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Hornet Herald - March 24, 2019

posted Mar 25, 2019, 6:29 AM by KMS Hornets
Saturday, April 6, 2019 * 7-10:30pm * Thinkery
Live Music, Fun, Food, and Community

Hello Hornet Family,

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and took some time to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. The rest was much needed. Our students worked right up to the break and I’d like to share some recent successes with you all.

Kealing Orchestra and Band students were busy before the break since UIL competition season is in full swing during the month of March. They had a stellar showing with all participating bands and Orchestras bringing home sweepstakes. The students in these programs work diligently to develop as musicians and we are glad to see the work of the directors and students pay off. Strong work! Next up are guitar, choir, and full Orchestra.

Pranathi Jammula strikes again. For the second consecutive year, Pranathi came out on top and will represent Central Texas at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her March 14 victory helped us all kick off Spring Break with a smile. Take a look at KXAN’s coverage. We’ll be wishing her well as she prepares to take on the nation in the coming months.

Over the break the Columbia Scholastic Press Association held its annual scholastic journalism convention in New York City. The Vespa, Kealing’s yearbook and Inkblot, Kealing’s literary magazine took home top honors earning the CSPA Gold Crown award. Inkblot has earned this distinction before but this is the FIRST TIME the Kealing yearbook has been recognized with this national honor. Kudos to Ms. Scott who continues to the provide the highest quality journalism instruction and to the students who turn her impeccable preparation into action.

Mark your calendar for Kealing Center Stage (KCS)! We hope to see you all at KCS on Saturday, April 6 from 7:00 – 10:30 pm at the Thinkery. Come and join us for an adult-only evening of food, fun, and dancing with incredible entertainment provided by Silent Notebooks, a band made up of Kealing staff members. Kealing Center Stage is our PTA’s largest fundraiser and this effort is vital in supporting many of the opportunities available at Kealing. More than anything though, this is an opportunity to build community with Hornet families, old and new. I hope to see you all there on April 6. Tickets are $25 per person and sponsorships are available too. Click here to join the party.


Warm regards,

Kenisha Coburn


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

  • Mar. 25 - School Resumes (B DAY)
  • Mar. 26 & 28 - Ultimate Travel Team Tryouts, 3p
  • Mar. 27 - Student Council, 3p
  • Apr. 2- PTA Exec Board Mtg, 7:30a
  • Apr. 2 - Parent Orientation on Human Sexuality Curriculum, 5p
  • Apr. 4 - PTA Meeting & Principal's Coffee, 7:30a
  • Apr. 5 - Spring Fling Dance, 6-8p
  • Apr. 6 - Center Stage at Thinkery
  • Apr. 9 - STAAR Testing: 7th Writing, 8th Math
  • Apr. 10 - STAAR Testing: 8th Reading
  • Apr. 11 - KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Apr. 17-18 - Homework Hiatus
  • Apr. 19 - No School for Students
Human Sexuality Curriculum Parent Orientation
The District’s sexuality education program has been established to provide information and skill development for students in prekindergarten through grade 12 so that they may reach their highest potential for physical, emotional, mental, and social health. The District’s core values of high expectations, respect for the individual, resources to support student needs, and shared ownership and commitment, as specified in the District Improvement Plan, shall be reflected in the design and implementation of the sexuality education program.  

Kealing students will be taught this unit during the month of May so we would like to ensure that parents have an opportunity to learn about the human sexuality program. Please join us on April 2, 2019 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Kealing Library to learn more. Student opt-out forms will be sent home on April 2 and April 3 for parents who choose not to have their students participate.

Looking for Athletics Info?
Be sure to check out the Athletics page on our website for the most up-to-date info.

Cookies for Cans- Canned food drive
Have any canned goods lying around? Need/ want to get rid of them? Look no further! There will be a canned food drive  on April 1 to April 12. We will be collecting canned foods, peanut butter, and cereal. Please attach students names, advisory, and their B8 teacher. You can drop these foods off with your advisory teacher. Advisory teachers will drop them off at the end of the day to Mrs. Dee Gonzales' in room 112 A. Students will get one cookie for every good they donate. At the end of this drive, all the goods collected will be donated to Mobile Loaves and Fishes. 

