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Hornet Herald - December 1, 2019

posted Dec 1, 2019, 5:54 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Dec 1, 2019, 5:58 PM ]
Hey Hornet Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all had restful breaks that allowed you to spend time with some of your favorite people. Mine was a much-needed opportunity to reflect, give thanks, and spend time with those who make my days better. I learned how skilled my 6 year old is at playing Skip-Bo so a week of family game nights was time well-spent. Being part of the Hornet Family brings a lot of joy for me so I am looking forward to seeing our students and staff back on campus this week. I am also looking forward to getting away from the holiday desserts that have overtaken my house. (I ate) too much banana pudding.

We will follow a normal bell schedule all this week. The two following weeks will be filled with all sorts of odd schedules and exams (Final Exams, District Benchmark Testing). Students will get access to the testing schedules in Advisory this week and have opportunities to practice some stress-relief techniques that can help them during this busy period. Be ready to talk about this at home. We are also looking forward to a host of concerts since our Fine Arts department shows off their stuff as we lead into Winter Break. I hope to see you at one of the concerts or Athletic events that will round out the semester.

Students are already thinking ahead to the second semester and so are we! Below is information about the schedule change process. We work to take care of the majority of these requests before students return so that the start to the second semester is smooth. Read below and help your students prepare just in case they are looking forward to possible changes. We will share this information with them on campus too.

Spring Office Aide and Student Aide Forms
  • Available in the Program Office on December 6
  • Must be returned to the Program Office by December 12
  • Only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible
Spring Semester Elective Change Request Forms
  • Available in the Program Office and on the Kealing website on December 12
  • List of courses with available seats posted on the Kealing website on December 12
  • Elective change request forms can be submitted to the Program Office between December 16 - January 10.
Have a great week!

Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal


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

  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
  • Dec. 2: School resumes (A Day)
  • Dec. 2: PTA Gift Card Holiday Order Deadline
  • Dec. 10: Secret Pals drop-off (teacher last name A-M)
  • Dec. 11: Secret Pals drop-off (teacher last name N-Z)
  • Dec. 10: PTA Parent Ed on Vaping, 6p
  • Dec. 12: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Dec. 13: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party
This week students will learn about the testing dates that close out the semester and practice some stress relief techniques that they can use during busy seasons.

How do I check my student’s grades and attendance?

The system you may hear teachers refer to as TEAMs has a parent interface often referred to as ParentConnect or Parent Self Serve. It can be accessed here and you must have an Austin ISD Cloud login to access the system. This is the place to view live attendance and most up-to-date grades. If you have trouble accessing the system, feel free to reach out to the technology support line by calling 512-414-9187. Support is available weekdays from 7 am - 5 pm. You may also send an email to

How do I change which AISD messages I receive via phone, text, and/or email?

AISD uses a tool called school messenger to send emails, texts, phone calls for various things from emergencies to cafeteria balance. You can select how to receive these messages by doing this:
  1. Go to the parent cloud: 
  2. Then type in "messages" in the search box (magnifying glass icon)
  3. You will be able to check and set/clear all of your messages.
Inkblot submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is now ready for your submissions. If you have any original and unpublished artwork, photography, writing, or any other creative works and you want to share it, you should submit it to Inkblots' very own magazine. Submitting is easy. All you have to do is find the submission box in any ELA class or submit online at: www/
Thank you and remember to submit to Inkblot!

Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at or go to for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

AISD Middle School Fair
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 9:00a-12:00p
Webb Middle School

Families of current and future middle school students are invited to Austin ISD's 2019 Middle School Fair.

Students and their families can learn about the diverse and innovative programming offered in Austin ISD, enjoy student performances, and hear from current students, families and faculty from our 19 middle schools about the amazing programs and classes open to our middle school students.

This year's fair is 9 a.m.–noon Dec. 7 at Webb Middle School, 601 E. St. Johns Ave.

Free transportation is provided for families on a rotating basis at Northeast ECHS and Travis ECHS beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information, please contact Carol Parton in the Middle School Office at 512-414-4481 or
Next KMAG Meeting - Dec. 12th

Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 2 at 8:00 am   Use them for Secret Pals, Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party, grocery cards for holiday entertaining, stocking stuffers or gifts, experiences,  and restaurant cards. We have Amazon, Itunes, Target , Chilis, American Girl, Main Event, Dominos’s, HEB and Starbucks to name a few.  Check them all out here.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party (Dec 13) Sign-Up   
Click on this sign-up  to see how you can help us make it a special event! We’re collecting gift cards, cookies, and volunteers!!  Our incredible teachers and staff are the heart of our school, please help us shower them with the goodies they deserve!

PS: for those of you who remember the scam affecting schools, booster and PTA’s involving sending gift cards codes that we warned you about: this is NOT a scam, we are asking to send actual gift cards into the school.  If you have any questions please contact Claudia at

Secret Pals December Date is on!
Thanks so much for signing to shower our wonderful teachers and staff.  Dec 10 and 11 will be our second drop off week.  Teacher Last Name A-M is Monday and Teacher Last Name N-Z is Tuesday.  If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to

SAVE THE DATE - Vaping Parent Education Session-Dec 10th
Our next parent education session will be on December 10th at 6pm at Kealing. The talk will focus on vaping and be led by Jason Schafer, AISD Health Education Curriculum Specialist. There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session; we are excited to be able to provide up to date information on this hot topic!

Join the PTA Today!
All Kealing parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to join the Kealing PTA. 
$10 Individual (one membership), $19 Family (two memberships) 
(Membership scholarships available)
Download 2019-2020 Membership Paper Form: