Cougar News – 5/4/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

Week of 5/4/20 – 5/8/2020

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Last week you received around 632 emails from us and AISD in regards to your student’s grades prior to March 12th and information about how h/she will be marked moving forward. We know it was an awful lot to ingest, most legal documents are, so we’ve broken it down for you and your student to make it somewhat more palatable.

According to the Resolution of the Board of Trustees in regards to grades, earning a P for “passing” is dependent on the average of the 1st and 2nd grading period averaged with the 3rd grading period. A simple formula is to add the semester 1 average (S1Av) to your student’s current average (10W) and divide by 2. If the result is 69.5 or above, your student will earn a P for that class. We are on a 9 wk schedule, but are using 10 wks like the rest of AISD to save you from another superfluous email. Here’s the formula so you can calculate it on your own:

(1st 9Wk + 2nd 9Wk) ÷ 2 = S1Av semester 1 average

(S1Av + 10W) ÷ 2 = Yr Avg yearlong average

All students have the opportunity to make up any assignments due between the beginning of January through March 12th. While this is not limited to grades that were below a 70 or missing, we do ask that you allow your student only to make up or improve upon any assignments that received a grade below a 70. There are several reasons why we suggest this course of action, with the main one being that we cannot in good faith replicate the original project during this home-learning phase and would have to produce an alternative assignment, thus negating the intention and meaning of the original project.

Students will have up until May 22, 2020 to turn in any make-up assignments and current home-learning activities. It is advisable that if you have a student who has any failing grades in classes prior to March 12th, h/she takes this time to redo or make-up those assignments before completing any of the newly produced home-learning activities. Explain to them that their time would be better used bringing up failing grades, or completing missing work, than to work on projects that will not count against them. That’s right, every assignment or project from April 6th on can only help your student in regards to finishing out the year and being better prepared for next year. The content for the last 2 and half months of school has not disappeared; it has just presented itself in a different manner and our students will still need the knowledge provided moving forward.

There are still lots of questions to be asked, not just by our students and you, but by our teachers and administration as well. When you have them, please send an email to me or to our grading guru, Giovana McGettrick, at

Thanks, and May the 4th be with you.


Thank you

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

Zoom Principal Coffee Chat

Join Mr. Nelson this 


Thursday 5/7/20 at 2:00 pm 

for a chat about all things Small Middle School. He will be discussing grading and how Small Middle School teachers and staff are working hard for your students. 

To join this zoom meeting, please email
and she will send you the zoom invitation. 

Be sure to BYOC

Chromebook Distribution

If you have not received your Chromebook
and would like to set up a pickup or reschedule a delivery.
Please email

You can get Pick up your Chromebook TODAY!
Email Ms. Newell to see how
Do you have a chromebook that needs repair? Click Here

Bowie Transistion Camp Cancelled

In light of campus closures, Bowie has canceled Camp Bowie Express, the transition camp planned for rising freshmen on May 2 and May 9. Bowie hopes to reschedule this important event in late summer, but that is contingent on the progress of campus construction and the status of the COVID-19-related community health guidelines. The distribution of the Class of 2024 t-shirts has also been postponed. The Camp Bowie Express teachers and student volunteers look forward to meeting the newest Bulldogs in a few months! 

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Teacher Appreciation

 It is officially Teacher Appreciation Week.
Usually this week we shower our teachers with love, appreciation and food. 
We are unable to do that this year so Please if you can, just drop them a quick email to say thanks for all they do. 
We are so lucky to have the best teachers in all of AISD and they don’t get to hear praise near enough! 

Athletic Equipment Return

AISD Student and Family COVID-19 Athletic Equipment Return Protocol for Clint Small MS:

May 8th Girls Soccer 10:00am – 12:00pm
May 15th Boys Basketball 10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Please bring your clean and dry uniforms and/or equipment in a closed bag that is clearly labeled with your first and last name. If you do not have a bag, there will be some on site for use. Please bring your own marker to label your bag.
  • The dedicated outdoor drop-off area will be the bus lane at Clint Small MS.
  • Please do not enter any buildings.
  • Please do not arrive before your approved time nor remain after.
  • Do not visit the campus if you or a member of your household feels ill or has been within 6 feet of someone outside of your household within the previous 14 days.
  • Adhere to the physical distance requirements of at least 6 feet from people outside your household at all times.
  • Do not eat or drink on school grounds.
  • Arrive with your own mask or cloth face covering and wear it when on school property. It is recommended that you wear gloves while handling your athletic equipment for drop off.
  • Parents with student athletes on multiple campuses must make arrangements with each campus separately to turn in equipment. Thank you for following these precautions to keep your family and other members of our AISD community healthy, happy, and safe. Page

Online Registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year!


