Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 11/01/2021

Stellar 1st 9 Weeks Results!

Perfect attendance – 372

A/B Honor Roll- 300

All A Honor Roll- 607 – WHOA!!

Honorable Mention – additional students passing all classes- 290

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of November 1st, 2021

Great evening fantastic families,

We are now in our third week of the new 9 weeks term. We’ve reviewed our scholar data from the 1st 9 weeks and saw some great improvements from last year at this time. We saw 372 scholars earn perfect attendance. That’s 28% of our scholars. Although we are grateful for the 28%, we value a culture of improvement and aim for an increase for the 2nd 9 weeks. We also saw 300 scholars on our A/B Honor Roll and 607 scholars who earned all A’s in all courses. That’s 46% of our campus! We are truly happy with these results, especially post quarantine. Our scholars did well on the AISD SCAs (short cycle assessments) as well. Our 6th graders performed really well, earning the highest average of scholars at the mastery level for math (26%) and English (67%). We look forward to seeing even better performances at the end of the 2nd term.

This upcoming week we have the first day of American Indian Heritage Month (11/1), our second Principal’s Coffee(11/2- am & pm sessions), KMS Magnet Q & A session (11/4 - sign up by clicking this link), KMS basketball vs O’Henry Middle School (11/4), and we have the November service day on Saturday morning (11/6- sign up here) (more information below). Thank you all for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD, it is our pleasure to provide your scholar with a G.R.E.A.T learning experience.





Please visit our new school website

Here is the link if you need it: https://kealing.austinschools.org/ Most information has been transferred over. We are slowly moving all items over.

Interested in joining the KMS campus LPAC Committee

WHAT IS A LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE (LPAC)? WHAT IS ITS ROLE? Each school district that is required to offer a bilingual education and special language program shall establish a language proficiency assessment committee.

2021-2022 Initiatives and Goals

Instructional Initiatives

1.) Daily Formative Assessment

2.) Literacy in Every Classroom

3.) Standards Aligned Instruction

4.) Progress Monitoring

Academic Goal

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.

Social Goal

- 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 11/01/2021

All Day

Mask wearing is mandatory

Before School

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.

This past week (week of 10/25/2021)

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Upcoming Dates

Monday - November 1 A DAY


Tuesday -Novemeber 2- B Day

PRINCIPAL COFFEE @ 7:30am in the library

Executive PTA board meeting @ 6:30pm

Wednesday - November 3- A Day


Thursday - November 4 B Day


KMS Magnet Q & A session (11/4 - sign up by clicking this link),

KMS basketball vs O’Henry Middle School (11/4),

Friday - November 5 Day

No Pantry Services this week. Ms. Perez is off campus.

Saturday- November 6

GARDEN DAY 10-11:30am

Rake, weed, plant, prune, water and more! Help Kealing keep our grounds beautiful for our community while making new friends or catching up with old ones. Earn service hours too! 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/rbYFFTB *** Meet in the parking lot off Salina by the Kealing Track


Time to clean out your coat closet! National Junior Honor Society is hosting a School-Wide Winter Wear Drive from November 1st through December 3rd. If possible, please donate new or gently used coats, scarves, hats, jackets, or any other winter-wear. Socks are also identified as high need, but will need to be new and in original packaging to be accepted. Items can be any size- from toddlers to adults!

Donated items will first go to Kealing Community Members/Families, while the rest will be donated to SAFE Austin and the ARC. You can drop off your items in Ms. Chambers' room (116) at the beginning of the school day (no earlier than 7:20) or during advisory.


Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 6:30pm

1715 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX

8th Grade Students and Parents:


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on December 2nd! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the amazing programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, our Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies and learn about their signature experiences. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

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Amazon Wish List

Thank you, community, for your ongoing support via the Amazon Wishlist. Students are using the supplies for organization, collaboration, and creativity! Teachers continue to update the list as needs arise. "Thank you, community, for your ongoing support via the Amazon Wishlist. Students are using the supplies for organization, collaboration, and creativity! Teachers continue to update the list as needs arise. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/B7BQHNMLAOP/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist


Kealing Closet Pop-Up Event

Friday, Nov. 12th, 10:30am-12:30pm

1607 Pennsylvania Avenue

Austin, TX

**** RESCEDULED*******

Volunteers need for Thursday 1-3:30pm to organize clothes and hang on hangers as well as volunteers for event day.

Kealing students will be invited "to shop" for clothes during their lunch time. Snacks will be provided. This event is to provide warmer clothes to students in need.

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes

Kealing is teaming up with the UT School of Business to provide Thanksgiving Meal Boxes. The box will included items needed to prepare a holiday meal for Thanksgiving. The Kealing PTA is also assisting the PSS office with contributions to the boxes.

If your family would like to sign-up to receive a box, please call 512-414-6700. We have 30 spots available. The list will close on Thursday, Nov. 4 @ 3:30pm.

COATS FOR KIDS is accepting applications

The Junior League of Austin (JLA) will hold the 35th annual Coats for Kids Distribution December 4–11, 2021. Together with our long-standing partners—Jack Brown Cleaners, iHeart Radio, and KVUE—The Junior League of Austin aims to provide 35,000 warm winter coats to Central Texas children in need.

The Junior League of Austin, its partners, and the community at large have an impressive and beautiful history of bringing warmth to the children and families in our community. In response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, and to best serve the health and safety needs of our recipients and volunteers, Coats for Kids will continue to have a modified format in December 2021.



Operation Blue Santa 2021 Applications

Applications are on-line only and will start on October 11, 2021 and end on November 24, 2021.

Due to Covid-19 all applications will be online only.