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Hornet Herald - March 5, 2017

posted Mar 5, 2017, 6:47 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 6:59 PM ]
Hello Hornet Families,

We made it through a busy first week of March.

 The 8th grade students who were randomly selected showed up to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  We exceeded the required 90% participation and the students seemed to complete the assessment with little stress or fanfare.  We know that taking another test was not an interest for most students so thanks for your support in our participation in this program.

It's UIL season and our Orchestras fared well, receiving superior ratings last week. Kudos to the students for their dedication. I'm not expert but I can tell that the students are playing pieces that challenge them and they are giving their best.  The judges agreed!

It's no surprise that the coaches of the world's most popular sport come from the World Languages crew.  Ms. Jaworski (German) and Ms. Ewald (French) put in an excellent first year as soccer coaches. The Kealing Girls' Soccer players worked hard all season and ultimately took home the crown, defeating Covington Middle School 2-0 in the zone championships. Check out this video of the winning shot!  If you see any of the team members, congratulate them on their sweat equity!

For those who are wondering, the Kealing Spelling Bee Champion is not finished yet.  Pramuthi J., a 6th grader, participated in the Zone 10 Spelling Bee against almost 50 contestants from across 3 counties and won. She survived the grueling, over 4 hour competition and now moves on to the April 1st Houston Spelling Bee to fight for a spot at Nationals. We'll all be wishing her well in her final preparation leading up to this event.  Good luck Pramuthi!

In the midst of all of the excitement inside and outside of the classrooms, I'm sure some of you heard chants of "5 more days" last Friday. We are all ready for some rest and time with family and friends. Hopefully the nice weather that's in this week's forecast will continue! There will be no after school events or late buses this Friday. We will shut down promptly after the 2:47 bell to kick off Spring Break.  

Have a successful week and I look forward to seeing you all after this much needed hiatus!

Best Regards,
Kenisha Coburn

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

March 9
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
March 13-17
Spring Break
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

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!
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.

6th Magnet Author Visit
On Wednesday, March 8th, author Linda Sue Park will be speaking to magnet 6th graders about her new fantasy series, Wing & Claw. Students also know her through her historical fiction book, When My Name Was Keoko, which we read in the fall. Current magnet 6th graders have received a BookPeople order form for buying five different Park titles (to be signed by the author). Please feel free to contact Kerensa Williams (our librarian) ( or Cindy Stewart (one of our English teachers) ( ) for information about how to purchase books if you are interested.

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

PTA Presentation - Hazards of Digital Media
On Thursday, March 23rd, the PTA will be hosting an evening presentation and discussion from 6-8pm for Kealing families on the hazards of digital media for middle schoolers, covering sexting, mobile phone addiction, and other issues. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend. Come join us in the cafeteria!

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

Shadowing - One More Successful Year!
This year's shadowing period is complete. huge thank you to two groups of people. First, parents who have organized or wrangled for shadowing - we cannot thank you enough!!! Second, students who are Ambassadors and helping greet in the morning and with departure in the afternoon - we couldn't do it without you!!!

McCallum Blue Brigade Tryouts
For any 8th graders that will be attending McCallum High School: McCALLUM BLUE BRIGADE TRYOUTS for the 2017-2018 school year! The Blue Brigade is the dance team that represents McCallum as a Spirit organization. We perform at pep rallies, football games, selected basketball and volleyball games, contests and Spring Show. Blue Brigade requires both a time and a financial commitment. We meet at 7:15am every morning for practice as well as 1st period. The financial obligation is different for each member and will be discussed at the Information meeting listed below. If you are interested in trying out for the award winning McCallum Blue Brigade you must attend one of the following meetings with a parent to pick up the information! Wednesday March 1st 6:30pm Portable P10 or Monday March 6th 6:30pm Portable P10 The tryout clinic will be March 20 – 22 (4:45 – 6:30) Tryouts will be March 23 (6:00pm) For more information you can contact Nancy Honeycutt at