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Hornet Herald - August 30, 2020

posted Aug 30, 2020, 7:34 PM by KMS Hornets

Hello Hornet Families,

What a scorcher it was this weekend. My family and I enjoyed spending a lot of time at the pool in an attempt to stay cool and hanging out with each other. I hope you also found time to spend time with your families. It sounds like the triple digit weather is sticking around for a while. Make sure you are staying well hydrated and safe.

Our first Kealing Kickoff occurred this weekend and it was a success. A HUGE thank you to our staff and PTA volunteers who assisted with this event. Although we were under a heat advisory, we all had a great time.  Kealing staff could not stop talking about how much they enjoyed seeing our current, and even a few former, Hornets. If you were unable to attend the event this past Saturday, stop by campus Wednesday, September 2 from 8:00 - 3:00 to pick up your pre-ordered materials and district requested chromebooks.

We are approximately a week out from the start of school. Just a reminder, from September 8 - October 5 all learning will take place virtually. Any student who does not have access to the technology necessary to take part in remote learning, may access virtual learning on-campus until they receive appropriate technology. 

After speaking with many of our families and teachers, we have adjusted our virtual bell schedule. Initially, students were required to attend all eight of their courses on Fridays. With our new virtual bell schedule, Advisory is the only course ALL students are REQUIRED to attend on Fridays. All other classes will operate as Office Hours and no new learning tasks will be made available on Friday. Teachers will be online to respond to student questions and provide support. Office hours will be open for all students to use as a ‘study hall.’  Some students may be assigned Office Hours with a teacher based on performance throughout the week. Come to ask questions, complete assignments, clarify directions, or work with a peer. You can access the new virtual bell schedule here.

That is all for this edition.

Have a great week.


Mark Your Calendars

September 8, 2020 - First Day of (VIRTUAL) School

UPDATED 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. District of Innovation Days for the 2020-21 school year are:

  • Jan 5, 2021 

  • Feb 12, 2021

AISD Middle School Notes

You now have access to information pertaining to middle schools in AISD. The Middle

Schools newsletter will contain "all things" related to middle school students and

families. You can find the latest edition here

Message from Kealing PTA

TWO programs, ONE school, ONE parent organization. Our PTA is committed to serving ALL Kealing students, meeting the needs of ALL Kealing Parents, and supporting ALL Kealing faculty and staff.  Our motto this year is Kealing STRONG!  Keep Kealing STRONG by joining the Kealing PTA TODAY!

  • BONUS: Want Kealing gear? If yes, purchase here

  • Check out our Kealing Parents Facebook Group — join to ask other parents questions and say hi! Connect with parents and join the conversation! 

  • Unfortunately, we have to cancel the Welcome Back-to-School Zoom Socials for Students and Parents because we only received 4 volunteers. Thank you to those who did volunteer.

  •  The FIRST PTA Meeting is coming up in September on Zoom.

Fall Athletics

Fall athletics are scheduled to begin September 8th with Strength and Conditioning. Pre-participation paperwork must be completed before a student can engage in Strength and Conditioning. 

All rising 7th graders will need to have physicals completed with all proper signatures and online information filled out  on Rank One Sport.   Physicals and Rank One online information is necessary to be allowed to participate.  Link for rank one is here:

All 8th graders, if their physical is dated after April 15, 2019, will be allowed to use physicals.  All athletes will still have to have online Rank one work updated in order to participate on September 8.  Link for rank one is here:

Hard copies of pre-participation packets will be available during Kealing Kickoff.

Student Schedules

Class schedules will be available for students and parents on Parent and Student Self Serve on September 4, 2020.  If you were unable to make one of our schedule verification dates and you have a concern regarding core classes and/or year-long electives on your schedule, please contact your appropriate grade level counselor before the start of the school year.  All other requests pertaining to elective changes will need to be submitted during the 2nd week of school.

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. Please Mrs. Romero, if you have any questions or need assistance submitting a technology request.

City of Austin Rental Assistance Program 


The City of Austin is accepting application for rental assistance for those needing help with up to three months’ rent. The assistance is lottery based, meaning applicants are chosen randomly. Please follow the link below for further information 

Information on Emergency Rental Assistance 

In mid-August 2020, the City of Austin and the Housing Authority of the 

City of Austin (HACA) will launch a second the Relief of Emergency 

Needs for Tenants Assistance Program (RENT).  The program is for

income-eligible Austin renters that live within the city limits and are

financially impacted by COVID-19.  The program will provide direct rent

relief of $12.9 million between August 2020 and January 2021.


For more information on the RENT program, please visit the

City of Austin RENT Site