Cougar News – 2/17/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 2/17/20 – 2/21/2020


What better way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” than by having a Friday with your student? You’re welcome! Don’t forget that the pleasure is doubled and you also get to spend all day Monday with your student as well…and you thought President’s Day was only about mattress sales didn’t you? Now, it’s about reconnecting with your most fave middle-schooler.

What to talk about whilst connecting? Here’s a fun topic: speaking up versus snitching. For some reason our middle school students think that whenever you correct somebody or talk to an adult whenever somebody says or does something wrong, you are a snitch. That is not the case, even though all students from all parts of town of all grade levels can easily recite the rhyme “snitches get stitches.” We want our students to know that standing up and speaking up whenever somebody does or says something wrong takes courage and is our duty as global citizens. Reaching out to an authority figure or adult does not make it worse; it ends the conflict or situation sooner and also allows for education.

Speaking up and education are the best two ways we can stop persons using hateful speech towards one another. We have to teach and encourage our students to speak up whenever they hear hateful language. If not to the person or persons spewing the speech, then to the nearest adult they can find. If they hear something harmful or hateful here at Small, then please encourage them to come find an administrator immediately. Then, we can carefully walk them through our process and share with them how we can keep their identity a secret. We want to assure them that their name will not be associated with the report and go to great lengths to make it so. At this age, anonymity is like a mask superheroes wear, and for us to be able to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, we need our heroes to remain nameless and faceless in the crowd.

Remind them that there are some students out there who are not able to speak up for themselves and even some who do not have trusted adults in their lives to confide in, so when they speak up to stop hate speech, they aren’t only speaking up for themselves, they’re speaking up for those without voices. And that, true believers, is what real heroes do.

Enjoy your 3-day weekend.

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

6th Grade Transition Camp

Cougar Camp for our Incoming 6th Graders is now accepting Registration. 

Click here to print out the registration form. 

Email Coach Hernandez with any questions:

8th Graders heading to Bowie...

Bowie Counselors will be at Small in front of the counseling office from 4 – 6 pm on Tuesday, February 18th to answer any choice sheet questions.  Stop by any time to get your questions answered.

Note: No more high school choice sheets will be accepted after February 28th
After this date, parents will have to take the choice sheet to the high school. This applies to all high schools, not just Bowie. 

Weekly Volunteers needed...

We have a Copy Room volunteer opportunity open! 
Our Volunteer that has worked in our copy room for years, has gotten a full time job… here at SMALL!!!! We loved her so much we hired her as a new TA. 
But now there is no one to help out the teachers. We desperately need 1 or 2 volunteers to come in each week and make copies for our teachers. It is such a huge help to them and allows the teachers to spend their time with the kids not in the copy room. 
If you are interested in working 1-5 days per week, any hours, please contact Lynn Zapffe at for more details.

Idea for CAT Day!

Classes for CAT day are just starting to form. Teachers are coming up with new ideas and this time, we are partnering with Junior Achievement for Central Texas. JA will be here offering some entrepreneurship sessions on CAT Day! When it is time to set up your sessions, consider Think, Design, Pitch!

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

Austin Public Archaeology Day is a free event on Saturday, April 25 during the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Everyone is invited to explore Texas history and heritage through hands-on activities, educational materials, and talks from archaeologists.

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. 

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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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!

Our Computer Science program is hosting a Women in Tech social event at Bowie at 5:00PM on Thursday, February 20th in room F222.

It is in partnership with UTeach. They wanted us to extend the invitation to 8th grade girls that may be interested in Computer Science.  If you are interested, please come to our first session on 2/20 at 5:00 pm

More Info from Bowie:

Websites for you and parents – the presentation to freshman:


New this year is course videos! There is extensive info on all our courses here:

Future Bulldogs:

Join Us at Camp Bowie Express!

Bowie High School is pleased to invite all incoming Freshmen to participate in Camp Bowie Express on Saturday, May 2 or Saturday, May 9 . Camp Bowie Express will offer, at no cost to the student, an abbreviated version of its transition-to-high-school experience. New freshmen can choose one of 4 sessions (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30 each Saturday) during which they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some Bowie traditions, hear from current students about how to be successful in high school, meet students from other middle schools, and more! Just use the link below to register! The link can also be used to order the official Class of 2024 t-shirt to be distributed at Camp Bowie Express. 

Please contact Patricia Maney ( ) with questions.


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