Hornet Herald

News and Notes for the week of 1/31/2021

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Hightower Theodore Kealing

Born in 1859 in Austin, Texas, Hightower Theodore Kealing was raised as the son of former slaves. This made H.T. Kealing part of the first generation of blacks to attend school in the United States. After completing high school, Kealing enrolled in Straight University in New Orleans. While in New Orleans, Kealing was converted and joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1875 - a decision that would greatly impact the rest of his life.

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of January 31st, 2021

Hello fantastic family members,

I hope you all have had a great weekend with your families. This past week we were proud to have the opportunity to award 7 more staff members with the Kealing it award for their hard work and commitment to the campus. We also had the opportunity to award and congratulate Mrs. Tania Tasneem for earning the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Tasneem not only delivers high level instruction daily but she is also a member of the KMS Teacher Work Group and the Superintendent's Round Table. She extends her reach far beyond the classroom and consistently takes action to make our campus a GREAT place for students and staff alike. This past week we administered the Middle of the Year exams for our students are excited to see the results so we can actively work to close any gaps or tailor instruction to push our scholars to maintain or achieve mastery on the Spring 2021 STAAR exams. We look forward to another great week of teaching and learning and the iReady exam administration.


Congratulations to the Kealing Middle School Teacher of the Year 2020-2021 : Mrs. Tania Tasneem!

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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.

Looking for PTA Volunteers to help with Virtual Magnet Shadowing!

As an aspect of virtual shadowing activities, Kealing is also looking to provide prospective students with a live interaction experience. This student-driven interactive experience includes a virtual student panel hosted by Kealing's Student Ambassador Club and Student Council members. We are looking for PTA parent volunteers to serve as Zoom session moderators and hosts. Volunteer opportunities will span every Wednesday and Friday in the month of February, starting February 10th, occurring at 2:30pm - 3:00pm. Please consider volunteering to serve as a parent moderator by visiting this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1F7UhDOAtscJKDROBWq65fjl4SgGKnI1nrPOUEvQyuQw/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Magnet VP, PTA member: vpmagnet@kealingpta.org

Please note, we will be using a similar format for Virtual Academy Shadowing later on in the school year.

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Special thanks to the Kealing Middle School PTA for gift baskets and Kealing it awards!

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Nominations will close Thursday, February 4th at 5pm

Salute is AISD’s annual celebration to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members. District staff, families, and the community are invited to submit a nomination for a staff member.

Upcoming Dates - B- Week!

Monday - February 1st- B Day

Today's Heart Healthy Tip is "Get Active"

Tuesday - February 2nd - A Day

PTA Executive board meeting @ 4p

Wednesday - February 3rd - B Day

Today's Heart Healthy Tip is "Be kind to yourself"

Thursday - February 4th - A Day

Kealing Middle School PTA Membership Meeting

Friday - February 5th - B Day

Today's Heart Healthy Tip is "Wear Red" to raise awareness about heart disease and save lives

Saturday - February 6th


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).

AISD Goes Red !

This week, we are celebrating Healthy Heart Week. Today’s healthy
heart tip is “Get Active.” Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and
healthier with daily physical activity. Participating in at least 30 minutes of
moderate physical activity a day five times per week helps lower your risks for
heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Students can use PE Class, Athletics, or take
a walk around their neighborhood to be active and strengthen their hearts!
awareness about heart disease and save lives; because when we come
together, there's nothing we can't do. It's important to keep your heart healthy
by being physically active, eating well, and being kind to yourself and others. By
practicing these healthy habits, you can lower your risk for heart disease no
matter what age you are. On Friday it is National Wear Red Day; so, wear red Friday. Don't forget to share your group pictures on Twitter
using the hashtags: #AISDGoesRed2021, #BeWellDoGood, and #AISDHasHeart

Food Pantry Fridays!

Greetings Everyone! Ms. Perez, the Parent Support Specialist, will be hosting FOOD PANTRY FRIDAYS beginning February 5, 2021. Parents, students and staff may request a bag of groceries to be picked up curbside from 9-2 each FRIDAY. Please call or email Ms. Perez at 512-414-6700 adrianna.perez@austinisd.org if you would like a bag prepared.

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!

Required Immunizations

We have a large number of students who are not in TEA compliance when it comes to required immunizations. Prior to Thanksgiving Break, we contacted families with outstanding immunizations requirements. Please submit the required documentation ASAP. You can email the documentation to stephen.mansolo@austinisd.org or drop it off at campus.


Mr. Mansolo

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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