From The Admin Team 11/10/2020

Bernice Kiker Elementary School

Check the Status of District Systems: Portal, Cloud, etc.

AISD’s technology team has launched a webpage which allows school communities to check the status of district systems such as the cloud and portal, as well as Accelify, School Messenger, and Zoom, at

Upcoming Events

11/11 Veteran's Day, Slide show will be shared

11/13 Spirit night at Craig-O's

11/23-27 No School, Thanksgiving Break

12/10 Spirit night at Craig-O's

12/18 End of the first semester for students

Introducing Our New Staff

First Grade Teacher: Melissa Therrien will start 11/9

My name is Miss Therrien, and I am so excited and honored to be your child’'s first grade teacher! This will be my third year teaching first grade—but my first year here in Austin. I spent a short time teaching third grade as well; but if I’m being honest, first grade is my favorite!

I grew up in Connecticut, and as a child, I enjoyed playing sports (especially soccer) and spending time outside. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2017.

Shortly after, I moved to Dallas, TX to become a teacher! In 2019, I earned my Master’s degree in Elementary Education from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education. I also earned my certification in special education and English as a Second Language during this time. I taught for a few years in Grand Prairie, TX before moving here to Austin. When I’m not teaching, you can find me spending time outside, reading a good book, or hanging out with my pets (or all three!).

Once again, I am so excited to meet you and to work with you this school year! It’s both an honor and a privilege to be your teacher!

SCORES Teacher: Emily Moranski will start 11/16

Hi! My name is Emily Moranski and I am the new special education teacher at Kiker Elementary. I have been in the field of early childhood education for the past 8 years and in the field of ABA therapy for the past 6 years. I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, as well as from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Education.

I was born and raised in Texas, but I have been living in Orange County, California for the past 6 years. Last week, my husband and I moved to Austin with our 6 month old golden retriever pup and we are so excited to explore all that Austin has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog, baking cookies, dancing at Zumba, and eating pizza with my husband.

I look forward to meeting your child and your family. Hoping to make this the best year yet!

Teaching Assistant: Kathy Thomas has already started

My name is Kathy Thomas and I am excited to join the Kiker Community! I have taught 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades as well as serving in the role of a Reading Specialist for 8 years. My most recent experience has been in Comal ISD where I served in administration both on the campus level and at central office.

I am a new resident of Austin but have spent a lot of time here over the years. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.

I look forward to serving the students and teachers at Kiker.

Get to know the staff: each week we will feature a few staff members and their "I am Kiker" poem

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November Birthdays

8 - Michelle Nobbe

25 - Danielle Swint

For 5th Grade Families: Lively Middle School Information Night - Tonight

The Lively Magnet and Dual Language Programs invite you to our upcoming Parent Information Night, Tuesday, November 10th at 6 p.m.

Please find the link below to join our first session.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 993 9110 2907

Passcode: 958702

We have many opportunities for families to learn about Lively’s Magnet and Dual Language offerings, all of which are on the recruitment flyers attached. All of our events and testing will be virtual this year. Please see our google form below so parents can stay informed by signing up for zoom links to our other parent information night on December 8th, 2020 at 6 p.m. as well as for our upcoming open house in January 2021.

Lively Interest Form:

Lively MS is invested in assisting families and students who may need help with the application process. The magnet assistant, Jennifer Rodriguez is available to help Spanish-Speaking families with questions and guidance in filling out our digital application. All families will use our digital application this year.

Magnet Enrollment Information:

Schools may contact Jennifer Rodriguez at or call her at 512-841-4916 to schedule.

Please find important events and deadlines below for families interested in applying to the Lively Magnet Program.

  • Tuesday, November 10th: : Virtual Parent Information Night Session 1: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 8th: Virtual Parent Information Night Session 2: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Lively Open House: The Evening of Wonder: Tuesday, January 12th: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Magnet Admission Testing Session 1: Saturday, January 16th

    • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-L

    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Last Names M-Z

  • Magnet Admission Testing Session 2: Saturday, January 23rd

    • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-L

    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Last Names M-Z

  • Magnet Admission Testing Session 3: Wednesday, January 27th

    • 4:00 - 5:40 p.m.

  • Application Deadline: February 5th at 4:30 p.m.

For 5th Grade Families: Recording of Meeting and Information from Kealing Magnet Middle School

Thank you SO much for your help in getting your students to participate in our magnet presentations! Here is a copy the slideshow that was presented in case families didn’t get a chance to save it (has links to our websites and registering for upcoming events). Here is also a copy of a recording of the presentation in case families missed the live session.

· Presentation Slideshow:

· Video Recording:

Kealing has Parent Information Nights coming up NEXT WEEK!!! Here is a flyer for our parent info nights and showcase coming up Dec 9! We will have many different students representing all corners of Austin at the events for parents and prospective students to ask questions. Registration links are provided in the flyer. They will need an email address – an automated message will be sent to this them with a zoom link.

Bernice Kiker Elementary Administration Team

Cory Matheny - Principal

Alma Chapa Moore - Assistant Principal

Kelly Meyer - Assistant Principal