Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 8/23/2021

Week one is in the books and it was A GREAT one!

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AISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde came to visit!

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

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

Thank you for a great week one! This past week our teachers focused on building relationships and community in the classroom and at lunch. Our scholars adjusted to the "disconnect to reconnect" effort seamlessly. It was great to see them safely socializing and making new friends. We made many tweaks to our campus operations such as the morning drop off, where we now celebrate a two lane approach and trimmed tree to make it all possible. Classroom energy was GREAT as students got to know each other and their teachers. Our Math department began MAP testing to get a gauge of where our students are at the beginning of the year. This week our English department will also MAP test. Once these first round of exams are completed we will have a base line to monitor our scholars' growth over the course of the year. Our goal is to see each and every student make progress both educationally and socially this year. Our mantra is, "P.N.P - Progress Not Perfection". Everyone learns, everyone grows, we all make progress. Thank you for trusting us with your child's learning and safety, we will continue to do our absolute best to provide a GREAT learning experience for everyone on our campus.


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.

Unlikely Heroes! Thank you for helping out!

GREAT August 2021 Service Day event! 30+ Volunteers!

We had over 30 volunteers and 5 staff members !

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KMS Safety Protocols as of 8/22/2021

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 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.

Upcoming Dates

Monday - August 23rd - A Day

Tuesday - August 24th - B Day

Wednesday - August 25th - A Day

Thursday - August 26th- B Day

- Young Scientist Meeting

- Lady Hornet Volleyball vs Lively , A team games at Kealing & B team games at Lively

Friday - August 27th - A Day

  • Elective changes due
  • Teacher Assistant Applications due
  • Office Aid Applications due

Saturday - August 28th

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


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After School Events Beginning and Continuing this week This Week

Late Bus Information

- Busses arrive at 5:00p & line up outside of cafeteria

- Students must have a pass from a coach(sport), sponsor(club), teacher(office hours) to ride the bus. Students cannot ride the late bus if they do not have a pass.

- Late busses drop off at the Austin ISD elementary school nearest a student's home

- Late bus eligibility, eligible students :

- live outside of AISD Walkability Zone (3.5 miles or more)

- Check eligibility by clicking here and entering your address


Click here to access club options

- Magic the Gathering Starts this Week, all other clubs stay tuned- TBA

Think Tank

- Students have a pass to office hours in order to attend Think tank

- Monday - Thursday

- 3:45p - 5:00p

- Location: Cafeteria

Office Hours

- After School Tutorials/space to do homework for Students

- Tuesday - Thursday

- Zoom is available but quarantined students will be prioritized since they will not have access to synchronous learning

- Click here for Kealing Middle School Teachers' Office Hour Availability


- Spectators for events: 2 parents / athlete allowed at event until further notice

- Cross Country

- Football

- Volleyball

Back to School Night is September 7th,2021

A Great opportunity to meet your child's teacher and visit the school.

There may be a virtual opportunity also, still to be deternined.

Important Items due Friday 8/27/2021 !

Office Aid & Teacher Aid Applications

Where to get an application: Program Office


  • Only for students in grades 7 & 8

  • Office aide positions will replace a single semester elective only.

  • A parent signature required

  • There are a limited number of positions.

  • For Teacher Assistant only: Sponsor teacher signature required

Elective Change Forms

Where to get it: KMS Elective Change Form

At the top of the google form there is a link to available electives sorted by period AND links to the coursebook for descriptions.’

Join the Kealing Parent Teacher Association

The Kealing PTA is excited to welcome everyone back!

Don't forget to …

  1. Join the Kealing PTA (annual membership) a nonprofit association of parents, teachers, staff, and community members working together to support the success of all children at Kealing Middle School: https://form.jotform.com/KealingPTA/join-donate
  2. Donate to the the Kealing PTA no-hassle fundraiser that supports Kealing with field trips, parent/student programs, additional classroom resources and grounds upkeep to name a few: http://www.kealingpta.org/donate
  3. Purchase your Kealing spirit wear to support our school and show our pride: https://form.jotform.com/KealingPTA/kms-spirit-wear

We’re looking forward to a fantastic school year and thank you in advance for your support.

Spirit wear!

See the PTA website for details.


This Past Week on Campus

We trimmed the Tree near parent drop off!

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