Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 5/16/2021

In honor of National Sports and Physical Education, please wear your favorite athletic apparel each day this week!

I look forward to wearing my Dak Prescott Jerseys and Soccer Jerseys! I hope to have an Austin FC Jersey by Friday.

KMS Mask Opt - In Form

If you have not already done so, please complete the Mask opt in form if you would like for your scholar to exercise this privilege on campus.

KMS Parent Opt In - English

KMS Parent Opt in - Spanish

8th Grade Celebration

Hello 8th Grade Families!

With the end of the school year approaching the plans for celebrating our 8th graders is full swing! Details about the celebrations can be found within the 8th Grade Celebration Survey and R.S.V.P. form found below. To help us plan a safe, joyful experience for all our 8th graders we need for you to respond to the survey NO LATER than May 17th.

8th Grade Celebration survey and R.S.V.P. form:

Thank you for your continued support this year!!

The 8th Grade Team

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of May 16th, 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

My heart is filled with gratitude this afternoon for the opportunity to serve this community.

Special thanks to Mr. Estes, Mrs. Romero and Mrs. Williams for their contributions last week with testing. Because of their efforts we wrapped up a smooth week of testing. It was great to have so many scholars on campus and it really makes me look forward to next year when the scholars will be back in the building. We also had a moment to thank Officer Melton for his commitment to our campus and the safety of our students during National Police Week. The May service day went really well, we had a pile of crushed granite delivered Friday evening. Special thanks to Mrs. Bealko and Mrs. Bergman for organizing over 30 volunteers to come out and help weed the flower beds in the front of the school and spread the granite. The transformations were really nice, look below for the pictures. This week we look forward to another great week of teaching and learning on our campus and the Big Book Give Away Saturday morning (more information below).


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KMS 2020- 2021 Summer Calendar (Specifics coming soon)

  • 6th Grade Reading Summer Camp: 6/7 - 8/5, Sign up here: KMS 6th grade reading camp
  • KMS Summer Intensive : 6/7 - 6/14
  • Credit Recovery Summer School:6/14 - 6/30
  • Advanced Math Bootcamp: 6/14 - 6/25
  • 8th Grade Algebra Readiness Camp: 6/14 - 6/18
  • Creative Writing Camp: 6/28 - 7/1
  • STARBASE Camp: 6/28 - 7/1 (*Registration closed - at capacity)


  • Pre Algebra Summer Camp: 7/5 - 7/30 (Please sign up using this link)
  • Reading Camp: 7/5 - 7/30 (*Registration closed - at capacity)
  • Advanced Math Bootcamp: 7/19 - 7/23


  • KMS Summer Band Camp: 8/2 - 8/5
  • 6th grade orientation: 8/10
  • 7th grade orientation: 8/11
  • KMS Orchestra Camp: 8/2 - 8/6
  • KNN Bootcamp: 8/2 - 8/6
Transportation Changes to route 2027

Click here if this is your bus route to observe the changes

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The May service day was one of our best ever!

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Who's Kealing it!

Still Kealing It! - Best of Austin Winner

David Brendan Hall is a Kealing Alum who is making a difference in Austin, TX.

Special thanks to Mr. Webster for bringing this to our attention. Way to make us proud Mr. Hall.

"His eye for what captures the moment/climate is incredible. He also knows how to depict both tragic and beautiful images the way they should." – Cliff Chong


See more here

Upcoming Dates - A Week!

Monday - May 17th A Day

Tuesday - May 18th - B Day

Wednesday -May 19th - A Day

Thursday - May 20th- B Day

Ultimate Frisbee Practice @ 3p - 4:30p ,

- Contact Coach Kepner (colleen.kepner@austinisd.org), Coach Natenberg (michael.natenberg@austinisd.org) or Coach Crouch (cara.crouch@austinisd.org) with questions.

Friday - May 21st - A Day

Popsicle Party for Perfect Attendance @ 2:40p on the track!

Saturday - May 22nd

One Large Book Event


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.

One Large Book Event - Free book give away!

AVID and PTA have been working together to collect book donations throughout this semester. Now it is time to give them away! The Book Giveaway will take place on May 22nd from 11am to 2pm in the Kealing parking lot. We have a wide range of books to giveaway from Pre-K through 12th grade. All Covid safety precautions will be followed, masks required.

Kealing Science Olympiad Team is headed to Nationals!

The Kealing Science Olympiad Team placed 2nd in the State tournament hosted by Texas A&M University and has qualified for the National Tournament 7th year in a row. The team that consists of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from Kealing .The team went head to head with over 29 Texas teams and emerged 2nd in the State. The team is very excited for the Virtual National Tournament on May 21st and 22nd hosted by Arizona State University

Please join us in congratulating the following team members and wishing them luck for the National Tournament: Student Name Student Name Guha Ekambaram Emma Dhupar Khush Lalchandani Isabel Liu Nawar Muhib Izna Ladhani Sahasra Adapa Kevin Li Sashwat Singh Ishant Yenamandra Triyatha Jammula Aadhya Chagarlamudi Please contact kealing.scioly@gmail.com for being a part of this awesome team for school year 2021-22.

Summer Fly Fishing Camp

Blue Valley is a fly fishing day camp built to instill a passion for the outdoors in the next generation through instruction, fun, and experience on the water. This will be our 7th anniversary holding day camps from Monday-Thursday for Middle School and Elementary aged kids in the Austin Area. Our camps make learning how to fly fish exciting through competitions, obstacle courses, water games and a final fishing adventure. For more information or to Sign up visit: www.bluevalleyflyfishing.com Follow our Instagram: @bvflyfishing

Online Enrollment for 2021-2022

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

Complete enrollment here:

Austin ISD Student Enrollment

Kealing Ultimate Frisbee: In-Person Practices!

The Kealing Ultimate Club will be hosting 4 in person practices this spring. We will throw, run drills, and scrimmage. Come learn to play or hone your skills!

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 (colleen.kepner@austinisd.org), Coach Natenberg (michael.natenberg@austinisd.org) or Coach Crouch (cara.crouch@austinisd.org) with questions.

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.

Please contact Danielle Perico at danielle.perico@austinisd.org or Tarrah Thompson at tarrah.thompson@austinisd.org for additional information.

Transition With Kindness

Transition with Kindness is a service project where students write letters to the people who are moving into the long-term housing and hotels in Austin. The letters should be welcome messages written with kindness in mind. These messages should include how you are proud and excited for them to get their room and express how much the community cares about them. By writing these letters, you will help me accomplish my goal of getting 150 letters to the people who will be in these long-term housing units. The letters can be written digitally on a Google Document and sent to the form linked below. The deadline to submit letters is May 14th! If you have any questions feel free to email Peyton Phan at peyton.phan0c@stu.austinisd.org.

Submit Letters here

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.

Around our school this past week!

Special thank you to Officer Melton for his service to our campus on National Police Appreciation Week!

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Classrooms !

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.

KMS Spirit Wear!

Support Kealing and order your spirit wear today! Orders can be picked up during school hours February 4th and 5th (first Thursday and Friday of the month).