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Cougar News – 6/1/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
First week of Summer!
Last Newsletter for this year.

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We did it, Smallville, we did it!

What we did wasn’t what we set out to do, and how it was done, looked nothing like it did before. Regardless, we veni vidi vici’ed the heck out of this school year!

Our students traded in congested halls and close to 8 hours of social time for home learning and independent assignments. They were forced to forgo learning in the fun, social, problem-based way Small specializes in and were required to create their own work schedule and complete their assignments when they had time; no bells dictating their movements. They grew in independence, maturity, and garnered more responsibility during this time than we ever imagined. They helped around the house and took on new duties as their first goal became survival while the role of student took a backseat. Along the way they hopefully learned lessons in self-sufficiency we hope they don’t soon forget.

The test was given to us on March 13th and it was not multiple choice. There were not 4 answers to choose from, 2 of which we knew for a fact weren’t correct, and there wasn’t a proctor keeping track of how much time was left nor reminding us to just “try your best.” Nay, this test is still evolving before our eyes and we will not know our scores for many months. However, unlike the standardized tests education pushes upon us which give us a great post mortem report on what we could have done better, this test does not close a chapter of learning; it opens several.

This test better prepares us for what lies ahead and makes all of us pare down and concentrate on what is indeed the most vital and important. This test builds us up through fostering grit and self-advocacy. This test is one we will look back upon when we find ourselves using the newfound strength it produced. This test is one nary a one of us signed up for, but all of us are taking it seriously and putting forth every ounce of energy and intention into passing it. This test is not taken pass/fail. This test has to be, and will be. passed by all of us.

Your students have passed the test.

You have passed the test.

We have passed the test.

Now, we set our sights on the next test put forth before us with a new determination, for we now have unbridled confidence.

Whenever or however school begins again, I have faith in our kids, our staff, and in you. Whether we meet as one as a collective, in staggered shifts, online, or at 25% capacity, we all will learn, grow, and flourish together.

Before I bid you adieu for a couple of weeks, I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to an entity that helped us all pass this test with flying colors: our PTA.

Our PTA has always been one to lend a hand to those in need and provide support wherever it is needed, and the fact we were learning from home did little to diminish their giving ways. The 8th grade promotion, in which we had close to 300 cars attend, was made possible by their generous donation and help. Prior to that, the PTA made sure that every staff member in Smallville (teacher, TA, nurse, counselor, etc…) received an Amazon gift card for teacher appreciation week and even donated over $1,000 to help feed members of our community. All this was done because it was the right thing to do and our PTA has a penchant for doing that…especially when our community is in need.

One last word on the 8th grade promotion and the incredible staff we have here in Smallville. As I mentioned, we had close to 300 cars promenading through the parking lot on Friday and we loved being able to say goodbye to our students and their families, both of whom will still be a part of our family forever. As for staffing at the event, we did not require any teachers to be there and went into the day with a lean, mean group of 8 to handle all aspects of the drive-through. By 8:30 a.m. we had over 35 staff members there not only volunteering to help, but more so wanting to make sure our students received the respect of a farewell that was 3 years in the making. Our teachers lined up to wave goodbye and share a laugh and a smile with our new high-schoolers one last time because that was the right thing to do.

As the school year gently fades into summer, then transitions to August before you can blink, make sure you impart upon your student to always do the right thing. If they ask how they will know whether or not it’s the right thing to do, tell them that if they have to ask, it isn’t. Tell them life has a simple formula to follow; decide what the right thing to do is, then act.

Nothing but success will surely follow.

Excelsior!

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

8th Grade Zoom Promotion Ceremony

Car Hop Certificate Pick-up

Chromebook Return/Repair over Summer

Band Items:  Shirts
Non Band Items:   Caps, Masks, shorts


A donation will be made to the Austin Creative Alliance Emergency Covid fund for each item purchased.   (This is not a band fundraiser)

  • There are kid sizes for the band t shirt. Scroll past all the adult sizes to select.
  • Sale ends June 9
  • All items shipped to the customer.
  • At this time, band students are not required to own any of these items.
  • Several items are non band related as well.

STORE LINK

Be a part of our PTA

Hi there Small Families,
 
I can’t believe the school year is over.  It has been wonderful being your PTA President, working with the fabulous team at Small to bring fun events and respond to student needs as a community.  We have been able to support the school with needed supplies, appreciation events and fundraisers so that Mr. Nelson’s team can remain agile to help our students and families. My girls are off to high school next year and I will miss this community immensely!
 
Because Covid 19 caught us by surprise, we were unable to finalize the PTA Board for next year.  We still have openings for the positions below:
 
Would one of you like to volunteer? None of them are a lot of work and it is great to be at the decision making table! Each of us in the current position will mentor you to help you do the job).
 
2020-2021 Board
  • PTA President> Open
  • Vice President Membership> Corina Dougherty
  • Treasurer> Open
  • Secretary> Sara Rogers Smith
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation> Open
  • Parliamentarian> Open
  • Cougar Cage/Spirit> Chasee Chappell Hudgins
 
Reconciliation Committee: 3 Positions Open – 4 hours total in July
 
We hope to finalize our Board and Budget by June 15h at our last General Meeting of the year. If you would like a link to the zoom meeting, please email Jennifer.Newell@austinisd.org.
 
Reach out to me or Jennifer Newell if you are interested (please, please, please)!
 
 
Maria Alena 
Archuleta-Skelley
512-680-5933
 
Jennifer Newell
 
AGENDA
Monday, June 15th
12:00  Review 2019-2020 Accomplishments
12:10  Vote on Budget
12:20  Vote on Board
Open Discussion
 

Cougar Athletics Slideshow

The coaches and the amazing Mr. Shoptaw and his journalism classes have put together this slide show commemorating and celebrating the year in Cougar Sports. 

Please click the above link to see some of the wonderful things our student-athletes accomplished this school year. Click here for a word from our coaches. 

Yearbook Update

Due to Covid-19 our Yearbook printing has been delayed. Once they get the facility back up and running and they print our yearbooks, we will let you know when we have them and when you can come pick it up. 

We will most likely have a yearbook drive up at the school sometime in July. 

If you have any yearbook questions, please email Mr. Shoptaw at Thomas.shoptaw@austinisd.org

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Online Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year!

 

For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system. Please visit my.austinisd.org to create a Parent Cloud Account. Visit https://teams.austinisd.org/registration/#!login to Register Online.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187 or parenttechsupport@austinisd.org

For all other registration questions, contact

Giovana McGettrick 512-841-6710 or giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org

School Supplies

We do not have school supply lists for next year yet. Each teacher will have their own set of supplies they will require. Since you won’t know what teachers you have yet, you won’t be able to buy your supplies until school starts again.

But, if you see a good sale, feel free to stock up on the basics you will need…

Pencils, Sharpeners, Pens, Spirals Composition books, highlighters and Glue Sticks are all a safe bet. If you see them on sale this summer grab them, you will need them. 

School supplies are to be left at home and the student is to restock as needed to keep what they need in their backpack.

Except Tissue and Hand Sanitizer –  we need a lot of that all year long.  

If you have any school supply questions, email Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 

Girls Constrution Camp

Camp NAWIC is a FREE summer day camp, for girls going into 6th – 9th grade, that will teach them the basic skills of carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and more. This camp is designed to challenge students to discover the many opportunities available in construction. Our hope for this camp is that we will be bringing new light to careers for girls/women in construction through hands on training and mentorship.

Check us out in the news from our 2019 camp!:
https://www.kxan.com/news/new-austin-camp-encourages-girls-to-consider-construction-careers/

Applications can be found here –
https://ryancompanies.box.com/s/atrz6d5hfxaebs1nuiua4ge5nibkn5rt

Living Room Library for 5/26/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Animal Fund

“Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help care for our animals at Small Middle School. Because our fundraisers were canceled by the Covid-19 shutdown, the balance on our livestock feed account is dangerously low.  If you are able to donate, please log into our school payment system.  Thank you.”
 

Remote Fantasy Workshop (Summer 2020)

Provided by an avid fantasy hobbyist, this unique course will include multiple outlets for your creativity and problem-solving skills. Working live with the instructor and classmates provides everyone the chance for immediate constructive feedback as you work. Beginners and experienced students of all ages are welcome.Learn and improve sketching basics, modeling techniques, world and gameplay design as well as the option of playing an extended game of Dungeons and Dragons. 

 

Mr. Jeansonne is an experienced teacher and artist who brings three decades of science and aesthetics to the experience. 

 

This will be a real workshop experience with the opportunity to engage with others, share work, and receive 1:1 instructor feedback both during classtime and/or privately.

 

Included daily topics include:

  • Pencil drawing fantasy characters and creatures
  • Figure modelling (make your own miniatures!)
  • Character building and fantasy world design- mapping and creative writing
  • Collaboration
  • Gameplay – if desired, there will be the option of getting involved in a Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition) game. This will take significantly more time, so will be offered up to twice a week, depending on interest
  • Tailored activities and time frames to suit the interests and priorities of the class members

 

Fee: $100 per household includes 8 days (tbd) of instruction – 2 hours per class minimum.

 

A complete list of materials needed and a questionnaire considering dates and times will be sent individually to those interested.

 

Subject to change

dates and times of classes (according to the needs of participants

Classes will need a minimum of 8-10 /”customers” to begin. 

Gameplay (up to 2 times per week) based on number of interested players (ages 11 to 100 – special requests considered) . This game is such a great way to get interesting social interaction, I highly recommend it.

Possible subsequent sessions and/or extended sessions based on interest.

 

Contact jkjeansonne@yahoo.com or PM Jack Jeansonne on Facebook

Produce Delivery

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

an emergency grocery delivery service for people at-risk of severe COVID-19 infection

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Cougar News – 5/26/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 5/26/20 – 5/28/2020

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Let the wild rumpus start!

Next week is all about celebrations. We typically spend the last few weeks of school celebrating 9 months of excellence, and this next week will be no exception. In fact, if ever a student or parent/guardian deserved a celebration, it is our community. We’ve been on lock-down in one form or another since March 13th and for over 2 and a half months we have been practicing social distancing, self-quarantining, isolating from those not in our family, all the while learning/working/surviving from home. If ever there was a reason to celebrate, it is now, and if ever there were a group of kids to honor, it is the Smallville faithful.

