Cougar News – 1/13/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 1/13/20 – 1/17/20

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2020 is here and we have perfect vision. Just as the date implies, we see a perfect image of your student having their absolute best semester of their entire lives! We’ve had a whole semester to get to know them, their strengths, their weaknesses, and what it is that motivates them. Armed with the recon info we’ve gathered from the Fall, we can now set a course designed for each kid in order for them to achieve their own version of success. Our staff has returned eager to engage and our students are ready to lead!

C.E.L.L. (Cougars Engaging in Life and Lessons) Policy: These first 3 days have been fantastic in regards to our students acceptance of our new cell phone policy. In the morning when 8th graders are in the cafeteria, there is now a dull roar of conversation replacing the silence of kids on phones with headphones. For our 6th and 7th graders, we had close to 350 outside in the courtyard this a.m. playing GaGa Ball, Basketball, Soccer, good old-fashioned tag, and many who were simply socializing in the morning sun. There’s no way these kids won’t be more alert and engaged during their first period class after all this activity. It’s best for them and for their teachers as they can now hit the ground running. Thank you to y’all for your support with this and thanks to your student to understanding the “why” behind the “what” of this policy.

Elective Showcase on 01/14/20: This Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in our gym we will be hosting our annual Elective Showcase for incoming 5th and 6th grade students. While this is geared for students and families new to Smallville, feel free to swing by if you want to take a gander at some of the offerings new to your student. Chances are, your student will more than likely be there that night anyway helping out, so tagging along is completely acceptable.

What a smooth transition to the 2020 we had this week. The 3 days was just enough time to get back into the groove and now we get a 2-day vacation for our efforts. Thank you for having your student here on time, alert, and ready to participate.

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

New Cell Phone Policy

Letter from Attendance Office

Parents, 
I know that some of you are receiving Attendance Warning Letters. The Attendance Warning Letters are generated automatically by the district. These letters are generated because your student missed classroom instruction for that day, their 90% has been affected, and a letter is sent to inform you. If you turn in a note from the doctor’s office,  with in a few days of receiving it, I will go in and change the absence code. The district letter will still be generated and mailed to you. If you have already turned in an doctor or parent note, please disregard the letter. 
For example, if you write a note for your student being absent and the note is not from a healthcare professional, the absence is excused, but affects their 90%. 
 Some examples of absences that count against the 90% attendance law include, but are not limited to:
  • Family Trips 
  • Vacations
  • Attendance at non-school sponsored events
 Please note: Illnesses that are excused under Compulsory Attendance Law may count against the 90% attendance law.
 Activities that do not count against the 90% attendance law include, but are not limited to:
  • School Field Trip 
  • UIL activity
  • Dual Credit Course
  • College visit or other school-related events
 I hope this helps with any clarification about the Attendance Warning Letter. Please check out our Attendance page on our website for more details
 Thanks, 
 Mr. George

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Thank you to our student council for sponsoring the Recycle Bin

2020 - 2021 School Year Course Selection events - Save the date

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. 

https://signup.com/go/qvCNdPv 

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 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

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PT-YAY News

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

Austin High at Small

Save the date

January 21st from 6 to 7 pm
Small Cafeteria

Austin High will be here to discuss transitions from Small to Austin high school

ATTENTION 8th Graders heading to Bowie

Parents of 8th graders heading to Bowie, Please take a look at this months newsletter from Mr. Robinson. It gives lots of information about the transition events planned for incoming freshmen to Bowie High School.

Read Mr. Robinson’s Newsletter here

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

We will soon start the course selection process for next school year, 2020-2021. Before Thanksgiving break, we began introducing important information that will help prepare students for this upcoming process.

Here are some of the topics and links to watch them:

  • What is the Difference Between Levels (Academic, Pre-AP, AP, ACC Dual-Credit, UT OnRamps)? Click here

  • How Many AP classes Should I Take & What About Summer Work? Click here

  • New Schedule & Level Change Procedures Click here

  • Who are These People and How Can They Help Me (School Counselor, College & Career Counselor, Registrar)? Click here


In January, teachers will show videos detailing courses and pathways. These videos will provide descriptions of courses, identify prerequisites, show how students will spend their time, outline homework expectations, and skills/interests/habits needed for success.

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