Application for the 2015-2016 School Year www.kealinghornets.org 2015-2016 Application Packet Packet contains: Letter to Applicant Application Checklist and Admission Test Dates Application Form Directions for Three Essays Two Teacher Recommendation Forms Shadow Application (optional) How Applications Are Scored Kealing Magnet Showcase Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. an opportunity to meet Magnet teachers in their classrooms and visit with current Magnet students and parents Admission Test Options During the admission test sessions, applicants will take a 40-minute test and complete a 30-minute timed essay. Kealing MS Cafeteria Saturday, January 17 Last Name A-L 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Last Name M-Z 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Option 2 Kealing MS Cafeteria Saturday, January 24 Last Name M-Z 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Last Name A-L 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Option 3 during Shadowing at Kealing MS January 20February 27 Option 1 Option 3 (testing while shadowing) is only available to students who turn in an application [pages 1-7] and submit a Shadowing Request by January 23! Note: If you are applying for admission to both the Kealing and Fulmore Magnets, you may attend an admission test session at Fulmore—but you will still need to write the 30-minute essay for Kealing. Applicants who attend a Fulmore session may either complete the timed essay for Kealing during shadowing or, if necessary, by appointment. Application Deadline Friday, January 23, 2015 (if shadowing) Friday, February 6, 2015 (if not shadowing) Kealing Middle School 1607 Pennsylvania Avenue Austin, Texas 78702-2020 (512) 414-2450 Dear Applicant: Thank you for your interest in the Kealing Magnet Program. The Kealing Magnet Program is an advanced academic program with limited enrollment. These application materials will allow us to assess your qualifications and potential success in our program. All information must be received before your application can be processed and reviewed by a team of teachers. Your application must be completed in full and in our office by 4:30 p.m. on February 6, 2014. If you want to shadow (visit), the application is due by 4:30 p.m. on January 23, 2014. The link for the online/electronic application form will be available soon. Please check back. You also must take an admissions test which consists of a 40-minute test and a 30-minute essay, as part of the application process. You may attend a Saturday admissions testing session at Kealing on either January 17th or 24th (If you come to Kealing to shadow during the January 20-February 27 window, you may take the admission test during one of the class periods.) You may also take the Admissions Test at Fulmore and complete the Kealing essay while shadowing at Kealing. If you do not have access to the internet, you may submit a hard copy by following these instructions: The first page of your application, The Application Checklist, will help you organize your materials. The second page of your application is the Application Form. Please complete these forms neatly and accurately. The Application Form must be signed by you and a parent or guardian. If you are currently in an AISD school, you must include your student number, which can be found on your report card. The third, fourth, and fifth pages of your application are three essays. Please use a separate piece of paper for each essay. At the top of each page, write the prompt number, your first and last name, and your student number (if you have one). The sixth page is a copy of your most recent STAAR scores. If you are coming from a school other than a Texas public school, please submit a copy of your most recent standardized test scores. The seventh page is a copy of this year’s first semester report card (showing all grading periods from August through December). The eighth and ninth pages are Teacher Recommendation Forms. Your teachers will mail the completed recommendation to the Kealing Magnet Program. Your two recommendations must be from teachers who instructed you during this school year or last school year. One recommendation form should be from a teacher who instructed you in math or science. The second recommendation form should be from a teacher who instructed you in language arts/reading or social studies. If you have only one teacher in these areas this year, please also request a recommendation from a teacher from last school year. Please be sure to check in with teachers and confirm that th they have completed the recommendations by their January 25 deadline. The Kealing Magnet Program faculty and I look forward to receiving your completed application. If you or your th parents have any questions, please call the Magnet Office at 414-2450. On March 13 we will mail you information about the status of your application to the Magnet Program. Sincerely, Dianne Carter Director of Magnet Program COMPLETE AND RETURN AS PAGE 1 OF YOUR APPLICATION. KEALING MAGNET PROGRAM 2015-2016 Application Checklist and Admission Test Dates Name ____________________________________________ AISD Student ID# _________________ (Please print) The Application Review Committee will not review an application until all required items have been received. The following checklist is provided to help you organize these items. Arrange pages 1-7 in the order listed below. (We will attach and mark off the teacher recommendations when they arrive.) Required Items _____ Application Checklist (page 1) _____ Application Form (page 2) _____ Three Essays (pages 3, 4, and 5) _____ Copy of most recent STAAR scores (page 6) These seven pages of your application MUST be submitted by January 23 (if shadowing) or February 6 (if not shadowing). or scores from a nationally-normed achievement test _____ Copy of first semester report card (page 7) _____ Two teacher recommendation forms (pages 8 and 9) to be sent by the teacher Admission Test* – Select ONE of the following testing options. (Registration is not required.) _____ Option 1: Saturday, January 17, 2014 @ Kealing MS Last name A-L: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Last name M-Z: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. _____ Option 2: Saturday, January 24, 2014 @ Kealing MS Last name M-Z: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Last name A-L: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. _____ Option 3: I will take the test during a class period when I shadow at Kealing. _____ Option 4: I will take the test at a Fulmore session and complete the essay when shadowing. *If you receive 504 or Special Education services, please send testing accommodations to the Magnet Director as soon as possible and not later than five days prior to the test session. If we do not receive the accommodations, we cannot guarantee implementation. Return your completed application to: Magnet Director Admissions, Kealing Magnet Program 1607 Pennsylvania Avenue Austin, TX 78702-2020 Application Deadline Friday, January 23, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. (if shadowing) Friday, February 6, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. (if not shadowing) Llene y regrese como la primera página de la solicitud. PROGRAMA Magnet de Kealing Lista de Verificación de la Solicitud para el 2015-2016 Y Fechas para el Examen de Admisión Nombre ________________________________ Número de AISD del Estudiante: ____________ (En letra de molde) El Comité de examen de la aplicación no revisará una solicitud hasta que se han recibido todos los elementos necesarios. La siguiente lista se proporciona para ayudarle a organizar estos artículos. Organiza las páginas 1-7 en el orden indicado abajo. (Agregaremos y anotaremos las recomendaciones del maestro cuando lleguen). Elementos Requeridos _____ Lista de Verificación de la Solicitud (página 1) _____ Forma de Solicitud (página 2) _____Tres Composiciones (páginas 3, 4, and 5) _____ Copia de los resultados más recientes de STAAR o resultados de una prueba de nivel nacional _____ Copia de las Calificaciones del primer semestre (página 6) Estas siete páginas de la solicitud deben ser presentadas para el 23 de enero (si visitaran) o el 6 de febrero (si no visitaran). (página 7) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------_____Dos Formas de Recomendaciones de Maestros (páginas 8 y 9) enviadas por los maestros _____ Solicitación para Visitar Kealing (página 10) *opcional* Examen de Admisión * –Escoge UNA opción en seguida para el examen. (No se require inscripción.) _____ Opción 1: Sábado, Enero 17, 2014 @ Kealing MS Apellido A-L: 8:00–10:00 a.m. Apellido M-Z: 11:00–1:00 p.m. _____ Opción 2: Sábado, Enero 24, 2014 @ Kealing MS Apellido M-Z: 8:00–10:00 a.m. Apellido A-L: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. _____ Opción 3: Tomare el examen durante un período de clase cuando visite Kealing. _____ Opción 4 Tomaré el examen en una sesión de Fulmore y hare la composición cuando visite. *Para acomodaciones del examen, usted debe presentar documentación de 504 o educación especial (indicando acomodaciones de este año escolar) a la Directora de Magnet al menos cinco días antes de las sesión del examen. Regresa tu solicitud completa a: Directora del Programa Magnet Admisión, Programa Magnet de Kealing 1607 Pennsylvania Avenue Austin, TX 78702-2020 FIN DE PLAZO PARA SOLICITUD Viernes, 23 de enero, 2015 para las 4:30 p.m. (si vas a visitar) Viernes, 6 de febrero, 2015 para las 4:30 p.m. (si no vas a visitar) Estimado Solicitante: Gracias por tu interés en el Programa Magnet de Kealing. Este es un programa académico avanzado con espacio limitado para inscripciones. Los documentos de esta solicitud nos permitirán evaluar tus calificaciones y potencial para éxito en nuestro programa. Toda la información se debe recibir antes que tu solicitud se procese y se revise por un equipo de maestros. Tu solicitud debe estar totalmente completa y en nuestra oficina para las 5:00 p.m. el 6 de febrero del 2014. Si quieres ser sombra (visitar), se necesita la solicitud para las 5:00 p.m. el 23 de enero del 2014. Favor de entregar la solicitud completa por internet al: _______________________________________________ También debes tomar un examen de admisión que consistirá de 40 minutos para un examen y 30 minutos para una composición escrita, como parte del proceso de la solicitud. Puedes atender a una sesión de examen de sábado en Kealing bien sea el 17 o 24 de enero (si vienes a visitar (shadow) a Kealing