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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).

Hornet Herald - April 1, 2018

posted Apr 1, 2018, 6:27 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 1, 2018, 6:27 AM ]

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 4/5-4/8: Homework Hiatus
  • 4/5: PTA Meeting, 7:30a
  • 4/6: Spring Fling Dance, 6-8p
  • 4/7: New Parent Reception, 1-3p
  • 4/7: Center Stage, 7PM
  • 4/14: New Parent Reception, 9-11a
  • 4/14: Monarch Fest, 9a-12p
  • 4/14: New Parent Reception, 1-3p
  • 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: 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!

SPRING IS IN THE AIR!
The Spring Fling Dance will be held Friday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Large Gym! Wristbands are $5 and will be sold Friday, April 6th during ALL lunches and at the door beginning at 5:45 p.m. All proceeds go to fund equipment and supplies for KBTV (Kealing Broadcast Television). If you would like to donate drinks and concession items for the dance, please contact Laurie Pena.

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
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • April 7th - KEALING CENTER STAGE, 7pm at the Thinkery
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library
Kealing Center Stage is HERE and we NEED YOUR HELP!
Kealing Center Stage 2018 is Saturday, April 7th at The Thinkery, 7-10:30pm. There will be music by the all-teacher band, the Spiral Notebooks, dinner, drinks, silent and live auction – and the night promises to be another spectacular gathering in support of our middle schoolers!   Kealing Center Stage is the primary fundraiser for the Kealing PTA and raises critical funds for both the magnet and academy programs.

We need your help to meet this year’s goal to raise $40,000! Please click this link TO:
Buy your TICKETS 
Make your SPONSORSHIP gift
DONATE quickly and easily online 
REGISTER for the silent and live auction

We also need volunteers for the event! If you would like to volunteer (and get a free ticket!), please email us

Tickets will also be available at the door. RSVP and invite friends to the Facebook event, and we hope to see you this Saturday!  

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
Help Needed for New Parent Receptions 
During the math placement tests for incoming magnet students, KMAG hosts new parents with a reception to help build community and to answer questions for parents.

We need current parents and students (especially 6th graders) who would be willing to come and share their experiences. The reception is informal and covers topics like transportation, backpacks, homework, extracurricular activities, etc. 

If you and your child can help with these events, please email Letty Tarin. We need 5 - 9 students per reception. 

Reception schedule: 
  • Saturday, April 7th, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 14th, 9:00 to 11:00 am 
  • Saturday, April 14th,1:00 to 3:00 pm

Hornet Herald - March 25, 2018

posted Mar 25, 2018, 7:38 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 25, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • 3/30: Student Holiday
  • 4/5-4/8: Homework Hiatus
  • 4/7: Center Stage
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
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.

Handbags For Hope   
In conjunction with the Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Advocacy Project, Kealing will be participating in the 11th Annual Handbags For Hope campaign drive. Please donate your gently used (or new) purses which will be delivered to women shelters across the State of Texas. The Texas Advocacy Project has distributed more than 39,000 bags through Handbags for Hope to women in need since it first launched 11 years ago. Working with the children's programming coordinators at the shelters, they will offer them to the children who will select a handbag to give to their mother on Mother's Day. Women in the shelter who don't have children, will be able to choose a handbag for themselves. Inside each handbag, these women will find hotline numbers for the Texas Advocacy Project allowing them to access their completely free legal services. The campaign will run from February 21, 2018 - April 2, 2018. Let's show the Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Advocacy Project that the Kealing Hornets supports this drive by collecting as many purses as possible to donate.
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Help Needed for New Parent Receptions 
During the math placement tests for incoming magnet students, KMAG hosts new parents with a reception to help build community and to answer questions for parents.

We need current parents and students (especially 6th graders) who would be willing to come and share their experiences. The reception is informal and covers topics like transportation, backpacks, homework, extracurricular activities, etc. 

If you and your child can help with these events, please email Letty Tarin. We need 5 - 9 students per reception. 

Reception schedule: 
  • Saturday, April 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 to 11:00 am 
  • Saturday, April 14th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Center Stage: Tickets Now On Sale!

Join us for Kealing Center Stage, the Kealing PTA's primary fundraiser of the year! 

April 7, 7pm-10:30pm
Thinkery
1830 Simond Avenue
Austin, TX 78723

This adults-only evening features dinner, drinks, live music by the Spiral Notebooks and a live and silent auction. We'll be at Thinkery for the first time, with plenty of parking in the garage. All auction bidding will be online through BidPal, so you'll have lots of time to chat with other Kealing friends and parents!

