Cougar News – 2/3/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 2/3/20 – 2/7/2020


Please put your virtual hands together and clap for this year’s 2019-2020 Small Middle School Teacher of the Year, Ms. Elizabeth Grenadier!

Ms. Grenadier is one of our 6th grade World Cultures teachers, one of the leaders of our SEL committee, and teaches Bullet Journaling during CAT Day. This is her 4th year as a teacher on our campus and each year she amazes students and staff with how smooth her class runs and how prepared she is for every single minute. She truly believes in teaching bell-to-bell and goes out of her way to create systems that illicit student success. She is a Teach Like a Champion savant who will typically utilize anywhere from 10-20 techniques in her class on a daily basis. Not only is she masterful at the TLC craft, but she always makes sure every transition, project, assignment, or break is accompanied by a sense of urgency. This is so imperative because middle school students will take as long as you give them for any task, regardless of how simple we perceive it to be. Ms Grenadier makes sure her students are motivated, working, and cared for 100 percent of the time and we are beyond thankful she chose us.

While your hands are moving and you’re appreciating our staff, keep the feeling going for our 2019-2020 Teacher of Promise, Ms. Corinne Leithner! Ms. Leithner came to us mid-year last year and worked wonders with our 7th grade math students. This year she is not only working with math, but also teaching our 8th grade Health classes. She’s fortunate that she is able to share two of her passions with our students and they are lucky to have one of the most qualified, prepared, first year teachers we’ve ever had in Smallville as their leader. She loves creating, then teaching systems, then tweaking them to make sure they are perfect for each individual student. We know she will continue on this path towards becoming a master teacher and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her and our students.

We’ve been blessed with perfect weather for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Now, if we can just get them to move the game to Saturday or declare Monday a National holiday, life would be sublime.


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

Valentines Dance Needs

We are looking for drinks and volunteers for our dance this Friday. 

If you would like to chaperone please fill out this form.
We will email you with more info.


We also need drinks If you would like to donate cases of Water, Gatorade or Soda’s, Please drop them off in the main office any time this week. Our Dance is free (a thank you for the Fun Run), but the concessions will cost money and the proceeds will go to our Student Council.  

So, be sure to send cash with your student for Pizza, Snacks, Candy and Kona Ice this Friday!

If you have any questions, please email 

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.


CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at 

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

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. 

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. 

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Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

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 $40!

Click here to order online

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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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