Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of February 28th, 2022

B Week! No school Friday 3/4 (AISD Employee Appreciation Holiday)

Happy Black History Month!

Three African American Contributions

Courtyard Lunch Assignments for the week of 2/28/2022

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KMS Courtyard Diagram

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of 2/28/2022

Hello families,

We are now in our 9th week of the new semester and just 2 short weeks away from Spring Break. This past week was a busy one on our campus. We began the week with professional development for our teachers. Teachers received the "Speak Up" session from the Austin ISD Cultural Proficiency and Inclusion Department. This session was collaboratively decided on by the campus instructional coaches and administration because it has the power to provide our teachers with tools to assure all students feel welcome and accepted. Later in the day teachers received training on first amendment rights and strategies for teaching newcomer/refugee students. This ongoing professional learning for our staff will assure teachers have the tools to create a GREAT learning experience for each one of our scholars. The fine arts departments delivered an amazing Spring Concert Wednesday night, Hornet basketball concluded its regular season Thursday Night, 5 Kealing teams placed at the Austin Regional Science Fair. This week we look forward to the first Principal's Coffee of March, March PTA Meeting (moved to 3/1 after Principal's Coffee), playoff basketball and interviewing for our next Magnet Director. After looking at the strain it would cause on the campus to have so many campus leaders interviewing during the day, we decided to move the Magnet Director Interviews back to March 4th because it would not have any impact on the day-to-day operations of the campus, assuring teachers & students have support at critical times. 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 exit surveys for teachers who have left this year. (not completely done yet)
  • Collaboratively Created Magnet Director Profile with staff participants
  • Included Coaches Corner in campus communication (Gives instructional coaches a voice and provides instructional support for teachers)
  • Conducted pop in conversations with teachers to see how to improve campus climate (on going)
  • Held pop in meetings with Classified staff members to see how climate could be improved from their lens (not complete but so far the biggest concern is working collaboratively and providing support with visitor in take and the building entrances)
  • Finalized filling of Science 6 positions. One teacher starts March 1st and the other starts March 7th.
  • 2/25 - First biweekly Climate survey was sent to Kealing Middle School Campus (Closes Tuesday 3/1)
  • Added additional Principal Coffee Meetings to the school calendar. Remaining dates are: 3/1, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17 (underlined and bold are newly added dates)

This Upcoming Week

  • 2/28 - 3/4 - Exit Surveys and pop in conversations with teachers and classified staff
  • 3/1 - Principal's Coffee w/ action plan update
  • 3/1 - Meeting with Counselors and Administrators to observe trends and collaboratively problem solve Attendance & Behavioral Concerns (In person - 3:15p - 4:15p)
  • 3/2 - Meeting with Instructional Coaches and Administrators to observe trends and problem solve Instructional and Professional Development needs (In person - 3:15p - 4:15p)
  • 3/1- 3/3 - Magnet Director Question and Task Generation Meeting (Virtual - 4:30p - 5:30p) (Interview Committee Members only)
  • 3/4 - Magnet Director Interviews


Magnet Director timeline

Magnet Director Profile

2/17 Principal's COffee Responses to Questions/Concerns/Statements

KMS Current Vacancies

Revised A/B Calendar

Due to the weather days last week(2/3 & 2/4) and the AISD Approved holiday (2/11), we adjusted our A/B Calendar for the 2021-2022 School year. Click here to observe the calendar.

Adjusted Budget Time Line

1/28 - Receive budget for 2022-2023 school year

Week of 2/21 - Share budget details with staff

Week of 2/21 - Share budget details with PTA

Week of 2/21 - share budget details with CAC

Week of 2/28 - workshop with CAC

3/3 - Budget workshop with PTA

3/11 - Budget due to AISD

4/15 - CAC signature Sheets due

PTA Corner!

Hornet Parents,

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent PTA meeting (Feb 3). At that meeting, we approved a letter to the superintendent and trustees opposing the proposed change in planning time for teachers for next year. Many parents and organizations throughout the district opposed the proposal and on Friday we heard that the district will stay with a 6/8 schedule for middle and high school teachers next year as well as schedule planning time for elementary teachers. This means that the budget deficit will have to be made up elsewhere. Please continue to pressure your state representatives to change the recapture formula that takes nearly half of collected property taxes for education in Austin and sends them to elsewhere in the state.

This week we will be having our second Secret Pal gift drops. If you’ve signed up as a secret pal, you’ll be dropping off your gifts on either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Make sure they are well labelled and have your student drop the gift off to the front office.

We all know that teachers are feeling beleaguered these days. Please encourage your student to write a note, make a video or post on this padlet (https://padlet.com/vpmembership3/qarn8d4kph7fa5jw) to show some love and appreciation to our teachers. You’re welcome to send notes as well!

Our hive is strong with a whopping 509 members; currently, Kealing has the highest Middle school PTA membership in Austin ISD. We only need 126 members to receive Texas PTA all-time high award. If you haven't joined the KealingPTA, it's not too late! You can join Kealing PTA at www.kealingpta.org

PTA is adopting a new communication tool, Konstella, to provide Kealing with a voluntary, opt-in Directory for current families (and teachers/staff), and the ability for PTA to easily communicate direct to email. In the future Konstella can also be used for volunteer sign ups, committee organization, and more. Konstella can be accessed via your desktop or by mobile app by downloading the Konstella app on iOS or Android.

