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Hornet Herald - January 20, 2020

posted Jan 20, 2020, 9:15 AM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Jan 20: No School/MLK Day
  • Jan 21 & Jan 22: Mathcounts Competition, 3-4:30pm, Rm 203
  • Jan 24-26: Spring Musical: Wizard of Oz
  • Jan 25: 9-11a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #2
  • Jan 28-Feb 28: Magnet Shadow Wranglers Needed
  • Feb 4: PTA Coffee Cart
  • Feb 6: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p
  • Feb 7: Valentine's Day by AVID, 6-8p
APL Library Cards
During the registration process this summer, parents had the chance to opt in and sign students up for an Austin Public Library student card. The cards were recently delivered and will be distributed to students in Advisory.  If you did not opt your child in, but would like to do so now, the form needing a parent/guardian signature may be picked up from Ms. Williams in Kealing’s library.  Any other questions regarding the student card will need to be addressed at any APL branch.
Crockett High School Campus Visit
Crockett Early College High School has a few upcoming opportunities for AISD families to learn more about the school.  They will host a Parent Night on January 23rd from 5:30-7:00. They will have two Showcases to give parents and students multiple options to see what amazing programs they have to offer - January 25th from 9:00-1:00 or January 27th from 5:30-7:00. 

Anderson High School Visit
Anderson High School is hosting their Course Fair on Wednesday, January 29th. Buses will take 8th graders who are projected to attend Anderson at around 9:00 am. They will have an opportunity to get information about available courses, activities, clubs, athletics, etc. Students can also attend in the evening with a parent or guardian as the Course Fair will be open through 8:00 pm in the Anderson Large Gym.

An email has been sent to students who are on the list and their parents. Students who did not receive this communication but believe they should be included may stop by to speak with Ms. Lopez.

Early College High School (ECHS) Open House
Are you interested in learning more about what Early College High School (ECHS)? All seven high schools who offer this program will be hosting open houses on January 25th from 9am-12pm. If your student is not zoned to an Early College High School, they are still welcome to learn more about the program and can consider applying for a transfer. Learn more the event by following the link provided. 

Bowie High School
Bowie High School will be hosting a showcase on their campus on February 6th from 6pm-7:30pm. Please plan on attending if you are zoned to Bowie. You will learn more about courses, clubs, athletics and fine arts! Counselors will be coming to Kealing on April 1st to complete choice sheets.

No School Monday January 20, 2020 in observance of MLK Day

This year’s spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, is this week!

Shows are Friday, 1/24 at 7pm, Saturday, 1/25 at 7pm, and Sunday, 1/26 at 2pm. The Sunday show will be extra kid-friendly, with some interactive props and a sing-along portion.

Tickets are $7 students/kids and $12 adults and can be purchased at or in the cafeteria during all lunches this week.

Shows normally sell out, so don’t rely on buying them at the door. 

See you over the rainbow!

Laundry soap donations needed for PE Department
The Physical Education Department is asking for donations of Laundry Soap. We do a lot of laundry and are running low on our laundry soap.  Any donations can be brought to the office labeled PE or your student can bring them to a coach in the gym.  Thanks in advance for your generosity. 

Girls' Lacrosse Pre-Season Practice-Jan 25th
For girls interested in the sport of Lacrosse, we will be holding our final pre-season practice at the Kealing fields on Saturday, January 25th as a way to try out the sport before committing to the regular season. Practice will be from 9:00am-11:00am. Lacrosse is open to all grade levels and no prior experience needed! Girls should wear athletic clothing appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. If they have their own Lacrosse equipment (i.e. stick, goggles, mouth guard) they can bring it, otherwise all equipment will be provided. The regular Lacrosse season will begin February 5th, with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-4:50pm. If you have questions, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge or visit our website. To sign up to attend the Jan 25th practice, or to be added to the email list, complete this form.

