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Cougar News 3/18/19 – 3/22/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of March 18, 2019 – March 22, 2019

Cougar Nation-

It is with heavy head and crestfallen constitution that accompany me as I write this correspondence to my fellow Smallville neighbors. I’m fortunate the pen replaces my voice for this announcement, as I doubt I would be able to adequately relay any information through muffled sobs and bursts of tears. But alas, it is my duty as Mayor of Smallville to distribute the news, for something of this nature needs to be delivered by a friend and confidant rather than an outside source. For it’s through our shared experiences, regardless of how disappointing, which bring our community together and allows us to be strong for one another and work for one another to persevere. I’m reminded of the famed nautical saying which states “the mark of a good captain isn’t bringing the ship to shore when waters are calm, but rather when conditions are choppy” as I wistfully make this gloom-filled announcement: Spring Break is here.

I’m sorry the news isn’t more joyful or triumphant, but in this role I am merely the messenger and have no control over the events, for if I were, I assure you we here at Smallville would happily stay with your students the next 9 days. We are jealous of y’all’s opportunity to spend the next 216 hours with your student getting to laugh, read, spend time outside together, and reconnect. Trust me when I tell you, the entire staff here in Smallville USA envies the 12,960 minutes allotted to you and your student by the Powers That Be and hope you invest the time wisely. As for your teachers and staff, we will most likely all stay here on campus during the break, woefully looking at the door and counting down the 777,600 seconds that will pass before your student returns to rescue us from our despair.

Be thankful for your time with those whom you love and do what you can to help your student decompress and get rejuvenated for the upcoming grind.

Have a great break you lucky duckies.

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

Refrigerator Needed

Got an old working fridge you don’t need? 

 

Donate it in the name of science!

The 7th grade science team is in need of a working used refrigerator to store their ingredients that require refrigeration for their science experiments.

 

The one they have broke and could use a new one. 

If you can help email
Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org
Thanks!

PTA Join Us - 2019!

Some of you have stepped forward and it looks like we have a VP, Cage and PLTW people! Yay! 

Thank you so much!

Still looking for help with Fundraising, Green and Dual Language. 

 Click HERE to view PTA Board Position Descriptions

Save the Date!

When: May 10th 3:45 – 7:30 PM

What: End of year celebration and fundraiser

Why?  To have a great party and to bring in some much needed funds to help start off next year.

How do you Support? Become a Sponsor, Donate a Silent Auction or Raffle Item, Buy Wristbands and come to the event, Volunteer, Shop the Silent Auction.

Go to www.smallmiddleschool.org/splashfest for all the details

Parents right now what we are really looking for are…

  • Sponsorship’s – To underwrite the cost of this event
  • Silent Auction Donations – So parents can get a good deal and we can advertise your business
  • Raffle Items – the kids win raffle tickets when they play the games. We would love some Kid centered prizes that we can raffle off to them. 
That will get us started, we will fill you in on more info as we get closer to the event.. Please check out our Splashfest website and\or contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org with any questions, comments or ideas

Old Android Phones Needed:

A message from one of our Tech Teachers:

 

I need some old Android smart phones (with chargers unless it’s universal) that we can get onto the wifi. The program we use in App Creators doesn’t support Apple, so most students are not able to test their apps on an actual device. 

If you have one you can donate, please drop it in the Main Office.

Thanks for your help!

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Wondering what to do with your GT kiddo this summer?

 

This link takes you to a list of summer camps recommended for GT kiddos.  For most camps you do not HAVE to be GT identified, but the camp topics, pace, depth, complexity, and formats are designed to appeal to the GT student.

https://www.txgifted.org/content.asp?contentid=238#Grades:6-12

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

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

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

 

Social Emotional Learning

We will update this section closer to the end of spring break!
 

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Small Mountain Bike Race Results

Small Cougars participated in this weekend’s NICA (national interscholastic cycling association) mountain bike race; and a notable results are below.  They practice 4-6 days/week with the Bowie mountain bike team athletes and coaches.  This weekend’s race was in Smithville at Rocky Hill Ranch.  It lives up to it’s name – it’s rocky and hilly!

In the 8th grade race:
Ethan Doucette got 1st

In the 7th grade race:
Beckett Sharp got 3rd

As a result of their hard work – with the rest of the South Austin Bulldog composite team, the team captured 2nd place overall again for this race.  Teams from all over Texas come to compete in these races.

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

Great Thinkers

Let the fun and games continue!

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

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

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

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

 https://sites.google.com/view/smallultimate

 

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed starting March 11th through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $42 joining fee, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

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

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

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

 

Cougar Transition Camp

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

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

Austin High Summer Basketball Camp

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

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

Welcome to Austin Sunshine Camps!

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

Click here for the details and Application

Yearbook

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

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

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

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

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Cougar News 3/11/19 – 3/15/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of March 11, 2019 – March 15, 2019

Howdy Smallville!

When I say “Small,” you say “Cougars!”

Small!

Did you say it? C’mon, let’s try it again. This time really put some oomph into it! Sale it. Scream like your waving down the Ice Cream truck!

