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Hornet Herald - April 30, 2017

posted Apr 30, 2017, 7:18 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 7:18 PM ]

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

May 1
Advisory Digital Citizenship Presentation
May 2
Advisory Digital Citizenship Presentation
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
KMAG Meeting
8th Social Studies STAAR
CAC Meeting 
Sports Banquet

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!
Summer Breeze Dance
This is the last dance of the year and what better to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than coming out to dance the night away with your friends! Wristbands are $5 and go sale this week. See you there!

2017-2018 KMS Cheer Squad Announcements
Mandatory Practices: 3-5pm 5/15-5/18 Cheer 
Captain applications due on Wed, 5/17 
Cheer Captain interviews on Friday, 5/19 
See Coach Berry if you have any 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.

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!

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!

Teacher Appreciation Week
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in AISD. Please join the PTA in appreciating Kealing's hard-working teachers who educate, motivate, and inspire our students on a daily basis. While they often receive feedback from school staff, the greatest impact occurs when they hear from parents and students. Please use this form to drop a positive, specific, personal anecdote or note to any Kealing teacher. You are not required to participate but we do encourage you to submit genuine notes as you see fit. They will be sent to teachers by email throughout the week for teacher appreciation. The notes will be screened before they are sent out, so please do not use this as an opportunity to give critical feedback. Please submit no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

30th Anniversary Thank Yous
The anniversary celebration last Saturday was a big success and special thanks to Ms. Pena-Brooks and her students for face painting, making signs, and providing slushies. Thanks also to Mr. Jarrott and Rockestra, Ms. Robison and jazz band, Mr. Eissler and music production, Coach Brynie for the games, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Hall and the cafeteria staff for the great lunch, Ms. Scott for the Neighborhood Stories Projects, Ms. Gonzales for getting bikes for door prizes and so much more, Ms. Black for all her work on it, Ms. Jefferey for her help day of, Ms. Garcia for providing interns to help, and PTA and volunteers for all they did gathering history, planting in the courtyard, helping with organizing the event. 

Special thanks to PTA organizers Dusty Harshman, Pauline Bush, and Laura DiCarlo and to parent Leticia Torres for the balloon creation. Thanks also to alum LM Rivers who led attendees in line dancing and brought many alumni out for the event, to to Jim-Jims Water Ice for their donation of the wonderful treat and to the Great Outdoors for donating flowers. When you see Ms. Coburn today thank her for all efforts as she did the most to make this event happen and tell Mr. McCormick he's got the dance moves!

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

Calling All Parents Interested in KMAG!!!!
Interested in volunteering for KMAG and maintaining Kealing's amazing academic and learning community? Volunteer for KMAG! The KMAG Board needs a Co-Treasurer for the 2017-18 and possibly 2018-19 terms! No experience required, but CPA/financial background is a big plus. If interested please contact Raji Parameswaran at or Steve Rosen at

Just as key, KMAG is looking for volunteers to CHAIR many of lead committees, including a Fundraising Chair. These jobs are CRITICAL but also LIMITED in terms of time commitment - a great balance. Thanks to the efforts of previous Chairs much of the workflow has been scripted, and so there's great support in place. Please consider joining the KMAG team and making your child's experience at Kealing the best it can be! 

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.