Cougar News 10/22/18 – 10/26/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of October 1, 2018 – October 5, 2018

Voting Locations


For the first time in many years, Small will NOT be a polling location for the upcoming election.
Plan ahead and take a look at other Voting locations in our area.

Early voting: (Starts Monday 10/22)

Election day:

October 29th – November 3rd 

Our book fair will be held in the Small Library and will be open daily from 7:45-4:00.
Come by and check out our great selection of books! 

You can also shop online!
Available Oct. 22 – Nov. 09
Online book fair info and shopping link:


All proceeds will benefit the Small Middle School Library.

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Press release from the students of Cougar Journalism

Here is what’s going on this week in PRIDE . . . 

SEL Lesson: This week’s lesson will focus on perspective taking. It addresses our essential question: How does a person’s perspective and experience shape their reactions to different situations? Our students will be reading a series of comments that teachers hear in their classrooms and discuss how these comments may affect other students. Examples: “Your’re not done with the assignment? It was so easy!” and Imitating another student’s accent.  Students will partake in a structured class discussion. 

Each day, teachers are encouraged to engage in a Daily Mindfulness Moment.  Here are the mindfulness moments for the week of October 22, 2018. In addition, teachers may engage in Physical Activity/Brain Breaks as they see necessary.

Monday: What is something that keeps you going when things get tough?

Tuesday: Has anyone every made a comment that you found insulting?  What was it? What do you wish that person knew that perhaps would keep them from making that comment again in the future? 

Wednesday: Think of the last time your were truly upset.  How did you react to it? Do you think you could have reacted differently? How may this have changed the outcome of the situation?

Thursday: If you could have any job in the world what would it be an why?

Friday: What keeps you from being the best you that you can be?  How do you combat this?

Brain Breaks

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College and Career - Austin Spurs

Can you help?


Jamia, seventh grade student, had her apartment catch on fire recently.  The sprinklers came on which also caused the apartment to flood and they have lost everything.  Another Small family has donated couches to them but they are in need of all other furniture including beds, tables, and chairs. If you have anything used or new that you would be able to donate please contact Ms. Krier at or 512-841-6711 or you can contact Jamia’s mom Conswello directly at 512-844-9762.  Thanks so much for considering donating to this family in their time of need.


Calling Small Middle School Artists to participate in Small PTA Reflections Program.

 Entry Requirements: Each entry must be the original work of the participating student. Help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Students can participate in more than one categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, and Spacial Artist Division. For more information, please see here:

For English:

For Spanish:

 Please contact Nu Chanpheng (Reflections Program Chair) for any questions or concerns at or cell#919-271-2345

Looking for a Veterinarian

Hey there Cougar Community!

The Green Academy is in need of a veterinarian for our animals, so if you have a vet who is available, send them our way! (Vet must have experience with large animals and fowl such as goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks) – Thank you!


Spirit Day

Join us this weekend

Great Thinkers


Great Thinkers will not be meeting on Oct 25, Nov 1 or Nov 8.  Mrs. Manners will be assisting 8th Graders applying to LASA with essays and applications during these dates.  If your kiddo is applying to LASA and would like some support with the essays, short answers or process, please have them come to Room 204.


The 8th Annual Theatre & Visual Arts Haunted House & Dance 

October 26, 6th grade 3:45-5:30pm & 7th/8th grade 6:00-8:00pm

$10 Wristbands sold during lunches 10/24-10/26

Costume Contest each dance, no mask or weapon look alikes.

To Volunteer or donate to the Theatre and Art Department follow link below


Fun Run

Save the Date! November 16 

The kids picked ZOMBIES!

We are currently looking for sponsors and raffle Prizes – Contact Ms. Newell.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

We are starting to get sponsors!!! 

Big shout out to…

  • Double Dave’s Pizza for donating 250 free pizza coupons to be used as prizes.
  • Your Biker Gang – Donating A family pack to do the Biker gang tour downtown for the Raffle!
  • Fricano’s Deli & Catering – $150 Sponsor!
  • Austin Ghost Tours – Donated 4 free tickets to an Austin Ghost tour to be Raffled off.

This month 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!


Note: Some teachers and I took the tour last weekend. It was great fun and we learned a lot of history of this area. I can’t help to see Oak Hill in a different way, and am on the look out for the lady in white on who has been see on Brush Country and Latta Lane as well as in Dick Nichols Park.  

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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

Girls Volleyball News

*8th Grade Coach

The Lady Cougar 7th and 8th grade A volleyball teams both advance to the second round of the AISD City Tournament.

The 7th grade beat Webb yesterday 25-4, 25-5

The 8th grade beat Means 25-5, 25-8

On Monday both teams play here at Small.  The 7th grade plays against Murchison at 6.  The 8th grade plays O.Henry at 7.  

Please come out to support the teams.

From 7th Grade Coach: 

The 7th grade A team volleyball team won their first game of the playoffs! It was an impressive match with final scores of 25-4 and 25-5. It was Rylie Bishop who served a total of  30 serves, and Sophie Fleming who stepped up as middle blocker! 

The 7th and 8th girls will play in the semi finals HERE at Small on this Monday, October 15th. The 7th grade plays at 6pm and the 8th grade plays at 7pm. 

It would be awesome to fill the gym with supporters as we cheer on our girls to the championship! Please come out and support our team! 

Football Scores of the week

Scores from Wednesday, 10/17

7A Small 26 – Lamar 0

8A Small 14 – Lamar 22

Next Week 10/24 

7A vs Webb 6:00 @ House Park

8A vs Garcia 7:30 @ House Park

7B vs Gorzycki @ Small

8B vs Gorzycki @ Gorzycki

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

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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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


National Charity League, Inc., South Austin Wildflowers Chapter is holding its annual membership drive from October 1, 2018 through January 15, 2019.  We would like to extend an invitation to area Mothers/Daughters that would like information about becoming a member.  NCL is a group of Mothers and Daughters serving the community together.  Our focus is on philanthropy, leadership development, and cultural experiences.  A Prospective Member Informational meeting will be held on November 11 at 4 pm at the Circle C Community Center.  The classes that are open for membership include incoming 7th graders (Class of 2025) and current 7th (Class of 2024) and current 9th graders (Class of 2022).  If you wish to attend the informational meeting, please send an email to for more details.    

***Members in our chapter reside or attend school in the Circle C, Sunset Valley, Bear Creek, Southside Barton Creek, Dripping Springs, and the Southwest Austin.***  

  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.

Note: Monster Concert has moved to October 27th.

Come See the Small Orchestra at the Monster Concert!

4 thoughts on “Cougar News 10/22/18 – 10/26/18

  1. Hi there — Elizabeth Kalbacher, Austin High PTSA Pres. here — how does one submit something to be included in “Cougar News?”

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