler and Gina Vance (year after year, these ladies get things done - THANK YOU!) 

Book Fair Chairs: Raji Parameswaran and Leslie Dover 

New Parent Reception/New Student Registration Committee Chair: Letty Tarin 

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS! HOPE TO SEE THESE AND OTHERS NEXT YEAR!!

OPPORTUNITIES ON OTHER CAMPUSES

McCallum Transition Camp 
If you are an 8th grader who will be attending McCallum in the fall, you need to sign up for transition camp. The camp will be held June 6 or 7th. Please visit the McCallum website or the Kealing Counselling website where we will provide the flyer and registration information. Visit kmsguidance.weebly.com. A few printed flyers will be available with Ms. Rivera in the counseling office.

STEAM Summer Camp at Small Middle School
Registration is open for the Small Middle School STEAM summer camp. Click here for more information.

Hornet Herald - April 9, 2017

posted Apr 9, 2017, 7:33 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 7:44 PM ]

Good Afternoon Kealing Community,

We have more recognition this week! Our choir the Fine Arts UIL season with all 1s for the Varsity Mixed Choir and Varsity Girls Choir. Strong work, Ms. Parks and choir students. Ms. Scott and Ms. Waggoner traveled to the National Scholastic Press Association Conference last week. The Inkblot placed 4th in Best of Show for HIGH SCHOOL literary magazines. The Kealing Vespa Yearbook brought home the Pacemaker Award for national achievement in a high school competition. We're proud of the work the students do to put out these high-quality publications. 

Thanks to all of you who came out to Spider House Ballroom Saturday to support Kealing Center Stage. The Spiral Notebooks (Mr. Webster, Mr. Jackson, Ms. Henderson, Mr. Eissler, and Mr. Barton) kept us all entertained and dancing throughout the evening. A number of silent and live auction items were sold and we look forward to the improvements that this PTA support will bring in the future. Kudos to Arthur D'Andrea and the rest of the PTA Fundraising Committee for their work in planning such a successful event!

We have an opportunity and we need your help. Kealing is in the running for a $20,000 grant that will allow us to make some needed changes to the neighborhood park that is adjacent to Kealing. Help us by texting Kealing to 35350 or going online to vote at www.meetmeatthepark.org. You can vote every day during the month of April from every cell phone and email address that you have access to. Share with friends and family too!

We have a short week this week so don't forget to keep your students home on Friday, April 14.

Regards,
Kenisha Coburn

IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

April 13
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
CAC Meeting @ 4:00 pm
April 14
NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
April 22
New Student Spanish for Spanish Speakers Test @ 8:00am
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year (Re)opening Celebration @10:00 am

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing 30th (Re)opening Anniversary
Who:     All Hornets (past, present, future)
What:    30th Anniversary Celebration 
When:    April 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for games, tours, music, spaghetti lunch, and fun as we mark this milestone with members of the Hornet community. Also, we will display Hornet memorabilia as a part of the event.  If you have old photos, uniforms, t-shirts, et cetera that you are willing to donate for the display, please drop them by campus by April 18. Email shauntay.black@austinisd.org with questions.

Help Kealing Park win a $20k grant!
Kealing Park (the park that adjoins Kealing MS) has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Austin “Meet me at the Park” campaign. The project with the most votes will be awarded the $20,000! If awarded the grant, our very own Kealing Parks & Rec elective is planning on working with the Austin P&R department to complete the project! You can vote every day in April by texting Kealing to 35350* or by visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired (requires a sign in and must be 18). 

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 35350 to opt out and to discontinue further participation in the Promotion. Text HELP for information. If you enter via text messaging, you will receive four (4) text messages in response to your entry from an automated system. Consent is not required to buy goods and services. To view the Sponsor's Mobile Privacy Policy,http://www.nrpa.org/About-National-Recreation-and-Park-Association/the-fine-print. To view Mobile Terms and Conditions, visit http://www.helloworld.com/terms. Please spread the word and vote often! Cara Crouch Parks & Recreation co-instructor

Girl Power Fundraiser
Ms. Stewart’s Girl Power class will be doing a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) the week of April 10th. Students will be collecting donations on the stage at lunch from Tuesday through Thursday. If you donate $2 or more you will get a pink wristband, and if you donate $20 or more then you will get an awesome pink camo bracelet. Girl Power students hope students and adults alike will donate and support breast cancer research!

8th Grade Chaperones Needed!
We are in need of chaperones for the 8th grade Magnet San Antonio Museum Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 19 and the Kealing 8th grade End of the year celebration at Shady Springs on Tuesday, May 30. Email lchanow1973@me.com to sign up. Thanks!

BookSpring Read-a-Thon
Please congratulate Will Bridgeman, Nate Heffron and William Jacimiak. Together these three students raised almost $750 during the read-a-thon. This money is used to buy books for children in Austin. Extra kudos to William Jachimiak for being the top reader and fundraiser for Kealing's participants. Thanks for your hard work Will, Nate and William

Model UN
The first Model UN meeting will be after school on Tuesday, April 18 in room 215 (Mr. Hendrex's room). Weekly meetings will occur on Tuesdays until the competition on May 16. Please see Ms. Shoaf (rm 516) or Mr. Hendrex (rm 215) for more information. 


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Librarian Appreciation Week
This week is Librarian Appreciation Week! Please, if you get the chance, extend a big thank you for all our librarian does for Kealing. Small notes of appreciation from your student are always welcome and a sweet way to show thanks for all the help from Ms. Williams this year. The PTA will also show appreciation of all of her hard work with a small gift. Thank you!

PTA Board Nominations Are In
The Nominating Committee has met and is putting forth the following slate of officers to represent Kealing PTA for the 2017-2018 school year. We will also accept nominations from the floor if anyone else is interested in serving: 
  • President - Kristin Gossett 
  • Vice President Meggan Carcasi 
  • Treasurer - Jayne Rosso 
  • Secretary - Nicole Miller

McCallum Transition Camp 
If you are an 8th grader who will be attending McCallum in the fall, you need to sign up for transition camp. The camp will be held June 6 or 7th. Please visit the McCallum website or the Kealing Counselling website where we will provide the flyer and registration information. Visit kmsguidance.weebly.com. A few printed flyers will be available with Ms. Rivera in the counseling office.

STEAM Summer Camp at Small Middle School
Registration is open for the Small Middle School STEAM summer camp. Click here for more information.

Hornet Herald - April 2, 2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 9:18 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 9:26 PM ]

It's Time For Kealing Center Stage!!!
Kealing Center Stage is the major fundraiser for the PTA with all proceeds used to support Kealing Middle School. It takes place this Saturday, April 8th at 6:30 PM at Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. 

This lively adults-only event will include dinner, dancing, live music, and both silent and live auctions. Get to know other Kealing parents, teachers and staff in a casual, entertaining environment, all while raising money for Kealing Middle School. 

Tickets are $25/person or two for $45. (A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $35/person.) BUY YOUR TICKET TODAY! To get your tickets, go to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Online ticket sales end Tuesday, April 4th. Parking is limited so carpooling or ride-sharing is highly recommended! Please NO NOT park at other local business lots (like Kirby Hall, CVS or Trudy’s) because most of them tow.

BUY ONLINE! This year KCS is trying something new and exciting! Many auction items are available online NOW for immediate purchase, so even if you don’t go to the Kealing Center Stage event, you can still participate in the auctions. Go to www.32auctions.com/KCS2017 to see the auction items and start bidding. Remember all proceeds benefit Kealing Middle School. 

