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Hornet Herald - February 20, 2018

posted Feb 20, 2018, 7:00 AM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/12-23: NJHS Canned Food Drive
  • 2/21: Boys BB, 7B, 6p
  • 2/22: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/22: STEM Club Meeting, 3p
  • 2/22: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 2/22: Bike Club, 3p
  • 2/23: Read to Succeed Logs Due
  • 2/24:  Girls' Soccer
  • 3/1: PTA Meeting
KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
THANK YOU
TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS  2017-18

Honor Roll
$500-999

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

Scholar
$250
-499
The Tile Guy
Human Financial

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
HORNET HIGHLIGHT
CONGRATS
2018 
KEALING
TEACHER 
OF 
PROMISE

Name:Rhiannon Chambers
What college did you attend?University of Texas at Austin
What was your favorite course in college?
My favorite course in college was the geology of gems and minerals. We got to make our own cabochons and facet our own gemstones! 
I teach because............I teach because it's fun! Each day is different, and I genuinely enjoy every moment of it. I'm honored to teach the content I really care about to all of my amazing students. Seriously, each and every one of them are awesome, and they surprise me every day in the best ways!
How many years have you been at Kealing?This year is my first full-time year at Kealing. However, I was a student teacher here last year with Mrs. Tasneem!
What courses do you teach at Kealing?I teach 7th grade life science, geology, and Science Olympiads.
What do you do for fun outside of work?Outside of work, I love hiking, camping, and exploring the hill country with my friends and their doggos. I also like to garden, and take care of all my plants and animals. I still make cabochons, and wire wrap them for jewelry. My friends and I also hit up the Blue Hanger and other thrift stores for amazing (and sometimes ridiculous) finds.
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.During my last two years of college, I was taking classes full time (15 hrs/week), working at my internship at Crockett HS (15 hrs/week), working as a makeup artist (20 hrs/week), and dog sitting (10ish hrs/week). Every day of the week was a 12-16 hour work day before I was home again, and that doesn't even include time to study or do homework for my classes! That being said, I learned how to manage my time better than ever before, and how to find purpose in every moment of my day. I could sit around and think about all the things I had to do, or I could just do them. Never skip the hustle!

CAMPUS NEWS
Congratulations to Super Speller Pranathi
Forty-seven spellers have qualified for participation in the West Austin Chamber of Commerce Spelling Bee on March 25, 2018 at ZACH Theater in Austin and one of them is our very own Pranathi Jammula.  Please congratulate her advancing to this elite round of spellers and wish her luck in the next round of competition.

Ultimate Frisbee Events! Interested in Ultimate Frisbee? 
There are MANY upcoming opportunities for kids to play in Austin, including an all-comers "hat" tournament on February 17th, girls-only clinic on February 18th, Kealing Travel Team try-outs on March 20th and 22nd, Kealing Intramurals beginning March 29th, and the Texas Ultimate Summer Camp June 18th-22nd. For more information about ANY OF THESE EVENTS, contact Coach Kepner or click here for more info. 

Bike Club for Spring
Students who would like to participate in the spring season of bike club: there is a mandatory bike club orientation meeting at 3pm after school on Thursday, Feb 22 in room 215. 

Even if you rode with bike club last semester, come for a refresher! 

Questions? Contact Mr. Shoaf!

Girls Lacrosse Starts Monday, February 12th 
The first Girls' Lacrosse practice will be on Monday, February 12th from 3-4:50 at the Kealing field. We will continue practicing Mondays and Wednesdays at this time throughout the rest of the season. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no experience is needed! Players should arrive to practice in athletic clothing appropriate for the weather, tennis shoes or cleats, and bring a full water bottle. If we encounter bad weather, then we will meet in Ms. Morledge's room (218) for practice. If you have questions about Lacrosse or want more information you can email Kelly Morledge or check out the Lacrosse website

Kealing Tennis Team
If you are interested in trying out for the Kealing Tennis Team make sure to attend the information meeting. 

When: Wednesday, February 28th after school 
Where: Room 233

Tryouts will take place the first week in March. Please contact Ms. Penny if you have any questions.

Kealing Canned Food Drive 
From February 12-23 the 7th grade NJHS is hosting a canned food drive. All donations are welcome and will go to the Central Texas Food Bank. Please make sure the cans have no dents, are not expired, and are non-perishable. All items go to Mrs. Morgan, at room 515. Thanks!

6th Grade After School STEM Club - THIS WEEK
ATTENTION ALL 6TH GRADERS
If you are curious, interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or simply want to get together after school with friends and do "Cool Science" stuff, please consider joining the After School STEM Club. Registration packets are available with any of the 6th Grade Science and Math teachers and Mr. Natenberg. Please join Mrs. McDonald for the 1st Club meeting on Thursday, February 22 in Room 417.

Six Flags Read to Succeed - DUE FRIDAY
6th graders have been invited to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. After logging 360 minutes of reading that are signed off by a parent or teacher, they will be eligible for a free ticket to Six Flags San Antonio (valid during summer 2018). Reading logs must be turned in by February 23rd to a 6th grade ELA teacher or to the library. Please direct any questions to Ms. Williams in the library, where students can also find new reading logs if needed.

Both A & B girls soccer teams remain undefeated!
Both girls' soccer teams have a 3-0 record this season. Come support them every Saturday (9:00 AM for A-team games and 10:30 AM for B-team games). 

Here are the remaining games for the season:  
  • 2/17:  A-team v Martin & B-team v Covington @ McCallum HS
  • 2/24: Round one of zone tournament and final B team game (TBA)
  • 2/26:  Round two of zone tournament (TBA)
  • 3/1:  Final games of zone tournament (TBA)
AISD Parent Survey
Reminder to fill out those AISD Parent surveys ASAP online here. Should you need or prefer a paper copy, contact Mrs. Dee Gonzales and request one sent home or pick one up in the main office. Return all paper copies to Mrs. Gonzales in the envelope provided or mail it in the postage paid envelope.