For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system. Please visit to create a Parent Cloud Account. Visit!login to Register Online.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact Parent Support Line at 512-414-9187 or

For all other registration questions, contact

Giovana McGettrick 512-841-6710 or

Cougar Family in need

Fellow Small 6th and 8th grade students have suffered the loss of their father. This devastating loss has brought about more challenges for this family during the current crisis and the family is needing help with basic necessities during COVID and funeral expenses. Mom lost her job due to COVID and the family is having a really hard time.

We are hoping our community can rally around and help this family!  

For more information,pPlease click the links below

CSMS Teachers, Counselors, Admin, Staff, Goats, Chickens, Sheep, Ducks and Bee's...

are thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

Click here
for some messages from your teachers

Living Room Library for 5/4/20

Counseling Corner

Temporary Counselor Contacts

  • 6th Grade – Ms. Castaneda 210-816-2927
  • 7th Grade – Ms. Diaz 210-816-2217
  • 8th Grade – Ms. Krier 512-774-4855

Message from our Coaches

“We know that many of our students have things in their lockers and would like to retrieve them, however at this time we are not able to open the school or locker rooms.

With that being said, as soon as we are able to return to school we will notify students when they can come and pick up their things.”


Oak Hill Elementary Serving Food

AISD will be offering curbside meals at Oak Hill elementary starting on Monday 4/27 from 11-1. We will be offering re-heat lunches, and breakfast for the next day. On Friday we will serve weekend packs with 3 breakfasts, and 3 lunches. 

We will be serving kids up to 19 years old, and they need to either be in the car, or we need proof which can be in the form of a report card, pulling up students names from the AISD website on a phone, or birth certificate. 

Capstone Projects

Our Green program was built from the ground up. Each year some of our 8th graders take on independent projects to help give back to our school. Many of the everyday curriculum you see in our green classes started as a capstone project from former students. Two of this years 8th graders shared their projects with me so they can be permanently displayed on our website. 

If you want to check them out go to :

If you have an 8th grader who has completed a capstone project his year, let me know and I will feature it on our new capstone page on our website


If your student is missing all our fuzzy and furry friends at Small be sure to check out the Green Teams Instagram page. It is full of pictures and current video’s of our Small Animals at play. 

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AISD Crisis Support Fund

Together with the district, the Austin Ed Fund is announcing the AISD Crisis Support Fund – an effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning. We will be closely monitoring the greatest need during this ever-changing situation and responding to new needs.

  • Meal Service – Additional costs of meal service including staffing and expansion of meal service to serve caregivers with daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Telehealth Medical Appointment Fees – Vouchers for fees for visits for students who are uninsured, ineligible for Medicaid and the free and reduced meal program.
  • Support for Remote Learning – Supplies, devices and internet connections for students and teachers to connect and learn.
  • Support for the social and emotional health of students, faculty and staff.

We are continuously monitoring needs and gaps as this situation is changing rapidly. Donations to the crisis fund will enable the Ed Fund to be responsive to the needs of our students and families during this challenging time.

Financial contributions to the AISD Crisis Support Fund can be made here, and offers of in-kind support can be shared here. For more information about the AISD Crisis Support Fund, visit For up-to-date information about AISD’s response to COVID-19, please visit

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Parent Project

Cougar Staff,
Nothing to see here.. Move along to the next section…

Cougar Parents, 
Click here to see what some parents are doing to say thanks to our amazing teachers and administrators and for ways on how to get in on the fun!

