News and notes for the week of 3/28/2021
Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of March 28th 2021
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 (email@example.com) 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 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
- 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
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
Additionally, you all have asked some great questions. Please refer to the STAAR Smore for updates to the FAQs.
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
NJHS Candidate Information
KMS Track & Field
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Kealing Track and Tennis Athletes
If the link to the form does not work, email Coach Gardner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for track, and Coach Hinojosa (email@example.com) for tennis.
Virtual Volunteer for Junior Achievement at Kealing
Who's Been Kealing It on Campus?!
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.
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