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Hornet Herald - January 16, 2017

posted Jan 16, 2017, 5:43 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 16, 2017, 6:02 PM ]
Good afternoon Hornet Families,

Our parents were busy on campus last week!  We kicked off the week with a coffee and sweet treat cart being wheeled around the building.  Our teachers and staff work hard every day to make the best experience for our students.  This little token of appreciation goes a long way in thanking them for what they do.  KMAG parents had the opportunity to hear from Academy and Magnet Social Studies teachers about their recent Professional Development experience in Washington, D.C. This would not have been possible without financial support from both KMAG and PTA. Also, thanks to a parent volunteer, you will see a slightly beefed up Hornet Herald moving forward since all morning announcements from the previous week will be included.  I've heard some feedback and know that some students miss pieces from the morning announcements.  We're working on making adjustments to get even more info home and this will be a huge help!

Looking ahead on the calendar, you'll see an altered bell schedule during the week of January 23 for benchmark testing.  Your students may come home talking about this as well.  The benchmark assessments are designed to give us feedback and another piece of information to guide our instruction for the rest of the school year.  We will be asking students to do their absolute best on the benchmarks but please help them stay calm.  There is also no need for students to spend time studying or preparing for these assessments.

I hope to see you all this weekend for the MLK Day of Service.  If you are not able to get your hands dirty with us this Saturday, you can still drop by to check out Guys and Dolls, Kealing's school musical. I heard today's dress rehearsal was top-notch, which is no surprise based on what I saw in last year's musical, Oklahoma! The upcoming weekend is sure to present some highlights of the 2016-2017 school year.  Don't miss out!


Kenisha Coburn

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

January 19
Boys Basketball vs. Garcia (8th @ Home)
Spring Musical Press Night @ 5:00 pm
January 20
Spring Musical Opening Night @ 7:00 pm
January 21
Girls Soccer A vs. Means (@McCallum - 9:30)
Girls Soccer B vs.Fulmore (@McCallum - 10:00)
MLK Day of Service and Peace Through Pie Social (noon - 4:00 pm)
Spring Musical @ 5:00 pm
January 22
Spring Musical @ noon
January 23-26
Altered Bell Schedule - Benchmark Testing

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing. Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999)
Opal Divine’s 
Texas Art Portraits 

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage 
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects 
Olive Garden 
Snarf’s Sandwiches 

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Code Studio 
Coco Paloma Desserts 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
Image result for dictionary pictureWe Want Your Print Dictionaries!!
In the age of the online and electronic dictionary, we still find that we can never have too many print dictionaries and thesauruses in schools. If you have a print dictionary or thesaurus that is in good condition that you would like to part with, please drop it off in the Kealing Program Office.

Kealing Mathcounts Competition
This week is the Kealing School Mathcounts competition! EVERYONE can participate - No experience required. To try for one of the spots on our official team, come to Room 203 after school on Tuesday (1/17) or Wednesday (1/18) to take the two individual rounds. You will be done at 4:30. Highest scorers will advance to the Chapter Competition on Saturday, Feb 4th. Contact Ms. Strickland if you have any questions.

Book Spring Read-A-Thon
Any Kealing students who are interested are invited to participate in the annual BookSpring Read-A-Thon held between Jan. 23 – Feb. 05. Students ask for pledges from friends, neighbors, and family and money they collect from the time they spend reading helps get books in the hands of children in Austin. A $3 donation can provide a child with a book to take home. Registration and information can be found at or students can stop by and see Ms. Williams in the Library.

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee
The Kealing Ultimate Frisbee team will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday, January 26th, 3:00-3:30pm in the library. The team is open to all programs, all grade levels, boys and girls, and the meeting will address everything you need to know for the Spring 2017 Ultimate season! Questions? Contact any of the club sponsors: 
  • Ms. Kepner at 
  • Ms. Crouch at 
  • Mr. Natenberg at
Image result for art clipartAnnouncements From the Art Room
ART CLUB Thursday 3- 4:30 pm. RM 205. Stop by to pick up a form so you can join art club.

LAST SEMESTER BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE ART CLASSES . Please stop by and pick up any artwork or personal art supplies you may have left in classroom.

Mexican and Spanish Culture Club
MEXICAN SPANISH CULTURE CLUB INFORMATION MEETING Wed, Jan 11 Mr Sanchez's Rm 511. Are you interested in learning more about Mexican and Spanish Culture, including improving your Spanish Language Skills?'

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
Attention Science Lovers! The Kealing Academy is in need of volunteer judges for our Science fair on Friday, January 27th. Volunteers are needed for the following time slots: 
1:10 - 2:40 
Judges will given simple instructions on how to judge projects prior to January 27th. If you are interested in giving your time please email Lucinda Pogue at

AISD Future
As we continue to plan, shape and build our #AISDFuture, we need your input.

Join us at the next series of community engagement conversations to share your feedback about the Facility Master Plan update and the options the committee would like the public to consider. The meetings dates are below. Information will be discussed by cluster, so Kealing Middle School is first up on January 24. 

