Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 5/23/2021

Congratulations to our Substitute Coordinator and so much more!

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KMS Mask Opt - In Form

If you have not already done so, please complete the Mask opt in form if you would like for your scholar to exercise this privilege on campus.

KMS Parent Opt In - English

KMS Parent Opt in - Spanish

8th Grade Celebration

Hello 8th Grade Families!

With the end of the school year approaching the plans for celebrating our 8th graders is full swing! Details about the celebrations can be found within the 8th Grade Celebration Survey and R.S.V.P. form found below. To help us plan a safe, joyful experience for all our 8th graders we need for you to respond to the survey NO LATER than May 17th.

8th Grade Celebration survey and R.S.V.P. form:

Thank you for your continued support this year!!

The 8th Grade Team

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of May 23rd, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

I hope everyone is enjoying this Sunday with loved ones. Can you believe this unorthodox school year is almost over? As I reflect on this year, I recognize the gains we have made in educational technology and the awareness we've gained on social issues as well. Although this year was not planned we made the best of it and grew in ways we never imagined. Our teachers have grown professionally and our scholars have grown resilience in the face of adversity. None of these gains take place without the support of a community like this. I thank you all for your support this year, especially during Teacher Appreciation Week. I am honored to serve this community and look forward to a great school closure during this last week and a half. If you have not signed up to volunteer for the 8th grade celebration, feel free to do so here: KMS 8th grade celebration.


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KMS 2020- 2021 Summer Calendar (Specifics coming soon)

  • 6th Grade Reading Summer Camp: 6/7 - 8/5, Sign up here: KMS 6th grade reading camp
  • KMS Summer Intensive : 6/7 - 6/14
  • Credit Recovery Summer School:6/14 - 6/30
  • Advanced Math Bootcamp: 6/14 - 6/25
  • 8th Grade Algebra Readiness Camp: 6/14 - 6/18
  • Creative Writing Camp: 6/28 - 7/1
  • STARBASE Camp: 6/28 - 7/1 (*Registration closed - at capacity)


  • Pre Algebra Summer Camp: 7/5 - 7/30 (Please sign up using this link)
  • Reading Camp: 7/5 - 7/30 (*Registration closed - at capacity)
  • Advanced Math Bootcamp: 7/19 - 7/23


  • KMS Summer Band Camp: 8/2 - 8/5
  • 6th grade orientation: 8/10
  • 7th grade orientation: 8/11
  • KMS Orchestra Camp: 8/2 - 8/6
  • KNN Bootcamp: 8/2 - 8/6
Please click here to submit Hornet Herald entries

Entries must be submitted by Thursdays weekly to be included in the upcoming week's communication.

We had 3 staff members to win AISD Salute Awards !

Special Thanks!

Who's Kealing it!

Mrs. Paula McCormick - Special Education

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Upcoming Dates - B Week!

Monday - May 24th B Day

Tuesday - May 25th - A Day

Wednesday -May 26th - B Day

Thursday - May 27th- A Day

Friday - May 28th - B Day

8th grade celebration, Sign up here!

Popsicle Party for Perfect Attendance @ 2:40p on the track!

Saturday - May 29th

Monday - 31st - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)


AISD Student Chromebooks

After students started virtual learning in March of 2020, many families picked up Chromebooks from various AISD technology distributions sites, such as Crockett HS or the PAC. Any district devices you have that are not being used or are no longer needed can be returned to Kealing’s main office or library anytime during the school day up to June 3rd or during our distribution day on June 4th. For any Chromebooks you return, please include the charger and have the student’s name and ID number taped to the equipment so that it can be checked in and removed from your student’s record. 8th graders will be taking their district Chromebooks with them to high school. If you are planning to leave AISD please be sure to return any devices belonging to the district to the main office by June 3rd.
Any students, 8th graders included, who were issued either the older Dell 11 Chromebooks or the Toshiba Chromebooks are asked to bring them to the main office or library so that we can exchange them for different models for when the student returns to school after summer break. Again, please be sure to include the charger and have your student’s name and ID number taped to the equipment. This should be done during the school day up to June 3rd or on the distribution day on the 4th.
If you have any questions, please e-mail Kealing’s librarian and student device manager at Kerensa.Williams@austinisd.org

Spirit wear having a Blow Out Sale!

