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Hornet Herald - September 15, 2019

posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:09 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Sep 15, 2019, 4:10 PM ]
Hey Hornets!

Some educators and healthcare professionals will tell you with absolute certainty that strange things happen during full moons. This past Friday was the 13th and a full moon so if you are superstitious, you should have been worried for us all! I am pleased to report that there was no howling and no other oddities to report (well not anymore than is typical for middle schoolers). It was another week of learning and positive energy in our classrooms. We reminded students about Homework Hiatus and I hope you all took advantage of the time this weekend. I definitely enjoyed the under 100 degree temperatures!

Last week we started our Active Day rotations so your students will be able to get some energy out once a week in a variety of spaces. The park and fields are a hit so if you have extra soccer balls, footballs, or frisbees that you would like to donate, please send them to the Program Office. Our students will put them to good use during the active time. Hydration is key so encourage your students to bring water bottles to school each day.

That's all for this week!

Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal
Kealing Middle School

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

  • Sept 17: Mathcounts, 2:45-4:15p, 203
  • Sept 18: 8th grade NJHS Meeting, 3-4p, library
  • Sept 26: KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser Ends
  • Sept 26-Oct 31: Ultimate Frisbee Scrimmages
  • Oct 4: Homecoming Dance, 6-8p
This week we will celebrate Constitution Day and start our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Follow along on the Advisory page to see what's coming next and also take a look at upcoming topics. Parents who wish to opt-out of a particular Advisory lesson should email their student’s Advisory teacher with their request and the reason for the request at least two school days in advance.   

Get ready to celebrate and dance the night away!  The Homecoming Dance will be held Friday, October 4th from 6-8 p.m. in the large gym.  Wristbands are $5 and will be sold during all lunches on Friday, October 4th and at the door before the dance begins!  There will be games in the small gym and plenty of drinks and snacks for sale.  This is the FIRST dance of the year and you don't want to miss it!  All proceeds go to support the Kealing Theatre Program!  

Ultimate Frisbee Fall Scrimmages!
Kealing Ultimate Frisbee fall scrimmages will begin on September 26th and run through October 31st. This club is open to girls and boys, all grades, all programs. Fall scrimmages are on Thursdays, 3:00-4:45pm. Players must complete a waiver and sign up for each week. Waivers are available in Room 210 (Kepner) or 235 (Natenberg), and sign-up sheets will go up outside Coach Natenberg's door every Monday morning. Contact with questions!

Preorder your 2020 yearbook today! Yearbooks are on sale now for the lowest price of the year - $35. Order online at or bring an order form in to Ms Scott in room 236. Checks should be made payable to Kealing Middle School and order forms are available on the bulletin board outside room 236. Don't miss out! 

Journalism for All
Support Kealing journalism and get recognized on KBTV. 

The goal of Kealing journalism electives is to tell meaningful stories that reach all students, staff and families within our Kealing community.

To support our programs, KBTV will be offering individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to sponsor all or part of an episode of KBTV. Funds raised will be used to upgrade sound and video equipment.

Episode sponsors will be recognized as part of the credits in each episode of KBTV Season 4.

Forms have been sent home or you can contact Ms. Scott for more information on how to get involved
Mathcounts club is starting!
The Mathcounts club will have its first meeting after school in Room 203 on Tuesday, September 17th from 2:45-4:15.  Any students who enjoy math and problem solving are welcome to attend.  No sign up needed - just come to enjoy the fun, learning, and snacks!  If you aren't able to make it to our first meeting, you can come on a future Tuesday afternoon.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Strickland.

Austin ISD would like your feedback on the newly written Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades sixth through eighth. Lessons and a feedback survey will be posted on the Parent Cloud from September 18th-25th. Middle school lessons will be revised based on feedback. Elementary lessons have already been revised from feedback provided last May.

Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website, How to Create a Parent Cloud Account, for more information. Once in the Parent Cloud, look for the MS HSR Lesson Review Tile. Please contact the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187 if you need assistance creating an account.

Additionally, AISD is offering two meetings for families who need Spanish and Arabic interpretation. These meetings will be held at Navarro High School (formerly Lanier) on September 17 and Austin High School on September 19. Both meetings are from 6-8 p.m. If you are in need of another language, please contact Michele Rusnak , Health and Physical Education Supervisor, by Friday (9/13), at
Join the PTA Today!

It's NOT too late! 

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]
Download 2019-2020 Membership Paper Form:  ENGLISH  SPANISH 
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 for the guidelines and rules.

Express your artistic talent and tell us what's within reach through Reflections!

APIE in the Classroom | Register Today! 
Interested in volunteering? Registration is now open for our Math Classroom Coaching and Mentoring Programs!

Click here to support Austin students by becoming a Math Classroom Coach or Mentor today. For more information, e-mail

Support the Magnet Program!
It’s On!
The KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser to support the magnet curriculum and teachers goes until September 26. There are many ways to donate. To learn more and to donate visit our website.  We appreciate every dollar you give! Thank you for your support.

Join us in our KMAG Facebook Group
Calling all current Kealing Magnet parents, Staff and teachers — join our KMAG Facebook Group and say hi! KMAG is here to facilitate another way to connect with parents. Join the conversation! Be sure to fill out the 3 questions on your request to join, including student name and expected graduation year from high school.