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Hornet Herald - February 9, 2020

posted Feb 9, 2020, 4:06 PM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • now until Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 13: CAC Meeting, 4pm
  • Feb 14 & 17: No School for Students
  • Feb 18: KMAG Meeting, 7:30 *Note Date Change
  • Feb 20 & 21: Homework Hiatus
CAMPUS NEWS
ADVISORY
For the next few weeks, students will have the opportunity to recognize the contributions of African-Americans through our celebration of Black History Month. It's also time to submit course requests for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will begin to look at this process during Advisory. Choice sheets will be submitted through a google form during Social Studies classes in the coming months. As always, we encourage you to follow along by checking out the Advisory page on the Kealing website.

Announcements from the Parent Support Specialist
Online Registration Is Now Open
RETURNING STUDENTS: For families registering students returning to Austin ISD, a Parent Cloud account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Cloud account, visit  https://my.austinisd.org 
Note: Only parent/guardian contacts are able to use the online registration system. If you have any questions or need assistance with Parent Cloud or online registration, please contact your student’s campus or call Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187.

*All returning students who have had a recent change of address must submit proof of residency to their campus for the 2019–20 school year. Please note that additional documentation may be requested by campus in order to complete enrollment. *

2019–2020 AISD Family Survey
As the district continues to strive for excellence in preparing our students for academic success, we encourage parents to offer feedback by completing the AISD Family Survey. Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better.  The survey will ONLY be online this year. Please be sure to fill out the survey for all of the campuses you may have children enrolled.


CAMPUS NEWS
Student Climate Survey
The Austin ISD student climate surveys will be administered through Social Studies classes between 2/24 - 3/13. The feedback we receive through these surveys helps us continue to improve so we hope to have all of our students participate. Parents may visit this website to take a look at the survey. Students have access to this online survey through their Austin ISD log-ins. Questions and opt out requests should be directed to cason.fayles@austinisd.org.

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Team Sign Ups
Attention all students interested in joining the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee program! The Kealing Ultimate club is open to all students, all grade levels, all programs and no experience is necessary. Tryouts for the travel teams will be on Tuesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 20th from 3:00-4:30pm, and you must sign up (on the Google Form) by Friday, February 14th to tryout for the travel teams. See Mr. Natenberg in room 235 or Ms. Crouch in room 513 to pick up an information packet!

ACC Dual Credit/ECHS Information Sessions
Austin Community College (ACC) is hosting information sessions for parents of high school students. ACC Dual Credit courses are available at all AISD high school campuses. The Early College HS Campuses offer an opportunity to start earning dual credit as soon as Freshman year. Please consider attending one of the information sessions if you and your student would like to know more about Dual Credit. The sessions begin, February 11th and go through March. Please follow the link to sign up for a session.

Join Kealing Girls' Lacrosse! 
The Kealing Girls' Lacrosse season will begin on Wednesday, February 5th and we would love for new players to join us! Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience is needed. Practices are on Monday and Wednesday at the Kealing fields from 3:00-4:45pm beginning Wed, Feb 5th and continuing through the end of April. Games will begin Sunday, March 1st and continue on either Saturday or Sunday through May 3rd. If you are interested in joining the team, visit the Kealing Lacrosse website for registration instructions. There is a fee to play, but there are scholarships available as needed. The registration deadline is February 14th, but you are welcome to attend practices prior to registering if you would like to test it out before committing. For questions and more information, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge.

Five Texas Middle School Students Chosen for TMEA All-Region Choir
Five Kealing Middle School Choir students earned the honor of placing in the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Middle School Choir during auditions held on January 25th at Cedar Creek Middle School.

Auditioning students were required to prepare two selected songs (one which is foreign) by the region and audition on an excerpt of each. 

Students selected were:  Meadow Petusky, Morgan Walker, Adele Boerner, Emily Word and Lucia Maynard. They will perform in an All-Region Concert on February 8th at the AISD Performing Arts Center.
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Meeting Date Change
Please note on your calendars that the KMAG meeting for February will be on Tuesday, February 18th.   Location will still be in the Kealing Library.  

KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

HELP!!! These dates only have 2 people! Really need at least 3. PLEASE!
2/12 AM SHIFT
2/18 AM SHIFT
2/25 PM SHIFT

Please, please, please. It's our turn to make this shadowing experience a GREAT one for these 5th graders. They need your smiling faces because they are nervous and scared. Can you help us out? Thank you!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Secret Pals - February 20 and 21
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   If you signed up in the fall, If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org.
Please drop off in the Main Office or with Dee Gonzales
  • Teacher Last Name A-M Drop off on Thursday
  • Teacher Last Name N-Z Drop off on Friday
** Please drop off at the Main Office or with Dee so we can make sure each teacher gets the surprise!***

Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Preparation for our biggest fundraiser of the year has started, and we welcome everyone’s involvement!  Our greatest needs are items for auction, personal contacts for Austin businesses, and folks willing to give a little of their time for discrete tasks.  Please consider pitching in!  In addition, we are still looking for help with:  
  • Venue & Food Coordination
  • Silent & On-line Auctions
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Event Sponsorships
We would love you to join in the preparation of this fun, casual, community event. For more information, please Contact centerstage@kealingpta.org.

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email treasurer@kealingpta.org and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.

Hornet Herald - February 2, 2020

posted Feb 2, 2020, 7:30 PM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Jan 28-Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 3-7: Healthy Heart Week
  • Feb 3: 8th graders: Invictus
  • Feb 4: PTA Coffee Cart
  • Feb 5: Girls' Lacrosse practice starts
  • Feb 6 & 7: Spirit Wear Sales/Pickup at lunch
  • Feb 6: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p
  • Feb 7: WEAR RED for Heart Disease
  • Feb 7: Valentine's Day by AVID, 6-8p
  • Feb 14 & 17: No School for Students
  • Feb 18: KMAG Meeting, 7:30 *Note Date Change
  • Feb 20 & 21: Homework Hiatus
CAMPUS NEWS
ADVISORY
For the next few weeks, students will have the opportunity to recognize the contributions of African-Americans through our celebration of Black History Month. As always, we encourage you to follow along by checking out the Advisory page on the Kealing website.

This week is Healthy Heart Week. 
Monday: Today’s healthy heart tip is “Get Active.” Participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day five times per week helps lower your risks for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 
Tuesday: Today our Healthy Heart Tip is about "Hands Only CPR."
Wednesday: Today our Healthy Heart Tip is “Managing your Blood Pressure & Stress.” Today, we encourage everyone to take short mindfulness breaks in between activities. 
Thursday: “Today’s Healthy Heart Tip is “Eat Well.” 
Friday: Today our Healthy Heart Tip is to "Go Red." Today, we wear red to raise awareness about heart disease and save lives, because when we come together, there's nothing we can't do. 

Announcements from the Parent Support Specialist
Online Registration Is Now Open
RETURNING STUDENTS: For families registering students returning to Austin ISD, a Parent Cloud account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Cloud account, visit  https://my.austinisd.org 
Note: Only parent/guardian contacts are able to use the online registration system. If you have any questions or need assistance with Parent Cloud or online registration, please contact your student’s campus or call Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187.

*All returning students who have had a recent change of address must submit proof of residency to their campus for the 2019–20 school year. Please note that additional documentation may be requested by campus in order to complete enrollment. *

2019–2020 AISD Family Survey
As the district continues to strive for excellence in preparing our students for academic success, we encourage parents to offer feedback by completing the AISD Family Survey. Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better.  The survey will ONLY be online this year. Please be sure to fill out the survey for all of the campuses you may have children enrolled.

