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Hornet Herald - September 2, 2019

posted Sep 2, 2019, 6:55 AM by KMS Hornets


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

  • Aug 23-Sept 8 - KMAG BookPeople Fundraiser
  • Sept 3: B Day
  • Sept 3: Back To School Night, 6p-8p
  • Sept 5: PTA Meeting, 7:30a
  • Sept 11 & 12: Picture Day during science
  • Sept 12: KMAG Meeting, 7:30a
  • Sept 12: Quiz Bowl Info Mtg, 3-4p
  • Sept 12 & 13: Homework Hiatus
  • Sept 12: CAC Meeting, 4pm
Back to School Night
Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 6-8pm

We will promptly begin at 6:05 in your child’s Advisory class.

Parents will be allowed to enter at 5:30 pm and not before as to give Teachers/staff time to prepare for your visit. Also, remember not to park in the bus lane on Pennsylvania Ave. between 4:00- 5:30 pm as the late buses will be arriving.

This is an opportunity for you to put faces with your student's teacher's names. You will walk your student's schedule (wear comfortable shoes!). This time has been set aside for all parents to experience what your student does in the classroom. If you have individual questions for your student's teacher, please email him/her to setup a time to discuss after BTSN.  Typically, this is an adult event. Your students will have had a full day so be mindful of this. Classrooms have limited seating, too! 

Helpful tip: Login to the parent cloud, go to the grades tile, then click on the tab that says "Schedule". From the TEAMS Mobile App, click on "Schedule" instead of report card. On the schedule list, you will be able to see the advisory teacher and room number. If you are able, screen shot the schedule for a handy reminder! If not, write down your advisory teacher and room number!

Homework Hiatus - Mark your calendars
Homework Hiatus dates are here! Each year we block off a weekend that is reserved for rest and fun for our students and staff. This means that no homework assignments will be assigned and no assignments will be due the following Monday or Tuesday. We hope you mark your calendars and plan to enjoy these brain breaks with your families! 
  • 9/12 & 13
  • 10/24 & 25
  • 11/21 & 22 (Thanksgiving Break)
  • 1/16 & 17 (MLK Jr. weekend) 
  • 2/20 & 21 
  • 4/30 & 5/1

Interested in serving on the Kealing CAC?
The Kealing CAC has openings for new members for the 2019-20 school year. There are vacancies for parents and a community representative. A parent member must have a currently enrolled student and cannot also be an employee of the district. The community representative must live within the district, be at least 18 years of age, and shall not also be a parent or district employee. Members serve for two years. 

To apply, please complete and email the CAC application to Principal Kenisha Coburn. The application is available here

The Kealing CAC meets nine times a year from 4-5pm in the Kealing Library. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from September through May. The first Kealing CAC meeting for 2019-20 will be Thursday, September 12th. All are welcome! 
Advisory - The coming week in Advisory is all about meeting each other and building community. Next up is Safety Week and we will review all safety drills with our students during Advisory. We will post upcoming themes and activities on the Advisory website so feel free to follow along! The specific safety drill schedule will not be posted but please plan to discuss this with your student during the week of September 3.

Attention: 7 grade parents - Shot Records
Please turn in shot records showing proof of Tdap and MCV vaccinations to the school nurse as soon as possible. If a student does not have these shots by 9/6/2019, they will be sent home from school until proof of vaccination is given to the nurse. 
School Pictures 
Save the date School pictures will be taken on September 11 (B) and September 12 (A). Portraits will be taken during core science classes. Order information will be sent home this week. Order online at - Order code is: 1920-0094. Packages starting as low as $14. Don't miss out!

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
Quiz Bowl Info Meeting
There will be an informational meeting for students interested in participating in the competitive, academic based club, Quiz Bowl, on Thursday, September 12th from 3pm-4pm in Ms. Neill's room (room 500). Quiz Bowl is open to all grade levels, and there will be opportunities to participate in both the fall and the spring. If you have any questions, please e-mail Ms. Neill or Ms. Lupher.

Kealing Cross Country and Hornet Run Club
Welcome Running Hornets! Kealing Cross Country and Hornet Run Club is back and excited to start our 2019 Fall Season. Kealing Cross Country is a club open to 7th and 8th graders and Hornet Run Club is open to 6th graders. We welcome runners of ALL running levels and experiences. Our season officially begins the first week of school and runs through October. We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:00-4:30pm. At the meets, on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings, our runners race two miles at different parks around Austin. If you have a Kealing student who is interested in joining our club please check out our website or feel free to contact our new coach and teacher sponsor Shannon Jones at
Join the PTA Today!

PTA Membership & Donation
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!

 Donate to the KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser
It’s time for the KMAG Curriculum Donation and Teacher Support Drive!  4 weeks of not selling popcorn or raffle tickets! This is NO HASSLE...just donate what you feel your family can afford to support our excellent magnet programming and teaching staff.  Our faculty relies on additional funding to bring countless classroom and extra-curricular activities to our students and facilitate instruction in the classroom.  THANK YOU, in advance, for your generous support!  

KMAG BookPeople Fundraiser 
August 23 -September 8 
 603 North Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78703

Please consider buying your student's required/choice books at BookPeople between 8/23 and 9/8. If you provide a printed out copy of this flyer to the cashier at BookPeople, KMAG will receive 20% back on ALL of  your purchases (required reading and everything else!). Why not support KMAG and an Austin original local business at the same time?

BookPeople has a nice display/table of all the Kealing books on the 2nd floor. 

Thank you for supporting the Magnet Program!

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.
Buy Your Kealing Spirit Wear Today!  
New styles this year!  If you place your order this week it will be ready to pick up at Back to School Night on September 3rd.  Go to to place your order today!

Tue., Sept. 3, 6pm. Back-to-School Night. 
Before you head to your child’s classrooms, stop by the PTA table to purchase Spirit Wear, meet your PTA leaders, and learn more about ways to get involved at the school.

AISD School Changes
The AISD School Changes process will continue as students return to school. The process is focused on creating a strong future for AISD, and changes like new specialized programs, changes to some school boundaries, and finding new uses for some AISD buildings are among the options being discussed. Your voice is important, so please be sure to follow the process and stay engaged. You can find details on the AISD School Changes website, including a timeline for the process.

Back to the Future
Please join us for a day of free family fun and valuable information. We will have activities for all ages, food, performances, giveaways and a chance to meet groups that want to connect with your family and your school. The event is open to the public. We hope to see you there!
ACPTA Back the Future 2019
September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan Boulevard

Back to School - Back to PTA
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