Small…

You didn’t do it did you? I figured you wouldn’t, but thought I’d give it a try. This is the exact reason why we don’t have virtual Pep Rallies. Celebrations and community building events such as these need to be held in person. Cheering is contagious, as is clapping, so we like to get as many people as we can together when we celebrate the awesome work our students are doing.

This is precisely why we are so thankful AISD updated our bleachers over the Winter Break: so we could get the whole school together for the first time all year to recognize our very own. Today was the first time our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students all got to come together as one student body to cheer for and with one another. Even though are school is becoming less and less separated due to space constraints (8th graders have class on the 3rd floor, 6th graders have class in the 8th grade hall, etc..) our little minnows typically stick to their pond and don’t have much time to interact with other grade levels. The enormity of our school is sometimes lost when your classroom consists of only 25 or so and the largest crowd our kids face is when 1/3rd of our population eats lunch. Pep rallies are especially important for our 6th graders as this truly is a secondary level event and somewhat a rite of passage. It’s also their first time to hear our amazing band play, watch our Cougar Dancers perform, and to be led by our amazing cheerleaders.

We love having this many like-minded kids together as one and will do our best to hold more events to celebrate our student body. Kudos to our teachers, coaches, and sponsors for putting this together and for allowing our kids to partake in the full middle school experience.

Have a pleasant weekend and beyond. We’ve 5 more days together before Spring Break and we’ll be teaching and learning up until 3:40 p.m. on Friday, so please help us in making sure your student is aware.

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

Save the Date!

When: May 10th 3:45 – 7:30 PM

What: End of year celebration and fundraiser

Why?  To have a great party and to bring in some much needed funds to help start off next year.

How do you Support? Become a Sponsor, Donate a Silent Auction or Raffle Item, Buy Wristbands and come to the event, Volunteer, Shop the Silent Auction.

Go to www.smallmiddleschool.org/splashfest for all the details

Parents right now what we are really looking for are…

  • Sponsorship’s – To underwrite the cost of this event
  • Silent Auction Donations – So parents can get a good deal and we can advertise your business
  • Raffle Items – the kids win raffle tickets when they play the games. We would love some Kid centered prizes that we can raffle off to them. 
That will get us started, we will fill you in on more info as we get closer to the event.. Please check out our Splashfest website and\or contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org with any questions, comments or ideas

Old Android Phones Needed:

A message from one of our Tech Teachers:

 

I need some old Android smart phones (with chargers unless it’s universal) that we can get onto the wifi. The program we use in App Creators doesn’t support Apple, so most students are not able to test their apps on an actual device. 

If you have one you can donate, please drop it in the Main Office.

Thanks for your help!

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

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

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

 

Social Emotional Learning

Students will be working on decorating their PRIDE doors around the theme of College.  In addition, we will be having our career day next Friday, March 15 and students will be exposed to March Madness via our midday announcements.
 
Mindfulness Moments:
Monday: Would you rather play in the snow or the rain?
Wednesday: Would you rather be a teen in the 1980’s or 1990’s?
Friday: Would you rather have to crawl everywhere or hop everywhere?
 

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Great Thinkers

Let the fun and games continue!

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

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

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

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

 https://sites.google.com/view/smallultimate

 

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed starting March 11th through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $42 joining fee, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

Germany

Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020

Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living. 

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here to visit the tour website

This trip is planned for June 2020

Recycling. Clean energy. Cars of the future. Germany and Switzerland
have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most forward-thinking
approaches to technology and energy. And it’s easy to see why—these
countries are a perfect blend of European charm and start-up culture.
 
Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts
by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming,
and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you
embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an
Alpine glacier, and discover a vast underground city in a nuclear bunker
in Lucerne.
 
For more information, please contact Sarah.Dietz@austinisd.org

Switzerland

Can't make it in June?
Maybe try Spring Break...

Students will have two opportunities to learn about Sustainable Living in German and Switzerland. The trips differ slightly, but the experience is beyond compare.

 

Information meeting for the Spring Break 2020 trip will be

Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm in the CSMS Library. 

Please join us to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

 

Learn how the Alps were formed and see the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands and the opportunities this has given in travel, leisure and, tourism. Learn about green technology and environmental advances by visiting Vauban – an innovative town that is a model of sustainability. You will also learn about the research, technology and production process involved in the modern automobile industry. Enjoy a bike tour that combines cultural highlights with an eco-tutorial on the regeneration of natural spaces along the Isar River and a guided tour of a Swiss hydroelectric power station. Spend the afternoon visiting the riveting Deutsches Museum, home to 28,000 exhibit items spanning 50 different fields of sciences and technology and filled with hands-on activities. Join us for all of this and so much more as we explore Lucerne, Freiburg, and Munich.

 

 contact melissa Dunaway with any questions. 

melissa.dunaway@austinisd.org

 

 

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

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

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

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

 

Yearbook

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

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

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

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

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Splashfest

Save the Date!

When: May 10th 3:45 – 7:30 PM

What: End of year celebration and fundraiser

Why?  To have a great party and to bring in some much needed funds to help start off next year.

How do you Support? Become a Sponsor, Donate a Silent Auction or Raffle Item, Buy Wristbands and come to the event. Volunteer, Shop the Silent Auction.

Go to www.smallmiddleschool.org/splashfest for all the details

Cougar News 3/4/19 – 3/8/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of March 4, 2019 – March 8, 2019

Proud citizens of Smallville-

Here’s a quote from the bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, that we shared with and talked about with our staff this week:

“Assume ignorance before malevolence. No one has a direct pipeline to your wants and needs—not even you.” Jordan B. Peterson

We wanted to make sure to remind our teachers that we are working with 11-14 year old students who often times do not know what it is they are to do, how to do it, or in most cases, have forgotten what to do. One cannot assume a kid is out to get them because they misplaced a restroom pass, or that the student is trying to show them up by purposely not writing down their assignments in their agenda only so teachers will receive an email from their parent. Assume the kid is a kid and that entails a lot of things to be forgotten, as well as an innumerable amount of tasks that will not be completed. Also, we reminded our staff that middle schoolers typically do not possess the time, nor the sticktoitiveness for a well-placed vendetta. We ask them to not take things personal and to remember that to err is human…even for little humans.

We also ask the same of our Smallville community when it comes to making judgements as to what is taking place, or has taken place, in your student’s classroom. Instead of quickly categorizing the teacher as being unfair for purposely misplacing a homework assignment, try checking to see if your pre-teen or teenage student, whom we have to remind on a daily what time lunch starts, might have put it in the wrong box or still has it. Then, look at the possibility that a professional, who receives 190 of these precious pieces of paper once, twice, and sometimes 3 times a week, could have easily misplaced it, overlooked it, of even dropped it. Remember, it takes a lot of extra effort to single out a kid and the end result for doing so is inevitably the same: more work and more headaches for the teacher. Instead, assume our teachers are human beings, which in being so means prone to error, and try to give them the benefit of the doubt.

7th and 8th Grade Parent Learning Walk: We love when parents and guardians get an opportunity to see what it is their kids are doing in our classrooms and were excited to have about a dozen or so walk with us on Wednesday. This one was geared for what to expect in the classrooms for next year to better prepare our students. The group I was lucky enough to escort spent approximately 45 minutes in various classes and during that time we heard roughly 2 minutes of teacher talk. Yes, you read that correctly, 2 of the 45 minutes we witnessed consisted of a teacher speaking directly to the class! That’s HUGE! For the majority of the time students were working cooperatively in groups, or partners, on the task at hand. We saw technology being utilized in all classes and could see the engagement across the board. Read below an email I received from parent Anita Latham about the experience:

“Mr. Nelson, thank you so much for doing the learning walk today. It was very helpful so see learning in action! Students seemed to be focused and interested in learning and teachers were

so creative in their approaches to foster group work and engagement. We love our school and thank you again for always being so open and receptive to parent input and involvement in school.”

Truer words were never spoken…err…written. Thanks again to all who showed up and we look forward to our next one.

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

Texas Youth & Government

We have some major congratulations to extend to the 16 students that competed in the Junior Youth and Government state conference this weekend! This is a student-led program where students spend three days at the state capital presenting and fighting for bills and proposals they have spent months creating on their own. This year we have some major accomplishments that need to be recognized:

We had 3 student that were recognized as “distinguished delegates which means they were chosen out of 600 participants as the strongest debaters, leaders, and presenters. Those students are as follows:

Ava Sprott
Zoe Moreno 
Vivi Lopez-Stern

We also had a major win for Taya Thompson who will serve as the lieutenant governor for the entire state of Texas! This is a huge honor and requires immense leadership opportunities. Taya will be speaking in front of YMCA Board members advocating for JYG and asking for funding for the organization. She will also serve as the speaker of the senate at next year’s state conference. This is just the start of all of her responsibilities and we wish her luck and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on all of her accomplishments.

These are major accomplishments for these students and we encourage as many of you to come out and join us next year as we fight for legislative change in Texas!

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Black History Month - Door Competition

This year our PRIDE classes competed in the first ever Black History Month Door Decorating Competition. We were blown away with what these classes came up with and loved walking through the halls looking at all their great designs. We had a non-partial team of judges that picked the winners. 

  • 1st- Mariel Early’s PRIDE Rm. 201 (Yellow Bus that extends onto the lockers)
  • 2nd- Toni Warren’s PRIDE Rm. 313 (Black HERstory)
  • 3rd- TIE
    • Meredith Siler’s PRIDE Rm. 107 (Black and Blue “Embrace the past…)
    • Emily Holzner’s PRIDE Rm. 404 (Lift Every Voice and Sing)

But they were all so good we decided to make a slide show to share them with you. 

Big thanks to Ms. Bright for the idea!

Old Android Phones Needed:

A message from one of our Tech Teachers:

 

I need some old Android smart phones (with chargers unless it’s universal) that we can get onto the wifi. The program we use in App Creators doesn’t support Apple, so most students are not able to test their apps on an actual device. 

If you have one you can donate, please drop it in the Main Office.

Thanks for your help!

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

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

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

 

Great Thinkers

Let the fun and games continue!

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

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

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

6th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download your
6th Grade Choice Sheet.

Watch the video below for instructions

7th Grade Choice Sheets

Click here to download the
7th grade Choice sheet

Watch the video below for instructions

8th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download the
8th Grade Choice Sheet

Watch the video below for instructions

Note from the Counselors:

Click here for the Course Descriptions 

 Every student should have a choice sheet now. If not you can download from the links above.

Computer Science (YR) & Computer Science (SM) have now changed to PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers (YR) and PLTW APP Creators (SM)
 
Green Building has now changed to Manufacturing & Construction

 
 

AISD Food Service Survey

AISD Food Services Survey 2019
At Austin ISD, we are committed to all students. In Nutrition and Food Services we strive to expand food access, serve healthy, tasty meals, and provide opportunities to learn about nutrition, cultural foodways and the food system. Salad bars, food trucks, plant-based options, clean labels, global flavors, locally sourced and sustainably raised foods are all ways we are reinventing the urban school meal experience at Austin ISD. Positive changes have been put in place over past few years. It is important that we continue to gather feedback from our school communities. We’d like your feedback. This information will be used to help create future menus to best meet your needs. Past feedback helped us to create more balanced menus with healthier versions of student favorites paired with new, global dishes.
Take the family survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey Take the student/staff survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Making the choice to eat school meals positively impacts all students across the district. The more students fed each day, the more funds are available to spend on higher quality food. We plan to increase the use of local, sustainable and clean label foods, but need student participation to help support these initiatives. 
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! 
Anneliese Tanner Executive Director 
Austin ISD Food Services and Warehouse Operations
Encuesta de Servicios Alimentarios 2019
En el Austin ISD estamos comprometidos con todos los estudiantes. En Servicios Alimentarios y de Nutrición nos esforzamos por expandir el acceso a la comida, servir comidas saludables y deliciosas, y ofrecer oportunidades de aprender sobre nutrición, prácticas culturales alimenticias y el sistema alimentario. Las barras de ensaladas, camiones de comida, opciones basadas en plantas, etiquetas limpias, sabores globales, comidas de fuentes locales y producidas de forma sostenible son todas formas en que estamos reinventando la experiencia de la comida escolar urbana en el Austin ISD. Se han realizado cambios positivos durante los últimos años. Es importante que sigamos reuniendo comentarios de nuestras comunidades escolares. Nos gustaría saber su opinión. Se utilizará esta información para crear menús futuros que satisfagan mejor sus necesidades. Los comentarios en el pasado nos ayudaron a crear menús más balanceados con versiones más saludables de platos favoritos de los estudiantes junto con platos globales nuevos.
Llene la encuesta familiar aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey
Llene la encuesta para estudiantes y personal aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Elegir comer las comidas escolares afecta de forma positiva a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Mientras más estudiantes las coman cada día, tantos más fondos habrá disponibles para comprar comida de mayor calidad. Planeamos aumentar el uso de alimentos locales, sostenibles y de etiqueta limpia, pero necesitamos la participación de los estudiantes para que apoyen estas iniciativas.
¡Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir su opinión! 
Anneliese Tanner Directora ejecutiva Servicios Alimentarios y Operaciones del Almacén del Austin ISD

Social Emotional Learning

Anonymously, students will complete a handout that will help us create an artistic representation of all of the diverse identities Small students identify with.  The NPFH/PALS students will use these to create a visual installation.  The March Madness College Door Decorating Contest. 

 Mindfulness Moment Questions:
Before each question, take some time to take a couple of collective deep breaths in and out. If you do not wish to ask these questions you can always ask students to 
1) “Tell me something good.” 
2) Share a glum and a glow.

 

Monday: Would you rather stay a kid until you turn 80 or instantly turn 40?
Wednesday: Would you rather be able to see new colors that no other people could see or be able to hear things that no other humans can hear

Friday: Would you rather be able to talk to animals or be able to fly?

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Please join us for a parent overview of Blend.  BLEND, Austin ISD’s new digital learning space, was created to provide parents and guardians with the information necessary to support their child’s use of BLEND. Come join us for a short orientation that will help you understand the mechanics of BLEND and give you a better understanding of your child’s expectations at school. 

This class will be taught by 7th grade science teacher, Laura Rice.  Ms. Rice is the Campus innovation Coach has been using BLEND for over 2 years. 

March 6th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206

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Thank you to those of you that have filled out the Parent survey so far. 

If you have not, please take a few minutes

DEADLINE IS MARCH 8th

AISD would like to get a solid idea of how our families feel about our school. They use this information for the  strategic plan scorecard. 

Please take a moment to tell AISD your thoughts about Small Middle School. 

Basketball Scores

Boys Basketball Scores vs Murchison

 

Basketball Scores

7A 32 – Garcia 64
7A 38 – Gorzycki 44(7th Grade finishes 4th in District)
8A 60 – Lamar 50
8A 55 – Bailey 41

Flag Rugby Club will start back up on Wednesday, 3/06,  3:45 -4:45

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

 https://sites.google.com/view/smallultimate

 

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed starting March 11th through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $42 joining fee, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

Germany

Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020

Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living. 

