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Hornet Herald - August 19, 2018

posted by KMS Hornets

Hello Kealing Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Our highly skilled and devoted staff worked hard last week to plan and prepare for our students. The office staff has been registering new families, ordering materials, updating files, and supporting teachers. Thanks to our custodians, the campus sparkles and shines. The counselors invested significant time and effort in building schedules for the 1260+ students who will be walking our halls. The effort and joy from our teachers in learning together, planning together, and creating welcoming classrooms has been remarkable. I know that this year will be one for the books as we strengthen our environment of high expectations, safety, and inclusivity.

Student Handbook

There have been a few updates to the Kealing Parent and Student Handbook so please take some time to review this with your child. It can be found here on the Kealing Website.

Staff Directory

This week, all teachers will nail down their office hours for the year. This information will be posted on the Kealing Website through a staff directory update this week. Be on the lookout for this starting on Monday, August 27.

Elective Changes

I am sure some of your families are already having conversation about the opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students to be teaching assistants as well as the possibilities that come with the elective change process. Here are the elective change guidelines:

·         Eligible courses are those that were not in the top 10 on a student’s choice sheet.

·         Elective availability will be posted in the building and online Wednesday.

·         Students may request a lateral move. For example, an elective scheduled during B6 may only be traded for another scheduled during B6.

·         A parent or guardian signature is required on the change form.

To help our students and teachers settle in to their schedules, we will make the teaching assistant forms available Monday, August 20 and elective change forms available Wednesday, August 22. They must be returned by the end of the day Friday, August 24 to be considered.  

Safety Procedures

We will continue to conduct safety drills this year and this week we will begin to train our students so they know what to expect in case of an emergency. I encourage you to discuss these procedures with your children at home to help reiterate the importance of these protocols.

Also, there has been a district-wide update to the system that we use to check guests on campus. Please bring your identification for your first visit to campus this year, even if you have been in the past. Plan for extra time for the first PTA and KMAG meetings as well since there will be new procedures in place.

Thank you to all of you for your help in preparing your students for the new school year. We value your commitment to ensuring that Kealing remains a great place for all students to learn. I look forward to greeting students and families again tomorrow. It is a privilege to serve as your principal. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all Kealing Hornets.

 

Warm Regards,

Kenisha Coburn

Principal

Kealing Middle School

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • August 20 - First Day of School, 7:30a
  • August 21 - PTA Parent Social, 7:30-8:30a, KMS Outdoor Classroom
  • August 23 - PTA Meeting & Principal Coffee, 7:30, Library
  • August 30 - KMAG Mtg - Meet & Greet, 7:30a, Library
  • August 30, 31 - Homework Hiatus
  • September 3 - No School/Labor Day
  • September 4 - Back to School Night, 6-8p
  • Sept 12 & 13 - School Photos
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
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing Football 2018
Player info meeting August 20 (first day of school) 3-4:45
First practice is August 21 3-4:45
  • We will practice from 3-4:45 Monday - Friday, except for game days.
  • Players are ready to begin practice when they turn in a completed AISD Athletic Physical Packet. (The packet can be found on the AISD Athletics website, or paper copies can be picked up in the school office or coaches office) 
  • Each player will need to bring a t-shirt, athletics shorts, and a pair of football cleats or shoes they can run in.
  • 7th grade students must have an up to date shot record on file with the school before they can play.
  • All players must complete 4 non contact conditioning practices before they are cleared for full contact practices.
  • All players must complete 7 contact practices in pads before they are cleared to participate in games. (A total of 11 practices must be completed before game participation per UIL)
  • The school will provide a helmet, mouth piece, shoulder pads, and football pants/pads and jerseys for practices and games.
  • If your child wears braces, they will to get a mouth piece that is approved by their orthodontist. 
We will have a parent meeting the 2nd week of school. (We will announce the date and time when school starts) 
If you have any questions about Kealing Football, please contact Coach Gardner at (512) 414-2706

Missing a Fine Arts class?
Are you missing a Fine Arts class that you were expecting to see on your class schedule? Maybe you are just interested in pursuing one of the most rewarding electives on campus. Come speak to a band, orchestra, choir, theater, or art teacher about joining one of our amazing programs. Any and all are welcome! No experience required!!

School Pictures 
Save the Date
Mark you calendars. 

School pictures will be taken on Wednesday 9/12 and Thursday 9/13 in the library during core science classes. Order information will be distributed through advisory. 

Purchase your Kealing Yearbook Now!
Yearbooks are on sale now for $35. It's the lowest price of the year. Orders can be placed on campus or online at www.jostens.com. Orders placed on campus can only be accepted though September 7th. Preordering a yearbook is the only way to guarantee that you will get one when they arrive in May. Go to www.kealingyearbook.com for more information. 

Share Summer Photos - WIN STUFF!
The Yearbook staff would like to include photos from Kealing students' summer adventures. Photos should be of students (and families is okay) from summer travels, camps, sports or school activities. Email photos to OR use our handy photo submission form to submit directly to us. 

All students who submit a photo will be entered in a weekly prize drawing for gift cards from Starbucks, Target, Juiceland, Monkey's Nest Coffee and Thundercloud Subs. You will get one entry for EACH photo you submit. So submit a lot, and submit frequently.

