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Hornet Herald: March 1, 2020

posted Mar 1, 2020, 2:55 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Mar 2, 2020, 9:17 AM ]
Hello Hornet Families,

Kealing students represented well at the Austin Regional Science Fair. Mark Sanchez was featured on the Austin Energy site. Take a look. Piyali Bhattacharaya, Shaayan Bhattacharya, August Marsee-O'Neil, and Mark Sanchez will all be moving on to the Texas State Science Fair. We are proud of their work and excited to see them progress to the next level. Our basketball teams are still moving too and round 2 of the A team tournament is coming up. On Monday, March 2, stop by Kealing to cheer on our 7th graders and 8th graders.

It's time to mark your calendar for Kealing Center Stage 2020! This adult-only event is the largest fundraiser for the Kealing PTA and an incredible opportunity to have fun together as a community. KCS will feature the Superfonicos, a duet from the Scott Strickland band, an array of food vendors, auctions, games and more. If you are interested in supporting as a KCS sponsor or know someone who is, click here to learn more. Sponsorships start at $100 and include at least 2 event tickets. Additional ticket sales information will be coming soon and we are looking forward to a great turnout. I hope to see you all there on April 26, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Carver Museum!

It seems strange that we are already in March and kicking off the 5th grading cycle of the year. This also means that we are 10 days away from Spring Break. It will be a busy two weeks of learning and activity, but the countdown is on!

Kind regards,
Kenisha Coburn

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

  • Mar 2/3: Cheer Info/Tryout Mtg, 3pm, rm 109A
  • Mar 2: Parent Organization Community Meeting, 6p, Library
  • Mar 3: 7th & 8th grades; Showmance
  • Mar 4: Model UN Mtg, 3pm Rm 215
  • Mar 5: PTA Meeting 7:30a, Library
  • Mar 9: NJHS Care Package Drive Deadline
  • Mar 16-20:  Spring Break
  • April 7/8: 6th grade field trip
This week is school breakfast week and students will participate in a coordinated approach to school health lesson during Advisory.

Special Performance for 7th and 8th Grade Students 3/3
The guidance department is excited to host a special performance from the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, a collaboration between Creative Action and Expect Respect (a program of SAFE). The ensemble will be performing their newest play Showmance: When Jealousy Takes the Stage. The ensemble is composed of high school students from all over the city. The students have worked with directors to write the original play that will be performed. Showmance helps teens (Grades 6-8) understand that it’s totally normal to have jealous feelings in relationships and consider how to cope when jealousy becomes overwhelming. The play explores: How do we cope with jealousy in our relationships? How can jealousy become toxic and damage our relationships beyond repair? How can we have honest conversations so that we can support ourselves and one another?

All 7th and 8th grade students will be viewing on March 3rd. Please be aware that the bell schedule for the day will be altered.

Special thanks to PTA/KMAG for making these performances possible!

Human Sexuality Curriculum Parent Presentation
The Austin ISD Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) education program has been established to provide information and skill development for students in kindergarten through grade 12 so that they may reach their highest potential for physical, emotional, mental and social health. Teachers have been trained to navigate these complex concepts with our students. Join our principal on April 2, 2020 immediately after the PTA meeting for an orientation to the implementation of the HSR curriculum and the opt-out process. 

Lesson overviews and student handouts are available online through the Austin ISD website.
Model UN
The first Model UN meeting will occur at 3pm on Wednesday, March 4 in Mr. Hendrex's Room 215.  Any student that is interested in participating in the middle school Model UN conference held on UT's campus during the school day on Thursday, April 2 should attend. Please email/contact Mr. Shoaf or Mr. Hendrex with any questions.  

Volunteers needed April 7 and 8th for 6th grade field trip
We are looking for parent volunteers on April 7 and 8 (8:30 am- 1pm) to chaperone 6th grade Field trip (off campus). We need over 40 volunteers per day so PLEASE sign up if you are available. 

Cheer Informational Meeting
Calling all Hornets.....Do you have school spirit? Are you enthusiastic? Do you want to show off your strength? Are you currently in 6th or 7th grade? If you answered  "yes" to any of those questions KEALING CHEER WANTS YOU! Please come to the tryout informational meeting on March 2nd OR 3rd to hear all about the exciting opportunity to rep your school pride. Parents are encouraged to come to the meeting (on either date)!! Room 109A
**Application packets will be handed out at the meeting** 

NJHS- Care Package Drive
The 8th grade chapter of NJHS is hosting a supply drive for homeless care packages this month. We plan to make the care packages in our March meeting, so we are asking for school-wide donations now through March 9th. Students can drop off their supplies to their advisory teacher or directly to the NJHS advisor, Ms. Chambers, in room 116. Items classified as high-need: shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lip balm, socks, underwear, tissues, toilet paper, hair elastics, hot hands/hand warmers. 

Save the Date---Rising 9th Grade Choice Sheets
AISD High School Counselors will be coming to Kealing to complete choice sheets with their zoned students over the next couple of months. The counselors will meet with students for one hour beginning in Advisory of the established date. Students will receive passes during A1/B5 that day with the location of where to report for their choice sheet completion. Please mark your calendar for the date of your student's corresponding zoned high school. 
  • McCallum   3/9/20, 3/10/20 (Students will be pulled on one day only)
  • Akins      3/12/20
  • Travis      3/23/20
  • Navarro      3/25/20
  • Anderson    3/31/20
  • Bowie      4/1/20  
  • Crockett       TBD
  • Austin          TBD
Feel free to contact your zoned high school if they are listed as TBD. They have not confirmed a date with Kealing.
Kealing Center Stage Party & Auction Planning Committee
Preparation for our biggest fundraiser of the year has started, and we welcome everyone’s involvement!  Our greatest needs are items for auction, personal contacts for Austin businesses, and folks willing to give a little of their time for discrete tasks.  Please consider pitching in!  In addition, we are still looking for help with:  
  • Venue & Food Coordination
  • Silent & On-line Auctions
  • Communication & Marketing
  • Event Sponsorships
We would love you to join in the preparation of this fun, casual, community event. For more information, please contact

PTA Nominations for Executive Board and suggestions for PTA Chair Positions
PTA is looking for great people who care about kids and advocating for them to fill volunteer position on the PTA board next year.  Please email and nominate yourself or someone else.  The time commitment is a lot less than most elementary school PTAs.  Previous board experience is not required, and we would love to have you join.   Our executive board meeting typically are the 1st Tuesday of the month, and general membership meeting are the 1st Thursday of the month.