Cougar News 4/15/19 – 4/19/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of April 8, 2019 – April 12, 2019


Phase one is complete and we have just one more before all State testing is behind us. Kudos to our kids for taking the tests so seriously. Whether quietly entertaining themselves while still in the exam room, or walking quietly through the halls going to stations, we are proud that our students respect their peers enough to allow them to test in a quiet, safe manner. Nobody likes closing a campus down for any amount of time, but at least when our hand is forced and we must, our kids respond just how we want them to; respectfully and appropriately.

The next round isn’t until May 14th, so we hope to fill as much sunshine and fun into their days as we can until then. For our 8th grade families, it’s imperative that your student is aware that we still have school until May 24th. Since we don’t put too much emphasis on the STAAR, we do not relent once it has been administered. Come Monday, we expect as much attention and productivity as we were treated to in the first semester. Make sure they are also aware that there are still two more tests to take, both as equally important to us as the first two.

UIL Parent Volunteers: We are still in need for parent volunteers for our Big UIL Event on Saturday, April 27 at Murchison Middle School. Ms. Bridget Brown ( states the success of a UIL match is directly correlated to the number of volunteers we have. If you are interested in seeing what you can do to help, send her an email. The bus leaves Small at 7 a.m. on the day of.

Bailey MS Vaping Parent Night: One of our sister campuses, Bailey Middle School, has extended an invitation to our stakeholders to attend a “Parent Education Night” on April 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. in their cafeteria. If you want to know the latest statistics and what you can do to help ensure your student is making positive choices, please feel free to attend. Check out the attached flyer for more information.

Enjoy one of the best Sundays television has to offer as we have the final round of the Masters, the final season of Game of Thrones, the NBA Playoffs, and America’s Funniest home Videos to entertain us from noon until nightfall.

Winter is coming.

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

Bailey Middle School Parent Presentation

Our friends at Bailey Middle School have put together a parent presentation that brings to light a very important topic. They know that vaping is bigger than just their community and that this is a big issue in many Middle and High Schools across the country. They are inviting the CSMS community to come to their presentation. Please save the date and plan to join. 
As a parent, it’s important for you to talk to your child about the dangers of vaping. Prepare yourself by attending a community presentation on Monday, April 22nd at 6:30PM in the Bailey Cafe to learn more about the epidemic facing our youth – presented by Bailey PTA, CATCHMyBreath & funded by St. David’s Foundation.
JUUL use has grown dramatically in recent months to become the most commonly used tobacco product by middle and high school students. It is no longer a matter of IF your child will have an opportunity to experiment with vaping but more of a WHEN
Join Bailey PTA and CATCHMyBreath for a community presentation, funded by St. David’s Foundation, to learn more about the youth vaping epidemic and how it could be affecting your child


MAY 7 6:00-7:30 in the gym.

All athletes who completed a season will be recognized.

Individual awards and Academic Athlete and Athlete of the Year will be announced.

Please wear your Sunday Best.  

2019 Small Cougar Summer Sports & Conditioning Camp

Location: Small Middle School
Gym 7:00-11:30 a.m.


Week 1: June 3-6
Session 1 –7:00 a.m.  -9:00 a.m. focus on conditioning —Cost $25
Session 2—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Volleyball and Boys Football – Cost $95

Week 2: June 10-13
Session 3 –7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
Session 4—9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Girls Basketball—Cost $95

Week 3: June 17-20
Session 5--7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. focus on Conditioning— Cost $25
Session 6— 9:30-11:30 Sports specific training Boys Basketball Cost $95

Week 4—24-27 
7:00a.m.-9:00a.m. focus on Conditioning—Cost $25
**NOTE:  If attending ALL sessions:  Cost will be discounted to $200**



Download and fill out the application form here,
include the full camp registration fee and mail to:


Coach Hernandez/Coach Moore
Small Middle School
4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78749

Please make checks payable to Clint Small Athletics.


Social Emotional Learning

This week in PRIDE, our students will be part of a lesson on perspective taking.  They will also read through and discuss the difference between misinformation, rumors, & gossip.
Mindfulness Moments:




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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! We got many of the Raffle items that we requested!!!! Now we would like to focus on Silent Auction Items. We are planning an online silent auction so that you can shop from the comforts of your home. You do not have to come up to the school at all. Take a look at the some of the items we have so far….

$100 Palms Car wash gift cards, $400 DASO Photo Booth Rental, 2-Night Stay Vacation Rental Home the Hill Country Hideaway (sleeps 26), Lots of restaurant gift cards (to places like Uncle Billy’s, Ski Shore, Chipotle, Little Woodrows, Jason’s Deli, Olive and June, CraigO’s Pizza, Wholly Bagel, Anderson’s Coffee), Movie house and eatery movie passes, Robin Jackson Photography Package,  Michelle B Photography, Tickets to the Vortex Repertory Company, Dogtopia gift card, Camp Balconies Springs sleep away camp, Jugo Gift Cards, Epic Fun Gift Cards, Amazon Gift Cards, a Polar Watch, Whataburger Basket, Pride Basket, plus much more!!!

