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Hornet Herald - October 16, 2016

posted Oct 16, 2016, 5:16 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 16, 2016, 5:26 PM ]
Good afternoon Hornet Families,

We have received a number of accounts of students almost being struck by vehicles as they cross Pennsylvania Avenue. Please be courteous and aware of children crossing so that our students can travel to school safely.  This week we will have additional officers on hand to help remind parents to slow down during morning drop-off.  They will be ticketing anyone who is speeding or driving carelessly.

Also, Mr. Williams will be on leave for the remainder of the fall semester.  We are fortunate to have Mr. Gibson on our team during this absence.  He is an experienced former principal and is familiar with our campus.  Please don't hesitate to contact him at with items related to 8th grade students.  As usual, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Take a look at the rest of the announcements for the week.


Ms. Coburn

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

October 18
Football vs. Covington @ Noack
October 22
Grounds Day 9:00 am - noon
AISD Special Education Parent Forum @ KMS        9:00 am - 11:00 am
October 27
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am

Kealing Broadcast Television is a student developed news program that airs every Tuesday through Advisory.  Take a look at the videos to keep up with what's newsworthy at Kealing.
Check out the broadcasts.  They will post weekly in the Student Life section of the Kealing website.

Thanks, Kealing Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999) 
Opal Divine’s 
Texas Art Portraits

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Charm School Vintage
Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
Olive Garden 
Snarf's Sandwiches

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Coco Paloma Desserts
Code Studio 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria 

TEACHER’S PET ($100-249) 
Tarrytown Dance 

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!

Parent Survey
Your feedback is invaluable and we would love to hear from you.  Please complete the brief survey to help give us general feedback that we can take into consideration as we move forward this year. Click the links to view in your language of choice.  It's available in EnglishSpanishArabic, and Chinese.

Celebrate Your 8th Grader in the Yearbook
For the first time EVER, the Kealing yearbook is selling ads. Ads will be sold to 8th grade students/families ONLY. (starting at $30) Order online at: 

Ads can be sold to individual students, families, or groups of friends. What a great way to celebrate the culmination of your child's middle school experience! Questions regarding ad sales can be directed to Kristen Scott at

Girls Basketball Tryouts
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It is almost time for Girls Basketball!! 7th and 8th grade tryouts will be Thurs. 10/20 and Friday 10/21 in the gym from 3pm-5pm. You need to come dressed in athletic attire with a completed AISD physical packet. The packet can be found at at the bottom of the page. If a student has already turned in a physical packet for volleyball or the athletics class they are ready to go. See you there!!

Chaperones Wanted - 7th Grade Field Trip

Seventh grade students are studying citizenship, government and civil discourse in their core Social Studies and English Language Arts classes. On Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th, 7th Pre-AP and Magnet Social Studies students will visit the Bob Bullock museum's exhibit “The State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda”. This exhibit is currently on loan from the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and explores the importance of civil discourse and “the tragic consequences of extremist messages.” 

We will leave Kealing at 9:00 a.m. and return around 11:00 a.m. and will need our chaperones to meet at the school at 8:30 am. Students will attend the field trip on Thursday if they have Social Studies on an A day and Friday if they have Social Studies on a B day. 

We are looking for some chaperones to accompany us on this trip. Please contact Jenna Martin at if you are interested in coming along. Information and permission slips are being sent home through Social Studies beginning on Thursday, October 13th. 

roboARTS-New Club for 6th Grade Students
roboARTS is a unique after school program for 6th graders that brings together students who are interested in building and programming robots, with those who are passionate about creative writing, music and performance. The goal of the program is to have robots and students performing side by side, with material written and created by the students themselves. Original scripts, songs, and scenes will be performed and robots will be designed, built, and costumed for the sharing. roboARTS is offered through a partnership between the Paramount Academy for the Arts and Science in a Suitcase.

WHAT: roboARTS After School, hosted on campus at Kealing Middle School

WHO: Any interested Kealing student in 6th grade who is committed to weekly participation.  (About 20 students will be selected after the "come and play" day
WHEN: Monday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm, starting on October 17th with a “come and play” day where all are invited to check it out with no commitment!
HOW: Interested parents, guardians, or students should contact Ara Eissler, Music Teacher at Kealing Middle School at (512) 414-3214 or by emailing

Kealing Girls Lacrosse
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For all Kealing 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying something new, come join us for Lacrosse fall practice. No prior experience or equipment is needed! The goal of fall practice is to introduce new players to the sport and refresh the skills of veteran players. Practice will be held at the Kealing fields on Saturday, October 29th, November 5th and November 12th from 9-12. All equipment will be supplied, players just need to come in tennis shoes and athletic clothes appropriate for the weather. In order to participate players must bring a completed liability form with them. A copy of that form as well as more information and a place to sign up to receive informational emails, can be found on the Kealing Lacrosse website at Contact Kelly Morledge at with any questions.

KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser
We have one week left for the KMAG Curriculum and Teacher Support Drive. So far, we have raised 65% of our goal with donations from 197 families. If you haven’t given yet, please join your fellow KMAG parents and help us reach our 2016 goal! Click here to donate.
Transportation Worker Appreciation
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Join the PTA this week in appreciating our Kealing bus drivers. The PTA is providing them with a small gift to show appreciation, but we also ask that you and/or your child please take the time to thank them in person or write a small note. These hard workers get our kiddos to and from school safely every day!

Grounds Day This Saturday
What: Grounds Day to build our Monarch bed and gussy up campus 
Where : Kealing Middle School 
When: Saturday, 10/22 9am-3pm 

All families and friends invited and students can earn service hours. Refreshments served. Can't make it but want to join the PTA Environmental Committee? Contact Laura DiCarlo at or (512)529-1701.


Austin High Showcase
8th Grade Students and Parents: Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on November 30th! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the College and Career Ready programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, the KAHS Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about the Academy of Global Studies experience, as well as our three newest academies, the Academy for Science & Innovation, the Academy for High Technology, and the Academy for Classical Studies. 

The event will begin at 6:30 pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

Click here for a listing of upcoming Austin High Events for current 8th grade students.