Here is a sneak peek at some of the unique items that will be available at the Kealing Center Stage auctions:
  • An Intimate Backyard Concert with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will be the hot item of the night! Get your friends together and plan the party of the year with this uber talented duo as your entertainment! This is a rare opportunity to have the king and queen of Austin country music perform a laid back set for you and your guests. 
  • Make your plans for the mountains now! One lucky family will win a Three-day Stay in a Beautiful Crested Butte, CO Condo owned by generous Kealing parents! 
  • Bid for your chance to win a spot in the East Austin Cycling Tour with Kealing Teachers, including Mr. Hendrex! Explore the exciting and unique history of East Austin, by bicycle while stopping at several known, and lesser known historic sites. 
  • Ms. Johnson is hosting a 3D Printing Party for 12 Students! Students will learn about 3D printing and have an opportunity to design and print a creation of their own! 
  • This just in...a member of the Kealing community has offered a Sunset Sail for Six on Lake Travis! Hop aboard this 31-foot sailboat and enjoy wine and cheese while watching the sunset over west Austin. 
  • One lucky Kealing student will have the chance to be Entrepreneur for the Day at P. Terry's Burger Stand! 
  • Which family will take home the Barbecue Dinner for Memorial Day provided by Ms. Coburn's family? • Be sure not to miss your opportunity to bid on a Day of Disc Golf with Mr. Barton and Mr. Shoaf! 
  • And your kids will be so disappointed if you don't win the tour of the Brackenridge Field Lab's Biotron and Invasive Species Lab with Dr. Larry Gilbert Professor of Biology at UT Austin. Only 4 students (plus one parent each) will have this opportunity. 
This is just a small selection of the exciting auction items that will be available for your bidding. Thank you to all our wonderful donors! Go to the Kealing Center Stage website to see the growing list of donors and auction items, http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs or to www.32auctions.com/KCS2017 to start bidding.

IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

April 7
End of grading cycle
April 8
Kealing Center Stage (Get your tickets now!)
April 14
NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day
April 22
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year (Re)opening Celebration

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing 30th (Re)opening Anniversary
Who:     All Hornets (past, present, future)
What:    30th Anniversary Celebration 
When:    April 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for games, tours, music, food, and fun as we mark this milestone with members of the Hornet community. Also, we will display Hornet memorabilia as a part of the event.  If you have old photos, uniforms, t-shirts, et cetera that you are willing to donate for the display, please drop them by campus by April 18. Email shauntay.black@austinisd.org with questions.

Spelling Bee Success
Congratulations to Pranathi Jammula for making it to the Finals of the Houston Spelling Bee and winning 3rd place!!

Girl Power Class Fundraiser 
Ms. Stewart's Girl Power Class is doing a fundraiser. If you donate $2 or more you get a pink breast cancer awareness wrist band. If you donate $20 or more you get an awesome pink camo bracelet!. All of the donated money will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation for breast awareness research. 

Math Counts Top Ten Finish 
Congratulations to Samuel Tian, Emily Wang, Will DiCarlo and Lily Yeazell for their top 10 finish at the State Mathcounts tournament last Saturday. Way to go! 

Reflections Winners 
Congratulations to the two students that went all the way to state with their PTA Reflections Art and Literature pieces. Catherine Watson with Burning Pages earning an Award of Merit in Literature and Lois Lee with my My Wonderland Story Lives ON earning an Honorable Mention in Visual Arts.

Next year's theme is: Within Reach Take a leap of creative courage and enter next year for your chance to make it Nationals in Washington D.C.


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thanks Kealing Center Stage Sponsors!
We would like to thank our amazing Kealing Center Stage sponsors for their generosity. If you see these people or stop by these businesses please let them know how appreciative we are of their school support! PLATINUM LEGENDS 
Susannah & Jase Auby 

MUSICAL ICONS 
Michelle Cherry, Realty Austin 
Primizie Snacks/ Mark & Lisa Spedale 

ROCK STARS 
ACT Running 
Alan Singletary and Jane Atwood 
Becky and Phil Svahn 
Heather Way and Bill Christian 
Lynn Boswell and Burton Baldridge 
Mollie and Jeff Cullinane 
Ratcliff Family 
Scott Douglass & McConnico 
Shaheen and Akbar Hussaini 
Yium Family 

A full list of sponsors will be in the next issue or to see the list now, go to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs.

PTA Board Nominations Needed!
Without the PTA, Kealing wouldn't hold school community wide events, offer t-shirts, keep Kealing grounds looking beautiful, support teacher and students with extra curriculum, supplies, technology, field trips or provide additional support to many of Kealing's programs. 

The PTA can't run without a Board! Now is the time to nominate yourself or someone you know: 
President 
Vice President 
Treasurer 
Secretary 
Parliamentarian 

If you would like more information on the duties of a position, please contact the Nominating Committee at nominations@kealingpta.org We would love for you to get involved. We will also be on the look out for chairs and volunteers for various committees.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Help Needed with New Parent Receptions
We are in need of volunteers for the New Parent Reception coming up on April 8th. We are looking for current 6th grade Hornets who would can share their experience as a new Kealing student and answer questions about homework, school bus/transportation, clubs and extracurricular activities, etc. 

The new parent receptions will be held during the math placement tests on: Saturday, April 8th, 9:00–11:00 & 1:00–3:00 

If you are interested in helping with this event, please email Letty at lettytarin@gmail.com. If you speak Spanish, please include this in your email.


McCallum Transition Camp 
If you are an 8th grader who will be attending McCallum in the fall, you need to sign up for transition camp. The camp will be held June 6 or 7th. Please visit the McCallum website or the Kealing Counselling website where we will provide the flyer and registration information. Visit kmsguidance.weebly.com. A few printed flyers will be available with Ms. Rivera in the counseling office.

Hornet Herald - March 26, 2017

posted Mar 26, 2017, 6:20 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 6:35 PM ]

Good afternoon Kealing Community,

It’s almost time for Kealing Center Stage, our PTA's largest event and most significant fundraiser. I hope your calendar has been marked for this important adult-only event!

The Kealing PTA has provided a number of resources this year to assist us in providing a quality experience for our students. This year the support of the PTA has allowed us to increase the number of Chromebooks available, supplemented funds for some grade-level field trips, offered resources for a number of service and campus beautification projects, provided speakers to help parents support their students, backed teachers in their professional development efforts, added umbrellas to allow students to enjoy the courtyard more frequently, and assisted us in preparing a much needed upstairs teacher work room. This is just a sampling of the ways that the PTA has made Kealing a better place for students, teachers, and parents. 

We will continue to rely partially on the support of the PTA to keep up with the demands of 21st century education on our growing campus. This includes providing resources for our ever-changing curriculum, offering support for after school programs, and contributing to our effort to move to a 1 to 1 ratio of students to Chromebooks. 
All of these plans will be possible with a successful Kealing Center Stage and through continued partnership with our PTA. 

I hope you are able to join us on April 8 for a fun evening in support of Kealing Middle School, with entertainment provided by Kealing Teachers! Kealing Center Stage Tickets are $25 for individuals and $45 per pair. Click here if you need to buy tickets. 

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  This school year marks the 30th year that Kealing has been (re)opened.  We are inviting all current Kealing families, future Kealing families, and Kealing on campus to celebrate this milestone. There will be a short program for those to hear about the past and present, performances by some of our Fine Arts students, tours through the building including some of the most unique spaces, line dancing, and a host of fun outdoor activities - Giant Jenga, bouncy houses, face painting, and field events to name a few. Lunch will also be provided. 

As you can see, the month of April will be filled with events that are designed to acknowledge our past, celebrate our present, and prepare for our future.  I hope to see you on April 8 at the Spider House Ballroom from 6:30 - 10:00 pm and at Kealing on April 22 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Don't forget to review all of the STAAR testing and field trip reminders for the busy week ahead. 

