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Hornet Herald - February 3, 2019

posted Feb 3, 2019, 9:17 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 3, 2019, 9:18 AM ]

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Feb. 6/7 - 8th Grade Field Trip
  • Feb. 6  - Student Council Mtg, 3p, rm 218
  • Feb. 7/8 - Spirit Sales at Lunch
  • Feb. 7 - PTA Meeting 6:30p ** (note new time)
  • Feb. 7 - Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p, Library
  • Feb. 7 - Model UN Info Mtg, 3p, Rm 516
  • Feb. 7 - CAC Mtg, 4p, Library
  • Feb. 8 - Valentine's Dance, 6-8p
  • Feb. 11 - Girls Lacrosse Practice Start
  • Feb. 15 - NO School for KMS Student (district of innovation day)
  • Feb. 18 - NO School for All AISD Students
  • Feb. 19/20 - Secret Pals
  • Feb. 22 - 6th grade Read to Succeed forms due
  • Feb. 25 - PTA Rally Day
CAMPUS NEWS
6th Grade - Six Flags Read to Succeed All 6th graders have been invited to participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program.  Six hours of reading signed off by a parent or teacher by February 22, 2019 will get a 6th grader a free ticket to Six Flags San Antonio - good for much of this coming summer.  Reading logs have been distributed to English classes and are also available in the Library.  Completed logs can be turned in any time before the due date to ELA teachers or to the box set up in the Library.  Tickets will be given to the students after they have been made available by Six Flags, usually in May.

No Mathcounts club this week
Mathcounts club is cancelled for this first week of February because Ms. S will not be at school. She looks forward to seeing everyone next week!

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
Attention all students interested in participating in the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Program this spring! We'll be holding an informational meeting for Kealing Ultimate on Thursday, February 7th. The meeting will be at 3:00-3:30pm in the Kealing Library. All students are welcome: girls and boys, all grades, all programs. Talk to Coach Kepneror Coach Crouch  if you have questions!

Model UN
There will be an informative Model UN meeting at 3pm on Thursday, Feb 7 in Mr. Shoaf's room (516).  Any student that is interested in participating in the middle school Model UN conference held on UT's campus during the school day on Thursday March 14 should attend.  Please email Mr. Shoaf or Mr. Hendrex with any questions.
CAMPUS NEWS CONTINUED
Kealing CAC
Interested in serving on the Kealing CAC?
The Kealing CAC has three openings for new members. These members will serve for the rest of this school year and also next school year. One vacancy is for a parent member. A parent member must have a currently enrolled student and cannot also be an employee of the district. Another vacancy is for a business representative member. A business representative must be able to speak on behalf of the business. The business cannot be a public-sector agency but can be a non-profit entity. The business representative may also be a parent. The third vacancy is for a community representative. The community representative must live within the district, be at least 18 years of age, and shall not also be a parent or district employee. 

To apply, please complete and email the CAC application to Principal Kenisha Coburn at kenisha.coburn@austinisd.org.  The application is available here.

February CAC Meeting
The next Kealing CAC meeting will be Thursday, February 7th at 4 pm in Kealing Library. All are welcome!

KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shadow Wranglers (PARENTS) Needed
We especially need help:
 2/4, 2/6, 2/12 through 2/28
HELP! Shadowing season is almost here! Do you remember when  your student shadowed? How great an experience that was! We are so lucky to be able to offer that for our prospective students but we need your help. It's less than 1 hour of volunteer time! But we do need multiple people, for both drop off and pick up for many days! Can you help out? Sign up for as many slots as you can do! 

Easy job for those that drop off in the am or pick up in the pm!

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. SIGN UP HERE.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
#EveryMemberCounts
Did you know that Texas ranks 43rd in per pupil spending? Join PTA and become part of the largest child advocacy organization in the US.

Help us protect our Shade Trees 
We have 500 ft of collapsible hose which is stored in a  small wheeled garbage can.  This hose is very easy to manage.  All we need done is to have 6 double gators filled up.  It takes about 1 hour and we are flexible on the day.  Sign up to help out.

Secret Pals - February 19 and 20
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
View the list of wishes here 

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale this Thursday and Friday
Buy online at our Spirit Store , then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria.  We have baseball hats, retro cotton shirts & hoodies, dri fit shirts and hoodies and baseball shirts.
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUED
6:30pm Thursday Feb 7 PTA Meeting: Attorney General Office presentation on Human Trafficking (Adults Only).
We have changed this meeting to the evening (Kealing Cafeteria) due to the amazing speaker we had at the last General PTA Meeting.  We are bringing her back!   “Human trafficking is a media buzz word that often conjures images of foreign countries or confusion with the ongoing immigration debate. This workshop cuts through the confusion, arms the participant with an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not and helps them recognize that this is an American problem with American buyers, sellers and victims. It focuses our attention on children who are regularly exploited but are unlikely to self-identify as victims or seek help. This seminar walks participants through actual cases prosecuted in the state of Texas for illustration, identifies the tools of traffickers and how they are typically utilized to obtain and maintain victims, outlines victim needs and the barriers to identification and rehabilitation, and gives participants red flags and interview tips that they can use to begin the identification process."

Make it Matter Monday LIVE  Monday Feb 4, 12 to 1:30 @ Carver Library
Please join us and meet up with Austin-area PTA members advocating for our schools and our kids. The meet ups are hosted by Austin Council PTA Advocacy Team and will be held on the first Monday of every month, starting February through May.  The first one will be Feb 4 and focused on Rally Day (Feb 25) Prep:  Get informed, take action, learn how to write Op Eds on legislative issues or write post cards.  You can bring a packed lunch on your own if you like. The  the venue is kid-friendly if you want to bring your little ones.  We hope you attend! 

Sign up for Make It Matter Mondays emails
by sending a message to ACPTA Advocacy Chair Sonya Kaleel at advocacy@austincouncilpta.org.

South Austin Advocacy
ACPTA Advocacy Group is working on a unified action with some other school districts. They are specifically looking constituents from the following schools who would like to be involved in advocacy efforts in the early stages: Baldwin, Baranoff, Clayton, Kiker, Menchaca, Mills, Bailey, Gorzycki, Paredes, Akins. If you are interested please contact advocacy@austincouncilpta.org

Rally Day Feb 25
  • Join 2,000 PTA members from all over Texas to ask our legislators to support school funding, literacy by 3rd grade, student mental health, juvenile justice reform and more! All you need to do is show up. Your presence is message enough to tell our legislators “we are here and we are taking a stand for public education.” Our goal is 500 people from AISD PTA communities. Austin, let’s represent!
  • Make plans on when you will attend
  • Estimated times: 8:00 am meet at House Park for free parking and to walk in, Caucuses with speakers at 9 am, Rally on Capitol Steps 11:30am “ The Main Event”, and Legislator visits at 1:30 til 4.
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