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Hornet Herald - February 11, 2018

posted Feb 11, 2018, 9:23 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 9:23 PM ]

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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/12-23: NJHS Canned Food Drive
  • 2/12: PTA Coffee Cart
  • 2/12: Girls' Lacrosse starts
  • 2/12-16: PTA Secret Pals
  • 2/13: Parent Mtg 5:30p
  • 2/15: KMAG Mtg, 7:30a "Foreign Languages"
  • 2/15-2/18: Homework Hiatus
  • 2/16: Valentine's Day Dance 6-8p
  • 2/15 Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 2/15: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 2/15: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 2/15: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/17:  Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 2/17: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 2/19: No School for Students
  • 2/22: STEM Club Meeting, 3p
  • 2/23: Read to Succeed Logs Due
  • 3/1: PTA Meeting
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

Honor Roll

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

The Tile Guy
Human Financial

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.
2018 Kealing Middle School
Teacher of the Year!

Ms. Jones was selected by her colleagues for her work as a teacher and leader. We're glad to have her as a part of the Kealing Family!
Name:Shannon Jones
What college did you attend?University of Texas at Austin
Texas State University
I teach because............I believe my greatest accomplishment as a teacher comes at the end of every school year when students thank me for bringing history to life for them, when colleagues show their excitement for something new we tried together, or when I hear from former students about how the debates, discussions, and themes of our 8th grade history curriculum still resonate with them. 
How many years have you been at Kealing?17 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing?United States History (8th Grade) and Generation Citizen

Girls Lacrosse Starts Monday, February 12th 
The first Girls' Lacrosse practice will be on Monday, February 12th from 3-4:50 at the Kealing field. We will continue practicing Mondays and Wednesdays at this time throughout the rest of the season. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no experience is needed! Players should arrive to practice in athletic clothing appropriate for the weather, tennis shoes or cleats, and bring a full water bottle. If we encounter bad weather, then we will meet in Ms. Morledge's room (218) for practice. If you have questions about Lacrosse or want more information you can email Kelly Morledge or check out the Lacrosse website

Kealing Tennis Team
If you are interested in trying out for the Kealing Tennis Team make sure to attend the information meeting. 

When: Wednesday, February 28th after school 
Where: Room 233

Tryouts will take place the first week in March. Please contact Ms. Penny if you have any questions.

Parent Information Meeting 
Parents, are you interested in learning more about Transitioning Tips, Opportunities for Academic and College Readiness STAAR Testing Dates, and Healthy Relationships? Please join the Young Scientists Program who is hosting an information meeting and a presentation by Breakthrough, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in the Kealing Library: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. For more information please contact Dee Gonzales at 512-414-6700 or Jo Garcia 512-841-1144.

Kealing Canned Food Drive 
From February 12-23 the 7th grade NJHS is hosting a canned food drive. All donations are welcome and will go to the Central Texas Food Bank. Please make sure the cans have no dents, are not expired, and are non-perishable. All items go to Mrs. Morgan, at room 515. Thanks!

AISD Parent Survey
Reminder to fill out those AISD Parent surveys ASAP online here. Should you need or prefer a paper copy, contact Mrs. Dee Gonzales and request one sent home or pick one up in the main office. Return all paper copies to Mrs. Gonzales in the envelope provided or mail it in the postage paid envelope.

Parents with students in multiple schools will need to fill one out for each school.

We have 1204 students and currently we are at 69 completed surveys. Let’s do our best in getting more done.

Thank you for your participation!
Mrs. Dee Gonzales
Kealing Parent Support Specialist

6th Grade After School STEM Club
If you are curious, interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or simply want to get together after school with friends and do "Cool Science" stuff, please consider joining the After School STEM Club. Registration packets are available with any of the 6th Grade Science and Math teachers and Mr. Natenberg. Please join Mrs. McDonald for the 1st Club meeting on Thursday, February 22 in Room 417.

Six Flags Read to Succeed
6th graders have been invited to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. After logging 360 minutes of reading that are signed off by a parent or teacher, they will be eligible for a free ticket to Six Flags San Antonio (valid during summer 2018). Reading logs must be turned in by February 23rd to a 6th grade ELA teacher or to the library. Please direct any questions to Ms. Williams in the library, where students can also find new reading logs if needed.

Attention: Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services

During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The final report was provided to TEA on January 10, 2018. 

The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. An integral part of the plan development process will be the gathering of input from stakeholders and other interested Texans.

ESC Region 13 is assisting TEA in providing notice to interested parents of meeting opportunity(s) and registration directions. Each one hour meeting will be structured to solicit targeted feedback from participants regarding TEA’s initial draft plan. These meetings are closed to media and the general public to protect the privacy of students and families.

Interested participants may only register/attend one identified focus group session. Click here for more information.

Both A & B girls soccer teams remain undefeated!
Both girls' soccer teams have a 3-0 record this season. Come support them every Saturday (9:00 AM for A-team games and 10:30 AM for B-team games). 

Here are the remaining games for the season:  
  • 2/17:  A-team v Martin & B-team v Covington @ McCallum HS
  • 2/24: Round one of zone tournament and final B team game (TBA)
  • 2/26:  Round two of zone tournament (TBA)
  • 3/1:  Final games of zone tournament (TBA)
KMAG: Meeting and Volunteer Opportunity
Our next KMAG meeting is Thursday February 15. It will take place at 7:30am in the Kealing library. Ms. Ewald will be discussing foreign language options, and Ms. Carter will give an update on admissions.
Also, KMAG is looking for a volunteer to video the last 4 meetings of the year. We will be purchasing a video camera and tripod, so we just need a person behind the camera! If you are interested, please contact Mary-Alis Kelly. Thank you so much.

Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 
From now until 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.

Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library - BLEND presentation
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

Calling our Coffee Cart Crew!! It’s not too late to sign-up to bake or help with our coffee cart on February 12th! Please sign-up here!

If you have volunteered to bake for the Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart, please have your goodies delivered to the programs office or Dee Gonzales’ room (112A).   We’d love to have the baked goods delivered by Monday at 7:30am.  Thank you!  

Kealing Secret Pals
February Secret Pals is right around the corner - Feb 12-16th. 
Delivery Info: Pals (can be you or your child) please bring your special items to Programs office for your teacher with last name starting with A-M on the Monday and Tuesday then N-Z on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week of Feb 12th.  Clearly label teachers name on your item.
Click here for a full list of all their favorites! 

Note: Coffee Cart is that same week.  If you are interested in bringing homemade breakfast muffins or volunteering day of please email: 
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have at