Cougar News 9/24/18 – 9/28/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of September 10, 2018 – September 14, 2018

Letter from Principal Nelson

Howdy Cougars!

These last few weeks of rain have dampered our task of getting kids outside every day during lunch, but as soon as the sun presents itself and the gaga pit doesn’t feel like a boggy marsh, we’ll get back to our goal of raising free-range kids. We want our kids outside as much as possible. Whether it be to run around like loons for 20 minutes during the day, or having students tackle a writing prompt sitting in one of our many gardens, nature has a way of energizing youth and we are far better off when it does so. If you want to see how a little Vitamin D and some exercise can uplift a student, send an email to Mr. Sammon ( about helping out during Free-cess at lunch time. All that we ask it that when you make it back inside you have as many balls and accessories that you left with. Speaking of which, if you have any unused outdoor equipment (frisbees, footballs, basketballs, jai alai, etc…) you’d like to donate, let Mr.Sammon know as well.

Stress: For most of our students, middle school is the first time in their academic lives when they start to experience elements of stress. What is most important is that they understand that this is completely normal and all part of being a human being. Remind them that stress can be beneficial (encourages us to practice or study more, activates dopamine, can temporarily boost performance) but that we need to be able to divide healthy stress from harmful stress. Please read the article below then share what you’ve gleamed with your student. For more information as to how to handle stress with the middle school mind, please feel free to email your student’s counselor (6th, 7th, 8th ).

How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress

Counselor Talks: Speaking of our amazing counselors, this Thursday September 27th in our library at 9:00 a.m., will be our first parent/guardian counselor talk of the year. The topic of this first conversation will be about something we all need assistance with: teens and social media. Even if you think your kid has this subject under control, or if s/he does not even have a social media profile, chances are they will experience issues with it in the near future. In fact you can bet on it. This generation of digital natives may not know of a time before smartphones, the internet, or social media, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t require careful observation and guidance as to how to use all the above correctly and courteously. Make sure to be there this Thursday to see how you can help and stay tuned to this newsletter for more upcoming Counselor Talks.

The goal is to communicate with y’all via this newsletter sometime next week, however that may not be plausible due to new additions to the fam. However I do guarantee you’ll hear from me the week after with an update and maybe even a few baby pics.

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505


Fun Run

Save the Date! November 16 

The kids will vote on a theme. 

  • Zombies?
  • Pokemon?
  • Heros vs Villians?
We are currently looking for sponsors and raffle Prizes – Contact Ms. Newell or see flyer below. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

We are starting to get sponsors!!! 

Big shout out to…

  • Double Dave’s Pizza for donating free pizza coupons to be used as prizes.
  • Austin Ghost Tours – 4 free Tickets to an Austin Ghost tour to be Raffled off.
Be sure to check out the Austin Ghost Arbor Trails History\Ghost Walk every Friday and Saturday Night in October! Weekend fun right in our back yard!

WE ARE GIRLS conference

Our Counselors would like to let you know about the
WE ARE GIRLS Conference. 


“Ignite Her Power”

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm

Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759

Bus pick up at Small Middle School at 8:00 and will return at 3:30

Tickets are $30 per person.  You can apply for an individual scholarship. 

Get your tickets and more information at


Please contact Ms. Diaz with any questions



Bus Finder? 

Teacher Email addresses?


Blend Tutorials?


Click here for all the answers to your parent cloud questions. 

Lasa Visits Small Middle School


Representatives from LASA will be at Small on October 4, 2018 from 1:30 – 2:06.  Current 8th grade students can sign up at the link below.





Thursday evening the 8th grade Volleyball team played O.Henry.  

The A team demolished them with scores of 25-15, 25-11.

Kiara B., Izzy R., Ireland G., Senaida B., and Kelly M.
all had amazing kills to help the team win.  

 The B team didn’t fare as well.

They lost 20-25, 20-25.

Sarai L. and Maddie T. had great saves in the back row.

Last Week's Football Scores

Football Scores vs Paredes

7A Small 20 Bailey 26

7B Small 0 Bailey 20

8A Small 8 Bailey 28

8B Small 0 Bailey 36

Cougar On-line

We at The Cougar Online ( are very excited
to have new videos to share with you!

Ducklings at Small

Animal of the week

Please pay your students enrichment fee as soon as your can, our teachers are waiting for those funds to purchase curriculum and other items to enhance the educational experience for all our kids.
Please read the enrichment letter for your students grade level below. 

  1. Learn more about our academies at:

  2. Support the Austin High Vertical Team Community Night: September 28, 2018 at House Park 6:00 p.m. Food Truck; 7:10 VT Night Field Prep; 7:30 p.m. Kick Off

    Schedule a school tour at:

  3. Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High

  4. Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.

Dance on the field with the
Austin High School Red Jackets!

Game is November 2nd


Register by October 19th to guarantee your spot!
Participants receive DINNER, a RED JACKET shirt, pompoms,
admission to the football game, and fun experience of learning
and performing a dance on the field! They will also join the RED
JACKETS in the Victory Line-up and sit and cheer with the RED
JACKETS during the first quarter of the football game.

Open to grades K-8. Cost is $50.

Click here for Registration information

Now Offered at Small Middle School!

Come See the Small Orchestra at the Monster Concert!

6 thoughts on “Cougar News 9/24/18 – 9/28/18

    1. Hi Kristie,

      Homecoming is the week of 10/1 – 10/5 Typically we would have the homecoming dance on that Friday, but that happens to be one of our DOI days (Student Holiday). We thought to have it on the Thursday of that week, but the kids have Games. We also have Smalloween coming up on 10/26 so the Athletic Boosters decided to move the dance to 11/30. We typically have 4 dances a year. 2 in Fall and 2 in Spring.

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