Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 5/9/2021

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Kealing Middle School STAAR Testing Calendar

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of May 9th, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

This past week there were numerous outpourings of support for the amazing teachers on our campus. Parent volunteers showed up daily and brought donations for our amazing educators. I want to thank Maraba DiRaddo, Dr. Mikelson, and our amazing assistant principal Mrs. Pfeiffer for their coordination in making this past week special for teachers. I would also like to thank Mr. Estes and the testing team for creating such a smooth testing environment for our scholars.

This upcoming week we have PTA Meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, Testing Tuesday through Friday, and our final service day on Saturday May 15th. This year is rapidly coming to a close and we are finalizing our end of year celebrations, look forward to more communication regarding these events.


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KMS 2020- 2021 Summer Calendar (Specifics coming soon)

  • 6th Grade Reading Summer Camp: 6/7 - 8/5, Sign up here: KMS 6th grade reading camp
  • KMS Summer Intensive : 6/7 - 6/14
  • Credit Recovery Summer School:6/14 - 6/30
  • Advanced Math Bootcamp: 6/14 - 6/25
  • 8th Grade Algebra Readiness Camp: 6/14 - 6/18
  • Creative Writing Camp: 6/28 - 7/1
  • STARBASE Camp: 6/28 - 7/1


  • Pre Algebra Summer Camp: 7/5 - 7/30
  • Reading Camp: 7/5 - 7/30
  • Magnet Math Bootcamp: 7/19 - 7/23


  • KMS Summer Band Camp: 8/2 - 8/5
  • 6th grade orientation: 8/10
  • 7th grade orientation: 8/11
  • KMS Orchestra Camp: 8/2 - 8/6
  • KNN Bootcamp: 8/2 - 8/6
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Major events this past week!

Upcoming Dates - B Week!

Monday - May 10th B Day

Tuesday - May 11th - A Day

STAAR Algebra I - 6th & 7th Grade

STAAR Math 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

PTA Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday -May 12th - B Day

STAAR Reading exams 6th, 7th, and 8th

STAAR Algebra I - 6th & 7th Grade

Thursday - May 13th- A Day

STAAR Algebra I - 8th grade

Ultimate Frisbee Practice @ 3p - 4:30p ,

- Contact Coach Kepner (colleen.kepner@austinisd.org), Coach Natenberg (michael.natenberg@austinisd.org) or Coach Crouch (cara.crouch@austinisd.org) with questions.

PTA Meeting

Friday - May 14th - B Day

STAAR Make Up Exam

Saturday - May 15th - Kealing Service Day


LASA Softball Recruiting All Skill Levels

Raptor Softball! If you are a future LASA H.S. Student and are interested in being part of the Softball Program, please contact Coach Cruz (Vincent.cruz@austinisd.org, Phone: 361-253-8663). LASA Raptors Softball program, in its 2021 Inaugural Season, placed 3rd in District 17-5A! The team is a newly formed team after the LBJ/LASA split. Having only 6 athletes return from the previous season that was cut short due to COVID, the team has grown tremendously! The team is now 23 athletes strong, with a full range of skill levels. Whether you have never played softball or you are a travel ball type of player, LASA Raptors Softball Program has a place for you! If you want to be part of a winning team, a community of athletes that help each other day in and day out, on and off the field, then this program is for you! All are welcome, and all are encouraged to be the best they can be. If you are considering joining the program and want to get a head start, contact me. We have several opportunities for you to kick off the year on the right track. From Summer Softball to Strength and Conditioning Camp, there is something for you to plug into right away! We are excited for the upcoming season and are looking forward to creating a Tradition of Excellence with you on our team! Coach Cruz

Volunteer for the Last Kealing Grounds and Garden Work day of the School Year on MAY 15TH!

Join us on Saturday May 15th at either 9 am or 11 am for our last grounds and garden work day of the school year! We need lots of volunteers to help spread crushed granite to beautify our walkways! We will also weed, plant, prune, water and more! Gardening Teacher Mrs. Bergman will start each session with a 10-minute eco-talk! All are welcome!! All COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed. Masks required. https://signup.com/go/XJuJRWj

Kealing Science Olympiad Team is headed to Nationals!

The Kealing Science Olympiad Team placed 2nd in the State tournament hosted by Texas A&M University and has qualified for the National Tournament 7th year in a row. The team that consists of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Kealing .The team went head to head with over 29 Texas teams and emerged 2nd in the State. The team is very excited for the Virtual National Tournament on May 21st and 22nd hosted by Arizona State University

Please join us in congratulating the following team members and wishing them luck for the National Tournament: Student Name Student Name Guha Ekambaram Emma Dhupar Khush Lalchandani Isabel Liu Nawar Muhib Izna Ladhani Sahasra Adapa Kevin Li Sashwat Singh Ishant Yenamandra Triyatha Jammula Aadhya Chagarlamudi Please contact kealing.scioly@gmail.com for being a part of this awesome team for school year 2021-22.

Bike Raffle Winners!

Jose Guzman and Scout Rafferty completed the Bike Skills Program offered by Kealing Bike Club and Parks & Recreation elective class. Both students mastered the Bike Skills program and won a brand new Sunday BMX bike donated by the Ghisallo Initiative and Sunday Bikes, both local Austin organizations.

Kealing yearbook students won quite a few awards from ILPC (Yearbook UIL) this weekend.

2020-2021 Yearbook Individual Achievement Awards

  • Theme Selection and Development - Lane Sepehri, Isa Matamoros, Shania Nixon, Adele Tversky, Jaynie Lee
  • Captions - Robin Little, Sofia Castano, Emily Alpuche
  • Headlines - Kayla Le, Malvika Pradhan, Lanie Sepehr
  • Index Spread - Lily Tisdale and Clara Kreege
  • Ad Spread - Lanie Sepehri
  • Feature Spread - Peyton Phan
  • Student Life Spread - Lil Tisdale , Kealing Middle School.
  • BLENDED COVERAGE SPREAD & INFOGRAPHIC - Sofia Castano & Isa Matamoros
  • STUDENT LIFE FEATURE STORY - Sophia Porter & Lillian Tisdale
  • ACADEMIC FEATURE STORY - Lanie Sepehr & Kayla Le
  • SPORTS FEATURE STORY - Sofia Castano
  • PERSONALITY PROFILE STORY - Sophia Porter & Amelia Coleman
  • SPORTS ACTION PHOTO - Robin Little
  • ACADEMIC PHOTO - Lexie Manuel
  • STUDENT LIFE PHOTO - Lexie Manuel & Jaynie Lee
  • PORTRAIT - Jaynie Lee
  • PHOTO PORTFOLIO - Jaynie Lee

Summer Fly Fishing Camp

Blue Valley is a fly fishing day camp built to instill a passion for the outdoors in the next generation through instruction, fun, and experience on the water. This will be our 7th anniversary holding day camps from Monday-Thursday for Middle School and Elementary aged kids in the Austin Area. Our camps make learning how to fly fish exciting through competitions, obstacle courses, water games and a final fishing adventure. For more information or to Sign up visit: www.bluevalleyflyfishing.com Follow our Instagram: @bvflyfishing

PTA Meetings Rescheduled

Unfortunately, we have to delay our regularly scheduled meetings by one week.

The new meeting dates and times will be:

  • Tuesday, May 11 at 4-5pm: PTA Executive Board meeting
  • Thursday, May 13 at 4:30-5:30pm: PTA Membership Meeting

We expect that these meetings will not take the entire hour. We are approving the budget for 2021-22.

Model UN Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers

Austin High School’s award winning Model United Nations team is holding a four day summer camp for middle schoolers to learn about Model UN, world events & practice public speaking.

What is Model United Nations (MUN)?

In MUN, students learn about diplomacy and international relations among other things. Students also learn about current events and history, and participate in simulations where they act as a delegate from a certain country and present their views on the chosen topic.

Important Information!
For rising 7th and 8th Graders
June 14-17th
1715 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703

For Questions: Katmachar@gmail.com

Visit our website https://jrausmun.weebly.com

Online Enrollment for 2021-2022

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

Complete enrollment here:

Austin ISD Student Enrollment

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee: In-Person Practices!

The Kealing Ultimate Club will be hosting 4 in person practices this spring. We will throw, run drills, and scrimmage. Come learn to play or hone your skills!

Who: All interested Kealing students! All grades, all programs, all genders welcome.
When: Thursdays -- April 29th, May 6th, May 13th, and May 20th
3:00 - 4:30 pm (no late buses; players must arrange their own drop-off and pick-up)
Where: Kealing Football Field
Must Bring - Mask, full water bottle, appropriate clothes and shoes to run!
Must Do - Fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/CtC76D3ajcQykPBj6

Contact Coach Kepner (colleen.kepner@austinisd.org), Coach Natenberg (michael.natenberg@austinisd.org) or Coach Crouch (cara.crouch@austinisd.org) with questions.

7th Grade Accelerated Math & Algebra Readiness Summer Bridge camps

These virtual camps are designed as an opportunity for students to deepen their algebra readiness skills in preparation to take Accelerated Math 7 or Algebra I in the 2021 - 2022 school year.

  • Dates: Wednesday, July 14th - Thursday, July 29th (No Fridays)

  • Time: 10:00 -12:00 pm

  • Platform: Zoom & BLEND

Students will participate in synchronous learning via Zoom from 10:00 am - 11:00 am each day with a teacher. In addition to synchronous learning, students will complete Blend modules to support their continued learning from 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Summer Bridge teachers will stay connected during this asynchronous time to answer questions. It is important that students make a commitment to attend all 10 days and complete all Blend modules to maximize the benefits of participating.

Space is limited to 100 students for Algebra Readiness and 50 students for 7th grade Accelerated. Please share registration flyers with students and families who would most benefit from this opportunity.

Please contact Danielle Perico at danielle.perico@austinisd.org or Tarrah Thompson at tarrah.thompson@austinisd.org for additional information.

Transition With Kindness

Transition with Kindness is a service project where students write letters to the people who are moving into the long-term housing and hotels in Austin. The letters should be welcome messages written with kindness in mind. These messages should include how you are proud and excited for them to get their room and express how much the community cares about them. By writing these letters, you will help me accomplish my goal of getting 150 letters to the people who will be in these long-term housing units. The letters can be written digitally on a Google Document and sent to the form linked below. The deadline to submit letters is May 14th! If you have any questions feel free to email Peyton Phan at peyton.phan0c@stu.austinisd.org.

Submit Letters here

AISD Mental Wellness for Families Smores

We are excited to announce that our third 2-sided flyer with mental health resources/strategies

will be distributed to parents/families during Austin ISD food distributions next week. We plan

to create a new Mental Wellness flyer/Smore every two weeks. These

resources are part of a collaboration between Child Study Systems, Social and Emotional

Learning, Health Services, Family and Community Engagement, and Austin ISD Communications.

1st Edition

2nd Edition

3rd Edition

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.

Around our school this past week!

Special Thank You to the Kealing Community for an amazing Teacher's Appreciation Week! We had plenty of parent donations!

Bike Day at KMS !

Popsicle Social!

More events on campus this week!

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.

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).