Parents with students in multiple schools will need to fill one out for each school.

We have 1204 students and currently we are at 69 completed surveys. Let’s do our best in getting more done.

Thank you for your participation!
Mrs. Dee Gonzales
Kealing Parent Support Specialist

Attention: Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services

During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final report was provided to TEA on January 10, 2018. 

The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans.

ESC Region 13 is assisting TEA in providing notice to interested parents of meeting opportunity(s) and registration directions. Each one hour meeting will be structured to solicit targeted feedback from participants regarding TEA’s initial draft plan. These meetings are closed to media and the general public to protect the privacy of students and families.

Interested participants may only register/attend one identified focus group session. Click here for more information.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 
Just a few spots needed! 
From now until 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.

Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library - BLEND presentation
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library
Thank you to everyone who helped bake and deliver goodies for our Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart! We were greeted with smiles (and even some happy dances) all over school! 

Hornet Herald - February 11, 2018

posted Feb 11, 2018, 9:23 PM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/12-23: NJHS Canned Food Drive
  • 2/12: PTA Coffee Cart
  • 2/12: Girls' Lacrosse starts
  • 2/12-16: PTA Secret Pals
  • 2/13: Parent Mtg 5:30p
  • 2/15: KMAG Mtg, 7:30a "Foreign Languages"
  • 2/15-2/18: Homework Hiatus
  • 2/16: Valentine's Day Dance 6-8p
  • 2/15 Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 2/15: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 2/15: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 2/15: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/17:  Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 2/17: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 2/19: No School for Students
  • 2/22: STEM Club Meeting, 3p
  • 2/23: Read to Succeed Logs Due
  • 3/1: PTA Meeting
KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
THANK YOU
TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS  2017-18

Honor Roll
$500-999

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

Scholar
$250
-499
The Tile Guy
Human Financial

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
HORNET HIGHLIGHT
 Congrats
2018 Kealing Middle School
Teacher of the Year!

 
Ms. Jones was selected by her colleagues for her work as a teacher and leader. We're glad to have her as a part of the Kealing Family!
Name:Shannon Jones
What college did you attend?University of Texas at Austin
Texas State University
I teach because............I believe my greatest accomplishment as a teacher comes at the end of every school year when students thank me for bringing history to life for them, when colleagues show their excitement for something new we tried together, or when I hear from former students about how the debates, discussions, and themes of our 8th grade history curriculum still resonate with them. 
How many years have you been at Kealing?17 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing?United States History (8th Grade) and Generation Citizen

CAMPUS NEWS
Girls Lacrosse Starts Monday, February 12th 
The first Girls' Lacrosse practice will be on Monday, February 12th from 3-4:50 at the Kealing field. We will continue practicing Mondays and Wednesdays at this time throughout the rest of the season. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no experience is needed! Players should arrive to practice in athletic clothing appropriate for the weather, tennis shoes or cleats, and bring a full water bottle. If we encounter bad weather, then we will meet in Ms. Morledge's room (218) for practice. If you have questions about Lacrosse or want more information you can email Kelly Morledge or check out the Lacrosse website

Kealing Tennis Team
If you are interested in trying out for the Kealing Tennis Team make sure to attend the information meeting. 

When: Wednesday, February 28th after school 
Where: Room 233

Tryouts will take place the first week in March. Please contact Ms. Penny if you have any questions.

Parent Information Meeting 
Parents, are you interested in learning more about Transitioning Tips, Opportunities for Academic and College Readiness STAAR Testing Dates, and Healthy Relationships? Please join the Young Scientists Program who is hosting an information meeting and a presentation by Breakthrough, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in the Kealing Library: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. For more information please contact Dee Gonzales at 512-414-6700 or Jo Garcia 512-841-1144.

Kealing Canned Food Drive 
From February 12-23 the 7th grade NJHS is hosting a canned food drive. All donations are welcome and will go to the Central Texas Food Bank. Please make sure the cans have no dents, are not expired, and are non-perishable. All items go to Mrs. Morgan, at room 515. Thanks!

AISD Parent Survey
Reminder to fill out those AISD Parent surveys ASAP online here. Should you need or prefer a paper copy, contact Mrs. Dee Gonzales and request one sent home or pick one up in the main office. Return all paper copies to Mrs. Gonzales in the envelope provided or mail it in the postage paid envelope.

Parents with students in multiple schools will need to fill one out for each school.

We have 1204 students and currently we are at 69 completed surveys. Let’s do our best in getting more done.

Thank you for your participation!
Mrs. Dee Gonzales
Kealing Parent Support Specialist

6th Grade After School STEM Club
ATTENTION ALL 6TH GRADERS
If you are curious, interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or simply want to get together after school with friends and do "Cool Science" stuff, please consider joining the After School STEM Club. Registration packets are available with any of the 6th Grade Science and Math teachers and Mr. Natenberg. Please join Mrs. McDonald for the 1st Club meeting on Thursday, February 22 in Room 417.

Six Flags Read to Succeed
6th graders have been invited to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. After logging 360 minutes of reading that are signed off by a parent or teacher, they will be eligible for a free ticket to Six Flags San Antonio (valid during summer 2018). Reading logs must be turned in by February 23rd to a 6th grade ELA teacher or to the library. Please direct any questions to Ms. Williams in the library, where students can also find new reading logs if needed.

Attention: Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services

During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final report was provided to TEA on January 10, 2018. 

The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans.

ESC Region 13 is assisting TEA in providing notice to interested parents of meeting opportunity(s) and registration directions. Each one hour meeting will be structured to solicit targeted feedback from participants regarding TEA’s initial draft plan. These meetings are closed to media and the general public to protect the privacy of students and families.

Interested participants may only register/attend one identified focus group session. Click here for more information.


Both A & B girls soccer teams remain undefeated!
Both girls' soccer teams have a 3-0 record this season. Come support them every Saturday (9:00 AM for A-team games and 10:30 AM for B-team games). 

Here are the remaining games for the season:  
  • 2/17:  A-team v Martin & B-team v Covington @ McCallum HS
  • 2/24: Round one of zone tournament and final B team game (TBA)
  • 2/26:  Round two of zone tournament (TBA)
  • 3/1:  Final games of zone tournament (TBA)
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG: Meeting and Volunteer Opportunity
Our next KMAG meeting is Thursday February 15. It will take place at 7:30am in the Kealing library. Ms. Ewald will be discussing foreign language options, and Ms. Carter will give an update on admissions.
Also, KMAG is looking for a volunteer to video the last 4 meetings of the year. We will be purchasing a video camera and tripod, so we just need a person behind the camera! If you are interested, please contact Mary-Alis Kelly. Thank you so much.

Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 
From now until 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.

Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library - BLEND presentation
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

Calling our Coffee Cart Crew!! It’s not too late to sign-up to bake or help with our coffee cart on February 12th! Please sign-up here!

If you have volunteered to bake for the Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart, please have your goodies delivered to the programs office or Dee Gonzales’ room (112A).   We’d love to have the baked goods delivered by Monday at 7:30am.  Thank you!  

Kealing Secret Pals
February Secret Pals is right around the corner - Feb 12-16th. 
Delivery Info: Pals (can be you or your child) please bring your special items to Programs office for your teacher with last name starting with A-M on the Monday and Tuesday then N-Z on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week of Feb 12th.  Clearly label teachers name on your item.
Click here for a full list of all their favorites! 

Note: Coffee Cart is that same week.  If you are interested in bringing homemade breakfast muffins or volunteering day of please email: 
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have at programs@kealingpta.org.

Hornet Herald - February 4, 2018

posted Feb 4, 2018, 9:09 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 4, 2018, 9:17 AM ]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/5-2/9: Counselor Appreciation Week
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p
  • 2/8: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 2/8 Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 2/8: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 2/8: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 2/8: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/10:  Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 2/10: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 2/12: PTA Coffee Cart
  • 2/12-16: PTA Secret Pals
  • 2/15: KMAG Mtg, 7:30a "Foreign Languages"
  • 2/22: STEM Club Meeting, 3p
  • 2/23: Read to Succeed Logs Due
  • 3/1: PTA Meeting
KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
THANK YOU
TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS  2017-18

Honor Roll
$500-999

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

Scholar
$250
-499
The Tile Guy
Human Financial

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
HORNET HIGHLIGHT
  
Name:David Hinojosa
What college did you attend?University of Texas at Austin
What was your favorite course in college?Instrumental Conducting. I had an amazing professor who challenged us to look beyond the music and decide what a piece of music really meant to us.
I teach because............I had an amazing band director (Mr. B) who pushed us to be the best we could be and realize our potential. His ability to draw the best out of his students through the power of music pushed me to want to do that with students of my own. 
How many years have you been at Kealing?6 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing?Wind Ensemble, Beginning Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium, Jazz Ensemble
What do you do for fun outside of work?I play bass guitar in my rock band Legendary Skies. I also find time to play tuba in some of Austin's community bands. When I am not music making, I like to go on runs, do some weightlifting, and play basketball.
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.Stepping up to inherit the Kealing Band program. This band program has known years of success and has a long history of excellence and amazingly high standards. Being the Director of Bands and leading a team of amazing teachers to continue this success has had its challenges but its been totally worth it. When you love what you do, work hardly feels like work.

CAMPUS NEWS
6th Grade After School STEM Club
ATTENTION ALL 6TH GRADERS
If you are curious, interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or simply want to get together after school with friends and do "Cool Science" stuff, please consider joining the After School STEM Club.  Registration packets are available with any of the 6th Grade Science and Math teachers and Mr. Natenberg.  Please join Mrs. McDonald for the 1st Club meeting on Thursday, February 22 in Room 417.

Counselor Appreciation Week
This week is Counselor Appreciation Week.  Please take a minute to appreciate Kealing's amazing counselors this week or ask your child to stop by, write a quick note or drop off a little something to this special team.  The PTA will do the same with notes and treats.  Thank you!

Six Flags Read to Succeed
6th graders have been invited to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. After logging 360 minutes of reading that are signed off by a parent or teacher, they will be eligible for a free ticket to Six Flags San Antonio (valid during summer 2018). Reading logs must be turned in by February 23rd to a 6th grade ELA teacher or to the library. Please direct any questions to Ms. Williams in the library, where students can also find new reading logs if needed.

Both A & B girls soccer teams remain undefeated!
Both girls' soccer teams have a 3-0 record this season. Come support them every Saturday (9:00 AM for A-team games and 10:30 AM for B-team games). 

Here are the remaining games for the season:  
  • 2/10:  A & B-teams v Lamar @ McCallum HS
  • 2/17:  A-team v Martin & B-team v Covington @ McCallum HS
  • 2/24: Round one of zone tournament and final B team game (TBA)
  • 2/26:  Round two of zone tournament (TBA)
  • 3/1:  Final games of zone tournament (TBA)

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting!
The Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Kealing students. We will have an informational Meeting for all interested players on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH in the Kealing Library at 3:00pm. Contact colleen.kepner@austinisd.org, cara.crouch@austinisd.org, or michael.natenberg@austinisd.org with questions!

Kealing Geographic Bee
On Jan 24, 2018, students that previously scored a perfect 7 out of 7 on the preliminary competition gathered to participate in the school-wide Kealing Geographic Bee. 8th grader Tushar B.(who was also the school champion last year) outlasted all other participants and was crowned the Kealing Geographic Bee winner! After taking a placement test, he hopes to advance and participate in the Texas State Geographic Bee on April 6. Congratulations Tushar!