Regards,
Kenisha Coburn
IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

March 28 (No Late Buses)
STAAR Testing - 7th Writing
STAAR Testing - 8th Math
6th Academy Field Trip - Paramount Theater
March 29 (No Late Buses)
STAAR Testing - 8th Reading
6th Magnet Field Trip - Paramount Theater
April 8
Kealing Center Stage (Get your tickets now!)
April 22
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year (Re)opening Celebration

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
STAAR Testing Reminders
*NO VISITORS DURING TESTING*
  1. Please AVOID scheduling any doctor appointments for your child during testing. 
  2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest. 
  3. Eat a well-balanced breakfast. 
  4. Help your child stay calm. They perform better with as little stress as possible.
  5. Remind your child to do “their best.” 
  6. Be on time. What time? Your student should be at school by 7:15 so they can get to their testing room on time and not feel anxious. 
  7. Remind your child to bring a book to read. 
  8. Cell phones will be turned in during testing .
STAAR Late Bus Changes
Due to STAAR Testing on March 28th and 29th we will cancel all late activity buses for Monday March 27th and Tuesday March 28th.

Kealing 30th (Re)opening Anniversary
Who:     All Hornets (past, present, future)
What:    30th Anniversary Celebration 
When:    April 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for games, tours, music, food, and fun as we mark this milestone with members of the Hornet community. Also, we will display Hornet memorabilia as a part of the event.  If you have old photos, uniforms, t-shirts, et cetera that you are willing to donate for the display, please drop them by campus by April 18. Email shauntay.black@austinisd.org with questions.

Austin ISD Facility Master Plan
The Facility and Bond Planning and Advisory Committee (FABPAC) will be submitting its recommendations to the board on Monday, March 27. Click here for a closer look at the board agenda and attachments.

2017-2018 Kealing Cheer
It's almost time for cheer tryouts. Are you interested? If so, see Ms. Kelsi Berry for more information.

Attention Kealing Ultimate Frisbee!
The Kealing Ultimate team is holding its first practice on Thursday, March 23rd, 3:00-4:45pm. Players should change into athletic clothes and appropriate shoes and meet at the field immediately after school. Bring a filled water bottle and sun protection. 

Contact any of the coaches with questions: 

Players who haven't yet registered online or submitted their paperwork should see the coaches immediately to discuss their participation. See you on the field!

6th Magnet Sound Party
Hello Parents! The 6th Grade Science Magnet Team is planning a Sound Party for March 28th. We want to celebrate all of the hard work students have put into their Sound Projects! Students will present their instruments with a song, dance during a concert with a local band, have recess, and celebrate their great year with their class. We are looking for parents to come and chaperone this event to ensure that we have fun and safe and day. We need: 
  • Parents who can come from 10:50-1pm to monitor during our lunch, concert, recess time 
  • Parent chaperones will need to get an AISD background check and be registered volunteers at Kealing to participate. Click here to register as a school-based volunteer.  Please contact Megan McDonald at megan.mcdonald@austinisd.org if you have questions or would like to participate in this amazing day.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Get Your Kealing Center Stage Tickets Today
Tickets sales to the Kealing Center Stage fundraiser are well underway -- April 8th at 6:30 PM at Spider House Ballroom. Purchase your ticket to this fun filled event today by going to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Thank you to the following families and businesses for helping to sponsor Kealing Center Stage! MUSICAL ICON Primizie Snacks/ Mark & Lisa Spedale ROCK STAR Alan Singletary and Jane Atwood Scott Douglass & McConnico Yium Family RISING STAR Booth Family Gina Shishima and David Sosa Holdfast Wealth Management Kristin and Mohan Balachandran Strandwitz Family INDIE BAND Dino and Kelly Longi Jon and Heidi Harrod McGuire Family Woodeye Construction & Design As you can see, last week’s support was tremendous! Please keep the sponsorships and donations coming. Email kcsdonations@kealingpta.org.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Help Needed with New Parent Receptions
This year’s new parent receptions are coming up and we need help welcoming our new Kealing students and their families! We are looking for current 6th grade Hornets who would like to share their experience as a new Kealing student and answer questions about homework, school bus/transportation, clubs and extracurricular activities, etc. 

The new parent receptions will be held during the math placement tests on: 
Saturday, April 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 
Saturday, April 8th, 9:00–11:00 & 1:00–3:00 

If you are interested in helping with this event, please email Letty at lettytarin@gmail.com. If you speak Spanish, please include this in your email.

Hornet Herald - March 19, 2017

posted Mar 19, 2017, 3:18 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 3:21 PM ]

Good afternoon Hornets,

Welcome back (almost)!  I hope you have spent some time outside enjoying this beautiful weather and that you have had a relaxing Spring Break. 

Just before the break, some of our students participated in UIL music competitions.  Congratulations to all participants in the Kealing Band Program and Mr. Hinojosa, Ms. Robison, and Ms. Trowbridge! Their UIL performances resulted in SWEEPSTAKES; all three bands received all 1's from the judges. The students put on spectacular performances, even after a week where it seemed that band members were dropping like flies due to illness! Our Orchestra also added to it's string of successes, with our three Orchestras receiving the highest ratings in the Region. Kudos to Ms. Berecek, Mr. Jarrott, and all of the students in the Kealing Orchestra program.

This edition of Hornet Herald has some important information and quite a bit of notable upcoming dates. The rest of this semester is busy and it all comes pretty fast, so we will try to get dates to you a few weeks earlier than normal. Also, feel free to peruse the Kealing website calendar to take a more advanced look at what's coming this semester. 

It's time to set your alarms again.  We'll see you in the morning!

Regards,
Kenisha Coburn
IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

March 23
PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm (Hazards of Digital Media)
March 28
STAAR Testing - 7th Writing
STAAR Testing - 8th Math
6th Academy Field Trip - Paramount Theater
March 29
STAAR Testing - 8th Reading
6th Magnet Field Trip - Paramount Theater
April 8
Kealing Center Stage (Get your tickets now!)
April 22
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year Reopening Celebration

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
It's Time for Kealing Track and Field!
All 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join the Kealing Track Teams. We will resume practice on Monday March 20th. A completed AISD physical packet is required, as well as t-shirt, shorts, and running shoes for practice. If you have questions about Kealing Track, please contact Coach Gardner at justin.gardner@austinisd.org. The track schedule and more information is available on the Athletics page of the school website: http://www.kealingmiddleschool.org/students/athletics

Kealing Science Olympiad
Once again the Kealing Science Olympiad team won Regionals and has advanced to the State tournament that will be on April 21-22, 2017 at Texas A&M. These are some dedicated, self driven students that have worked hard to reach this level. Please congratulate these Olympians and wish them good luck for their next endeavor.

Attention Kealing Ultimate Frisbee!
The Kealing Ultimate team is holding its first practice on Thursday, March 23rd, 3:00-4:45pm. Players should change into athletic clothes and appropriate shoes and meet at the field immediately after school. Bring a filled water bottle and sun protection. 

Contact any of the coaches with questions: 

Players who haven't yet registered online or submitted their paperwork should see the coaches immediately to discuss their participation. See you on the field!

National French Contest
All French students will be participating in Le Grand Concours (The National French Contest) this Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th and 9th. Wish them "Bonne Chance!" (Good Luck!) this week as they compete for scholarships and prizes against French students from all over the United States.

Choice Sheets Are Due Back!
Kealing Choice Sheets for rising 7th and 8th grade students are due to their respective counselors, in the program office, by March 8th! Students have already entered their requests electronically, but their paper choice sheets which have gone home for parent signatures, will be the final version of elective requests.

Boys Lacrosse Wins - Join the Fun
The Kealing Boys Lacrosse Team won their first game against Westlake Middle School. The team is still forming and would like to see some more players come out. No experience is necessary!. See Ms. Hutchinson in room 208 if you are interested and want more information.

6th Magnet Sound Party
Hello Parents! The 6th Grade Science Magnet Team is planning a Sound Party for March 28th. We want to celebrate all of the hard work students have put into their Sound Projects! Students will present their instruments with a song, dance during a concert with a local band, have recess, and celebrate their great year with their class. We are looking for parents to come and chaperone this event to ensure that we have fun and safe and day. We need: 
  • Parents who can come from 10:50-1pm to monitor during our lunch, concert, recess time 
  • Parent chaperones will need to get an AISD background check and be registered volunteers at Kealing to participate. Click here to register as a school-based volunteer.  Please contact Megan McDonald at megan.mcdonald@austinisd.org if you have questions or would like to participate in this amazing day.
Bike Club
Bike Club resumed on Thurs Feb 23 with an orientation for the new bike club members (required for participation in group rides) and a bike skill clinic. Bike club group rides for those who have completed the orientation will resume on Thur, Mar 22, 2017. See Mr Shoaf (Rm 516) or Mr Hendrex ( Rm 215) for questions and to pick up a release form that must be signed an returned prior to participation in the group rides.

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Get Your Kealing Center Stage Tickets Today
Tickets sales to the Kealing Center Stage fundraiser are well underway -- April 8th at 6:30 PM at Spider House Ballroom. Purchase your ticket to this fun filled event today by going to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Thank you to the following families and businesses for helping to sponsor Kealing Center Stage! MUSICAL ICON Primizie Snacks/ Mark & Lisa Spedale ROCK STAR Alan Singletary and Jane Atwood Scott Douglass & McConnico Yium Family RISING STAR Booth Family Gina Shishima and David Sosa Holdfast Wealth Management Kristin and Mohan Balachandran Strandwitz Family INDIE BAND Dino and Kelly Longi Jon and Heidi Harrod McGuire Family Woodeye Construction & Design As you can see, last week’s support was tremendous! Please keep the sponsorships and donations coming. Email kcsdonations@kealingpta.org.

Family Dinner and PTA Presentation - Hazards of Digital Media
Join us this Thursday, March 23rd, from 6-8pm, for a Family Dinner and presentation on Digital Citizenship: Avoiding the Hazards of Digital Media. Parents and middle schoolers will split into two groups, with separate presentations and discussions led by Corinne Sumpter-Gonzales and David Gonzales. The PTA will be providing a main course. Please bring a pot luck dish in the following category: 
6th Grade: Salad 
7th Grade: Bread or Vegetable 
8th Grade: Dessert

PTA Nominations Committee
The Kealing PTA is looking for volunteers from both the Academy and Magnet programs to serve on our nominations committee this spring. The nominations committee is responsible for recruiting and selecting a slate of officers to serve on the PTA board near year. The committee will present its recommendations to PTA members for a vote at our April meeting. This is a short-term commitment (starting March 24th and ending April 20th), involving 2-3 meetings and assistance reaching out to 6th and 7th grade parents. Please consider joining this important committee to help select our PTA leaders for next year. To volunteer, contact kealingmspta@gmail.com.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Help Needed with New Parent Receptions
This year’s new parent receptions are coming up and we need help welcoming our new Kealing students and their families! We are looking for current 6th grade Hornets who would like to share their experience as a new Kealing student and answer questions about homework, school bus/transportation, clubs and extracurricular activities, etc. 

The new parent receptions will be held during the math placement tests on: 
Saturday, April 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 
Saturday, April 8th, 9:00–11:00 & 1:00–3:00 

If you are interested in helping with this event, please email Letty at lettytarin@gmail.com. If you speak Spanish, please include this in your email.

Hornet Herald - March 5, 2017

posted Mar 5, 2017, 6:47 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 6:59 PM ]

Hello Hornet Families,

We made it through a busy first week of March.

 The 8th grade students who were randomly selected showed up to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  We exceeded the required 90% participation and the students seemed to complete the assessment with little stress or fanfare.  We know that taking another test was not an interest for most students so thanks for your support in our participation in this program.

It's UIL season and our Orchestras fared well, receiving superior ratings last week. Kudos to the students for their dedication. I'm not expert but I can tell that the students are playing pieces that challenge them and they are giving their best.  The judges agreed!

It's no surprise that the coaches of the world's most popular sport come from the World Languages crew.  Ms. Jaworski (German) and Ms. Ewald (French) put in an excellent first year as soccer coaches. The Kealing Girls' Soccer players worked hard all season and ultimately took home the crown, defeating Covington Middle School 2-0 in the zone championships. Check out this video of the winning shot!  If you see any of the team members, congratulate them on their sweat equity!

For those who are wondering, the Kealing Spelling Bee Champion is not finished yet.  Pramuthi J., a 6th grader, participated in the Zone 10 Spelling Bee against almost 50 contestants from across 3 counties and won. She survived the grueling, over 4 hour competition and now moves on to the April 1st Houston Spelling Bee to fight for a spot at Nationals. We'll all be wishing her well in her final preparation leading up to this event.  Good luck Pramuthi!

In the midst of all of the excitement inside and outside of the classrooms, I'm sure some of you heard chants of "5 more days" last Friday. We are all ready for some rest and time with family and friends. Hopefully the nice weather that's in this week's forecast will continue! There will be no after school events or late buses this Friday. We will shut down promptly after the 2:47 bell to kick off Spring Break.  

Have a successful week and I look forward to seeing you all after this much needed hiatus!

Best Regards,
Kenisha Coburn
IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

March 9
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
March 13-17
Spring Break
March 23
PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm (Hazards of Digital Media)
March 28
STAAR Testing - 7th Writing
STAAR Testing - 8th Math
6th Academy Field Trip - Paramount Theater
March 29
STAAR Testing - 8th Reading
6th Magnet Field Trip - Paramount Theater

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Choice Sheets Are Due Back!
Kealing Choice Sheets for rising 7th and 8th grade students are due to their respective counselors, in the program office, by March 8th! Students have already entered their requests electronically, but their paper choice sheets which have gone home for parent signatures, will be the final version of elective requests.

6th Magnet Author Visit
On Wednesday, March 8th, author Linda Sue Park will be speaking to magnet 6th graders about her new fantasy series, Wing & Claw. Students also know her through her historical fiction book, When My Name Was Keoko, which we read in the fall. Current magnet 6th graders have received a BookPeople order form for buying five different Park titles (to be signed by the author). Please feel free to contact Kerensa Williams (our librarian) (kerensa.williams@austinisd.org) or Cindy Stewart (one of our English teachers) (cindy.stewart@austinsid.org ) for information about how to purchase books if you are interested.

Boys Lacrosse Wins - Join the Fun
The Kealing Boys Lacrosse Team won their first game against Westlake Middle School. The team is still forming and would like to see some more players come out. No experience is necessary!. See Ms. Hutchinson in room 208 if you are interested and want more information.