Invictus by all 8th Graders 
All Kealing 8th graders will be performing Invictus by William Ernest Henley throughout the first week of February at Kealing Middle School.  Starting Monday, February 3rd, students can be "caught" from 7:25 am until 2:50 pm until Friday, February 7th and asked to recite this poem-in the cafeteria, the hallway, in classes other than English.  Our goal is to have all students embrace a love of poetry and for teachers and administration to join them.  If you would like to learn the poem yourself, a copy is just below.  Once a student recites the poem, he/she will receive a string around her/his wrist.  As a side note, a mural of this poem resides on the courtyard walls at Kealing.  

INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me, 
      Black as the pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
      For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
      I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
      My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
      Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
      Finds and shall find me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
      How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate, 
      I am the captain of my soul. 
CAMPUS NEWS
Valentine's Dance, February 7th, 6-8pm
Kealing students are invited to the Valentine's Dance hosted by AVID on February 7th from 6-8pm. There will be dancing in the large gym, basketball in the small gym, concessions and glowsticks for sale!

Join Kealing Girls' Lacrosse!
The Kealing Girls' Lacrosse season will begin on Wednesday, February 5th and we would love for new players to join us! Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience is needed. Practices are on Monday and Wednesday at the Kealing fields from 3:00-4:45pm beginning Wed, Feb 5th and continuing through the end of April. Games will begin Sunday, March 1st and continue on either Saturday or Sunday through May 3rd. If you are interested in joining the team, visit the Kealing Lacrosse website for registration instructions. There is a fee to play, but there are scholarships available as needed. The registration deadline is February 14th, but you are welcome to attend practices prior to registering if you would like to test it out before committing. For questions and more information, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge.

Five Texas Middle School Students Chosen for TMEA All-Region Choir
Five Kealing Middle School Choir students earned the honor of placing in the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Middle School Choir during auditions held on January 25th at Cedar Creek Middle School.

Auditioning students were required to prepare two selected songs (one which is foreign) by the region and audition on an excerpt of each. 

Students selected were:  Meadow Petusky, Morgan Walker, Adele Boerner, Emily Word and Lucia Maynard. They will perform in an All-Region Concert on February 8th at the AISD Performing Arts Center.

Marine Biology Field Trip Permission Slips

ATTN: Marine Biology Students enrolled in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020
You are invited to join on an overnight field experience to the Texas State Aquarium and The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. Spots are guaranteed to current year students. Remaining spots are on a first come, first serve basis so get your forms in early. See advisory announcements for forms.
Trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 12(B day) AND Friday, March 13 (A day) THE TWO DAYS BEFORE SPRING BREAK :)

Kealing Girls Soccer Schedule
Please come out and support our Lady Hornets soccer team this season. A-team games start at 9 AM and B-team games start at 10:30 AM. Here are the dates and locations:

  • Saturday, February 8:  A team plays Martin at Martin and B team plays Bedichek at Bedichek
  • Saturday, February 15:  Both A and B teams play Murchison at Murchison
  • Saturday, February 22:  A team plays Mendez at McCallum and B team plays Lively at McCallum
  • Saturday, February 29: B teams plays last game of season and zone tournament starts for A team.

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee -- 2020 Informational Meeting!
Attention students interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee this spring! There will be an informational meeting for the Kealing Ultimate Team on Thursday, February 6th in the library, from 3:00-3:45pm. This team is open to Kealing students at all grade levels, all programs, all genders. QUESTIONS? Contact michael.natenberg@austinisd.orgcara.crouch@austinisd.org, or colleen.kepner@austinisd.org, and follow www.twitter.com/KealingUltimate!
UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
Bowie High School
Bowie High School will be hosting a showcase on their campus on February 6th from 6pm-7:30pm. Please plan on attending if you are zoned to Bowie. You will learn more about courses, clubs, athletics and fine arts! Counselors will be coming to Kealing on April 1st to complete choice sheets.

McCallum High School Cheer Tryouts!

Who: All 8th graders interested in trying out for McCallum Cheerleading

What: Mandatory Information Meeting

When & Where:
1. Monday, February 3 @ 6:30 in the McCallum Cafeteria OR
2. Thursday, February 6 @ 6:30 in the McCallum Library

Why:You have spirit, leadership, and talent and will love being part of the team!
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Meeting Date Change
Please note on your calendars that the KMAG meeting for February will be on Tuesday, February 18th.   Location will still be in the Kealing Library.  

KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

HELP!!! We need a few more AM wranglers: 
2/3 AM SHIFT
2/10 AM SHIFT
2/11 AM SHIFT
2/18 AM SHIFT
2/20 AM SHIFT
2/26 AM SHIFT
2/27 AM SHIFT
*** I know that AM shifts are hard. It's hard to get to Kealing by 6:55am. But we just need a few of you to sign up ONE TIME. Please, please, please. It's our turn to make this shadowing experience a GREAT one for these 5th graders. They need your smiling faces because they are nervous and scared. Can you help us out? Thank you!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Need more Tacos for coffee cart on 2/4! 
*** FEW ITEMS STILL NEEDED****
We Need 1 dozen Sausage and Egg and 1 dozen Vegan/GF tacos please for the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Coffee cart to be delivered by 7:30 am on Tuesday 2/4!!
Please sign up to bring contributions. 
Reach out to Maraba DiRaddo with any questions at 512 497 6999. Thank you! 

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale
Check out our Spirit Store for Kealing Hornet hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and other goodies.  Buy online, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria on the first Thursday/Friday of February | SPIRIT STORE ITEM PICK UP DATES - If you have any questions please contact spiritwear@kealingpta.org

Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Preparation for our biggest fundraiser of the year has started, and we welcome everyone’s involvement!  Our greatest needs are items for auction, personal contacts for Austin businesses, and folks willing to give a little of their time for discrete tasks.  Please consider pitching in!  In addition, we are still looking for help with:  
  • Venue & Food Coordination
  • Silent & On-line Auctions
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Event Sponsorships
We would love you to join in the preparation of this fun, casual, community event. For more information, please Contact centerstage@kealingpta.org.

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email treasurer@kealingpta.org and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.


Hornet Herald - January 26, 2020

posted Jan 26, 2020, 5:26 PM by KMS Hornets

Hello Kealing Families,

Each year, Kealing staff votes to acknowledge members of the team who make Kealing a better place. Ms. Nwosu is the Kealing Attendance Specialist and the 2019-2020 Staff Member of the Year. A long time Austin ISD and Kealing employee, Ms. Nwosu's impact is felt as she uses her expertise to arrange substitutes and account for student absences. Committed to Kealing students well beyond her typical duties, she has applied for two sizeable grants over the past four school years to support student mentoring and attendance recovery. Each day she sees a need and meets a need. We are glad to have Ms. Nwosu on the Kealing staff. 

We are thrilled to have Coach Brynie represent Kealing Middle School as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. She has served as a model for Physical Education in AISD, often writing curriculum and mentoring new teachers. In addition to all that comes with P.E. and Athletics, Coach Brynie serves as a campus leader, committing time to giving feedback that helps us better serve our students. The impact that our Physical Education Department has on the health and wellness of our students is immeasurable and we are grateful for Coach Brynie's contributions to this community.

Join me in congratulating these two members of the Kealing Family!

  

Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal
Kealing Middle School
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Jan 28-Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Jan 31: Spring Choir Social 3pm
  • Feb 4: PTA Coffee Cart
  • Feb 6 & 7: Spirit Wear Sales/Pickup at lunch
  • Feb 6: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p
  • Feb 7: Valentine's Day by AVID, 6-8p
  • Feb 14 & 17: No School for Students
  • Feb 18: KMAG Meeting, 7:30 *Note Date Change
  • Feb 20 & 21: Homework Hiatus
CAMPUS NEWS
ADVISORY
This week is Healthy Heart Week. Follow the Advisory Lesson so that you can talk with your students about how to be heart healthy.

Announcements from the Parent Support Specialist
Online Registration Is Now Open
RETURNING STUDENTS: For families registering students returning to Austin ISD, a Parent Cloud account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Cloud account, visit  https://my.austinisd.org 
Note: Only parent/guardian contacts are able to use the online registration system. If you have any questions or need assistance with Parent Cloud or online registration, please contact your student’s campus or call Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187.

*All returning students who have had a recent change of address must submit proof of residency to their campus for the 2019–20 school year. Please note that additional documentation may be requested by campus in order to complete enrollment. *

2019–2020 AISD Family Survey
As the district continues to strive for excellence in preparing our students for academic success, we encourage parents to offer feedback by completing the AISD Family Survey. Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better.  The survey will ONLY be online this year. Please be sure to fill out the survey for all of the campuses you may have children enrolled.

UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
Anderson High School Visit
Anderson High School is hosting their Course Fair on Wednesday, January 29th. Buses will take 8th graders who are projected to attend Anderson at around 9:00 am. They will have an opportunity to get information about available courses, activities, clubs, athletics, etc. Students can also attend in the evening with a parent or guardian as the Course Fair will be open through 8:00 pm in the Anderson Large Gym.

An email has been sent to students who are on the list and their parents. Students who did not receive this communication but believe they should be included may stop by to speak with Ms. Lopez.

Bowie High School
Bowie High School will be hosting a showcase on their campus on February 6th from 6pm-7:30pm. Please plan on attending if you are zoned to Bowie. You will learn more about courses, clubs, athletics and fine arts! Counselors will be coming to Kealing on April 1st to complete choice sheets.

McCallum High School Cheer Tryouts!

Who: All 8th graders interested in trying out for McCallum Cheerleading

What: Mandatory Information Meeting

When & Where:
1. Monday, February 3 @ 6:30 in the McCallum Cafeteria OR
2. Thursday, February 6 @ 6:30 in the McCallum Library

Why:You have spirit, leadership, and talent and will love being part of the team!

CAMPUS NEWS
Invictus by all 8th Graders
All Kealing 8th graders will be performing Invictus by William Ernest Henley throughout the first week of February at Kealing Middle School.  Starting Monday, February 3rd, students can be "caught" from 7:25 am until 2:50 pm until Friday, February 7th and asked to recite this poem-in the cafeteria, the hallway, in classes other than English.  Our goal is to have all students embrace a love of poetry and for teachers and administration to join them.  If you would like to learn the poem yourself, a copy is just below.  Once a student recites the poem, he/she will receive a string around her/his wrist.  As a side note, a mural of this poem resides on the courtyard walls at Kealing.  

INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me, 
      Black as the pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
      For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
      I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
      My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
      Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
      Finds and shall find me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
      How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate, 
      I am the captain of my soul. 

Kealing GeoBee Winner
On Jan 23, 2020, students that previously scored a perfect 7 out of 7 in a preliminary competition gathered to participate in the school-wide Kealing National Geographic GeoBee. 7th grader Max Bentley outlasted all other participants and was crowned the Kealing GeoBee winner! After taking a placement test, he hopes to advance and participate in the Texas State GeoBee on March 27. Congratulations Max!

The final winning question was: “A National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition helped gather scientific data to support the creation of a marine protected area surrounding Ascension Island. Ascension Island is located in the South Atlantic and is part of an overseas territory of what country?”

Correct Answer: United Kingdom
Top 10 GeoBee Finalists:
1. Max Bentley
2. Marcus Lapina
3. Athwath Menon
3. Jai Nagaraj
3. Charly Chatelain
6. Joshua Lewin
7. Tobias Frey
8. Arhant Choudhary
8. Soumik Chemudupati
8. Vedanth Ramanathan

Laundry soap donations needed for PE Department
The Physical Education Department is asking for donations of Laundry Soap. We do a lot of laundry and are running low on our laundry soap.  Any donations can be brought to the office labeled PE or your student can bring them to a coach in the gym.  Thanks in advance for your generosity. 

Marine Biology Field Trip Permission Slips

ATTN: Marine Biology Students enrolled in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020
You are invited to join on an overnight field experience to the Texas State Aquarium and The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. Spots are guaranteed to current year students. Remaining spots are on a first come, first serve basis so get your forms in early. See advisory announcements for forms.
Trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 12(B day) AND Friday, March 13 (A day) THE TWO DAYS BEFORE SPRING BREAK :)

Kealing Girls Soccer Schedule
Please come out and support our Lady Hornets soccer team this season. A-team games start at 9 AM and B-team games start at 10:30 AM. Here are the dates and locations:

Saturday, January 18: A  team play Webb at McCallum (no B team game)
  • Saturday, January 25:  Both A and B teams play Covington at McCallum High School
  • Saturday, February 1:  Both A and B teams play Lively at Travis High School 
  • Saturday, February 8:  A team plays Martin at Martin and B team plays Bedichek at Bedichek
  • Saturday, February 15:  Both A and B teams play Murchison at Murchison
  • Saturday, February 22:  A team plays Mendez at McCallum and B team plays Lively at McCallum
  • Saturday, February 29: B teams plays last game of season and zone tournament starts for A team.

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee -- 2020 Informational Meeting!
Attention students interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee this spring! There will be an informational meeting for the Kealing Ultimate Team on Thursday, February 6th in the library, from 3:00-3:45pm. This team is open to Kealing students at all grade levels, all programs, all genders. QUESTIONS? Contact michael.natenberg@austinisd.orgcara.crouch@austinisd.org, or colleen.kepner@austinisd.org, and follow www.twitter.com/KealingUltimate!
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Meeting Date Change
Please note on your calendars that the KMAG meeting for February will be on Tuesday, February 18th.   Location will still be in the Kealing Library.  

KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

*SHADOWING STARTS TOMORROW!!! 

We still have 38 slots of 154 THAT NEED YOU. 

THESE DATES ARE IN DESPERATE NEED:
2/13 AM SHIFT
2/19 AM SHIFT
2/24 AM SHIFT
*** I know that AM shifts are hard. It's hard to get to Kealing by 6:55am. But we just need a few of you to sign up ONE TIME. Please, please, please. It's our turn to make this shadowing experience a GREAT one for these 5th graders. They need your smiling faces because they are nervous and scared. Can you help us out? Thank you!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Coffee Cart Sign Up for 2/4/20
KMS PTA is putting on the Staff and Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart on 2/4/20 from 7-9 am. Please sign up to bring contributions. 
Reach out to Maraba DiRaddo with any questions at 512 497 6999. Thank you! 

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale
Check out our Spirit Store for Kealing Hornet hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and other goodies.  Buy online, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria on the first Thursday/Friday of February | SPIRIT STORE ITEM PICK UP DATES - If you have any questions please contact spiritwear@kealingpta.org

Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Preparation for our biggest fundraiser of the year has started, and we welcome everyone’s involvement!  Our greatest needs are items for auction, personal contacts for Austin businesses, and folks willing to give a little of their time for discrete tasks.  Please consider pitching in!  In addition, we are still looking for help with:  
  • Venue & Food Coordination
  • Silent & On-line Auctions
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Event Sponsorships
We would love you to join in the preparation of this fun, casual, community event. For more information, please Contact centerstage@kealingpta.org.

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email treasurer@kealingpta.org and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.

Secret Pals - February 20 and 21
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
If you signed up in the fall, If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org.
Please drop off in the Program Office
Teacher Last Name A-M Drop off on Thursday
Teacher Last Name N-Z Drop off on Friday
** Please drop off at the program office so we can make sure each teacher gets the surprise!***

Hornet Herald - January 20, 2020

posted Jan 20, 2020, 9:15 AM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Jan 20: No School/MLK Day
  • Jan 21 & Jan 22: Mathcounts Competition, 3-4:30pm, Rm 203
  • Jan 24-26: Spring Musical: Wizard of Oz
  • Jan 25: 9-11a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #2
  • Jan 28-Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 4: PTA Coffee Cart
  • Feb 6: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p
  • Feb 7: Valentine's Day by AVID, 6-8p
CAMPUS NEWS
APL Library Cards
During the registration process this summer, parents had the chance to opt in and sign students up for an Austin Public Library student card. The cards were recently delivered and will be distributed to students in Advisory.  If you did not opt your child in, but would like to do so now, the form needing a parent/guardian signature may be picked up from Ms. Williams in Kealing’s library.  Any other questions regarding the student card will need to be addressed at any APL branch.
UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
Crockett High School Campus Visit
Crockett Early College High School has a few upcoming opportunities for AISD families to learn more about the school.  They will host a Parent Night on January 23rd from 5:30-7:00. They will have two Showcases to give parents and students multiple options to see what amazing programs they have to offer - January 25th from 9:00-1:00 or January 27th from 5:30-7:00. 

Anderson High School Visit
Anderson High School is hosting their Course Fair on Wednesday, January 29th. Buses will take 8th graders who are projected to attend Anderson at around 9:00 am. They will have an opportunity to get information about available courses, activities, clubs, athletics, etc. Students can also attend in the evening with a parent or guardian as the Course Fair will be open through 8:00 pm in the Anderson Large Gym.

An email has been sent to students who are on the list and their parents. Students who did not receive this communication but believe they should be included may stop by to speak with Ms. Lopez.

Early College High School (ECHS) Open House
Are you interested in learning more about what Early College High School (ECHS)? All seven high schools who offer this program will be hosting open houses on January 25th from 9am-12pm. If your student is not zoned to an Early College High School, they are still welcome to learn more about the program and can consider applying for a transfer. Learn more the event by following the link provided. 

Bowie High School
Bowie High School will be hosting a showcase on their campus on February 6th from 6pm-7:30pm. Please plan on attending if you are zoned to Bowie. You will learn more about courses, clubs, athletics and fine arts! Counselors will be coming to Kealing on April 1st to complete choice sheets.

CAMPUS NEWS
No School Monday January 20, 2020 in observance of MLK Day

THE WIZARD OF OZ
This year’s spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, is this week!

Shows are Friday, 1/24 at 7pm, Saturday, 1/25 at 7pm, and Sunday, 1/26 at 2pm. The Sunday show will be extra kid-friendly, with some interactive props and a sing-along portion.

Tickets are $7 students/kids and $12 adults and can be purchased at https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com/ or in the cafeteria during all lunches this week.

Shows normally sell out, so don’t rely on buying them at the door. 

See you over the rainbow!

Laundry soap donations needed for PE Department
The Physical Education Department is asking for donations of Laundry Soap. We do a lot of laundry and are running low on our laundry soap.  Any donations can be brought to the office labeled PE or your student can bring them to a coach in the gym.  Thanks in advance for your generosity. 

Girls' Lacrosse Pre-Season Practice-Jan 25th
For girls interested in the sport of Lacrosse, we will be holding our final pre-season practice at the Kealing fields on Saturday, January 25th as a way to try out the sport before committing to the regular season. Practice will be from 9:00am-11:00am. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience needed! Girls should wear athletic clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. If they have their own Lacrosse equipment (i.e. stick, goggles, mouth guard) they can bring it, otherwise all equipment will be provided. The regular Lacrosse season will begin February 5th, with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-4:50pm. If you have questions, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge or visit our website. To sign up to attend the Jan 25th practice, or to be added to the email list, complete this form.

Mathcounts School Competition this week! 
Ms. Strickland is hosting the Mathcounts School Competition this week to determine who will be our 10 official Kealing representatives at the Chapter Competition on February 1st.  Any interested student may come try out for the team by taking the two written tests, regardless of grade level or previous experience.  Students should show up to Room 203 after school on Tuesday, Jan 21st OR Wednesday, Jan 22nd.  (These are two separate testing sessions.)  Students will be finished at approximately 4:30.  Results should be posted by the end of the week, and the top 10 scorers need to plan to attend Mathcounts practice the following Tuesday in order to practice before the chapter meet that Saturday.  Contact Ms. Strickland if you have any questions.

Marine Biology Field Trip Permission Slips

ATTN: Marine Biology Students enrolled in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020
You are invited to join on an overnight field experience to the Texas State Aquarium and The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. Spots are guaranteed to current year students. Remaining spots are on a first come, first serve basis so get your forms in early. See advisory announcements for forms.
Trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 12(B day) AND Friday, March 13 (A day) THE TWO DAYS BEFORE SPRING BREAK :)

Kealing Girls Soccer Schedule
Please come out and support our Lady Hornets soccer team this season. A-team games start at 9 AM and B-team games start at 10:30 AM. Here are the dates and locations:

Saturday, January 18: A  team play Webb at McCallum (no B team game)
  • Saturday, January 25:  Both A and B teams play Covington at McCallum High School
  • Saturday, February 1:  Both A and B teams play Lively at Travis High School 
  • Saturday, February 8:  A team plays Martin at Martin and B team plays Bedichek at Bedichek
  • Saturday, February 15:  Both A and B teams play Murchison at Murchison
  • Saturday, February 22:  A team plays Mendez at McCallum and B team plays Lively at McCallum
  • Saturday, February 29: B teams plays last game of season and zone tournament starts for A team.


Kealing Ultimate Frisbee -- 2020 Informational Meeting!
Attention students interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee this spring! There will be an informational meeting for the Kealing Ultimate Team on Thursday, February 6th in the library, from 3:00-3:45pm. This team is open to Kealing students at all grade levels, all programs, all genders. QUESTIONS? Contact michael.natenberg@austinisd.org, cara.crouch@austinisd.org, or colleen.kepner@austinisd.org, and follow www.twitter.com/KealingUltimate!
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 
Wow, y'all... thank you to those that stepped up to help with this very important but quick volunteer job!
We still have 51 slots of 154 OPEN. 
Tuesday, Feb. 25 has NO ONE in the am slot. HELP!!!

Remember when your "tiny, little 5th grade baby" shadowed at Kealing?
Remember what a (hopefully) great experience that was for them?
You may remember also that the shadowing program is 100% run by parent volunteers.

Don't worry, the *hard* jobs are already filled by tireless, generous volunteers but NOW we need you for the easy, quick and very important shifts of shadow wrangling! 45-60 mins in the am (before school, bring your current student just a few minutes early - think of the bonding time in the car; it's priceless) and/or 45-60 mins in the afternoon at dismissal. Think of the brownie points you'll get for picking up your sweet kiddo (instead of him/her having to ride the bus!), too!

Seriously, we know you are busy but if everyone could just sign up for ONE SHIFT, we'd be golden. AND THINK OF THE LITTLE, TINY BABIES that are coming to experience our great school. We want to make sure they have a great experience!

We still have 51 SHIFTS to fill of our 154. SIGN UP HERE.

PLEASE HELP AND THANK YOU!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Thanks to those who have reached out already - if you haven’t had a minute to yet and are interested please shoot us an email!!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, it takes a lot of effort to pull it off,  we need a great group of people to help out.  We need a ticket sales chair, a sponsorship chair, an auction chair, a communication chair, a marketing chair, a venue and food chair and we need helpers to do discrete tasks.  Also if you know of a company that is willing to donate an item/package for the auction please let us know!!  We would love to have you join us.  For more information, please Contact centerstage@kealingpta.org.

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email treasurer@kealingpta.org and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.

Coffee Cart Sign Up for 2/4/20
KMS PTA is putting on the Staff and Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart on 2/4/20 from 7-9 am. Please sign up to bring contributions. 
Reach out to Maraba DiRaddo with any questions at 512 497 6999. Thank you! 

