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Hornet Herald - April 14, 2019

posted Apr 14, 2019, 7:48 AM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Apr. 17-18 - Homework Hiatus
  • Apr. 17 - Student Council, 3p
  • Apr. 18 - Community Learning Walk, 9:30a
  • Apr. 19 - No School for Students
  • Apr. 26 - Shot Clinic at KMS
  • May 1 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a (WEDNESDAY!)
  • May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony *** DATE CHANGE/LOCATION CHANGE
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - CHANGE
Due to unexpected construction at the Delco Center, all May events were rescheduled. As a result, the Kealing 8th grade promotion ceremony is being moved the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please update your calendars accordingly!

Mathcounts End-of-Year Party!
We are wrapping up this year's after school Mathcounts club with one final meeting (party!) this week on April 16th, where we will celebrate another year of problem-solving fun.  Ms. Strickland has certificates and scores from the Chapter and State competitions, and she wants to hear from everyone about how to improve the Mathcounts experience.  Anyone who was involved in Mathcounts this year - in the class, the club, or a competition - are welcome to attend.  If possible, bring a snack or drink to share.  See you after school on Tuesday, and we will end at our usual 4:15 (with some Countdown Round, of course!)

Free Shot Clinic
Friday, April 26, 2019

Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccines are requirements for all students entering the 7th grade. There will be a shot clinic at Kealing MS on April 26th offering Tdap and MCV4 vaccines free-of-charge. If you would like your 6th grader to participate in the shot clinic, please complete a separate consent form for each of the vaccines. The consent forms can be found on the Kealing MS website under “News and Announcements” by clicking on the link for “Shot Clinic - Friday, April 26, 2019.” 

Some students may have already received these vaccinations at their Well-Child visits. In this case, please submit their vaccination records to the school nurse. If your child is to be exempt from these vaccinations, please present the legal documentation to the school nurse, as well.

After-School Tutoring Opportunity
Would your student benefit from assistance in math? If that is so, the Kealing Algebra 2 team is here to help! We offer quality one-on-one tutoring with qualified Kealing students who are very familiar with the Kealing math curriculum. All students, regardless of their current course, are welcome to come! We hold tutoring sessions after school in the Kealing Library on Monday, Ms. P. Hill’s room on Tuesday, Ms. Johnson’s room on Wednesday, and Mr. Word’s room on Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
To ensure that all of our students can receive only the best tutoring experience, we require them to fill out a short sign-up form prior to being tutored. If you would like to sign your student up to be tutored, please fill out the sign-up form here: You can also pick up a physical copy of the form outside Ms. Hill’s room, room 201. Everyone is welcome! 
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at

Help Us Reinvent Our #AISDFuture
Austin ISD is reinventing the use of its facilities to better align our resources to meet student needs. Please join us at one of the upcoming Community Workshops to participate in a dialogue regarding potential school consolidation, repurposing, and program planning.

Workshops will feature a panel of AISD staff, community members, planners and developers, who will engage the audience in a dialogue around the challenges and opportunities this process presents. Come gain a better understanding of the "reinvention roadmap" and participate in activities to share your perspective on what it could look like to come out of this process with school communities that are better and stronger than they are today.

The meeting schedule is listed below. Spanish interpretation and childcare will be provided at all meetings. 
  • Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 8 p.m. Bowie High School, 4103 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749
  • Wednesday, April 17, 6 – 8 p.m. Fulmore Middle School, 201 E Mary St, Austin, TX 78704 
  • Wednesday, April 24, 6 – 8:00 p.m. Alternative Learning Center, 4900 Gonzales St, Austin, TX 78702 
  • Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 p.m. Dobie Middle School, 1200 E Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753
Please direct questions or comments to Ali Ghilarducci, the Community Engagement Coordinator at 512-414-4487 or

Seeking Board Game Donations for STAAR Review
The Kealing ELA Department is looking for donations of new or used board games to use in "gamifying" end-of-year review in preparation for STAAR exams. If you have a one of the games listed below laying around at home, please consider donating it!

Possible games: Connect 4, Jenga, Sorry, Trouble, Guess Who?, Hedbanz,  Candy Land, Battleship

If you'd like to purchase one from Amazon and have it delivered directly to the school, please see our wishlist here. Select Chris Hague as the "deliver to", address. (Also, go through and select Kealing PTA as your charity of choice and our PTA will receive a rebate on your purchase! WIN-WIN!)

Other games could also be accepted, but simpler games are better, as they are easier to modify and incorporate review questions. If you would like to donate a game, you can have your son or daughter drop it off in the Program Office or in Mr. Hague's room - 223. If you have any questions, feel free to email Mr. Hague. Thanks!

Free Physicals available for Austin ISD students participating in sports and band
In partnership with Travis County Medical Society, Austin ISD will offer free physicals for Middle and High School students who want to participate in athletics, cheerleading or high school marching band in 2019-2020 school year.

Beginning next year marching band participation has been added to the state law for students to get physicals. In the 2019-2020 school year, all marching band and dance team participants will be required to obtain a physical examination. 

Pre-registration is required. Students or parents should contact their coach or director for more information. 

Physicals must be dated after April 15, 2019 to be valid for the 2019-20 school year. Forms must be submitted before participation in any activities. Physical forms with parental consent are returned to coaches and band directors.

Busses will transport students after school to the Travis County Medical Society/Austin ISD Physical Clinics.

The clinics are scheduled at the following locations and dates:

•Middle School: April 16, Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road (south)
•Middle School: April 18, Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook Dr. (north)
•High School: April 23, Delco Center, 4601 Pecan Brook Dr. (north)
•High School: April 30, Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road (south)

Permission Slip for 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs
The Kealing 8th graders will be taking a field trip to Shady Springs Party Barn on Thursday, May 23, 2019 (B day) from 9:00am - 2:00pm as a way to celebrate a great few years at Kealing. Permission slips have been passed out through Science classes and need to be returned to Science teachers by Friday, April 26th. This is an updated return date as we want to make sure we give enough time for ALL students to get it signed and returned. A copy of the permission slip can be downloaded here and a general information sheet can be found too. 

