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Hornet Herald - October 22, 2017

posted Oct 22, 2017, 6:23 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 6:27 AM ]



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

  • 10/23: FB Kealing vs Mendez 7A, 6p
  • 10/23: FB Kealing vs Mendez 8A, 7:30p
  • 10/26: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • 10/26: AVID Family Night, 5:30p
  • 10/26: BB Girls KMS vs Lamar 8A, 6p
  • 10/26: BB Girls KMS vs Lamar 7A, 6p
  • 10/26: BB Girls KMS vs Lamar 8B, 7p
  • 10/26: BB Girls KMS vs Lamar 7B, 7p

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.

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! 

Writing Coach Volunteer Opportunity
Are you a proficient informational writer?  Are you interested in volunteering to support Kealing students?  We need your help!  In order to help our students improve as writers, we are soliciting writing coach volunteers.  Students will be focusing on expository writing, which has the primary goal of delivering information about an issue, subject, method, or idea.Volunteer writing coaches will conference one-on-one with students to improve their writing skills. 

Volunteers should be available for one class block of coaching at least one day per week.  There will be training opportunities in October, November and December to help prepare the volunteers.  Complete this form if you are interested in helping to support our students.  Please forward this to anyone who you think might be interested in this opportunity!

Please contact Mr. Longoria with questions.

Transportation Employees Appreciation Week
National School Bus Safety Week and AISD’s Transportation Employee Appreciation Week were Oct. 16–20.  Please take an opportunity to recognize the importance that having buses provided in the morning, after school and for late events is to the Kealing community.  Please be extra careful when you see a school bus stop.  If your student rides the bus, you might encourage him/her to thank the bus driver.  In general, it’s a pretty low-paying thankless job, so those few words of appreciation will go a long way. 

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.  

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.  

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

Save the Date
Next KMAG meeting is Thursday, October 26th at 7:30am. We have our nurse on hand to speak to parents. Hope you can make it!

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 Dues this week:
Pals (can be you or your child) please bring your special items to Programs office for your teacher with last name starting with A-M on the Monday 10/23 and Tuesday 10/24 then N-Z on the Wednesday 10/25 and Thursday 10/26 of weeks listed above. Clearly label teacher's name on your item.

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. 

For more details about the bond—including school-specific projects—please visit, email or call 512-414-9595.