Cougar News 9/3/18 – 9/7/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of September 3, 2018 – September 7, 2018

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

I’ll keep this brief since I will hopefully be seeing most of you here on campus for Back to School Night on Tuesday. This way I can simply read what would have gone out in the newsletter. In administration, we call this the “2 birds, one message” method.:)

Back to School Night, Tuesday, September 4th, 6-8 p.m.

We are hoping to have as many parents and guardians possible here for the big soiree on Tuesday. The evening will start with a brief PTA meeting in the cafeteria at 5:30 followed by a chance for all of y’all to get to meet your student’s teachers. We will start the schedule in your student’s PRIDE (advisory) and then have you follow their schedule in ascending numerical order. Each class will consist of 7 minutes and we will allow a 5 minute passing period. Since there will be so many of you new to Smallville, we are giving you one more minute than we give the kids. Also, in an effort to be as welcoming as possible, we will not be counting tardies for arriving after the bell.

When in your student’s classes, please make sure to ask questions of a general nature (systems, procedures, homework policy, etc..) and try not to ask questions that only pertain to your student. Also, this evening is not about sharing your student’s strengths or weaknesses with the instructor. Reason being is we want to give your input the respect it deserves and we would hate to forget about what was discussed due to the large number of visitors and questions. For personal questions or information, please make sure to email your teacher or call to set up a meeting. As per usual, this is Back to School night for parents and guardians; make sure you keep your kids at home as we do not have enough room in our classes to accommodate students and guests.

On your way in or out of a classroom, be sure to pick up a gold star on the door frame and purchase a much needed item for a classroom. Teachers will have these decorating their doors and you, or your student can drop off the donations to the office or directly to the teacher any time you can.

Our teachers and staff are excited to meet you and share with you all the experiences and fun your kids will have with them. They will also use that time to discuss their communication channels and how best to reach them. Speaking of which, make sure to email me whenever you have a question or concern and be sure to check out what’s going on daily in Smallville via Twitter. @smallprincipal

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

Campus Advisory Council

What is the Campus Advisory Council (CAC)?

The Campus Advisory Council is a committee of parents, students, business and community representatives, teachers, principals, and other campus staff. The formation of CACs is required by state law (Texas Education Code, §11.251). Specific functions of CACs include providing review and comment on:

  • Campus Educational Program
  • Campus Performance
  • Campus Improvement Plan
  • Campus Staff Development Plan
  • Campus-Level Waiver Requests to the State
  • Campus Budget

Small Middle School is looking for new members to join our CAC. 
If you would like to be on this years CAC Committee, please Click here to apply. 

The meeting dates are on our website at…

Volunteer Meeting


Join us on Friday, September 7th at 8:30 AM for our Volunteer meeting

Learn about the different ways you can volunteer your time at Small
 and how much you are wanted and needed.

If you have questions about volunteering or can not make the meeting,
check out our volunteer page and/or Contact



Turn in those summer Box Tops you collected!  Students can drop them off in the front office or the library.  All Box Tops will benefit the Small Middle School Library.

Important Back to School Info

Welcome Back! 

Here are some links to key information you will need to start your year. Be sure to check out even more on our Back to School Guide. 

Enrichment Fee’s help us enhance the educational experience through field trips and additional materials. Please read the enrichment letter for your students grade level. You will get more information at Back to School night 

Join us for our Back to School night on September 4th.

What to Expect

  • Shuttle buses will be running from Austin Oaks Church starting at 5:00 for easier parking.
  • PTA meeting is at 5:30 – 5:45 in Cafeteria.
  • Be in your students Pride class by 6:00 pm for announcement.
  • Then you go to each classroom on a bell schedule for 7 min with a 5 min passing period between. 1st period – 8th period in numerical order. 


CSMS... The more you know

There is so much going on here at Small Middle School, we will try to give you tips and tricks about our school in this section each week!

