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Cougar News 1/21/19 – 1/25/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of January 21, 2019 – January 25, 2019

Howdy Cougars!

Please remind your student that there will be no school on Monday so everybody can honor and celebrate the life of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. We have come a long way since he began championing for equal rights in the 60’s, but still have more work to do in order to make his dream a reality. Make sure to share your stories of inclusivity with your student over the weekend and help them recognize the humongous strides we have made as a society since the days when the honorable reverend asked an entire nation to make sure all people were treated fairly and informed us that it was our duty as citizens of the United States to ensure every man, woman, and child had an opportunity to flourish. Also, ask them what they can do today to help move us closer towards realizing his dream. Share with them his immoral words: “the time is always right to do what’s right.”

Exploding Kittens and Frog Dissection: The best part about being back on campus is being able to spend time in the classrooms and the cafeteria (yes, I said it, the cafeteria). It was at these locations where I got to see two very similar teaching styles which will hopefully lead to the same result; student success. Firstly, on Tuesday in the cafeteria, I was the student and 3 very precocious 6th graders were the teachers. The subject? Exploding Kittens (the card game). They taught me how to play by first allowing me to watch their demo game, then put me smack dab in the fire by dealing me in on the next hand. I was allowed to ask questions, it was another demo they informed me, but the next round the stakes would be real. What Elora, Vivi, and Lulu did is exactly what our very own Ms. Sellars did with her 7th grade science students when I observed her class dissecting frogs. She had them gather around the table as she went over the procedures step by step and then sent them off into their own groups with their own frogs. No demo frogs I’m afraid; these kids had their gloved hands and scissors on these amphibians within minutes and all Ms. Sellars had to do was walk around answering questions. In both cases the students (one slightly older than most middle-schoolers) were thrown into the fire and had to rely upon prior knowledge, life experience, the knowledge of what tools they had, and where to find answers in order to be successful. I’m pleased as punch that our 7th grade scientists performed so admirably on their surgical tasks, but even prouder of the 6th grade card sharks who spent their time to teach this old dog some new tricks.

Life at a middle school is never boring for anybody. Have a great 3 day weekend!

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal www.smallmiddleschool.org

Social Emotional Learning

Our lesson this week is titled Building a Culture of Respect.  The lesson defines harassment, as well as the implications and consequences of harassment.  It also stresses the importance of respecting each other’s bodies, personal space, and boundaries. Should you not want your child to participate in this lesson, please be sure to sign the opt out letter and have your child submit it to his/her/their PRIDE teacher.

Mindfulness Moments

Wednesday: If you were highly influential and could make change in the world, what would that change be? Why?

Thursday: Tell me something good.  Encourage students to share one good thing that has happened today or earlier this week.

Friday: What do you wish your parents knew about you?  What do you wish your teachers knew about you?

Note: On January 22 & 29, students will be part of a lesson on Creating a Culture of Respect. This lesson covers the following:

               -Definition of harassment, as well as the implications and consequences of harassment

               -The importance of respecting each other’s bodies, personal space, and boundaries

Please complete and submit the OPT OUT permission slip to your child’s PRIDE teacher should you not want them to participate. Thank you.

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Congratulations to 

Sadie V, Sean K, Didier P, Zach M, Chase D 

who were selected to perform in Austin’s all city band. 

AUSTIN HIGH WRITING DAYS

If your student is NOT in the Austin High School attendance zone and is applying to an academy they will need to attend one ESSAY WRITING day.

Applicants will complete a timed in-house essay during one of our three available option times:

  • Austin High Library: Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 AM
  • O.Henry Middle School: Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 1:15-2:45 PM
  • Small Middle School: (Date change) Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1:30-3:00 PM 

 

It has come to my attention that I neglected to tell you that our very own

7th grade Girls A Team are 

District Champions!

Congratulations girls!

 Job well done.

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

  • March 8, 2019
    Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
  • March 11, 2019
    Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
  • March 15, 2019
    Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
  • April 18, 2019
    Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
  • Week of May 6, 2019
    Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
  • May 21st
    Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between January 11th – February 14th.

 

New Policy for 2019-20 Transfer Requests

Austin ISD will begin accepting requests for school transfers for the 2019–20 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019Requests may be submitted or mailed to the Office of Student Services (Room A200), Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St. during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Applications for priority transfers and non-priority transfers will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

There have been several policy/regulation changes made this fall, including the following:

  1. Tracking transfers now include students who attended the highest two grades at a school but moved out of the attendance area prior to the submission deadline for priority transfers (last day of January).  They will be able to apply for a tracking transfer to the middle or high school their school tracks to.  Policy still states, however, that priority transfers, including tracking, will not be accepted to frozen schools.  FDB Local.

  2. Tracking transfers do not apply to transfers to a school to attend an application based program, including a magnet program.  FDB Local.

  3. If a student attending a magnet or application program leaves the program, they can apply for a transfer to the comprehensive program (if it is not their school based on address), but it will be processed on a first come, first served basis with other requests.  FDB Local.

  4. Special consideration will be given to students who have attended a school based on address for at least two consecutive years, move into another AISD attendance area, but wish to remain at that school.  Student Services will highlight these students for the Associate Superintendents to consider (if space is not already available) with or without an appeal.  FDB Local.

  5. The fall deadline for transfers will be three weeks prior to the first day of school instead of August 10.  FDB Regulation.

A list of the FROZEN schools will be announced by Dr. Cruz at the December 17th Board Meeting. Please visit the district website, https://www.austinisd.org/transfer for more information on the 2019-20 transfer application and process.

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Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

Cougar News 1/14/19 – 1/18/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of January 14, 2019 – January 18, 2019

Cougar Nation-

The rust of the Winter Break has worn off and kids and staff are back to the business of getting them most out of a hands-on, project-based education. Our teachers were so glad to see our students’ shining faces and welcomed them back into their rooms with open arms. This semester is longer than the fall’s, and the stakes are definitely higher as the testing season nears, but the 80 days we spent prior building relationships and getting to know each of our kids should carry us through it all.

Principal Coffee Talk on January 23rd at 8:30 a.m.: The main focus of this conversation will be about AISD and Small’s exploration into becoming a Transformation Zone School. However, if there are other issues or items you wish to discuss, please feel free to attend and ask questions. For those of you unfamiliar with what becoming a Transformation Zone entails, it basically allows campuses to make decisions for their campus based upon its’ needs. AISD has over 80,000 students and over 130 campuses, so it is near impossible to create programs or systems that benefit each campus and can adequately address their needs. Becoming a Transformation Zone School would allow Small to continue to seek out new ways to excite and educate students, while also allowing us to continue to honor the amazing programming we already have. There is also more flexibility in how we spend the money allotted to our campus as there are certain services we pay for we can do away with, as well as new services we can add. We would still remain part of AISD and have the strong foundation of one of Texas’ largest urban school districts to support us. It’s like I told our staff, we’re not becoming an island; we’re looking into becoming a peninsula. Feel free to email me prior to the meeting with questions and/or concerns.

New Additions to Small: Please join me in welcoming the newest addition to our staff: Ms. Corinne Leithner! Ms. Leithner is our new 7th grade math teacher and we are beyond pleased that she agreed to share her passion and energy with our students. She graduated from Texas State University and is certified to teach math, health, and even PE. She is a firm believer that learning is a lifelong process and has already fallen in love with our community and our culture.

