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Hornet Herald - September 23, 2018

posted Sep 23, 2018, 2:06 PM by KMS Hornets

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

  • Sept 25 - Mathcounts, 3-4p
  • Sept 26 - 8th Grade NJHS  Mtg, 3-4p
  • Sept 27 - Bike Club, 3-4p
  • Sept 27&28 - Homework Hiatus
  • Sept 28 - KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser Ends
  • Oct. 5 - Community Supplies Deadline
  • Oct. 5 - Spring Musical Application Deadline
  • Oct. 10 - 6th grade Stem Club Mtg, 3-4p

Register to be a Kealing Middle School Volunteer 
All individuals interested in volunteering at Kealing Middle School must register as a Kealing school-based volunteer and complete a background check through Austin Partners In Education. For more information, contact Dee Gonzales or 512-414-6700.

NEW THIS YEAR - All AISD Volunteers must sign the AISD Confidentiality Form at the school you are volunteering. Ms. Gonzales will have them at KMAG and PTA meetings or you can contact her.

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No School for Kealing Students 9/24
Kealing Faculty & Staff will have a Professional Learning Day on Monday, September 24 as part of the AISD District of Innovation Plan. Vertical teams are allowed to schedule additional professional development days for staff, thus creating extra holidays for students. Here is a list of AISD schools and the days they have off.

Kealing Lacrosse Fundraiser-Buy a T-Shirt Today!
As a way to support Kealing’s Club Lacrosse program for both boys and girls, the club will be selling t-shirts! There are 4 different styles available at varying costs. Shirt styles and cost can be viewed online and inventory viewed here. This website is simply for viewing shirt designs and all shirts must be purchased in person through Ms. Morledge in room 218. There are limited quantities and no new orders will be placed, so get your order in quick! You can reserve a shirt by filling out this form and bringing payment to room 218 within two school days. Shirts will be saved for two school days, before being released to someone else. Checks made out to Hornet Youth Lacrosse and cash (preferably exact change) will be accepted as payment. No credit cards. These shirts are different than the Kealing spirit wear, and all profits will go to the Lacrosse program. Thanks for supporting Kealing Lacrosse!

Mathcounts Club is Starting!
Mathcounts club is back, and we hope you'll come and help us make it better than ever.
Our first meeting will be this Tuesday, September 25th.  Come to Room 203 after school to find out more about Mathcounts club as well as potential future competitions.  No registration is needed - just show up if you like math and want to try out some fun problems.  See Ms. Strickland if you have any questions.

NJHS Member Meeting (8th gr)
The first NJHS member meeting for 8th graders will be held on Wednesday, September 26th from 3-4pm in the KMS library. Since it's our kick-off meeting, we will be reviewing the google survey you completed, establishing meeting norms and SMART goals for the year, and planning the induction ceremony. More information about this meeting and NJHS in general can be found on the blend course. If you do not have access to the 
blend course, please email or see Ms. Chambers in 116. 

6th Grade UT STEM Club
Hello! We are excited to get our 6th Grade UT STEM Club started for this year. Each week, students will participate in fun science experiments. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, Oct 10th, in room 417. Students should plan on coming each Wednesday to UT STEM Club. All 6th graders are welcome to join in the science fun!  Students need to stop by McD (room 417) or Garcia (112A) to get a sign-up packet. Yay STEM! 

Spring Musical Auditions
Applications and audition sign ups for this year's Spring Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, are now available! Come by the Black Box (room 232) or visit Ms. Pena Brooks' website for more information. Completed applications are due by 3pm on Friday, October 5th. No late applications, no exceptions!

Community Supplies Needed

If you would like to help our faculty and staff supplement their classrooms with Kleenex/Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, Glue Sticks, Notebook Paper, Dry-Erase Markers, 1-Subject Spiral Notebooks and/or Colored Paper that would be great!

Here's what you can do:

  1. Send any of these basic items in with your student and ask them to drop off in the Kealing front office
  2. Can't do that but still want to help? Buy them off our Amazon wish list and have them shipped directly to Kealing (address already selected to ship directly to Kealing).
Be sure to select and direct your charity to KMAG or Kealing PTA. Either organization will benefit from your shopping!

Here is Kealing's Amazon wishlist: brand and quantities listed are merely suggestions!


Bike Club Fall 2018!
Are you interested in the Kealing Bike Club?  If you want to ride with the club this semester and have never ridden with us before, you must attend orientation on Thursday 9/27.  If you have participated in Bike Club in the past, you must get the new permission forms for this school year.  Come talk to Mr. Hendrex (room 215) or Mr. Shoaf (room 516) for more information.

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]
2018-2019 Join and PAY ONLINE now
Download 2018-2019 Membership Paper Form: 
Secret PALS Signup!
This a great way to secretly spread a little joy to  our wonderful teachers.  Families choose a teacher and then secretly spoil them four times a year; October, December, February and April. Shhhh, PALS are kept a secret!  We have compiled a spreadsheet with over 60 teachers secret wishes’ that you can use to plan your surprise.  We will be showering them on October 9 and 10, so please Sign up here for you Pal soon!   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Julie at
Donate now!
Last call for donations to the KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser Supporting the Magnet Teachers & Curriculum!  Your $50, $100, $250+ gift to Kealing is necessary to maintain our magnet program’s excellence. Your child’s awesome education depends on it!
AISD School Board Candidate Forum - Coming Soon!
Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 4:00-6:00pm at the LBJ/LASA Library:  Meet the Candidates! 

On November 6th, 2018, five of the nine seats on the Austin Independent School District school board are up for general election. 

This is your opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues related to the magnet community, and our opportunity to educate the candidates about the magnet programs within AISD. 

Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA and LASA Student Council
The forum is non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

For more information and to save a seat, visit  No RSVP is required, but please let us know if you might attend, so we can plan appropriately.

Check Out Our KMAG Facebook Group
Calling all current Kealing Magnet parents — please join our KMAG Facebook Group and say hi! KMAG is here to facilitate another way to connect with parents. Join the conversation! 

Please note, to join the group, you must be a current Kealing Magnet Family and/or a graduated Kealing Magnet Family and you must answer 3 questions before accepted.

Our Facebook Group is quite the community now! We have been sharing lots of videos and stories on our Facebook group, so please check it out. 

While the conversations on FB are great, not everyone is a Facebook user? Keep current with KMAG news via our website... type in your email to get updates.
STARMITES, a diva, a teenage heroine and a band of banshees promise to enchant audiences of all ages!  
September, 27-30. 2018

The story follows Eleanor, an introverted teenager who finds herself magically teleported to the comic-book world she adores. Eleanor teams up with Spacepunk and a band of guardian angels known as the “Starmites” to battle Diva, the Queen of Innerspace and the menacing Shak Graa to save the universe from the clutches of evil. Starmites is a playful and heartwarming adventure about the struggle of discovering who you are.
- book by Stuart Ross and Barry Keating and music and lyrics by Barry Keating

Tickets may be purchased in advance see link 
Student tickets are $7; adults are $16, and seniors are $12. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door, except at the student rate. 
Group rates for groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount when purchasing tickets online.
All shows start at 7 pm, except for Sundays. Sunday shows start at 3 pm.
Location: McCallum Arts Center, 5600 Sunshine Dr. Austin, TX 78756 

Sunday, October  14,  2-4 pm, Anderson High School South Parking Lot

Support the Anderson Wrestling Team and have your personal documents SECURELY shredded by Balcones Shred.  Your confidential and old documents will be destroyed onsite.  Donations will benefit the AHS Wrestling Team.