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Hornet Herald - February 17, 2020

posted Feb 18, 2020, 5:28 AM by KMS Hornets
Hi Hornet Families,

It's choice sheet time! If you are curious about what's being offered this year, visit the course descriptions and choice sheet page under the Student Life tab on the Kealing website. Reading the course titles will help you be a better sounding board for your student. There are a few exciting new offerings this year. 8th grade students also have the opportunity to choose from three high school credit Career and Technology Education courses that align to programs on many Austin ISD high school campuses. Middle school is a time to explore so trust your students to take some risks. 

I encourage you to join parent organization meetings so that you are aware of what is going on for the rest of the year and so that you can participate in the redesign process. There will also be community conversations focused on questions and feedback about the parent organization redesign so keep an eye on the news and announcements page on the Kealing website. If you are unable to be present for these opportunities but want to stay in the loop, FAQs and additional information will be posted there as well.

The spring semester gets really busy really fast. Keep reading for more info about choice sheets, student climate surveys, and upcoming events.

Hope to see you on campus soon!

Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal


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

  • now until Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 18: A Day
  • Feb 18: KMAG Meeting, 7:30 
  • Feb 20 & 21: PTA Secret Pals
  • Feb 21: Heart Healthy Parent Night, 6-8p
  • Feb 21: PTA Playland Skate Night, 6-11p
  • Feb 20 & 21: Homework Hiatus
  • Feb 21: Marine Bio Field Trip due
This week students will be having conversations about Academic Integrity. As technology advances, the conversations about this topic change too. It's also time to submit course requests for the 2020-2021 school year. Students will begin to look at this process during Advisory. Choice sheets will be submitted through a google form during Social Studies classes in the coming months. As always, we encourage you to follow along by checking out the Advisory page on the Kealing website.

Save the Date---Rising 9th Grade Choice Sheets
AISD High School Counselors will be coming to Kealing to complete choice sheets with their zoned students over the next couple of months. The counselors will meet with students for one hour beginning in Advisory of the established date. Students will receive passes during A1/B5 that day with the location of where to report for their choice sheet completion. Please mark your calendar for the date of your student's corresponding zoned high school. 
  • Eastside      2/19/20
  • Northeast   2/25/20
  • LBJ              2/27/20
  • McCallum   3/9/20, 3/10/20 (Students will be pulled on one day only)
  • Akins      3/12/20
  • Travis      3/23/20
  • Navarro      3/25/20
  • Anderson    3/31/20
  • Bowie      4/1/20  
  • Crockett       TBD
  • Austin          TBD
Feel free to contact your zoned high school if they are listed as TBD. They have not confirmed a date with Kealing.

McCallum Dance Team-Blue Brigade info for next school year
Up coming meeting for incoming 9th graders:
Attend one of the meetings with a parent to get all the information about trying out for
the McCallum Blue Brigade!
March 3rd or March 4th
6:00pm at McCallum
Portable P10 (by the baseball field)
Contact Nancy Honeycutt Searle for more information
( Blue Brigade tryouts are March 30th – April 2nd )

NJHS- Care Package Drive
The 8th grade chapter of NJHS is hosting a supply drive for homeless care packages this month. We plan to make the care packages in our March meeting, so we are asking for school-wide donations now through March 9th. Students can drop off their supplies to their advisory teacher or directly to the NJHS advisor, Ms. Chambers, in room 116. Items classified as high-need: shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lip balm, socks, underwear, tissues, toilet paper, hair elastics, hot hands/hand warmers. 

Kealing MS hosts Black History Month Concert
Kealing Middle School’s Singing Hornets hosted on February 20 during A4 a Black History Month with a Celebration of Spirituals and modern songs, from Ezekiel Saw the Wheel to the Swahili “Sisi Ni Moja”. Guest singer and speaker is Dekota Blu, an Austin, TX native that graduated from Bowie High School who has opened for such acts as Lupe Fiasco joined the celebration. Kealing was named for Hightower Theodore Kealing, an African-American educator, writer, editor and activist in Austin in the 19th century. It was also opened in the fall of 1930 as the first junior high school for African-American students in Austin.

