Cougar News 4/29/19 – 5/3/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of April 29, 2019 – May 3, 2019

Cougar Nation-

On Good Friday, we had a Great Friday here in Smallville as all faculty and staff participated in a full day of TBRI training. TBRI stands for Trust-Based Relationship Intervention and is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. TBRI has been applied in orphanages, courts, residential treatment facilities, group homes, foster and adoptive homes, churches, and schools. We’re excited to discover these techniques and place them in our collective tool-belts as they will benefit each and every student on our campus.

With a training as important as this one is, we made sure that all of our staff participated. Our office staff is one of the best in Central Texas and most often are the first person our students encounter when they are revved up or feeling low, so it’s imperative our staff knows what signs to look for and has a relationship with the student in order to best serve them. We all believe that when a child is acting out, it’s not a matter of will, but more so a lack of skill causing the behavior. Our job is to work with the student to make sure h/her needs are met and they feel we are indeed listening to them. Then, our job is to work with them to devise a plan to make it through the hour/class/day/week. Several of our parents in the training felt it was also impactful for dealing with their child on a daily basis. So much so, we are looking to see if there’s a TBRI training we can offer our community in the near future.

The belief that when a student acts out it is due to a lack of skill and not will is what allows us as educators to face the task of working with middle schoolers on a daily basis. We firmly believe that all students wish to do well and want to be successful; it’s just sometimes they do not have the necessary tools in their belt to allow them to do so. Our job is to provide them with ways to handle frustration, to teach them how to seek help from others, and to provide them with communication techniques which will allow them to be heard. Much like the Zen belief that there is no such thing as a bad tree–only lack of water, sun, or fertile soil–we feel the same about our kids. All kids are good and want to be good; we merely need to adjust the soil, sun, and water we provide.

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

May 10, 2019 3:40 to 7:00 pm

Splashfest is becoming bigger and better everyday!
AND is only 2 weeks away!

Tickets\wristbands are on sale now!

Last year we made over $29,000 with only 600 wristbands sold ($5,000 came from our Silent Auction). Our goal this year is $35,000! Our Silent Auction is bigger and better and we hope will bring in as least $8,000 (more details to come next newsletter). But the rest of the funds need to come from Wristband and Ticket sales.
We don’t want to raise the price, so instead we are encouraging more kids to come!
We have added a new option on our order page for families to donate wristband to kids that can’t afford to come.
The PTA is sponsoring 30 wristbands for kids in need, but we would love some financial help so everyone can come and enjoy Splashfest!

Order Today!  Click here to purchase Wristband\Tickets and to donate!

Get in on the fun!!!! We need lot’s of Volunteers, please help us make this day one to remember!!!!!

Sign up here to Volunteer at Splashfest

Get a sneak peak of just some of the Activities and games that will be at Splashfest: 

Splashfest Raffle

Kids can win Raffle tickets by playing the games at Splashfest! They can also purchase some raffle tickets and enter to win one of these amazing prizes the week leading up to the splashfest. 

Purchase online now, or during lunch the week of May 6th

Splashfest On-Line Silent Auction

Silent Auction is still in the process of being built, so I don’t have pictures yet,  but so far we have at least a total of $15,000 worth amazing items that we will be auctioning off. We will send a special mid week e-mail with more details and let you know when you can start previewing the items. Remember that this auction is done all on-line from the comfort of you home or office. We will open it live May 6th, Bidding ends at midnight on May 10th. Winning items can be picked up Starting Monday, May 13th. Good luck on getting the best deals on some outstanding items. 


Splashfest - How you can help!


It is not just ESL(SEE BELOW) that is looking for donations for Splashfest. We could also use the following…

  • Whip cream – 20 cans (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – supports ELA
  • Soda, Gatorade, Water bottles – Supports the Art Department
  • Pickles (2 Buckets from Sams Club) – Supports Security
  • Taco Shells  – 2 boxes – supports ESL Dept
  • Popcorn\Popcorn Oil\Popcorn Salt – 1 pack of 13 –  Supports Security
  • Pixi Sticks – 4 Boxes – Supports Dance Dept
  • Lot’s and Lot’s  Cupcakes (variety) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports AVID
  • 5 Dozen Fresh Glazed Donuts (no chocolate) (fresh do not deliver before the day, Please let us know if you can donate) – Supports Cheer
If you can help with any of these items, Please contact Jennifer Newell at




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 SEL we will be talking about gratitude. Students will define gratitude and then share one thing that they are grateful for to later contribute to a larger class discussion.
Our mindful moments are in the form of would you rather questions this week. We are working our way to testing and keeping things light while continuing to learn about each other.
Monday: Would you rather be friends with superman or batman?
Wednesday: Would you rather be an Olympic Athlete or the President?
Friday: Would you rather read minds or be invisible?

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Congratulations to these Small Cougars who received State Recognition for their performance on the
Duke Talent Identification Search SAT!  

