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Hornet Herald - December 16, 2018

posted Dec 16, 2018, 5:27 AM by KMS Hornets
SECRET PAL Thank Yous!
Thank you to all of you in the Kealing community who are participating in the PTA Secret Pals Program. A few of our beloved teachers wanted to say thank you:

I just want to say thank you so much for taking care of us! The Kealing PTA brings tremendous value to the school community, and the secret pals program in particular makes us teachers feel very special. Somehow the deliveries always seem to come right when we need them the most. :). WE APPRECIATE YOU! 

Dear Secret Pal, you all are the best!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for my wonderful gifts and my nutcracker will have a "special place" this year in my home. Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Please tell my adopted family that I LOVE the multi-tool and bike repair kit! I love it when I get presents that I can use! Thanks so much.

Hello! Please pass on my enthused thank-yous to my Secret Pals for their generous gifts! It really lifts the spirits this time of year.

Thank you very much for the thoughtful gift of treats that you recently delivered for me. All of my favorite snacks were in there, and two varieties of each one! My family and I all like Taco Cabana, and we will be enjoying some of their food this weekend. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness.

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

  • Dec. 18-19 & Jan. 8 - Girls' Soccer tryouts
  • Dec. 18 - LAST DAY of Think Tank for Fall Semester
  • Dec. 19-20 - Boys BBall Tryouts
  • Dec. 19-Jan 11 - Elective Changes
  • Dec. 20 - Food Drive Ends
  • Dec. 21 - 8th grade yearbook Ad Deadline
  • Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter Break (no school)
  • Jan. 4 - Price Increase on Team Registration Cap 10K
  • Jan. 7 - First Day of School Spring 2019
  • Jan. 9 - Lacrosse Meeting, 6pm, library
Run with Kealing at the 2019 Cap10K!!
Kealing Family, Do you enjoy running/jogging/walking?? Are you interested in setting a New Year’s Resolution goal for yourself?? Do you love representing Kealing Middle School??

YOU should join the Kealing Middle School team at the 2019 Statesman Capitol 10K race on April 7, 2019!!

All students and staff are eligible to join the Kealing Middle School team, and if 35 or more participants sign up, we’ll be eligible for a tent at the Finish Line Festival. We will also compete in challenges against other middle schools: Fastest Girl’s & Boy’s Teams (top 5 girls and top 5 boys from each school) and Largest School Team.

To register, go to - Be sure to select “School Team Member” as your registration option, and look for “Kealing Middle School” in the Team Name drop down menu. Registration is just $20 for School Team Members until January 4, 2019, so register early before prices increase!!

If you have any questions about registration or participation in this event, feel free to check with Mr. Hague.

Inkblot Submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is back and ready for your submissions! You can submit artwork, writing, and photography. Students who submit before Winter Break will be given an Inkblot pin/button AND will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card. Students can submit online at and in your English teachers' rooms. For more information visit room 236 with Mrs. Scott. 

Boys Basketball Info
All 7th and 8th grade boys interested in trying out for the Kealing Basketball teams need to be aware of the following information:

Wednesday Dec 19th and Thursday Dec 20th- Tryouts. Players will need to attend both days of tryouts. Players will need to have a completed AISD Athletic Physical Packet (including a doctors exam and signature) before they can tryout. These packets can be picked up from Coach Gardner's office, the main office, or found on the district website 

Players will need to bring a t-shirt, athletics shorts, and court shoes for tryouts. They may bring their own water bottles.

Our season starts the first week of January when we return from the Winter break. If you have any questions about boys basketball please contact Herbert Jones (7th grade) or Justin Gardner (8th grade).

Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer 
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.

Request for laundry detergent
The PE department  is asking for parents to donate laundry detergent.  We wash loaner PE shirts and we are in need of detergent.  You can bring it to the main office or send it with your student to the gym. Thank you!

Spring 2019 Elective Changes
Spring 2019 elective change forms are available in the Program Office and can be submitted from December 19 through January 11. Please visit to download the form and to view the list of courses. Elective changes will be made on a first come, first served basis so courses will close as they become full.

Think Tank End of Semester
The last day for Think Tank is 
Tuesday December 18th.  

Kealing Lacrosse Info Meeting-Jan 9th
Hey Hornets! If you are interested in playing Lacrosse for Kealing this Spring, then plan to attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan 9th at 6:00pm in the Kealing library. Lacrosse at Kealing is open to all grade levels with no prior experience. There is both a boys program and a girls program. At the meeting we will discuss the schedule for the season including practice days/times, the registration process and a bit more about Lacrosse in general. While this meeting is not mandatory, a lot of helpful information will be discussed. If you are unable to make it, but would like to stay in the loop, please complete the interested players form. You can also visit the Kealing Lacrosse website for more information. If you have any questions prior to the Jan 9th meeting, you can email Kelly Morledge at Thank you!

Food Drive!
The Food for Thought elective is collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank starting Monday, December 3, until Thursday, December 20. Over 17% of Travis County residents face food insecurity on a daily basis. The Central Texas Food Bank helps those residents make sure they have enough to eat. Please consider donating canned goods, pasta, beans, rice, apple sauce, trail mix, and dried fruit. Students may drop items off in room 515. Thank you!

Deadline for 8th grade yearbook ads EXTENDED!
We have only about a dozen ad spaces left, so we're extending the deadline until December 21st. Please submit your ads ASAP. There is ordering information at or with this direct link. Be sure to select the option for "Yearbook Recognition Ads" to get started. Don't miss out on this wonderful way to celebrate your child's commencement from middle school. You could even consider a "best friend" tribute ad, to celebrate their treasured friendships. Ads start at $30. 

Writing Tutor Volunteers Need for Academy ELA Classes
We are seeking parent volunteers to assist in English Language Arts classes in the Academy Program during the Spring Semester. These volunteers would focus on supporting students' writing through one-on-one conferences with students. Past volunteers have assisted students at all points in the writing process - brainstorming, drafting, and editing. This support is especially important in helping our 7th Grade students prepare for the STAAR Writing Exam.

If you are interested in volunteering in this way, please complete this form, and we will contact you as we prepare for the Spring Semester.  Thank you!!
Shadow Wranglers Needed
From 1/29/17 - 2/28/17 prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45 and afternoons from 2:15 - 3:00 to help greet, check in and check out shadowing students. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job.

If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle Manning. Thank you!

Shout OUT to our local business support!
Thanks so much for Rockstar Bagel, Hillside Farmacy and Alamo Drafthouse for providing Kealing PTA discounted gift cards to sell to our families.
We have 527 members submitted towards our goal of 650.  If you haven’t yet become a PTA , please try and help us reach our goal.

$10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Teacher Luncheon
A huge thank you to all the parents for donating the gift cards and treats for the Teacher Luncheon. The Kealing PTA could not have done this without all your help!

MLK Day of Service - January 19
MLK Day of Service will be January 19.  We are planning a great day of events along with the District.  Our MLK Day of Service has turned into a AISD district wide celebration.   Buses will be bringing families to Kealing from other east side schools.  They will be lots of speakers and activities as well as clean up at the school and the surrounding neighborhood.   We are hoping to plant six  shade trees for the back of the school  We are dreaming of a row of oaks along the back parking lot and then maybe a ring of crepe myrtles up by the school.  In addition, we are considering re decorating the staff bathrooms.  If you are adult and we would love to have your help on the day Please click on this sign up genius.  We would love to have you.  We really need an interior decorator, hole diggers, tree wranglers , registration/people directors, and kid wranglers.  We will have signups for your children at a later date.

January 10th - 7:30 AM Library General Meeting Presentation from the Attorney General’s Office on Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a media buzz word that often conjures images of foreign countries or confusion with the ongoing immigration debate. This workshop cuts through the confusion, arms the participant with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not and helps them recognize that this is an American problem with American buyers, sellers and victims. It focuses our attention on children who are regularly exploited but are unlikely to self-identify as victims or seek help. This seminar walks participants through actual cases prosecuted in the state of Texas for illustration, identifies the tools of traffickers and how they are typically utilized to obtain and maintain victims, outlines victim needs and the barriers to identification and rehabilitation, and gives participants red flags and interview tips that they can use to begin the identification process. 

Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors on Chicon 
7:35 am Tuesday, January 8 .  
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, it takes a lot of effort to pull it off,  we need a great group of people to help out.  We need a ticket sales chair, a sponsorship chair, an auction chair, a communication chair, a ,marketing chair, a venue and food chair and we need helpers to do discrete tasks.  We would love to have you join us.  For more information, please contact 

Shopping on AMAZON.COM?
If you are shopping online at amazon this week (or anytime), please consider making "KMAG" or "Kealing PTA" your charity of choice and go through

It is the same shopping you normally would do but KMAG or Kealing PTA will get a rebate on your purchases!