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Hornet Herald - February 4, 2018

posted Feb 4, 2018, 9:09 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 4, 2018, 9:17 AM ]

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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/5-2/9: Counselor Appreciation Week
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p
  • 2/8: Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • 2/8 Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 2/8: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 2/8: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 2/8: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/10:  Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 2/10: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 2/12: PTA Coffee Cart
  • 2/12-16: PTA Secret Pals
  • 2/15: KMAG Mtg, 7:30a "Foreign Languages"
  • 2/22: STEM Club Meeting, 3p
  • 2/23: Read to Succeed Logs Due
  • 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:David Hinojosa
What college did you attend?University of Texas at Austin
What was your favorite course in college?Instrumental Conducting. I had an amazing professor who challenged us to look beyond the music and decide what a piece of music really meant to us.
I teach because............I had an amazing band director (Mr. B) who pushed us to be the best we could be and realize our potential. His ability to draw the best out of his students through the power of music pushed me to want to do that with students of my own. 
How many years have you been at Kealing?6 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing?Wind Ensemble, Beginning Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium, Jazz Ensemble
What do you do for fun outside of work?I play bass guitar in my rock band Legendary Skies. I also find time to play tuba in some of Austin's community bands. When I am not music making, I like to go on runs, do some weightlifting, and play basketball.
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.Stepping up to inherit the Kealing Band program. This band program has known years of success and has a long history of excellence and amazingly high standards. Being the Director of Bands and leading a team of amazing teachers to continue this success has had its challenges but its been totally worth it. When you love what you do, work hardly feels like work.

6th Grade After School STEM Club
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.

Counselor Appreciation Week
This week is Counselor Appreciation Week.  Please take a minute to appreciate Kealing's amazing counselors this week or ask your child to stop by, write a quick note or drop off a little something to this special team.  The PTA will do the same with notes and treats.  Thank you!

Six Flags Read to Succeed
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:  
  • 2/10:  A & B-teams v Lamar @ McCallum HS
  • 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)

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting!
The Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Kealing students. We will have an informational Meeting for all interested players on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH in the Kealing Library at 3:00pm. Contact,, or with questions!

Kealing Geographic Bee
On Jan 24, 2018, students that previously scored a perfect 7 out of 7 on the preliminary competition gathered to participate in the school-wide Kealing Geographic Bee. 8th grader Tushar B.(who was also the school champion last year) outlasted all other participants and was crowned the Kealing Geographic Bee winner! After taking a placement test, he hopes to advance and participate in the Texas State Geographic Bee on April 6. Congratulations Tushar!

The final winning question was: “The Seikan Tunnel connects the island of Hokkaido with what other Japanese Island?” 
Correct Answer: HONSHU

Top 10 Geographic Bee Finalists:
1. Tushar B.
2. Gavin F.
3. Charly C.
3. Marcus L.
3. Walter R.
6. Alex E.
6. Praxis F.
8. Sathvik C.
9. Hays T.
10. Jimena M.

KMAG: Meeting and Volunteer Opportunity
Our next KMAG meeting has been moved from Thursday February 8 to Thursday February 15. It will take place at 7:30am in the Kealing library. Ms. Ewald will be discussing foreign language options, and Ms. Carter will give an update on admissions.
Also, KMAG is looking for a volunteer to video the last 4 meetings of the year. We will be purchasing a video camera and tripod, so we just need a person behind the camera! If you are interested, please contact Mary-Alis Kelly. Thank you so much.

Parent Shadow Wranglers Needed! 
From 1/29/17 - 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.  Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
6th grade boys especially NEEDED
If your current magnet student would like to host a shadow for the magnet program this year, please have him/her sign up online here.

Upcoming PTA Meetings
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

Calling our Coffee Cart Crew!!  Our next Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart is coming up on Feb 12th!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll treat the teachers/staff to show them how much we love them!  If you would like to bake for the coffee cart or if you would like to volunteer on the 12th to help deliver coffee and treats, please sign-up here!

Kealing Secret Pals
February Secret Pals is right around the corner - Feb 12-16th. 
Delivery Info: Pals (can be you or your child) please bring your special items to Programs office for your teacher with last name starting with A-M on the Monday and Tuesday then N-Z on the Wednesday and Thursday of the week of Feb 12th.  Clearly label teachers name on your item.
Click here for a full list of all their favorites! 

Note: Coffee Cart is that same week.  If you are interested in bringing homemade breakfast muffins or volunteering day of please email
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have at

The Kealing Teacher and Staff Holiday Party was a total success because of the amazing parents of the Young Scientists program cooking all that delicious traditional Mexican food, parents that donated gift cards and cookies for the cookie bar!  Thank you!  We couldn't have done it without you!