More information on the types of photos we're looking for can be found here


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Join PTA
We invite  you to join the PTA for the 2018-19 school year.   This is a very important year as it is a legislative one . PTA is the largest child advocacy organization in the US.  Please help us grow our membership to greater than 500,000 Texans. This will help Texas PTA have a voice that will in turn put pressure on the legislators to fix the funding formula that is so negatively affecting Austin ISD schools. www.kealingpta.org

Tues., Aug. 21nd, 7:30-8:30am. Parent Social, Outdoor Classroom
Come sip coffee and mix and mingle with other Kealing parents on the school grounds as we welcome in the new school year.  The KMS outdoor classroom is at back of school

Kealing PTA Membership Meeting and Principal Coffee, Th., Aug 23, 7:30am, Kealing Library
Come meet your PTA board, learn about PTA’s exciting programs for their year, and find out about ways to get involved in the PTA.   We will be voting on our bylaws and standing rules. Principal Coburn will also gives updates on what’s new at Kealing this year. Kealing Library.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome to KMAG!
If you your student is part of the Kealing Magnet Program, you are automatically part of KMAG - Kealing Magnet Advisory Group. We are 501 3(c) non-profit group dedicated to supporting the magnet education supplied to our students at Kealing. While we are a separate group from PTA, we strive to work together to support our school's needs. Be sure to join our wonderful PTA also! For more information about KMAG, please visit our website at Kealingmag.org. We hold meetings, usually once a month on a Thursday at 7:30am. Our meetings are geared towards Magnet education and support. Here are our meeting dates for 2018-19:
  • 8/30
  • 9/13
  • 10/18
  • 11/8
  • 12/6
  • 1/17
  • 2/21
  • 4/11
  • *5/1 (Note, this is a Wednesday)

SAVE THE DATE: MEET & GREET AT KMAG MEETING 8/30, 7:30am

Check Out Our New KMAG Facebook Group
Calling all current Kealing Magnet parents — please join our KMAG Facebook Group () and say hi! KMAG is here to facilitate another way to connect with parents. Join the conversation! Please note, to join the group, you must be a current Kealing Magnet Family and/or a graduated Kealing Magnet Family and you must answer 3 questions before accepted.


Hornet Herald - June 25, 2018

posted Jun 25, 2018, 6:17 AM by KMS Hornets

Hello Hornet Families,

I hope you are enjoying the summer, relaxing, and spending time with friends and family. The break has been kind to me so far (tennis, swimming, and Amy’s ice cream mostly) but I am also working to get ready for the fall! Below is some important information to have in your mind this summer when you begin to think about the 2018-2019 school year. By the way, if you are now a former-Hornet parent, email kms-hornet-herald+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com to unsubscribe and be removed from the mailing list.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

We know that many of you will be purchasing school supplies this summer so click here for a list that will help you get a head start. These lists are not comprehensive due to the variety of unique course offerings at Kealing so a small number of additional supplies may be requested once students have visited all of their classes.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

English/Language Arts

All Kealing students should be preparing for summer reading if they have not already gotten a head start. These activities are critical for battling the summer slide and helping students start off the year ready to learn.

·         6th Academy

·         6th Magnet

·         7th Academy

·         7th Magnet

·         8th Academy

·         8th Magnet

Students are still welcome to sign up for Kealing Academy Summer Reading Camp sessions which are to come on June 27, July 18, and July 25 from 9:00 am – noon. Our teachers are excited to take this time to have fun with students while working on summer reading. All participating students will be able to take home their summer reading text of choice. Email Christopher.hague@austinisd.org or contact the Program Office at 512-414-2707 if your student is interested in participating.

Math

6th and 7th grade students who will be taking Algebra I and any students who will be taking Geometry or Algebra II should have completed their summer math assignments before the first day of school. Click here to look at the summer assignment site for these students.

NEW HORNET TRANSITION CAMP

We look forward to seeing all of our new students at Hornet Camp on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Students will receive a tour of the school, meet some of the Kealing teachers, and participate in activities that will help them have a smooth transition to Kealing Middle School. No sign up is required and we hope to see all of our new students at camp!

Students who are eligible for transportation to school during the school year will be able to ride the bus to Hornet Camp. Routes will be similar but will run 1 hour later than the usual time. Bus schedules will be posted on the district website.

NEW PARENT ORIENTATION

New Parent Orientation Presentations are an opportunity to get an overview of the schedule, programming specifics, and some practices and protocols that are unique to Kealing. It’s also a great chance for parents to ask questions that will help them be comfortable and prepared for the first day of school. Below are the available time slots and we hope to see all new parents during one of the presentations.

August 9, 2018        9:30 am – 10:30 am           Last Names Beginning with A – L          

August 9, 2018        11:30 am – 12:30 pm         Last Names Beginning with M – Z         

August 9, 2018        6:00 pm – 7:00 pm             All Last Names

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS

In addition to the district-wide Professional Development Days, Kealing staff will participate in four additional days of professional learning during the 2018-2019 school year. Please mark your calendar for the additional days on which Kealing students will not report to school:

·         September 24, 2018

·         January 3, 2019

·         January 4, 2019

·         February 15, 2019

Click here to view the Austin ISD Calendar for other important dates for the upcoming school year.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP

Please join our summer volleyball camp!!

Who:              Any incoming 6th, 7th or 8th graders

When:            July 30th - Aug 2nd (Monday- Thursday) 8:30am - 12:30pm

Where:           Kealing gymnasium

Registration will be at Monday morning drop off at 8:00 am. The $65 fee includes a camp t-shirt and can be paid on site via cash or check. Students should come dressed in athletic attire. Knee pads and water bottles are optional. Incoming 7th and 8th graders should bring a completed AISD physical packet. Email Coach Brynie at Jaime.Brynie@austinisd.org with scholarship requests or additional questions.

