Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of April 18th, 2022

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Registration is now open! Current Kealing Middle School families with students in 6th - 8th grades, please remember to register your child for the upcoming school year by mid-May. Families may also text “Enroll” to 512-886-6434 with questions.

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Courtyard Lunch Assignments for the week of 4/18/2022

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Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of 4/18/2022

Great evening fantastic families,

Early on in my career I was told the short weeks would be the most interesting and if you can recall from this week’s communications, this week was one for the books. If you did not receive the communications, please email linda.rivera@austinisd.org to update your contact information. We found resolutions to each event and maintained a safe environment for our scholars and staff. All threats are taken seriously and come with consequences when identified.

We've noticed a few changes in behavior since returning from the break and we want to assure everyone is aware that anyone misbehaving moving forward may lose the opportunity to participate in upcoming events including the Spring Fling. Any concerning behavior at the upcoming Spring Fling will result in immediate removal and a consequence the following week. We want the upcoming events to not only be fun but also safe for all. Safety is our number one priority.

This week we look forward to engaging lessons, tennis matches, track & field meet, and of course the Spring Fling. I also hope to see any parents able to attend at the Principal's Coffee Tuesday morning and offer a personal conversation to those who cannot. Please feel free to reach out to me via email and I will schedule a time to chat with you.

Thank you for choosing Kealing Middle School and Austin ISD, feel free to reach out to me directly for any reason at all: jerald.wilson@austinisd.org

Action Plan Status Updates

This Past Week

  • Professional Development for the staff was designed and executed by the Instructional coaches and Austin ISD Cultural Proficiency and Inclusion Department .

  • Biweekly climate survey was distributed Friday afternoon. results will be shared in next week's newsletter.

This Upcoming Week

  • The Panorama 3rd party survey closes April 18th
  • Additional Principal's Meeting for the month of April is scheduled for 4/19/2022

PTA Corner!

Hornet Parents,

The Spring Fling Dance is Friday April 22nd. We will need donations and chaperones.
PTA membership meeting - Thursday, May 5th at 8 am on zoom. Link here

At the bottom of the Herald, there is a link to a google sheet with requests from teachers for items you might have around your house. Please look at that link and see if you might be able to donate something.

Thank you!

KMS Safety Protocols as of 4/18/2021

Before School

All staff, students, and visitors are encouraged to self screen for COVID 19 symptoms before entering into a campus or other Austin ISD Facilities each day


- We will maintain outdoor markers to social distance


- we will encourage moving halls where students are encourage to not stop while transitioning to classes

- Hornet Passes are available for students with anxiety about being in large groups


- We are seating/desks at least 3 feet apart when feasible

- Each classroom has a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration unit

- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room

- Plexiglass dividers available

- Additional outdoor seating (2 outdoor classrooms & the courtyard if teachers plan to use)

Breakfast & Lunch

- Students are allowed to eat lunch both inside the cafeteria and outside in the courtyard

- Dividers are available if a student prefers to use at lunch (we are taking down the plexiglass dividers)

- The courtyard comfortably seats 4 classes, which is from 25% - 100% of the lunch capacity for each lunch period.


- we will have staggered dismissal where scholars will be dismissed by areas of the building to reduce traffic.


- Masks are optional

- assigned seating for lunches is a discontinued practice

- We are no longer using the staggered transitions

- no more assigned seating during lunches

- we no longer use the accordian plexiglass dividers (student may use a divider if the student prefers)

Upcoming Dates

Public School Volunteer & Earth Week

Monday -April 18th - A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Tuesday - April 19th - B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

Principal's Coffee 8a - 9a in the Kealing Library

Guitar competes at UIL

Wednesday - April 20th- A Day (1st - 4th Periods)

Guitar competes at UIL

Thursday - April 21st - B Day (5th - 8th Periods)

CAC Meeting at 4p via zoom

Track and Field Meet at Burnet Middle School @6p

Tennis Match @ McCalum HS @ 6p

Friday - April 22nd- A Day (1st - 4th Periods)
Kealing Middle School Spring Fling, 6p - 8p

Next Week -B Week - Afterschool Professionals Week

4/27 - Administrative Professionals Day, COVID Vaccine Clinic, and Track & Field Zone Championships

4/28 - Track & Field Zone Championships

4/30 - Kealing Service Day

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This Past Week on Campus !

Kealing it Award Winners!

Brenda Flores De Lara - Morning Custodian

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Brenda unselfishly moved to the morning shift to help out in the morning and assure we have a clean campus for our scholars


Re-Enroll Students for the 2022-2023 School Year

Online Enroll Returning Students for the 2022-2023 School year through the Portal https://portal.austinisd.org

Volleyball Clinic Opportunity

St. Edwards University Volleyball Clinic
April 24th 1-3pm for 6th-8th graders. $75
This clinic is the perfect place to learn and practice fundamental skills and work with current players and coaches. More info at www.gohilltoppers.com click on "fan zone" and "summer camps" to register.

registration website https://gohilltoppers.com/registrations/#!/camps/

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Celebrate AISD Earth Week, April 18-22!