Secret Pals - February 20 and 21
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
If you signed up in the fall, If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org.
Please drop off in the Program Office
Teacher Last Name A-M Drop off on Thursday
Teacher Last Name N-Z Drop off on Friday
** Please drop off at the program office so we can make sure each teacher gets the surprise!***

Hornet Herald - January 12, 2020

posted Jan 12, 2020, 2:43 PM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Jan 16: KMAG meeting (LOTE options) 7:30a
  • Jan 16: Student Ambassadors Club, 3pm, Library
  • Jan 16-17: Homework Hiatus
  • Jan 17: AHS Choice Sheet Day at KMS
  • Jan 20: No School/MLK Day
  • Jan 24: Spring Musical Opening Night
  • Jan 25: 9-11a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #2
  • Jan 28-Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 7: Valentine's Day by AVID, 6-8p
CAMPUS NEWS
ATTN: 8th Graders & Parents
Austin High Academy Preference & Choice Sheet Day
All students zoned to Austin High School for the 2019-20 school year are requested to attend the Academy Selection Day and Choice Sheet Completion on Friday, January 17th from 9-10am. 
  • Zoned students will receive a pass to during B5 to attend the session that begins during Advisory. 
  • Students will need their chromebooks. 
  • Parents are encouraged to discuss Academy Preferences with their students prior to the session. 
  • A video explaining the academies is posted on the Austin High website.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed!

HELP!!!!
Remember when your "tiny, little 5th grade baby" shadowed at Kealing?
Remember what a (hopefully) great experience that was for them?
You may remember also that the shadowing program is 100% run by parent volunteers.

Don't worry, the *hard* jobs are already filled by tireless, generous volunteers but NOW we need you for the easy, quick and very important shifts of shadow wrangling! 45-60 mins in the am (before school, bring your current student just a few minutes early - think of the bonding time in the car; it's priceless) and/or 45-60 mins in the afternoon at dismissal. Think of the brownie points you'll get for picking up your sweet kiddo (instead of him/her having to ride the bus!), too!

Seriously, we know you are busy but if everyone could just sign up for ONE SHIFT, we'd be golden. AND THINK OF THE LITTLE, TINY BABIES that are coming to experience our great school. We want to make sure they have a great experience!

We still have 111 SHIFTS to fill of our 154.  SIGN UP HERE.

PLEASE HELP AND THANK YOU!

KMAG discussion on LOTE class options
KMAG presents a discussion on LOTE (language other than English) class options on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 a.m.!

Kealing Choice sheets will be coming sometime this semester for our students to choose classes for next year. In preparation for this, KMAG will have a representative from the LOTE department speak on the different languages offered at Kealing and what things a student might expect in that class. Remember 7th and 8th grade magnet students are required to sign up for a LOTE class. Hope to see you there!

KMAG (Kealing Magnet Advisory Group) meetings are open to everyone, and generally discuss topics relevant to the Magnet program. All KMAG meetings are from 7:30am to 8:30am and are usually in the library. 

For more information about KMAG, or to make a donation to KMAG to help support the Magnet program, please visit our website at http://www.kealingmag.org.

Save the dates for our future KMAG meetings:
  • 1/16
  • 2/20
  • 4/9
  • 5/7
CAMPUS NEWS
No School Monday January 20, 2020 in observance of MLK Day

Girls' Lacrosse Parent Meeting and Pre-Season Practices
For girls interested in trying out Lacrosse, we will be holding one more pre-season practice at the Kealing fields in January as a way to try out the sport before committing to the regular season. The date is January 25th from 9:00am-11:00am. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience needed! Girls should wear athletic clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. If they have their own Lacrosse equipment (i.e. stick, goggles, mouth guard) they can bring it, otherwise all equipment will be provided. 

If you have questions, email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge. To sign up to attend the practices or to be added to the email list, complete this form.

Kealing Student Ambassadors Club
Interested in welcoming new students to Kealing?  Do you do know the ins and outs of our school?  Want to meet new people and help them adjust to middle school life?  If so, please come to a brief informational meeting after school in the library on Thursday, January 16th from 3:00-3:30.  Snacks will be provided.  This is a student led club and we are looking for students who are eager to welcome students to our campus.  THIS IS NOT A SHADOWING HOST. This is a club that welcomes students who are either newcomers from another country and/or  who transition to Kealing during the school year.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Feel free to email jenna.martin@austinisd.org or adele.tverskyks@stu.austinisd.org for additional information or questions.  
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, it takes a lot of effort to pull it off,  we need a great group of people to help out.  We need a ticket sales chair, a sponsorship chair, an auction chair, a communication chair, a marketing chair, a venue and food chair and we need helpers to do discrete tasks.  We would love to have you join us.  For more information, please Contact centerstage@kealingpta.org.

#EveryMemberCounts --Join the PTA!!
The time is now for parents, students, teachers, and administrators to demand a first-class public education for every child, regardless of their circumstance.

The time is now for everyone who cares about our kids to join PTA www.kealingpta.org and support our school districts in creating a safe place to learn where students are supported academically, physically, and emotionally.
The time is now for PTAs in Texas to leverage 110 years of advocacy and ensure that our legislators understand that every student should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The time is now to contact your elected officials to ensure that the legislature will #FundTheFuture of Texas students!
If you haven’t joined already it’s not too late--click on the PTA website link above and join today!

Secret Pals - February 20 and 21
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
If you signed up in the fall, If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org.
Please drop off in the Program Office
Teacher Last Name A-M Drop off on Thursday
Teacher Last Name N-Z Drop off on Friday
** Please drop off at the program office so we can make sure each teacher gets the surprise!***

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email treasurer@kealingpta.org and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.

Coffee Cart Sign Up for 2/4/20
KMS PTA is putting on the Staff and Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart on 2/4/20 from 7-9 am. Please sign up to bring contributions. 
Reach out to Maraba DiRaddo with any questions at 512 497 6999. Thank you! 

Hornet Herald - January 7, 2020

posted Jan 7, 2020, 5:25 PM by KMS Hornets

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

I hope you had a restful holiday. The Coburn crew pulled out all of our board games and card games and had a great time unplugged. I hope your weeks off were filled with just as much joy.

The Kealing staff opened the spring semester with two days of valuable professional development and community building, so we thank you for taking on the extra day of vacation to support our efforts. We'll be back at it tomorrow and are thrilled to greet our students. We will have a modified bell schedule to allow teachers to pass out students schedules. Otherwise, we'll jump right in!

Please remind your student that elective change requests are due Friday, January 10, 2020. Forms are still available in the Program Office. They will not be accepted past the deadline.

I hope to see you all at the PTA Meeting and Principal's Coffee this Thursday. I will be demonstrating some exciting new features in BLEND. These features will be especially useful to our students with dyslexia and our students with oral administration accommodations and we are excited to have more resources to help us better serve our students. I encourage you to stop by for a preview!

Kind regards,
Kenisha Coburn
Principal
Kealing Middle School
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Jan 8: School Resumes for Spring Semester A DAY
  • Jan 8: Boys BBall Practices begin, 3pm
  • Jan 9: PTA Mtg & Principal's Coffee, 7:30a
  • Jan 9: CAC Meeting 4pm, Library
  • Jan 11, 9-10:30a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #1
  • Jan 11, 10:00-10:30a Girls' Lacrosse Parents Meeting
  • Jan 16: Student Ambassadors Club, 3pm, Library
  • Jan 16-17: Homework Hiatus
  • Jan 20: No School/MLK Day
  • Jan 24: Spring Musical Opening Night
  • Jan 25: 9-11a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #2
CAMPUS NEWS
SPRING SCHEDULE CHANGES
Spring Semester Elective Change Request Forms
  • Available in the Program Office and on the Kealing website 
  • List of courses with available seats as of 12/12 was posted on the Kealing website on December 12
  • Elective change request forms can be submitted to the Program Office between December 16 - January 10.