Also, we are honored to have Marlinn Conway fill in these next 6 weeks as a permanent substitute for Mrs. Hall. Mrs. Hall is out on parental leave and our new guest teacher brings over 23 years of experience teaching theater to our future thespians. She cut her teeth teaching in Houston and has already made quite a few connections with her new students.

Social Media Post: Yesterday we informed the community about a possible social media threat we investigated. AISD police were here on campus shortly after a parent contacted us around 7:30 a.m. We met with police and shared the information we received and decided the post, while vague in its communication, definitely merited further investigation. The police were able to speak with student and family well before school had even started and informed us that the message was not a threat and that the campus was indeed safe. We want to thank them for the timeliness of their response and also thank our community for looking out for the safety of our students. In this day and age, we cannot afford to assume something is harmless, a joke, or even a typo; we take any and all information shared with us about our students’ safety seriously and will investigate every claim as thoroughly as we possibly can.

It’s been a great week here on campus and we are honored to get to share it with your student.

Happy New Year! (I’m within the limit)

Matthew Nelson

Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal www.smallmiddleschool.org

Social Emotional Learning

This week our SEL lesson will focus on helping empower students to be self-advocates. Students will learn skills and be given ideas to help them communicate with their teachers regarding academic concerns.

Mindfulness Moments:  

Monday: If I asked any student (a friend of yours), what 3 words would they use to describe you? If I asked any of your teachers, what 3 words would they use to describe you? (Extension: What do you think about the way friends and teachers perceive you? Do you like it? Would you like to change it? Why or why not)

Wednesday: What motivates you to do your very best?

Thursday: What is one think you can do today, tomorrow or within the next week to make someone’s day?

Friday: What was one of your favorite things that you learned at school this week?

Note: On January 22 & 29, students will be part of a lesson on Creating a Culture of Respect. This lesson covers the following:

               -Definition of harassment, as well as the implications and consequences of harassment

               -The importance of respecting each other’s bodies, personal space, and boundaries

Please complete and submit the OPT OUT permission slip to your child’s PRIDE teacher should you not want them to participate. Thank you.

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Parents, 
We are getting the Carni Crew back together and are looking for some new members. if you are interested in helping us plan this years Splashfest, join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/183958045742713/
Save the Date: May 10th 3:40pm to 7:00 pm
First meeting is at Cane Rosso, this Wednesday, January 16th at 11:30
For more information Contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

Basketball Scores for January 10 vs Paredes.

7A Small 36 – Paredes 10

7B Small 32 – Paredes 7

8A Small 32 – Paredes 61

8B Small 40 – Paredes 16

Next games are Thursday, January 17 vs Bailey.

7th Grade plays at Bailey.  8th Grade plays at Small.

Westcreek Greenway Trailhead Project

Westcreek Greenway Trailhead Project & Structure Built Near Small

The neighborhood next to Small (Westcreek Neighborhood) has worked for several years on a Neighborhood Partnering Program project, co-sponsored by the City, for trailhead improvements in the Greenway area behind Small/Patton. Small’s Green Tech Program has been a partner in this endeavor as well.  The project’s purpose was to improve safety and trail usability in this wooded area (a stone pathway near Brush Country now provides a dry crossing!) while beautifully establishing its use for neighbors, school children, etc. You’ll notice that a new trailhead structure with benches is near completion, situated in the right-of-way adjacent the school’s track (south side of the school). A split rail fence and small gateway is also being built at Westcreek Drive near Cana Cove.
 
The neighborhood, city and school are working together on solutions to prevent parking in this grassy area near the school’s track, not only to protect the structure but also the extensive tree root system. Please remember that no parking is allowed there on the right-of-way or on the adjacent school property area.  
 
For more information about the trailhead project, you can visit http://www.westcreekna.org/our-neighborhood/westcreek-pocket-park/or https://www.facebook.com/westcreekgreenway/ or contact the Westcreek Greenway Committee Chair, Jennifer Voss via email at westcreekneighborhoodassoc@gmail.com
 
 

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

  • March 8, 2019
    Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
  • March 11, 2019
    Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
  • March 15, 2019
    Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
  • April 18, 2019
    Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
  • Week of May 6, 2019
    Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
  • May 21st
    Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between January 11th – February 14th.

 

New Policy for 2019-20 Transfer Requests

Austin ISD will begin accepting requests for school transfers for the 2019–20 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019Requests may be submitted or mailed to the Office of Student Services (Room A200), Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St. during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Applications for priority transfers and non-priority transfers will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

There have been several policy/regulation changes made this fall, including the following:

  1. Tracking transfers now include students who attended the highest two grades at a school but moved out of the attendance area prior to the submission deadline for priority transfers (last day of January).  They will be able to apply for a tracking transfer to the middle or high school their school tracks to.  Policy still states, however, that priority transfers, including tracking, will not be accepted to frozen schools.  FDB Local.

  2. Tracking transfers do not apply to transfers to a school to attend an application based program, including a magnet program.  FDB Local.

  3. If a student attending a magnet or application program leaves the program, they can apply for a transfer to the comprehensive program (if it is not their school based on address), but it will be processed on a first come, first served basis with other requests.  FDB Local.

  4. Special consideration will be given to students who have attended a school based on address for at least two consecutive years, move into another AISD attendance area, but wish to remain at that school.  Student Services will highlight these students for the Associate Superintendents to consider (if space is not already available) with or without an appeal.  FDB Local.

  5. The fall deadline for transfers will be three weeks prior to the first day of school instead of August 10.  FDB Regulation.

A list of the FROZEN schools will be announced by Dr. Cruz at the December 17th Board Meeting. Please visit the district website, https://www.austinisd.org/transfer for more information on the 2019-20 transfer application and process.

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Cap10k

Clint Small will be participating in the Cap10K middle school challenge this year! All registration for the Cap 10K Middle School Challenge will be online.  Registration for the Middle School Challenge is currently offered at a discounted price.  In order to register go to www.cap10k.com and click on ‘Register Now’ at the top of the page.  On the registration page click on ‘Register Now!’ then select ‘School Team Member’.  When you fill in the participant information there is a drop down titled ‘Team Name’, select Clint Small Middle School from the list of teams, then complete the registration process. We have a great opportunity to win money for our PTA so sign your student and the whole family up to run or walk in a great race. If you have any questions, please contact alison.hise@austinisd.org. Thanks!

Great Thinkers Club

Happy Holidays Great Thinkers! 

Here’s our calendar for Jan and Feb, as far as I know at this time.  Occasionally meetings are called and I will give you as much notice as I can if I can’t hold GT Club.

  • Jan 10- no meeting, people are still getting in the swing of the New Year

  • Jan 17 – Creative Storytelling and UIL investigations

  • Jan 24 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners off-campus that day

  • Jan 31 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners will be doing GT testing that day

We will meet on all Thursdays in February! 

Look for information in this space regarding our May field trip to The Austin Panic Room!  

Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

SCOUTS BSA TROOP 19 JOIN SCOUTING NIGHT: Are you interested in Scouts BSA for girls? Starting in February 2019, girls ages 11 through 17 can join all new troops for girls. Go kayaking, camping, hiking, rock climbing and more while developing skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Troop 19, chartered by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, will be hosting an informational session on Sunday, January 6th from 4-5:30. We will be meeting at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in the Parish Center’s Siena Hall. The address is 4800 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749. Stop by to learn more and register! For more information about Troop 19, or to contact us, visit https://www.troop19austin.org.

