Cougar News – 6/1/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

First week of Summer!
Last Newsletter for this year.

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We did it, Smallville, we did it!

What we did wasn’t what we set out to do, and how it was done, looked nothing like it did before. Regardless, we veni vidi vici’ed the heck out of this school year!

Our students traded in congested halls and close to 8 hours of social time for home learning and independent assignments. They were forced to forgo learning in the fun, social, problem-based way Small specializes in and were required to create their own work schedule and complete their assignments when they had time; no bells dictating their movements. They grew in independence, maturity, and garnered more responsibility during this time than we ever imagined. They helped around the house and took on new duties as their first goal became survival while the role of student took a backseat. Along the way they hopefully learned lessons in self-sufficiency we hope they don’t soon forget.

The test was given to us on March 13th and it was not multiple choice. There were not 4 answers to choose from, 2 of which we knew for a fact weren’t correct, and there wasn’t a proctor keeping track of how much time was left nor reminding us to just “try your best.” Nay, this test is still evolving before our eyes and we will not know our scores for many months. However, unlike the standardized tests education pushes upon us which give us a great post mortem report on what we could have done better, this test does not close a chapter of learning; it opens several.

This test better prepares us for what lies ahead and makes all of us pare down and concentrate on what is indeed the most vital and important. This test builds us up through fostering grit and self-advocacy. This test is one we will look back upon when we find ourselves using the newfound strength it produced. This test is one nary a one of us signed up for, but all of us are taking it seriously and putting forth every ounce of energy and intention into passing it. This test is not taken pass/fail. This test has to be, and will be. passed by all of us.

Your students have passed the test.

You have passed the test.

We have passed the test.

Now, we set our sights on the next test put forth before us with a new determination, for we now have unbridled confidence.

Whenever or however school begins again, I have faith in our kids, our staff, and in you. Whether we meet as one as a collective, in staggered shifts, online, or at 25% capacity, we all will learn, grow, and flourish together.

Before I bid you adieu for a couple of weeks, I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to an entity that helped us all pass this test with flying colors: our PTA.

Our PTA has always been one to lend a hand to those in need and provide support wherever it is needed, and the fact we were learning from home did little to diminish their giving ways. The 8th grade promotion, in which we had close to 300 cars attend, was made possible by their generous donation and help. Prior to that, the PTA made sure that every staff member in Smallville (teacher, TA, nurse, counselor, etc…) received an Amazon gift card for teacher appreciation week and even donated over $1,000 to help feed members of our community. All this was done because it was the right thing to do and our PTA has a penchant for doing that…especially when our community is in need.

One last word on the 8th grade promotion and the incredible staff we have here in Smallville. As I mentioned, we had close to 300 cars promenading through the parking lot on Friday and we loved being able to say goodbye to our students and their families, both of whom will still be a part of our family forever. As for staffing at the event, we did not require any teachers to be there and went into the day with a lean, mean group of 8 to handle all aspects of the drive-through. By 8:30 a.m. we had over 35 staff members there not only volunteering to help, but more so wanting to make sure our students received the respect of a farewell that was 3 years in the making. Our teachers lined up to wave goodbye and share a laugh and a smile with our new high-schoolers one last time because that was the right thing to do.

As the school year gently fades into summer, then transitions to August before you can blink, make sure you impart upon your student to always do the right thing. If they ask how they will know whether or not it’s the right thing to do, tell them that if they have to ask, it isn’t. Tell them life has a simple formula to follow; decide what the right thing to do is, then act.

Nothing but success will surely follow.


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

8th Grade Zoom Promotion Ceremony

Car Hop Certificate Pick-up

Chromebook Return/Repair over Summer

Band Items:  Shirts
Non Band Items:   Caps, Masks, shorts

A donation will be made to the Austin Creative Alliance Emergency Covid fund for each item purchased.   (This is not a band fundraiser)

  • There are kid sizes for the band t shirt. Scroll past all the adult sizes to select.
  • Sale ends June 9
  • All items shipped to the customer.
  • At this time, band students are not required to own any of these items.
  • Several items are non band related as well.


Be a part of our PTA

Hi there Small Families,
I can’t believe the school year is over.  It has been wonderful being your PTA President, working with the fabulous team at Small to bring fun events and respond to student needs as a community.  We have been able to support the school with needed supplies, appreciation events and fundraisers so that Mr. Nelson’s team can remain agile to help our students and families. My girls are off to high school next year and I will miss this community immensely!
Because Covid 19 caught us by surprise, we were unable to finalize the PTA Board for next year.  We still have openings for the positions below:
Would one of you like to volunteer? None of them are a lot of work and it is great to be at the decision making table! Each of us in the current position will mentor you to help you do the job).
2020-2021 Board
  • PTA President> Open
  • Vice President Membership> Corina Dougherty
  • Treasurer> Open
  • Secretary> Sara Rogers Smith
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation> Open
  • Parliamentarian> Open
  • Cougar Cage/Spirit> Chasee Chappell Hudgins
Reconciliation Committee: 3 Positions Open – 4 hours total in July
We hope to finalize our Board and Budget by June 15h at our last General Meeting of the year. If you would like a link to the zoom meeting, please email
Reach out to me or Jennifer Newell if you are interested (please, please, please)!
Maria Alena 
Jennifer Newell
Monday, June 15th
12:00  Review 2019-2020 Accomplishments
12:10  Vote on Budget
12:20  Vote on Board
Open Discussion

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. 

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 July. 

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

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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

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


Girls Constrution Camp

Camp NAWIC is a FREE summer day camp, for girls going into 6th – 9th grade, that will teach them the basic skills of carpentry, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and more. This camp is designed to challenge students to discover the many opportunities available in construction. Our hope for this camp is that we will be bringing new light to careers for girls/women in construction through hands on training and mentorship.

Check us out in the news from our 2019 camp!:

Applications can be found here –

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

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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