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Hornet Herald - November 4, 2018

posted Nov 4, 2018, 10:19 AM by KMS Hornets

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

  • Nov. 6 - Election Day - GO VOTE!
  • Nov. 6 - Kealing Mock Election
  • Nov. 7 - 8th grade NJHS meeting, 3p, library
  • Nov. 8 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a
  • Nov. 8 - CAC Mtg, 4p
  • Nov. 8 - Magnet Showcase, 5:30-7:30p
  • Nov. 10 - Girls' Lacrosse Clinic
  • Nov. 14 - Student Council Mtg, 3p
  • Nov. 15 - OCPE Deadline
  • Nov. 15 - Community Thanksgiving Celebration, 5:30-7:30p, Cafeteria
  • Nov 19-23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 1 - Deadline for 8th grade Tribute Ads
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.
Be the One Presentation for 7th Grade
The Kealing Guidance Department is making a presentation to all 7th grade students, through advisory, beginning on November 7th thru the 9th. The goal is to instruct them on how they can “Be the One” to help a friend who is struggling with depression or hurting themselves. The presentation goes over the signs of depression and the ways to help friends cope. We will also discuss what to do when friends are hurting themselves and/or are having suicidal thoughts. Counselors will encourage all students to tell an adult if someone expresses thoughts of hurting themselves; this includes telling their parents, especially if they learn of a student’s thoughts outside of the school setting.

Counselors will share the number to a help hotline, the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine, at 1 (800) 273- TALK. or to text CONNECT to 741741 to chat with a crisis counselor. Please feel free to pass this information onto others. If your student communicates to you that one of their friends is having suicidal thoughts. Please either contact their parents or the police, who have mental health officers that can check on them in their home. Other resources can be found under the HELP tab on the Counseling Website: All it takes is one person to “Be the One” to save another’s life. 

PE waivers - 7th and 8th graders
Off Campus Physical Education or PE Waivers for the Spring semester must be submitted to AISD no later than November 15, 2018. Students will need a counselor's signature before they can submit their application. PE Waiver applications WILL NOT be accepted in January.

8th Grade NJHS Meeting
Attention all 8th grade NJHS members! There will be a meeting on Wednesday, the 7th, in the library after school. We will be discussing upcoming service projects and making posters for our coat drive. See you there!

Girls' Lacrosse Clinic-Sat, Nov 10th
The second (of three) Girls' Lacrosse fall practice will be on Saturday, November 10th from 9am-11am at the Kealing fields. This is open to all grades and no experience necessary! Wear athletic clothes appropriate for the weather and bring a full water bottle. We will have all other equipment provided. Please complete this form ahead of practice in order to participate. Questions? Email Kelly Morledge at or check out the Kealing Lacrosse website. Hope to see you on the field!

8th Grade Tribute Ads
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2019 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
Be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018


We have 174 more memberships or 87 more family memberships to go. 

We are asking you to  Back the future of all children by joining Kealing PTA. 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: 
Texas PTA adopts priorities for next Legislative Session 
Texas PTA has adopted priorities for the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature that begins on January 8, 2019. Top priorities include:
  • Public school funding reform to make funding more equitable and adequate to meet the needs of all students
  • Literacy by third grade 
See for the complete list

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Party Sign-Up
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 19th 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.


Volunteers needed for Magnet Showcase

The Kealing Middle School Magnet Showcase is on Thursday, November 8 from 5:30-7:30pm. We need parent volunteers to helpmake this event a success for visiting students and their families.  Please sign up here to help. Volunteers please come to the front entrance upon arrival.

*Your current Kealing student may coordinate separately with their teacher to volunteer in a classroom and earn volunteer hours.

KMAG Meeting, November 8, 7:30am
High School Options 
This meeting is open to all. Please note that this meeting will not be recorded at the request of our panelists. Thank you for understanding.

LAST LASA Roadshow: Interested in Learning More about LASA?
LASA is hitting the road this Fall for a series of informational evening presentations by LASA Administration, faculty, and current high school students. The “Road Shows” bring LASA to you – students interested in applying, as well as parents and community members. Come learn more about the only advanced academic magnet high school program in AISD! 

All are welcome to a series of “LASA Road Show” evening presentations throughout the Fall in Austin. Administrators and students will answer questions about the application process, curriculum, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and transportation. 
  • Monday, November 5, 6:30-8 PM: Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin, TX 78702)

MacTheatre Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nov 8-11
Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream when MacTheatre takes you on a magical adventure through a lush forest besieged by starry-eyed love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn. A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance, and love and marriage. The play’s four stories are woven together in a single fateful night: the wedding of the Athenian Duke to his Queen, the misadventures of four lovers lost in the enchanted forest, an uproarious throw-down between the King and Queen of the Fairies, and an entertaining quarrel amongst amateur actors in a troupe.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare’s happiest and most beloved comedies. It is called a ""Dream"" because of the unrealistic events the characters experience in the play — real, yet unreal, such as crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact” but audiences of all ages can enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a classic celebration of love, innocence, and merry meddling.

- Tickets may be purchased in advance at  
- Student tickets are $7; adults are $16, and seniors are $12. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door, except at the student rate. 
- Group rates for groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount when purchasing tickets online.
- Midsummer runs November 8-11, 2018; All shows start at 7 pm, except for Sundays. Sunday shows start at 2 pm.
- Location is the Fine Arts Building Theatre at 5600 Sunshine Dr. Austin, TX 78756

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