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Hornet Herald - January 30, 2017

posted Jan 30, 2017, 7:19 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 7:21 PM ]
Hello Hornet Families,

Thanks for patience.  I am sure you were waiting for the day late Monday Hornet Herald.  We had some important information to squeeze in - this was what I have coined "A Week of Wins."
  • On Jan 23, 2017, students that previously scored a perfect 7 out of 7 on the preliminary competition gathered to participate in the school-wide Kealing Geographic Bee. 7th grader Tushar Bhagawatula (who was the runner-up for last year’s Kealing Geographic Bee) 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 March 31. Congratulations Tushar! 
  • Kealing Science Olympiad teams were placed 2nd and 3rd at the Brazoswood Tournament this past weekend in a competition involving 30 other teams. Congrats Kealing Sci O! 
  • The first Kealing Academy Science Fair took place last week and was a huge success.  I do not yet have final standings but I will announce them as soon as they are passed my way.
  • The Kealing Quiz Bowl Team took 1st place at the Cougar Clash this past Saturday. A 1st place win means this team has earned a spot at State (in Houston in April) and at Nationals (in Dallas in May)!
  • Ronan Spelman won 1st place going undefeated in the K-12 U800 division at the Casis Chess Tournament. The Kealing crew won the 2nd place team trophy in a close contest with Canyon Vista. 
  • The Kealing Girls' Soccer Teams have also had outstanding wins to kick off the season. Please come out and support them this Saturday morning as they take on Fulmore Middle School.  
Not to be outdone, the teachers also joined in for accolades, selecting Pamela Henderson as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Henderson teaches Algebra I and Origami and last year's Academy Algebra I students to a 100% passing rate on the End Of Course exam. Her presence can be felt all over campus due to her participation on a number of committees as well as her leadership as a teacher mentor.  Most importantly though, her impact is made clear in her classroom.  When discussing her role here at Kealing, she said "I take pride in establishing Hendersonville, my classroom, a place where students feel safe and loved." I am thrilled proud to recognize Ms. Henderson as the Kealing Teacher of the Year. 

This week will be calmer than the last and next week we'll be off to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention.  The Kealing Orchestra will be featured as the Middle School Honor Orchestra, which is one of the highest honors possible for a middle school.  I look forward to seeing what they have been working on!  Also, Ms. Parks and the Kealing Advanced Mixed Choir have been selected to participate as a demonstration choir at TMEA to showcase the best of choir instruction.

Kenisha Coburn


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

February 1
Boys Basketball B @ Garcia
February 2
PTA Meeting - 7:30 am
February 4
Girls Soccer at McCallum
February 9
KMAG Meeting - 7:30 am
CAC Meeting @ 4:00 pm (Budget and Staffing)
February 9-11
TMEA in San Antonio

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)
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!
8th Grade Parents - Mark Your Calendars!
February 28th- National Assessment on Educational Progress (NAEP)- Random selection of 8th graders. Students will be notified February 1st with a note in class. 
  • May 30th- 8th Grade Field Trip to Shady Springs (All Day) 
  • June 1st - 8th Grade Celebration @ Delco Center (Evening) 
Every 8th grader is required, by the district, to complete a choice sheet/four year plan/endorsement selection with their zoned high school. Each school will send counselors who will explain and assist students in completing their choice sheet/four year plan online. The students will also complete a hard copy version which they are required to get signed by a parent/guardian and return to Ms. Lopez, the 8th grade counselor. Please try to ensure that your student is present to meet with their zoned school. Schools who are already scheduled are listed below. If a student is accepted into a specialized program at a high school, like LASA, they will complete the four year plan at a date determined by the program; but they are still encouraged to complete the zoned school’s four year plan. If your school is not scheduled yet, there will be communication sent out when their date is confirmed. 
  • Austin High School February 15th @ 9:00am
  • Reagan High School February 16th @ 9:00am
  • McCallum High School March 8th and 9th
  • Anderson High School March 22nd @ 7:30am
  • Bowie High School- Early April TBD 
  • Eastside, Travis, Crockett, Akins & LBJ- TBD 
Anderson – February 1st @ 5:30-7:30pm McCallum- February 28th@ 6:30-9:30pm 

Please visit the Kealing Guidance Website at for continued updates.

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The final winning question of the Kealing Geographic Bee was: “Archaeologists have begun excavating an ancient lost city in the region called La Mosquitia in which country north of Nicaragua?” Correct Answer: HONDURAS 

Congrats to the Top 10 Geographic Bee Finalists: 
1. Tushar Bhagawatula 
2. Calvin Auby 
3. Lena Birkholz 
3. Evan Scariano 
5. Darren Tea 
5. Hays Turner 
5. Ishan Ladhani 
5. Alex Pham 
9. Henry Edgington 
9. Rishi Chidambara

Gifted and Talented Nomination
The window for GT parent and teacher nominations is now open. AISD screens students for the GT program using a multi-criteria approach to selection. GT identification is based upon data collected from academic tests, parent and teacher observation surveys, student surveys, and student portfolio work samples. If you would like to nominate your child for GT screening, please complete the parent nomination form and return it to the Program Office by February 10. Nomination forms can be found outside the Main Office. For digital nomination forms or additional information, please contact Lyra Swinney via email at or by phone at (512) 841-7746.

