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Hornet Herald - September 6, 2020

posted Sep 6, 2020, 6:27 PM by KMS Hornets

Hello Hornet Families,

The day we have all anticipated is finally upon us. After an extended summer break, the school year will officially begin virtually this Tuesday, September 8th. The first day of school is a B day and students are to report to their B5 class by 8:10 am Tuesday morning. 

I am unsure if there has ever been as much excitement for the first day of school as it currently is with Kealing staff. Although we will begin online, we can not wait to see our Hornets virtually. 

Yesterday, we emailed your student’s schedule along with Zoom links for each course. Please review this email with your student and practice logging into BLEND and Zoom. Considering we will use these two platforms to access educational content, it is important students are comfortable navigating both programs. Administrators and School Counselors will be available, via Zoom, Tuesday to provide assistance if students experience any issues. Our Zoom link is here and will also be posted on the Kealing Middle School website.

For those of you who are not familiar with BLEND, it is AISD’s educational platform that will house your student’s class information, including assignments, schedules, course materials and contact information for their teachers. If you are new to BLEND or if you need a refresher course, please visit this “One-Stop-Shop” BLEND resource here (Spanish version) for all of your BLEND questions. Another resource I would like to share with you, is this week’s Middle School smore

We can not wait to see all students in our virtual classrooms starting with B5 at 8:10 Tuesday morning. Please remember to take your first day of school pictures and upload them to our padlet.  

Looking forward to another year of Kealing It.


Mark Your Calendars

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

September 10 , 2020 - PTA Meeting 7:30 am - 8:30 am

October 12, 2020 - Student Holiday

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

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!

Join us on Zoom for our 1st Kealing PTA Meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30-8:30am to learn about the PTA and meet Interim Principal Tim Estes and Ms. Sapna Patel, Magnet Director. Mark your calendars for subsequent PTA Zoom meetings at 7:30am on the 1st Thursday of every months—10/1, 11/5, 12/3, 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, and 5/6. The Zoom meeting can be accessed by clicking here.

Fall Athletics

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:

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.

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