STUDENT SCHEDULES

I am sure that your students are anxiously awaiting their schedules. We are too! The scheduling process takes a while but we plan to have all schedules completed, visible in ParentConnect, and in the mail by August 6, 2018. More information is to come about what to look for when viewing your student’s schedule.

INTERESTED IN KEALING ATHLETICS?

7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of U.I.L sports and all students must submit a completed physical form prior to participating. Click here to access the physical form which can be returned to the Kealing Program Office any time. We will make sure these make it to the Athletic Department. Students are also welcome to bring them after school begins.

 

That’s all for now but be keep an eye on the Kealing Website and be on the lookout for another edition of Hornet Herald in the last week of July.

 

Warm regards,

Kenisha Coburn

Hornet Herald - May 28th, 2018

posted May 28, 2018, 1:01 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated May 28, 2018, 1:03 PM ]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 5/28: No School (Holiday)
  • 5/30: Last Day of Classes
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p, Delco
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
CAMPUS NEWS
REMINDERS:
  1. Students will not be allowed to bring backpacks or draw strings bags on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  2. Please check your bookshelves or around the house for Kealing or other library books and return them. Books from other libraries can be returned to those libraries from Kealing. This is very important for 8th grade students. 
  3. Parents if you have not pre-registered your students for the next school year please do this as soon as possible. You may access the pre-registration by using your Parent Cloud account or come to the school and register with Mrs. Rivera or Mrs. Gonzales.

Think Tank and Late Buses
No THINK TANK OR LATE BUSES for the remainder of the school year.

KMS Magnet Summer Homework
The assignments for magnet summer homework are listed on our website here. Check back in June for links to the math homework.

Inkblot Presale this week!
Inkblot, Kealing's nationally recognized, 100% student produced literary magazine is available for presale for $20. Students with work being published will receive a $5 discount. Stop by room 236 to order yours today. Checks should be made payable to Kealing Middle School.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our PTA Invites you...
Our PTA invites you to help us support students, teachers and families. Please tell about skills that you have to share. Even one hour of your time and talent can make an important impact. Together, we can make a big difference for our kids and our school community. Please click on this link to share with the PTA your volunteer interests.

The form can also be found on www.kealingpta.org

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Special thanks to our KMAG board and committee chairs for a fabulous year. We have begun our planning for next year. If you'd like to participate, please email president@kealingmag.org. Have a great summer!

Hornet Herald - May 20, 2018

posted May 20, 2018, 11:57 AM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 5/21: Last Day for Think Tank & Late Buses
  • 5/22: Incoming Academy Parent Mtg 5:30-7p
  • 5/24: Principal's Coffee, 7:30a
  • 5/24: PTA Mtg, 8:15a
  • 5/25: 8th Grade EOY Party
  • 5/28: No School (Holiday)
  • 5/30: Last Day of Classes
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p, Delco
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
CAMPUS NEWS
AISD Principal of the Year
On Thursday evening, our very own principal, Kenisha Coburn, was awarded the 2018 AISD Principal of the Year. We are so lucky to have her leading our hornets to success. Congratulations, Ms. Coburn!

LAST CHANCE to buy a yearbook!
Only 20 yearbooks remain. This is your last chance to buy a yearbook before we sell out--the cost is $40. Turn in your order to Ms. Scott in room 236. Checks should be made payable to Kealing Middle School. Order soon. The price increases to $50 on May 23rd.

Last day for Think Tank and Late Buses
Monday the 21st is the last day for Think Tank and Late Buses for the school year. As a reminder we only have Thank Tank and Late Buses Monday-Thursday. 

ALL 8th Grade Shady Springs Party 
UPDATE: Please plan on sending your students with a BOTTLE of water (to use later at lunchtime lemonade station), swim suit, sun screen, & towel, & perhaps a fun item for the day (e.g., Frisbee or card game), if they like.

On May 25th ALL 8th graders will spend the day off-campus at the Shady Springs Party Barn! The day will be filled with sports, swimming, hanging out and generally starting their journey to their Culmination Ceremony in style. Click here for the permissions slip. The cost is $25 per student and there are multiple payment options though we encourage you to pay through School Cash Online
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 24, 8:15a
Our PTA Invites you...
Our PTA invites you to help us support students, teachers and families. Please tell about skills that you have to share. Even one hour of your time and talent can make an important impact. Together, we can make a big difference for our kids and our school community. Please click on this link to share with the PTA your volunteer interests.

The form can also be found on www.kealingpta.org

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Special thanks to our KMAG board and committee chairs for a fabulous year. We have begun our planning for next year. If you'd like to participate, please email president@kealingmag.org. Have a great summer!

Hornet Herald - May 13, 2018

posted May 13, 2018, 8:32 AM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • NO FRIDAY LATE BUSES FOR REST OF YEAR
  • 5/14-17: STAAR Testing (see calendar)
  • 5/15: Deadline for OCPE for Fall 2018
  • 5/18: Summer Breeze Dance, 6-8pm
  • 5/25: 8th Grade EOY Party
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p, Delco
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.
CAMPUS NEWS
Police Officer and Security Appreciation Week
Please help Kealing appreciate our hard-working  Security staff this week.  They have been instrumental in keeping our students safe all year!

Summer is Almost Here! SUMMER BREEZE DANCE
FRIDAY, MAY 18th
6-8pm
What better way to celebrate than by going to the Summer Breeze Dance on Friday, May 18th form 6-8 p.m.!  Wristbands are $5 will go on sale Friday, May 18th during all lunches and at the door starting at 5:45 p.m.  This is LAST dance of the 2017-2018 school year, so come out join the fun and make some memories!  All proceeds go to support the Kealing Theatre Program.

5 Book Dive Summer Reading Splash
To kick-off the district’s summer reading program, the 5 Book Dive, AISD is hosting the Summer Reading Splash at the PAC on Saturday, May 18th from 10am-3pm.  There will be close to 20 authors involved in panels and interactive presentations as well as an onsite book fair.  Newbery author Kate DiCamillo will be the keynote speaker.  The event is geared towards students in grades 3-6 but all are invited.  A complete schedule for the Splash as well as information about the summer reading program are available at http://www.5bookdive.org.

Late buses and Think Tank for May
We will continue to have Think Tank and late buses Monday-Thursday only. Late buses will also run during STAAR Testing.

Campus Advisory Council - Applications Available
If you are looking for a way to serve the school community and are able to meet once per month at 4:00 pm, consider applying to join our Campus Advisory Council. The mission of CAC is to promote excellence in education for all students through broad-based representation. CACs provide valuable input to principals, who ultimately have decision-making responsibility for their campuses. This is a critical body for our campus and we are looking to add to our representation next year. Applications are due by May 8, 2018 and can be returned to the main office or by email to shauntay.black@austinisd.org.
ALL 8th Grade Shady Springs Party 
Are you ready for the most fun day your 8th Grader will have as a Kealing Hornet?

On May 25th ALL 8th graders will spend the day off-campus at the Shady Springs Party Barn! The day will be filled with sports, swimming, hanging out and generally starting their journey to their Culmination Ceremony in style. Be on the lookout for permissions slips this week. The cost is $25 per student and there are multiple payment options though we encourage you to pay through School Cash Online

We need 20 chaperones (who are background-cleared) to help make the fun happen safely!  Teachers will be alongside you in your stationed areas, also enjoying a day outside their classrooms.

This Sign-Up will fill up faster than any you've ever seen - join in NOW!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 24, 7:30am

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Special thanks to our KMAG board and committee chairs for a fabulous year. We have begun our planning for next year. If you'd like to participate, please email president@kealingmag.org. Have a great summer!

Hornet Herald - May 6, 2018

posted May 6, 2018, 2:42 PM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • NO FRIDAY LATE BUSES FOR REST OF YEAR
  • 5/7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/7-11: School Health Team Appreciation Week
  • 5/8: CAC Applications due
  • 5/9: Algebra 1 EOC
  • 5/10: KMS Sports Banquet, 6:30p
  • 5/11: Pop is Power Choir Concert, 6-8p
  • 5/14-17: STAAR Testing (see calendar)
  • 5/15: Deadline for OCPE for Fall 2018
  • 5/17: Background check from APIE ends
  • 5/18: Summer Breeze Dance, 6-8pm
  • 5/25: 8th Grade EOY Party
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p, Delco
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.

Parents/guardians wanting to chaperone on field trips/drive on a field trip/ volunteer need to register for a background check at www.austinpartners.org as soon as possible. The website will close for Kealing by May 17, 2018.
CAMPUS NEWS
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11th! 

8th Grade Magnet Field Trip Chaperones Needed! - THIS WEEK
8th grade students have field trips to The Blanton Museum of Art and points of interest on the UT Campus on May 9th and 10th. We need chaperones to make these successful, please visit the Sign-Up Genius to join in the fun!

Late buses and Think Tank for May
This Friday (5/4/18) was the last Friday that we will have think tank and late buses for the year. We will continue to have Think Tank and late buses Monday-Thursday only. Late buses will also run during STAAR Testing.

KMS Sports Banquet
KMS Sports Banquet will be held Thursday, May 10, in the school cafeteria at 6:30pm. Student athletes eat free, friends and family $15. 

Summer is Almost Here!
What better way to celebrate than by going to the Summer Breeze Dance on Friday, May 18th form 6-8 p.m.!  Wristbands are $5 will go on sale Friday, May 18th during all lunches and at the door starting at 5:45 p.m.  This is LAST dance of the 2017-2018 school year, so come out join the fun and make some memories!  All proceeds go to support the Kealing Theatre Program.

Pop is Power Choir Concert
Our incredible choirs are excited to announce that our seventh annual Pop is Power concert will be THIS Friday from 6-8 PM at the Performing Arts Center. We have a very exciting program including: "Rise" by Katy Perry, "Lost Boy" by Ruth B., "Whatever it Takes" by Imagine Dragons, "What about Us?" by P!nk, "Feel it Still" by Portugal.The.Man, "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman, "Youth" by Troye Sivan, and many more!!! Tickets are $5 suggested donation for students, and $7 for adults. Make sure to be there - you'll love every minute!

School Health Team Appreciation Week
This week, please join us in appreciating our 2 school nurses at Kealing.  They work their hardest  to keep our students healthy and to manage our students' health needs.  We are so glad they are a part of our campus!

Campus Advisory Council - Applications Available
If you are looking for a way to serve the school community and are able to meet once per month at 4:00 pm, consider applying to join our Campus Advisory Council. The mission of CAC is to promote excellence in education for all students through broad-based representation. CACs provide valuable input to principals, who ultimately have decision-making responsibility for their campuses. This is a critical body for our campus and we are looking to add to our representation next year. Applications are due by May 8, 2018 and can be returned to the main office or by email to shauntay.black@austinisd.org.

ALL 8th Grade Shady Springs Party 
Are you ready for the most fun day your 8th Grader will have as a Kealing Hornet?

