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Hornet Herald - January 8, 2017

posted Jan 8, 2017, 2:46 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jan 8, 2017, 2:49 PM ]
Good afternoon Hornet Families,

I hope you had a successful first week back from Winter Break. Our science teachers had the students moving right away. Ms. Pogue's students made sure we all knew school was back in session - the pig dissections were successful if you can look beyond the hallway stench. Mr. Barton's students had what looked like a dance party in the hallway as they demonstrated some of what they've learned about the atomic structure. We also kicked off a new elective that were are trying for the first time this semester.  A group of 7th grade students are taking on Generation Kealing, a rigourous, action-based, civics curriculum. They spent some time outside team-building this week as they get ready to select and address a community issue.  We're all looking forward to seeing what they they choose to tackle. Our KBTV teachers and crew also worked this week to set up the new video lab in the library.  As you can see, we hit the ground running!

I am sure many of you have seen results of the work in progress A-F rating that were released by TEA this week.  Click here to read the Statesman Article and to search for ratings by school if you have not already had a chance to take a look.  This Thursday we will be reviewing this information during the 4:00 pm CAC meeting in the Library. Mark your calendar if you would like to join us for this discussion.  This will also be a February Principal's Coffee item so stay tuned for this meeting.  While the state grapples with what will be the future of the accountability system, we will continue to focus on promoting achievement for all students and on building stronger school community.

There are also a few other events coming up that I want to be sure are on your calendar:
  • MLK Day of Service on January 21: This is the largest community service collaboration that Kealing participates in every year, partnering with Blackshear Elementary and Huston-Tillotson University.  The Coburn Family will be there ready to work.  We hope to see you there some time between noon and 4:00 pm!  Click here to sign up.
  • The FABPAC is ready to unveil facility recommendations that will impact the future of AISD.  Come to McCallum High School on January 24th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm to take a look at recommendations that are specific to Kealing.
Gear up for another busy week!


Kenisha Coburn

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

January 12
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
CAC Meeting @ 4:00 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Lamar (7th Home)
January 14
Girls Soccer A vs. Lamar (@Lamar - 9:30 am)
Girls Soccer B vs. Burnet (@Burnet - 10:30 am)
January 16
Student and Staff Holiday
January 19
Boys Basketball vs. Garcia (8th @ Home)
January 20
Spring Musical Opening Night @ 7:00 pm
January 21
Girls Soccer A vs. Means (@McCallum - 9:30)
Girls Soccer B vs.Fulmore (@McCallum - 10:00)
MLK Day of Service and Peace Through Pie Social (noon - 4:00 pm)

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)
Opal Divine’s 
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!
Science Fair Volunteers Needed
Attention Science Lovers! The Kealing Academy is in need of volunteer judges for our Science fair on Friday, January 27th. Volunteers are needed for the following time slots: 
1:10 - 2:40 
Judges will given simple instructions on how to judge projects prior to January 27th. If you are interested in giving your time please email Lucinda Pogue at

AISD Future
As we continue to plan, shape and build our #AISDFuture, we need your input.

Join us at the next series of community engagement conversations to share your feedback about the Facility Master Plan update and the options the committee would like the public to consider. The meetings dates are below. Information will be discussed by cluster, so Kealing Middle School is first up on January 24.

* Jan. 24 – 6 to 8 p.m. at McCallum High School

* Jan. 25 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Crockett High School

* Jan. 26 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy

* Jan. 31 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Martin Middle School

* Feb. 1 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Burnet Middle School

* Feb. 2 – 6 to 8 p.m. at Gorzycki Middle School

Food and refreshments will be provided. Interpretation services will be available upon request. To request modifications or interpretation services, please call 512-414-9595 or email

Mathcounts Competitions
There are several upcoming Mathcounts Competitions! EVERYONE can participate in the School Competition - No experience required. To try for one of the spots on our official team, come to Room 203 after school on Jan 17 OR Jan 18 (the Tues and Wed after the MLK holiday.) You will be done at 4:30. Highest scorers will advance to the Chapter Competition on Saturday, Feb 4th. There are also two practice competitions this month. One of them is next Saturday afternoon (Jan 14) in Hyde Park. You can register through the website. And there's a possible tournament on Jan. 28 at Westwood HS, but they would like to gauge if there's sufficient interest. Let Ms. Strickland know if you want to go to this one. For any/all of the above tournaments, you can talk to Ms. Strickland and/or go to her website for more information. 

