Cougar News – 5/11/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

Week of 5/11/20 – 5/15/2020

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Here it is Sunday, May 10th, and we still are self-quarantining in our homes, working, learning, waiting…for any sense of normalcy to return. Restaurants and movie theaters have started opening their doors to 25% of their patrons, and this week we expect hair salons (thank you Texas) and other businesses to follow suit, albeit in a limited capacity. While this is a slow move towards getting everybody back at work, or entertained, or having their hair chopped, it is the safest way: proceeding with extreme caution. We still have nary a clue what will happen with schools come fall, but we should all look at how this latest wave is rolling out for ideas. Until then, we advise to follow the advice of those who know; maintain 6 ft social distance outside your abode, self-quarantine, wear a mask in public, and wash your hands often.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: We are fortunate to have the greatest assembled group of 8th grade students ever to walk the hallowed halls of Small in its history. This group of 460 has been the easiest to work with, the most fun to be around, and the most respectful class a staff could dream of. They began their 6th grade year as the largest class Small has ever recorded and finished their 3 years just as large, but with more accolades. There is no way we could ever truly honor their contribution to our campus and culture, virtually or in person. That being said, like we do with all things here at Small, we must try.

We will have a live via Zoom promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 28th (time TBD) followed by a “Drive Through Diploma Day” on Friday, May 29th from 9:00 am-12:00. The Zoom ceremony will be similar to what we typically do in the gym (keynote speaker, corny principal jokes, videos, etc..) and we will be able to admit all or our students and more. The DTDD )drive through diploma day) will be stagger-scheduled so students can see their name and pic on the 17ft inflatable screen we have outside when they drive through to pick up their diplomas, certificates, free pizza coupons (shout out to Double Dave’s), and other swag. Yes, students and fam will have to stay in their cars and your teachers and I will be the ones bringing your packets and applauding. More details to come. If you want to donate any items (gift cards, jolly ranchers, local coupons, etc..) please email our counselor Sarah Krier at

Locker Pick-Up and Yearbooks: Still no updates on hard dates for either of these necessary events, but we will get word out as soon as we can. We typically wait until the last minute to turn our yearbook into the publisher so we can get as many Spring events (UIL, Track, Musical, Ultimate Frizz) as possible so all student organizations and clubs are recognized each year. While this is a great way to create as an inclusive yearbook as possible, it did put us behind the 8 ball in regards to the production process. That being said, we are working with the company and hope to have information very soon as to when you can expect to be able to either pick up your book at Small (best choice) or have it delivered to you. As for locker clean out in the locker rooms and classrooms, this is an extremely difficult process to create since no students are allowed in the building and all lockers have locks and only numbers on them. Now, before you

start emailing me your suggestions, know that it is beyond my control and I am merely to await the word from AISD and then enact the system they create. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.

Mother’s Day: Lastly, today is Mother’s Day, so please take some time to reach out to any and all of the mothers who have influenced you throughout your life and tell them how thankful you are. I am fortunate that my mother, Carolyn, instilled upon me the joy of being creative through the written word at such an early age and how she has always backed my artistic endeavors, regardless of how scatterbrained they were. I am who I am because of her and I love her dearly. I used to think being a mother was her true calling, but can now see how the role of grandmother has equaled the other in terms of care, consideration, and eternal optimism. Thanks mom/mimi.

To the other mother in my life who has left their imprint upon me, my wonderful wife Robin, I wish to say thank you for being the strongest person I have ever met and for keeping me grounded, safe, and supported. She is a testament to the “all in” mentality it requires to raise a family and I am envious of our daughters for having her as a role model to look up to growing up. No words, gifts, brunches, nor acts of service could ever come close to showing the gratitude I have for her for being the best, most level-headed partner imaginable. She is my rock and I am grateful I get to learn from her each day.

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare

Happy Mother’s Day to all you out there who do the good work on a daily.

Thank you

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

Band Announcement

Students Returning School Owned Instruments:
If have a school owned band instrument at home and are not returning to Clint Small Band program in the Fall, please make sure you check your email from Mrs Mathews for return procedures.  Please contact her at if you did not receive it.
  • Brass only:  Thursday, May 14 2PM.  Clint Small MS Bus Ramp
  • Woodwind Only:  Thursday May 14-May 22 drop off at Strait Music. 11AM-5PM.
Students staying in band at Small:
If you use a school owned band instrument and are returning to Clint Small Band in the Fall, you will receive an email in a few days to keep it at home and check it out for the summer.
If you have any questions, email

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

Does Your Student Take High School Courses?


All parents/guardians for middle school students currently enrolled in a high school course will be given the opportunity to withdraw their child from the high school credit course either by completing a survey emailed by the district by Wednesday, May 13,2020 or by consulting with the campus counselor on or before Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This survey provides you the opportunity to withdraw your student from a high school course or leave them scheduled. Your decision cannot be altered once it is finalized . The resulting transcript entries cannot be changed.


Any student who is withdrawn from the course will have an appropriate schedule change to a non-high school credit course to reflect this decision. Furthermore, any student who withdraws from a course required for graduation will have to retake the course at a later time. 


Please refer to the AISD email titled “Action Needed Regarding Your Student’s Grades” for specific grading information.


Contact your counselors to complete the surveys on or before Wednesday May 20, 2020:


If you did not receive the email, or have grading questions please contact:

Giovana McGettrick 

Remote Fantasy Workshop (Summer 2020)

Provided by an avid fantasy hobbyist, this unique course will include multiple outlets for your creativity and problem-solving skills. Working live with the instructor and classmates provides everyone the chance for immediate constructive feedback as you work. Beginners and experienced students of all ages are welcome.Learn and improve sketching basics, modeling techniques, world and gameplay design as well as the option of playing an extended game of Dungeons and Dragons. 


Mr. Jeansonne is an experienced teacher and artist who brings three decades of science and aesthetics to the experience. 


This will be a real workshop experience with the opportunity to engage with others, share work, and receive 1:1 instructor feedback both during classtime and/or privately.


Included daily topics include:

  • Pencil drawing fantasy characters and creatures
  • Figure modelling (make your own miniatures!)
  • Character building and fantasy world design- mapping and creative writing
  • Collaboration
  • Gameplay – if desired, there will be the option of getting involved in a Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition) game. This will take significantly more time, so will be offered up to twice a week, depending on interest
  • Tailored activities and time frames to suit the interests and priorities of the class members


Fee: $100 per household includes 8 days (tbd) of instruction – 2 hours per class minimum.


A complete list of materials needed and a questionnaire considering dates and times will be sent individually to those interested.


Subject to change

dates and times of classes (according to the needs of participants

Classes will need a minimum of 8-10 /”customers” to begin. 

Gameplay (up to 2 times per week) based on number of interested players (ages 11 to 100 – special requests considered) . This game is such a great way to get interesting social interaction, I highly recommend it.

Possible subsequent sessions and/or extended sessions based on interest.


Contact or PM Jack Jeansonne on Facebook

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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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. 

Produce Delivery

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

an emergency grocery delivery service for people at-risk of severe COVID-19 infection

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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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)

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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