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Hornet Herald - August 1, 2019

posted Aug 1, 2019, 6:05 PM by KMS Hornets
Hello Hornet Families,

During the summer months (actually most months) the Kealing administrative team entertains itself with movie quotes and song lyrics that describe the state of affairs. There are few students around so we have to find joy in other places! This summer has been full of gems as we have weathered all of the exciting changes in our building.

If you have been captured by the Lion King reboot, sing along with us. “From the day we arrived on the planet. And blinking, step into the sun. There’s more to see than can ever be seen. More to do than can ever be done.” That’s our song for the week thanks to the large amount of construction taking place on campus. It’s not completely applicable though because it will be done. The crews are moving quickly and it’s all coming together. We are finishing up week three of no air conditioning. Our custodians have done an incredible job keeping up the pace while staying cool.

There will still be work happening during this week’s new student transition camp but the building is safe. Our new students will get the full Chip and Joanna Gaines experience. Some part of the first floor will be in disrepair and the stairs look like they have seen better days. The new students will see the “before” next week and be wowed by the “after” on their first day of school. We are excited for the transformation!

This week’s movie quote comes from Poltergeist:

“Carol Anne – listen to me. Do not go into the light. Stop where you are. Turn away from it. Don’t even look at it.” 

You (parents and students) are Carol Anne. The Austin ISD Cloud is the light. Don’t go in. Turn away from it. Don’t even look at it. We are still making schedule changes and what you see will very likely not be what you get. Do not go into the light. The schedules are not yet accurate.

So what about student schedules?
See below for the updated scheduling timeline. I am pushing the mail date out a week to make some small structural changes to the master schedule. I apologize for making you all wait a little longer. I know you’re anxious! You will receive schedule verification and first day information when your schedule arrives in the mail. All questions or concerns about student schedules will be addressed through the schedule verification process so please read carefully once you receive your schedule in the mail.

Austin ISD Back to School Bash
This Saturday is the Austin ISD Back to School Bash and Safety Fair at the Parmer Event Center. Stop by for free school supplies, educational presentations, and health screenings. Visit the Austin ISD website for more information.

Got supplies?
Supply sales are starting in stores and I am sure some of you are ready to catch some deals. The basic school supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year can be found on the Kealing website. These lists include items that students will need for their core classes. There are also a few supplies that will be delivered to Advisory teachers during the first week of school to be used across all Kealing classrooms. Since the students all take a variety of electives with different needs, be on the lookout for a few additional requests during the first two weeks of school.

Important 2019-2020 Dates/Information 
Some of you have already switched to the new year and are looking to update your calendar. Below are important beginning of year dates and details that you can add:
  • August 3, 2019 - Preliminary Schedules Mailed CHANGE BELOW
  • August 7, 2019 (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) – New Parent Orientation Option #1
  • August 8, 2019 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) – New Student Transition Camp
    • No Registration Required
    • Visit the Austin ISD Transportation Finder at on August 7, 2019 for your student’s bus assignment. Contact Austin ISD transportation at 512-414-0238 with any transportation questions.
  • August 8, 2019 (9:00 am – 10:00 am) – New Parent Orientation Option #2
  • August 8, 2019 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) – New Parent Orientation Option #3
  • August 10, 2019 – Preliminary Schedules Mailed
    • Information regarding eligible schedule changes and schedule verification days will be included.
    • First day of school information will be included.
  • August 14, 2019 – Schedule Verification
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Last Names Beginning with A – L
    • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Last Names Beginning with M – Z
  • August 15, 2019 – Schedule Verification
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Last Names Beginning with M – Z
    • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Last Names Beginning with A – L
  • First Day of School: August 20, 2019
  • Back to School Night: September 3, 2019 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
  • First PTA Meeting and Principal’s Coffee: August 22, 2019 (7:30 am)
  • First KMAG Meeting: August 29, 2019 (7:30 am)

5 Adults Needed for this Tuesday, 8/6/2019 from 9a-noon to paint a classroom! Bring a friend, it'll be fun!

All supplies provided... just need the person-power!

Can you help out? Sign up here, please!

Thank you!
Kealing Supplies Summer Stock Up!!!
Can you help out? Our school is getting ready for the new school year and needs some supplies now! Basic things like tissues, sanitizer and wipes for every classroom (to keep OUR kids healthy!) and also dry erase markers, pencils, spirals, composition notebooks and binders.
Now until August 9th!

BUY FROM OUR AMAZON LINK and have it directly shipped to the school. EASY! ALSO, if you go through and select Kealing PTA as the charity, our PTA will get a rebate back with no cost to you! WIN-WIN!

Here's how:
  1. Click on Link: Select items you want to purchase and put in cart:
  2. Open new window. Go to (charity is Kealing PTA); login and checkout as normal (items should be in your cart already!)
  3. Pick Kealing Gift Registry as the delivery address.
Want to give a particular amount of $ just for these supplies, select gift card from the list. You can pick whatever denomination (defaults to $50 but you can choose less ...or more! ) and use Ms. Sosa's email (

Please and thank you!