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Hornet Herald - October 27, 2019

posted Oct 27, 2019, 6:05 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Oct 27, 2019, 6:08 PM ]
Hey Hornets,

It's Halloween week and we look forward to seeing our students and staff who choose to wear their festive gear to school. Remind your students of the restrictions so they'll come prepared in a costume that fits the bill. 

We are still working to simplify the lunch transition period and our students gave some great feedback last week. The length of the lunch lines was expressed as a serious problem and we are glad to be adding additional staff members. In the next few weeks the third lunch line will be opening which should help speed things up quite a bit. We will be making some additional adjustments this week to help with a smooth, safe transition. Please help us by encouraging your students to travel the path shared by their teachers and to use walking feet on the way to lunch. It has improved so much already and we look forward to making positve changes to give the students more ownership this week!

The Chevron Fuel Your School Challenge is still ging and about $1600 worth of projects have been funded so far for Kealing staff. The challenge runs through Thursday so if you are filling up at all this week, consider going to a Chevron. The funds being raised will benefit a number of Austin ISD schools, Kealing included.

8th grade parents, if you have not already returned the Chromebook consent form through the AISD cloud or through the paper form, time is running out. We have a response rate of about 60% and would like to be at 100% by the end of the day tomorrow. Click here to find the online form. You can also download the paper copy or just stop by campus to submit a copy.

We're off to another week of learning. This Friday we'll be showing a movie and doing some other fun activities on campus. This is a free, low output evening event and we encourage you to stop by at 6:00 pm if you are around. 

Have a great week!

Kenisha Coburn
Kealing Middle School

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

  • Oct. 30: 8th grade chrome book distribution - HELP needed
  • Oct. 31: Halloween!
  • Nov. 1: Family Fun Night, 6-8pm
  • 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
This week our students will be talking about how to be upstanders. 8th grade students will also spend some time learning more about their new devices. Parents, if you have not already submitted the consent form, get it in asap!

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: OR 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;

Halloween Is Coming
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!

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 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 or go to for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

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.
Magnet Showcase Parent Volunteers Needed
We are in need of parent volunteers for the Magnet Showcase held on November 7, 2019 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  We will need parents for the following positions: 
  • 2-4 volunteers: parking sign/door sign distributors (available 4:30-5:00pm)
  • 10 volunteers:  welcomers AND chromebook sign-in helpers (tech-savviness is a plus!); 
  • 5 volunteers:  parent information question & answerers
  • 5 volunteers:  application help desk supporters (how to navigate the cloud)
  • 5 volunteers:  Spanish help desk translators 
Please email Gayathri if you're interested.  

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
NEW! Kealing Trucker Hats!
Great for parents and students alike, our new trucker hats are fresh and clean with a logo that looks "Supreme"!  Get yours today at for $20. Support Kealing;
Buy spirit wear!