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Hornet Herald - December 3, 2018

posted Dec 2, 2018, 8:57 AM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Dec. 3 - PTA Gift Card Order Ends
  • Dec. 3-20 - Food Drive, room 515
  • Dec. 4 - PTA Exec Board Mtg, 7:30a
  • Dec. 5 - Girls' Soccer Info Mtg, 3p
  • Dec. 6 & 7 - Spirit Wear on Sale at lunch
  • Dec. 7 - GT Nominations Due
  • Dec. 10 & 11 - Secret Pal Drop Date
  • Dec. 10-13 - MOY Benchmark Testing
  • Dec. 12 - Student Council Mtg., 3p
  • Dec. 13 - CAC Mtg, 4pm
  • Dec. 13 - Music Production performs at COTA
  • Dec. 14 - PTA Teacher/Staff Party 
  • Dec. 18-19 & Jan. 8 - Girls' Soccer tryouts
  • Dec. 21 - 8th grade yearbook Ad Deadline
  • Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter Break (no school)
  • Jan. 7 - First Day of School Spring 2019
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.

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.
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
2. Enter your email address:  (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone.  If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle ManningPlease note that Michelle Manning is only in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing.  If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office.  Thank you!

KMAG Meeting Canceled!
The meeting scheduled for Dec. 6 has been canceled. We will resume our KMAG meetings on January 17th, 2019.

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!

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.

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!!

GT Nominations Window Now Open
The window is now open for GT nominations. If you would like to nominate your child to be assessed for Gifted and Talented, please click here for more information. You may also contact the campus GT Advocate, Lyra Swinney, at 512-841-7746 or Nominations must be submitted by December 7, 2018.

Winter Wear Drive
Attention Kealing Hornets! The 8th grade NJHS is hosting a Winter Wear Drive. We will be taking donations from November 26th to December 14th. Bring any gently used coats, scarves, hats, and other winter wear, to your advisory to compete for a donut party! All donations will be going to Coats for Kids. We appreciate any donations!

Girls Soccer Informational Meeting & Tryouts
We will having an informational meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5th in room 225 at 3 PM for all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for the soccer team. Please fill out this form before the meeting.

Tryouts will be Tuesday, Dec. 18th, Wednesday, Dec. 19th & Tuesday, January 8th. We will make arrangements for girls still taking part in basketball. Soccer website info here.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party on Dec. 14 Sign-Up

We’re getting closer but we could still use your help and support!   Our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party is coming up soon and we are trying to collect gift cards and cookies.  Our goal is to collect a gift card for every staff member.  Please see the link below! 

P.S.  You can buy your gift cards through the PTA which is super convenient!  With just a few simple clicks , you can show your appreciation for all these hard-working and inspirational folks!


We’re not asking you to come to meetings.  We’re not asking you to volunteer. 
We’re asking you to become a PTA Member.  The more members we have, the more people we represent, the louder our collective voice to make things around here the best they can be. 

Help us Help you.  
Join the PTA

$10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 3 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.  If you have a business and would like to purchase for all of your employees we can open up the full list of the cards available. Check them all out here.

Secret Pals December 10th and 11th!
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
View the list of wishes at

MLK DAY of Service Planning
We are looking for a few parent co-leaders to help out with the following:
  • Garden projects
  • Indoor project coordinator
  • Neighborhood clean-up
  • Prep & clean up for luncheon
  • MLK Day of Service will be on January 19, planning meeting will likely be week of Dec 10
If your are interested, please contact

Property Taxes, Recapture, Budget Cuts and possible effects on our schools
Click on to learn more!

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale this Thur/Fri
We have hats, and black zip hoodies back in stock!  Buy online at our Spirit Store and then have your kiddo come pickup their gear up on the stage in the cafeteria. We have shirts, dryfit, hoodies, baseball shirts, magnets and decals.  If you have any questions please contact