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Hornet Herald - September 25, 2016

posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:21 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 3:48 PM ]
Hello Kealing Community, 

Last Friday, we were lucky enough to have Colonel Gregory Johnson visit our campus.  Colonel Johnson was in Austin to help for the national pilot STEM Scouts program and took time out of his travel schedule to talk to some of our students about his experiences as an Astronaut.  They were able to see video of the inside of the Space Shuttle, learn about the interactions between Astronauts from various countries, and view pictures taken from the inside of the Space Shuttle.  They also had the opportunity to ask a number of questions about what life was like on the Shuttle.  It was an engaging way to end the week and a once in a lifetime experience for our students.  This week is the last week of the 1st grading cycle and we will end it by kicking off Homecoming Spirit Week and enjoying the annual Lip Sync Battle.  Take a look at our calendar for dates and times of upcoming events.  We hope to see you soon!


Kenisha Coburn

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

September 27
Football vs. Garcia (Noack #2)
September 28
Kealing 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
Lip Sync Off (6:30 - 8:00 pm)
October 3
First Day of Homecoming Spirit Week
October 4
Homecoming Tailgate at KMS (3:00 - 5:00 pm)
Homecoming Football vs. Fulmore (Noack #2)
October 6
Homecoming Volleyball vs. Covington
Fall Band Concert and Dinner (5:00-7:30 pm)
October 7
Homecoming Dance (6:00-8:00 pm)
October 10
Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

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!

Congratulations, Ms. Bruch!!!
Ms. Bruch was chosen for the pestigious Lockheed-Martin/NSTA Fellowship! The Fellows were selected on the basis of criteria, including showing evidence of a solid science background and displaying a strong interest in growing as a professional science educator. During their fellowship, recipients will receive:
• A discipline-specific mentor;
• Access to a facilitated web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy;
• An opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional learning activities, including a specially designated online learning community;
• Financial support to attend the NSTA 2016 National Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles; and
• A comprehensive NSTA membership package.

Kealing Homecoming and Spirit Week
On Friday, September 30 we'll kick off Spirit Week with a Pep Rally.  Be on the lookout for the Homecoming Banner this Wednesday explaining the Spirit Wear Days.  Start planning for a week of Hornet Spirit, culminating with the annual Homecoming Dance!

MLK Day of Service Planning Meeting
Want to help plan the MLK Day of service and peace through pie social that will occur in January? Come to our first planning meeting with Huston Tillotson and other community organizations Monday 10/10 at noon at kealing ( note - there is no school that day and it is a teacher inservice day). Want to get involved but can't make that meeting? Contact Laura DiCarlo at

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).

KMAG No Hassle Fundraiser
KMAG has launched a four-week NO HASSLE donation drive to fund Magnet programs including much needed technology updates, sending two teams of core teachers to national conferences, classroom supplies, and funding for extra-curricular and elective programming. Please visit the KMAG Donate page to make your contribution today! 

Join us this Wednesday, September 28th, for the Kealing Parent Spaghetti Dinner in the school cafeteria from 6-7:30pm. Come meet your Kealing community and enjoy a free dinner. Hosted by the PTA. RSVP at

Teacher Wish List
Big thanks to you generous parents for already coming through for our teachers! We do have a few more items on the list if you missed out the first time. We will notify you periodically throughout the year of new wishes. I promise we won't harass you every week! Thanks again. 

Special Thanks and Terrace Help Needed
A HUGE thanks to Kealing parent Tom Spicer for volunteering his time, talent, and tools to install a new door on our garden shed. It is much appreciated! We're looking for more help because KMS has received a grant from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to build and maintain 400 square feet of natural prairie gardens to attract and monitor Monarch butterflies with the goal of increasing the Monarchs. The KMS PTA Environmental Committee is teaming up with the Environmental Science/Gardening, Ecology, and Plant Studies elective classes to research, advertise, and teach others about the project and Monarchs as well as build and maintain the garden. We'll even be tagging butterflies we see this fall in hopes of our tags being found in Mexico! The NWF Monarch Heroes grant affords us the opportunity to buy supplies and plants, but may not go far enough to hire experts to help us create terracing with limestone blocks needed because of the slope in our garden area (located to the west of the school - is covered in plastic now to solarize the Bermuda grass). If you have experience in terracing or just building with limestone blocks we'd love your help! Please contact KMS PTA Environmental Chair Laua DiCarlo at or (512)5290-1701 (call or text) now if you have expertise, and if you'd just like to help day of mark your calendar for our 10/22 9am-noon work day.

Membership Drive
The Kealing PTA's fall membership drive is almost over, and we are just 60 parents away from our membership goal. If you haven't had a chance to join yet, please sign up at Please join today and help us fulfill our mission of supporting the education and success of all children at Kealing Middle School.
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: