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Hornet Herald - December 9, 2018

posted by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Dec. 3-20 - Food Drive, room 515
  • Dec. 10 - PTA Gift Card Order Ends, 8AM
  • Dec. 10 & 11 - Secret Pal Drop Date
  • Dec. 10-13 - MOY Benchmark Testing
  • Dec. 12 - Student Council Mtg., 3p
  • Dec. 13 - Boys BBall Tryouts Info Meeting, 3-3:30p
  • Dec. 13 - CAC Mtg, 4pm
  • Dec. 13 - Music Production performs at COTA
  • Dec. 14 - Last Day to donate to Winter Wear Drive
  • Dec. 14 - PTA Teacher/Staff Party 
  • Dec. 18-19 & Jan. 8 - Girls' Soccer tryouts
  • Dec. 19-20 - Boys BBall Tryouts
  • Dec. 21 - 8th grade yearbook Ad Deadline
  • Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter Break (no school)
  • Jan. 4 - Price Increase on Team Registration Cap 10K
  • Jan. 7 - First Day of School Spring 2019
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadow Wranglers Needed
From 1/29/17 - 2/28/17 prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45 and afternoons from 2:15 - 3:00 to help greet, check in and check out shadowing students. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job.
 
SIGN UP HERE.

If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle Manning. Thank you!

Shopping on AMAZON.COM?
If you are shopping online at amazon this week (or anytime), please consider making "KMAG" or "Kealing PTA" your charity of choice and go through https://smile.amazon.com/

It is the same shopping you normally would do but KMAG or Kealing PTA will get a rebate on your purchases!

Win-Win!
CAMPUS NEWS
Run with Kealing at the 2019 Cap10K!!
Kealing Family, Do you enjoy running/jogging/walking?? Are you interested in setting a New Year’s Resolution goal for yourself?? Do you love representing Kealing Middle School??

YOU should join the Kealing Middle School team at the 2019 Statesman Capitol 10K race on April 7, 2019!!

All students and staff are eligible to join the Kealing Middle School team, and if 35 or more participants sign up, we’ll be eligible for a tent at the Finish Line Festival. We will also compete in challenges against other middle schools: Fastest Girl’s & Boy’s Teams (top 5 girls and top 5 boys from each school) and Largest School Team.

To register, go to www.cap10k.com - Be sure to select “School Team Member” as your registration option, and look for “Kealing Middle School” in the Team Name drop down menu. Registration is just $20 for School Team Members until January 4, 2019, so register early before prices increase!!

If you have any questions about registration or participation in this event, feel free to check with Mr. Hague.

Boys Basketball Info
All 7th and 8th grade boys interested in trying out for the Kealing Basketball teams need to be aware of the following information:

Thursday Dec 13th- Mandatory meeting for all players interested in trying out. The meeting will last from 3-3:30 in the Large Gym. Coaches will go over requirements to try out, as well as practice and game schedules, and other information that will lead to a positive try out and basketball season for the teams.

Wednesday Dec 19th and Thursday Dec 20th- Tryouts. Players will need to attend both days of tryouts. Players will need to have a completed AISD Athletic Physical Packet (including a doctors exam and signature) before they can tryout. These packets can be picked up from Coach Gardner's office, the main office, or found on the district website www.austinisd.org/athletics 

Players will need to bring a t-shirt, athletics shorts, and court shoes for tryouts. They may bring their own water bottles.

Our season starts the first week of January when we return from the Winter break. If you have any questions about boys basketball please contact Herbert Jones (7th grade) or Justin Gardner (8th grade).

Winter Wear Drive
Attention Kealing Hornets! The 8th grade NJHS is hosting a Winter Wear Drive. We will be taking donations from November 26th to December 14th. Bring any gently used coats, scarves, hats, and other winter wear, to your advisory to compete for a donut party! All donations will be going to Coats for Kids. We appreciate any donations!

Inkblot Submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is back and ready for your submissions! You can submit artwork, writing, and photography. Students who submit before Winter Break will be given an Inkblot pin/button AND will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card. Students can submit online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/inkblot and in your English teachers' rooms. For more information visit room 236 with Mrs. Scott. 

Food Drive!
The Food for Thought elective is collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank starting Monday, December 3, until Thursday, December 20. Over 17% of Travis County residents face food insecurity on a daily basis. The Central Texas Food Bank helps those residents make sure they have enough to eat. Please consider donating canned goods, pasta, beans, rice, apple sauce, trail mix, and dried fruit. Students may drop items off in room 515. Thank you!

Deadline for 8th grade yearbook ads EXTENDED!
We have only about a dozen ad spaces left, so we're extending the deadline until December 21st. Please submit your ads ASAP. There is ordering information at www.kealingyearbook.com or with this direct link. Be sure to select the option for "Yearbook Recognition Ads" to get started. Don't miss out on this wonderful way to celebrate your child's commencement from middle school. You could even consider a "best friend" tribute ad, to celebrate their treasured friendships. Ads start at $30. 

Writing Tutor Volunteers Need for Academy ELA Classes
We are seeking parent volunteers to assist in English Language Arts classes in the Academy Program during the Spring Semester. These volunteers would focus on supporting students' writing through one-on-one conferences with students. Past volunteers have assisted students at all points in the writing process - brainstorming, drafting, and editing. This support is especially important in helping our 7th Grade students prepare for the STAAR Writing Exam.

If you are interested in volunteering in this way, please complete this form, and we will contact you as we prepare for the Spring Semester.  Thank you!!
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party on Dec. 14 Sign-Up
We’re nearly there! But we still need gift cards and cookies donations to make sure we can give a gift to each KMS staff member. Please see the link below and help us reach our goal!

Our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party is coming up on December 14th. If you’ve volunteered to bring cookies, please drop them off to the Programs office on December 13th or the morning of December 14th (before 10am). If you’ve pledged a gift card, please make sure it is delivered to Dee Gonzales in room 112A by December 13th.

Please see the link below! 


P.S.  You can buy your gift cards through the PTA which is super convenient!  With just a few simple clicks , you can show your appreciation for all these hard-working and inspirational folks!

#EveryMemberCounts - 124 Members to go
Dear Kealing Families, the Texas Legislators will be starting their new legislative cycle in January. Let’s help TXPTA help our kiddos. We have 124 memberships or 62 family memberships to go to hit our goal of 650 PTA Memberships We are getting closer to our goal, but we need a little bit more help. Thank you for your commitment to be the strongest possible voice for all students.

$10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
Extended Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 10 at 8:00 am SHARP 
Use them Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party, (sorry it is too late for secret pals) grocery cards for holiday entertaining, stocking stuffers or gifts, experiences, and restaurant cards. We have Amazon, itunes, Target , Chilis, American Girl, Main Event, Dominos, HEB and Starbucks to name a few. If you have a business and would like to purchase for all of your employees we can open up the full list of the cards available. Check them all out here.

We have already place one order for the gift cards and be contacted very soon about their delivery

Secret Pals: This Monday & Tuesday (December 10th and 11th)

Thanks so much for signing to shower our wonderful teachers and staff.   Teacher Last Name A-M is Monday (Dec 10) and Teacher Last Name N-Z (Dec 11) is Tuesday.  If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org

Hornet Herald - December 3, 2018

posted Dec 2, 2018, 8:57 AM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Dec. 3 - PTA Gift Card Order Ends
  • Dec. 3-20 - Food Drive, room 515
  • Dec. 4 - PTA Exec Board Mtg, 7:30a
  • Dec. 5 - Girls' Soccer Info Mtg, 3p
  • Dec. 6 & 7 - Spirit Wear on Sale at lunch
  • Dec. 7 - GT Nominations Due
  • Dec. 10 & 11 - Secret Pal Drop Date
  • Dec. 10-13 - MOY Benchmark Testing
  • Dec. 12 - Student Council Mtg., 3p
  • Dec. 13 - CAC Mtg, 4pm
  • Dec. 13 - Music Production performs at COTA
  • Dec. 14 - PTA Teacher/Staff Party 
  • Dec. 18-19 & Jan. 8 - Girls' Soccer tryouts
  • Dec. 21 - 8th grade yearbook Ad Deadline
  • Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter Break (no school)
  • Jan. 7 - First Day of School Spring 2019
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadow Wranglers Needed
From 1/29/17 - 2/28/17 prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45 and afternoons from 2:15 - 3:00 to help greet, check in and check out shadowing students. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job.
 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
2. Enter your email address:  (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius) 
 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle ManningPlease note that Michelle Manning 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!

