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Hornet Herald - March 8, 2020

posted Mar 9, 2020, 4:49 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 4:52 AM ]
Hey Hornets,

Last week was a week of wins. We ended the boys basketball season with heart and saw serious growth in our student-athletes. The Pre-UIL band concert was a packed house and the students made it time well-spent with incredible performances by all three bands. Orchestra took home a host of top scores at their UIL competition and our soccer team took on Lamar in the zone final, ending with a 3-0 win. Congratulations to all of the students and teachers who lead these programs!

Stephen Mansolo is excited to be on campus as our new nurse. Click here for his welcome letter and stop by some time to say hello. He along with the district health team have been providing our students with timely support as well as answering questions students might have about Coronavirus. This week, thanks to his help, in Advisory we will share some tips on staying healty and avoiding the spread of illness. This was not in the original plan but is necessary in responding to the fear and uncertainty that many of us are experiencing.

We are off to another week of learning with the final countdown to Spring Break. Have a great one!

Kind Regards,

Kenisha Coburn


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

  • Mar 9: Tennis Info Mtg, 3pm, Rm 228
  • Mar 9: NJHS Care Package Drive Deadline
  • Mar 12: CAC Mtg 4p, library
  • Mar 16-20:  Spring Break
  • April 2: PTA Mtg 7:30a, library
  • April 2: Human Sexuality Parent Presenation 8:30a, library
  • April 7/8: 6th grade field trip
This week's Advisory lesson is about feeling anxious in an out of the classroom and steps each individual can take to support themselves and others in times of stress.
We will also be giving our students some tips from medical professionals that will help them stay healthy as they all think about the spread of Coronavirus and other illnesses.

Save the Date---Rising 9th Grade Choice Sheets
AISD High School Counselors will be coming to Kealing to complete choice sheets with their zoned students over the next couple of months. The counselors will meet with students for one hour beginning in Advisory of the established date. Students will receive passes during A1/B5 that day with the location of where to report for their choice sheet completion. Please mark your calendar for the date of your student's corresponding zoned high school. 
  • McCallum   3/9/20, 3/10/20 (Students will be pulled on one day only)
  • Austin         3/11/20
  • Akins           3/12/20
  • Travis          3/23/20
  • Navarro      3/25/20
  • Anderson   3/31/20
  • Bowie          4/1/20  
  • Crockett      TBD
Feel free to contact your zoned high school if they are listed as TBD. They have not confirmed a date with Kealing.

Human Sexuality Curriculum Parent Presentation 
The Austin ISD Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) education program has been established to provide information and skill development for students in kindergarten through grade 12 so that they may reach their highest potential for physical, emotional, mental and social health. Teachers have been trained to navigate these complex concepts with our students. Join our principal on April 2, 2020 immediately after the PTA meeting for an orientation to the implementation of the HSR curriculum and the opt-out process. 

Lesson overviews and student handouts are available online through the Austin ISD website.
Ultimate Frisbee Intramural's Sign Up
There is still time to sign up to play in the Kealing Ultimate Frisbee Intramural games!!  Sign up is free and open to any Kealing student.  Games will be played after school from 3:00 to 4:30pm on Thursdays.  Games will be played on March 26th and April 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.  You can sign up online at

Informational Tennis Meeting
An informational tennis meeting will be held for the 2020 Tennis Season for 7th & 8th grade boys and girls interested in playing tennis this season. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 3PM in Room 228. Tryouts will be held March 11th & 12th. If there are any questions parents can contact Coach Hinojosa or 512-841-1175. 

Join the Kealing Cap10K Team!
Planning to run the Cap10K on April 5th this year? Interested in running as a member of Kealing's Cap10K group? If you want to join Kealing's team signing up is easy! Go to, click on the registration link, and sign up under "School Team Member". Kealing already has as group for you to join and the price for students and teachers is $35. If you are interested and have questions, email Shannon Jones at She is serving as the Team Captain this year and can assist with registration, race, and training questions. 

Model UN
Any student that is interested in participating in the middle school Model UN conference held on UT's campus during the school day on Thursday, April 2 should attend. Please email/contact Mr. Shoaf or Mr. Hendrex with any questions.  

Volunteers needed April 7 and 8th for 6th grade field trip
We are looking for parent volunteers on April 7 and 8 (8:30 am- 1pm) to chaperone the 6th grade off campus field trips. We need over 40 volunteers per day so PLEASE sign up if you are available. NOTE: All Students will be going on a field trip BOTH days. 

NJHS- Care Package Drive
The 8th grade chapter of NJHS is hosting a supply drive for homeless care packages this month. We plan to make the care packages in our March meeting, so we are asking for school-wide donations now through March 9th. Students can drop off their supplies to their advisory teacher or directly to the NJHS advisor, Ms. Chambers, in room 116. Items classified as high-need: shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lip balm, socks, underwear, tissues, toilet paper, hair elastics, hot hands/hand warmers. 
Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Preparation for our biggest fundraiser of the year has started, and we welcome everyone’s involvement!  Our greatest needs are items for auction, personal contacts for Austin businesses, and folks willing to give a little of their time for discrete tasks.  Please consider pitching in!  In addition, we are still looking for help with:  
  • Venue & Food Coordination
  • Silent & On-line Auctions
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Event Sponsorships
We would love you to join in the preparation of this fun, casual, community event. For more information, please contact

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.