Grant Barden, Alec Gosewehr, Jax Latham and Dillon Stover   

Parents of current 6th graders, keep your kiddo’s STAAR scores handy and read the Cougar News in September for a link to register for next year’s Duke TiP test.

We are proud of their academic achievement!


7th Grade Girls Zone Track Meet

vs. Lamar, Gorzycki, O’Henry, Bailey, Ann Richards, Bedichek & Paredes
Congratulations to the 7th grade girls, 2nd place in team standings!

400 Meter Relay– 2nd Place, 54.01 Skyler C., Alexa N., Kemah S., Sofie S.

800m Run– Bea C. 2.43- 2nd place, Giada M.

100m Hurdles Cilla S. 19.01-3rd place, Kaela B 19.97, Giada M. 20.6

100m Dash– Ava T. 13.96, Saniya 14.03, Simone S. 14.65

800m Relay– 1st Place- Skyler C., Alexa N., Kemah S., Sofie S

400m Dash– Bea C. 1:12.8, Amaya S. 1:14.64

300m Hurdles– Cilla S. 1:01.1, Ofelia R. 1:01.2, Kaela B.1:01.3

200m Dash– Ava T. 29.93, Saniya 30.80, Simone S. 31.25

1600m Run– Ramona G. 6:33

1600m Relay– 2nd Place, 4:34.96 Bea C., Kemah S., Skyler C., Sofie S

8th Grade Girls Zone Track Meet vs.

 Lamar, Gorzycki, O’ Henry, Bailey, Ann Richards, Bedichek & Paredes 

400m Relay -5th Place- Peyton W., Charlotte S., Lauren P., Makenna G. 

800m Run – Abby H. 2:48, Ella L. 3:05 100m Hurdles- Sadie H. 18.65, 4th Place, Ellina B. 19.02, Olivia C. 19.84 

100m Dash – Sadie H. 13.2, 6th Place, Sally B. 14.15 

800m Relay – 2nd place- Peyton W., Charlotte S., Lauren P., Makenna G. 

400m Dash – Hannah S. 1:07, 5th Place, Kelly M. 1:16 

300m Hurdles – Ellina B. 59.78, Anya G. 1:03.2, Aubrey N. 1:07.2 200m Dash- Jayna L. 29.1, Sally B. 29.87 

1600m Run – Lola S. 6:45, Ella L. 6:50 1600m Relay- 3rd Place- Peyton W., Charlotte S., Lauren P., Makenna G.

7th Boys Results Track Zone Championships


vs O.Henry, Murchison, Lamar, Bedichek, Gorzycki, Bailey, Paredes


Congratulations to the 7th Grade Team for taking 2nd Place in the Team Standings!


400 M Relay1st Place49.41, Wyatt E., William K., Anthony R., Zach R.


800 M Run – Iain M. 2:36, Ryan C. 2:38, Isaac H. 2:39


110 Hurdles – Lucian M. 20.85, Isaac H. 20.93, Moses O. 21.3


100 M Sprint4th Place Wyatt E. 12.14, 6th Place Albert D. 12.15


800 M Relay1st Place – 1:45.51, Aidan L., William K., Anthony R., Zach R.


400 M Dash2nd Place Christian R. 59.4, Moses O. 60.97, Colton E. 1:08.00


300 Hurdles – Lucian M. 50.32, Ryan C. 52.4


200 M Dash2nd Place Albert D. 25.7, 4th Place Aidan L. 25.9, 6th Place Wyatt E. 26.3


1600 M Run4th Place Jake M. 5:52, Robert B. 6:14, Leo B. 7:08


1600 M Relay2nd Place – 4:05.00, Aidan L., William K., Anthony R., Zach R.


8th Boys Results from Track Zone Championships

vs O.Henry, Lamar, Murchison, Gorzycki, Bailey, Paredes, Bedichek

 Congratulations to the 8th Grade Boys for taking 2nd Place in the Team Standings!

400 M Relay2nd Place 47.75 – Chad M., Will T., Wayne G., Isaac S.

 800 M Run4th Place Johannes B. 2:15.4, Jared R. 2:31

 110 Hurdles – Caden P. 21.4, Jude G. 21.6, Rowan K. 21.76

 100 M Dash4th Place Diego N. 11.93, James S. 10.34

 800 M Relay – 2nd Place 1:40.20 – Chad M., Will T., Wayne G., Isaac S.

 400 M Dash4th Place Ethan D. 58.10, Kaleb T. 60.64, Carl R. 64.0

 300 M Hurdles – Rowan K. 53.14, Caden P. 54.33

 200 M Dash2nd Place Diego N. 24.41

 1200 M Run3rd Place – Zach M. 5:17, 5th Place Jared R. 5:24, Ben W. 5:26

 1600 M Relay2nd Place 3:52.45 Will T., Wayne G., Chad M., Isaac S.

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

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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