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Cougar News – 4/6/20

Small Middle School Cougar News

2019-2020 
Week of 4/6/20 – 4/10/2020

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There are so many emails, letters, links, surveys and the like being disseminated to all of y’all that I almost feel guilty sending you more. Almost. I have to make sure you and your family are ready for next week. Ready, not so much as in you have all your tech, workstation, and schedule set up, but rather ready as in you are confident in your teachers and your school.

We need you to be confident that everything will work out for you, for your student, and that this process will not only make us stronger, but also allow us to learn in new ways. This whole ordeal is a confidence-game-circle: we have confidence in your student, your student has confidence in you, you have confidence in us, we have confidence in you, and so on. For this relationship to work, all parties need to be confident in themselves and each other.

Here is why we are confident:

On Monday, your students’ teachers will start dropping (imbedding) online learning activities into BLEND and various other platforms for your student to work on. Each activity should be meaningful, related to your student’s class, and take anywhere from 20-45 minutes to complete. We’re gearing each unique learning activity to be completed asynchronously (I’ve typed this word so much lately I no longer need spell check…kudos to me!) but are offering office hours for each of your student’s teachers for check in, questions, and demonstrations. Check with your student’s teacher for their available hours. If your student has got it, no need to pop in. Also, if your student is befuddled, no need to wait until the next available time slot; simply email the teacher as soon as possible. Email will still be the best way to communicate with teachers, however the office hours features on BLEND and Zoom are certainly more social and personable.

Here is the drop schedule for when teachers will be placing activities into their courses. Pay close attention to 7th and 8th grade, who are dropping all activities at once, and make sure your student paces h/herself for the entire week. Remember, no more than 3 hours a day of online learning is what is recommended (more on that after you read the color-coded text below):

6th Grade- Monday and Wednesday: English Language Arts and World Cultures Tuesday and Thursday: Math and Science.

7th Grade- Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

8th Grade- Monday: All activities (2 per class) from all classes will be dropped.

If your student is in 7th and 8th and all activities are dropped at once, it’s best you all refer to the schedule you’ve created which calls for no more than 3 hours per day, and each session at a max of 45 minutes. With the 45 minute max and 4 activities (an A-day or a B-day) that puts your student right at 3 hours. 3 hours online, that is. We still suggest filling the day with learning activities such as reading, journaling, drawing, or even working in the garden.

If you have yet to create a schedule that is working for your student, here is one we shared with them on Thursday as a template for their day. The times in the first column are not as important as the duration, so please put more effort into that (work 45 minutes, break, etc.) than with the start and stop times.

Sample Middle School schedule for optimal Home Learning:

Here is a sample schedule for our Cougars to use throughout this Home Learning Phase of the 2019-2020 School year. Feel free to tweak as necessary and know this is only an outline; different families and different students have different needs. To note: studies cite that for maximum benefit, students should not exceed more than 3 hours a day involved in online learning. Our teachers are scheduling activities to honor this thought and we only suggest 4 activities (classes) a day each week for a total of 20.

Time Task Resources/Activities
Before 10:00 Wake up and Breakfast Take a walk, do some yoga, get prepared for a day of learning
10:00-10:45 Activity for the 1st class of the day Check BLEND and your emails; if your 1st class is complete, move on to the next one.
10:45-11:15 Break Help with the chores around the house, make up your bed, and help with younger siblings if needed.
11:15-12:00 Activity for the 2nd class of the day
12:00-1:00 Lunch Eat something healthy and more outside time if the weather permits
1:00-1:45 Activity for the 3rd class of the day
1:45-2:30 Brain Break! Read some of your favorite book, draw for pleasure, or even work on a jigsaw puzzle
2:30-3:15 Activity for the 4th class of the day
3:15-4:00 Put the finishing touches on the day and begin preparing for tomorrow. What studious activity can you do now to finish the day? Journaling, drawing, reading, Sudoku, and Crossword puzzles all keep your mind alert and ready for action.
4:00-Dinner Help your family any way you can Whether it’s taking out the trash, helping with the yard, or taking care of younger siblings, see what you can do to help your family get through this together.

Confidence is not something that is given freely; it is earned and ongoing. We are ready for this challenge. We are eager to face adversity. We are certain we shall overcome. We have faith in our community, our kids, and in you. Next week will be brand new in regards to how we reach kids, but we will still reach our kids and get them engaged. This is our goal and we are all aware of how to reach it. We hope you are as confident in this process as we are and that you can share your confidence with your student. As surreal all of this is, and as unexpected, keep in mind we have the benefit of wisdom which comes through living a full life to help guide us through. Our kids are not quite there yet, so our mutual task at hand is to convince them that this too shall pass. Excelsior!

If you have any questions, concerns, or need a confidence boost, send me an email.

Thank you

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

Paper Packets Available

Looking for some supplemental handouts for your elementary or middle schooler? 

Starting Wednesday, April 8th, Oak Hill Elementary will have paper packets of learning activities for grades PK-8th grade! You can pick them up on WEDNESDAYS ONLY between 11am-1pm. Just drive through the front drive to pick them up. We will have staff ready to deliver it to your car! 

This work is not mandatory, and does not replace the Blend work the teachers are posting next week. It is just something extra for your kids to work on at home because learning never ends!

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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

Student Email Access


Students need to remember to check their Student email accounts regularly. 
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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

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

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 (https://austinedfund.org/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 https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • 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 (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), 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 https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. 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 https://virtualcarekids.com.

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 https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    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 https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • 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
    512-854-1230
    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
    512-892-4040
    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 vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    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 vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • 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.

      Charter
      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)

Other ways you can help!

Small Animals

Hello Cougar Nation and Neighborhood Animal Lovers,

 

We have received several inquiries about animal care and feeding during this Covid-19 shutdown.  Please be assured that the animals are well-cared for: fed and watered daily. If you are interested and able to do volunteer animal care, we have a feeding schedule sign-up sheet.  Please send me your contact info (email and phone#), and I will share the Google Doc with you. Then you can sign up for open dates or stand-by feeding. We have a very strict routine with the animals, so you will need to attend a training session (approximately 30 minutes) before you begin.  Thank you for supporting the Green Academy at Small.

 

Peace, Love, Eggs, Milk & Manure

Chris Brooks

christopher.brooks@austinisd.org

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Collections, Donations for families in need in our immediate area:
A lot of you have asked us how you can directly help members of our Small community, so we are attaching a link to an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase much needed items for our Southwest Austin community. Items collected will be packaged and delivered for local families in need. Here is the link to the site, please share it with everyone you know. SW Austin wishlist

 

 

From Small Parents Marie Leann and Kimberly

Hello my name is Kimberly Parker and I am a parent of a child who attends small Middle School I was hoping that during this time of disaster people would be willing to help out their neighbors in need those seeking help and those willing to help out. We are taking donations in the form of household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand and body soap, hand sanitizer and all cleaning products. As well as non-perishable food items such as soups dry/can, noodles,rice, pasta sauce,tuna fish, beans, vegetables.. Walmart and HEB cards will be accepted so they can get things such as meat or medication or any other essential items needed.. NO CASH donations will be accepted! Please consider helping out our neighbors that may be having a difficult time right now or even just sharing this info with a family you know in need. You may contact me at Kimberlyjeanmard3@gmail.com or at 512-770-0285 via text message for further information on donation drop off or pick up availability. If you are interested in the free breakfast and lunch program offered by AISD you can pick it up at Crockett High School 11-1pm children do not have to be present we are working on getting a sight closer at Small or Patton.. I will be picking up meals and bringing them to the Alexander Oaks Community. I will be Distributing a limited number of meals daily at 12:45
Thank you’ll so very much!!

This is from Marie Leann:

I was contacted by a fellow parent that’s backed by school counselor/teachers at our middle school. We have a community in Southwest Austin that are in need of food and basic essentials. I have spoken with the counselor and the parent leading this charge and am trying to help the parent and the community in need.

We are trying to make food packs for several families. I will be purchasing several items for this need but we do need more. If able to provide any or all of food items below, I will coordinate with the other parents to compile these food packs and provide these to those families in need.

Items needed per food pack:

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables of any kind
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken and/or hamburger meat
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Our school, as a whole, does not meet the numbers to have Austin ISD provide meal delivery or a close location for the district provided meals for children that are otherwise (during school days) on reduced lunch and free meal programs. We have a couple parents traveling to pick up meals from another area, but they are only able to pick up so many meals and it is not enough to feed those in need in our area.

If you’re available to pick up meals some days from Crockett, please let me know as this will be helpful in providing more meals to those in need.

If you’re able to deliver food items from the list, we will be coordinating to make the food packs and deliver to the families in need.

If you’re able to help with the amazon wishlist, those items will go directly to the lead parent coordinating for delivery.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2B68USVXN4FFN…

As a note, we are working on getting a site set up at our school to be able to give these items to the families in our community in need, but we aren’t sure if we’ll be able to do that based on the current state of affairs and the restrictions placed on Austin ISD faculty by the district.

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Cougar Camp Postponed

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

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Avid at Austin High

If you are planning on going to Austin High next year and want to be part of the AVID program, please make sure you fill out application at https://forms.gle/95McJQUps2EAL8mg7 and also complete the online interview at https://flipgrid.com/6539988f  Let Ms. Krier know if you have any questions.

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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Cougar News – 3/30/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 3/30/20 – 4/3/2020

Smallville-

These next five days are crucial for you and your student in regards to getting ready for April 6th. As you are no doubt aware of, classes have been cancelled until April 3rd, and all AISD campuses will be closed until April 13th at the earliest. What this means is that classes will be back on beginning Monday, April 6th, but our campus will remain closed until at least the 13th. However, considering we’re still under a City of Austin ordinance stating no gatherings of over 10 persons until May 1st, it’s a safe bet the campus closure will last longer.

A closed campus means just that: Small will be closed to any and all visitors, students, and staff. However, classes are set to begin on April 6th and your teachers and I have been spending these last few weeks preparing for that day. We trust that by this time your family has had opportunities to create functional workspaces, developed routines and schedules necessary for learning from home, and gained familiarity with the AISD Learning at Home website (click here for site) so y’all can be as ready as we are as we circumnavigate these new waters of home learning together. It’s new for all parties involved, but thanks to our campus commitment to striving for excellence while never giving up, we know we’ll make just as many gains as we did back when we were all sharing and growing together on campus.

If you have not been building up your home learning endurance, use this week to get ready so we can all hit the ground running on April 6th. Make sure you’re waking up similarly to when you did pre-quarantine and get some breakfast in your body to fuel you through the day. If it’s possible, try to place your device or workstation in a quiet or less-crowded area so you can give your full attention to the task at hand.

As for the task at hand, your teachers are preparing engaging, online learning activities that will not only review what you’ve covered thus far in class, but also introduce new content. The activities will start as asynchronous (of two or more objects or events not existing or happening at the same time) and shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes to complete. Students will not have a class that meets in the traditional sense; teachers will post 2 activities or make 2 touch points with students per week via BLEND and/or online. Teachers will be able to offer students feedback via platforms and have regularly scheduled office hours.

We do not believe our students need to be working more than three hours a day online for success throughout this next phase, as we do not want to overburden them and know there are a multitude of new challenges we all face. However, if your student is inclined to do so, please refer to the AISD Learning at Home site for extension activities and email your teacher for some ideas as well. Studies show that 3 is the magic number in regards to hours required for students to produce quality work and for their online experience to be deemed meaningful.

As for a schedule, this is where these last 5 days and the next 5 should pay big dividends. Seeing as how we are no longer meeting each period of each day at a particular time, it’s imperative you work with your student to ensure they participating in these home learning

opportunities for 3 hours a day and try to limit them to no more than 4 classes a day (4 classes a day with one 45 minute activity each =’s 3 hours). As we get feedback from our student body and stakeholders, we may see about turning towards a more synchronous (existing or occurring at the same time) environment that is similar to our students’ typical day, but before that we need to see success at this phase.

Prior to any of this happening, we need to make sure all of our Smallville students have devices and access to the internet. Please take this AISD provided Middle School Chromebook Survey so we can ensure all of our students have the ability to participate in this home learning phase.

Lastly, I want you to know how extremely confident I am in our community to be able to get the job done and persevere during this unprecedented time. Our Cougar Nation believes in GRIT and that obstacles are learning opportunities in disguise, so we know that our entire community will make it through this ordeal stronger than ever before. The difficulty on our part is not preparing these lessons and activities online; our challenge is maintaining the community culture we’ve been cultivating since August. Our staff has been working tirelessly developing ways to honor our inclusivity and culture and create ways for students to feel united, even though we are all working in isolation. They’ve come up with a myriad of ways to remain connected, so make sure to check for updates from them, and me, in regards to the goings on here in Smallville.

Look for more updates as the week progresses and be sure to monitor the news, the BLEND announcements, and the AISD website daily. If you have any questions or ideas or just want to receive an email from a veteran educator letting you know everything is going to be alright, just let me know.

Excelsior!

Thank you

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

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

Diapers 

Medical

Mental Health

Employment

Housing Resource/Eviction Prevention 

Senior Needs

Other

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 (https://austinedfund.org/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 https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. We urge parents and guardians to act now and not wait until you have a medical need. To see a provider visit: https://virtualcarekids.com.
  • 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 (https://austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund/), 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 https://urgentcarekids.com/aisd/. 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 https://virtualcarekids.com.

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 https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
    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 https://www.austinisd.org/covid19/meals
  • 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
    512-854-1230
    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
    512-892-4040
    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 vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
    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 vidacare@vidaclinic.org.
  • 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.

      Charter
      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)

Other ways you can help!

Small Animals

Hello Cougar Nation and Neighborhood Animal Lovers,

 

We have received several inquiries about animal care and feeding during this Covid-19 shutdown.  Please be assured that the animals are well-cared for: fed and watered daily. If you are interested and able to do volunteer animal care, we have a feeding schedule sign-up sheet.  Please send me your contact info (email and phone#), and I will share the Google Doc with you. Then you can sign up for open dates or stand-by feeding. We have a very strict routine with the animals, so you will need to attend a training session (approximately 30 minutes) before you begin.  Thank you for supporting the Green Academy at Small.

 

Peace, Love, Eggs, Milk & Manure

Chris Brooks

christopher.brooks@austinisd.org

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Collections, Donations for families in need in our immediate area:
A lot of you have asked us how you can directly help members of our Small community, so we are attaching a link to an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase much needed items for our Southwest Austin community. Items collected will be packaged and delivered for local families in need. Here is the link to the site, please share it with everyone you know. SW Austin wishlist

 

 

From Small Parents Marie Leann and Kimberly

Hello my name is Kimberly Parker and I am a parent of a child who attends small Middle School I was hoping that during this time of disaster people would be willing to help out their neighbors in need those seeking help and those willing to help out. We are taking donations in the form of household products such as toilet paper, paper towels, hand and body soap, hand sanitizer and all cleaning products. As well as non-perishable food items such as soups dry/can, noodles,rice, pasta sauce,tuna fish, beans, vegetables.. Walmart and HEB cards will be accepted so they can get things such as meat or medication or any other essential items needed.. NO CASH donations will be accepted! Please consider helping out our neighbors that may be having a difficult time right now or even just sharing this info with a family you know in need. You may contact me at Kimberlyjeanmard3@gmail.com or at 512-770-0285 via text message for further information on donation drop off or pick up availability. If you are interested in the free breakfast and lunch program offered by AISD you can pick it up at Crockett High School 11-1pm children do not have to be present we are working on getting a sight closer at Small or Patton.. I will be picking up meals and bringing them to the Alexander Oaks Community. I will be Distributing a limited number of meals daily at 12:45
Thank you’ll so very much!!

This is from Marie Leann:

I was contacted by a fellow parent that’s backed by school counselor/teachers at our middle school. We have a community in Southwest Austin that are in need of food and basic essentials. I have spoken with the counselor and the parent leading this charge and am trying to help the parent and the community in need.

We are trying to make food packs for several families. I will be purchasing several items for this need but we do need more. If able to provide any or all of food items below, I will coordinate with the other parents to compile these food packs and provide these to those families in need.

Items needed per food pack:

  • Bread
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables of any kind
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken and/or hamburger meat
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper

Our school, as a whole, does not meet the numbers to have Austin ISD provide meal delivery or a close location for the district provided meals for children that are otherwise (during school days) on reduced lunch and free meal programs. We have a couple parents traveling to pick up meals from another area, but they are only able to pick up so many meals and it is not enough to feed those in need in our area.

If you’re available to pick up meals some days from Crockett, please let me know as this will be helpful in providing more meals to those in need.

If you’re able to deliver food items from the list, we will be coordinating to make the food packs and deliver to the families in need.

If you’re able to help with the amazon wishlist, those items will go directly to the lead parent coordinating for delivery.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2B68USVXN4FFN…

As a note, we are working on getting a site set up at our school to be able to give these items to the families in our community in need, but we aren’t sure if we’ll be able to do that based on the current state of affairs and the restrictions placed on Austin ISD faculty by the district.

