Hornet Herald

News and Notes for the week of 2/14/2021

Please join us Monday 2/15/21 @6pm for our Campus Improvement Plan Update

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Austin's Historic Victory Grill - 1104 East 11th Street

Austin’s original Victory Grill was a stop on the Chitlin Circuit, a network of African American juke joints that brought big-name blues and R&B performers to Austin in the 1940s. Over the years, Victory Grill provided a stage for legendary talents like Billie Holiday, James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Today, the historic club is home to The Rolling Rooster, a Southern comfort food restaurant known for its chicken and waffles that pays homage to the venue’s legacy by showcasing blues performances.

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of February 14th, 2021

Hello fantastic family members,

Last week was another great week of teaching and learning. Our excellent educators had a District of Innovation Day on Friday, which gave our staff an opportunity to hear from our 6th grade student council members about ways to make virtual learning more engaging. The teachers had opportunities to share best practices and skills that are working for them in the classroom and online concurrently. I even took the opportunity to model our most recently acquired teaching tool, Pear deck. Pear deck is an application that makes power points interactive which also make virtual learning and on campus learning more engaging.

This week we look forward to A Professional Development Day for the staff where teachers will have opportunities connect with each other, create intervention plans to close achievement gaps, and review incoming magnet applications. We will also host a Campus Improvement Plan Update Monday night at 6pm. Tuesday - Friday scholars will have opportunities to review the course books and make choices for their desired courses next year. Thursday we will meet with our campus leadership to strategize ways to continue creating a great learning experience for our scholars. Saturday we will have our February Service Day on campus with the Kealing Gardens. Last time my family and I had a chance to plant our first tree and I cant wait to see it 10 -15 years from now. As always we are also looking forward to another great week of teaching and learning on our campus.


February Service Day

Do you want to dig a giant hole? Do you like feeling mulch ooze through your hands? Do you want to use those fine motor skills to do something other than clicking a mouse?!? Then join us for our 2nd Gardens & Grounds service day!! Hang out with friends, plant a tree and have some fun! The gardening teacher Mrs. Bergman will share some cool info about the Monarch Butterfly and Rain Gardens! *** Sign up now to join us on Saturday, February 20th *** All COVID safety protocols will be followed and masks are required. https://signup.com/go/XJuJRWj
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Kealing It this Past Week!

Please Complete AISD's Campus Family Survey

We want to know how well we are doing and what adjustments we need to make to ensure we are providing A GREAT learning experience for our scholars. Please complete the survey for us.

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

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).

Upcoming Dates - B- Week!

Monday - February 15th- Staff Development Day

No school for students

Special CAC Course book Review Meeting @ 3:15p

Campus Improvement Plan Update Meeting @ 6pm

Tuesday - February 16th - A Day

Wednesday - February 17th - B Day

4th 6 weeks grades will be posted

Thursday - February 18th - A Day

KMS Campus Leadership Meeting

Friday - February 19th - B Day

Saturday - February 20th

KMS February Service Day

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Advisory Every Day This Week

We will have Advisory EVERYDAY (Tuesday – Friday) so we can go through Choice Sheet information.

· Students will select courses in SS classes the following week – will be due at the end of the month


The Parent Support Specialist Office is hosting a food pantry every Friday for anyone needing assistance. The Food Pantry is open every FRIDAY that school is in session from 8:30-2:30. Please contact Ms. Perez at 512-414-6700 for further information.
La Oficina del Especialista en Apoyo para Padres está organizando una despensa de alimentos todos los viernes para cualquier persona que necesite ayuda. La despensa de alimentos está abierta todos los VIERNES que la escuela está en sesión de 8: 30-2: 30. Comuníquese con la Sra. Pérez al 512-414-6700 para obtener más información.

Virtual Registration Sessions

Join us for a week of Online Registration/Únase a nosotras durante una semana de registro en línea.
Dates/Fecha Time/Houra

Monday/Lunes 2/22- 9:00 am -10 am
Tues/Martes 2/23 1:30 pm- 12:30 pm
Wed/ Miercoles 2/24 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Thurs./Jueves 2/25 2:00 pm- 2:30 pm ( 30 minute session)
Friday-/Viernes 2/26 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Junior Achievement of Central Texas

AVID is now offering its students Junior Achievement (JA)! Students will be taught crucial financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-ready skills and that is where you can help by becoming a volunteer. JA volunteers come from all walks of life. But they all have a common vision: sharing a message of hope and opportunity with each and every young person they reach. They are committed to the idea that as a community, we have a responsibility to ensure this generation is better prepared for success than any generation in history. JA staff will give you everything you need to be fully prepared and supported while delivering the curriculum. Check out the JA website: https://www.jacentex.org/ja-volunteer or contact Emily Long at emily@jacentex.org to learn more.

Spring 2021 Girls' Youth Lacrosse

For any Kealing girls interested in playing Lacrosse this Spring, registration is now open! While Kealing will not field its own team this season, there are multiple Austin area teams ready and willing to accept Kealing players! All grade levels are welcome and no prior experience necessary. Most programs are even able to provide equipment as needed. To find a program nearest to you, visit the Capital Area Youth Girls' Lacrosse League (CAPLAX) website at caplax.org and choose "find a team". Questions can be submitted directly to the program contact, or to CAPLAX at caplaxgirls@gmail.com.

Break Through for 6th Graders!

Breakthrough is looking for 6th graders who will be the first person tin their families to graduate from college, would like school support, and want something interesting to do during the summer time.

We now have an online application. For English click here

Ahora tiene una aplicación en línea. Para espanõl haga clic en


STEM Summer Opportunity for 8th Grade Students - GeoForce Texas!

GeoFORCE Texas is a completely free outreach program run by The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences. The program takes students on week-long geology summer academies over the course of 4 years. We inspire students and give them an experience that will help prepare them for college. Our program also offers scholarship, internship, and other opportunities for support to our academy alumni throughout college. We have been running successfully since 2005 and were recognized by President Obama in 2015 as one of the best STEM outreach programs in the country.

This year we’re piloting a new GeoFORCE Austin cohort, taking students from schools in and around Austin. Applications are open to 8th grade students thru February. Please visit our website for more information and instructions on applying to the program. If you have any questions, feel free to email cara.collins@austin.utexas.edu.

Link to the GeoFORCE website: https://www.jsg.utexas.edu/geoforce/

UT Engineering Days for Girls - Feb. 20-March 1

Girl Day at UT Austin, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival, will be held virtually Saturday, February 20, 2021 through Monday, March 1, 2021. K-12 students and their parents or educators are invited to join us for 10 days of virtual FREE hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun. See https://girlday.utexas.edu for more information and to sign up!

Friendly Reminder: 2021-2022 Online Enrollment is Open

Our 2021-2022 Online Enrollment is Open for our returning students, if you have moved please provide new proof of residency to Mrs. Rivera, Thank You

Book Drive and PTA Service Project

AVID and PTA are partnering up to collect as many books possible, levels Pre-K through 12th grade. Our book drive has started!!!

We are asking for any gently used books that you do not want anymore. These books will be donated to Kealing students and students at our feeder schools!

Luckily, we have KMS community members around town who are willing to be drop off sites so that you don’t have to travel all around Kealing. So go through all your books you no longer need or want anymore, and drop them off at one of the designated locations below!


Address Part of Town
5310 Musket Ridge 78759 (183/360/MoPac- Great Hills)
2410 Bridle Path, Austin, TX 78703 (Central)
3101 Beverly Rd, 78703 (Central-Mopac and 35th)
1516 West 29th Street 78703 (Central /Mopac)
1702 Linscomb Ave, 78704 (Central/Zilker)
11617 Georgian Oaks Drive, 78739 (Circle C)
1607 Pennsylvania Ave (EAST)
4518 Sidereal Drive, Austin, TX 78727 (Milwood /Mo Pac and Parmer)
3102 Rexford Dr., 78723 (Mueller/Windsor Park)
5200 Magdelena Dr/78735. (Southwest)
4610 Copano Court, 78749 (Southwest)
5708 Trelawney ln, 78739 (Southwest)
3818 Arrow Dr., Austin TX 78749 (Southwest)
7304 Journeyville Drive, 78735 (Southwest /Lantana/Oak Hill)
5323 Western Hills Drive, 78731 (Central/2222& Mopac)
812 W Gibson St, Austin, TX 78704 (Central/Lamar/Zilker)
6801 Tree Fern Ln, Austin, TX 78750 (North/ Jester Estates)

Thank you to all for helping us promote literacy through Austin!

Kealing Yearbook Scholarships

The Kealing Yearbook Staff is committed to documenting the Kealing middle school experience each year through our award winning yearbook. We are also committed to ensuring that every student who might not be able to afford a yearbook has access to one through our scholarship program. This year's yearbook theme is "We're Kealing It", in other words we want to highlight the various way students and staff are persevering and even thriving during this challenging academic year.

Your generosity will be noted in each of the 650 copies that we produce. Further, as a nationally recognized publication, our book is often seen across the country at conventions and as a publisher’s sample, which may further its reach.

Can you help me raise money for Kealing Middle School Yearbook 2021Scholarship Fund? Together we can keep Kealing It!

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.

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.

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