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Hornet Herald - October 14, 2019

posted Oct 14, 2019, 4:21 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 4:23 PM ]


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

  • Oct. 15: B Day
  • Oct. 17: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Oct. 17: Girls BBall Info Mtg, 3-3:30p
  • Oct. 18: Girls BBall tryouts begin
You may have heard about some recent lunch changes. Teachers are walking students to and from the cafeteria as we work to improve transitions. This week students will participate in circle discussions in Advisory to give feedback on the changes. Self-management is important in maintaining a focused learning environment. We are proud to continue to work on this as a community. Student feedback is a critical component of the next steps.
This week in Advisory is busy! The guidance counselors will ask students to take the Student Needs Survey during advisory the week of October 15th-18th. This survey provides critical data that helps drive counseling programming at Kealing. Individual data is shared only with counselors. Click here to preview the survey. Please contact your student’s advisory teacher if you would prefer that your student not take the survey. Also, 8th grade students will be participating in a substance abuse prevention lesson by Phoenix House. Be prepared to talk about these topics at home!

Substance Abuse Prevention Presentation for 8th Graders
Phoenix House is partnering with Kealing Middle School to provide a substance abuse prevention program for 8th grade students. The goal of this program is to empower youth to resist the dangers of substance abuse and encourage them to make healthy choices. The program consists of one (1) lesson to be held at Kealing Middle School during Advisory the week of October 15th-18th. Please contact your student’s advisory teacher if you prefer that your student not participate.

Fall Ultimate Frisbee Update!
Kealing Ultimate Frisbee fall scrimmages will be moving to TUESDAYS as of October 1st! Due to limited field space, we're moving our meeting time from Thursdays to Tuesdays in October, 3:00-4:45pm. All other details regarding sign-up and schedule remain the same: This club is open to girls and boys, all grades, all programs. Players must complete a waiver and sign up for each week. Waivers are available in Room 210 (Kepner) or 235 (Natenberg), and sign-up sheets will go up outside Coach Natenberg's door every Thursday morning to allow players enough time to arrange their Tuesday plans. Contact, or with questions!
8th Grade Chromebook Distribution - Volunteers Needed
All 8th grade students have the ability to take a Chromebook home starting on October 30, 2019. These 11" convertible Chromebooks, which can function as laptops and tablets, will come with a charger and case. Click here for more info and to access parental consent information. We will continue to send this info out over the next few weeks.
We need your help! We are looking for a few parents who can volunteer from 7:15-11:30 am on October 30th to help it all go smoothly. Click here to sign up if you have time to pitch in!

Yearbook Needs Your Summer Pictures
Are you longing for the good old days of summer? Well, take a walk down memory lane by looking through your summer pictures and then SEND them to Kealing yearbook to be featured in our summer section. Email photos to Your photo could be included in the yearbook, AND we'll have a prize drawing for students who submit. The best photos will be unposed action shots with student and location fully featured. Contact Ms. Scott with questions.

Girls Basketball Tryouts
Thurs. Oct. 17th there will be a short meeting with students that want to try out for girls basketball in the large gym. 3:00-3:30pm Come to ask questions and get info.  Tryouts will start Friday Oct. 18th
Any 7th or 8th grade girls interested in trying out for basketball, tryouts will be held Friday Oct. 18th, Monday Oct 21st and Tues Oct. 22nd from 3-5pm in the Kealing gym.  You must have a completed AISD physical packet. Packet can be picked up from a coach or found onlineIf you have questions please contact Coach Brynie-8th grade or Coach Jackson-7th grade. 

Latinitas comes to Kealing!
Latinitas (Translation: Girl of Latin heritage) are invited to explore Media and STEM activities and careers in an environment promoting culture and gender pride along with mentorship. Tuesdays, after school. Want more info?  

Austin ISD’s Central Texas Dyslexia Conference 2019
We are gearing up for the 5th Annual AISD Central Texas Dyslexia Conference. This conference is a free event for community members, parents, and educators. This year, the conference will be held on Saturday, October 19th. Please visit the conference website for speaker information schedule, and registration. Check out the flyer. For additional information, please contact Leandra Trevino at (512)414-6647.

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.
Meet the Director - KMAG Meeting This Thursday
KMAG invites you to “Meet the Director” on Thursday, October 17th! Attend this meeting for parent Q&A and general discussion with Kealing Magnet Director, Ms. Patel.

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:
  • 10/17
  • 11/14
  • 12/12
  • 1/16
  • 2/20
  • 4/9
  • 5/7

We Are Still Looking for PTA Members!

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:  ENGLISH  SPANISH 
Reflection Deadline - Approaching!
Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for 50 years. Through the efforts of our Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.
With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students of all ages and abilities can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story.
This year’s theme is “Look Within” and the deadline will be the end of October.
See for the guidelines and rules.
Express your artistic talent and tell us what's within reach through Reflections!

Secret Pals - Thank you!
Thank you everyone who supported the Secret Pals Program!  Gifts to the teachers were delivered Thursday, October 9th and Friday, October 10th.  Stay tuned for the next date in December!