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Hornet Herald - August 19, 2019

posted Aug 19, 2019, 6:55 PM by KMS Hornets
Hornet Family,

Twas the night before school started when all through the school the teachers were shouting, "This sure does look cool!" The offices shine and the stairs have new tread, the Counselor's built a center and the nurse has a new bed. Our staff came back and I watched passion flow. I hope your students too are ready to go!

Surprise! In addition to song lyrics and movie quotes, I entertain myself with cheesy, joyful poetry. The last week with faculty has been filled with little pieces of joy as we have prepared to have our Hornets back for the 2019-2020 school year. We are ready and this skilled teaching staff is looking forward to greeting students tomorrow morning.

First day room assignments are live and online. On the first day of school, Tuesday, August 20, 2019, students will report to check-in rooms to receive their final schedules and campus maps. 7th and 8th grade students will find their rooms with the help of staff members. 6th grade students will be picked up by teachers and escorted to their rooms. The first day is a "pack light" day so a pencil and paper should suffice. Teachers will let students know when to start bringing other school supplies

We will be operating two lanes on Pennsylvania with additional staff support to try to get the traffic flowing well. Be ready for the morning drop-off tomorrow so that you can say goodbye to your Hornet with a smile! 

Kind regards,
Kenisha Coburn

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

  • Aug 20 - First Day of School, 7:30a, A DAY
  • Aug 20 - First Day of practice for football
  • Aug 21-23 - VBall tryouts, 3-5p, Gyms
  • Aug 22 - First PTA meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Aug 24 - Kealing Grounds Day, 8a
  • Aug 27 - VBall Parent Mtg, 6p Cafeteria
  • Aug 29 - First KMAG meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Sept 2: Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
  • Sept 3: Back To School Night, 6p-8p
  • Sept 12 & 13: Homework Hiatus
Homework Hiatus - Mark your calendars
Homework Hiatus dates are here! Each year we block off a weekend that is reserved for rest and fun for our students and staff. This means that no homework assignments will be assigned and no assignments will be due the following Monday or Tuesday. We hope you mark your calendars and plan to enjoy these brain breaks with your families! 
  • 9/12 & 13
  • 10/24 & 25
  • 11/21 & 22 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • 1/16 & 17 (MLK Jr. weekend) 
  • 2/20 & 21 
  • 4/30 & 5/1
Advisory - The first two weeks in Advisory is all about meeting each other and building community. We will post upcoming themes and activities on the Advisory website so feel free to follow along!

Attention: 7 grade parents - Shot Records
Please turn in shot records showing proof of Tdap and MCV vaccinations to the school nurse as soon as possible. If a student does not have these shots by 9/6/2019, they will be sent home from school until proof of vaccination is given to the nurse. 

Kealing Cross Country and Hornet Run Club
Welcome Running Hornets! Kealing Cross Country and Hornet Run Club is back and excited to start our 2019 Fall Season. Kealing Cross Country is a club open to 7th and 8th graders and Hornet Run Club is open to 6th graders. We welcome runners of ALL running levels and experiences. Our season officially begins the first week of school and runs through October. We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:00-4:30pm. At the meets, on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings, our runners race two miles at different parks around Austin. If you have a Kealing student who is interested in joining our club please check out our website or feel free to contact our new coach and teacher sponsor Shannon Jones at
Volleyball Tryout information
Volleyball Tryouts 8/21-8/23  Wednesday- Friday  3-5pm in both gyms.

Please come with completed AISD participation physical packet and dressed 
ready to work out. 

Parent Meeting- Tues Aug. 27th 6:00 in the Kealing Cafeteria 
1st game- 7th grade 
8th grade- 8/29/19, Thurs. At Means, 8th A team plays at 6:00pm
8th B team plays directly after or approximately 7:00pm
Questions for 7th grade can be directed to and 8th grade to

2019 Kealing Hornet Football
We are looking forward to another great season of Hornet Football starting in August! We have  some information that will help get the season started well.

August 20th- The first day of school and the first day of practice. We need all players to have a completed AISD physical packet, including the online parent and student signatures. All information can be found in the Physical Packet which can be picked up in the school front office or accessed online at

All players will need to provide their own football cleats, as well as t-shirt and shorts. Each player will complete 4 days of non-contact heat acclimation practices, followed by 7 contact practices in pads for a total of 11 practices before they are allowed to participate in a game per UIL. We have 14 practice days before our first game, so having the physical completed and being at practice everyday when school starts is really important.

Parent support is key to having a positive season. All the work done at home to have student athletes well rested, performing well in all classes, eating a nutritious diet, hydrated properly is greatly appreciated. We also know that it is a considerable time commitment to travel for practice pickups, as well as travel to and from games. The coaches and players appreciate your efforts to be at the games. In addition to these efforts, we do need parent support in providing pre-game meals as well as any post season celebration. There will be a parent meeting the second week of school to discuss and plan these efforts.

If you have any general football questions, or specific to 7th grade football please contact Coach Gardner at (512) 414-2706 or If you have any questions specific to 8th grade football contact Coach Rydolph at (512) 814-1154 or
PTA Meetings
Join Us this Thursday, August 24th at 7:30a in the library for our first PTA meeting of the year!

August 24 Kealing Grounds Day   
Join us to clean up the Kealing grounds!
This Saturday from 8a - 10:30a and then we'll have a popsicle Social from 10:30a - 11:00a
This is easy.

1. Is your kid a student at Kealing Middle School?
2. Is your kid a student in the magnet program?
3. BONUS: Want Kealing gear?
Now, for those of you that are new to Kealing, YES, we have two parent organizations: PTA and KMAG at Kealing. This is not an either/or situation - you need to know/participate in both. See questions above. They both have meeting dates. They both need volunteers. They WORK WELL TOGETHER to support all of our students and faculty/staff.

Kealing PTA is our parent organization that not only advocates for all Kealing students (including yours and mine), they support our teachers and staff, support our communities, support basically everything that has to do with Kealing and public education. Support your student by joining the PTA. Yes, it is a 501 c3, non-profit organization.

KMAG is our parent organization that supports the magnet program. There is no funding for programs like this in the public school arena so KMAG exists to help basically fund the exceptional education that our magnet program provides. KMAG also helps with all things magnet - shadowing, recruiting, etc. Think of it as a "booster" club. Support your student by donating to our annual no-hassle fundraiser. And yes, it is a 501 c3, non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible. Check to see if your employer matches!

Do #1 and #2 for sure, today.
Thank you!

KMAG Meetings
KMAG Meetings are open to everyone. We discuss topics relevant to the Magnet program. All KMAG Meetings are from 7:30am to 8:30am and are usually in the library
Please join us for the first KMAG meeting of the year on Thursday, August 29th. Save the dates for all of our KMAG meetings:
  • 8/29
  • 9/12
  • 10/17
  • 11/14
  • 12/12
  • 1/16
  • 2/20
  • 4/9
  • 5/7