What is happening at Small Middle School
Week of September 10, 2018 – September 14, 2018
- 9/27/18 Counselor Talk – 9 AM – Social Media
- 9/27/18 Austin Pizza Garden Spirit Night
- 10/1/18 Texas Youth in Government Parent Meeting
- 10/4/18 LASA Visit
- 10/16/18 Picture Retake Day
Letter from Principal Nelson
These last few weeks of rain have dampered our task of getting kids outside every day during lunch, but as soon as the sun presents itself and the gaga pit doesn’t feel like a boggy marsh, we’ll get back to our goal of raising free-range kids. We want our kids outside as much as possible. Whether it be to run around like loons for 20 minutes during the day, or having students tackle a writing prompt sitting in one of our many gardens, nature has a way of energizing youth and we are far better off when it does so. If you want to see how a little Vitamin D and some exercise can uplift a student, send an email to Mr. Sammon (firstname.lastname@example.org) about helping out during Free-cess at lunch time. All that we ask it that when you make it back inside you have as many balls and accessories that you left with. Speaking of which, if you have any unused outdoor equipment (frisbees, footballs, basketballs, jai alai, etc…) you’d like to donate, let Mr.Sammon know as well.
Stress: For most of our students, middle school is the first time in their academic lives when they start to experience elements of stress. What is most important is that they understand that this is completely normal and all part of being a human being. Remind them that stress can be beneficial (encourages us to practice or study more, activates dopamine, can temporarily boost performance) but that we need to be able to divide healthy stress from harmful stress. Please read the article below then share what you’ve gleamed with your student. For more information as to how to handle stress with the middle school mind, please feel free to email your student’s counselor (6th email@example.com, 7th firstname.lastname@example.org, 8th email@example.com ).
How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress
Counselor Talks: Speaking of our amazing counselors, this Thursday September 27th in our library at 9:00 a.m., will be our first parent/guardian counselor talk of the year. The topic of this first conversation will be about something we all need assistance with: teens and social media. Even if you think your kid has this subject under control, or if s/he does not even have a social media profile, chances are they will experience issues with it in the near future. In fact you can bet on it. This generation of digital natives may not know of a time before smartphones, the internet, or social media, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t require careful observation and guidance as to how to use all the above correctly and courteously. Make sure to be there this Thursday to see how you can help and stay tuned to this newsletter for more upcoming Counselor Talks.
The goal is to communicate with y’all via this newsletter sometime next week, however that may not be plausible due to new additions to the fam. However I do guarantee you’ll hear from me the week after with an update and maybe even a few baby pics.
Small Middle School
Save the Date! November 16
The kids will vote on a theme.
- Heros vs Villians?
We are currently looking for sponsors and raffle Prizes – Contact Ms. Newell or see flyer below.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
We are starting to get sponsors!!!
Big shout out to…
- Double Dave’s Pizza for donating free pizza coupons to be used as prizes.
- Austin Ghost Tours – 4 free Tickets to an Austin Ghost tour to be Raffled off.
WE ARE GIRLS conference
Our Counselors would like to let you know about the
WE ARE GIRLS Conference.
“Ignite Her Power”
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm
Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759
Bus pick up at Small Middle School at 8:00 and will return at 3:30
Tickets are $30 per person. You can apply for an individual scholarship.
Get your tickets and more information at www.wearegirls.org
Please contact Ms. Diaz with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Lasa Visits Small Middle School
Thursday evening the 8th grade Volleyball team played O.Henry.
The A team demolished them with scores of 25-15, 25-11.
Kiara B., Izzy R., Ireland G., Senaida B., and Kelly M.
all had amazing kills to help the team win.
The B team didn’t fare as well.
They lost 20-25, 20-25.
Sarai L. and Maddie T. had great saves in the back row.
Last Week's Football Scores
Football Scores vs Paredes
7A Small 20 Bailey 26
7B Small 0 Bailey 20
8A Small 8 Bailey 28
8B Small 0 Bailey 36
We at The Cougar Online (thecougaronline.com) are very excited
to have new videos to share with you!
Ducklings at Small
Animal of the week
Please pay your students enrichment fee as soon as your can, our teachers are waiting for those funds to purchase curriculum and other items to enhance the educational experience for all our kids.
Please read the enrichment letter for your students grade level below.
Learn more about our academies at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/our-programs/academies
Support the Austin High Vertical Team Community Night: September 28, 2018 at House Park 6:00 p.m. Food Truck; 7:10 VT Night Field Prep; 7:30 p.m. Kick Off
Schedule a school tour at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/schedule-a-tour
Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/coffee-principal
Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.