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Hornet Herald - March 31, 2019

posted Mar 31, 2019, 9:33 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Apr 2, 2019, 7:27 PM ]

Saturday, April 6, 2019 * 7-10:30pm * Thinkery
Live Music, Fun, Food, and Community

Hey Hornets!

This week will sprinkle us all with special bits of excitement so I hope you are all wearing your dancing shoes!

Wednesday and Thursday will be atypical. Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, will be coming to participate in a seminar with our 7th grade students. We are lucky to have living history on our campus as our students learn about Civil Rights and Social Justice through Social Studies and Language Arts content. 7th grade Magnet students will also take a trip to The Science Mill so the pair of days will be packed.

Friday is the Spring Fling dance and we hope to see our students there to hang out with friends or battle on the dance floor. They work hard together daily and we believe it’s important for them to take time out to have fun with each other too. Wristbands are $5 and will be sold Friday during lunches and at the door.

Our students are not the only ones with moves……….Kealing teachers have been known to cut a rug. Don’t believe me? Come check them out at Kealing Center Stage from 7:00-10:30 pm on April 6 at the Thinkery. I think last week I called our entertainment for the evening The Silent Notebooks. Forgive me because The SPIRAL Notebooks is a band made up of dancing and singing Kealing staff members. They are far from silent and will certainly put on a show! 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 adult-only opportunity to build community with Hornet families, old and new. I look forwarding to seeing you there!

In addition to all of the fun I have shared, we have some important business to tend to this week. 

In Science classes, Kealing students will participate in the Austin ISD human sexuality unit of study during the month of May. This Tuesday I will be available in the Library from 5:00 – 6:00 pm providing information about the program so feel free to join me to learn more. Student opt-out forms will be coming home through science teachers this week.

The Magnet application period is over and we are welcoming over 300 new Magnet students to the program next year. This weekend will be the first new Magnet celebration so we look forward to seeing some of our future Hornets on campus. We are also thrilled to be welcoming a large class of new Academy students so we are expecting to have a full house at KMS next year. Thanks to all of the parents who have volunteered to help us welcome our new families aboard.

After this week, we’ll be winding down to gear up for this year’s first round of STAAR testing. On April 9-10, we will administer the 7th grade STAAR Writing, 8th grade STAAR Math, and 8th grade STAAR Reading assessments. Though there is variation due to the variety in math courses, all 7th and 8th grade students will test on one or both of the testing days. We encourage you all to plan to have a restful weekend as our students prepare to show all they have learned so far this year.

Thanks for reading.

Kenisha Coburn


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

  • 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 - New Magnet Celebration, Registration & Course Selections (2 sessions in the AM)
  • Apr. 6 - Math Placement, Parent Reception 1-3p
  • 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. 13 - Math Placement, Parent Reception 9-11a
  • Apr. 13 - Math Placement, Parent Reception 1-3p
  • Apr. 17-18 - Homework Hiatus
  • Apr. 19 - No School for Students
  • May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony *** DATE CHANGE/LOCATION CHANGE
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - CHANGE
Due to unexpected construction at the Delco Center, all May events were rescheduled. As a result, the Kealing 8th grade promotion ceremony is being moved the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please update your calendars accordingly!

After-School Tutoring
Would your student benefit from assistance in math? If that is so, the Kealing Algebra 2 team is here to help! We offer quality one-on-one tutoring with qualified Kealing students who are very familiar with the math curriculum. We hold tutoring sessions after school in the Kealing Library Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
To ensure that all of our students can receive only the best tutoring experience, we require them to fill out a short sign-up form prior to being tutored. If you would like to sign your student up to be tutored, please fill out the sign-up form here. You can also pick up a physical copy of the form outside Ms. Hill’s room, room 201. Everyone is welcome! 
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at
The Algebra II Tutoring Team

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.

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!!!!


Chaperones needed for 6th Grade Field Trips
Chaperones are needed for the upcoming 6th grade class field trips. The field trips will be April 9th and 10th. Please click this link for more information about the trips and how to sign-up or email Byran Wayt.

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

KMAG Meeting 
April 11th, 2019 7:30-8:30am
Everyone is welcome. We plan to have a Q/A for newly admitted families along with our normal agenda. Hope you can make it

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, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Saturday, April 13, 9-11am ** ESPECIALLY NEEDED ON THIS DATE
  • Saturday, April 13, 12-2pm
Please fill out this form. Questions? Contact

Please help us continue this great tradition! Thank you!

April 4 PTA Meeting:
  1. PTA Elections from the floor
  2. 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

PTA Executive Board positions and chair positions available
Please join us in volunteering for Kealing PTA.  View PTA volunteer positions here

Spirit Wear on Sale
Buy online at our Spirit Store, pay via PayPal, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria this Thursday and Friday...
Our new Kealing students that we will see for the fall course selections or at the math placement testing, you can order now and we will have them ready for you to pick up!
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

 Click here TO:
Buy your TICKETS and register for the silent auction
• Make your SPONSORSHIP gift
• DONATE quickly and easily online 

Tickets will also be available at the door. RSVP and invite friends to the Facebook event, and we hope to see you this Saturday! 

Click here to sign up to greet people as they walk in the door. And to help with check out.

We would love to see you there!

Online Pre-Auction for Kealing Center Stage

Get a SNEAK PEEK (or buy it early!) of our auction items that will be in the silent auction at Center Stage next Saturday.

They are available for purchase prior to our event.

Thank you to our 2019 KCS Event Sponsors

Platinum Legend $2000+
Team Tvartin

Rock Star $500-999
  • Coburn Family
  • Holdfast Wealth Management, LLC
  • Maggie Louise Confections 
  • Robyn and Marc Ostryniec Shishima Sosa Family
  •  Starkloff Family
  • Waldinger Family 
  • Kealing Ultimate Coaches
  • Rising Star $250-499 
  • Amity Worrel + Co Interior Design
  • Anonymous
  • Austin Boxing Babes
  • Sarah Andre and Jason Neulander
  • The Bircher Family
  • Stacey & Eric Frierson 
  • The Gershon Family
  • Tanya Paull and Martin Kevorkian and Milo
  • Heather Way & Bill Christian
Indie Band $100-249
  • Beasley Family 
  • Blanton Museum
  • Bosquez Family
  • The Brewster Family
  • Carcasi Family
  • The Cook Family 
  • E &J Gallo
  • Jerry Hadican
  • Hebert-Turner Family
  • HoundsTooth Coffee
  • The Kressin Family
  • Lou's Bodega
  • I Fratelli Coffee
  • Mr Reams 
  • Taekwondo Plus
  • Todd Pilates & Bar