Cougar News – 3/9/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of 3/9/20 – 3/13/2020

Upcoming Events


  • Advanced Theater Auditions 
  • 6th Grade Choir Showcase
  • 7th Grade Tennis Tryouts


  •  Tennis Tryouts


  • UIL Orchestra & Band
  • 8th grade Tennis Try Outs


  • UIL Orchestra & Band
  • Green Plant Sale


  •  Green Plant Sale

See all upcoming calendar events here


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Loyal Citizens of Smallville-

When we disrupt the normal flow for something amazing, we truly get a sense of how well-behaved and fun our kids are. CAT Day: Part Trois is only possible due to our fantastic students and their want to participate and try something new. CAT Day is a reward for their exemplary attitude towards education, us, and one another.

When the status quo goes by the wayside, the fun is amped up. Our teachers created some awesome learning opportunities today and it was a pleasure to be able to walk around and see all the smiles on everyone’s faces. Whether playing Quidditch (yes, we played Quidditch), creating a vision board, building a fort in the woods, or making sugar-salt scrubs, the vibe was light, positive, and respectful in each space we shared. Teachers made connections with new kids and were able to reconnect with former students, which is always a plus because you can never have too many caring adults in a young students’ life. CAT Day is one of the best ways I can think of to adhere to the “3 Rs of Middle School Education.”

For those who might have forgotten the 3 Rs, here they are in their splendor and entirety:




That’s all that matters at this age and is the absolute best way to get any kid connected.

Enjoy your weekend and make sure to wash your hands often. If you or your student has a fever, or is sickly, please stay at home and heal before returning to school. Nothing we teach here is as important as remaining healthy.

Thank you

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

In memory of John Stidolph

His parents shared the service will be held next Sunday, March 8th at Austin Christian Church, 15501 Ranch Rd 620, Austin, TX 78717. All are welcome to join for service at 10 AM and a potluck starting at 1 PM.


“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in this time of sorrow” 

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Green Tech

The Green Leaf

Green Academy Newsletter 2.18.20

Hello Community!

Spring is a busy time of the year for all people involved in the outdoors, and the Green Academy is no different. The gardens are being maintained and manicured. Our diligent work is leading to our gardens blooming in extraordinary ways! We are also aiming to complete many new projects in our outdoor learning spaces.

Last semester the Capstone students finished their projects. We installed murals, pollinator gardens, introduced a new flock of chickens, purchased new bee hives, and many other amazing projects. 

We were lucky enough to have been awarded two different grants. Both of which are almost finished being spent and established. One was to expand our urban forest and shade canopy on campus. The second was a partnership with Austin Fire Department to construct a demonstration garden on campus to educate our community on gardening with wildfire prevention in mind. There will be two informational signs manufactured and put in place before the end of this semester.

Due to the structure of the Green Academy, we are always working to find ways to fund our projects and innovations. Austin ISD and Small MS have always been supportive of our program. However, beyond our salaries the district and the school provide little to no funding to our program. 

Student Lab Fees are used to support small projects and replace basic resources. 

For the life of the Academy we have had a biannual plant sale. Our next sale will be on March 12 and 13. We sell student grown native plants, herbs, and vegetables. We will also be selling student created products including goat milk soap and paper embedded with wildflower seeds. The Green Academy Market Days products have been made over the past 2 years.

We are in a constant need of funding. We have 4 educators that have amazing ideas and plans. We are unceasingly searching and applying for grants opportunities. Many other schools are now moving into Environmental education. This is wonderful for the field, but makes it much harder to find a steady source of funds.

Our current plan is to begin a crowdfunding campaign. Austin ISD has partnered with Learning Tree. We are putting together a plan to create a new outdoor learning space. This outdoor learning space will almost double our outdoor seating allotment at Small. The space will be placed in a location that will allow it to be utilized by almost the entire student body. The outdoor space could be used for direct teaching, small group learning, nature observation, or just calm reflection. Research has shown that outdoor education can improve school performance, increase health and child development, and can improve civic attitudes and behaviors. Once our campaign goes live we will notify our wonderful community.

Please remember to support all of our campus programs. Also please visit our Small Gardens blog,, and our Instagram account, @insmallgardens.

Thank you!

Gang Green

Green Dough Night

Our Green Academy and Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails are partnering for a Green Dough Spirit Night on March 25! A percentage of that nights sales will be donated to our Green Academy.

Hope to see you there!

Library Volunteers

We can always use help in the Library. If you want to volunteer, Sing up here: Sign Up to Volunteer in the Library

Come Support the CSMS Band

Clint Small Middle School Band department UIL Performance times.
Performances held at the AISD PAC
Wednesday, March 11 10:00AM.  Symphonic Band
Wednesday, March 11 4:45PM  Symphonic Winds
Thursday, March 12 3:00PM  Wind Ensemble

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed/(some Fridays) starting March 2nd through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $60 joining fee for after-school and Saturday league play, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

Track Schedule

Here is this years Track Schedule

March 26 @ Lamar
April 2 @ Murchison
April 9 @ Burger
April 16 @ Small
April 22 & 23 @ Burger (Track Championships)

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:

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.

From London to Paris: June 2021

London to Paris

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.

If you missed the meeting and would like more information, please contact or check out our tour website:  

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 

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!

All in for Austin High

Dear Parents of Future Maroons, We are excited to welcome your family to Austin High for the 2020-2021 school year! We invite you to get a jump start on impacting your student’s high school education by attending ALL IN for AUSTIN HIGH, the only school-wide fundraising event supporting academic and experiential programming at Austin High, including:

  • Our innovative four-academy structure
  • Travel and field trip opportunities for all students
  • Challenging and diverse academic experiences for all students
  • A wide variety of electives and extracurricular opportunities

JOIN US for a sneak peek at ALL the great things happening at Austin High, connect with current parents, teachers, staff and alumni and help ensure ALL Austin High students have excellent academic opportunities. It will be a fun night of friends and fundraising where 100% of the proceeds will go to academic and extracurricular programming at Austin High School that benefits ALL students in ALL academies.

ALL IN for 

Saturday, April 18, 2020
305 E. 5th Street

 Ticket and sponsorship information is available at Any and every level of participation by our parents and community makes a difference and we can’t do this without ALL of you. Questions? Contact Amber Meinzer at We hope to see you there! Loyal Forever, 2020 ALL IN for AUSTIN HIGH Committee

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