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Hornet Herald - October 15, 2017

posted Oct 15, 2017, 8:09 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 15, 2017, 8:09 AM ]


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

  • 10/16: VB Kealing vs Fulmore 7A 6p
  • 10/16: VB Kealing vs Martin 8A 7p
  • 10/17: FB Kealing vs Covington 7A, 6p
  • 10/17: FB Kealing vs Covington 8A, 7:30p
  • 10/18: VB Kealing vs TBD 7B, 6p
  • 10/18: VB Kealing vs TBD 8B, 7p
  • 10/19: Flu Vaccine
  • 10/19: Student Council Mtg 3p
  • 10/21: Monarch Garden Party 10a

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  This year's news team is learning the tricks of the trade and will be broadcasting in about four weeks. 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!

Advisory Minute to Win it Supplies Request
During Advisory "active days" classes are given the opportunity to participate in "Minute to Win it Games." Classes are provided with a box of supplies to facilitate a number of fun and silly games in the classroom. To make more of these games we are in need of some supplies. Here is a signup list that would allow us to create a number of additional games for classes to use. If you have some of these around the house or can pick some up it would be much appreciated. None of these items need to be fancy or expensive, or even new in some cases. Again any of these supplies would be amazing to help increase the Social Emotional Learning experiences in Advisory here at Kealing. Please drop off supplies at the front office labeled for Ms. Thigpen Room 222

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.

The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) is hitting the road this October 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 October in Austin. 
Administrators and students will answer questions about the application process, curriculum, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and transportation. 

Two Roadshows left:
  • EAST: Thursday, 19 Oct., 6:30-8 PM: Kealing Middle School (1607 Pennsylvania Ave, Austin 78702)
  • SOUTH: Thursday, 26 Oct., 6:30-8 PM: Patton Elementary (6001 Westcreek Dr, Austin 78749 ) 
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. 
  • Wednesday, 15 Nov., 6:00-8:00 PM: LASA High School (7309 Lazy Creek Dr., Austin 78724)
For more information, check out the LASA website.

McCallum Dance Fall Concert
If you have have a dancer in the family or a student interested in attending McCallum High School one day, this event should be on your list.

McCallum Youth Dance Company presents their annual fall concert, "Traditions, innovating.," on Saturday, October 21st at 7 pm and Sunday, October 22nd at 2 pm. The concert will feature 40 dancers performing in 15 teacher and student-choreographed works in tap, ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, modern dance, post-modern dance, salsa and African Jazz styles.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance here and are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. The concert will be held at the McCallum Arts Center at 5600 Sunshine Drive.

The McCallum Youth Dance Company is one of many programs at McCallum’s Fine Arts Academy, which was named as the 2015 National GRAMMY Signature School. As Austin ISD’s district­-wide fine arts intensive high school program, the Fine Arts Academy at McCallum High School provides an exemplary arts education program for 9th -­ 12th grade students to pursue an accelerated arts curriculum as fine arts majors.

Contact information: or 512-414-7569; Invite your friends and share on Facebook

The McCallum Vertical Team is pleased to present the documentary Screenagers. 

In the award winning documentary SCREENAGERS, physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film will be shown at the McCallum Theater on Monday, October 23rd at 5:30 and again at 7pm. It is open to all parents of students who attend McCallum, Kealing, Lamar and all feeder elementary schools. Parents are encouraged to bring their students aged 10 and up. Because the MAC Theater has limited seating, we're asking that secondary school students and parents attend the 7pm showing and that elementary school parents and older elementary students attend the earlier showing. Of course if this isn't possible for your family, either showing is open. 

Below is a link to the Screenager's Website which has a movie trailer as well as useful tools to help you and your student navigate digital life.

Girl's Basketball Tryouts
Tryouts will be held October 19th and 20th from 3pm-5pm in the gym. Please bring your completed AISD physical packet. Make sure you wear proper clothing to tryouts. If you have any questions please contact Coach Foster (7th)  or Coach Brynie (8th). 

Yearbook Needs Your Photos
The Kealing yearbook wants to include your photos, AND enter you into a prize drawing. How to submit?  There are 3 easy ways. 1) email your photos to  2) Tag us on Instagram @kealingvespa #KMSyearbook  3) Download Replayit from the app store, it's our own photo sharing app. Submit today, and you'll be entered to win exciting prizes.  

8th Grade Tribute Ads - On Sale Now
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.  

Kick The Flu Campaign
The Austin Independent School District Kick the Flu Campaign is under way. Kealing students who returned the required permission form will be receiving the flu vaccine on October 19, 2017. Parents of participating students will receive reminder letters and phone calls this week and students will receive a pass to report on October 19. Contact Christina Romero or 512-414- if you need more information.

Join Us for a Monarch Garden Party on Oct. 21st
Two of our fabulous science teachers, Ms. Bergman and Ms. Martin, along with the Environmental Committee will be hosting a Monarch Garden Party in the Kealing Butterfly Garden on Saturday, October 21st, at 10 am. We'll be learning about the monarch migration, hunting for caterpillars and butterflies, and planting nectar plants and milkweed. Come join us for a fun and educational morning outside. 

Afterward, if you are up for more monarch fun, you can head over to Zilker Park for Monarch Appreciation Day! 

The butterfly garden is located near the teacher parking lot off of Pennsylvania Ave.

Please email Elizabeth McBride with any questions. 

Boys Soccer Information Meeting
Attention 7th and 8th grade boys: If you are interested in trying out for the boys soccer team, we will have a mandatory informational meeting on Tuesday, October 17th from 3:00 - 3:45 pm in the library. You will be responsible for arranging transportation home after the meeting. You must be at this meeting to sign up and get information about tryouts, which will begin on Monday, October 23. Please remember that you need to have a physical packet completed and submitted prior to tryouts. If you have any questions, please see Coach Hague in Room 223 or Coach Garcia in Room 211.

Join the Green Team!
All students are invited to join the Kealing Green Team! We meet in Ms. Martin's room on Thursdays after school. Students propose and execute sustainability projects to help make Kealing more environmentally friendly and hopefully win an Eco-Schools award from the National Wildlife Federation.  Questions? Email Ms. Martin

Boys Lacrosse Camp
Interested in joining Boys Lacrosse?  
No experience?  No equipment?  No problem!
Join Coach Zack Matthews to get introduced to the sport at Riley Elementary School Saturday, October 21 from 10am-12pm.  

Any questions please see Ms Hutchinson in Room 208, or e-mail her.

Bike Club
Bike club fall season is now in session!  If students are still interested in joining bike club (but missed the orientation on 9/28), please have them go see Mr. Hendrex (215) or Mr. Shoaf (516).  We still have a few spots open, but all participating students must have a signed parent waiver.  

Spring Musical Auditions
Auditions for this year's school-wide musical, The Sound of Music, will be held after school on October 23, 24, and 25. 

Applications are available outside room 232 (the Black Box Theatre) beginning Wednesday, October 11th. Once you have completed the written application, come see Ms. Pena Brooks in 232 to sign up for a 5-minute audition slot. 

Application deadline is Friday, October 20th at 3pm, and we will also hold an optional Q&A session on Thursday, October 19th. This year, we are asking all interested students, whether cast OR crew to sign up for an audition time. 

See Ms. Waggoner or Ms. Pena Brooks with any questions!

Girls' Lacrosse Fall Clinics Scheduled!
Girls' Lacrosse has scheduled three Saturday clinics for the Fall so that new players can come and experience the sport before the official season in the Spring, and so veteran players can start reviewing skills from last season. Clinics are scheduled for October 21st (8:30-11:30), November 4th (9-12) and November 11th (9-12), all at the Kealing fields. It is not required that players attend all three, but the more they can attend the more improvement will be seen in their skills. No experience is necessary to attend and all equipment will be provided. Please wear athletic clothing appropriate for the weather, tennis shoes or cleats, and bring a full water bottle. More information can be found on the Kealing Lacrosse website or you can contact sponsor Kelly Morledge at If your student is interested in attending, please complete the electronic sign up form

Fall Festival
On Friday, October 27, Kealing students will get the chance to dunk their teachers, throw pies at their teachers, get their faces painted, sing karaoke, and much much more at the 6th Annual Fall Festival! The event is hosted by Kealing Choir, and all proceeds support our choral program. 

The Fall Festival will be held Friday, October 27, from 6-8 pm in the Kealing courtyard and cafeteria. Advance admission wristbands are $4 and will be on sale during all the lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the week of.  

Admission is $5 at the door. Families of 5 or more will receive 1 free wristband. Admission is free for children 5 and under. Individual stations range from FREE to $1.50, and concessions will also be available! 

Families are welcome, so please bring everybody! Also, if you would like to volunteer, please make sure you have completed these steps and send Ms. Parks and email at: 

See you at the Fall Festival! 

