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Hornet Herald - January 28, 2018

posted Jan 28, 2018, 11:36 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 28, 2018, 11:40 AM ]


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

  • 1/29-2/28: Shadowing Helpers Needed
  • 2/1-2/2: Spirit wear on sale
  • 2/1: Boys BB 7A, 6p
  • 2/1: Boys BB, 8A, 6p
  • 2/1: Principal's Coffee, 6p
  • 2/1: PTA Meeting, 6p
  • 2/1: Boys BB, 7B, 7p
  • 2/1: Boys BB, 8B, 7p
  • 2/3: Girls' Soccer A, 9a
  • 2/3: Girls' Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 2/8: KMAG Mtg, 7:30a "Math Options and Foreign Languages"
  • 2/8: Ultimate Frisbee Info Mtg 3p
Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

Honor Roll

ACT Running, Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, LUXE Property Group | eXp Realty, 

The Tile Guy

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.
Name: Zoe Jones
What college did you attend?Texas Tech University
What was your favorite course in college?Ecology & Environmental Science
I teach because............I hope to inspire students to explore and understand the world around them, in hopes that they will develop a passion for leaving the world a better place.
How many years have you been at Kealing?6 years
What courses do you teach at Kealing?Science!
What do you do for fun outside of work?Biking, Yoga, Going to see Live Music
Tell us about the most challenging thing you've ever done.The most challenging thing I do everyday at work is that I try to reach every student in a way that is unique for their different learning style. This has gotten easier with experience, but every day brings new challenges as each student is special and requires specific needs that require focus and creativity to reach in a way that is right for them.

Kealing Geographic Bee
On Jan 24, 2018, students that previously scored a perfect 7 out of 7 on the preliminary competition gathered to participate in the school-wide Kealing Geographic Bee. 8th grader Tushar B.(who was also the school champion last year) outlasted all other participants and was crowned the Kealing Geographic Bee winner! After taking a placement test, he hopes to advance and participate in the Texas State Geographic Bee on April 6. Congratulations Tushar!

The final winning question was: “The Seikan Tunnel connects the island of Hokkaido with what other Japanese Island?”
Correct Answer: HONSHU

Top 10 Geographic Bee Finalists:
1. Tushar B.
2. Gavin F.
3. Charly C.
3. Marcus L.
3. Walter R.
6. Alex E.
6. Praxis F.
8. Sathvik C.
9. Hays T.
10. Jimena M.

No Bad Weather Make Up Days
State legislation now references number of school minutes rather than number  of school days required. Kealing, like many other campuses in AISD, will maintain the necessary number of minutes necessary in spite of bad weather days. So don't be on the lookout for bad weather make-up days for Kealing students. We will not have any!

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. 

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

Parent Shadow Wranglers 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 cyber bullying.
  • March 1st, 7:30am Library
  • April 5th, 7:30am Library
  • May 24th, 7:30am Library

Calling our Coffee Cart Crew!!  
Our next Teacher Appreciation Coffee Cart is coming up on Feb 12th!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll treat the teachers/staff to show them how much we love them!  If you would like to bake for the coffee cart or if you would like to volunteer on the 13th to help deliver coffee and treats, please email us at  

Spirit wear will be on sale Feb 1st and 2nd.