 

Cougar Camp Postponed

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

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Cougar News – 3/9/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 3/9/20 – 3/13/2020

Upcoming Events

 Monday

  • Advanced Theater Auditions 
  • 6th Grade Choir Showcase
  • 7th Grade Tennis Tryouts

Tuesday

  •  Tennis Tryouts

Wednesday

  • UIL Orchestra & Band
  • 8th grade Tennis Try Outs

Thursday

  • UIL Orchestra & Band
  • Green Plant Sale

Friday

  •  Green Plant Sale
HAPPY SPRING BREAK!
 

See all upcoming calendar events here

 

Useful Quick Links

Loyal Citizens of Smallville-

When we disrupt the normal flow for something amazing, we truly get a sense of how well-behaved and fun our kids are. CAT Day: Part Trois is only possible due to our fantastic students and their want to participate and try something new. CAT Day is a reward for their exemplary attitude towards education, us, and one another.

When the status quo goes by the wayside, the fun is amped up. Our teachers created some awesome learning opportunities today and it was a pleasure to be able to walk around and see all the smiles on everyone’s faces. Whether playing Quidditch (yes, we played Quidditch), creating a vision board, building a fort in the woods, or making sugar-salt scrubs, the vibe was light, positive, and respectful in each space we shared. Teachers made connections with new kids and were able to reconnect with former students, which is always a plus because you can never have too many caring adults in a young students’ life. CAT Day is one of the best ways I can think of to adhere to the “3 Rs of Middle School Education.”

For those who might have forgotten the 3 Rs, here they are in their splendor and entirety:

Relationships

Relationships

Relationships

That’s all that matters at this age and is the absolute best way to get any kid connected.

Enjoy your weekend and make sure to wash your hands often. If you or your student has a fever, or is sickly, please stay at home and heal before returning to school. Nothing we teach here is as important as remaining healthy.

Thank you

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

In memory of John Stidolph

His parents shared the service will be held next Sunday, March 8th at Austin Christian Church, 15501 Ranch Rd 620, Austin, TX 78717. All are welcome to join for service at 10 AM and a potluck starting at 1 PM.

 

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in this time of sorrow” 

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Green Tech

The Green Leaf

Green Academy Newsletter 2.18.20

Hello Community!

Spring is a busy time of the year for all people involved in the outdoors, and the Green Academy is no different. The gardens are being maintained and manicured. Our diligent work is leading to our gardens blooming in extraordinary ways! We are also aiming to complete many new projects in our outdoor learning spaces.

Last semester the Capstone students finished their projects. We installed murals, pollinator gardens, introduced a new flock of chickens, purchased new bee hives, and many other amazing projects. 

We were lucky enough to have been awarded two different grants. Both of which are almost finished being spent and established. One was to expand our urban forest and shade canopy on campus. The second was a partnership with Austin Fire Department to construct a demonstration garden on campus to educate our community on gardening with wildfire prevention in mind. There will be two informational signs manufactured and put in place before the end of this semester.

Due to the structure of the Green Academy, we are always working to find ways to fund our projects and innovations. Austin ISD and Small MS have always been supportive of our program. However, beyond our salaries the district and the school provide little to no funding to our program. 

Student Lab Fees are used to support small projects and replace basic resources. 

For the life of the Academy we have had a biannual plant sale. Our next sale will be on March 12 and 13. We sell student grown native plants, herbs, and vegetables. We will also be selling student created products including goat milk soap and paper embedded with wildflower seeds. The Green Academy Market Days products have been made over the past 2 years.

We are in a constant need of funding. We have 4 educators that have amazing ideas and plans. We are unceasingly searching and applying for grants opportunities. Many other schools are now moving into Environmental education. This is wonderful for the field, but makes it much harder to find a steady source of funds.

Our current plan is to begin a crowdfunding campaign. Austin ISD has partnered with Learning Tree. We are putting together a plan to create a new outdoor learning space. This outdoor learning space will almost double our outdoor seating allotment at Small. The space will be placed in a location that will allow it to be utilized by almost the entire student body. The outdoor space could be used for direct teaching, small group learning, nature observation, or just calm reflection. Research has shown that outdoor education can improve school performance, increase health and child development, and can improve civic attitudes and behaviors. Once our campaign goes live we will notify our wonderful community.

Please remember to support all of our campus programs. Also please visit our Small Gardens blog, www.insmallgardens.blogspot.com, and our Instagram account, @insmallgardens.

Thank you!

Gang Green

Green Dough Night

Our Green Academy and Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails are partnering for a Green Dough Spirit Night on March 25! A percentage of that nights sales will be donated to our Green Academy.

Hope to see you there!

Library Volunteers

We can always use help in the Library. If you want to volunteer, Sing up here: Sign Up to Volunteer in the Library

Come Support the CSMS Band

Clint Small Middle School Band department UIL Performance times.
Performances held at the AISD PAC
 
Wednesday, March 11 10:00AM.  Symphonic Band
Wednesday, March 11 4:45PM  Symphonic Winds
Thursday, March 12 3:00PM  Wind Ensemble

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

https://sites.google.com/view/smallultimate

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed/(some Fridays) starting March 2nd through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $60 joining fee for after-school and Saturday league play, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

Track Schedule

Here is this years Track Schedule

March 26 @ Lamar
April 2 @ Murchison
April 9 @ Burger
April 16 @ Small
April 22 & 23 @ Burger (Track Championships)

6th Grade Transition Camp

Cougar Camp for our Incoming 6th Graders is now accepting Registration. 

Click here to print out the registration form. 

Email Coach Hernandez with any questions: melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

Austin Public Archaeology Day is a free event on Saturday, April 25 during the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Everyone is invited to explore Texas history and heritage through hands-on activities, educational materials, and talks from archaeologists.

From London to Paris: June 2021

London to Paris

We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering an international educational travel opportunity for ALL Small Middle School students!

We will be traveling to England and France in June of 2021! 

London and Paris are both brimming with historic highlights, vibrant culture, and plenty of charm. We will begin your journey in the English capital, where we’ll see many of the city’s beloved landmarks, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Hyde Park. Then hop on the high-speed train to France’s capital to come face-to-face with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and stroll through the landscaped palace gardens of Versailles.

If you missed the meeting and would like more information, please contact Sarah.Dietz@austinisd.org or check out our tour website: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2344623NA.  

Please click this link to RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/SmallMSTravels

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at SmallPTA@gmail.com 

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

All in for Austin High

Dear Parents of Future Maroons, We are excited to welcome your family to Austin High for the 2020-2021 school year! We invite you to get a jump start on impacting your student’s high school education by attending ALL IN for AUSTIN HIGH, the only school-wide fundraising event supporting academic and experiential programming at Austin High, including:

  • Our innovative four-academy structure
  • Travel and field trip opportunities for all students
  • Challenging and diverse academic experiences for all students
  • A wide variety of electives and extracurricular opportunities

JOIN US for a sneak peek at ALL the great things happening at Austin High, connect with current parents, teachers, staff and alumni and help ensure ALL Austin High students have excellent academic opportunities. It will be a fun night of friends and fundraising where 100% of the proceeds will go to academic and extracurricular programming at Austin High School that benefits ALL students in ALL academies.

ALL IN for 

ALL IN for AUSTIN HIGH
Saturday, April 18, 2020
7-10pm
Antone’s
305 E. 5th Street

 Ticket and sponsorship information is available at www.austinexcellence.com. Any and every level of participation by our parents and community makes a difference and we can’t do this without ALL of you. Questions? Contact Amber Meinzer at aameinzer@gmail.com. We hope to see you there! Loyal Forever, 2020 ALL IN for AUSTIN HIGH Committee

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Cougar News – 3/2/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 3/2/20 – 3/6/2020

Smallville-

Let me tell you what we love about working with students…well one of the things we love. We absolutely love it when our kids advocate for themselves and others. Self-advocacy is a lifelong skill that is certainly more nurture than nature, so it is something that must be taught both at school and at home.

However, teaching it is not enough; kids need to practice it early and often.

As you may know, CAT Day was originally scheduled for March 4th of next week but we went ahead and moved it to the following Friday, March 6th. What you may not know is why. The “why” behind the move is because one of our amazing 8th grade students, Ms. Penelope Walston, scheduled a sit-down with me to discuss a few conflicts our CAT Day was producing. There were two issues with the proposed date and she wanted me to be aware of them: 1. UIL Orchestra was that day and close to 100 students wouldn’t be able to participate in the entire day, and 2. With members of Orchestra absent, the Cougar Dancers, who were headlining the Pep Rally, would be without a few of their dancers. She asked if it was possible to change the dates.

Well, we explained to her that we chose the date solely for the reason that it was General Patton’s favorite day of the year (March 4th is the only day that is also a command) and that the decision was made before the publication any UIL or testing calendar, but it was still set in stone and databases, gradebooks, and published calendars had already been distributed. She then thanked us and said she knew it was a long shot going in, but that she felt she had to advocate for her Orchestra and for her Cougar Dancers team.

