Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of January 3rd, 2022

Welcome back to an A - Week!

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Big Soccer Announcement!

REMINDER | Soccer Tryouts for any 7th and 8th grade girl interested in playing for the Kealing Girls' Soccer team this spring will take place on Wednesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 6 from 3:15-4:45 on the Kealing soccer field. Girls MUST have a physical, either on hand or on file with the district, and complete the RankOne forms found HERE. Girls should also bring a filled water bottle, comfortable clothing, and shin guards/cleats if they have them. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Jones at shannon.jones@austinisd.org.

Principal's Message to Hornet Families to close out the Fall semester

Great evening fantastic families,

We are excited to return to campus January 5th but want to assure all families scholar safety is at the forefront of our minds at this point. We are aware of the uptick in cases in the Austin community and are prepared for a safe return for both students and staff. AISD has created many COVID testing and Vaccine opportunities for the city of Austin. Please read the letter linked below for more information. We encourage everyone to get boosted and tested before returning to school January 5th. We will open school as usual and continue with the COVID protocols that worked well for us and AISD during the fall semester. Each classroom has plexiglass barriers, HEPA filters, and sanitizer available for all students. We will provide more structure for our courtyard eating opportunities and continue to operate our HEPA filters in the cafeteria during lunches. We could still use more volunteers to help with lunch monitoring. If you are interested please reach out to PTA president Beth Reyburn. Please reach out to Principal Wilson directly if you have any concerns or questions. I am here to serve this community and am open to suggestions and fielding concerns. Currently, we are also anticipating continuing our fine arts and athletic programs this Spring. Boys’ basketball and Girls’ Soccer tryouts are still scheduled for this week. We look forward to creating a GREAT learning experience for our scholars this Spring despite COVID and any other barriers that await. Feel free to join us Thursday for our first PTA meeting of the Spring Semester. We will have time to discuss adjustments to AISD’s COVID response, master scheduling for next year, and many other pressing items our community may want to discuss. Thank you for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD as your scholar's primary educator.

#BEGREATmentality #ProgressNotPerfection

Safe Return to Campus January 5th for families

Principal's Message to families regarding January 5th return

PTA Corner!

Hornet Families,

Not a Kealing PTA member, yet? Click the link below to join Kealing PTA.


Happy Holidays!

The Kealing PTA Executive Board

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 1/2/2021

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

- staggered release


- We are seating/desks at least 3 feet apart when feasible

- Each classroom has a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration unit

- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room

- Plexiglass dividers available

- Additional outdoor seating (2 outdoor classrooms & the courtyard if teachers plan to use)

Breakfast & Lunch

- Assigned seating

- Students are allowed to eat lunch both inside the cafeteria and outside in the courtyard

- Plexiglass accordian dividers

-Volunteer lunch monitors

- The courtyard comfortably seats 5 classes, which is from 25% - 100% of the lunch capacity for each lunch period.


- we will have staggered dismissal where scholars will be dismissed by areas of the building to reduce traffic.

Upcoming Dates

Monday - January 3rd

No School

Tuesday - January 4th

No School - Staff Professional Development Day

Wednesday - January 5th - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Boys Basketball Tryouts , 3:15p - 5p

Girls Soccer tryouts, 3:15p - 4:45p

Thursday - January 6th - B Day

PTA Meeting 8a - 8:45a, in library and via zoom (KMS PTA Meeting Link)

Boys Basketball Tryouts , 3:15p - 5p

Girls Soccer tryouts, 3:15p - 4:45p

Friday - January 7th - A Day

Boys Basketball Tryouts , 3:15p - 5p

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CCCN Resources and Events

  • TCiNN Workshop - Intro to Project WET: learn all about the water based curriculum Project WET with their sampler workshop on January 22 at 10:00am CT. This workshop will provide you with activities you can do in your classroom to discuss all aspects of water education. The workshop will feature 2 hours of pre-work online and two hours at your closest Project WET Coordinator site. Texas Children in Nature Network (TCiNN) will let you know individually where you will be doing the second portion of the training.
  • Snow Day at the Science Mill: the Science Mill in Johnson City will be rolling out the white carpet on Saturday, January 15 from 10am-2pm, welcoming guests of all ages to enjoy more than 30 TONS OF REAL SNOW. Bring mittens and gloves to try the coolest hands-on science, including the snowball slingshot, ice chimes, DIY snowball launchers and the snowman laboratory. Also on offer, treats from local food trucks and chainsaw ice sculpting demonstrations from master ice carver Griffon Ramsey.

Julia Hill (she/her)

Program Coordinator – Cities Connecting Children to Nature

City of Austin | Parks & Recreation Department | Park Planning Division

+1 512-974-9466 | julia.hill@austintexas.gov


PTA Membership

Kealing prides itself on fostering a supportive & caring community, and one way it does that is through the Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA comprises families, teachers, administrators, students, and community members dedicated to enriching every student learning experience.

Your PTA membership makes Kealing a great community and unique learning environment. While our memberships number is at an impressive 486 members, we are 150 members short of the Texas PTA 3-year-high award. Let's finish this year with the largest PTA that Kealing has ever seen!!

To join the Kealing PTA hive, click the link below:

If you have Kealing PTA membership questions, please email Shannan Riemer, vpmembership@kealingpta.org.

Why Join PTA? Watch this video to learn more about why you should join the Kealing PTA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGtGcYdEFs

Please contact Kealing membership VP, Shannan Riemer, vpmembership@kealingpta.org, with any membership questions, comments, or concerns.

Yearbook Recognition Ads are Available! Pre-Order Your Yearbook Today!

Hello Hornets Community! Yearbook recognition ads are currently available through the Josten's website (www.jostens.com > search Kealing)! Recognition Ads a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Limited ads are available so be sure to secure your space now! Recognition and Personalized Yearbook Ads start as low as $35!

How To Order Guide (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b6bv9eEqfKqLAyzyyYIIeYCaz3_e_xXY/view?usp=sharing)

Community Donations

Thank you for all your generous contributions to our campus! We appreciate you and all the many ways you show up for our Kealing Community. We have started a Community Donates spreadsheet in order to repurpose household items to our campus. There are two ways to contribute--1. Drop off the requested item to the front office labeled with the requesting teacher's name. 2. If you have item(s) to offer that might have a second life on our campus, please add a description to the spreadsheet. Teachers can then go in and claim the item. HERE is a link to the spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IOK7cMk99UZtIQcClIWNQ8Wgc3_nBQ0tBrj7amKXLro/edit?usp=sharing

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