Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 8/15/2021

We were excited to see our scholars come back for Orientations & Scavenger Hunts!

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of August 15th, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

We are excited to welcome your scholars back to a G.R.E.A.T learning experience. We want to assure you that safety is our number one priority, so we have listed some of our COVID Safety Protocols below. This list of actions is not exhaustive. We are still learning about the virus and following the leadership of Austin ISD, which at times may lead to pivots & changes throughout the course of the school year. For that, we ask for understanding and flexibility. We also care about your scholar's mental well being and social -emotional state, so we have listed our interventions below as well. As a proactive measure against trauma our scholars may have endured these last two years, our amazing counselors have also created a space on campus specifically for group sessions and wellness. A few of our campus initiatives and goals for the upcoming year are also listed below. As we journey into the unknown of School Year 2021-2022, we are looking to use the tools we gained last year in conjunction with proven best practices from years before to create a G.R.E.A.T learning experience for each and every hornet in our building. This includes both students & staff, our theme for the year is "P.N.P - Progress Not Perfection". Everyone learns, everyone grows, we all make progress.


2021-2022 Initiatives and Goals

Instructional Initiatives

1.) Daily Formative Assessment

2.) Literacy in Every Classroom

3.) Standards Aligned Instruction

4.) Progress Monitoring

Academic Goal

Utilizing an array of assessments (MAP- Measure of Academic Progress, SCA - AISD Short Course Assessment, and STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), the percentage of each demographic/special group of students performing at the meets level in Math & English will increase by at least 5% - 10% from August 17th, 2021 to May 27th,2022.

Social Goal

- TBA (we are still working on this but planning to look at the types of counseling visits our students are requesting)

Parent Support Specialist Newsletter- Dianna Perez

Click here to view our Parent Support Specialist's Newsletter for the week of 8/15/2021

Kealing Middle School Parent Orientation Presentation

Click here to view the parent orientation presentation from August 10th & 11th. It will also be found on the school website Monday. We will post the responses to the questions submitted on our website as well.

First Day of School Information

Back to School Parent Toolkit

A presentation provided by our campus' Licensed Mental Health Professional. It talks about anxiety and how to cope with the worries associated with it.

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KMS Safety Protocols as of 8/15/2021

All Day

Mask wearing is mandatory

Before School

All staff, students, and visitors are encouraged to self screen for COVID 19 symptoms before entering into a campus or other Austin ISD Facilities each day


- We will maintain outdoor markers to social distance


- we will encourage moving halls where students are encourage to not stop while transitioning to classes

- We are still discussing staggered transitions


- We are space seating/desks at least 3 feet apart when feasible

- Each classroom will have a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration unit

- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room

Breakfast & Lunch

- students are allowed to eat lunch both inside the cafeteria and outside in the courtyard


- we will have staggered dismissal where scholars will be dismissed by areas of the building to reduce traffic.

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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Support for student

Social Emotional Learning and Cultural Proficiency and Inclusion is built into the academic curriculum and include the 3 Signature SEL Practices:

  • A Welcoming Ritual (or greeting)

  • Engagement Strategies and / or Brain Breaks

  • Optimistic Closing

Professional School Counseling - creating safe, supportive, inclusive learning environments

The following services are available:

  • “Check-ins”: Every AISD student (in-person and virtual) will have access to a professional school counselor

  • Counseling and SEL-Aligned Lessons and Resources: Common topics include Coping Skills, Welcoming and Belonging, Tools for Academic Success, and Blended Learning support for scheduling/structure

Upcoming Dates

Monday - August 16th

Tuesday - August 17th - A Day

Periods for this day: 1st = A1, 2nd = A2, 3rd = A3, and 4th = A4

First day of football meeting and practice

Wednesday - August 18th - B Day

Periods for this day: 5th = B5, 6th = B6, 7th = B7, and 8th = B8

Volleyball tryouts

Thursday - August 19th- A Day

Volleyball tryouts

Friday - August 20th - B Day

Volleyball tryouts

Saturday - August 21st

Kealing Middle School August Service Day, 9a - 10:30a, sign up here

2021-2022 Bus Information

Families whose students are eligible for transportation will receive their bus information by

email or letter on Aug 3rd. The district’s “Bus Stop Finder"; will be live on Aug 3rd. Families

whose students have special needs will receive their information in person from their bus

teams starting the second week of August.

AISD’s transportation team offers families the “WheresTheBus” app, which provides timely

information about the location of their student’s bus, including when it will arrive at their stop.

The free app is available on any device with internet access (smartphone, tablet, personal

computer, iPad)—and takes less than five minutes to install. Instructions are available at


2021- 2022 School Supply List

Please click here to view the school supply list and keep in mind tax free weekend will be 8/6-8/8.

Please click here to submit Hornet Herald entries

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


Join us for our 1st Kealing Gardens & Grounds Service Day of 2021-22!

Join us for our 1st Kealing Gardens & Grounds Service Day of 2021-22!

Saturday August 21st
9:00 am to 10:30 am

No experience? No problem!
Love pulling weeds to work off stress? You're our hero!
Just looking to make some new friends or learn about the grounds? Perfect!

Whatever your age, interest or energy level, we have something for you!! Last year we planted 14 fruit trees, established a monarch waystation, filled in granite pathways and more!
We even have yarn stringing projects to occupy younger siblings as well as many other fine motor skills that are great for small fingers... so bring them along!

7th grade science teacher and gardening lead Catherine Bergman will start us off with a tour of the gardens and explain some of the projects we will be doing this year.
Our monthly service days are the 3rd Saturday of the month (time of day varies by temperature), so please join us whenever you can.

We will follow all Austin ISD COVID safety protocols. Please bring a water bottle, as well as work gloves and any tools you have (labelled with your name!) so we can avoid transmission risk. We have gloves and tools for those who don't have any to bring from home.

Please sign up here so we make sure we prepare enough supplies:

Kealing Football Begins this Week!

Hello Hornet Families. We wanted to share important information about Kealing Football so that we can have an amazing start to another exciting season.

We will start on Aug 17 (1st day of school) with a player meeting and 1st practice.
All players must have a completed AISD Physical Packet (On AISD website under Athletics) and Forms on RankOne Sport (https://www.rankonesport.com/content/Parent/Parent) before they can participate in practice.
The first week of practice will be no contact with no pads.
Players will need the following materials: t-shirt, shorts, running shoes or cleats, mask (must be worn when not participating in strenuous exercise) and a large water bottle (we will have water to refill water bottles)
Please have your child attend the meeting after school on the 17th even if they cannot practice that day.
If you have any questions please contact Coach Gardner - justin.gardner@austinisd.org or (512) 414-2706

KMS Volleyball Information!

Volleyball Tryouts will start the 2nd day of school.
Important dates: Wed 8/18 - Fri 8/20 Tryouts 3-4:50pm
7th grade will be in the small gym, 8th grade large gym.
Student will need to come dressed to workout, bring their own water bottle and have all UIL forms filled out and completed physical.
Rank ONE UIL forms: https://austinisd.rankonesport.com/New/NewInstructionsPage.aspx

Physical form: https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/athletics/docs/2021-22%20Physical%20Form%20English.pdf

We are very excited to get the season underway!
Please reach out to Coach Brynie jaime.brynie@austinisd.org for any 8th grade questions and Coach Jackson for 7th grade. jamaica.jackson@austinisd.org
Generally, we have practice Mon-Wed 3- 4:50 and games on Thurs. Our first game is Aug 26th.
No practice on Fridays, except for 8/20 of tryouts.
Hope this information find you well and helps answer any questions you might have.

Spirit wear!

See the PTA website for details.


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