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Cougar News – Week of 8/26/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 8/26/19 – 8/30/19

Upcoming Events

 
  • Monday, August 26th. Cross Country Parent Meeting – 5:30 PM Cafe 
  • Tuesday, August  27th – Counselor Talk – Meet the Counselors – 8:30 am
  • Wednesday, August 28th – Hello World Parent Meeting 5 or 6 pm – Library
  • Thursday, August 29th – Beginning Band Meeting – 
  • Monday, September 2nd – Holiday
  • Tuesday, September 3rd – Back to School Night

 

Useful Quick Links

 



Got questions for the new year? 
Check out our Back to School Guide!

Cougar-

What a week! This has not only been the smoothest transition to a new school year for Smallville, but also the smoothest transition for students and staff to any school in the history of the entire world!

We gave our kiddos an extra minute for passing periods and an extra 5 minutes for lunch to ensure nobody got anxious about getting to class on time and that everybody had plenty of time to eat. Word on the street is that the kids didn’t even need the extra time, but as is the case with most things in life, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

To our residents of Smallville, this newsletter is one of your main connections to the goings on here in our hallowed halls, but if ever you need info or have questions before this drops, check out our website. The website should be your one-stop-shop for the majority of campus questions. If it’s content specific info you quest, then send an email to your student’s teacher if it’s not available on their website or via BLEND.

Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders: Much like the kids, you guys have made a smooth transition into the school year in regards to the above. We’re adding more bodies out there to help with the flow, but if you can make sure to adhere to the following, we can make it even safer for our kids:

  • Always have your student exit the passenger side of your vehicle. We can’t have kids exiting into the thoroughfare, so insist they exit curbside.
  • Always move as far forward as possible. Yes, we know your student is right there and it seems silly to drive a few yards farther to meet them, but keep in mind there is usually a queue a few cars deep behind you not expecting a dead stop. Also, it often times make the person behind block the crosswalk, which is a no no.
  • When in doubt, your vehicle should never be on anything painted. Park between the lines, don’t brush up against the curb, and please do not park on the crosswalk.

With your assistance, and our kids’ attentiveness, we can make sure drop off and pick up time is safe for everybody.

Don’t forget to attend the Hello World info meeting on the 28th in our Library. This is a fantastic opportunity for your student to participate in one of the most innovative and STEM-based clubs in all of the USA. We’re excited they are reaching out to us and even more excited they have discounted the typical price for our students. Proof they know who we are and want to work with us.

It’s been smoother than smooth because we expect nothing less. High expectations are what we’re about and we’ve got the skill-set to ensure kids reach them, with your help of course.

As per usual, feel free to send an email or swing on by if ever you have a question or concern

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705

matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal

Schedule Change Deadline

The deadline for schedule changes is Friday, August 23rd.  You can pick up a schedule change form in the counseling office or print it from home by clicking here on the Small Middle School website.  

Schedule changes are possible only under very special circumstances (i.e. inappropriate placement, lack of prerequisites, an error in enrollment, or a scheduling conflict).  We will not honor changes due to students “changing their minds.” 
 
Schedule change forms are due Monday, August 26th no later than 4:00 p.m. Any requests there after will not be honored.  
 
Thank you, 
Small MS Counselors

Back to School Night

Tuesday, September 3rd, at 6:30

Put on your walking shoes and join us for our annual back to school night. This is the night you get to meet all your childs teachers and learn about what classes they are taking. 

Leave your students at home (hopefully cooking dinner, or doing the dishes) and come on down.

Be sure to…

  • Park up the street at Austin Oaks Church
  • Bring a copy of your students schedule or make sure you can access it on the parent cloud. See the Teams Mobile App instructions below.

You will be walking in their foot steps going from class to class. Bus Shuttle to and from Austin Oaks Church starts at 5:15pm 

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Teams Mobile App

WHAT DOES THIS APPLICATION DO?

This is the official mobile app for the TEAMS educational system.
Parents and students that belong to a district supported by TEAMS are able to access their grades, attendance, and other critical educational information. Login can be saved for easy access, and parents can quickly switch between their students.

 
  • Parents can view multiple children’s attendance, report cards, and progress reports from one page
  • Students can view their own attendance, report cards, and progress reports

APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE
FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE AND APPLE APP STORE

Google Play Store App

 GOOGLE PLAY STORE APP

Why Clint Small Middle School?

Last year during a faculty meeting Mr. Sammon (our Assistant Principal) asked all of our teachers and staff to tell us about their why.  
He asked:

  • Why do you teach at Small?
  • Why do you teach our kids? 

Here is the culmination of their words.  We want to share this with our community so you too will know our why and feel confident that we are here to support your kids. 

Orchestra News


Beginning Orchestra Parent meeting is on Tuesday, August 27
6:00 pm   Orchestra Room
Students are encouraged to attend with their parent.




ALL athlete’s/parents, 
Please make sure you have completed the physical packet. 
Turn in the form to the Coaches.

The online portion MUST also be completed prior to any student trying out or participating in any sport.
Go to austinisd.rankonesport.com

Enter your students ID number as it is shown on report card.
Contact info and Signature page need to be completed
Students and parents must sign at the same time.   

Cross Country - Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting in the cafeteria on 
Monday, August 26th 
for parents and guardians interested in having their student participate in cross country this year.  
The first practice will be August 27th. Please plan to attend! 

Parent Band Meeting

Beginning Band Parent & Student Meeting 

Thursday, August 29

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 Students need to attend with their parents!

 
 

Volleyball Schedule - Updated

Football Schedule

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

Cash Online

Hello World

Hello World will be offered at our school for the first time this Fall 2019 as an after-school program! Hello World (https://www.helloworldstudio.org/) is a computer science / coding program comprised of engineers from companies including Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. All courses are taught by professional software engineers, AI architects, and data scientists and are modeled after college computer science courses, particularly those at Rice University, a partnering institution.

To learn more, join Hello World for their Open House + Family Orientation on Wednesday, August 28th @ 4:00pm OR 5:00pm (choose one option) at the Small Middle School Library. 

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ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Athletic Booster club is an important part of Small’s Athletic program. We have been a successful program because of the support we receive. The Booster club provides for equipment to all programs (the district does not provide for some equipment). The Booster club pays the stipends for our C team coaches. Small provides a C team in: Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cougar Running club.

The Booster club is in need of parents to help run the program.

  • Co-Presidents: help with managing the Facebook page, sending out information to parents from Coaches. Overseeing all the fundraisers for the Booster Club
  • Concession lead: help with purchasing items for the concessions and inventor, organizing the concession stand for the games.
  • Homecoming lead: help with organizing the dance. Which includes finding DJ, chaperones, selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.
  • Faculty Games lead: help with selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.

We need HELP with all of the positions. Please contact Coach Hernandez melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org to sign up for a position

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Cougar News – First Week

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
First Week of School!

Upcoming Events

 
  • Tuesday, August 20th – First Day of School
  • Thursday, August 29th – Beginning Band Meeting
  • Monday, September 2nd – Holiday
  • Tuesday, September 3rd – Back to School Night

 

Useful Quick Links

 



Got questions for the new year? 
Check out our Back to School Guide!

Cougar Nation-

We are 3 days away from setting sail on the S.S. Smallville for what is shaping up to be the most joyous voyage imaginable! As the captain of this ship, I know my crew is in tip-top shape as we prepare for any situation whilst at sea. Whether we are to batten down the hatches, or engage at full speed ahead towards the bright horizon of Academia, the experience and skill of my able seamen will ensure the safety of our beloved passengers; your students.

Avast! This one hard metaphor to continue. I hope you will forgive be as I depart it and simply say we are ready. We are trained. We are consummate professionals and cannot wait to greet your student early on Tuesday morning.