KMAG Meeting Canceled!
The meeting scheduled for Dec. 6 has been canceled. We will resume our KMAG meetings on January 17th, 2019.

Shopping on AMAZON.COM?
If you are shopping online at amazon this week (or anytime), please consider making "KMAG" or "Kealing PTA" your charity of choice and go through https://smile.amazon.com/

It is the same shopping you normally would do but KMAG or Kealing PTA will get a rebate on your purchases!

Win-Win!
CAMPUS NEWS
Inkblot Submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is back and ready for your submissions! You can submit artwork, writing, and photography. Students who submit before Winter Break will be given an Inkblot pin/button AND will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card. Students can submit online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/inkblot and in your English teachers' rooms. For more information visit room 236 with Mrs. Scott.

Food Drive!
The Food for Thought elective is collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank starting Monday, December 3, until Thursday, December 20. Over 17% of Travis County residents face food insecurity on a daily basis. The Central Texas Food Bank helps those residents make sure they have enough to eat. Please consider donating canned goods, pasta, beans, rice, apple sauce, trail mix, and dried fruit. Students may drop items off in room 515. Thank you!

Deadline for 8th grade yearbook ads EXTENDED!
We have only about a dozen ad spaces left, so we're extending the deadline until December 21st. Please submit your ads ASAP. There is ordering information at www.kealingyearbook.com or with this direct link. Be sure to select the option for "Yearbook Recognition Ads" to get started. Don't miss out on this wonderful way to celebrate your child's commencement from middle school. You could even consider a "best friend" tribute ad, to celebrate their treasured friendships. Ads start at $30. 

Writing Tutor Volunteers Need for Academy ELA Classes
We are seeking parent volunteers to assist in English Language Arts classes in the Academy Program during the Spring Semester. These volunteers would focus on supporting students' writing through one-on-one conferences with students. Past volunteers have assisted students at all points in the writing process - brainstorming, drafting, and editing. This support is especially important in helping our 7th Grade students prepare for the STAAR Writing Exam.

If you are interested in volunteering in this way, please complete this form, and we will contact you as we prepare for the Spring Semester.  Thank you!!

GT Nominations Window Now Open
The window is now open for GT nominations. If you would like to nominate your child to be assessed for Gifted and Talented, please click here for more information. You may also contact the campus GT Advocate, Lyra Swinney, at 512-841-7746 or lyra.swinney@austinisd.org. Nominations must be submitted by December 7, 2018.

Winter Wear Drive
Attention Kealing Hornets! The 8th grade NJHS is hosting a Winter Wear Drive. We will be taking donations from November 26th to December 14th. Bring any gently used coats, scarves, hats, and other winter wear, to your advisory to compete for a donut party! All donations will be going to Coats for Kids. We appreciate any donations!

Girls Soccer Informational Meeting & Tryouts
We will having an informational meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5th in room 225 at 3 PM for all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for the soccer team. Please fill out this form before the meeting.

Tryouts will be Tuesday, Dec. 18th, Wednesday, Dec. 19th & Tuesday, January 8th. We will make arrangements for girls still taking part in basketball. Soccer website info here.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party on Dec. 14 Sign-Up

We’re getting closer but we could still use your help and support!   Our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party is coming up soon and we are trying to collect gift cards and cookies.  Our goal is to collect a gift card for every staff member.  Please see the link below! 


P.S.  You can buy your gift cards through the PTA which is super convenient!  With just a few simple clicks , you can show your appreciation for all these hard-working and inspirational folks!

#EveryMemberCounts.

We’re not asking you to come to meetings.  We’re not asking you to volunteer. 
We’re asking you to become a PTA Member.  The more members we have, the more people we represent, the louder our collective voice to make things around here the best they can be. 

Help us Help you.  
Join the PTA

$10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 3 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.  If you have a business and would like to purchase for all of your employees we can open up the full list of the cards available. Check them all out here.

Secret Pals December 10th and 11th!
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
View the list of wishes at www.kealingpta.org

MLK DAY of Service Planning
We are looking for a few parent co-leaders to help out with the following:
  • Garden projects
  • Indoor project coordinator
  • Neighborhood clean-up
  • Prep & clean up for luncheon
  • MLK Day of Service will be on January 19, planning meeting will likely be week of Dec 10
If your are interested, please contact mlkdayofservice@kealingpta.org

Property Taxes, Recapture, Budget Cuts and possible effects on our schools
Click on www.kealingpta.org to learn more!

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale this Thur/Fri
We have hats, and black zip hoodies back in stock!  Buy online at our Spirit Store and then have your kiddo come pickup their gear up on the stage in the cafeteria. We have shirts, dryfit, hoodies, baseball shirts, magnets and decals.  If you have any questions please contact spiritwear@kealingpta.org

Hornet Herald - November 25, 2018

posted Nov 25, 2018, 8:52 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 25, 2018, 11:33 AM ]


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Nov. 26-Dec. 14 - Winter Wear Drive
  • Nov. 28 - Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • Nov. 28 - New Inductee NJHS Ceremony
  • Nov. 30 - Spelling Bee, 3p
  • Dec. 1 - MS Choice Fair, 9a-12p, Fulmore MS
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
  • Dec. 3 - PTA Gift Card Order Ends
  • Dec. 5 - Girls' Soccer Info Mtg, 3p
  • Dec. 6 - KMAG Meeting, 7:30am
  • Dec. 7 - GT Nominations Due
  • Dec. 10 & 11 - Secret Pal Drop Date
  • Dec. 13 - Music Production performs at COTA
  • Dec. 14 - PTA Teacher/Staff Party 
  • Dec. 18-19 & Jan. 8 - Girls' Soccer tryouts
  • Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter Break (no school)
  • Jan. 7 - First Day of School Spring 2019
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
CAMPUS NEWS
Writing Tutor Volunteers Need for Academy ELA Classes
We are seeking parent volunteers to assist in English Language Arts classes in the Academy Program during the Spring Semester. These volunteers would focus on supporting students' writing through one-on-one conferences with students. Past volunteers have assisted students at all points in the writing process - brainstorming, drafting, and editing. This support is especially important in helping our 7th Grade students prepare for the STAAR Writing Exam.

If you are interested in volunteering in this way, please complete this form, and we will contact you as we prepare for the Spring Semester.  Thank you!!

GT Nominations Window Now Open
The window is now open for GT nominations. If you would like to nominate your child to be assessed for Gifted and Talented, please click here for more information. You may also contact the campus GT Advocate, Lyra Swinney, at 512-841-7746 or lyra.swinney@austinisd.org. Nominations must be submitted by December 7, 2018.

Kealing Spelling Bee!
The official Kealing Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, November 30th, at 3pm in the theater.  All interested students are welcome to participate.  There will also be Spelling Bee activities in advisory that week, but they are not a prerequisite or a substitute for this official bee.  No registration is required - just show up on time!  
Copies of the word list to study are available on the wall across from Ms. Strickland's room, #203.  You can also contact Ms. Strickland if you have any questions regarding the Spelling Bee.  Good luck everyone!

Winter Wear Drive
Attention Kealing Hornets! The 8th grade NJHS is hosting a Winter Wear Drive. We will be taking donations from November 26th to December 14th. Bring any gently used coats, scarves, hats, and other winter wear, to your advisory to compete for a donut party! All donations will be going to Coats for Kids. We appreciate any donations!

Girls Soccer Informational Meeting & Tryouts
We will having an informational meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5th in room 225 at 3 PM for all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for the soccer team. Please fill out this form before the meeting.

Tryouts will be Tuesday, Dec. 18th, Wednesday, Dec. 19th & Tuesday, January 8th. We will make arrangements for girls still taking part in basketball. Soccer website info here.

Music Production students to perform at the COTA Winter Wonderland 
Music Production students are going to perform at the COTA Winter Wonderland on  Thursday, Dec. 13th from 6:30- 8:30.

There are many fun activities for the family- ice skating, singing trees, camel rides! Read more about COTA Winter Wonderland here

If you purchase tickets through this link, $2 each will benefit the Music Production classroom. Please consider attending on the 13th and supporting our composers!  The code is: KEALING  Thank you and have fun!!
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Save the Date: 
Next KMAG Meeting: Dec. 6, 7:30am

Shopping on AMAZON.COM?
If you are shopping online at amazon this week (or anytime), please consider making "KMAG" or "Kealing PTA" your charity of choice and go through https://smile.amazon.com/

It is the same shopping you normally would do but KMAG or Kealing PTA will get a rebate on your purchases!

Win-Win!
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party on Dec. 14 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!

#EveryMemberCounts.

