Cougar News 2/18/19 – 2/22/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of February 18, 2019 – February 22, 2019

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Weekends in Austin are akin to “A Tale of Two Cities” lately as last week was blistery and cold and this weekend could shape up to be one of the weekends that justify the 30 days in a row of 100 plus heat in the summer. Experts refer to weekends like this as “Chamber of Commerce” ones and we hope you get to spend a considerable amount of time with your student doing something outside as Vitamin D is a well known cure all.

We’ve been working with our staff these last few years about ways to teach, foster and develop grit in our students. We know that the lessons they learn in the classroom are secondary and that our primary focus is on making them develop this trait so they can be able to overcome any obstacles in life. One of the best ways to help train and develop grit in students, and in ourselves for that matter, is by delaying gratification. How does that equate to success in the academic and real-world you ask? Simple. Any time we delay immediate or easily attainable rewards for larger rewards in the future, we are inviting positive outcomes such as academic success, physical and psychological well-being, as well as increased social competency, into our world. We are bargaining that bypassing an immediate quick-fix will pay larger dividends in the future. This is not a new theory (follow link for seminal experiment marshmallow ), however in today’s fast-paced, instant gratification world where Amazon and Uber Eats are a click away, it is more difficult than ever to practice. When “hey Siri,” and “OK Google” provide any answer to any pondering or question we have, we have no way of internally ranking which question is the most important, or important enough for us to write down and look up later. When all queries are met with the same immediacy, we fail to delay gratification and therefore miss an opportunity to practice self-control and develop will power.

 We’re researching methods for practicing this skill here in Smallville and always welcome feedback from all stakeholders as to how we can accomplish this. Here is an interesting article about how we can teach self-control for teens at home. Follow this link and gleam what you can. self-control in teens

 UIL: UIL is not only for sports, choir, band, theater, and orchestra, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for other students to compete in individual and team events geared towards academics. We love UIL competition as it allows all kids with a varied set of interests compete against other like-minded students representing their school. This year we are excited to announce Mrs. Bridget Brown as our UIL Chair/Sponsor. If you are interested in assisting, or want to know more information about the categories and main event in April, send her an email at

 Here’s a smidgeon of some of the event our students have historically participated in the past:

 Ready writing, editorial writing, spelling, modern oratory, chess puzzle, mathematics, calculator applications, music memory, and many, many more. Make sure to encourage your student to try something new and listen to announcements about how to sign up. As for what you can do on your end, talk it up to your kids and get them excited. We’ll be working hard finding coaches for the events that spark the most interest.


Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

AISD Food Service Survey

AISD Food Services Survey 2019
At Austin ISD, we are committed to all students. In Nutrition and Food Services we strive to expand food access, serve healthy, tasty meals, and provide opportunities to learn about nutrition, cultural foodways and the food system. Salad bars, food trucks, plant-based options, clean labels, global flavors, locally sourced and sustainably raised foods are all ways we are reinventing the urban school meal experience at Austin ISD. Positive changes have been put in place over past few years. It is important that we continue to gather feedback from our school communities. We’d like your feedback. This information will be used to help create future menus to best meet your needs. Past feedback helped us to create more balanced menus with healthier versions of student favorites paired with new, global dishes.
Take the family survey here: Take the student/staff survey here:
Making the choice to eat school meals positively impacts all students across the district. The more students fed each day, the more funds are available to spend on higher quality food. We plan to increase the use of local, sustainable and clean label foods, but need student participation to help support these initiatives. 
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! 
Anneliese Tanner Executive Director 
Austin ISD Food Services and Warehouse Operations
Encuesta de Servicios Alimentarios 2019
En el Austin ISD estamos comprometidos con todos los estudiantes. En Servicios Alimentarios y de Nutrición nos esforzamos por expandir el acceso a la comida, servir comidas saludables y deliciosas, y ofrecer oportunidades de aprender sobre nutrición, prácticas culturales alimenticias y el sistema alimentario. Las barras de ensaladas, camiones de comida, opciones basadas en plantas, etiquetas limpias, sabores globales, comidas de fuentes locales y producidas de forma sostenible son todas formas en que estamos reinventando la experiencia de la comida escolar urbana en el Austin ISD. Se han realizado cambios positivos durante los últimos años. Es importante que sigamos reuniendo comentarios de nuestras comunidades escolares. Nos gustaría saber su opinión. Se utilizará esta información para crear menús futuros que satisfagan mejor sus necesidades. Los comentarios en el pasado nos ayudaron a crear menús más balanceados con versiones más saludables de platos favoritos de los estudiantes junto con platos globales nuevos.
Llene la encuesta familiar aquí:
Llene la encuesta para estudiantes y personal aquí:
Elegir comer las comidas escolares afecta de forma positiva a todos los estudiantes del distrito. Mientras más estudiantes las coman cada día, tantos más fondos habrá disponibles para comprar comida de mayor calidad. Planeamos aumentar el uso de alimentos locales, sostenibles y de etiqueta limpia, pero necesitamos la participación de los estudiantes para que apoyen estas iniciativas.
¡Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir su opinión! 
Anneliese Tanner Directora ejecutiva Servicios Alimentarios y Operaciones del Almacén del Austin ISD

6th Grade Choice Sheet

Click here to download your
6th Grade Choice Sheet.