6th Magnet Sound Party
Hello Parents! The 6th Grade Science Magnet Team is planning a Sound Party for March 28th. We want to celebrate all of the hard work students have put into their Sound Projects! Students will present their instruments with a song, dance during a concert with a local band, have recess, and celebrate their great year with their class. We are looking for parents to come and chaperone this event to ensure that we have fun and safe and day. We need: 
  • Parents who can come from 10:50-1pm to monitor during our lunch, concert, recess time 
  • Parent chaperones will need to get an AISD background check and be registered volunteers at Kealing to participate. Click here to register as a school-based volunteer.  Please contact Megan McDonald at megan.mcdonald@austinisd.org if you have questions or would like to participate in this amazing day.
Bike Club
Bike Club resumed on Thurs Feb 23 with an orientation for the new bike club members (required for participation in group rides) and a bike skill clinic. Bike club group rides for those who have completed the orientation will resume on Thur, Mar 22, 2017. See Mr Shoaf (Rm 516) or Mr Hendrex ( Rm 215) for questions and to pick up a release form that must be signed an returned prior to participation in the group rides.

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Get Your Kealing Center Stage Tickets Today
Tickets sales to the Kealing Center Stage fundraiser are well underway -- April 8th at 6:30 PM at Spider House Ballroom. Purchase your ticket to this fun filled event today by going to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Thank you to the following families and businesses for helping to sponsor Kealing Center Stage! MUSICAL ICON Primizie Snacks/ Mark & Lisa Spedale ROCK STAR Alan Singletary and Jane Atwood Scott Douglass & McConnico Yium Family RISING STAR Booth Family Gina Shishima and David Sosa Holdfast Wealth Management Kristin and Mohan Balachandran Strandwitz Family INDIE BAND Dino and Kelly Longi Jon and Heidi Harrod McGuire Family Woodeye Construction & Design As you can see, last week’s support was tremendous! Please keep the sponsorships and donations coming. Email kcsdonations@kealingpta.org.

PTA Presentation - Hazards of Digital Media
On Thursday, March 23rd, the PTA will be hosting an evening presentation and discussion from 6-8pm for Kealing families on the hazards of digital media for middle schoolers, covering sexting, mobile phone addiction, and other issues. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend. Come join us in the cafeteria!

PTA Nominations Committee
The Kealing PTA is looking for volunteers from both the Academy and Magnet programs to serve on our nominations committee this spring. The nominations committee is responsible for recruiting and selecting a slate of officers to serve on the PTA board near year. The committee will present its recommendations to PTA members for a vote at our April meeting. This is a short-term commitment (starting March 24th and ending April 20th), involving 2-3 meetings and assistance reaching out to 6th and 7th grade parents. Please consider joining this important committee to help select our PTA leaders for next year. To volunteer, contact kealingmspta@gmail.com.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadowing - One More Successful Year!
This year's shadowing period is complete. huge thank you to two groups of people. First, parents who have organized or wrangled for shadowing - we cannot thank you enough!!! Second, students who are Ambassadors and helping greet in the morning and with departure in the afternoon - we couldn't do it without you!!!

McCallum Blue Brigade Tryouts
For any 8th graders that will be attending McCallum High School: McCALLUM BLUE BRIGADE TRYOUTS for the 2017-2018 school year! The Blue Brigade is the dance team that represents McCallum as a Spirit organization. We perform at pep rallies, football games, selected basketball and volleyball games, contests and Spring Show. Blue Brigade requires both a time and a financial commitment. We meet at 7:15am every morning for practice as well as 1st period. The financial obligation is different for each member and will be discussed at the Information meeting listed below. If you are interested in trying out for the award winning McCallum Blue Brigade you must attend one of the following meetings with a parent to pick up the information! Wednesday March 1st 6:30pm Portable P10 or Monday March 6th 6:30pm Portable P10 The tryout clinic will be March 20 – 22 (4:45 – 6:30) Tryouts will be March 23 (6:00pm) For more information you can contact Nancy Honeycutt at nancy.honeycutt@austinisd.org

Hornet Herald - February 26, 2017

posted Feb 26, 2017, 8:31 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 8:34 PM ]

IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

February 27
Girls Soccer Playoffs at House Park (6:00 pm)
February 28
NAEP Testing
March 2
PTA Meeting Moved to March 23 
Band Pre-UIL Concert (6:00 pm)
March 3
Spring Fling 
March 9
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
March 13-17
Spring Break
March 23
PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Yearbook Week - Be "In The Moment"
Feb 27 to Mar 3 
Celebrate this year's yearbook theme " In the Moment" by a week of dress up days. Monday- National "No Brainer Day" celebrate dressing as your inner "nerd" 
Tuesday - National "Public Sleeping Day" celebrate by wearing PJ's (dress code appropriate) 
Wednesday. National "World Compliment Day" celebrate by dressing like your teacher Thursday - National "Old Stuff Day" celebrate by dressing as your favorite decade 
Friday- National " I want you to be Happy Day" celebrate by wearing the color yellow

It's Time For Some Tennis!
Are you interested in trying out for the Kealing Tennis Team?  If so, stop by to visit Ms. Morphis in Room 221 to pick up tryout information.  Tryouts are underway this week!

Bike Club
Bike Club resumed on Thurs Feb 23 with an orientation for the new bike club members (required for participation in group rides) and a bike skill clinic. Bike club group rides for those who have completed the orientation will resume on Thur, Mar 22, 2017. See Mr Shoaf (Rm 516) or Mr Hendrex ( Rm 215) for questions and to pick up a release form that must be signed an returned prior to participation in the group rides.

NAEP Testing - February 28, 2017
Kealing Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on 2/28/17. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. 

Your 8th grade student may be selected to take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions. 

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347). The information collected is used for statistical purposes only. Your child’s grades will not be affected. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. 

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available here. Contact Roxane Lopez at 512-414-2444 or at roxane.lopez@austinisd.org if you have any questions.

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.

8th Grade Parents - Mark Your Calendars!
February 28th- National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP)- Random selection of 8th graders. Students will be notified February 1st with a note in class. 
  • May 30th- 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs (All Day) 
  • June 1st - 8th Grade Celebration @ Delco Center (Evening) 
HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE SHEETS/4 YEAR PLANS
Every 8th grader is required, by the district, to complete a choice sheet/four year plan/endorsement selection with their zoned high school. Each school will send counselors who will explain and assist students in completing their choice sheet/four year plan online. The students will also complete a hard copy version which they are required to get signed by a parent/guardian and return to Ms. Lopez, the 8th grade counselor. Please try to ensure that your student is present to meet with their zoned school. Schools who are already scheduled are listed below. If a student is accepted into a specialized program at a high school, like LASA, they will complete the four year plan at a date determined by the program; but they are still encouraged to complete the zoned school’s four year plan. If your school is not scheduled yet, there will be communication sent out when their date is confirmed. 
  • Austin High School February 15th @ 9:00am
  • Reagan High School February 16th @ 9:00am
  • McCallum High School March 8th and 9th
  • Anderson High School March 22nd @ 7:30am
  • Bowie High School- Early April TBD 
  • Eastside, Travis, Crockett, Akins & LBJ- TBD 
HIGH SCHOOL EVENING EXPOS
Anderson – February 1st @ 5:30-7:30pm McCallum- February 28th@ 6:30-9:30pm 

Please visit the Kealing Guidance Website at kmsguidance.weebly.com for continued updates.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Get Your Kealing Center Stage Tickets Today
Kealing Center Stage, the annual major school fundraiser, will be held the evening of April 8th at Spiderhouse Ballroom. It is an evening of food, live music, and silent and live auctions benefiting Kealing Middle School. Event tickets go on sale TODAY. 

To purchase your tickets go to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Hope to see you there! Kealing Center Stage is still in need of sponsorships and auction item donations to make this event a success. You may sponsor or donate by emailing kcsdonations@kealingpta.org

A HUGE thank you our current generous sponsors! It's not too late to add your name to the list! 

