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Hornet Herald - November 11, 2019

posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:52 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 12, 2019, 3:23 AM ]

Hey Hornets, 

Last week was a busy one! 

Austin ISD high schools were on campus during lunch periods Monday, Wednesday, and Friday last week. Eighth grade students had an opportunity to visit them and ask questions. If you are an 8th grade parent, keep your ear to the ground for high school information. Now is the time to be talking to your 8th graders about plans for next year.

Thursday, our Theater One Act Play had a second place UIL zone showing and brought home a number of medals. It was tight and they came in about 30 seconds under the time limit. The phenomenal show in the end was saved by incredible stage management. Kudos to all of the students and Ms. Pena-Brooks for the work that went into this performance!

Thursday evening marked another Magnet Showcase. Families were lined up before 5:00 pm like the running of the bulls, held in place by a rope and two committed parent volunteers. Altogether, our parent volunteers helped check in over 500 prospective families. Student volunteers were stellar representatives of Kealing throughout the evening and the KMS Fine Arts department put on a show. Our staff had fun displaying all that magnet program has to offer and who we are as a school. 

Friday we had a pretty full house for the choir-sponsored fall festival. The students had a great time and a good number of pies were thrown at Mr. Hawkins, Ms. Drummond, Ms. Scott, and Ms. Strickland. They were good sports but I am sure they had dreams (or nightmares) of whipped cream this weekend. The haunted hallway was a hit, face-painting resulted in some magic, and there was a lot more to see and do. 

It took a lot of parent support to successfully tackle all of last week’s events. Thanks to all parents who volunteered on campus, dropped off materials, served as taxi drivers, and cheered students on throughout the week. We could not have done it without you!

Have a great week!

Kenisha Coburn

Proud Principal


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

  • Nov 14: High School Options Mtg at KMAG meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Nov 14: CAC Meeting, 4pm, Library
  • Nov 14: Young Scientist, AVID Parent Mtg, 7:30pm
  • Nov 15: GT Nominations Deadline
  • Nov 15: Student Flu Shot Clinic
  • Nov 15: New Member Dues/Forms due for NJHS
  • Nov 20: Kealing Spelling Bee, 3pm, Theater
  • Nov 21: Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30-7pm, Cafeteria
  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers will visit 6th grade students to promote STEM careers. This week our students will participate in a No Place for Hate discussions about stereotypes. Due to the ASCE presentations, the NP4H lesson for 6h grade students might not happen until next week. As usual, follow along on the Advisory page to see what's happening!

GT Nominations Open Nov. 4th-Nov. 15th
The parent nomination window for GT testing will open November 4th through November 15th. You have the opportunity to nominate students for AISD's Gifted and Talented Program. You do not need to nominate your child if your child was identified in elementary school.   
Please look over these characteristics to serve as a guide for recognizing students who may be academically gifted. The link also provides an overview of the testing and identification process, which includes teacher observations, surveys, and samples of student work. The required nomination form can be found on this link as well.  

Student Flu Shot Clinic
The moment you have been patiently waiting for has finally arrived! The Flu Shot Clinic for students has been scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019 from 7:30 AM-12:30PM. Registration is only by paper consent form (there is no online registration). You will find consent forms here and students will also be able to obtain a copy from the Program Office starting Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Consent forms must be returned to Mrs. Romero by Friday, November 8, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Flu Shot Clinic, please feel free to contact Mrs. Romero at 512-414-2707.

Central Texas Food Bank Food Drive
Students in the Food for Thought elective have researched hunger in Austin and around the world. Students have also researched ways they can help end hunger. In order to help those in our community who are hungry or food insecure, students decided to hold a food drive for Central Texas Food Bank. We will collect food until Friday, November 8. Please drop off non-perishable food items to room 515. Thank you!
Kealing's Annual Community Thanksgiving dinner.
Save the date: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 from 5:30-p.m-7:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the dinner. We will be asking for a few donations , but we will update on what our needs will be for that day. 

How do I check my student’s grades and attendance?

The system you may hear teachers refer to as TEAMs has a parent interface often referred to as ParentConnect or Parent Self Serve. It can be accessed here and you must have an Austin ISD Cloud login to access the system. This is the place to view live attendance and most up-to-date grades. If you have trouble accessing the system, feel free to reach out to the technology support line by calling 512-414-9187. Support is available weekdays from 7 am - 5 pm. You may also send an email to

NJHS Induction Info
New National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members were added to our blend course on Thursday, November 7th. Please accept your invitation to the blend course ASAP. New inductees still need to complete the "finalize your membership" form under the course announcements. Online forms and member dues are due by Friday, November 15th, if you plan to attend the Induction Ceremony. If you do not plan to attend, your forms and dues are due by the firm, non-negotiable deadline of Monday, December 3rd. New inductees that do not submit their finalization form by Monday the 3rd will be removed from the blend course. 

Inkblot submissions
Hey Hornets! Inkblot is now ready for your submissions. If you have any original and unpublished artwork, photography, writing, or any other creative works and you want to share it, you should submit it to Inkblots' very own magazine. Submitting is easy. All you have to do is find the submission box in any ELA class or submit online at: www/
Thank you and remember to submit to Inkblot!

Kealing Spelling Bee
The official Kealing Spelling Bee will be after school on Wednesday, November 20th, in the theater.  All Kealing students are invited to compete or cheer on their fellow students from the audience.  Our school champion the last two years made it all the way to nationals, but she has gone on to high school - who will take her place as our winner?  To practice for the bee, you can get a copy of the word list from Ms. Strickland, either in person outside Rm 203 or by emailing and asking for the list.  (Due to copyright issues, we are not allowed to post it online.)  

Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at or go to for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

High School Options: A Panel Discussion
KMAG presents: “High School Options: A Panel Discussion” on Thursday November 14th! Attend this meeting to receive first hand feedback and advice from a panel of current and former Kealing parents with kids attending various high schools.  
** Please note this meeting will not be videoed at the request of our parent panel volunteers

KMAG (Kealing Magnet Advisory Group) meetings are open to everyone, and generally discuss topics relevant to the Magnet program. All KMAG meetings are from 7:30am to 8:30am and are usually in the library. 

For more information about KMAG, or to make a donation to KMAG to help support the Magnet program, please visit our website at

Save the dates for our future KMAG meetings: 11/14, 12/12, 1/16, 2/20, 4/9, and 5/7

PTA Membership
#EveryMemberCounts - We have 538 members submitted towards our goal of 650.  If you haven’t yet become a PTA , please try and help us reach our goal.

Join the PTA Today!
All Kealing parents, guardians, teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to join the Kealing PTA. 
$10 Individual (one membership), $19 Family (two memberships) 
(Membership scholarships available)
Download 2019-2020 Membership Paper Form: