From The Admin Team 11/17/2020

Bernice Kiker Elementary School

Check the Status of District Systems: Portal, Cloud, etc.

AISD’s technology team has launched a webpage which allows school communities to check the status of district systems such as the cloud and portal, as well as Accelify, School Messenger, and Zoom, at

Upcoming Events

11/23-27 No School, Break

12/10 Spirit night at Craig-O's

12/18 End of the first semester for students

Get to Know the Staff: Each week we will feature a few staff members and their "I Am Kiker" poem.

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Announcing Ms. Duncan's Retirement

One of our awesome art teachers, Ms. Duncan, has announced her retirement as of December, 2020. We thank her for her years of service and wish her well on her next adventures. AISD's Department of Fine Arts is partnering with Kiker Admin team to interview and hire for the spring semester.

A substitute will be in place as of December 3. Be on the lookout for a new Zoom link for Ms. Duncan's art classes as of 12/3.

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Bus Rider Information for 11/18

he Texas Education Agency requires school districts to conduct a roll call of all eligible students riding buses at least twice during the school year. AISD will conduct our fall roll calls on Nov. 18.

Ø ACTION: Please inform your school communities—and help expedite the process:

o Work with students and teachers, and team members to identify each student’s legal name (first and last name) for the driver.

When the roll calls are conducted, there may be districtwide delays in bus arrival and departure times as drivers confirm students’ names and addresses. For example, any additional time added to elementary school routes as drivers confirm information with some of the youngest students will, in turn, affect middle and high school routes.

For 5th Grade Families: Lively Middle School

The Lively Magnet and Dual Language Programs Upcoming Events:

We have many opportunities for families to learn about Lively’s Magnet and Dual Language offerings, all of which are on the recruitment flyers attached. All of our events and testing will be virtual this year. Please see our google form below so parents can stay informed by signing up for zoom links to our other parent information night on December 8th, 2020 at 6 p.m. as well as for our upcoming open house in January 2021.

Lively Interest Form:

Lively MS is invested in assisting families and students who may need help with the application process. The magnet assistant, Jennifer Rodriguez is available to help Spanish-Speaking families with questions and guidance in filling out our digital application. All families will use our digital application this year.

Magnet Enrollment Information:

Schools may contact Jennifer Rodriguez at or call her at 512-841-4916 to schedule.

Please find important events and deadlines below for families interested in applying to the Lively Magnet Program.

  • Tuesday, November 10th: : Virtual Parent Information Night Session 1: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 8th: Virtual Parent Information Night Session 2: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Lively Open House: The Evening of Wonder: Tuesday, January 12th: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Magnet Admission Testing Session 1: Saturday, January 16th

    • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-L

    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Last Names M-Z

  • Magnet Admission Testing Session 2: Saturday, January 23rd

    • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-L

    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Last Names M-Z

  • Magnet Admission Testing Session 3: Wednesday, January 27th

    • 4:00 - 5:40 p.m.

  • Application Deadline: February 5th at 4:30 p.m.

For 5th Grade Families: Recording of Meeting and Information from Kealing Magnet Middle School

Thank you SO much for your help in getting your students to participate in our magnet presentations! Here is a copy the slideshow that was presented in case families didn’t get a chance to save it (has links to our websites and registering for upcoming events). Here is also a copy of a recording of the presentation in case families missed the live session.

· Presentation Slideshow:

· Video Recording:

Kealing has Parent Information Nights coming up NEXT WEEK!!! Here is a flyer for our parent info nights and showcase coming up Dec 9! We will have many different students representing all corners of Austin at the events for parents and prospective students to ask questions. Registration links are provided in the flyer. They will need an email address – an automated message will be sent to this them with a zoom link.

Bernice Kiker Elementary Administration Team

Cory Matheny - Principal

Alma Chapa Moore - Assistant Principal

Kelly Meyer - Assistant Principal