Hornet Herald

News and notes for the week of 9/20/2021

Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of September 20th, 2021

9/19 Message

Great evening fantastic families,

It is hard to believe that 6 weeks have passed already and we are almost done with the first term. It is often said that time flies when you are having fun and it has been a blast from the ups of seeing students reacclimate themselves to in person learning and building community in the classroom to observing some of the chaos that took place last week with the tic tok bathroom challenge. I really appreciate the responsiveness and understanding of our community when these situations started occurring. Special thanks to our Parent Teacher Association who created cards and provided our custodians with a gift for their hard work and increased workload. I also want to give a special shout out to our student body who heard our cry for information and responded. Our scholars were vigilant in helping us catch the students causing damage to our restrooms. Those students have been addressed and will also complete a restorative component as a consequence this week as we continue to strive to create G.R.E.A.T citizens who will undoubtedly impact this world in a positive way. We will open restrooms again this week and if your scholars see anything on social media and our students are participating please let us know.

I would also like to give a special thanks to Austin ISD operations department who installed 2 new bottle fillers in our building and are scheduled to bring 3 more bottle fillers and plexiglass for classrooms and the lunchroom at some point this week. This has been a trying time but it is great to see everyone pull together to serve our scholars. Special Kudos to our coaches & custodians who had back to school night and events this week as well (not many people understand how taxing this is)

  • Coaches Jones & Kinsman for our 3rd and 5th place finishes Saturday morning at the St. Andrews Episcopal Meet

  • Coaches Gardner, Rost, and Rydolph for a 48-0 victory Wednesday night

  • Coaches Brynie, Fernandez, Longoria, and Jackson for Volleyball last night

  • Custodians: Will Palmer, Antonia Hernandez, Yaneth Fernandez, Joseph Martinez, Martha De Franco Carrasco, And Michelle Diaz (Thank you for keeping our restrooms clean!)

This week we will have our Title I Parent Meeting Monday night. We will talk about what Title I funding is and how we have allocated to use our title I funds this year. On Friday we also sent home income verification forms with students. It is very important we have this information on file as it impacts the funding our school receives so please take a moment to complete the form. Students have a physical copy received in their Science classes. Please complete and have students return the forms prior to Wednesday 9/22/2021 . Thank you all for choosing to have it all in Austin ISD and for choosing the GREAT learning experience at Kealing Middle School.

2021-2022 Initiatives and Goals

Instructional Initiatives

1.) Daily Formative Assessment

2.) Literacy in Every Classroom

3.) Standards Aligned Instruction

4.) Progress Monitoring

Academic Goal

Utilizing an array of assessments (MAP- Measure of Academic Progress, SCA - AISD Short Course Assessment, and STAAR - State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), the percentage of each demographic/special group of students performing at the meets level in Math & English will increase by at least 5% - 10% from August 17th, 2021 to May 27th,2022.

Social Goal

- TBA (we are still working on this but planning to look at the types of counseling visits our students are requesting)

KMS Safety Protocols as of 9/20/2021

All Day

Mask wearing is mandatory

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


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

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

- Personal Protective Equipment will be available in each room

Breakfast & Lunch

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


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

Upcoming Dates

Monday - September 20th - B Day

Title 1 Parent & Family Meeting (Virtual). The meeting will explain the Title 1 funding and how it relates to our campus. Please join us.

Tuesday - September 21st - A Day

Hornet Football vs Bedichek @ House Park 7:30pm

Wednesday - September 22nd - B Day

Thursday - September 23rd - A Day

Lady Hornet Volleyball vs Burnet M.S. @6p, 8th grade will be at Burnet, 7th grade will be at Kealing Middle School

Friday - September 24th- B Day

Food Pantry Friday! Please contact Ms. Perez @ 512-414-6700 if your family is need of additional nutritional assistance.

Saturday - September 25th -

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Parent Night Event - 9/20/2021

What: Title One Parent & Family Meeting

When: 9/20 @ 6p - 7p

Where: Virtual: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87445913549?pwd=Q2VTQVFSZUplbkxuWG5zVWRsTkEyQT09

Purpose: Share Title I information with families

KMS Spirit Wear!

Spirit Wear is excited to introduce new products! Introducing 2 new T-shirts, 2 new Hoodies, a new Sticker, and new Hornet Pride earrings that are Kealing-student designed and handmade. Place your order today for pickup during the next Spirit Wear sales days October 7 & 8 in the cafeteria during all lunches. Remember that Spirit Wear has sales days on campus the first Thursday and Friday of every month. Shirts are $15 each, Hoodies are $25 each, Earrings are $10, and stickers are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. Visit the Spirit Store to place your order.

Ultimate Frisbee!!

Fun Ultimate scrimmages and practices!

All grades, all genders, all programs!