Ultimate Frisbee Fall Practices 
Coach Crouch, Kepner, and Natenberg are excited to extend the Ultimate Frisbee season into the fall this year in order to provide more time for players to improve their skills and play.  Here are the details:

WHAT: Ultimate Frisbee is a team field sport played with a flying disc. It combines elements of football, basketball and soccer, and requires agility, teamwork, and endurance. Off-season practices this fall will include skills, drills, and scrimmaging. These practices aren’t part of the ‘official’ spring season, but they will preview and lead into that team for the second semester.
WHO: All grade levels, all programs, all genders. No prior playing experience is needed, but good behavior and sportsmanship are expected at all times.
HOW: Be one of the first 40 players to SIGN UP each week and make sure that you’ve submitted your COMPLETED RELEASE FORM. The sign-up sheet will be posted every Monday morning outside of Coach Natenberg’s room (235), and any of the coaches above have release forms available. Players who do not sign up in time for that week or do not submit their release forms will not be allowed to attend Thursday’s practice. You must sign up for each individual practice that you wish to attend; the release form is on-time-only, but sign-ups do not carry over week-to-week!
WHEN: Thursdays from 2:50 to 4:30pm, through November 2nd.
WHERE: We will meet at the designated coach’s room each week and travel to and from Rosewood Park together. Players are required to attend the entire practice.
WHY: To learn the sport and be part of a team. To work hard, get exercise, make friends, and improve as a player!

In order to ensure student safety, we require additional parent supervision during these practices. One parent volunteer per week would go a long way in helping us make these practices a great experience for all the players. Please email Coach Natenberg if you can volunteer your time. Include the date(s) you can help and your cell phone number in the message. Thanks in advance!
Positive Parenting: An ADHD Coaching Series 
  • Pillow Elementary Cafeteria: 3025 Crosscreek Drive Austin TX 78757
  • Travis High School Library: 1211 E Oltorf, Austin, TX 78702
Parents, guardians and caretakers are invited to join us for a continuation of Positive Parenting, an ADHD Coaching series by guest speaker Ed Gooze, Ph.D.   The sessions are FREE!
  • Fall 2017 dates, North- Pillow Elementary Cafeteria: October 20, November 10, December 8. All sessions are 8–9:30 a.m.
  • Fall 2017 dates, Central– Travis High School Library: October 18, November 15, December 13. All sessions are 10–11:30 a.m.
Spanish interpretation provided. Childcare will not be provided.

Call FASST (Family and School Support Team) (512) 414-5834 with questions or to register.

Save the Date
Next KMAG meeting is Thursday, October 26th at 7:30am

KMAG Curriculum & Teacher Support Drive Update
As promised, we kept the KMAG Curriculum and Teacher Support drive to four weeks and are thrilled to announce that we raised $48,655. We expect to have another $7,600 in employer matching gifts coming in from this campaign. We could not have made it to our goal without the generous donations of 281 KMAG families.

Your contributions will be used to provide needed classroom technology equipment and supplies, support academic teams, and send our English and Science Magnet Faculty to national conferences, among many other projects. Your generosity allows our teachers and students to take learning outside the norm. With your help we are able to inspire discovery within and beyond the classroom.

Thank you for your support of the Magnet Program!

If you didn’t have a chance to donate but would still like to, KMAG accepts donations all year long. Just visit the following link:

We appreciate your support.

Due November 3rd in Programs Office Reach Your Creative Potential with the PTA REFLECTIONS. Create an original artistic piece that reflects on this year’s theme: “Within Reach”. Students can enter a piece on dance choreography, literature, film production, photography, visual arts or music composition. Contact for more info or visit here

Secret PALS Signup! 
Families choose a teacher to secretly spoil (gift card, item..) four times a year; October, December, February and April. Shhhh, PALS are kept a secret! Sign up by October 15th! 
 (contact programs for more info) 

Fall Coffee Cart On October 30th
The fall coffee cart will be spreading caffeinated joy around the campus! If you’d like to come help deliver coffee/treats to the teachers or if you’d like to help us make homemade goodies, please email Emily Long at for more info! See our link for item donations! 

Upcoming PTA Meetings: 
  • November 2nd 7:30 am - Principal’s Coffee 
  • December 7 Speaker: Mental Health and Your Teenager (early warning signs and how to start a dialogue) 

PTA Membership 
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] 2017-2018 Join and PAY ONLINE now >> OR Download 2017-2018 Membership Paper Form: ENGLISH | SPANISH | FACULTY 

Austin ISD trustees in June called for a Nov. 7 election for a $1.05 billion bond proposal. Austin ISD is hosting a series of informational open houses to learn more about the 2017 Bond and how it could affect each campus. The schedule of open houses is: 
  • Oct. 17—Rosedale cafeteria, meeting for special campuses 
  • Oct. 21—Austin ISD Carruth Administration Center Board Room, district-wide meeting 
For more details about the bond—including school-specific projects—please visit, email or call 512-414-9595.