To start with Konstella, please visit: https://www.konstella.com/cd/DZLPNN which will take you through the Kealing Konstella registration process. Like the Kealing MS Parents Facebook group (which can be found in the Kealing Middle School Facebook page), Konstella activity should pertain specifically to Kealing and remain kind, courteous, and respectful of others' privacy. Hate speech/bullying, self-promotion or spam are not allowed.

We hope Konstella makes connecting with each other even easier. Please reach out to Jen Loving at jen.loving@gmail.com with any questions about registering an account or using Konstella.

Sign up to monitor lunch (gives the teachers a break during the day!) or monitor hallways during passing periods. Sign ups are found in Konstella. You can sign up as often or as rarely as you like. If you're going to volunteer on campus, please register as a volunteer here: https://austinpartners.org/volunteer/

Our next meeting will be on March 1 immediately following the regularly scheduled Principal's Coffee. We had discussed calling an extra meeting, but feel that the topics we would discuss there are being covered in the extra Principal's Coffees.

KMS Safety Protocols as of 2/27/2021

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

- staggered release


- 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

- Assigned seating

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

- Plexiglass accordian dividers

-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.

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K.M.S. Community Positive Cases Update Letters

Please click to see the most update Positive Case Updates pertaining to our campus. Our most recent letter went out January 28th, 2022.

Upcoming Dates

Monday - February 28th - B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

Playoff Basketball -7th grade A team plays at Small Middle @6p

Playoff Basketball - 8th grade A Team plays at Paredes Middle School at 6p

Tuesday - March 1st- A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Principal's Coffee - 8a - 9a

PTA Meeting 9a - 9:45a

NAEP Assessment

Wednesday - March 2nd- B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

Thursday - March 3rd - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Friday - March 4th -AISD Employee Appreciation Holiday (No School)

Next Week - B Week

3/1 - NAEP Assessment

3/8 - SCA Testing Day 1

3/9 - SCA Testing Day 2 & COVID 19 Vaccination Clinic

3/10 - CAC Meeting

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This Past Week on Campus

Teachers were honored on Monday for their contributions (From left: Michelle Deval - National Board Certification, Ryan Rost - Teacher of the year finalist, Fleur Swartz - unsung hero for our campus, Mary McClellan - KMS Teacher of the Year)

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KMS Amazon Wish List

Please click here to support our Amazon Wishlist

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

McCallum Blue Brigade Tryouts

If you are interested in trying out for the drill team at McCallum High School for the 22-23 school year please attend this information meeting Monday 2/28 or Wednesday 3/2 via 6:30pm via ZOOM. https://austinisd-org.zoom.us/j/81454706820?pwd=UW9Va1RuVXlKTlI3TDNRdmx2Mncwdz09


GEAYA is now registering Spring Softball. We need more girls to fill out our 14 U and 12 U teams! Softball is a great way to build strength, meet new friends and discover how powerful you are. Come play with us!


COVID-19 Protection Drive

Throughout the month of December NJHS held a winter wear drive, and was able to collect over 200 clothing items. These items were used to create a winter closet for the Kealing Community. We were able to help so many families and community members only because of YOU! Now, we are looking to expand our service past the school community and into the greater Austin area.

- Our next student-selected service project is a COVID-19 Protection Drive in which we are asking the Kealing Community to donate PPE and other related items to unhoused Austin community members.
- We need disposable masks (preferably surgical masks, KN95s, or N95s), hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.
- The drive will run from February 1st through the 28th.
- Drop off items at Ms. Chambers’ room (116)

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

KMS is looking for substitutes

The details: We've increased the base rate of substitute teacher pay for all levels. For example, degreed substitutes can now earn between $140 and $200 per day for filling a teacher assignment. We’ve also added compensation for supporting campuses when Austin-Travis County is in Stages 4 and 5.

  • We also expanded our eligibility requirements so that people with fewer than 60 college credit hours are eligible to work in elementary or middle schools.

  • Hopefully, we’ll get back to normal soon. In the meantime, if you know someone who would excel in a substitute role in AISD, point them to our website and encourage them to apply online.

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.

PTA Membership

Kealing prides itself on fostering a supportive & caring community, and one way it does that is through the Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA comprises families, teachers, administrators, students, and community members dedicated to enriching every student learning experience.

Your PTA membership makes Kealing a great community and unique learning environment. While our memberships number is at an impressive 486 members, we are 150 members short of the Texas PTA 3-year-high award. Let's finish this year with the largest PTA that Kealing has ever seen!!

To join the Kealing PTA hive, click the link below:

If you have Kealing PTA membership questions, please email Shannan Riemer, vpmembership@kealingpta.org.

Why Join PTA? Watch this video to learn more about why you should join the Kealing PTA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGtGcYdEFs

Please contact Kealing membership VP, Shannan Riemer, vpmembership@kealingpta.org, with any membership questions, comments, or concerns.

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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