Cougar News – 1/27/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 1/27/20 – 1/31/2020


Be sure to read your weekly news blast from us and check the website ( as often as you can to see what all is happening in Smallville. Yes, we’d love for your students to be part of the communication process, however we must remember these are 11-14 year old kids and they have loads on their minds, so sometimes the information can be lost, forgotten, or not taken down correctly. Best to hedge your bets and rely on them and us to get you the info you require.

Speaking of info and the website, I’m attaching a link to the attendance section of our website for all to peruse through. small attendance info. Attendance is a very serious matter and there are loads of questions when it comes to the 90% rule, so make sure to bookmark this page for reference. One thing to be aware of is that all absences, regardless of reason, our immediately marked UNX (unexcused). Then, once the student brings in a note from parent or physician, it is changed to the proper code (ILH, ILP, Other, etc…). However, do know that this is not an immediate fix as it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for the system to recognize the change. Likewise for field trips; all students on field trips will be marked absent until the sponsor turns in h/her role to the attendance clerk upon return.

If you have any questions about attendance and how to turn in notes, or what notes qualify, or anything else, check the info provided or email our attendance clerk directly. His name is Devon George and he can be reached via email at or by phone at (512) 841-6702.

Thanks and have a great weekend. As per usual, feel free to call, email, or swing by if you ever have any questions, concerns, or kudos.

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

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Hello World - After-school Computer Science / Coding Program

Hello World is an after-school computer science/ coding program comprised of engineers from companies including Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. All courses are taught by professional software engineers, AI architects, and data scientists and are modeled after college computer science courses with a focus on creating positive experiences with computer science.


To learn more about the Spring 2020 program, join Hello World for their information session taking place on Tuesday, February 4th at 4:00pm OR 5:00pm (choose one option) at Small MS in Room 112.

 This semester’s after-school program is centered on two subjects for all students – Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, which will be taught by professional data scientists, and Game Engineering, which will be taught by professional game developers (see details on course offerings here). Hello World courses cover various major programming languages (HTML/CSS/JavaScript, C#, C/C++, Java, Python, and Swift) which are scoped out in 15 levels of achievement across all programming languages. The program is open to all levels, including beginners, and returning students will pick up where they left off and continue to advance through the levels. We strongly encourage girls to join the program!


  • Local Leaders, Global Impact – an exclusive panel event where three of the most inspiring tech leaders in Austin share their experiences with managing a global company; takes place at HEB Digital’s new Eastside Tech Hub on Saturday, March 28th
  • Student Demo Day – All students present their favorite computer science project from the semester; takes place at the Google offices in downtown Austin on Saturday, May 2nd


  • Tuesdays 3:45-5:45pm at Small Middle School
  • 10-week course from February 18 – April 28
  • Spring semester tuition: $450
  • See program overview and student’s coding projects here (all code done by students!)
  • Enroll here

 Please reach out to with any questions.


High School Transition Dates

8th Grade Parents, here is a list of key dates you may want to know about for High School transition. 

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

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

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

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

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


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.

JBHS Dawg Show (Friday, January 31, 2020) – In anticipation of the high school course selection process beginning next month, Bowie has invited the current 8th-grade students for a campus visit. The JBHS Dawg Show activities will include a campus tour, team-building games, and a student panel. Future Bulldogs are invited to submit their questions in advance of the visit using the URL  and may possibly win some Bowie swag for doing so! 

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Crockett High School Transition events

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