After she left, it hit me; it’s really not that hard to change the dates afterall, and AISD is kinda used to us (me) making mistakes, so let’s give it a shot. I spoke with a few of the people associated with the day and making it so successful, and the consensus was that we should do it as the only thing keeping us attached to the day was the fact it was announced as the day. So, cooler heads prevailed and we are now honoring a young student’s wish to allow our entire populace to participate in the festivities.

Penelope advocated for herself and her friends and we applaud her for doing so. She knows that the worst thing that can happen when you request something is to hear the word “no.” She also knows that, as in our case, the people whom you are making a request of may not have all the information, so even if the wants aren’t met, the info shared will hopefully forever be in the head of the decision maker.

We are most thankful Penelope is a part of our Cougar Community, and I’m most certain her teammates are as well.

Have a great weekend and know that Spring Break is only 10 school days away. Let the countdown begin!

Thank you

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

In memory of John Stidolph

His parents shared the service will be held next Sunday, March 8th at Austin Christian Church, 15501 Ranch Rd 620, Austin, TX 78717. All are welcome to join for service at 10 AM and a potluck starting at 1 PM.

 

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in this time of sorrow” 

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Green Tech

The Green Leaf

Green Academy Newsletter 2.18.20

Hello Community!

Spring is a busy time of the year for all people involved in the outdoors, and the Green Academy is no different. The gardens are being maintained and manicured. Our diligent work is leading to our gardens blooming in extraordinary ways! We are also aiming to complete many new projects in our outdoor learning spaces.

Last semester the Capstone students finished their projects. We installed murals, pollinator gardens, introduced a new flock of chickens, purchased new bee hives, and many other amazing projects. 

We were lucky enough to have been awarded two different grants. Both of which are almost finished being spent and established. One was to expand our urban forest and shade canopy on campus. The second was a partnership with Austin Fire Department to construct a demonstration garden on campus to educate our community on gardening with wildfire prevention in mind. There will be two informational signs manufactured and put in place before the end of this semester.

Due to the structure of the Green Academy, we are always working to find ways to fund our projects and innovations. Austin ISD and Small MS have always been supportive of our program. However, beyond our salaries the district and the school provide little to no funding to our program. 

Student Lab Fees are used to support small projects and replace basic resources. 

For the life of the Academy we have had a biannual plant sale. Our next sale will be on March 12 and 13. We sell student grown native plants, herbs, and vegetables. We will also be selling student created products including goat milk soap and paper embedded with wildflower seeds. The Green Academy Market Days products have been made over the past 2 years.

We are in a constant need of funding. We have 4 educators that have amazing ideas and plans. We are unceasingly searching and applying for grants opportunities. Many other schools are now moving into Environmental education. This is wonderful for the field, but makes it much harder to find a steady source of funds.

Our current plan is to begin a crowdfunding campaign. Austin ISD has partnered with Learning Tree. We are putting together a plan to create a new outdoor learning space. This outdoor learning space will almost double our outdoor seating allotment at Small. The space will be placed in a location that will allow it to be utilized by almost the entire student body. The outdoor space could be used for direct teaching, small group learning, nature observation, or just calm reflection. Research has shown that outdoor education can improve school performance, increase health and child development, and can improve civic attitudes and behaviors. Once our campaign goes live we will notify our wonderful community.

Please remember to support all of our campus programs. Also please visit our Small Gardens blog, www.insmallgardens.blogspot.com, and our Instagram account, @insmallgardens.

Thank you!

Gang Green

Green Dough Night

Our Green Academy and Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails are partnering for a Green Dough Spirit Night on March 25! A percentage of that nights sales will be donated to our Green Academy.

Hope to see you there!

GT-Math and Math-interested kiddos!

 The SMMG (Sunday Morning Math Group) session will be held this Sunday, February 23, 12-2pm in the usual location in 4.102 RLM Hall on UT’s campus. After the riddles, we’ll be having two talks–one in the Intermediate Room and one in the Advanced Room. You can check out the topics here, and, as always, there will be free bagels, muffins, juice, coffee, and street parking! 

Library Volunteers

We can always use help in the Library. If you want to volunteer, Sing up here: Sign Up to Volunteer in the Library

CAT Day Moved

Due to some conflicts, CAT day has moved to Friday, March 6th – Parent Remember that the kids will be in different classes this day so we encourage not to pick them up early for appointments as they will be hard to track down. Click here to see the schedule for CAT Day March 6th.

Come Support the CSMS Band

Clint Small Middle School Band department UIL Performance times.
Performances held at the AISD PAC
 
Wednesday, March 11 10:00AM.  Symphonic Band
Wednesday, March 11 4:45PM  Symphonic Winds
Thursday, March 12 3:00PM  Wind Ensemble

Cougar Dancers Auditions

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

https://sites.google.com/view/smallultimate

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed/(some Fridays) starting March 2nd through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $60 joining fee for after-school and Saturday league play, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

Track Schedule

Here is this years Track Schedule

March 26 @ Lamar
April 2 @ Murchison
April 9 @ Burger
April 16 @ Small
April 22 & 23 @ Burger (Track Championships)

6th Grade Transition Camp

Cougar Camp for our Incoming 6th Graders is now accepting Registration. 

Click here to print out the registration form. 

Email Coach Hernandez with any questions: melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

Austin Public Archaeology Day is a free event on Saturday, April 25 during the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Everyone is invited to explore Texas history and heritage through hands-on activities, educational materials, and talks from archaeologists.

Advanced Theatre Info

Annie Jr. After school Rehearsals  are Feb 18,20,25,27th from 3:45-5:00pm
 
  • Do you want to create the Haunted House for Smalloween?
  • Be a star in the school Musical
  • Perform at UIL One Act Play Contest?
Then, try out for Advanced Theatre next year!
Advanced Theater Auditions are coming, March 4th, 6th, and 9th
Pick up and application outside Room 400 or from your grade level counselor. 

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

This year, we were disappointed to hear that our FAVORITE annual Event, AAPER Volleyball Playday, has been cancelled due to construction on the UT Campus. But don’t worry… we are putting together a special event so that our Fifth Grade Class of 2020 can still get the experience of playing volleyball on a school team! We are inviting all current Middle Schoolers who were on our volleyball teams in 5th Grade to join us for a Patton Volleyball Playday! The Playday will take place on Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 PM at Small Middle School. We would love for you to wear your “vintage” shirts if you still have them!

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

From London to Paris: June 2021

London to Paris

We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering an international educational travel opportunity for ALL Small Middle School students!

We will be traveling to England and France in June of 2021! 

London and Paris are both brimming with historic highlights, vibrant culture, and plenty of charm. We will begin your journey in the English capital, where we’ll see many of the city’s beloved landmarks, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Hyde Park. Then hop on the high-speed train to France’s capital to come face-to-face with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and stroll through the landscaped palace gardens of Versailles.

If you missed the meeting and would like more information, please contact Sarah.Dietz@austinisd.org or check out our tour website: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2344623NA.  

Please click this link to RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/SmallMSTravels

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at SmallPTA@gmail.com 

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Our Computer Science program is hosting a Women in Tech social event at Bowie at 5:00PM on Thursday, February 20th in room F222.

It is in partnership with UTeach. They wanted us to extend the invitation to 8th grade girls that may be interested in Computer Science.  If you are interested, please come to our first session on 2/20 at 5:00 pm

More Info from Bowie:

Websites for you and parents – the presentation to freshman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmLYHdQ1dqY&feature=youtu.be

 
 

New this year is course videos! There is extensive info on all our courses here:
https://www.jbhs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=303318&type=d&pREC_ID=1216218

Future Bulldogs:

Join Us at Camp Bowie Express!

Bowie High School is pleased to invite all incoming Freshmen to participate in Camp Bowie Express on Saturday, May 2 or Saturday, May 9 . Camp Bowie Express will offer, at no cost to the student, an abbreviated version of its transition-to-high-school experience. New freshmen can choose one of 4 sessions (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30 each Saturday) during which they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some Bowie traditions, hear from current students about how to be successful in high school, meet students from other middle schools, and more! Just use the link below to register! The link can also be used to order the official Class of 2024 t-shirt to be distributed at Camp Bowie Express. 

Please contact Patricia Maney ( patricia.maney@austinisd.org ) with questions.

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/CampBowie2020

Cougar News – 2/24/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 2/17/20 – 2/21/2020

In the last communication you received from me, I shared the heart-breaking news about the loss of one of our 8th grade students, John Stidolph. Our entire campus has been affected by this loss and though we are all saddened, we are also thankful for our time spent with him.

