At Keeley Elementary, there is a lot more to education than just learning in the classroom. Students have many opportunities to get involved outside the classroom which allows them to grow academically and socially as well as promoting self-confidence and leadership skills.
Clubs & organizations
The Honor Choir consists of fourth and fifth grade students who just love to sing and want to develop their musical talent. Auditions are held at the beginning of every school year. The choir meets once a week after school for practice and participates at many functions and competitions throughout the school year. Please contact Miss Block, Keeley's Music teacher, for more information.
Keeley's morning announcements are broadcast live to all of the classrooms and are watched on the large projector screens by the whole student body every morning. The morning announcement crew, consisting of 5th-grade students, gather information, input the data to the teleprompter, adjust cameras and set up the software on the broadcast computer. Auditions for on-camera and technical positions are held at the end of every school year. For more information, please contact Mrs. Cox.
The Safety Patrol at Keeley is fifth-grade students who are selected based on personal character and leadership skills. They have many responsibilities in the morning and afternoon. These include, but are not limited to, helping students in and out of their cars, getting families safely across the car exit and monitoring the incoming and outgoing student traffic in the hallways. There are two groups of Patrol members that rotate shifts about every six weeks. These helpful school community leaders have done wonders in creating a safe environment while developing lifelong skills that will propel them into success in their future endeavors. For more information, please contact Mr. Stampley.
School programs & activities
Keeley has great success with the AR program and we consider it to be a highly effective program for motivating students to read. The computer-based program gives students instant feedback when comprehension tests are taken. Accelerated Reader helps teachers guide kids to books that are on the students' individual reading level.
Our librarian, Mrs. Riland, hosts two book fairs a school year. These book fairs are held in our library and offer all students a wide range of titles for every level and interest. The book fairs usually last a week and all students and parents are invited.
Box Tops for Education is a program that is sponsored by General Mills and helps our school earn cash for books and technology equipment, just to name a few. We appreciate parents, grandparents, and friends electronically submitting their box tops.
Keeley's field day is held in May. It is a fun filled day of indoor and outdoor activities such as bingo, water balloons, bounce houses, etc. It is hosted by our physical education department and is held rain or shine.
A variety of field trips are planned and scheduled for each grade level throughout the school year. In the past, students have visited museums, aquariums, zoos, the Arboretum, and Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park just to name a few excursions. The fifth-graders are invited to attend an overnight adventure camp each year. If you are interested in going on a field trip with your child, you MUST complete the following two steps. (This has to be done EVERY school year.)
1) Go online and complete the Garland ISD Volunteer Background Application. Make sure you put you input your information exactly as it appears on your license.
2) Go to the school with your license and have your information put into Rapture. (If you have been to the school in prior years, you may already in in this system. You can call the Keeley office to confirm this.)
This process can take up to 72 hours. Both steps 1 and 2 must be completed to be approved and for you to attend the field trip as a parent volunteer.
Each October, we hold a month long food drive to help stock the food pantry at "Hope in Hand" in Rowlett. We build a huge mountain of canned and boxed foods in the front lobby which makes it fun as the students watch it grow. To help with participation, we offer various incentives such as extra recess and pizza parties.
The fun run is a fund raising event that is held in March. A company called Boosterthon has presenters on campus that teach character building to all students and challenges them to be better citizens. The "Fun Run" is held on the last day and students are asked to get pledges for each lap they run. All of the proceeds are spent on items needed at Keeley.
The aim of HERO week is to increase student awareness of respecting classmates and exemplifying good citizenship, while focusing on the prevention of bullying in schools and communities. Keeley has many activities during that week that encourage self-confidence and respectful behavior towards others.
Red Ribbon week
During this week long event, Keeley has a variety of activities that are aimed at raising awareness on the benefits of preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, and to promote a drug-free lifestyle for students.
PTA sponsored programs & activities
- Back to School Porch Party
- Western Day
- Christmas and Valentine's class parties
- Spring Carnival
- Talent Show
- Mother/Son Sock Hop
- Daddy/Daughter Dance