Marine biology field trip Permission slips DEADLINE Extended
ATTN: Marine Biology Students enrolled in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020

You are invited to join on an overnight field experience to the Texas State Aquarium and The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute

Spots are guaranteed to current year students

Remaining spots are on a first come, first serve basis so get your forms in early

Trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 12(B day) AND Friday, March 13 (A day) THE TWO DAYS BEFORE SPRING BREAK :)


Student Climate Survey
The Austin ISD student climate surveys will be administered through Social Studies classes between 2/24 - 3/13. The feedback we receive through these surveys helps us continue to improve so we hope to have all of our students participate. Parents may visit this website to take a look at the survey. Students have access to this online survey through their Austin ISD log-ins. Questions and opt out requests should be directed to

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Team Sign Ups
Attention all students interested in joining the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee program! The Kealing Ultimate club is open to all students, all grade levels, all programs and no experience is necessary. Tryouts for the travel teams will be on Tuesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 20th from 3:00-4:30pm, and you must sign up (on the Google Form) by Friday, February 14th to tryout for the travel teams. See Mr. Natenberg in room 235 or Ms. Crouch in room 513 to pick up an information packet!

ACC Dual Credit/ECHS Information Sessions
Austin Community College (ACC) is hosting information sessions for parents of high school students. ACC Dual Credit courses are available at all AISD high school campuses. The Early College HS Campuses offer an opportunity to start earning dual credit as soon as Freshman year. Please consider attending one of the information sessions if you and your student would like to know more about Dual Credit. The sessions begin, February 11th and go through March. Please follow the link to sign up for a session.

Join Kealing Girls' Lacrosse! 
The Kealing Girls' Lacrosse season will begin on Wednesday, February 5th and we would love for new players to join us! Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience is needed. Practices are on Monday and Wednesday at the Kealing fields from 3:00-4:45pm beginning Wed, Feb 5th and continuing through the end of April. Games will begin Sunday, March 1st and continue on either Saturday or Sunday through May 3rd. If you are interested in joining the team, visit the Kealing Lacrosse website for registration instructions. There is a fee to play, but there are scholarships available as needed. The registration deadline is February 14th, but you are welcome to attend practices prior to registering if you would like to test it out before committing. For questions and more information, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge.

KMAG Meeting - Tomorrow!
Please note on your calendars that the KMAG meeting for February will be on Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30am   Location will still be in the Kealing Library.  

Skate at Playland and Earn Money for the School
Kealing PTA would like to announce monthly Kealing Skate Nights at Playland Skate starting this Month !
All skate nights will be on a Friday, 6-11 pm. Cost is $9  (price includes roller skate rental). (say you are from Kealing and a portion will go back to the school). No outside food, drinks or water bottles are allowed. There is a charge for all kids over 3 yo,  whether they skate or not. Non skating adults and children under 3 years of age are no charge. 
Below are the dates for monthly skate nights for the remainder of the school year. (May 29 is actually the day after the last day of school). 
  • Feb 21
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 29

Secret Pals - February 20 and 21 
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   If you signed up in the fall, If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to
Please drop off in the Main Office or with Dee Gonzales
Teacher Last Name A-M Drop off on Thursday
** Please drop off at the Main Office or with Dee so we can make sure each teacher gets the surprise!***

Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Preparation for our biggest fundraiser of the year has started, and we welcome everyone’s involvement!  Our greatest needs are items for auction, personal contacts for Austin businesses, and folks willing to give a little of their time for discrete tasks.  Please consider pitching in!  In addition, we are still looking for help with:  
  • Venue & Food Coordination
  • Silent & On-line Auctions
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Event Sponsorships
We would love you to join in the preparation of this fun, casual, community event. For more information, please Contact

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.