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Hornet Herald - April 21, 2019

posted Apr 21, 2019, 6:49 AM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Apr. 26 - Shot Clinic at KMS
  • May 1 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a (WEDNESDAY!)
  • May 1 - Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • May 2 - 8th Grade Capstone Showcase, 4-6p
  • May 9 - CAC Meeting 4p
  • May 10 - Summer Breeze Dance, 6-8p
  • May 13-16 - STAAR Testing (see calendar)
  • May 15 - OCPE Deadline for Fall
  • May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony *** DATE CHANGE/LOCATION CHANGE
  • May 23 - PTA Mtg & Principal's Coffee, 7:30a
  • May 23 - 8th grade EOY Celebration at Shady Springs
  • May 24 - Last day of school
Summer Breeze Dance
Summer is coming! Let's celebrate! The Summer Breeze Dance will be held Friday, May 10th from 6-8 p.m. in the large gym! Wristbands are $5 and will be sold on Friday, May 10th during all lunches and at the door before the dance.  This is the LAST dance of the school year! So don't miss out!

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. 
  • 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
Off-Campus P.E. (OCPE) for the Fall Deadline (7th & 8th graders)
Off Campus Physical Education or PE Waivers for the Fall semester must be submitted to AISD no later than May 15, 2019. Students will need a counselor's signature before they can submit their application. PE Waiver applications WILL NOT be accepted after May 15th. See AISD's website here for more info.

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:

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

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 www.schoolcashonline.comfor the amazingly low price of $10*
Yearbooks are available via www.jostens.comfor $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.
Kealing PTA Treasurer
Kealing PTA is actively looking for a Treasurer.  This is an important job, but it is significantly less work than an elementary PTA Treasurer. We have a joint meeting with KMAG, who we work closely with, on May 8 and PTA training on May 18.  We would love to bring on along with next year’s executive board as soon as possible.  You do not have to be an accountant to do this job,  there is lots of training, and Kealing PTA has great mentors in place.   If you are interested please contact Jayne at

Check out the new Kealing Center Stage auction items online!
  • Wonder Women of Wine Sommelier class
  • 6th grade movie party, 
  • Frisbee game against the Kealing teachers, 
  • The tinkering projects 
  • Martial Art classes marked down below market value,  several of them are in south Austin

Latinitas Future Chica Conference
Austin, TX 
Future Chica is Latinitas' inaugural innovation conference for girls (ages 9-18) where they will explore a variety of new technologies, including virtual reality, artificial intelligence, drone technology, 3D printing, and robotics.

Free to attend! May 4, 2019.
Click the link to RSVP 

Last week was a busy week at the Capital!
To see all the Capital moves on e-cigarettes and juuls, STAAR reform, school finance and many others go to

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!