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Hornet Herald - May 19, 2019

posted May 19, 2019, 8:10 AM by KMS Hornets
Hey Hornets!

Thank your students for succeeding through the long week of testing. Four days of testing, alternate class locations, and unexpected teacher coverage is a lot to endure in the next to last week of school. We were proud of how they all held it together, giving their best effort and respecting the testing environment.

My children have been channeling Princess Tiana for the last few days and singing "Almost There." Time flies. It feels like Spring Break was only a few weeks ago but we have reached the last week of the 2018-2019 school year. Our students and staff have given their all and are ready for a much-needed break.

Here are a few important notes for the week ahead:
  • AFTER SCHOOL: There are no after school activities or late buses this week so please plan accordingly.
  • 8th GRADE PROMOTION: We are excited to celebrate our 8th graders at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm. There are other events taking place and parking is limited. Carpool if you can!
  • TEXTBOOKS, LIBRARY BOOKS, UNIFORMS, OH MY: Help your students empty their backpacks and search their rooms for KMS items that need to be returned. Our staff will be reminding individual students but your help makes this process go much faster.
  • BACKPACK-FREE DAYS are May 23-24, 2019: Students may carry purses, shoulder bags, and drawstring bags. All larger bags and backpacks will be collected and kept in the office so remember to leave them at home.
  • WATER BOTTLES AND SUNSCREEN: There are a lot of outdoor activities during the last week of school. Thought the forecast shows some rain, we are counting on some dry time during the school day. Plan for hydration and sun protection for the 90-degree weather.
Enjoy this week. We will wrap up the 2018-2019 Hornet Herald season next Sunday which will include end of year reflections, summer reminders, and additional professional development dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Kind regards,

Kenisha Coburn

Kealing Middle School

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

  • May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony *** DATE CHANGE/LOCATION CHANGE
  • May 23 - PTA Mtg & Principal's Coffee, Volunteer Appreciation 7:30a
  • May 23 - 7th grade Field Day
  • May 23 - 8th grade EOY Celebration at Shady Springs
  • May 24 - Last day of school
Last Call for Yearbooks
We still have a few copies of the 2019 Kealing yearbook for sale. Don't miss this chance to get yours today. Stop by room 236 with cash or check made payable to Kealing Middle School and get yours before we sell out. Price is $45

Kealing Cross Country
We are excited to let you know that we will have our third year of cross country running at Kealing Middle School this fall for 7th-8th graders and 6th graders can also participate in "Run Club" with us. 

We had a great team last year with over 50 kids.  If you would like to be included, please send Shannon Jones an email at to let her know your child's name, grade, running experience/interest and any questions you would like answered.  Please also click the link below to access our website and join the google group.
Some general info about the club:

Our goal for the club is to give our Kealing kids the opportunity to improve their fitness, to set personal goals and achieve them, to be able to compete with their friends for Kealing Middle School, and to learn to love the sport of running.

Middle school cross country races are 2 miles.  

Our season will start officially at the beginning of the school year.  We'll start some pre-conditioning in the late summer for those interested. The season ends in late October. We usually run between 5 and 6 meets throughout the season.

We typically train twice during the week and once on the weekend. (Meets would take the place of a weekend practice.) The time commitment is not much and will not prevent kids from playing another sport or joining another club.

We are also open to input from parents on what they would like the club to be and if they would like to help in any way. We very much appreciate the help of any parents to volunteer time, talent or donations to make this club great!  Let us know if you can be involved.

8th GRADE PARENTS - Your Kiddo Needs You

Monday May 20 Decorations set up 12-3 at PAC and clean up after the ceremony.

SHADY SPRINGS: Thursday May 23. This day needs 24 parents to handle basketball, karaoke, pool, bathrooms, perimeter, mini golf, basketball, playground. There are still 10 spots open from 9:30 to 2:30 pm

Complete this request form and you will receive a detailed form soon.

Thank you for all your support! Questions? Contact Angi Menell

Interested in Serving on the Kealing CAC?
The Kealing CAC has openings for new members for the 2019-20 school year. There are vacancies for parents, business representatives, and a community representative. A parent member must have a currently enrolled student and cannot also be an employee of the district. The business representative must be able to speak on behalf of the business. The business cannot be a public-sector agency but can be a non-profit entity. The business representative may also be a parent. The community representative must live within the district, be at least 18 years of age, and shall not also be a parent or district employee. 

To apply, please complete and email the CAC application to Principal Kenisha Coburn at  The application is available here. Applications will be accepted until May 24.

Volunteer Appreciation is May 23 at 7:30am
We will have a quick PTA meeting to approve the budget, present the annual report and then we will get on with appreciating our many volunteers! ( Mentors, Kealing Men, Avid, Shadowing, Showcase, CAC, KMAG, Reflections, PTA, grade level coordinators ). We would love you to join us!

For next year, Kealing PTA needs…
  • a Secret Pal Coordinator (the teachers automatically & electronically sign ups and the spreadsheet for their wishes is downloaded.  All you have to do is create a signup genius with the teachers names.  You might have to do a little solicit to ensure all teachers are covered at a PTA/KMAG meeting.  Then 4 X per year, you show up at the school and help log to ensure all teachers were covered and assist the school in delivering.  
  • one more person to  review the treasurer’s  work  ( approx 3 hours in July)
  • Someone who can make google sheets fly.  Can you wrangle our volunteer interests on paper and electronically and organize them in a format that our Chairs can access them.  You can do this from home and just pick the forms  up weekly in the beginning of the year.
  • Reflections helper  Learn the ropes so that you can take it on next year
  • KCS Fundraising helper.  Can you help make Kealing Center Stage awesome.  We are building out a great committee
Please send a email to