Hornet Herald

News and Notes for the week of 2/7/2021

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Isaiah Quit Hurdle - Kealing's First Principal

Born in 1886 in Greenville, Texas, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas, Isaiah Quit (I.Q.) Hurdle would become instrumental to the establishment and growth of the African American education system in Austin during the first half of the 20th century.

The son of runaway slaves, Hurdle was among the early generations of African Americans to attend school in the United States, and he would go on to head the Northeast Texas Christian Theological and Industrial College in Palestine, Texas, and earn a graduate degree from The University of Colorado.

In 1920, Hurdle moved to Austin to teach at L.C. Anderson High School, also known as the Old Anderson High School, for five years. From 1927 to 1930, he served as principal of the Gregory Town School which was later renamed Blackshear Elementary, and in 1930, he then became principal of the newly-founded Kealing Junior High School, Austin’s first junior high school for African American students.

More of Hurdle's Legacy

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of February 7th, 2021

Hello fantastic family members,

I hope you all have had a great weekend with your families. This past week we had a blast celebrating our amazing counselors on campus and are looking forward to two great days of Professional Learning as our teachers recharge and prepare for a strong finish to this year. This past week, we had to opportunity to collaborate with Peardeck and acquire free licenses for each teacher for the remainder of the school year. Pear Deck is an educational application that can make presentations more interactive. It will be just another tool to keep our scholars engaged and enhance the learning experience both on and off campus. Here's a link if you would like to learn more about this tool. This past week we also saw Mrs. Bergman take her gardening classes out to the Kealing Gardens to complete a few tasks. I wish we had experiences like this when I was in middle school. Each and everyday, I walk our campus and wish my middle school experience was filled with all of the options Kealing provides. This inspires me to continue the great tradition and look for ways to enhance the learning experiences for our scholars. As we look forward to another great week of teaching and learning, I just want to take a moment to say thank you for choosing Austin ISD and even more so for choosing Kealing Middle School as your child's primary education provider.


Lady Hornets Soccer Wins

Congratulations to the Lady Hornets in their first two soccer victories this season. They defeated O'Henry 1-0 with a goal by Isabel Sosa and Lively 3-0 with a hat trick by Clara Kreeger! Of course we couldn't have done it without the entire team playing well with each other! Go Hornets!

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.

February Service Day

Do you want to dig a giant hole? Do you like feeling mulch ooze through your hands? Do you want to use those fine motor skills to do something other than clicking a mouse?!? Then join us for our 2nd Gardens & Grounds service day!! Hang out with friends, plant a tree and have some fun! The gardening teacher Mrs. Bergman will share some cool info about the Monarch Butterfly and Rain Gardens! *** Sign up now to join us on Saturday, February 20th *** All COVID safety protocols will be followed and masks are required. https://signup.com/go/XJuJRWj
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Kealing It this Past Week!

Click here to see our 7th grade empathy board

Scholars inspiring scholars audio files Inspirational words

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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.

Please click here to submit Hornet Herald entries

Entries must be submitted by Thursdays weekly to be included in the upcoming week's communication.

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).

Upcoming Dates - A- Week!

Monday - February 8th- A Day

Tuesday - February 9th - B Day

Safer Internet Day

Wednesday - February 10th - A Day

Thursday - February 11th - B Day

Kealing Middle School CAC Meeting @ 3:15p

Friday - February 12th - District of Innovation/ Staff Development Day (No School for Students)

Saturday - February 13th

Monday February15th - No School/ Staff Development Day


Break Through for 6th Graders!

Breakthrough is looking for 6th graders who will be the first person tin their families to graduate from college, would like school support, and want something interesting to do during the summer time.

We now have an online application. For English click here

Ahora tiene una aplicación en línea. Para espanõl haga clic en


STEM Summer Opportunity for 8th Grade Students - GeoForce Texas!

GeoFORCE Texas is a completely free outreach program run by The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences. The program takes students on week-long geology summer academies over the course of 4 years. We inspire students and give them an experience that will help prepare them for college. Our program also offers scholarship, internship, and other opportunities for support to our academy alumni throughout college. We have been running successfully since 2005 and were recognized by President Obama in 2015 as one of the best STEM outreach programs in the country.

This year we’re piloting a new GeoFORCE Austin cohort, taking students from schools in and around Austin. Applications are open to 8th grade students thru February. Please visit our website for more information and instructions on applying to the program. If you have any questions, feel free to email cara.collins@austin.utexas.edu.

Link to the GeoFORCE website: https://www.jsg.utexas.edu/geoforce/

UT Engineering Days for Girls - Feb. 20-March 1

Girl Day at UT Austin, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival, will be held virtually Saturday, February 20, 2021 through Monday, March 1, 2021. K-12 students and their parents or educators are invited to join us for 10 days of virtual FREE hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fun. See https://girlday.utexas.edu for more information and to sign up!

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!

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.

More Events on Campus This Past Week!

Mrs. Bergman's Gardening Happy Hour

We Appreciated Our Counselors !

Counselor Spotlight - Ms. Stephen

How long have you been a school counselor?

This is my first year as a school counselor! 😁

What drew you to this profession? What is your "why" for doing what you do?

My first few years as a teacher, I really bonded and connected with my students and even became a mentor for some so I could make sure they graduated (I was a high school teacher). I do what I do because I'm a big advocate for mental health and I want to reach out to any child who may be hurting, alone, frustrated, sad, etc., and let them know there's always someone there to help them.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is seeing my students on campus and being able to talk to them. Because this has been a "different" year, it's great to see my students whenever I can.

Given the chance, what is one piece of advice you wish you could give every single student at Kealing?

I wish I could tell every student self-care is so important, especially during this time. Tough times never last, but in the meantime, make sure you're taking care of yourself as well!

What's your favorite feel-good/uplifting movie?

Mulan (the Disney animated one) 🙂

Do you have any "power songs" you listen to that boost you up, give you confidence or are simply to feel good?

"Canned Heat"-Jamiroquai,

"Jump Around" -House of Pain

"Everybody" -Backstreet Boys

What's your ultimate vacation destination? (Been to or want to travel to)

I went to Switzerland a long time ago, and I loved it! The air was so fresh, and the scenery was so vibrant and beautiful! It really looked like it does in the movies.

What's your favorite thing about being a Kealing counselor?

Everything! Our campus is so welcoming, diverse, and progressive!

What's one thing you wish everyone knew about mental health and/or the profession of counseling?

It's okay to reach out for help if you're struggling. There's nothing wrong with that and you shouldn't feel embarrassed either. We are all here to help and support you!

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