Six Flags Read To Succeed for 6th Graders - Participate and earn a Free Six Flags Ticket
Kealing is participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club. All 6th graders will have the opportunity to earn a free ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio. In order to qualify for the free ticket, any 6th grader needs to complete 360 minutes (6 hours) of recreational reading between now and February 24, 2017. Books, magazines, comic books (digital or hardcopy), and eBooks are all possible sources of reading. Homework readings and class assignments cannot be counted. Reading logs have been made available to students in their Language Arts classes and are also available in the Library. All logged reading must be initialed by a parent or teacher. Completed logs can be turned into the Library or to the student’s Language Arts teacher at any time, with February 24 as the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Williams in the library (

RoboArts is Back!!!
Starts on Monday, 1/23 after school. Any students, any grades can come Monday after school to Room 213 and dramatically, theatrically PLAY with robots.

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We 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. 

MLK Day of Service Thanks
Thanks to AVID for an amazing job this past Saturday about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at our peace though pie social and then their help with planting flowers, mulching and picking up trash during our day of service. 
Special thanks to Ms Touchstone for her African Americans inventors quiz, to Ms Denmon for her leadership, as well as to Mrs Gonzales, Ms Bolen, Mr McCormink, Ms. Henderson, Ms, Jones, Mr Rost and Principal Coburn for their participation and supervision. Also, thank you to the 25 National Junior Honor Society students who helped out during the Martin Luther King Day of service. We appreciate your hard work and help in keeping Dr. King's ideals alive. Glee 
Do you like to sing and dance. If so, consider joining Glee, Kealing's show choir. First Rehearsal: Wednesday, Feb 1st 3-4:30 Choir Room First rehearsal is an audtion, but you do not need to prepare. Just be willing to sing and dance in a small goupr. If you are selected, be prepared to attend rehearsal every Wednesday from 3- 4:30. Stop by the choir room (Rm 230) if you have any questions. Rainbow Connection Club 
  • Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch viewing party
  • Wed Feb 1 right after school 
  • Free to attend and free popcorn 
  • Get a permission slip from the Program Office and bring it signed to the party
  • Ms Carolan's Rm 217
PTA Meeting
Join us in the library this Thursday, Feb 2nd from 7:30-9am for our February PTA Membership Meeting and Principal's Coffee. Principal Coburn will lead a discussion on TEA's accountability scores and what they mean for Kealing. 

The PTA is starting the process for electing a new executive board for the 2017-18 school year. The first step in that process is to appoint a nominations committee to help recruit and identify nominees for the board. Please email if you would be willing to serve on the nominations committee, are interested in serving on the board, or would like more information.

Kealing Men Career Path Discussion
Kealing Men will be hosting its 3rd annual Kealing Men Career Path Discussion roundtable at Kealing Middle school in the Cafeteria on February 11, 2017 from 10:00 -12:00 Kealing Men will provide the lunch for this occasion as we share with the young men and women of Kealing and the community the different career choices they can make as they look into the future. All Kealing children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

March for Education
Austin Council of PTAs advocates for bills that help YOUR CHILD access better programs and help YOUR SCHOOL attract high quality teachers. The more the merrier, so join us: 
  1. Rally Day: Texas PTA Rally Day is Feb. 27 from 9-12, where we will show the legislature we want the state to pick up its fair share on education funding! RSVP for Rally Day on Facebook here  or off Facebook here. . More info on Rally Day here: . Our goal is 100 attendees from Austin!! (So far we have 66.) Please invite your friends!
  2. Text Action Alerts: Sign up for Make it Matter Mondays, our new 2-minute action alerts sent straight to your phone. Text @acpt to 81010. You will get legislators' phone numbers and scripts to advocate for specific bills as they are voted on by the state legislature. 
  3. Deep Dive: One of the biggest issues is that the state has reduced its share of paying for public education, and increased its reliance on local property taxes. This puts an undue burden on homeowners and school districts. Last year, the state funded only 43% of public education in Texas; this year it will be only 40%, and next year it is projected to drop to 37%. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 27 by Rep. Donna Howard would require the state to pay at least 50 percent of public education. This means more of your property tax dollars could stay in Austin ISD! Learn more here: .
Spirit Wear Sales
Spirit Wear Sales! PTA will be selling spirit wear to students on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, in the cafeteria during all lunches. PTA will accept cash or check. You can check out the new styles and also order and pay online at

Zip Hoodies $25 
T-shirts $15 
Baseball shirts $20 
Kealing stickers/magnets $3

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

Shadow Wranglers Needed Shadowing starts next week and we still need a few more volunteers. Please consider helping out if you can. Slots are about 45 minutes long and your help is greatly needed. Thank you to those who have already signed up. In case you haven't, here's the information again.. 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! 
  4. You will get an email at the beginning of the week you signed up for with details about your duties. SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. 
If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox at Please note that Amy Cox is 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!