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Hornet Herald - November 12, 2017

posted Nov 12, 2017, 5:55 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 12, 2017, 6:04 AM ]
Good morning Hornet Families,

The first part of the 2017-2018 school year has flown by and we are already approaching the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. In the spirit of the season, during which we all take time reflect on our experiences and express our gratitude, I want to take an opportunity to thank all of the students, parents, teachers, and staff members who continue to make Kealing a great place to learn. Every day that I come to work I am renewed by the energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to try new things that are hallmarks of our campus community. I am most encouraged by this year's increased focus on our students' social and emotional well-being. Here are a few of the other great successes we've seen so far:
  • Our band program is moving forward under new leadership and our students had a strong TMEA showing with 40 students making district and 32 advancing to the region.
  • Our Science Olympiad team, supported by a group of committed parents, has a 2nd place award under their belt already.
  • We have had the largest Homecoming Dance and Fall Festival attendance in recent history, showing how excited our students are to be a part of this school community.
  • Homework Hiatus has been well-received. While we have a way to go in ensuring that our students are able to engage in the world beyond Kealing, this is a positive step in the right direction.
We're proud of what has been accomplished so far this fall, your commitment and support lets us know that plenty more awaits our students this year. 

The coming week is busy, with a host of Athletic and community events. We hope to see you this Thursday, November 16, at the Kealing Community Thanksgiving Meal or at a game this week cheering on our students. I am looking forward to plenty of cooking, eating, and board games with my family and friends. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving too. We'll see you all after the Holiday!

With warm regards,

Kenisha Coburn



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

  • 11/15: BB Girls 7A 6p
  • 11/15: BB Girls 7B, 6p
  • 11/15: BB Girls 8A, 6p
  • 11/15: BB Girls 8B, 7p
  • 11/15: Deadline for 8th grade Ads for yearbook
  • 11/16: Student Council, 3p
  • 11/16: BB Girls 7A 6p
  • 11/16: BB Girls 8A 6p
  • 11/16: BB Girls 7B 6p
  • 11/16: BB Girls 8B 6p
  • 11/16: Thanksgiving Meal (5:00 pm)
  • 11/17 - No After School Activities or Late Buses
  • 11/18: Boys Soccer A , 9a
  • 11/18: Boys Soccer B, 10:30a
  • 11/20-11/24: Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30 & 12/1: Seasonal Giving Challenge
  • 12/7: PTA/KMAG Meeting

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory. We'll post the news in the Student Life section and in Hornet Herald every week once it's up and running.

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales at or 512-414-6700.

Kealing Community Thanksgiving Meal
Join us on November 16 for our Thanksgiving Community Dinner from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Kealing cafeteria. All Kealing families are welcome!

11/17 - No After School Activities or Late Buses
The Kealing Campus will be closed after 3:00 pm on Friday, November 17 as we kick off the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. There will be no after school activities, Think Tank, or late buses, so all students should have arrangements for transportation at 2:47 pm.

8th Grade Tribute Ads
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2018 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.  

Gifted and Talented Testing
The nomination window for GT testing is open until 11/15. Please contact Lyra Swinney at (512) 841-7746 for more information.

Seasonal Giving at Kealing Middle School- Students and Families Helping the Community
Kealing Middle School is hosting a Seasonal Giving Challenge this winter season. Students and families are invited to help support their community by providing toys, books, gift cards, non-perishable food items and/or creating cards of encouragement. On November 30th and December 1st, students will have an opportunity to reflect on building a supportive community, bring donated items, and create cards during their advisory classes. Family members can find a donation sign up here. All donated items will be distributed to students and families to create a happier, healthier winter season. Any questions may be forwarded to or 512-841-1180.


LASA Showcase
The annual LASA Showcase is an additional opportunity for interested students and parents to walk LASA’s halls, meet teachers and students, and explore this unique high school.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 PM
LASA High School
7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin, TX 78724

Austin High Maroon & White Night Showcase
8th Grade Students and Parents:
Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on November 29th! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the College and Career Ready programs that Austin High has to offer.  Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, the KAHS Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way.  Visit with teachers and students about our Academies. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer.  Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

McCallum Choir Cabaret
The McCallum Choir presents it's annual Cabaret show Nov. 9-12th.  This year's theme is A Star is Born. Thursday-Friday shows are at 7pm and 2pm on Sunday.
KMAG Meeting 
Our next KMAG meeting will be held on Thursday December 7th at 7:30 am in the library in conjunction with the principal's coffee and the PTA meeting. The topic will be identifying anxiety and mental health issues in middle school children. Please join us! 

Teaching Assistant Appreciation Week
We would like to appreciate all of our teaching assistants at Kealing this week.  Our teaching assistants are incredibly hard-working and we couldn't run our special programs at Kealing without them.  They will all receive a small token of appreciation from the PTA this week, but if your child works directly with a teaching assistant, please consider sending more appreciations their way!

PTA General Meeting
December 7th at 7:30am
PTA Meeting with a guest speaker from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Parents can learn about the warning signs of anxiety, stress, depression and suicide. They’ll also explain tips and techniques about how to talk with your child about these topics. 

Gift Cards & Cookies for our Teachers & Staff!
The Teacher/Staff Appreciation Holiday Party is coming up! Click on this sign-up to see how you can help us make it a special event! 

Save the Date - MLK Day of Service
Please block your calendars for our annual MLK Day of Service / Peace Through Pie event.  This year's event will be on Saturday, January 13th 2018 from noon-3 pm.  We'll have a community pizza/pie event from noon-1 then gardening/grounds work/neighborhood clean-up from 1-3 pm.

This is a great opportunity for NJHS kids to get some service hours!  Watch for more details and a sign-up sheet coming soon.