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here to visit the tour website

This trip is planned for June 2020

Recycling. Clean energy. Cars of the future. Germany and Switzerland
have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most forward-thinking
approaches to technology and energy. And it’s easy to see why—these
countries are a perfect blend of European charm and start-up culture.
 
Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts
by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming,
and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you
embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an
Alpine glacier, and discover a vast underground city in a nuclear bunker
in Lucerne.
 
For more information, please contact Sarah.Dietz@austinisd.org

Switzerland

Can't make it in June?
Maybe try Spring Break...

Students will have two opportunities to learn about Sustainable Living in German and Switzerland. The trips differ slightly, but the experience is beyond compare.

 

Information meeting for the Spring Break 2020 trip will be

Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm in the CSMS Library. 

Please join us to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

 

Learn how the Alps were formed and see the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands and the opportunities this has given in travel, leisure and, tourism. Learn about green technology and environmental advances by visiting Vauban – an innovative town that is a model of sustainability. You will also learn about the research, technology and production process involved in the modern automobile industry. Enjoy a bike tour that combines cultural highlights with an eco-tutorial on the regeneration of natural spaces along the Isar River and a guided tour of a Swiss hydroelectric power station. Spend the afternoon visiting the riveting Deutsches Museum, home to 28,000 exhibit items spanning 50 different fields of sciences and technology and filled with hands-on activities. Join us for all of this and so much more as we explore Lucerne, Freiburg, and Munich.

 

 contact melissa Dunaway with any questions. 

melissa.dunaway@austinisd.org

 

 

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

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

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

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

 

Yearbook

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

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

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

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

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Cougar News 2/25/19 – 3/1/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of February 25, 2019 – March 1, 2019

Howdy Cougars!

I’m writing this newsletter live from the 6th grade Valentine’s Day Dance! This is a fantastic way to celebrate all the money for campus our kids helped raise, and these 6th graders are tearing up the dance floor in style. Well, not actually tearing it up with actual dances; more like tearing it up by playing chase or briefly dancing then darting back to the safe confines of the outer perimeters. DJ Fred (Mr. T) is mixing it up with hits from today and from before, all geared up to get our kids on the floor. It’s events such as this that give me pause….wait…gotta run, the DJ is playing Harlem Shuffle.

Wow! Now they’re dancing! Nothing gets socially awkward teens and middle-aged adults on the dance floor faster than a dance with explicit instructions. Nobody feels judged as we’re all doing the same thing: we’re moving it to the left, we’re moving it to the right, etc… It’s just like I was planning on delving deep into before the song started playing. Teenagers need to …

Dang! Now he’s playing the Cupid Shuffle! This one has even more instructions, which means less opportunities to mess up. Wow! Even the chaperones are high-tailing it to the floor on this one.

Whew…now I’m out of breath. Looks like I won’t be able to finish my thoughts on the above. Instead, take a gander at the miscellania below:

7th and 8th Grade Parent/Guardian Learning Walk: Please join us this Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria for a Learning Walk. This one is geared towards 7th and 8th grade families to they can get an idea as to what’s going on in our classrooms. For 7th grade families, it’s a great way to get a glimpse into what one could expect next year. We’ll meet briefly to go over expectations, spend about 45 minutes in some classrooms, then debrief in the cafeteria all before the chaos which is a passing period ensues.

Transformation Zone Update: A BIG thanks to the parents and guardians who met with the consulting firm working with AISD a few weeks back to discuss Smallville and the Transformation Zone opportunity. There is no news to report on this end, as we are still in a holding pattern, but expect some news by the end of next week. Regardless of the outcome, it’s always great to let others meet with our various stakeholders to hear about all the wonderful goings on at Small.

CAC BTO Shoutout: Kudos to our CAC for sitting through about 40 minutes of my discussion and dissection of next year’s BTO (Basic Table of Operations, i.e. budget). It’s never exciting listening to somebody go over what amounts to a spreadsheet with numbers on it ad nauseum, but the committee sat through the process and learned about what we plan to do with the funds AISD is giving us, what we’ll do if and when they decide to increase the funds based on our student population, and how we plan to pay “out of pocket” for staff and personal so we can continue to have the same number of staff next year. We are a tricky school to forecast since our numbers have increased every year (34% in 3 years) due to student choice and the growth of Southwest Austin, but we’re certain the funds forecasted will soon match our student projections and we won’t have to rely on Plans B, C, D, and E. Regardless, it was nice to share the inner workings of the entire process with the CAC and their questions and ponderings certainly proved their interest.

Now, back to the dance floor. I heard rumor there’s an old school remix version of The Electric Slide coming up and I got to start stretching.

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

 

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

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

* Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

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

6th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download your
6th Grade Choice Sheet.

Watch the video below for instructions

7th Grade Choice Sheets

Click here to download the
7th grade Choice sheet

Watch the video below for instructions

8th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download the
8th Grade Choice Sheet

Watch the video below for instructions

Note from the Counselors:

Click here for the Course Descriptions 

 Every student should have a choice sheet now. If not you can download from the links above.

