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Hornet Herald - October 14, 2018

posted Oct 15, 2018, 4:21 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 15, 2018, 4:29 AM ]
Hello Hornet Families,

Last week was a busy one. While continuing the quality learning that takes place daily, our students kicked off their first Fine Arts concert season. Then we ended the week with pep rallies to lead us into Homecoming Week. We're looking forward to an exciting celebration of Hornet Pride. Our Volleyball team will be finishing their season Monday night at Kealing. Our football team will be taking on Covington Middle School at Burger Stadium Wednesday with the Kealing Pep Band backing them in the stands for the first time this season. Last year we had a rainy Homecoming Game but the forecast looks promising. My fingers are crossed!

There are a few important updates that will impact us in the coming weeks.

School Nurse
Nurse Gini Hand will no longer be on staff at Kealing and the team is working diligently to find a replacement. We will have substitutes on campus until the full-time position is filled so please operate as you normally would. If you have the need to send an email to the nurse, please send it directly to the grade-level counselor and they will help route it appropriately.

Checking Students Out
If you are coming on campus to check out your student, please plan for a 10-minute wait. Our team tries to move as quickly as possible, but getting to classrooms or other locations and retrieving students can take a while. End of day checkout will end at 2:30 pm so anyone arriving at the window to check a student out after 2:30 pm will need to wait until students are released for the day. Thanks for your patience and help with this as we work to end each day smoothly.

Austin ISD Budget
As our district works to continue to serve our communities while weathering the $600 million impact of recapture, difficult budget decisions are being made. There are a number of proposals this year that will impact all campuses and some that will particularly impact campuses that have Magnet Programs. We'll be discussing these potential changes briefly this week at the KMAG meeting along with how they might impact our programming. Join us if you can!

That's all for this week. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming games and concerts supporting our talented Hornets.

Kind Regards,

Kenisha Coburn

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

  • Oct. 15-19 - Homecoming Week
  • Oct. 15 - Volleyball (7th vs. Fulmore - 6p; 8th vs. Bailey - 7p)
  • Oct. 16 - PTA Coffee Cart 6:45-9:15a; Choir Concert 3p-6p
  • Oct. 17 - Grand Canyon Summer 2019 Interest Mtg, 6p, rm 117
  • Oct. 17 - Flu Shot Sign Up Deadline
  • Oct. 19 - KMAG Mtg, 7:30a
  • Oct. 18 & 19 - 7th/8th grade girl's basketball tryouts, 3-5p
  • Oct. 21 - AISD Candidate Forum on Magnet Topics, 4p, LASA Library
  • Oct. 23 - Girl's basketball parent info meeting, 6p, cafeteria
  • Nov. 1 - PTA Speaker on Opiods
Homecoming Week 
October 15th-October 19th
Homecoming is a time to honor our fall sports, football & volleyball, and fun way to show off our Hornet Pride! 

This year's Homecoming Theme is "It’s Time to School Them!" 

To celebrate, we will have the following:
  • Themed Dress Up Days
  • Advisory Hornet Pride Banner Competitions
  • A school-wide dance on the last day, Friday, October 19th from 6-8 p.m. in the large gym!
Dress Up Days:
  • Monday 10/15: Pajama Day!
  • Tuesday 10/16: Celebrity Day!
  • Wednesday, 10/17: Hornet Pride Day! 
  • Thursday 10/18: College Day! 
  • Friday 10/19: Silly Hat Day! 
Homecoming Dance
What better way to celebrate the end to a successful Homecoming Week than by  dancing the night away and the Kealing Homecoming Dance!

When: Friday, October 19th 
Time: 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Where: Kealing Large Gym
Cost: $5 per wristband: Wristbands will be sold during all lunch periods the day of the dance 10/19 and at the door beginning at 5:45 p.m.

All proceeds go to support the Kealing Theatre 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 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.
High School Showcase visits
Attention 8th graders! 
A representative from all Austin ISD high schools will be on campus October 23rd, 24th, and 25th. During your lunch you will have the opportunity to speak to your home high school representative and other high school representatives to better inform your decision about your high school choice. (There will NOT be a "make-up" date for this event.) 

Kealing Flu Clinic
We are encouraging you to sign up your Kealing student for  Kealing’s upcoming in-school flu clinic. You may register your child in multiple ways, online at, come to the school and sign the hard copy or utilize the copy being sent home on Monday during advisory. The forms need to be returned to the PROGRAM OFFICE by Wednesday, Oct. 17th   

The Flu Shot clinic will be held on Tuesday Oct.23 beginning at 11:30 am until all registered students have been seen.

This year, our school has partnered with Healthy Schools - the nation’s largest school vaccine provider - to offer flu shots to students during the school day with the goal of ensuring that flu shots are available to 100% of students. Help us as AISD Fights the Flu!  The copay is $0, so there is absolutely no cost to you.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call Mrs. Christine Romero at 512-414-2707

First Girls' Lacrosse Clinic on Saturday, 10/20
The first Girls' Lacrosse fall practice will be on Saturday, October 20th 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!