Cougar News 1/7/19 – 1/11/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of January 7, 2019 – January 11, 2019

Howdy Cougars!

Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year! We are beyond excited to start 2019 off here in Smallville on Monday and can’t wait to greet your student and wish them a Happy New Year as well! We’ve been informed by the Etiquette Police that we have up until MLK Day (our next big holiday) to wish all a Happy New year, so tell your student to expect at least 14 more days of holiday greetings!

Make sure your student knows to head to his/her PRIDE class the first thing in the morning for about 10 minutes and then off to their regularly scheduled A-Day. With the new semester comes new schedules, so we want to pass them out first thing during PRIDE and help direct them on their merry way. Tuesday will be a B-Day and students should head to their 2nd period class to start the day.

After an extended break our teachers know our students may need some time re-adjusting to the fast-paced world of middle school, so expect plenty of systems to be readdressed. In fact, one study by some guy with lots of letters after his name stated that 15 days away from school for a middle school kid is the equivalent to missing 67 days, so we are planning on front-loading classes with loads of classroom expectations and to revisit all the procedures we spent the first 90 days learning. Middle school is not a sprint; it’s a long distance race that requires careful attention to form and function in order to reach the finish line safely.

On a personal note, I will be back on campus full time this semester and am excited to get to spend so many hours with my favorite things on the planet: your kids! We have the greatest students on the planet and I can’t wait to walk and talk with them about all the goings on in their lives and crack jokes again. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve absolutely loved being at home with Baby Q these last few months, but it’s now time to trade “goo goos and ga gas” for high fives and howdys.

Thanks again goes out to you, our amazing staff, and especially our students for allowing me the opportunity to spend these precious few months with Clint Small’s newest Cougar. None of the gift which was my paternity leave would even be remotely possible if it weren’t for the fact that we have great kids who love their school and make it such a pleasant place to attend and work.

Happy New Year!

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal www.smallmiddleschool.org

Westcreek Greenway Trailhead Project

Westcreek Greenway Trailhead Project & Structure Built Near Small

The neighborhood next to Small (Westcreek Neighborhood) has worked for several years on a Neighborhood Partnering Program project, co-sponsored by the City, for trailhead improvements in the Greenway area behind Small/Patton. Small’s Green Tech Program has been a partner in this endeavor as well.  The project’s purpose was to improve safety and trail usability in this wooded area (a stone pathway near Brush Country now provides a dry crossing!) while beautifully establishing its use for neighbors, school children, etc. You’ll notice that a new trailhead structure with benches is near completion, situated in the right-of-way adjacent the school’s track (south side of the school). A split rail fence and small gateway is also being built at Westcreek Drive near Cana Cove.
 
The neighborhood, city and school are working together on solutions to prevent parking in this grassy area near the school’s track, not only to protect the structure but also the extensive tree root system. Please remember that no parking is allowed there on the right-of-way or on the adjacent school property area.  
 
For more information about the trailhead project, you can visit http://www.westcreekna.org/our-neighborhood/westcreek-pocket-park/or https://www.facebook.com/westcreekgreenway/ or contact the Westcreek Greenway Committee Chair, Jennifer Voss via email at westcreekneighborhoodassoc@gmail.com
 
 

2018-2019 NJHS Important Dates

  • March 8, 2019
    Information meeting during PRIDE in front of the Counselor’s Office
  • March 11, 2019
    Pick up applications from the Counselor’s Office
  • March 15, 2019
    Last day to pick up an application from the Counselor’s Office
  • April 18, 2019
    Final day to turn in applications (no exceptions)
  • Week of May 6, 2019
    Letters go out to students who are accepted into NJHS
  • May 21st
    Induction into NJHS 6pm in the cafeteria

NJHS Candidate Community Service Hour log

Candidates should record a minimum of 10 hours between January 11th – February 14th.

 

A Message from our Counselors

 

Schedule change requests will be addressed on a case by case basis this semester.  Please contact your child’s counselor  if your child’s schedule needs to be changed.  If your child selected the class that they are currently in as a choice on their choice sheet, changes will not be honored. Thank you so much for understanding. 

Cynthia Diaz                                      Sarah Krier                                   Carmen Castaneda
512.841.6713                                    512.841.6711                              513.841.6715
cynthia.diaz@austinisd.org            sarah.krier@austinisd.org         carmen.castaneda@austinisd.org

 

 

New Policy for 2019-20 Transfer Requests

Austin ISD will begin accepting requests for school transfers for the 2019–20 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019Requests may be submitted or mailed to the Office of Student Services (Room A200), Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St. during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Applications for priority transfers and non-priority transfers will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

There have been several policy/regulation changes made this fall, including the following:

  1. Tracking transfers now include students who attended the highest two grades at a school but moved out of the attendance area prior to the submission deadline for priority transfers (last day of January).  They will be able to apply for a tracking transfer to the middle or high school their school tracks to.  Policy still states, however, that priority transfers, including tracking, will not be accepted to frozen schools.  FDB Local.
  2. Tracking transfers do not apply to transfers to a school to attend an application based program, including a magnet program.  FDB Local.
  3. If a student attending a magnet or application program leaves the program, they can apply for a transfer to the comprehensive program (if it is not their school based on address), but it will be processed on a first come, first served basis with other requests.  FDB Local.
  4. Special consideration will be given to students who have attended a school based on address for at least two consecutive years, move into another AISD attendance area, but wish to remain at that school.  Student Services will highlight these students for the Associate Superintendents to consider (if space is not already available) with or without an appeal.  FDB Local.
  5. The fall deadline for transfers will be three weeks prior to the first day of school instead of August 10.  FDB Regulation.

A list of the FROZEN schools will be announced by Dr. Cruz at the December 17th Board Meeting. Please visit the district website, https://www.austinisd.org/transfer for more information on the 2019-20 transfer application and process.

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Social Emotional Learning

This week students will form part of a community circle. Students will be asked to think of something they wish to accomplish and then
formulate a plan to work towards accomplishing their goal.

Mindfulness Moments

Monday: THINK-PAIR-SHARE Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” That starts with intention. Consider, in this moment, how you want to be in this world. How might you remind yourself to be more intentional about that?  

WednesdayTHINK-PAIR-SHARE What would you try if you knew you could not fail?

Thursday: THINK-PAIR-SHARE What important relationship would you like to improve the most this year?

Friday: THINK-PAIR-SHARE What would you like most to be acknowledged for so far in your life?

 

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Cap10k

Clint Small will be participating in the Cap10K middle school challenge this year! All registration for the Cap 10K Middle School Challenge will be online.  Registration for the Middle School Challenge is currently offered at a discounted price.  In order to register go to www.cap10k.com and click on ‘Register Now’ at the top of the page.  On the registration page click on ‘Register Now!’ then select ‘School Team Member’.  When you fill in the participant information there is a drop down titled ‘Team Name’, select Clint Small Middle School from the list of teams, then complete the registration process. We have a great opportunity to win money for our PTA so sign your student and the whole family up to run or walk in a great race. If you have any questions, please contact alison.hise@austinisd.org. Thanks!

Great Thinkers Club

Happy Holidays Great Thinkers! 