durante el 20 de enero - 27 de febrero, puedes tomar el examen de admisión durante uno de los periodos del día.) También puedes tomar el Examen de Admisión en Fulmore y terminar la composición en Kealing durante tu visita. Si no tienes acceso al internet, puedes entregar una copia. Favor de ver las instrucciones a bajo. La Lista de Verificación de la solicitud te ayudará organizar tus materiales y debe ser la primera página de tu solicitud. La segunda página es el Formulario de Solicitud. Favor de llenar esta forma con nitidez y exactitud. Tú y un padre o guardián legal deben firmar esta forma. Si estas en una escuela del Distrito Escolar de Austin, debes incluir tu número de estudiante, que se puede encontrar en tu reporte de calificaciones. Las siguientes tres páginas de tú solicitud son tres composiciones. Favor de usar una diferente hoja para cada composición. Escribe el número del tema arriba en frente de la página. Escribe tu nombre y número de estudiante (si tienes uno) al revés de cada página. La página seis es una copia de los más recientes resultados del STAAR. Si vienes de una escuela, fuera de las escuelas públicas del estado de Texas, favor de incluir los más recientes resultados de esas pruebas estandarizadas. La página siete es una copia de las calificaciones del primer semestre de este año (que enseñe todos los períodos de calificación de agosto a diciembre). Las dos páginas siguientes (página ocho y nueve) son Formas de Recomendación de Maestros(as). Tus maestros(as) enviarán estas recomendaciones por correo al Programa Magnet de Kealing. Tus dos recomendaciones deben ser de maestros(as) que te hayan dado instrucción durante este año escolar o el año pasado. Una de las recomendaciones debe ser de un maestro que te dio instrucción en matemáticas o ciencias. La segunda forma de recomendación debe ser de un maestro que te dio instrucción en artes de lenguaje /lectura o ciencias sociales. Si solamente tienes un maestro en estas áreas este año, por favor de también pedir una recomendación de un maestro del año pasado. Asegura que revises con maestros para confirmar que ellos terminaron las recomendaciones para el 25 de enero. La facultad del Programa Magnet de Kealing y yo esperaremos recibir to solicitud completa. Si to o tus padres tienen algunas preguntas, favor de llamar a la Oficina Magnet al 414-2450. El 13 de marzo enviaremos información sobre el resultado de tu solicitud al Programa Magnet. Sinceramente, Dianne Carter Directora del Programa Magnet Si necesita esta información en espaňol, por favor communíquese con Jo Garcia 512-841-1150 COMPLETE AND RETURN AS PAGE 2 OF YOUR APPLICATION. KEALING MAGNET PROGRAM 1607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Austin, TX 78702-2020 APPLICATION FORM for 2015-2016 School Year (Please type or print) Student Name ______________________________________________________________________________ AISD Student Number ___________________ Birth Date _________ Student Address ___________________________________________ Current (2015-16) Grade: ___5th ___6th ___7th Gender: ___Male ___Female Zip Code ___________________ Current School: ___________________________________ AISD Assigned School for 2015-2016 ____________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Email Address (if available) _____________________________________________________ Telephone Numbers: Home _________________________ Work _________________________ (Parent/Guardian) (Parent/Guardian) Home _________________________ Work _________________________ (Parent/Guardian) (Parent/Guardian) I certify that the work contained in this application is the work of the applicant. ______________________________________________________ Date __________________ Student Signature ______________________________________________________ Date __________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Austin Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, disability, or English language skills in its programs and activities. FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Date received: THE ESSAYS WILL BE PAGES 3, 4, AND 5 OF YOUR APPLICATION. DIRECTIONS FOR THREE ESSAYS Respond to essay prompt #1. Then respond to any TWO of the other essay prompts. Applicants will write THREE essays. Write each essay on a separate page. Write the number of the essay prompt at the top of the page. Your responses may be typed or hand-written. If you type, please double-space and use a reader-friendly 12-point font. Each essay response should be at least 100 words in length but no longer than one page. Be specific and give examples. On the back of the page, write your name and (if you attend an AISD campus) your student identification number. Essay Prompt #1 (required of all applicants) 1. Why is the Kealing Magnet Program the best place to meet your specific academic and personal goals, and how would you contribute to the Kealing community in areas other than academics? Respond to any TWO of the following essay prompts. 