John was a walking, talking reminder to our entire staff that we have a 3-year plan for all of our students. John was testament to the amount of growth a student can have when he is surrounded by people who love him and want what’s best for him. John reconfirmed for our entire campus that we can never write a student off, even if some of the things he might have said or done were eternally vexing, because the 6th grade student who struggles with all things school-related may very well turn in to the mature, young adult who ended up loving school almost as much as he loved making others laugh. John also confirmed that when home and school are on the same page, good things are bound to happen.

Throughout John’s first two years here on campus, we had several meetings with his parents, David and Rebecca, to discuss John’s behavior and various incidents. At no time ever did his parents come into those meetings with any want other than to help their son, and never once did they blame the school or staff for anything John might have said or done; nor did we of them. They knew their son; they loved their son, faults and all. We knew their son; we loved their son, faults and all. Every meeting with them was all about how do we get the most out of John and how can we, as a team, work together to make sure he matures as a student and as a person.

It worked. The John Stidolph, whom we loved and cared for so deeply, turned into one heckuva fine young man and student. He found joy in his programming and coding classes, loved being a leader in his science classes, enjoyed his lunch bunches, and was a member of our Dungeons and Dragons club for three straight years. His trips to the office (of which there were many in 6th and 7th grade) this year were merely to ask us questions or to share good news about grades, friends, or high scores in Fort Nite. He loved making all of us laugh and understood that practical jokes weren’t funny if somebody got hurt. In fact, one harmless practical joke John perfected was the “2 hats/2 pairs of sunglasses” joke where he would wait for somebody to ask him (typically a teacher or admin) to remove the hat or sunglasses, only to have a 2nd pair hidden under the first pair. Zing! True, once we changed the dress code this year, he had to modify the joke to tipping his hat or making it fall off, but he still got just as much joy as when he was told to remove it.

I always admired that he woke up early to plan this and walked around with 2 hats on just so he could make somebody laugh. He felt comfortable enough in his own skin and with our community to suffer through hat-hair and lack of vision merely for the chance to make us smile.

Well, he did and we still are.

We will be sending information from John’s family in regards to memorial services and such in the next few days. We also have a video camera in my office available for any student who would like to share a story about John for his family. David and Rebecca have been so positive throughout this entire process and want nothing more than for them to be able to continue to celebrate the life of their spectacular son. We value the gift of John they bestowed upon all of us, and will forever be indebted to the both of them for allowing us the honor or working with such a special kid.

Now, please place your phone or computer (or whatever you are using to read this) down and immediately go hug your student. Tell them you love them, then hug them again. Make sure they know they are loved every second by you and by us and that our only want is for them to be happy.

Thank you

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

In memory of John Stidolph

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in this time of sorrow” 

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Green Tech

The Green Leaf

Green Academy Newsletter 2.18.20

Hello Community!

Spring is a busy time of the year for all people involved in the outdoors, and the Green Academy is no different. The gardens are being maintained and manicured. Our diligent work is leading to our gardens blooming in extraordinary ways! We are also aiming to complete many new projects in our outdoor learning spaces.

Last semester the Capstone students finished their projects. We installed murals, pollinator gardens, introduced a new flock of chickens, purchased new bee hives, and many other amazing projects. 

We were lucky enough to have been awarded two different grants. Both of which are almost finished being spent and established. One was to expand our urban forest and shade canopy on campus. The second was a partnership with Austin Fire Department to construct a demonstration garden on campus to educate our community on gardening with wildfire prevention in mind. There will be two informational signs manufactured and put in place before the end of this semester.

Due to the structure of the Green Academy, we are always working to find ways to fund our projects and innovations. Austin ISD and Small MS have always been supportive of our program. However, beyond our salaries the district and the school provide little to no funding to our program. 

Student Lab Fees are used to support small projects and replace basic resources. 

For the life of the Academy we have had a biannual plant sale. Our next sale will be on March 12 and 13. We sell student grown native plants, herbs, and vegetables. We will also be selling student created products including goat milk soap and paper embedded with wildflower seeds. The Green Academy Market Days products have been made over the past 2 years.

We are in a constant need of funding. We have 4 educators that have amazing ideas and plans. We are unceasingly searching and applying for grants opportunities. Many other schools are now moving into Environmental education. This is wonderful for the field, but makes it much harder to find a steady source of funds.

Our current plan is to begin a crowdfunding campaign. Austin ISD has partnered with Learning Tree. We are putting together a plan to create a new outdoor learning space. This outdoor learning space will almost double our outdoor seating allotment at Small. The space will be placed in a location that will allow it to be utilized by almost the entire student body. The outdoor space could be used for direct teaching, small group learning, nature observation, or just calm reflection. Research has shown that outdoor education can improve school performance, increase health and child development, and can improve civic attitudes and behaviors. Once our campaign goes live we will notify our wonderful community.

Please remember to support all of our campus programs. Also please visit our Small Gardens blog, www.insmallgardens.blogspot.com, and our Instagram account, @insmallgardens.

Thank you!

Gang Green

GT-Math and Math-interested kiddos!

 The SMMG (Sunday Morning Math Group) session will be held this Sunday, February 23, 12-2pm in the usual location in 4.102 RLM Hall on UT’s campus. After the riddles, we’ll be having two talks–one in the Intermediate Room and one in the Advanced Room. You can check out the topics here, and, as always, there will be free bagels, muffins, juice, coffee, and street parking! 

Library Volunteers

We can always use help in the Library. If you want to volunteer, Sing up here: Sign Up to Volunteer in the Library

CAT Day Moved

Due to some conflicts, CAT day has moved to Friday, March 6th

Cougar Dancers Auditions

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

https://sites.google.com/view/smallultimate

  • After-school twice a week on Mon/Wed/(some Fridays) starting March 2nd through mid-May –  check website for latest info
  • Faculty sponsor – Coach Mullen
  • $60 joining fee for after-school and Saturday league play, disc and shirt extra
  • Go to the website above to register and for additional information on the city-wide youth Spring league and other playing opportunities

6th Grade Transition Camp

Cougar Camp for our Incoming 6th Graders is now accepting Registration. 

Click here to print out the registration form. 

Email Coach Hernandez with any questions: melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

Idea for CAT Day!

Classes for CAT day are just starting to form. Teachers are coming up with new ideas and this time, we are partnering with Junior Achievement for Central Texas. JA will be here offering some entrepreneurship sessions on CAT Day! When it is time to set up your sessions, consider Think, Design, Pitch!

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

Austin Public Archaeology Day is a free event on Saturday, April 25 during the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Everyone is invited to explore Texas history and heritage through hands-on activities, educational materials, and talks from archaeologists.

Advanced Theatre Info

Annie Jr. After school Rehearsals  are Feb 18,20,25,27th from 3:45-5:00pm
 
  • Do you want to create the Haunted House for Smalloween?
  • Be a star in the school Musical
  • Perform at UIL One Act Play Contest?
Then, try out for Advanced Theatre next year!
Advanced Theater Auditions are coming, March 4th, 6th, and 9th
Pick up and application outside Room 400 or from your grade level counselor. 

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

This year, we were disappointed to hear that our FAVORITE annual Event, AAPER Volleyball Playday, has been cancelled due to construction on the UT Campus. But don’t worry… we are putting together a special event so that our Fifth Grade Class of 2020 can still get the experience of playing volleyball on a school team! We are inviting all current Middle Schoolers who were on our volleyball teams in 5th Grade to join us for a Patton Volleyball Playday! The Playday will take place on Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 PM at Small Middle School. We would love for you to wear your “vintage” shirts if you still have them!

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at SmallPTA@gmail.com 

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Our Computer Science program is hosting a Women in Tech social event at Bowie at 5:00PM on Thursday, February 20th in room F222.

It is in partnership with UTeach. They wanted us to extend the invitation to 8th grade girls that may be interested in Computer Science.  If you are interested, please come to our first session on 2/20 at 5:00 pm

More Info from Bowie:

Websites for you and parents – the presentation to freshman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmLYHdQ1dqY&feature=youtu.be

 
 

New this year is course videos! There is extensive info on all our courses here:
https://www.jbhs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=303318&type=d&pREC_ID=1216218

Future Bulldogs:

Join Us at Camp Bowie Express!

Bowie High School is pleased to invite all incoming Freshmen to participate in Camp Bowie Express on Saturday, May 2 or Saturday, May 9 . Camp Bowie Express will offer, at no cost to the student, an abbreviated version of its transition-to-high-school experience. New freshmen can choose one of 4 sessions (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30 each Saturday) during which they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some Bowie traditions, hear from current students about how to be successful in high school, meet students from other middle schools, and more! Just use the link below to register! The link can also be used to order the official Class of 2024 t-shirt to be distributed at Camp Bowie Express. 

Please contact Patricia Maney ( patricia.maney@austinisd.org ) with questions.

