Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 8/2/2021

We had a blast at the Eastside Memorial ECHS operation Reconnect event!

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Special thanks to the DJ Bling Foundation for supplying Kealing Middle School with 180 backpacks!

Back to School Town Halls with Dr. Elizalde

AISD District will host two back-to-school town halls where families can connect directly with

Dr. Elizalde and other district leaders to discuss the upcoming school year. The English language

session will take place on August 4, and the Spanish language session on August 5, both from

6-7 p.m. Participants may choose to view the event virtually via Facebook Live or in-person at

the Performing Arts Center, where childcare, food, and enrollment information will be

available. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.

Register for the event here

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of August 2nd, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

Just two more weeks until our little hornets are back in the building and we are excited! Excited for all the possibility a new year brings, another great year of teaching and learning, and a new group of 6th graders to create A hornet legacy. Hornet orientation camp is next week and we are looking forward to it. We are strongly encouraging mask wearing for all of the upcoming events. Please be on the look out for the student schedule Email on Friday. There is quite a bit of information in this newsletter but it is all worth a look so please take a moment to review this week's news and notes. Have a GREAT Week! #BEGREATmentality.

Virtual Learning Information

Click here for more information about the virtual learning option

Click below to sign up

Virtual Learning Application

Kealing Specific Information

We cannot guarantee students choosing the virtual option will:

- receive the elective chosen for the fall semester

- receive instruction from Kealing specific faculty and the curriculum will most likely be the AISD curriculum developed for to use as a strong and rigorous baseline.

However, when a student returns back to in person learning in the spring- we will resume their normal schedule.

2021-2022 Bus Information

Families whose students are eligible for transportation will receive their bus information by

email or letter on Aug 3rd. The district’s “Bus Stop Finder"; will be live on Aug 3rd. Families

whose students have special needs will receive their information in person from their bus

teams starting the second week of August.

AISD’s transportation team offers families the “WheresTheBus” app, which provides timely

information about the location of their student’s bus, including when it will arrive at their stop.

The free app is available on any device with internet access (smartphone, tablet, personal

computer, iPad)—and takes less than five minutes to install. Instructions are available at


2021- 2022 School Supply List

Please click here to view the school supply list and keep in mind tax free weekend will be 8/6-8/8.

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2021-2022 KMS Orientation Sign up (Mask Encouraged)

RSVP Is not required but helps. New to Kealing 8th graders can join the virtual pm student orientation and parents can join any of the parent sessions. Check the website 30 minutes prior to the event for the event specific link.

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Operation Reconnect at Eastside ECHS was a success

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Ence Morse - Writer for the Austin Chronicle and Kealing graduate

Ence Morse tagged along with us for Operation Reconnect when we had a chance to get into the community to welcome back families of the Kealing Middle and Eastside ECHS family. We had a great time and she shared with me that she attending Kealing when she was in middle school. That was the highlight of my day!

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KMS 2020- 2021 Summer Calendar


  • KMS Summer Band Camp: 8/2 - 8/5
  • AISD Back to school Townhall 8/4 @ 6pm, Click here to join (English)
  • AISD Back to school Townhall 8/5 @ 6pm, Click here to join (Spanish)
  • 6th grade orientation: 8/10
  • 7th grade orientation: 8/11
  • KMS Orchestra Camp: 8/2 - 8/5, intermediate and advanced students, by sign-up only
  • KNN Bootcamp: 8/2 - 8/6
  • AISD Board of Trustees Information Session 8/12, click here to join
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Summer Homework can be found on our website

Summer Resources for Families

Kealing Volleyball and Football Interest Form

Hey Hornets, we are looking to the start of next year. We need to start getting an idea of who is interested in playing Volleyball or Football for Kealing next year as 7th and 8th graders. Please complete the Google Form so we will be able to contact you with information about these sports. Practice starts the first week of school for both sports, so it is important that we get this info out over the summer. If you have questions, please complete the form and a coach will contact you to answer those questions.

KMS Football & Volleyball Interest Form

Spirit wear!

See the PTA website for details.


KMS Summer Band Camp

The KMS Band Program is running a Summer Band Camp for all returning/incoming Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble students. The camp will be held August 2-5. See the flyer for more details.

Online Enrollment for 2021-2022

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

Complete enrollment here:

Austin ISD Student Enrollment

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.