Cougar News 12/17/18 – 12/20/18

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of December 17, 2018 – December 20, 2018

Our Counseling department is accepting donations to help out CSMS families in need.

Please drop off gift cards to Target or HEB in any denomination to our front office.  Our counselors will be sure to get them to the families that need them.

If you have any questions please contact our lead counselor Ms. Diaz at


New Policy for 2019-20 Transfer Requests

Austin ISD will begin accepting requests for school transfers for the 2019–20 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019Requests may be submitted or mailed to the Office of Student Services (Room A200), Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St. during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Applications for priority transfers and non-priority transfers will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

There have been several policy/regulation changes made this fall, including the following:

  1. Tracking transfers now include students who attended the highest two grades at a school but moved out of the attendance area prior to the submission deadline for priority transfers (last day of January).  They will be able to apply for a tracking transfer to the middle or high school their school tracks to.  Policy still states, however, that priority transfers, including tracking, will not be accepted to frozen schools.  FDB Local.
  2. Tracking transfers do not apply to transfers to a school to attend an application based program, including a magnet program.  FDB Local.
  3. If a student attending a magnet or application program leaves the program, they can apply for a transfer to the comprehensive program (if it is not their school based on address), but it will be processed on a first come, first served basis with other requests.  FDB Local.
  4. Special consideration will be given to students who have attended a school based on address for at least two consecutive years, move into another AISD attendance area, but wish to remain at that school.  Student Services will highlight these students for the Associate Superintendents to consider (if space is not already available) with or without an appeal.  FDB Local.
  5. The fall deadline for transfers will be three weeks prior to the first day of school instead of August 10.  FDB Regulation.

A list of the FROZEN schools will be announced by Dr. Cruz at the December 17th Board Meeting. Please visit the district website, for more information on the 2019-20 transfer application and process.

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Social Emotional Learning

This week our SEL Lesson focuses on the importance of being kind.  Students will learn about the health benefits of practicing kindness. They will be encouraged to practice kindness and to write a positive note to anyone they witness practicing kindness around them.

Our mindful moments, this week, are focused on the physical body. We will stretch and move to help release tension.

Monday:  Mindful Stretch, Tension Release. 

Wednesday: Mindful Stretch, Crossing the Midline

Thursday: Dolphin, Chest Opener

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Great Thinkers Club

Happy Holidays Great Thinkers! 

Here’s our calendar for Jan and Feb, as far as I know at this time.  Occasionally meetings are called and I will give you as much notice as I can if I can’t hold GT Club.

  • Jan 10- no meeting, people are still getting in the swing of the New Year

  • Jan 17 – Creative Storytelling and UIL investigations

  • Jan 24 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners off-campus that day

  • Jan 31 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners will be doing GT testing that day

We will meet on all Thursdays in February! 

Look for information in this space regarding our May field trip to The Austin Panic Room!  

CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn credit or appropriate placement for what you already know.  Students can pick and choose subject matter exams offered by Austin ISD through UT High School.  Languages other than English are an example of CBE exams most popularly taken by middle school students.  Find out more information about CBE using the link below. If you are interested in your child signing up for a CBE, contact your child’s counselor for a registration form.

2018-2019 CBE Deadlines

Spring: Friday, January 4

Summer 1: Tuesday, April 30

Summer 2: Friday, May 17

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We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 

SCOUTS BSA TROOP 19 JOIN SCOUTING NIGHT: Are you interested in Scouts BSA for girls? Starting in February 2019, girls ages 11 through 17 can join all new troops for girls. Go kayaking, camping, hiking, rock climbing and more while developing skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Troop 19, chartered by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, will be hosting an informational session on Sunday, January 6th from 4-5:30. We will be meeting at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in the Parish Center’s Siena Hall. The address is 4800 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749. Stop by to learn more and register! For more information about Troop 19, or to contact us, visit

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