* Jan. 24 – 6 to 8 p.m. at McCallum High School

* Jan. 25 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Crockett High School

* Jan. 26 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy

* Jan. 31 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Martin Middle School

* Feb. 1 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Burnet Middle School

* Feb. 2 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Gorzycki Middle School

Food and refreshments will be provided. Interpretation services will be available upon request. To request modifications or interpretation services, please call 512-414-9595 or email

Lacrosse Informational Meeting
Wed 1/18 at 6 pm
Are you someone who loves to play Lacrosse? Are you someone who has never played Lacrosse, but might be interested? Come join us on Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm in the Kealing Library to get more information! This meeting is for both the boys' team and girls' team. We will start all together and then split into respective groups. Both players and parents are invited to attend. Can't make it? Send an email to for more information or visit the Kealing Lacrosse website at . Hope to see you there!

Image result for dream flag clip artDream Flags - Volunteers and Donations Needed
Kealing Middle School students will create dream flags, inspired by the Tibetan prayer/peace flag tradition, to line the hallways of our school. Each student will write their dream or wish for our community and world on a piece of cotton muslin. Their message will be glue to a larger piece of fabric that will be strung and displayed in lines together from our ceiling hallways. The ‘dream flags’ will serve a visual reminder of our individual and collective dreams as a Kealing community.

How can you help?

Donate Materials in the Program Office in the box labeled "Dream Flags":

  • Cotton fabric donations, pieces need to be at least 12” by 12” 
  • Fabric Scissors (put your name on them so that we can return)
  • 45mm pincking rotary cutters (put your name on them so that we can return)
  • Sequin, button, ribbon embellishments
  • Permanent Markers 
  • Fabric glue
Donate Time:
  • Volunteers needed to cut fabric (1-2 hour blocks, can be done at home) 
    • January 17th and 18th in the Library from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Volunteers needed to sew fabric (1-2 hour blocks, need a sewing machine) 
    • January 17th, 18th, 19th
  • Volunteers needed to help hang flags from ceiling (2 hour blocks, at school)
    • February 15th and 16th 
Please contact Jenna Martin at if you have any questions or want information about how to participate
Chess Club
Chess club will meet this Wednesday January 4th in room 512 after school until 4:00. All grades and abilities are welcome! 

Kealing chess club will register and pay the entry fee for Kealing students who would like to participate in the scholastic chess tournament at Casis Elementary on Saturday, January 28th. If you would like to play in the tournament and represent Kealing, please see Mrs. Girardeau in room 512 this week. For more information, please contact Ms.DJ Cardamone at or Ms. Girardeau at

Upcoming PTA Meetings
The PTA has posted an updated list of Membership Meetings, Principal Coffees, and other events scheduled for the spring. Go to for the full schedule. The next meeting is scheduled for February 2, 7:30am. Join us in the library then for a presentation and discussion with Principal Coburn on new TEA Accountability and Rating System.

MLK Day of Service Sign Up

Mark your calendars for the MLK Day of Service January 21, 2017 noon-4pm in the KMS cafeteria and grounds. The Kealing PTA is teaming up with Huston Tillotson and Blackshear Elementary for a free peace through pie social lunch and grounds day/neighborhood clean-up. 

If you plan to attend, please sign up in advance by clicking here.

Kealing Center Stage
Mark your calendars for the evening of April 8th for Kealing Center Stage, the Kealing PTA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Kealing Center Stage is a fun-packed evening for parents, teachers, and staff, with food, live music, a silent auction, and more. Planning is under way now for this big event, and tickets will go on sale in February. This event depends on the generous support of parents, local businesses, and friends of the school. There are several ways you can help support this important event today: 
  1. Volunteer. Help is needed in all sorts of areas to make this event successful, from ticket sales, to soliciting silent auction items, party planning, and more. For more information, contact
  2. Become a financial sponsor. Sign up today to become a financial sponsor of Kealing Center Stage and the PTA. All levels of sponsors welcome. For a list of sponsorship benefits and to donate, go to Know a business that might want to sponsor Kealing Center Stage? Contact
  3. Donate items for the live or silent auction. Popular auction items include restaurant gift cards, house concerts, dinner parties, vacation homes, tickets to sports and music events, and more. To donate, go to Do you have connections to any local businesses that might like to donate? Contact the PTA auction team at

Kealing Men Career Discussion
Kealing Community: Kealing Men is looking for volunteers to present at a career path discussion for middle and high school students on Saturday, February 11th from 10am-12pm, in the Kealing Cafeteria. 

The organizers are looking for entrepreneurs, firefighters, lawyers, teachers, professionals, computer scientists, and more to come and share their career path experiences. 

For more information and to volunteer, email Richard Barner at Thanks!

Spring Membership Drive
It's not too late to join the Kealing PTA for the 2016-17 school year. Help support the education and success of all children at Kealing. A fantastic value at $10/person or $19 per family, and we also offer scholarships. Help us reach our goal of 100% parent membership this year! Sign up at

Shadow Wranglers Needed
From 1/30/17 - 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 at Thank you!