Your support of Kealing Center Stage is critical to the efforts of the PTA, which supports instructional materials, professional development, new technology, field trips, and many other things that help improve the learning experience for our students. 

Tickets and sponsorships are available here.
Please note: the account you create to purchase tickets/sponsorships will be the same one you use for auction bidding

Join the Facebook event for updates, and please invite your KMS friends! 

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED...
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!

Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • April 7th - KEALING CENTER STAGE, 7pm at the Thinkery
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library
2018/2019 PTA Exec Board Recruitment Opportunities
PTA is looking to fill next years exec board! Please take a moment and look at the open positions. We need a full team to support our students to our full extent!  Previous board experience is not required. We're looking for anyone who is a concerned part of our KMS community! If you'd be interested/have questions, please email vp1@kealingpta.org.

All KMS PTA Executive Board Members are expected to attend monthly board meetings (usually Tuesday mornings at 7:30am) and, when possible, general PTA meetings. They also need to complete required PTA training and forms (such as signing the conflict of interest policy). PTA Board members agree to support the mission of PTA.
Roles Description of Duties:

President 
  • Prepares agendas for PTA board and general meetings and leads the meetings
  • Oversees procedural and legal requirements 
  • Regularly communicates with principal
  • Oversees PTA communications with the membership, other KMS families, and the school
  • Attends the monthly Vertical Team and ACPTA meetings throughout the year
  • Notes: Primary duty is to lead the organization and stay in touch with board members and members to make sure things happen that are supposed to happen. More work at the beginning and end of the year.
Vice President 
  • Acts as aide to the president and presides over meetings when the president cannot attend. Additionally, the Vice President can adopt a special area to lead such as community outreach or volunteer coordination.
  • Supports President in arranging speakers and logistics for membership meetings and principal coffees 
  • Time commitment: Approximately 5 hours/month
 Treasurer 
  • Oversees finances of the organization
  • Keeps the checking account books, make all the deposits, and write all the checks from the PTA, cosigned by the PTA President
  • Presents a financial report at the board and general meetings each month
  • Pays the PTA’s insurance and file the PTA tax returns
  • Collects the membership payments & submit membership info and dues to Texas PTA 
  • Time commitment: There is a flurry of activity at the beginning of the year with the membership drive. At the height of the activity, the treasurer spends about 3-5 hours/ week. After November, it slows down to about four hours a month. Then in April, the Kealing Center Stage requires around 3 hours/week.
  • Qualifications: Ideally, at least one year experience as treasurer for another organization, or a background in accounting or financial record keeping. 
  • For more information, contact Jayne Rosso at treasurer@kealingpta.org
Secretary 
  • Records minutes and attendance at monthly board and general meetings.
  • Maintains PTA records such as bylaws, required officer forms, and the membership list.
  • Time commitment: Approximately 5 hours/month
Parliamentarian 
  • Advises the presiding officers on questions of parliamentary procedures and issues pertaining to bylaws compliance. No voting rights.
  • Time commitment: Approx. 3 hours/month (attending board and membership meetings)
 ACPTA Representative (2) 
  • Attends regular monthly Austin Council of PTA meetings and periodic vertical team meetings, and reports back to the KMS PTA board.
CAC Representative 
  • Attends CAC meetings and reports to the PTA board. Appointed by PTA President.
Programs Chair 
  • Chairs the program committee, which works with the school administration to put together educational programs for Kealing families. Oversees the following subcommittees: Kealing Men, Parent Education, Reflections, Teacher Appreciation, and CATCH.
Environmental Chair 
  • Chairs the environmental committee, which helps Kealing be a greener campus and focus efforts around rethinking, reducing, recycling, and beautifying the school building and its grounds. The chair works with volunteers to lead a number of environmental-oriented projects at the school. Prior projects have included school grounds work days, recycling projects, and the maintenance of the urban garden at the school.
Fundraising Chair 
  • Chairs the fundraising committee and oversees the fundraising activities of the PTA to support our Kealing teachers and campus, including classroom technology, field trips, and teaching tools. The fundraising chair also oversees the following three subcommittees: Kealing Center Stage, No Cost, and Spirit Wear. The Kealing Fundraising Committee leads a number of activities to raise funds to support our Kealing teachers and campus, including classroom technology, field trips, and teaching tools.

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