6th Grade: On Tuesday, 6th grade students will follow their schedule and check in for about 10 minutes of each class to say goodbye to teachers and friends via Zoom. Their teachers have sent out the BLEND announcements with Zoom info and we hope as many as possible can attend. First period starts at 10:00 a.m. and we should get through all of them by noon.

House Arrest Book Club Town Hall: Also on Tuesday, we will be hosting our campus-wide book club meeting with the author of House Arrest, KA Holt, at 1:30 p.m. We are so fortunate to not only get to read this extremely topical story, but also be able to hear from the author as to how she came to create this world we’ve all been experiencing this last month. We are so excited to be able to share this work with all three grade levels and staff and hope as many folks as possible make it to the Town Hall this week. For Zoom meeting information, please send an email to jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: On Thursday at 11:00 a.m. we want to honor and celebrate our 8th grade class live via Zoom. This is not only the largest class in the history of Small Middle School, but also the most heralded, best behaved, and coolest class ever to grade our hallowed halls. The event will last about an hour and is open to all 8th grade students. Please make sure that we only have one Zoom invite per household since we are limited to how many spots we can have during this virtual assembly. If you cannot make it at that time, not to worry; we’ll be recording the entire affair and get it sent out later in the day. For information about the Zoom ID and Password, please see the details below.

8th Grade Diploma Drive-Through: On Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, teachers, counselors, and admin will be handing out students’ promotion certificates and other assorted items via packets on campus. Please adhere to the following schedule and make sure to write your student’s Last Name and First Name BIG on a piece of paper and place it on your dashboard while driving through. This way we can have your packet prepped and get you through the line to the picture taking station as quickly as possible. Here is the schedule for the drive-through, based on the last name we have in TEAMS: A-C: 9:00-9:15, D-G: 9:20-9:35, H-L: 9:40-9:55, M-P: 10:00-10:15, Q-S: 10:20-10:35, T-Z: 10:40-10:55.

Cougar Athletics Slideshow: The coaches and the amazing Mr. Shoptaw and his journalism classes have put together this slide show commemorating and celebrating the year in Cougar Sports. Please click the above link to see some of the wonderful things our student-athletes accomplished this school year. Click here for a word from our coaches. 

Learning From Home Proven to Be Effective: And now something from one of our stupendous 7th grade students that shows us that even though we are not in the classroom, we can still be effective, communicative, and creative. This animation comes from one of Ms. Etheredge’s students in Media Animation. The prompt was “What will school look like next year?” As you can see, she completely nails it and showcases skills even the top minds at Pixar would marvel at; all while working from home. Please click and enjoy. student animation

That’s it.

We now must bid you adieu as we prepare for a fairly colossal last week of school.

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

8th Grade Zoom Promotion Ceremony

8th Graders!
You are invited to join us
Thursday, May 28th at 11 am
for our 8th-grade promotion ceremony on Zoom.

Due to zoom meeting limitations, we ask that only 8th graders and their immediate families attend. One login will be provided per 8th grader. If you have multiple households and would like to request two, please note that on the registration form, and depending on the number of requests, we will try to accommodate them. 

You must be registered to receive the link to the Zoom meeting.

Click here to Register for Ceremony
Haga clic aquí para registrarse para la ceremonia

Certificate by Car-Hop – Drive Thru Instructions

Friday, May 29th starting at 9:00 am

ONLY FAMILY MEMBERS ALLOWED IN CARS (City of Austin Stay – Work Safe Order 20200508-11).

Car-Hop Certificates FRIDAY 5/29 @ 9 

We have broken down our certificate time by last name. Please plan to come and get in line by the designated time below. 

Last Names beginning with:
  • A-C: 9:00-9:15 (86 students)
  • D-G: 9:20-9:35 (75)
  • H-L: 9:40-9:55 (71)
  • M-P: 10:00-10:15 (80)
  • Q-S: 10:20-10:35 (78)
  • T-Z: 10:40-10:55 (61)

HAVE 8TH GRADE STUDENT NAME WRITTEN/TYPED NEATLY ON A SHEET OF PAPER – PLEASE BE READY TO HOLD IT UP FOR STAFF MEMBERS TO RADIO TO FRONT OFFICE FOR CERTIFICATES.

 WEAR A MASK FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THAT OF OUR STAFF 

  • Cars can only enter by traveling from 290 toward Mopac on Monterey Oaks Blvd (See map, as shown by the arrows).
  • By the marquee sign (yellow X on map), there will be a staff member with a radio. Show that staff member your student’s name sign that YOU created.
  • Drive around the front office circle.
  • STOP AT THE CROSS WALK (yellow STAR on map) – Mr. Nelson and Ms. Krier will be there handing out certificates.
  • Continue to drive on and exit OR you can pull around the bus ramp/staff parking area for a photo op (yellow BANNER on map)
    • Photos can be taken near a set of balloon decorations posted at the Community Gardens/Goat Grazing area.
    • Only members of your family may be in the photos.
    • There will not be anyone else available to take a group photo.
    • There will be a staff member there limiting time allowed at the photo op – 90 seconds per car (480 8th graders in 2 hours, please limit time).

Click here to see the Certificate by Car Hop Map

Yearbook Update

Due to Covid-19 our Yearbook printing has been delayed. Once they get the facility back up and running and they print our yearbooks, we will let you know when we have them and when you can come pick it up. 

We will most likely have a yearbook drive up at the school sometime in June. 

If you have any yearbook questions, please email Mr. Shoptaw at Thomas.shoptaw@austinisd.org

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Vaping Presentation

All 8th graders have a vaping presentation that they can watch in their US History course from the Phoenix House.  This can also be viewed by parents, if you are interested email Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org. 

School Supplies

We do not have school supply lists for next year yet. Each teacher will have their own set of supplies they will require. Since you won’t know what teachers you have yet, you won’t be able to buy your supplies until school starts again.

But, if you see a good sale, feel free to stock up on the basics you will need…

Pencils, Sharpeners, Pens, Spirals Composition books, highlighters and Glue Sticks are all a safe bet. If you see them on sale this summer grab them, you will need them. 

School supplies are to be left at home and the student is to restock as needed to keep what they need in their backpack.

Except Tissue and Hand Sanitizer –  we need a lot of that all year long.  

If you have any school supply questions, email Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 

Living Room Library for 5/26/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Online Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year!

 

For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system. Please visit my.austinisd.org to create a Parent Cloud Account. Visit https://teams.austinisd.org/registration/#!login to Register Online.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187 or parenttechsupport@austinisd.org

For all other registration questions, contact

Giovana McGettrick 512-841-6710 or giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org

Animal Fund

“Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help care for our animals at Small Middle School. Because our fundraisers were canceled by the Covid-19 shutdown, the balance on our livestock feed account is dangerously low.  If you are able to donate, please log into our school payment system.  Thank you.”
 

Remote Fantasy Workshop (Summer 2020)

Provided by an avid fantasy hobbyist, this unique course will include multiple outlets for your creativity and problem-solving skills. Working live with the instructor and classmates provides everyone the chance for immediate constructive feedback as you work. Beginners and experienced students of all ages are welcome.Learn and improve sketching basics, modeling techniques, world and gameplay design as well as the option of playing an extended game of Dungeons and Dragons. 

 

Mr. Jeansonne is an experienced teacher and artist who brings three decades of science and aesthetics to the experience. 

 

This will be a real workshop experience with the opportunity to engage with others, share work, and receive 1:1 instructor feedback both during classtime and/or privately.

 

Included daily topics include:

  • Pencil drawing fantasy characters and creatures
  • Figure modelling (make your own miniatures!)
  • Character building and fantasy world design- mapping and creative writing
  • Collaboration
  • Gameplay – if desired, there will be the option of getting involved in a Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition) game. This will take significantly more time, so will be offered up to twice a week, depending on interest
  • Tailored activities and time frames to suit the interests and priorities of the class members

 

Fee: $100 per household includes 8 days (tbd) of instruction – 2 hours per class minimum.

 

A complete list of materials needed and a questionnaire considering dates and times will be sent individually to those interested.

 

Subject to change

dates and times of classes (according to the needs of participants

Classes will need a minimum of 8-10 /”customers” to begin. 

Gameplay (up to 2 times per week) based on number of interested players (ages 11 to 100 – special requests considered) . This game is such a great way to get interesting social interaction, I highly recommend it.

Possible subsequent sessions and/or extended sessions based on interest.

 

Contact jkjeansonne@yahoo.com or PM Jack Jeansonne on Facebook

Produce Delivery

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

an emergency grocery delivery service for people at-risk of severe COVID-19 infection

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Cougar News – 5/18/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 5/18/20 – 5/22/2020

Shortcut links

Cougar Nation-

You and your family have been quarantined, and working and learning from home, since April 6th…officially. However, for many of us the abrupt change of schedule began effectively on March 13th. Therefore, you’ve had either a little over 2 months or about a month and 2 weeks to figure out your family’s schedule and work all the kinks out. That being said, there is still time to figure out the best way for you to get your student involved and on task and for you to be able to get some work done yourself, before Summer arrives.

That’s right; Summer. For the first time in many years, Summer will seem like an arbitrary date for most of us, as we are still amidst stay-at-home ordinances and travel and camps are not readily available. June 8th will mirror May 8th which will look like April 8th and so on. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

My advice to you and yours is to keep the same schedule (if it’s working that is) you have today for the Summer. Meaning, try and get your student to continue to put forth effort and energy in regards to his or her learning up to 3 hours a day. There’s no reason to cease and desist all learning opportunities for what accounts to merely a change in the temperature. Keep your student on their schedule and encourage them to keep learning and take even more charge of their education. The “Summer Slide” is a real thing that affects all students during this time of year; imagine what damage it can inflict upon us after having been away from campus since March 12th? Do what you can to keep your kids engaged and learning. It’s not only best practice, but a terrific way to escape the monotony which is Covid.

Learning From Home: In an effort to reduce the Summer Slide and keep your student alert and engaged during these next few months, AISD has extended their “Home Learning” site all the way up into August. You can have your student visit the AISD Home Learning Site and work on valuable skills to better prepare them for next year. My advice is to have them not only work on their current grade level, but sneak a peek at what they’ll be doing next year. We are also excited to say that iStation, IXL, and iReady (in your student’s cloud) will be available all summer long as well. For iReady in particular, it is imperative your student take a diagnostic exam prior to access to all the lessons, so please connect with your math teacher as to how to get that done.

Whether or not you utilize any of the above, or activities from our teachers, is completely up to you and your family. I know our kindergartner will follow the same routine she’s been following since March as both my partner and I will still need to work for our respective employers and we do not wish for YouTube and the TV to take the place of reading and math. The choice ultimately lies with you and yours, however, do keep in mind that the positives of continuing to learn over the summer greatly outweigh the negatives.

Locker Room Clean Out: Our amazing coaches have gone into each PE and Athletics locker and bagged and tagged all contents. Now, they are ready to disseminate them to students and families this week. Read below for how to head up to campus to pick up your PE/Athletics Locker contents on May 21st:

AISD Student and Family COVID-19 PE/ATHLETICS/DANCE Equipment pick up Protocol:

May 21st

SIXTH GRADE: 9:00am – 10:00am

SEVENTH GRADE: 10:00am – 11:00am

EIGHTH GRADE: 11:00am – 12:00pm

  • Please have your NAME and LOCKER # on a piece of paper. The coaches must be able to read it from your car, so make it BIG.
  • The dedicated pick-up area will be the bus lane at Clint Small MS.
  • Please do not enter any buildings.
  • Please do not arrive before your approved time nor remain after.
  • Do not visit the campus if you or a member of your household feels ill or has been within 6 feet of someone outside of your household who is ill within the previous 14 days.
  • Adhere to the physical distance requirements of at least 6 feet from people outside your household at all times.
  • Arrive with your own mask or cloth face covering and wear it when on school property.

ITEMS FROM LOCKERS: Listed are the only items Coaches bagged· PE/Dance/Athletics Clothes· Tennis/dance shoes· School clothes

LOCKS: Correct codes were bagged with items· Incorrect codes or locks with keys were cut off and discarded

Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead!

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

8th Grade Zoom Promotion Ceremony

8th Graders!
You are invited to join us
Thursday, May 28th at 11 am
for our 8th-grade promotion ceremony on Zoom.

Due to zoom meeting limitations, we ask that only 8th graders and their immediate families attend. One login will be provided per 8th grader. If you have multiple households and would like to request two, please note that on the registration form, and depending on the number of requests, we will try to accommodate them. 

You must be registered to receive the link to the Zoom meeting.

Click here to Register for Ceremony
Haga clic aquí para registrarse para la ceremonia

Certificate by Car-Hop – Drive Thru Instructions

Friday, May 29th starting at 9:00 am

ONLY FAMILY MEMBERS ALLOWED IN CARS (City of Austin Stay – Work Safe Order 20200508-11).

Car-Hop Certificates FRIDAY 5/29 @ 9 

We have broken down our certificate time by last name. Please plan to come and get in line by the designated time below. 

Last Names beginning with:
  • A-C: 9:00-9:15 (86 students)
  • D-G: 9:20-9:35 (75)
  • H-L: 9:40-9:55 (71)
  • M-P: 10:00-10:15 (80)
  • Q-S: 10:20-10:35 (78)
  • T-Z: 10:40-10:55 (61)

HAVE 8TH GRADE STUDENT NAME WRITTEN/TYPED NEATLY ON A SHEET OF PAPER – PLEASE BE READY TO HOLD IT UP FOR STAFF MEMBERS TO RADIO TO FRONT OFFICE FOR CERTIFICATES.

 WEAR A MASK FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THAT OF OUR STAFF 

  • Cars can only enter by traveling from 290 toward Mopac on Monterey Oaks Blvd (See map, as shown by the arrows).
  • By the marquee sign (yellow X on map), there will be a staff member with a radio. Show that staff member your student’s name sign that YOU created.
  • Drive around the front office circle.
  • STOP AT THE CROSS WALK (yellow STAR on map) – Mr. Nelson and Ms. Krier will be there handing out certificates.
  • Continue to drive on and exit OR you can pull around the bus ramp/staff parking area for a photo op (yellow BANNER on map)
    • Photos can be taken near a set of balloon decorations posted at the Community Gardens/Goat Grazing area.
    • Only members of your family may be in the photos.
    • There will not be anyone else available to take a group photo.
    • There will be a staff member there limiting time allowed at the photo op – 90 seconds per car (480 8th graders in 2 hours, please limit time).

Click here to see the Certificate by Car Hop Map

Yearbook Update

Due to Covid-19 our Yearbook printing has been delayed. Once they get the facility back up and running and they print our yearbooks, we will let you know when we have them and when you can come pick it up. 

We will most likely have a yearbook drive up at the school sometime in June. 

If you have any yearbook questions, please email Mr. Shoptaw at Thomas.shoptaw@austinisd.org

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Theatre Monologue winners

Drum roll please!
The winners of the original monologue contest for Small Middle School are: 

  • Scout S.
  • Evan L.
  • Lillian (Lilly) P .
  • Illa R.

Congratulations, your original works will be featured on the AISD Performing Arts Twitter Page and the Small Middle School Theatre Twitter Page and Newsletter.Students thank you all who entered! It was great to see so much creative ideas.  _Mrs. Murray 

BE to follow Small Theatre on Twitter at  @SmallMSTheatre

 

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School work this week

Reminder:

The last day to turn in any work for failing grades this semester is Friday, 22nd. If your student is not failing, the teachers wanted to remind you that academic work is still being assigned this week. Next week will likely be bonus work in each class. Last day of school is 5/28.

Thanks, 

Your Teachers

School Supplies

We do not have school supply lists for next year yet. Each teacher will have their own set of supplies they will require. Since you won’t know what teachers you have yet, you won’t be able to buy your supplies until school starts again.

But, if you see a good sale, feel free to stock up on the basics you will need…

Pencils, Sharpeners, Pens, Spirals Composition books, highlighters and Glue Sticks are all a safe bet. If you see them on sale this summer grab them, you will need them. 

School supplies are to be left at home and the student is to restock as needed to keep what they need in their backpack.

Except Tissue and Hand Sanitizer –  we need a lot of that all year long.  

If you have any school supply questions, email Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

 

Animal Fund

“Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help care for our animals at Small Middle School. Because our fundraisers were canceled by the Covid-19 shutdown, the balance on our livestock feed account is dangerously low.  If you are able to donate, please log into our school payment system.  Thank you.”
 

Chromebook Distribution

If you have not received your Chromebook
and would like to set up a pickup or reschedule a delivery.
Please email jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

You can get Pick up your Chromebook TODAY!
Email Ms. Newell to see how
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Does Your Student Take High School Courses?

 

All parents/guardians for middle school students currently enrolled in a high school course will be given the opportunity to withdraw their child from the high school credit course either by completing a survey emailed by the district by Wednesday, May 13,2020 or by consulting with the campus counselor on or before Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This survey provides you the opportunity to withdraw your student from a high school course or leave them scheduled. Your decision cannot be altered once it is finalized . The resulting transcript entries cannot be changed.

 

Any student who is withdrawn from the course will have an appropriate schedule change to a non-high school credit course to reflect this decision. Furthermore, any student who withdraws from a course required for graduation will have to retake the course at a later time. 

 

Please refer to the AISD email titled “Action Needed Regarding Your Student’s Grades” for specific grading information.

 

Contact your counselors to complete the surveys on or before Wednesday May 20, 2020:

 

If you did not receive the email, or have grading questions please contact:

Giovana McGettrick  giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org 

Remote Fantasy Workshop (Summer 2020)

Provided by an avid fantasy hobbyist, this unique course will include multiple outlets for your creativity and problem-solving skills. Working live with the instructor and classmates provides everyone the chance for immediate constructive feedback as you work. Beginners and experienced students of all ages are welcome.Learn and improve sketching basics, modeling techniques, world and gameplay design as well as the option of playing an extended game of Dungeons and Dragons. 

 

Mr. Jeansonne is an experienced teacher and artist who brings three decades of science and aesthetics to the experience. 

 

This will be a real workshop experience with the opportunity to engage with others, share work, and receive 1:1 instructor feedback both during classtime and/or privately.

 

Included daily topics include:

  • Pencil drawing fantasy characters and creatures
  • Figure modelling (make your own miniatures!)
  • Character building and fantasy world design- mapping and creative writing
  • Collaboration
  • Gameplay – if desired, there will be the option of getting involved in a Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition) game. This will take significantly more time, so will be offered up to twice a week, depending on interest
  • Tailored activities and time frames to suit the interests and priorities of the class members

 

Fee: $100 per household includes 8 days (tbd) of instruction – 2 hours per class minimum.

 

A complete list of materials needed and a questionnaire considering dates and times will be sent individually to those interested.

 

Subject to change

dates and times of classes (according to the needs of participants

Classes will need a minimum of 8-10 /”customers” to begin. 

Gameplay (up to 2 times per week) based on number of interested players (ages 11 to 100 – special requests considered) . This game is such a great way to get interesting social interaction, I highly recommend it.

Possible subsequent sessions and/or extended sessions based on interest.

 

Contact jkjeansonne@yahoo.com or PM Jack Jeansonne on Facebook

Bowie Transistion Camp Cancelled

In light of campus closures, Bowie has canceled Camp Bowie Express, the transition camp planned for rising freshmen on May 2 and May 9. Bowie hopes to reschedule this important event in late summer, but that is contingent on the progress of campus construction and the status of the COVID-19-related community health guidelines. The distribution of the Class of 2024 t-shirts has also been postponed. The Camp Bowie Express teachers and student volunteers look forward to meeting the newest Bulldogs in a few months! 

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Online Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year!