Your student’s first class of the day will be PRIDE (advisory) and that is where h/she will receive their schedule. To find out which PRIDE they are to attend, check the color-coded lists (6th Grade Green, 7th Grade Blue, 8th Grade Purple) hanging outside and inside the cafeteria. While they are all getting to know one another in PRIDE, I will be hosting a Java with Joy coffee talk with the PTA in the cafeteria at 8:15 a.m. Please swing on by to hoist a cup and say “howdy” as we start everyone’s best school year off in style.

Make sure your student is waking up early so they can be prepared to hit the ground running next week. Lots to learn, and lots to share, so we need them present, prepped, and prepared for the fun!

Have a great last weekend of summer, and don’t forget to email, call, or even swing by if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal

ALL athlete’s/parents, 
Please make sure you have completed the physical packet. 
Turn in the form to the Coaches.

The online portion MUST also be completed prior to any student trying out or participating in any sport.
Go to austinisd.rankonesport.com

Enter your students ID number as it is shown on report card.
Contact info and Signature page need to be completed
Students and parents must sign at the same time.   

Parent Band Meeting

Beginning Band Parent & Student Meeting 

Thursday, August 29

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 Students need to attend with their parents!

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

Cash Online

Hello World

Hello World will be offered at our school for the first time this Fall 2019 as an after-school program! Hello World (https://www.helloworldstudio.org/) is a computer science / coding program comprised of engineers from companies including Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. All courses are taught by professional software engineers, AI architects, and data scientists and are modeled after college computer science courses, particularly those at Rice University, a partnering institution.

 

To learn more, join Hello World for their Open House + Family Orientation on Wednesday, August 28th @ 4:00pm OR 5:00pm (choose one option) at the Small Middle School Library. 

2019-2020 Volleyball Announcements

 

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS: 3:45-5:30 P.M.

  • 7TH GRADE GIRLS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • 7TH GRADE GIRLS SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL (plan on attending both days)
  • 8TH GRADE GIRLS THIRD DAY OF SCHOOL
  • MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL PACKET COMPLETED AND TURNED INTO COACHES. If you do not have a physical you will not be allowed to tryout.
  • Once teams are chosen, Practices will be held in the morning for ALL 7th grade teams (A,B,C) 6:45 a.m.-8:00a.m.
  • All 8th grade teams (A,B,C) will practice in the afternoons 3:45-5:30

Please email Coach Hernandez with any questions. Melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Athletic Booster club is an important part of Small’s Athletic program. We have been a successful program because of the support we receive. The Booster club provides for equipment to all programs (the district does not provide for some equipment). The Booster club pays the stipends for our C team coaches. Small provides a C team in: Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cougar Running club.

The Booster club is in need of parents to help run the program.

  • Co-Presidents: help with managing the Facebook page, sending out information to parents from Coaches. Overseeing all the fundraisers for the Booster Club
  • Concession lead: help with purchasing items for the concessions and inventor, organizing the concession stand for the games.
  • Homecoming lead: help with organizing the dance. Which includes finding DJ, chaperones, selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.
  • Faculty Games lead: help with selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.

We need HELP with all of the positions. Please contact Coach Hernandez melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org to sign up for a position

Football Tryouts

Here is a list of upcoming football events

Football Parent Meeting:

  • 8/14/19 at 6PM

Football Distribution:

  • Football Equipment Distribution will be held on Thursday, August 15, from 12:00 – 3:30
  • Friday, August 16th, from 10:00 – 3:30.

Football Tryouts:

  • After School starting the first day August 20th.
 

Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
  • Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187

 

Cougar News Back to School

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Welcome Back Edition!

Upcoming Events

 
  • Wednesday, August 14th – Football Parent Meeting
  • Thursday, August 15th – Fast Pass to Success – 6:00 to 7:00 pm
  •  Football Equipment Distribution will be held on Thursday, August 15, from 12:00 – 3:30, and on Friday, August 16th, from 10:00 – 3:30.
  • Tuesday, August 20th – First Day of School
  • Tuesday, September 3rd – Back to School Night
 

See all upcoming calendar events here

 

 

 



Got questions for the new year? 
Check out our Back to School Guide!

Welcome back…sorta. Kinda? Maybe?

Some of you read the above and screamed with excitement, while some of you might have even had a tear well up in your eye when you came to the realization that it was time to send your baby bird back to h/her other nest. I promise not to tell which one you are 🙂

We are stoked for the new year and are gearing up for the teachers’ first day on campus on August 13th and then we’ll all work as one to welcome your fledgling back to the hallowed halls of Smallville on August 20th for what is guaranteed to be the greatest school year of your student’s life! How’s that possible you ask? H/she has already had the greatest school year of their life at Small, so what on Earth can y’all possibly do to make it better?

  • Adequate space! We will have every teacher in a room for the first time in 3 years. No hallway or cafeteria classes and no floating teachers. That’s great news for our staff and great news for your student as the lack of congested hallways and cafeteria should decrease some stressors. The good news is due to our forced creativity in regards to space, we now have some pretty workable learning spaces for kids and staff.
  • 9 Weeks Grading System! That’s right, due to our enrollment to the AISD Transformation Zone we are able to assess our kids with a 9 week calendar instead of the standard 6 week one used by other secondary schools. This allows for more Problem Based Learning activities in classes and increases the make-up and re-assessment window for our kids which should lower our failure and retention rate. We now have the time to actually assess what it is our kids have learned and can provide authentic, timely feedback.
  • CAT Days once a quarter! What’s a CAT Day you ask? CAT (Cougar Adventure Time) Days are opportunities for students to take 2 teacher-created electives with the emphasis on creativity and fun. Our teachers have been tasked with sharing their passion with others in an effort to create an even more-inclusive environment and they are loving the opportunity! Look for classes such as floorball, hiking, YA fiction, knitting, Harry Potter Club, Fantasy Sports, drone basics, and numerous others to come. Our students will spend the first half of the day attending their CAT courses and building relationships in PRIDE and then finish the day with grade-level and/or campus-wide assemblies. It’s our way to celebrate them for doing a great job and making our jobs so enjoyable.
  • Hello World on campus after school! In an effort to continue to provide our kids with the latest and greatest in technology education, we are proud to announce that Hello World will be hosting their after school programs here on campus beginning in September. Hello World has been at the forefront of innovative, STEAM-based education for kids for so many years that it was only a matter of time before we joined forces. They have the same goals we do; to prepare kids for the future jobs in technology in a fun, engaging way that sticks. Please follow the following link to find out more about their program and specific campus info. Make sure to let them know if your student is in Cougar Club to receive 15% off their already reduced rate. Hello World!
  • Fast Pass for 6th grade families! Instead of having one night for parent camp and then another day for 6th grade Passport to Success, we are combining the two to create an evening chopped full of info for 6th grade parent/guardians and students alike: Fast Pass! Students will meet in the cafeteria to receive their schedules (2 copies) and parents will head on up to the gym. While in the cafeteria, kids will learn tips and tricks for middle school success and fill out a “user friendly” version of their schedule. Parents will learn how to help their students safely navigate the middle school world in the gym and then all will be dismissed at 6:45 to meet at their 1st period class. It’s your first middle school test! Once all parties convene, feel free to walk the halls and check out where your student’s classes are and ask questions of our staff who will be there to ably assist. Here is a link to the Fast Pass SlideShow and materials we will be passing out the evening of. Fast Pass!
  • Small is in AISD’s Transformation Zone! You read about it above and no doubt are curious what else it entails, so I’ll break it down for you; we have the ability to be as innovative (within reason) and autonomous from AISD as we want! This being our first year, we’re starting slow with the 9 Weeks Grading System and CAT days, but are open to more awesome ideas. So, if you have ideas about new, innovative programs and/or systems other districts are doing, send them my way. No idea is too big (4 day school week, year-long school, etc…) and no idea is too small.
  • New staff members! We are thankful that we are not only the school of choice for top-notch middle schoolers in and around Austin, but also the school of choice for motivated, master educators as well! We are at the point where we no longer have to recruit the best teachers in Texas…they are blowing up my email just to have an opportunity to work here. Rest assured that each new teacher fits the Smallville model. Meaning, they are relationship builders, SEL coaches, masters of content, and believe that when you teach with the whole child philosophy as your guiding compass, good things are sure to follow. Look for more info about them in the weeks to come.
Those are just a few of the new initiatives that await your student when they throw down that Fornite controller and wake up before 10:00 a.m. for the first time in quite a while on August 20th. We are just as eagerly anticipating their arrival as they are and can’t wait to get to the business of getting down to business. Business here in Smallville means making connections with kids and helping each one of them achieve their own specific version of success, and folks, I’m here to tell you…business is good.
Matthew Nelson Principal Small Middle School (512) 841-6505 @smallprincipal www.smallmiddleschool.org

Teacher Breakfast

What better way to welcome the Teachers back then to feed them?

On Thursday, August 15th, our wonderful PTA is sponsoring a Teacher Breakfast and we are asking for parents to donate items and/or volunteer time to help with the event. 

If you would like to show our teachers how much they are loved, Click here to sign up!

PT-YAY News

Welcome to Small.  

We have an excited Board ready to lead the PTA this year! We will be meeting the 3rd Monday from 8:15 -9:15 AM all are welcome to sit in and hear what is going on. 

 
We will have our 1st General Meeting on the First day of school, 8/20 at 8:15 AM. Join us for coffee, an update from Principal Nelson on the Transformation Zone plans, and to vote on our PTA Budget for this year!
 
Here are the Board Members: Please see the two OPEN positions where we need your help. Contact me for more information at smallpta@gmail.com.

Small PTA 2019-2020
Maria Archuleta: President

Corinna Dougherty: VP Membership
Paradise Taylor: Treasurer
Jennifer Newell: Fundraising 
Daryl Pruett: Parliamentarian  
OPEN: Secretary/Communications
Rebecca Walston: Recognition Chair
Chasee Hudgins: Spirit Items and Cage Sales
Cathy Hoss-Poole: Co Chair Tech Academy Liaison
Carol Willman: Co Chair Tech Academy Liaison
Gina McCool: Green Academy Liaison
OPEN: Dual Language Academy Liaison

Matthew Nelson: Principal
Sara Teel: Teacher Liaison
 
Last year the PTA raised over $30,000 to support our kids and teachers!  We primarily dd this through Splashfest wristband sales and Sponsorships. Money raised goes directly to the teachers and clubs that ran booths so that they do not have to spend their own money making Small the great learning environment it is.
 
Here is how the funds got distributed…
Join us, we need you now more than ever! Join PTA link 
 
Maria Archuleta, mom to twin 8th grade girls
Small PTA President
 

Thanks again!

2019-2020 Volleyball Announcements

 

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS: 3:45-5:30 P.M.

  • 7TH GRADE GIRLS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • 7TH GRADE GIRLS SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL (plan on attending both days)
  • 8TH GRADE GIRLS THIRD DAY OF SCHOOL
  • MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL PACKET COMPLETED AND TURNED INTO COACHES. If you do not have a physical you will not be allowed to tryout.
  • Once teams are chosen, Practices will be held in the morning for ALL 7th grade teams (A,B,C) 6:45 a.m.-8:00a.m.
  • All 8th grade teams (A,B,C) will practice in the afternoons 3:45-5:30

Please email Coach Hernandez with any questions. Melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Athletic Booster club is an important part of Small’s Athletic program. We have been a successful program because of the support we receive. The Booster club provides for equipment to all programs (the district does not provide for some equipment). The Booster club pays the stipends for our C team coaches. Small provides a C team in: Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cougar Running club.

The Booster club is in need of parents to help run the program.

  • Co-Presidents: help with managing the Facebook page, sending out information to parents from Coaches. Overseeing all the fundraisers for the Booster Club
  • Concession lead: help with purchasing items for the concessions and inventor, organizing the concession stand for the games.
  • Homecoming lead: help with organizing the dance. Which includes finding DJ, chaperones, selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.
  • Faculty Games lead: help with selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.

We need HELP with all of the positions. Please contact Coach Hernandez melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org to sign up for a position

Football Tryouts

Here is a list of upcoming football events

Football Parent Meeting:

  • 8/14/19 at 6PM

Football Distribution:

  • Football Equipment Distribution will be held on Thursday, August 15, from 12:00 – 3:30
  • Friday, August 16th, from 10:00 – 3:30.

Football Tryouts:

  • After School starting the first day August 20th.
 

Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
  • Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187

 

2019-2020 School Supplies

School Supplies work a little different in Middle School. The kids will get their school supply lists on their first day of school.
This is because each student takes different electives and every class has different needs. 

We have put together a basic list of supplies that your student will need for their core classes. This way you can go shopping during the summer and hit some good sales. Just know that this is a basic list for your students core classes, they will need more supplies depending on their elective classes. 

Click here for the core classes starter list: 2019-2020 School Supply List

 

Don't feel like shopping? Our CSMS PTA is offering to do the shopping for you...

 
Clint Small Middle School PTA presents…
Our Sprout School Supply Sale for 2019-2020
June 10th – July 8th
Save time and money driving from store-to-store and “go green” by ordering
online this year. Your child’s supply kit includes the exact teacher requested
supplies and ships directly to the school before the first day of class!
Ordering Instructions:
  1. Log onto www.sproutsupplies.com/supplykits and enter CSMS001 
  2. Select the appropriate grade pack. Be sure to choose next year’s grade level.
  3. Pay with a debit or credit card. You will receive an email confirmation once you purchase your child’s kit. 
  4. Order dates: June 10th – July 8 th 
  5. Every kit includes all the exact teacher requested supplies, viewable online. 
  6. Your kit will be delivered directly to Cline Small Middle School in August! 
  1. Questions? Contact Sprout at help@sproutsupplies.com or call 571-403-0899

Thank you for your support! 

Resources

Cougar News Beginning of Summer Edition

What's happening at Small Middle School

Last Week of School!

Residents of Smallville-

What a year it has been! We’ve had way more ups than downs and are now tasking the joy of watching over your middle school student to you and yours. For the next 2 and a half months make sure they read as often as possible, unplug more than they plug in, and speak to them daily about how their day is going and share how your day is going as well. Spend as much time as possible growing and learning together and allow them to sleep later–but go to bed at the same time– and encourage them to connect with their friends in the real world versus one tethered by technology. Once August rolls on in–it will appear in the blink of an eye–start working with them on getting back on the school schedule.

What a gift the summer is and what a gift to be able to spend it with your ever-changing middle school student. In fact, their constant ability to continually change is the main reason why we love working with them so much; we know that as bad as anything is today, they’ll grow out of it…with help from home and school. Some sooner than others, but everyone reaches the status of young-adult eventually, and our job is to keep them motivated and positive until that day comes. We’ve seen a lot of growth this year already, both physically and emotionally, and expect to see more in the years to come. Applaud them for these last 9 months and work with them over the break to build upon this year’s successes for the 2019-2020 school year.

Now, a message solely for the parent/guardians of our 8th grade students. Everybody else, please cease and desist from reading the next paragraph and pick it back up on the second one down. So basically, after you read the word “go,” skip a paragraph and then begin reading on the second one. While you’re doing this, 8th grade families will read the one directly below. Got it? Good. Now “Go.”

You did it! You successfully raised a middle school student through the absolute hardest 3 years of anyone’s life. You took a pre-teen who still believed in the tooth fairy and had a Spongebob lunch box and helped turn him or her into a full-fledged teenager who is now ready to conquer high school and beyond! Spongebob lunch box still in tow. Your kid has matured. Your kid is ready. Your kid has not only survived middle school…they thrived in it! We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you and your student these last 3 years. Your kids came to Small the same year I did, so I feel way more connected to them than I do to the other 2 grade levels and their families, who are not reading this 🙂 We love them, will miss them, and know they will be successful the rest of the way because of you. Thank you.

