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Cougar News – Week of 11/18/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 11/18/19 – 11/22/19

Smallville-

The blistery week that was is culminating with much better weather for your weekend. I’m sure if you polled all our students, and staff and y’all as well, everybody would much rather sacrifice a 2 hour late start on Tuesday in order to have a weekend with expected sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s. We are thankful we did not lose a day of instruction due to the weather and that AISD put the safety of our families and staff first. If for some reason you did not receive the 3:45 a.m. call/text/email/smoke-signal put out by the district, send an email to Mrs. Diane Ewing diane.ewing@austinisd.org and she can make sure you’re good to go.

Make sure your student knows that even though Zombie Fun Run is nigh and soon we’ll all be on a 9 day break for Thanksgiving, we plan on teaching and learning until 3:40 on the 22nd. We’ve way too much to cover to not take advantage of our time together and will expect our students to treat next week like any other week. With the one exception being when we have them dress up like Zombies on Friday and let them spend about an hour chasing each other around and celebrating.

Speaking of Zombies and running amuck, we recently put in an order for class sets of all 12 of the Cirque du Freak novels for our 8th grade ELA students. The kids love reading this book and are craving more and we dare not tell them “no” because it is not part of the AISD provided curriculum. We use the money from our Fun Run to fund items like this for our students. Oftentimes it’s hard to get kids excited about reading and any time they are, we have to act fast before the feeling wanes. Our 8th grade English teachers saw how they responded to the stories and immediately started planning on ways to build on their enthusiasm. Thanks to money raised from Fun Run pasts, we can now get these books in their hands quickly.

Get the word out to all your contacts about our Fun Run and tell them the money we raise goes directly to our kids! We use it to enhance their middle school experience and to allow our teachers to create based on what is best for our kids, not based on what they’ve been given. Inform all you know that a campus knows best what is best for that campus and should be able to provide for its students in order to provide the most engaging, exciting education possible. It’s not tough to imagine what we want to do for our students; the obstacle is the money we need to follow through.

We can continue to put kids first in regards to planning and programming with your support.

Thanks, and I hope to see as many of y’all as possible next week for the run.

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

Why the Fun Run

How to set up your account

Huge THANK YOU to all the parents that donated an item, or gift cards so we can offer these amazing items in our Fun Run Raffle. For receiving Pledges your student will earn raffle tickets to win some of these amazing items below!

Zombie Fun Run!

Check out last year’s run!

How you can help

 

Volunteer:  We need help giving out prizes during the next couple of weeks and for the day of the event. Click here to Volunteer If are available to help out either for lunches or at the event on the 22nd.

Register your Student: By registering your student and getting pledges, you help us get closer to our goal of $30,000. Watch the video above to learn how to register

Donate: If you would like to donate and skip the registration, You can send in a check (to the main office) and your student will be eligible for the prizes and raffle tickets. 

Sponsorship: By becoming a sponsor, you can help us underwrite the cost of this event which in turn brings up our profits. Would you like to see your banner on our fence? We have different sponsorship levels and would love for your business to become a partner with Small Middle School. Click here to learn about becoming a Fun Run Sponsor

Feel free to contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org with any questions. 

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Back to Back City Champs!

Way to go Girls Volleyball! 

They won the City championship 2 years in a row! We are so proud of these girls!

Thank you to our Fun Run Sponsors!

Hello Cougars,
 
The Dance Dept. is starting our annual sweatshirt fundraiser. We have a new design, done by none other than our very own Mr. Tabares, that commemorates the school’s 20 year anniversary. 
 
This year we are doing pre-sales ONLY, so if you would like to purchase a sweatshirt for $20 or a long-sleeved t-shirt for $15, please get your order form in before next Friday, Nov. 22nd. 
Order forms can be picked up in the main office or from any cougar Dancer, or…
Click here to download the Order form
There will not be extras to sell later, so please order now. 
Thank you for supporting the CSMS Dance Department. 
 

Did you know???

8th grade parents,

Martin Coleman, our Wellness Counselor, is holding high school transition meetings on Fridays throughout the remainder of this semester and next.

Topics covered: High school graduation requirements, endorsements, Pre AP/AP courses, and the answers to all your questions. You can book a 20 minute appointment at https://signup.com/go/BBcyzwY.

 

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Career Fair Needs you!

The School Counseling Department at Clint Small Middle School cordially invites you to participate in College and Career Fair 2019 – 2020 which will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 12:15 to 1:40 pm on . 

