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Hornet Herald - April 16, 2017

posted Apr 16, 2017, 6:32 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 5:50 AM ]


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

April 19
8th Grade Magnet Field Trip
Track Meet @ Nelson Field
April 20
PTA Meeting @ 7:30 am
April 22
New Student Spanish for Spanish Speakers Test @ 8:00am
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year (Re)opening Celebration @10:00 am

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters! These businesses have given at least $250 to support Kealing this year!

PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999) 
Junior Achievement 
Spider House Ballroom 
UT College of Natural Sciences 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes
Charm School Vintage
Disneyland Park and Disney California
Double Dave’s Arbor Trail 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Katherine Hart Photography 
Olive Garden 
Primizie Snacks 
Robin Jackson Photography 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 
Texas Art Portraits 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
ACT Running 
Amity Worrell & Co. Interior Design 
Austin Panic Room 
BBBrown Fitness 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Mathnasium of Northwest and Westlake 
Oak Hill Drum 
Pilates on Kerbey 
Sail & Ski Center 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria 
ZACH Theatre

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
Kealing 30th (Re)opening Anniversary
Who:     All Hornets (past, present, future)
What:    30th Anniversary Celebration 
When:    April 22, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for games, tours, music, spaghetti lunch, line dancing and fun as we mark this milestone with members of the Hornet community. Help is needed with set-up, check-in, display of memorabilia, games, face painting, planting in the courtyard for Earth Day, distribution of slushies and Jim-Jims Water Ice, and more. Students and siblings can get service hours. Email to volunteer.

Also, we will display Hornet memorabilia as a part of the event.  If you have old photos, uniforms, t-shirts, et cetera that you are willing to donate for the display, please drop them by campus by April 18. Email with questions.

All Parents - Register Online for the 2017-2018 School Year!
You can register now through the Austin ISD Parent Cloud at  Currently about 30% of our families are registered for the 2017-2018 school year. Register now to help us plan for next year and ensure appropriate staffing. Our goal is to be at 70% be the end of April! For more information, click here to access the Austin ISD registration guide.

Help Kealing Park win a $20k grant!
Kealing Park (the park that adjoins Kealing MS) has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Austin “Meet me at the Park” campaign. The project with the most votes will be awarded the $20,000! If awarded the grant, our very own Kealing Parks & Rec elective is planning on working with the Austin P&R department to complete the project! You can vote every day in April by texting Kealing to 35350* or by visiting (requires a sign in and must be 18). 

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 35350 to opt out and to discontinue further participation in the Promotion. Text HELP for information. If you enter via text messaging, you will receive four (4) text messages in response to your entry from an automated system. Consent is not required to buy goods and services. To view the Sponsor's Mobile Privacy Policy, To view Mobile Terms and Conditions, visit Please spread the word and vote often! Cara Crouch Parks & Recreation co-instructor

City-Wide Book Drive
Kealing advisories are collecting books for a city-wide book drive to benefit AISD schools. Many campuses do not have enough "choice" books for students to read in classrooms or before and after school. Others hope to send books home with students for the summer. We are looking for books from all reading levels, Pre-K through 12th grade. Please have your child bring them to advisory. The Austin Council of PTAs will collect and distribute them. Together, we can share the love of reading with ALL kids in AISD!

Dream Flags Realized
Thank you to the dream team of volunteers! You made 1200 dream flags come true! A special shout out to Sarah Morgan and the National Junior Honor Society and Kelly Morledge with Student Council for helping cut and string the flags. 

Thank you to our librarian Kerensa Williams for cutting out flags. A huge shout out to Patty Hill, Michael Word and Math in the Arts students for more flag stringing, ironing and hanging them in our hallways. They look stunning. 

Thank you to Kealing parents Dana Curtis, Melissa Tanis, Meggan Carcasi, Mary Morgan, and Ann Phipps for cutting, sewing, cutting and more sewing. 

Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed time and fabric to help beautify our hallways. Our students' dream flags greet us each morning, serving as a reminder of our commitment to helping students realize those dreams.

MathCounts Last Club Meeting
This Tuesday, April 18th, will be our last Mathcounts club meeting, so we will have our end of the year party! We have success to celebrate, as well as plans to make for next year. Any and all students who have been involved in Mathcounts this year are invited to come. Bring a snack or drink to share if you want, but don't worry if you can't. If you have checked out any practice books, please bring them with you on Tuesday to return. Contact Ms. Strickland with any questions.