Now, we should all be back together on this paragraph. 6th, 7th, and 8th. Are we? Good.

We expect more of the same next year in regards to our community, but are making some pretty unique changes due to the fact we are a Transformation Zone School. With the autonomy from AISD we’ve been craving, we will be allowed to do things our way for our kids that is best for them socially emotionally. We will be following a 9 week grading period calendar next year which will allow for more in depth assessment and project-based learning. It should also decrease our failure rate as kids will have more time to turn things in and retest. We will also be combining the STAAR end of year exams to 2 days versus 4, so we gain two full days of instruction. The other program we will be piloting is CAT Days (Cougar Adventure TIme) which will take place once every 9 weeks. During CAT Days, students will take enrichment courses, or attend clubs, based upon their interest in the morning and then celebrating as an entire campus in the afternoon. Teachers are excited to be able to share their passion with kids and connect with them on a different level, and all agree that these are times for exploration and enrichment, not for remediation or intervention. We hope to add more days in the future, but are content to start small and work out the kinks before we take it next level. Regardless, all the above will help strengthen our Cougar Community by ensuring more inclusivity in our classes and by creating new and fun ways to help kids feel connected.

Enjoy your 3 day weekend and then your 2 and a half month weekend immediately after.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal
www.smallmiddleschool.org

Splashfest Thank You!

What a Blast! Splashfest was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who participated and supported our amazing end of year event! Although we did not quite meet our goal! We are very happy with our results. We had more kids than ever come out and we were able to bring in over $28,000!!!! That money will be split up among all of the different clubs and departments that had booths. 

Thanks again!

STEAM Camp

There are still plenty of spots left for this years STEAM Camp! This camp is at Small Middle school and taught by our Small Middle School Teachers!


To Register and get all the information at https://csmssteamcamp.weebly.com/

Click the links below for more details

Wonder & Worries in Spanish
Wonders & Worries FAQs

Austin ISD will be providing FREE breakfast and lunch for children and teens ages 18 and younger at over 50 schools this summer. 

FREE Summer Meal Program Details:

  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals site.
  • No application or identification is needed. Children and teens can simply show up.
  • The summer food program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Food served is healthy and exceeds federal nutrition guidelines.
  • Summer menus can be viewed on SchoolCafe.com.
  • Austin ISD will be closed July 1-5, 2019, meals will not be served at schools during this time. 
  • Location, dates and times subject to change.

 Families are encouraged to use the following tools to find a summer meal site:

Download our mobile app SchoolCafé to access all Food Service needs!

Austin ISD Nutrition & Food Services

512.414.0251

2019-2020 Volleyball Announcements

 

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS: 3:45-5:30 P.M.

  • 7TH GRADE GIRLS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
  • 7TH GRADE GIRLS SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL (plan on attending both days)
  • 8TH GRADE GIRLS THIRD DAY OF SCHOOL
  • MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL PACKET COMPLETED AND TURNED INTO COACHES. If you do not have a physical you will not be allowed to tryout.
  • Once teams are chosen, Practices will be held in the morning for ALL 7th grade teams (A,B,C) 6:45 a.m.-8:00a.m.
  • All 8th grade teams (A,B,C) will practice in the afternoons 3:45-5:30

Please email Coach Hernandez with any questions. Melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Athletic Booster club is an important part of Small’s Athletic program. We have been a successful program because of the support we receive. The Booster club provides for equipment to all programs (the district does not provide for some equipment). The Booster club pays the stipends for our C team coaches. Small provides a C team in: Volleyball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cougar Running club.

The Booster club is in need of parents to help run the program.

  • Co-Presidents: help with managing the Facebook page, sending out information to parents from Coaches. Overseeing all the fundraisers for the Booster Club
  • Concession lead: help with purchasing items for the concessions and inventor, organizing the concession stand for the games.
  • Homecoming lead: help with organizing the dance. Which includes finding DJ, chaperones, selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.
  • Faculty Games lead: help with selling wristbands during all lunches and in the mornings.

We need HELP with all of the positions. Please contact Coach Hernandez melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org to sign up for a position

Attention: Student's Taking Advanced Math Next Year

Dear Parents,
If your child is currently enrolled in Small Middle School’s 6th grade Advanced Math class. For these students, next year’s math class will be determined based on the 6th grade Math STAAR scores. Students will either take 7th grade Advanced Math or Algebra based on those scores.

The criteria for the Algebra class will be determined after STAAR scores are released to the district. This is expected to happen in mid to late June. At that time, if your child meets the criteria for the Algebra class you will be contacted and given the option to place your child in the Algebra class.

To help students prepare for the Algebra class we will be offering a four-day bridge camp from 8am to 12pm Monday through Thursday. Camp will be offered from July 8th to July 11th and August 5th to August 8th. Students would only need to attend one week. Cost of the camp will be $100 to cover the cost of snacks and teachers.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Jenna Garcia
Math Department Chair
jenna.garcia@austinisd.org

Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is open! Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
  • Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187

 

Cougar Transition Camp

Registration is currently being accepted for incoming 5th graders to Join us at our Cougar Camp. This camp is designed to help our future Cougars get comfortable with Small Middle School. 

If your child would like to Join, Click here for more details and Registration

Attention 8th graders going to McCallum next year

Bowie Freshman Soccer Camp

WHEN:
Monday – Thursday
June 3 – June 6

SESSION 1:
Incoming 7 th /8th grade Boys
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. $100.00

SESSION 2:
Incoming 9 th grade Boys
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. $100.00

PURPOSE: 
To introduce campers to the Bowie Soccer Program and develop individual skills and fundamentals of soccer.

LOCATION:
Due to construction at Bowie, Soccer Camp will be held at Austin Sports Academy

Located at 275 Lotus Circle, Austin, TX 78737

Click here for more details and sign up

Bowie Freshman Football Camp

Due to construction at Bowie, the camp will be held at the Tony Burger Stadium/Annex

 

Please drop off at the Tony Burger Annex on Jones Road

 

WHEN:
Wednesday-Friday
July 24-26

FROM:
10:30am- 12:30pm

COST:
$100.00 Per Camper

 

All campers must bring or send a copy of a current physical exam to Coach Ables in order to participate.

Click here for more details and to Sign up

Austin High School

Summer Weight & Speed Camp

For All Sports

Session 1:  June 10-June 27 Session 2:  July 8-25x

 

When:                Monday–Thursday  7-9am (HS Athletes), 9-11am (MS Athletes/Incoming Freshman)

Cost:                     $60 per 3 week session (non-refundable). Checks payable to Austin High School Football.

Location:           Austin High School Weight Room and practice fields.

Click here for all the details and to sign up

 

Austin High Summer Basketball Camp

Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/X8ayt5vNIOKke1re2 

Two ways to pay:
  • https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com search for “Austin High Summer Basketball Camp”, OR
  • Check payable to Austin High School & mail to:  Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez; Austin, Texas 78703 :: C/0 Brad Ingram
The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game.  Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided.  A concession stand will be available for snacks during breaks
 

Welcome to Austin Sunshine Camps!

Since 1928, ASC has been providing life changing camp experiences at no cost to low-income youth and their families. We believe the
campers we serve are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. Through healthy relationships and a sense of
belonging in our safe and caring learning environment, campers achieve success they never thought possible.

Click here for the details and Application

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Cougar News 5/20/19 – 5/24/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Last Week of School!

Cougar Nation-

If you’re like me, you have a weather device on your phone which you consult on a daily to see what’s on the horizon. Now, if you’re as excited and geeked about Splashfest as I am, then you are absolutely refusing to look at it for fear of Monday’s forecast. We will be having Splashfest this Monday, May 20th, come rain (frowny face emoticon) or shine (smiley face emoticon with shades on)! We’ve contingency plans in place, but are relying on the weather bestowing upon our students the gift of good weather to reward them for their exemplary behavior and attitude. Knowing that our kids deserve the best send-off we could possibly give, and ignoring the TV weather reports and apps on our phones, fill us with hope.

