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Hornet Herald - February 2, 2020

posted Feb 2, 2020, 7:30 PM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Jan 28-Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 3-7: Healthy Heart Week
  • Feb 3: 8th graders: Invictus
  • Feb 4: PTA Coffee Cart
  • Feb 5: Girls' Lacrosse practice starts
  • Feb 6 & 7: Spirit Wear Sales/Pickup at lunch
  • Feb 6: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p
  • Feb 7: WEAR RED for Heart Disease
  • Feb 7: Valentine's Day by AVID, 6-8p
  • Feb 14 & 17: No School for Students
  • Feb 18: KMAG Meeting, 7:30 *Note Date Change
  • Feb 20 & 21: Homework Hiatus
For the next few weeks, students will have the opportunity to recognize the contributions of African-Americans through our celebration of Black History Month. As always, we encourage you to follow along by checking out the Advisory page on the Kealing website.

This week is Healthy Heart Week. 
Monday: Today’s healthy heart tip is “Get Active.” Participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day five times per week helps lower your risks for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 
Tuesday: Today our Healthy Heart Tip is about "Hands Only CPR."
Wednesday: Today our Healthy Heart Tip is “Managing your Blood Pressure & Stress.” Today, we encourage everyone to take short mindfulness breaks in between activities. 
Thursday: “Today’s Healthy Heart Tip is “Eat Well.” 
Friday: Today our Healthy Heart Tip is to "Go Red." Today, we wear red to raise awareness about heart disease and save lives, because when we come together, there's nothing we can't do. 

Announcements from the Parent Support Specialist
Online Registration Is Now Open
RETURNING STUDENTS: For families registering students returning to Austin ISD, a Parent Cloud account must be created before you can access the online registration system. To create a Parent Cloud account, visit 
Note: Only parent/guardian contacts are able to use the online registration system. If you have any questions or need assistance with Parent Cloud or online registration, please contact your student’s campus or call Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187.

*All returning students who have had a recent change of address must submit proof of residency to their campus for the 2019–20 school year. Please note that additional documentation may be requested by campus in order to complete enrollment. *

2019–2020 AISD Family Survey
As the district continues to strive for excellence in preparing our students for academic success, we encourage parents to offer feedback by completing the AISD Family Survey. Your opinions are important and will be taken into consideration as we strive to serve our students better.  The survey will ONLY be online this year. Please be sure to fill out the survey for all of the campuses you may have children enrolled.

Invictus by all 8th Graders 
All Kealing 8th graders will be performing Invictus by William Ernest Henley throughout the first week of February at Kealing Middle School.  Starting Monday, February 3rd, students can be "caught" from 7:25 am until 2:50 pm until Friday, February 7th and asked to recite this poem-in the cafeteria, the hallway, in classes other than English.  Our goal is to have all students embrace a love of poetry and for teachers and administration to join them.  If you would like to learn the poem yourself, a copy is just below.  Once a student recites the poem, he/she will receive a string around her/his wrist.  As a side note, a mural of this poem resides on the courtyard walls at Kealing.  


Out of the night that covers me, 
      Black as the pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
      For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
      I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
      My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
      Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
      Finds and shall find me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
      How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate, 
      I am the captain of my soul. 
Valentine's Dance, February 7th, 6-8pm
Kealing students are invited to the Valentine's Dance hosted by AVID on February 7th from 6-8pm. There will be dancing in the large gym, basketball in the small gym, concessions and glowsticks for sale!

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.

Five Texas Middle School Students Chosen for TMEA All-Region Choir
Five Kealing Middle School Choir students earned the honor of placing in the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Middle School Choir during auditions held on January 25th at Cedar Creek Middle School.

Auditioning students were required to prepare two selected songs (one which is foreign) by the region and audition on an excerpt of each. 

Students selected were:  Meadow Petusky, Morgan Walker, Adele Boerner, Emily Word and Lucia Maynard. They will perform in an All-Region Concert on February 8th at the AISD Performing Arts Center.

Marine Biology Field Trip Permission Slips

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

Kealing Girls Soccer Schedule
Please come out and support our Lady Hornets soccer team this season. A-team games start at 9 AM and B-team games start at 10:30 AM. Here are the dates and locations:

  • Saturday, February 8:  A team plays Martin at Martin and B team plays Bedichek at Bedichek
  • Saturday, February 15:  Both A and B teams play Murchison at Murchison
  • Saturday, February 22:  A team plays Mendez at McCallum and B team plays Lively at McCallum
  • Saturday, February 29: B teams plays last game of season and zone tournament starts for A team.

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee -- 2020 Informational Meeting!
Attention students interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee this spring! There will be an informational meeting for the Kealing Ultimate Team on Thursday, February 6th in the library, from 3:00-3:45pm. This team is open to Kealing students at all grade levels, all programs, all genders. QUESTIONS? Contact, or, and follow!
Bowie High School
Bowie High School will be hosting a showcase on their campus on February 6th from 6pm-7:30pm. Please plan on attending if you are zoned to Bowie. You will learn more about courses, clubs, athletics and fine arts! Counselors will be coming to Kealing on April 1st to complete choice sheets.

McCallum High School Cheer Tryouts!

Who: All 8th graders interested in trying out for McCallum Cheerleading

What: Mandatory Information Meeting

When & Where:
1. Monday, February 3 @ 6:30 in the McCallum Cafeteria OR
2. Thursday, February 6 @ 6:30 in the McCallum Library

Why:You have spirit, leadership, and talent and will love being part of the team!
KMAG Meeting Date Change
Please note on your calendars that the KMAG meeting for February will be on Tuesday, February 18th.   Location will still be in the Kealing Library.  

KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 

HELP!!! We need a few more AM wranglers: 
*** I know that AM shifts are hard. It's hard to get to Kealing by 6:55am. But we just need a few of you to sign up ONE TIME. Please, please, please. It's our turn to make this shadowing experience a GREAT one for these 5th graders. They need your smiling faces because they are nervous and scared. Can you help us out? Thank you!

Need more Tacos for coffee cart on 2/4! 
We Need 1 dozen Sausage and Egg and 1 dozen Vegan/GF tacos please for the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Coffee cart to be delivered by 7:30 am on Tuesday 2/4!!
Please sign up to bring contributions. 
Reach out to Maraba DiRaddo with any questions at 512 497 6999. Thank you! 

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale
Check out our Spirit Store for Kealing Hornet hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and other goodies.  Buy online, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria on the first Thursday/Friday of February | SPIRIT STORE ITEM PICK UP DATES - If you have any questions please contact

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.