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Hornet Herald - February 20, 2017

posted Feb 20, 2017, 5:30 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 5:30 PM ]

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

February 21
AVID High School Family Night (5:30 pm)
February 22
Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert (6:00 pm)
Boys B Basketball vs. Covington (7th Home)
February 28
NAEP Testing
March 2
PTA Meeting
Band Pre-UIL Concert (6:00 pm)
March 3
Spring Fling 
March 9
Guitar Concert (5:30 pm)
March 13-17
Spring Break

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!
NAEP Testing - February 28, 2017
Kealing Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on 2/28/17. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. 

Your 8th grade student may be selected to take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit to review sample questions. 

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347). The information collected is used for statistical purposes only. Your child’s grades will not be affected. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. 

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available here. Contact Roxane Lopez at 512-414-2444 or at if you have any questions.

No Mathcounts This Week
Since Ms. Strickland is out of town, there is no Mathcounts club this week. You can pick up one of the practice packets posted outside her door if you would like to keep working on your skills, and we'll resume our weekly meetings next Tuesday, February 28th.

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!