Cougar News 10/8/18 – 10/12/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of October 1, 2018 – October 5, 2018

 A note from our Counselors

Thanks to all the parents who made it out to our first Counselor Talk of the year.  We had a wonderful turn out and are so appreciative that you attended.  For those who missed it, please watched the video below.  We discussed a little bit about the brain, brain development and its functions; statistics regarding social media and teens; and shared parent control apps.  We also shared this article about “What do happy teens do?” Discussion and exchange of resources between parents was also rich and enlightening.  We can’t wait to see you on October 18 at 6 p.m. in our library. Austin Oaks Hospital mental health experts will be here to talk to us about anxiety in teens.  


Ms. Diaz (6th grade, Lead Counselor)
Ms. Krier (7th 
grade Counselor)
Ms. Casteneda (8th grade Counselor)

AISD Trustee Candidate Forums

Not sure why candidate for AISD Trustee to vote for?  Learn more about each candidate at the events below.

AISD Trustee Candidate Forums

Thursday, October 4th at 6 pm at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Huffman Hall. The Northwest Austin Community Association (NWACA) is hosting an AISD District 4  Candidate Forum.

Friday, October 19th at 6 pm at Brentwood Social House, 1601 West Koenig Lane, AISD District 4 Candidate Forum and Meet-and-Greet. This event is hosted by Brentwood Elementary PTA, open to everyone in AISD District 4.

Sunday, October 21st at 4 pm in the LBJ/LASA Library: This is your opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues related to the magnet community in AISD. Hosted by PFLASA, KMAG, Fulmore PTA, and LASA Student Council. This forum is a non-partisan event, free and open to the public.

Monday, October 22nd at 5:30 pm in the library at Sanchez Elementary, 73 San Marcos St. Candidates up for election will participate in a forum held jointly by AAABE and the Dual Language Austin Community Action Team. Open to the public. The questions/discussion are related to English Language Learners, Multilingualism, Bilingual Education and Dual Language Program in AISD.

Thursday, October 25th at 6 pm AISD Board of Trustees District 9 Candidate Forum at Lamar Middle School, 6201 Wynona Ave. Hosted by Brentwood Elementary PTA.

If you are unable to attend any of the live forums, the forum hosted by the Austin Chamber on September 25th is available at

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Attention Incoming 5th Graders

Austin ISD is proud to support LGBTQ+ students
and staff through the following efforts:


Austin ISD Pride Week: 

Oct. 8-12, campuses thoughout the district will celebrate AISD Pride Week
with LGBTQ+ lessons and activities that engage, educate and inspire. 

Gay-Straight Alliances:

Student-led GSAs on AISD high school and middle school campuses
nurture positive, inclusive school climates.

Gender Identity and Expression Protections:

The district’s anti-discrimination policy includes protections for
gender identity and expression.

Respect for all:

AISD is dedicated to providing a positive school climate and believes that all students have the right to lean in an environment free of harassment, bullying and violence. 

 No Place for Hate:

AISD is the largest district in the nation to receive the Anti-Defamation Leagues’
No Place for Hate anti-bullying designation. 

Girls Volleyball News

The 8th grade Lady Cougar A and B volleyball teams both won the South Zone with First Place.

The B team record was 5-1 and The A team record was 6-0.

Last night the B team beat Lamar with scores of 27-25, 25-16.

The A team won with scores of 25-21, 25-18.

Congratulations to the 8th grade girls.

The 7th grade A and B volleyball teams both won the South Zone with First Place. The A Team is running into the championship bracket with an undefeated record. 

Last week our girls won two quick sets with Ava K. comin’ in STRONG with 27 consecutive serves leading the A team to a 25-1 victory! 

You heard that correctly, 25 to ONE! Way to go girls! 

Football Scores of the week

8A Small 30 O.Henry 0
8B Small 18 O.Henry 12
7A Small 12 O.Henry 14
7B Small 13 O.Henry 27

A message from our SRO

We all are in a hurry in the morning. Over the years we have developed a system to ensure the safety and efficiency for drop off and pick up. But we all need to be on the same page for it to work. 

 Things we consistently see every morning that slow things down or are completely unsafe… 

  • Drivers on their cell phones not pay attention

  • Cars blocking the crosswalk

  • Cars not pulling all the way forward

  • Students need to get out on the side of the car with the curb, not into the flow of traffic

  • Students not ready to jump out quickly

  • Cars dropping students off in the parking lot slowing traffic 

  • Cars going around other cars not waiting in line

  • Cars dropping students off on Monterey Oaks Blvd.

  • Follow the arrows in and out of campus The front parking lot is a one way drive 

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions contact Officer Z at

New Attendance Procedures

New this year, our Attendance Clerk is streamlining his system. The fastest and easiest way to get your students UNX absence changed to an excused code is to email Mr. Guerra at

If your student is home sick, please email him and let him know, if your student goes to the doctor, please take a picture of the doctors note and email that to him. 

By emailing him, within a few days, he will change the code and file the note electronically. This method is much quicker and easier than dealing with a bunch of little pieces of paper. 

Please take a moment to look at the Student Attendance Quick Sheet to better understand the Attendance Codes and contact Mr. Guerra with any questions. 


Gifted and Talented

Is your kiddo super-curious? 

Do they make connections between what they’re learning and everyday occurrences? 

Are they full of questions and ideas about how the world works? 

Do they pick up on directions and instructions before you finish the explanation? 

Your kiddo might qualify for the AISD GT Program.   The parent nomination window will open on November 2.  Watch this space for a link to Nominate and Permission to Test which will appear in the November 2 Cougar News.

Next week in this space:  What is the benefit of having my child identified as GT in AISD?

Teacher Tutoring Schedules

We have compiled an easy way to see when all the teachers tutoring schedules.

click here to see when each teacher is offering tutoring hours. If the teacher you need has not specified, please contact them directly. 

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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

  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

Come See the Small Orchestra at the Monster Concert!

2 thoughts on “Cougar News 10/8/18 – 10/12/18

  1. Can someone tell me what Smalloween is? Dance? School Play? Haunted House for kids to attend? Forgive me we are new to Small but it doesn’t say what the event is.

    1. Hi Dawn,

      Smalloween is a dance and haunted house put on by the theatre and art students. They transform the 400 wings into a major haunted house and act out the parts. The kids go to the dance in the cafeteria and then take turns going through the haunted house. It is great fun and the theatre and Art students work really hard on it. Typically the 6th graders come out with squeals then in a half a beat say… “That was not scary” causing the 7th and 8th grade actors to roll their eyes.

      It is a Small Tradition that has always been here as far as I know. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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