On May 25th ALL 8th graders will spend the day off-campus at the Shady Springs Party Barn! The day will be filled with sports, swimming, hanging out and generally starting their journey to their Culmination Ceremony in style. Be on the lookout for permissions slips this week. The cost is $25 per student and there are multiple payment options though we encourage you to pay through School Cash Online

We need 20 chaperones (who are background-cleared) to help make the fun happen safely!  Teachers will be alongside you in your stationed areas, also enjoying a day outside their classrooms.

This Sign-Up will fill up faster than any you've ever seen - join in NOW!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 24, 7:30am

PTA News
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11th!   
Help us celebrate the end of STAAR week with a lunch for our teachers!  Please visit this link and sign-up!

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Last KMAG Meeting -May 10th, 2018 7:30a
The last KMAG meeting is this Thursday and it will feature Mr. Word (math) and Ms. Hart (ELA) speaking about summer homework requirements for all grades. We will also be approving next year's officers and budget. Please join us!

Hornet Herald - April 29, 2018

posted Apr 29, 2018, 7:54 PM by KMS Hornets

Hello Kealing Families,

8th grade parents, the year is coming to a close and your 8th grader will be moving on to high school soon. They will be wrapping up their middle school years with a fun celebration so I hope you have marked your calendars for May 25, 2018, which is when the 8th grade Shady Springs Party will take place. Permission slips will be coming home soon and the $25 payments can be made in a variety of ways. School Cash Online is the easiest way to pay for us so please take advantage of this system if you're able to!

Campus Advisory Council applications are available now and due on May 8, 2018. The CAC is a valuable source for planning, problem-solving, and feedback, so parent representation is critical. We have open positions for parents for the upcoming school year so please consider joining if you are looking for a way to serve and can spare an hour or two each month. Meetings generally take place at 4:00 pm on a week day.

You may have heard that we will be losing Ms. Carter after this school year. Here is a message from her:

Hello, Kealing Family—

Many of you already know that I will not be a Kealing Middle School next year.  For me it is truly bittersweet and has been difficult.  Last week, I was approved by the Eanes ISD school board to serve as the West Ridge Middle School Principal starting next year.  I have been learning and growing for years to prepare me to lead a school, and now the time has come.

As many of you know, my career as an educator started at Kealing where I spent my first two years of teaching.  When I had the opportunity to return to KMS as the Magnet Director, it was truly like coming home.  KMS always has and always will be near and dear to my heart. 

Over the last few years I have often listened as people praised Kealing.  My response was always, “I am lucky to get to work here.  This place is incredible because of the people – of all ages.  Our teachers are phenomenal, our students are amazing, and our parents and community are second to none.”  Each time I have said this, I have meant it with every bit of me.  I have learned so much with you and from you.  There are no words that could possibly express the depth of my thankfulness.

Don’t worry.  I will be working hard to take good care of KMS for the remainder of this year.  I have promised a master schedule as my parting gift.  Mrs. Coburn will be working with representatives from all perspectives throughout the hiring process for the next Magnet Director.

There is no place I would rather have spent the last four and a half years.  Our kids WILL be our leaders for positive change – I am confident.  Thank you all for making me a better person.

I love you all.

Dianne Carter

Ms. Carter has given her heart to Kealing for a long time and we will miss all that she brings to our school community. We'll be squeezing all that we can out of her in the next month and wishing her well as she prepares for this well-deserved next step. I am glad to have active parent organization leadership to assist us in the process of hiring the next Magnet Director and we'll begin working towards this soon.

It's almost May. I feel like we just finished February and somehow the countdown to summer is beginning. We still have plenty of work to do and our students will learn more over the next few weeks. Let's all try to keep them in the game until the finish. Have a great week!

Regards,

Kenisha Coburn
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 5/2: 20% Time Showcase, 4-6p
  • 5/3-4: Homework Hiatus
  • 5/3: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 5/7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/8: CAC Applications due
  • 5/17: Background check from APIE ends
  • 5/25: 8th Grade EOY Party
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p
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.

Parents/guardians wanting to chaperone on field trips/drive on a field trip/ volunteer need to register for a background check at www.austinpartners.org as soon as possible. The website will close for Kealing by May 17, 2018.
CAMPUS NEWS
Campus Advisory Council - Applications Available
If you are looking for a way to serve the school community and are able to meet once per month at 4:00 pm, consider applying to join our Campus Advisory Council. The mission of CAC is to promote excellence in education for all students through broad-based representation. CACs provide valuable input to principals, who ultimately have decision-making responsibility for their campuses. This is a critical body for our campus and we are looking to add to our representation next year. Applications are due by May 8, 2018 and can be returned to the main office or by email to shauntay.black@austinisd.org.

ALL 8th Grade Shady Springs Party 
Are you ready for the most fun day your 8th Grader will have as a Kealing Hornet?

On May 25th ALL 8th graders will spend the day off-campus at the Shady Springs Party Barn! The day will be filled with sports, swimming, hanging out and generally starting their journey to their Culmination Ceremony in style. Be on the lookout for permissions slips this week. The cost is $25 per student and there are multiple payment options though we encourage you to pay through School Cash Online

We need 20 chaperones (who are background-cleared) to help make the fun happen safely!  Teachers will be alongside you in your stationed areas, also enjoying a day outside their classrooms.

This Sign-Up will fill up faster than any you've ever seen - join in NOW!

8th Grade Magnet Field Trip Chaperones Needed!
8th grade students have field trips to The Blanton Museum of Art and points of interest on the UT Campus on May 9th and 10th. We need chaperones to make these successful, please visit the Sign-Up Genius to join in the fun!

Going to Science Olympiad Nationals!
Kealing made it to the national Science Olympiad tournament to be held at Colorado State University on May 19-20.

