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Hornet Herald - April 23, 2017

posted Apr 23, 2017, 8:58 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 9:21 PM ]
Good afternoon Kealing Families,

Campus was alive Saturday, starting with a full classroom of Spanish for Spanish Speakers testers at 8:00 am. The students were not thrilled to be up so early but seemed to handle the test well. Then we had a lot of guests on campus to commemorate our reopening over thirty years ago.  Pictures are coming soon. Hopefully we have a good shot of the alumnus from 1948 who joined us! Our Science Olympiad team also had a busy weekend traveling to Texas A&M to compete in the state tournament. Their 2nd place showing has earned them a spot at Nationals in Dayton, Ohio in May. Congratulations Science Olympiad Team!  
The 2016-2017 school year is winding down and we are planning for 2017-2018. Our online registration percentages have increased but we have a long way to go! If your student will be attending Kealing next year, either in the Academy Program or the Magnet Program, you are now able to go online through the AISD Parent Cloud and register for next year. Early registration helps us plan staffing and budget appropriately so it is important that we get as many parents in as possible. Contact our registrar, Linda Rivera at if you have trouble with registration. Summer transition and schedule mailings dates are up, so go ahead and mark your calendars if you will be with us next year

The next few weeks are pretty quiet since there are a number of testing days approaching. After testing ends, we enter the award and celebration phase of the year (finals are mixed in there somewhere too). Keep your eye on the campus calendar so that you don't miss anything as these last weeks fly by!

Kenisha Coburn


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

May 3
Algebra I End Of Course Exam
May 8
6th Math STAAR
7th Math STAAR
8th Math STAAR Retest
May 9
6th Reading STAAR
7th Reading STAAR
8th Reading STAAR Retest
May 10
8th Science STAAR
May 11
8th Social Studies STAAR
CAC Meeting 

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 Cross Country Club
We are excited to let you know that we will have a club cross country running team at Kealing Middle School in the fall of 2017 for 6th through 8th graders! 

The club will be lead by Kealing parent Matt Kleiman and teachers Shannon Jones and Tania Tasneem. Below is some general information about the club. Please feel free to contact Matt Kleiman or Shannon Jones with questions. Some general info about the club: 
  1. Our goal for the club is to give our Kealing kids the opportunity to improve their fitness, to set personal goals and achieve them, to be able to compete with their friends for Kealing Middle School, and to learn to love the sport of running.
  2. Middle school cross country races are 2 miles. 
  3. 3. Our season will start officially at the beginning of the school year. We'll start some pre-conditioning in the late summer for those interested. 
  4. The season ends in late Oct / early Nov. 
  5. We expect we'll have 5-6 meets in Sept and Oct, but will not expect all runners to be at all meets. This will really be runner/parent choice. 
  6. We will train/compete 2-3 times a week. The time commitment is not much and will not prevent kids from playing another sport or joining another club. 
  7. Contact Info: Matt Kleiman:, Shannon Jones: 
  8. Club website:  
April 30th at 8am we would like to get us all together for a fun run to meet each other and give the kids an idea of what cross country running is all about. Parents and siblings are welcome to join. We'll require a few parents to come to ensure all of the kids remain supervised on the run. We usually have enough volunteers but more are always great to have. We'll meet at Kealing in the parking lot by the track and head out shortly after 8am for a run. We'll have different distances mapped out so kids should not be afraid to join us even if they haven't run at all.

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.

8th Grade Celebration Slideshow Call for Photos!
Hey 8th Grade Hornets!. If you want pictures of you and your friends in the end of year celebration slideshow, email group photos of 8th grade Kealing students to Submit by May 3rd. Don't miss out!

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!

Administrative Professionals Week
This week is Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week in AISD. Please join the PTA in appreciating Kealing's hard-working office staff. Surely our school couldn't run without them! The PTA will express their appreciation with a small gift for each and if you and/or your child has a chance, please appreciate them in your own way. Thank you!

Summer Camps and Programs for Middle School Students
The April PTA meeting featured presentations on free and reduced-cost summer camps and programs for middle schoolers, with presentations by the African American Youth Harvest Foundation and the YMCA. Click here for a list of opportunities that were shared at the meeting. Please email if you know of other opportunities to share with the Kealing community.

PTA Getting Ready for next Year!
Congratulations to the following new officers for the Kealing PTA board, who were elected at our membership meeting last Thursday. Kristen Gossett: President 
Megan Carcassi: Vice President 
Nicole Miller: Secretary 
Jayne Rosso: Treasurer The Kealing PTA has many additional leadership positions and volunteer opportunities available for the 2017-18 year. We hope you will consider serving. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have questions, please contact the PTA at

Board positions include: historian, environmental chair, and programs chair. 

Additional leadership and volunteer opportunities include: Membership and Outreach, Business Outreach, Community Engagement, Hospitality, Parent Education, Teacher and Staff Appreciation, Kealing Center Stage, Spirit Wear, and MLK Day of Service / Peace through Pie Picnic. 

For a description of these opportunities and a list of additional volunteer opportunities (which is updated throughout the year), visit:

Volunteer on the Reconciliation Committee
If you are around the latter part of July and like finances or nonprofit management, please consider serving on the Kealing PTA's Reconciliation Committee. This is a very short-term commitment but essential volunteer role. The Reconciliation Committee performs the very important function of reviewing the PTA's books and records, with a focus on making sure that all of our financial transactions this year were done properly. 

The Committee will meet 2-3 times in late July and then prepare a report with the committee's findings to present to the PTA membership at our first meeting at the beginning of the school year. 

If you are interested in serving or have any questions, please email

Kealing Center Stage Thanks
There are still a few fun auction items available from Kealing Center Stage, including several fun buy-in parties where you can join fellow Kealing parents in smaller settings for dinner or a happy hour--or take your kid to a back-yard rock concert to see 6th grade band the Goo. Check these items and more out at

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.