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Hornet Herald - September 8, 2019

posted Sep 8, 2019, 4:00 PM by KMS Hornets

Hey Hornets!

Thanks to all of you who joined us last week at Back to School Night. We had a great time visiting with families and we hope you all learned a lot about what to expect this year. If you were not able to join us, take a look at the welcome video that was shown during Advisory to kick off the evening.

Homework Hiatus is coming up on September 12-13 so students will not have assignments due and they will not take assessments on September 16-17. I hope you all are planning to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. The Kealing staff will certainly enjoy the shutdown days!

Our football team takes on Gus Garcia at Nelson Field Tuesday and we are expecting a fun one. We have new A/C blowers in the small gym so I also encourage you to stop by for a very comfortable volleyball game against Murchison Thursday. 

I am looking forward to a stellar week!

Kenisha Coburn
Proud Principal
Kealing Middle School

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

  • 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
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! 
This week Austin ISD will recognize the Coordinated Approach to Child Health Week, so students will learn about balanced eating during Advisory. There will also be some time for students to develop relationship skills by working together and problem-solving. Follow along on the Advisory page to see what's coming next. Parents who wish to opt-out of a particular Advisory lesson should email their student’s Advisory teacher with their request and the reason for the request at least two school days in advance. 

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.

PTA - EveryMemberCounts
We are almost halfway to our Goal for 19-20
We have about 350 memberships thus far - thank you for your support!!  Our goal is 800 PTA Memberships.  We are getting closer to our goal, but we need more help.  Please consider joining today!  If you join by this Wednesday you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Target or HEB.

Join the PTA Today!

Join the PTA Today and Enter a drawing for a $50 Gift Card to Target or HEB!

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!

Buy Your Kealing Spirit Wear Today!  
If you place your order online it will be ready for your child to pick up in the cafeteria during the first Thursday and Friday of each month.  Goto to place your order today!

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

Scouts BSA Join Scouting Night
Girls in 6th-12th grades, join Scouts BSA Troop 19 for a fun night of climbing and fellowship.
Where:  Epic Fun,  7101 W Hwy 71
When:  Saturday, September 14 6-8 pm
Cost: $16 gets you admission to the climbing wall, high ropes, bowling, bumper cars, and more!
Come hear about the great outdoor and leadership training opportunities we have to offer as one of the biggest and first Scouts BSA troops for girls in the country!
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!  


Kealing 101
KMAG presents: “Kealing 101: You’ve got questions -- we’ve got answers” on Thursday September 12th! Attend this meeting to learn valuable tips for student success, and parent Q&A.

KMAG (Kealing Magnet Advisory Group) meetings are open to everyone, and generally discuss topics relevant to the Magnet program. All KMAG meetings are from 7:30am to 8:30am and are usually in the library. 

For more information about KMAG, or to make a donation to KMAG to help support the Magnet program, please visit our website at

Save the dates for our future KMAG meetings:
  • 9/12
  • 10/17
  • 11/14
  • 12/12
  • 1/16
  • 2/20
  • 4/9
  • 5/7

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.