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Hornet Herald - January 21, 2019

posted Jan 21, 2019, 12:01 PM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Jan. 23 - Geographic Spelling Bee, 3-4p
  • Jan. 23 - Boys Lacrosse Practices Start
  • Jan. 25 - KMS PTA Center Stage Planning Mtg, 7:35, Figure 8 Coffee
  • Jan. 25 - Reflections Award Ceremony, 6p, AISD PAC
  • Jan. 25-Jan. 27 - Spring Musical, 7pm F/S and 2pm Sun
  • Jan. 28 - Feb. 28 - Magnet Shadowing
  • Feb. 6/7 - 8th Grade Field Trip
  • Feb. 7 - Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg, 3p, Library
  • Feb. 7 - Model UN Info Mtg, 3p, Rm 516
  • Feb. 11 - Girls Lacrosse Practice Start
Model UN
There will be an informative Model UN meeting at 3pm on Thursday, Feb 7 in Mr. Shoaf's room (516).  Any student that is interested in participating in the middle school Model UN conference held on UT's campus during the school day on Thursday March 14 should attend.  Please email Mr. Shoaf or Mr. Hendrex with any questions.

7th Grade NJHS Online Meeting
Attention 7th Grade NJHS Members: Our next online meeting will be posted on BLEND Thursday, January 24th and you will have 1 week to complete it.

Spring Musical Tickets On Sale Now!
Tickets are now available for this year's musical, Once Upon a Mattress! Shows are Friday, 1/25 at 7pm, Saturday, 1/26 at 7pm, and Sunday, 1/27 at 2pm. Purchase during all lunches. $12 adults and $7 students/kids. Friday and Saturday typically sell out, so don't delay! Contact with any questions. 

Boys' Lacrosse wants YOU to play!
Kealing Boys' Lacrosse is looking for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys interested in trying a new sport, or continuing their growth of already existing Lacrosse skills. The Kealing program is a new one on the Austin Lacrosse scene, and we would love new players to come give it a try so we can turn the Kealing program into a competitive Austin team. We need 14 players in order to qualify for games, so if you are interested in joining us this Spring, please fill out this form giving us more information. Practice will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Kealing, starting Wednesday, Jan 23rd. Should we get 14 players, games will start at the beginning of March and take place on the weekends. For more information about the program, please visit our Lacrosse website at Questions? Email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge.

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 Kepneror Coach Crouch  if you have questions!

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!
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!

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!

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.
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!  **ALSO Volunteers must REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER (see below) now so that that background check can happen with plenty of time!

Shadow Wranglers (PARENTS) Needed
**** We especially need help in the mornings of that first week 1/28-2/1 and Friday afternoon on 2/1.**** 
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! 

Easy job for those that drop off in the am or pick up in the pm!

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.

Kealing Magnet Hosts Needed!
We are especially in need of current 6th grade boys to be shadow hosts!!! DEADLINE EXTENDED Until Tuesday (tomorrow, 1/22)! See below. Girls and boys (6th-8th) can apply. Applications subject to approval by Kealing faculty and staff.

To apply to be a shadow host, complete the online Shadow Host application.

You must provide a parent/guardian email address when you fill out this online form.

Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning on Jan 25
Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors on Chicon at 7:35 am Friday, January 25 .  Our planning is off and running.   We would love to have you join us.  For more information, please

Seeking your input on the hiring of the new Executive Director for Special Education
Dr. Lisa Goodenow, Associate Superintendent of Academics and SEL would love your input via a short survey which her department will use to develop a profile for the next phase in hiring.  The survey will only take a few minutes and will be active until Wednesday, January 23 at 9:00 am.  

A Morning with Dr Stuart Ablon & Dr Bruce Perry  
Thursday Jan 24 8:30 am to 11:45 
Austin ISD PAC
They will be speaking on how to support the social, emotional and behavioral/mental health needs of our students. What can the available brain science tell us about why students struggle in some contexts and thrive in others?  Limited seating- RSVP required  

The time is now for parents, students, teachers, and administrators to demand a first-class public education for every child, regardless of their circumstance.
The time is now for everyone who cares about our kids to join PTA and support our school districts in creating a safe place to learn where students are supported academically, physically, and emotionally.
The time is now for PTAs in Texas to leverage 110 years of advocacy and ensure that our legislators understand that every student should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The time is now to contact your elected officials to ensure that the legislature will #FundTheFuture of Texas students!
Thank you for taking action and taking a stand for every child, with one voice

Reflections Awards Ceremony 
January 25 6:00 PM 
Austin ISD PAC

Kealing PTA Issue Awareness
Go to to learn about
  • Texas School Finance Basics
  • Texas PTA Legislative Priority: Public School Funding System Reform
  • Texas PTA Legislative Updates - how to get them
  • Austin ISD Legislative updates - how to get them
  • ACPTA’s Advocacy update and actions  including Make it Matter Monday’s
  • Join #JustFundItTx campaign
  • Spread the student created petition on

National PTA 2019 Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy Award
Austin Council of PTA's just  won this year’s National PTA advocacy award for the support of free rides for students on CapMetro. A HUGE thanks to the Kealing Parents and community who helped advocate to CapMetro about this issue

MLK Day of Service Kudos 
There were was dirt flying, mulch moving, water flowing to,clippers snipping, garage bags collecting, paint rollers flying and many rolls of tape unwinding.  KMS is grateful for how much you accomplished yesterday.  Seven 30 gallon shade trees were planted and five staff bathrooms were painted.    A lot of people helped all and I want to thank you all.  I have a special shout out to the 2 kids who taped and painted for 5 hours.  Thanks Dee Gonzalez, Theresa Spicer, Leilani Plougmann, Kate Griffin, Laura DiCarlo, Dusty Harshman, Kara Kockelman  for all the time they put into this project.  And to our Business Supporters, we could not have done it without you:  Dominoes, RockStar, HEB, Keep Austin Beautiful, Organics by Gosh, Texas Native Nursery and Texas House Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.   Thank You