Mathcounts School Competition this week! 
Ms. Strickland is hosting the Mathcounts School Competition this week to determine who will be our 10 official Kealing representatives at the Chapter Competition on February 1st.  Any interested student may come try out for the team by taking the two written tests, regardless of grade level or previous experience.  Students should show up to Room 203 after school on Tuesday, Jan 21st OR Wednesday, Jan 22nd.  (These are two separate testing sessions.)  Students will be finished at approximately 4:30.  Results should be posted by the end of the week, and the top 10 scorers need to plan to attend Mathcounts practice the following Tuesday in order to practice before the chapter meet that Saturday.  Contact Ms. Strickland if you have any questions.

Marine Biology Field Trip Permission Slips

ATTN: Marine Biology Students enrolled in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020
You are invited to join on an overnight field experience to the Texas State Aquarium and The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. Spots are guaranteed to current year students. Remaining spots are on a first come, first serve basis so get your forms in early. See advisory announcements for forms.
Trip is scheduled for Thursday, March 12(B day) AND Friday, March 13 (A day) THE TWO DAYS BEFORE SPRING BREAK :)

Kealing Girls Soccer Schedule
Please come out and support our Lady Hornets soccer team this season. A-team games start at 9 AM and B-team games start at 10:30 AM. Here are the dates and locations:

Saturday, January 18: A  team play Webb at McCallum (no B team game)
  • Saturday, January 25:  Both A and B teams play Covington at McCallum High School
  • Saturday, February 1:  Both A and B teams play Lively at Travis High School 
  • Saturday, February 8:  A team plays Martin at Martin and B team plays Bedichek at Bedichek
  • Saturday, February 15:  Both A and B teams play Murchison at Murchison
  • Saturday, February 22:  A team plays Mendez at McCallum and B team plays Lively at McCallum
  • Saturday, February 29: B teams plays last game of season and zone tournament starts for A team.

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee -- 2020 Informational Meeting!
Attention students interested in playing Ultimate Frisbee this spring! There will be an informational meeting for the Kealing Ultimate Team on Thursday, February 6th in the library, from 3:00-3:45pm. This team is open to Kealing students at all grade levels, all programs, all genders. QUESTIONS? Contact,, or, and follow!
KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed! 
Wow, y'all... thank you to those that stepped up to help with this very important but quick volunteer job!
We still have 51 slots of 154 OPEN. 
Tuesday, Feb. 25 has NO ONE in the am slot. HELP!!!

Remember when your "tiny, little 5th grade baby" shadowed at Kealing?
Remember what a (hopefully) great experience that was for them?
You may remember also that the shadowing program is 100% run by parent volunteers.

Don't worry, the *hard* jobs are already filled by tireless, generous volunteers but NOW we need you for the easy, quick and very important shifts of shadow wrangling! 45-60 mins in the am (before school, bring your current student just a few minutes early - think of the bonding time in the car; it's priceless) and/or 45-60 mins in the afternoon at dismissal. Think of the brownie points you'll get for picking up your sweet kiddo (instead of him/her having to ride the bus!), too!

Seriously, we know you are busy but if everyone could just sign up for ONE SHIFT, we'd be golden. AND THINK OF THE LITTLE, TINY BABIES that are coming to experience our great school. We want to make sure they have a great experience!

We still have 51 SHIFTS to fill of our 154. SIGN UP HERE.


Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Thanks to those who have reached out already - if you haven’t had a minute to yet and are interested please shoot us an email!!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, it takes a lot of effort to pull it off,  we need a great group of people to help out.  We need a ticket sales chair, a sponsorship chair, an auction chair, a communication chair, a marketing chair, a venue and food chair and we need helpers to do discrete tasks.  Also if you know of a company that is willing to donate an item/package for the auction please let us know!!  We would love to have you join us.  For more information, please Contact

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.

Coffee Cart Sign Up for 2/4/20
KMS PTA is putting on the Staff and Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart on 2/4/20 from 7-9 am. Please sign up to bring contributions. 
Reach out to Maraba DiRaddo with any questions at 512 497 6999. Thank you! 

Secret Pals - February 20 and 21
SSSH’h Secret Pals.   
If you signed up in the fall, If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to
Please drop off in the Program Office
Teacher Last Name A-M Drop off on Thursday
Teacher Last Name N-Z Drop off on Friday
** Please drop off at the program office so we can make sure each teacher gets the surprise!***