NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Open for Learning - Phase III

posted Oct 22, 2020, 7:51 PM by KMS Hornets

Kealing Hornet Families,


Yesterday you received Austin ISD communication asking you to commit to either remote or on-campus learning for Phase III starting on November 2, 2020. In anticipation of Austin ISDs Open for Learning Phase III reopening, I want to share with you specific information about what you can expect for your child if you choose our on-campus learning model. 


The deadline to complete the Austin ISD reopening survey is Wednesday, October 28th. However, for planning purposes, I am asking that you please submit your family’s response to the survey  by MONDAY, October 26th, indicating your student’s preferred learning method whether it be to remain at home for remote learning or returning back to on campus instruction. The choice you make on the survey will go into effect on November 2, but that decision can be changed with a 5-day advanced notice by contacting the Kealing main office at 512-414-3214. Those choosing the remote learning option will continue accessing the curriculum with their current teachers via BLEND and Zoom from home. 


Beginning November 2nd, we will no longer offer Asynchronous Fridays and we will also adjust our bell schedule back to 90 minute blocks.  

  • New A/B rolling schedule calendar is HERE and will take effect starting Nov 2 with an A day and continue with Nov 4 as a B day (with Nov 3 being a student holiday). 

  • New Bell Schedule is HERE and will take effect starting Nov 2 for ALL Kealing students whether on campus or remote. 

    • 90 minute block courses may incorporate both live synchronous and asynchronous class time.

 

With the implementation of Phase III the safety protocols will be fully employed. Before entering the building, students will need to:

  • Complete the AISD COVID-19 Screen & Go App (found in the app store, play store or in the Student Portal) 

  • Have their temperature checked

  • Wear face masks at all times except during while eating breakfast and lunch 

  • Maintain good hygiene (washing and/or sanitizing hands) practices required of all students.

  • Honor transition protocols for passing periods promoting social distancing


Teaching and Learning in Phase III


As COVID-19 has presented specific challenges for schools, we at Kealing are mindful of our mission which provides the lens through which we see and act to meet the needs of ALL of our students. Our Mission: “Kealing Middle School welcomes all students to a safe and inclusive environment. Our unique campus offers multiple opportunities for all students to learn and grow. Using the latest technology and guided by best practices in teaching, students will explore and discover their interests and abilities in academic, artistic and physical arenas so they are prepared to pursue those talents in high school and beyond. Through creative, cooperative and compassionate teaching and learning, our students will leave Kealing with the ability to think critically as productive and ethical citizens.”

  

  • Concurrent Instruction - Phase III will require teachers to simultaneously teach both in-person and online. This is a very new and different model of teaching for our teachers, and one for which training and technology has not yet to be determined. Your patience and understanding with our teachers during this transition will be greatly appreciated as we shift to another completely new model of teaching that we haven’t done before.  

For All Learners (remote and on-campus)

  • Instruction via BLEND and Zoom (bring chromebooks/chargers/headphones)

  • Peer collaboration

  • Formal and informal assessment

  • A combination of synchronous and asynchronous work, building in brain breaks and paper and pencil tasks in light of the longer class periods

On-campus students may receive the following supports:

  • Frequent visual checks for understanding (content and directions)

  • Encouragement of participation

  • Discussions on missing assignments/grade checks

  • Individualized instructional support

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate (with socially distancing in place) with peers in the classroom 

  • Teachers Working Remotely - A significant number of teachers have been approved to work remotely.  Students who have a teacher working remotely will be in a classroom with one of the following

      • Same grade level/ content teacher (when possible)

      • Similar department elective teacher

      • Teacher’s assistants

      • Common spaces like library/cafeteria

    • A list of teachers that have currently been approved to work remotely is available HERE.  The need for teachers to quarantine at any time may also cause a change in on-campus learning structures styles as needed.

    • The teacher of record will be responsible for the learning and engagement of their own students remotely.  On-campus teachers hosting students for remote teachers will be available for supervision and supports during asynchronous work time. 

  • Social Distancing - Starting November 2, there are no capacity limits for the number of students allowed to come to school for classes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has stated that social distancing is a recommendation. Therefore, depending on the number of families selecting in-person, during any given class period there may be more than the previously communicated threshold of 9 students per classroom that was set when practicing 6 feet of social distancing. Additionally, consistent enforcement of social distancing during class changes and during lunch poses many challenges, but we are working on ways to stagger release times for classes to limit congestion in the hallways during passing periods.  