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/CampBowie2020

Cougar News – 2/17/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 2/17/20 – 2/21/2020

Smallville-

What better way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” than by having a Friday with your student? You’re welcome! Don’t forget that the pleasure is doubled and you also get to spend all day Monday with your student as well…and you thought President’s Day was only about mattress sales didn’t you? Now, it’s about reconnecting with your most fave middle-schooler.

What to talk about whilst connecting? Here’s a fun topic: speaking up versus snitching. For some reason our middle school students think that whenever you correct somebody or talk to an adult whenever somebody says or does something wrong, you are a snitch. That is not the case, even though all students from all parts of town of all grade levels can easily recite the rhyme “snitches get stitches.” We want our students to know that standing up and speaking up whenever somebody does or says something wrong takes courage and is our duty as global citizens. Reaching out to an authority figure or adult does not make it worse; it ends the conflict or situation sooner and also allows for education.

Speaking up and education are the best two ways we can stop persons using hateful speech towards one another. We have to teach and encourage our students to speak up whenever they hear hateful language. If not to the person or persons spewing the speech, then to the nearest adult they can find. If they hear something harmful or hateful here at Small, then please encourage them to come find an administrator immediately. Then, we can carefully walk them through our process and share with them how we can keep their identity a secret. We want to assure them that their name will not be associated with the report and go to great lengths to make it so. At this age, anonymity is like a mask superheroes wear, and for us to be able to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, we need our heroes to remain nameless and faceless in the crowd.

Remind them that there are some students out there who are not able to speak up for themselves and even some who do not have trusted adults in their lives to confide in, so when they speak up to stop hate speech, they aren’t only speaking up for themselves, they’re speaking up for those without voices. And that, true believers, is what real heroes do.

Enjoy your 3-day weekend.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

6th Grade Transition Camp

Cougar Camp for our Incoming 6th Graders is now accepting Registration. 

Click here to print out the registration form. 

Email Coach Hernandez with any questions: melissa.hernandez@austinisd.org

8th Graders heading to Bowie...

Bowie Counselors will be at Small in front of the counseling office from 4 – 6 pm on Tuesday, February 18th to answer any choice sheet questions.  Stop by any time to get your questions answered.

Note: No more high school choice sheets will be accepted after February 28th
After this date, parents will have to take the choice sheet to the high school. This applies to all high schools, not just Bowie. 


Weekly Volunteers needed...

We have a Copy Room volunteer opportunity open! 
 
Our Volunteer that has worked in our copy room for years, has gotten a full time job… here at SMALL!!!! We loved her so much we hired her as a new TA. 
 
But now there is no one to help out the teachers. We desperately need 1 or 2 volunteers to come in each week and make copies for our teachers. It is such a huge help to them and allows the teachers to spend their time with the kids not in the copy room. 
 
If you are interested in working 1-5 days per week, any hours, please contact Lynn Zapffe at lynn.zapffe@austinisd.org for more details.

Idea for CAT Day!

Classes for CAT day are just starting to form. Teachers are coming up with new ideas and this time, we are partnering with Junior Achievement for Central Texas. JA will be here offering some entrepreneurship sessions on CAT Day! When it is time to set up your sessions, consider Think, Design, Pitch!

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

Austin Public Archaeology Day is a free event on Saturday, April 25 during the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Everyone is invited to explore Texas history and heritage through hands-on activities, educational materials, and talks from archaeologists.

Not Just Open Heart Surgery! Show John the Love!

If you remember one of our cougars is in the Hospital. John Stidolph’s family is still in need of more support.
 
 
 Thanks for your help. 

Advanced Theatre Info

Annie Jr. After school Rehearsals  are Feb 18,20,25,27th from 3:45-5:00pm
 
  • Do you want to create the Haunted House for Smalloween?
  • Be a star in the school Musical
  • Perform at UIL One Act Play Contest?
Then, try out for Advanced Theatre next year!
Advanced Theater Auditions are coming, March 4th, 6th, and 9th
Pick up and application outside Room 400 or from your grade level counselor. 

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

This year, we were disappointed to hear that our FAVORITE annual Event, AAPER Volleyball Playday, has been cancelled due to construction on the UT Campus. But don’t worry… we are putting together a special event so that our Fifth Grade Class of 2020 can still get the experience of playing volleyball on a school team! We are inviting all current Middle Schoolers who were on our volleyball teams in 5th Grade to join us for a Patton Volleyball Playday! The Playday will take place on Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 PM at Small Middle School. We would love for you to wear your “vintage” shirts if you still have them!

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

From London to Paris: June 2021

We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering an international educational travel opportunity for ALL Small Middle School students!

We will be traveling to England and France in June of 2021! 

London and Paris are both brimming with historic highlights, vibrant culture, and plenty of charm. We will begin your journey in the English capital, where we’ll see many of the city’s beloved landmarks, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Hyde Park. Then hop on the high-speed train to France’s capital to come face-to-face with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and stroll through the landscaped palace gardens of Versailles.

We will be hosting an info meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 PM in Mrs. Dietz’s room (202). This meeting will provide more details about this opportunity and answer questions you may have.

Please click this link to RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/SmallMSTravels

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at SmallPTA@gmail.com 

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Our Computer Science program is hosting a Women in Tech social event at Bowie at 5:00PM on Thursday, February 20th in room F222.

It is in partnership with UTeach. They wanted us to extend the invitation to 8th grade girls that may be interested in Computer Science.  If you are interested, please come to our first session on 2/20 at 5:00 pm

More Info from Bowie:

Websites for you and parents – the presentation to freshman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmLYHdQ1dqY&feature=youtu.be

 
 

New this year is course videos! There is extensive info on all our courses here:
https://www.jbhs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=303318&type=d&pREC_ID=1216218

Future Bulldogs:

Join Us at Camp Bowie Express!

Bowie High School is pleased to invite all incoming Freshmen to participate in Camp Bowie Express on Saturday, May 2 or Saturday, May 9 . Camp Bowie Express will offer, at no cost to the student, an abbreviated version of its transition-to-high-school experience. New freshmen can choose one of 4 sessions (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30 each Saturday) during which they will have the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some Bowie traditions, hear from current students about how to be successful in high school, meet students from other middle schools, and more! Just use the link below to register! The link can also be used to order the official Class of 2024 t-shirt to be distributed at Camp Bowie Express. 

Please contact Patricia Maney ( patricia.maney@austinisd.org ) with questions.

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/CampBowie2020

Cougar News – 2/10/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 2/10/20 – 2/14/2020

Cougars-

Don’t forget you have a 4-day weekend coming up with your student as we will be using the 14th (Valentine’s Day) and the 17th (President’s Day) for staff development and planning. The goal is to get as much prep and planning and PD we can during these two days so we can keep our teachers here on campus as much as possible. That being said, whenever our teachers do need to be away from the classroom for any of the above or due to sickness, we are always in need of qualified substitute teachers to fill in while they’re gone. Our school, like all the surrounding schools in AISD and beyond, is having a difficult time recruiting and retaining qualified guest teachers, so if you or somebody you know has ever had the gumption, give me a call.

Why am I reaching out directly to you? Simple. Based upon the product you have given us to work with, we know you have the ability to educate and mentor students at this grade level. It’s also safe to assume you like working with this age group, or at the very least can tolerate it enough to do a serviceable job. In fact, the more I think about it y’all should have been our first, second, third and fourth choice to work with middle-school kids since y’all have been doing it so well for so long. So, if you have the time, we know you have the skill, send me an email and I’ll get you set up.

Survey: AISD always likes to check the temperature of its stakeholders to see how we’re doing. So, if you are so inclined, please follow the link below to complete the Family Survey. We here at Small use this as a tool for planning purposes. It lets us know what kinds of things we’re doing that you like, and also informs us as to what things we can do away with. Sadly, “less verbose newsletter by the principal” is not an option. AISD Family Survey

Have a great weekend!

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

Remember Friday 2/14 and Monday 2/17 this week are student holiday’s! 

Have a great long weekend!

Not Just Open Heart Surgery! Show John the Love!

If you remember one of our cougars is in the Hospital. John Stidolph’s family is still in need of more support.
 
 
 Thanks for your help. 

Choice Sheets & Course Descriptions for Next year

2020-2021 Choice Sheets, videos and course descriptions can all be found at https://www.smallmiddleschool.org/academics/schedules-choice-sheets/


Incoming 6th Graders
Click here for all the upcoming events

Advanced Theatre Info

Annie Jr. After school Rehearsals  are Feb 18,20,25,27th from 3:45-5:00pm
 
  • Do you want to create the Haunted House for Smalloween?
  • Be a star in the school Musical
  • Perform at UIL One Act Play Contest?
Then, try out for Advanced Theatre next year!
Advanced Theater Auditions are coming, March 4th, 6th, and 9th
Pick up and application outside Room 400 or from your grade level counselor. 