Lacrosse Informational Meeting
Wed 1/18 at 6 pm
Are you someone who loves to play Lacrosse? Are you someone who has never played Lacrosse, but might be interested? Come join us on Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm in the Kealing Library to get more information! This meeting is for both the boys' team and girls' team. We will start all together and then split into respective groups. Both players and parents are invited to attend. Can't make it? Send an email to for more information or visit the Kealing Lacrosse website at . Hope to see you there!

Image result for dream flag clip artDream Flags - Volunteers and Donations Needed
Kealing Middle School students will create dream flags, inspired by the Tibetan prayer/peace flag tradition, to line the hallways of our school. Each student will write their dream or wish for our community and world on a piece of cotton muslin. Their message will be glue to a larger piece of fabric that will be strung and displayed in lines together from our ceiling hallways. The ‘dream flags’ will serve a visual reminder of our individual and collective dreams as a Kealing community.

How can you help?

Donate Materials in the Program Office in the box labeled "Dream Flags":

  • Cotton fabric donations, pieces need to be at least 12” by 12” 
  • Fabric Scissors (put your name on them so that we can return)
  • 45mm pincking rotary cutters (put your name on them so that we can return)
  • Sequin, button, ribbon embellishments
  • Permanent Markers 
  • Fabric glue
Donate Time:
  • Volunteers needed to cut fabric (1-2 hour blocks, can be done at home) 
    • January 9th and 10th 
  • Volunteers needed to sew fabric (1-2 hour blocks, need a sewing machine) 
    • January 11th, 12th, 13th
  • Volunteers needed to help hang flags from ceiling (2 hour blocks, at school)
    • February 15th and 16th 
Please contact Jenna Martin at if you have any questions or want information about how to participate
Recognize Your 8th Grader
Yearbook staff is really trying to get the word out about eighth grade tribute ads--a new edition to our publication this year. These ads, very similar to the ads families and friends might place at the end of a playbill, will be printed in Kealing's 2016-17 yearbook, to be cherished forever. 

Ads can be placed by parents for their children, or placed by groups of friends who get together to commemorate this special occasion. 

Prices start at just $30. The deadline is 1/15. Order today at: 

Watch this short KBTV feature for more information.
Chess Club
Chess club will meet this Wednesday January 4th in room 512 after school until 4:00. All grades and abilities are welcome! 

Kealing chess club will register and pay the entry fee for Kealing students who would like to participate in the scholastic chess tournament at Casis Elementary on Saturday, January 28th. If you would like to play in the tournament and represent Kealing, please see Mrs. Girardeau in room 512 this week. For more information, please contact Ms.DJ Cardamone at or Ms. Girardeau at
6th Grade STEM Club
After School 6th grade STEM Club registrations will be available soon for the Spring Semester. Student who participated for the Fall Semester are invited to return. All 6th graders interested are encouraged to ask their Science teachers for registration packets. Please contact Jo Garcia if you have any questions or need more information ( 512-841-1136 - Room 107).
Kealing Center Stage
Save the Date for Kealing Center Stage (KCS), the Kealing PTA's largest fundraising event of the year! April 8th from 6:30-10:30 (location coming soon). Meet faculty, staff, and friends and enjoy a child-free event while supporting Kealing Middle. Money raised from KCS is used to fund technology, field trips, and other important items that support the success of all children at Kealing. 

Volunteers and silent auction donations needed to help make this event a success. If you can help, please email

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MLK Day of Service Sign Up
Mark your calendars for the MLK Day of Service January 21, 2017 noon-4pm in the KMS cafeteria and grounds. The Kealing PTA is teaming up with Huston Tillotson and Blackshear Elementary for a free peace through pie social lunch and grounds day/neighborhood clean-up. If you plan to attend, please sign up in advance by clicking here.

 Environmental Committee Green Tip
The KMS PTA Environmental Committee will be giving you a Green Tip each week in the HH from now until the end of the school year. This week's tip comes from a blurb that can be found in your Austin Energy bill. Did you know there is a Shop Zero Waste movement in Austin to keep products out of landfills? For local environmentally friendly gifts this holiday season check out

Shadow Wranglers Needed
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! 
SignUpGenius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Amy Cox at Thank you!