STAAR Report: STAAR week is a tough one for a campus as we basically lose 4 days of instruction to the standardized tests. The current model has 33% to 66% of our students testing all 4 days and leads little time in the afternoon for engagement and/or rigor. With so many classes comprising of split grade-levels, it’s near impossible to run a regular schedule with one grade-level while any other grade is testing. Then, once the four hours are over and lunches have been served, we’re left with about an hour and a half of school time and all we want to do then is get our kids moving around and outside as much as possible to cure the cabin fever they’ve been experiencing. One of the moves we plan on making next year as a Transformation Zone is to test all 3 grade levels on the same 2 days–Monday and Tuesday. That way we gain 3 days of classroom instruction. Other school districts follow this format and it makes perfect sense for a school like ours which has combined grades in elective classes, as well as some core, and with our space limitations. More info to follow.

Regardless, thank your student for a successful round of testing. They were well-behaved, respectful of the testing environment, and gave their best effort. That’s all we can ask for and all that is required. Also, be sure to thank a teacher for their hard work as well. Nobody went to college for a teaching degree so they could pace around in a room, actively monitoring, for 4 hours without being allowed to read a book or check their email.

Next week will have lots of events on campus, so make your way to as many as you can.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal
www.smallmiddleschool.org

Splashfest 101

Wristbands, Tickets & Water Proof Lanyards
If you haven’t purchased your tickets and wristbands, You can buy them on-line (discounted) or in person, Before School or  during lunch on Monday, May 20th or at the event.  Your student will need a wristband, additional tickets (for Food and some activities) and some cash (for food vendors) to take full advantage of this event. Buy them and get more details here Best deal is to buy them online. If you buy at the school the price goes up. Online deadline is 3:00 pm on Friday! What you buy online can be picked-up during lunch, or at the event

Pick up wristbands – Your student can pick up their online order during lunch Friday or BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING LUNCH Or AT SPLASHFEST on Monday the 20th!

What to wear:
Swim shirt or T-shirt and shorts, Bathing suits can be worn underneath. We encourage kids to bring water shoes or Flip-flops – And don’t forget sunscreen – Some will be available at the ticket booth. – Bring a towel for the ride home. 

Who can come:
Everyone! We would love to see the whole family there. However, keep an eye on your little ones, the big ones can get a little wild. 

Parent/Sponsor Area:
Please join us to hang out and chat with other parents while the kids run around at Splashfest. We will have music, a mister, available. Located by the north stairs. Hope to see you there!

Volunteer:
All Volunteers will receive a Double Daves Free Large Pizza Coupon for their help. We need lots of help to make this successful. Sign-up here!

Silent Auction is LIVE:
Bidding starts Wednesday and closes at midnight Monday. Click here to find some great deals online – Pick up is next week in the main office

Back Packs:
Ideally you will be here and you can put the backpack in your car, however we will have the backpacks lined up in the 8th grade wing.

How can  you help:
Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer AND we still need lots of Drinks, Cup Cakes and Donuts (glazed only) –  We are also looking to borrow shade tents – If you have one we can borrow, put your name on it and bring it down next week. 

Splashfest
May 20, 2019 3:40 to 7:00 pm

Splashfest is becoming bigger and better everyday!
AND is a week from Monday!!!! 

RAIN OR SHINE, You don’t want to miss this event!
 

Tickets\wristbands are on sale now!

Last year we made over $29,000 with only 600 wristbands sold ($5,000 came from our Silent Auction). Our goal this year is $35,000! Our Silent Auction is bigger and better and we hope will bring in as least $8,000. But the rest of the funds need to come from Wristband and Ticket sales. 

We don’t want to raise the price, so instead we are encouraging more kids to come!
We have added a new option on our order page for families to donate wristband to kids that can’t afford to come.
The PTA is sponsoring 30 wristbands for kids in need, but we would love some financial help so everyone can come and enjoy Splashfest!

Order Today!  Click here to purchase Wristband\Tickets and to donate!

Get in on the fun!!!! We need lot’s of Volunteers, please help us make this day one to remember!!!!!

Sign up here to Volunteer at Splashfest

Get a sneak peak of just some of the Activities and games that will be at Splashfest: 

Splashfest Raffle

Kids can win Raffle tickets by playing the games at Splashfest! They can also purchase some raffle tickets and enter to win one of these amazing prizes the week leading up to the splashfest. 

Purchase online now, or during lunch the week of May 6th

Splashfest On-Line Silent Auction

Is live! Click here to take a look to see what we got... Now that we have more time, we would love more items. Bidding will start at 8 AM on Wednesday May 15th. Final bids are taken at 11:45 pm May 20th. You can pay online or with cash or check at the school next week. 

Still got something to donate? Email Jennifer.newell@austinisd.com by 8 am Wednesday and we can add it in!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED AND WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS AMAZING EVENT!

Splashfest - How you can help!

 

It is not just ESL(SEE BELOW) that is looking for donations for Splashfest. We could also use the following…

  • Whip cream – 20 cans (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – supports ELA
  • Soda, Gatorade, Water bottles – Supports the Art Department
  • Pickles (2 Buckets from Sams Club) – Supports Security
  • Taco Shells  – 2 boxes – supports ESL Dept
  • Popcorn\Popcorn Oil\Popcorn Salt – 1 pack of 13 –  Supports Security
  • Pixi Sticks – 4 Boxes – Supports Dance Dept
  • We would love to borrow your shade tent. It would be great if you can bring it sometime next week.
  • Lot’s and Lot’s  Cupcakes (variety) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports AVID
  • 5 Dozen Fresh Glazed Donuts (no chocolate) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports Cheer
If you can help with any of these items, Please contact Jennifer Newell at jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 

 

Attention: Student's Taking Advanced Math Next Year

Dear Parents,
If your child is currently enrolled in Small Middle School’s 6th grade Advanced Math class. For these students, next year’s math class will be determined based on the 6th grade Math STAAR scores. Students will either take 7th grade Advanced Math or Algebra based on those scores.

The criteria for the Algebra class will be determined after STAAR scores are released to the district. This is expected to happen in mid to late June. At that time, if your child meets the criteria for the Algebra class you will be contacted and given the option to place your child in the Algebra class.

To help students prepare for the Algebra class we will be offering a four-day bridge camp from 8am to 12pm Monday through Thursday. Camp will be offered from July 8th to July 11th and August 5th to August 8th. Students would only need to attend one week. Cost of the camp will be $100 to cover the cost of snacks and teachers.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Jenna Garcia
Math Department Chair
jenna.garcia@austinisd.org

2018-2019 ATHLETIC AWARDS

ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

7TH GRADE:

  • GIADA MCGETTRICK
  • WILLIAM KRISAK-WHITE

8TH GRADE:

  • ELLA LUTZ-CARILLO
  • JESUS MORALES-TUDON

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

7TH GRADE:

  • HAIDEN ANDERSON
  • ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ

8TH GRADE:

  • JORDAN HODGES
  • JESUS MORALES-TUDON

2019 Small Cougar Summer Sports & Conditioning Camp

Location: Small Middle School
Gym 7:00-11:30 a.m.

 

Week 1: June 3-6
Session 1 –7:00 a.m.  -9:00 a.m. focus on conditioning —Cost $25
Session 2—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Volleyball and Boys Football – Cost $95

Week 2: June 10-13
Session 3 –7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
Session 4—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Basketball—Cost $95

Week 3: June 17-20
Session 5--7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning— Cost $25
Session 6— 9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Boys Basketball Cost $95

Week 4—24-27 
7:00a.m.-9:00a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
**NOTE:  If attending ALL sessions:  Cost will be discounted to $200**

 

 REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Download and fill out the application form here,
include the full camp registration fee and mail to:

 

Coach Hernandez/Coach Moore
Small Middle School
4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78749

Please make checks payable to Clint Small Athletics.

NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 24

Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is open! Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
  • Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187

 

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

  • March 8, 2019
    Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
  • March 11, 2019
    Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
  • March 15, 2019
    Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
  • April 18, 2019
    Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
  • Week of May 6, 2019
    Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
  • May 21st
    Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between March 11th – April 14th.

 

Cougar Transition Camp

Registration is currently being accepted for incoming 5th graders to Join us at our Cougar Camp. This camp is designed to help our future Cougars get comfortable with Small Middle School. 

If your child would like to Join, Click here for more details and Registration

Attention 8th graders going to McCallum next year

McCallum HS Transition Camp May 2019

TRANSITION CAMP, FOR RISING NINTH GRADERS, WILL BE ON May 29th & 30th.  YOU AND YOUR STUDENT WILL PICK ONE OF THREE AVAILABLE TRANSITION CAMP SESSIONS TO ATTEND.

“Our goal for transition camp is to provide incoming students an opportunity to get familiar with the McCallum HS Experience before the Fall semester begins.”

To sign up you can:

  1. Call: 512-414-7519- Andrea Rogers
  2. EMAIL: rogers@austinisd.org
  3. go to sign-up genie at : signupgenius.com/go/9040D4EADA629A75-2019

TRANSITION CAMP SESSIONS:

SESSION #1: May 29th, 9:00a-12:00p

SESSION # 2 May 30th, 9:00a-12:00p

SESSION #3: May 30th, 1:00p-4:00p

 

Location: 

McCallum High School – MAC THEATER 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin TX 78756

For a map:    in your web browser, copy and paste:

                                  http://mapq.st/HXTX3v

 

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Rogers at 414-7519.

Bowie Freshman Soccer Camp

WHEN:
Monday – Thursday
June 3 – June 6

SESSION 1:
Incoming 7 th /8th grade Boys
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. $100.00

SESSION 2:
Incoming 9 th grade Boys
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. $100.00

PURPOSE: 
To introduce campers to the Bowie Soccer Program and develop individual skills and fundamentals of soccer.

LOCATION:
Due to construction at Bowie, Soccer Camp will be held at Austin Sports Academy

Located at 275 Lotus Circle, Austin, TX 78737

Click here for more details and sign up

Bowie Freshman Football Camp

Due to construction at Bowie, the camp will be held at the Tony Burger Stadium/Annex

 

Please drop off at the Tony Burger Annex on Jones Road

 

WHEN:
Wednesday-Friday
July 24-26

FROM:
10:30am- 12:30pm

COST:
$100.00 Per Camper

 

All campers must bring or send a copy of a current physical exam to Coach Ables in order to participate.

Click here for more details and to Sign up

Austin High School

Summer Weight & Speed Camp

For All Sports

Session 1:  June 10-June 27 Session 2:  July 8-25x

 

When:                Monday–Thursday  7-9am (HS Athletes), 9-11am (MS Athletes/Incoming Freshman)

Cost:                     $60 per 3 week session (non-refundable). Checks payable to Austin High School Football.

Location:           Austin High School Weight Room and practice fields.

Click here for all the details and to sign up

 

Austin High Summer Basketball Camp

Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/X8ayt5vNIOKke1re2 

Two ways to pay:
  • https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com search for “Austin High Summer Basketball Camp”, OR
  • Check payable to Austin High School & mail to:  Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez; Austin, Texas 78703 :: C/0 Brad Ingram
The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game.  Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided.  A concession stand will be available for snacks during breaks
 

Welcome to Austin Sunshine Camps!

Since 1928, ASC has been providing life changing camp experiences at no cost to low-income youth and their families. We believe the
campers we serve are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. Through healthy relationships and a sense of
belonging in our safe and caring learning environment, campers achieve success they never thought possible.

Click here for the details and Application

Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Cougar News 5/06/19 – 5/10/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of May 6, 2019 – May 10, 2019

Cougars-

We here in Smallville pride ourselves on being a family. As a family we get to share in our accomplishments and also get to experience loss with one another as well. We are most fortunate that the celebrations outnumber the setbacks and that the opportunities to come together as one are typically festive. The loss our community experienced this week only clarified how strong our family is. The support for one another was evident in each part of the day and we are thankful for the resiliency of our students and staff for being able to make it through these last two days for each other.

I am proud of every member of our Smallville family for being Rocks of Gibraltar and am thankful for the care and comfort provided for all during this time of sorrow. We are so appreciative of the small amount of time we got to spend with Ms. Komnick and are all far better for having worked with her. She loved teaching middle school and wanted nothing more in life than to teach kids to appreciate science. As I told her classes, not many people choose to teach to this grade level, especially those who were as well-schooled and certified as she was, but she made the effort to work with the level of student so they could be better prepared in high school and beyond. Her job was not to get our kids to love science, but rather not to be afraid of it. She was a very important piece of our Smallville puzzle and we will miss her dearly.

As soon as we have information in regards to services we will make sure to let you know.

Now for the celebration piece of being a family:

Splashfest 2019! On Friday, May 10th, make sure to head to our Backyard to be a part of the best carnival Southwest Austin has to offer! We are so excited about this fundraiser because it is all about being festive and enjoying your Cougar Community. We have parents and guardians participating, teachers running booths, kids riding rides, and food vendors on hand, all to make sure everyone has a good time. This being the 4th year we’ve done it, we’ve got it all figured out, and the activities and games we have going on are going to be epic! Make sure your student buys a wristband online this weekend (discounted) and then you yourself can bid on any one, or all, of the amazing prize packages we have in our ON-LINE silent auction. How good are this year’s crop of items to bid on? Let’s just say I’ve seen a preview and am already planning a hostile takeover bid of the Hill Country Hideaway package that can house 28 people. Whether bidding against me, or trying to dunk me in the tank for the 4:00 shift, I hope to see as many of y’all out there as possible.

Further celebrations: This week we were honored to have the work of one of our teachers, Dr. Mark Cunningham, published in The Atlantic. After the passing of director John Singleton on Monday, the magazine reached out to Dr. Cunningham to write an article about him. His name was known to them as he profiled the famous director in his doctoral thesis. For your convenience, the article is attached. Dr. Cunningham article

Stay dry this weekend and may the 4th be with you. Always.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal
www.smallmiddleschool.org

Splashfest 101

Wristbands, Tickets & Water Proof Lanyards
If you haven’t purchased your tickets and wristbands, You can buy them on-line or in person during lunch Wed, Thursday or Friday this week, or at the event.  Your student will need a wristband, additional tickets (for Food and some activities) and some cash (for food vendors) to take full advantage of this event. Buy them and get more details here Best deal is to buy them online. If you buy at the school the price goes up. Online deadline is 3:00 pm on Thursday! What you buy online can be picked-up during lunch, or at the event

Pick up wristbands – Your student can pick up their online order during lunch Wednesday – Friday, or at splashfest at the Ticket booth. 

What to wear:
Swim shirt or T-shirt and shorts, Bathing suits can be worn underneath. We encourage kids to bring water shoes or Flip-flops – And don’t forget sunscreen – Some will be available at the ticket booth.

Who can come:
Everyone! We would love to see the whole family there. However, keep an eye on your little ones, the big ones can get a little wild. 

Parent/Sponsor Area:
Please join us to hang out and chat with other parents while the kids run around at Splashfest. We will have music, a mister, available. Located by the north stairs. Hope to see you there!

Volunteer:
All Volunteers will receive a Double Daves Free Large Pizza Coupon for their help. We need lots of help to make this successful. Sign-up here!

Silent Auction is LIVE:
Bidding starts Wednesday and closes at midnight Friday. Click here to find some great deals online – Pick up is next week in the main office

Back Packs:
Ideally you will be here and you can put the backpack in your car, however we will have the backpacks lined up in the 8th grade wing.

How can  you help:
Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer AND we still need lots of Drinks, Cup Cakes and Donuts (glazed only) –  If you can pick some up and drop it in the office this week, that would be great!

