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Hornet Herald - February 20, 2018

posted Feb 20, 2018, 7:00 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 7:00 AM ]

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
  • 2/21: Boys BB, 7B, 6p
  • 2/22: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/22: STEM Club Meeting, 3p
  • 2/22: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 2/22: Bike Club, 3p
  • 2/23: Read to Succeed Logs Due
  • 2/24:  Girls' Soccer
  • 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.

Name:Rhiannon Chambers
What college did you attend?University of Texas at Austin
What was your favorite course in college?
My favorite course in college was the geology of gems and minerals. We got to make our own cabochons and facet our own gemstones! 
I teach because............I teach because it's fun! Each day is different, and I genuinely enjoy every moment of it. I'm honored to teach the content I really care about to all of my amazing students. Seriously, each and every one of them are awesome, and they surprise me every day in the best ways!
How many years have you been at Kealing?This year is my first full-time year at Kealing. However, I was a student teacher here last year with Mrs. Tasneem!
What courses do you teach at Kealing?I teach 7th grade life science, geology, and Science Olympiads.
What do you do for fun outside of work?Outside of work, I love hiking, camping, and exploring the hill country with my friends and their doggos. I also like to garden, and take care of all my plants and animals. I still make cabochons, and wire wrap them for jewelry. My friends and I also hit up the Blue Hanger and other thrift stores for amazing (and sometimes ridiculous) finds.
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.During my last two years of college, I was taking classes full time (15 hrs/week), working at my internship at Crockett HS (15 hrs/week), working as a makeup artist (20 hrs/week), and dog sitting (10ish hrs/week). Every day of the week was a 12-16 hour work day before I was home again, and that doesn't even include time to study or do homework for my classes! That being said, I learned how to manage my time better than ever before, and how to find purpose in every moment of my day. I could sit around and think about all the things I had to do, or I could just do them. Never skip the hustle!

Congratulations to Super Speller Pranathi
Forty-seven spellers have qualified for participation in the West Austin Chamber of Commerce Spelling Bee on March 25, 2018 at ZACH Theater in Austin and one of them is our very own Pranathi Jammula.  Please congratulate her advancing to this elite round of spellers and wish her luck in the next round of competition.

Ultimate Frisbee Events! Interested in Ultimate Frisbee? 
There are MANY upcoming opportunities for kids to play in Austin, including an all-comers "hat" tournament on February 17th, girls-only clinic on February 18th, Kealing Travel Team try-outs on March 20th and 22nd, Kealing Intramurals beginning March 29th, and the Texas Ultimate Summer Camp June 18th-22nd. For more information about ANY OF THESE EVENTS, contact Coach Kepner or click here for more info. 

Bike Club for Spring
Students who would like to participate in the spring season of bike club: there is a mandatory bike club orientation meeting at 3pm after school on Thursday, Feb 22 in room 215. 

Even if you rode with bike club last semester, come for a refresher! 

Questions? Contact Mr. Shoaf!

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.

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!

6th Grade After School STEM Club - THIS WEEK
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 - DUE FRIDAY
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.

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)
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

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.

Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 
Just a few spots 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
Thank you to everyone who helped bake and deliver goodies for our Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart! We were greeted with smiles (and even some happy dances) all over school!