Spiritwear Committee would like to announce a Blow Out Sale for all Dry Fit T-shirts and Hoodies! Also, they are offering decreased prices on Retro style shirts. Be sure to place your order before June 3 so your order can be fulfilled and delivered in person on June 3rd at lunch in the cafeteria or via End of Year Distribution June 4th. See the PTA website for details.


Recruiting Rising 7-9th Grade Girls for The GEMS e-Camp 2021

The GEMS Camp (Girls interested in Engineering, Science, and Mathematics) is recruiting 7th-9th grade girls for our summer e-Camp! Our mission is to change the face of those who can access and excel in STEM studies and careers. We focus on whole-girl development via our 5 Karat Gems - Academics, Career, Creativity, Leadership, and Service.

This is a $1,200 investment of resources that we offer for $200 for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch and $875 for those who do not. However, we have scholarships for any family who needs financial assistance.

The GEMS e-Camp will be held July 12th-23rd, online. Visit us online at http://www.thegemscamp.org to learn more and apply!

KMS Summer Band Camp

The KMS Band Program is running a Summer Band Camp for all returning/incoming Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble students. The camp will be held August 2-5. See the flyer for more details.

Online Enrollment for 2021-2022

Please Complete Online Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Complete enrollment here:

Austin ISD Student Enrollment

7th Grade Accelerated Math & Algebra Readiness Summer Bridge camps

These virtual camps are designed as an opportunity for students to deepen their algebra readiness skills in preparation to take Accelerated Math 7 or Algebra I in the 2021 - 2022 school year.

  • Dates: Wednesday, July 14th - Thursday, July 29th (No Fridays)

  • Time: 10:00 -12:00 pm

  • Platform: Zoom & BLEND

Students will participate in synchronous learning via Zoom from 10:00 am - 11:00 am each day with a teacher. In addition to synchronous learning, students will complete Blend modules to support their continued learning from 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Summer Bridge teachers will stay connected during this asynchronous time to answer questions. It is important that students make a commitment to attend all 10 days and complete all Blend modules to maximize the benefits of participating.

Space is limited to 100 students for Algebra Readiness and 50 students for 7th grade Accelerated. Please share registration flyers with students and families who would most benefit from this opportunity.

Please contact Danielle Perico at danielle.perico@austinisd.org or Tarrah Thompson at tarrah.thompson@austinisd.org for additional information.

AISD Mental Wellness for Families Smores

We are excited to announce that our third 2-sided flyer with mental health resources/strategies

will be distributed to parents/families during Austin ISD food distributions next week. We plan

to create a new Mental Wellness flyer/Smore every two weeks. These

resources are part of a collaboration between Child Study Systems, Social and Emotional

Learning, Health Services, Family and Community Engagement, and Austin ISD Communications.

1st Edition

2nd Edition

3rd Edition

AISD's iReady Smore

A link to view Austin ISD's I Ready Newsletter. iReady testing opens 1/25.

AISD Family and Community Engagement Newsletter

Please click here to learn about Austin ISD's efforts to engage and support our communities.

Around our school this past week!

Mr. Jackson& Mrs .Flores-Wolsky participated everyday this week with athletic wear.

AISD Curbside Meal Site

AISD to Continue Free Meals through the 2020-21 School Year

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently announced an extension of current school meal programs through the 2020-21 school year. Through the federally-funded program, all Austin ISD students will receive free school meals through June 3, the last day of school.

For students participating in remote, off-campus learning, free 7 day meal packs will be available each Thursday at more than 40 curbside locations throughout Austin. While Austin ISD plans to continue curbside service as long as needed, meal sites are subject to change as more students transition to on-campus learning.

Curbside meal sites and more information can be found here

Austin ISD COVID-19 Dashboard

Austin ISD is committed to putting health and safety protocols in place that will prevent the occurrence and/or spread of COVID-19. However, we must be prepared to quickly and effectively respond to and communicate a lab-confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 at a school or other Austin ISD facility.

The Austin ISD COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated by noon each Tuesday, starting the week of Sept. 21. All lab-confirmed positive cases on campuses will be communicated directly to the campus community. Individuals who may have been exposed will be contacted directly and provided information on the next steps, including a quarantine timeline if needed.

KMS Spirit Wear!

Support Kealing and order your spirit wear today! Orders can be picked up during school hours February 4th and 5th (first Thursday and Friday of the month).