The final winning question was: “The Seikan Tunnel connects the island of Hokkaido with what other Japanese Island?” 
Correct Answer: HONSHU

Top 10 Geographic Bee Finalists:
1. Tushar B.
2. Gavin F.
3. Charly C.
3. Marcus L.
3. Walter R.
6. Alex E.
6. Praxis F.
8. Sathvik C.
9. Hays T.
10. Jimena M.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG: Meeting and Volunteer Opportunity
Our next KMAG meeting has been moved from Thursday February 8 to Thursday February 15. It will take place at 7:30am in the Kealing library. Ms. Ewald will be discussing foreign language options, and Ms. Carter will give an update on admissions.
Also, KMAG is looking for a volunteer to video the last 4 meetings of the year. We will be purchasing a video camera and tripod, so we just need a person behind the camera! If you are interested, please contact Mary-Alis Kelly. Thank you so much.

Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 
From 1/29/17 - 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.  Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
6th grade boys especially NEEDED
If your current magnet student would like to host a shadow for the magnet program this year, please have him/her sign up online here.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

Calling our Coffee Cart Crew!!  Our next Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart is coming up on Feb 12th!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll treat the teachers/staff to show them how much we love them!  If you would like to bake for the coffee cart or if you would like to volunteer on the 12th to help deliver coffee and treats, please sign-up here!

Kealing Secret Pals
February Secret Pals is right around the corner - Feb 12-16th. 
Delivery Info: Pals (can be you or your child) please bring your special items to Programs office for your teacher with last name starting with A-M on the Monday and Tuesday then N-Z on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week of Feb 12th.  Clearly label teachers name on your item.
Click here for a full list of all their favorites! 

Note: Coffee Cart is that same week.  If you are interested in bringing homemade breakfast muffins or volunteering day of please email programs@keaingpta.org
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have at programs@kealingpta.org.

The Kealing Teacher and Staff Holiday Party was a total success because of the amazing parents of the Young Scientists program cooking all that delicious traditional Mexican food, parents that donated gift cards and cookies for the cookie bar!  Thank you!  We couldn't have done it without you!

Hornet Herald - January 28, 2018

posted Jan 28, 2018, 11:36 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 11:40 AM ]

IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/1-2/2: Spirit wear on sale
  • 2/1: Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 2/1: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 2/1: Principal's Coffee, 6p
  • 2/1: PTA Meeting, 6p
  • 2/1: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 2/1: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/3: Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 2/3: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 2/8: KMAG Mtg, 7:30a "Math Options and Foreign Languages"
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p
KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
THANK YOU
TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS  2017-18

Honor Roll
$500-999

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

Scholar
$250
-499
The Tile Guy

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
HORNET HIGHLIGHT
  
Name: Zoe Jones
What college did you attend?Texas Tech University
What was your favorite course in college?Ecology & Environmental Science
I teach because............I hope to inspire students to explore and understand the world around them, in hopes that they will develop a passion for leaving the world a better place.
How many years have you been at Kealing?6 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing?Science!
What do you do for fun outside of work?Biking, Yoga, Going to see Live Music
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.The most challenging thing I do everyday at work is that I try to reach every student in a way that is unique for their different learning style. This has gotten easier with experience, but every day brings new challenges as each student is special and requires specific needs that require focus and creativity to reach in a way that is right for them.

CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing Geographic Bee
On Jan 24, 2018, students that previously scored a perfect 7 out of 7 on the preliminary competition gathered to participate in the school-wide Kealing Geographic Bee. 8th grader Tushar B.(who was also the school champion last year) outlasted all other participants and was crowned the Kealing Geographic Bee winner! After taking a placement test, he hopes to advance and participate in the Texas State Geographic Bee on April 6. Congratulations Tushar!

The final winning question was: “The Seikan Tunnel connects the island of Hokkaido with what other Japanese Island?”
Correct Answer: HONSHU

Top 10 Geographic Bee Finalists:
1. Tushar B.
2. Gavin F.
3. Charly C.
3. Marcus L.
3. Walter R.
6. Alex E.
6. Praxis F.
8. Sathvik C.
9. Hays T.
10. Jimena M.

No Bad Weather Make Up Days
State legislation now references number of school minutes rather than number  of school days required. Kealing, like many other campuses in AISD, will maintain the necessary number of minutes necessary in spite of bad weather days. So don't be on the lookout for bad weather make-up days for Kealing students. We will not have any!

Summer trip to Europe is now open to both 7th and 8th graders! 
We are excited to share with you an opportunity for both our current 7th and 8th grade students to travel internationally this summer! This trip is organized by the American Council for International Studies, or ACIS. Students will be accompanied on the trip by an in-country tour guide provided by ACIS and chaperones Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge. The 2018 trip will take place July 16-23, 2018 and travel to London, Paris and Madrid. More information including a day by day itinerary, cost, frequently asked questions etc. can be found on our trip website at www.bit.ly/europe18. You can also contact Kelly and Lindsay at europe.july18@gmail.com for more information including next steps on how to sign up. 

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
What: Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, February 8th * 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Kealing Library
Who: All students interested in participating on the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team this spring. (This club is open to girls and boys, all programs, all grade levels.)
Questions: Talk to Coach CrouchCoach Kepner or Coach Natenberg

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 

From 1/29/17 - 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! 
SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox. Please note that Amy Cox is only 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!

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
If your current magnet student would like to host a shadow for the magnet program this year, please have him/her sign up online here.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • February 1st, 6pm Cafeteria - Guest Speaker: Dr. Brooks (psychologist and author) with “Raising Balanced Kids in a Tech World”. The presentation will cover topics the dangers of too much screen time as well as cyber bullying.
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • April 7th - KEALING CENTER STAGE!
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

Calling our Coffee Cart Crew!!  
Our next Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart is coming up on Feb 12th!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll treat the teachers/staff to show them how much we love them!  If you would like to bake for the coffee cart or if you would like to volunteer on the 13th to help deliver coffee and treats, please email us at programs@kealingpta.org.  

