Cougar News 3/18/19 – 3/22/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of March 18, 2019 – March 22, 2019

Cougar Nation-

It is with heavy head and crestfallen constitution that accompany me as I write this correspondence to my fellow Smallville neighbors. I’m fortunate the pen replaces my voice for this announcement, as I doubt I would be able to adequately relay any information through muffled sobs and bursts of tears. But alas, it is my duty as Mayor of Smallville to distribute the news, for something of this nature needs to be delivered by a friend and confidant rather than an outside source. For it’s through our shared experiences, regardless of how disappointing, which bring our community together and allows us to be strong for one another and work for one another to persevere. I’m reminded of the famed nautical saying which states “the mark of a good captain isn’t bringing the ship to shore when waters are calm, but rather when conditions are choppy” as I wistfully make this gloom-filled announcement: Spring Break is here.

I’m sorry the news isn’t more joyful or triumphant, but in this role I am merely the messenger and have no control over the events, for if I were, I assure you we here at Smallville would happily stay with your students the next 9 days. We are jealous of y’all’s opportunity to spend the next 216 hours with your student getting to laugh, read, spend time outside together, and reconnect. Trust me when I tell you, the entire staff here in Smallville USA envies the 12,960 minutes allotted to you and your student by the Powers That Be and hope you invest the time wisely. As for your teachers and staff, we will most likely all stay here on campus during the break, woefully looking at the door and counting down the 777,600 seconds that will pass before your student returns to rescue us from our despair.

Be thankful for your time with those whom you love and do what you can to help your student decompress and get rejuvenated for the upcoming grind.

Have a great break you lucky duckies.

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

Refrigerator Needed

Got an old working fridge you don’t need? 


Donate it in the name of science!

The 7th grade science team is in need of a working used refrigerator to store their ingredients that require refrigeration for their science experiments.


The one they have broke and could use a new one. 

If you can help email

PTA Join Us - 2019!

Some of you have stepped forward and it looks like we have a VP, Cage and PLTW people! Yay! 

Thank you so much!

Still looking for help with Fundraising, Green and Dual Language. 

 Click HERE to view PTA Board Position Descriptions

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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Wondering what to do with your GT kiddo this summer?


This link takes you to a list of summer camps recommended for GT kiddos.  For most camps you do not HAVE to be GT identified, but the camp topics, pace, depth, complexity, and formats are designed to appeal to the GT student.

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

We will update this section closer to the end of spring break!

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Small Mountain Bike Race Results

Small Cougars participated in this weekend’s NICA (national interscholastic cycling association) mountain bike race; and a notable results are below.  They practice 4-6 days/week with the Bowie mountain bike team athletes and coaches.  This weekend’s race was in Smithville at Rocky Hill Ranch.  It lives up to it’s name – it’s rocky and hilly!

In the 8th grade race:
Ethan Doucette got 1st

In the 7th grade race:
Beckett Sharp got 3rd

As a result of their hard work – with the rest of the South Austin Bulldog composite team, the team captured 2nd place overall again for this race.  Teams from all over Texas come to compete in these races.

If you have any questions about the team, please contact me, Gretchen Doucette at 512-656-9301.

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

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.


Cougar Transition Camp

Registration is currently being accepted for incoming 5th graders to Join us at our Cougar Camp. This camp is designed to help our future Cougars get comforable with Small Middle School. 

If your child would like to Join, Click here for more details and Registration

Austin High Summer Basketball Camp

Registration link: 

Two ways to pay:
  • search for “Austin High Summer Basketball Camp”, OR
  • Check payable to Austin High School & mail to:  Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez; Austin, Texas 78703 :: C/0 Brad Ingram
The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game.  Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided.  A concession stand will be available for snacks during breaks

Welcome to Austin Sunshine Camps!

Since 1928, ASC has been providing life changing camp experiences at no cost to low-income youth and their families. We believe the
campers we serve are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make. Through healthy relationships and a sense of
belonging in our safe and caring learning environment, campers achieve success they never thought possible.

Click here for the details and Application


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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