Here’s our calendar for Jan and Feb, as far as I know at this time.  Occasionally meetings are called and I will give you as much notice as I can if I can’t hold GT Club.

  • Jan 10- no meeting, people are still getting in the swing of the New Year

  • Jan 17 – Creative Storytelling and UIL investigations

  • Jan 24 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners off-campus that day

  • Jan 31 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners will be doing GT testing that day

We will meet on all Thursdays in February! 

Look for information in this space regarding our May field trip to The Austin Panic Room!  

CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn credit or appropriate placement for what you already know.  Students can pick and choose subject matter exams offered by Austin ISD through UT High School.  Languages other than English are an example of CBE exams most popularly taken by middle school students.  Find out more information about CBE using the link below. If you are interested in your child signing up for a CBE, contact your child’s counselor for a registration form.

2018-2019 CBE Deadlines

Spring: Friday, January 4

Summer 1: Tuesday, April 30

Summer 2: Friday, May 17

https://utexas.app.box.com/v/uths-cbe-pdf

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Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

SCOUTS BSA TROOP 19 JOIN SCOUTING NIGHT: Are you interested in Scouts BSA for girls? Starting in February 2019, girls ages 11 through 17 can join all new troops for girls. Go kayaking, camping, hiking, rock climbing and more while developing skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Troop 19, chartered by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, will be hosting an informational session on Sunday, January 6th from 4-5:30. We will be meeting at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in the Parish Center’s Siena Hall. The address is 4800 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749. Stop by to learn more and register! For more information about Troop 19, or to contact us, visit https://www.troop19austin.org.

Cougar News 12/17/18 – 12/20/18

What's happening at Small Middle School

Week of December 17, 2018 – December 20, 2018

Our Counseling department is accepting donations to help out CSMS families in need.

Please drop off gift cards to Target or HEB in any denomination to our front office.  Our counselors will be sure to get them to the families that need them.

If you have any questions please contact our lead counselor Ms. Diaz at cynthia.diaz@austinisd.org

 

New Policy for 2019-20 Transfer Requests

Austin ISD will begin accepting requests for school transfers for the 2019–20 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019Requests may be submitted or mailed to the Office of Student Services (Room A200), Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St. during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Applications for priority transfers and non-priority transfers will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

There have been several policy/regulation changes made this fall, including the following:

  1. Tracking transfers now include students who attended the highest two grades at a school but moved out of the attendance area prior to the submission deadline for priority transfers (last day of January).  They will be able to apply for a tracking transfer to the middle or high school their school tracks to.  Policy still states, however, that priority transfers, including tracking, will not be accepted to frozen schools.  FDB Local.
  2. Tracking transfers do not apply to transfers to a school to attend an application based program, including a magnet program.  FDB Local.
  3. If a student attending a magnet or application program leaves the program, they can apply for a transfer to the comprehensive program (if it is not their school based on address), but it will be processed on a first come, first served basis with other requests.  FDB Local.
  4. Special consideration will be given to students who have attended a school based on address for at least two consecutive years, move into another AISD attendance area, but wish to remain at that school.  Student Services will highlight these students for the Associate Superintendents to consider (if space is not already available) with or without an appeal.  FDB Local.
  5. The fall deadline for transfers will be three weeks prior to the first day of school instead of August 10.  FDB Regulation.

A list of the FROZEN schools will be announced by Dr. Cruz at the December 17th Board Meeting. Please visit the district website, https://www.austinisd.org/transfer for more information on the 2019-20 transfer application and process.

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Social Emotional Learning

This week our SEL Lesson focuses on the importance of being kind.  Students will learn about the health benefits of practicing kindness. They will be encouraged to practice kindness and to write a positive note to anyone they witness practicing kindness around them.

Our mindful moments, this week, are focused on the physical body. We will stretch and move to help release tension.

Monday:  Mindful Stretch, Tension Release. 

Wednesday: Mindful Stretch, Crossing the Midline

Thursday: Dolphin, Chest Opener

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Great Thinkers Club

Happy Holidays Great Thinkers! 

Here’s our calendar for Jan and Feb, as far as I know at this time.  Occasionally meetings are called and I will give you as much notice as I can if I can’t hold GT Club.

  • Jan 10- no meeting, people are still getting in the swing of the New Year

  • Jan 17 – Creative Storytelling and UIL investigations

  • Jan 24 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners off-campus that day

  • Jan 31 – no meeting, Mrs. Manners will be doing GT testing that day

We will meet on all Thursdays in February! 

Look for information in this space regarding our May field trip to The Austin Panic Room!  

CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn credit or appropriate placement for what you already know.  Students can pick and choose subject matter exams offered by Austin ISD through UT High School.  Languages other than English are an example of CBE exams most popularly taken by middle school students.  Find out more information about CBE using the link below. If you are interested in your child signing up for a CBE, contact your child’s counselor for a registration form.

2018-2019 CBE Deadlines

Spring: Friday, January 4

Summer 1: Tuesday, April 30

Summer 2: Friday, May 17

https://utexas.app.box.com/v/uths-cbe-pdf

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Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

SCOUTS BSA TROOP 19 JOIN SCOUTING NIGHT: Are you interested in Scouts BSA for girls? Starting in February 2019, girls ages 11 through 17 can join all new troops for girls. Go kayaking, camping, hiking, rock climbing and more while developing skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Troop 19, chartered by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, will be hosting an informational session on Sunday, January 6th from 4-5:30. We will be meeting at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in the Parish Center’s Siena Hall. The address is 4800 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749. Stop by to learn more and register! For more information about Troop 19, or to contact us, visit https://www.troop19austin.org.

Cougar News 12/10/18 – 12/14/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018

Upcoming Events

 
  • Dec. 3rd & Dec. 7th Boys Basketball Tryouts 
  • Dec. 11th Winter Choir Performance – Austin Oaks Church
  • Dec. 12th Counselor Talk – Self-Harm 6:00 pm – Library
  • Dec. 12th & 13th The Princess and the Pauper $5
  • Dec. 13th Winter Band Concert at Burger Center 7pm
  • Dec. 14 Winter Dance Performance $5
  • Dec. 18 Winter Orchestra Concert
  • Dec. 21 – Jan. 4th Winter Break 

See all upcoming calendar events here

 

 

Cougars Nation-

The events of this last week have brought our community together in several ways, while at the same time providing us opportunities to look deep inside ourselves as to how we handled it.  We administrators met yesterday morning amongst ourselves and representatives from the district to discuss the shortcomings with our communication to our community.  We also asked for assistance from the Superintendent’s office, and other schools about creating a rubric for school’s to follow in regards to parent communication for incidents such the one we experienced.  We wholeheartedly want to notify our community about any issues of concern sooner rather than later and vow to make sure we follow the communication credo of “too much too soon” in lieu of “too little too late,” Like I tell the staff at least 7 times a year, no parent has ever contacted me about sending out too much information. 

On the day we received information about the careless social media post regrettably made by one of our students, we immediately sprang into action.  Our admin team contacted our SRO and AISD police, and in no sooner than 10 minutes we had 3 uniformed police officers on campus investigating the claim.  After questioning and searching the student, contacting parents, and even performing a home check at the household, AISD police notified us that it was not a credible threat and that all students, staff, and members of the Small community were safe and sound.  We followed district protocol to letter of the law in regards to handling the investigation.  However, we failed our community on the events that followed.