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

This year, we were disappointed to hear that our FAVORITE annual Event, AAPER Volleyball Playday, has been cancelled due to construction on the UT Campus. But don’t worry… we are putting together a special event so that our Fifth Grade Class of 2020 can still get the experience of playing volleyball on a school team! We are inviting all current Middle Schoolers who were on our volleyball teams in 5th Grade to join us for a Patton Volleyball Playday! The Playday will take place on Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 PM at Small Middle School. We would love for you to wear your “vintage” shirts if you still have them!

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

From London to Paris: June 2021

We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering an international educational travel opportunity for ALL Small Middle School students!

We will be traveling to England and France in June of 2021! 

London and Paris are both brimming with historic highlights, vibrant culture, and plenty of charm. We will begin your journey in the English capital, where we’ll see many of the city’s beloved landmarks, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Hyde Park. Then hop on the high-speed train to France’s capital to come face-to-face with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and stroll through the landscaped palace gardens of Versailles.

We will be hosting an info meeting on Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 PM in Mrs. Dietz’s room (202). This meeting will provide more details about this opportunity and answer questions you may have.

Please click this link to RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/SmallMSTravels

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at SmallPTA@gmail.com 

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

High School Transition Dates

8th Grade Parents, here is a list of key dates you may want to know about for High School transition. 

New Cell Phone Policy

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

Here is the latest Bowie Bulldogs Newsletter!

https://www.smore.com/yh8pu-bulldog-counseling-newsletter

Cougar News – 2/3/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 2/3/20 – 2/7/2020

Smallville-

Please put your virtual hands together and clap for this year’s 2019-2020 Small Middle School Teacher of the Year, Ms. Elizabeth Grenadier!

Ms. Grenadier is one of our 6th grade World Cultures teachers, one of the leaders of our SEL committee, and teaches Bullet Journaling during CAT Day. This is her 4th year as a teacher on our campus and each year she amazes students and staff with how smooth her class runs and how prepared she is for every single minute. She truly believes in teaching bell-to-bell and goes out of her way to create systems that illicit student success. She is a Teach Like a Champion savant who will typically utilize anywhere from 10-20 techniques in her class on a daily basis. Not only is she masterful at the TLC craft, but she always makes sure every transition, project, assignment, or break is accompanied by a sense of urgency. This is so imperative because middle school students will take as long as you give them for any task, regardless of how simple we perceive it to be. Ms Grenadier makes sure her students are motivated, working, and cared for 100 percent of the time and we are beyond thankful she chose us.

While your hands are moving and you’re appreciating our staff, keep the feeling going for our 2019-2020 Teacher of Promise, Ms. Corinne Leithner! Ms. Leithner came to us mid-year last year and worked wonders with our 7th grade math students. This year she is not only working with math, but also teaching our 8th grade Health classes. She’s fortunate that she is able to share two of her passions with our students and they are lucky to have one of the most qualified, prepared, first year teachers we’ve ever had in Smallville as their leader. She loves creating, then teaching systems, then tweaking them to make sure they are perfect for each individual student. We know she will continue on this path towards becoming a master teacher and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for her and our students.

We’ve been blessed with perfect weather for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Now, if we can just get them to move the game to Saturday or declare Monday a National holiday, life would be sublime.

 

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

Valentines Dance Needs

We are looking for drinks and volunteers for our dance this Friday. 

If you would like to chaperone please fill out this form.
We will email you with more info.

 

We also need drinks If you would like to donate cases of Water, Gatorade or Soda’s, Please drop them off in the main office any time this week. Our Dance is free (a thank you for the Fun Run), but the concessions will cost money and the proceeds will go to our Student Council.  

So, be sure to send cash with your student for Pizza, Snacks, Candy and Kona Ice this Friday!

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org 

Please consider joining our PTA Board.  It really is not that much work for a ton of reward! You help to keep Small being a wonderful place for our children to grow and discover their passion.  Positions require 2-3 hours a month of work at most.

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

President OPEN (elected)> The President is the leader of the board and members of Small PTA. The President, along with the Executive Board and the School Principal, should set the year’s goals and direction as well as organize the plans for accomplishing those goals. The President presides over every meeting. The President should also be prepared to sign checks and contracts and to serve as the official spokesperson for the PTA.

Treasurer OPEN (elected)> Treasurer: The Treasurer performs all financial activities of the PTA. This includes keeping detailed records of any checks written or deposits made by following the rules and requirements for these activities as dictated by the IRS and the Texas PTA. The Treasurer should also be prepared to present a budget, a financial report, and coordinate the yearly financial reconciliation.

Fundraising OPEN> Work with the Small to Promote, get Sponsorship and Silent Auction items for the the Fun Run and the Small Carnival.  Work with Communications to update all related communication documents for the event and follow through on any related Sponsorship obligations.

Communications/Graphic Designer OPEN> Help the PTA create professional materials that communicate efficiently and effectively to PTA Members and Small Community Stakeholders. Records the history of the PTA with photos & scrapbooks or Photo Albums on the Google Drive. Work with committee members to update the PTA Websites and utilize the appropriate Facebook pages to promote PTA Events.

Parliamentarian OPEN> Maintains order and keeps meetings flowing. Familiar with Meeting protocol and ensures that everyone has a voice in the PTA.

Hospitality/Teacher and Staff Recognition OPEN> Coordinates the Recognition events for Small Teachers and Staff.     

Academy Liason: Dual Language OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

Academy Liaison: Green OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

NEW: Academy Liaison: Tech OPEN> Meets regularly (at least Monthly during the Academic year) with the school leaders/teachers of the Small Dual Language Academy to see how the PTA can support the Academy and encourage stakeholder involvement. Reports to the Board any updates and needs from the Academy.

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email our PTA President at SmallPTA@gmail.com 

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

Hello World - After-school Computer Science / Coding Program

Hello World is an after-school computer science/ coding program comprised of engineers from companies including Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. All courses are taught by professional software engineers, AI architects, and data scientists and are modeled after college computer science courses with a focus on creating positive experiences with computer science.

 

To learn more about the Spring 2020 program, join Hello World for their information session taking place on Tuesday, February 4th at 4:00pm OR 5:00pm (choose one option) at Small MS in Room 112.

 This semester’s after-school program is centered on two subjects for all students – Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, which will be taught by professional data scientists, and Game Engineering, which will be taught by professional game developers (see details on course offerings here). Hello World courses cover various major programming languages (HTML/CSS/JavaScript, C#, C/C++, Java, Python, and Swift) which are scoped out in 15 levels of achievement across all programming languages. The program is open to all levels, including beginners, and returning students will pick up where they left off and continue to advance through the levels. We strongly encourage girls to join the program!

 SPRING 2020 OFF-SITE EVENTS

  • Local Leaders, Global Impact – an exclusive panel event where three of the most inspiring tech leaders in Austin share their experiences with managing a global company; takes place at HEB Digital’s new Eastside Tech Hub on Saturday, March 28th
  • Student Demo Day – All students present their favorite computer science project from the semester; takes place at the Google offices in downtown Austin on Saturday, May 2nd

 SPRING 2020 PROGRAM DETAILS  

  • Tuesdays 3:45-5:45pm at Small Middle School
  • 10-week course from February 18 – April 28
  • Spring semester tuition: $450
  • See program overview and student’s coding projects here (all code done by students!)
  • Enroll here

 Please reach out to molly@helloworldstudio.org with any questions.

 

High School Transition Dates

8th Grade Parents, here is a list of key dates you may want to know about for High School transition. 

New Cell Phone Policy

2020 - 2021 School Year Course Selection events - Save the date

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th grade parent/guardian, 

Small Middle School is committed to help your 8th grader have a great transition into high school. This year, we are offering meetings with our counselor, Mr. Coleman, to help simplify the transition process. In these meetings you will learn about high school transition, HB5, high school graduation requirements and endorsements.  Use the link below to sign up for a one-on-one 20 minute meeting. 

https://signup.com/go/qvCNdPv 

Back to top

 

 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

ATTENTION 8th Graders heading to Bowie

Parents of 8th graders heading to Bowie, Please take a look at this months newsletter from Mr. Robinson. It gives lots of information about the transition events planned for incoming freshmen to Bowie High School.

Read Mr. Robinson’s Newsletter here

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

We will soon start the course selection process for next school year, 2020-2021. Before Thanksgiving break, we began introducing important information that will help prepare students for this upcoming process.

Here are some of the topics and links to watch them:

  • What is the Difference Between Levels (Academic, Pre-AP, AP, ACC Dual-Credit, UT OnRamps)? Click here

  • How Many AP classes Should I Take & What About Summer Work? Click here

  • New Schedule & Level Change Procedures Click here

  • Who are These People and How Can They Help Me (School Counselor, College & Career Counselor, Registrar)? Click here


In January, teachers will show videos detailing courses and pathways. These videos will provide descriptions of courses, identify prerequisites, show how students will spend their time, outline homework expectations, and skills/interests/habits needed for success.

