About the Kealing PTA


The Kealing PTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of parents, teachers, staff, and community members working together to support the success of all children at Kealing Middle School by:
  • fostering family and community engagement;
  • supporting programs that further Kealing students' social, emotional, physical, and academic development;
  • serving as a resource for Kealing families; and
  • advocating for the education and well-being of Kealing students.
Your membership in the Kealing PTA helps support our mission and the diverse array of programs we offer throughout the year. Each membership also includes access to the Texas PTA and National PTA, including PTA member discounts to popular retailers and service providers. Visit www.txpta.org and www.pta.org for more information.

Highlights of PTA Programs and Activities Planned for 2016-17
  • MLK Day of Service project and Peace through Pie Social event in partnership with Huston Tillotson, Blackshear Elementary, and the African American Cultural Heritage District. 
  • Kealing Men program, which provides volunteer mentors for students and events for at-risk youth at Kealing. Prior events have included a Career Path Discussion Roundtable and a free basketball clinic with the Austin Police Dept. Office of Community Liaison.
  • Programs to support parents, including monthly educational workshops. Last year’s workshops were on mental health with presentations on stress, the importance of sleep, and eating disorders. 
  • Kealing Spirit Wear: Kealing t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other spirit wear items to show our Hornet pride. 
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Events, including lunches and the Secret Pal program, which matches teachers and staff with "secret pals," who deliver special appreciation notes and presents throughout the school year. 
  • Funding to support the academic success of all students at Kealing, including funding for field trips, technology in classrooms, the AVID program, college visits, athletic equipment, student scholarships, teacher trainings, campus improvements, classroom supplies, books, and after-school tutoring. 
  • Events for parents, including a back-to-school coffee and the spring Kealing Center Stage fundraiser, bringing together Kealing parents and staff for a night of fun, while raising funding to support PTA and school programs. 
  • Ground-clean ups and school beautification events to enhance the Kealing campus. 
  • Environmental programs, including composting in the cafeteria, rinsing of recyclables in the cafeteria for America Recycles Day, and supporting the school's gardening classes. 
  • Support for Kealing’s vertical team elementary schools, which include Oak Springs, Blackshear and Campbell Elementary.

Highlights of Activities from 2015-16
  • Hosted Teacher & Staff Appreciation luncheons several times during the year.
  • Coordinated the Secret Pal program, which matched 65 teachers and staff with "secret pals," who delivered special appreciation notes and presents throughout the school year.
  • Provided bus drivers and custodians with appreciation gifts.
  • Sold more than $8,000 worth of Spirit Wear t-shirts and other Kealing Hornet wearable items, with all profits going directly to support PTA programs.
  • Awarded grants to Kealing Middle School, teachers, and staff to support the academic success of Kealing children, including grants that support: 
    • Educational field trips
    • College visits
    • Bringing in a distinguished guest artist for orchestra classes
    • Summer instructional workshop for Kealing's theater teachers
    • After-school tutoring
    • Renovations to the faculty room
    • Purchase of books for a new summer reading program
    • Purchase of lights to be used at all school dances
    • Purchase of supplies and instructional materials for new electives and core classes
    • Purchase of classroom technology and calculators
  • Organized the annual Kealing Center Stage fundraiser, bringing together Kealing parents and staff for a night of fun, while raising more than $20,000 to support PTA and school programs and curriculum that further Kealing students' social, emotional, physical, and academic development.
  • Held "Clean up Kealing" Grounds days throughout the year.
  • Led and supported an array of environmental programs, including helping secure commercial composting in the cafeteria, rinsing of recyclables in the cafeteria for America Recycles Day, and installing an outdoor sink and decking around the shed to support the school's gardening classes.
  • Held a memorial tree planting.
  • Provided support to Kealing's feeder elementary schools.
  • Organized monthly Principal Coffees for parents in the library.
  • Organized a MLK Day of Service project and Peace through Pie Social event in partnership with Huston Tillotson, Blackshear Elementary, and the African American Cultural Heritage District. 
  • Coordinated a Mental Health Parent Education Series for parents that included presentations on stress, the importance of sleep, and eating disorders. 
  • Supported the Kealing Men program, which provides volunteer mentors for students, and offered events for at-risk youth at Kealing including a Career Path Discussion Roundtable and a free basketball clinic with the Austin Police Athletic League.

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