The fault on our part was not sending the information out as soon as we received word all was clear.  We should have had an email blast out to community members as soon as possible and reached out to y’all to let you all know the campus was indeed safe and the business of educating students could return to normal. We strive to keep your student as safe and secure as possible and that includes their emotional state as well; yours’ too.

Know this: we would never knowingly invite any of our 130 staff members or 1,300 students to campus if we had even the slightest inclination that their safety was not fully guaranteed.  Days can be made up, tests can be retaken, and field trips and/or performances can be rescheduled.   I love this school, this community, and every single person who enters our doors. It is a privilege to serve as the Principal of this amazing school and I think of every student and staff member present as my family and I assure you I will always do whatever I can to keep my family safe. 

We owe all of our success to this close knit community and will do everything in our power to regain your faith in us.  If one person feels we dropped the ball in regards to our communication, then that is one person too many and we will do everything we can to assure you we care and love your student immeasurably. 

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal
www.smallmiddleschool.org

Our Counseling department is accepting donations to help out CSMS families in need.

Please drop off gift cards to Target or HEB in any denomination to our front office.  Our counselors will be sure to get them to the families that need them.

If you have any questions please contact our lead counselor Ms. Diaz at cynthia.diaz@austinisd.org

 

On Friday our fabulous PTA will be hosting their annual holiday Teacher/Staff Luncheon. 

We would love to have help with serving. If you would like to volunteer to help feed the teachers, click here to sign-up.

 

Please congratulate the 7th gr girls basketball team as they won the Lake Travis Tournament last weekend.  

 

We also want to say congratulations our advanced theatre students. Please congratulate them. Their play ” The Pauper Princes” beat out Gorzycki, Murchison, and Lamar for a 1st place win.

If you would like to see this award winning show we will have 2 performance next week Dec. 12 and 13 @ 6:30pm in the Cafe. 

 

New Policy for 2019-20 Transfer Requests

Austin ISD will begin accepting requests for school transfers for the 2019–20 school year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019Requests may be submitted or mailed to the Office of Student Services (Room A200), Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. Sixth St. during regular business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Applications for priority transfers and non-priority transfers will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

There have been several policy/regulation changes made this fall, including the following:

  1. Tracking transfers now include students who attended the highest two grades at a school but moved out of the attendance area prior to the submission deadline for priority transfers (last day of January).  They will be able to apply for a tracking transfer to the middle or high school their school tracks to.  Policy still states, however, that priority transfers, including tracking, will not be accepted to frozen schools.  FDB Local.
  2. Tracking transfers do not apply to transfers to a school to attend an application based program, including a magnet program.  FDB Local.
  3. If a student attending a magnet or application program leaves the program, they can apply for a transfer to the comprehensive program (if it is not their school based on address), but it will be processed on a first come, first served basis with other requests.  FDB Local.
  4. Special consideration will be given to students who have attended a school based on address for at least two consecutive years, move into another AISD attendance area, but wish to remain at that school.  Student Services will highlight these students for the Associate Superintendents to consider (if space is not already available) with or without an appeal.  FDB Local.
  5. The fall deadline for transfers will be three weeks prior to the first day of school instead of August 10.  FDB Regulation.

A list of the FROZEN schools will be announced by Dr. Cruz at the December 17th Board Meeting. Please visit the district website, https://www.austinisd.org/transfer for more information on the 2019-20 transfer application and process.

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A message from the Soccer Coaches:

They have cancelled all B-team and C-team games this weekend and have moved our A-team game and time.  We will now be facing off against Murchison’s A-team at 10:30 (later than normal) and at House Park Field. 

Social Emotional Learning

This week our Cougar Community Lesson will focus on Suicide prevention.  Please remember to fill out the Opt Out Letter should you not want your child to participate. Students will learn the following:

  • CDC suicide facts
  • Demystifying Myths & Facts
  • How to help someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help if you’re in crisis
  • Small Middle School Procedures
  • Jason Foundation APP

Mindfulness Moments:

Monday: What is mindfulness? Why do we do it?
Share the following definition with students: “Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”.  Ask students to think-pair-share what their thoughts are about the definition of mindfulness.  Then discuss how it is human nature to focus on past events and worry or think about the possibility of future happenings. Mindfulness helps us focus on just the now.  It is scientifically proven to help us with processing information and emotions more efficiently.

Wednesday:Mindfulness Momenthttps://youtu.be/hEoLIPivqXY
Click on the link for a guided mindfulness moment.  For kids who do not wish to close their eyes and follow, offer doodling or reflective writing at this time.

ThursdayMindfulness Moment: https://youtu.be/mZgcO-VQo1A
Click on the link for a guided mindfulness moment.  For kids who do not wish to close their eyes and follow, offer doodling or reflective writing at this time.

FridayMindfulness Moment: https://youtu.be/xAb07iAXpcg
Click on the link for a guided mindfulness moment.  For kids who do not wish to close their eyes and follow, offer doodling or reflective writing at this time.

 
 
 

CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn credit or appropriate placement for what you already know.  Students can pick and choose subject matter exams offered by Austin ISD through UT High School.  Languages other than English are an example of CBE exams most popularly taken by middle school students.  Find out more information about CBE using the link below. If you are interested in your child signing up for a CBE, contact your child’s counselor for a registration form.

2018-2019 CBE Deadlines

Spring: Friday, January 4

Summer 1: Tuesday, April 30

Summer 2: Friday, May 17

https://utexas.app.box.com/v/uths-cbe-pdf

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ATTENTION PARENTS:

Please do not drop off or pick up in the Bus area (parking lot near the track). This is a safety issue. Not only that, we guarantee you will be stuck in there for a while while we safely load or unload our students from the bus. All pick-up and drop-off traffic should be done in the front of the school.

Thank you,

CSMS Safety and Transportation teams

Runoff Election

 

The at-large District 9 position will head to a runoff election after none of the three candidates received 50 percent or more of the vote.  Arati Singh and Carmen Tilton will participate in a runoff election for this position on Tuesday, December 11.    

 

Tilton lead the three AISD candidates with 72,037 total votes, but only gained 40.13 percent of votes in the race. Singh’s 65,489 votes represented 36.49 percent of votes cast.

 

Please mark your calendar and remember to get out and vote!!

 

Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

Download form here: RJshoppingdatenight

Cougar News 12/5/18 – 12/9/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of December 3, 2018 – December 7, 2018

Upcoming Events

 
  • Dec. 3rd & Dec. 7th Boys Basketball Tryouts 
  • Dec. 12th Counselor Talk – Self-Harm 6:00 pm – Library
  • Dec. 12th & 13th One Act Play
  • Dec. 14 Winter Dance Performance
  • Dec. 18 Winter Orchestra Concert
  • Dec. 21 – Jan. 4th Winter Break 

See all upcoming calendar events here

 

Our Counseling department is accepting donations to help out CSMS families in need.

Please drop off gift cards to Target or HEB in any denomination to our front office.  Our counselors will be sure to get them to the families that need them.

If you have any questions please contact our lead counselor Ms. Diaz at cynthia.diaz@austinisd.org

 

Social Emotional Learning

This week our lesson will focus on addressing Cyber-bullying.  We will define bullying,
discuss steps to report bullying, and discuss David’s Law.