INDIE BAND 
Crawford Family 
Dulaney Family 
Gershon Family 
Henderson Family 
Williams Family 

RISING STAR 
Bircher Family 
Heather Way and Bill Christian 
Kelsey, Scott and Avery Evans 

ROCK STAR 
Becky and Phil Svahn 
Lynn Boswell & Burton Baldridge 
Stay N Play Pet Ranch

PTA Presentation - Hazards of Digital Media
On March 23rd, the PTA will be hosting an evening presentation from 6-8pm for Kealing families on the hazards of digital media for middle schoolers. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend. Note: The PTA will not be meeting this Thursday morning.

PTA Nominations Committee
The Kealing PTA is looking for volunteers from both the Academy and Magnet programs to serve on our nominations committee this spring. The nominations committee is responsible for recruiting and selecting a slate of officers to serve on the PTA board near year. The committee will present its recommendations to PTA members for a vote at our April meeting. This is a short-term commitment (starting March 24th and ending April 20th), involving 2-3 meetings and assistance reaching out to 6th and 7th grade parents. Please consider joining this important committee to help select our PTA leaders for next year.

Spirit Wear Sales
Spirit Wear Sales! PTA will be selling spirit wear to students on Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3, in the cafeteria during all lunches. PTA will accept cash or check. 

You can check out the new styles and also order and pay online at www.kealingpta.org/store

Zip Hoodies $25 
T-shirts $15 
Baseball shirts $20 
Kealing stickers/magnets $3

March for Education
Grab your sneakers and join your friends for a walk from Kealing Middle School to Rally Day at the Capitol. Pass the word – EVERYONE from any AISD school community is invited to walk with us! We’re planning a fun event with others who care about public education in Texas. An early group will arrive in time to participate in all of the day’s events. A second group will get there in time for the main event: the Texas PTA Rally on the Capitol Steps. Before the walks, you will have a chance to learn more about the issues and make signs for the rally. We will have materials, so bring your creativity!
WHERE DO WE START? Kealing Middle School is at 1607 Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s 1.2 miles by foot from the Texas Capitol. You can park for free on streets throughout the neighborhood surrounding Kealing. Both groups will gather behind the school, which backs up to Rosewood Avenue between Salina and Angelina Streets. GROUP 1 LEAVE EARLY TO JOIN THE TEXAS PTA CAUCUS 7:30-8:30 Meet on the Kealing grounds behind the school building for coffee, information and sign-making. 8:30-9:00 Walk together from Kealing to the Capitol. 9:00-11:00 Join the Texas PTA Caucus to learn about issues that could affect Texas schools, and to find out how we can make a difference. After the caucus, walk to South Steps of Capitol together for the Texas PTA Rally. GROUP 2 SKIP THE CAUCUS & JOIN THE RALLY ON THE CAPITOL STEPS 10:00-10:45 Meet on the Kealing grounds behind the school building for information and sign-making. 10:45-11:15 Walk together from Kealing to the Capitol. 11:30-12:00 Rally on the South Steps of the Capitol. Rally Day draws people from across the state to show the Legislature how much support there is for public schools in Texas. The Legislature’s decisions have a major impact on school funding, high-stakes testing and more. The Texas PTA’s legislative priorities focus on strengthening public schools, ensuring meaningful assessment and accountability, supporting student success and increasing health and safety. Events include a caucus where you can gather information, a rally on the Capitol steps and a chance to visit legislators and their staff in the afternoon from 1:00-5:00. You can come for one event or stay for all. We hope to see you there! QUESTIONS? E-mail us at kealingpta@gmail.com

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadow Wranglers Needed Shadowing starts next week and we still need a few more volunteers. Please consider helping out if you can. Slots are about 45 minutes long and your help is greatly needed. Thank you to those who have already signed up. In case you haven't, here's the information again.. From 1/30/17 - 2/28/17 prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45 and afternoons from 2:15 - 3:00 to help greet, check in and check out shadowing students. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job. 
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
  4. You will get an email at the beginning of the week you signed up for with details about your duties. SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. 
If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox at amyo69@hotmail.com. Please note that Amy Cox is in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing. If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office. Thank you!

Attention Future McCallum Volleyball Players!
On Wednesday March 1st McCallum will be having a volleyball booster club meeting 6pm in the Library. This meeting will give the girls information about the summer camp as well as tryout information. If you are planning on attending McCallum High School please plan to attend.

McCallum Blue Brigade Tryouts
For any 8th graders that will be attending McCallum High School: McCALLUM BLUE BRIGADE TRYOUTS for the 2017-2018 school year! The Blue Brigade is the dance team that represents McCallum as a Spirit organization. We perform at pep rallies, football games, selected basketball and volleyball games, contests and Spring Show. Blue Brigade requires both a time and a financial commitment. We meet at 7:15am every morning for practice as well as 1st period. The financial obligation is different for each member and will be discussed at the Information meeting listed below. If you are interested in trying out for the award winning McCallum Blue Brigade you must attend one of the following meetings with a parent to pick up the information! Wednesday March 1st 6:30pm Portable P10 or Monday March 6th 6:30pm Portable P10 The tryout clinic will be March 20 – 22 (4:45 – 6:30) Tryouts will be March 23 (6:00pm) For more information you can contact Nancy Honeycutt at nancy.honeycutt@austinisd.org


Hornet Herald - February 20, 2017

posted Feb 20, 2017, 5:30 PM by KMS Hornets

IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

February 21
AVID High School Family Night (5:30 pm)
February 22
Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert (6:00 pm)
Boys B Basketball vs. Covington (7th Home)
February 28
NAEP Testing
March 2
PTA Meeting
Band Pre-UIL Concert (6:00 pm)
March 3
Spring Fling 
March 9
Guitar Concert (5:30 pm)
March 13-17
Spring Break

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
NAEP Testing - February 28, 2017
Kealing Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on 2/28/17. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. 

Your 8th grade student may be selected to take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions. 

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347). The information collected is used for statistical purposes only. Your child’s grades will not be affected. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. 

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available here. Contact Roxane Lopez at 512-414-2444 or at roxane.lopez@austinisd.org if you have any questions.

No Mathcounts This Week
Since Ms. Strickland is out of town, there is no Mathcounts club this week. You can pick up one of the practice packets posted outside her door if you would like to keep working on your skills, and we'll resume our weekly meetings next Tuesday, February 28th.

Choice Sheets Are Coming!
Check out the elective videos and new course book on the website. Selection time is almost here!

Coding Workshop
CODING WORKSHOP 
2/16 or 2/21 
2.45 - 4.15pm Room 235 
Kealing Middle School is partnering with CodeWizardsHQ to offer a coding workshop to interested students. During this 90-minute session, students learn to code in HTML/CSS and use it to build a fun web comic. No prior coding experience is needed. Limited seats - registration is limited to only 24 students per session and on a first come basis. To find out more details and to register, go to - http://www.codewizardshq.com/codingworkshop/

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.

Staffing Change
Mr. Williams will be on leave for the remainder of the school year.  John Hutka is an experienced assistant principal and will be joining us in Mr. Williams' absence.  Mr. Hutka's information will be posted online after his Tuesday start. You may contact him with questions and concerns regarding 8th grade students.

