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Hornet Herald - February 25, 2018

posted Feb 25, 2018, 8:09 AM by KMS Hornets
Good morning Kealing Community,

The last few weeks have been emotionally taxing as we have all grappled with the recent events in Florida. On Friday, February 23, some of our students exercised their First Amendment rights to stand up to gun violence. While our primary goals are to keep our students safe, on campus, and engaged in learning, I applaud our Hornets for wanting to actively participate in our democracy and appreciate their desire for their voices to be heard.

Civic engagement is an important part of education at Kealing and I commend the students who participated. In their activism, they represented themselves, their families, and Kealing Middle School well. The majority of the students circled the Kealing campus and a small group ventured to the capital. We have a campus plan to keep our students safe in case of a walkout so all of our students were accounted for and accompanied by Kealing staff while they protested.

There are some laws and policies we want to communicate, so all are informed of what are student’s rights when strong opinions turn into protected speech and protected conduct under the First Amendment.
  • Students at schools maintain constitutional rights, which include the right to peacefully assemble and a right to free speech, while they are in school. Schools may, however, take reasonable action to maintain a safe and functioning learning environment.
  • While protesting, student’s behavior must be aligned with the guidelines set within the Austin ISD Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct may be accessed on the AISD website: https://www.austinisd.org/parent-information/conduct-code
I encourage you use this document as a guide and talk with your children about first amendment rights for student protesters. Encourage them to communicate with teachers, counselors, and administrators so that we can support them in their efforts.

We regularly operate safety drills and are confident that our students and staff know how to act in case of crisis. We will continue to revisit these procedures and answer our students’ questions while attempting to move forward in a manner that allows them to feel calm and safe at school. I will be available to answer any questions you might have about safety procedures at the Principal’s Coffee this Thursday and I hope to see you there. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions that I can answer.

With warm regards,
Kenisha Coburn


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

  • 2/12-3/2: NJHS Canned Food Drive
  • 2/26:  Girls' Soccer 
  • 2/27: Ultimate Frisbee Parent Meeting, 6p, Library
  • 3/1: Girls' Soccer
  • 3/1: Principal's Coffee, 7:30a
  • 3/1: PTA Meeting, 8:15a
  • 3/1: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 3/8: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • 3/9: No Think Tank/No Late Buses
  • 3/10-3/18: Spring Break
  • 3/30: Student Holiday
  • 4/5-4/8: Homework Hiatus
  • 4/7: Center Stage
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

Honor Roll

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

The Tile Guy
Human Financial

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.


Name: Michael Natenberg
What college did you attend? University of Texas at Austin
What was your favorite course in college? Intro. to Accounting
I teach because............ I believe it is a powerful way to positively affect the greater community by developing awesome young adults and learners.
How many years have you been at Kealing? 4 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing? SMIA!
What do you do for fun outside of work? Ride my bike, play ultimate frisbee, go on hikes/trail runs with my family and dog, and read to my daughter.
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done. Preparing for and teaching my first year as an elementary school teacher.

Kealing Canned Food Drive Extended!
The 7th grade NJHS food drive has been extended to March 2nd (Friday). All donations are welcome and will go the Central Texas Food Bank. Please make sure the cans have no dents, are non-expired, and are non-perishable. All donations go to Mrs.Morgan, at room 515. Thanks!

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.

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.
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.

Thank you for your participation!

Save the date - Next KMAG Meeting:
Thursday, March 8th, 7:30am

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