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Hornet Herald: November 3, 2019

posted Nov 4, 2019, 4:26 AM by KMS Hornets
Hello Hornet Families, 

Last week was a busy, productive week. We saw cooler temperatures, creative costumes, and critical thinking in classrooms. It was a fun one and I think we all probably needed the extra hour we gained over the weekend! 

I received a few emails about religious materials being passed out to students after school as they boarded school buses. Anyone, including members of religious groups, may distribute literature on public sidewalks. Since the sidewalks in front of the school are owned by the city, we are only able to intervene when addressing a safety concern. I encourage you to talk to your children about whether you would like them to take literature that is being handed out in public. Based on previous years, I would expect this to happen again in the spring semester.

8th Grade Chromebook Rollout Was a Success
Chromebooks were deployed to over 350 students in less than 90 minutes last week. Our district and campus staff did a great job organizing and we could not have moved as smoothly without the help from our parent volunteers. Here are some parent tips to help your students get used to managing these devices:
- Remind your student to charge their devices every evening. They can hold a charge throughout the day if they are ready to go.
- Be sure that your student has a lock to use in P.E./Athletics. Is it important that these devices are properly stored.
- Any breaks, lost items, or other problems should be reported to the Ms. Williams in the library as soon as possible.
- We hope that no families will have to pay for lost items but, just in case, we will be adding items to School Cash Online in the next week     .
Did your 8th grade student miss the boat? It's not too late! Students can still return paper concent forms to the library. Ms. Williams will send passes for these students to pick up their devices thoughout the week. 

Friday Think Tank and Late Buses
Friday Think Tank is not seeing more that three faces each week so this will be the last week it is available. Please plan accordingly. All students will need to have plans to leave right after school or plans to be picked up directly following their after school activity. Our Friday late bus numbers are pretty low too with less than five total riding last Friday. We will be polling our coaches and athletes this week before decisions are made but we are strongly considering suspending Friday late buses too. I'll keep you posted!

School Changes
Austin ISD released an updated School Changes Proposal. I encourage you to take a look at this document so that you know which options are on the table as the district works to improve the educational opportunities available to our students. There will be multiple opportunities for community engagement and I will let you know when there are conversations specific to Kealing.

Have a great week!

Kenisha Coburn
Kealing Middle School

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

  • Nov 4, 6, 8 at lunch: HS fair for 8th grade students
  • Nov 5: PTA Coffee Cart, 7:30a-9a
  • Nov 7: PTA Meeting, 7:30a
  • Nov 7: Magnet Showcase: 5:30-7:30p
  • Nov 7-8: Spirit Wear Distribution Days, lunches on stage
  • Nov 8: Fall Festival, 6-8pm
  • Nov 14: High School Options Mtg at KMAG meeting, 7:30a, Library
  • Nov 15: GT Nominations Deadline
  • Nov 15: Student Flu Shot Clinic
  • Dec. 1: 8th grade yearbook ads deadline
This week our 8th grade students will have grade-level assemblies and our 7th grade students will be participating in counseling presentations focused on symptoms of depression and suicidial ideation and how to "be the one" by helping a friend get help. Our 6th grade students will be participating in circle conversations during which they reflect on their first third of the school year.

GT Nominations Open Nov. 4th-Nov. 15th
The parent nomination window for GT testing will open November 4th through November 15th. You have the opportunity to nominate students for AISD's Gifted and Talented Program. You do not need to nominate your child if your child was identified in elementary school.   
Please look over these characteristics to serve as a guide for recognizing students who may be academically gifted. The link also provides an overview of the testing and identification process, which includes teacher observations, surveys, and samples of student work. The required nomination form can be found on this link as well.

