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Hornet Herald - February 12, 2017

posted Feb 12, 2017, 7:05 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 7:21 PM ]
Hello Hornet Families,

For the first time in over 20 years, an Austin ISD Orchestra was named Honor Orchestra by the Texas Music Educators Association.  The big performance was on Friday, February 10 in the Lila Cockrell Theater in the San Antonio Convention Center and the Kealing Symphony Orchestra left it all on stage.  The show was stellar and moved the large audience to deliver a long and boisterous standing ovation.  Congratulations to Mr. Jarrott, Ms. Berecek, and all of the students in the Symphony Orchestra.

I'm not sure what happened to the last few months but they seem to have disappeared and we are already planning for next year.  Next up.......choice sheets!  Kealing 6th and 7th grade students will be completing choice sheets at the end of the month.  To learn more about the elective offerings, students will be watching videos from each department during Advisory.  The videos are located on the website along with the new course bookParent, you're welcome to watch the videos too; they'll make you wish you were a student at Kealing.  Counselors will be meeting with all 6th and 7th grade students to help students complete choice sheets. I encourage all students to spend some time reviewing the videos and course book again to develop ideas before it's time to submit course selections.  I encourage families to have conversations about course selections while ultimately letting the students choose. This is their time to explore and possibly develop new interests. We'll make sure that their ready for high school regardless of their elective choices!

Also, this Saturday we are inviting families who live in the Kealing attendance zone to Explore Kealing!.  This is an opportunity to visit core teachers and electives while also participating in question and answer sessions about the Academy Program. If Kealing is your home school, encourage your neighbors to stop by. 


Kenisha Coburn

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

February 16
Boys Basketball vs. Mendez
Girls Soccer vs. Mendez
February 17
Valentine's Dance Sponsored by Cheer 
(6:00-8:00 pm)
Tickets $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door
February 18
Explore Kealing! (10:00 am - noon)
February 20
Staff Development - No School For Students
February 22
Boys B Team Basketball vs. Covington (7th Home)

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
Choice Sheets Are Coming!
Check out the elective videos and new course book on the website. Selection time is almost here!

Coding Workshop
2/16 or 2/21 
2.45 - 4.15pm Room 235 
Kealing Middle School is partnering with CodeWizardsHQ to offer a coding workshop to interested students. During this 90-minute session, students learn to code in HTML/CSS and use it to build a fun web comic. No prior coding experience is needed. Limited seats - registration is limited to only 24 students per session and on a first come basis. To find out more details and to register, go to -

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.

Staffing Change
Mr. Williams will be on leave for the remainder of the school year.  John Hutka is an experienced assistant principal and will be joining us in Mr. Williams' absence.  Mr. Hutka's information will be posted online after his Tuesday start. You may contact him with questions and concerns regarding 8th grade students.

8th Grade Parents - Mark Your Calendars!
February 28th- National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP)- Random selection of 8th graders. Students will be notified February 1st with a note in class. 
  • May 30th- 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs (All Day) 
  • June 1st - 8th Grade Celebration @ Delco Center (Evening) 
Every 8th grader is required, by the district, to complete a choice sheet/four year plan/endorsement selection with their zoned high school. Each school will send counselors who will explain and assist students in completing their choice sheet/four year plan online. The students will also complete a hard copy version which they are required to get signed by a parent/guardian and return to Ms. Lopez, the 8th grade counselor. Please try to ensure that your student is present to meet with their zoned school. Schools who are already scheduled are listed below. If a student is accepted into a specialized program at a high school, like LASA, they will complete the four year plan at a date determined by the program; but they are still encouraged to complete the zoned school’s four year plan. If your school is not scheduled yet, there will be communication sent out when their date is confirmed. 
  • Austin High School February 15th @ 9:00am
  • Reagan High School February 16th @ 9:00am
  • McCallum High School March 8th and 9th
  • Anderson High School March 22nd @ 7:30am
  • Bowie High School- Early April TBD 
  • Eastside, Travis, Crockett, Akins & LBJ- TBD 
Anderson – February 1st @ 5:30-7:30pm McCallum- February 28th@ 6:30-9:30pm 

Please visit the Kealing Guidance Website at for continued updates.

Gifted and Talented Nomination
The window for GT parent and teacher nominations is now open. AISD screens students for the GT program using a multi-criteria approach to selection. GT identification is based upon data collected from academic tests, parent and teacher observation surveys, student surveys, and student portfolio work samples. If you would like to nominate your child for GT screening, please complete the parent nomination form and return it to the Program Office by February 10. Nomination forms can be found outside the Main Office. For digital nomination forms or additional information, please contact Lyra Swinney via email at or by phone at (512) 841-7746.

Kealing Center Stage
Kealing Center Stage Needs You! 

Kealing Center Stage is looking for sponsors to help make this event a great success! Kealing Center Stage is the major annual fundraising event to support Kealing Middle School and its teachers – and a fun filled night of food, live music, and silent and live auctions. This year’s event will take place at Spiderhouse Ballroom on April 8th from 6:30-10 PM. 

3 Reasons to become a sponsor of Kealing Center Stage TODAY: 
  1. Supporting the best education possible for your child. • The funds raised are used to provide technology, tutoring, teaching training, and other resources that improve the educational opportunities for our students. 
  2. Positive promotion for your business • All our sponsors are recognized at the event. You may sponsor as an individual or family or as a business. Businesses get special recognition. To learn more go to 
  3. Early tickets to Kealing Center Stage • Sponsors have early access to tickets. Sponsorship starts at $100, which includes 2 tickets to the event. Regular tickets go on sale Feb 27th. Become a sponsor today! To sign up or learn more, go to
Your Kealing Center Stage Team

March for Education
Austin Council of PTAs advocates for bills that help YOUR CHILD access better programs and help YOUR SCHOOL attract high quality teachers. The more the merrier, so join us: 
  1. Rally Day: Texas PTA Rally Day is Feb. 27 from 9-12, where we will show the legislature we want the state to pick up its fair share on education funding! RSVP for Rally Day on Facebook here  or off Facebook here. . More info on Rally Day here: . Our goal is 100 attendees from Austin!! (So far we have 66.) Please invite your friends!
  2. Text Action Alerts: Sign up for Make it Matter Mondays, our new 2-minute action alerts sent straight to your phone. Text @acpt to 81010. You will get legislators' phone numbers and scripts to advocate for specific bills as they are voted on by the state legislature. 
  3. Deep Dive: One of the biggest issues is that the state has reduced its share of paying for public education, and increased its reliance on local property taxes. This puts an undue burden on homeowners and school districts. Last year, the state funded only 43% of public education in Texas; this year it will be only 40%, and next year it is projected to drop to 37%. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 27 by Rep. Donna Howard would require the state to pay at least 50 percent of public education. This means more of your property tax dollars could stay in Austin ISD! Learn more here: .
Spirit Wear Sales
Spirit Wear Sales! PTA will be selling spirit wear to students on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, in the cafeteria during all lunches. PTA will accept cash or check. You can check out the new styles and also order and pay online at

Zip Hoodies $25 
T-shirts $15 
Baseball shirts $20 
Kealing stickers/magnets $3

Kealing Center Stage
Mark your calendars for the evening of April 8th for Kealing Center Stage, the Kealing PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Kealing Center Stage is a fun-packed evening for parents, teachers, and staff, with food, live music, a silent auction, and more. Planning is under way now for this big event, and tickets will go on sale in February. This event depends on the generous support of parents, local businesses, and friends of the school. There are several ways you can help support this important event today: 
  1. Volunteer. Help is needed in all sorts of areas to make this event successful, from ticket sales, to soliciting silent auction items, party planning, and more. For more information, contact
  2. Become a financial sponsor. Sign up today to become a financial sponsor of Kealing Center Stage and the PTA. All levels of sponsors welcome. For a list of sponsorship benefits and to donate, go to Know a business that might want to sponsor Kealing Center Stage? Contact
  3. Donate items for the live or silent auction. Popular auction items include restaurant gift cards, house concerts, dinner parties, vacation homes, tickets to sports and music events, and more. To donate, go to Do you have connections to any local businesses that might like to donate? Contact the PTA auction team at

Shadow Wranglers Needed Shadowing starts next week and we still need a few more volunteers. Please consider helping out if you can. Slots are about 45 minutes long and your help is greatly needed. Thank you to those who have already signed up. In case you haven't, here's the information again.. From 1/30/17 - 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! 
  4. You will get an email at the beginning of the week you signed up for with details about your duties. SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. 
If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox at Please note that Amy Cox is 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!