What's happening at Small Middle School
Week of 1/27/20 – 1/31/2020
- Letter from Mr. Nelson
- GT – FAQ
- Hello World – Computer Programming
- High School Transition Dates
- Basketball Knockout Challenge
- New Cell Phone Policy
- AISD Family Survey
- 20-21 Course Selection Events
- 8th Grade Parents
- Join the PTA
- Buy a yearbook
- 8th Grade transition to Bowie Information
- Austin High at Small
- Bowie Showcase
- Akins Information Night
- Crockett Information Events
- McCallum Expo Knight
Be sure to read your weekly news blast from us and check the website (www.smallmiddleschool.org) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Clint Small Middle School
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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.
SPRING 2020 OFF-SITE EVENTS
- 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
SPRING 2020 PROGRAM DETAILS
- 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 email@example.com 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.
New Cell Phone Policy
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.
Small Wellness Counselor
Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle 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.
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
Time & Stress Management Information. 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.