Way to go Kealing Families! We are getting closer to our goal.  We have 128 memberships or 64 families to go. We are asking to back the future of all children by joining Kealing PTA.   PTA’s number one goal is to Advocate for Children.  Thank you for your commitment to be the strongest possible voice for all kids!

$10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
The Kealing PTA is selling gift cards to many popular places. Every purchase of a gift card through the Kealing PTA gives a rebate back to us at NO extra cost to you! (Each merchant will donate a percentage of all gift card purchases to Kealing PTA) Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 3 at 8:00 am   Use them for Secret Pals, Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party, grocery cards for holiday entertaining, stocking stuffers or gifts!  We have Amazon, itunes, Target, Chilis, American Girl, Main Event, Domino’s, HEB and Starbucks and MANY, many more!  Check them all out at here. This is basically free money for Kealing on purchases you already make! Thank you!

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

Reflections
Congratulations to Jai Naguraj for Uncommon Courage, Morgan Walker for Everyday Heroes and Jayden White for Nina’s Story for all advancing to the Austin ACPTA/AISD Level. ACPTA judging will take place November & December.  TXPTA entries advancing to State will be announced in January 2019 at the AISD PAC recognition ceremony.  National PTA winners will be announced around April-May 2019. 

Rally Day
Austin concerned citizens, please plan for it, and mark it on your calendars.  February 25, 2019

PTA Members, like you will descend on the State Capitol and show lawmakers that our united voice carries far and wide.  See www.kealingpta.org for more information

Hornet Herald - November 11, 2018

posted Nov 11, 2018, 9:15 AM by KMS Hornets


UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Nov. 14 - Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • Nov. 15 - OCPE Deadline
  • Nov. 15 - Community Thanksgiving Celebration, 5:30-7:30p, Cafeteria
  • Nov 19-23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 28 - New Inductee NJHS Ceremony
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
  • Dec 13 - Music Production performs at COTA
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
CAMPUS NEWS
Thanksgiving Community Celebration
You are invited to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner this Thursday, Nov. 15th at 5:30pm in the Kealing Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing everyone!

PE waivers - 7th and 8th graders
Off Campus Physical Education or PE Waivers for the Spring semester must be submitted to AISD no later than November 15, 2018. Students will need a counselor's signature before they can submit their application. PE Waiver applications WILL NOT be accepted in January.

CyberHornets Lead Texas in First Round of Cybersecurity Competition
On November 3 and 4, 45 Kealing students on 9 teams kicked off the first round of the 2018-19 CyberPatriot national cyber defense competition.  One team, "The Agents," had a perfect score to lead all 97 Texas middle schools; three other Kealing teams also finished in the Texas top 10.  In only our second year to compete, 8 Kealing teams finished in the top 25% of all 700 US middle schools.  More rounds will take place in December, January, and February.  Go CyberHornets!

New NJHS Members
Attention 7th and 8th graders who have received and returned the candidate form for NJHS, please check your Blend to see that you’ve been added to the NJHS course. Read the announcements for important information on finalizing the steps to becoming a member. Make sure to turn in your fee to Ms. Chambers by Friday, November 16th and see Ms. Chambers for any questions. Keep in mind, if you didn’t complete all components of the candidate form, this message does not apply to you because you were not invited to NJHS. On a side note, the induction ceremony for new members will take place on November 28th.

Music Production students to perform at the COTA Winter Wonderland
Music Production students are going to perform at the COTA Winter Wonderland on  Thursday, Dec. 13th from 6:30- 8:30.

There are many fun activities for the family- ice skating, singing trees, camel rides! 

Read more about COTA Winter Wonderland here

If you purchase tickets through this link, $2 each will benefit the Music Production classroom. 

Please consider attending on the 13th and supporting our composers!
The code is: KEALING  

Thank you and have fun!!
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party Sign-Up


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!

#EveryMemberCounts.

We have 174 more memberships or 87 more family memberships to go. 

We are asking you to  Back the future of all children by joining Kealing PTA. Thank you for your commitment to be the strongest possible voice for all kids!
  • $10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Texas PTA adopts priorities for next Legislative Session 
Texas PTA has adopted priorities for the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature that begins on January 8, 2019. Top priorities include:
  • Public school funding reform to make funding more equitable and adequate to meet the needs of all students
  • Literacy by third grade 
See www.kealingpta.org for the complete list
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Save the Date: 
Next KMAG Meeting: Dec. 6, 7:30am

Hornet Herald - November 4, 2018

posted Nov 4, 2018, 10:19 AM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Nov. 6 - Election Day - GO VOTE!
  • Nov. 6 - Kealing Mock Election
  • Nov. 7 - 8th grade NJHS meeting, 3p, library
  • Nov. 8 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a
  • Nov. 8 - CAC Mtg, 4p
  • Nov. 8 - Magnet Showcase, 5:30-7:30p
  • Nov. 10 - Girls' Lacrosse Clinic
  • Nov. 14 - Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • Nov. 15 - OCPE Deadline
  • Nov. 15 - Community Thanksgiving Celebration, 5:30-7:30p, Cafeteria
  • Nov 19-23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
CAMPUS NEWS
Be the One Presentation for 7th Grade
The Kealing Guidance Department is making a presentation to all 7th grade students, through advisory, beginning on November 7th thru the 9th. The goal is to instruct them on how they can “Be the One” to help a friend who is struggling with depression or hurting themselves. The presentation goes over the signs of depression and the ways to help friends cope. We will also discuss what to do when friends are hurting themselves and/or are having suicidal thoughts. Counselors will encourage all students to tell an adult if someone expresses thoughts of hurting themselves; this includes telling their parents, especially if they learn of a student’s thoughts outside of the school setting.

Counselors will share the number to a help hotline, the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine, at 1 (800) 273- TALK. or to text CONNECT to 741741 to chat with a crisis counselor. Please feel free to pass this information onto others. If your student communicates to you that one of their friends is having suicidal thoughts. Please either contact their parents or the police, who have mental health officers that can check on them in their home. Other resources can be found under the HELP tab on the Counseling Website: http://kmsguidance.weebly.com/ All it takes is one person to “Be the One” to save another’s life. 

PE waivers - 7th and 8th graders
Off Campus Physical Education or PE Waivers for the Spring semester must be submitted to AISD no later than November 15, 2018. Students will need a counselor's signature before they can submit their application. PE Waiver applications WILL NOT be accepted in January.

8th Grade NJHS Meeting
Attention all 8th grade NJHS members! There will be a meeting on Wednesday, the 7th, in the library after school. We will be discussing upcoming service projects and making posters for our coat drive. See you there!

Girls' Lacrosse Clinic-Sat, Nov 10th
The second (of three) Girls' Lacrosse fall practice will be on Saturday, November 10th from 9am-11am at the Kealing fields. This is open to all grades and no experience necessary! Wear athletic clothes appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. We will have all other equipment provided. Please complete this form ahead of practice in order to participate. Questions? Email Kelly Morledge at kelly.morledge@austinisd.org or check out the Kealing Lacrosse website. Hope to see you on the field!

8th Grade Tribute Ads
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2019 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
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
VOTE!
Be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

#EveryMemberCounts.

We have 174 more memberships or 87 more family memberships to go. 

We are asking you to  Back the future of all children by joining Kealing PTA. Thank you for your commitment to be the strongest possible voice for all kids!
  • $10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Texas PTA adopts priorities for next Legislative Session 
Texas PTA has adopted priorities for the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature that begins on January 8, 2019. Top priorities include:
  • Public school funding reform to make funding more equitable and adequate to meet the needs of all students
  • Literacy by third grade 
See www.kealingpta.org for the complete list

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party Sign-Up
Save the Date - MLK Day of Service
Please block your calendars for our annual MLK Day of Service / Peace Through Pie event.  This year's event will be on Saturday, January 19th 2018 from noon-3 pm.  We'll have a community pizza/pie event from noon-1 then gardening/grounds work/neighborhood clean-up from 1-3 pm.

This is a great opportunity for NJHS kids to get some service hours!  Watch for more details and a sign-up sheet coming soon.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteers needed for Magnet Showcase

The Kealing Middle School Magnet Showcase is on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:30pm. We need parent volunteers to helpmake this event a success for visiting students and their families.  Please sign up here to help. Volunteers please come to the front entrance upon arrival.

*Your current Kealing student may coordinate separately with their teacher to volunteer in a classroom and earn volunteer hours.

KMAG Meeting, November 8, 7:30am
High School Options 
This meeting is open to all. Please note that this meeting will not be recorded at the request of our panelists. Thank you for understanding.

