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Hornet Herald - February 24, 2019

posted Feb 24, 2019, 2:04 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 24, 2019, 2:08 PM by Kenisha Coburn ]

Hello Kealing Families,

The last few weeks of February have been busy in the classroom and outside of the classroom and we’ll be maintaining the pace this week. Keep reading for budget updates, KMS student celebrations, choice sheet info, and an A/B rotation change for the week of February 25, 2019.

Our chess club has been busy all year and the hard work is resulting in wins. Tharun Ekambaram, David Gu, and Milo Kevorkian represented Kealing at the Region VI Scholastic Championships and took fourth place for the South-Central Regions of Texas. Ms. Kinsman’s room is now housing the new chess club championship hardware!

Ms. Shultz took a large group of 6th grade Hornets to the Austin Regional Science Fair to compete against top rated projects in the area. Mark Sanchez and Ali Scott won the Passion for Science Award for designing a new way for football helmets to prevent concussions. This is a distinguished honor awarded to only one group of middle school students for showing determination and a passion for science out of hundreds of participants. Justin Wickelgren received a first-place trophy in the Computer Science: Systems Software division. Justin designed a software program, using his coding skills, that will assist in scheduling students class choice saving school systems valuable time and decreases the opportunity for human error. Justin also won the Broadcom Masters SSP Award which means he was nominated in the top 10% of all 6th, 7th & 8th grade participants in the nation. We are so proud of the work each of the participating students put in to their passion projects!

Choice sheets are coming! Counselors will visit with students in their Social Studies class this week to help students complete their choice sheets through a Google form. The new process will allow us to have all of data electronically so that we can build the best possible master schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. The course book is live on the Kealing website now along with a planning sheet. There have been a number of changes to clarify requirements and course descriptions. There are also some exciting new course offerings so we encourage you to take a look with your student. Students will gain access to the choice sheets during the counselor visits and be able to made edits through March 8, 2019. Copies of their selections will be sent to their AISD email addresses too.

I hope you all have been following the Austin ISD Budget conversations. This week I spoke to KMAG about the Austin ISD budget priorities and the incredible impact the $65 million Recapture payment is having on Austin ISD. Take a look at these budget slides for more info. As we plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we are preparing with a smaller budget. I do not anticipate any adverse impact on course offerings and expect to continue to improve on the high-quality programming we are known for at KMS. I will keep you posted if there are any late-game surprises as we plan for 2019-2020!

Finally, the schedule for the week of February 25, 2019 will be different due to a change in the A/B rotation. We will operate an ABBAA week and have an alternate schedule Thursday, February 28, 2019 to accommodate some campus guests. The classes will be ordered differently but it will otherwise be KMS learning as usual. 

I'm off to enjoy more of this fabulous weather before we kick off the week!

Kind regards,

Kenisha Coburn


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

  • Feb. 25 - PTA Rally Day
  • Feb. 25- Mar. 8 - Choice Sheets
  • Feb. 25 - A DAY 
  • Feb. 26 - B DAY
  • Feb. 27 - B DAY *** NOTE CHANGE
  • Feb. 28 - A DAY *** NOTE CHANGE
  • Mar. 1 - A DAY
  • Mar. 2 - Kealing Community Learning Walk, 9:30a
  • Mar 8 - Deadline for Choice Sheet Submissions
  • Mar. 18-22 - Spring Break
Choice Sheets available this week!  
Counselors will be visiting social studies classes from Feb 25- March 8. Students will be submitting online google forms indicating their elective preferences for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Please review the course book and videos ahead of time by clicking under "Student Life --> Course Descriptions, Elective videos, and Choice Sheets".  
Review descriptions carefully in the course book and please note courses indicated with (*), (PR) or (+) as these courses require additional requirements.  

Feel free to start planning with your student by downloading, printing, and completing a planning sheet (available at the bottom of the page) that will help your student complete the google form efficiently in class.  Students will receive a copy of their responses to their AISD gmail account and parents if you'd like a copy, please provide your email address to your student to also input into the form.  

Students will be able to edit responses until March 8th.

6th Grade UT STEM Club
Do you want to join a cool science club that is lead by UT students?  The 6th grade UT STEM Club does cool and fun science projects using chemistry, earth science, and physics. This club meets every Thursday in McD's room (417) starting Feb 28th. Students need to stop by McD (room 417) or Garcia (112A) to get a sign-up packet. See you Feb 28th! 

Attention Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Players!
Try-outs for the Kealing Ultimate Travel Teams will be on Tuesday, March 26th and Thursday, March 28th. Try-outs are open to all interested 7th and 8th graders. Players should change into their practice clothes and meet in Ms. Kepner's room right after school. Intramural Games (open to Kealing students of all grade levels) will begin on Thursday, April 4th. Remember that *all players* should sign up online by Monday, March 11th. Contact Coach Kepner at with questions or visit the Kealing Ultimate page at for more details.
Boys' Lacrosse Registration is Open! 
Registration for the Kealing Boys' Lacrosse team is open! Visit the registration page hereto get started, or check out the KMS Lacrosse website for more information. All grade levels are allowed to play, and no prior experience is necessary! Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 at Kealing, and Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 at Chalmers Field (W. Cesar Chavez). Games will begin in March and take place on the weekend. If you have questions about the team or registration, contact Kelly Morledge.

Texas PTA has a goal of reaching 500,000 members BEFORE Rally Day, TOMORROW!
WHY? Texas PTA has a louder voice if they meet with senators, legislators and representatives stating that they have a large membership that they represent. AND we ALL know that we need School Finance Reform, more Student Mental Health Support, Special Education Funding, School Safety Legislation and much, much more.
Texas PTA is very close to  500,000 members but are not quite there yet so…  JOIN PTA.
Kealing PTA has to turn our roster by Sunday 
(today) by 7pm  for them to be counted.

Texas PTA Rally Day Logistics Guide for Austin ISD PTAs
When to Attend: There are 3 parts to Rally Day on Feb 25.
Attend part of the day or the entire day. It’s up to you.
Rally on Capitol Steps: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm   ** most important part!
Go to to see the rest of the plans and to see a Public Education Reality Check 
Kealing Center Stage
Get visibility for your business while supporting Austin’s favorite middle school when you sponsor or donate an auction item to Kealing Center Stage! Every dollar helps, and platinum sponsors even get their name on the marquee! Want to learn more? Visit KCS webpage or OR sponsor/donate here

Thank Yous
Thank so much to our coffee cart crew, the goodie provider’s and all the Secret Pals who drove across town to deliver their packages last week .
Dear Secret Pal Family, I really enjoyed my cup of hot coffee and all of my cool items. The coffee travel mug will be a great remembrance every morning of all of your kindness and caring. The hand cream is just wonderful especially with the cold weather right now . The desk supplies are adorable! Someone who came into the office was admiring the cup and then said ""they are wishing you good luck because the trunk on the elephant paperclips is turned up."" How cool is that!
Thank you again for all of your kind notes and gifts, thoughtfulness on my birthday.
I greatly appreciate ALL of you!
Thank you so much to my Secret Pal. Your gifts were incredibly thoughtful and generous, and just what I needed to get through dreary February. I cannot wait to start reading my new book this weekend while eating chocolate covered almonds!!
Shadow Wranglers (PARENTS) Needed

Mornings: 2/25, 2/26, 2/28 
 Easy job for those that drop off in the am! Parents are needed in the mornings from 6:55 - 7:45  to help check out shadowing students.