Think Tank Schedule Change
Beginning in October, there will be no Think Tank on Fridays. This shift is due to the low Friday participation. Think Tank will still operate Monday through Thursday but students should have an alternate plan if they are staying for Friday events. 

Girls Basketball Tryouts
7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball Tryouts will be held Thurs and Friday 10/18 & 10/19 from 3pm-5pm.  Must have a completed AISD physical packet.  Parents meeting will be Tuesday Oct. 23rd from 6pm-7pm in the Kealing Cafeteria.

Grand Canyon Summer 2019 Trip Interest Meeting
Kealing students have an opportunity to have a Grand adventure with their friends in the Grand Canyon!  7th Grade Life Science teacher & outdoor enthusiast Cate Bergman is organizing this trip with the student travel group Grand Classroom.  Fliers have been available in some classes, and can be found on this website.

On Wed Oct 17 at 6pm, parents and students may come for an Informational Meeting to learn more and ask questions.  This meeting will be held in Ms. Bergman's room, Room 117.  A representative from Grand Classroom will either be in person or on Skype.  If you can't attend this meeting, please send a quick note of interest to Ms. Bergman so she can keep you in the loop as the planning progresses. 

PTA Membership & Donation 
We still have 210 members to meet our goal, please take a few minutes and sign up for a PTA Membership or two

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]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Coffee Cart
In an effort to say "thank you" to Kealing's wonderful faculty and staff, Kealing PTA offers coffee cart service twice a school year. This year's first one is scheduled on the Tue of 10/16, from 6:45a- 9:15a. We will have three coffee carts covering the two floors. We are looking for smiling faces, non perishables and baked goods. Click here to sign up.

  • Dance Choreography, 
  • Film Production, 
  • Literature, 
  • Music Composition, 
  • Photography, 
  • Virtual Arts
Deadline: October 30

See for the guidelines and rules. Express your artistic talent and tell us what's within reach through Reflections!

Phoenix House Presentation on Opiods
November 1st 7:30 am, Library.
Opioid use among middle school age students is on a dramatic rise across the U.S.  Prescriptions are among the most misused substances in the U.S.. Presented by Austin's Phoenix House Prevention Specialists. Please join us for this very important topic.

KMAG Meeting, Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30am

Topics Include:
  • AISD Budget Cuts as they affect Kealing Middle School
  • Duke TIP 
  • GPA
  • Math Options Q/A
THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE RECORDED. We apologize in advance. Hope you can make it.

Magnet AISD School Board Candidate Forum
Currently, AISD is facing is a $30 million dollar deficit and is looking for places to cut.  The Budget Stabilization Task Force is currently considering cuts to the magnet budgets, specifically magnet transportation and the magnet staffing allocation.  On Monday night, the school board was presented with the option of reducing staffing for magnet education among various budget reduction possibilities.  Currently, magnet schools are the only schools being identified by name in the proposed budget cuts.

Next Sunday, October 21st at 4pm, we will be hosting a Magnet AISD School Board Candidate Forum.  Candidates for both the at-large position and District 4 will be present.  It is extremely important that we have a large number of magnet parents attend this event.  As a community, we need to become educated on where the candidates stand in regards to magnet education.  It is also important for these candidates to see that magnet education is very important to our community.

This is your opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues related to the magnet community, and our opportunity to educate the candidates about the magnet programs within AISD. 

Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA and LASA Student Council
The forum is non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

For more information and to save a seat, visit  No RSVP is required, but please let us know if you might attend, so we can plan appropriately.

Come, learn about McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Eighth and ninth grade students and parents who reside within the AISD boundary, are you interested in applying to the McCallum Fine Arts Academy? If so, this tour is for you! - first come, first served - tour group size is limited!

The tour will cover the majority of campus and present you with information about each of our academic strands as well as the fine arts. We will also provide you with some basic application/audition & event information, which can also be found at Questions are encouraged.

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. 

All roadshows are at 6:30pm, with doors opening at 6pm.
  • South/Southwest: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-8PM: Patton Elementary (Westcreek Dr., Austin, TX 78749) 
  • North/Northwest: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8 PM: Murchison Middle School (3700 Hills Dr., Austin, TX 78731) 
  • Central: Monday, November 5, 6:30-8 PM: Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave., Austin, TX 78702) 
The annual “LASA Showcase” in November is an additional opportunity for interested students and parents to walk LASA’s halls, meet teachers and students, and explore this unique high school. 
LASA Showcase
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-8 PM 
LASA High School 
7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin, TX 78724 

Austin High School Maroon & White
Interested in learning more about Austin High School?
  • Schedule a school tour.
  • Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High 
  • Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.

McCallum Dance Company Presents Balancing Act - 10/27 and 28
Join the dancers of the McCallum Youth Dance Company in their fall dance concert, Balancing Act.  Experience excellence in arts education, with choreography by Rachel Murray, Natalie Uehara and select students.  

The concert, showcasing the talents of youth dancers from Austin’s only public high school dedicated to the performing and visual arts, runs for two shows, 7 pm on October 27th and 3 pm October 28th at the McCallum Arts Center at 5600 Sunshine Dr.  Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for seniors and $12 for adults and are available for purchase at the door or online.
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