Boys Basketball Practice Start Date
Boys basketball practice will start on Wed Jan 8 at 3 pm.
CAMPUS NEWS
Girls' Lacrosse Parent Meeting and Pre-Season Practices
For girls interested in trying out Lacrosse, we will be holding two pre-season practices at the Kealing fields in January as a way to try out the sport before committing to the regular season. The dates are January 11th from 9:00am-10:30am and January 25th from 9:00am-11:00am. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience needed! Girls should wear athletic clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. If they have their own Lacrosse equipment (i.e. stick, goggles, mouth guard) they can bring it, otherwise all equipment will be provided. 
On January 11th, we will hold a parent meeting during the last half hour of practice, 10:00am-10:30am. We will go over what participating in Lacrosse at Kealing means and share information on how to register. 
If you have questions before the meeting, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge at kelly.morledge@austinisd.org. To sign up to attend the practices or to be added to the email list, complete this form.

Kealing Student Ambassadors Club
Interested in welcoming new students to Kealing?  Do you do know the ins and outs of our school?  Want to meet new people and help them adjust to middle school life?  If so, please come to a brief informational meeting after school in the library on Thursday, January 16th from 3:00-3:30.  Snacks will be provided.  This is a student led club and we are looking for students who are eager to welcome students to our campus.  THIS IS NOT A SHADOWING HOST. This is a club that welcomes students who are either newcomers from another country and/or  who transition to Kealing during the school year.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Feel free to email jenna.martin@austinisd.org or adele.tverskyks@stu.austinisd.org for additional information or questions.  
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Meeting Thursday, Jan 9, 7:30am
Join us on Thursday for our PTA meeting and Principal's Coffee. See you at 7:30am in the library!
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed!
From 1/28/20 - 2/28/20, prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings (6:55a - 7:40a) and in the afternoons (2:15p - 3:00p) to help greet, check-in, and check-out shadowing students. You can sign up one or more times to do this quick-and-easy but important job!

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
2. Enter your email address (you do NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius). 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Constant. Please note that Amy is only in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing. If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office. Thank you!

Hornet Herald - December 8, 2019

posted Dec 8, 2019, 5:27 PM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Dec. 9: PTA Gift Card Holiday Order Deadline
  • Dec. 10: Secret Pals drop-off (teacher last name A-M)
  • Dec. 10: PTA Parent Ed on Vaping, 6p
  • Dec. 11: Secret Pals drop-off (teacher last name N-Z)
  • Dec 11: 8th grade NJHS mtg, 3p
  • Dec 11: Orchestra Winter Concert, 6p
  • Dec. 12: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Dec. 12: Boy's Basketball Info Mtg, 3pm
  • Dec. 12: CAC Meeting, 4pm
  • Dec. 13: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party
  • Dec. 18-19th: Boy's BBall Tryouts
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 7: Winter Break for Students
  • Jan 8: School Resumes for Spring Semester
CAMPUS NEWS
SPRING SCHEDULE CHANGES
Spring semester schedules with long course descriptions will be handed out in Advisory Monday.
  • Spring Office Aide and Student Aide Applications
  • Forms available in the Program Office on December 6
  • Must be returned to the Program Office by December 12
  • Only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible
  • Talk to you teachers as soon as possible if you are interested!
Spring Semester Elective Change Request Forms
  • Available in the Program Office and on the Kealing website on December 12
  • List of courses with available seats posted on the Kealing website on December 12
  • Elective change request forms can be submitted to the Program Office between December 16 - January 10.

Vaping Parent Education Session-Dec 10th
The PTA is hosting a parent education session on Tuesday, December 10th at 6pm at Kealing. The talk will focus on vaping and be led by Jason Schafer, AISD Health Education Curriculum Specialist. There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session; we are excited to be able to provide up to date information on this hot topic!
CAMPUS NEWS
Boys Basketball Info Meeting
All 7th and 8th grade boys who are interested in trying out for the Kealing Basketball teams need to make plans to attend the info meeting on Thursday December 12th at 3 pm in the Large Gym. At this meeting the coaches will discuss required materials (a completed AISD physical packet), correct attire for tryouts (t-shirt, athletic shorts, and court shoes), and coaches' expectations for behavior and grades. If your child is not going to be able to attend the meeting please contact Coach Jones (8th grade) or Coach Gardner (7th grade) to get the information your child will need for tryouts which will take place Wednesday December 18th , and Thursday December 19th.

Yearbook Tribute Ad Deadline - EXTENDED
Good news parents, we have extended the deadline for 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at www.jostensadservice.com or go to kealingyearbook.com for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. 
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO TOMORROW:
 DEC 9
Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 9 at 8:00 am  sharp  Use them for Secret Pals, Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party, grocery cards for holiday entertaining, stocking stuffers or gifts, experiences,  and restaurant cards. We have Amazon, Itunes, Target , Chilis, American Girl, Main Event, Dominos’s, HEB and Starbucks to name a few.  Check them all out here.  

Secret Pals  Tuesday & Wednesday
Thanks so much for signing to shower our wonderful teachers and staff.  Dec 10th and 11th will be our second drop-off week.  Teacher Last Name A-M is Tuesday and Teacher Last Name N-Z is Wednesday.  If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party (Dec 13) Sign-Up   
Click on this sign-up  to see how you can help us make it a special event! We’re collecting gift cards, cookies, and volunteers!!  Our incredible teachers and staff are the heart of our school, please help us shower them with the goodies they deserve!

PS: for those of you who remember the scam affecting schools, booster and PTA’s involving sending gift cards codes that we warned you about: this is NOT a scam, we are asking to send actual gift cards into the school.  If you have any questions please contact Claudia at hornetcards@kealingpta.org

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Shadowing and Volunteer Opportunities
Please join us for our upcoming KMAG meeting on Thursday, December 12th! Attend this meeting to learn about KMAG’s coordination of “Shadowing”, a period during which students applying to the Magnet Program may visit, or “shadow” at Kealing for a day. We will also discuss parent involvement and volunteer opportunities.

KMAG (Kealing Magnet Advisory Group) meetings are open to everyone, and generally discuss topics relevant to the Magnet program. All KMAG meetings are from 7:30am to 8:30am and are usually in the library. 

For more information about KMAG, or to make a donation to KMAG to help support the Magnet program, please visit our website at http://www.kealingmag.org.

Save the dates for our future KMAG meetings:
  • 1/16
  • 2/20
  • 4/9
  • 5/7

Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed!
From 1/28/20 - 2/28/20, prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings (6:55a - 7:40a) and in the afternoons (2:15p - 3:00p) to help greet, check-in, and check-out shadowing students. You can sign up one or more times to do this quick-and-easy but important job!

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
2. Enter your email address (you do NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius). 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Constant. Please note that Amy is only in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing. If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office. Thank you!

Hornet Herald - December 1, 2019

posted Dec 1, 2019, 5:54 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Dec 1, 2019, 5:58 PM ]

Hey Hornet Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all had restful breaks that allowed you to spend time with some of your favorite people. Mine was a much-needed opportunity to reflect, give thanks, and spend time with those who make my days better. I learned how skilled my 6 year old is at playing Skip-Bo so a week of family game nights was time well-spent. Being part of the Hornet Family brings a lot of joy for me so I am looking forward to seeing our students and staff back on campus this week. I am also looking forward to getting away from the holiday desserts that have overtaken my house. (I ate) too much banana pudding.

We will follow a normal bell schedule all this week. The two following weeks will be filled with all sorts of odd schedules and exams (Final Exams, District Benchmark Testing). Students will get access to the testing schedules in Advisory this week and have opportunities to practice some stress-relief techniques that can help them during this busy period. Be ready to talk about this at home. We are also looking forward to a host of concerts since our Fine Arts department shows off their stuff as we lead into Winter Break. I hope to see you at one of the concerts or Athletic events that will round out the semester.

