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Hornet Herald - January 14, 2018

posted Jan 14, 2018, 3:23 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 3:23 PM ]


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

  • 1/15: No School
  • 1/18: Boys BB
  • 1/19-1/21: Spring Musical
  • 1/19: Boys' Lacrosse practices start
  • 1/20: Girls Soccer
  • 1/27: Girls' Lacrosse Meeting
  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/1: PTA Meeting, 6p
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

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.
No School Monday, Jan. 15th for MLK DAY

As always, please follow Austin ISD on social media, the AISD website, and the local news for any updates to changes in AISD schedules due to weather.

Spring 18 Elective Changes 
Elective Schedule Change Request Forms will be available Tuesday, January 16th through January 19th in the program office. Requests do require a parent signature. Counselors will try their best to honor requests in the order they are received if the space is available in the requested course. Students will be receiving schedules as they are changed. Students will be notified by January 26th if the change was unable to be made.

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee a change will be made. Only lateral changes and semester long course changes will be considered.

Currently the only changes that are being made are for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in being teacher aides or office aides.

Kealing Spring Musical
The "Sound of Music" Tickets ON SALE NOW! The hills are alive with the sound of music...and so is the Kealing Spring Musical! "The Sound of Music" will open to public for a 3 show run on January 19 and 20th at 7 p.m. and January 21st at 2 p.m. Online tickets are available now at and will be available for online purchase until MIDNIGHT on Thursday, January 18th. Afterwards, remaining tickets will be sold at the door before each performance. Student tickets are $7 and adult tickets are $12. Hurry and buy your tickets now before the shows sell out! Thank you for your support of the Kealing Spring Musical Program!

Summer trip to Europe is now open to both 7th and 8th graders!
We are excited to share with you an opportunity for both our current 7th and 8th grade students to travel internationally this summer! This trip is organized by the American Council for International Studies, or ACIS. Students will be accompanied on the trip by an in-country tour guide provided by ACIS and chaperones Lindsay Hutchinson and Kelly Morledge. The 2018 trip will take place July 16-23, 2018 and travel to London, Paris and Madrid. More information including a day by day itinerary, cost, frequently asked questions etc. can be found on our trip website at You can also contact Kelly and Lindsay at for more information including next steps on how to sign up. 

2018 Girls' Lacrosse Registration and Info Meeting
Registration for Kealing Girls' Lacrosse is now live! Please visit Blue Sombrero to register your student. The team is open to all grade levels. If you have more questions about how to register or what joining the team looks like, please plan to attend the informational meeting on Saturday, January 27th at 12pm in the Kealing Library. We will go over what the schedule for the season looks like, what equipment players need and how to register. Most of this information can also be found on the Lacrosse website. If you have questions about the team or registering prior to the meeting on Jan 27th, please contact Kelly Morledge.

Boys Lacrosse practice begins Friday, Jan 19th!
Practices for the 2018 Kealing Boys' Lacrosse season begin Friday, January 19th. Practices this season will be on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm and Saturdays from 12-2pm at Reilly Elementary School. Lacrosse is open to all experience levels and all grade levels! Equipment will be provided at practice for new players, just come dressed in athletic clothing and bring a full water bottle. A parent info meeting will be held during the end of practice on Saturday, January 27th at 1:30pm at the Reilly fields. We will discuss what a season of Kealing Lacrosse looks like, how to register and what equipment is needed. If you have questions prior to the January 27th meeting, feel free to reach out to Boys' Lacrosse sponsor Lindsay Hutchinson.

Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
What: Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, February 8th * 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Kealing Library
Who: All students interested in participating on the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team this spring. (This club is open to girls and boys, all programs, all grade levels.)
Questions: Talk to Coach CrouchCoach Kepner or Coach Natenberg

Kealing Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) 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. You can sign up once or several times to do this quick and easy, but important job.
  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Sign Up Genius.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUpGenius) 
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUpGenius will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 
SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox. Please note that Amy Cox is only in charge of obtaining volunteers to help with shadowing. If you have questions about your child shadowing or being a shadow, please contact the Kealing Magnet office. Thank you!

Does Your KMS Magnet Student Want to be a Host for a Prospective Student?
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
February 1st, 6pm Cafeteria - Guest Speaker: Dr. Brooks (psychologist and author) with “Raising Balanced Kids in a Tech World”. The presentation will cover topics the dangers of too much screen time as well as cyberbullying.

March 1st, 7:30am Library
April 5th, 7:30am Library
May 24th, 7:30am Library

Thank you MLK Day of Service Volunteers!
Huge thanks to all who participated in this year's MLK Day of Service event!  A a record number of people joined together for an afternoon of service to the school and community.  Your efforts made an immediate impact on the beautification of school grounds and the neighborhood.  

Thanks again to Domino's Pizza and H-E-B for their generous donations.  See you all next year!