Cougar News 5/20/19 – 5/24/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Last Week of School!

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If you’re like me, you have a weather device on your phone which you consult on a daily to see what’s on the horizon. Now, if you’re as excited and geeked about Splashfest as I am, then you are absolutely refusing to look at it for fear of Monday’s forecast. We will be having Splashfest this Monday, May 20th, come rain (frowny face emoticon) or shine (smiley face emoticon with shades on)! We’ve contingency plans in place, but are relying on the weather bestowing upon our students the gift of good weather to reward them for their exemplary behavior and attitude. Knowing that our kids deserve the best send-off we could possibly give, and ignoring the TV weather reports and apps on our phones, fill us with hope.

STAAR Report: STAAR week is a tough one for a campus as we basically lose 4 days of instruction to the standardized tests. The current model has 33% to 66% of our students testing all 4 days and leads little time in the afternoon for engagement and/or rigor. With so many classes comprising of split grade-levels, it’s near impossible to run a regular schedule with one grade-level while any other grade is testing. Then, once the four hours are over and lunches have been served, we’re left with about an hour and a half of school time and all we want to do then is get our kids moving around and outside as much as possible to cure the cabin fever they’ve been experiencing. One of the moves we plan on making next year as a Transformation Zone is to test all 3 grade levels on the same 2 days–Monday and Tuesday. That way we gain 3 days of classroom instruction. Other school districts follow this format and it makes perfect sense for a school like ours which has combined grades in elective classes, as well as some core, and with our space limitations. More info to follow.

Regardless, thank your student for a successful round of testing. They were well-behaved, respectful of the testing environment, and gave their best effort. That’s all we can ask for and all that is required. Also, be sure to thank a teacher for their hard work as well. Nobody went to college for a teaching degree so they could pace around in a room, actively monitoring, for 4 hours without being allowed to read a book or check their email.

Next week will have lots of events on campus, so make your way to as many as you can.

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 (discounted) or in person, Before School or  during lunch on Monday, May 20th 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 Friday! 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 Friday or BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING LUNCH Or AT SPLASHFEST on Monday the 20th!

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. – Bring a towel for the ride home. 

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 Monday. 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) –  We are also looking to borrow shade tents – If you have one we can borrow, put your name on it and bring it down next week. 

May 20, 2019 3:40 to 7:00 pm

Splashfest is becoming bigger and better everyday!
AND is a week from Monday!!!! 

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... Now that we have more time, we would love more items. Bidding will start at 8 AM on Wednesday May 15th. Final bids are taken at 11:45 pm May 20th. 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
  • We would love to borrow your shade tent. It would be great if you can bring it sometime next week.
  • 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: Student's Taking Advanced Math Next Year

Dear Parents,
If your child is currently enrolled in Small Middle School’s 6th grade Advanced Math class. For these students, next year’s math class will be determined based on the 6th grade Math STAAR scores. Students will either take 7th grade Advanced Math or Algebra based on those scores.

The criteria for the Algebra class will be determined after STAAR scores are released to the district. This is expected to happen in mid to late June. At that time, if your child meets the criteria for the Algebra class you will be contacted and given the option to place your child in the Algebra class.

To help students prepare for the Algebra class we will be offering a four-day bridge camp from 8am to 12pm Monday through Thursday. Camp will be offered from July 8th to July 11th and August 5th to August 8th. Students would only need to attend one week. Cost of the camp will be $100 to cover the cost of snacks and teachers.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Jenna Garcia
Math Department Chair












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.


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


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

Attention 8th graders going to McCallum next year

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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