High School Fair for 8th Graders
Kealing is hosting a High School Fair during lunches on November 4th, 6th and 8th. Students will be able to leave lunch to visit AISD high schools who will be set up in the theater foyer. The high school representatives will have general information available as well as special programs offered. Programs that require applications will be available to answer any questions.  Parents - Save the date for the High School Options Meeting where we will have a parent panel representing AISD High Schools for you to ask questions: Thursday 11/14, 7:30am in the library;

Central Texas Food Bank Food Drive
Students in the Food for Thought elective have researched hunger in Austin and around the world. Students have also researched ways they can help end hunger. In order to help those in our community who are hungry or food insecure, students decided to hold a food drive for Central Texas Food Bank. We will collect food until Friday, November 8. Please drop off non-perishable food items to room 515. Thank you!

Eighth Annual Fall Festival
Fall Festival is Friday, November 8th, 6-8pm at 1607 Pennsylvania Ave. Bring the whole family to support our incredible school at the one and only choral fundraiser of the year. Wrist bands can be purchased online starting Tuesday, November 5th through School Cash Online. They will also be sold in the cafeteria during lunch starting November 8th. Tickets and wristbands can also be purchased at the door the night of the event. Some of the festival highlights are: Pie in the Face, Dunking Booth, Tattoos, Face Painting and more! For general information and to purchase wristbands, click here. In addition, donations of canned sodas (Cokes, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, Sprite), bottled water, and cans of Pringles. These can be dropped off in the choir room 230.  If you are interested in volunteering, sign up here. Any questions? Please contact Michel Kennell.

Yearbook staff is selling 8th grade tribute ads to be run in the 2020 Kealing Yearbook. What a special way to celebrate your child's middle school experience, while also supporting Kealing's award-winning journalism program. Start your ad today at or go to for more information. Ad prices start at $30. Order today before space is sold out. Deadline is 12/1

Student Flu Shot Clinic
The moment you have been patiently waiting for has finally arrived! The Flu Shot Clinic for students has been scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019 from 7:30 AM-12:30PM. Registration is only by paper consent form (there is no online registration). You will find consent forms here and students will also be able to obtain a copy from the Program Office starting Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Consent forms must be returned to Mrs. Romero by Friday, November 8, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Flu Shot Clinic, please feel free to contact Mrs. Romero at 512-414-2707.
Magnet Showcase Parent Volunteers Needed THIS WEEK!
We are in need of parent volunteers for the Magnet Showcase held on November 7, 2019 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  We will need parents for the following positions: 
  • 2-4 volunteers: parking sign/door sign distributors (available 4:30-5:00pm)
  • 10 volunteers:  welcomers AND chromebook sign-in helpers (tech-savviness is a plus!); 
  • 5 volunteers:  parent information question & answerers
  • 5 volunteers:  application help desk supporters (how to navigate the cloud)
  • 5 volunteers:  Spanish help desk translators 
Please email Gayathri if you have any questions.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN ADVANCE!

High School Options: A Panel Discussion
KMAG presents: “High School Options: A Panel Discussion” on Thursday November 14th! Attend this meeting to receive first hand feedback and advice from a panel of current and former Kealing parents with kids attending various high schools.  
** Please note this meeting will not be videoed at the request of our parent panel volunteers

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: 11/14, 12/12, 1/16, 2/20, 4/9, and 5/7

Staff and Teacher appreciation Coffee Cart
Kealing PTA needs 2 Coffee Cart helpers on Tuesday 11/5 from 7:30-9:00 am. Have fun delivering coffee and goodies to the awesome Kealing teachers and staff. Rare chance to help out on campus! Email if you have questions!

Kealing Spirit Wear on Sale
Check out our Spirit Store for Kealing Hornet hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and other goodies.  Buy online, then have your kiddo come pick up their shirts at lunch up on the stage in the cafeteria -NOVEMBER 7 and 8 | SPIRIT STORE ITEM PICK UP DATES - If you have any questions, contact

PTA Membership
#EveryMemberCounts - We have 538 members submitted towards our goal of 650.  If you haven’t yet become a PTA , please try and help us reach our goal.

Join the PTA Today!
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: