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Hornet Herald - May 26, 2019

posted May 26, 2019, 5:58 PM by Kenisha Coburn   [ updated May 26, 2019, 6:04 PM by KMS Hornets ]

Hello Hornet Families,

The last week of school was full of action. We started the week with the 8th grade promotion ceremony. Four of our Hornets shared their personal reflections and thoughts for their fellow classmates. All participants walked across the beautifully decorated stage at the PAC and ended with their class poem, "Invictus". It was a beautiful occasion and a memorable send-off for a group of students who have grown tremendously over the three years they have walked Kealing’s halls.

Our 8th grade students took their annual trip to Shady Springs Thursday and had a blast. The teachers are once again the sand volleyball champs though. Maybe next time, kids! Yearbook signings, field days, and ice cream socials took over the campus as students celebrated a successful school year. At the end of the day Friday, Kealing teachers and staff met at the front of the school to wave students off for summer break. The buses honked and students waved back.

In the midst of the last week of fun, two more of our teachers brought home awards. Ms. Bruch was recognized by the Texas Medical Association as an Ernest and Sarah Butler Rookie Winner for Excellence in Science Teaching. She receives a personal award and the science department receives a grant in her honor. Anita Johnson receive a grant from the Austin Education Fund. Her goal is to move coding from her courses to core courses. She will be working with some of our science teachers to develop classroom “coding kits” and to build units that incorporate this fundamental skill. Kudos to her and thank to the Austin Ed Fund for supporting the project. We look forward to seeing it kick off next year.

As you can see, we had a positive end to a very busy school year. As we enter the summer break, we hope to all find time to enjoy rest and fun with friends and family. While you rest, you will certainly need topics to fill the silence that might come when you are attempting to make conversation with your middle schoolers. I encourage you to check out some of the topics that have been addressed in Advisory this year as well as the questions our students presented during the Human Sexuality unit. Read below for more info on these topics as well as important dates for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Thank you for sharing your students with us and for reading the last official Hornet Herald of the 2018-2019 school year. I wish you all a relaxing summer. For those who will be returning next year, I’ll see you soon. All the best to those who are moving on to new adventures!


Kind Regards,


Kenisha Coburn

HUMAN SEXUALITY – What do our students want to know?

Our science classes ended the school year with the human sexuality unit. At the parent training, some parents suggested that we find a way to share questions posed by students. Click here to see some of the questions posed by students in each grade-level. The units at school are only a start. We encourage you to address these topics at home as you see fit.

ADVISORY – Topics to talk about.

Bias, Career Choices, Stereotypes with Teenagers, Day of Silence in support of LGBTQ-inclusive schools, Suicide Prevention, The Inspiring Harlem Renaissance, The Texas Teen Book Festival, Sharing Love and Choosing Joy, and Earth Day are a few of the themes that have been addressed. These are great topics for summer chats with your students too. Visit the Kealing Advisory page to take a look at this year’s slides.

Looking for STAAR Data? You can access it online as it is released!

Click here for instructions that will help you learn more about your student's performance including their scores and answer choices.


Math and Spanish placement testing should be complete for all students who will be new to Kealing in the 2019-2020 school year. We do have a few remaining dates for our stragglers. If your student is interested in accelerated math or Spanish placement, see below for upcoming additional testing dates. For additional information, contact Mr. Estes at


Math Placement Test

June 4, 2019 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am

June 13, 2019 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am


Spanish Placement Test

June 12, 2019 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am



·    2019-2020 Austin ISD Calendar is available. Take a look to mark important dates for the upcoming school year.

·   District of Innovation Professional Development Days - 10/11/19; 1/7/20; 2/14/20. These are additional professional development days for Kealing staff. Please mark these as "no school days" for   your Kealing students.

·   New Hornet Camp - 8/8/19, 8:30 – 12:30 pm. We hope to see all new Hornets at this event. Buses will pick up students who are eligible for transportation and the bus schedule should be available on 8/7/19. More info is to come this summer.