Students are already thinking ahead to the second semester and so are we! Below is information about the schedule change process. We work to take care of the majority of these requests before students return so that the start to the second semester is smooth. Read below and help your students prepare just in case they are looking forward to possible changes. We will share this information with them on campus too.

Spring Office Aide and Student Aide Forms
  • Available in the Program Office on December 6
  • Must be returned to the Program Office by December 12
  • Only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible
Spring Semester Elective Change Request Forms
  • Available in the Program Office and on the Kealing website on December 12
  • List of courses with available seats posted on the Kealing website on December 12
  • Elective change request forms can be submitted to the Program Office between December 16 - January 10.
Have a great week!

Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
  • Dec. 2: School resumes (A Day)
  • Dec. 2: PTA Gift Card Holiday Order Deadline
  • Dec. 10: Secret Pals drop-off (teacher last name A-M)
  • Dec. 11: Secret Pals drop-off (teacher last name N-Z)
  • Dec. 10: PTA Parent Ed on Vaping, 6p
  • Dec. 12: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Dec. 13: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party
CAMPUS NEWS
Advisory
This week students will learn about the testing dates that close out the semester and practice some stress relief techniques that they can use during busy seasons.

How do I check my student’s grades and attendance?

The system you may hear teachers refer to as TEAMs has a parent interface often referred to as ParentConnect or Parent Self Serve. It can be accessed here and you must have an Austin ISD Cloud login to access the system. This is the place to view live attendance and most up-to-date grades. If you have trouble accessing the system, feel free to reach out to the technology support line by calling 512-414-9187. Support is available weekdays from 7 am - 5 pm. You may also send an email to parenttechsupport@austinisd.org.


How do I change which AISD messages I receive via phone, text, and/or email?

AISD uses a tool called school messenger to send emails, texts, phone calls for various things from emergencies to cafeteria balance. You can select how to receive these messages by doing this:
  1. Go to the parent cloud: my.austinisd.org 
  2. Then type in "messages" in the search box (magnifying glass icon)
  3. You will be able to check and set/clear all of your messages.
CAMPUS NEWS
Inkblot submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is now ready for your submissions. If you have any original and unpublished artwork, photography, writing, or any other creative works and you want to share it, you should submit it to Inkblots' very own magazine. Submitting is easy. All you have to do is find the submission box in any ELA class or submit online at: www/surveymonkey.com/r/inkblot
Thank you and remember to submit to Inkblot!

8th GRADE YEARBOOK ADS AVAILABLE   
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at www.jostensadservice.com or go to kealingyearbook.com for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

AISD Middle School Fair
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 9:00a-12:00p
Webb Middle School

Families of current and future middle school students are invited to Austin ISD's 2019 Middle School Fair.

Students and their families can learn about the diverse and innovative programming offered in Austin ISD, enjoy student performances, and hear from current students, families and faculty from our 19 middle schools about the amazing programs and classes open to our middle school students.

This year's fair is 9 a.m.–noon Dec. 7 at Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. Johns Ave.

Free transportation is provided for families on a rotating basis at Northeast ECHS and Travis ECHS beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information, please contact Carol Parton in the Middle School Office at 512-414-4481 or carol.parton@austinisd.org.
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next KMAG Meeting - Dec. 12th

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
DEADLINE TOMORROW - DEC 2
Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 2 at 8:00 am   Use them for Secret Pals, Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party, grocery cards for holiday entertaining, stocking stuffers or gifts, experiences,  and restaurant cards. We have Amazon, Itunes, Target , Chilis, American Girl, Main Event, Dominos’s, HEB and Starbucks to name a few.  Check them all out here.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party (Dec 13) Sign-Up   
Click on this sign-up  to see how you can help us make it a special event! We’re collecting gift cards, cookies, and volunteers!!  Our incredible teachers and staff are the heart of our school, please help us shower them with the goodies they deserve!

PS: for those of you who remember the scam affecting schools, booster and PTA’s involving sending gift cards codes that we warned you about: this is NOT a scam, we are asking to send actual gift cards into the school.  If you have any questions please contact Claudia at hornetcards@kealingpta.org

Secret Pals December Date is on!
Thanks so much for signing to shower our wonderful teachers and staff.  Dec 10 and 11 will be our second drop off week.  Teacher Last Name A-M is Monday and Teacher Last Name N-Z is Tuesday.  If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org

SAVE THE DATE - Vaping Parent Education Session-Dec 10th
Our next parent education session will be on December 10th at 6pm at Kealing. The talk will focus on vaping and be led by Jason Schafer, AISD Health Education Curriculum Specialist. There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session; we are excited to be able to provide up to date information on this hot topic!

Join the PTA Today!
All Kealing parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to join the Kealing PTA. 
 
$10 Individual (one membership), $19 Family (two memberships) 
(Membership scholarships available)
OR
Download 2019-2020 Membership Paper Form:

Hornet Herald - November 17, 2019

posted Nov 18, 2019, 3:54 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 3:59 AM ]


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Nov 20: Kealing Spelling Bee, 3pm, Theater
  • Nov 21: Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30-7pm, Cafeteria
  • Nov 21: NJHS Induction, CHANGE - 6:30pm Theater
  • Nov 21-22: Homework Hiatus
  • Nov 23-Dec 1: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
  • Dec. 2: School resumes (A Day)
  • Dec. 10: PTA Parent Ed on Vaping
CAMPUS NEWS
Advisory
Monday students will participate in practice rounds of the Spelling Bee. The "real bee" will take place Wednesday after school. Students will also spend some time this week thinking about the upcoming Holiday Break. As usual, follow along on the Advisory page to see what's happening!

How do I check my student’s grades and attendance?

The system you may hear teachers refer to as TEAMs has a parent interface often referred to as ParentConnect or Parent Self Serve. It can be accessed here and you must have an Austin ISD Cloud login to access the system. This is the place to view live attendance and most up-to-date grades. If you have trouble accessing the system, feel free to reach out to the technology support line by calling 512-414-9187. Support is available weekdays from 7 am - 5 pm. You may also send an email to parenttechsupport@austinisd.org.


How do I change which AISD messages I receive via phone, text, and/or email?

AISD uses a tool called school messenger to send emails, texts, phone calls for various things from emergencies to cafeteria balance. You can select how to receive these messages by doing this:
  1. Go to the parent cloud: my.austinisd.org 
  2. Then type in "messages" in the search box (magnifying glass icon)
  3. You will be able to check and set/clear all of your messages.
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing's Annual Community Thanksgiving dinner.
Save the date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 from 5:30-p.m-7:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the dinner. We will be asking for a few donations , but we will update on what our needs will be for that day. 

NJHS Induction Info
New National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members were added to our blend course on Thursday, November 7th. Please accept your invitation to the blend course ASAP. New inductees still need to complete the "finalize your membership" form under the course announcements. Online forms and member dues are due by Friday, November 15th, if you plan to attend the Induction Ceremony. If you do not plan to attend, your forms and dues are due by the firm, non-negotiable deadline of Monday, December 3rd. New inductees that do not submit their finalization form by Monday the 3rd will be removed from the blend course. 

Inkblot submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is now ready for your submissions. If you have any original and unpublished artwork, photography, writing, or any other creative works and you want to share it, you should submit it to Inkblots' very own magazine. Submitting is easy. All you have to do is find the submission box in any ELA class or submit online at: www/surveymonkey.com/r/inkblot
Thank you and remember to submit to Inkblot!

Kealing Spelling Bee
The official Kealing Spelling Bee will be after school on Wednesday, November 20th, in the theater.  All Kealing students are invited to compete or cheer on their fellow students from the audience.  Our school champion the last two years made it all the way to nationals, but she has gone on to high school - who will take her place as our winner?  To practice for the bee, you can get a copy of the word list from Ms. Strickland, either in person outside Rm 203 or by emailing nannette.strickland@austinisd.orgnannette.strickland@austinisd.org and asking for the list.  (Due to copyright issues, we are not allowed to post it online.)  

