Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of March 21st, 2022

A Week!

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We are super proud of our Kealing Concert, Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestras for an amazing showing at the Austin ISD PAC prior to Spring Break!

Courtyard Lunch Assignments for the week of 3/21/2022

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of 3/21/2022

Great evening fantastic families,

We are excited to welcome everyone back to the final stretch of the Spring semester. In this final stretch we are planning many exciting events for our scholars and focusing on making sure Kealing is a great environment for teachers and staff members as well. We are planning our Algebra II movie nights on 3/25, 4/1, and 4/8. The March service day will be this Saturday, March 26th. We are also planning our Spring Dance and Spring sports. I am excited for Ultimate Frisbee, Chess Club, Track & Field, and Tennis seasons to start this week. Please make sure your scholars are signed up and present for the introductory meetings. This upcoming week we will go back to in person Principal's Coffee meetings. We are scheduled to have a follow up meeting Tuesday morning at 8am, please use this link to RSVP. This will let us know if we need to move the location from the library. We will also have a follow up CAC meeting this Thursday with representatives from Human Capital Management and our very own Trustee Latisha Anderson. This past week I had an opportunity to review the 3/7 campus climate survey and conducted more exit surveys from teachers who departed prior to the end of the school year. More details in the next section. The findings were very insightful and will be used to help make our campus an even better place for teachers and students to learn and grow. Thank you for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD, feel free to reach out to me directly for any reason at all: jerald.wilson@austinisd.org

Action Plan Status Updates

This Past Week

  • Conducted 2 more exit surveys for teachers who have left this year. (not completely done yet )
  • Reviewed 3/11 Campus Bi Weekly Climate Survey results. We will extend the survey until Monday afternoon to get more staff feedback.
  • So far most staff members have reported a 4(1 is not happy & 5 is elated) on a scale of 1 to 5 about coming to work and have suggested student written notes, improving the building cleaning efforts, and continued administrative support as suggestions that can improve morale on campus. We will close the survey at 4pm Monday 3/21.

This Upcoming Week

  • Principal's Coffee follow up meeting on 3/22, in person, please use this link to RSVP
  • Conduct more exit surveys from former teachers
  • Conduct more stop and chats with teachers and staff members

Please view our current vacancy status below:

KMS Current Vacancies

Adjusted Budget Time Line

3/24 - Budget & Staffing meeting with Human Capital

3/24 - CAC Follow up meeting

4/15 - CAC signature Sheets due

PTA Corner!

Hornet Parents,

It is time to start planning for next year. We need three volunteers to serve on the nominating committee to find people to serve on next year's executive board. If you would like to serve on the committee or would like to serve on the board, please send an email expressing your interest to president@kealingpta.org.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the We Love Kealing Spring Fundraising Drive! We have reached our goal and can fulfill our promises to our students, teachers and staff. We will be able to purchase items for fine arts and science, fund field trips, pay for the 8th grade end of year celebration, and much more. We appreciate every donation of any size. If you were planning to donate, it's not too late. We will continue to accept donations. Huge thanks to Helen Yang, Shannan Reimer, Jen Loving and Nisha Rocap for working hard on the campaign.

We have a lot of volunteer opportunities on campus - lunch and hallway monitoring, helping build IKEA closest for the choir room, coffee cart treats and distribution, Costco pizza pick up, copy room help, food pantry distribution and more. Our volunteer scheduling is now being done through Konstella. Various volunteer sign ups will be live later in the week, so if you have time in your schedule, we would love your help.

If you haven't signed up for Konstella, PTA's new communication tool, yet, please do. You can find volunteer information there as well as PTA and school announcements.

