Cougar News – 12/9/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 12/09/19 – 12/13/19

Upcoming Events





  • Girls Basketball
  • CAT Day
  • Winter Concert for Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras is at Austin HS


  • Band Performance at Burger Center


  • Winter Dance Show
  • Boys Basketball tryouts


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We are so thankful your student made it back to us this week, albeit a tad groggy and suffering from tryptophan overload. We gave them a few days to get their bearings, then got down to the business of assessing how well we’ve done this first semester through MOY (Middle of the Year) benchmarks. Once we get the data, we then see what our shortcomings were and work hard to address them. We use the data for whole group instruction and as a way to bridge any individual gaps we uncover. Again, we prefer these tests any day over the STAAR as they give us a whole semester to improve whereas the STAAR is akin to a post mortem report.

CAT Day Part Deux: On Wednesday, 12/11, we will be having our second CAT Day of the semester. Students will report to the same first period class they did last session, with a few exceptions, and can expect similar engaging and exciting opportunities all day long. After the morning session, we’ll let the teachers pore over the MOY data and we’ll treat our student to the Fine Arts Winter Assembly and a special treat in the gym. We love it when our kids get to perform for one another and know the audience, and the performers, will enjoy the opportunity.

Here is the schedule for the afternoon portion of the CAT Day. Each student’s morning schedule will be unique, but the afternoon will consist of kids traveling with their assigned grade levels. We went to every effort to ensure any student who did not get a chance to select a course last session got the opportunity to do so this time, but in order for that to happen emails (to parent/guardians and students) had to be opened. Next semester we will be utilizing the FIT system for course selection. This is the same system that every single high school in AISD uses (for a new class each day), so it’s another way we’re preparing our kids for secondary school success.

We trust you and yours had a restful break and are as thankful as we are for this glorious weather we’ve been having. Since the days are drawing shorter and shorter, we suggest you and the brood spend quality time getting some Vitamin D this weekend.

There’s a lot going on these next few weeks. To ensure you don’t miss out, check our website regularly and peruse this newsletter in its entirety.

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

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During your child’s PRIDE class, he, she or they will participate in the Suicide Prevention lesson on Tuesday, December 10. The lesson is age appropriate and has been viewed by our Licensed Mental Health Professional, Secondary Counseling Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning Specialist, and our administration. You are welcome to preview the lesson by visiting the Small Middle School front office and viewing it on a computer set up with the Ppt presentation.

If you do want your child to participate in these lessons, no further action is required. If you do not want your child to participate in this, please print, sign and date this form, and return it to your child’s PRIDE teacher. Students will be provided an alternate activity in a different location on campus. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor.


8th Grade

Carmen Castañeda

7th Grade

Cynthia Diaz 

8th Grade

 Sarah Krier 

Band Winter Concert

Small MS Bands Winter Concert Information.

Thursday, Dec 12

7:00PM Toney Burger Center.

*Clear bag policy enforced!

More details on the band website.

Purple Soccer Squad

Purple Squad Members:  A. Ordonez Jr., M. McBride, L. Barnes, L. Dorer, I. Rie, C. Easley, J.Dunn, R. Thomas, M. Rodriguez, A. Romero, F. Llauger, L. Murrillo, B. Vidotto, E. Galvan, R. Sheppard, A. Jimenez, L. Fernandez, R. Montgomery, Tristan T.

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It is not too late to get involved. Now that  we  have some extra time, we need your to help us get to our goal!


We will be accepting donations until December 18th and prizes will still be awarded when we get back from break. 

Watch our video below to learn how to set up an account.
We will also accept donations at the school when we get back.


As of Friday afternoon, we were at $24,722.00
Help us reach our $30,000 goal!
Go to our Fun Run page for more details!

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Why the Fun Run

How to set up your account

Make your Small After Dark Team

Girls Soccer Tryouts

We are holding girls soccer tryouts on the following dates, from 3:45-5:30:

  • 8th graders: Thursday, 1/9/20 

  • 7th graders: Friday, 1/10/20

Boys Basketball Schedule

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th grade parent/guardian, 

Small Middle School is committed to help your 8th grader have a great transition into high school. This year, we are offering meetings with our counselor, Mr. Coleman, to help simplify the transition process. In these meetings you will learn about high school transition, HB5, high school graduation requirements and endorsements.  Use the link below to sign up for a one-on-one 20 minute meeting. 

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Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

High School Question & Answer Panel

Save the date!
January 9th from 6 pm to 7 pm 
In the cafeteria

 There will be a panel of parents from the various high schools within Austin ISD. This is a great opportunity for 8th grade parents to get the parent perspective of the different high schools and get their questions answered.  

Hope to see you there!

Thank you to our Fun Run Sponsors!

Buy a Yearbook!

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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Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

December 10th

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

Order your gear before Friday Nov 22nd. Click Here to order 
Gear will be available for pick up from 12:00-2:00pm at Austin High on Dec.10th &11th.

(last chance the 2019/20 school year – so ORDER NOW!!!)
  • PICK UP pre-sales at Austin High on December 10th &11th between the hours of 12pm-2pm at the WEST entrance 
  • Adult sizes XS, XXL, XXXL & XXXXL will ONLY be available as PRE-SALES
  • No child sizes available
  • LIMITED Adult sizes Small – Adult XL will available for PURCHASE at pick up tables.
  • PRE-SALES will close on Friday November 22nd at midnight
  • All pre-sales MUST be PAID in ADVANCE online via PayPal (no cash or check options available)
Any questions contact Jacqui at / 512-698-8388

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