We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic presenters. As a presenter, you will share information regarding your career so that students can make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. Please feel free to bring visual aides or tools used in your occupation to enhance your presentation. Students have previously selected your career as a career of their interest and will be prepared to approach you at your tables and inquire about your profession.

If you can be a presenter, please fill out this form. Hope you can make it.


Coats for kids

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 $35!

Click here to order online

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Gifted and Talented!

GT-The Why? What? and How? and answers you always wanted to know:  Coming Soon!

 

Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

We are moving this to December due to the late start day. We will let you know the new date as soon as it is confirmed.

Guest speaker will be here to discussing
teen vaping.

 

We need to let the presenter know how many people are coming so
please click here to RSVP. 

We hope to see you there!

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LASA Application

Is your 8th grader applying to LASA?  To assist with completing the essays and thinking about teacher recommendations, mentoring help is available to all students (and parents) in Room 204 from 3:45-5:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 7, Thursday Nov21, and Thursday, Dec 5 courtesy of your Campus GT Advocate christie.manners@austinisd.org.  

Please contact her if you have any questions regarding applying to LASA.  Mrs. Manners is a current LASA parent and parent of a 2018 graduate of LASA.

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PT-YAY News

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

Order your gear before Friday Nov 22nd. Click Here to order 
Gear will be available for pick up from 12:00-2:00pm at Austin High on Dec.10th &11th.

Austin High MERCHANDISE SALES 
(last chance the 2019/20 school year – so ORDER NOW!!!)
  • PRE-ORDER sales — HIGHLY ENCOURAGED — ORDER NOW– MAKES A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT
  • PICK UP pre-sales at Austin High on December 10th &11th between the hours of 12pm-2pm at the WEST entrance 
  • Adult sizes XS, XXL, XXXL & XXXXL will ONLY be available as PRE-SALES
  • No child sizes available
  • LIMITED Adult sizes Small – Adult XL will available for PURCHASE at pick up tables.
  • PRE-SALES will close on Friday November 22nd at midnight
  • All pre-sales MUST be PAID in ADVANCE online via PayPal (no cash or check options available)
  • PRE-ORDER NOW!!
Any questions contact Jacqui at jacquimmoreno@gmail.com / 512-698-8388

Cougar News – Week of 11/11/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 11/11/19 – 11/15/19

Upcoming Events

 

Tuesday

  • Counselor Talk – Vaping 8:30

Thursday

  • Girls Basketball vs Lamar
  • Theater Show

Friday

  • Theater Show
Saturday
  • Boys Soccer vs. Bedichek

 

Useful Quick Links

 



Got questions? 
Check out our FAQ Guide!

Fun Run…I mean Cougars-

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier….who am I kidding? This is Fun Run time and we need your help to make sure we have all the funds we need to continue to provide your student the most amazing middle school education in Texas! We love this fundraiser because we don’t give 60% of what we earn to some outside entity, nor de we have to share any of our proceeds with the district; what we make stays here on campus for our kids. Period. End of story.

When you and your friends, neighbors, colleagues, kin-folk, and co-workers make a pledge for your student, the money you donate goes directly to making sure they have fun each and every day here on campus. We do a lot of things here in Smallville for our kids that might be considered unique to some, but to us they are essential for their social emotional growth. One of a kind classes forged in exploration and experimentation, grade-level recess, and ample opportunities to work with technology throughout the day, are just a few of the programs we use Fun Run money to support. This truly is a Fun Run as the majority of the money goes towards having Fun.

Regardless of whether your student raises any money, he or she gets to participate in the Zombie Fun Run on the 22nd and we also welcome as many spectators as possible. We all get to watch the theatrics, cheer them on, and then finish with a celebration/dance. It’s a great way to celebrate community by working towards a common goal. We use the same method in regards to incentives; even if a student doesn’t raise any funds, he or she still basks in the rewards for their PRIDE, their grade level, and for the entire campus if we reach our goal. We raise the money for the collective and celebrate as a collective as well.

Please take the time to help your student create their profile and then use email, social media, or whatever communication channels you have to tell all our contacts about our amazing school and the amazing things we do. Our goal has and will always be to make people jealous of the wonderful time our kids are having in middle school. So much so that they may even wish to return to this time of their lives in order to participate. Since we cannot offer that reality (quantum realm theory withstanding), the least we can do is let others help pay for it.

Enjoy the attached info and feel free to call or email with questions about the big event and how you can help.