  • Current quantitative data we know at this point: 

    • # of students enrolled in Kealing: 1280

    • # of students currently on campus: 115

    • # of teachers at Kealing:  80

    • # of teachers approved for working remotely: 22


As I am sure you are aware, there continue to be concerns about community transmission of COVID, particularly as we approach the holidays. However, there is also no doubt that some of our students typically fare better, both academically and socially, when they have those face-to-face interactions with their teachers and peers. 


Campus leaders are continuing to plan for Phase III to go into effect on November 2. I hope this document was able to provide clarity on what you and your students can expect during the Phase III reopening. Kealing’s Staff and Administration encourage you to make the best learning preference decision for your family. We are COMMITTED to supporting ALL students whether they choose on-campus or remote learning because that is the KEALING WAY.  


Warm Regards,

Mr. Estes


PTA No Fuss Fundraiser Update

posted Oct 7, 2020, 6:23 PM by KMS Hornets

Dear Kealing Families,

Greetings on this Wednesday in our first week of reopening the Kealing campus!  PTA would like to share a few mid-week announcements. 

First, a quick reminder about our ‘No Fuss’ fundraiser.  We are so proud of the many families that have donated to date, but are still over $20,000 from our need.  Luckily, we are in the midst of a ‘Match Challenge’! – a group of anonymous donors have pledged to match the donations raised from now through Friday Oct. 9th, $1 for $1, up to a total match of $7,000.  We depend on these funds for a wide variety of traditional costs (books, training, materials) - plus so many unique challenges during the 2020 COVID pandemic.  Please help us out if you are able – just hit the Easy No-Fuss Button

Second, an announcement on magnet programs and the upcoming School Board elections. On Sunday, October 11th at 4:00-6:00pm, Austin magnet schools will host a virtual forum for magnet parents to learn about the candidates running in the contested School Board districts. Questions will focus on the candidates’ views surrounding magnet education. A strong showing by magnet parents sends a message about the importance of magnet schools in Austin. To RSVP (not required), submit a question in advance, or to watch the YouTube live streamed event go here 15 minutes prior to the event (3:45pm): https://aisdmagnetforum.weebly.com 

Go Hornets!

Kealing PTA

PTA No Fuss Fundraiser

posted Sep 25, 2020, 1:54 PM by KMS Hornets

Dear Friends,

 

Kealing Middle School is proud to offer our students an enriching and academically challenging public education. In order to ensure your child’s experience is successful, we reach out to our families once a year to request additional funding to supplement that which is already provided by AISD.

 

If you’ve fallen in love with our academic rigor and unique electives, please show your support by donating today by visiting the Kealing PTA No Fuss website -https://form.jotform.com/KealingPTA/join-donate

 

Our 2020-21 goal is $55,000. So far, we have raised just over $20,000 through 135 families.  While this is a good start, we still have a way to go.  Whether it is $20 or $2000, we simply encourage every family to help support our programming because EVERY dollar you can give makes a difference and EACH of your students will reap the benefits!

 

What happens to your charitable gift you ask? The PTA Executive board works with faculty and administration to determine the most important and impactful uses of your donations.  Last year, your generous donations helped fund items such as special professional development opportunities for our teachers, premium grammar workbooks, emotional wellness theater performances for students, and power tool carts for student projects, just to name a few. 

 

We’re excited to see what your donations can bring us this year!  To date your dollars have already put interactive science tools into our Zoom classrooms and given all teachers access to a secure, versatile, online notice board called Padlet.  And based on past requests from teachers, you can expect your donations to fund things like special equipment for elective classes, loaner books for our students in need, innovative classroom seating, teacher reference materials, teacher-use academic software, visiting authors, field trips (whether in person or virtual), technology, and more!  

 

So again, we are dependent on this one time ‘No Fuss” donation drive but know that if we all pitch in, we can meet the need.

 

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

 

Best,

Kealing PTA


Campus Reopening & Phase-In Plan

posted Sep 17, 2020, 10:13 AM by KMS Hornets

Hello Kealing Parents and Families,


Beginning on Oct. 5 and continuing through Oct. 30, Austin ISD will begin welcoming students back for on-campus learning. This will be accomplished through a phase-in approach for all students who choose to return to campus. During the four-week phase-in process (Oct. 5 - Oct. 30), the intentional phase-in of more students to on-campus learning will occur if health conditions continue to indicate that we can do so in a safe and healthy way for staff and students. 


To help inform your decision making regarding the recent family survey that you received, we are providing information about what the phase-in process will entail and what you can expect with regard to teaching and learning on campus.


Phase-In Process

The phase-in process during weeks five through eight is designed to align with the Austin Public Health (APH) Interim Guidance on Reopening for Austin-Travis County Schools and with the district’s commitment to the health and safety of all students, staff, and families in mind. 

