Cougar News 10/29/18 – 11/2/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of October 29, 2018 – November 2, 2018

Breaking News

Smalloween Press Release 

From our Journalism class!

Spirit Day - Join us this afternoon!

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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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:

Blend Parent Training

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. 

November 13th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206

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SEL Lesson: This week, we will continue to 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 learning about culture, diversity, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competence. 

Each day, teachers are encouraged to engage in a Daily Mindfulness Moment. Here are the mindfulness moments for the week of October 29, 2018. In addition, teachers may engage in Physical Activity/Brain Breaks as they see necessary.

Monday: Think of someone you love dearly.  Imagine them, right there in front of you.  In your head wish them the following: I wish you joy.  I wish you peace. I wish you the best. 

Tuesday: Take a moment to check in with how you are feeling today.  If an animal could describe the way that you feel, what animal would that be? Why?

Wednesday: Think of a person that you would trust with anything. Who is that person? Why do you trust them so much?

Thursday: Think of a culture other than yours that you truly find interesting. What is it? What would you like to learn more about it?

Friday: If you could solve any problem in the world, what would be? Why?

Brain Breaks:



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College and Career - Austin Spurs

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

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.


Fun Run

Save the Date! November 16 

The kids picked ZOMBIES!


We are currently looking for sponsors and raffle Prizes – If you are willing to help, we have created an Amazon Wishlist – Please purchase anything on there and send it to the school. 

Check out our Zombie Fun Run Page at:


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.

  • Mangoozers – A free Mangoozer treat for every student after the race

We desperately need Raffle Items


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Football Scores of the week

Football Scores and Games

7B Small 0 Gorzycki 28

7A Small 32 Webb 6

8A Small 28 Garcia 6

Last Football Games of the Season

Monday, 11/29

7A @ Burger Stadium vs Bedichek – 6:00

8A @ Burger Stadium vs Bailey  – 7:30

8B @ Small vs Gorzycki – 6:00

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!

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