Daily Scrolling Marquee

Did you know Small now has a daily marquee that the kids can see from all our common areas – The Gym, Main Office, Library, Cafeteria and Counseling offices all have TV’s tuned to giving kids the info they need for the day and a heads up of what’s coming up. 

If you ever want to see what is going on at Small on a Daily Basis, You can check it out yourself by clicking the Campus Info option on the menu to the right.

Order a kid!

We want to make checking your student out of school early as easy as ordering a pizza!

Quickest way to get your kid: Send your student to school with a note stating what time they are to leave. The student will come to the office before school and receive a pass to leave class at the time stated in the note. Then when you come to school to pick up your kid, they will be waiting in the office for you. DON’T FORGET to bring your Drivers Licence We will need to scan it to release your student.  

Order a kid: New this year we are using a google form to request an early release for your student. Just go to our website main page, click “Early Pick-up request” under the helpful Links section and fill out the form. 

We will see your request and our front office ladies will see and send a pass for the student to meet you in the office. If you give us at least 45 min notice, your student should be waiting for you in the office at the specified time. And again…DON’T FORGET to bring your Drivers Licence We will need to scan it to release your student.  


If you don’t plan ahead, be prepared to
wait as we find your student.



Student Bail Out

Forgot homework? Forgot Lunch? Forgot Instrument?

 In middle school, experts recommend giving your student 1 bail out a year. If they forget something, let them have natural consequences so they learn to not forget it in the future. 

However, if your student forgets something and you’re are nice enough to bring it to them, we got you! We have set up a “Forgot your Stuff” do it yourself section in the main office.

  1. Put your child’s name on the item (we have sticky notes and sharpies ready for you) 
  2. Fill out the Green “Give to my Student” Form Place the form in the specified box and drop your item on the cart. 
  3. Wave goodbye to the front office staff and have a great day!

What happens behind the scenes… A front office clerk, or a student aid, will take the green form, figure out where the student is and take the note to the student. That student will then come by the office during passing period and pick up the forgotten item. 

If you are dropping off money, please ask a front office staff person for help. We don’t want to just leave money lying around. 

After School Clubs

After School Clubs are starting to form. We will have a list of available clubs in the next newsletter. Clubs don’t typically start until mid September. If your student wants to start a club, they need to find a teacher sponsor. Once a teacher agrees to sponsor a club, I will add it to the club page on our website. 

DukeTip Talent Search for 6th and 7th Graders!

Did your 6th or 7th grader score in the 95th percentile on any of last year’s STAAR tests? If so, they are eligible to sign up for the DukeTIP Talent Search. Go to for more information about the test and how to register. After you’ve visited the site, if you still have questions, email your GT Advocate, Christie Manners, at

For 6th Grade, 95%ile is equal to or above: 1849 in Math, 1774 in Reading, OR 4702 in Science.

For 7th Grade, 95%ile is equal to or above: 1884 in Math OR 1784 in Reading.

If you have questions after exploring the DukeTIP website, please email your GT Advocate CSMS has a limited number of scholarships available for students with demonstrated need. Please contact your GT Advocate.

Dual Language T-Shirt Fundraiser

The Dual Language team is fundraising for supplies for our DL Club, field trips, etc. We are selling the coolest “Aztec cougar” logo shirt. 

Orders are due SEPT. 9th

Please order yours today and help our program! By the end of this year, we will have the first Small DL graduates t

o celebrate! Bravisimo!

Wear “la camiseta mas linda de Small” this year! You can even pay on Cash Online! Or turn in form and $ to Mr. Hopkins in room 104. 

Print the order form here


Here’s when and where:

The Bulldogs mountain bike team is a racing team made up of Middle School and High School students that participate in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association NICA. If you love to ride bikes and want to race them too we will be hosting an information session September 13th from 6:30-8:00 PM at ATX Bikes. We will cover pre-season items for both the Bowie High School and the South Austin Composite Middle School teams. Come on out and let us answer any questions you may have!
  • Bulldogs Information Session
  • ATX Bikes 5701 Slaughter Ln Suite A110 78749
  • September 13th 6:30-8:00 pm

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