The four week transition is planned so that, to the greatest degree possible, each facility remains at the same percentage of facility capacity for two weeks before increasing to the next allowable level based on guidance from APH. Facility capacity refers to the number of people (staff and students) that a facility can hold. In Austin ISD, we will phase in as follows:

  • Week 5: 25% of facility capacity (aligns with stage 4 of APH Risk-Based Stages and Dr. Escott’s recommendation that we continue to behave as if we are in stage 4)

  • Week 6: 25% of facility capacity (Up to 50% if needed)

  • Week 7: 50% of facility capacity (aligns with stage 3 of APH Risk-Based Stages, the current stage for Austin Travis County)

  • Week 8: 50% of facility capacity

For our campus, the above percentage represent the following:


  • 25% facility capacity = 367 people

  • 50% facility capacity = 733 people

  • 75% facility capacity = 1,099 people

  • 100% facility capacity = 1,465 people



We will plan for the return of students who choose on-campus learning following the facility guidance outlined above. In addition, students who have chosen on-campus learning will be welcomed back to campus in small groups over the course of the four weeks. Consideration for which groups of students to bring back each week will be based on factors such as support services being received, grade level, newcomer and refugee status, and status as a child of an Austin ISD staff member.


For all staff and students that return to campus, we are committed to strong implementation of hand hygiene, masking, and social distancing. Per CDC guidance, our goal is 6 feet social distance whenever feasible. 

On-Campus Learning Beginning October 5 and Beyond

The information gathered from the September Family Pulse Survey will allow us to appropriately plan for both on- and off-campus instruction. As we begin the intentional phase-in of more students to on-campus learning, BLEND will remain the common platform and access point for students who are continuing with remote instruction and will also be used by those who attend school on campus. 

At Kealing Middle School, students will be grouped into learning groups. Learning groups are groups of students that work to complete the same content lesson objectives as those students working remotely off-campus, in a designated learning space with safety measures in place while being monitored by a Kealing staff member. Kealing students, whether learning on-campus or off, will have the same virtual learning experience. 

We will continue to monitor updates from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local health authorities to inform our decisions to keep students, families, and staff safe. Please know that the plans shared in this letter may change in the coming weeks. For the most updated information, please refer to our Open for Learning webpage. 


Thank you for your continued support,


Tim Estes



AISD's Reopening Plan & Key Dates

posted Aug 16, 2020, 2:19 PM by KMS Hornets

Please view the attached document detailing AISD's Reopening Plan and key dates for the upcoming school year.

Kealing EOY Grade Level Meetings

posted Jun 4, 2020, 2:05 PM by KMS Hornets

Kealing 8th Grade Promotion -  CLICK HERE!

Click here to check out the 7th grade reflection and awards from Mr. Chavez.

Click here to view the 6th grade reflection from Ms. Jones and the 6th grade awards. 

Kealing Coronavirus Updates

posted Mar 13, 2020, 3:10 AM by Kenisha Coburn   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 1:51 PM ]

Please note: this is an ongoing situation. Please refer to www.austinisd.org/coronavirus for daily updates and the most current information.

June 2, 2020 - Click here for Kealing updates.

May 25, 2020 - Click here for Kealing updates.

May 18, 2020 - Click here for Kealing updates.

May 12, 2020 - Kealing updates are located here.

May 1, 2020 - Click here to access copies of the slides from the principal chat about final grading practices. The full presentation is available (English, Spanish). 

April 30, 2020 - Final Middle School Grading Guidelines (English, Spanish).

April 29, 2020 - Kealing update communication sent to families.

April 21, 2020 - Click here to view today's KMS parent update webinar. Click here to access the slides that accompanied the session.

April 20, 2020 - Kealing update communication sent to families.

April 8, 2020 - Kealing update communication sent to families.

April 5, 2020 - Kealing update communication sent to families.

April 3, 2020 - Dr. Cruz sent a communication preparing the Austin ISD community for an indefinite closure.

April 3, 2020 - Live KMS Principal update held and responses to FAQs provided. Website is posted on the home page and will be updated further.

April 2, 2020 - Austin ISD Middle School Associate Superintendent sent letter to families.

April 2, 2020 - Kealing update communication sent to families.

March 31, 2020 - Student device need updates from Kealing Middle School.

March 27, 2020 - Kealing update communication sent to families.

March 26, 2020 - Click here for video announcement updates from Kealing. 

March 25, 2020 - 
Dr. Cruz announces that Austin ISD campuses will remain closed through April 13, 2020.