2022 - 2023 Budget concerns, suggestions, and questions

Please click on this button to share your questions, concerns, or suggestions for the 2022-2023 KMS Budget

KMS Safety Protocols as of 3/20/2021

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 seating/desks at least 3 feet apart when feasible

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

- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room

- Plexiglass dividers available

- Additional outdoor seating (2 outdoor classrooms & the courtyard if teachers plan to use)

Breakfast & Lunch

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

- Plexiglass accordian dividers (will make a decision to keep or discontinue this week)

-Volunteer lunch monitors

- The courtyard comfortably seats 4 classes, which is from 25% - 100% of the lunch capacity for each lunch period.


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


- Masks are optional

- assigned seating for lunches is a discontinued practice

- We are debating staggered releases during transitions at this time.

- we are no longer using staggered transitions

- no more assigned seating

Upcoming Dates

Monday -March 21st - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Pride week Theme : All are Welcome and Pride History

Tuesday - March 22nd - B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

Principal's Coffee 8:00a - 9:00a, in person in the KMS library. Please use this link to rsvp, so we will know if we need to change venue

Pride week Theme: Differences are Awesome

Wednesday - March 23rd- A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Pride week theme: Know your rights

Thursday - March 24th - B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

CAC Meeting 4p - 5p

Pride week theme: Pride and You - Creative Expression

Friday - March 25th - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Attendance Celebration during advisory

Algebra II Movie Night

Pride week theme: Local Pride and Spirit Day

Saturday - March 26th

KMS March Service Day 10a - 12p

Pride week theme: Connect and celebrate

Pride out party at Eastside ECHS

Next Week -B Week

3/30 - Tennis Match - Small Middle school @ 6p

3/31 - Track & Field Meet @ Small Middle @ 6p

4/1 - Student Holiday (No school for students)

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Kealing Science Olympiad team qualifies for State Championship!

Kealing Science Olympiad team competed in Texas Regionals conducted by UT Austin on Feb’26th and finished with 3rd place, with this performance
The team has qualified to compete for Texas state championship to be conducted by Texas A&M university on April 22nd and 23rd.

Congratulations to following medal winners in the regionals competition

• Isabel Liu – 8th grade
• Aadhya Chagarlamudi – 8th grade
• Kevin Li – 8th grade
• Ishant Yenamandra – 7th grade
• Archith Venkatagiri – 7th grade
• Mahir Vallabhaneni – 7th grade
• Priyanka Dhulipala – 6th grade
• Aarush Bharadwaj – 7th grade
• Prahalad Prithivathi – 7th grade

Team will be practicing at Capital One Café in Domain (11801 Domain Blvd Suite 160), Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Scholars interested in joining the club for next year are welcome to come ask questions during this time.

Black Youth Day at the University of Texas at Austin

Black Youth Day is a daylong event for students (grades 8-11) to learn about engineering through hands-on activities led and taught by students within their own community. Hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers UT Chapter and the Cockrell School of Engineering's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office and held on the UT Austin campus, Black Youth Day aims to promote engineering where it hasn't been promoted before in a way that allows participants to see others with the same identity, hoping to show students that they have a community within a Predominantly White Institution (PWI).

The event is geared for high school students in the greater Austin area in grades 8-11 who are interested in the field of engineering. We want students to start thinking about their futures now and show those who come from underrepresented populations have a supporting community within the Cockrell School. Activities include a panel of Black engineers and UT students, geocaching and scavenger hunt, and hands-on experiments and activities.

More information and registration is located on this link: https://cockrell.utexas.edu/events/dei-events/black-youth-day#

Also, lunch will be provided for participants. 😊

Calling All Chess Players!

Calling All Chess Players!
Kealing Chess Club is starting Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30
Where: Kealing Library
When: Every Tuesday at 3:30 (For the following 10 Tuesdays)
How to Sign Up: https://www.kealingchess.com/
We help students become innovators in the fields of science, engineering, technology, art, and mathematics (STEAM) by improving their cognitive skills with chess - a game for thinkers.
See you on Tuesday!


