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Hornet Herald - April 28, 2019

posted Apr 28, 2019, 10:08 AM by KMS Hornets


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

  • 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 - 7th grade Field Day
  • 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!

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

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 30, Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road (south)

We need volunteers and lots of them! It's hard to believe we are almost out of Middle School! The past 3 years have gone by so fast! Please join us as we embark on our final events as KMS 8th grader parents! Complete this form to indicate which event(s) you are interested in helping with! 

GRADUATION: Graduation will be held at the AISD Performing Arts Center on 5/20 and is open to all 8th grade students. We will need assistance setting up decorations on 5/20 from 12-3 and clean up after the ceremony. 

SHADY SPRINGS: This event is on 5/23 and open to all 8th grade students (450) at KMS! Obviously this is a HUGE group as we need as many parent volunteers as possible to keep this event fun and safe for everyone! You will receive a detailed email closer to the date! Thank you for all your support! Questions? Contact: Angi Menell 

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.

Final KMAG Meeting this WEDNESDAY, May 1, 7:30am
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!

KMAG Volunteer Opportunities for 2019-2020
We are looking for a few volunteers for our KMAG committees for next year! All are really small in time commitment. Descriptions for all the roles are at the bottom of the signup. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE WORD "CHAIR" - some of our tasks are just 1 or 2 people.

Please consider signing up and helping continue all the great work KMAG does to support the magnet program and Kealing! This is a great way to get involved but doesn't require lots of meetings, etc.

8th Grade Field Trip Co-Chair
8th grade field trip liaison - Help get the word out and get volunteers to work the end-of-year celebration that happens the last week of school and setup/decorate for graduation ceremony.

Audit Committee
Review the Treasurer books/records at the end of the school year for compliance. Give guidance for tax preparations.

Fundraising Team
Help with the annual no hassle fundraiser. Co-chairs are already in place; The team jobs are small but very needed! KMAG raises funds to support classroom and extracurricular academic activities. Time commitment is 4-6 weeks at the beginning of school. An annual no hassle fundraising letter is distributed to the Kealing community. Parents are welcome to explore other fundraising opportunities throughout the year.

New Parent Receptions

Remember seeing the student panel while your "new to Kealing student" took a math placement test? Organize these 2 Saturdays (usually in April) of new parent receptions by getting some snacks/drinks and also assisting with getting the student panels for each shift. 

Help the magnet director organize the recruiting roadshows by getting a few volunteers to help at each one.

Shadowing Team Members
The Shadowing team/wranglers helps with the day-to-day activities of checking in/out shadowing students. 

Thank you!
Kealing PTA is looking for some event coordinators 
One event is the Martin Luther King Day of Service.  School volunteers, parents and kids come to the school one Saturday in January to do school and neighborhood projects  The coordinator chair would need to fill out a website form for Keep Austin Beautiful (to secure tools & neighborhood maps), call Dominos for the Pizza, contact the Kealing Garden teacher, and the Kealing PTA grounds chair. You might have to call a meeting with the interested parties to see if there is a specific project at the school. You will have to write the Sign up sheet that will be posted online.  You might have to pick the supplies at HEB and Keep Austin Beautiful, and then spend a Saturday at Kealing overseeing the event.  I know there are some wonderful parents in our community who are thinking "this is my skill set"  and I would love to chat with you.  Please contact Jayne @

Secret Pals - May 6 and 7
SSSH’h Secret Pals.  It is time to bring your little surprises one last time for this year.  
Go to to view the list of teacher wishes

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale this Thursday and Friday  - last time to buy this school year
Buy online at our Spirit Store , then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria.  We have baseball hats, retro cotton shirts & hoodies, dri fit shirts and hoodies and baseball shirts.

KCS Auction Items now online ending Friday at 10:00 pm
Last Chance KCS Auction Items now online; Closes Friday at 10:00 pm; Check them out: 
  • Wonder Women of Wine Sommelier class
  • 6th grade movie party, 
  • Frisbee game against the Kealing teachers, 
  • Martial Art classes marked down below market value,  several of them are in south Austin
Click here to see the auction.

Dear PTA Supporters,

We appreciate your ongoing support of the important legislative priorities that Texas PTA has set out to improve the health, welfare, and safety of students throughout Texas. Each legislative session, a new issue always seems to emerge that wasn’t on the policy horizon when the session began in January. HB 281 is this session’s surprise for PTA and I’m personally asking for your help to stop this bill.

HB 281 strikes down the core of our PTAs’ collaborative relationships with the school communities they serve and strips away the ability for our PTA Leaders and Members to effectively support the education of all children. While most policymakers indicate that the impact on PTA is an unintended consequence in their efforts to curb publicly-funded lobbying, there is still an unwillingness to change the language in the bill to protect the good work of PTA and the genuine efforts of families and educators around the state.

PTAs provide tens of millions of dollars each year in supplemental funding to our schools, not to mention the additional millions of dollars in volunteer hours. In return, schools typically allow PTAs the use of meeting space, electricity, water, and other basic needs to fulfill our mission of making every child’s potential a reality.

If passed in its current form, HB 281 will end this in-kind support for our nearly 2700 Local and Council PTAs. The fall festivals and carnivals that have been part of our communities for so long would likely become financially impossible for PTAs in Texas. Health fairs, parent education programs, field day, Reflections ceremonies, and teacher recognition – all are at risk because of HB 281. 

Unfortunately, one version of this bill has already passed through the Senate and HB 281 is awaiting a date for a floor vote in the House. I need our hundreds of thousands of supporters to step forward and help us defeat HB 281 before it reaches the House floor! 

Call or email your Representative today and tell them that HB 281 should NOT be set for a floor vote by the House Calendars Committee.  

Sign up for Make It Matter Mondays emails
There was a flurry of activity this week by many concerned parents .  The actions at the Capitol were not going to be very good our schools or our finances.   One of the ways that parents got called to action was by receiving these emails.  Parents worked the phones lines, made testimonies and showed up at the Capitol.

If you want to be aware of what is going on - send a message to ACPTA Advocacy Chair Sonya Kaleel:

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!