JBHS Dawg Show (Friday, January 31, 2020) – In anticipation of the high school course selection process beginning next month, Bowie has invited the current 8th-grade students for a campus visit. The JBHS Dawg Show activities will include a campus tour, team-building games, and a student panel. Future Bulldogs are invited to submit their questions in advance of the visit using the URL http://bit.ly/2024questions  and may possibly win some Bowie swag for doing so! 

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Cougar News – 1/27/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 1/27/20 – 1/31/2020

Cougars-

Be sure to read your weekly news blast from us and check the website (www.smallmiddleschool.org) as often as you can to see what all is happening in Smallville. Yes, we’d love for your students to be part of the communication process, however we must remember these are 11-14 year old kids and they have loads on their minds, so sometimes the information can be lost, forgotten, or not taken down correctly. Best to hedge your bets and rely on them and us to get you the info you require.

Speaking of info and the website, I’m attaching a link to the attendance section of our website for all to peruse through. small attendance info. Attendance is a very serious matter and there are loads of questions when it comes to the 90% rule, so make sure to bookmark this page for reference. One thing to be aware of is that all absences, regardless of reason, our immediately marked UNX (unexcused). Then, once the student brings in a note from parent or physician, it is changed to the proper code (ILH, ILP, Other, etc…). However, do know that this is not an immediate fix as it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for the system to recognize the change. Likewise for field trips; all students on field trips will be marked absent until the sponsor turns in h/her role to the attendance clerk upon return.

If you have any questions about attendance and how to turn in notes, or what notes qualify, or anything else, check the info provided or email our attendance clerk directly. His name is Devon George and he can be reached via email at small@austinisd.org or by phone at (512) 841-6702.

Thanks and have a great weekend. As per usual, feel free to call, email, or swing by if you ever have any questions, concerns, or kudos.

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

Hello World - After-school Computer Science / Coding Program

Hello World is an after-school computer science/ coding program comprised of engineers from companies including Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. All courses are taught by professional software engineers, AI architects, and data scientists and are modeled after college computer science courses with a focus on creating positive experiences with computer science.

 

To learn more about the Spring 2020 program, join Hello World for their information session taking place on Tuesday, February 4th at 4:00pm OR 5:00pm (choose one option) at Small MS in Room 112.

 This semester’s after-school program is centered on two subjects for all students – Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, which will be taught by professional data scientists, and Game Engineering, which will be taught by professional game developers (see details on course offerings here). Hello World courses cover various major programming languages (HTML/CSS/JavaScript, C#, C/C++, Java, Python, and Swift) which are scoped out in 15 levels of achievement across all programming languages. The program is open to all levels, including beginners, and returning students will pick up where they left off and continue to advance through the levels. We strongly encourage girls to join the program!

 SPRING 2020 OFF-SITE EVENTS

  • Local Leaders, Global Impact – an exclusive panel event where three of the most inspiring tech leaders in Austin share their experiences with managing a global company; takes place at HEB Digital’s new Eastside Tech Hub on Saturday, March 28th
  • Student Demo Day – All students present their favorite computer science project from the semester; takes place at the Google offices in downtown Austin on Saturday, May 2nd

 SPRING 2020 PROGRAM DETAILS  

  • Tuesdays 3:45-5:45pm at Small Middle School
  • 10-week course from February 18 – April 28
  • Spring semester tuition: $450
  • See program overview and student’s coding projects here (all code done by students!)
  • Enroll here

 Please reach out to molly@helloworldstudio.org with any questions.

 

High School Transition Dates

8th Grade Parents, here is a list of key dates you may want to know about for High School transition. 

New Cell Phone Policy

2020 - 2021 School Year Course Selection events - Save the date

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th grade parent/guardian, 

Small Middle School is committed to help your 8th grader have a great transition into high school. This year, we are offering meetings with our counselor, Mr. Coleman, to help simplify the transition process. In these meetings you will learn about high school transition, HB5, high school graduation requirements and endorsements.  Use the link below to sign up for a one-on-one 20 minute meeting. 

https://signup.com/go/qvCNdPv 

Back to top

 

 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! 

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

Join the PTA and show your support for Small Middle School!

JOIN Small PTA Anytime: Parents help make Small a place for Middle School kids to grow in to young adults.  The PTA is a group of parents and teachers working together to create the excellent academic and experience enriched environment we all enjoy at Small Middle School. Click here to become a member today!

ATTENTION 8th Graders heading to Bowie

Parents of 8th graders heading to Bowie, Please take a look at this months newsletter from Mr. Robinson. It gives lots of information about the transition events planned for incoming freshmen to Bowie High School.

Read Mr. Robinson’s Newsletter here

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

We will soon start the course selection process for next school year, 2020-2021. Before Thanksgiving break, we began introducing important information that will help prepare students for this upcoming process.

Here are some of the topics and links to watch them:

  • What is the Difference Between Levels (Academic, Pre-AP, AP, ACC Dual-Credit, UT OnRamps)? Click here

  • How Many AP classes Should I Take & What About Summer Work? Click here

  • New Schedule & Level Change Procedures Click here

  • Who are These People and How Can They Help Me (School Counselor, College & Career Counselor, Registrar)? Click here


In January, teachers will show videos detailing courses and pathways. These videos will provide descriptions of courses, identify prerequisites, show how students will spend their time, outline homework expectations, and skills/interests/habits needed for success.

JBHS Dawg Show (Friday, January 31, 2020) – In anticipation of the high school course selection process beginning next month, Bowie has invited the current 8th-grade students for a campus visit. The JBHS Dawg Show activities will include a campus tour, team-building games, and a student panel. Future Bulldogs are invited to submit their questions in advance of the visit using the URL http://bit.ly/2024questions  and may possibly win some Bowie swag for doing so! 

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Cougar News – 1/20/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 1/20/20 – 1/24/20

Cougar Nation-

This 3 day weekend be sure to spend some time with you and your’s remembering why we have a National holiday dedicated to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. His belief in peaceful protest, and want for equality, united a nation and helped change the course for our country. The precipice of the Civil Rights movement was less than a generation ago and we are still a long way from truly envisioning Rev. King’s dream, however it’s days like the one afforded to us on Monday that allow us to look back at our accomplishments, while also think forward as to how we can continue to improve. If we as a society are to ever truly unite as one and work together to solve our common problems, it will be due to today’s youth and the positive encouragement and modeling we provide them. The children of today will shape the future of tomorrow. We owe it to them to make sure they are aware of how far we have come and how far we can go…with their leadership.

Enjoy your time with your student over this 3-day weekend.

 

Matthew Nelson
Principal
Clint Small Middle School
(512) 841-6705
matthew.m.nelson@austinisd.org
www.smallmiddleschool.org
Follow me on Twitter: @smallprincipal-

High School Transition Dates

8th Grade Parents, here is a list of key dates you may want to know about for High School transition. 

New Cell Phone Policy

2020 - 2021 School Year Course Selection events - Save the date

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th grade parent/guardian, 

Small Middle School is committed to help your 8th grader have a great transition into high school. This year, we are offering meetings with our counselor, Mr. Coleman, to help simplify the transition process. In these meetings you will learn about high school transition, HB5, high school graduation requirements and endorsements.  Use the link below to sign up for a one-on-one 20 minute meeting. 

https://signup.com/go/qvCNdPv 

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 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

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PT-YAY News

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Austin High at Small

This Tuesday!

January 21st from 6 to 7 pm
Small Cafeteria

Austin High will be here to discuss transitions from Small to Austin high school

ATTENTION 8th Graders heading to Bowie

Parents of 8th graders heading to Bowie, Please take a look at this months newsletter from Mr. Robinson. It gives lots of information about the transition events planned for incoming freshmen to Bowie High School.

Read Mr. Robinson’s Newsletter here

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

We will soon start the course selection process for next school year, 2020-2021. Before Thanksgiving break, we began introducing important information that will help prepare students for this upcoming process.

Here are some of the topics and links to watch them:

  • What is the Difference Between Levels (Academic, Pre-AP, AP, ACC Dual-Credit, UT OnRamps)? Click here

  • How Many AP classes Should I Take & What About Summer Work? Click here

  • New Schedule & Level Change Procedures Click here

  • Who are These People and How Can They Help Me (School Counselor, College & Career Counselor, Registrar)? Click here


In January, teachers will show videos detailing courses and pathways. These videos will provide descriptions of courses, identify prerequisites, show how students will spend their time, outline homework expectations, and skills/interests/habits needed for success.

Crockett High School Transition events