Cougar News – Week of 9/16/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 9/16/19 – 9/20/19


With so much discerning news being released by the district these last few weeks, I thought it would be a good antidote for all to showcase and celebrate some of the good things going on here in the hallowed halls of Smallville. Luckily, there’s no shortage of things to celebrate as our staff and your students always do a tremendous job of beating our expectations.

Fill the Bin!

Our Student Council, led my the marvelous Sara Teel, is building on our campus green initiatives buy collecting clothing for recycling. The average American throws away approximately 70 pounds of clothes, shoes and textiles each year. Most of these items end up in local landfills, which amounts to an astounding 16.9 billion pounds of preventable waste each year. Please join us in reducing our footprint and giving back to the community. Consider dropping all unwanted clothing, shoes, and household linens into our green “Fill The Bin” container near the front entrance of the school. Everything that is donated gets used in some form or another. If your unwanted clothes are deemed to tattered or torn, they work with people who then tear them up and give them to auto shops and other places that require rags for cleaning.

Student Created and Serviced Waste Pods:

We are pleased to announce that there are now complete waste pods with signage above all the bins throughout the entire school. Our Green Team has worked very hard to get all of the signs made and put in place in order to make diversion easy and accessible for all areas on campus. At the end of the day all Pods will be emptied by our Green students. This is part of our effort to get to Zero waste as a campus and our commitment to teaching kids that sorting your trash is not a “cafeteria specific” skill. We love that our kids are stewards of the environment and care about the cleanliness and culture of our school.

Free-Cess is back!

Now that the temperature is starting to dip below 99, we are taking our kids out each day we can for free-cess during lunch. Our kids need the exercise and we need to reward them for doing such a bang-up job keeping our cafeteria clean and keeping their behavior in check. Each day the weather permits, and we have the proper number of staff, we plan on rewarding our kids for their exceptional behavior by letting them spend the last 15 minutes of lunch outside playing. We find this form of currency much more kid-oriented than Tech Friday and love to see our kids running around like loons every once in a while. The admin team has ended Technology day as a reward and will instead use this form of currency to celebrate our kids.

As for what they do when they’re outside, they could be doing it easier with better balls and equipment. So, if you have any extra soccer balls, footballs, frisbees, or GaGa balls, please send them our way and we’ll let the kids ruin them through overuse and fun.

That’s about all I have to say about that. Have a great weekend.

Matthew Nelson
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal

Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons


Austin ISD would like your feedback on the newly written Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades sixth through eighth. Lessons and a feedback survey will be posted on the Parent Cloud from September 18th-25th. Middle school lessons will be revised based on feedback. Elementary lessons have already been revised from feedback provided last May.

Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website, How to Create a Parent Cloud Account, for more information. Once in the Parent Cloud, look for the MS HSR Lesson Review Tile. Please contact the Parent Support line at 512-414-9187 if you need assistance creating an account.

Additionally, AISD is offering two meetings for families who need Spanish and Arabic interpretation. These meetings will be held at Navarro High School (formerly Lanier) on September 17 and Austin High School on September 19. Both meetings are from 6-8 p.m. If you are in need of another language, please contact Michele Rusnak , Health and Physical Education Supervisor, by Friday (9/13), at


Office of School Leadership 
Austin Independent School District
4000 IH-35 South
Austin, TX 78704

Al Austin ISD le gustaría saber sus opiniones sobre las lecciones de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad recientemente escritas para sexto a octavo grado.

Las lecciones y una encuesta para comentar se publicarán en la nube para padres de familia del 18 al 25 de septiembre. Las lecciones de secundaria se actualizarán con base en los comentarios. Las lecciones de primaria ya se han actualizado gracias a los comentarios provistos el mayo pasado.

Las familias tienen que tener un estudiante matriculado en el AISD y una cuenta en la nube para padres de familia para poder revisar las lecciones y dar sus comentarios.

Visite el sitio web del AISD Cómo crear una cuenta en la nube para padres de familia para más información. Una vez esté en la nube para padres de familia, busque la ventana “MS HSR Lesson Review” (Revisión de lecciones de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad de secundaria). Comuníquese con la línea de apoyo a los padres de familia al 512-414-9187 para que le ayuden a crear la cuenta.

Además, el AISD está ofreciendo dos juntas para familias que necesitan interpretación al español y al árabe. Estas juntas serán en la Escuela Preparatoria de Universidad Temprana Navarro (anteriormente Lanier) el 17 de septiembre y en la Escuela Preparatoria Austin el 19 de septiembre. Ambas juntas son de 6-8 p.m.

Si necesita otro idioma, comuníquese con Michele Rusnak, supervisora de Salud y Educación Física, antes del viernes a

Office of School Leadership 
Austin Independent School District
4000 IH-35 South
Austin, TX 78704

Say Cheese!

Brush your teeth and your hair, Picture Day is coming!

This week depending on what day you have Social Studies, We will be taking school pictures. These photo’s will be used for their student ID’s that can be used to sign in after a tardy, pay for lunches and check out library books. They can also be used to get discounts at any business that gives student discounts. 

