News and notes for the week of 4/25/2021
Congratulations to Kealing Middle School's Volunteer of the Year: Angie Bealko!
Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of April 11th, 2021
I'd like to begin this week's message by giving a huge thanks and congratulations to Mrs. Angie Bealko for being our volunteer of the year! She has done community walks with me and is always present for our service day events. She has even coordinated with a Kealing Alum and Eagle Scout to create another outdoor learning space at our school. She is truly deserving of this award and its been a pleasure working with her. Congratulations to our new elected PTA officers as well. We hope to have more information for the next Hornet Herald. This past week we had a chance to celebrate Earth day, Pride Week, and our administrative office staff. This upcoming week we look forward to students completing their AISD surveys during advisory, we will have a special Rockestra performance during the lunch period & maybe a brass band performance for lunch in the coming weeks, and a track meet at Nelson Stadium.
Thank you all for answering the call and bringing students back to campus. This past week we were consistently over 200, our highest on campus total was 230 this past week. We are continuing our safety protocols on campus and have made one slight change that seems to be quite impactful. During our staggered release, we now let the Sixth graders transition first then the Seventh and Eighth graders. Its a practice we may keep post pandemic. We are still in the finalizing stages of our BTO and now hiring for new positions on our campus and anticipated vacancies. Our goal is to be fully staffed prior to leaving for the Summer so our teachers can attend any necessary trainings to keep the rigor and flexibility of our robust master schedule and elective offerings in tact when we return in the Fall. We are also still creating our summer calendar for all students. We will be sure to post in the newsletter and online once our calendar is complete. Thank you all for choosing Austin ISD and Kealing Middle School we truly appreciate you. #BEGREATmentality.
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BTO/Stafffing Update as of 4/25/2021 - We are in the finalizing stages!
- We are just awaiting CAC signatures
- A recap/overview of the 2021-2022 BTO(Basic Table of Organization) will be sent to CAC members
- Members will be given the option to approve / decline the proposed BTO
- Then will finalize with AISD
- Our hope is to have this process completed by Wednesday 4/28/2021
ALGEBRA I EOC
If you do not receive this email and you indicated in our STAAR Survey your student would participate in the Algebra I EOC, please contact Mr. Estes at email@example.com.
May STAAR Information
May STAAR Administration will consist of:
- 6th grade Math & Reading (May 11 & 12)
- 7th grade Math & Reading (May 11 & 12)
- 8th grade Science, Social Studies, Math & Reading (May 6, 7, 11 & 12)
- Make-up Testing (May 13 & 14)
Students and families who indicated they were participating in STAAR will receive additional information next Sunday, May 2, 2021via email.
7th Grade Accelerated Math & Algebra Readiness Summer Bridge camps!
Upcoming Dates - B Week!
Monday - April 26th B Day
Community conversations with AISD
Tuesday -April 27th - A Day
Tennis Match at Austin High @ 6pm
Wednesday -April 28th - B Day
KMS Track meet at Nelson Field @ 6pm
Thursday - April 29- A Day
KMS Track meet at Nelson Field @ 6pm
Ultimate Frisbee Practice @ 3p - 4:30p ,
Friday - April 30th - B Day
KMS Rockestra Lunch Performance!
Saturday - May 1st
Celebrating our Amazing Administrative Assistants! Not Pictured Mrs. Romero and Mrs. Palmer
Kealing Ultimate Frisbee: In-Person Practices!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Coach Natenberg (email@example.com) or Coach Crouch (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Wheelie Good Snack Packs by Ghisallo Cycling Initiative
Wheelie Good Snack Packs is Ghisallo Cycling Initiative's healthy treats, social interaction, and community engagement program for kids in East Austin. They are focusing on 78702 neighborhoods (including, but not limited to, Oak Springs, Rosewood, Holly), and may have the opportunity to expand depending on capacity and demand.
Starting in mid-March, Ghisallo staff have been delivering over 160 free Wheelie Good Snack Packs each week by bicycle. In May, they would like to double, and possibly triple the number of kids receiving weekly snacks and that is where you come in!
The packs are a paper lunch bag with food like apples, carrots, string cheese, and granola bars. They will be delivered every Tuesday in May (5/4, 5/11, 5/18, and 5/25) between 11am-1pm during May Bike Month! Ghisallo couriers will provide contactless delivery of the snack packs.
If you would like to be added to the delivery set for May, please fill out the form below by April 28, 2021.
Camp NAWIC (free weeklong day camp for middle school girls)
For Questions :
D 512.278.8497 | M 512.595.2389
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.
Transition With Kindness
Kealing Yearbook Wins the National Pacemaker Award
Our yearbook was one of a handful of middle schools in the country to earn the Pacemaker this year.
These recognitions are important in the world of student journalism. Please take a moment to recognize the following students who contributed to last year's award winning book:
2019-20 Yearbook Staff: Lily Tisdale, Sophia Porter, Clara Kreeger, Citlaly Navarro, Peyton Phan, Emily Alpuche, Amalia Coleman, Allison Bergh, Adele Tversky, Mayumi Cardenas
Summer School & Enrichment at Kealing Middle School
Dates: 6/14 - 6/30
Hours: 9:00a - 1:00p
Educational Delivery: Hybrid( Face to face & Virtual)
Location: Blackshear Elementary School (We are having our HVAC Systems repaired at KMS )
Transportation will be provided
The calendar for Summer Enrichment Programs for all students is still being developed, more information is coming. So far we have:
6th Grade Summer reading - June and 1st week of August
Summer Band - Date: TBD
Orchestra Camp - 8/2/2021 - 8/6/2021
6th Grade Orientation - Dates TBD
7th grade orientation - Dates TBD
Pre Algebra Camp- 7/5 - 7/30
STARBASE Camp - 6/28 - 8/2
Young Scientists Reading Camp - 7/5 - 7/30
Virtual Volunteer for Junior Achievement at Kealing
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around our school this past week!
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.