Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 8/9/2021

Our orchestra and band programs closed out the summer on a high note and we had an opportunity to meet our new teachers!

2021-2022 KMS Orientation Sign up (Mask Encouraged)

RSVP Is not required but helps. New to Kealing 8th graders can join the virtual pm student orientation and parents can join any of the parent sessions. Check the website 30 minutes prior to the event for the event specific link.

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Spanish Translation will be provided for each parent orientation session

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of August 2nd, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

We are excited to safely return to another G.R.E.A.T school year at KMS. We are following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance in some areas and not so much in other areas. Just below this message are some of our safety protocols to ensure a safe return to school. This list is not exhaustive and is being amended daily due to updates with the COVID 19 pandemic. We are observing changes at the state, national, and district level. We are following the science and using our best judgement to keep our school community safe. Keeping all those things in mind, we are still challenging ourselves to provide a G.R.E.A.T learning experience for each member of our school community and staff. In this newsletter we also mention ways we are supporting our students socially & emotionally as well. We will educate the whole child. We are striving for growth for everyone this year, students, staff, and families. We will pull together and support each other in this effort. Our mantra for the year is "P.N.P - Progress Not Perfection". We may not be perfect but we will be better than we were yesterday!


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KMS Safety Protocols as of 8/8/2021

We are strongly encouraging all individuals to wear a face mask

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 9th

Tuesday - August 10th

- KMS Hornet Orientation details above (6th & new to Kealing 7th grade)

Wednesday - August 11th

- KMS Hornet Orientation (7th grade)

Thursday - August 12th

- Start of 2021 - 2022 School Year Teacher Professional Development

- AISD Board of Trustees Information Session 8/12, click here to join

Friday - August 13th

- Start of 2021 - 2022 School Year Teacher Professional Development

Saturday - August 14th

Virtual Learning Information

Click here for more information about the virtual learning option

Click below to sign up

Virtual Learning Application

Kealing Specific Information

We cannot guarantee students choosing the virtual option will:

- receive the elective chosen for the fall semester

- receive instruction from Kealing specific faculty and the curriculum will most likely be the AISD curriculum developed for to use as a strong and rigorous baseline.

However, when a student returns back to in person learning in the spring- we will resume their normal schedule.

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.

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Summer Homework can be found on our website

Kealing Volleyball and Football Interest Form

Hey Hornets, we are looking to the start of the upcoming football season. We need to start getting an idea of who is interested in playing Volleyball or Football for Kealing next year as 7th and 8th graders. Please complete the Google Form so we will be able to contact you with information about these sports. Practice starts the first week of school for both sports, so it is important that we get this info out over the summer. If you have questions, please complete the form and a coach will contact you to answer those questions.

KMS Football & Volleyball Interest Form

Spirit wear!

See the PTA website for details.


Online Enrollment for 2021-2022

Please Complete Online Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Complete enrollment here:

Austin ISD Student Enrollment