 

Our Mindfulness Moments for the week include:

Monday: Today, we will set our intention for the week.  An intention is like a map of where you chose to go.  It’s a plan of what wish to do or focus on. Example: I intend to make someone smile every day this week.  What do you want your intention to be for this week? 

Tuesday: Think of a person that is important to you.  Why are they important to you? How do they make you feel?

Wednesday: Have you ever met anyone famous? If so, who? How was that experience for you? If not, who would you like to meet? Why?

Thursday: If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?

Friday: Let’s reflect on your intention for the week, the one you set on Monday.  How did it go?  Did you accomplish it?  Would you like to keep working on this intention?

 
 
 
 

CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn credit or appropriate placement for what you already know.  Students can pick and choose subject matter exams offered by Austin ISD through UT High School.  Languages other than English are an example of CBE exams most popularly taken by middle school students.  Find out more information about CBE using the link below. If you are interested in your child signing up for a CBE, contact your child’s counselor for a registration form.

2018-2019 CBE Deadlines

Spring: Friday, January 4

Summer 1: Tuesday, April 30

Summer 2: Friday, May 17

https://utexas.app.box.com/v/uths-cbe-pdf

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ATTENTION PARENTS:

Please do not drop off or pick up in the Bus area (parking lot near the track). This is a safety issue. Not only that, we guarantee you will be stuck in there for a while while we safely load or unload our students from the bus. All pick-up and drop-off traffic should be done in the front of the school.

Thank you,

CSMS Safety and Transportation teams

Join us This Sunday

Clint Small Middle School PTA Fundraiser

2:00 to 5:00 PM

 Painting with a Purpose

 16×20 Canvas Painting

Instructor: Brittany Bernstrom

 

Austin HS, O. Henry MS and Small MS Orchestras present our
 Winter Concert, Dinner and Silent Auction

                                                                         December 5th- Austin HS

                        Dinner is 5:00-6:00 pm / Concert begins at 6:30 pm / Silent Auction is 5:00-9:00 pm

                                             Come hear our Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras!

                                                                       Admission to the concert is $5

                                                    There are limited Dinner tickets at the door- cash or check.

                 

                                       Silent Auction Viewing is on now, but bidding begins at 12 noon on Sunday,12/2, 

                               and runs through Wednesday evening,12/5, at 8:15  www.32auctions.com/AHSOrch2018

Runoff Election

 

The at-large District 9 position will head to a runoff election after none of the three candidates received 50 percent or more of the vote.  Arati Singh and Carmen Tilton will participate in a runoff election for this position on Tuesday, December 11.    

 

Tilton lead the three AISD candidates with 72,037 total votes, but only gained 40.13 percent of votes in the race. Singh’s 65,489 votes represented 36.49 percent of votes cast.

 

Please mark your calendar and remember to get out and vote!!

 

Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Prices go up after the winter break. 
 

Want to go to Greece?

Last chance for the Greek Trip!

If you are interested in going to Greece for Spring Break 2019, the deadline to sign up and pay your deposit is Dec 1st!
Don’t miss out on an amazing tour!

Contact Christie.Manners@austinisd.org for details if you are interested in coming with us to Greece!

Save the Date! The Clint Small Music Department will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast this year on Saturday, December 1. We are at a NEW location this year: Waterloo Ice House in Circle C (9600 Escarpment Blvd.) The breakfast will run from 7:30-9:30 AM and will feature an all-you-can eat buffet with three different kinds of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Tickets are $12 each (no special pricing for children). You may purchase tickets through your child’s music teacher beginning Monday, November 12. We are only selling 200 tickets to this event so don’t miss out!

 

*Looking for a Host Family!*

Have you ever been curious about hosting an exchange student? Here’s your opportunity! A German exchange student who is currently attending Austin High, is needing a new host family because her current family had an emergency and can no longer host. She is a scholarship student who is very bright and sociable. Would you be willing to open you heart and home to her for 6 months? Dates: before Dec 1st until June 2019.  Provide: a real bed (can be a shared room), meals, and a loving home with parental guidance in exchange for an intercultural experience you will never forget! [Must live in the Austin High attendance zone] Contact me today if interested: Robin McGee rmcgee@flag-intl.org (512) 710-7819

 
 

A Message from Athletics Dept.

C Team Boys Remaining Soccer Schedule Game:

12/05, Wednesday, 4:30 @ Small vs Paredes, Field 4.

Game:  12/8, Saturday, 9:00 am @ Small vs Gorzycki, Field 4.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Moore.

Flag Rugby Club Information 

Flag Rugby Club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls.   

We will meet on Tuesday, 12/04 and 12/11 from 3:45 – 4:45 on the Football field.  Cost is free.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Moore.

Download form here: RJshoppingdatenight

Resources

Cougar News 11/19/18 – 11/30/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of November 5, 2018 – November 9, 2018

Howdy Cougars!

A HUGE thank you to all the parents, guardians, friends, fans, and staff who came out to today’s Fun Run to help make the day an enormous success!  For those of you who made it out, you got to see first-hand how much fun our students can have and how an updated version of “tag” can help them re-discover the kid in themselves again.  It was 30 minutes of movement followed by a well-deserved celebration and Thanksgiving send off.  Yes, the event is crafted to raise money for our school, but once each grade level arrives all thoughts of fundraising fall to the wayside and we are reminded of why we all chose to come together here in Smallville: we are all like-minded in the belief that kids should have fun while learning and the more fun they have, the more they learn. 

We are keeping the website alive over the break in case any out-of-towners or traveling well-wishers care to donate to our worthy cause.  Explain to them, or better yet have your student explain to them, how we are fundraising so our school can remain the best middle school in all of Central Texas.  Let them know our school is not in the process of going from good to great, but rather from great to the greatest!

Thanksgiving Break:  For the next 9 days students will be off for Thanksgiving and then will return to hit the ground running as we only have 4 weeks until the end of the semester.  End of course exams and benchmarks will be administered during this time so it’s vitally important students do not slide during this break.  As much as you can, have your kids read some each day and share with them some of the ways we adults maintain our mental acuity (crossword puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc..) separate from digital media.  Try to limit their screen time and increase their family time as this truly is the best time of the year for celebration and fellowship.  Thanksgiving is the number one celebrated holiday in America because all people of all backgrounds who call this wonderful nation home take time to express gratitude with those whom they love the most and get the opportunity to spend valuable time with friends and family from near and afar. 

We are most thankful to you and your family for choosing Small Middle School and our main goal throughout the year is to make sure you and your student feel this each and every day.  Personally, I am most thankful for your faith in our culture and trust in our staff which has allowed me to spend these last few weeks with my family.  Our team is a dang good one and one of the reasons why is because we acknowledge you and your family as a large part of it. 

Thank you for your support and Happy thanksgiving.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Small Middle School
(512) 841-6505
@smallprincipal
www.smallmiddleschool.org

 

We are so close!!!!! - It is not too late to help!

As of today (Saturday, 11/17), we are at $27,546 with 7 days left to go. 

THANK YOU to everyone who has created an account and gotten pledges or has donated directly!!!

To those of you that have meant to, it is not too late and we need you. We are only $2,454,00 short of our goal of $30,000 and we still have 7 days left to contribute. 

Any donations and pledges that come in over thanksgiving break will still be eligible to win prizes. We will distribute prizes the Monday – Thursday the week we get back with the big drawings on Friday. 