Austin ISD embraces sustainability not only as a way to help our planet but also as an educational tool to provide challenging and inspiring curriculum to our students. Earth Day is on April 22, and AISD will be celebrating the entire week of April 18-22! We encourage everyone to take a moment to think about how you can make the earth and our community a better place and perform an action to do so. Please visit the AISD Earth Week web page to find fun and meaningful ways to engage and take action from school and home.

On the web page you will find:

  • How to become a National Wildlife Federation Eco-School: Students, teachers, and staff can use the framework to make positive, lasting change in your school community and take steps towards your Green Flag certification!

  • Earth Day Bingo: Download the Earth Day Bingo Card, available in English and Spanish, to see how many eco-actions you can do from school, home, your backyard, and on a walk.

  • Earth Week Activities: Check out the activities and tips for families and students of all ages to take action in social & environmental justice, energy and water conservation, zero waste, air quality and nature. These activities can also be used to complete your Earth Day bingo card!

  • Want to celebrate all month? Check out the City of Austin’s Earth Month activity calendar.

April Service Day!

Water our fruit trees, weed, rake, plant, prune & more!

Saturday, April 30th, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Help Kealing keep our garden and grounds beautiful for our community. Earn service hours too! Gardening Teacher Mrs. Bergman will start the session with a 10-minute eco-talk! All are welcome!!


8th Grade Celebration Update!

The 8th grade celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 on campus during the school day. It's a fun-filled day for Kealing's graduating 8th graders complete with special t-shirts, yearbook signing, snacks and lunch, outdoor games, rock wall climbing, an inflatable obstacle course, and more!

This is a student event but parents will be needed to help make it happen. PTA will be looking for volunteers on and around the day of the event to help contribute snacks, set up, clean up, and chaperone. Watch for those sign-ups later in April.

One immediate need is to secure and finalize plans for lunch at the party. If you're connected with a local restaurant or caterer that could help provide a yummy spread, please contact Jen Loving (jen.loving@gmail.com).

Thank you!

Kealing 8th Grade Graduation - 5/25/2022

Date - May 25th

Time - 6p

Location - Eastside Memorial Early College High School

If you would like to assist contact Keri Jaworski (keri.jaworski@austinisd.org)

Kealing Spring Fling Dance | Friday, April 22nd

Dances are back! Student Council is hosting a Spring Fling School Wide Dance on Friday, April 22nd from 6:00-8:00. Tickets will go on sale the day of the dance and can be purchased during lunch for $5.

Parents and Teachers, in order to ensure fun is had by all, we would appreciate your presence as a chaperone, helping set up, selling tickets at the door, working the concessions or hanging out on the dance floor. We also are looking for donations for concessions, boxes of chips or popcorn, candy bars, sodas and water. For each donation box or case, we can offer a free entry into the dance.

Please see the Sign Up genius linked. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Martin, Student Council sponsor at jenna.martin@austinisd.org. We really look forward to hosting this event and appreciate your support.

KMS Amazon Wish List

Please click here to support our Amazon Wishlist

Kealing Algebra 2 Fundraiser

Please help our Algebra 2 class raise money for our end of year project! We are making a dynamic art installation in the school and need some funding! This art installation will be an exciting addition to our school and will demonstrate the creativity and individuality of the Kealing students. All donations are appreciated and every dollar counts!

Link to the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kealing-algebra-2-end-of-year-project-funding?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

All Call for Supplies

Hello community! Thank you so much for showing up for Kealing time and time again! Be it your time, your talent, or your treasure--we appreciate you! Supplies are running low again and many of y'all know we basically do not have a supply budget as we previously had. Additionally, we are working hard to welcome refugee students to our campus. Their teachers providing resources to engage them and make them feel supported, so we have included several books and language acquisition resources to the Amazon wish list. I cannot express how much we appreciate you all. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/B7BQHNMLAOP?ref_=wl_share
Summer Youth Employment Program Brochure

SYEP is offering summer employment opportunities to young people 14-17 years of age as well as young people with a disability up to the age of 22. Employment opportunities include 100 hours of paid learning/work experience.

Community Donations

Thank you for all your generous contributions to our campus! We appreciate you and all the many ways you show up for our Kealing Community. We have started a Community Donates spreadsheet in order to repurpose household items to our campus. There are two ways to contribute--1. Drop off the requested item to the front office labeled with the requesting teacher's name. 2. If you have item(s) to offer that might have a second life on our campus, please add a description to the spreadsheet. Teachers can then go in and claim the item. HERE is a link to the spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IOK7cMk99UZtIQcClIWNQ8Wgc3_nBQ0tBrj7amKXLro/edit?usp=sharing

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