Computer Science (YR) & Computer Science (SM) have now changed to PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers (YR) and PLTW APP Creators (SM)
 
Green Building has now changed to Manufacturing & Construction

 
 

AISD Food Service Survey

AISD Food Services Survey 2019
At Austin ISD, we are committed to all students. In Nutrition and Food Services we strive to expand food access, serve healthy, tasty meals, and provide opportunities to learn about nutrition, cultural foodways and the food system. Salad bars, food trucks, plant-based options, clean labels, global flavors, locally sourced and sustainably raised foods are all ways we are reinventing the urban school meal experience at Austin ISD. Positive changes have been put in place over past few years. It is important that we continue to gather feedback from our school communities. We’d like your feedback. This information will be used to help create future menus to best meet your needs. Past feedback helped us to create more balanced menus with healthier versions of student favorites paired with new, global dishes.
Take the family survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey Take the student/staff survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Making the choice to eat school meals positively impacts all students across the district. The more students fed each day, the more funds are available to spend on higher quality food. We plan to increase the use of local, sustainable and clean label foods, but need student participation to help support these initiatives. 
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! 
Anneliese Tanner Executive Director 
Austin ISD Food Services and Warehouse Operations
Encuesta de Servicios Alimentarios 2019
En el Austin ISD estamos comprometidos con todos los estudiantes. En Servicios Alimentarios y de Nutrición nos esforzamos por expandir el acceso a la comida, servir comidas saludables y deliciosas, y ofrecer oportunidades de aprender sobre nutrición, prácticas culturales alimenticias y el sistema alimentario. Las barras de ensaladas, camiones de comida, opciones basadas en plantas, etiquetas limpias, sabores globales, comidas de fuentes locales y producidas de forma sostenible son todas formas en que estamos reinventando la experiencia de la comida escolar urbana en el Austin ISD. Se han realizado cambios positivos durante los últimos años. Es importante que sigamos reuniendo comentarios de nuestras comunidades escolares. Nos gustaría saber su opinión. Se utilizará esta información para crear menús futuros que satisfagan mejor sus necesidades. Los comentarios en el pasado nos ayudaron a crear menús más balanceados con versiones más saludables de platos favoritos de los estudiantes junto con platos globales nuevos.
Llene la encuesta familiar aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey
Llene la encuesta para estudiantes y personal aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Elegir comer las comidas escolares afecta de forma positiva a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Mientras más estudiantes las coman cada día, tantos más fondos habrá disponibles para comprar comida de mayor calidad. Planeamos aumentar el uso de alimentos locales, sostenibles y de etiqueta limpia, pero necesitamos la participación de los estudiantes para que apoyen estas iniciativas.
¡Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir su opinión! 
Anneliese Tanner Directora ejecutiva Servicios Alimentarios y Operaciones del Almacén del Austin ISD

Social Emotional Learning

This week, our students will be learning about and discussing resilience.  Resilience is perseverance through struggle, bounding back from defeat, and having the courage to take risks. They will watch a video about Richie Parker, a vehicle engineering, and how he’s overcome many obstacles.  Then, students will reflect on an individual in their lives that has been highly resilient. 

 Mindfulness Moment

Read the quote.  Allow time for students to process and have them share their thoughts on it.

 Monday: “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Friday: “We can’t become who we need to be by remaining who we are.” – Oprah Winfrey

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Please join us for a parent overview of Blend.  BLEND, Austin ISD’s new digital learning space, was created to provide parents and guardians with the information necessary to support their child’s use of BLEND. Come join us for a short orientation that will help you understand the mechanics of BLEND and give you a better understanding of your child’s expectations at school. 

This class will be taught by 7th grade science teacher, Laura Rice.  Ms. Rice is the Campus innovation Coach has been using BLEND for over 2 years. 

March 6th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206

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Thank you to those of you that have filled out the Parent survey so far. 

If you have not, please take a few minutes

AISD would like to get a solid idea of how our families feel about our school. They use this information for the  strategic plan scorecard. 

Please take a moment to tell AISD your thoughts about Small Middle School. 

Basketball Scores

Boys Basketball Scores vs Murchison

 

Basketball Scores


7B Small 28 – Gorzycki 33
8B Small 29 – Gorzycki 36

A Team City Tournament results
7A 58 – Burnet 37

Upcoming Games:
Monday 7A @ Garcia (City Semi-Finals)

Monday 8A @ Lamar

Wednesday Games for 7A and 8A to be determined based on Monday’s results.

 

 

Germany

Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020

Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living. 

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here to visit the tour website

This trip is planned for June 2020

Recycling. Clean energy. Cars of the future. Germany and Switzerland
have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most forward-thinking
approaches to technology and energy. And it’s easy to see why—these
countries are a perfect blend of European charm and start-up culture.
 
Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts
by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming,
and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you
embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an
Alpine glacier, and discover a vast underground city in a nuclear bunker
in Lucerne.
 