2. How do you define success? Describe how someone you know lives up to your definition. (Evaluative Thinking) 3. Describe a time when you stood up for something important that you believed in. Explain what you did, why you did it, and what you learned. (Risk-Taking) 4. Describe a challenging activity or project that took you a long time and discuss what motivated you and kept you working. (Perseverance) 5. Explain five creative ways you could use these gears for something other than their intended use. (Critical Thinking) Kealing Magnet Program Teacher Recommendation Form Student Name _________________________________ Current Grade: ___________ AISD Student ID: _________________________________ Teacher Name ________________________ School _____________________ Grade level you teach (taught) this student ________ (Only recommendations from the current and prior year’s teachers are accepted.) Subjects you teach (taught) this student: Language Arts/Reading Social Studies Teacher’s Signature ____________________________________________________ Math Science Date ___________________ Teachers: This form MUST be at Kealing no later than January 25, 2015. Please mail to: Kealing Magnet Admissions, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave. Austin, TX 78702 Or email a copy to: [email protected] Personal and Work Ethics Communication and Collaboration Problem Solving Motivation and Initiative Academic Ability and Achievement Please rate the student for each of the criteria below based on your observations of the student in your classroom. Produces work that is above academic grade level. Performs well on topics that may not be of particular interest to him/her. Produces work products that are organized, accurate and thorough. Submits class work and homework on time. Is eager to learn. Goes beyond the required assignment to resolve unanswered questions. Is willing to take intellectual risks. Is curious about academic topics. Actively looks for and suggests solutions to problems. Integrates complex information. Is aware of patterns and connections among ideas. Is effective at presenting his/her own ideas verbally. Is effective at presenting his/her own ideas in written form. Relates well to others when working. Contributes to the group process in a positive manner. Is open to the ideas of others. Demonstrates a high level of integrity in the classroom and school. Is respectful of individual and cultural diversity. Shows empathy. Is focused and self-directed. Never 0-5% of the time Occasionally 25% of the time Sometimes 50% of the time Often 75% of the time Always 95-100% of the time 0 1 2 3 4 Kealing Magnet Program Teacher Recommendation Form Student Name _________________________________ Current Grade: ___________ AISD Student ID: _________________________________ Teacher Name ________________________ School _____________________ Grade level you teach (taught) this student ________ (Only recommendations from the current and prior year’s teachers are accepted.) Subjects you teach (taught) this student: Language Arts/Reading Social Studies Teacher’s Signature ____________________________________________________ Math Science Date ___________________ Teachers: This form MUST be at Kealing no later than January 25, 2015. Please mail to: Kealing Magnet Admissions, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave. Austin, TX 78702 Or email a copy to: [email protected] Personal and Work Ethics Communication and Collaboration Problem Solving Motivation and Initiative Academic Ability and Achievement Please rate the student for each of the criteria below based on your observations of the student in your classroom. Produces work that is above academic grade level. Performs well on topics that may not be of particular interest to him/her. Produces work products that are organized, accurate and thorough. Submits class work and homework on time. Is eager to learn. Goes beyond the required assignment to resolve unanswered questions. Is willing to take intellectual risks. Is curious about academic topics. Actively looks for and suggests solutions to problems. Integrates complex information. Is aware of patterns and connections among ideas. Is effective at presenting his/her own ideas verbally. Is effective at presenting his/her own ideas in written form. Relates well to others when working. Contributes to the group process in a positive manner. Is open to the ideas of others. Demonstrates a high level of integrity in the classroom and school. Is respectful of individual and cultural diversity. Shows empathy. Is focused and self-directed. Never 0-5% of the time Occasionally 25% of the time Sometimes 50% of the time Often 75% of the time Always 95-100% of the time 0 1 2 3 4 *OPTIONAL* REQUEST TO SHADOW AT KEALING SUBMIT AN ELECTRONIC REQUEST (ONLINE) AND YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015 th th Students applying to the Magnet Program may visit Kealing for a day. Current 5 graders will be paired with a 6 grade th th student host and accompany (shadow) that student to each of her/his classes. Current 6 graders will be paired with a 7 th th grader, and current 7 graders will be paired with an 8 grader. If you feel that such a visit would help you in your decision process, Submit your application and complete the online shadow request at: www.kealingshadow.appspot.com/shadow Or if you do not have internet access please call: 512-814-5671 If either the Kealing Magnet Program application or the Shadowing Request is received after January 23rd, we will be unable to schedule the applicant