News and notes for the week of 12/6/2021
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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of December 6th, 2021
Great evening fantastic families,
Welcome to the penultimate week before our winter break. We are looking forward to high school finals this week, the combination of our December Principal's Coffee & PTA meetings, Hornet basketball vs Bedicheck, and the Orchestra Winter Concert. Please pay close attention to the semester finals bell schedule for this week. Advisory will only take place on Friday. Please work with scholars to assure all assignments are complete and credits have been recovered this week if necessary. I'd love nothing more than a smooth transition into 2022 without the mad dash of semester close out. Kudos to both our Basketball and Soccer teams for victories this past week. We truly are having a great year both academically and athletically. Thank you for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD as your child’s primary educator. It is truly my honor to serve the Kealing Community.
Please join us for the December PTA meeting in the library on Tuesday 12/7/2021 @ 7:30a. This meeting will be combined with our December Principal's Coffee. In person and virtual attendance is encouraged. Click here to join virtually.
Also, A big thank you to the 10 parents who come out to deliver coffee, tacos, savory & sweet treats to all of the teachers and staff at Kealing on Tuesday morning. The PTA would also like to thank the parents who donated food and other items for the coffee cart and Travis from Barrett's coffee who donated and delivered the hot coffee & cold brew early that morning!
- Do you want to get gifts for teachers for the holidays? We have the perfect way to do that! The Young Scientists program and the PTA are hosting a holiday appreciation luncheon for all Kealing staff on Dec 10. In order to send the staff home with a holiday gift/show of appreciation, we are looking for volunteers to gift $20 or $25 gift cards and people to bring desserts of all kinds. We want every staff member to be able to take home a delicious treat and a gift card. Desserts can be homemade or store bought. If you'd like to help, sign up here:
-Beth Reyburn, PTA President
Not a Kealing PTA member, yet? Click the link below to join Kealing PTA.
The Kealing PTA Executive Board
2021-2022 Initiatives and Goals
1.) Daily Formative Assessment
2.) Literacy in Every Classroom
3.) Standards Aligned Instruction
4.) Progress Monitoring
Utilizing an array of assessments (MAP- Measure of Academic Progress, SCA - AISD Short Course Assessment, and STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), the percentage of each demographic/special group of students performing at the meets level in Math & English will increase by at least 5% - 10% from August 17th, 2021 to May 27th,2022.
- TBA (we are still working on this but planning to look at the types of counseling visits our students are requesting)
KMS Safety Protocols as of 12/5/2021
Mask wearing is mandatory
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
- We are space seating/desks at least 3 feet apart when feasible
- Each classroom will have a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration unit
- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room
- Plexiglass dividers available
- Additional outdoor seating
-Volunteer lunch monitors
Breakfast & Lunch
- Assigned seating
- Students are allowed to eat lunch both inside the cafeteria and outside in the courtyard
- Plexiglass accordian dividers.
- we will have staggered dismissal where scholars will be dismissed by areas of the building to reduce traffic.
High School Credit Class Semester Exams/Semester Exams Bell Schedule
It is important that our Hornets participating in high school credit classes, perform well on their semester exams, as they will count towards a percentage of their semester grades. To help prepare, please have your student attend teachers' Office Hours. Reach out to you student's teachers or Program Directors if you have any questions.
Lunches will be a bit different this week .Click here and use the tabs to see the lunch schedule for classes taking finals each day.
Monday - December 6th - A Day
Tuesday - December 7th - B Day
December Principal's Coffee & PTA meeting @ 7:30a - 8:30a, click here to join if you choose to attend virtually
Virtual Principal's Coffee 5:30p - 6:00p, click here to join
Magnet Application Support Night 5:30p - 6:30p
Wednesday - December 8th - A Day
Thursday - December 9th - B Day
Kealing Vs Bedichek Basketball @ 6:00p
Winter Orchestra Concert 6p - 8p, The cafeteria will also be used as concert space starting at 5:30.
Think tank will be relocated to the library
Friday - December 10th - A Day
Saturday - December 11th
KMS Soccer vs Burnet M.S at Burnet Middle School @9a
Admission Testing, 9a - 10a & 11a - 12p
December Service Day Event, 10:30a - 11:30a (Painting Base Coat) & 12p - 1:30p (Painting Creative Design)
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This Past week on Campus!
Congrats to our August Principal's RAVE Winner Will Palmer
I got the Wilson Crew out for some Saturday morning Soccer
Congrats to Mr. Felan for winning the September Principal's RAVE!
Last chance for Spirit Wear this year
Boys Basketball Info Meeting
When: Thursday Dec 9th 3:15 pm
Where: Large Gym
Who: All 7th and 8th Grade Boys interested in trying out for the Kealing Basketball Teams
Why: To get all the information needed to participate in tryouts in January
*If you cannot attend this meeting, contact Coach Gardner by email at email@example.com to get the information for tryouts
Kealing Girls' Soccer Try outs!
Kealing PTA has 448 members(including 3 community members and 14 student members); We need 195 members(643members )in November, to receive a three-year all-time high award from Texas PTA!!
If you haven't joined the KealingPTA, now is the time. Kealing PTA is responsible for many positive changes happening on our campus, and by joining the Kealing PTA, YOU are part of the positive changes.
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LASA Application Assistance - Principal Crescenzi
They can sign up at https://form.jotform.com/213146389134153
Signing up is not required but will help us know how many volunteers to have log-in so that all the students can get personalized responses and feedback. This will also facilitate families getting the zoom link. Info about these sessions and zoom link can also be found on the home page of our website lasahighschool.org.
Here are the dates and times:
December 4th 9:00 - 11:00am
December 4th 1:00 - 3:00pm
December 11th 9:00 - 11:00amDecember 11th 1:00 - 3:00pm
A.I. Enrichment Program Opportunity
Nature Rocks Austin - Community Updates
Greetings Nature Lovers!
This week we have a selection of job openings, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming summits/conferences to share. Read to the end for some fun family tips on having a more eco-friendly holiday season!
Connect | Adapt | Share - Programs Conference: educational and enrichment session proposals are now open for the 2021 Programs Conference. Running from Dec 13-15, the Programs Conference is an opportunity to learn best practices within and outside the City of Austin's Department of Centralized Programs.
How to Have a Green Holiday Season: from our friends at the Office of Sustainability, learn how you and yours can have a more ecologically friendly holiday experience.
Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!
Julia Hill (she/her)
Program Coordinator – Cities Connecting Children to Nature
City of Austin | Parks & Recreation Department | Park Planning Division
+1 512-974-9466 | email@example.com
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