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Hornet Herald - August 2, 2020

posted Aug 2, 2020, 7:16 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Aug 4, 2020, 6:43 AM ]

Hey Hornet Families,

Can you believe it is August y’all? We say it to each other every year but this summer has really flown by. We hope you all have found opportunities to create memories with your families this summer.

We understand much has changed over the course of the past few weeks. If you and your student have changed your mind or have yet to submit your plans regarding your “Return to Learn” decision, please complete the short survey here.

Although the summer is about over, it is an exciting time for us at Kealing. The first week of August is typically one of our favorite weeks of the year. It grants us the opportunity to welcome our newest Hornets to campus. Despite this year’s New Hornet Camp taking place virtually, Kealing teachers and administrators are pumped up nonetheless.  We have sent initial notifications assigning your student to a particular session. Additional communication with a zoom link will be sent out this week, so please look out for these emails.  For those of you who are new to Kealing, New Hornet Camp is a fun opportunity for students to get to know some of our amazing teachers and begin building relationships with their new classmates. To our families who are not new to Kealing, reflect on your student’s experience at New Hornet Camp. You will quickly realize how much they have changed since nervously walking into the doors of our building. It is truly an honor as we witness your students grow socially and academically throughout the year.  THANK YOU!!!

As most of you know, Mrs. Coburn recently accepted the Executive Director of Middle Schools position. We are proud to have been a part of everything sthat was accomplished while she was at Kealing and wish her success in her new role. We assure you, our teachers, staff and administrators are committed to providing our students the safe, inclusive, and educational opportunities you are accustomed to. 

-Kealing Admin Team

Mark Your Calendars

Below are some important dates for the fall semester. All events will be virtual events.


August 5, 2020 

  • New Student Orientation - (9:00 - 11:00 am)

August 6, 2020

  • New Student Orientation - (1:00 - 3:00 pm)

August 10, 2020

  • Preliminary Schedules Available Online

  • Fall 2020 Parent Orientation Live Stream (Choose 1- links will be available on the Kealing website homepage 10 mins before the start time.)

    • 10:00 am

    • 2:00 pm

    • 5:00 pm 

    • 6:30 pm (in Spanish)

August 11, 2020 - Schedule Verification

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Last Names Beginning with A – L

  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Last Names Beginning with M – Z

 August 12, 2020 - Schedule Verification

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Last Names Beginning with M – Z

  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Last Names Beginning with A – L

August 18, 2020 - First Day of School


District of Innovation Days

Each year schools have the option of taking additional days to support professional learning. These are “no school” days for students in addition to the other “no school” days on the Austin ISD calendar

  • Oct 9, 2020 

  • Jan 6, 2021 

  • Feb 12, 2021

Message from Kealing PTA

Please check out this detailed letter from Kealing PTA about the following topics:

  • Looking for volunteers to host a Back-to-School Student & Parents Social!

  • PTA membership/swag info

  • Parent Facebook Group link- Join the group to check the message boards and ask general questions here!

  • PTA meeting info- when/how often?

Parent Tech Request Forms 

Parents can now submit a TECHNOLOGY REQUEST within the AISD Parent Cloud.  Please search for the “Technology Distribution” tile and submit a request specifying the type of device(s) needed. Paper forms can also be found here in ENGLISH and SPANISH and will be available during on-site registration during the week of August 10th. 

Kealing Virtual Learning Plans

Curious how Kealing’s online learning will work this school year?  Please take a look at our plans and potential bell schedule during  virtual learning.  As policies and guidelines change, we will appreciate all stakeholders’ support and flexibility as we may adapt pieces of these plans to better meet our student’s needs.  Here are our current plans available in ENGLISH and in SPANISH.

Required Summer Assignments 

All Kealing students have required summer assignments in reading and mathematics. These are critical in mitigating the impact of the COVID slide and helping us start the 2020-2021 school year well.  Click here for information on where to find your specific summer assignments.  Please be sure to check-in with your student to see if they have completed both. There’s still plenty of time left to be ready for our 1st day of school! If you need additional assistance, contact  or