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Hornet Herald - September 5, 2016

posted Sep 5, 2016, 12:15 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 12:54 PM ]
Hello Kealing Families,

I hope you enjoyed Labor Day.  I am sure you all needed the rest because the first two weeks of school was a whirlwind of activity.  We're back in session tomorrow and ready to welcome you all to Back to School Night.  There will be an information fair in the lobby to kick off the evening and then we'll move through the rest of the schedule.  You will have an opportunity to hear from each teacher while also experiencing what your students go through as they travel from class to class everyday.  Feel free to bring a backpack to carry if you want the full experience!  We encourage you to bring your student's schedule to help the evening go smoothly but we'll also have a copy of their schedule in the Advisory classroom for you to pick up when you arrive.  Take a look at the schedule and I hope to see you Tuesday night.


Kenisha Coburn
Kealing Middle School Principal

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

September 6
Back To School Night (6:00 - 8:00 pm) 
September 8
September 13
Fall Pictures
September 14
Fall Pictures
Football vs. Lamar (Nelson Field)
September 15
Volleyball vs. Fulmore
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)

Dr. Frances Jensen, a professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, published a Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.  She was a guest on NPR in the Spring and convinced us that we should reconsider relying on student electronic devices for learning.  Check out her interview and talk to your student about the Kealing electronic device expectations.

Thanks, Kealing Business Supporters!
$500 - Honor Roll
$250 - Scholar
FOLIO Communications Group
Human Capital
Slavonk and Hortus Terraria
$100 - Teacher's Pets
Code Studio
Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting
Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

Kealing PTA Business Supporters
We are happy to welcome three new Business Supporters to the fold:
  • Scholar ($250-499) 
    • FOLIO Communications Group
    • Slavonk and Hortus Terraria
  • Teacher's Pet ($100-249) 
    • Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
If you are a customer or client of any of these companies, please share our thanks for their support of Kealing’s students!

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.

Kealing Clubs and Organizations
The list of Clubs ad Organizations is up and running.  Click here to see how your student can get involved!

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:

Healthy Schools Flu Vaccine
Austin ISD has teamed up with Healthy Schools and E3 Alliance to offer your child a no-cost Influenza(Flu) Vaccine this coming fall 2016, this vaccine is recommended to help keep your healthy and in turn our community flu free this coming school year and “Kick the Flu” in 2016!
With our partners, we have made it as convenient as possible to offer this FREE service at your child’s school. Your child will receive a consent form for the Flu vaccine in Advisory.
All you have to do is fill it out, and have your child return it to school by September 9, 2016. Healthy Schools will take care of the rest- and there’s no cost involved.
Nurses will be vaccinating students at Kealing on September 16, 2016 from 1:10 - 3:00 pm.

KMS Pep Squad
Attention 6th graders: We are looking for YOU to be involved in KMS pep squad! Attend all the football games, sit in our special designated section, and help the cheerleaders cheer on our Hornets! You will get an official pep squad T-shirt, poms, and noise makers! Sign up sheet is on the door of room 103C, please see Ms. Berry for details.

Membership Drive
Please join the PTA today to help support the education and success of all children at Kealing. It's super easy to join (go to and costs only $10 per person or $19 per family. We also offer scholarships. PTA memberships are for one year, so you need to renew your membership each school year. Help us reach our goal of 100% parent membership this year.

Reflections Program
The PTA Reflections program fosters creativity and the arts in students of all ages. PTA is looking for someone to coordinate this program for the Kealing students. Materials and support are provided by Texas PTA. This is a short term, easy volunteer opportunity which will give you a front row seat to Kealing students' amazing creativity. Please contact Rachael Steyaert if you're interested or have any questions. 

KMAG Book Fair
KMAG's Book Fair at Book People is on now and runs through Sept. 11. 20% of ALL purchases (except coffee, gift cards etc) will be given to KMAG. Please bring this hardcopy flyer with you to Book People as they need to attach it to their copy of the receipt for KMAG to get the 20%. Thank you for your support by purchasing your required books (and maybe a few gifts here and there) at Book People by Sept. 11. Happy shopping!

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)