Cougar News 5/06/19 – 5/10/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of May 6, 2019 – May 10, 2019


We here in Smallville pride ourselves on being a family. As a family we get to share in our accomplishments and also get to experience loss with one another as well. We are most fortunate that the celebrations outnumber the setbacks and that the opportunities to come together as one are typically festive. The loss our community experienced this week only clarified how strong our family is. The support for one another was evident in each part of the day and we are thankful for the resiliency of our students and staff for being able to make it through these last two days for each other.

I am proud of every member of our Smallville family for being Rocks of Gibraltar and am thankful for the care and comfort provided for all during this time of sorrow. We are so appreciative of the small amount of time we got to spend with Ms. Komnick and are all far better for having worked with her. She loved teaching middle school and wanted nothing more in life than to teach kids to appreciate science. As I told her classes, not many people choose to teach to this grade level, especially those who were as well-schooled and certified as she was, but she made the effort to work with the level of student so they could be better prepared in high school and beyond. Her job was not to get our kids to love science, but rather not to be afraid of it. She was a very important piece of our Smallville puzzle and we will miss her dearly.

As soon as we have information in regards to services we will make sure to let you know.

Now for the celebration piece of being a family:

Splashfest 2019! On Friday, May 10th, make sure to head to our Backyard to be a part of the best carnival Southwest Austin has to offer! We are so excited about this fundraiser because it is all about being festive and enjoying your Cougar Community. We have parents and guardians participating, teachers running booths, kids riding rides, and food vendors on hand, all to make sure everyone has a good time. This being the 4th year we’ve done it, we’ve got it all figured out, and the activities and games we have going on are going to be epic! Make sure your student buys a wristband online this weekend (discounted) and then you yourself can bid on any one, or all, of the amazing prize packages we have in our ON-LINE silent auction. How good are this year’s crop of items to bid on? Let’s just say I’ve seen a preview and am already planning a hostile takeover bid of the Hill Country Hideaway package that can house 28 people. Whether bidding against me, or trying to dunk me in the tank for the 4:00 shift, I hope to see as many of y’all out there as possible.

Further celebrations: This week we were honored to have the work of one of our teachers, Dr. Mark Cunningham, published in The Atlantic. After the passing of director John Singleton on Monday, the magazine reached out to Dr. Cunningham to write an article about him. His name was known to them as he profiled the famous director in his doctoral thesis. For your convenience, the article is attached. Dr. Cunningham article

Stay dry this weekend and may the 4th be with you. Always.

Matthew Nelson
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505

Splashfest 101

Wristbands, Tickets & Water Proof Lanyards
If you haven’t purchased your tickets and wristbands, You can buy them on-line or in person during lunch Wed, Thursday or Friday this week, or at the event.  Your student will need a wristband, additional tickets (for Food and some activities) and some cash (for food vendors) to take full advantage of this event. Buy them and get more details here Best deal is to buy them online. If you buy at the school the price goes up. Online deadline is 3:00 pm on Thursday! What you buy online can be picked-up during lunch, or at the event

Pick up wristbands – Your student can pick up their online order during lunch Wednesday – Friday, or at splashfest at the Ticket booth. 

What to wear:
Swim shirt or T-shirt and shorts, Bathing suits can be worn underneath. We encourage kids to bring water shoes or Flip-flops – And don’t forget sunscreen – Some will be available at the ticket booth.

Who can come:
Everyone! We would love to see the whole family there. However, keep an eye on your little ones, the big ones can get a little wild. 

Parent/Sponsor Area:
Please join us to hang out and chat with other parents while the kids run around at Splashfest. We will have music, a mister, available. Located by the north stairs. Hope to see you there!

All Volunteers will receive a Double Daves Free Large Pizza Coupon for their help. We need lots of help to make this successful. Sign-up here!

Silent Auction is LIVE:
Bidding starts Wednesday and closes at midnight Friday. Click here to find some great deals online – Pick up is next week in the main office

Back Packs:
Ideally you will be here and you can put the backpack in your car, however we will have the backpacks lined up in the 8th grade wing.

How can  you help:
Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer AND we still need lots of Drinks, Cup Cakes and Donuts (glazed only) –  If you can pick some up and drop it in the office this week, that would be great!

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

Splashfest is becoming bigger and better everyday!

RAIN OR SHINE, You don’t want to miss this event!

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. 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

Is live! Click here to take a look to see what we got... More stuff will be added soon, then bidding starts at 8 AM on Wednesday. Final bids are taken at 11:45 pm May 10th. You can pay online or with cash or check at the school next week. 

Still got something to donate? Email by 8 am Wednesday and we can add it in!


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



Attention 8th graders going to Bowie:

Bowie High School is pleased to invite all incoming Freshmen to participate in Camp Bowie Express on Saturday, May 18th. Camp Bowie Express will offer, at no cost to the student, an abbreviated version of its transition to high school experience. New freshmen can choose one of two sessions (8:30-11:30AM or 12:30-3:30PM) during which they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some of our Bowie traditions, hear from current students about how to be successful in high school, meet students from other middle schools, and more! Just use the link below to register!
Students unable to attend Camp Bowie Express on May 18th can also use the registration link to sign up for a campus tour in August or add their name to a waiting list in case an additional Camp Bowie Express session is added on another date. The link can also be used to order the official Class of 2023 t-shirt to be distributed at Camp Bowie Express. Please contact Patricia Maney ( with questions.


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

STAAR Testing this week 

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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!


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



The final mountain bike championship race for the South Austin Composite Team occurred this past weekend and Small Cougars ‘represented’ well.  It was at Rock Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX.  

 Ethan Doucette took home the 1st place spot for the 8th graders, while Beckett Sharp took home 7th place for the 7th graders.  Their placings across all races this year garnered them overall standings.  Ethan kept his 1st place in the 8th grade out of 62 racers; and Beckett was 6th overall in the 7th grade out of 71 racers.  As a result of these placings, Cougars and their girl and boy teammates from across South Austin, captured 2nd place overall for middle schools across Texas.

 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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