LAST LASA Roadshow: Interested in Learning More about LASA?
LASA is hitting the road this Fall for a series of informational evening presentations by LASA Administration, faculty, and current high school students. The “Road Shows” bring LASA to you – students interested in applying, as well as parents and community members. Come learn more about the only advanced academic magnet high school program in AISD! 

All are welcome to a series of “LASA Road Show” evening presentations throughout the Fall in Austin. Administrators and students will answer questions about the application process, curriculum, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and transportation. 
  • Monday, November 5, 6:30-8 PM: Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin, TX 78702)

MacTheatre Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nov 8-11
Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream when MacTheatre takes you on a magical adventure through a lush forest besieged by starry-eyed love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance, and love and marriage. The play’s four stories are woven together in a single fateful night: the wedding of the Athenian Duke to his Queen, the misadventures of four lovers lost in the enchanted forest, an uproarious throw-down between the King and Queen of the Fairies, and an entertaining quarrel amongst amateur actors in a troupe.
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare’s happiest and most beloved comedies. It is called a ""Dream"" because of the unrealistic events the characters experience in the play — real, yet unreal, such as crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck.
 
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact” but audiences of all ages can enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a classic celebration of love, innocence, and merry meddling.

- Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://mccallum.ludustickets.com/  
- Student tickets are $7; adults are $16, and seniors are $12. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door, except at the student rate. 
- Group rates for groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount when purchasing tickets online.
- Midsummer runs November 8-11, 2018; All shows start at 7 pm, except for Sundays. Sunday shows start at 2 pm.
- Location is the Fine Arts Building Theatre at 5600 Sunshine Dr. Austin, TX 78756

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Hornet Herald - October 28, 2018

posted Oct 28, 2018, 12:15 PM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Oct. 30 - Reflections Art Contest Deadline
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween!!! Boo!
  • Nov. 1 - Portrait Retakes
  • Nov. 1 - Principal's Coffee & PTA Speaker on Opiods, 7:30a
  • Nov. 1-2: Homework Hiatus
  • Nov. 1 - Student Council Meeting, 3p
  • Nov. 2 - Last day of 2nd 6 weeks
  • Nov. 2 - New Recruits for NJHS form due
  • Nov. 2 - Fall Festival, 6-8p
  • Nov. 8 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a
  • Nov. 8 - Magnet Showcase, 5:30-7:30p
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
CAMPUS NEWS
IMPORTANT - PORTRAIT RETAKES 11/1
School portrait retakes will happen on Thursday, 11/1 for any students who were absent on school picture day or who wish to have their photo retaken. Photos will be taken on the cafeteria stage during ALL LUNCHES. Students do not need to sign up ahead of time for a retake. Retake order forms can be found in the program office. Stop by room 236 with questions or concerns. 

Halloween Is Coming!
We look forward to seeing students and staff in costume on October 31! Here are a few costume reminders:
  • Masks are not allowed.
  • Face coverings of any kind are not allowed.
  • Weapons, real or fake, are not allowed. 
Also, after Halloween, students may not pass out candy to others on campus. This is both for safety and to comply with state law. 

NJHS: New Recruits
Attention all 7th and 8th graders! You will be getting a form either Friday 26th or Monday 29th in your science class, depending if you are eligible for NJHS. If you receive the form and you are interested in joining, please return the form to Ms. Chambers, room 116, by Friday, November 2nd. 

Fall Festival
On Friday, November 2, Kealing students will get the chance to dunk their teachers, throw pies at their teachers, get their faces painted, sing karaoke, and much much more at the 7th Annual Fall Festival! The event is hosted by Kealing Choir, and all proceeds support our choral program. 

The Fall Festival will be held Friday, November 2, from 6-8 pm in the Kealing courtyard and cafeteria. Advance admission wristbands are $4 and will be on sale during all the lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the week of. Admission is $5 at the door. Families of 5 or more will receive 1 free wristband. Admission is free for children 5 and under. Individual stations range from FREE to $1.50, and concessions will also be available! Families are welcome, so please bring everybody! 

Email Ms. Parks at: ellen.parks@austinisd.org if you have further questions. See you at the Fall Festival!

Chess Club is BACK!
Kealing Chess Club is starting again! Each Thursday from 3 - 4pm, students will meet in Room 512 to learn, play, and improve their chess skills. 

8th Grade Tribute Ads
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2019 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

Woohoo! THANKS KMS PTA!!!!

Kealing Marquee is on and communicating
  • Check out our 2 to 3 lines of school information as you drive up Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • It will be showing PTA, KMAG, School and community info!
  • Brought to you by our FABULOUS Kealing PTA! Thanks PTA!

AISD Budget shortfall
If you are not aware, AISD is facing a 30 million shortfall in their upcoming budget.
  • There are a lot of different people looking at all the options and providing suggestions on where to cut. 
  • One question stood out to me:   “How do we find a way to create revenue?”.  AISD faces pressure that our building and grounds are for the public to use.    Currently we have community groups and youth sport for profit groups that use AISD facilities and do not even pay for the janitorial costs.
  • Perhaps given AISD’s financial situation, we need to rethink this?  What do you think? Email president@kealingpta.org if you want to join the conversation.

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Meeting, Principal Coffee and 
Opioid Presentation
THIS Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 am
Austin Phoenix House Prevention Specials Presentation on Opioids
  • Prescriptions are among the most misused substances in the US
  • Drug overdoses now represent the leading cause of accidental death in the US.
  • Prescription drug misuse occurs within all age ranges and socioeconomic statuses. 
Please join our PTA!

Being a member has advantages in addition to the great things Kealing PTA is doing, join PTA to take advantage of: 

 ** Reflections, the national art program
 ** Resources for parenting in the modern world
** Exclusive member discounts (Schlitterbahn, Texas Rangers, Six Flags, Orlando, Great Wolf Lodge,various hotels and car rentals, Dell, Costco and 1-800 flowers
** An automatic triple membership with Texas and National PTA, advocating for children in Texas and across the United States.

Membership Goal is 650 - We can do this!
  • $10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
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Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Reflections Art Contest 
ENTRIES ARE DUE OCTOBER 30
THEME: Heroes Around Me
  • Dance Choreography, 
  • Film Production, 
  • Literature, 
  • Music Composition, 
  • Photography, 
  • Virtual Arts
Forms and guidelines are at: 
www.kealingpta.org or on the bulletin board at the front entrance. 
  • Entries are due October 30  
  • Submit entries to the Program Office
  • Use your advisory teacher's name on form
  • Kealing judging will be completed and advancing entries will be announced at the Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 15th!
Questions?  Please contact reflections@kealingpta.org

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale this Thursday and Friday
Buy online at our Spirit Store, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the  on stage in the cafeteria.  We have retro cotton shirts and hoodies, dri fit shirts and hoodies, baseball shirts, Kealing Magnets and decals.

If you have any questions please contact spiritwear@kealingpta.org
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Volunteers needed for Magnet Showcase

The Kealing Middle School Magnet Showcase is on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:30pm. We need parent volunteers to help make this event a success for visiting students and their families.  Please sign up here to help. Volunteers please come to the front entrance upon arrival.

*Your current Kealing student may coordinate separately with their teacher to volunteer in a classroom and earn volunteer hours.

SAVE THE DATE:
KMAG Meeting, November 8, 7:30am
High School Options 
This meeting is open to all. Please note that this meeting will not be recorded at the request of our panelists. Thank you for understanding.

MacTheatre Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nov 8-11
Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream when MacTheatre takes you on a magical adventure through a lush forest besieged by starry-eyed love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance, and love and marriage. The play’s four stories are woven together in a single fateful night: the wedding of the Athenian Duke to his Queen, the misadventures of four lovers lost in the enchanted forest, an uproarious throw-down between the King and Queen of the Fairies, and an entertaining quarrel amongst amateur actors in a troupe.
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare’s happiest and most beloved comedies. It is called a ""Dream"" because of the unrealistic events the characters experience in the play — real, yet unreal, such as crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck.
 
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact” but audiences of all ages can enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a classic celebration of love, innocence, and merry meddling.

- Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://mccallum.ludustickets.com/  
- Student tickets are $7; adults are $16, and seniors are $12. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door, except at the student rate. 
- Group rates for groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount when purchasing tickets online.
- Midsummer runs November 8-11, 2018; All shows start at 7 pm, except for Sundays. Sunday shows start at 2 pm.
- Location is the Fine Arts Building Theatre at 5600 Sunshine Dr. Austin, TX 78756

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Hornet Herald - October 21, 2018

posted Oct 21, 2018, 7:15 AM by KMS Hornets

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Oct. 21 - AISD Candidate Forum on Magnet Topics, 4p, LASA Library
  • Oct. 23-25 - High School Showcase for 8th grade students
  • Oct. 23 - Girl's basketball parent info meeting, 6p, cafeteria
  • Oct. 30 - Reflections Art Contest Deadline
  • Nov. 1 - PTA Speaker on Opiods, 7:30a
  • Nov. 2 - Fall Festival, 6-8p
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
CAMPUS NEWS
High School Showcase visits
Attention 8th graders! 
A representative from all Austin ISD high schools will be on campus October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. During your lunch you will have the opportunity to speak to your home high school representative and other high school representatives to better inform your decision about your high school choice. (There will NOT be a "make-up" date for this event.) 

Chess Club is BACK!
Kealing Chess Club is starting again! Each Thursday from 3 - 4pm, students will meet in Room 512 to learn, play, and improve their chess skills. 

Fall Festival
On Friday, November 2, Kealing students will get the chance to dunk their teachers, throw pies at their teachers, get their faces painted, sing karaoke, and much much more at the 7th Annual Fall Festival! The event is hosted by Kealing Choir, and all proceeds support our choral program. 

The Fall Festival will be held Friday, November 2, from 6-8 pm in the Kealing courtyard and cafeteria. Advance admission wristbands are $4 and will be on sale during all the lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the week of. Admission is $5 at the door. Families of 5 or more will receive 1 free wristband. Admission is free for children 5 and under. Individual stations range from FREE to $1.50, and concessions will also be available! Families are welcome, so please bring everybody! 

Email Ms. Parks at: ellen.parks@austinisd.org if you have further questions. See you at the Fall Festival!

7th Grade Magnet Parents: Stamps Wanted
WANTED: Hey 7th grade magnet parents, if you could please send a postage stamp and maybe an extra one or two with your student to school on Monday, October 22nd and Tuesday, October 23rd, your student will be using it to send a representative of their choosing a letter in their Texas History and Civics class.  Also, some of our students did not know what a postage stamp looks like, so we are having fun crossing that digital divide in our instruction. 
 Please feel free to email Jenna Martin at jenna.martin@austinisd.org if you have any questions about the unit or assignment.

8th Grade Tribute Ads
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2019 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


PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
My FAMILY + PTA =
  • A place where every child feels safe and supported
  • A place where all families feel welcome
  • A place where parents feel informed
  • A place to build relationships
  • A place to volunteer
  • A place where you can make a difference at our school and across the state

  • $10 Individual (one membership),
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Reflections Art Contest 

THEME: Heroes Around Me
  • Dance Choreography, 
  • Film Production, 
  • Literature, 
  • Music Composition, 
  • Photography, 
  • Virtual Arts
Forms and guidelines are at: 
www.kealingpta.org or on the bulletin board at the front entrance. 
  • Entries are due October 30  
  • Submit entries to the Program Office
  • Kealing judging will be completed and advancing entries will be announced at the Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 15th!
Questions?  Please contact reflections@kealingpta.org

Austin Phoenix House Prevention Specialists Presentation on Opioids
November 1st 7:30 am, Library.
SAVE THE DATE
Opioid use among middle school age students is on a dramatic rise across the U.S.  Prescriptions are among the most misused substances in the U.S.. Please join us for this very important topic.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Magnet AISD School Board Candidate Forum TODAY at 4pm
Please plan on attending the Magnet School Board Forum this afternoon at the LASA library (7309 Lazy Creek Drive). It is very important that we all become informed about the school board candidates, as they may have a significant impact on our magnet education in the near future.

Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA and LASA Student Council The forum is non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

For more information and to save a seat, visit http://aisdmagnetforum.pflasa.org. No RSVP is required, but please let us know if you might attend, so we can plan appropriately.
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Hornet Herald - October 14, 2018

posted Oct 15, 2018, 4:21 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 4:29 AM ]

Hello Hornet Families,

Last week was a busy one. While continuing the quality learning that takes place daily, our students kicked off their first Fine Arts concert season. Then we ended the week with pep rallies to lead us into Homecoming Week. We're looking forward to an exciting celebration of Hornet Pride. Our Volleyball team will be finishing their season Monday night at Kealing. Our football team will be taking on Covington Middle School at Burger Stadium Wednesday with the Kealing Pep Band backing them in the stands for the first time this season. Last year we had a rainy Homecoming Game but the forecast looks promising. My fingers are crossed!

There are a few important updates that will impact us in the coming weeks.

School Nurse
Nurse Gini Hand will no longer be on staff at Kealing and the team is working diligently to find a replacement. We will have substitutes on campus until the full-time position is filled so please operate as you normally would. If you have the need to send an email to the nurse, please send it directly to the grade-level counselor and they will help route it appropriately.

Checking Students Out
If you are coming on campus to check out your student, please plan for a 10-minute wait. Our team tries to move as quickly as possible, but getting to classrooms or other locations and retrieving students can take a while. End of day checkout will end at 2:30 pm so anyone arriving at the window to check a student out after 2:30 pm will need to wait until students are released for the day. Thanks for your patience and help with this as we work to end each day smoothly.

Austin ISD Budget
As our district works to continue to serve our communities while weathering the $600 million impact of recapture, difficult budget decisions are being made. There are a number of proposals this year that will impact all campuses and some that will particularly impact campuses that have Magnet Programs. We'll be discussing these potential changes briefly this week at the KMAG meeting along with how they might impact our programming. Join us if you can!

That's all for this week. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming games and concerts supporting our talented Hornets.

Kind Regards,

Kenisha Coburn
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Oct. 15-19 - Homecoming Week
  • Oct. 15 - Volleyball (7th vs. Fulmore - 6p; 8th vs. Bailey - 7p)
  • Oct. 16 - PTA Coffee Cart 6:45-9:15a; Choir Concert 3p-6p
  • Oct. 17 - Grand Canyon Summer 2019 Interest Mtg, 6p, rm 117
  • Oct. 17 - Flu Shot Sign Up Deadline
  • Oct. 19 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a
  • Oct. 18 & 19 - 7th/8th grade girl's basketball tryouts, 3-5p
  • Oct. 21 - AISD Candidate Forum on Magnet Topics, 4p, LASA Library
  • Oct. 23 - Girl's basketball parent info meeting, 6p, cafeteria
  • Nov. 1 - PTA Speaker on Opiods
HOMECOMING INFO
Homecoming Week 
October 15th-October 19th
Homecoming is a time to honor our fall sports, football & volleyball, and fun way to show off our Hornet Pride! 

This year's Homecoming Theme is "It’s Time to School Them!" 

To celebrate, we will have the following:
  • Themed Dress Up Days
  • Advisory Hornet Pride Banner Competitions
  • A school-wide dance on the last day, Friday, October 19th from 6-8 p.m. in the large gym!
Dress Up Days:
  • Monday 10/15: Pajama Day!
  • Tuesday 10/16: Celebrity Day!
  • Wednesday, 10/17: Hornet Pride Day! 
  • Thursday 10/18: College Day! 
  • Friday 10/19: Silly Hat Day! 
Homecoming Dance
What better way to celebrate the end to a successful Homecoming Week than by  dancing the night away and the Kealing Homecoming Dance!

When: Friday, October 19th 
Time: 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Where: Kealing Large Gym
Cost: $5 per wristband: Wristbands will be sold during all lunch periods the day of the dance 10/19 and at the door beginning at 5:45 p.m.

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

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
CAMPUS NEWS
High School Showcase visits
Attention 8th graders! 
A representative from all Austin ISD high schools will be on campus October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. During your lunch you will have the opportunity to speak to your home high school representative and other high school representatives to better inform your decision about your high school choice. (There will NOT be a "make-up" date for this event.) 

Kealing Flu Clinic
We are encouraging you to sign up your Kealing student for  Kealing’s upcoming in-school flu clinic. You may register your child in multiple ways, online at austinisdflu.com, come to the school and sign the hard copy or utilize the copy being sent home on Monday during advisory. The forms need to be returned to the PROGRAM OFFICE by Wednesday, Oct. 17th   

The Flu Shot clinic will be held on Tuesday Oct.23 beginning at 11:30 am until all registered students have been seen.

