News and notes for the week of 10/25/2021
Principal's Message to Hornet Families for the week of October 25th, 2021
Great evening fantastic families,
Week one of the new term went really well. We were happy to see our scholars hit the ground running with success on the Austin ISD Short Cycle Assessments and in the classrooms. The first term we focused on building community and relationships as we adjusted back to somewhat normal schooling. This term we shift our focus back to learning and assuring each and every scholar in the building in being challenged academically and socially. We continue our disconnect to reconnect expectation this term to have students make new friends and connections in the classrooms and cafeteria. Our teachers will focus on formative assessment and progress monitoring these next couple of weeks to assure students in the classroom are learning along the way and implementing interventions for those that were not successful in the first term. This upcoming week is Red Ribbon/ Love Your Brain week and we have fun dress up days prepared for students while we teach about the importance of avoiding drug and alcohol use. Please read below to assure your scholar is aware of themes for the days and read the parent letter in the button below to assure you are aware of what’s happening also. Announcement Alert:Parent pick up cut off time will now be at 2:30. Parent will no longer be allowed to pick up students after 2:30 unless for an emergency.
This will help eliminate some of the traffic through the main office at the end of the day in which will help us better serve your students. Our Hornet football team will play their final game of the regular season Monday night at Nelson Field at 7:30p. Please join us as we hope to end our season undefeated. Thank you for your support and belief in us as your scholar’s primary educational provider. Thank you for choosing Kealing and Austin ISD.
Each school district that is required to offer a bilingual education and special language program shall establish a language proficiency assessment committee.
2021-2022 Initiatives and Goals
1.) Daily Formative Assessment
2.) Literacy in Every Classroom
3.) Standards Aligned Instruction
4.) Progress Monitoring
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.
- 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 10/25/2021
Mask wearing is mandatory
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
- Plexiglass dividers available
- Additional outdoor seating
-Volunteer lunch monitors
Breakfast & Lunch
- Assigned seating
- Students are allowed to eat lunch both inside the cafeteria and outside in the courtyard
- Plexiglass accordian dividers.
- we will have staggered dismissal where scholars will be dismissed by areas of the building to reduce traffic.
This past week (week of 10/18/2021)
The Fall Choir Concert was amazing!
We wished a happy early birthday to CIS' (Communities In Schools) Counselor Asia Eblen!
Monday - OCTOBER 25- BDAY
Team Up Againsit Drugs- Wear your favorite sports team jersey
Hornet Football vs. Garcia 7:30 Nelon Field 7105 Berkman Drive
Tuesday - OCTOBER 26- A Day
Put A Cap On Drugs- Wear a Crazy hat or headband
KEALING WALKING GROUP- 7:30am Join Ms. Perez for laps around the track! All are welcome.
Wednesday - OCTOBER 27- B Day
Too Bright for Drugs- Wear Neon or BRIGHT Colors
KEALING WALKING GROUP Meets 7:30am
Thursday - OCTOBER 27- A Day
Be a Hero, Say NO toi Drugs- (Example: Marvel or DC superhero, First Responsers or Military)
KEALIING WALKING GROUP Meets 7:30am
Friday - OCT 28 B Day
Drugs are SCARY! Say NO! (Wear Halloween attire such as pumpkins, ghost or fall themed)
PSS FOOD PANTRY FRIDAY Distribution Day. Please contact Ms. Perez directly if your family is in need of pantry supplements. 512-414-6700
NATIONAL PRINCIPAL MONTH
Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Each October, NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.
National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.
WORLD FOOD DAY DONATIONS
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The PTA is looking for a few volunteers to help set-up an additional outdoor eating area by the track. We need a volunteer who can be at the school to receive the picnic table delivery and supervise the assembly (they will assemble the tables for us). We are also looking for a few volunteers who can help us put up the canopies that have already been delivered. We can work with volunteer availability to schedule the delivery of the picnic tables and canopy set-up.
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Kealing Closet Pop-Up Event
Kealing students will be invited "to shop" for clothes during their lunch time. Snacks will be provided. This event is to provide warmer clothes to students in need.
Friday, Nov 5, 2021, 10:30 AM
Kealing Middle School, Pennsylvania Avenue, Austin, TX, USA (Room 109-A)
Spirit Wear Half Off Sale
Spirit Wear is offering hats half off. As the weather gets cooler remember your hat. And don’t forget the new Yard Signs, earrings, shirts, and hoodies! Order Online.
Spirit Wear will be on campus Thursday and Friday November 4 & 5. Pick up your online orders during lunch in the cafeteria.
PRINCIPAL AND FAMILY COFFEE MEETING ADJUSTMENT
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