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Hornet Herald - October 30, 2016

posted Oct 30, 2016, 4:37 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 6:35 AM ]

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October 31
Happy Halloween!
November 2
School Picture retakes (11:00am-2:00pm)
Football Zone Game 
November 3
PTA Meeting/Parent Presentation (7:30 am)
Kealing Magnet Showcase (5:30-7:30 pm)
November 4
Kealing Fall Festival (6:00-8:00 pm)
November 5
Kealing Chess Club Hosts Tournament
November 6
Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall back - we gain an hour!)
November 10
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
Last Day of the Six Weeks
November 12
Kealing Thanksgiving Community Lunch 
(11:30 am - 2:00 pm)

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 to our growing list of Kealing PTA Business Supporters!
PRINCIPAL’S LIST ($1000-1999) 
Opal Divine’s 
Texas Art Portraits

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
Catellus Austin, LLC
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 

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

Image result for halloween clipartHalloween at Kealing
Halloween is always one of the most visually interesting days of the school year.  Below are a few reminders to help the day go smoothly:
  • No weapons (real or fake) are allowed.
  • Student faces must be uncovered and recognizable.
  • Clown costumes are not allowed.
  • Students may not distribute candy at school.
We look forward to seeing our students in their costumes tomorrow!

Fall Festival
On Friday, November 4, 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 5th Annual Fall Festival! 

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

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 send Ms. Parks an email at:

Added Late Bus Areas
Starting on Monday, November 1, the late buses will be serving the following additional areas Monday through Thursday:
  • 5:41 P.M. BAKER @ W 40TH ST & AVENUE B
Students will need to check in at Think Tank in the cafeteria by 5:05 pm to be able to ride the late bus.

Image result for thanksgiving clipartAnnual Thanksgiving Celebration
Please mark your calendars for Kealing’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Celebration on Saturday, November 12th from 11am-2pm. Bring your entire family and join residents from the community for a delicious Thanksgiving meal in the Kealing Cafeteria. We have three important volunteer needs for this big event. (Note that this is also a great community service opportunity for your middle school and high school kids): 
  1. Sign up to help with a one-hour shift at the event on the 12th. We need around 45 volunteers to help serve the food and greet our neighbors. Can you volunteer to help? Sign up here.
  2. Bring a Thanksgiving dessert of your choice. You can deliver your dessert to the Kealing program office on Friday anytime between 7:15am and 3pm, or bring it to the event on Saturday the 12th.
  3. Help us with our grocery list for the meal. Bring your items to Kealing program office by Wednesday, November 9th. To sign up to bring a dessert or help out with our grocery list, click here.
Robotics Club Meeting
Mondays from 3:00 pm to 4 pm in Ms. Johnson’s Room 120. Each week the students will design a robot to accomplish tasks such as getting through a maze, making art, dancing, etc. The goal is to simply have fun and learn robotics and programming along the way. No previous computer coding experience is required, and the club provides robots and

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

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

AISD Future
The Facility Condition Assessment and the Educational Suitability Report are now available.  These reports give an overview of Kealing's current campus conditions and will help inform the district's long-range facility planning as we work to envision the future of Austin ISD.   We will keep you updated as the District moves forward with this process.

PTA Meeting - November 3
Join us in the Kealing Library this Thursday from 7:30-8:45am for our November PTA Membership Meeting and Principal's Coffee, which will feature a discussion lead by Amber Hill, Communities in Schools counselor.  The topic will be Helping Middle School Students Manage Stress. Thanks to the Hospitality Committee, there will be delicious breakfast treats on hand. Feel free to stay for as little or as long as you can.

Spirit Wear SalesImage result for spirit wear clipart
Spirit Wear Sales! PTA will be selling spirit wear to students on Thursday, November 3, and Friday, November 4, in the cafeteria during all lunches. PTA will accept cash or check. You can check out the new styles and also order and pay online at Get your zip hoodies and baseball shirts in time for Fall weather! We have x-small through 4xl sizes in most items! 
Zip Hoodies $25
 T-shirts $15 
Baseball shirts $20 
Kealing stickers/magnets $3 
Questions? email Jen at

Reflections Competition
Reflections Art Competition entries are due November 1st in the program office! We have some amazing talent at Kealing and some talented professionals excited to judge your entries! Please take part in this opportunity at a chance to win a trip to Washington DC in any or all of the 6 creative areas: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, photography, Visual Arts, and Musical Composition! 
Don't forget you must reflect on the theme, "What is your Story?" and create an original piece of work. At least one person in your household must be a PTA member. 
  • Dylan Phillips/Musician and song writer 
  • Ashlyn Rose/ Owner and Creative director - 
  • Kathy Guidry/Owner & Teaching Artist at Creative Commons Art studio 
  • Chris Combs/Art Director in Film 
  • Amber Barton/ Owner & photographer of Amber Barton Photography 
  • Emily Long / Owner and Teaching artist at ACTion Theatricals 
  • Meggan Carcasi / All around creative eye!
Board Candidate Forum Video
Take a look at the video linked below from the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees Candidate Forum At-large Place 8 candidates: Cindy Anderson and David Quintanilla 

Volunteer Opportunity
Hi all!! How would you like to help our amazingly awesome Kealing teachers make more time to be amazingly awesome???? We are trying to initiate a group of parents who are interested in donating some time each week to help out by making copies for the teachers/staff. It's a simple job but it goes a long way to freeing up the teachers' time for things like.....teaching!!! Just sitting in front of the school waiting for your child to finish an after school club? Come inside and make some copies! Stopping by for the KMAG or PTA meeting? Why not hang around and make some copies! Even if it's just a scheduled one hour/week or impromptu will go a long way to help out. We are creating a simple system so even if you just pop into the school you will easily know what and how many copies to make! This is a real on the ground way to help our teachers and staff lighten their loads! If you have any interest, please contact Meggan Carcasi at or Emily Long at Give us a rough idea of what day/times you might be available.
Image result for thanks clipartKMAG Curriculum & Teacher Support Drive
As promised, we kept the KMAG Curriculum and Teacher Support drive to four weeks and are thrilled to announce that we made it to 96% of our goal! Thank you to the 299 families who helped make the 2016 donation drive a success. Please note that all donors will receive an emailed receipt by the end of November. Even though the drive is over, KMAG accepts donations all year long here