Hana Hussaini and Keerthanyaa Arun
8th graders, Capstone Project

AISD Food Service Survey
At Austin ISD, we are committed to all students. In Nutrition and Food Services we strive to expand food access, serve healthy, tasty meals, and provide opportunities to learn about nutrition, cultural foodways, and the food system.
Salad bars, food trucks, plant-based options, clean labels, global flavors, locally sourced and sustainably raised foods are all ways we are reinventing the urban school meal experience at Austin ISD. Positive changes have been put in place over the past few years. It is important that we continue to gather feedback from our school communities.

We’d like your feedback. This information will be used to help create future menus to best meet your needs. Past feedback helped us to create more balanced menus with healthier versions of student favorites paired with new, global dishes.
Follow this link to the Survey 
(*Note: you can respond to this survey for multiple students/schools if needed. Just click on the link again!)

Making the choice to eat school meals positively impacts all students across the district. The more students fed each day, the more funds are available to spend on higher quality food. We plan to increase the use of local, sustainable and clean label foods but need student participation to help support these initiatives.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback!

AISD Facilities Survey
Austin ISD is embarking on its update of the Facility Master Plan, a long-range roadmap to modernizing all district facilities.  We want your insights and perspectives on how the district can best support and strengthen district-wide priorities in the areas of:
  • athletics and fitness;
  • Career and Technical Education, career preparation;
  • fine arts and creative learning.
We want to hear from all AISD families because this impacts current programs, but also those that will serve students far into the future. Take the online survey to help us shape our #AISDFuture.
Every day, we are proud to provide programs that nurture the range of our students’ talents both in and out of the classroom.

To fulfill the promise of a high-quality public education for all our students, we are seeking input from academic departments, as well as school and community stakeholders like you, to better understand the needs of our communities and help guide the development of future capital improvements.
Thank you,
The Facility Master Plan 2019 Team
Attention 7th grade parents - CHAPERONES NEEDED 4/3 and 4/4 for Science Mill Field Trip

Sign up for whichever day you can help and if you want your student with you that day

Sign up here. Questions? Contact Geeta at

Spring is here! Come out and celebrate at the Spring Fling Dance, Friday, April 5th from 6-8 p.m. in the large gym!  Wristbands are $5 and will be sold during all lunches on Friday, April 5th and at the door.  There will be games in the small gym, a raffle for a gift card candy bouquet ($1 per raffle ticket)! Come out and join the fun!!!!

Model UN Conference
On March 14, 2019, a Kealing delegation of 22 students participated in the middle school Model UN conference, a one-day conference for middle school students in the Austin area, hosted by LASA High School.  Kealing students admirably represented their assigned countries as they tried to solve important global problems and challenges using consensus-building, public speaking and negotiation skills. 

Garrison Fox (WHO) and August Bohmer (UNEP) were recognized as “Best Delegate” of their respective committees.  In addition, Kali Geoghegan (WHO) earned “Distinguished Delegate” and Vinson Ratcliffgardy (UNHRC) was awarded “Most Astounding Delegate.” 

Congratulations to the entire Kealing delegation!
  • World Health Organization (WHO)—Sex Ed as a weapon against HIV: Gabriel S, Garrison F, Kali G, Max B, Will B, Sameer A
  • UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)—Gay rights around the world:  Chloe R, Cassidy L, Justin W, Laurence M, Ava G, Sahana S, Vinson R
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)—Deforestation: August B, Adam R, Joshua C, Ox B, Eamonn K, Christian B, Carter K, Aishwarya S, Wilson C

New (to Kealing) Parent Reception - We need student volunteers!
Do you remember when your kiddo took the Math Placement Exam? And you probably attended a parent reception/coffee in the library? There was a very informative panel of current magnet students that answered all of your questions. Do you remember?

Well, now it's your student's turn. We are looking for current students to discuss all things Kealing at any of the following parent receptions.

Dates are:
Saturday, April 6, 1-3pm
Saturday, April 13, 9-11am
Saturday, April 13, 1-3pm

Please fill out this form. Questions? Contact

Please help us continue this great tradition! Thank you!