March 20, 2020 - Click here for the most recent information from Kealing.  Austin ISD released a new learning at home website to support students with grade-level specific materials for the next few weeks. Check it out by visiting here.

March 19, 2020 - Austin ISD released new FAQs.

March 16, 2020 - The Texas Education Agency announces that Spring 2020 STAAR testing is cancelled. Dr. Cruz announces that Austin ISD schools will be closed through April 3, 2020. Staff will continue to be paid during the closure and can expect to return with modified work assignments starting on Monday, 3/23/2020.

March 13, 2020 - Kealing will post Kealing-specific information here, on Facebook, and via Twitter as needed so stay tuned. Kealing Magnet Admissions Decisions will still go out today and more Kealing-specific information is to come!

March 12, 2020 - Austin ISD sent this communication to all families and community members. Click here to visit the Austin ISD coronavirus website for the most up to date information.

Parent Organization Information

posted Feb 13, 2020, 3:51 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Feb 18, 2020, 9:41 AM by Kenisha Coburn ]

Read below to stay updated on the Kealing parent organization redesign process. New information will be added to this announcement as it is available.

February 11, 2020:
A video was sent to parents
with important information about Kealing parent organizations. The video is below. For language translation, click on the video and choose "CC" to turn on the subtitles at the bottom right of the video. Then choose the settings wheel to auto-translate the subtitles to your chosen language.

YouTube Video


Join us on at 7:30 am on February 27 or 6:00 pm on March 3 for a brief presentation on next steps, answers to some common questions, and an opportunity to give feedback and ask additional questions.

February 13, 2020: Click here to view the letter from the KMAG board to Kealing Magnet families.

February 18, 2020: Click here to view the FAQs that were shared today at the KMAG meeting. Submit additional questions at https://tinyurl.com/KMSparentredesign. These questions will be reviewed and the FAQs will be updated weekly as needed.

2nd Semester Elective Changes - Available Now!

posted Dec 16, 2019, 6:43 AM by Kenisha Coburn   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 1:51 PM by KMS Hornets ]

Students who would like to request a single semester elective course change are required to complete the form which can be picked up in the Program Office. After completing and signing the form, students should return it to the program office no later than 3:00 pm on January 10, 2020. Students are encouraged to return the forms earlier if possible so that we can start the second semester of smoothly. To view the full list of available courses, please CLICK HERE.


WARNING: Dropping a course may endanger your required credits. Dropping a course such as, a world language, Fine Arts or Physical Education (without a waiver) may be denied. Make sure you are monitoring the necessary eligibility requirements to complete middle school.

Elective Change Requests that will not be approved include (but are not limited to):

  1. The drop request is for a course that was a top 10 choice on the student’s choice sheet.
  2. Changing the course may negatively impact the student’s middle school completion status or track.
  3. The course being requested is full or conflicts with the student’s current course selections. Requested elective changes must be during the same class period!
  4. The requested course is a class previously completed.
  5. The dropped class is a yearlong elective.
  6. The elective change deadline has passed.

November 12, 2019 - Two Hour Delay (Bell Schedule Included)

posted Nov 12, 2019, 3:13 AM by KMS Hornets

To ensure the safety of all students, families, and staff, all Austin ISD classes, activities, and operations - including all bus routes - are delayed two hours today, Nov. 12. Kealing Middle School classes will begin at 9:30 am. The bell schedule is below and can be downloaded on the Kealing bell schedule page. The schedule is a biy odd due to the five lunches but will make announcements at each new class passing period letting students know where they should go. At the moment there are no changes to after school events but we will send updates through School Messenger and post online if there are changes later today.

2019-2020 KEALING MIDDLE SCHOOL 

TWO-HOUR DELAY BELL SCHEDULE


Class Period

Start Time

End Time

A1/B5

9:30 AM

10:27 AM

A3/B7

10:31 AM

12:43 PM

E lunch

10:31 AM

11:01 AM

D lunch

11:05 AM

11:35 AM

C lunch

11:39 AM

12:09 PM

B lunch

12:13 PM

12:43 PM

A2/B6

12:47 PM

1:44 PM

A4/B8

1:48 PM

2:47 PM



The bell schedule below applies only to courses assigned to A Lunch.


Class Period

Start Time

End Time

A1/B5

9:30 AM

10:27 AM

A3/B7

10:31 AM

12:09 PM

A2/B6

12:13 PM

12:43 PM

A lunch

12:47 PM

1:17 PM

A2/B6

1:20 PM

1:44 PM

A4/B8

1:48 PM

2:47 PM

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