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

Why the Fun Run

How to set up your account

Huge THANK YOU to all the parents that donated an item, or gift cards so we can offer these amazing items in our Fun Run Raffle. For receiving Pledges your student will earn raffle tickets to win some of these amazing items below!

Zombie Fun Run!

Check out last year’s run!

How you can help

 

Volunteer:  We need help giving out prizes during the next couple of weeks and for the day of the event. Click here to Volunteer If are available to help out either for lunches or at the event on the 22nd.

Register your Student: By registering your student and getting pledges, you help us get closer to our goal of $30,000. Watch the video above to learn how to register

Donate: If you would like to donate and skip the registration, You can send in a check (to the main office) and your student will be eligible for the prizes and raffle tickets. 

 

Sponsorship: By becoming a sponsor, you can help us underwrite the cost of this event which in turn brings up our profits. Would you like to see your banner on our fence? We have different sponsorship levels and would love for your business to become a partner with Small Middle School. Click here to learn about becoming a Fun Run Sponsor

Big THANK YOU to Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails for their donation of free Pizza coupons for our prize packages.  

Feel free to contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org with any questions. 

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Thank you from Punky!

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated supplies for Punky,
our therapy guinea pig. 

-The Counseling Dept.

Theater Production

Our talented Theater Department will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for parents, students and community members on Thursday, November 14th & Friday, November 15th at 6:00 pm. The show lasts until 6:30 pm and the Advanced Theater students will be portraying Shakespeare’s famous characters Titania, Oberon, Puck, Bottom and all The Rustics.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door only.

This comedy show is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous play set in a magical forest. Treat yourself to a wonderful performance by our talented students!

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Did you know???

Positive Behavior System (PBS) Awards for Students

Did you know that the teachers nominate students every week for the PBS Award? The students are recognized for reasons such as going above and beyond class expectations, helping other students, class participation, leadership, just to name a few.

The students receive a bag filled with treats (pencils, pens, candy, brain teasers, stickers, etc.). They also get to read what their teacher wrote about them, as well as have their names listed on the scrolling marquis. The students get a big smile on their faces when they come to the office to receive their prize! 

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Career Fair Needs you!

The School Counseling Department at Clint Small Middle School cordially invites you to participate in College and Career Fair 2019 – 2020 which will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 12:15 to 1:40 pm on . 

We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic presenters. As a presenter, you will share information regarding your career so that students can make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. Please feel free to bring visual aides or tools used in your occupation to enhance your presentation. Students have previously selected your career as a career of their interest and will be prepared to approach you at your tables and inquire about your profession.

If you can be a presenter, please fill out this form. Hope you can make it.


Coats for kids

Attention 8th Grade Parents

CHROMEBOOK ISSUES?

GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND
SCROLL DOWN TO THE
STUDENT SECTION

https://www.austinisd.org/technology/help

Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! Only $35!

Click here to order online

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Avid Looking for Tutors

We are currently looking for Parent Volunteers to support as AVID Tutors on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45-10:45. 
If you are interested in more information please contact our
Avid teacher Ms. Garcia. heather.garcia@austinisd.org 


Band and General Spirit Ware - SALE ENDS SUNDAY!

 
The below link is a new online store sponsored by the Band Department.  There are general Clint Small MS Spirit items as well as band specific items.   General items are a black long sleeve t shirt hoodie, purple sweatshirt hoodie with optional name  printing on the back, beanie, baseball cap, and a baseball jersey.  Instead of having a name printed on the hoodie you could also have it read Football, Basketball, Soccer, Dance, Choir, Orchestra Art, etc. Youth sizes are now available on some items!   Scroll past the adult sizes to view youth sizes.
 
These items are available to purchase online only and the sale will end in a little over 2 weeks.  All items are shipped directly to the purchaser with a low one cost shipping fee no matter how many items you order.  You should receive your items before the Winter holiday.
 
https://stores.inksoft.com/clintsmallms/shop/home
 

Parent GT Nominations are Open!

Does your kiddo grasp concepts quickly and are they able to connect ideas across subjects and experience?  Do they have an active working memory and like to delve deeply into their learning?  You might have a GT kiddo on your hands!  If you think your kiddo might qualify for the GT Program, (and has not already been identified) click on the following link and complete the survey.  The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and you will need your student’s schedule (or your kiddo) to complete the first several questions. 
 
Once you submit the form, we here at Smallville will take care of the rest!
 
The Parent Nomination Window closes at midnight, November 15.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your campus GT Advocate at christie.manners@austinisd.org
 
 

Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

The next counseling talk will be
November 12th at 8:30 am

Guest speaker will be here to discussing
teen vaping.

 

We need to let the presenter know how many people are coming so
please click here to RSVP. 

We hope to see you there!

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LASA Application

Is your 8th grader applying to LASA?  To assist with completing the essays and thinking about teacher recommendations, mentoring help is available to all students (and parents) in Room 204 from 3:45-5:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 7, Thursday Nov21, and Thursday, Dec 5 courtesy of your Campus GT Advocate christie.manners@austinisd.org.  

Please contact her if you have any questions regarding applying to LASA.  Mrs. Manners is a current LASA parent and parent of a 2018 graduate of LASA.

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PT-YAY News

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

Cougar News – Week of 11/4/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 11/4/19 – 11/8/19

 

Cougar Parents, 

No Letter from Mr. Nelson this week, he was out this week, a little busy getting married!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

 

 

 

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

Zombie Fun Run!

Check out last year’s run!

How you can help

Raffle Items: The more money each student raises, the more raffle tickets they receive. We are looking for great items that the kids might want to win. We have put together a wishlist in amazon, if you are willing to purchase something and send it to the school, that would be fantastic. Or buy an amazon gift card and we will put them together to purchase the big ticket items. If you have something to donate, we would love that too!

Sponsorship: By becoming a sponsor, you can help us underwrite the cost of this event which in turn brings up our profits. Would you like to see your banner on our fence? We have different sponsorship levels and would love for your business to become a partner with Small Middle School. Click here to learn about becoming a Fun Run Sponsor

Coupons/Prizes: When you ask a student in middle school what would incentivize them to participate in a fundraiser, they will say food 100% of the time. As you can imagine, we would need a fundraiser just to feed all 1221 of them, but what we can do is offer coupons! Are you connected with a local restaurant that might be willing to give us some coupons for discounted food? For example buy one get one free?
If so, contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

Big THANK YOU to Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails for their donation of free Pizza coupons for our prize packages.  

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Career Fair Needs you!

The School Counseling Department at Clint Small Middle School cordially invites you to participate in College and Career Fair 2019 – 2020 which will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 12:15 to 1:40 pm on . 

We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic presenters. As a presenter, you will share information regarding your career so that students can make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. Please feel free to bring visual aides or tools used in your occupation to enhance your presentation. Students have previously selected your career as a career of their interest and will be prepared to approach you at your tables and inquire about your profession.

If you can be a presenter, please fill out this form. Hope you can make it.


Coats for kids

Attention 8th Grade Parents

CHROMEBOOK ISSUES?

GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND
SCROLL DOWN TO THE
STUDENT SECTION

https://www.austinisd.org/technology/help

Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

The price goes up after winter break, so be sure to get your yearbook today! Only $35!

Click here to order online

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Questions: 
email store@1stphototexas.com or call 512-610-9990

Save the date!
Thursday, November 7th
During Lunches

Camera’s will be set up either on the stage or the hallway outside of the theater classroom. Swing by if you did not get your picture take already, or do not like the ones you took. 

If you have already purchased the pictures, bring them with you to turn in and your new pictures will be printed. 

Avid Looking for Tutors

We are currently looking for Parent Volunteers to support as AVID Tutors on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45-10:45. 
If you are interested in more information please contact our
Avid teacher Ms. Garcia. heather.garcia@austinisd.org 


Band and General Spirit Ware

 
The below link is a new online store sponsored by the Band Department.  There are general Clint Small MS Spirit items as well as band specific items.   General items are a black long sleeve t shirt hoodie, purple sweatshirt hoodie with optional name  printing on the back, beanie, baseball cap, and a baseball jersey.  Instead of having a name printed on the hoodie you could also have it read Football, Basketball, Soccer, Dance, Choir, Orchestra Art, etc. Youth sizes are now available on some items!   Scroll past the adult sizes to view youth sizes.
 
These items are available to purchase online only and the sale will end in a little over 2 weeks.  All items are shipped directly to the purchaser with a low one cost shipping fee no matter how many items you order.  You should receive your items before the Winter holiday.
 
https://stores.inksoft.com/clintsmallms/shop/home
 

8th Grade West Texas Field Trip

5 Days and 4 Nights Camping in Beautiful Davis Mountain State Park

  • Caverns of Sonora
  • McDonald Observatory
  • Big Bend National Park
  • The Chianti Foundation
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Marfa, TX

April 13-17 2020

This is an educational and optional field trip for interested 8th grade students.