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Resources for Families

Food *

*We’re working on getting a food distribution center closer to campus. As soon as we receive word, we’ll notify everybody



Mental Health


Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs


Here’s some additional resources from another source…

Medical (Ayuda Medica)

  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids: Due to the threat of COVID-19 Virtual Care for Kids is expanding the partnership with AISD to include at-home telemedicine care to serve our families and reduce the spread of the virus. Virtual Care for Kids has agreed to waive all copays for all AISD telemedicine visits. If your child is uninsured and doesn’t receive free/reduced lunch, the AISD Crisis Support Fund ( is providing vouchers to families to receive telemedicine care for free. Before we can treat your children, you need you to register them at We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit:
  • Urgent Care Kids & Virtual Care Kids Si su hijo no tiene seguro medico y no recibe almuerzo gratis o a precio reducido, con la ayuda del Fondo de Apoyo para Crisis del AISD (, se está proporcionando cupones a las familias para recibir atención de telemedicina de forma gratuita. Antes de que podamos atender a sus hijos, necesitamos que los registre en Invitamos a los padres de familia y tutores legales a actuar ahora y no esperar hasta que tenga una necesidad médica. Para ver a un proveedor de servicios de salud visite

Food Services (Servicios de Comida)

  • AISD Meals: Austin ISD Food Services will prepare and provide meals for children under the age of 19 and their parents or caregivers at more than 70 locations while school is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Meals are be available Monday-Friday. Find more informatin about locations at
    Comidas de AISD: Austin ISD Food Services preparará y proporcionará comidas para niños menores de 19 años y sus padres o cuidadores en más de 70 ubicaciones mientras la escuela está cerrada debido a las precauciones COVID-19. Las comidas estarán disponibles de lunes a viernes. Encuentre más información sobre ubicaciones en
  • Travis county Food Bank: Food Bank one-time home delivery service: call 512-972-5133
    Banco de alimentos del condado de Travis: servicio de entrega a domicilio del Banco de alimentos (entrega a domicilio solomente una vez): llame al 512-972-5133
  • Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
    8656 W. Hwy 71, Suite 100
    Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Thursdays open until 7 p.m.) They also offer help with utilities and other resource needs. Call for social services support.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m. (Los jueves abren hasta las 7 p.m.) También ofrecen ayuda con los servicios públicos y otras necesidades de recursos. Convocatoria de servicios sociales de apoyo.

  • Abiding Love Lutheran Church (Oak Hill)
    7210 Brush Country Rd. Austin, Tx 78749
    Drive through to pick up food on Mondays between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
    Conduzca para recoger comida los lunes de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • Foundation Communities – Southwest Trails
    8405 Old Bee Caves Rd Austin, Tx 78735
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Times subject to change. For questions, call (512) 301-2442.

Utilities (Servicios Públicos)

The following companies have temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections due to non-payment for Coronavirus situation: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

Las siguientes compañías han suspendido temporalmente las desconexiones del servicio de gas natural debido a la falta de pago por la situación de Coronavirus: Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Gas Service.

  • Austin Energy: Please contact the Customer Care team at 512-494-9400 if a customer needs any of the following services:
    • Make payment arrangements or determine eligibility for Customer Assistance Programs to help with utility bills
    • Reconnect utility services
    • Start or stop utility services
  • Austin Energy: Comuníquese con el equipo de atención al cliente al 512-494-9400 si un cliente necesita alguno de los siguientes servicios:
    • Un acuerdo de pago o para determine la elegibilidad para los Programas de Asistencia al Cliente para ayudar con las facturas de servicios públicos
    • Reconexión servicios públicos.
    • Iniciar o desconectar servicios públicos

Immediate Housing Needs (Necesidades inmediatas de vivienda)

Austin City Council approved an ordinance, and the Mayor adopted an Order, supporting tenants directly adversely impacted by COVID-19. Tenants who cannot pay rent will have 60 days before a landlord can proceed with eviction. Reminder: rent will still be due. The ordinance requires a landlord to provide a “notice of proposed eviction” prior to issuing a notice to vacate. The ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.

The Travis County Justices of the Peace have a standing order posted indicating there will be a eviction settings held until after April 1, 2020.

The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) Department offers information and referrals to assist impacted community members with immediate housing needs including resources for homeowners and resources for renters.

Avoiding Mortgage Foreclosure website provides information about refinancing or modifying mortgage loans, lowering payments, or other solutions to avoid foreclosure.

Rental Payment Assistance website provides resources to help pay rent and utilities.

Eviction Resources are available to assist residents with legal assistance, emergency grants for rent or utilities, alternate housing, short-term motel vouchers, or placement in a local shelter.

Austin Tenants Council provides counseling related to the eviction process, tenant-landlord issues, mediates disputes, provides workshops, and identifies fair housing issues to resolve or minimize discriminatory housing practices.

