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Hornet Herald - April, 7 2019

posted Feb 24, 2019, 2:04 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 7, 2019, 6:49 PM ]
Hello Hornets!

This week will be a quiet week on campus since our 7th and 8th grade students will demonstrate some of their learning by taking the STAAR Test. Tuesday and Wednesday will be regular testing days and we will conduct make-up testing for the rest of the week for any students who may be absent. Our student have been working hard all year and we know they are ready to show what they know. Below is the schedule:
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 8th Grade Math (except Algebra I testers); 7th Grade Writing
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 8th Grade Reading; 7th Grade Advanced Math (only students who take the 8th grade STAAR)
So that our 7th and 8th grade students are home early and well-rested, there will be no after school events or late buses Monday and Tuesday. Students don't need to do anything to prepare. That part of the work is already done! Please help your student get a good night of rest and be sure they eat a healthy breakfast so they are ready to go.

Our 6th grade students will participate in Field Day Tuesday and head to the Paramount Theater Wednesday. To add to the quiet testing environment, we will operate a closed campus this week. If you are hoping to stop by to visit or to eat lunch with your student, we'll be back to our usual high energy campus next week!


Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal

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

  • Apr. 9 - STAAR Testing: 7th Writing, 8th Math; 6th Grade Field Day
  • Apr. 10 - STAAR Testing: 8th Reading; STAAR Testing: 7th Advanced Math; 6th Grade Paramount Theater Trip
  • Apr. 11 - KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Apr. 12
  • Apr. 13 - Magnet Math Placement, Parent Reception 9-11a
  • Apr. 13 - Magnet Math Placement, Parent Reception 1-3p
  • Apr. 17-18 - Homework Hiatus
  • Apr. 19 - No School for Students
  • May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony *** DATE CHANGE/LOCATION CHANGE
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - CHANGE
Due to unexpected construction at the Delco Center, all May events were rescheduled. As a result, the Kealing 8th grade promotion ceremony is being moved the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please update your calendars accordingly!

After-School Tutoring
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 math curriculum. We hold tutoring sessions after school in the Kealing Library Monday through 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
The Algebra II Tutoring Team

Austin ISD School Changes Workshops
Community workshops regarding the Austin Independent School District’s School Changes process are scheduled in April to continue the conversation on potential school consolidation, increased programming and repurposing. 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. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the “Reinvention Roadmap” and participate in facilitated activities to gain perspective on what it could look like to come out of this process with school communities that are better and stronger than they are now.

The meeting schedule is listed below. Spanish interpretation and childcare will be provided at all meetings.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 6 – 8 p.m. Bowie High School, 4103 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749
  • Wednesday, April 17, 6 – 8 p.m. Fulmore Middle School, 201 E Mary St, Austin, TX 78704 
  • 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
Permission Slip for 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs
The Kealing 8th graders will be taking a field trip to Shady Springs Party Barn on Thursday, May 23, 2019 (B day) from 9:00am - 2:00pm as a way to celebrate a great few years at Kealing. Permission slips have been passed out through Science classes and need to be returned to Science teachers by Friday, April 26th. This is an updated return date as we want to make sure we give enough time for ALL students to get it signed and returned. A copy of the permission slip can be downloaded here and a general information sheet can be found too. 

Talking to your Teen about Mental Health: Free Presentation
McCallum and Lamar are hosting a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) parent presentation entitled "Let's Talk-Starting the Mental Health Conversation with your Teen" on April 15th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. at the McCallum Fine Arts Theatre. All parents/caregivers from across the district are invited to attend. Please RSVP at

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 for the amazingly low price of $10*
Yearbooks are available via for $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.

Spirit Wear on Sale
Buy online at our Spirit Store, pay via PayPal, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria this Thursday and Friday...
Our new Kealing students that we will see for the fall course selections or at the math placement testing, you can order now and we will have them ready for you to pick up!

KMAG Meeting 
April 11th, 2019 7:30-8:30am
Everyone is welcome. We plan to have a Q/A for newly admitted families along with our normal agenda. Hope you can make it

Do you remember when your kiddo took the Math Placement Exam? And you probably attended a parent reception/coffee in the library? There was a very informative panel of current magnet students that answered all of your questions. Do you remember?

Well, now it's your student's turn. We are looking for current students to discuss all things Kealing at any of the following parent receptions.

Dates are: 
  • Saturday, April 6, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Saturday, April 13, 9-11am ** ESPECIALLY NEEDED ON THIS DATE
  • Saturday, April 13, 12-2pm