We placed 2nd out of 30 teams statewide at Texas A&M competition last weekend.

A few notable accomplishments:
  • 2nd year in a row that Kealing SCIOLY team has made it to the Nationals stage
  • All of our kids medaled in one or more events!
  • Medal tally 1st place - 4, 2nd place - 5, 3rd place – 6, 4th place - 2
Please congratulate following students for their achievement:
Team members - Alex, Amanda, Anya, Christine, Edward, Nayan, Neha, Paridhi, Pranathi, Richa, Shruti, Sidhart, Simona, Tushar, William; Alternates - Adith, Ansh, Ari, Arjun, Bryceton and Diya

Save The Date: 20% Time Showcase
Please join us on Wednesday May 2nd from 4-6pm at Kealing as 8th grade magnet English students showcase the work they've been doing during 20% Time, our independent project initiative. They will be sharing through demonstrations, TED talks, performances, a gallery, and a marketplace. Students, families, and community members are welcome! 

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 3, 7:30am - Special PTA Mtg
  • May 24, 7:30am
PTA - Special Meeting
We will hold a meeting this Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30am in the library to discuss/elect new officers for the 2018-2019 PTA board. Anyone that is interested in welcome to attend.

PTA News
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11th!   
Help us celebrate the end of STAAR week with a lunch for our teachers!  Please visit this link and sign-up!

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming KMAG Meetings
  • May 10th, 2018 7:30a

KMAG 2018-2019
KMAG is looking for many positions for next year. Each position is a small time commitment and we would love your help.

If you are interested in helping, please email board@kealingmag.org

1. Audit Committee: Review the Treasurer books/records at the end of the school year for compliance. Grab 2 of your friends and make it an event. Takes just a couple of hours. 

2. Committee Chair: Oversee all the KMAG committees and serve as a conduit of information between the individual committees, the Magnet staff/Admin and the KMAG Board. Easy to do via email! Small time-effort and great task for a working parent !

3. Videographer: Videos the monthly KMAG meetings. KMAG has the video camera and tripod. Please know that our future KMAG meetings will not be recorded without this position being filled.

OPPORTUNITIES ON OTHER CAMPUSES

Anderson High School's Award Winning Speech and Debate Team presents Annual Spring Showcase May 5 & 6
It's Time for AHS Speech and Debate Showcase! 

High schoolers wearing suits and presenting in front of judges? What's it all about? Students nationwide are developing strong speech and debate skills that can serve them for a lifetime. Come enjoy the fun while you learn more and have a few laughs with the current award-winning Anderson High School Speech and Debate team’s annual Spring Showcase. 

Who:      Anderson High Speech and Debate Team 
What:     Showcase of multiple Speech and Debating Skills 
When:    Saturday May 5th, 7pm AND Sunday May 6th, 3pm 
Where:   Anderson High School Theater, 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin TX 78759 
Tickets:  $10 for adults. $5 for students. Buy tickets from a current team member or at the door. More info: 

Hornet Herald - April 22, 2018

posted Apr 22, 2018, 12:10 PM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 4/23-4/27: Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week
  • 4/24: CAC 4pm*** (new date)
  • 5/2: 20% Time Showcase, 4-6p
  • 5/3-4: Homework Hiatus
  • 5/3: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p
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.
CAMPUS NEWS
MONDAY, 4/23 IS AN "A" DAY

8th Grade Magnet Field Trip Chaperones Needed!
8th grade magnet students have field trips to The Blanton Museum of Art and points of interest on the UT Campus on May 9th and 10th. We need chaperones to make these successful, please visit the Sign-Up Genius to join in the fun!

Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week
This is the week to appreciate our incredible office staff at Kealing. Please take a moment to give a special "thanks" to an administrative assistant and/or an administrator this week. Like all other staff at Kealing, they go above and beyond to keep our school running efficiently and safely! Thank you.

Save The Date: 20% Time Showcase
Please join us on Wednesday May 2nd from 4-6pm at Kealing as 8th grade magnet English students showcase the work they've been doing during 20% Time, our independent project initiative. They will be sharing through demonstrations, TED talks, performances, a gallery, and a marketplace. Students, families, and community members are welcome! 

New Kealing T-Shirts!
As part of an English project, one of our 8th grade students designed a new Kealing t-shirt and now has them available to buy! Shirts (and sweatshirts!) can be purchased online between now and Sunday, April 29th and will be delivered to students in early May. All profits will benefit the Kealing Lacrosse program. Please visit the website at www.bit.ly/kmsshirts to see the t-shirt options and to order. If you have any questions, you can direct them to Kelly Morledge at kelly.morledge@austinisd.org
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Last KMAG Meeting: May 10th, 2018 7:30a

KMAG 2018-2019
KMAG is looking for many positions for next year. Each position is a small time commitment and we would love your help.

If you are interested in helping, please email board@kealingmag.org

1. Audit Committee: Review the Treasurer books/records at the end of the school year for compliance. Grab 2 of your friends and make it an event. Takes just a couple of hours. 

2. Committee Chair: Oversee all the KMAG committees and serve as a conduit of information between the individual committees, the Magnet staff/Admin and the KMAG Board. Easy to do via email! Small time-effort and great task for a working parent !

3. Videographer: Videos the monthly KMAG meetings. KMAG has the video camera and tripod. Please know that our future KMAG meetings will not be recorded without this position being filled.

