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Hornet Herald - September 18, 2016

posted Sep 18, 2016, 1:56 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Sep 18, 2016, 1:56 PM ]

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

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 27
Football vs. Garcia (Noack #2)
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 and Spirit Week Kick-Off
October 3
First Day of Homecoming Spirit Week
October 4
Homecoming Football vs. Fulmore (Noack #2)
October 6
Homecoming Volleyball vs. Covington

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

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

SCHOLAR ($250-499) 
Charm School Vintage
Coco Paloma Desserts
Code Studio 
FOLIO Communications Group 
Human Financial 
Slavonk & Hortus Terraria 

TEACHER’S PET ($100-249) 
Tarrytown Dance 

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

High School Options
Information regarding Austin ISD High School Options is starting to arrive.  We will be sending this info your way as it comes.  Also, all 8th grade students will have an opportunity to learn about the options during Advisory on October 11.  Representatives from some of the High Schools will be available.

The McCallum Fine Arts Showcase is coming up on Tuesday, September 27 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

CATCH Committee Meeting
CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Children's Health. Coach Jaime Brynie, Parent Support Specialist Dee Gonzales, and a PTA leader head up this committee at KMS. Please join us Monday, September 26 at 7:30am in Mrs. Gonzales' office (last door on the right if you turn right from the front office window). We'll be planning the family fun fitness event and other CATCH programming for the year. Questions or want to get involved but can't make the meeting? Contact Laura DiCarlo at or (512)529-1701 (call or text).

Kealing Parent Directory
The Kealing Parent Directory is live and you should have received an email from  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.

Mathcounts Club is Starting
Do you like working together to solve fun and interesting math problems? Do you like learning strategies and shortcuts to make math easier? Then come try Mathcounts! 

The Mathcounts after school club is starting THIS WEEK on Tuesday, September 20th. No sign-up necessary - just come to Room 203 right after school on Tuesday to find out more info and give Mathcounts a try. Contact Ms. Strickland if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

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.
Mark your calendars for the Kealing Parent Spaghetti Dinner on September 28th from 6-7:30pm, hosted by the Kealing PTA. Kealing Parents: Join us for the Kealing Middle School Parent Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, September 28th, from 6-7:30pm in the Kealing Cafeteria. RSVP by September 21st.  Suggested pot luck contributions:
  • 6th grade parents--salad
  •  7th grade parents--bread
  •  8th grade parents--dessert
Hope to see you there!

Teacher Wish List
The PTA has launched a new wish list program to match our teacher’s “wishes” for classroom-related supplies with our generous parents. You can access the current wish list and sign up to make a donation. This week’s wish list includes:
  • A new or used refrigerator for 7th grade science 
  • Yoga mats for Kealing Magnet's mentoring program (kids work on meditation and also take breaks for short workouts).
  • Balance balls/exercise chairs for Ms. McDonald’s classroom
  • Borax soap for 7th grade science
Thank you for supporting our hard working teachers!

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

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
Calling all creative Kealing students with at least one PTA member in your household! The PTA's Reflections program is a go again this year! We have some amazing talent at Kealing so please encourage your kiddos to take part in this opportunity! 
The Reflections program is a local, state, and national PTA arts competition in 6 creative areas! Students must reflect on the theme, and create an original piece of work! Students may also enter their theme ideas for 2018/2019! See the website. 
Theme for 2016/17: " What is your story?" 6 areas are(all details are in the website. See below):
  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Film Production
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts 
  • Musical Composition
Important dates: 
  • November 1st- Drop off Reflections submission(s) at Kealing. There will be a box in the program's office. Please see all requirements on the website.
  • November 5th - Enter 2018/2019 theme contest For more information and entry details see: 
KMAG Meeting - Join Us!
Please come to our next KMAG meeting on Thursday September 22 at 7:30 am in the library. Mr. Applegate will be there to discuss the Time Project and to answer your questions. Mr. Webster will also be on hand to talk a bit more about Kealing 101 and the adjustment to middle school. As he is the parent of a magnet 6th grader as well as one of our amazing English teachers, he should have a unique perspective for us! 

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)