Cougar News 11/5/18 – 11/9/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of November 5, 2018 – November 9, 2018

Voting Locations


Remember that there will not be a polling location at Small MS this year. Please click the link below to find your nearest Voting location for Tuesday. 

Election day:

Get registration instructions and all the FUN RUN Details at

The more you earn the more you can win! Here is a peak at our raffle prizes

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


Check out our Zombie Fun Run Page at:


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Dual Language

Let’s thanks our Small teachers and staff by dropping off a pie or two (or more) for this Thanksgiving holiday on Friday Nov.16 between 8 am and 3 pm. Small PTA hopes that all teachers and staff will have one delicious pie to take home for the holidays.

Come out and support the High School and Middle School Mountain Bike Teams at their Scavenger Hunt ride in South Austin on November 10th.  Details at:


3:45 – 5:00 




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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Here’s what’s going on this week in our Cougar Communities (SEL):

Mindfulness Moments:

Monday/Tuesday: “Your body can help tell you what it needs to stay healthy. Listen to your body and think of three things that help you stay healthy and strong.”

Wednesday:If you could be anywhere in the world at this moment, where would it be? Why? Who would be there with you?

Thursday: Close your eyes and think of the week you’ve had.  What can you do to make it better?

Friday: Think of a nice gesture that you can do for someone in the next week.  What will you do or say?

Our Lesson this week focuses on stress, it’s functions and how to manage it. Students will watch a video on managing stress and be asked to share ways in which they manage stress. It addresses our essential question: “What did I learn about other people’s perspectives today?”

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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. Fill out this form to nominate your student for the gifted and Talented program at CSMS.  


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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.


Football Scores of the week

Football Scores and Games

7A Small 26 – Bedichek 6

8B Small 0 – Gorzycki 28

8A Small 0 – Bailey 32

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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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.

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