Austin City Council aprobó una ordenanza, y el alcalde adoptó una orden, apoyando a los inquilinos directamente afectados negativamente por COVID-19. Los inquilinos que no pueden pagar el alquiler tendrán 60 días antes de que el propietario pueda proceder con el desalojo. Recordatorio: el alquiler todavía será debido. La ordenanza requiere que el arrendador presente un “aviso de desalojo propuesto” antes de emitir un aviso de desalojo. La ordenanza se aplica tanto a inquilinos comerciales como residenciales.

Los jueces de paz del condado de Travis tienen una orden permanente publicada que indica que habrá una configuración de desalojo hasta después del 1 de abril de 2020.

El Departamento de Vivienda Comunitaria y Desarrollo Comunitario (NHCD, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece información y referencias para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad afectados con necesidades inmediatas de vivienda, incluidos recursos para propietarios y recursos para inquilinos.

El sitio web de Evitar la ejecución hipotecaria proporciona información sobre la refinanciación o modificación de préstamos hipotecarios, la reducción de pagos u otras soluciones para evitar la ejecución hipotecaria

El sitio web de Rental Payment Assistance proporciona recursos para ayudar a pagar el alquiler y los servicios públicos.

Los recursos de desalojo están disponibles para ayudar a los residentes con asistencia legal, subvenciones de emergencia para alquiler o servicios públicos, vivienda alternativa, vales de motel a corto plazo o colocación en un refugio local.

Mental Health (Servicios de Salud Mental)

  • Vida Clinic: Our school based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, is offering teletherapy services to the Austin ISD community beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18. These services will allow adults and students to access quality mental health services right from their own homes. To learn more or schedule services, contact our Vida Clinic Care Team at 512-518-2209 or by email at
    Clínica Vida: Nuestro socio de salud mental en las escuelas, la Clínica Vida, está ofreciendo servicios de teleterapia para la comunidad del Austin ISD. comuníquense con nuestro equipo de atención de la Clínica Vida al 512-518-2209 o por correo electrónico a
  • Travis County Integral Care
    Adult & Children Mental Health Services Update:
    Most Integral Care adult and child mental health services are now being provided by telephone or telehealth. Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 4 to speak to our staff. Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm
    24/7 Crisis Helpline: Our 24/7 Crisis Helpline continues to provide immediate support to people experiencing a mental health crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For help, please call 512-472-4357. Press 1 for English, then 1 for crisis support.

    Please call 512-472-4357 for telephone and telehealth services. Press 1 for English, then 1 to speak to our staff.
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 10am to 8pm

    Actualización de servicios de salud mental para adultos y niños: la mayoría de los servicios de atención integral para adultos y niños

    Los servicios de salud ahora se prestan por teléfono o telesalud. Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 4 para hablar con nuestro personal. Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

    Línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana: nuestra línea de ayuda de crisis las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, continúa brindando apoyo inmediato experimentando una crisis de salud mental las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. Para obtener ayuda, llame al 512-472-4357. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para apoyo de crisis.

    Llame al 512-472-4357 para obtener servicios telefónicos y de telesalud. Presione 1 para inglés, luego 1 para hablar con nuestro personal.

    Horario: lunes a viernes de 8 a.m. a 10 p.m. Sábados, domingos y festivos, de 10 a 20 h.

Technology (Tecnología)

  • Internet:
    • Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

      ofrece acceso gratuito de banda ancha y Wi-Fi de Spectrum durante 60 días a hogares con estudiantes de K-12 y / o estudiantes universitarios que aún no tienen una suscripción de banda ancha de Spectrum en cualquier nivel de servicio de hasta 100 Mbps.

      Para inscribirse llame al 1-844-488-8395. Las tarifas de instalación no se aplicarán a los nuevos hogares de estudiantes.

    • AT&T is offering Internet access to qualifying limited income households for $10/month through the Access from AT&T Program. Eligibility has been expanded to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start.

      AT&T frece acceso a Internet a hogares elegibles de ingresos limitados por $ 10 / mes a través del programa Access from AT&T. La elegibilidad se ha ampliado a los hogares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares y Head Start.

Childcare Options for Parents/Guardians Who Work for Essential Businesses (Opciones de cuidado infantil para padres / tutores que trabajan para negocios esenciales)

Cougar Camp Postponed

Cougar Camp has been postponed. If you have already paid, you will be issued refunds. Once we know how things will look for next school year. 

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at and also complete the online interview at  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

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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