Splashfest
May 10, 2019 3:40 to 7:00 pm

Splashfest is becoming bigger and better everyday!
AND is THIS FRIDAY!!!! 

RAIN OR SHINE, You don’t want to miss this event!
 

Tickets\wristbands are on sale now!

Last year we made over $29,000 with only 600 wristbands sold ($5,000 came from our Silent Auction). Our goal this year is $35,000! Our Silent Auction is bigger and better and we hope will bring in as least $8,000. But the rest of the funds need to come from Wristband and Ticket sales. 

We don’t want to raise the price, so instead we are encouraging more kids to come!
We have added a new option on our order page for families to donate wristband to kids that can’t afford to come.
The PTA is sponsoring 30 wristbands for kids in need, but we would love some financial help so everyone can come and enjoy Splashfest!

Order Today!  Click here to purchase Wristband\Tickets and to donate!

Get in on the fun!!!! We need lot’s of Volunteers, please help us make this day one to remember!!!!!

Sign up here to Volunteer at Splashfest

Get a sneak peak of just some of the Activities and games that will be at Splashfest: 

Splashfest Raffle

Kids can win Raffle tickets by playing the games at Splashfest! They can also purchase some raffle tickets and enter to win one of these amazing prizes the week leading up to the splashfest. 

Purchase online now, or during lunch the week of May 6th

Splashfest On-Line Silent Auction

Is live! Click here to take a look to see what we got... More stuff will be added soon, then bidding starts at 8 AM on Wednesday. Final bids are taken at 11:45 pm May 10th. You can pay online or with cash or check at the school next week. 

Still got something to donate? Email Jennifer.newell@gmail.com by 8 am Wednesday and we can add it in!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED AND WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS AMAZING EVENT!

Splashfest - How you can help!

 

It is not just ESL(SEE BELOW) that is looking for donations for Splashfest. We could also use the following…

  • Whip cream – 20 cans (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – supports ELA
  • Soda, Gatorade, Water bottles – Supports the Art Department
  • Pickles (2 Buckets from Sams Club) – Supports Security
  • Taco Shells  – 2 boxes – supports ESL Dept
  • Popcorn\Popcorn Oil\Popcorn Salt – 1 pack of 13 –  Supports Security
  • Pixi Sticks – 4 Boxes – Supports Dance Dept
  • Lot’s and Lot’s  Cupcakes (variety) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports AVID
  • 5 Dozen Fresh Glazed Donuts (no chocolate) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports Cheer
If you can help with any of these items, Please contact Jennifer Newell at jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 

 

Attention 8th graders going to Bowie:

Bowie High School is pleased to invite all incoming Freshmen to participate in Camp Bowie Express on Saturday, May 18th. Camp Bowie Express will offer, at no cost to the student, an abbreviated version of its transition to high school experience. New freshmen can choose one of two sessions (8:30-11:30AM or 12:30-3:30PM) during which they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some of our Bowie traditions, hear from current students about how to be successful in high school, meet students from other middle schools, and more! Just use the link below to register!
 
 
Students unable to attend Camp Bowie Express on May 18th can also use the registration link to sign up for a campus tour in August or add their name to a waiting list in case an additional Camp Bowie Express session is added on another date. The link can also be used to order the official Class of 2023 t-shirt to be distributed at Camp Bowie Express. Please contact Patricia Maney (patricia.maney@austinisd.org) with questions.
 

ATHLETICS AWARDS CEREMONY:

MAY 7 6:00-7:30 in the gym.

All athletes who completed a season will be recognized.

Individual awards and Academic Athlete and Athlete of the Year will be announced.

Please wear your Sunday Best.  

2019 Small Cougar Summer Sports & Conditioning Camp

Location: Small Middle School
Gym 7:00-11:30 a.m.

 

Week 1: June 3-6
Session 1 –7:00 a.m.  -9:00 a.m. focus on conditioning —Cost $25
Session 2—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Volleyball and Boys Football – Cost $95

Week 2: June 10-13
Session 3 –7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
Session 4—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Basketball—Cost $95

Week 3: June 17-20
Session 5--7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning— Cost $25
Session 6— 9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Boys Basketball Cost $95

Week 4—24-27 
7:00a.m.-9:00a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
**NOTE:  If attending ALL sessions:  Cost will be discounted to $200**

 

 REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Download and fill out the application form here,
include the full camp registration fee and mail to:

 

Coach Hernandez/Coach Moore
Small Middle School
4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78749

Please make checks payable to Clint Small Athletics.

NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 24

Social Emotional Learning

STAAR Testing this week 
 
 

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Congratulations to these Small Cougars who received State Recognition for their performance on the
Duke Talent Identification Search SAT!  

Grant Barden, Alec Gosewehr, Jax Latham and Dillon Stover   

Parents of current 6th graders, keep your kiddo’s STAAR scores handy and read the Cougar News in September for a link to register for next year’s Duke TiP test.

We are proud of their academic achievement!

 
 

Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is open! Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
  • Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187

 

 

The final mountain bike championship race for the South Austin Composite Team occurred this past weekend and Small Cougars ‘represented’ well.  It was at Rock Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX.  

 Ethan Doucette took home the 1st place spot for the 8th graders, while Beckett Sharp took home 7th place for the 7th graders.  Their placings across all races this year garnered them overall standings.  Ethan kept his 1st place in the 8th grade out of 62 racers; and Beckett was 6th overall in the 7th grade out of 71 racers.  As a result of these placings, Cougars and their girl and boy teammates from across South Austin, captured 2nd place overall for middle schools across Texas.

 If you have any questions about the team, please contact me, Gretchen Doucette at 512-656-9301.

 

Great Thinkers

Let the fun and games continue!

We will meet in Room 204
March 7
March 14
April 4
April 11
April 25 

Our last meeting will be the Field Trip, May 2.  Look for an email regarding this event soon!

May 10 will be the carnival.  All participants in Great Thinkers need to have at least 1 adult from their family commit to one hour of working our carnival booth!   Questions?  email christie.manners@austinisd.org

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

  • March 8, 2019
    Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
  • March 11, 2019
    Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
  • March 15, 2019
    Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
  • April 18, 2019
    Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
  • Week of May 6, 2019
    Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
  • May 21st
    Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between March 11th – April 14th.

 

Cougar Transition Camp

Registration is currently being accepted for incoming 5th graders to Join us at our Cougar Camp. This camp is designed to help our future Cougars get comfortable with Small Middle School. 

If your child would like to Join, Click here for more details and Registration

McCallum HS Transition Camp May 2019

TRANSITION CAMP, FOR RISING NINTH GRADERS, WILL BE ON May 29th & 30th.  YOU AND YOUR STUDENT WILL PICK ONE OF THREE AVAILABLE TRANSITION CAMP SESSIONS TO ATTEND.

“Our goal for transition camp is to provide incoming students an opportunity to get familiar with the McCallum HS Experience before the Fall semester begins.”

To sign up you can:

  1. Call: 512-414-7519- Andrea Rogers
  2. EMAIL: rogers@austinisd.org
  3. go to sign-up genie at : signupgenius.com/go/9040D4EADA629A75-2019

TRANSITION CAMP SESSIONS:

SESSION #1: May 29th, 9:00a-12:00p

SESSION # 2 May 30th, 9:00a-12:00p

SESSION #3: May 30th, 1:00p-4:00p

 

Location: 

McCallum High School – MAC THEATER 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin TX 78756

For a map:    in your web browser, copy and paste:

                                  http://mapq.st/HXTX3v

 

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Rogers at 414-7519.

Bowie Freshman Soccer Camp

WHEN:
Monday – Thursday
June 3 – June 6

SESSION 1:
Incoming 7 th /8th grade Boys
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. $100.00

SESSION 2:
Incoming 9 th grade Boys
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. $100.00

PURPOSE: 
To introduce campers to the Bowie Soccer Program and develop individual skills and fundamentals of soccer.

