Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of April 4th, 2022

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Courtyard Lunch Assignments for the week of 4/4/2022

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Special Welcome to our new family Members!

Jessica Suarez - Parent Support Specialist

I am new to the city coming from Las Vegas, Nevada and am excited to start on a new journey here in Austin. I enjoy spending time outdoors and with my family.

Lori Castro - Book Keeper (Expected start date 4/18/2022)

I'm married with two grown children which are my pride and joy. My hobbies are whatever my children choose for me that day, week, month or year. But the best part is going through the adventure with them. I ended up here at AISD in a round about way. I worked at the Secretary of State's office until retiring in 2018 but before doing so I started working for the athletic department at sporting events, then helped in the office after retiring and came to work here at Athletics as soon as I possibly could! It has been an amazing experience with amazing folks and I'm now ready to meet new amazing folks at Kealing! Truth be told...I have ordered RED tennis shoes for spirit days already! Can't wait to meet you all.

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of 4/4/2022

Great evening fantastic families,

Can you believe Spring break was a full 2 weeks ago? It’s crazy how fast time flies in the Spring. Although things are moving quickly, we want to be intentional about creating the best learning experience for our scholars. We have many upcoming events for all students but especially our 8th graders who will never be middle school again. This Friday our algebra II club has a movie night fundraiser that starts at 6p and will be showing the classic movie Shrek. Then we have our Spring Fling April 22nd. This past week had an opportunity to engage our teachers in staff development collaboratively designed by the campus administration, Instructional coaches, and Austin ISD Cultural Proficiency and Inclusion Department. We want to create the most optimal learning environment for our scholars so we have administrators, teachers, and student leaders attending sessions which will strengthen our campus and make it a safe environment for all.

I am also still working through the action plan to improve our campus' climate and culture. The April 1st professional development session was coordinated by our amazing campus instructional coaches, which was one of the actions of the plan (create opportunities for instructional coaches to drive professional learning). On Friday, I also sent our biweekly climate and culture survey, we will close submissions Monday afternoon at 4p. I was also able to retrieve our final exit surveys from teachers who are no longer at Kealing Middle School. I will discuss the results and next steps at the upcoming principal's coffee. This upcoming week we have Tennis, Track, and a COVID Vaccine Clinic amongst other events. It’s a busy time but we are thankful to have the opportunity to participate in all these activities this year. 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

  • This past week our ELA 7 teacher and Parent Support Specialists started this week. We officially hired for our Campus Book Keeper. She is scheduled to start April 18th. Campus vacancy status can be viewed here: KMS Vacancies.

  • We distributed our second round of Kealing Awards to teachers and staff, pictures will be added to next week's newsletter. There are some who received awards late who will be in this week's newsletter.

  • Exit surveys were submitted from all teachers who have been responsive to communication. We have 70% of them completed.

  • 4/1 Bi weekly Campus Climate Survey was sent to staff on Friday. We are closing the survey Monday afternoon.

  • 4/1 Collaborative Campus staff development and service day

This Upcoming Week

  • Principal's Coffee April 5th @ 8a - 9a in the Kealing Library.
  • Conduct more stop and chats with teachers and staff (Special Education Teacher's Assistants are this week's target) members

Adjusted Budget Time Line

Budgeting decisions will be shared with CAC prior to the 4/15 signature deadline(likely by April 1st)

4/15 - CAC signature Sheets due

PTA Corner!

Hornet Parents,

It seems every year that after Spring Break, things just start moving at breakneck speed. This year is no different. These last eight weeks are going to fly by. A few dates to note in the next week or so:
PTA membership meeting - Thursday, April 7 at 8 am on zoom. Link here
Coffee cart for teacher - Tuesday, April 5
Movie night - Friday, April 8 in the Kealing Theater
Spring Fling dance - April 22. We will need donations and chaperones.

At the bottom of the Herald, there is a link to a google sheet with requests from teachers for items you might have around your house. Please look at that link and see if you might be able to donate something.

Thank you!

2022 - 2023 Budget concerns, suggestions, and questions

Please click on this button to share your questions, concerns, or suggestions for the 2022-2023 KMS Budget

KMS Safety Protocols as of 4/3/2021

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

- Hornet Passes are available for students with anxiety about being in large groups


- 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

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

- Dividers are available if a student prefers to use at lunch (we are taking down the plexiglass dividers)

- 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.