  If you have a connection to a business that would like to participate in our Silent Auction please let us know, or better yet, contact them on our behalf. We would love to partner with them and have more items to auction off.

Last year our Silent Auction brought in $5000 of the $29,000 we earned at Splashfest. All Splashfest money went directly into the Activity Accounts of the Departments or Clubs that sponsored booths. Departments like Math, Science, Theatre, Art, Orchestra, Cheer, ELA Social Studies, Avid, Great Thinkers Club and may more participated. By putting the money into each departments activity fund, the teachers get to spend the money on their classrooms at their discretion for things like math manipulatives, science experiment equipment, field trips, books, or whatever the teacher feels they need to support their kids. Without Splashfest, teachers either go without, have to go through lots of red tape, or pay for things with their own money. 

This year, we hope to make closer to $8000 in our silent auction and have been working hard getting items donated. In fact we have 3 CSMS mom’s walking door to door asking local businesses for donations. They are volunteering their time to insure that we will have lots of great items for you to get at a nice discount! Help them by donating an item or asking someone you know to AND be sure to check out and place some bids when we open our 2019 Silent Auction on May 8th.

If you have an item, gift card or service to donate, email and our Carni Crew is ready to help!

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


4X100/200 relay: Skylar Kemah Alexa Sofie 55.56 1.58

4X100 relay: Peyton Lauren Charlotte Hannah S 1.00.83

4X400 relay: Bea(1.11) Skylar(1.10) Kemah(1.08) Sofie(1.12) 4.43

100 Hurdles: Cilla 19.20 Kaela 20.15 Giada 20.63 Hannah 19.89

Sadie 19.22 Ellina 19.32 Olivia 20.1 Anya 20.2

800 run: Giada 3.00 Ava K 3.03

Abby 2.49 Ella 2.59

100 dash: Ava K 14.84 Ava T 13.7 Simone 13.9

Sadie 13.64 Sally 14.1 Ireland 14.00

400 dash: Bea 1.11 Ramona 1.18 Amaya 1.14

Abby 1.14

200 dash: Ava T 30.63 Simone 30.81 Giada 32.85

Jayna 29.27 Sally 29.31 Kylie 31.53

300 Hurdles: Ofelia 58.43 Kaela 1.06 Karin 1.02 Hannah/Cilla 1.00

Ellina 1.01 Anya 1.03


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


CSMS Teacher Spotlighted on Travel Blog

Did you know your student could travel the world? Small School, Big World co-sponsor Christie Manners has been taking kids\families overseas for the last 2 years. In fact, she she just returned from a Olympian Tour with 8 kids and 5 parents. She was recently interviewed and is featured on the ACIS Travel site. 

Click here to read about CSMS Students and their adventures overseas.

The next trip for Small School, Big World will be Spring Break 2020 to Germany and Switzerland. For more information please email or


Small Cougars participated in this past 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 Warda, TX.  The terrain was fast and rolling with some BMX jumps and rollercoaster-like terrain as well.  

In the 8th grade race:
Ethan Doucette got 2nd

In the 7th grade race:
Beckett Sharp got 4th

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

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 comfortable with Small Middle School. 

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

McCallum HS Transition Camp May 2019


“Our goal for transition camp is to provide incoming students an opportunity to get familiar with the McCallum HS Experience before the Fall semester begins.”

To sign up you can:

  1. Call: 512-414-7519- Andrea Rogers
  2. EMAIL:
  3. go to sign-up genie at :


SESSION #1: May 29th, 9:00a-12:00p

SESSION # 2 May 30th, 9:00a-12:00p

SESSION #3: May 30th, 1:00p-4:00p



McCallum High School – MAC THEATER 5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin TX 78756

For a map:    in your web browser, copy and paste:



If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Rogers at 414-7519.

Bowie Freshman Soccer Camp

Monday – Thursday
June 3 – June 6

Incoming 7 th /8th grade Boys
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. $100.00

Incoming 9 th grade Boys
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. $100.00

To introduce campers to the Bowie Soccer Program and develop individual skills and fundamentals of soccer.

Due to construction at Bowie, Soccer Camp will be held at Austin Sports Academy

Located at 275 Lotus Circle, Austin, TX 78737

Click here for more details and sign up

Bowie Freshman Football Camp

Due to construction at Bowie, the camp will be held at the Tony Burger Stadium/Annex


Please drop off at the Tony Burger Annex on Jones Road


July 24-26

10:30am- 12:30pm

$100.00 Per Camper


All campers must bring or send a copy of a current physical exam to Coach Ables in order to participate.

Click here for more details and to Sign up

Austin High School

Summer Weight & Speed Camp

For All Sports

Session 1:  June 10-June 27 Session 2:  July 8-25x


When:                Monday–Thursday  7-9am (HS Athletes), 9-11am (MS Athletes/Incoming Freshman)

Cost:                     $60 per 3 week session (non-refundable). Checks payable to Austin High School Football.

Location:           Austin High School Weight Room and practice fields.

Click here for all the details and to sign up


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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