Spirit wear will be on sale Feb 1st and 2nd.

Hornet Herald - January 21, 2018

posted Jan 21, 2018, 5:03 PM by KMS Hornets

Hello Kealing Families,

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and are looking forwarded to a week of great weather. My family ended the weekend with the final performance of The Sound of Music. If you did not attend one of the three sold-out shows, you missed a treat. Kudos to Ms. Pena-Brooks, Ms. Waggoner, and the host of students who made the show come to life. Job well done!

This week you'll notice a new addition to Hornet Herald. I often find myself fielding questions about the people who make up the amazing team we have at Kealing. So, we have added "Hornet Highlights" which will spotlight different Kealing staff members every week. The first two features are Ms. Henderson and Mr. Webster, so enjoy learning about these members of our crew.

We've kicked off this second semester with a few atypical weeks due to Professional Development and snow. We're counting on this week being the usual length of five days but will still have an altered bell schedule Monday through Friday due to benchmark testing. The benchmark assessments are designed to give us information about the progress our students have made thus far and help us recognize any areas in which we might need to shift our focus moving forward. So, we'll have a quiet testing period in the morning Monday-Thursday followed by an abbreviated schedule. Click here to see the schedule we will follow. Friday will be a normal schedule.

Have a great week!

With warm regards,
Kenisha Coburn
IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/25: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 1/25: Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 1/25: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 1/25: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 1/25: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 1/27: Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 1/27: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 1/27: Girls' Lacrosse Meeting, 12p
  • 1/27: Boys Lacrosse Parent Info Mtg, 1:30p
  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/1: PTA Meeting, 6p
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p


KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
THANK YOU
TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS  2017-18

Honor Roll
$500-999

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

Scholar
$250
-499
The Tile Guy

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
CAMPUS NEWS
  
Monday is an "A" Day
following regularly scheduled days before "snow" day last week
(see calendar on website for update schedules)

HORNET HIGHLIGHT

What is your name?
Pamela Henderson
What is your name?
J. Frank Webster
What college did you attend?
Sul Ross State University and UT Arlington
What college did you attend?
Oklahoma State University
What was your favorite course in college?
Art
I took a film course on film director Alfred Hitchcock which was life changing.
I teach because............
The ability to teach well is a gift I've been blessed with. 
I teach because............
I had great teachers who believed in me and in my creative potential. I hope that I can inspire my students and help them to see their own breathtaking potential. Also, I love the daily challenge of teaching and working with amazing colleagues.
How many years have you been at Kealing?
This is my 4th year at Kealing.
How many years have you been at Kealing?
This is my 22nd year at Kealing.
What courses do you teach ?
Algebra I and Origami
What courses do you teach ?
English, Film Studies, and Songwriting
What do you do for fun outside of work?
I sing Karaoke. (She's being modest. You can find her rich alto voice singing while playing the keyboard, often with other KMS staff.)
What do you do for fun outside of work?
I'm a professional musician and a semi-professional photographer. I love traveling with my wife (also a teacher!) and my children.
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.
I moved to Austin after living 20 years in Arlington Texas. I had to basically start my life over again. I had to find new friends, a place to live and things to do. 
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.
Early in my career, I was the permanent sub at McCallum High. There was an ice storm one morning and 12 teachers didn't make it in to work. I had to maintain order for the entire day in those classrooms, literally running door-to-door to take care of issues as they arose. And there were many issues. I don't know what the students learned, but I sure leaned a lot!
No Bad Weather Make Up Days
State legislation now references number of school minutes rather than number  of school days required. Kealing, like many other campuses in AISD, will maintain the necessary number of minutes necessary in spite of bad weather days. So don't be on the lookout for bad weather make-up days for Kealing students. We will not have any!

Spring 18 Elective Changes
  • Requests do require a parent signature. 
  • Counselors will try their best to honor requests in the order they are received if the space is available in the requested course.
  • Students will be receiving schedules as they are changed. 
  • Students will be notified by January 26th if the change was unable to be made.
Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee a change will be made. Only lateral changes and semester long course changes will be considered.

Currently the only changes that are being made are for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in being teacher aides or office aides.

Summer trip to Europe is now open to both 7th and 8th graders! 
We are excited to share with you an opportunity for both our current 7th and 8th grade students to travel internationally this summer! This trip is organized by the American Council for International Studies, or ACIS. Students will be accompanied on the trip by an in-country tour guide provided by ACIS and chaperones Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge. The 2018 trip will take place July 16-23, 2018 and travel to London, Paris and Madrid. More information including a day by day itinerary, cost, frequently asked questions etc. can be found on our trip website at www.bit.ly/europe18. You can also contact Kelly and Lindsay at europe.july18@gmail.com for more information including next steps on how to sign up. 

2018 Girls' Lacrosse Registration and Info Meeting 
Registration for Kealing Girls' Lacrosse is now live! Please visit Blue Sombrero to register your student. The team is open to all grade levels. If you have more questions about how to register or what joining the team looks like, please plan to attend the informational meeting on Saturday, January 27th at 12pm in the Kealing Library. We will go over what the schedule for the season looks like, what equipment players need and how to register. Most of this information can also be found on the Lacrosse website. If you have questions about the team or registering prior to the meeting on Jan 27th, please contact Kelly Morledge

Boys Lacrosse practice begins Friday, Jan 19th! 
Practices for the 2018 Kealing Boys' Lacrosse season begin Friday, January 19th. Practices this season will be on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm and Saturdays from 12-2pm at Reilly Elementary School. Lacrosse is open to all experience levels and all grade levels! Equipment will be provided at practice for new players, just come dressed in athletic clothing and bring a full water bottle. A parent info meeting will be held during the end of practice on Saturday, January 27th at 1:30pm at the Reilly fields. We will discuss what a season of Kealing Lacrosse looks like, how to register and what equipment is needed. If you have questions prior to the January 27th meeting, feel free to reach out to Boys' Lacrosse sponsor Lindsay Hutchinson.

