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Hornet Herald - January 13, 2019

posted Jan 13, 2019, 8:47 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 5:26 AM ]


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

  • Jan 15-16 - Mathcounts tryouts, 3-4:30p, Rm 203
  • Jan. 17-18 - Homework Hiatus
  • Jan. 17 - KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Jan. 19 - MLK Day of Service
  • Jan. 21 - MLK Day - No School
  • Jan. 23 - Geographic Spelling Bee, 3-4p
  • Jan. 25 - Reflections Award Ceremony, 6p
  • Feb. 7 - Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p, Library
  • Feb. 7 - Model UN Info Mtg, 3p, Rm 516
Parent Feedback Requested
Kealing Middle School receives federal Title I funds to support some campus programs and initiatives.  Professional development is one area that we address with these funds and we would like to hear from you about areas in which we can grow as teachers and staff members.  Please click this link to respond to one question to give feedback on future professional development. The survey takes less than 3 minutes and will help support the growth of our staff!

Mathcounts School Competition is this week!
It’s time for the Kealing School-wide Mathcounts Competition!  All students can come try out for the official Kealing Mathcounts team on Tuesday (Jan 15) or Wednesday (Jan 16) after school in Rm. 203.  No experience required! You will take two individual tests, so plan to be here until 4:30pm.  A snack will be provided.  
The 10 highest scorers will go on to represent Kealing at the Chapter Competition in North Austin on Saturday, Feb 2nd. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please see Ms. Strickland. 

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 Kepner or Coach Crouch  if you have questions!

KMS Girls' Lacrosse Registration is Open!
Registration for Girls' Lacrosse at Kealing is now open! For registration instructions please visit the Kealing Lacrosse website. There are no tryouts for Lacrosse and it is open to all grade levels, so anyone that registers will be able to play! Our first practice will take place Monday, February 11th and continue on Mondays and Wednesdays until the end of the season (mid-May). If you have questions about the sport, registration etc., please email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge or check out the website.

Yearbook and Inkblot looking for Sponsors
The 2018-19 Kealing Yearbook and Inkblot staff are currently taking sponsor donations. Donations support production (yearbook, Inkblot and KBTV), but most importantly are used to offset the cost of production, to make publications more accessible to all Kealing students. In addition, donations are also used to grant Yearbook and/or Inkblot Scholarships for involved Kealing students who wish to have a 2019 yearbook or Inkblot, but can't otherwise purchase one on  their own.

Interested sponsors should consider donating at their own comfort level. Patrons/sponsors will have their name published in either the yearbook/Inkblot or both, depending on donation level. 

You can easily contribute using schoolcashonline. See attached instructions. Or checks can be made payable to Kealing Middle School and delivered to Ms. Scott in room 236.  THANKS!

Grand Canyon Trip Summer 2019 - Still time to sign up!!
This summer, all Kealing students have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon with other Kealing students, and naturalist science teacher Cate Bergman!  We will be studying the Canyon, taking a float trip down the Colorado, rock climbing, hiking in Zion, and much more.  We have a small group organized so far, and would love to add several more students to the adventure.  Dates are currently June 1-5, 2019.  For more information, contact Kealing teacher Cate Bergman or the Grand Classroom travel group directly: 434-975-2629. Hoping to firm up numbers by mid-January - don't miss out!
KMAG Meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30am
Join us Thursday to get the latest news on the Magnet program. Choice sheets will be coming sometime this semester for our students to choose classes for next year. In preparation for this, KMAG will have a representative from the LOTE (language other than English) department speak on the different languages offered at Kealing and what things a student might expect in that class. Remember 7th and 8th grade magnet students are required to sign up for a LOTE class. Hope to see you there!

8th Grade Parents Needed to Chaperone!!
Please sign up to chaperone the 8th grade field trip in February (either Feb 6 or 7th depending on class)! See sign up for full  details! Thank you in advance!!

**ALSO be sure to REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER (see below) now so that that background check can happen with plenty of time!

Shadow Wranglers Needed
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! 

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.

If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Michelle Manning. Thank you!
MLK Day of Service - January 19

Kealing MLK Day Project 10am 
We need strong people to help dig and plant six - 30 gallon trees, in the back of school for shade.  In addition, we are painting the staff bathrooms.  So we need painters, hole diggers, tree wranglers and a water crew.   All this will start at 10am til noon or when it is done. In addition, we are looking to borrow some tools ( ie paint rollers and brushes)

Service Project: Neighborhood cleanup in conjunction Austin ISD’s Celebration of MLK Day will start at 1:00 pm.   We will be providing Service Certificates for any student of any age who needs one.

Sign up here for either of the above activities  

Austin ISD’s MLK Celebration and Day of Service  
12:00 pm Kealing

“Everybody can be great, 
because everybody can serve.” 

Join us in honoring the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The following will be available:
  • interpretation services;
  • light lunch;
  • student performances;
  • service opportunities; and
  • children’s activity center for ages 2 to 9.
A special thank you to Kealing Middle School for hosting our event.

Rally Day
Save the Date February 25, 2019
Attending Rally Day is an investment of your time and resources that Texas students cannot afford for us to overlook.

Help us reach 2,000 attendees!

The 2019 Legislative session has started and School Finance is making news. PTA and other groups are working hard to ensure the Legislative understands this is an important issue.  There are many ways to get involved, but if you are concerned about your property taxes, our children’s education and you want something easy to do.  Join PTA and help us show our strength in numbers.  Go to

Reflections Awards Ceremony 
Save the Date - January 25 6:00 PM