This year, our school has partnered with Healthy Schools - the nation’s largest school vaccine provider - to offer flu shots to students during the school day with the goal of ensuring that flu shots are available to 100% of students. Help us as AISD Fights the Flu!  The copay is $0, so there is absolutely no cost to you.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call Mrs. Christine Romero at 512-414-2707

First Girls' Lacrosse Clinic on Saturday, 10/20
The first Girls' Lacrosse fall practice will be on Saturday, October 20th from 9am-11am at the Kealing fields. This is open to all grades and no experience necessary! Wear athletic clothes appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. We will have all other equipment provided. Please complete this form ahead of practice in order to participate. Questions? Email Kelly Morledge at kelly.morledge@austinisd.org or check out the Kealing Lacrosse website. Hope to see you on the field!

Think Tank Schedule Change
Beginning in October, there will be no Think Tank on Fridays. This shift is due to the low Friday participation. Think Tank will still operate Monday through Thursday but students should have an alternate plan if they are staying for Friday events. 

Girls Basketball Tryouts
7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball Tryouts will be held Thurs and Friday 10/18 & 10/19 from 3pm-5pm.  Must have a completed AISD physical packet.  Parents meeting will be Tuesday Oct. 23rd from 6pm-7pm in the Kealing Cafeteria.

Grand Canyon Summer 2019 Trip Interest Meeting
Kealing students have an opportunity to have a Grand adventure with their friends in the Grand Canyon!  7th Grade Life Science teacher & outdoor enthusiast Cate Bergman is organizing this trip with the student travel group Grand Classroom.  Fliers have been available in some classes, and can be found on this website.

On Wed Oct 17 at 6pm, parents and students may come for an Informational Meeting to learn more and ask questions.  This meeting will be held in Ms. Bergman's room, Room 117.  A representative from Grand Classroom will either be in person or on Skype.  If you can't attend this meeting, please send a quick note of interest to Ms. Bergman so she can keep you in the loop as the planning progresses. 

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Membership & Donation 
We still have 210 members to meet our goal, please take a few minutes and sign up for a PTA Membership or two

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]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Coffee Cart
In an effort to say "thank you" to Kealing's wonderful faculty and staff, Kealing PTA offers coffee cart service twice a school year. This year's first one is scheduled on the Tue of 10/16, from 6:45a- 9:15a. We will have three coffee carts covering the two floors. We are looking for smiling faces, non perishables and baked goods. Click here to sign up.

Reflections
  • Dance Choreography, 
  • Film Production, 
  • Literature, 
  • Music Composition, 
  • Photography, 
  • Virtual Arts
Deadline: October 30

See www.kealingpta.org for the guidelines and rules. Express your artistic talent and tell us what's within reach through Reflections!

Phoenix House Presentation on Opiods
November 1st 7:30 am, Library.
SAVE THE DATE
Opioid use among middle school age students is on a dramatic rise across the U.S.  Prescriptions are among the most misused substances in the U.S.. Presented by Austin's Phoenix House Prevention Specialists. Please join us for this very important topic.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Meeting, Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30am

Topics Include:
  • AISD Budget Cuts as they affect Kealing Middle School
  • Duke TIP 
  • GPA
  • Math Options Q/A
THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE RECORDED. We apologize in advance. Hope you can make it.

Magnet AISD School Board Candidate Forum
Currently, AISD is facing is a $30 million dollar deficit and is looking for places to cut.  The Budget Stabilization Task Force is currently considering cuts to the magnet budgets, specifically magnet transportation and the magnet staffing allocation.  On Monday night, the school board was presented with the option of reducing staffing for magnet education among various budget reduction possibilities.  Currently, magnet schools are the only schools being identified by name in the proposed budget cuts.

Next Sunday, October 21st at 4pm, we will be hosting a Magnet AISD School Board Candidate Forum.  Candidates for both the at-large position and District 4 will be present.  It is extremely important that we have a large number of magnet parents attend this event.  As a community, we need to become educated on where the candidates stand in regards to magnet education.  It is also important for these candidates to see that magnet education is very important to our community.

This is your opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues related to the magnet community, and our opportunity to educate the candidates about the magnet programs within AISD. 

Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA and LASA Student Council
The forum is non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

For more information and to save a seat, visit http://aisdmagnetforum.pflasa.org.  No RSVP is required, but please let us know if you might attend, so we can plan appropriately.

HIGH SCHOOL INFO
Come, learn about McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Eighth and ninth grade students and parents who reside within the AISD boundary, are you interested in applying to the McCallum Fine Arts Academy? If so, this tour is for you! - first come, first served - tour group size is limited!

The tour will cover the majority of campus and present you with information about each of our academic strands as well as the fine arts. We will also provide you with some basic application/audition & event information, which can also be found at mccallumhs.com/fine-arts-academy. Questions are encouraged.


Interested in Learning More about LASA?
LASA is hitting the road this Fall for a series of informational evening presentations by LASA Administration, faculty, and current high school students. The “Road Shows” bring LASA to you – students interested in applying, as well as parents and community members. Come learn more about the only advanced academic magnet high school program in AISD! 

All are welcome to a series of “LASA Road Show” evening presentations throughout the Fall in Austin. Administrators and students will answer questions about the application process, curriculum, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and transportation. 

All roadshows are at 6:30pm, with doors opening at 6pm.
  • South/Southwest: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-8PM: Patton Elementary (Westcreek Dr., Austin, TX 78749) 
  • North/Northwest: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8 PM: Murchison Middle School (3700 Hills Dr., Austin, TX 78731) 
  • Central: Monday, November 5, 6:30-8 PM: Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin, TX 78702) 
The annual “LASA Showcase” in November is an additional opportunity for interested students and parents to walk LASA’s halls, meet teachers and students, and explore this unique high school. 
LASA Showcase
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 PM 
LASA High School 
7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin, TX 78724 

Austin High School Maroon & White
Interested in learning more about Austin High School?
  • Schedule a school tour.
  • Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High 
  • Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.

McCallum Dance Company Presents Balancing Act - 10/27 and 28
Join the dancers of the McCallum Youth Dance Company in their fall dance concert, Balancing Act.  Experience excellence in arts education, with choreography by Rachel Murray, Natalie Uehara and select students.  

The concert, showcasing the talents of youth dancers from Austin’s only public high school dedicated to the performing and visual arts, runs for two shows, 7 pm on October 27th and 3 pm October 28th at the McCallum Arts Center at 5600 Sunshine Dr.  Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for seniors and $12 for adults and are available for purchase at the door or online.
HORNET HERALD INFO
To Subscribe: 
Click on Subscribe to the Hornet Herald to get this directly in your email on our website (on the left under quick links)

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Hornet Herald - October 8, 2018

posted Oct 8, 2018, 8:11 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 8:17 PM ]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Oct. 9 - Boy's Soccer Info Session, 3p, Library
  • Oct. 9 - Secret Pals Drop Day (teacher last name a-m)
  • Oct. 10 - Secret Pals Drop Day (teacher last name n-z)
  • Oct. 10 - 6th grade Stem Club Mtg, 3-4p
  • Oct. 11 - CAC Meeting @ 4p
  • Oct. 13 - Kealing Community Health Fest, 10a-2p, Gym
  • Oct. 15-19 - Homecoming Week
  • Oct. 17 - Grand Canyon Summer 2019 Interest Mtg, 6p, rm 117
  • Oct. 19 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a
  • Oct. 18 & 19 - 7th/8th grade girl's basketball tryouts, 3-5p
  • Oct. 21 - AISD Candidate Forum on Magnet Topics, 4p, LASA Library
  • Oct. 23 - Girl's basketball parent info meeting, 6p, cafeteria
  • Nov. 1 - PTA Speaker on Opiods
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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.

HORNET HERALD INFO
To Subscribe: Click on Subscribe to the Hornet Herald to get this directly in your email on our website (on the left under quick links)
Subscribed but not getting emails? Check your google group settings for the "KMS hornet herald" google group (login into google using the email you subscribed with, go to groups.google.com, select KMS hornet herald group, click on the membership & email settings (top right, person with a gear icon), make sure your email delivery preference is set to "notify me for every new message"
To Submit: Click on Submit to the Hornet Herald on our website (on the left under quick links); DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS ARE WEDNESDAY at NOON. 
To Unsubscribe: To unsubscribe and stop receiving emails, send a blank email.
CAMPUS NEWS
THINK TANK SCHEDULE CHANGE
Beginning in October, there will be no Think Tank on Fridays. This shift is due to the low Friday participation. Think Tank will still operate Monday through Thursday but students should have an alternate plan if they are staying for Friday events. 