KMAG Board Positions for 2019-2020
The KMAG board comprises of 5 positions: 2 Co-Chairs, 2 Treasurers and 1 Secretary. The time commitment is relatively little for all positions. The meetings are once a month at 7:30-8:30am on a Thursday (usually 3rd). Most tasks, besides the monthly meeting are done via email. We are looking for interested parents to serve in these important but EASY volunteer positions for 2019-2020. Many of our current volunteers are graduating or need to roll-off as they have served their limits. Now, is a great time to shadow us before the end of the school year (only 2 meetings left!). Email if you are interested.
April 4 PTA Meeting:
-PTA Elections from the floor
-Stratfor Cybersecurity Basics: Digital Citizenships for Ages 12 to 18 year olds. Tools and guidance for parents about topics such as social media, privacy, cyber-bullying, online gaming, dark web, digital rights and more

Blackshear Elementary is looking for donations of clothes and household items
April 1 to April 5 .  
Blackshear Elementary is one of our feeder elementary schools and they are requestins our help. Please drop off any items to Blackshear Elementary School at 1712 E. 11st Austin TX 78702

Family and School Support Team
Kathy Palomo, M.Ed.
Special Education Parent and Family Engagement

Make it Matter Meet Up - April 1 / Hands-on Writing Lab
If you are interested in learning ways to ""tell your story"" and craft persuasive messages to use in advocacy emails, phone calls or when testifying, join the Make it Matter Meet Up,  Monday, April 1, 2019, from 12 - 1:30 pm at Carver Library. 
There will be a hands-on lab where you will be guided through the key building blocks to craft your personal message/story to use in advocacy efforts. Bring your writing instrument of choice -- notepaper and pen, tablets, laptops-- and we will dig in. Watch for future messages with the details! 
We are exploring options to hold this virtually in times outside of lunch hour. Stay tuned

Kealing Center Stage 2019
April 6th, 7-10:30pm at the Thinkery
1830 Simond Avenue, Austin TX 78723

Tickets/Sponsorships are now on sale
Live Music, Fun, Food and Community

Join Kealing families, staff and community supporters for an adults-only evening features dinner, drinks, live music by the KMS teacher band, The Spiral Notebooks, and a live and silent auction.

Purchase tickets/sponsorships here     

Bid on online auction items:
Coming soon

Become a financial sponsor
All levels welcome. The Kealing Middle School PTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the funds we raise are used to further the PTA’s mission of supporting Kealing Middle School, teachers, students and families. Sponsor at Questions? Email

Donate items for the live or silent auction.
Popular auction item ideas include restaurant gift cards, house concerts, dinner parties, vacation homes, tickets to sports and music events, and more. Do you have connections to any local businesses that might like to donate?

Volunteer your time and talents.
We need parent volunteers for many fun jobs, both big and small!  To volunteer, email

Your support of Kealing Center Stage is critical to the efforts of the PTA which supports instructional materials, professional development, new technology, field trips, and many other things that help improve the learning experience for our students.

Plug into legislative actions for public schools in Austin ISD
Austin Council PTA (ACPTA) is building a resource pool and database of parents, educators, and community members interested in taking part in legislative actions throughout the current session and beyond. To determine your interest area, please fill out the survey.
It has seven questions and should take about three minutes. Completing it does not mean you are required to participate  

Once your survey input is received, you will receive a follow-up email within 1-2 weeks. ACPTA will send you resources and ways to plug into a variety of organizations in Austin supporting advocacy efforts related to PTA legislative priorities such as Literacy by 3rd Grade, Juvenile Justice, Public School Funding Reform, Assessments, just to name a few.
The survey is in English and Spanish.

Please share with your PTA community. Copy/paste any of these messages into your communications.

Austin Council PTA (ACPTA) is building a resource pool of parents, educators, and community members interested in taking part in legislative actions throughout the current session and beyond. Learn how to get involved by answering a 3-minute survey.  

Plug into public school advocacy for the current legislative session and beyond. Complete this 3-minute survey to determine your interest areas and get connected to resources and organizations advocating for issues impacting public schools in Austin.

Want to do more than sending emails to influence legislative priorities for public education in Austin? Complete this 3-minute survey to determine your interest areas and get connected to advocacy resources.

Thank you to our 2019 KCS Event Sponsors
Rock Star $ 500 - 999:
  • Coburn Family
  • Maggie Louise Confections 
  • Shishima Sosa Family
  • Starkloff Family
  • Waldinger Family 
  • Kealing Ultimate Coaches
Rising Star $ 250 - 499:
  • Amity Worrel + Co Interior Design
  • Stacey & Eric Frierson 
  • Heather Way & Bill Christian
  • The Tile Guy
Indie Band $ 100 - 249:
  • Blanton Museum 
  • E &J Gallo
  • HoundsTooth Coffee
  • Lou's Bodega
  • I Fratelli Coffee
  • Mr Reams 
  • Rock Star Bagels
  • Taekwondo Plus
  • Todd Pilates & Bar