How: Register your student at https://secure.eventsonline.us/reg/getmovincrew/parents

Be sure to share on Social Media, and/or e-mail your link to family and friends!
Donations can be made until 11/25/18 

For all fun run details: Go to www.smallmiddleschool.org/fun-run to learn about all the details. 

We had a blast at the event and are very thankful for all the volunteers and
sponsors who made this possible!!!

Save the date, Friday 11/30 The athletic department will hold the rescheduled homecoming dance. 

More details to come!

Runoff Election

 

The at-large District 9 position will head to a runoff election after none of the three candidates received 50 percent or more of the vote.  Arati Singh and Carmen Tilton will participate in a runoff election for this position on Tuesday, December 11.    

 

Tilton lead the three AISD candidates with 72,037 total votes, but only gained 40.13 percent of votes in the race. Singh’s 65,489 votes represented 36.49 percent of votes cast.

 

Please mark your calendar and remember to get out and vote!!

Yearbook

We are very excited to provide you with this easy link to buy this year’s yearbook.

https://www.balfour.com/shop/yearbook?smi=108267

Last year it sold out, so be sure to act now.

This yearbook will be a super colorful hard cover keepsake of
all your child’s happy memories of the school year.

Want to go to Greece?

Last chance for the Greek Trip!

If you are interested in going to Greece for Spring Break 2019, the deadline to sign up and pay your deposit is Dec 1st!
Don’t miss out on an amazing tour!

Contact Christie.Manners@austinisd.org for details if you are interested in coming with us to Greece!

Save the Date! The Clint Small Music Department will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast this year on Saturday, December 1. We are at a NEW location this year: Waterloo Ice House in Circle C (9600 Escarpment Blvd.) The breakfast will run from 7:30-9:30 AM and will feature an all-you-can eat buffet with three different kinds of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Tickets are $12 each (no special pricing for children). You may purchase tickets through your child’s music teacher beginning Monday, November 12. We are only selling 200 tickets to this event so don’t miss out!

 

*Looking for a Host Family!*

Have you ever been curious about hosting an exchange student? Here’s your opportunity! A German exchange student who is currently attending Austin High, is needing a new host family because her current family had an emergency and can no longer host. She is a scholarship student who is very bright and sociable. Would you be willing to open you heart and home to her for 6 months? Dates: before Dec 1st until June 2019.  Provide: a real bed (can be a shared room), meals, and a loving home with parental guidance in exchange for an intercultural experience you will never forget! [Must live in the Austin High attendance zone] Contact me today if interested: Robin McGee rmcgee@flag-intl.org (512) 710-7819

 
 

Why we fund-raise

Here are just some of the examples as to why we fund-raise each year…

  • funds scholarships for any student that needs financial assistance.
  • Mr. Nelson sent me to the National Council of History Education’s annual conference last April. I went to a tons of sessions and brought back all kinds of awesome ideas for my classroom. Thank you Mr. Nelson. Thank you Mr. Newell fro organizing it all.
  • The 8th grade team has used the funds to help off set some of the cost of online curriculum so students have to pay less the next year and upgrades to our current tech (new charging cables, new iPad covers, new headphones). We also plan on asking for shelving units in the bathrooms so students don’t have to put their agendas/backpacks on the RR floor.
  • The district will not pay for subs while our GT coordinator tests the GT kids, so Fun Run Money is used for that.
  • The Latin classroom is *very* grateful for the new Latin Library; students have been able to choose from a wide variety of engaging stories during silent reading time.
  • Fun-Run allowed us to order extra ipads and ear buds for the classroom. It also helps with additional classroom supplies.
  •  20 Chromebooks to support blended learning in the CIC classroom!  Awesome…thank you Small!
  • The Dance Department bought costumes for a performance, as ll as help funded professional development for me to attend the Texas Dance Educator’s Association Convention.
  • Last year, Mr. Nelson paid the registration fees for the counselors to attend ASCA (American School Counselors Association) Conference.  The counselors we’re delighted and generated so many new cool ideas for our students. We are now working on developing a system to increase attendance, have aligned our goals to school goals, have created a book club, and have new tools in our toolkit to help students manage emotions, stress, and anxiety. We’re even inspired to learn about the brain and the bottom-up approach and put on a training of our own in the future.
  • Storage Portable
  • ELA student workbooks
  • ELA class sets of books
  • Magazine subscriptions for Dance
  • Buses for field trips
  • Shades for the Cafeteria
  • In 2016, I used Fun Run funds to purchase bouncy bands and sensory cushions for my classroom.  Students vy for a seat at the desks with the bouncy bands and cushions as they help fidgety students get some energy out and not disturb the class.  Over the years, some have broken because they’re so popular! I’m hoping to have some fun run funds to replace! In 2017, Fun Run Funds purchased a large whiteboard that I had mounted behind my screen.  My students  use it like a DIY Smartboard! 
  • STAAR Prep PD for teachers 
  • Chromebooks and cart for Science 
  • Green curriculum 
  • books for Latin classes 
  • Storage for calculators
  • Shades for cafe 
  • Go Love Now student assembly
  • Smallbucks cafe tables and stools, artwork 
  • Annual PD Conference for all counselors 
  • New technology for main office 
  • Mounted projector in the Cafeteria
  • Upgraded Sound system for the stage
  • Various supplies
  • New this year we need to compensate for district shortfalls. Things the district used to pay for they don’t anymore due to their  budget crisis.
 If you have any questions please contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org
 

Great Thinkers


1.) I miss you!
2.) I have been called to a meeting that I need to attend on Thurs. Nov 15.  Unfortunately, that means I won’t be able to hold a Great Thinkers meeting.  Bummer!
3.) Great Thinkers will return in full-function on Nov.  29.  Be ready for the GT Thinkers “Soon-to-be-Annual” Great Scavenger Hunt and Logic Puzzle Race!   (If two parents could come to help supervise, I’d surely appreciate it!  Please email me christie.manners@austinisd.org  if you can help supervise a small team of kiddos.)

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  1. Learn more about our academies at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/our-programs/academies

  2. Support the Austin High Vertical Team Community Night: September 28, 2018 at House Park 6:00 p.m. Food Truck; 7:10 VT Night Field Prep; 7:30 p.m. Kick Off

    Schedule a school tour at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/schedule-a-tour

  3. Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/coffee-principal

  4. Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.

Cougar News 11/12/18 – 11/16/18

What is happening at Small Middle School

Week of November 5, 2018 – November 9, 2018

Let’s thanks our Small teachers and staff by dropping off a pie or two (or more) for this Thanksgiving holiday on Friday Nov.16 between 8 am and 3 pm. Small PTA hopes that all teachers and staff will have one delicious pie to take home for the holidays.

 

*Looking for a Host Family!*

Have you ever been curious about hosting an exchange student? Here’s your opportunity! A German exchange student who is currently attending Austin High, is needing a new host family because her current family had an emergency and can no longer host. She is a scholarship student who is very bright and sociable. Would you be willing to open you heart and home to her for 6 months? Dates: before Dec 1st until June 2019.  Provide: a real bed (can be a shared room), meals, and a loving home with parental guidance in exchange for an intercultural experience you will never forget! [Must live in the Austin High attendance zone] Contact me today if interested: Robin McGee rmcgee@flag-intl.org (512) 710-7819

 
 

Save the Date! The Clint Small Music Department will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast this year on Saturday, December 1. We are at a NEW location this year: Waterloo Ice House in Circle C (9600 Escarpment Blvd.) The breakfast will run from 7:30-9:30 AM and will feature an all-you-can eat buffet with three different kinds of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Tickets are $12 each (no special pricing for children). You may purchase tickets through your child’s music teacher beginning Monday, November 12. We are only selling 200 tickets to this event so don’t miss out!