For more information, please contact Sarah.Dietz@austinisd.org

Switzerland

Can't make it in June?
Maybe try Spring Break...

Students will have two opportunities to learn about Sustainable Living in German and Switzerland. The trips differ slightly, but the experience is beyond compare.

 

Information meeting for the Spring Break 2020 trip will be

Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm in the CSMS Library. 

Please join us to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

 

Learn how the Alps were formed and see the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands and the opportunities this has given in travel, leisure and, tourism. Learn about green technology and environmental advances by visiting Vauban – an innovative town that is a model of sustainability. You will also learn about the research, technology and production process involved in the modern automobile industry. Enjoy a bike tour that combines cultural highlights with an eco-tutorial on the regeneration of natural spaces along the Isar River and a guided tour of a Swiss hydroelectric power station. Spend the afternoon visiting the riveting Deutsches Museum, home to 28,000 exhibit items spanning 50 different fields of sciences and technology and filled with hands-on activities. Join us for all of this and so much more as we explore Lucerne, Freiburg, and Munich.

 

 contact melissa Dunaway with any questions. 

melissa.dunaway@austinisd.org

On Feb. 3rd, many Small Middle School students competed in the NICA Mountain Bike race in Troy, TX.  All raced hard and several garnered top 10 results.  Everyone’s efforts assisted in claiming the Middle School 2nd place over all other mountain bike teams in Texas that weekend.   These students train and race with the Bowie Mountain Bike Bulldog team.

8th grade boys
Ethan Doucette 1st place
7th grade boys

Beckett Sharp 8th place
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Gretchen Doucette

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

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

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

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

 

Yearbook

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

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

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

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

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details

 

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Cougar News 2/18/19 – 2/22/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of February 18, 2019 – February 22, 2019

Cougar Nation-

Weekends in Austin are akin to “A Tale of Two Cities” lately as last week was blistery and cold and this weekend could shape up to be one of the weekends that justify the 30 days in a row of 100 plus heat in the summer. Experts refer to weekends like this as “Chamber of Commerce” ones and we hope you get to spend a considerable amount of time with your student doing something outside as Vitamin D is a well known cure all.

We’ve been working with our staff these last few years about ways to teach, foster and develop grit in our students. We know that the lessons they learn in the classroom are secondary and that our primary focus is on making them develop this trait so they can be able to overcome any obstacles in life. One of the best ways to help train and develop grit in students, and in ourselves for that matter, is by delaying gratification. How does that equate to success in the academic and real-world you ask? Simple. Any time we delay immediate or easily attainable rewards for larger rewards in the future, we are inviting positive outcomes such as academic success, physical and psychological well-being, as well as increased social competency, into our world. We are bargaining that bypassing an immediate quick-fix will pay larger dividends in the future. This is not a new theory (follow link for seminal experiment marshmallow ), however in today’s fast-paced, instant gratification world where Amazon and Uber Eats are a click away, it is more difficult than ever to practice. When “hey Siri,” and “OK Google” provide any answer to any pondering or question we have, we have no way of internally ranking which question is the most important, or important enough for us to write down and look up later. When all queries are met with the same immediacy, we fail to delay gratification and therefore miss an opportunity to practice self-control and develop will power.

 We’re researching methods for practicing this skill here in Smallville and always welcome feedback from all stakeholders as to how we can accomplish this. Here is an interesting article about how we can teach self-control for teens at home. Follow this link and gleam what you can. self-control in teens

 UIL: UIL is not only for sports, choir, band, theater, and orchestra, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for other students to compete in individual and team events geared towards academics. We love UIL competition as it allows all kids with a varied set of interests compete against other like-minded students representing their school. This year we are excited to announce Mrs. Bridget Brown as our UIL Chair/Sponsor. If you are interested in assisting, or want to know more information about the categories and main event in April, send her an email at bridget.brown@austinisd.org

 Here’s a smidgeon of some of the event our students have historically participated in the past:

 Ready writing, editorial writing, spelling, modern oratory, chess puzzle, mathematics, calculator applications, music memory, and many, many more. Make sure to encourage your student to try something new and listen to announcements about how to sign up. As for what you can do on your end, talk it up to your kids and get them excited. We’ll be working hard finding coaches for the events that spark the most interest.

 

Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

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

AISD Food Service Survey

AISD Food Services Survey 2019
At Austin ISD, we are committed to all students. In Nutrition and Food Services we strive to expand food access, serve healthy, tasty meals, and provide opportunities to learn about nutrition, cultural foodways and the food system. Salad bars, food trucks, plant-based options, clean labels, global flavors, locally sourced and sustainably raised foods are all ways we are reinventing the urban school meal experience at Austin ISD. Positive changes have been put in place over past few years. It is important that we continue to gather feedback from our school communities. We’d like your feedback. This information will be used to help create future menus to best meet your needs. Past feedback helped us to create more balanced menus with healthier versions of student favorites paired with new, global dishes.
Take the family survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey Take the student/staff survey here: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Making the choice to eat school meals positively impacts all students across the district. The more students fed each day, the more funds are available to spend on higher quality food. We plan to increase the use of local, sustainable and clean label foods, but need student participation to help support these initiatives. 
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! 
Anneliese Tanner Executive Director 
Austin ISD Food Services and Warehouse Operations
Encuesta de Servicios Alimentarios 2019
En el Austin ISD estamos comprometidos con todos los estudiantes. En Servicios Alimentarios y de Nutrición nos esforzamos por expandir el acceso a la comida, servir comidas saludables y deliciosas, y ofrecer oportunidades de aprender sobre nutrición, prácticas culturales alimenticias y el sistema alimentario. Las barras de ensaladas, camiones de comida, opciones basadas en plantas, etiquetas limpias, sabores globales, comidas de fuentes locales y producidas de forma sostenible son todas formas en que estamos reinventando la experiencia de la comida escolar urbana en el Austin ISD. Se han realizado cambios positivos durante los últimos años. Es importante que sigamos reuniendo comentarios de nuestras comunidades escolares. Nos gustaría saber su opinión. Se utilizará esta información para crear menús futuros que satisfagan mejor sus necesidades. Los comentarios en el pasado nos ayudaron a crear menús más balanceados con versiones más saludables de platos favoritos de los estudiantes junto con platos globales nuevos.
Llene la encuesta familiar aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDFamilySurvey
Llene la encuesta para estudiantes y personal aquí: https://tinyurl.com/2019AISDStaffandStudentSurvey
Elegir comer las comidas escolares afecta de forma positiva a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Mientras más estudiantes las coman cada día, tantos más fondos habrá disponibles para comprar comida de mayor calidad. Planeamos aumentar el uso de alimentos locales, sostenibles y de etiqueta limpia, pero necesitamos la participación de los estudiantes para que apoyen estas iniciativas.
¡Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir su opinión! 
Anneliese Tanner Directora ejecutiva Servicios Alimentarios y Operaciones del Almacén del Austin ISD

6th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download your
6th Grade Choice Sheet.

Watch the video below for instructions

7th Grade Choice Sheets

Click here to download the
7th grade Choice sheet

Watch the video below for instructions

8th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download the
8th Grade Choice Sheet

Watch the video below for instructions

Note from the Counselors:

Click here for the Course Descriptions 

 Every student should have a choice sheet now. If not you can download from the links above.

Computer Science (YR) & Computer Science (SM) have now changed to PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers (YR) and PLTW APP Creators (SM)
 
Green Building has now changed to Manufacturing & Construction

 
 

Social Emotional Learning

This week in our Cougar Communities, we will be reading and analyzing Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise. 

 

Black History Month question of the day:

 

Wednesday: I became the 44th President of the United States in 2009. I was the first African U.S. President. I won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009. 
Answer: Barack Obama

 

Thursday:  I was the first African American to play in the U.S. grass court championships at Forest Hills, N.Y. (1950), and at Wimbledon, England (1951). I won many international tournaments and U.S., British, and French Championships. 
Answer: Althea Gibson

Friday: I was the first African American female to hold an international pilot license. I became a barnstormer who performed for paying audiences. I earned the title “the world’s greatest woman flier.”

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Please join us for a parent overview of Blend.  BLEND, Austin ISD’s new digital learning space, was created to provide parents and guardians with the information necessary to support their child’s use of BLEND. Come join us for a short orientation that will help you understand the mechanics of BLEND and give you a better understanding of your child’s expectations at school. 

This class will be taught by 7th grade science teacher, Laura Rice.  Ms. Rice is the Campus innovation Coach has been using BLEND for over 2 years. 

March 6th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206

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Thank you to those of you that have filled out the Parent survey so far. 

If you have not, please take a few minutes

AISD would like to get a solid idea of how our families feel about our school. They use this information for the  strategic plan scorecard. 

Please take a moment to tell AISD your thoughts about Small Middle School. 

Basketball Scores

Boys Basketball Scores vs Murchison

 

Basketball Scores vs Lamar

 7A 47 – Lamar 46 

Small 7A Boys Clinch Zone Championship!

7B 22 – Lamar 37

8A 65 – Lamar 52

8B 42 – Lamar 33

 

Next Weeks Basketball Games

 

7B @ Gorzycki, Wednesday, 6:00 (Last 7B Game)


8B @ Gorzycki, Wednesday, 7:00 (Last 8B Game)

 

Thursday, A Team City Tournament First Round


7A vs Burnet @ Small 6:00


8A vs Dobie @ Small 7:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany

Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020

Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living. 

Informational Meeting Tuesday February 19th 6pm in Mrs. Dietz’s room (202)

This trip is planned for June 2020

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here! https://rsvp.eftours.com/truudgy

Recycling. Clean energy. Cars of the future. Germany and Switzerland
have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most forward-thinking
approaches to technology and energy. And it’s easy to see why—these
countries are a perfect blend of European charm and start-up culture.
 
Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts
by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming,
and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you
embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an
Alpine glacier, and discover a vast underground city in a nuclear bunker
in Lucerne.

For more information, please join us in room 202 for a
parent meeting regarding this trip. 

Switzerland