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Hornet Herald - August 13, 2016

posted Aug 13, 2016, 3:10 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 2:46 PM ]


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

August 20
Kealing Grounds Day (8:00 - 10:30 am)
Popsicle Social (10:30 - 11:00 am)

August 22
First Day of School!!!!!!
Parent Drop Off Coffee (7:10 - 8:10 am)
September 1
PTA Meeting and Principal’s Coffee (7:30 am)
September 6
Back To School Night (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
September 8
KMAG Meeting (7:30 am) (MOVED TO AUGUST 25th)
CAC Meeting (4:00 pm)

NEW Bus Locator App
AISD’s transportation team is offering families the new WheresTheBusTM app, which provides timely information about the location of their child’s bus, including when it will arrive at their stop. The WheresTheBus app will be available Aug. 15. The free app is available on any device with Internet access (smartphone, tablet, personal computer, iPod)—and takes less than five minutes to install. Click here for instructions.

Teacher's Assistant/Office Aide Application
7th and 8th grade students, Teacher's Assistant and Office Aide applications will be available in the program office on Monday, August 22. Students are responsible for securing permission from the cooperating teacher and parents, then returning the application by 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 1st. 

Athletics Physical Information 
A yearly physical exam is required for your child to participate in AISD Athletics. The Physical Exam must be dated after April 15, 2016 to be valid for the 2016-2017 school year.  This entire packet must be completed and submitted to the school prior to participating in any athletic program.

Student Handbook
The Kealing Middle School Student Handbook is a supplement to the Austin ISD Student Handbook and all Kealing students are expected to follow the procedures and practices outlined in the handbook. Parents are encouraged to download the handbook below and review it with their students.  

Hornet Herald
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Hello Kealing Community! The Kealing PTA has several volunteer opportunities in August to match a variety of schedules and interests. Don't see something that suits your fancy? Check out the PTA website for more volunteer opportunities, We hope to see you at one of the events below. 

Back-to-School Luncheon for Kealing Staff
The Kealing PTA is sponsoring a Back-to-School luncheon on August 19th to welcome back our hard-working teachers and staff as they prepare for another amazing year. Please click this link to sign up to help out or donate a salad or dessert.

30th Anniversary Celebration Planners 
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the re-opening of Kealing Middle School, and we will be celebrating this milestone with a Saturday event in October for Kealing alumni, current students and their families, and the surrounding community. The school and the PTA are looking for volunteers to help with the planning for this event. Can you help? Please email

New Business Supporter Program 
The PTA is now offering local businesses ways to support the school and receive recognition at Kealing. We are also excited to be offering new Kealing Supporter signs for all of our business donors! For more information, check out the new Business Supporter link on our website: If you are interested in helping visit local businesses in August or September, please contact Lynn Boswell at 

Membership Outreach and Hospitality 
Do you like meeting new people? Do you like you bake? Or can you help pick up early morning coffee donations? If yes to any of the above, we hope you will consider signing up to help out with the PTA's fall membership drive and back-to-school events in August and September. Contact Stephanie Jernigan at

Please join us Thursday August 25th at 7:30 am for our first meeting of the year. For the new 6th grade parents, KMAG is the Kealing Magnet Advisory Group. We will be introducing this year's officers, looking for some volunteers, and answering any Kealing questions you might have. Please come!

Kealing PTA and KMAG Want YOU! Would you like to get involved in volunteering for Kealing, but are looking for a small, impactful way to contribute from home on your own time? We are looking for one parent from each elementary school that feeds into Kealing to be on our KMAG and PTA Outreach/Communications Liaison Team. These school liaison positions will be key to connecting directly to parents from each school, providing information to families joining the Kealing Community, If this job sounds like something you are interested in, or if you know of another parent at Kealing who might be interested in serving as a school liaison, please email Lynn Boswell at Thank you for supporting your Kealing Community!!

Open Positions
The Kealing Magnet Advisory Group (KMAG) currently has 4 open positions to fill for committee chairs, as follows:

6th Grade Field Trip and 7th Grade Field Trip 
These committees work with grade-level teachers to coordinate and support the class trip for their respective grades. Trips usually take place in the spring.

Book Club/Parent Education
Coordinate 3 or 4 parent meetings per year that focus on books related to parenting, childhood education, etc., including arranging for a facilitator(s) or speaker(s) related to the topic. Some sessions have included related books. Coordinate efforts with programs being arranged by Parent Support Specialist, PTA, and Austin ISD High Schools.

New Parent Reception/New Student Registration Committee
Work with the Magnet Director and staff to coordinate volunteer hosts, logistics and refreshments for three new parent receptions held in March while newly admitted students take the math placement exam; coordinate volunteers to assist with new student registration one Friday afternoon and one Saturday morning in March. KMAG is made up of parents who work with the Magnet Director to assist and support the Magnet Program. It provides financial and volunteer resources to the Kealing Magnet Program to promote academic excellence, classroom enrichment and diverse academic extracurricular activities. Efforts are coordinated with Kealing Magnet staff. Please contact Steve Rosen ( for more information or to sign up. THANK YOU for contributing to your Kealing Community!