Cougar News – Week of 10/07/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 10/07/19 – 10/11/19

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If you want to gauge the success of a middle school, all you have to do is pay attention to the Counseling department to see how well it is being run. We are fortunate that we have the best counseling team in all of AISD and that our teachers understand and respect the role they play in the lives of our students. Our counselors specialize in being proactive with our kiddos in order to prepare them for any pitfalls that may occur during the course of a typical middle school day. As you may recall when you harken back to the days when you were the same age, these pitfalls happen quite often and are as unplanned as they are repetitive. Our one-of-a-kind Counseling team leads guidance lessons in our classrooms, hosts lunch bunches, and meets with students and groups on a daily to get the message out about self-care and how to handle adversity. They are always available to our kids, and you, so make sure to email them or give them a call whenever you have any questions.

Attached is their monthly newsletter about what is going on in their corner of Smallville. Take note that there is a meeting with representatives from the Phoenix House on November 12th at 8:30 in our cafeteria to discuss vaping and how it is affecting our teens. Make sure to sign up to attend as this is something we all need to hear. Click Here for the Counseling Newsletter.

Parent Learning Walk: On Wednesday, October 9th, we will meet with 6th grade parents and guardians for our first Learning Walk of the year. We will meet in the cafeteria at 8:20 to go over the details and then get to the business of seeing what is happening in our classrooms. We are gearing this walk specifically for our 6th grade families, so if you have a 7th or 8th grade student, please wait for the next Learning Walk scheduled to take place in early November. For those of you who have yet to participate in a Learning Walk here on campus, feel free to take notes, take pictures of the walls (no kids), come prepared with questions, and wear comfortable shoes.

Looking forward to seeing new faces next week and some cooler weather. Remember, students will not be on campus on Friday (10/11) and Monday (10/14) so teachers can have time to plan and prep.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

We still have spaces on the bus to the Pride Kickoff tomorrow, Go to https://forms.gle/DHntCEawPNF3b9Ab8 to Sign up!

Advanced Theater

The Advanced Theater Class beginning after school rehearsals this month. Please refer to the schedule below. Email Mrs. Murray with any questions:  kristen.murray@austinisd.org

 

  • Both casts: Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd 3:45pm-5:00 pm
  • After school dress rehearsals for Shake Cast: 28th, 30th 3:45-5:30 pm
  • After school dress rehearsals for Speare Cast: 29th, 31st 3:45-5:30 pm

6th GRADE FIELD TRIP - OCTOBER 8

  • 6th graders will be traveling to the Paramount Theater on Tuesday, October 8 to view “Thirst for Power,” a documentary about global water shortages, by University of Texas Mechanical Engineering Professor, Michael Webber  

  • This subject relates both to the Social Studies and Science curriculum.

  • Students will travel with their PRIDE classes via Austin ISD school bus, leaving at 9:00 a.m. and returning no later than 12:50.  

  • Students WILL EAT LUNCH AT SCHOOL from 12:55 – 1:25.

  • If you have not already paid the 6th grade enrichment fee, please do so as soon as possible.  You can make payment at https://www.schoolcashonline.com/

  • We have not yet collected enough money to cover the cost of this trip, although the Paramount has graciously extended us a payment extension.

  • We will not be taking any parent chaperones for this event. 

  • Please email Ileana Gonzalez, 6th grade Team Lead with any questions or concerns. (ileana.gonzalez@austinisd.org).

Parents will also receive an email from their Social Studies teachers with the same information.
 

http://jameskennedy.com/

 

If you would like to order a signed copy of the The Order of Odd-Fish please see see Ms. Sylvia or visit our library homepage to download a copy. 8 classes have already signed up to attend, but if your student is interested in the event please have them see Ms Sylvia in the library.
 

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Save the date! 

October 10/10/19

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

The

ORDER of 

ODD-FISH

Link for online book payments.  (Please also turn in a paper order form.)

Fun Run Planning Meeting

Please join us for a 
Fun Run Organizing meeting 
We need fresh ideas!!!!
 
Lunch meeting at Cane Rosso
11:30AM-1:00PM
October 10, 2019 
 

Maria Alena 
Archuleta-Skelley

Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

The next counseling talk will be
November 12th at 8:30 am

Guest speaker will be here to discussing
teen vaping.

 

We need to let the presenter know how many people are coming so
please click here to RSVP. 

We hope to see you there!

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Please RSVP For this FREE Event

This class is being offered by a new TaeKwonDo studio opening next month in Belterra. They are a CSMS Family and want to give back to our community!

We need to see how many people want to come, so if your student or family plans to join GrandMaster Park for a free self-defense class at Small Middle School, Please click here to sign up for one of the sessions below. 

All classes will be in the cafeteria. The student only classes will begin right after school and go until 4:30pm. The family session on Oct. 7th will start at 6:30pm.

  • Oct 7th – 6th Graders 
  • Oct 8th – 7th Graders 
  • Oct 9th – 8th Graders 
  • Oct 7th 6:30 – 7:30 Family Class
Please contact belterratkd@gmail.com with any questions.

Update to A/B Calendar

Please make note of the changes we made to our AB calendar reflecting the dates for the “end of the grading period”. The old AB calendar had the end of the 9 weeks grading period for elementary. This new AB calendar will reflect the end of the 9 weeks for the secondary, which is different then the elementary 9 weeks. The teachers will give the students plenty of notice if their deadlines differ from the calendar.

Note: only 2 dates changed. The end of the 9 weeks for secondary are 

  • 10/10/19 (instead of 10/18/19)
  • 12/19/19 (Stays the Same)
  • 3/27/20 (Instead of 3/13/20)
  • 5/28/20 (Stays the same)

Click here to download the updated AB Calendar

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LASA Visit

LASA is coming to Small on October 10th during PRIDE to meet with students in the library.  If your 8th grade student is interested in applying to LASA, please fill in the google form so they can attend this informational meeting.  
 

Girls Basketball Tryouts

7TH GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
YOU MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL ON FILE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT
WHEN: OCT. 18TH
WHERE: LARGE GYM
TIME: 3:50-5:00P.M.
BRING APPROPRIATE WORK-OUT CLOTHES AND TENNIS SHOES.
ALL GAMES ARE ON THURSDAY, BEGINNING October 24th
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS SEE COACH HERNANDEZ

8th GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

YOU MUST HAVE A PHYSICAL ON FILE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT

WHEN: OCT. 18th

WHERE: LARGE GYM

TIME: 3:45-5:00P.M.

BRING APPROPRIATE WORK-OUT CLOTHES AND TENNIS SHOES.

ALL GAMES ARE ON THURSDAY, BEGINNING OCT. 24th.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEE COACH HERNANDEZ OR

COACH C. MOORE

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.  https://tip.duke.edu/programs/7th-grade-talent-search

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 christie.manners@austinisd.org.
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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 < kristen.murray@austinisd.org >or Mr. Tabares < fred.tabares@austinisd.org > 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!
WARNING: THIS EVENT USES STROBE LIGHTS. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!
 
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.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EABA92FA31-smalloween
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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 – https://rsvp.eftours.com/29eh3kd

If you missed the meeting but want more information, please contact sarah.dietz@austinisd.org

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 sarah.dietz@austinisd.org
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 melissa.dunaway@austinisd.org or christie.manners@austinisd.org 
 
 
 

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