 

For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system. Please visit my.austinisd.org to create a Parent Cloud Account. Visit https://teams.austinisd.org/registration/#!login to Register Online.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187 or parenttechsupport@austinisd.org

For all other registration questions, contact

Giovana McGettrick 512-841-6710 or giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org

Cougar Family in need

Fellow Small 6th and 8th grade students have suffered the loss of their father. This devastating loss has brought about more challenges for this family during the current crisis and the family is needing help with basic necessities during COVID and funeral expenses. Mom lost her job due to COVID and the family is having a really hard time.

We are hoping our community can rally around and help this family!  

For more information,pPlease click the links below

CSMS Teachers, Counselors, Admin, Staff, Goats, Chickens, Sheep, Ducks and Bee's...

are thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

Click here
for some messages from your teachers

Living Room Library for 5/18/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Oak Hill Elementary Serving Food

AISD will be offering curbside meals at Oak Hill elementary starting on Monday 4/27 from 11-1. We will be offering re-heat lunches, and breakfast for the next day. On Friday we will serve weekend packs with 3 breakfasts, and 3 lunches. 

We will be serving kids up to 19 years old, and they need to either be in the car, or we need proof which can be in the form of a report card, pulling up students names from the AISD website on a phone, or birth certificate. 

Produce Delivery

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

an emergency grocery delivery service for people at-risk of severe COVID-19 infection

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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Cougar News – 5/11/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 5/11/20 – 5/15/2020

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Here it is Sunday, May 10th, and we still are self-quarantining in our homes, working, learning, waiting…for any sense of normalcy to return. Restaurants and movie theaters have started opening their doors to 25% of their patrons, and this week we expect hair salons (thank you Texas) and other businesses to follow suit, albeit in a limited capacity. While this is a slow move towards getting everybody back at work, or entertained, or having their hair chopped, it is the safest way: proceeding with extreme caution. We still have nary a clue what will happen with schools come fall, but we should all look at how this latest wave is rolling out for ideas. Until then, we advise to follow the advice of those who know; maintain 6 ft social distance outside your abode, self-quarantine, wear a mask in public, and wash your hands often.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: We are fortunate to have the greatest assembled group of 8th grade students ever to walk the hallowed halls of Small in its history. This group of 460 has been the easiest to work with, the most fun to be around, and the most respectful class a staff could dream of. They began their 6th grade year as the largest class Small has ever recorded and finished their 3 years just as large, but with more accolades. There is no way we could ever truly honor their contribution to our campus and culture, virtually or in person. That being said, like we do with all things here at Small, we must try.

We will have a live via Zoom promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 28th (time TBD) followed by a “Drive Through Diploma Day” on Friday, May 29th from 9:00 am-12:00. The Zoom ceremony will be similar to what we typically do in the gym (keynote speaker, corny principal jokes, videos, etc..) and we will be able to admit all or our students and more. The DTDD )drive through diploma day) will be stagger-scheduled so students can see their name and pic on the 17ft inflatable screen we have outside when they drive through to pick up their diplomas, certificates, free pizza coupons (shout out to Double Dave’s), and other swag. Yes, students and fam will have to stay in their cars and your teachers and I will be the ones bringing your packets and applauding. More details to come. If you want to donate any items (gift cards, jolly ranchers, local coupons, etc..) please email our counselor Sarah Krier at sarah.krier@austinisd.org

Locker Pick-Up and Yearbooks: Still no updates on hard dates for either of these necessary events, but we will get word out as soon as we can. We typically wait until the last minute to turn our yearbook into the publisher so we can get as many Spring events (UIL, Track, Musical, Ultimate Frizz) as possible so all student organizations and clubs are recognized each year. While this is a great way to create as an inclusive yearbook as possible, it did put us behind the 8 ball in regards to the production process. That being said, we are working with the company and hope to have information very soon as to when you can expect to be able to either pick up your book at Small (best choice) or have it delivered to you. As for locker clean out in the locker rooms and classrooms, this is an extremely difficult process to create since no students are allowed in the building and all lockers have locks and only numbers on them. Now, before you

start emailing me your suggestions, know that it is beyond my control and I am merely to await the word from AISD and then enact the system they create. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.

Mother’s Day: Lastly, today is Mother’s Day, so please take some time to reach out to any and all of the mothers who have influenced you throughout your life and tell them how thankful you are. I am fortunate that my mother, Carolyn, instilled upon me the joy of being creative through the written word at such an early age and how she has always backed my artistic endeavors, regardless of how scatterbrained they were. I am who I am because of her and I love her dearly. I used to think being a mother was her true calling, but can now see how the role of grandmother has equaled the other in terms of care, consideration, and eternal optimism. Thanks mom/mimi.

To the other mother in my life who has left their imprint upon me, my wonderful wife Robin, I wish to say thank you for being the strongest person I have ever met and for keeping me grounded, safe, and supported. She is a testament to the “all in” mentality it requires to raise a family and I am envious of our daughters for having her as a role model to look up to growing up. No words, gifts, brunches, nor acts of service could ever come close to showing the gratitude I have for her for being the best, most level-headed partner imaginable. She is my rock and I am grateful I get to learn from her each day.

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare

Happy Mother’s Day to all you out there who do the good work on a daily.

Thank you

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

Band Announcement

Students Returning School Owned Instruments:
If have a school owned band instrument at home and are not returning to Clint Small Band program in the Fall, please make sure you check your email from Mrs Mathews for return procedures.  Please contact her at tonia.mathews@austinisd.org if you did not receive it.
  • Brass only:  Thursday, May 14 2PM.  Clint Small MS Bus Ramp
  • Woodwind Only:  Thursday May 14-May 22 drop off at Strait Music. 11AM-5PM.
Students staying in band at Small:
If you use a school owned band instrument and are returning to Clint Small Band in the Fall, you will receive an email in a few days to keep it at home and check it out for the summer.
 
If you have any questions, email tonia.mathews@austinisd.org

Chromebook Distribution

If you have not received your Chromebook
and would like to set up a pickup or reschedule a delivery.
Please email jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

You can get Pick up your Chromebook TODAY!
Email Ms. Newell to see how
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Does Your Student Take High School Courses?

 

All parents/guardians for middle school students currently enrolled in a high school course will be given the opportunity to withdraw their child from the high school credit course either by completing a survey emailed by the district by Wednesday, May 13,2020 or by consulting with the campus counselor on or before Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This survey provides you the opportunity to withdraw your student from a high school course or leave them scheduled. Your decision cannot be altered once it is finalized . The resulting transcript entries cannot be changed.

 

Any student who is withdrawn from the course will have an appropriate schedule change to a non-high school credit course to reflect this decision. Furthermore, any student who withdraws from a course required for graduation will have to retake the course at a later time. 

 

Please refer to the AISD email titled “Action Needed Regarding Your Student’s Grades” for specific grading information.

 

Contact your counselors to complete the surveys on or before Wednesday May 20, 2020:

 

If you did not receive the email, or have grading questions please contact:

Giovana McGettrick  giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org 

Remote Fantasy Workshop (Summer 2020)

Provided by an avid fantasy hobbyist, this unique course will include multiple outlets for your creativity and problem-solving skills. Working live with the instructor and classmates provides everyone the chance for immediate constructive feedback as you work. Beginners and experienced students of all ages are welcome.Learn and improve sketching basics, modeling techniques, world and gameplay design as well as the option of playing an extended game of Dungeons and Dragons. 

 

Mr. Jeansonne is an experienced teacher and artist who brings three decades of science and aesthetics to the experience. 

 

This will be a real workshop experience with the opportunity to engage with others, share work, and receive 1:1 instructor feedback both during classtime and/or privately.

 

Included daily topics include:

  • Pencil drawing fantasy characters and creatures
  • Figure modelling (make your own miniatures!)
  • Character building and fantasy world design- mapping and creative writing
  • Collaboration
  • Gameplay – if desired, there will be the option of getting involved in a Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition) game. This will take significantly more time, so will be offered up to twice a week, depending on interest
  • Tailored activities and time frames to suit the interests and priorities of the class members

 

Fee: $100 per household includes 8 days (tbd) of instruction – 2 hours per class minimum.

 

A complete list of materials needed and a questionnaire considering dates and times will be sent individually to those interested.

 

Subject to change

dates and times of classes (according to the needs of participants

Classes will need a minimum of 8-10 /”customers” to begin. 

Gameplay (up to 2 times per week) based on number of interested players (ages 11 to 100 – special requests considered) . This game is such a great way to get interesting social interaction, I highly recommend it.

Possible subsequent sessions and/or extended sessions based on interest.

 

Contact jkjeansonne@yahoo.com or PM Jack Jeansonne on Facebook

Bowie Transistion Camp Cancelled

In light of campus closures, Bowie has canceled Camp Bowie Express, the transition camp planned for rising freshmen on May 2 and May 9. Bowie hopes to reschedule this important event in late summer, but that is contingent on the progress of campus construction and the status of the COVID-19-related community health guidelines. The distribution of the Class of 2024 t-shirts has also been postponed. The Camp Bowie Express teachers and student volunteers look forward to meeting the newest Bulldogs in a few months! 

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Athletic Equipment Return

AISD Student and Family COVID-19 Athletic Equipment Return Protocol for Clint Small MS:

May 8th Girls Soccer 10:00am – 12:00pm
May 15th Boys Basketball 10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Please bring your clean and dry uniforms and/or equipment in a closed bag that is clearly labeled with your first and last name. If you do not have a bag, there will be some on site for use. Please bring your own marker to label your bag.
  • The dedicated outdoor drop-off area will be the bus lane at Clint Small MS.
  • Please do not enter any buildings.
  • Please do not arrive before your approved time nor remain after.
  • Do not visit the campus if you or a member of your household feels ill or has been within 6 feet of someone outside of your household within the previous 14 days.
  • Adhere to the physical distance requirements of at least 6 feet from people outside your household at all times.
  • Do not eat or drink on school grounds.
  • Arrive with your own mask or cloth face covering and wear it when on school property. It is recommended that you wear gloves while handling your athletic equipment for drop off.
  • Parents with student athletes on multiple campuses must make arrangements with each campus separately to turn in equipment. Thank you for following these precautions to keep your family and other members of our AISD community healthy, happy, and safe. Page

Online Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year!

