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Message from the Principal

Alma Chapa Moore

Alma Chapa Moore- Interim Principal

Dear Kiker Community:
I am honored to serve as Interim Principal of Kiker Elementary. I am so proud to be a part of such a vibrant community and outstanding staff. I am genuinely grateful for the support and warm welcome.

After graduating from Pan American University, I began my career in education as a middle school language arts teacher at B L Gray Junior High in the Sharyland Independent School District in the RioGrande Valley. Although I remained in the Sharyland school system for sixteen years, my jobs changedfrom teaching middle school language arts to teaching English I, English II, speech and theatre. Afterreceiving my Masters in Education from UT-Pan American, I served as an assistant principal at Sharyland High School.

In 1998, my family moved to Austin. I began as a Kiker parent in 2002 and over the years volunteered in the classroom and front office before becoming Kiker’s part-time assistant principal in 2005. I have had the unique privilege of knowing Kiker as a parent AND an administrator. It gives me a great perspective when I meet with parents who are considering moving to our area. I am the perfect Kiker (and AISD) ambassador.

My son Jake attended Kiker, Bailey (2 yrs.) Gorzycki (1 yr.), and graduated from Bowie in 2014. He recently moved to Pflugerville to be closer to work. Our younger son Steve came to live with us in 8 thgrade and attended Gorzycki and graduated from Bowie in 2015. He currently enjoys favorite son statussince blessing us with a beautiful granddaughter, Jayla, in April (2019). My husband Nick and I love living
in the Kiker community and the city of Austin, our home for the last 22 years.

As your Interim Principal, my job is to help those students who will transition to the new southwestelementary as well as those students who will stay at Kiker. Our staff will continue to deliver the besteducation to your children. At Kiker we believe that every child should feel loved by his/her teacher andfeel that they are an integral part of our school and community.

Because I retired from education several years ago, I am restricted from assuming a long-term principalposition. I am most grateful to Mr. Crissey and AISD administration who believed me to be the best choice to help Kiker through this transition.

There is no doubt the Kiker principal position will attract many qualified applicants. Our Campus Advisory Council (CAC) co-chairs are committed to forming a strong team to aid in the selection process. I look forward to working with Kiker’s new principal as he/she learns about and becomes a part of our incredible community.

I sincerely thank you for all the kind words and well wishes since I accepted my new position. You are my family, and I rejoice in the opportunity to serve you in this capacity. My door is always open should youneed me for any reason.

Proud to be your Interim Principal!
Alma Chapa Moore

Kiker’s 8th Annual Fun Run/Walk

Presented By Kiker PE and PTA

Date: Saturday, February 1st
Times: K-2 starts @8:00 3-5 starts @ 8:45
Location: Kiker Parking Lot

* Students will run/walk on a designated course for 30 minutes collecting a raffle ticket for each lap – There will be a raffle drawing following each 30 minute run.
FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH – WEAR RED!!!

Summer Camp and Activity Fair

February 5, 6:30-8:00 pm

We are excited to announce the 2020 Camp & Activity Fair, a collaborative effort co-hosted this year by Clayton, Baldwin and Kiker Elementary School PTAs! Join us in the Kiker Elementary Cafeteria on Wednesday, February 5th from 6:30-8:00 pm to get info on a variety of summer camps for your children. It’s never too early to start making your summer plans!

Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

For current students, click here.

For incoming kindergartners orientation and registration, click here.

For Pre-K eligibility and registration, click here.

Principal selection process

Selecting a new principal for Kiker is an extremely important task. We want to ensure each person’s perspective and input at Kiker is valued and heard during this time. We aim to keep this process as transparent and open to everyone as possible.

Here are specific ways you can be involved and be in the know!
Click on the headings for more information.

1. General Timeline & Key Dates: See the process and steps involved in the Principal Selection here.

Key Community Input Dates:
January 23,2020 – Parent meeting to provide input on qualities desired in our new principal
January 31,2020 – Deadline to email CAC CoChairs intent to apply for Principal Interview committee
February 3,2020 – Deadline to submit application for principal interview committee
February 5,2020 – Deadline to submit potential questions for first round of candidate interviews

2. Primary Parent Input Opportunity: Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00pm
Share what qualities are important to you in our new Principal at the Principal Profile meeting: January 23rd at 6PM at Kiker.

You don’t have to be an expert in Human Resources or aware of the current educational philosophies of Principal selections. All you need to be is a Kiker parent, which makes you an expert in knowing what makes Kiker special.

We invite you to come share your thoughts and ideas about what kind of leader Kiker needs at our Principal Community Input meeting Thursday, January 23rd.

AISD will be gathering input from YOU, our parents and community members, on important leadership traits & qualities you think are important for Kiker’s next principal in the following categories:
● Instructional Leader
● Talent Developer
● Executive Leader
● Culture Builder

AISD will then consolidate feedback from faculty, staff, parents and community members into these 4 categories. This will form the Principal Profile, which is used to narrow the pool of qualified applicants to the final 6 candidates.
**If you are unable to attend this meeting, you can still provide your input by emailing Ms. Jenkins, Executive Director of Elementary Schools, at betty.jenkins@austinisd.org, or calling her at 512-414-9678.

3. Represent the Kiker Community in the first round of principal interviews by serving on the Principal Interview Committee.

You must email the CAC Co-Chairs (KikerCAC@gmail.com) your intent to apply by January 31st. The completed application is due February 3rd at 8:00AM.

