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Hornet Herald - January 7, 2020

posted Jan 7, 2020, 5:25 PM by KMS Hornets
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

I hope you had a restful holiday. The Coburn crew pulled out all of our board games and card games and had a great time unplugged. I hope your weeks off were filled with just as much joy.

The Kealing staff opened the spring semester with two days of valuable professional development and community building, so we thank you for taking on the extra day of vacation to support our efforts. We'll be back at it tomorrow and are thrilled to greet our students. We will have a modified bell schedule to allow teachers to pass out students schedules. Otherwise, we'll jump right in!

Please remind your student that elective change requests are due Friday, January 10, 2020. Forms are still available in the Program Office. They will not be accepted past the deadline.

I hope to see you all at the PTA Meeting and Principal's Coffee this Thursday. I will be demonstrating some exciting new features in BLEND. These features will be especially useful to our students with dyslexia and our students with oral administration accommodations and we are excited to have more resources to help us better serve our students. I encourage you to stop by for a preview!

Kind regards,
Kenisha Coburn
Principal
Kealing Middle School
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Jan 8: School Resumes for Spring Semester A DAY
  • Jan 8: Boys BBall Practices begin, 3pm
  • Jan 9: PTA Mtg & Principal's Coffee, 7:30a
  • Jan 9: CAC Meeting 4pm, Library
  • Jan 11, 9-10:30a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #1
  • Jan 11, 10:00-10:30a Girls' Lacrosse Parents Meeting
  • Jan 16: Student Ambassadors Club, 3pm, Library
  • Jan 16-17: Homework Hiatus
  • Jan 20: No School/MLK Day
  • Jan 24: Spring Musical Opening Night
  • Jan 25: 9-11a Girls' Lacrosse Preseason Practice #2
CAMPUS NEWS
SPRING SCHEDULE CHANGES
Spring Semester Elective Change Request Forms
  • Available in the Program Office and on the Kealing website 
  • List of courses with available seats as of 12/12 was posted on the Kealing website on December 12
  • Elective change request forms can be submitted to the Program Office between December 16 - January 10.

Boys Basketball Practice Start Date
Boys basketball practice will start on Wed Jan 8 at 3 pm.
CAMPUS NEWS
Girls' Lacrosse Parent Meeting and Pre-Season Practices
For girls interested in trying out Lacrosse, we will be holding two pre-season practices at the Kealing fields in January as a way to try out the sport before committing to the regular season. The dates are January 11th from 9:00am-10:30am and January 25th 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. 
On January 11th, we will hold a parent meeting during the last half hour of practice, 10:00am-10:30am. We will go over what participating in Lacrosse at Kealing means and share information on how to register. 
If you have questions before the meeting, you can email teacher sponsor Kelly Morledge at kelly.morledge@austinisd.org. To sign up to attend the practices or to be added to the email list, complete this form.

Kealing Student Ambassadors Club
Interested in welcoming new students to Kealing?  Do you do know the ins and outs of our school?  Want to meet new people and help them adjust to middle school life?  If so, please come to a brief informational meeting after school in the library on Thursday, January 16th from 3:00-3:30.  Snacks will be provided.  This is a student led club and we are looking for students who are eager to welcome students to our campus.  THIS IS NOT A SHADOWING HOST. This is a club that welcomes students who are either newcomers from another country and/or  who transition to Kealing during the school year.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Feel free to email jenna.martin@austinisd.org or adele.tverskyks@stu.austinisd.org for additional information or questions.  
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS
PTA Meeting Thursday, Jan 9, 7:30am
Join us on Thursday for our PTA meeting and Principal's Coffee. See you at 7:30am in the library!
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
KMAG Shadow Wranglers (parent volunteers) needed!
From 1/28/20 - 2/28/20, prospective Kealing students will shadow current students to learn about the magnet program. Parents are needed in the mornings (6:55a - 7:40a) and in the afternoons (2:15p - 3:00p) to help greet, check-in, and check-out shadowing students. You can sign up one or more 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 do 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 Constant. Please note that Amy 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!

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