Wednesday, September 18th (A Day)
Thursday September 19th (B Day)

Your student will go with their Social Studies class to get their picture taken

If you would like to order a copy of your students picture, you can go to use code: 1920-0099


Gifted and Talented Opportunity

Is your kiddo really, really into math?  If so, join the Sunday Morning Math Group.  UT sponsors this lecture series and it’s a wonderful opportunity for budding mathematicians to get a taste for the beauty and intrigue that is Advanced Mathematics.   This lecture series has events every so often and this Sunday is the first offering of the season.
All students are welcome, but the in-depth nature of these college-level lectures particularly appeal to students who demonstrate a genuine interest in mathematics. 
Arrive early, the lecture hall tends to fill up.
Sunday Morning Math Group
12-2 pm
Sunday, Sept 15
5.104 RLM Hall (on UT Austin campus)
Lecture: The Math behind DNA
Faculty and grad student volunteers are going to work with students to solve math riddles!  
Free parking on the street
Free bagels and Coffee!
For questions, contact your campus GT Advocate


One of our CSMS Families is in need of some help.


Please check out this Go Fund Me page for the
younger sister of one of our 7th Graders.

Go Fund Me for Claire


The DukeTIP program offers students with qualifying scores an opportunity to take the SAT.  Registration, payment, and transportation to and/or from the test is handled by families.  Here is the link if your student has a qualifying score and you would like them to participate in the program.

Before you go to the website, you will need to know your student’s STAAR Scores from either of the previous two years. 

Either of the two most recent test administrations may be used, and students need only qualify on one subtest. Qualifying scores are:

  • 2018 STAAR (English) 5th Grade Scores: Math of 1845 or greater, Reading of 1781 or greater, Science of 4531 or greater
  • 2018 STAAR (Spanish) 5th Grade Scores: Math of 1707 or greater, Reading of 1767 or greater, Science of 4161 or greater
  • 2019 STAAR (English) 6th Grade Scores: Math of 1881 or greater, Reading of 1783 or greater

If you have any questions, please contact your Campus GT Advocate



Save the date! 

October 10/10/19

Author James Kennedy will be on campus to talk about his book 




Homecoming Game and Dance are coming up…


Save the date 

  • Homecoming football game 9/25/19 at Burger
  • Homecoming Dance 9/27/19

Click here if you want to sign up to Volunteer for the Dance

OCTOBER 25th 2019!
Hello Clint Small parents and guardians! 
Now that “back-to-school” has come and gone, the next order of business for Theatre & Visual Arts is to start launching effort to make the 
2019 Smalloween haunted house and dance a success of Cougar proportions. 
Mrs. Murray < >or Mr. Tabares < > if you have any questions about these roles. 
Currently, we are working for light fixtures, blacklight light bulbs and doll heads by the hundred (yes, seriously).
Thank you for your support and Go Cougars!
Below is a Sign-Up Genius link for various roles we would like to have filled by parents and guardians. Please feel free to email
Please stay tuned here for further announcements or calls for various needs.

Good Afternoon!!
Please see link below regarding the required annual AHERA Asbestos Management notification
Have a great evening!
Notification Letter

Enrichment Fees

Please click on the link below to see your grade level enrichment fee for this year. 

  • 6th Grade – Pay online, or  a check in a sealed envelope given to Mrs. Gonzales
  • 7th Grade – Pay online, or a check in a sealed envelope given to your child’s Science Teacher
  • 8th Grade – Pay online, or a check in a sealed envelope given to your child’s Social Studies Teacher
To pay online go to If you plan on writing a check, please make check out to Small Middle School and  include your students name and ID number on the check and on the outside of the envelope. 

AB Calendar

Please pay close attention to our A/B Calendar 

  • Some dates on our calendar that the students will have off that are not on the district calendar.
  • There are 2 A days in May in a row that was done on purpose 
  • You can always go to our Calendar of events for more details. 
If you have any questions on this year’s Calendar please contact

Germany and Switzerland

Travel to Germany and Switzerland to learn how they are leaders in Sustainable Living. 

This trip is planned for June 2020

To learn more about this international STEM trip opportunity, Join us for an informational meeting on September 24th at 6:00pm –

Recycling. Clean energy. Cars of the future. Germany and Switzerland
have been at the forefront of some of the world’s most forward-thinking
approaches to technology and energy. And it’s easy to see why—these
countries are a perfect blend of European charm and start-up culture.
Learn about Germany and Switzerland’s innovative sustainability efforts
by seeing state-of-the-art models of renewable energy, urban farming,
and eco-tourism. Be a part of the creative conversation firsthand as you
embark on an urban quest in the green city of Freiburg, hike through an
Alpine glacier, and discover a vast underground city in a nuclear bunker
in Lucerne.

For more information, Contact Sarah Dietz at
parent meeting regarding this trip. 

Small School Big World wants you to join us in Germany and Switzerland!

Want to travel to Europe to see a state-of-the-art Green Tech auto factory?
Care to enjoy touring a Zero Waste city?
Love to see beautiful architecture and stunning natural vistas?
Stay in the middle of the action and enjoy excellent accommodations and cuisine?
Join us, Spring Break 2020!
Information meeting Monday, Sept 23rd 6:30pm in the Library!
Have questions?  email or 

Calling all Volunteers!

Thanks for a great meeting! More volunteer information coming soon!
If you have volunteered in the past and just want to sign up, Click here for the September Volunteer sign-up. 
If you have any questions, please contact


The PTA would like your input in what kind of parent education you might be interested in this year.
Take the survey below to let us know!

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

Bowie High School Event

Save the Date - 10/19 Austin High Monster Concert

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