8th GRADE YEARBOOK ADS AVAILABLE   
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at www.jostensadservice.com or go to kealingyearbook.com for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next KMAG Meeting - Dec. 12th

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Join the PTA Today!
All Kealing parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to join the Kealing PTA. 
 
$10 Individual (one membership), $19 Family (two memberships) 
(Membership scholarships available)
OR
Download 2019-2020 Membership Paper Form:

SAVE THE DATE - Vaping Parent Education Session-Dec 10th
Our next parent education session will be on December 10th at 6pm at Kealing. The talk will focus on vaping and be led by Jason Schafer, AISD Health Education Curriculum Specialist. There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session; we are excited to be able to provide up to date information on this hot topic!

Hornet Herald - November 11, 2019

posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:52 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 12, 2019, 3:23 AM ]

Hey Hornets, 


Last week was a busy one! 


Austin ISD high schools were on campus during lunch periods Monday, Wednesday, and Friday last week. Eighth grade students had an opportunity to visit them and ask questions. If you are an 8th grade parent, keep your ear to the ground for high school information. Now is the time to be talking to your 8th graders about plans for next year.


Thursday, our Theater One Act Play had a second place UIL zone showing and brought home a number of medals. It was tight and they came in about 30 seconds under the time limit. The phenomenal show in the end was saved by incredible stage management. Kudos to all of the students and Ms. Pena-Brooks for the work that went into this performance!


Thursday evening marked another Magnet Showcase. Families were lined up before 5:00 pm like the running of the bulls, held in place by a rope and two committed parent volunteers. Altogether, our parent volunteers helped check in over 500 prospective families. Student volunteers were stellar representatives of Kealing throughout the evening and the KMS Fine Arts department put on a show. Our staff had fun displaying all that magnet program has to offer and who we are as a school. 


Friday we had a pretty full house for the choir-sponsored fall festival. The students had a great time and a good number of pies were thrown at Mr. Hawkins, Ms. Drummond, Ms. Scott, and Ms. Strickland. They were good sports but I am sure they had dreams (or nightmares) of whipped cream this weekend. The haunted hallway was a hit, face-painting resulted in some magic, and there was a lot more to see and do. 


It took a lot of parent support to successfully tackle all of last week’s events. Thanks to all parents who volunteered on campus, dropped off materials, served as taxi drivers, and cheered students on throughout the week. We could not have done it without you!


Have a great week!


Kenisha Coburn

Proud Principal


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Nov 14: High School Options Mtg at KMAG meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Nov 14: CAC Meeting, 4pm, Library
  • Nov 14: Young Scientist, AVID Parent Mtg, 7:30pm
  • Nov 15: GT Nominations Deadline
  • Nov 15: Student Flu Shot Clinic
  • Nov 15: New Member Dues/Forms due for NJHS
  • Nov 20: Kealing Spelling Bee, 3pm, Theater
  • Nov 21: Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30-7pm, Cafeteria
  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
CAMPUS NEWS
Advisory
Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers will visit 6th grade students to promote STEM careers. This week our students will participate in a No Place for Hate discussions about stereotypes. Due to the ASCE presentations, the NP4H lesson for 6h grade students might not happen until next week. As usual, follow along on the Advisory page to see what's happening!

GT Nominations Open Nov. 4th-Nov. 15th
The parent nomination window for GT testing will open November 4th through November 15th. You have the opportunity to nominate students for AISD's Gifted and Talented Program. You do not need to nominate your child if your child was identified in elementary school.   
Please look over these characteristics to serve as a guide for recognizing students who may be academically gifted. The link also provides an overview of the testing and identification process, which includes teacher observations, surveys, and samples of student work. The required nomination form can be found on this link as well.  

Student Flu Shot Clinic
The moment you have been patiently waiting for has finally arrived! The Flu Shot Clinic for students has been scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019 from 7:30 AM-12:30PM. Registration is only by paper consent form (there is no online registration). You will find consent forms here and students will also be able to obtain a copy from the Program Office starting Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Consent forms must be returned to Mrs. Romero by Friday, November 8, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Flu Shot Clinic, please feel free to contact Mrs. Romero at 512-414-2707.

Central Texas Food Bank Food Drive
Students in the Food for Thought elective have researched hunger in Austin and around the world. Students have also researched ways they can help end hunger. In order to help those in our community who are hungry or food insecure, students decided to hold a food drive for Central Texas Food Bank. We will collect food until Friday, November 8. Please drop off non-perishable food items to room 515. Thank you!
CAMPUS NEWS
Kealing's Annual Community Thanksgiving dinner.
Save the date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 from 5:30-p.m-7:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the dinner. We will be asking for a few donations , but we will update on what our needs will be for that day. 

How do I check my student’s grades and attendance?

The system you may hear teachers refer to as TEAMs has a parent interface often referred to as ParentConnect or Parent Self Serve. It can be accessed here and you must have an Austin ISD Cloud login to access the system. This is the place to view live attendance and most up-to-date grades. If you have trouble accessing the system, feel free to reach out to the technology support line by calling 512-414-9187. Support is available weekdays from 7 am - 5 pm. You may also send an email to parenttechsupport@austinisd.org.


NJHS Induction Info
New National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members were added to our blend course on Thursday, November 7th. Please accept your invitation to the blend course ASAP. New inductees still need to complete the "finalize your membership" form under the course announcements. Online forms and member dues are due by Friday, November 15th, if you plan to attend the Induction Ceremony. If you do not plan to attend, your forms and dues are due by the firm, non-negotiable deadline of Monday, December 3rd. New inductees that do not submit their finalization form by Monday the 3rd will be removed from the blend course. 

Inkblot submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is now ready for your submissions. If you have any original and unpublished artwork, photography, writing, or any other creative works and you want to share it, you should submit it to Inkblots' very own magazine. Submitting is easy. All you have to do is find the submission box in any ELA class or submit online at: www/surveymonkey.com/r/inkblot
Thank you and remember to submit to Inkblot!

Kealing Spelling Bee
The official Kealing Spelling Bee will be after school on Wednesday, November 20th, in the theater.  All Kealing students are invited to compete or cheer on their fellow students from the audience.  Our school champion the last two years made it all the way to nationals, but she has gone on to high school - who will take her place as our winner?  To practice for the bee, you can get a copy of the word list from Ms. Strickland, either in person outside Rm 203 or by emailing nannette.strickland@austinisd.orgnannette.strickland@austinisd.org and asking for the list.  (Due to copyright issues, we are not allowed to post it online.)  

8th GRADE YEARBOOK ADS AVAILABLE   
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at www.jostensadservice.com or go to kealingyearbook.com for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
High School Options: A Panel Discussion
KMAG presents: “High School Options: A Panel Discussion” on Thursday November 14th! Attend this meeting to receive first hand feedback and advice from a panel of current and former Kealing parents with kids attending various high schools.  
** Please note this meeting will not be videoed at the request of our parent panel volunteers

KMAG (Kealing Magnet Advisory Group) meetings are open to everyone, and generally discuss topics relevant to the Magnet program. All KMAG meetings are from 7:30am to 8:30am and are usually in the library. 

For more information about KMAG, or to make a donation to KMAG to help support the Magnet program, please visit our website at http://www.kealingmag.org

Save the dates for our future KMAG meetings: 11/14, 12/12, 1/16, 2/20, 4/9, and 5/7

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Membership
#EveryMemberCounts - We have 538 members submitted towards our goal of 650.  If you haven’t yet become a PTA , please try and help us reach our goal.

Join the PTA Today!
All Kealing parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to join the Kealing PTA. 
 
$10 Individual (one membership), $19 Family (two memberships) 
(Membership scholarships available)
OR
Download 2019-2020 Membership Paper Form:

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