 

For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system. Please visit my.austinisd.org to create a Parent Cloud Account. Visit https://teams.austinisd.org/registration/#!login to Register Online.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187 or parenttechsupport@austinisd.org

For all other registration questions, contact

Giovana McGettrick 512-841-6710 or giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org

Cougar Family in need

Fellow Small 6th and 8th grade students have suffered the loss of their father. This devastating loss has brought about more challenges for this family during the current crisis and the family is needing help with basic necessities during COVID and funeral expenses. Mom lost her job due to COVID and the family is having a really hard time.

We are hoping our community can rally around and help this family!  

For more information,pPlease click the links below

CSMS Teachers, Counselors, Admin, Staff, Goats, Chickens, Sheep, Ducks and Bee's...

are thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

Click here
for some messages from your teachers

Living Room Library for 5/4/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Message from our Coaches

“We know that many of our students have things in their lockers and would like to retrieve them, however at this time we are not able to open the school or locker rooms.

With that being said, as soon as we are able to return to school we will notify students when they can come and pick up their things.”

Thanks!

Oak Hill Elementary Serving Food

AISD will be offering curbside meals at Oak Hill elementary starting on Monday 4/27 from 11-1. We will be offering re-heat lunches, and breakfast for the next day. On Friday we will serve weekend packs with 3 breakfasts, and 3 lunches. 

We will be serving kids up to 19 years old, and they need to either be in the car, or we need proof which can be in the form of a report card, pulling up students names from the AISD website on a phone, or birth certificate. 

Produce Delivery

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

an emergency grocery delivery service for people at-risk of severe COVID-19 infection

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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PT-YAY News

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

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Cougar News – 5/4/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 5/4/20 – 5/8/2020

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Last week you received around 632 emails from us and AISD in regards to your student’s grades prior to March 12th and information about how h/she will be marked moving forward. We know it was an awful lot to ingest, most legal documents are, so we’ve broken it down for you and your student to make it somewhat more palatable.

According to the Resolution of the Board of Trustees in regards to grades, earning a P for “passing” is dependent on the average of the 1st and 2nd grading period averaged with the 3rd grading period. A simple formula is to add the semester 1 average (S1Av) to your student’s current average (10W) and divide by 2. If the result is 69.5 or above, your student will earn a P for that class. We are on a 9 wk schedule, but are using 10 wks like the rest of AISD to save you from another superfluous email. Here’s the formula so you can calculate it on your own:

(1st 9Wk + 2nd 9Wk) ÷ 2 = S1Av semester 1 average

(S1Av + 10W) ÷ 2 = Yr Avg yearlong average

All students have the opportunity to make up any assignments due between the beginning of January through March 12th. While this is not limited to grades that were below a 70 or missing, we do ask that you allow your student only to make up or improve upon any assignments that received a grade below a 70. There are several reasons why we suggest this course of action, with the main one being that we cannot in good faith replicate the original project during this home-learning phase and would have to produce an alternative assignment, thus negating the intention and meaning of the original project.

Students will have up until May 22, 2020 to turn in any make-up assignments and current home-learning activities. It is advisable that if you have a student who has any failing grades in classes prior to March 12th, h/she takes this time to redo or make-up those assignments before completing any of the newly produced home-learning activities. Explain to them that their time would be better used bringing up failing grades, or completing missing work, than to work on projects that will not count against them. That’s right, every assignment or project from April 6th on can only help your student in regards to finishing out the year and being better prepared for next year. The content for the last 2 and half months of school has not disappeared; it has just presented itself in a different manner and our students will still need the knowledge provided moving forward.

There are still lots of questions to be asked, not just by our students and you, but by our teachers and administration as well. When you have them, please send an email to me or to our grading guru, Giovana McGettrick, at giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org

Thanks, and May the 4th be with you.

Always.

Thank you

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

Zoom Principal Coffee Chat

Join Mr. Nelson this 

 

Thursday 5/7/20 at 2:00 pm 

for a chat about all things Small Middle School. He will be discussing grading and how Small Middle School teachers and staff are working hard for your students. 

To join this zoom meeting, please email
jennifer.newell@austinisd.org
and she will send you the zoom invitation. 

Be sure to BYOC

Chromebook Distribution

If you have not received your Chromebook
and would like to set up a pickup or reschedule a delivery.
Please email jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

You can get Pick up your Chromebook TODAY!
Email Ms. Newell to see how
Do you have a chromebook that needs repair? Click Here

Bowie Transistion Camp Cancelled

In light of campus closures, Bowie has canceled Camp Bowie Express, the transition camp planned for rising freshmen on May 2 and May 9. Bowie hopes to reschedule this important event in late summer, but that is contingent on the progress of campus construction and the status of the COVID-19-related community health guidelines. The distribution of the Class of 2024 t-shirts has also been postponed. The Camp Bowie Express teachers and student volunteers look forward to meeting the newest Bulldogs in a few months! 

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Teacher Appreciation

 It is officially Teacher Appreciation Week.
Usually this week we shower our teachers with love, appreciation and food. 
We are unable to do that this year so Please if you can, just drop them a quick email to say thanks for all they do. 
We are so lucky to have the best teachers in all of AISD and they don’t get to hear praise near enough! 
Thanks! 

Athletic Equipment Return

AISD Student and Family COVID-19 Athletic Equipment Return Protocol for Clint Small MS:

May 8th Girls Soccer 10:00am – 12:00pm
May 15th Boys Basketball 10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Please bring your clean and dry uniforms and/or equipment in a closed bag that is clearly labeled with your first and last name. If you do not have a bag, there will be some on site for use. Please bring your own marker to label your bag.
  • The dedicated outdoor drop-off area will be the bus lane at Clint Small MS.
  • Please do not enter any buildings.
  • Please do not arrive before your approved time nor remain after.
  • Do not visit the campus if you or a member of your household feels ill or has been within 6 feet of someone outside of your household within the previous 14 days.
  • Adhere to the physical distance requirements of at least 6 feet from people outside your household at all times.
  • Do not eat or drink on school grounds.
  • Arrive with your own mask or cloth face covering and wear it when on school property. It is recommended that you wear gloves while handling your athletic equipment for drop off.
  • Parents with student athletes on multiple campuses must make arrangements with each campus separately to turn in equipment. Thank you for following these precautions to keep your family and other members of our AISD community healthy, happy, and safe. Page

Online Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year!

 

For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system. Please visit my.austinisd.org to create a Parent Cloud Account. Visit https://teams.austinisd.org/registration/#!login to Register Online.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187 or parenttechsupport@austinisd.org

For all other registration questions, contact

Giovana McGettrick 512-841-6710 or giovana.mcgettrick@austinisd.org

Cougar Family in need

Fellow Small 6th and 8th grade students have suffered the loss of their father. This devastating loss has brought about more challenges for this family during the current crisis and the family is needing help with basic necessities during COVID and funeral expenses. Mom lost her job due to COVID and the family is having a really hard time.

We are hoping our community can rally around and help this family!  

For more information,pPlease click the links below

CSMS Teachers, Counselors, Admin, Staff, Goats, Chickens, Sheep, Ducks and Bee's...

are thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

Click here
for some messages from your teachers

Living Room Library for 5/4/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Message from our Coaches

“We know that many of our students have things in their lockers and would like to retrieve them, however at this time we are not able to open the school or locker rooms.

With that being said, as soon as we are able to return to school we will notify students when they can come and pick up their things.”

Thanks!

Oak Hill Elementary Serving Food

AISD will be offering curbside meals at Oak Hill elementary starting on Monday 4/27 from 11-1. We will be offering re-heat lunches, and breakfast for the next day. On Friday we will serve weekend packs with 3 breakfasts, and 3 lunches. 

We will be serving kids up to 19 years old, and they need to either be in the car, or we need proof which can be in the form of a report card, pulling up students names from the AISD website on a phone, or birth certificate. 

Capstone Projects

Our Green program was built from the ground up. Each year some of our 8th graders take on independent projects to help give back to our school. Many of the everyday curriculum you see in our green classes started as a capstone project from former students. Two of this years 8th graders shared their projects with me so they can be permanently displayed on our website. 

If you want to check them out go to :

If you have an 8th grader who has completed a capstone project his year, let me know and I will feature it on our new capstone page on our website

 

If your student is missing all our fuzzy and furry friends at Small be sure to check out the Green Teams Instagram page. It is full of pictures and current video’s of our Small Animals at play. 

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AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Parent Project

Cougar Staff,
Nothing to see here.. Move along to the next section…

Cougar Parents, 
Click here to see what some parents are doing to say thanks to our amazing teachers and administrators and for ways on how to get in on the fun!

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Cougar Camp Postponed

Cougar Camp has been postponed. If you have already paid, you will be issued refunds. Once we know how things will look for next school year. 

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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Cougar News – 4/27/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 4/27/20 – 5/1/2020

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When I was in middle school, I can’t imagine how happy I would have been to find out that we didn’t need to return to school after Spring Break. I’m sure I would envision days spent trekking down to Star’s Books and Comics, followed by games of basketball at Davis Park, capped off with DQ Blizzards to celebrate.. It would be like summer, only 3 months earlier and way less Lubbock-heat. Sure, I would miss some of my classmates, but the gangs at the park and the bookstore would fill the void. As for learning, I could read and write and knew the four applications of math, so I would be fine. Ah, the summer of Nelson has begun.

Now, with wiser eyes and more seasoning, I realize that would not be the case. I would miss my friends. I would miss my teachers. I would miss my coaches and the opportunity to represent Wison Jr. High in track. I would miss choir and I would even miss pre-Algebra, with the teacher who would purposely make the answer for every question he put on the board ‘2.’ That way, when the student who was called upon stammered and stumbled upon the answer by saying “uhhh…two..” he would quickly snap back “Bless you. Now what’s the answer?” Gold. Classroom comedy gold.

Our kids miss these things mightily. They miss the interactions with their friends and teachers. They miss being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share the same goals. They do not want an early summer; they want to learn, grow, and have fun with their Smallville family. This is an unprecedented time for them and even today, 1 month and 2 weeks after it began, it still feels surreal and dreamlike. It still feels that any minute somebody will appear on the TV and say that the worst is over, time to get back to school/work/vacation/life tomorrow.

Well tomorrow is farther off than we want, but it will return to normal for all of us. We now know there isn’t anything we can do to finish the school year off on campus. But, if we practice social distancing and adhere to the quarantine restrictions, we can save the beginning of next school year. That’s right, we can all come together in late August or early September if we stay apart now.

House Arrest: Wowza. We handed out 40 copies of this Smallville Community Bookclub selection in less than 20 minutes on Friday. Amazing turn-out and support for this campus-wide book club. We are so excited to be able to take this journey with so many Smalville denizens and hope the numbers continue to grow. Mrs. Deanna Sylvia, your Living Room Librarian, has the modules for the book club in the Library BLEND course, so make sure you and yours sign up soon. We launch on April 27th, and when we make it through the four seasons (if you have the book, you’ll know what I mean), we will celebrate by having a town hall Q&A session hosted by the author K.A. Holt! I’ve got the go ahead from corporate to host Zoom meetings of up to 1,000 members because we want every person who is able to participate to Zoom in and meet the author with us. This is an extraordinary event and we cannot wait to get started with each and every one of you.

If you do not have the book yet, here is a link to the YouTube site where the author reads the book directly to you House Arrest Seeing as how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, she’s actually reading the book while under house arrest (quarantine) in her car parked out front since it’s too noisy at home with everybody isolating in there as well. Even if you have the book, please take a gander just to see this unique experience.

If you haven’t gotten your book yet and need help with the cost of a copy, send me an email and we will see what we can do. We do not want any obstacles in anybody’s way and will find a way to get you participating.

Enjoy your day and be safe.

Thank you

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

Cougar Family in need

Fellow Small 6th and 8th grade students have suffered the loss of their father. This devastating loss has brought about more challenges for this family during the current crisis and the family is needing help with basic necessities during COVID and funeral expenses. Mom lost her job due to COVID and the family is having a really hard time.

We are hoping our community can rally around and help this family!  

For more information,pPlease click the links below

CSMS Teachers, Counselors, Admin, Staff, Goats, Chickens, Sheep, Ducks and Bee's...

are thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

Click here
for some messages from your teachers

Living Room Library for 4/27/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Message from our Coaches

“We know that many of our students have things in their lockers and would like to retrieve them, however at this time we are not able to open the school or locker rooms.

With that being said, as soon as we are able to return to school we will notify students when they can come and pick up their things.”

Thanks!

Not Getting Morning Announcements?

If you are not getting Mr. Nelson’s Daily morning announcements to your inbox. Check out this Video that shows you how to turn on your announcements in Blend. 

If you are still not getting them every week day morning, Check your Spam.

If you are still not getting them, drop me an email at jennifer.newell@austinisd.org and I will look into it. 

Oak Hill Elementary Serving Food

AISD will be offering curbside meals at Oak Hill elementary starting on Monday 4/27 from 11-1. We will be offering re-heat lunches, and breakfast for the next day. On Friday we will serve weekend packs with 3 breakfasts, and 3 lunches. 

We will be serving kids up to 19 years old, and they need to either be in the car, or we need proof which can be in the form of a report card, pulling up students names from the AISD website on a phone, or birth certificate. 

Capstone Projects

Our Green program was built from the ground up. Each year some of our 8th graders take on independent projects to help give back to our school. Many of the everyday curriculum you see in our green classes started as a capstone project from former students. Two of this years 8th graders shared their projects with me so they can be permanently displayed on our website. 

If you want to check them out go to :

If you have an 8th grader who has completed a capstone project his year, let me know and I will feature it on our new capstone page on our website

 

If your student is missing all our fuzzy and furry friends at Small be sure to check out the Green Teams Instagram page. It is full of pictures and current video’s of our Small Animals at play. 

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AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Free Sports Webinars

Athletes: Here are some webinars addressing Middle school Sports topics for Volleyball on 13 April at 1:00 – 2:00 PM and Track & Field (100m and 200m training – which would be good for all in order to increase speed) on 23 April at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.
 
 

Parent Project

Cougar Staff,
Nothing to see here.. Move along to the next section…

Cougar Parents, 
Click here to see what some parents are doing to say thanks to our amazing teachers and administrators and for ways on how to get in on the fun!

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Cougar Camp Postponed

Cougar Camp has been postponed. If you have already paid, you will be issued refunds. Once we know how things will look for next school year. 

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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PT-YAY News

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

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

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Cougar News – 4/20/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 4/20/20 – 4/24/2020

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The ides of March have given way to the ides of April and it seems like an eternity ago when we received a 3:00 a.m. wake-up call saying school would be cancelled for Friday, March 13th. Well, that eternity was only a little over a month ago and schools reopened (yet campuses remain closed) for our students on April 6th, so we could all begin to return to a sense of normalcy. The norm being students learning.

While the norm of students learning has not changed, the manner in which they do certainly has. We’ve traded 8 hours a day in a 3-story building, surrounded by 1,231 eager beavers, for up to 3 hours a day online in the privacy (or as private as we can get it during the quarantine) of our own homes. Different for sure, but the goal remains the same whether hustling and bustling in the hallowed halls of Smallville or working on the dining room table surrounded by siblings, we want our kids to learn something new about a subject and about themselves. A simple goal that can be attained at any location or any situation our students find themselves in.

Make sure they are aware that we all know this is new and that a lot of the comforts they’ve been accustomed to will not be readily available to them, but that together we can all continue to learn and grow. Learning is a life-long goal for us all and cannot be thwarted by outside interference. They/we/you/I control what it is we learn from something and what we do with our newfound knowledge.

This home-learning phase will be splattered with mistakes throughout, made by all of us, and what we do today will not look the same as what we do tomorrow due to our ability to recognize what is not working and our want to fix it. We will make adjustments daily and tweak as often as possible to make sure we are getting the most out of the process. This whole process has been compared by some as “painting the wings of a plane while in flight,” and that, I believe, is a true metaphor for what it is we are all facing at this time.

Just make sure your students know that we have the best pilots in the country, have access to all the paint necessary, and have a top-of-the-line navigation system to guide us through the process.

That’s right, the CSMS Smallville has been approved for departure and is ready for take off. Please buckle your safety belts, place your tray tables down, and put your seats in their upright position.

Have a great weekend and be safe.

Thank you

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

 

Capstone Projects

Our Green program was built from the ground up. Each year some of our 8th graders take on independent projects to help give back to our school. Many of the everyday curriculum you see in our green classes started as a capstone project from former students. Two of this years 8th graders shared their projects with me so they can be permanently displayed on our website. 

If you want to check them out go to :

If you have an 8th grader who has completed a capstone project his year, let me know and I will feature it on our new capstone page on our website

 

If your student is missing all our fuzzy and furry friends at Small be sure to check out the Green Teams Instagram page. It is full of pictures and current video’s of our Small Animals at play. 

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AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Free Sports Webinars

Athletes: Here are some webinars addressing Middle school Sports topics for Volleyball on 13 April at 1:00 – 2:00 PM and Track & Field (100m and 200m training – which would be good for all in order to increase speed) on 23 April at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.
 
 

Parent Project

Cougar Staff,
Nothing to see here.. Move along to the next section…

Cougar Parents, 
Click here to see what some parents are doing to say thanks to our amazing teachers and administrators and for ways on how to get in on the fun!

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Sample Learning From Home Schedule

Here is the drop schedule for when teachers will be placing activities into their courses. Pay close attention to 7th and 8th grade, who are dropping all activities at once, and make sure your student paces h/herself for the entire week. Remember, no more than 3 hours a day of online learning is what is recommended (more on that after you read the color-coded text below):

6th Grade-
Monday and Wednesday: English Language Arts and World Cultures
Tuesday and Thursday: Math and Science.

7th Grade-
Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

8th Grade-
Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

If your student is in 7th and 8th and all activities are dropped at once, it’s best you all refer to the schedule you’ve created which calls for no more than 3 hours per day, and each session at a max of 45 minutes. With the 45 minute max and 4 activities (an A-day or a B-day) that puts your student right at 3 hours. 3 hours online, that is. We still suggest filling the day with learning activities such as reading, journaling, drawing, or even working in the garden.

If you have yet to create a schedule that is working for your student, here is one we shared with them on Thursday as a template for their day. The times in the first column are not as important as the duration, so please put more effort into that (work 45 minutes, break, etc.) than with the start and stop times.

Sample Middle School schedule for optimal Home Learning:

Here is a sample schedule for our Cougars to use throughout this Home Learning Phase of the 2019-2020 School year. Feel free to tweak as necessary and know this is only an outline; different families and different students have different needs.
To note: studies cite that for maximum benefit, students should not exceed more than 3 hours a day involved in online learning. Our teachers are scheduling activities to honor this thought and we only suggest 4 activities (classes) a day each week for a total of 20.

Time TaskResources/Activities
Before 10:00Wake up and BreakfastTake a walk, do some yoga, get prepared for a day of learning
10:00-10:45Activity for the 1st class of the dayCheck BLEND and your emails; if your 1st class is complete, move on to the next one.
10:45-11:15BreakHelp with the chores around the house, make up your bed, and help with younger siblings if needed.
11:15-12:00Activity for the 2nd class of the day 
12:00-1:00LunchEat something healthy and more outside time if the weather permits
1:00-1:45Activity for the 3rd class of the day 
1:45-2:30Brain Break!Read some of your favorite book, draw for pleasure, or even work on a jigsaw puzzle
2:30-3:15Activity for the 4th class of the day 
3:15-4:00Put the finishing touches on the day and begin preparing for tomorrow.What studious activity can you do now to finish the day? Journaling, drawing, reading, Sudoku, and Crossword puzzles all keep your mind alert and ready for action.
4:00-DinnerHelp your family any way you canWhether it’s taking out the trash, helping with the yard, or taking care of younger siblings, see what you can do to help your family get through this together.

Paper Packets Available

Looking for some supplemental handouts for your elementary or middle schooler? 

Starting Wednesday, April 8th, Oak Hill Elementary will have paper packets of learning activities for grades PK-8th grade! You can pick them up on WEDNESDAYS ONLY between 11am-1pm. Just drive through the front drive to pick them up. We will have staff ready to deliver it to your car! 

This work is not mandatory, and does not replace the Blend work the teachers are posting next week. It is just something extra for your kids to work on at home because learning never ends!

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Living Room Library

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Student Email Access

 
Students need to remember to check their Student email accounts regularly. 
Not sure how? 
Check out this video ——>

Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Cougar Camp Postponed

Cougar Camp has been postponed. If you have already paid, you will be issued refunds. Once we know how things will look for next school year. 

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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PT-YAY News

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

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Cougar News – 4/13/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 4/13/20 – 4/17/2020

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How was your student’s first week back at school? How was it for you? We as parents/guardians are in the midst of a huge change ourselves and it’s important we understand and accept our new roles as well. Whereas before our roles were defined as advocates, cheerleaders, meal providers, and mentors, now we have to include the duties of instructor, tutor, master scheduler, and disciplinarian into the fold. All whilst still continuing our responsibilities for work with restrictions being added to the plate, not removed. It’s a surreal experience for all of us and every one of us needs to make sure to take care of ourselves as much as we can so we are there for our family and our loved ones.

Here in Smallville, we preach the “Oxygen Mask” theory to all of our staff every chance we come together. The way the oxygen mask theory goes is that if you’re in the unfortunate position of being on a plane which is about to nose dive, you should secure YOUR oxygen mask before helping anyone else – including children. If you don’t, you risk not being able to help anyone at all. We know that if a caregiver is to be effective, he or she must first be well and able to provide care for those in need. We want our staff to be able to give 100% to our kids at all times throughout the day. If they can’t muster close to that number, then we invite them to take breaks, to recharge their batteries by doing something they enjoy, or even by taking a mental health day.

Please, please, please take care of yourself during this crisis. Please take care of yourself and provide yourself opportunities for you. Whether it be taking a long walk, watching an episode of your favorite show (I’m currently loving Outlander), tackling a crossword puzzle, or immersing yourself in your favorite book or podcast, set aside time throughout each day so your batteries can be charged and you can be there for your student, 100 percent. I believe they are worth it and I know you believe they are as well. Show them just how important they are by allowing yourself time for yourself, so that when you are with them you are able to be the most effective caregiver you can be.

Counselor Newsletter: If there is one group on campus who truly believes in the above, it is our amazing counselors. Please make sure to check out this week’s newsletter. In it you will find information for students, for parents, and for teachers. There is an SEL Challenge for students in regards to writing Haikus, but being true to the “Oxygen Mask” theory above, I invite you to take part in the challenge as well. Please feel free to send me your Haikus. One caveat though: yours must be written during time you are taking for yourself. counselor’s newsletter

Zoom Protocol and Safety: Shout out to parent Shellie Rosen for sending this info in regards to safe Zoom practices for all. Please click the following link to see how you and your student can make sure we are all being safe, professional, and proactive with this ever-changing platform: Zoom Safety

Hope your second week of home learning is smooth for everybody: your students, your loved ones, and especially for you.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need a confidence boost, send me an email.

Thank you

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

Thank You

As Teachers were calling students the week before last, we started to find some of our Cougar families in need. Our Counselors got right to work finding resources to help them. We want to send out a huge THANK YOU…
 

Thanks to the Small Middle School PTA and Save the Food Austin for donating HEB  gift cards to families this week.  Also, thanks to Austin Oaks Church for putting together and distributing food boxes for families and Hardies for contributing produce boxes. Last but not least, thank you to all the parents that got organized on Facebook especially Kimberly Parker and Leann Hilton for taking the lead. 

We are so thankful to these wonderful parents and organizations. 
 

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit www.austinedfund.org. For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/coronavirus.

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Free Sports Webinars

Athletes: Here are some webinars addressing Middle school Sports topics for Volleyball on 13 April at 1:00 – 2:00 PM and Track & Field (100m and 200m training – which would be good for all in order to increase speed) on 23 April at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.
 
 

Parent Project

Cougar Staff,
Nothing to see here.. Move along to the next section…

Cougar Parents, 
Click here to see what some parents are doing to say thanks to our amazing teachers and administrators and for ways on how to get in on the fun!

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Sample Learning From Home Schedule

Here is the drop schedule for when teachers will be placing activities into their courses. Pay close attention to 7th and 8th grade, who are dropping all activities at once, and make sure your student paces h/herself for the entire week. Remember, no more than 3 hours a day of online learning is what is recommended (more on that after you read the color-coded text below):

6th Grade-
Monday and Wednesday: English Language Arts and World Cultures
Tuesday and Thursday: Math and Science.

7th Grade-
Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

8th Grade-
Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

If your student is in 7th and 8th and all activities are dropped at once, it’s best you all refer to the schedule you’ve created which calls for no more than 3 hours per day, and each session at a max of 45 minutes. With the 45 minute max and 4 activities (an A-day or a B-day) that puts your student right at 3 hours. 3 hours online, that is. We still suggest filling the day with learning activities such as reading, journaling, drawing, or even working in the garden.

If you have yet to create a schedule that is working for your student, here is one we shared with them on Thursday as a template for their day. The times in the first column are not as important as the duration, so please put more effort into that (work 45 minutes, break, etc.) than with the start and stop times.

Sample Middle School schedule for optimal Home Learning:

Here is a sample schedule for our Cougars to use throughout this Home Learning Phase of the 2019-2020 School year. Feel free to tweak as necessary and know this is only an outline; different families and different students have different needs.
To note: studies cite that for maximum benefit, students should not exceed more than 3 hours a day involved in online learning. Our teachers are scheduling activities to honor this thought and we only suggest 4 activities (classes) a day each week for a total of 20.

Time TaskResources/Activities
Before 10:00Wake up and BreakfastTake a walk, do some yoga, get prepared for a day of learning
10:00-10:45Activity for the 1st class of the dayCheck BLEND and your emails; if your 1st class is complete, move on to the next one.
10:45-11:15BreakHelp with the chores around the house, make up your bed, and help with younger siblings if needed.
11:15-12:00Activity for the 2nd class of the day 
12:00-1:00LunchEat something healthy and more outside time if the weather permits
1:00-1:45Activity for the 3rd class of the day 
1:45-2:30Brain Break!Read some of your favorite book, draw for pleasure, or even work on a jigsaw puzzle
2:30-3:15Activity for the 4th class of the day 
3:15-4:00Put the finishing touches on the day and begin preparing for tomorrow.What studious activity can you do now to finish the day? Journaling, drawing, reading, Sudoku, and Crossword puzzles all keep your mind alert and ready for action.
4:00-DinnerHelp your family any way you canWhether it’s taking out the trash, helping with the yard, or taking care of younger siblings, see what you can do to help your family get through this together.

Paper Packets Available

Looking for some supplemental handouts for your elementary or middle schooler? 

Starting Wednesday, April 8th, Oak Hill Elementary will have paper packets of learning activities for grades PK-8th grade! You can pick them up on WEDNESDAYS ONLY between 11am-1pm. Just drive through the front drive to pick them up. We will have staff ready to deliver it to your car! 

This work is not mandatory, and does not replace the Blend work the teachers are posting next week. It is just something extra for your kids to work on at home because learning never ends!

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Living Room Library

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Student Email Access

 
Students need to remember to check their Student email accounts regularly. 
Not sure how? 
Check out this video ——>

Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Other ways you can help!

Small Animals

Hello Cougar Nation and Neighborhood Animal Lovers,

 

We have received several inquiries about animal care and feeding during this Covid-19 shutdown.  Please be assured that the animals are well-cared for: fed and watered daily. If you are interested and able to do volunteer animal care, we have a feeding schedule sign-up sheet.  Please send me your contact info (email and phone#), and I will share the Google Doc with you. Then you can sign up for open dates or stand-by feeding. We have a very strict routine with the animals, so you will need to attend a training session (approximately 30 minutes) before you begin.  Thank you for supporting the Green Academy at Small.

 

Peace, Love, Eggs, Milk & Manure

Chris Brooks

christopher.brooks@austinisd.org

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Collections, Donations for families in need in our immediate area:
A lot of you have asked us how you can directly help members of our Small community, so we are attaching a link to an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase much needed items for our Southwest Austin community. Items collected will be packaged and delivered for local families in need. Here is the link to the site, please share it with everyone you know. SW Austin wishlist

 

 

From Small Parents Marie Leann and Kimberly

Hello my name is Kimberly Parker and I am a parent of a child who attends small Middle School I was hoping that during this time of disaster people would be willing to help out their neighbors in need those seeking help and those willing to help out. We are taking donations in the form of household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand and body soap, hand sanitizer and all cleaning products. As well as non-perishable food items such as soups dry/can, noodles,rice, pasta sauce,tuna fish, beans, vegetables.. Walmart and HEB cards will be accepted so they can get things such as meat or medication or any other essential items needed.. NO CASH donations will be accepted! Please consider helping out our neighbors that may be having a difficult time right now or even just sharing this info with a family you know in need. You may contact me at Kimberlyjeanmard3@gmail.com or at 512-770-0285 via text message for further information on donation drop off or pick up availability. If you are interested in the free breakfast and lunch program offered by AISD you can pick it up at Crockett High School 11-1pm children do not have to be present we are working on getting a sight closer at Small or Patton.. I will be picking up meals and bringing them to the Alexander Oaks Community. I will be Distributing a limited number of meals daily at 12:45
Thank you’ll so very much!!

This is from Marie Leann:

I was contacted by a fellow parent that’s backed by school counselor/teachers at our middle school. We have a community in Southwest Austin that are in need of food and basic essentials. I have spoken with the counselor and the parent leading this charge and am trying to help the parent and the community in need.