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
What: Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, February 8th * 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Kealing Library
Who: All students interested in participating on the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team this spring. (This club is open to girls and boys, all programs, all grade levels.)
Questions: Talk to Coach CrouchCoach Kepner or Coach Natenberg

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

From 1/29/17 - 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! 
SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox. Please note that Amy Cox is only 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!

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
If your current magnet student would like to host a shadow for the magnet program this year, please have him/her sign up online here.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
February 1st, 6pm Cafeteria - Guest Speaker: Dr. Brooks (psychologist and author) with “Raising Balanced Kids in a Tech World”. The presentation will cover topics the dangers of too much screen time as well as cyberbullying.

March 1st, 7:30am Library
April 5th, 7:30am Library
April 7th - KEALING CENTER STAGE!
May 24th, 7:30am Library


Hornet Herald - January 14, 2018

posted Jan 14, 2018, 3:23 PM by KMS Hornets

IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/15: No School
  • 1/18: Boys BB
  • 1/19-1/21: Spring Musical
  • 1/19: Boys' Lacrosse practices start
  • 1/20: Girls Soccer
  • 1/27: Girls' Lacrosse Meeting
  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/1: PTA Meeting, 6p
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
CAMPUS NEWS
  
No School Monday, Jan. 15th for MLK DAY

As always, please follow Austin ISD on social media, the AISD website, and the local news for any updates to changes in AISD schedules due to weather.


Spring 18 Elective Changes 
Elective Schedule Change Request Forms will be available Tuesday, January 16th through January 19th in the program office. Requests do require a parent signature. Counselors will try their best to honor requests in the order they are received if the space is available in the requested course. Students will be receiving schedules as they are changed. Students will be notified by January 26th if the change was unable to be made.

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee a change will be made. Only lateral changes and semester long course changes will be considered.

Currently the only changes that are being made are for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in being teacher aides or office aides.

Kealing Spring Musical
The "Sound of Music" Tickets ON SALE NOW! The hills are alive with the sound of music...and so is the Kealing Spring Musical! "The Sound of Music" will open to public for a 3 show run on January 19 and 20th at 7 p.m. and January 21st at 2 p.m. Online tickets are available now at www.schoolcashonline.com and will be available for online purchase until MIDNIGHT on Thursday, January 18th. Afterwards, remaining tickets will be sold at the door before each performance. Student tickets are $7 and adult tickets are $12. Hurry and buy your tickets now before the shows sell out! Thank you for your support of the Kealing Spring Musical Program!

Summer trip to Europe is now open to both 7th and 8th graders!
We are excited to share with you an opportunity for both our current 7th and 8th grade students to travel internationally this summer! This trip is organized by the American Council for International Studies, or ACIS. Students will be accompanied on the trip by an in-country tour guide provided by ACIS and chaperones Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge. The 2018 trip will take place July 16-23, 2018 and travel to London, Paris and Madrid. More information including a day by day itinerary, cost, frequently asked questions etc. can be found on our trip website at www.bit.ly/europe18. You can also contact Kelly and Lindsay at europe.july18@gmail.com for more information including next steps on how to sign up. 

2018 Girls' Lacrosse Registration and Info Meeting
Registration for Kealing Girls' Lacrosse is now live! Please visit Blue Sombrero to register your student. The team is open to all grade levels. If you have more questions about how to register or what joining the team looks like, please plan to attend the informational meeting on Saturday, January 27th at 12pm in the Kealing Library. We will go over what the schedule for the season looks like, what equipment players need and how to register. Most of this information can also be found on the Lacrosse website. If you have questions about the team or registering prior to the meeting on Jan 27th, please contact Kelly Morledge.

Boys Lacrosse practice begins Friday, Jan 19th!
Practices for the 2018 Kealing Boys' Lacrosse season begin Friday, January 19th. Practices this season will be on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm and Saturdays from 12-2pm at Reilly Elementary School. Lacrosse is open to all experience levels and all grade levels! Equipment will be provided at practice for new players, just come dressed in athletic clothing and bring a full water bottle. A parent info meeting will be held during the end of practice on Saturday, January 27th at 1:30pm at the Reilly fields. We will discuss what a season of Kealing Lacrosse looks like, how to register and what equipment is needed. If you have questions prior to the January 27th meeting, feel free to reach out to Boys' Lacrosse sponsor Lindsay Hutchinson.

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
What: Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, February 8th * 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Kealing Library
Who: All students interested in participating on the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team this spring. (This club is open to girls and boys, all programs, all grade levels.)
Questions: Talk to Coach CrouchCoach Kepner or Coach Natenberg

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

From 1/29/17 - 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! 
SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox. Please note that Amy Cox is only 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!

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
If your current magnet student would like to host a shadow for the magnet program this year, please have him/her sign up online here.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
February 1st, 6pm Cafeteria - Guest Speaker: Dr. Brooks (psychologist and author) with “Raising Balanced Kids in a Tech World”. The presentation will cover topics the dangers of too much screen time as well as cyberbullying.

March 1st, 7:30am Library
April 5th, 7:30am Library
May 24th, 7:30am Library

Thank you MLK Day of Service Volunteers!
Huge thanks to all who participated in this year's MLK Day of Service event!  A a record number of people joined together for an afternoon of service to the school and community.  Your efforts made an immediate impact on the beautification of school grounds and the neighborhood.  

Thanks again to Domino's Pizza and H-E-B for their generous donations.  See you all next year!

