Cougar News – Week of 11/4/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 11/4/19 – 11/8/19


Cougar Parents, 

No Letter from Mr. Nelson this week, he was out this week, a little busy getting married!

Congratulations to the happy couple!





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

Zombie Fun Run!

Check out last year’s run!

How you can help

Raffle Items: The more money each student raises, the more raffle tickets they receive. We are looking for great items that the kids might want to win. We have put together a wishlist in amazon, if you are willing to purchase something and send it to the school, that would be fantastic. Or buy an amazon gift card and we will put them together to purchase the big ticket items. If you have something to donate, we would love that too!

Sponsorship: By becoming a sponsor, you can help us underwrite the cost of this event which in turn brings up our profits. Would you like to see your banner on our fence? We have different sponsorship levels and would love for your business to become a partner with Small Middle School. Click here to learn about becoming a Fun Run Sponsor

Coupons/Prizes: When you ask a student in middle school what would incentivize them to participate in a fundraiser, they will say food 100% of the time. As you can imagine, we would need a fundraiser just to feed all 1221 of them, but what we can do is offer coupons! Are you connected with a local restaurant that might be willing to give us some coupons for discounted food? For example buy one get one free?
If so, contact

Big THANK YOU to Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails for their donation of free Pizza coupons for our prize packages.  

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Career Fair Needs you!

The School Counseling Department at Clint Small Middle School cordially invites you to participate in College and Career Fair 2019 – 2020 which will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 12:15 to 1:40 pm on . 

We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic presenters. As a presenter, you will share information regarding your career so that students can make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. Please feel free to bring visual aides or tools used in your occupation to enhance your presentation. Students have previously selected your career as a career of their interest and will be prepared to approach you at your tables and inquire about your profession.

If you can be a presenter, please fill out this form. Hope you can make it.

Coats for kids

Attention 8th Grade Parents




Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! Only $35!

Click here to order online

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email or call 512-610-9990

Save the date!
Thursday, November 7th
During Lunches

Camera’s will be set up either on the stage or the hallway outside of the theater classroom. Swing by if you did not get your picture take already, or do not like the ones you took. 

If you have already purchased the pictures, bring them with you to turn in and your new pictures will be printed. 

Avid Looking for Tutors

We are currently looking for Parent Volunteers to support as AVID Tutors on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45-10:45. 
If you are interested in more information please contact our
Avid teacher Ms. Garcia. 

Band and General Spirit Ware

The below link is a new online store sponsored by the Band Department.  There are general Clint Small MS Spirit items as well as band specific items.   General items are a black long sleeve t shirt hoodie, purple sweatshirt hoodie with optional name  printing on the back, beanie, baseball cap, and a baseball jersey.  Instead of having a name printed on the hoodie you could also have it read Football, Basketball, Soccer, Dance, Choir, Orchestra Art, etc. Youth sizes are now available on some items!   Scroll past the adult sizes to view youth sizes.
These items are available to purchase online only and the sale will end in a little over 2 weeks.  All items are shipped directly to the purchaser with a low one cost shipping fee no matter how many items you order.  You should receive your items before the Winter holiday.

8th Grade West Texas Field Trip

5 Days and 4 Nights Camping in Beautiful Davis Mountain State Park

  • Caverns of Sonora
  • McDonald Observatory
  • Big Bend National Park
  • The Chianti Foundation
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Marfa, TX

April 13-17 2020

This is an educational and optional field trip for interested 8th grade students.

We have space for 28 students.

To apply for this trip, students will need to write an essay and pick up a packet from Mr. Poehl.  (all necessary information is in the packet)

All essays must be turned in by November 1st

The cost for the trip is $400.  Scholarships available for those who qualify

Click here for more information

Email Mr. Poehl with questions 

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Notebooks Needed

In an effort to help our students be more actively engaged and organized in PRIDE classes, we need your help.  We need spiral notebooks or comp books (70-100) pages that typically cost under $1.00 that students can use to write about Social Emotional Learning lessons and to do grade checks each week.  These will be kept in the PRIDE teacher classrooms and will be easily accessible each day when they get to PRIDE.  As students view lessons focused on SEL they can now write down information that will help them process and retain these valuable lessons.  In addition, they will have one place to keep track of grades as they plan each week on how to improve their grades as they discuss these with the PRIDE teacher.  Thank you all for your help and any donations would be greatly appreciated.  

Thank You,
David Sammon
Small Middle School Assistant Principal

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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

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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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  

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.

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