We are trying to make food packs for several families. I will be purchasing several items for this need but we do need more. If able to provide any or all of food items below, I will coordinate with the other parents to compile these food packs and provide these to those families in need.

Items needed per food pack:

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables of any kind
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken and/or hamburger meat
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Our school, as a whole, does not meet the numbers to have Austin ISD provide meal delivery or a close location for the district provided meals for children that are otherwise (during school days) on reduced lunch and free meal programs. We have a couple parents traveling to pick up meals from another area, but they are only able to pick up so many meals and it is not enough to feed those in need in our area.

If you’re available to pick up meals some days from Crockett, please let me know as this will be helpful in providing more meals to those in need.

If you’re able to deliver food items from the list, we will be coordinating to make the food packs and deliver to the families in need.

If you’re able to help with the amazon wishlist, those items will go directly to the lead parent coordinating for delivery.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2B68USVXN4FFN…

As a note, we are working on getting a site set up at our school to be able to give these items to the families in our community in need, but we aren’t sure if we’ll be able to do that based on the current state of affairs and the restrictions placed on Austin ISD faculty by the district.

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Cougar Camp Postponed

Cougar Camp has been postponed. If you have already paid, you will be issued refunds. Once we know how things will look for next school year. 

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Cougar News – 4/6/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 4/6/20 – 4/10/2020

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There are so many emails, letters, links, surveys and the like being disseminated to all of y’all that I almost feel guilty sending you more. Almost. I have to make sure you and your family are ready for next week. Ready, not so much as in you have all your tech, workstation, and schedule set up, but rather ready as in you are confident in your teachers and your school.

We need you to be confident that everything will work out for you, for your student, and that this process will not only make us stronger, but also allow us to learn in new ways. This whole ordeal is a confidence-game-circle: we have confidence in your student, your student has confidence in you, you have confidence in us, we have confidence in you, and so on. For this relationship to work, all parties need to be confident in themselves and each other.

Here is why we are confident:

On Monday, your students’ teachers will start dropping (imbedding) online learning activities into BLEND and various other platforms for your student to work on. Each activity should be meaningful, related to your student’s class, and take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to complete. We’re gearing each unique learning activity to be completed asynchronously (I’ve typed this word so much lately I no longer need spell check…kudos to me!) but are offering office hours for each of your student’s teachers for check in, questions, and demonstrations. Check with your student’s teacher for their available hours. If your student has got it, no need to pop in. Also, if your student is befuddled, no need to wait until the next available time slot; simply email the teacher as soon as possible. Email will still be the best way to communicate with teachers, however the office hours features on BLEND and Zoom are certainly more social and personable.

Here is the drop schedule for when teachers will be placing activities into their courses. Pay close attention to 7th and 8th grade, who are dropping all activities at once, and make sure your student paces h/herself for the entire week. Remember, no more than 3 hours a day of online learning is what is recommended (more on that after you read the color-coded text below):

6th Grade- Monday and Wednesday: English Language Arts and World Cultures Tuesday and Thursday: Math and Science.

7th Grade- Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

8th Grade- Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

If your student is in 7th and 8th and all activities are dropped at once, it’s best you all refer to the schedule you’ve created which calls for no more than 3 hours per day, and each session at a max of 45 minutes. With the 45 minute max and 4 activities (an A-day or a B-day) that puts your student right at 3 hours. 3 hours online, that is. We still suggest filling the day with learning activities such as reading, journaling, drawing, or even working in the garden.

If you have yet to create a schedule that is working for your student, here is one we shared with them on Thursday as a template for their day. The times in the first column are not as important as the duration, so please put more effort into that (work 45 minutes, break, etc.) than with the start and stop times.

Sample Middle School schedule for optimal Home Learning:

Here is a sample schedule for our Cougars to use throughout this Home Learning Phase of the 2019-2020 School year. Feel free to tweak as necessary and know this is only an outline; different families and different students have different needs. To note: studies cite that for maximum benefit, students should not exceed more than 3 hours a day involved in online learning. Our teachers are scheduling activities to honor this thought and we only suggest 4 activities (classes) a day each week for a total of 20.

Time Task Resources/Activities
Before 10:00 Wake up and Breakfast Take a walk, do some yoga, get prepared for a day of learning
10:00-10:45 Activity for the 1st class of the day Check BLEND and your emails; if your 1st class is complete, move on to the next one.
10:45-11:15 Break Help with the chores around the house, make up your bed, and help with younger siblings if needed.
11:15-12:00 Activity for the 2nd class of the day
12:00-1:00 Lunch Eat something healthy and more outside time if the weather permits
1:00-1:45 Activity for the 3rd class of the day
1:45-2:30 Brain Break! Read some of your favorite book, draw for pleasure, or even work on a jigsaw puzzle
2:30-3:15 Activity for the 4th class of the day
3:15-4:00 Put the finishing touches on the day and begin preparing for tomorrow. What studious activity can you do now to finish the day? Journaling, drawing, reading, Sudoku, and Crossword puzzles all keep your mind alert and ready for action.
4:00-Dinner Help your family any way you can Whether it’s taking out the trash, helping with the yard, or taking care of younger siblings, see what you can do to help your family get through this together.

Confidence is not something that is given freely; it is earned and ongoing. We are ready for this challenge. We are eager to face adversity. We are certain we shall overcome. We have faith in our community, our kids, and in you. Next week will be brand new in regards to how we reach kids, but we will still reach our kids and get them engaged. This is our goal and we are all aware of how to reach it. We hope you are as confident in this process as we are and that you can share your confidence with your student. As surreal all of this is, and as unexpected, keep in mind we have the benefit of wisdom which comes through living a full life to help guide us through. Our kids are not quite there yet, so our mutual task at hand is to convince them that this too shall pass. Excelsior!

If you have any questions, concerns, or need a confidence boost, send me an email.

Thank you

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

Paper Packets Available

Looking for some supplemental handouts for your elementary or middle schooler? 

Starting Wednesday, April 8th, Oak Hill Elementary will have paper packets of learning activities for grades PK-8th grade! You can pick them up on WEDNESDAYS ONLY between 11am-1pm. Just drive through the front drive to pick them up. We will have staff ready to deliver it to your car! 

This work is not mandatory, and does not replace the Blend work the teachers are posting next week. It is just something extra for your kids to work on at home because learning never ends!

Living Room Library

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Student Email Access


Students need to remember to check their Student email accounts regularly. 
Not sure how? 
Check out this video ——>

Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/) is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite https://virtualcarekids.com.

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    512-854-1230
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    512-892-4040
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      Charter
      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Other ways you can help!

Small Animals

Hello Cougar Nation and Neighborhood Animal Lovers,

 

We have received several inquiries about animal care and feeding during this Covid-19 shutdown.  Please be assured that the animals are well-cared for: fed and watered daily. If you are interested and able to do volunteer animal care, we have a feeding schedule sign-up sheet.  Please send me your contact info (email and phone#), and I will share the Google Doc with you. Then you can sign up for open dates or stand-by feeding. We have a very strict routine with the animals, so you will need to attend a training session (approximately 30 minutes) before you begin.  Thank you for supporting the Green Academy at Small.

 

Peace, Love, Eggs, Milk & Manure

Chris Brooks

christopher.brooks@austinisd.org

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Collections, Donations for families in need in our immediate area:
A lot of you have asked us how you can directly help members of our Small community, so we are attaching a link to an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase much needed items for our Southwest Austin community. Items collected will be packaged and delivered for local families in need. Here is the link to the site, please share it with everyone you know. SW Austin wishlist

 

 

From Small Parents Marie Leann and Kimberly

Hello my name is Kimberly Parker and I am a parent of a child who attends small Middle School I was hoping that during this time of disaster people would be willing to help out their neighbors in need those seeking help and those willing to help out. We are taking donations in the form of household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand and body soap, hand sanitizer and all cleaning products. As well as non-perishable food items such as soups dry/can, noodles,rice, pasta sauce,tuna fish, beans, vegetables.. Walmart and HEB cards will be accepted so they can get things such as meat or medication or any other essential items needed.. NO CASH donations will be accepted! Please consider helping out our neighbors that may be having a difficult time right now or even just sharing this info with a family you know in need. You may contact me at Kimberlyjeanmard3@gmail.com or at 512-770-0285 via text message for further information on donation drop off or pick up availability. If you are interested in the free breakfast and lunch program offered by AISD you can pick it up at Crockett High School 11-1pm children do not have to be present we are working on getting a sight closer at Small or Patton.. I will be picking up meals and bringing them to the Alexander Oaks Community. I will be Distributing a limited number of meals daily at 12:45
Thank you’ll so very much!!

This is from Marie Leann:

I was contacted by a fellow parent that’s backed by school counselor/teachers at our middle school. We have a community in Southwest Austin that are in need of food and basic essentials. I have spoken with the counselor and the parent leading this charge and am trying to help the parent and the community in need.

We are trying to make food packs for several families. I will be purchasing several items for this need but we do need more. If able to provide any or all of food items below, I will coordinate with the other parents to compile these food packs and provide these to those families in need.

Items needed per food pack:

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables of any kind
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken and/or hamburger meat
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Our school, as a whole, does not meet the numbers to have Austin ISD provide meal delivery or a close location for the district provided meals for children that are otherwise (during school days) on reduced lunch and free meal programs. We have a couple parents traveling to pick up meals from another area, but they are only able to pick up so many meals and it is not enough to feed those in need in our area.

If you’re available to pick up meals some days from Crockett, please let me know as this will be helpful in providing more meals to those in need.

If you’re able to deliver food items from the list, we will be coordinating to make the food packs and deliver to the families in need.

If you’re able to help with the amazon wishlist, those items will go directly to the lead parent coordinating for delivery.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2B68USVXN4FFN…

As a note, we are working on getting a site set up at our school to be able to give these items to the families in our community in need, but we aren’t sure if we’ll be able to do that based on the current state of affairs and the restrictions placed on Austin ISD faculty by the district.

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Cougar Camp Postponed

Cougar Camp has been postponed. If you have already paid, you will be issued refunds. Once we know how things will look for next school year. 

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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