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Hornet Herald - October 20, 2019

posted Oct 20, 2019, 7:07 PM by KMS Hornets

Hey Hornets,

Our teachers have pulled back a bit on technology use to allow us to make it through October on our cell phone free campus. We are excited that the “pull back” is coming to a close since all of our 8th grade students have the opportunity to check out a Chromebook for individual use in the coming weeks. This will allow us to redistribute the Chromebooks that we have on campus right now to prioritize courses that primarily serve 6th and 7th graders.

ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS – STUDENT DEVICES

This week 8th grade students will bring home paper copies of the Chromebook Everyone to 1 consent form. To simplify consent tracking for our campus, we encourage you complete the consent form online by following the steps below:

  1. Go to my.austinisd.org
  2. Sign into the cloud with the usual log in.
  3. Click the magnify glass and search for “Everyone to one” 
  4. Click the tile and follow the instructions.

The form allows parents to choose from three options:

  1. I want my child to have AISD technology assigned to them.
  2. I want my child to use their personal device.
  3. No, I do not want my child to have AISD technology assigned to them.

We ask that all 8th grade parents submit the form either online or through the use of the paper copy so that we know what to expect for each student. Students will not be assigned a Chromebook unless they have parental consent.

VISITING CAMPUS AFTER HOURS

All visitors must check in at the front office. If you are visiting a teacher or volunteering with a club, stop by the front window to sign in. If you come on campus after 3:30 pm to pick up your student, look for them in Think Tank in the cafeteria because the front window closes at 3:30 pm.

HALLOWEEN IS COMING!

For those of you who are new Kealing parents, the costume rumors are true. Kealing staff and students celebrate Halloween in style. Here are a few costume reminders as your students begin to plan this week:

  • Masks are not allowed.
  • Face coverings of any kind are not allowed.
  • Weapons, real or fake, are not allowed. 
We look forward to seeing Hornets in costume on October 31! 

Homework Hiatus is coming up this week so we hope you have some fun time planned with friends and family. The forecast is showing legit fall weather Saturday. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the 6o degree weather comes to fruition. Have a great week!

Kind regards,

Kenisha Coburn

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

  • Oct. 21: Girls BBall tryouts 3-5p
  • Oct. 22: Girls BBall tryouts 3-5p; Parent meeting, 6pm
  • Oct. 23: Spring Musical Parent Mtg, 5-6pm, theater
  • Oct. 24-25: Homework Hiatus
  • Oct. 24: Girls BB 7th/8th A Teams games begin
  • Oct. 30: 8th grade chromebook distribution - HELP needed
  • Nov 4-6 at lunch: HS fair for 8th grade students
  • Nov 14: High School Options Mtg at KMAG meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Nov 15: Student Flu Shot Clinic
  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
ADMIN CORNER
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.
CAMPUS NEWS
Advisory
It's Red Ribbon Week and thousands of schools across the country use this time to engage youth in dialogues about the importance of making positive life choices and avoiding the temptation to use drugs and alcohol. Be ready to talk to your students about the conversations they have this week in Advisory as a part of Red Ribbon Week.

Girls basketball important dates
Monday and Tuesday Tryouts Continued
3-5pm in gym
Tues 10/22 there will be a parent meeting for students that make the team.  It will be in the cafeteria starting at 6:00pm and won't take longer than 45min-1hr.

Thurs 10/24 Both 7th and 8th grade "A" teams will play their first game @ Means Middle School.  Game times:  
7th grade- 6:00pm   
8th grade- 7:00pm(or after the conclusion of the 7th grade game)

STILL NEED SUMMER PICS
The Kealing yearbook is still looking for your best pictures from your summer adventures to fill our our summer travel spread. Please email photos to: vespayearbook@gmail.com OR kscott@austinisd.org as soon as possible. Many Thanks!!! - the KMS Yearbook. 

High School Fair for 8th Graders
Kealing is hosting a High School Fair during lunches on November 4th, 6th and 8th. Students will be able to leave lunch to visit AISD high schools who will be set up in the theater foyer. The high school representatives will have general information available as well as special programs offered. Programs that require applications will be available to answer any questions.  Parents - Save the date for the High School Options Meeting where we will have a parent panel representing AISD High Schools for you to ask questions: Thursday 11/14, 7:30am in the library;


CAMPUS NEWS
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!

8th GRADE YEARBOOK ADS AVAILABLE   
Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 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 www.jostensadservice.com or go to kealingyearbook.com for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

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?  http://b.link/kms-latinitas  

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.
KMAG ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next Meeting - 11/14/2019, 7:30am, Library, High School Options
Save the date- Come learn about the High School Options your 8th grader has in AISD; Ask questions of a parent panel made of parents who had students attend Kealing before going on to high school.
** Please note this meeting will not be videoed at the request of our parent panel volunteers
PTA ANNOUNCEMENTS

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]
OR
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 www.kealingpta.org for the guidelines and rules.
Express your artistic talent and tell us what's within reach through Reflections!

Transportation Appreciation Week 10/21-25
Parents are encouraged to remind their kids to thank their bus drivers. Families may want to show their appreciation, too!

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