Thursdays, 3:00-4:45pm, September 30th - October 28th
*Limited to 40 players each week in the fall

First, view this document and fill out our online waiver linked inside! [Parent/Guardian required!] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QUkPMw17BwK51QCUjuI0jt9MKLd7Zj8l/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=117244494751661991340&rtpof=true&sd=true

Second, sign up outside Room 235 (Mr. Natenberg’s Room) each week -- the list will be posted on Monday mornings.

Ultimate is like soccer, football, and basketball combined...with frisbees! Join us!

Contact any of the coaches:
Cara Crouch -- cara.crouch@austinisd.org
Colleen Kepner -- colleen.kepner@austinisd.org
Michael Natenberg -- michael.natenberg@austinisd.org

Our official season is in the spring. We’ll have a full informational meeting in January / February to share more information.

Mexic-Arte Museum- National Hispanic Heritage Month

The American Statesman has great information on events and activities happening in Austin during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

You can support the works of Latino artists in Austin this fall.

Mexic-Arte Museum's fall 2021 exhibit grand opening will be Sept. 17 and will feature the following exhibits: "MX 21-Resistance, Reaffirmation & Resilience"; "Los Pueblos Originarios – Honoring the Dead – Continuing Traditions, Photos by Mary J. Andrade"; and "Nuestra and Comunidad/Our Community – Memory and Remembrance." For more information about the museum at 419 Congress Ave. and the exhibits go to https://mexic-artemuseum.org/exhibitions/.


The Parent Support Specialist office offers food pantry services every Friday for those families that may need additional nutritional support. We supply canned foods and other food items. If you or your family are in need, please contact Ms. Perez @512-414-6700 or come by room 109A. Feel free to email me adrianna.perez@austinisd.org. Our clothes closet is available to any student. The PSS works closely with AUSTIN THREADS to provide clothing to middle school and high school students. For information, contact me directly.

Anyone interested in donating pantry items, please bring the items to the front office. The following items are needed:

CANNED VEGETABLES (corn, green beans, peas and tomato sauce)



PASTA SAUCE- Please, no glass jars (Del Monte has canned sauce)







Gifted and Talented at Kealing Middle School

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our school is pleased to announce that nominations for gifted and talented (GT) students are being accepted until September 25th. Please visit our Kealing GT website for more information.

You can learn more about nomination process on the Kealing GT website. Interested parents and guardians may also contact Jenna Martin, at jenna.martin@austinisd.org for additional information. Please note the following before contacting Ms. Martin:

  • If your student was tested for GT at another AISD campus AND was identified, you DO NOT need to have your child tested again. The records accompany your child during his/her/their AISD career.

  • If your student was tested for GT on a campus outside of Austin Independent School District AND was identified GT, you need to email that campus to get your student's GT records transferred to Linda Rivera at linda.rivera@austinisd.org.

  • Being identified as GT is NOT part of the LASA application requirement or process. However, being identified as GT, does ensure proper placement in advanced courses as your student matriculates to high school at an AISD campus.

In order to nominate your child, please fill out this NOMINATION FORM.

GT screening and testing requires parent/guardian permission by the campus deadline, September 25th. A variety of measures are used for screening and testing including assessments for bilingual students.

For more information about the Austin ISD gifted program, please visit the Austin ISD tinyurl.com/AISDadvanced.

Facility Assessment and Ed Specs Update Feedback Form

Help us envision our AISD future! The district’s draft facility assessment reports and Educational Specification updates are ready for your feedback!

Check out our school’s reports by visiting www.austinisdplanningtogether.com and fill out the feedback form no later than Sunday, Sept. 26

Visit https://bit.ly/3DntgJ2 to learn more about how these documents fit into the district’s long-range planning process—which will help determine which improvements and new facilities are included in our next bond!

The above message is also available in Spanish.

Please direct any questions to Karla Rivera and Ali Ghilarducci at karla.rivera-figueroa@austinisd.org and alison.ghilarducci@austinisd.org.

Teacher's Amazon Wish Lists

The teachers have put together a wish list on Amazon of school supplies to ensure all students have what they need to complete their work. If you'd like to buy something and have it shipped right to the school, please take a look at the list. While you're in Amazon, why don't you use smile.amazon.com and set Kealing Middle School PTA as your benefiting charity?

Thank you, to everyone that has contributed so far. The teachers and students are very appreciative. You all ROCK!

Kealing Supply List 2021-2022

Secret Pal Program is back for the 2021-22 school year!

The Kealing PTA Secret Pal Program was created to help our hard-working teachers and staff feel a bit more appreciated throughout the year. The guidelines are general, but suggestions are to provide snacks, treats, small gifts, supplies or support to show our appreciation. There are 3 planned 'drop' dates to deliver gifts/treats: November, February, and April. Reminders will be sent out prior to drop dates. Please remember, Pals should be kept a secret!

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4AADAC29ABFD0-thekms

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