- Masks are optional

- assigned seating for lunches is a discontinued practice

- We are no longer using the staggered transitions

- no more assigned seating during lunches

- we no longer use the accordian plexiglass dividers (student may use a divider if the student prefers)

Upcoming Dates

Monday -April 4th - B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

Tuesday - April 5th - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Principal's Coffee : 8am - 9a in the KMS Library

Wednesday - April 6th- B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic in the Kealing Cafeteria, 4p - 8p

Tennis match @ McCallum High School @ 6p

Thursday - April 7th - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

PTA Meeting 8a - 9aTrack & Field Meet @ Small Middle @ 6p

Track and Field Meet at Bedicheck Middle School @6p

Friday - April 8- B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

Algebra II Fundraiser Movie Night: Shrek! @6pm in the KMS Theater

Next Week -A Week

4/13 - Tennis Match @ Austin High

4/14 - Track and field meet at Murchison Middle School

4/15 - Student Holiday / Staff Development (No School for students)

4/15 - Theater set painting/ building

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This Past Week on Campus !

Staff development and Cesar Chavez & Delores Huerta Service Day for staff

Special thanks to PTA for Sponsoring our First Round of Kealing it Awards! (These are winners we didn't get to celebrate last week)


8th Grade Celebration Update!

The 8th grade celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 on campus during the school day. It's a fun-filled day for Kealing's graduating 8th graders complete with special t-shirts, yearbook signing, snacks and lunch, outdoor games, rock wall climbing, an inflatable obstacle course, and more!

This is a student event but parents will be needed to help make it happen. PTA will be looking for volunteers on and around the day of the event to help contribute snacks, set up, clean up, and chaperone. Watch for those sign-ups later in April.

One immediate need is to secure and finalize plans for lunch at the party. If you're connected with a local restaurant or caterer that could help provide a yummy spread, please contact Jen Loving (jen.loving@gmail.com).

Thank you!

Kealing 8th Grade Graduation - 5/25/2022

Date - May 25th

Time - 6p

Location - Eastside Memorial Early College High School

If you would like to assist contact Keri Jaworski (keri.jaworski@austinisd.org)

Kealing Spring Fling Dance | Friday, April 22nd

Dances are back! Student Council is hosting a Spring Fling School Wide Dance on Friday, April 22nd from 6:00-8:00. Tickets will go on sale the day of the dance and can be purchased during lunch for $5.

Parents and Teachers, in order to ensure fun is had by all, we would appreciate your presence as a chaperone, helping set up, selling tickets at the door, working the concessions or hanging out on the dance floor. We also are looking for donations for concessions, boxes of chips or popcorn, candy bars, sodas and water. For each donation box or case, we can offer a free entry into the dance.

Please see the Sign Up genius linked. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Martin, Student Council sponsor at jenna.martin@austinisd.org. We really look forward to hosting this event and appreciate your support.


8th Grade Party T-Shirt Designs Wanted!

It is time to design the t-shirt for the 8th grade party, and we would like your 8th grader's input by MARCH 31st!!

From Ms Jarowski, below:

"Can you come up with an awesome design that everyone will want to wear? Be sure to include:
-Wording on both the FRONT and BACK of the shirt
-Any design(s), drawing(s), symbol(s)
-Colors for both the lettering and image(s)
-T-shirt color ideas
Please submit your t-shirt design online via the form link https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLScT6.../viewform... (can be found in your Advisory tile) OR e-mail your design to keri.jaworski@austinisd.org.

We will vote on the favorite design and the winning artist will receive a special prize! T-shirt designs due March 31st!"

The link above will only work for students; login and submissions will go through their AISD account for monitoring purposes.

Questions regarding the t-shirt design or party? Please go to the Social Groups area on Konstella and join the 8th Grade Party group for conversation there (as per usual, please DO NOT message all of 8th grade - Konstella discussions should always take place in a Social Group so that school-wide and grade-wide announcements from PTA such as this remain high signal, and notifications do not become overwhelming).

Further party details also forthcoming, so please standby for those, too! Thanks!!
KMS Amazon Wish List

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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

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
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.

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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