8th Grade Parents - Mark Your Calendars!
February 28th- National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP)- Random selection of 8th graders. Students will be notified February 1st with a note in class. 
  • May 30th- 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs (All Day) 
  • June 1st - 8th Grade Celebration @ Delco Center (Evening) 
HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE SHEETS/4 YEAR PLANS
Every 8th grader is required, by the district, to complete a choice sheet/four year plan/endorsement selection with their zoned high school. Each school will send counselors who will explain and assist students in completing their choice sheet/four year plan online. The students will also complete a hard copy version which they are required to get signed by a parent/guardian and return to Ms. Lopez, the 8th grade counselor. Please try to ensure that your student is present to meet with their zoned school. Schools who are already scheduled are listed below. If a student is accepted into a specialized program at a high school, like LASA, they will complete the four year plan at a date determined by the program; but they are still encouraged to complete the zoned school’s four year plan. If your school is not scheduled yet, there will be communication sent out when their date is confirmed. 
  • Austin High School February 15th @ 9:00am
  • Reagan High School February 16th @ 9:00am
  • McCallum High School March 8th and 9th
  • Anderson High School March 22nd @ 7:30am
  • Bowie High School- Early April TBD 
  • Eastside, Travis, Crockett, Akins & LBJ- TBD 
HIGH SCHOOL EVENING EXPOS
Anderson – February 1st @ 5:30-7:30pm McCallum- February 28th@ 6:30-9:30pm 

Please visit the Kealing Guidance Website at kmsguidance.weebly.com for continued updates.

Gifted and Talented Nomination
The window for GT parent and teacher nominations is now open. AISD screens students for the GT program using a multi-criteria approach to selection. GT identification is based upon data collected from academic tests, parent and teacher observation surveys, student surveys, and student portfolio work samples. If you would like to nominate your child for GT screening, please complete the parent nomination form and return it to the Program Office by February 10. Nomination forms can be found outside the Main Office. For digital nomination forms or additional information, please contact Lyra Swinney via email at lyra.swinney@austinisd.org or by phone at (512) 841-7746.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Center Stage
Kealing Center Stage Needs You! 

Kealing Center Stage is looking for sponsors to help make this event a great success! Kealing Center Stage is the major annual fundraising event to support Kealing Middle School and its teachers – and a fun filled night of food, live music, and silent and live auctions. This year’s event will take place at Spiderhouse Ballroom on April 8th from 6:30-10 PM. 

3 Reasons to become a sponsor of Kealing Center Stage TODAY: 
  1. Supporting the best education possible for your child. • The funds raised are used to provide technology, tutoring, teaching training, and other resources that improve the educational opportunities for our students. 
  2. Positive promotion for your business • All our sponsors are recognized at the event. You may sponsor as an individual or family or as a business. Businesses get special recognition. To learn more go to http://www.kealingpta.org/business-supporter 
  3. Early tickets to Kealing Center Stage • Sponsors have early access to tickets. Sponsorship starts at $100, which includes 2 tickets to the event. Regular tickets go on sale Feb 27th. Become a sponsor today! To sign up or learn more, go to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs
Sincerely, 
Your Kealing Center Stage Team

March for Education
Austin Council of PTAs advocates for bills that help YOUR CHILD access better programs and help YOUR SCHOOL attract high quality teachers. The more the merrier, so join us: 
  1. Rally Day: Texas PTA Rally Day is Feb. 27 from 9-12, where we will show the legislature we want the state to pick up its fair share on education funding! RSVP for Rally Day on Facebook here  or off Facebook here. . More info on Rally Day here: . Our goal is 100 attendees from Austin!! (So far we have 66.) Please invite your friends!
  2. Text Action Alerts: Sign up for Make it Matter Mondays, our new 2-minute action alerts sent straight to your phone. Text @acpt to 81010. You will get legislators' phone numbers and scripts to advocate for specific bills as they are voted on by the state legislature. 
  3. Deep Dive: One of the biggest issues is that the state has reduced its share of paying for public education, and increased its reliance on local property taxes. This puts an undue burden on homeowners and school districts. Last year, the state funded only 43% of public education in Texas; this year it will be only 40%, and next year it is projected to drop to 37%. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 27 by Rep. Donna Howard would require the state to pay at least 50 percent of public education. This means more of your property tax dollars could stay in Austin ISD! Learn more here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx .
Spirit Wear Sales
Spirit Wear Sales! PTA will be selling spirit wear to students on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, in the cafeteria during all lunches. PTA will accept cash or check. You can check out the new styles and also order and pay online at www.kealingpta.org/store

Zip Hoodies $25 
T-shirts $15 
Baseball shirts $20 
Kealing stickers/magnets $3

Kealing Center Stage
Mark your calendars for the evening of April 8th for Kealing Center Stage, the Kealing PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Kealing Center Stage is a fun-packed evening for parents, teachers, and staff, with food, live music, a silent auction, and more. Planning is under way now for this big event, and tickets will go on sale in February. This event depends on the generous support of parents, local businesses, and friends of the school. There are several ways you can help support this important event today: 
  1. Volunteer. Help is needed in all sorts of areas to make this event successful, from ticket sales, to soliciting silent auction items, party planning, and more. For more information, contact centerstage@kealingpta.org
  2. Become a financial sponsor. Sign up today to become a financial sponsor of Kealing Center Stage and the PTA. All levels of sponsors welcome. For a list of sponsorship benefits and to donate, go to www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Know a business that might want to sponsor Kealing Center Stage? Contact kcsdonations@kealingpta.org
  3. Donate items for the live or silent auction. Popular auction items include restaurant gift cards, house concerts, dinner parties, vacation homes, tickets to sports and music events, and more. To donate, go to www.keapingpta.org/kcs. Do you have connections to any local businesses that might like to donate? Contact the PTA auction team at kcsdonations@kealingpta.org.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadow Wranglers Needed Shadowing starts next week and we still need a few more volunteers. Please consider helping out if you can. Slots are about 45 minutes long and your help is greatly needed. Thank you to those who have already signed up. In case you haven't, here's the information again.. From 1/30/17 - 2/28/17 prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45 and afternoons from 2:15 - 3:00 to help greet, check in and check out shadowing students. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job. 
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
  4. You will get an email at the beginning of the week you signed up for with details about your duties. SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. 
If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox at amyo69@hotmail.com. Please note that Amy Cox is in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing. If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office. Thank you!

Hornet Herald - February 12, 2017

posted Feb 12, 2017, 7:05 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 7:21 PM ]

Hello Hornet Families,

For the first time in over 20 years, an Austin ISD Orchestra was named Honor Orchestra by the Texas Music Educators Association.  The big performance was on Friday, February 10 in the Lila Cockrell Theater in the San Antonio Convention Center and the Kealing Symphony Orchestra left it all on stage.  The show was stellar and moved the large audience to deliver a long and boisterous standing ovation.  Congratulations to Mr. Jarrott, Ms. Berecek, and all of the students in the Symphony Orchestra.

I'm not sure what happened to the last few months but they seem to have disappeared and we are already planning for next year.  Next up.......choice sheets!  Kealing 6th and 7th grade students will be completing choice sheets at the end of the month.  To learn more about the elective offerings, students will be watching videos from each department during Advisory.  The videos are located on the website along with the new course bookParent, you're welcome to watch the videos too; they'll make you wish you were a student at Kealing.  Counselors will be meeting with all 6th and 7th grade students to help students complete choice sheets. I encourage all students to spend some time reviewing the videos and course book again to develop ideas before it's time to submit course selections.  I encourage families to have conversations about course selections while ultimately letting the students choose. This is their time to explore and possibly develop new interests. We'll make sure that their ready for high school regardless of their elective choices!

Also, this Saturday we are inviting families who live in the Kealing attendance zone to Explore Kealing!.  This is an opportunity to visit core teachers and electives while also participating in question and answer sessions about the Academy Program. If Kealing is your home school, encourage your neighbors to stop by. 

Regards,

Kenisha Coburn
Principal
IN THIS EDITION
UPCOMING EVENTS

Check the website calendar for the most up to date information.

