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Hornet Herald - March 26, 2017

posted Mar 26, 2017, 6:20 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 6:35 PM ]
Good afternoon Kealing Community,

It’s almost time for Kealing Center Stage, our PTA's largest event and most significant fundraiser. I hope your calendar has been marked for this important adult-only event!

The Kealing PTA has provided a number of resources this year to assist us in providing a quality experience for our students. This year the support of the PTA has allowed us to increase the number of Chromebooks available, supplemented funds for some grade-level field trips, offered resources for a number of service and campus beautification projects, provided speakers to help parents support their students, backed teachers in their professional development efforts, added umbrellas to allow students to enjoy the courtyard more frequently, and assisted us in preparing a much needed upstairs teacher work room. This is just a sampling of the ways that the PTA has made Kealing a better place for students, teachers, and parents. 

We will continue to rely partially on the support of the PTA to keep up with the demands of 21st century education on our growing campus. This includes providing resources for our ever-changing curriculum, offering support for after school programs, and contributing to our effort to move to a 1 to 1 ratio of students to Chromebooks. 
All of these plans will be possible with a successful Kealing Center Stage and through continued partnership with our PTA. 

I hope you are able to join us on April 8 for a fun evening in support of Kealing Middle School, with entertainment provided by Kealing Teachers! Kealing Center Stage Tickets are $25 for individuals and $45 per pair. Click here if you need to buy tickets. 

Also, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  This school year marks the 30th year that Kealing has been (re)opened.  We are inviting all current Kealing families, future Kealing families, and Kealing on campus to celebrate this milestone. There will be a short program for those to hear about the past and present, performances by some of our Fine Arts students, tours through the building including some of the most unique spaces, line dancing, and a host of fun outdoor activities - Giant Jenga, bouncy houses, face painting, and field events to name a few. Lunch will also be provided. 

As you can see, the month of April will be filled with events that are designed to acknowledge our past, celebrate our present, and prepare for our future.  I hope to see you on April 8 at the Spider House Ballroom from 6:30 - 10:00 pm and at Kealing on April 22 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Don't forget to review all of the STAAR testing and field trip reminders for the busy week ahead. 

Kenisha Coburn

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

March 28 (No Late Buses)
STAAR Testing - 7th Writing
STAAR Testing - 8th Math
6th Academy Field Trip - Paramount Theater
March 29 (No Late Buses)
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 (Re)opening 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!
STAAR Testing Reminders
  1. Please AVOID scheduling any doctor appointments for your child during testing. 
  2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest. 
  3. Eat a well-balanced breakfast. 
  4. Help your child stay calm. They perform better with as little stress as possible.
  5. Remind your child to do “their best.” 
  6. Be on time. What time? Your student should be at school by 7:15 so they can get to their testing room on time and not feel anxious. 
  7. Remind your child to bring a book to read. 
  8. Cell phones will be turned in during testing .
STAAR Late Bus Changes
Due to STAAR Testing on March 28th and 29th we will cancel all late activity buses for Monday March 27th and Tuesday March 28th.

Kealing 30th (Re)opening Anniversary
Who:     All Hornets (past, present, future)
What:    30th Anniversary Celebration 
When:    April 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for games, tours, music, food, and fun as we mark this milestone with members of the Hornet community. Also, we will display Hornet memorabilia as a part of the event.  If you have old photos, uniforms, t-shirts, et cetera that you are willing to donate for the display, please drop them by campus by April 18. Email with questions.

Austin ISD Facility Master Plan
The Facility and Bond Planning and Advisory Committee (FABPAC) will be submitting its recommendations to the board on Monday, March 27. Click here for a closer look at the board agenda and attachments.

2017-2018 Kealing Cheer
It's almost time for cheer tryouts. Are you interested? If so, see Ms. Kelsi Berry for more information.

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!

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.

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

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.