Talking to your Teen about Mental Health: Free Presentation
McCallum and Lamar are hosting a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) parent presentation entitled "Let's Talk-Starting the Mental Health Conversation with your Teen" on April 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. at the McCallum Fine Arts Theatre. All parents/caregivers from across the district are invited to attend. Please RSVP at

Over the break the Columbia Scholastic Press Association held its annual scholastic journalism convention in New York City and both the Kealing yearbook and Inkblot took home top honors earning the CSPA Gold Crown award. Inkblot has earned this distinction before, however this is the FIRST TIME the Kealing yearbook has been recognized with this national honor.

Be sure to preorder your copy of these two nationally recognized publications today.

Inkblot on sale via for the amazingly low price of $10*
Yearbooks are available via for $40

Preorder TODAY before the prices go up! go to or see Ms. Scott in room 236 for more information!

*Inkblot sale is not public on school cash online, it is only available after you log in with your Kealing student's information.

About the competition
This year 1,181 publications nationwide were eligible for the 2019 Crown Awards Program. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.
Congratulations to our new Kealing PTA 2019-2020 Board
President - Para Agoboga
VP - Parent Education Debbie Rose
Secretary Kim O’Driscoll
VP- Membership - Amanda Yang

Treasurer - Open
VP -Teacher Appreciation - Open

If you are interested please contact
Kealing Center Stage
Thanks so much for everyone who attended, participate and pitched in somewhere along the way.  I have a special shout out to Dee Gonzalez, Jen Winkelman, Brent Winkelman, Sara Bircher, Ellen Anspon, Robyn Ostryniec and Nicole Longnion for the many hours of volunteering - simply amazing! and our very own Spiral Notebooks, the musically talented Kealing teachers who know how to rock!  There are many others, as it takes a village, and we are all doing it to so that we can support our Kealing community.  Thank you.

Digital Citizenship Guide - FREE to AISD Families & PTAs 
This was the guide that we presented at the last PTA meeting.  It is VERY informative.  

Stratfor, a local company with global reach, has created a new Digital Citizenship Guide for students ages 12-18. It’s part of Stratfor’s Cyber Security Basics series. The report’s author calls students in this age group the riskiest technology users because they are beginning to explore a wide range of technologies that are available.

This 108-page report is written to help provide tools and guidance for parents, teachers, and students about topics such as social media, privacy, cyber-bullying, online gaming, dark web, digital rights and more. Most users have to buy the report. The author is making it available at no cost to the AISD community. To get the report for free, please use this link:

Scroll down to the two links for Stratfor and it will take you to a landing page.

People just need to provide name and email address and it will bring up the report in a new window.  From there, they can download it.

Kealing Center Stage auction items are still available online. 
Their are tickets to the 6th grade movie party and for the Frisbee game against the Kealing teachers, the tinkering projects and several other miscellaneous items that have been marked down.  

This year, and on its 50th anniversary, 948 Reflections entries arrived at the Texas PTA State Office for judging. Of those entries, 540 will be awarded and 30 have advanced to National PTA for national-level judging. Congratulations to Austin ISD's Vivienne Rayman-King (intermediate in Dance Choreography) for an Award of Excellence and advanced to National PTA. This is what Texas PTA talked about all the entries "We were so impressed by the entries we received. The planning, time, imagination, and sheer talent poured into each work of art was astounding – especially the different interpretations on our theme, Heroes Around Me. Thank you to our students for sharing so much with us. Thank you to our parents for encouraging the arts at home and in school. And thank you to our PTA volunteers for bringing the Reflections program to campuses across the state. Our State Award Ceremony will be held this summer. Please watch for ceremony details in the near future."

ACPTA Back the Future 2019-2020  ( Sept 28 @ AISD PAC)
Please make plans to join us on September 28, 2019, for the second annual Back the Future event! It’s a free, fun event for families and open to all. Last year’s event featured 100 exhibitors and brought people from more than 70 AISD schools. Visitors enjoyed student performances, tons of exciting free activities, some great free food and lots of terrific information for your PTA. The goal is to connect local organizations with parent leaders, so you can invite them to bring great programs to your campus. Most exhibitors offer free programs and more than half offer programs in Spanish and other languages.

Please save the date! If you want to help organize this great event, please email If your students would like to perform, please email We hope to see you there! 

ACPTA Advocacy - Plug into legislative actions for public schools in Austin ISD
Austin Council PTA (ACPTA) is building a resource pool and database of parents, educators, and community members interested in taking part in legislative actions throughout the current session and more importantly, beyond. To determine your interest area, please fill out the survey.
It has 7 questions and should take about 3 minutes. Completing it does not mean you are required to participate.
Once your survey input is received, you will receive a follow-up email within 1-2 weeks. ACPTA will contact you regarding ways to support advocacy efforts related to PTA legislative priorities such as Literacy by 3rd Grade, Juvenile Justice, Public School Funding Reform, Assessments, just to name a few.
The survey is in English and Spanish. 
Please save the date and NOTE that the last KMAG meeting this year is actually on a WEDNESDAY. We will have KMAG Board elections and briefly talk about next year! As always, our Magnet Director, principal and parent support specialist will be on hand to answer your questions! Hope you can make it!

Calling all current Kealing Magnet parents — join our KMAG Facebook Group ( and say hi! KMAG is here to facilitate another way to connect with parents. Join the conversation! Be sure to fill out the 3 questions on your request to join.