Hornet Herald - January 7, 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 7:09 AM by KMS Hornets

IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 1/11: KMAG Meeting 7:30a
  • 1/11: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 1/11: Boys BB (see calendar)
  • 1/13: Girls Soccer (see calendar)
  • 1/13: MLK Day of Service
  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.
CAMPUS NEWS
  
Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting

What: Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, February 8th * 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Kealing Library
Who: All students interested in participating on the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team this spring. (This club is open to girls and boys, all programs, all grade levels.)
Questions: Talk to Coach Crouch, Coach Kepner or Coach Natenberg

8th grade ads - LAST CHANCE

Last chance to order an 8th grade tribute ad to be included in the 2018 Kealing Yearbook. We have only ONE PAGE LEFT. It's a great way to honor your 8th grade student's accomplishments, and to support Kealing's yearbook.  Order online today using this direct link. Contact Kristen Scott with questions or concerns. 

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
MLK event - still time to sign up!

The MLK Day of Service Event is happening Saturday, January 13th. Meet in Kealing's cafeteria from noon-1 pm to dine on Domino's pizza and pie while being inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We'll head outside from 1-3:30 for a neighborhood clean-up and beautification of the grounds around Kealing.

Please sign up to attend here.
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Meeting 1/11/18
Our next KMAG meeting will be Thursday January 11th at 7:30 am in the Kealing library. Jenna Martin will be talking to us about the Social Studies department: their curriculum across the 3 grades as well as current and future goals and plans. We'd love to see you there!

Kealing Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

From 1/29/17 - 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! 
SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox. Please note that Amy Cox is only 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!

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
If your current magnet student would like to host a shadow for the magnet program this year, please have him/her sign up online here.

Hornet Herald - January 2, 2018

posted Jan 2, 2018, 5:06 PM by KMS Hornets

IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 12/20-1/3: Winter Break for KMS Students
  • 1/3: No School for Kealing students
  • 1/4: 1st day of tryouts girls soccer
  • 1/11: KMAG Meeting 7:30a
  • 1/13: MLK Day of Service

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.



CAMPUS NEWS
  
Winter Break - Kealing Students Return on Thursday, January 4
McCallum Vertical Team campuses will be participating in Professional Development on January 3, 2018. Students will return on January 4, 2018. Click here for more information about McCallum Vertical Team District of Innovation Days!

Thursday will be a B DAY.

8th grade ads - LAST CHANCE
Last chance to order an 8th grade tribute ad to be included in the 2018 Kealing Yearbook. We have only ONE PAGE LEFT. It's a great way to honor your 8th grade student's accomplishments, and to support Kealing's yearbook.  Order online today using this direct link. Contact Kristen Scott with questions or concerns. 


Congratulations Boys Soccer!
Congratulations to the Kealing Boy Soccer A Team on winning the North/Central Zone Tournament! After tying Fulmore 2-2 in regulation, the team won 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout. Thanks to all of the A and B Team players for a great season!

Parents of any boys soccer players, please check the homepage of the soccer website for a few important post-season announcements.

8th Grade Summer International Travel
Current 8th grade students have the opportunity to travel to London, Paris and Madrid this summer with ACIS, American Council for International Studies. The trip will be chaperoned by ACIS, Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge and take place July 16-24, 2018. The early registration deadline is January 1, 2018 and the final registration deadline is March 1, 2018. If you have questions about the trip or would like to register your student, please visit the trip website at www.bit.ly/europe18. You can also email questions to Kelly and Lindsay at europe.july18@gmail.com 

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Save the date - Next Meeting is Jan 11!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reminder-Sign Up For MLK Service Day Event
Please sign up here to participate in the MLK Service Day event.

Saturday, January 13 from noon-3 pm
  • Pizza & pie from noon-1 pm in Kealing cafeteria
  • Neighborhood/Kealing clean-up and grounds work from 1-3 pm
Let's honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and do some good! 7th and 8th graders will earn NJHS service hours.

Hornet Herald - December 17, 2017

posted Dec 17, 2017, 7:11 AM by KMS Hornets

IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 12/18-12/19: No Think Tank
  • 12/18-12/19: No Late Buses
  • 12/18: Girls BB, 7A, 6p
  • 12/18: Girls BB, 8A, 7p
  • 12/18: KMS Advanced Music Production at COTA Winter Wonderland
  • 12/19: Girls BB, 7B, 6p
  • 12/19: Girls BB, 8B, 7p
  • 12/20-1/3: Winter Break for KMS Students
  • 1/4: 1st day of tryouts girls soccer
  • 1/13: MLK Day of Service

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales at dee.gonzales@austinisd.org or 512-414-6700.



CAMPUS NEWS
  
No LATE BUSES THIS WEEK
No THINK TANK THIS WEEK

Have a safe and happy winter break. 
See you in 2018!

Winter Break - Kealing Students Return on Thursday, January 4
McCallum Vertical Team campuses will be participating in Professional Development on January 3, 2018. Students will return on January 4, 2018. Click here for more information about McCallum Vertical Team District of Innovation Days!

Circuit of the Americas Winter Wonderland 
Our Advanced Music Production students will play a concert at the Circuit of the Americas on Monday December the 18th from 6:00pm until 9:30pm.

This is part of the new  COTA Winter Wonderland. As you can see, there are lots of fun things to do!

You could get tickets for our concert night- or any other night in December which is convenient for your family… use this link and code to buy tickets- a portion of the money will benefit our classroom!

Code: KEALINGBAND

(I know, I know- we’re not the Kealing Band, but Circuit of the Americas- what a gig!!!)

Wishing you all a cheerful holiday season!
Aragorn Eissler
Kealing Music Production

Spelling Bee Winner 
Congratulations to 7th grader Pranathi Jammula, winner of Kealing Middle School’s 2017-2018 school wide Spelling Bee. After twelve rounds against eleven other competitors, Jammula claimed the title of Kealing Spelling Bee Champion for the second year in a row.

