Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 5/2/2021

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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 2nd, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

This past week we had a lot of great things happen on campus. This included a runner up finish for our Science Olympiad Scholars, a special lunch performance by our Rockestra, a great track season ending track meet, and great breakfast treat for our teachers by the Communities in Schools Counselors. We also saw enrollment rise daily reaching a high daily total of 271. We are inching closer to 300 and its feeling like normal school again. We thank you for entrusting us with your child's safety and education, we will continue to follow the Science with our daily safety protocols. This week we look forward to more scholars in the building and a great week of teaching, testing, and learning as we start our state testing this week. It's important to note that students will not be released to parents on testing days until 12:30p. We will move our scheduled PTA meetings from this week to next week, more information in the announcements. Thank you again for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD as your child's primary educator.


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BTO/Staffing Update as of 5/2/2021

  • the BTO is finalized and we have submitted our signature sheet for approval from AISD

KMS 2020- 2021 Summer Calendar

  • 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


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Major events this past week!

Zone Field Events | 2021

Special Thank you to our track coaches (from left: Brynie, Gardner, Tasneem, and Rydolf) for ending the year on a strong note!

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Zone Running Events | 2021

Upcoming Dates - A Week!

Monday - May 3rd A Day

Tuesday - May 4th - B Day

STAAR Algebra I - 6th & 7th Grade

Hornet Tennis at Small Middle School (4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin, TX 78749) @ 5:30p

Wednesday -May 5th - A Day

National Bike Day

STAAR Algebra I - 6th & 7th Grade

Thursday - May 6th- B Day

STAAR Algebra I - 6th & 7th Grade

STAAR Social Studies Exam

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.

Friday - May 7th - A Day

STAAR Algebra I - 6th & 7th Grade

STAAR Science Exam

Saturday - May 8th


KMS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 5/3-5/7

Hello Hornet Families! This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Kealing! We have some fun things planned for the heroes at KMS and invite you to check out this sign up to join in to show our teachers and staff the LOVE! You are also welcome to do your own individual acts of kindness for the amazing folks that are showing up extra amazingly for the 2020-2021 school year!! https://signup.com/go/FmQTcOi

For Questions: marabadiraddo@gmail.com

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.

KMS Science Olympiad takes 2nd place and goes on to state!

Kealing Middle School finished 2nd in the competition and will be one of the two schools from Texas moving to National Science Olympiad competition in May.

The awards ceremony is in a you tube link in the below site. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for the YouTube link.


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

Bike & School Day - May 5th

Join Bike and School Day on May 5. AISD’s transportation and sustainability teams have partnered with Ghisallo Cycling Initiative for students to learn about biking, engage in physical activity and celebrate sustainable transportation in Austin.

Students can participate by using the Bicycle Skills Challenge at Home program, a guided lesson plan for students to learn and practice bicycle safety and riding skills. The program is a modified version of the advanced bike rodeo clinic that the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative provides through AISD physical education programs. The dual-language, 30-minute program in English and Spanish can support both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

SIgn up for the KMS Bike & School Program here!


  • Schools will be selected by receive free bikes and helmets to raffle to participating students.

  • Students learn bike safety and riding skills so they can safely bike to and from school, for fun and recreation, or to get wherever they want to go.

  • The fun, interactive lessons are aligned with TEKS and can help youth engage in physical activity and improve their health!

How to participate

  • Contact cycleacademy@ghisallo.org to confirm participation and receive the materials. Ghisallo Cycling Initiative team members will drop off bikes and helmets to selected schools.

  • Ensure the students complete the knowledge quiz through BLEND or preferred learning platform or collect answers in the classroom.

Questions? Contact cycleacademy@ghisallo.org.

Around our school this past week!

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.

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).