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Hornet Herald - March 19, 2017

posted Mar 19, 2017, 3:18 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 3:21 PM ]
Good afternoon Hornets,

Welcome back (almost)!  I hope you have spent some time outside enjoying this beautiful weather and that you have had a relaxing Spring Break. 

Just before the break, some of our students participated in UIL music competitions.  Congratulations to all participants in the Kealing Band Program and Mr. Hinojosa, Ms. Robison, and Ms. Trowbridge! Their UIL performances resulted in SWEEPSTAKES; all three bands received all 1's from the judges. The students put on spectacular performances, even after a week where it seemed that band members were dropping like flies due to illness! Our Orchestra also added to it's string of successes, with our three Orchestras receiving the highest ratings in the Region. Kudos to Ms. Berecek, Mr. Jarrott, and all of the students in the Kealing Orchestra program.

This edition of Hornet Herald has some important information and quite a bit of notable upcoming dates. The rest of this semester is busy and it all comes pretty fast, so we will try to get dates to you a few weeks earlier than normal. Also, feel free to peruse the Kealing website calendar to take a more advanced look at what's coming this semester. 

It's time to set your alarms again.  We'll see you in the morning!

Kenisha Coburn

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

March 23
PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm (Hazards of Digital Media)
March 28
STAAR Testing - 7th Writing
STAAR Testing - 8th Math
6th Academy Field Trip - Paramount Theater
March 29
STAAR Testing - 8th Reading
6th Magnet Field Trip - Paramount Theater
April 8
Kealing Center Stage (Get your tickets now!)
April 22
Mark Your Calendar!! - Kealing Homecoming and 30th Year Reopening Celebration

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!
It's Time for Kealing Track and Field!
All 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join the Kealing Track Teams. We will resume practice on Monday March 20th. A completed AISD physical packet is required, as well as t-shirt, shorts, and running shoes for practice. If you have questions about Kealing Track, please contact Coach Gardner at The track schedule and more information is available on the Athletics page of the school website:

Kealing Science Olympiad
Once again the Kealing Science Olympiad team won Regionals and has advanced to the State tournament that will be on April 21-22, 2017 at Texas A&M. These are some dedicated, self driven students that have worked hard to reach this level. Please congratulate these Olympians and wish them good luck for their next endeavor.

Attention Kealing Ultimate Frisbee!
The Kealing Ultimate team is holding its first practice on Thursday, March 23rd, 3:00-4:45pm. Players should change into athletic clothes and appropriate shoes and meet at the field immediately after school. Bring a filled water bottle and sun protection. 

Contact any of the coaches with questions: 

Players who haven't yet registered online or submitted their paperwork should see the coaches immediately to discuss their participation. See you on the field!

National French Contest
All French students will be participating in Le Grand Concours (The National French Contest) this Wednesday and Thursday, March 8th and 9th. Wish them "Bonne Chance!" (Good Luck!) this week as they compete for scholarships and prizes against French students from all over the United States.

Choice Sheets Are Due Back!
Kealing Choice Sheets for rising 7th and 8th grade students are due to their respective counselors, in the program office, by March 8th! Students have already entered their requests electronically, but their paper choice sheets which have gone home for parent signatures, will be the final version of elective requests.

Boys Lacrosse Wins - Join the Fun
The Kealing Boys Lacrosse Team won their first game against Westlake Middle School. The team is still forming and would like to see some more players come out. No experience is necessary!. See Ms. Hutchinson in room 208 if you are interested and want more information.

6th Magnet Sound Party
Hello Parents! The 6th Grade Science Magnet Team is planning a Sound Party for March 28th. We want to celebrate all of the hard work students have put into their Sound Projects! Students will present their instruments with a song, dance during a concert with a local band, have recess, and celebrate their great year with their class. We are looking for parents to come and chaperone this event to ensure that we have fun and safe and day. We need: 
  • Parents who can come from 10:50-1pm to monitor during our lunch, concert, recess time 
  • Parent chaperones will need to get an AISD background check and be registered volunteers at Kealing to participate. Click here to register as a school-based volunteer.  Please contact Megan McDonald at if you have questions or would like to participate in this amazing day.
Bike Club
Bike Club resumed on Thurs Feb 23 with an orientation for the new bike club members (required for participation in group rides) and a bike skill clinic. Bike club group rides for those who have completed the orientation will resume on Thur, Mar 22, 2017. See Mr Shoaf (Rm 516) or Mr Hendrex ( Rm 215) for questions and to pick up a release form that must be signed an returned prior to participation in the group rides.

Model UN
The Middle School Model UN convention (MUNJA) will take place on May 16, 2017. In Model United Nations students participate in simulations through which they learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Prep meetings will begin on Tuesday, April 11th from 3-4pm in room 215. Listen for announcements starting in late March, or see Mr. Hendrex or Mr. Shoaf for more details.
Get Your Kealing Center Stage Tickets Today
Tickets sales to the Kealing Center Stage fundraiser are well underway -- April 8th at 6:30 PM at Spider House Ballroom. Purchase your ticket to this fun filled event today by going to Thank you to the following families and businesses for helping to sponsor Kealing Center Stage! MUSICAL ICON Primizie Snacks/ Mark & Lisa Spedale ROCK STAR Alan Singletary and Jane Atwood Scott Douglass & McConnico Yium Family RISING STAR Booth Family Gina Shishima and David Sosa Holdfast Wealth Management Kristin and Mohan Balachandran Strandwitz Family INDIE BAND Dino and Kelly Longi Jon and Heidi Harrod McGuire Family Woodeye Construction & Design As you can see, last week’s support was tremendous! Please keep the sponsorships and donations coming. Email

Family Dinner and PTA Presentation - Hazards of Digital Media
Join us this Thursday, March 23rd, from 6-8pm, for a Family Dinner and presentation on Digital Citizenship: Avoiding the Hazards of Digital Media. Parents and middle schoolers will split into two groups, with separate presentations and discussions led by Corinne Sumpter-Gonzales and David Gonzales. The PTA will be providing a main course. Please bring a pot luck dish in the following category: 
6th Grade: Salad 
7th Grade: Bread or Vegetable 
8th Grade: Dessert

PTA Nominations Committee
The Kealing PTA is looking for volunteers from both the Academy and Magnet programs to serve on our nominations committee this spring. The nominations committee is responsible for recruiting and selecting a slate of officers to serve on the PTA board near year. The committee will present its recommendations to PTA members for a vote at our April meeting. This is a short-term commitment (starting March 24th and ending April 20th), involving 2-3 meetings and assistance reaching out to 6th and 7th grade parents. Please consider joining this important committee to help select our PTA leaders for next year. To volunteer, contact

Help Needed with New Parent Receptions
This year’s new parent receptions are coming up and we need help welcoming our new Kealing students and their families! We are looking for current 6th grade Hornets who would like to share their experience as a new Kealing student and answer questions about homework, school bus/transportation, clubs and extracurricular activities, etc. 

The new parent receptions will be held during the math placement tests on: 
Saturday, April 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 
Saturday, April 8th, 9:00–11:00 & 1:00–3:00 

If you are interested in helping with this event, please email Letty at If you speak Spanish, please include this in your email.