Jammula was named champion after correctly spelling the word “propaganda” and will advance to the Austin Area Spelling Bee to be held March 25th, 2018 at The Zach Scott Theater.

Also receiving recognition as “Top Spellers” competing in eight or more rounds were runner up Tushar Bhagawatula, Nisha Vishag, Aubrey Howe, and Liselotte Lilo Ryan.

8th Grade Summer International Travel
Current 8th grade students have the opportunity to travel to London, Paris and Madrid this summer with ACIS, American Council for International Studies. The trip will be chaperoned by ACIS, Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge and take place July 16-24, 2018. The early registration deadline is January 1, 2018 and the final registration deadline is March 1, 2018. If you have questions about the trip or would like to register your student, please visit the trip website at www.bit.ly/europe18. You can also email questions to Kelly and Lindsay at europe.july18@gmail.com 

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
None.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Holiday Appreciation Party
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party!  The gift cards and cookies were very much appreciated!

Reminder-Sign Up For MLK Service Day Event
Please sign up here to participate in the MLK Service Day event.

Saturday, January 13 from noon-3 pm
  • Pizza & pie from noon-1 pm in Kealing cafeteria
  • Neighborhood/Kealing clean-up and grounds work from 1-3 pm
Let's honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and do some good! 7th and 8th graders will earn NJHS service hours.

   
   

Hornet Herald - December 10, 2017

posted Dec 10, 2017, 10:52 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 10:54 AM ]

IN THIS EDITION

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 12/13: Girls BB, 7B, 6p
  • 12/13 Girls BB, 8B, 7p
  • 12/14: Girls BB, 7A, 6p
  • 12/14: Girls BB, 8A, 7p
  • 12/15: Yearbook 8th Grade Tribute Ads deadline
  • 12/12-12/15: Fall Finals
  • 12/15-12/19: No Think Tank
  • 12/15-12/19: No Late Buses
  • 12/15: Winter Dance, 6-8p
  • 12/16: Boys Soccer, A, 9a
  • 12/16: Boys Soccer, B, 10:30a
  • 12/18: Girls BB, 7A, 6p
  • 12/18: Girls BB, 8A, 7p
  • 12/18: KMS Advanced Music Production at COTA Winter Wonderland
  • 12/19: Girls BB, 7B, 6p
  • 12/19: Girls BB, 8B, 7p
  • 12/20-1/3: Winter Break for KMS Students
  • 1/4: 1st day of tryouts girls soccer
  • 1/13: MLK Day of Service

KBTV NEWS
Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

KEALING BUSINESS SUPPORTERS PROGRAM
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales at dee.gonzales@austinisd.org or 512-414-6700.



CAMPUS NEWS
  
ALTERNATE SCHEDULE: Monday, December 11, 2017
In order to allow all students to see their teachers before final exams begin on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, we will be operating on a special schedule on Monday, December 11, 2017. The schedule is available for download here

Winter Break - Kealing Students Return on Thursday, January 4
McCallum Vertical Team campuses will be participating in Professional Development on January 3, 2018. Students will return on January 4, 2018. Click here for more information about McCallum Vertical Team District of Innovation Days!

Circuit of the Americas Winter Wonderland
Our Advanced Music Production students will play a concert at the Circuit of the Americas on Monday December the 18th from 6:00pm until 9:30pm.

This is part of the new  COTA Winter Wonderland. As you can see, there are lots of fun things to do!

You could get tickets for our concert night- or any other night in December which is convenient for your family… use this link and code to buy tickets- a portion of the money will benefit our classroom!

Code: KEALINGBAND

(I know, I know- we’re not the Kealing Band, but Circuit of the Americas- what a gig!!!)

Wishing you all a cheerful holiday season!
Aragorn Eissler
Kealing Music Production


Kealing Winter Dance 
AVID Dance: December 15th from 6pm-8pm 
AVID students are hosting Kealing's Winter Dance in order to raise money for field trips in the spring. We are asking for help from parents to chaperone the dance and to donate items to be sold at the dance. Items we are asking for would include: individually wrapper chips (variety), cans of soda (variety), cases of water, and different types of candy. All will be sold and will be going directly to the AVID fund to allow AVID students to see different college campuses. Thank you for any and all help. Any questions, please email kiersten.fernandez@austinisd.org
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8th Grade Summer International Travel
Current 8th grade students have the opportunity to travel to London, Paris and Madrid this summer with ACIS, American Council for International Studies. The trip will be chaperoned by ACIS, Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge and take place July 16-24, 2018. The early registration deadline is January 1, 2018 and the final registration deadline is March 1, 2018. If you have questions about the trip or would like to register your student, please visit the trip website at www.bit.ly/europe18. You can also email questions to Kelly and Lindsay at europe.july18@gmail.com 


8th Grade Tribute Ads - DEADLINE EXTENDED 

THIS FREIDAY!!!
DEADLINE EXTENDED to 12/15

Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2018 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at www.jostensadservice.com or go to kealingyearbook.com for more information. Ad prices start at $30.  

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Holiday Appreciation Party
We’re close but STILL NEED YOUR HELP!!! Please sign up for a gift card so that every member of our faculty and staff can have a present at the Holiday Appreciation Party. Amazon makes it simple to buy online and send via email (addressed to: dee.gonzales@austinisd.org). Even if the Amazon spots fill on our sign-up, you can grab a different GC spot and still send Amazon instead! Take a minute and show the Kealing family how much we think they ROCK!!!

Reminder-Sign Up For MLK Service Day Event
Please sign up here to participate in the MLK Service Day event.

Saturday, January 13 from noon-3 pm
  • Pizza & pie from noon-1 pm in Kealing cafeteria
  • Neighborhood/Kealing clean-up and grounds work from 1-3 pm
Let's honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and do some good! 7th and 8th graders will earn NJHS service hours.

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