Cougar News 3/11/19 – 3/15/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of March 11, 2019 – March 15, 2019

Howdy Smallville!

When I say “Small,” you say “Cougars!”


Did you say it? C’mon, let’s try it again. This time really put some oomph into it! Sale it. Scream like your waving down the Ice Cream truck!


You didn’t do it did you? I figured you wouldn’t, but thought I’d give it a try. This is the exact reason why we don’t have virtual Pep Rallies. Celebrations and community building events such as these need to be held in person. Cheering is contagious, as is clapping, so we like to get as many people as we can together when we celebrate the awesome work our students are doing.

This is precisely why we are so thankful AISD updated our bleachers over the Winter Break: so we could get the whole school together for the first time all year to recognize our very own. Today was the first time our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students all got to come together as one student body to cheer for and with one another. Even though are school is becoming less and less separated due to space constraints (8th graders have class on the 3rd floor, 6th graders have class in the 8th grade hall, etc..) our little minnows typically stick to their pond and don’t have much time to interact with other grade levels. The enormity of our school is sometimes lost when your classroom consists of only 25 or so and the largest crowd our kids face is when 1/3rd of our population eats lunch. Pep rallies are especially important for our 6th graders as this truly is a secondary level event and somewhat a rite of passage. It’s also their first time to hear our amazing band play, watch our Cougar Dancers perform, and to be led by our amazing cheerleaders.

We love having this many like-minded kids together as one and will do our best to hold more events to celebrate our student body. Kudos to our teachers, coaches, and sponsors for putting this together and for allowing our kids to partake in the full middle school experience.

Have a pleasant weekend and beyond. We’ve 5 more days together before Spring Break and we’ll be teaching and learning up until 3:40 p.m. on Friday, so please help us in making sure your student is aware.

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

Save the Date!

When: May 10th 3:45 – 7:30 PM

What: End of year celebration and fundraiser

Why?  To have a great party and to bring in some much needed funds to help start off next year.

How do you Support? Become a Sponsor, Donate a Silent Auction or Raffle Item, Buy Wristbands and come to the event, Volunteer, Shop the Silent Auction.

Go to for all the details

Parents right now what we are really looking for are…

  • Sponsorship’s – To underwrite the cost of this event
  • Silent Auction Donations – So parents can get a good deal and we can advertise your business
  • Raffle Items – the kids win raffle tickets when they play the games. We would love some Kid centered prizes that we can raffle off to them. 
That will get us started, we will fill you in on more info as we get closer to the event.. Please check out our Splashfest website and\or contact with any questions, comments or ideas

Old Android Phones Needed:

A message from one of our Tech Teachers:


I need some old Android smart phones (with chargers unless it’s universal) that we can get onto the wifi. The program we use in App Creators doesn’t support Apple, so most students are not able to test their apps on an actual device. 

If you have one you can donate, please drop it in the Main Office.

Thanks for your help!

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Online registration for the 2019-20 school year is open! Every year parents need to register their student(s) for the following school year. Please visit your PARENT CLOUD, click the “registration” tile to complete registration for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Please check to make sure your contact information is up to date (any address changes will need to be made at the school)
  • Please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date

If you are having trouble accessing your Parent Cloud please contact Diane Ewing 512-841-6710 OR contact Parent Technology Support at 512-414-9187


Social Emotional Learning

Students will be working on decorating their PRIDE doors around the theme of College.  In addition, we will be having our career day next Friday, March 15 and students will be exposed to March Madness via our midday announcements.
Mindfulness Moments:
Monday: Would you rather play in the snow or the rain?
Wednesday: Would you rather be a teen in the 1980’s or 1990’s?
Friday: Would you rather have to crawl everywhere or hop everywhere?

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Great Thinkers

Let the fun and games continue!

We will meet in Room 204
March 7
March 14
April 4
April 11
April 25 

Our last meeting will be the Field Trip, May 2.  Look for an email regarding this event soon!

May 10 will be the carnival.  All participants in Great Thinkers need to have at least 1 adult from their family commit to one hour of working our carnival booth!   Questions?  email

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!


  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed starting March 11th through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $42 joining fee, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities


Sustainable Living in Germany & Switzerland Trip - June 2020

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

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, click the link here to visit the tour website

This trip is planned for June 2020

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 contact


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.



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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