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Hornet Herald - September 11, 2016

posted Sep 11, 2016, 1:55 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 2:12 PM ]


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

September 13
Fall Pictures
September 14
Fall Pictures
Football vs. Lamar (Nelson Field)
September 15
Volleyball vs. Fulmore
September 20
Football vs. Webb (Nelson FIeld)
September 21
Volleyball vs. Fulmore (B Only @ Fulmore)
September 22
KMAG Meeting @ 7:30 am
Volleyball vs. Martin (A Only @ Martin)
September 28
PTA Spaghetti Dinner 6:00 - 8:00 pm
September 29
Volleyball vs. Covington
September 30
End of 1st grading cycle
Pep Rally Schedule

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

HONOR ROLL ($500-999) 
Austin Boxing Babes 
GasPedal Olive Garden 

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

TEACHER’S PET ($100-249) 
new this week: Tarrytown Dance

Click here to find out more about the Kealing Business Supporters Program!
Picture Day
We will be taking school pictures on Tuesday 9/13 (B) and Weds 9/14 (A). Photos will be taken in core science classes. Families are encouraged to pre-order picture packages at using order code: 1617-0086. The link and other ordering information can also be found at

Kealing Parent Directory
The Kealing Parent Directory is live and you should have received an email from  So far, just over 1/3 of Kealing families have confirmed.  If you have not received the email, follow this link to participate and connect with other Kealing families.

Brown Bag Lunch Series
Do you have a interesting job? Would you like to share your work with a small group of eager Kealing middle school students? Please consider speaking at our 3rd annual Brown Bag lunch series. We are looking for a few inspiring adults to share their profession and stories with our students during lunch on a Friday of your choice. Don't worry if you are unsure of what to discuss, our curriculum coordinator can help you. Please contact Jenna Martin at if you are interested or have any questions.

Student Council
Student Council at Kealing is an organization of students that is committed to acting as a voice for the student body and a liaison between students and administration. This includes activities such as improving the school climate, the physical outlook of the school, planning Student Council events and fundraisers and much more. If you are interested in joining the council, come see Mrs. Jones in room 214 or Ms. Morledge in room 218 to pick up a registration packet. You can also get a packet from Ms. Morledge's website under "Student Council" ( or from your Social Studies teacher. All grade levels are welcome and encouraged to join!

Chess Club
Do you like to play chess or do you want to learn? Chess club will begin meeting Wednesday Sept. 14 from 3 to 4:00 pm in room 512. We will continue to meet each Wednesday. All levels and abilities are welcome. Snacks are provided. Please email with any questions.

Science Olympiad
Interested in building rockets, constructing towers, taking Anatomy tests, doing chemistry labs and more? Join the Science Olympiad Club! Come for more information on September 14th, after school in Rm 412. There will be free Ice Cream!!! Parents are welcomed to join. This will be an informational meeting and is open for any student from 6th-8th grade. Questions?? email:

Robotics Club Meeting
Mondays starting September 19th 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 computers.

KMS Pep Squad
Attention 6th graders: We are looking for YOU to be involved in KMS pep squad! Attend all the football games, sit in our special designated section, and help the cheerleaders cheer on our Hornets! You will get an official pep squad T-shirt, poms, and noise makers! Sign up sheet is on the door of room 103C, please see Ms. Berry for details.
Secret PAL Program
The Kealing PTA Secret Pal Program was created to help our hard working teachers & staff feel a bit more appreciated throughout the year. The guidelines are general, but suggestions are to provide snacks, treats, small gifts, supplies or support to show our appreciation. After you choose a teacher from the SignUp Genius List, you will be sent an Information Sheet with your Pal’s favorite things. There are 4 planned 'drop' times to deliver gifts/treats: Oct. 17-21, Dec. 5-9, Feb. 6-10, and May 1-5. Reminders will be sent out prior to drop times. Click here to find your Secret Pal.  If you have questions, please contact Rachael Steyaert at

Mark your calendars for the Kealing Parent Spaghetti Dinner on September 28th from 6-7:30pm, hosted by the Kealing PTA. The PTA is looking for volunteers to help with this event. If you are interested in volunteering (such as with planning, set-up, or clean-up), please email Thank you to the members of our new hospitality committee, including Tasca Shadix and Kate Henderson, for bringing the yummy homemade goods to our PTA meetings and other events.

Hello! The Austin Council of PTAs (ACPTA) is the umbrella organization for all the PTAs in Austin ISD. We believe "advocacy" means being informed, connecting with others, and taking action to make education better for Austin kids. This year, we are excited to launch a new BLOG and and EMAIL LIST to help strengthen our member's voices on things like: school funding, vouchers, STAAR, cyberbullying, expanded Pre-K, and equity. Join our online community via these two links: 1. BLOG (news and action items): 2. EMAIL LIST (more private community to connect and seek help): (or search Google Groups for "ACPTA advocacy") See you online! -Arati Singh ACPTA advocacy chair

Light Construction Help Needed
Seeking someone with the skills and tools to remove the old frame and door on our garden shed and install the new one we already have. Could be paid or volunteer. Please contact KMS PTA Environmental Chair Laura DiCarlo at (512)529-1701 (call or text) asap.

Reflections Program
The PTA Reflections program fosters creativity and the arts in students of all ages. PTA is looking for someone to coordinate this program for the Kealing students. Materials and support are provided by Texas PTA. This is a short term, easy volunteer opportunity which will give you a front row seat to Kealing students' amazing creativity. Please contact Rachael Steyaert if you're interested or have any questions. 

KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser
KMAG is kicking off our No-Hassle Fundraiser on September 22. With your donations, KMAG provides funding for teacher travel and conference fees at unique national conferences; purchases classroom materials; pays club contest entry fees, and more. This year, we are aiming to pay for national conferences for double the number of teachers as in years past. Help us reach our goal! When we say "no hassle", we mean it. We will keep this campaign to only 4 weeks and we ask for your tax-deductible donation. You can pay online, at your convenience. You can even ask your workplace for matching funds! No need for you to do anything yet, but be ready for Sept. 22. We appreciate your previous donations and hope you’ll join us in making the 2016-17 school year a great one.

8th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed 
Parents are needed to help organize the events below. Let's make these events special for our kiddos. Thanks! Linda Chanow ( 

Event 1: Science Field Trip (November)
Event 2: English Field Trip (February)