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Hornet Herald August 23, 2020

posted Aug 23, 2020, 6:44 PM by KMS Hornets

This was an exciting week for us at Kealing as we welcomed our teachers back to (virtual) campus. Although we were not together in the physical sense, the same energy and enthusiasm Kealing staff is known for, was present in our sessions. 

The majority of the week was spent in campus based and district professional development focusing on becoming familiar with Zoom features, community building activities, establishing virtual learning expectations and engaging in various sessions provided by AISD. While all of the PD was important, the highlight of the week was the Advisory call teachers began making. After being away from our students for over five months, simply having the opportunity to speak with many of our students was a welcomed experience. Teachers will continue reaching out to students this week. Calls will come from either private or unknown numbers. Please answer calls from these numbers this week.

On Saturday, August 29th we are hosting our Kealing Kickoff, a one-stop-shop distribution day. If you ordered a district assigned hotspot, school supply kit or last year’s yearbook that you have not picked up, you will be able to do so on Saturday. Also available will be, PTA Swag Bags, athletic information and a limited number of school supplies filled backpacks. Additional information on this event is below.

We still have a large number of students who are slated to attend Kealing but have yet to register. If you have not registered your student for this year, please do so here to avoid students being removed from scheduled classes.

As you know, the first four weeks of school (September 8 - October 5) is taking place virtually. If your student(s) is in need of a chromebook or hotspot to access their classes, please contact Christina Romero, to make a technology request.

Have a great week.
Mr. Estes

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

Kealing Kickoff

Please join us for this one stop shop distribution day. Items will be delivered via drive up distribution on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00am - 1:00pm at the front entrance of Kealing Middle School. When approaching Kealing, you will notice Comal St. is blocked off but local traffic is allowed.

We will practice social distancing and follow guidelines set by AISD by wearing masks and gloves. Remain in you car and a staff member will place items in your vehicle.

To assist with traffic, please come at your allotted time according to your student's last name:

  • 10:00 - A - G

  • 11:00 - H - O

  • 12:00 - P - Z

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.

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 first edition here 

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 last week because of a priority 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