LOCATION:
Due to construction at Bowie, Soccer Camp will be held at Austin Sports Academy

Located at 275 Lotus Circle, Austin, TX 78737

Click here for more details and sign up

Bowie Freshman Football Camp

Due to construction at Bowie, the camp will be held at the Tony Burger Stadium/Annex

 

Please drop off at the Tony Burger Annex on Jones Road

 

WHEN:
Wednesday-Friday
July 24-26

FROM:
10:30am- 12:30pm

COST:
$100.00 Per Camper

 

All campers must bring or send a copy of a current physical exam to Coach Ables in order to participate.

Click here for more details and to Sign up

Austin High School

Summer Weight & Speed Camp

For All Sports

Session 1:  June 10-June 27 Session 2:  July 8-25x

 

When:                Monday–Thursday  7-9am (HS Athletes), 9-11am (MS Athletes/Incoming Freshman)

Cost:                     $60 per 3 week session (non-refundable). Checks payable to Austin High School Football.

Location:           Austin High School Weight Room and practice fields.

Click here for all the details and to sign up

 

Austin High Summer Basketball Camp

Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/X8ayt5vNIOKke1re2 

Two ways to pay:
  • https://austinisd.schoolcashonline.com search for “Austin High Summer Basketball Camp”, OR
  • Check payable to Austin High School & mail to:  Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez; Austin, Texas 78703 :: C/0 Brad Ingram
The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game.  Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided.  A concession stand will be available for snacks during breaks
 

Welcome to Austin Sunshine Camps!

Since 1928, ASC has been providing life changing camp experiences at no cost to low-income youth and their families. We believe the
campers we serve are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. Through healthy relationships and a sense of
belonging in our safe and caring learning environment, campers achieve success they never thought possible.

Click here for the details and Application

Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Cougar News 4/29/19 – 5/3/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of April 29, 2019 – May 3, 2019

Cougar Nation-

On Good Friday, we had a Great Friday here in Smallville as all faculty and staff participated in a full day of TBRI training. TBRI stands for Trust-Based Relationship Intervention and is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. TBRI has been applied in orphanages, courts, residential treatment facilities, group homes, foster and adoptive homes, churches, and schools. We’re excited to discover these techniques and place them in our collective tool-belts as they will benefit each and every student on our campus.

With a training as important as this one is, we made sure that all of our staff participated. Our office staff is one of the best in Central Texas and most often are the first person our students encounter when they are revved up or feeling low, so it’s imperative our staff knows what signs to look for and has a relationship with the student in order to best serve them. We all believe that when a child is acting out, it’s not a matter of will, but more so a lack of skill causing the behavior. Our job is to work with the student to make sure h/her needs are met and they feel we are indeed listening to them. Then, our job is to work with them to devise a plan to make it through the hour/class/day/week. Several of our parents in the training felt it was also impactful for dealing with their child on a daily basis. So much so, we are looking to see if there’s a TBRI training we can offer our community in the near future.

The belief that when a student acts out it is due to a lack of skill and not will is what allows us as educators to face the task of working with middle schoolers on a daily basis. We firmly believe that all students wish to do well and want to be successful; it’s just sometimes they do not have the necessary tools in their belt to allow them to do so. Our job is to provide them with ways to handle frustration, to teach them how to seek help from others, and to provide them with communication techniques which will allow them to be heard. Much like the Zen belief that there is no such thing as a bad tree–only lack of water, sun, or fertile soil–we feel the same about our kids. All kids are good and want to be good; we merely need to adjust the soil, sun, and water we provide.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal
www.smallmiddleschool.org

Splashfest
May 10, 2019 3:40 to 7:00 pm

Splashfest is becoming bigger and better everyday!
AND is only 2 weeks away!

Tickets\wristbands are on sale now!

Last year we made over $29,000 with only 600 wristbands sold ($5,000 came from our Silent Auction). Our goal this year is $35,000! Our Silent Auction is bigger and better and we hope will bring in as least $8,000 (more details to come next newsletter). But the rest of the funds need to come from Wristband and Ticket sales.
We don’t want to raise the price, so instead we are encouraging more kids to come!
We have added a new option on our order page for families to donate wristband to kids that can’t afford to come.
The PTA is sponsoring 30 wristbands for kids in need, but we would love some financial help so everyone can come and enjoy Splashfest!

Order Today!  Click here to purchase Wristband\Tickets and to donate!

Get in on the fun!!!! We need lot’s of Volunteers, please help us make this day one to remember!!!!!

Sign up here to Volunteer at Splashfest

Get a sneak peak of just some of the Activities and games that will be at Splashfest: 

Splashfest Raffle

Kids can win Raffle tickets by playing the games at Splashfest! They can also purchase some raffle tickets and enter to win one of these amazing prizes the week leading up to the splashfest. 

Purchase online now, or during lunch the week of May 6th

Splashfest On-Line Silent Auction

Silent Auction is still in the process of being built, so I don’t have pictures yet,  but so far we have at least a total of $15,000 worth amazing items that we will be auctioning off. We will send a special mid week e-mail with more details and let you know when you can start previewing the items. Remember that this auction is done all on-line from the comfort of you home or office. We will open it live May 6th, Bidding ends at midnight on May 10th. Winning items can be picked up Starting Monday, May 13th. Good luck on getting the best deals on some outstanding items. 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED AND WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS AMAZING EVENT!

Splashfest - How you can help!

 

It is not just ESL(SEE BELOW) that is looking for donations for Splashfest. We could also use the following…

  • Whip cream – 20 cans (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – supports ELA
  • Soda, Gatorade, Water bottles – Supports the Art Department
  • Pickles (2 Buckets from Sams Club) – Supports Security
  • Taco Shells  – 2 boxes – supports ESL Dept
  • Popcorn\Popcorn Oil\Popcorn Salt – 1 pack of 13 –  Supports Security
  • Pixi Sticks – 4 Boxes – Supports Dance Dept
  • Lot’s and Lot’s  Cupcakes (variety) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports AVID
  • 5 Dozen Fresh Glazed Donuts (no chocolate) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports Cheer
If you can help with any of these items, Please contact Jennifer Newell at jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 

 

ATHLETICS AWARDS CEREMONY:

MAY 7 6:00-7:30 in the gym.

All athletes who completed a season will be recognized.

Individual awards and Academic Athlete and Athlete of the Year will be announced.

Please wear your Sunday Best.  

2019 Small Cougar Summer Sports & Conditioning Camp

Location: Small Middle School
Gym 7:00-11:30 a.m.

 

Week 1: June 3-6
Session 1 –7:00 a.m.  -9:00 a.m. focus on conditioning —Cost $25
Session 2—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Volleyball and Boys Football – Cost $95

Week 2: June 10-13
Session 3 –7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
Session 4—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Basketball—Cost $95

Week 3: June 17-20
Session 5--7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning— Cost $25
Session 6— 9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Boys Basketball Cost $95

Week 4—24-27 
7:00a.m.-9:00a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
**NOTE:  If attending ALL sessions:  Cost will be discounted to $200**

 

 REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Download and fill out the application form here,
include the full camp registration fee and mail to:

 

Coach Hernandez/Coach Moore
Small Middle School
4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78749

Please make checks payable to Clint Small Athletics.

NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 24

Social Emotional Learning

This week in SEL we will be talking about gratitude. Students will define gratitude and then share one thing that they are grateful for to later contribute to a larger class discussion.
  
Our mindful moments are in the form of would you rather questions this week. We are working our way to testing and keeping things light while continuing to learn about each other.
 
Monday: Would you rather be friends with superman or batman?
Wednesday: Would you rather be an Olympic Athlete or the President?
Friday: Would you rather read minds or be invisible?
 
 
 
 

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Congratulations to these Small Cougars who received State Recognition for their performance on the
Duke Talent Identification Search SAT!  

Grant Barden, Alec Gosewehr, Jax Latham and Dillon Stover   

Parents of current 6th graders, keep your kiddo’s STAAR scores handy and read