The Principal Interview Committee (PIC) will conduct the first round of interviews of the top six principal candidates. Afterwards, the PIC will recommend which 3 candidates should move on to the final round of interviews. The PIC consists of Mr. Hicks, Associate Superintendent, Ms. Jenkins, Executive Director of Elementary Schools, the CAC Co-Chairs, 2 parent representatives and 2 staff/faculty representatives. The CAC members will select the four additional members to serve on the interview committee at the next CAC meeting, February 3rd at 3:15PM.
Committee Member REQUIREMENTS:
February 27th – Must be able to attend all day interviews from 7:45am-5:00pm at AISD offices.
● Maintain strict confidentiality of applicants, discussions and the outcome of the first round interviews
● Parent member – can’t be a district employee

Parent Application: https://forms.gle/3Bd57F72ZNyijqYY6
Faculty/Staff Application: https://forms.gle/5hSyTvcpwT5fPUUW7

4. Submit Potential Interview Questions for the top candidates by February 5th.

Email KikerCAC@gmail.com any potential interview questions you or your student have for our new principal. You can also leave them in a designated envelope in the front office. The Principal Interview Committee will consolidate the submissions into 6 potential interview questions. We will submit these as drafts to AISD to be used in the interview process.

CAC Community Engagement

Dear Kiker Community,

As Kiker’s Campus Advisory Council Co-Chairs, Christina Haschke & I want to ensure that our community is aware of several opportunities for you to participate in the selection of the new Kiker Principal.

Develop Principal Leadership Profile: January 23rd at 6:00pm
Please attend the parent & community meeting to provide input on the qualities you think are important for our incoming principal. AISD will consolidate feedback from faculty,staff, parents and community members into 4 categories. This will form the Principal Profile, which is used to narrow the applicant pool to the final 6 candidates.

Generally, this principal profile meeting will focus on four principal leadership areas:
● Instructional Leader
● Talent Developer
● Executive Leader
● Culture Builder

**If you are unable to attend this meeting, you can still provide your input by emailing Ms. Jenkins, Executive Director of Elementary Schools, at betty.jenkins@austinisd.org or calling her at 512-414-9678.

Submit Potential Interview Questions: Due February 5th
Email KikerCAC@gmail.com any potential interview questions or you can leave them in a designated envelope in the front office. The Principal Interview Committee will consolidate the submissions into 6 potential interview questions.
We will submit these as drafts to AISD to be used in the interview process.

Apply to be on the Principal Interview Committee
The Principal Interview Committee will conduct the first round of interviews of the 6 finalists. The committee consists of Mr. Hicks, Associate Superintendent, Ms. Jenkins, Executive Director of Elementary Schools, the CAC Co-Chairs, 2 parent representatives, 2 faculty/staff representatives, and additional support from Human Capital. The CAC members will select the four additional members to serve on the interview committee. Communication regarding the application and selection process for the interview committee will be communicated out in the new year.

Committee Member REQUIREMENTS:
● Feb. 27th – Must be able to attend all day interviews from 7:45am – 5:00pm at AISD headquarters
● Maintain strict confidentiality of applicants, discussions and the outcome of the first round interviews
● Parent member – can’t be a district employee

In continuation of the Kiker Spirit, we want to ensure each person’s perspective and input at Kiker is valued and heard! We aim to keep this process as transparent and open to everyone as possible so feel free to post or forward this on to any interested parties.
Questions? Email us at KikerCAC@gmail.com.

Thanks,
Katy Heisterman (CAC Co-Chair, Parent Representative)
Christina Haschke (CAC Co-Chair, Staff Representative)

Kiker International Night 2020!

January 31, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm
Every two years, Kiker hosts International Night, a proud celebration of all of the nationalities, countries and cultures represented in our Kiker families. The entire Kiker community is invited to enjoy entertainment, feast on delicious cuisine from around the world, and have your passport stamped at the various country booths.
International Night Country Booths
Parents and community members can volunteer to host country booths to highlight their culture and share artifacts, history, and crafts from their country.
If you would like to host a country booth, please sign up at: https://bit.ly/2r7Ojys
International Night Entertainment
The stage is filled with show-stopping talent ranging from Kiker students highlighting their skills to world-class performers. Please contact Kelley Davis (kdavis@scenthounds.com) or Becca Lusk (beccalusk@gmail.com) if you have an entertainer or talent you’d like to recommend for the event.
More information about how students can get involved with the celebrations leading up to International Night will be available on Kiker Comments and the Kiker International Night Facebook page.
For any other questions, please contact Kikerinternationalnight@gmail.com

Introducing HappiFamili

Looking for After School Activities?
In an effort to make life easier for our families, as well as support our green initiative, Kiker is partnering with HappiFamli to promote and organize our after-school & enrichment programs.  This Fall 2019 semester vendors will also be allowed to have a flyer in one of the Friday folders, but moving forward, all after school enrichment will be online!
HappiFamli provides parents with an on-line, one-stop shop for after-school and enrichment programs.  Information is comprehensive and up-to-date for all on-campus and bused-from-campus programs.  Families can learn about and register for programs all from one place, saving you time and making life that much easier.
To learn about and register for programs, click here bit.ly/HappiKiker 

AISD Updated Safety System at Kiker

Always be prepared to show identification when visiting Kiker! As you are all planning visits to Kiker for any reason (with the exception of morning drop off) please always be prepared show identification.  If you have been here before, we will  ask you to provide your drivers license for us to scan and update in our system.  If you have friends or family that will be coming with you, please make sure they bring identification as well.

If you need to pick your child up early, we will ask for identification. In addition, try to be here by 2:30.  This will allow plenty of time for the buddies that escort them to the office to get back to class safely prior to dismissal.  Please note that this system has been updated district wide. We thank you for your help and understanding while we work out all of the details!

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