OPPORTUNITIES ON OTHER CAMPUSES

Anderson High School's Award Winning Speech and Debate Team presents Annual Spring Showcase May 5 & 6
It's Time for AHS Speech and Debate Showcase!
High schoolers wearing suits and presenting in front of judges? What's it all about? Students nationwide are developing strong speech and debate skills that can serve them for a lifetime. Come enjoy the fun while you learn more and have a few laughs with the current award-winning Anderson High School Speech and Debate team’s annual Spring Showcase.
Who:      Anderson High Speech and Debate Team
What:     Showcase of multiple Speech and Debating Skills
When:    Saturday May 5th, 7pm AND Sunday May 6th, 3pm
Where:   Anderson High School Theater, 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin TX 78759
Tickets:  $10 for adults. $5 for students. Buy tickets from a current team member or at the door. More info: www.andersonspeechdebate.org

Our team has had a remarkable 2017-2018 season. Anderson Speech and Debate is the 2018 UIL and NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) District Champions, the 2018 TFA (Texas Forensic Association) State Champions in Public Forum Debate, and team sweepstakes winners in 8 tournaments this year. The team qualified 5 students to NSDA Nationals in Florida, and 13 students to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky.

Hornet Herald - April 15, 2018

posted Apr 15, 2018, 7:39 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 2:23 PM ]

April 20th is Kealing Day of Action

Through Kealing Day of Action, students will be able to participate in town hall meetings, have an opportunity to visit with representatives from many organizations with different focuses, and participate in five activities developed by student leaders that allow Kealing students to address the issues that matter to them. This day is an exercise in civic education through which our students’ voices will be encouraged and valued.

Before Friday, Kealing students will learn about Action Civics through Advisory lessons prepared in the Generation Citizen course. They will also have an opportunity to write questions about the topics they choose to pose to our town hall panelists. The town hall will include a variety of guests like members of the Texas Legislature, the Austin ISD School Board, the Austin Police Department, the League of Women Voters, and the Austin Chapter of the NAACP. 
The Central Texas Food Bank, Think Bilingual Austin, Safe Austin, The Kindness Campaign, The Golden Hornet, and Lemonade Day are just a few of the community organizations who will be present to tell students about their work during the gallery walk. The format will allow students to visit the tables that they choose. In preparation for students’ questions related to the April 20 National Student Walkout for gun safety, we hope to also include organizations with various viewpoints who focus on gun safety. Texas Gun Sense and Moms Demand Action are confirmed and we await confirmation from a few others.

Please feel free to follow along with the Advisory plans for the week so that you can discuss Action Civics at home. Later this week, Friday’s activities will be posted on this Advisory page too, along with the complete list of Town Hall panelists and organizations with booths.

We will operate a C Schedule on Thursday, April 19 so students will attend all classes for a shorter period of time.  Please help your student plan accordingly.
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 4/19: Special Schedule (C Day)
  • 4/19: Coffeehouse Social 3-5p
  • 4/20: Day of Action 
  • 4/26: CAC 4pm
  • 5/3-4: Homework Hiatus
  • 5/3: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p
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.


CAMPUS NEWS
Save The Date: 20% Time Showcase
Please join us on Wednesday May 2nd from 4-6pm at Kealing as 8th grade magnet English students showcase the work they've been doing during 20% Time, our independent project initiative. They will be sharing through demonstrations, TED talks, performances, a gallery, and a marketplace. Students, families, and community members are welcome! 

New Kealing T-Shirts!
As part of an English project, one of our 8th grade students designed a new Kealing t-shirt and now has them available to buy! Shirts (and sweatshirts!) can be purchased online between now and Sunday, April 29th and will be delivered to students in early May. All profits will benefit the Kealing Lacrosse program. Please visit the website at www.bit.ly/kmsshirts to see the t-shirt options and to order. If you have any questions, you can direct them to Kelly Morledge at kelly.morledge@austinisd.org
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Last KMAG Meeting: May 10th, 2018 7:30a

KMAG 2018-2019
KMAG is looking for many positions for next year. Each position is a small time commitment and we would love your help.

If you are interested in helping, please email board@kealingmag.org

1. Audit Committee: Review the Treasurer books/records at the end of the school year for compliance.

2. Committee Chair: Oversee all the KMAG committees and serve as a conduit of information between the individual committees, the Magnet staff/Admin and the KMAG Board.

3. Fundraising Chair: KMAG raises funds to support classroom and extracurricular academic activities. An annual fundraising communication is distributed to the Kealing community in the early fall. Sub-chairs work on parent communications and employer matching programs.

4. Videographer: Videos the monthly KMAG meetings. KMAG has the video camera and tripod. Please know that our future KMAG meetings will not be recorded without this position being filled.

5. 6th grade Field Trip Chair/Committee - This committee works with grade-level teachers to coordinate and support the Magnet 6th grade class trips, which typically take place in spring

Hornet Herald-April 9, 2018

posted Apr 1, 2018, 6:27 AM by Kenisha Coburn   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 12:11 PM ]

Good afternoon Hornet Families,

We had a busy weekend! We made it through a school dance during which I was fortunate to see a 10 minute dance-off between our students. Ms. Pena Brooks even got in on the action. We welcomed some of our new Magnet students for choice sheets and math placement testing. The icing on the cake was enjoying a night of music and fun at Kealing Center Stage. The Spiral Notebooks put on quite a show and we are thankful for all of you who came out to support our PTA's largest fundraiser of the year! Thank you to Sara Bircher and the rest of the KCS team for planning this event.