February 16
Boys Basketball vs. Mendez
Girls Soccer vs. Mendez
February 17
Valentine's Dance Sponsored by Cheer 
(6:00-8:00 pm)
Tickets $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door
February 18
Explore Kealing! (10:00 am - noon)
February 20
Staff Development - No School For Students
February 22
Boys B Team Basketball vs. Covington (7th Home)

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
GasPedal 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Mueller 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
CAMPUS NEWS
Choice Sheets Are Coming!
Check out the elective videos and new course book on the website. Selection time is almost here!

Coding Workshop
CODING WORKSHOP 
2/16 or 2/21 
2.45 - 4.15pm Room 235 
Kealing Middle School is partnering with CodeWizardsHQ to offer a coding workshop to interested students. During this 90-minute session, students learn to code in HTML/CSS and use it to build a fun web comic. No prior coding experience is needed. Limited seats - registration is limited to only 24 students per session and on a first come basis. To find out more details and to register, go to - http://www.codewizardshq.com/codingworkshop/

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.

Staffing Change
Mr. Williams will be on leave for the remainder of the school year.  John Hutka is an experienced assistant principal and will be joining us in Mr. Williams' absence.  Mr. Hutka's information will be posted online after his Tuesday start. You may contact him with questions and concerns regarding 8th grade students.

8th Grade Parents - Mark Your Calendars!
February 28th- National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP)- Random selection of 8th graders. Students will be notified February 1st with a note in class. 
  • May 30th- 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs (All Day) 
  • June 1st - 8th Grade Celebration @ Delco Center (Evening) 
HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE SHEETS/4 YEAR PLANS
Every 8th grader is required, by the district, to complete a choice sheet/four year plan/endorsement selection with their zoned high school. Each school will send counselors who will explain and assist students in completing their choice sheet/four year plan online. The students will also complete a hard copy version which they are required to get signed by a parent/guardian and return to Ms. Lopez, the 8th grade counselor. Please try to ensure that your student is present to meet with their zoned school. Schools who are already scheduled are listed below. If a student is accepted into a specialized program at a high school, like LASA, they will complete the four year plan at a date determined by the program; but they are still encouraged to complete the zoned school’s four year plan. If your school is not scheduled yet, there will be communication sent out when their date is confirmed. 
  • Austin High School February 15th @ 9:00am
  • Reagan High School February 16th @ 9:00am
  • McCallum High School March 8th and 9th
  • Anderson High School March 22nd @ 7:30am
  • Bowie High School- Early April TBD 
  • Eastside, Travis, Crockett, Akins & LBJ- TBD 
HIGH SCHOOL EVENING EXPOS
Anderson – February 1st @ 5:30-7:30pm McCallum- February 28th@ 6:30-9:30pm 

Please visit the Kealing Guidance Website at kmsguidance.weebly.com for continued updates.

Gifted and Talented Nomination
The window for GT parent and teacher nominations is now open. AISD screens students for the GT program using a multi-criteria approach to selection. GT identification is based upon data collected from academic tests, parent and teacher observation surveys, student surveys, and student portfolio work samples. If you would like to nominate your child for GT screening, please complete the parent nomination form and return it to the Program Office by February 10. Nomination forms can be found outside the Main Office. For digital nomination forms or additional information, please contact Lyra Swinney via email at lyra.swinney@austinisd.org or by phone at (512) 841-7746.


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Center Stage
Kealing Center Stage Needs You! 

Kealing Center Stage is looking for sponsors to help make this event a great success! Kealing Center Stage is the major annual fundraising event to support Kealing Middle School and its teachers – and a fun filled night of food, live music, and silent and live auctions. This year’s event will take place at Spiderhouse Ballroom on April 8th from 6:30-10 PM. 

3 Reasons to become a sponsor of Kealing Center Stage TODAY: 
  1. Supporting the best education possible for your child. • The funds raised are used to provide technology, tutoring, teaching training, and other resources that improve the educational opportunities for our students. 
  2. Positive promotion for your business • All our sponsors are recognized at the event. You may sponsor as an individual or family or as a business. Businesses get special recognition. To learn more go to http://www.kealingpta.org/business-supporter 
  3. Early tickets to Kealing Center Stage • Sponsors have early access to tickets. Sponsorship starts at $100, which includes 2 tickets to the event. Regular tickets go on sale Feb 27th. Become a sponsor today! To sign up or learn more, go to http://www.kealingpta.org/kcs
Sincerely, 
Your Kealing Center Stage Team

March for Education
Austin Council of PTAs advocates for bills that help YOUR CHILD access better programs and help YOUR SCHOOL attract high quality teachers. The more the merrier, so join us: 
  1. Rally Day: Texas PTA Rally Day is Feb. 27 from 9-12, where we will show the legislature we want the state to pick up its fair share on education funding! RSVP for Rally Day on Facebook here  or off Facebook here. . More info on Rally Day here: . Our goal is 100 attendees from Austin!! (So far we have 66.) Please invite your friends!
  2. Text Action Alerts: Sign up for Make it Matter Mondays, our new 2-minute action alerts sent straight to your phone. Text @acpt to 81010. You will get legislators' phone numbers and scripts to advocate for specific bills as they are voted on by the state legislature. 
  3. Deep Dive: One of the biggest issues is that the state has reduced its share of paying for public education, and increased its reliance on local property taxes. This puts an undue burden on homeowners and school districts. Last year, the state funded only 43% of public education in Texas; this year it will be only 40%, and next year it is projected to drop to 37%. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 27 by Rep. Donna Howard would require the state to pay at least 50 percent of public education. This means more of your property tax dollars could stay in Austin ISD! Learn more here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx .
Spirit Wear Sales
Spirit Wear Sales! PTA will be selling spirit wear to students on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, in the cafeteria during all lunches. PTA will accept cash or check. You can check out the new styles and also order and pay online at www.kealingpta.org/store

Zip Hoodies $25 
T-shirts $15 
Baseball shirts $20 
Kealing stickers/magnets $3

Kealing Center Stage
Mark your calendars for the evening of April 8th for Kealing Center Stage, the Kealing PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Kealing Center Stage is a fun-packed evening for parents, teachers, and staff, with food, live music, a silent auction, and more. Planning is under way now for this big event, and tickets will go on sale in February. This event depends on the generous support of parents, local businesses, and friends of the school. There are several ways you can help support this important event today: 
  1. Volunteer. Help is needed in all sorts of areas to make this event successful, from ticket sales, to soliciting silent auction items, party planning, and more. For more information, contact centerstage@kealingpta.org
  2. Become a financial sponsor. Sign up today to become a financial sponsor of Kealing Center Stage and the PTA. All levels of sponsors welcome. For a list of sponsorship benefits and to donate, go to www.kealingpta.org/kcs. Know a business that might want to sponsor Kealing Center Stage? Contact kcsdonations@kealingpta.org
  3. Donate items for the live or silent auction. Popular auction items include restaurant gift cards, house concerts, dinner parties, vacation homes, tickets to sports and music events, and more. To donate, go to www.keapingpta.org/kcs. Do you have connections to any local businesses that might like to donate? Contact the PTA auction team at kcsdonations@kealingpta.org.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadow Wranglers Needed Shadowing starts next week and we still need a few more volunteers. Please consider helping out if you can. Slots are about 45 minutes long and your help is greatly needed. Thank you to those who have already signed up. In case you haven't, here's the information again.. From 1/30/17 - 2/28/17 prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45 and afternoons from 2:15 - 3:00 to help greet, check in and check out shadowing students. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job. 
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
  4. You will get an email at the beginning of the week you signed up for with details about your duties. SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. 
If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox at amyo69@hotmail.com. Please note that Amy Cox is in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing. If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office. Thank you!

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