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Hornet Herald - July 26, 2020

posted Jul 26, 2020, 12:35 PM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Aug 4, 2020, 6:43 AM ]
Hi Hornet Families,

I hope you enjoyed watching the weekend rain fall. I soaked in the downpour while out riding my bike Saturday. It was a welcomed, cool break from the Texas summer. Hopefully you all are staying cool too.

The Kealing team is working hard in preparing to welcome our students back for the 2020-2021 school year and I know you have a lot of questions. Take a look at the slides and listen to the recordings (English, Spanish) for a better picture of what to expect from virtual learning at Kealing at the start of the year. 

I am thrilled to introduce Diana Riley, a new member of the Kealing family.

Hello everyone! My name is Diana Riley and I am the new Assistant Orchestra Director and Guitar Teacher for Kealing Middle School. I recently graduated from Texas A&M University Kingsville with a Bachelor’s in Music With an All-level Teacher Certification. My primary instrument is the Viola and my secondary instrument is the Violin, but I am able to teach all string instruments due to the training and learning I’ve received at the university. I have played for symphony orchestra, string orchestra, chamber orchestra, and mariachi. I have also gained professional experience through teaching for the Javelina String Youth Orchestra at TAMUK, teaching private violin and cello lessons, and student teaching. Music has been very important and life changing to me, which is why I am now here. As a musician I have not only learned how to play a musical instrument, but I have learned to develop essential skills such as teamwork, discipline, creativity, listening, critical thinking (and I could name many more). My goal is to not only teach students how to play their instrument, but I also want to help them express themselves and be able to think critically and abstractly through the musical concepts I will be teaching them. 

That's all for this edition.

Take Care,

Kenisha Coburn

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 Webinars (Choose One To Attend)

    • 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

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. All assignments are available through BLEND or posted online. Click here for information on where to find your specific summer assignments. If you need additional assistance, contact or

Austin ISD Fall Community Equity Summit 

Austin ISD will host a fall Community Equity Summit on September 15th from 1 to 4 PM. Registration will open on September 1st via Eventbrite, and a flyer is coming soon

Who: AISD Offices of Equity and Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness
What: AISD Fall Community Equity Summit: Our Voices, Our Stories 
When: September 15 2020 
Where: Zoom, Facebook Live, and AISD TV Channel 22 

Tentatively, the Summit will feature student performances, the AISD Special Education Department, Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness Office, and Education Austin. Please share this “Save the Date” information with your campus and department communities. We look forward to seeing you September 15th!

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