This week brings STAAR testing for our 7th and 8th grade students. They have stretched their brains so far year and this is an opportunity for us to get feedback on their progress. Please encourage your child to get enough rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive on time to school so that they are prepared to give their best effort. Our 6th grade students will not be testing this week but will be engaged in a number of activities, including a few field trips. We could still use some extra hands so please read below if you are interested in chaperoning this Tuesday or Wednesday. We also have the Monarch Fest this Saturday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm so I am hoping the weather works in our favor. 

I hope you all have read about recapture and it's impact on Austin ISD schools. Over the past few years, we have made adjustments to account for budgetary obstacles with minimal affect on course offerings and instruction. This year Guitar, Orchestra, Chinese, Office Staff, English as a Second Language, and new student transition camp are just a few of the areas that will be impacted. Our Special Education team is currently a bit smaller too based on student projections but we know that we will be able to continue to provide a high quality of education in spite of these challenges. This Thursday, I encourage you to join us for the Kealing Campus Advisory Council Meeting at 4:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for you to review the campus budget and staffing, ask questions, and provide feedback. Your understanding and partnership will be even more critical as we move forward so I hope to see you there.

Also, mark your calendars for April 19 and April 20. As you may know, April 20 is the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools. Some of our students have asked to have an opportunity to have their opinions acknowledged and their questions answered and we know that civic participation is an important component of education. Through a Day of Action on April 20, students will participate in town hall meetings and visit with representatives from many non-profit organizations with difference focuses. There will be a variety of activities to help students express their opinions or be engaged with any issue(s) they choose. To facilitate this April 20 event, we will operate a C-Day schedule on April 19.

As you can see, we are looking forward to a busy few weeks before we start to wind down!

Warm regards,

Kenisha Coburn
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 4/10: STAAR - 7th Writing, 8th Math
  • 4/11: STAAR - 8th Reading, 7th Advanced Math
  • 4/12: Campus Advisory Council Meeting, 4p
  • 4/14: New Magnet Parent Reception, 9-11a
  • 4/14: Monarch Fest, 9a-12p
  • 4/14: New Parent Reception, 1-3p
  • 4/19: Special Schedule (C Day)
  • 4/20: Day of Action 
  • 5/30: 8th Grade EOY Ceremony, 6:15p
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.


CAMPUS NEWS
6th Grade Parent Chaperones Needed
6th grade MAGNET Students FIELD DAY - Tuesday, April 10th, 9a-12:45p, Zilker Park (can meet at Zilker); SIGN UP HERE!

6th grade ALL Students - Wednesday, April 11th, 9a-1:15pm, Paramount Theater (MUST MEET AT KEALING and ride the bus): SIGN UP HERE!

PLEASE help! We are very short on volunteers. Sorry for the last minute requests!

Librarian Appreciation Week
This is our week to appreciate our awesome librarian, Ms. Williams! Please ask your child to make her feel extra appreciated this week with notes, goodies or smiles and kind words. The PTA will show appreciation in the form of a goodie bag as well. Thank you!

Save the Date: May 30th is the 8th Grade EOY Ceremony
All 8th grade students and their families are invited to celebrate the end of their middle school careers at the 8th Grade End Of Year Ceremony. At this event, we will recognize each student individually and they will receive a certificate of completion. Students are not required to attend but encouraged!

The ceremony will be held on, May 30th at 6:15pm at the AISD Delco Center. Registration will open May 1st on the guidance department website (kmsguidance.weebly.com). Please expect an invitation to arrive late April and plan on attending this ceremony!

Monarch Fest
Mark your calendars for Kealing's first ever Monarch Fest on Saturday April 14th from 9 am -12 pm! Did you know monarchs are in danger of becoming extinct?
Kealing is a Monarch Heroes school working to create a habitat for these beautiful migrating creatures and to educate the community about what we can all do to help the monarchs. 

The whole family is invited to Monarch Fest where we'll do a monarch scavenger hunt, plant a butterfly-friendly garden, make "insect hotels" and more. The first 20 winners of the scavenger hunt will receive FREE milkweed and nectar plant seeds to start their own butterfly garden! This event is open to the whole community, so please help us spread the word. Students who participate in planting or who help prep for Monarch Fest can earn service hours.

Hope to see you in the Kealing garden on the 14th!

Questions? Want to help out? Email Elizabeth McBride 

Considering Off Campus PE for 2018-19? 
Here is what you need to know!
Students who will be in the 7th or 8th grade for the 2018-19 school year can apply for an off campus physical education waiver. A waiver means the student is participating in 5 or more hours of physical activity with one of AISD approved agencies. Students with waivers do not take PE during the school day, instead they take a different elective when they would have PE scheduled. The deadline to submit an application for the waiver for the fall semester is May 18th and November 15th for Spring 2019. Please visit the following website for additional information.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library
Kealing's garden needs your cardboard!
Kealing's school garden could use any extra cardboard you might have lying around. Please leave the cardboard outside the garden shed door whenever it is convenient for you to drop it off. The garden is located off of Pennsylvania Avenue, near the tennis courts. We will use the cardboard  to block weeds from growing in the new garden beds we'll be creating this spring. Contact Kate Martin with any questions. Thank you!

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Meeting
Our next KMAG meeting is next Thursday April 12th at 7:30am in the library. Please join us to learn more about math at Kealing. Ms. Carter and/or Ms. Coburn will be talking about the different options and how math placement works. We are also in need of two volunteers for next year's KMAG Board: a co-president and a secretary. It's a great way to get involved and to get to know the school. Co-presidents help to lead the meetings and the secretary takes the meeting minutes. We have meetings twice a month in the fall and once a month in the spring, so it really isn't a huge time commitment. Please let us know if you're interested (mand94@gmail.com).

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