Cougar News – 5/26/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

Week of 5/26/20 – 5/28/2020

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Let the wild rumpus start!

Next week is all about celebrations. We typically spend the last few weeks of school celebrating 9 months of excellence, and this next week will be no exception. In fact, if ever a student or parent/guardian deserved a celebration, it is our community. We’ve been on lock-down in one form or another since March 13th and for over 2 and a half months we have been practicing social distancing, self-quarantining, isolating from those not in our family, all the while learning/working/surviving from home. If ever there was a reason to celebrate, it is now, and if ever there were a group of kids to honor, it is the Smallville faithful.

6th Grade: On Tuesday, 6th grade students will follow their schedule and check in for about 10 minutes of each class to say goodbye to teachers and friends via Zoom. Their teachers have sent out the BLEND announcements with Zoom info and we hope as many as possible can attend. First period starts at 10:00 a.m. and we should get through all of them by noon.

House Arrest Book Club Town Hall: Also on Tuesday, we will be hosting our campus-wide book club meeting with the author of House Arrest, KA Holt, at 1:30 p.m. We are so fortunate to not only get to read this extremely topical story, but also be able to hear from the author as to how she came to create this world we’ve all been experiencing this last month. We are so excited to be able to share this work with all three grade levels and staff and hope as many folks as possible make it to the Town Hall this week. For Zoom meeting information, please send an email to

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: On Thursday at 11:00 a.m. we want to honor and celebrate our 8th grade class live via Zoom. This is not only the largest class in the history of Small Middle School, but also the most heralded, best behaved, and coolest class ever to grade our hallowed halls. The event will last about an hour and is open to all 8th grade students. Please make sure that we only have one Zoom invite per household since we are limited to how many spots we can have during this virtual assembly. If you cannot make it at that time, not to worry; we’ll be recording the entire affair and get it sent out later in the day. For information about the Zoom ID and Password, please see the details below.

8th Grade Diploma Drive-Through: On Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, teachers, counselors, and admin will be handing out students’ promotion certificates and other assorted items via packets on campus. Please adhere to the following schedule and make sure to write your student’s Last Name and First Name BIG on a piece of paper and place it on your dashboard while driving through. This way we can have your packet prepped and get you through the line to the picture taking station as quickly as possible. Here is the schedule for the drive-through, based on the last name we have in TEAMS: A-C: 9:00-9:15, D-G: 9:20-9:35, H-L: 9:40-9:55, M-P: 10:00-10:15, Q-S: 10:20-10:35, T-Z: 10:40-10:55.

Cougar Athletics Slideshow: The coaches and the amazing Mr. Shoptaw and his journalism classes have put together this slide show commemorating and celebrating the year in Cougar Sports. Please click the above link to see some of the wonderful things our student-athletes accomplished this school year. Click here for a word from our coaches. 

Learning From Home Proven to Be Effective: And now something from one of our stupendous 7th grade students that shows us that even though we are not in the classroom, we can still be effective, communicative, and creative. This animation comes from one of Ms. Etheredge’s students in Media Animation. The prompt was “What will school look like next year?” As you can see, she completely nails it and showcases skills even the top minds at Pixar would marvel at; all while working from home. Please click and enjoy. student animation

That’s it.

We now must bid you adieu as we prepare for a fairly colossal last week of school.

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

8th Grade Zoom Promotion Ceremony

8th Graders!
You are invited to join us
Thursday, May 28th at 11 am
for our 8th-grade promotion ceremony on Zoom.

Due to zoom meeting limitations, we ask that only 8th graders and their immediate families attend. One login will be provided per 8th grader. If you have multiple households and would like to request two, please note that on the registration form, and depending on the number of requests, we will try to accommodate them. 

You must be registered to receive the link to the Zoom meeting.

Click here to Register for Ceremony
Haga clic aquí para registrarse para la ceremonia

Certificate by Car-Hop – Drive Thru Instructions

Friday, May 29th starting at 9:00 am

ONLY FAMILY MEMBERS ALLOWED IN CARS (City of Austin Stay – Work Safe Order 20200508-11).

Car-Hop Certificates FRIDAY 5/29 @ 9 

We have broken down our certificate time by last name. Please plan to come and get in line by the designated time below. 

Last Names beginning with:
  • A-C: 9:00-9:15 (86 students)
  • D-G: 9:20-9:35 (75)
  • H-L: 9:40-9:55 (71)
  • M-P: 10:00-10:15 (80)
  • Q-S: 10:20-10:35 (78)
  • T-Z: 10:40-10:55 (61)



  • Cars can only enter by traveling from 290 toward Mopac on Monterey Oaks Blvd (See map, as shown by the arrows).
  • By the marquee sign (yellow X on map), there will be a staff member with a radio. Show that staff member your student’s name sign that YOU created.
  • Drive around the front office circle.
  • STOP AT THE CROSS WALK (yellow STAR on map) – Mr. Nelson and Ms. Krier will be there handing out certificates.
  • Continue to drive on and exit OR you can pull around the bus ramp/staff parking area for a photo op (yellow BANNER on map)
    • Photos can be taken near a set of balloon decorations posted at the Community Gardens/Goat Grazing area.
    • Only members of your family may be in the photos.
    • There will not be anyone else available to take a group photo.
    • There will be a staff member there limiting time allowed at the photo op – 90 seconds per car (480 8th graders in 2 hours, please limit time).

Click here to see the Certificate by Car Hop Map

Yearbook Update

Due to Covid-19 our Yearbook printing has been delayed. Once they get the facility back up and running and they print our yearbooks, we will let you know when we have them and when you can come pick it up. 

We will most likely have a yearbook drive up at the school sometime in June. 

If you have any yearbook questions, please email Mr. Shoptaw at

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Vaping Presentation

All 8th graders have a vaping presentation that they can watch in their US History course from the Phoenix House.  This can also be viewed by parents, if you are interested email 

School Supplies

We do not have school supply lists for next year yet. Each teacher will have their own set of supplies they will require. Since you won’t know what teachers you have yet, you won’t be able to buy your supplies until school starts again.

But, if you see a good sale, feel free to stock up on the basics you will need…

Pencils, Sharpeners, Pens, Spirals Composition books, highlighters and Glue Sticks are all a safe bet. If you see them on sale this summer grab them, you will need them. 

School supplies are to be left at home and the student is to restock as needed to keep what they need in their backpack.

Except Tissue and Hand Sanitizer –  we need a lot of that all year long.  

If you have any school supply questions, email


Living Room Library for 5/26/20

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

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

Animal Fund

“Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help care for our animals at Small Middle School. Because our fundraisers were canceled by the Covid-19 shutdown, the balance on our livestock feed account is dangerously low.  If you are able to donate, please log into our school payment system.  Thank you.”

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

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)

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