In May, students will participate in STAAR testing online. Students must use an AISD device to access the exam. As a result, we need to know which students currently use a personal device from home, so we can secure them an AISD device for testing. Please complete this technology survey by March 25th

Track and Tennis Seasons Start March 21st

All 7th and 8th grade students interested in participating on the Kealing Tennis team or the Track and Field team need to join us in the Large Gym after school on Monday March 21st. We will go over expectations, practice and competition schedules. Time permitting we will start practice after the meetings. Required materials to participate in practice include: A completed AISD physical packet, work out clothes and shoes, and a water bottle. Track & Field Practices will end at 5pm in time for students to catch the late busses. For tennis questions contact Coach Hinojosa (veronica.hinojosa@austinisd.org). For track questions contact Coach Gardner (justin.gardner@austinisd.org)

Join us for the March Kealing Gardens & Grounds Service Day - Saturday March 26th

Water our fruit trees, weed, rake, plant, prune & more!
Saturday, March 26th, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help Kealing keep our garden and grounds beautiful for our community. Earn service hours too! Gardening Teacher Mrs. Bergman will start the session with a 10-minute eco-talk! All are welcome!!
Current AISD COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed.

Food truck competition in the community!

KMS Amazon Wish List

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Bike Club is Back!!!

FINALLY!!! After a long hiatus, the Kealing Bike Club will begin after spring break with ONE mandatory meeting and safety orientation on Thurs 3/24 OR Thurs 3/31 in room 215 (Mr. Hendrex's room). Even if you've ridden with bike club before, you MUST attend one of these meetings to participate in the spring 2022 rides. You only need to attend ONE orientation. Rides will occur on Thursdays from 3pm to 4:15pm from April 7 to May 19. We provide bikes and helmets; students need to bring a water bottle, wear closed toed shoes and dress comfortably for the weather. Email william.shoaf@austinisd.org OR alexander.hendrex@austinisd.org for more information.

Kealing Algebra 2 Fundraiser

Please help our Algebra 2 class raise money for our end of year project! We are making a dynamic art installation in the school and need some funding! This art installation will be an exciting addition to our school and will demonstrate the creativity and individuality of the Kealing students. All donations are appreciated and every dollar counts!

Link to the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kealing-algebra-2-end-of-year-project-funding?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

All Call for Supplies

Hello community! Thank you so much for showing up for Kealing time and time again! Be it your time, your talent, or your treasure--we appreciate you! Supplies are running low again and many of y'all know we basically do not have a supply budget as we previously had. Additionally, we are working hard to welcome refugee students to our campus. Their teachers providing resources to engage them and make them feel supported, so we have included several books and language acquisition resources to the Amazon wish list. I cannot express how much we appreciate you all. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/B7BQHNMLAOP?ref_=wl_share
Summer Youth Employment Program Brochure

SYEP is offering summer employment opportunities to young people 14-17 years of age as well as young people with a disability up to the age of 22. Employment opportunities include 100 hours of paid learning/work experience.

Yearbook Recognition Ads are Available! Pre-Order Your Yearbook Today!

Hello Hornets Community! Yearbook recognition ads are currently available through the Josten's website (www.jostens.com > search Kealing)! Recognition Ads a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Limited ads are available so be sure to secure your space now! Recognition and Personalized Yearbook Ads start as low as $35!

How To Order Guide (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b6bv9eEqfKqLAyzyyYIIeYCaz3_e_xXY/view?usp=sharing)

Community Donations

Thank you for all your generous contributions to our campus! We appreciate you and all the many ways you show up for our Kealing Community. We have started a Community Donates spreadsheet in order to repurpose household items to our campus. There are two ways to contribute--1. Drop off the requested item to the front office labeled with the requesting teacher's name. 2. If you have item(s) to offer that might have a second life on our campus, please add a description to the spreadsheet. Teachers can then go in and claim the item. HERE is a link to the spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IOK7cMk99UZtIQcClIWNQ8Wgc3_nBQ0tBrj7amKXLro/edit?usp=sharing

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