8th Grade Chaperones Needed!
We are in need of chaperones for the 8th grade Magnet San Antonio Museum Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 19 and the Kealing 8th grade End of the year celebration at Shady Springs on Tuesday, May 30. Email to sign up. Thanks!

Model UN
The first Model UN meeting will be after school on Tuesday, April 18 in room 215 (Mr. Hendrex's room). Weekly meetings will occur on Tuesdays until the competition on May 16. Please see Ms. Shoaf (rm 516) or Mr. Hendrex (rm 215) for more information. 

PTA Meeting This Week
Join us in the library this Thursday at 7:30am for a Kealing PTA Membership Meeting, where we will be electing our officers and discussing other volunteer opportunities for next year. The meeting will be followed by a Principal's Coffee at 8am, featuring presentations on free and affordable summer camp options for middle schoolers.

Kealing Center Stage Thanks
Thanks to all of the generous sponsors for Kealing Center Stage for their support of Kealing Middle School and for helping make our fundraising event such a huge success this year! Special thanks to our Platinum Legend sponsors, Susannah & Jase Auby, and our Musical Icon sponsors, Michelle Cherry, Realty Austin; and Primizie Snacks/Mark & Lisa Spedale. Click here for the complete list of sponsors.

Thanks to everyone who supported our school through Kealing Center Stage this year! It was a fun night out with fellow parents and teachers and entertainment by the our Kealing Teachers, the Spiral Notebooks, along with a duet by Ms. Coburn and Ms. Carter! 

We still have several great items available in our online auction at including newly-added items and opportunities to donate to specific, critical needs at Kealing, including new goggles for the science classrooms, digital microscopes, a volleyball net for the small gym, new lap top computers, and more. 

A special shout out to the leadership of our FABULOUS Planning Committee for Kealing Center Stage this year: Sara Bircher (Auction Co-Chair), Michelle Cherry (Sponsorship/Ticket Chair), Katie Duffy (Venue Chair), Ellen Fraser (Auction Co-Chair), Angi Menell (Venue Chair), Arthur D’Andrea (PTA Fundraising Chair), and Jayne Rosso (PTA Treasurer). 

Many thanks also to our other planning committee members and key contributors to the event, including: The Spiral Notebooks members (Ms. Henderson, Mr. Webster, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Barton), Lara Lampert, Stephanie Jarnigan, Shannon Ratcliff, Ms. Pena Brooks, Ms. Scott, Susan Lo, Emily Long, Grace Foster, Kate Hearne, Michelle Hoelscher, Anne Horsley, Sara Marzani, Lynn Boswell, and many other volunteers. 

We are so appreciative of your work on this event and everything you have done to support the school this year!

KMAG Committee Thank Yous!! 
If you know these Kealing parents or see them around school or your community, please thank them for their service this year. These wonderful volunteers helped to make 2016-17 one of the most successful ever!! 

Committee Chair (“Chair of Chairs”): Stephanie Jarnigan 

6th Grade Field Trip Chair: Ileana Abounader 7th Grade Field Trip Chair: Katie Duffy 
8th Grade Field Trips & Graduation Events Chair: Linda Chanow 
Fundraising Chair: Becky Svahn, with: Susannah Auby, Michelle Cherry, Mollie Cullinane and Laura Loudamy 

*** New Record for Second Straight Year for KMAG’s “No Hassle Fundraiser” – THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS AND CONTRIBUTORS AND ESPECIALLY OUR DEPARTING 2015-16 and 2016-17 CHAIR BECKY SVAHN! *** 

AISD Choice Fair/KMAG Showcase Night Chair: Gayathri Ramanathan 

Shadowing Chairs: Molly Kohler and Gina Vance (year after year, these ladies get things done - THANK YOU!) 

Book Fair Chairs: Raji Parameswaran and Leslie Dover 

New Parent Reception/New Student Registration Committee Chair: Letty Tarin 



McCallum Transition Camp 
If you are an 8th grader who will be attending McCallum in the fall, you need to sign up for transition camp. The camp will be held June 6 or 7th. Please visit the McCallum website or the Kealing Counselling website where we will provide the flyer and registration information. Visit A few printed flyers will be available with Ms. Rivera in the counseling office.

STEAM Summer Camp at Small Middle School
Registration is open for the Small Middle School STEAM summer camp. Click here for more information.