for shadowing. No exceptions. Shadowing will be offered from January 20 – February 27, with no shadowing on February 16th. To be scheduled for a visit, students must have an application [pages 1-7] on file in the Magnet Office by Friday, January 23, 2015. In order to maintain the learning atmosphere that students are coming to see, we limit the number of visitors on any single day. We appreciate your understanding, and we will fill requests as they are received. You will be notified via email or phone of the specific date you are scheduled to shadow. If you have not been notified of a shadow date by February 17th, please contact the Magnet Office at (512) 414-2450. You are responsible for making arrangements at your school AHEAD OF TIME so that your absence will not be considered unexcused. The Kealing Magnet Office will give you a letter verifying the day spent at Kealing. Upon arrival at Kealing, students need to sign-in at the tables in the Library. Plan to arrive at Kealing. All students may bring a lunch or lunch money. (The standard lunch price is $2.50.) Students may ride the Kealing buses. For Magnet bus schedules, go to www.austinisd.org/schools/bus/ If riding a bus to/from Kealing, bus information needs to be included on the online shadow form. When students sign-in, they need to verify who will pick them up at 3:00 p.m. or the bus number they will be riding home. Parent pick-up is easier if parents arrive after the buses leave at 2:55. Students must be picked up in the Library by the parent/carpool driver at the end of the day. Si necesita esta información en español sobre Shadowing, por favor communíquese con Brooke Wagen 512-228-2319. How Applications Are Scored KEALING MAGNET PROGRAM EVALUATION MATRIX AND RUBRICS AISD Number Student Name __________________________________________ Student’s Current Grade Level _________ Rate each item on a scale from 0 to 10. ITEMS SCALE 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ESSAYS Total score for the three application essays and a doubleweighted timed essay (given with the admission test) divided by 2 Essays 1______ 2______ 3______ Timed Essay ______ x 2 Score ______ Add writing scores then divide by 2. STAAR TEST or other approved Standardized Test Percentile Rubric or Scale Score Points Reading ______ ______ Math ______ ______ Add rubric points then divide by 2. Avg. Points ______ SCHOOL PERFORMANCE Rubric Points Report Card Grades ______ Teacher Recommendations ______ Add rubric points then divide by 2. ADMISSION TEST Avg. Points ______ Score ______ See the reverse side to learn how a scale score is assigned to each component of the application. 8 9 10 How Applications Are Scored: Additional Information 1. ESSAYS (0-10 points) Each essay prompt is designed to elicit evidence of a behavior or skill that is important to a student’s success in the Kealing Magnet Program. Each essay is scored 1, 2, 3 or 4. If the essay cannot be scored (due to illegibility, response in a language other than English, misunderstanding of the directions, failure to address prompt, etc.) the essay will receive a “0.” Each essay is scored by a team of three teachers. 1 = content illustrates almost no evidence of the behavior, skill, or motivation typical of the grade level 2 = content illustrates minimal evidence of the behavior, skill, or motivation 3 = content illustrates solid and convincing evidence of the behavior, skill, or motivation 4 = content illustrates strong and overwhelming evidence of the behavior, skill, or motivation Scores for the three application essays are added together with a timed essay (which is weighted twice), divided by 2, then recorded on the matrix. 2. STAAR TEST (or other approved standardized test) (0-10 points) STAAR TEST Incoming 6th Incoming 7th Incoming 8th STAAR 4TH Scale Scores Spring 2014 STAAR 5TH Scale Scores Spring 2014 STAAR 6TH Scale Scores Spring 2014 Matrix Score Percentile Reading Math Reading Math Reading Math 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 97+ 94-96 91-93 88-90 85-87 82-84 79-81 76-78 73-75 70-72 ≥1773 1723 1686 1656 -1633 1610 -1591 1573 ≥1795 1746 1710 1677 -1657 1635 1616 -1599 ≥1799 1749 1713 1684 -1667 1637 -1618 1601 ≥1927 1847 1799 1764 1735 1710 1691 -1672 1656 ≥1858 1808 1772 1742 -1718 1696 1677 -1659 ≥1926 ≥1842 1814 1791 1762 1752 ≥1720 1706 1693 1680 3. SCHOOL PERFORMANCE (0-10 points) Scores from Report Card Grades (0-10) and Teacher Recommendations (0-10) are totaled and divided by 2 to determine the average for the overall School Performance score (0-10). REPORT CARD GRADES TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS Core subject area grades are averaged to determine scale score. Total points from two teacher recommendations determine scale score. Scale Average Grade Scale Total Rating 10 97 or higher 10 145 – 160 9 94 – 96 9 130 – 144 8 91 – 93 8 115 – 129 7 88 – 90 7 100 – 114 6 85 – 87 6 85 – 99 5 82 – 84 5 70 – 84 4 79 – 81 4 55 – 69 3 76 – 78 3 40 – 54 2 73 – 75 2 25 – 39 1 70 – 72 1 10 – 24 4. ADMISSION TEST (0-10 points) Students will take a 40-minute test and complete a 30-minute timed essay administered by a professional school staff member. The timed essay is weighted twice as part of the “Essays” scored criteria.
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