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Hornet Herald - June 23, 2020

posted Jun 23, 2020, 7:39 AM by KMS Hornets   [ updated Jun 24, 2020, 8:20 AM by Kenisha Coburn ]

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Mark Your Calendars

Below are some important dates for the fall semester. All of these events will be virtual events and more information is to come.


August 3, 2020 - Preliminary Schedules Available Online

August 5, 2020 

  • New Student Orientation - Morning Times TBA

  • New Parent Orientation Option #1 (5:00 pm - 6:15 pm)

August 5, 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 6, 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 6, 2020

  • New Parent Orientation Option #1 (8:00 am - 9:15 am)

  • New Student Orientation - Afternoon Times TBA

August 10, 2020

  • 1 Hour Parent Webinar - What to expect during the first week of school.

    • 10:00 am

    • 2:00 pm

    • 5:00 pm 

    • 6:30 pm (in Spanish)

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


Community Equity Summit

Please join us virtually on Tuesday, June 30th from 1 to 5 PM for the first Austin ISD Community Equity Summit: Our voices, our stories hosted by the Office of Equity and the Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness Office. Connect with us as we engage with AISD students, families, teachers, staff, and community members as they share their individual and collective stories about: 

  • #AISDatHOME: Learning while at home 

  • How we are investing in equity 

  • Language Access 

  • Technology and achieving equitable outcomes 

Please share information about this district community event that is open to all students, staff, and community members. RSVP by clicking here. The event will be interpreted in 8 languages: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Pashto, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Vietnamese, and Spanish. The event is open to the first 500 participants. For more information, email or call 512-414-9572.

Austin ISD School Reopening Conversation Circles

More than 1,600 participants joined the Austin ISD series of nine Reopening Conversation Circles. Ideas collected at these events are helping the district prepare for a variety of education models that could be in place next year. 

The Preliminary Feedback Summary is now available in English and Spanish and was included in the district’s weekly Summer Vision 2020 newsletter. 

Required KMS 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. Even if you think you're certain, double check.

School Supplies

This year all families will have an opportunity to purchase school supplies in advance to be delivered in individual student boxes. While these supplies will not address all needs for the elective courses. Expect orders to be placed between July 3 and July 14. We will send updates and post on the KMS website when the order site and supply lists are live!

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Kealing Middle School Inkblot - Spring 2020

Each year our students produce the Inkblot, Kealing’s Literary Magazine. Though this year certainly did not go as planned, they were able to get the pieces put together in a PDF. Here's the link, which students should be able to access using an AISD log in.  

New Summer Learning Opportunity


Nepris connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, virtually, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students. Nepris is offering their seven week, Virtual Summer Camp to any student in Austin ISD free of charge. The virtual summer camp is for elementary, middle and high school students to explore career pathways across a variety of industries.

Beginning June 15, 2020 through July 30, 2020, students can have daily, virtual experiences with industry professionals and gain insight and relevance into a variety of careers.

We can provide 7 weeks of FREE Nepris Virtual Summer Camps to any student in Austin ISD by providing the registration information below.


Parental/Caregiver Steps to Register:

  1. GO to this link: .

  2. SELECT the specific Camps you want to participate in and add them to your shopping cart.

  3. CLICK on the shopping cart icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

  4. ENTER the following code in the "coupon code" box: AustinISD100

  5. CHECK your inbox for a confirmation email.