Watch the video below for instructions

7th Grade Choice Sheets

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7th grade Choice sheet

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8th Grade Choice Sheet

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8th Grade Choice Sheet

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Note from the Counselors:

Click here for the Course Descriptions 

 Every student should have a choice sheet now. If not you can download from the links above.

Computer Science (YR) & Computer Science (SM) have now changed to PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers (YR) and PLTW APP Creators (SM)
Green Building has now changed to Manufacturing & Construction


Social Emotional Learning

This week in our Cougar Communities, we will be reading and analyzing Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise. 


Black History Month question of the day:


Wednesday: I became the 44th President of the United States in 2009. I was the first African U.S. President. I won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009. 
Answer: Barack Obama


Thursday:  I was the first African American to play in the U.S. grass court championships at Forest Hills, N.Y. (1950), and at Wimbledon, England (1951). I won many international tournaments and U.S., British, and French Championships. 
Answer: Althea Gibson

Friday: I was the first African American female to hold an international pilot license. I became a barnstormer who performed for paying audiences. I earned the title “the world’s greatest woman flier.”

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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. 

March 6th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206

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Thank you to those of you that have filled out the Parent survey so far. 

If you have not, please take a few minutes

AISD would like to get a solid idea of how our families feel about our school. They use this information for the  strategic plan scorecard. 

Please take a moment to tell AISD your thoughts about Small Middle School. 

Basketball Scores

Boys Basketball Scores vs Murchison


Basketball Scores vs Lamar

 7A 47 – Lamar 46 

Small 7A Boys Clinch Zone Championship!

7B 22 – Lamar 37

8A 65 – Lamar 52

8B 42 – Lamar 33


Next Weeks Basketball Games


7B @ Gorzycki, Wednesday, 6:00 (Last 7B Game)

8B @ Gorzycki, Wednesday, 7:00 (Last 8B Game)


Thursday, A Team City Tournament First Round

7A vs Burnet @ Small 6:00

8A vs Dobie @ Small 7:00








Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020

Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living. 

Informational Meeting Tuesday February 19th 6pm in Mrs. Dietz’s room (202)

This trip is planned for June 2020

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here!

Recycling. Clean energy. Cars of the future. Germany and Switzerland
have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most forward-thinking
approaches to technology and energy. And it’s easy to see why—these
countries are a perfect blend of European charm and start-up culture.
Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts
by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming,
and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you
embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an
Alpine glacier, and discover a vast underground city in a nuclear bunker
in Lucerne.

For more information, please join us in room 202 for a
parent meeting regarding this trip. 


Can't make it in June?
Maybe try Spring Break...

Students will have two opportunities to learn about Sustainable Living in German and Switzerland. The trips differ slightly, but the experience is beyond compare.


Information meeting for the Spring Break 2020 trip will be

Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm in the CSMS Library. 

Please join us to learn more about this amazing opportunity.


Learn how the Alps were formed and see the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands and the opportunities this has given in travel, leisure and, tourism. Learn about green technology and environmental advances by visiting Vauban – an innovative town that is a model of sustainability. You will also learn about the research, technology and production process involved in the modern automobile industry. Enjoy a bike tour that combines cultural highlights with an eco-tutorial on the regeneration of natural spaces along the Isar River and a guided tour of a Swiss hydroelectric power station. Spend the afternoon visiting the riveting Deutsches Museum, home to 28,000 exhibit items spanning 50 different fields of sciences and technology and filled with hands-on activities. Join us for all of this and so much more as we explore Lucerne, Freiburg, and Munich.


 contact melissa Dunaway with any questions.

On Feb. 3rd, many Small Middle School students competed in the NICA Mountain Bike race in Troy, TX.  All raced hard and several garnered top 10 results.  Everyone’s efforts assisted in claiming the Middle School 2nd place over all other mountain bike teams in Texas that weekend.   These students train and race with the Bowie Mountain Bike Bulldog team.

8th grade boys
Ethan Doucette 1st place
7th grade boys

Beckett Sharp 8th place
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Gretchen Doucette

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

  • March 8, 2019
    Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
  • March 11, 2019
    Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
  • March 15, 2019
    Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
  • April 18, 2019
    Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
  • Week of May 6, 2019
    Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
  • May 21st
    Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between March 11th – April 14th.



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. 

STEM Summer Camp for Girls – Tuition Free 

Click here for more details


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