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Hornet Herald - November 25, 2018

posted Nov 25, 2018, 8:52 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 25, 2018, 11:33 AM ]


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

  • Nov. 26-Dec. 14 - Winter Wear Drive
  • Nov. 28 - Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • Nov. 28 - New Inductee NJHS Ceremony
  • Nov. 30 - Spelling Bee, 3p
  • Dec. 1 - MS Choice Fair, 9a-12p, Fulmore MS
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
  • Dec. 3 - PTA Gift Card Order Ends
  • Dec. 5 - Girls' Soccer Info Mtg, 3p
  • Dec. 6 - KMAG Meeting, 7:30am
  • Dec. 7 - GT Nominations Due
  • Dec. 10 & 11 - Secret Pal Drop Date
  • Dec. 13 - Music Production performs at COTA
  • Dec. 14 - PTA Teacher/Staff Party 
  • Dec. 18-19 & Jan. 8 - Girls' Soccer tryouts
  • Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter Break (no school)
  • Jan. 7 - First Day of School Spring 2019
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 or 512-414-6700.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.
Writing Tutor Volunteers Need for Academy ELA Classes
We are seeking parent volunteers to assist in English Language Arts classes in the Academy Program during the Spring Semester. These volunteers would focus on supporting students' writing through one-on-one conferences with students. Past volunteers have assisted students at all points in the writing process - brainstorming, drafting, and editing. This support is especially important in helping our 7th Grade students prepare for the STAAR Writing Exam.

If you are interested in volunteering in this way, please complete this form, and we will contact you as we prepare for the Spring Semester.  Thank you!!

GT Nominations Window Now Open
The window is now open for GT nominations. If you would like to nominate your child to be assessed for Gifted and Talented, please click here for more information. You may also contact the campus GT Advocate, Lyra Swinney, at 512-841-7746 or Nominations must be submitted by December 7, 2018.

Kealing Spelling Bee!
The official Kealing Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, November 30th, at 3pm in the theater.  All interested students are welcome to participate.  There will also be Spelling Bee activities in advisory that week, but they are not a prerequisite or a substitute for this official bee.  No registration is required - just show up on time!  
Copies of the word list to study are available on the wall across from Ms. Strickland's room, #203.  You can also contact Ms. Strickland if you have any questions regarding the Spelling Bee.  Good luck everyone!

Winter Wear Drive
Attention Kealing Hornets! The 8th grade NJHS is hosting a Winter Wear Drive. We will be taking donations from November 26th to December 14th. Bring any gently used coats, scarves, hats, and other winter wear, to your advisory to compete for a donut party! All donations will be going to Coats for Kids. We appreciate any donations!

Girls Soccer Informational Meeting & Tryouts
We will having an informational meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5th in room 225 at 3 PM for all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for the soccer team. Please fill out this form before the meeting.

Tryouts will be Tuesday, Dec. 18th, Wednesday, Dec. 19th & Tuesday, January 8th. We will make arrangements for girls still taking part in basketball. Soccer website info here.

Music Production students to perform at the COTA Winter Wonderland 
Music Production students are going to perform at the COTA Winter Wonderland on  Thursday, Dec. 13th from 6:30- 8:30.

There are many fun activities for the family- ice skating, singing trees, camel rides! Read more about COTA Winter Wonderland here

If you purchase tickets through this link, $2 each will benefit the Music Production classroom. Please consider attending on the 13th and supporting our composers!  The code is: KEALING  Thank you and have fun!!
Save the Date: 
Next KMAG Meeting: Dec. 6, 7:30am

Shopping on AMAZON.COM?
If you are shopping online at amazon this week (or anytime), please consider making "KMAG" or "Kealing PTA" your charity of choice and go through

It is the same shopping you normally would do but KMAG or Kealing PTA will get a rebate on your purchases!

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party on Dec. 14 Sign-Up

Click on this sign-up to see how you can help us make it a special event! We’re collecting gift cards, cookies, and volunteers!!  Our incredible teachers and staff are the heart of our school, please help us shower them with the goodies they deserve!


Way to go Kealing Families! We are getting closer to our goal.  We have 128 memberships or 64 families to go. We are asking to back the future of all children by joining Kealing PTA.   PTA’s number one goal is to Advocate for Children.  Thank you for your commitment to be the strongest possible voice for all kids!

$10 Individual (one membership), 
    $19 Family (two memberships)
    [Membership scholarships available]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Kealing PTA Gift Card Holiday Order
The Kealing PTA is selling gift cards to many popular places. Every purchase of a gift card through the Kealing PTA gives a rebate back to us at NO extra cost to you! (Each merchant will donate a percentage of all gift card purchases to Kealing PTA) Holiday Gift cards are for sale until Dec 3 at 8:00 am   Use them for Secret Pals, Teacher Appreciation Holiday Party, grocery cards for holiday entertaining, stocking stuffers or gifts!  We have Amazon, itunes, Target, Chilis, American Girl, Main Event, Domino’s, HEB and Starbucks and MANY, many more!  Check them all out at here. This is basically free money for Kealing on purchases you already make! Thank you!

Secret Pals December Date is on!
Thanks so much for signing to shower our wonderful teachers and staff.  Dec 10 and 11 will be our second drop off week.  Teacher Last Name A-M is Monday and Teacher Last Name N-Z is Tuesday.  If you need to see the Teacher Secret Wishes please go to

Congratulations to Jai Naguraj for Uncommon Courage, Morgan Walker for Everyday Heroes and Jayden White for Nina’s Story for all advancing to the Austin ACPTA/AISD Level. ACPTA judging will take place November & December.  TXPTA entries advancing to State will be announced in January 2019 at the AISD PAC recognition ceremony.  National PTA winners will be announced around April-May 2019. 

Rally Day
Austin concerned citizens, please plan for it, and mark it on your calendars.  February 25, 2019

PTA Members, like you will descend on the State Capitol and show lawmakers that our united voice carries far and wide.  See for more information