AUSTIN ISD BUDGET STABILIZATION TASK FORCE
The Budget Stabilization Task Force is a key component of the district’s strategy to address its growing budget deficit. There are a number of potential budget reductions that could significantly impact teaching and learning at Kealing. Take a look at the budget tool to gather more information and to submit your priorities. You are encouraged to participate in the upcoming task force meetings. The next will be at Reagan High School on October 10, 2018 from 5:30-8:30 pm. We will also discuss this information at the upcoming Campus Advisory Council Meeting.

Community Health Fest
Saturday, October 13th
10am-2pm
Location: Kealing Gyms

Health and community vendors
Fun family activities and games
Healthy snacks
Bounce house

Homecoming Week 
Monday, October 15th-Friday, October 19th. 

Homecoming is a time to honor our fall sports, football & volleyball, and fun way to show off our Hornet Pride!

This year's Homecoming Theme is "It’s Time to School Them!"

To celebrate, we will have the following:
  • Two Pep Rallies! (Thursday, 10/11 and Friday, 10/12) 
  • Themed Dress Up Days
  • Advisory Hornet Pride Banner Competitions
  • A school-wide dance on the last day, Friday, October 19th from 6-8 p.m. in the large gym!
Dress Up Days:
  • Monday 10/15: Pajama Day! We all know that “school-ing” others takes time and energy...so why not rest up? Show your dedication to our Kealing community and wear your comfy pj’s to school! (Be sure your pj’s adhere to the AISD dress code: no slippers/house shoes or spaghetti strap pj’s/nightgowns!)
  • Tuesday 10/16: Celebrity Day! Being a success can take many shapes and forms...let’s show these other teams how successful we are by dressing up as our favorite celebrity! (Don’t forget to follow AISD dress code standards!)
  • Wednesday, 10/17: Hornet Pride Day! It’s game day Hornets!!!!  Time to show everyone your Hornet Pride!  Show your school spirit and wear red, black, and white, or Kealing shirts! 
  • Thursday 10/18: College Day! In order to properly school others, one must make sure they, themselves, have been informed.  Show off how much you know by wearing your favorite college t-shirt! 
  • Friday 10/19: Silly Hat Day! There’s no better way to celebrate our last day of Homecoming Week, than by wearing your silliest hats! Hats off to a fun week filled with Hornet Pride!
Homecoming Dance
When: Friday, October 19th 
Time: 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Where: Kealing Large Gym
Cost: $5 per wristband: Wristbands will be sold during all lunch periods the day of the dance 10/19 and at the door beginning at 5:45 p.m.

All proceeds go to support the Kealing Theatre Program.

Girls Basketball Tryouts
7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball Tryouts will be held Thurs and Friday 10/18 & 10/19 from 3pm-5pm.  Must have a completed AISD physical packet.  Parents meeting will be Tuesday Oct. 23rd from 6pm-7pm in the Kealing Cafeteria.

Grand Canyon Summer 2019 Trip Interest Meeting
Kealing students have an opportunity to have a Grand adventure with their friends in the Grand Canyon!  7th Grade Life Science teacher & outdoor enthusiast Cate Bergman is organizing this trip with the student travel group Grand Classroom.  Fliers have been available in some classes, and can be found on this website.

On Wed Oct 17 at 6pm, parents and students may come for an Informational Meeting to learn more and ask questions.  This meeting will be held in Ms. Bergman's room, Room 117.  A representative from Grand Classroom will either be in person or on Skype.  If you can't attend this meeting, please send a quick note of interest to Ms. Bergman so she can keep you in the loop as the planning progresses. 

Kealing Girls’ Lacrosse Fall Practice Schedule
The Kealing Girls’ Lacrosse program will be hosting three practices throughout the fall as a way to introduce new players to the sport and for old players to brush up on their skills. These practices are a great way to test out the sport before fully committing to the competitive season, which takes place in the Spring. These practices are open to all Kealing students, all grade levels and no prior experience is necessary! We will have equipment available so no need to go buy anything. Just come dressed in athletic gear appropriate for the weather and with a full water bottle. Practices will be held at the Kealing fields on:
  • Sat, Oct 20th (9am-11am)
  • Sat, Nov 10th (9am-11am)
  • Sun, Dec 2nd (9am-11am)
Prior to attending the first practice, please fill out the liability form, found here. Any questions can be directed to Kelly Morledge.  See you on the field!

Boys Soccer Informational Meeting
For any 7th and 8th grade boys who are interested in trying out for the Kealing Boys Soccer Team, there will be a mandatory informational meeting after school on Tuesday, October 9th.

What: Boys Soccer Informational Meeting
When: October 9th, 3:00 - 3:45 pm (students are responsible for arranging after school transportation)
Where: Kealing MS Library

For more information, please visit tiny.cc/kealingsoccer or see Coach Hague (room 223) or Coach Garcia (room 211)

CTE After School Club
Hey Hornets! Do you have all of your gift ideas fully decided for the Holidays? If not maybe I can help! This small reminder from Mr. Reams the CTE teacher in room 109. The CTE after school program can help! If you like making things with your hands or with some of the many power tools we could make that special little something that your mother or father or even your grandparents will cherish forever! The CTE after school program has a limited number of slots open to all Kealing Hornets. The program will start next week on select Mondays and Tuesdays after school. Stop by today to pick up a permission slip! Open to all Kealing students and you don't have to be enrolled in a class to participate! Stop by room 109 today!

Kealing Lacrosse Fundraiser-Buy a T-Shirt Today!
As a way to support Kealing’s Club Lacrosse program for both boys and girls, the club will be selling t-shirts! There are 4 different styles available at varying costs. Shirt styles and cost can be viewed online and inventory viewed hereThis website is simply for viewing shirt designs and all shirts must be purchased in person through Ms. Morledge in room 218. There are limited quantities and no new orders will be placed, so get your order in quick! You can reserve a shirt by filling out this form and bringing payment to room 218 within two school days. Shirts will be saved for two school days, before being released to someone else. Checks made out to Hornet Youth Lacrosse and cash (preferably exact change) will be accepted as payment. No credit cards. These shirts are different than the Kealing spirit wear, and all profits will go to the Lacrosse program. Thanks for supporting Kealing Lacrosse!

6th Grade UT STEM Club
Hello! We are excited to get our 6th Grade UT STEM Club started for this year. Each week, students will participate in fun science experiments. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct 10th, in room 417. Students should plan on coming each Wednesday to UT STEM Club. All 6th graders are welcome to join in the science fun!  Students need to stop by McD (room 417) or Garcia (112A) to get a sign-up packet. Yay STEM! 
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Membership & Donation 
We still have 200 members to meet our goal, please take a few minutes and sign up for a PTA Membership or two

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]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Reflections
Deadline for Entries will be the end of October
This year’s theme is “Heros Around Me”.  The categories are Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Virtual Arts, Special Artist
See www.kealingpta.org for the guidelines and rules. Express your artistic talent and tell us what's within reach through Reflections!

Secret Pals
Thanks so much for signing up to shower our wonderful teachers and staff.
This week is our first drop off week.

Your student is welcome to drop off in the Program Office
Teacher Last Name A- M : drop off Tues, 10/9
Teacher Last Name N - Z: drop off Wed., 10/10
If you still need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to www.kealingpta.org. 

Phoenix House Presentation on Opiods
November 1st 7:30 am, Library.
SAVE THE DATE
Opioid use among middle school age students is on a dramatic rise across the U.S.  Prescriptions are among the most misused substances in the U.S.. Presented by Austin's Phoenix House Prevention Specialists. Please join us for this very important topic.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
AISD School Board Candidate Forum - SAVE your seat today!
Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 4:00-6:00pm at the LBJ/LASA Library:  Meet the Candidates! 

On November 6th, 2018, five of the nine seats on the Austin Independent School District school board are up for general election. 

This is your opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues related to the magnet community, and our opportunity to educate the candidates about the magnet programs within AISD. 

Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA and LASA Student Council
The forum is non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

For more information and to save a seat, visit http://aisdmagnetforum.pflasa.org.  No RSVP is required, but please let us know if you might attend, so we can plan appropriately.
HIGH SCHOOL INFO
Interested in Learning More about LASA?
LASA is hitting the road this Fall for a series of informational evening presentations by LASA Administration, faculty, and current high school students. The “Road Shows” bring LASA to you – students interested in applying, as well as parents and community members. Come learn more about the only advanced academic magnet high school program in AISD!

All are welcome to a series of “LASA Road Show” evening presentations throughout the Fall in Austin. Administrators and students will answer questions about the application process, curriculum, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and transportation.

All roadshows are at 6:30pm, with doors opening at 6pm.
  • South/Southwest: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-8PM: Patton Elementary (Westcreek Dr., Austin, TX 78749) 
  • North/Northwest: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8 PM: Murchison Middle School (3700 Hills Dr., Austin, TX 78731) 
  • Central: Monday, November 5, 6:30-8 PM: Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin, TX 78702) 
The annual “LASA Showcase” in November is an additional opportunity for interested students and parents to walk LASA’s halls, meet teachers and students, and explore this unique high school. 
LASA Showcase
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 PM 
LASA High School 
7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin, TX 78724 

Austin High School Maroon & White
Interested in learning more about Austin High School?
  • Schedule a school tour.
  • Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High 
  • Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.

Hornet Herald: September 30, 2018

posted Sep 30, 2018, 3:10 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 5:40 PM by Kenisha Coburn ]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Oct. 3 - 7th grade student council meeting, 3p, room 218
  • Oct. 4 - Principal Coffee & PTA Meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Oct. 5 - Community Supplies Deadline
  • Oct. 5 - Spring Musical Application Deadline
  • Oct. 8 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • Oct. 9 - Boy's Soccer Info Session, 3p, Library
  • Oct. 10 - 6th grade Stem Club Mtg, 3-4p
HELP REQUESTED
Community Supplies Needed - LAST CALL

If you would like to help our faculty and staff supplement their classrooms with Kleenex/Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, Glue Sticks, Notebook Paper, Dry-Erase Markers, 1-Subject Spiral Notebooks and/or Colored Paper that would be great! https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/18POOJDWINHCK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_WcwLBbA3344RM

Here's what you can do:

  1. Send any of these basic items in with your student and ask them to drop off in the Kealing front office
  2. Can't do that but still want to help? Buy them off our Amazon wish list and have them shipped directly to Kealing (address already selected to ship directly to Kealing).
Be sure to select smile.amazon.com and direct your charity to KMAG or Kealing PTA. Either organization will benefit from your shopping!

Here is Kealing's Amazon wishlist: brand and quantities listed are merely suggestions!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING OUR STUDENTS!

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.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.

HORNET HERALD INFO
To Subscribe: Click on Subscribe to the Hornet Herald to get this directly in your email on our website (on the left under quick links)
Subscribed but not getting emails? Check your google group settings for the "KMS hornet herald" google group (login into google using the email you subscribed with, go to groups.google.com, select KMS hornet herald group, click on the membership & email settings (top right, person with a gear icon), make sure your email delivery preference is set to "notify me for every new message"
To Submit: Click on Submit to the Hornet Herald on our website (on the left under quick links); DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS ARE WEDNESDAY at NOON. 
To Unsubscribe: To unsubscribe and stop receiving emails, send a blank email.
CAMPUS NEWS
LATE BUS SCHEDULE CHANGE
Beginning in October, there will be no Think Tank on Fridays. This shift is due to the low Friday participation.Think Tank and late buses will still operate Monday through Thursday but students should have an alternate plan if they are staying for Friday events. 

WANTED: 7th Grade Student Council Members
Calling all interested 7th graders!  We have extended the deadline to Monday, October 1st for all interested 7th grade students to apply for Student Council. We will have our first meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd.  Come by Ms. Morledge's classroom, room 218, to grab an application. We will be doing lots of exciting activities to help promote our Kealing community.  We will also go on a fun end of the year field trip to celebrate our work!  Please contact Ms. Martin at  if you want more information. 

Kealing Girls’ Lacrosse Fall Practice Schedule
The Kealing Girls’ Lacrosse program will be hosting three practices throughout the fall as a way to introduce new players to the sport and for old players to brush up on their skills. These practices are a great way to test out the sport before fully committing to the competitive season, which takes place in the Spring. These practices are open to all Kealing students, all grade levels and no prior experience is necessary! We will have equipment available so no need to go buy anything. Just come dressed in athletic gear appropriate for the weather and with a full water bottle. Practices will be held at the Kealing fields on:
  • Sat, Oct 20th (9am-11am)
  • Sat, Nov 10th (9am-11am)
  • Sun, Dec 2nd (9am-11am)
Prior to attending the first practice, please fill out the liability form, found here. Any questions can be directed to Kelly Morledge.  See you on the field!

Boys Soccer Informational Meeting
For any 7th and 8th grade boys who are interested in trying out for the Kealing Boys Soccer Team, there will be a mandatory informational meeting after school on Tuesday, October 9th.

What: Boys Soccer Informational Meeting
When: October 9th, 3:00 - 3:45 pm (students are responsible for arranging after school transportation)
Where: Kealing MS Library

For more information, please visit tiny.cc/kealingsoccer or see Coach Hague (room 223) or Coach Garcia (room 211)

CTE After School Club
Hey Hornets! Do you have all of your gift ideas fully decided for the Holidays? If not maybe I can help! This small reminder from Mr. Reams the CTE teacher in room 109. The CTE after school program can help! If you like making things with your hands or with some of the many power tools we could make that special little something that your mother or father or even your grandparents will cherish forever! The CTE after school program has a limited number of slots open to all Kealing Hornets. The program will start next week on select Mondays and Tuesdays after school. Stop by today to pick up a permission slip! Open to all Kealing students and you don't have to be enrolled in a class to participate! Stop by room 109 today!

Kealing Lacrosse Fundraiser-Buy a T-Shirt Today!
As a way to support Kealing’s Club Lacrosse program for both boys and girls, the club will be selling t-shirts! There are 4 different styles available at varying costs. Shirt styles and cost can be viewed online and inventory viewed hereThis website is simply for viewing shirt designs and all shirts must be purchased in person through Ms. Morledge in room 218. There are limited quantities and no new orders will be placed, so get your order in quick! You can reserve a shirt by filling out this form and bringing payment to room 218 within two school days. Shirts will be saved for two school days, before being released to someone else. Checks made out to Hornet Youth Lacrosse and cash (preferably exact change) will be accepted as payment. No credit cards. These shirts are different than the Kealing spirit wear, and all profits will go to the Lacrosse program. Thanks for supporting Kealing Lacrosse!

6th Grade UT STEM Club
Hello! We are excited to get our 6th Grade UT STEM Club started for this year. Each week, students will participate in fun science experiments. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct 10th, in room 417. Students should plan on coming each Wednesday to UT STEM Club. All 6th graders are welcome to join in the science fun!  Students need to stop by McD (room 417) or Garcia (112A) to get a sign-up packet. Yay STEM! 

Spring Musical Auditions
Applications and audition sign ups for this year's Spring Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, are now available! Come by the Black Box (room 232) or visit Ms. Pena Brooks' website for more information. Completed applications are due by 3pm on Friday, October 5th. No late applications, no exceptions!

PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Membership & Donation 
We still have 245 members to meet our goal, please take a few minutes and sign up for a PTA Membership or two

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]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
OR
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 



Principal Coffee and Kealing PTA Meeting Thursday @ 7:30 am, Library




Secret PALS Signup!
We still have over 20 teacher waiting for their super secret pal

This a great way to secretly spread a little joy to  our wonderful teachers.  Families choose a teacher and then secretly spoil them four times a year; October, December, February and April. Shhhh, PALS are kept a secret!  We have compiled a spreadsheet with over 60 teachers secret wishes’ that you can use to plan your surprise.  We will be showering them on October 9 and 10, so please Sign up here for you Pal soon!   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Julie at secretpals@kealingpta.org

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale this Thursday and Friday
Buy online at our Spirit Store, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria on the 1st Thursday and Friday or each month.   We have retro cotton shirts and hoodies, dri fit shirts and hoodies, baseball shirts, Kealing magnets and decals.

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
No More Hassling!
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser.

Our annual drive has ended but we take donations anytime. If you are unsure if your company matches donations, please contact us at fundraising@kealingmag.org. We have a list of companies that do match!

Finally, as you may know, we have been sharing lots of videos with you. We have one last one to share of Ms. Coburn...
It can be seen in our Facebook Group (Current Magnet Families, join now but answer 3 questions) or if you are not a Facebook user, 
Keep current with KMAG news via our website... type in your email to get updates.

AISD School Board Candidate Forum - Coming Soon!
Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 4:00-6:00pm at the LBJ/LASA Library:  Meet the Candidates! 

On November 6th, 2018, five of the nine seats on the Austin Independent School District school board are up for general election. 

This is your opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues related to the magnet community, and our opportunity to educate the candidates about the magnet programs within AISD. 

Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA and LASA Student Council
The forum is non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

For more information and to save a seat, visit http://aisdmagnetforum.pflasa.org.  No RSVP is required, but please let us know if you might attend, so we can plan appropriately.

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