Cougar News – Week of 10/14/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 10/14/19 – 10/18/19

Cougar Nation-

Nothing much to report here from the hallowed halls of Smallville, except that we are “all systems go” in regards to making sure your student is engaged, on point, and ready to tackle any adversity that presents itself.

These two days of staff development for our teachers is HUGE as it allows us to plan, work on campus-wide initiatives, and prep for the next few weeks. We love opportunities when we can all come together and celebrate each other, as it’s often hard to get to communicate with one another during a busier than busy school day. For a lot of our teachers, breakfast today was the first time they might have seen a co-worker since August. Not optimal by any means, but the nature of this beast we call education.

We were excited to be able to escort around 20 parents/guardians on our first Learning Walk of the year and can’t wait until the next one! Our groups got to see a smidgeon of each core class then topped it off with a smattering of electives. After the tour, the biggest takeaway from those assembled was how engaged all the kids were and how happy the teachers and students seemed. I explained that you can’t have one without the other and that as principals, that’s all we look for as well. It’s all about connecting. Whether that means student connecting to teacher, or student connecting to an activity or lesson, or students connecting to one another, it’s all about making connections. It’s the oxygen our bodies need to keep us livin’.

Enjoy the cool temperatures this weekend and we’ll see your students back on campus Tuesday.

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

Green Academy Work Day

Come One Come All! 

Green TechPlease  join us for our workday on Oct. 19th There will be lots of different volunteer opportunities for the whole family, we’ve narrowed down some of our project ideas including revamping the green house, constructing cob benches, and beautify our overgrown gardens, pathways, animal pens and building and planting herb spirals. 

Our maintenance day will start at 8:30 AM, and end at noon. Come anytime and stay as long as you can. Snacks and water will be provided. 

Please bring your own reusable water bottle. We expect it to start off cool, but it will very likely get warmer by the afternoon. Dress accordingly for getting hands-on, and getting dirty. This event will take place rain or shine, so make sure to check the weather before you leave! 

 

Thanks and have a very Green day  

Small Step Bet Challenge

StepBet is a fitness game that motivates you to be more active. Players “bet” on themselves to meet their personalized step goals during every week of the game, and win money if they do. The cash prize, accountability, and community support help you build a more active lifestyle. By using the Health App on your phone, a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or Garmin, you can join all of us at Small Middle School to participate in this challenge. Get active and have fun! 

You can download the StepBet app at the App store or Google Play:
 
Once you download the app you can enter game code: smallstep to find our game. Remember, our game picture: 
  • Game starts Monday, October 21 and ends Sunday, November 24
  • You can see what your active day and power day steps will be before you accept the challenge. Your active & power levels are determined by your current activity.
  • Accepting the challenge will cost $30, which you can win back if you complete the challenge!
  • Invite friends to join our Small Family Challenge! Game code: smallstep
This Stepbet challenge is for our Small Staff and Community. We wanted to invite our families to join in on the fun!
 
Note: This is not a fundraiser, if you don’t make your challenge the money gets spread among the participants playing.

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Parent GT Nominations are Open!

Does your kiddo grasp concepts quickly and are they able to connect ideas across subjects and experience?  Do they have an active working memory and like to delve deeply into their learning?  You might have a GT kiddo on your hands!  If you think your kiddo might qualify for the GT Program, (and has not already been identified) click on the following link and complete the survey.  The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and you will need your student’s schedule (or your kiddo) to complete the first several questions. 
 
Once you submit the form, we here at Smallville will take care of the rest!
 
The Parent Nomination Window closes at midnight, November 15.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your campus GT Advocate at christie.manners@austinisd.org
 
 

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

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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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 Application

Is your 8th grader applying to LASA?  To assist with completing the essays and thinking about teacher recommendations, mentoring help is available to all students (and parents) in Room 204 from 3:45-5:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 7, Thursday Nov21, and Thursday, Dec 5 courtesy of your Campus GT Advocate christie.manners@austinisd.org.  

Please contact her if you have any questions regarding applying to LASA.  Mrs. Manners is a current LASA parent and parent of a 2018 graduate of LASA.

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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The Smalloween Haunted House needs your help!  We are looking for the following donations:
 
  • Doctor Outfits
  • Dr Masks
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Glow Sticks
  • Black Foam Board- 3 sheets
  • 2- Black Morph suits
  • Fake Chains
  • 8-Scrubs outfits
  • Adjustable Shower curtain rod
  • 3 pair of yellow  latex cleaning gloves
 
Please drop off any donated items in the front office with the label- For SMALLOWEEN
 
If you want any costume items back please include your name and that you want the costume returned on the label.
We need them delivered by October 21st

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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