Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 3/28/2021

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of March 28th 2021

Happy Sunday fantastic family members,

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the first week back from Spring Break and a restful weekend. I would like to give a special thank you to all of the community members and faculty members who were present at last week's BTO/staffing update. We saw over 100 guests at Thursday's meeting! I also want to to thank all of the family members, teachers, administrators, and community members collectively who took a moment to share your stakeholder engagement jam board with me. Meeting with all department chairs, departments, our administrative team, CAC, PTA, and opening the door for Individual staff meetings has given me a great idea of priorities, questions, and concerns to factor in our decision making for next years BTO and staffing allocations. We are now just awaiting our final rounds of choice sheets to identify campus needs. We are confident we will be able to maintain our high levels of academic rigor and wide array of electives and offerings to our scholars. We anticipate completion by Thursday April 1st. Below are a few preliminary ideas and updates we have thus far in the process. This upcoming Saturday we will have our math placement test for incoming scholars. Please contact Mr. Estes (timothy.estes@austinisd.org) if your scholar has scheduling conflicts with this date.

Please help us prepare for testing season this year by completing this survey to let us know if your scholar will be STAAR Testing this Spring semester so we can plan the most safe and effective testing environment for our scholars.

KMS Spring Testing Smore

KMS Spring Testing Survey

KMS Spring Testing Survey Spanish

Last but not least, we want to encourage perfect attendance for all scholars(remote and on campus) in these final terms of the 2020-2021 School year. We know the highest levels of learning occur when students are actively engaged and attendance is consistent. Thank you all for being such an amazing school community, it is truly my pleasure to serve you. Let's have a great week of teaching and learning! #DBGBG

BTO/Stafffing Update

  • Currently awaiting final choice sheets to finalize staffing decisions
  • Fewer staff members than last year
  • 2 additional special education teachers
  • campus based dyslexia teacher
  • 1 additional counselor
  • Funding 3 instructional coaches from Title I funds
  • Funding 2 additional teachers from title I funds to maintain Mathematics & Reading double block for struggling learners
  • Funding Summit K12 Language Acquisition and TELPAS Prep Program to support growing population of Emerging Bilingual Students in our school.
  • Funding AVID teacher from College Career Military Readiness Funds
  • hosting BTO final update @ April 1st PTA Meeting all are welcome to join, 4p - 5p
Stakeholder Engagement BTO Jamboard

BTO stands for Basic Table of Organization and it is the form AISD campuses use to plan staffing. Please click here to view a compilation of jamboard responses received.

2021 STAAR Information

Earlier this week you received a STAAR Information SMORE outlining Kealing's current plan for STAAR administration. Please read and complete the included survey on time. This will allow us time to plan for the safest and most conducive testing environment.

Additionally, you all have asked some great questions. Please refer to the STAAR Smore for updates to the FAQs.

Please click here to submit Hornet Herald entries

Entries must be submitted by Thursdays weekly to be included in the upcoming week's communication.

Upcoming Dates - A Week!

Monday - March 29th - A Day

Student choice sheets are due

Tuesday -March 30th - B Day

Please complete the KMS STAAR Testing Survey by this date

Wednesday -March 31st - A Day

Thursday - April 1st- B Day

KMS PTA Meeting, 4p - 5p. Join us by clicking here

Friday - April 2nd - A Day - No School for students (Staff DOI Day)

Saturday - April 3rd

KMS Math Placement exam


April 9th, 2021 will be an instructional A day

Girls Soccer Team Undefeated

The KMS girls’ soccer team finished the season with a 2-0 win against Lamar (goals by Isabel Sosa), leaving them undefeated for the season. Go Hornets!

NJHS Candidate Information

All 7th and 8th grade students that are eligible to join National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) have been invited to a blend course titled "Kealing NJHS *CANDIDATES*". Invites were sent the Friday before spring break, and re-sent Monday, March 22nd. This is not the same as being inducted to NJHS. In order to be considered for induction, you will need to complete the module in the blend course by Friday, April 2nd. All other dates, info, membership expectations, etc. are found in the blend course. Eligibility is based on students having an 85 or higher in all their core classes from the fall semester.

KMS Track & Field

The week of March 23-25, we will hold practice this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:00. Students will need to bring a water bottle and mask. Practice Schedule and Meet Schedule are still tentative as of today, we will update once we get confirmation from the district.

Even in the before times, there are no tryouts. Just come out to practice 🙃

Physical Form- https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/athletics/2020%20Physical%20Form%20English.pdf

Covid waiver- https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/openforlearning/docs/Athletics-COVID-Waiver-8-2020-Rev.pdf

We have created a blend tile for participating athletes and families and your emails will be added by the end of the week. If you have other questions please feel free to contact Coach Gardner.

Let’s get ready to meet, defeat, repeat 💪🏽 Go Hornets!

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.

SIgn up for the KMS Bike & School Program here!


  • 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 cycleacademy@ghisallo.org 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 cycleacademy@ghisallo.org.

Kealing Track and Tennis Athletes

Hey Hornets, we need all 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in participating on the Kealing Track or Tennis Teams to read and fill out the following Google Form-https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Mnj5Bx3p76Tib53bF88rPx8uKF6pG01fh5kPLOLJHMM

If the link to the form does not work, email Coach Gardner (justin.gardner@austinisd.org) for track, and Coach Hinojosa (veronica.hinojosa@austinisd.org) for tennis.

Virtual Volunteer for Junior Achievement at Kealing

Junior Achievement work-ready and entrepreneurship programs are being implemented in Kealing's AVID classes though the end of this spring semester. We need ten virtual volunteers to mentor the students through these programs. The commitment is one-hour a week for about six weeks per program. JA will give you everything you need. Please feel free to email emily@jacentex.org and check out the JA website at https://www.jacentex.org/ja-volunteer

Who's Been Kealing It on Campus?!

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.

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).

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