Cougar News – 2/10/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 2/10/20 – 2/14/2020


Don’t forget you have a 4-day weekend coming up with your student as we will be using the 14th (Valentine’s Day) and the 17th (President’s Day) for staff development and planning. The goal is to get as much prep and planning and PD we can during these two days so we can keep our teachers here on campus as much as possible. That being said, whenever our teachers do need to be away from the classroom for any of the above or due to sickness, we are always in need of qualified substitute teachers to fill in while they’re gone. Our school, like all the surrounding schools in AISD and beyond, is having a difficult time recruiting and retaining qualified guest teachers, so if you or somebody you know has ever had the gumption, give me a call.

Why am I reaching out directly to you? Simple. Based upon the product you have given us to work with, we know you have the ability to educate and mentor students at this grade level. It’s also safe to assume you like working with this age group, or at the very least can tolerate it enough to do a serviceable job. In fact, the more I think about it y’all should have been our first, second, third and fourth choice to work with middle-school kids since y’all have been doing it so well for so long. So, if you have the time, we know you have the skill, send me an email and I’ll get you set up.

Survey: AISD always likes to check the temperature of its stakeholders to see how we’re doing. So, if you are so inclined, please follow the link below to complete the Family Survey. We here at Small use this as a tool for planning purposes. It lets us know what kinds of things we’re doing that you like, and also informs us as to what things we can do away with. Sadly, “less verbose newsletter by the principal” is not an option. AISD Family Survey

Have a great weekend!

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

Remember Friday 2/14 and Monday 2/17 this week are student holiday’s! 

Have a great long weekend!

Not Just Open Heart Surgery! Show John the Love!

If you remember one of our cougars is in the Hospital. John Stidolph’s family is still in need of more support.
 Thanks for your help. 

Choice Sheets & Course Descriptions for Next year

2020-2021 Choice Sheets, videos and course descriptions can all be found at

Incoming 6th Graders
Click here for all the upcoming events

Advanced Theatre Info

Annie Jr. After school Rehearsals  are Feb 18,20,25,27th from 3:45-5:00pm
  • Do you want to create the Haunted House for Smalloween?
  • Be a star in the school Musical
  • Perform at UIL One Act Play Contest?
Then, try out for Advanced Theatre next year!
Advanced Theater Auditions are coming, March 4th, 6th, and 9th
Pick up and application outside Room 400 or from your grade level counselor. 

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

This year, we were disappointed to hear that our FAVORITE annual Event, AAPER Volleyball Playday, has been cancelled due to construction on the UT Campus. But don’t worry… we are putting together a special event so that our Fifth Grade Class of 2020 can still get the experience of playing volleyball on a school team! We are inviting all current Middle Schoolers who were on our volleyball teams in 5th Grade to join us for a Patton Volleyball Playday! The Playday will take place on Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 PM at Small Middle School. We would love for you to wear your “vintage” shirts if you still have them!

If you want to be involved, Register here. 


From London to Paris: June 2021

We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering an international educational travel opportunity for ALL Small Middle School students!

We will be traveling to England and France in June of 2021! 

London and Paris are both brimming with historic highlights, vibrant culture, and plenty of charm. We will begin your journey in the English capital, where we’ll see many of the city’s beloved landmarks, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Hyde Park. Then hop on the high-speed train to France’s capital to come face-to-face with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and stroll through the landscaped palace gardens of Versailles.

We will be hosting an info meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 PM in Mrs. Dietz’s room (202). This meeting will provide more details about this opportunity and answer questions you may have.

Please click this link to RSVP:

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 

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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

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!

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