Why we Fund-raise

Here are just some of the examples as to why we fund-raise each year…

  • funds scholarships for any student that needs financial assistance.
  • Mr. Nelson sent me to the National Council of History Education’s annual conference last April. I went to a tons of sessions and brought back all kinds of awesome ideas for my classroom. Thank you Mr. Nelson. Thank you Mr. Newell fro organizing it all.
  • The 8th grade team has used the funds to help off set some of the cost of online curriculum so students have to pay less the next year and upgrades to our current tech (new charging cables, new iPad covers, new headphones). We also plan on asking for shelving units in the bathrooms so students don’t have to put their agendas/backpacks on the RR floor.
  • The district will not pay for subs while our GT coordinator tests the GT kids, so Fun Run Money is used for that.
  • The Latin classroom is *very* grateful for the new Latin Library; students have been able to choose from a wide variety of engaging stories during silent reading time.
  • Fun-Run allowed us to order extra ipads and ear buds for the classroom. It also helps with additional classroom supplies.
  •  20 Chromebooks to support blended learning in the CIC classroom!  Awesome…thank you Small!
  • The Dance Department bought costumes for a performance, as ll as help funded professional development for me to attend the Texas Dance Educator’s Association Convention.
  • Last year, Mr. Nelson paid the registration fees for the counselors to attend ASCA (American School Counselors Association) Conference.  The counselors we’re delighted and generated so many new cool ideas for our students. We are now working on developing a system to increase attendance, have aligned our goals to school goals, have created a book club, and have new tools in our toolkit to help students manage emotions, stress, and anxiety. We’re even inspired to learn about the brain and the bottom-up approach and put on a training of our own in the future.
  • Storage Portable
  • ELA student workbooks
  • ELA class sets of books
  • Magazine subscriptions for Dance
  • Buses for field trips
  • Shades for the Cafeteria
  • In 2016, I used Fun Run funds to purchase bouncy bands and sensory cushions for my classroom.  Students vy for a seat at the desks with the bouncy bands and cushions as they help fidgety students get some energy out and not disturb the class.  Over the years, some have broken because they’re so popular! I’m hoping to have some fun run funds to replace! In 2017, Fun Run Funds purchased a large whiteboard that I had mounted behind my screen.  My students  use it like a DIY Smartboard! 
  • STAAR Prep PD for teachers 
  • Chromebooks and cart for Science 
  • Green curriculum 
  • books for Latin classes 
  • Storage for calculators
  • Shades for cafe 
  • Go Love Now student assembly
  • Smallbucks cafe tables and stools, artwork 
  • Annual PD Conference for all counselors 
  • New technology for main office 
  • Various supplies 
 If you have any questions please contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org
 

How you can help!

Register your student at https://secure.eventsonline.us/reg/getmovincrew/parents

Be sure to share on Social Media! Donations can be made until 11/25/18 

Want to skip the Social Media part? If you would prefer to just cut a check and bypass the social media part, your student can drop it off in the main office with their name and pride teachers name, and they will still earn all the prizes. 

Volunteer at the event Sign up here

Company matching: Some Companies will match your donation. If you work for one of those companies, let them know and see if they will match your donation.

Sponsor the run to help underwrite the cost of the event. Click here to learn more

Check out our Journalism class’ press release

Raffle Items students can win!

Blend Parent Training

Please join us for a parent overview of Blend.  BLEND, Austin ISD’s new digital learning space, was created to provide parents and guardians with the information necessary to support their child’s use of BLEND. Come join us for a short orientation that will help you understand the mechanics of BLEND and give you a better understanding of your child’s expectations at school. 

This class will be taught by 7th grade science teacher, Laura Rice.  Ms. Rice is the Campus innovation Coach has been using BLEND for over 2 years. 

November 13th from 8:15 – 9:30 – Room 206

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Here’s what’s going on this week in our Cougar Communities (SEL):

Monday
11/12/18
Mindfulness Moment: Think of something kind you can do for someone in the next week. Who would you the kind deed for? What would you do? How would it make that person feel? Encourage students to carry through with their kind deed.
Tuesday
11/13/18
Mindfulness Moment: What does kindness mean to you?
COUGAR COMMUNITY: This week, we will continue to work on our Diversity Challenge.  Students will be allowed the opportunity to work on their class poster.  Remember, only one picture (or drawing) is needed for each of the 30 words provided. We look forward to displaying PRIDE posters and learning more about each other’s cultures.
Wednesday
11/14/18
Mindfulness Moment: What is the kindest thing that anyone has done for you?
Thursday
11/15/18
Mindfulness Moment: What are you most grateful for?
READING DAY
Friday
11/16/18
Mindfulness Moment: Did you do the kind deed that you planned on doing?  How did it go? How did it make you feel?

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Please click on the following link and complete the survey to nominate your student for GT testing in the spring. You will need your kiddo or their schedule to complete the link. The nomination window closes on November 16th at midnight. 

Fill out this form to nominate your student for the gifted and Talented program at CSMS.  

 

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Calling Small Middle School Artists to participate in Small PTA Reflections Program.

 Entry Requirements: Each entry must be the original work of the participating student. Help from an adult or collaboration with other students is not allowed except in the Special Artist Division. Other individuals may appear in or perform a student’s work, but the work itself must be the creative product of one student only. Students can participate in more than one categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, and Spacial Artist Division. For more information, please see here:

For English: http://austincouncilpta.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Participation-Rules-English.pdf

For Spanish: http://austincouncilpta.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Participation-Rules-Spanish.pdf

 Please contact Nu Chanpheng (Reflections Program Chair) for any questions or concerns at nu.chanpheng@gmail.com or cell#919-271-2345

Great Thinkers


1.) I miss you!
2.) I have been called to a meeting that I need to attend on Thurs. Nov 15.  Unfortunately, that means I won’t be able to hold a Great Thinkers meeting.  Bummer!
3.) Great Thinkers will return in full-function on Nov.  29.  Be ready for the GT Thinkers “Soon-to-be-Annual” Great Scavenger Hunt and Logic Puzzle Race!   (If two parents could come to help supervise, I’d surely appreciate it!  Please email me christie.manners@austinisd.org  if you can help supervise a small team of kiddos.)

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  1. Learn more about our academies at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/our-programs/academies

  2. Support the Austin High Vertical Team Community Night: September 28, 2018 at House Park 6:00 p.m. Food Truck; 7:10 VT Night Field Prep; 7:30 p.m. Kick Off

    Schedule a school tour at: http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/schedule-a-tour

  3. Attend a principal coffee: November 15, 2018 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Cafe Austin to learn more about the new academies at Austin High http://www.austinhighmaroons.org/parents/coffee-principal

  4. Attend Maroon & White Night Showcase: November 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. starting in the Austin High PAC to learn more about what is means to be “Loyal Forever.” Explore your future and learn why.