Cougar News – Week of 9/23/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 9/23/19 – 9/20/1927

Upcoming Events


* Wear PJ’s

* Twins Day

* CAT Day
* Homecoming Game at Burger annex
* Wear your CSMS Colors (Cougar Pride Day)

* Dress up like your favorite Super Hero
* Volleyball vs Murcheson

* Dress up like your favorite decade
* Homecoming Dance

  See all upcoming calendar events here


Useful Quick Links


Got questions for the new year? 
Check out our Back to School Guide!

Cougar Nation!

CAT Day is nigh! We’re putting the final touches on next Wednesday’s CAT classes to make sure each living being on campus is set for optimal fun! Our Pickle Ball paddles are properly packed, our Dungeons and Dragons dens are deemed “ready for adventure,” and our Cupcake Decorating classes are sprinkled with joy in anticipation of upwards of 90 students eager to create mini masterpieces (then eat them of course). The point is this; we are amped and ready to deliver the best Wednesday your student has ever experienced.

What will your student be doing after h/her CAT classes? To help them navigate, and for your benefit as well, here is their afternoon schedule:

Now, in an effort to allow y’all to hear more bits o’ wisdom from our staff here on campus, here’s a little piece from our 6th Grade Assistant Principal, safety guru, and behavior coordinator, David Sammon. 


We are off to a great start this year and continue to discuss and research ways to improve our systems.  Our top priority is always the safety of our students specifically finding ways to make our campus a place that is inclusive and both emotionally and physically safe.  We have implemented several new additions that increases the safety for our students and staff in case of an emergency.  Some of these additions include extra monitoring and changing exit routes as needed, supervision of students during passing periods or dismissals, safety devices in classrooms, and other methods.  We know how important it is to not only create a safe environment, but to make sure we all feel safe when we are at school.  The trust we build with our students is essential for us to intervene if an unsafe situation could potentially happen since many of our tips come from them directly or through incident reports. As we continue to build these relationships with our students we would also like to let our parents know to please reach out to us whenever you hear anything that may be a potential safety concern.

 We model two very important behavior philosophies as we manage student behavior on our campus.  First, we promote positive behavior and encourage students to make good choices throughout the day and in their lives.  We reward and recognize students for kindness, leadership, helpfulness, effort, and many other positive attributes.  Secondly, when we give consequences for behavior issues we focus on making those situations a “teachable moment” to help students understand how and why it was an issue.  We know that punitive punishment is not always the appropriate response and have found building relationships and listening to our kids has a much more lasting impact in their lives.  Most importantly, our behavior management techniques are focused on stopping unwanted behavior immediately and helping them make better choices in the future. Thank you all for your support of our campus and know that we care about each and every student that comes through our doors and will continue to support them as if they were our own children.

 Thank you for reading and thank you Mr. Sammon for keeping our kids safe and helping them learn from their mistakes.  I guess there’s more to the gig than just having great hair after all.

Enjoy your weekend and please make sure to go over the CAT Day afternoon with your student for us.  We’ll hit it hard come Monday and Tuesday, but we all know who we’re dealing with and know it never hurts to hear it a 3rd or even 21st time. 

Note: This letter was written before the Pep Rally Hoax e-mail went out. If you have not seen that letter from Mr. Nelson, you can read it here. -Jennifer

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

Enrichment Fees


If you have not paid your grade level enrichment fees this year, please do ASAP. As of today 6th grade can not pay for their field trip in October due to not enough funds. 

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. 


Ready to get down in A-town?

The Athletics Booster Club presents Homecoming 2019!

Ready yourself for the curated beats by DJ Freddy T and an after school snack sesh at our concessions corner.

6th graders prepare to party from 4:00-5:30 while 7th and 8th grade will bust loose at 5:45 until 7:15.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 25th  $5 pre-party, $7 at the door.

Dress to impress, dress to entertain, dress for yourself—it’s Austin. Just be you!

Click here if you want to see about parent Volunteer opportunities

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Small Counseling Office

Dear Parents,
Our counseling office has adopted a Guinea Pig from a parent who donated her (Punkie) as a therapy pet for our students when needed.

Would you consider donating food, bedding for our guinea pig? We thank you in advance for your support. Your donation is greatly appreciated

To find out more, please contact Ms. Ewing ( or Ms. Holmes (

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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
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Save the date! 

October 10/10/19

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




GIRLS Only- Try it out- Mountain Biking Event

Female MTB friends want to give girls an opportunity to try-out mountain-biking skills because mountain-biking is historically a male-dominated sport! 

Come RIDE with us from the ATX Bikes parking lot. 

Wed., Sept. 25th, 6pm-7:30pm
6:00-6:10 unload bike, get set. 


  1. BIKE (NOT A SKINNY TIRE ROAD BIKE) that is working well- tires pumped up, gears are shifting appropriately.
  2. HELMET that fits well. 
  3. WATER that will travel with you(on the bike bottle cage, or in a small backpack). 
  4. WAIVER signed by parent. 
  5. PARENT to stay on site.(DO NOT IDLE cars please)

ATX Bikes parking lot(west end) on Slaughter Rd

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

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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
  • Note: Splashfest date is tentative. It will be in May, but the day may change
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 


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

Austin High Theatre Production

Joins us for a unique theatre production of “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” featuring the Austin High School faculty. The production is being performed by 30+ faculty members and administrators while the students serve as designers, technicians, costumers and more.

Based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. This tightly woven adaptation has earned standing ovations from Singapore to Prague— from L.A. to D.C. It’s an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple voice narration, enhanced through the use of live piano underscoring, which provides fluidity, charm, and emotional texture, and seven optional original songs.

The delightful stories feature colorful characters such as:

  • a shy little boy who insists on playing the “pig” in his class production of Cinderella and steals the show;
  • a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles—in a lawn chair buoyed by surplus weather balloons;
  • a “mother of the bride” who’s staged a perfect wedding—until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle;
  • and a modern-day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken mirror from World War II.

These stories celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age. 

Performance Dates and Times:

  • September 23 & 24 at 7 p.m.
  • September 29 at 2 p.m. 
  • September 30 at 7 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person

To purchase tickets online, visit or for more information, contact Annie Dragoo at 512-414-7311.

Save the Date - 10/19 Austin High Monster Concert

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