We have space for 28 students.

To apply for this trip, students will need to write an essay and pick up a packet from Mr. Poehl.  (all necessary information is in the packet)

All essays must be turned in by November 1st

The cost for the trip is $400.  Scholarships available for those who qualify

Click here for more information

Email Mr. Poehl christopher.poehl@austinisd.org with questions 

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Notebooks Needed

Parents,
 
In an effort to help our students be more actively engaged and organized in PRIDE classes, we need your help.  We need spiral notebooks or comp books (70-100) pages that typically cost under $1.00 that students can use to write about Social Emotional Learning lessons and to do grade checks each week.  These will be kept in the PRIDE teacher classrooms and will be easily accessible each day when they get to PRIDE.  As students view lessons focused on SEL they can now write down information that will help them process and retain these valuable lessons.  In addition, they will have one place to keep track of grades as they plan each week on how to improve their grades as they discuss these with the PRIDE teacher.  Thank you all for your help and any donations would be greatly appreciated.  
  
 

Thank You,
David Sammon
Small Middle School Assistant Principal

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Parent GT Nominations are Open!

Does your kiddo grasp concepts quickly and are they able to connect ideas across subjects and experience?  Do they have an active working memory and like to delve deeply into their learning?  You might have a GT kiddo on your hands!  If you think your kiddo might qualify for the GT Program, (and has not already been identified) click on the following link and complete the survey.  The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and you will need your student’s schedule (or your kiddo) to complete the first several questions. 
 
Once you submit the form, we here at Smallville will take care of the rest!
 
The Parent Nomination Window closes at midnight, November 15.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your campus GT Advocate at christie.manners@austinisd.org
 
 

Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

The next counseling talk will be
November 12th at 8:30 am

Guest speaker will be here to discussing
teen vaping.

 

We need to let the presenter know how many people are coming so
please click here to RSVP. 

We hope to see you there!

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LASA Application

Is your 8th grader applying to LASA?  To assist with completing the essays and thinking about teacher recommendations, mentoring help is available to all students (and parents) in Room 204 from 3:45-5:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 7, Thursday Nov21, and Thursday, Dec 5 courtesy of your Campus GT Advocate christie.manners@austinisd.org.  

Please contact her if you have any questions regarding applying to LASA.  Mrs. Manners is a current LASA parent and parent of a 2018 graduate of LASA.

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PT-YAY News

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

Cougar News – Week of 10/28/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 10/28/19 – 11/1/19

Upcoming Events

 Monday

  • Bookfair in Library
  • Football vs Bedichek 7th Grade

 Tuesday 

  • Bookfair in Library
  • Football vs Kealing 8th Grade

Thursday

  • Bookfair in Library
  • Happy Halloween!  
  • Girls Basketball vs Bernet

Friday

  • Bookfair in Library

See all upcoming calendar events here

 

Useful Quick Links

 



Got questions? 
Check out our FAQ Guide!

Cougar Nation-

As you know, once a year we combine elements of Fun with the ability to Run for our annual fundraiser, the Fun Run, and this year promises to be the biggest, and best one yet! This is all good news, because not only will this be the best event, it will also be the most important one as we need the funds we raise now more than ever. In order to keep our class sizes low, and to be able to offer just as many elective choices for our students as core classes, we will need to use the money we raise to help pay for staff. We’ve already been using the money from past Fun Runs to pay for elective classes and inclusion support, but this year we are putting it out there front and center in an effort to raise as much money as possible.

How can you help today when the event is so far away (it’s scheduled for the 22nd of November)? Well, besides talking it up to your colleagues, cousins, cohorts, and comrades, you can ably assist us by donating goods and/or services for the student raffles. The way the raffle works is by giving students tickets based on money raised. For every 25 dollars in pledges earned, the student receives 2 tickets. In fact, just for logging into the site and creating a profile, we’ll give the student a ticket. Once said student reaches 100 dollars in pledges, h/she will have earned 9 tickets. Then, if a student reaches $200, we’ll triple the amount!

What sort of things will we be raffling off? Great question. In the past we’ve had AirPods, Snack Baskets, Amazon Cards, basically anything and everything a middle school kid thinks is cool. The more awesome the prizes are, the more likely kids will want to raise money to earn a chance to win the prize. The more money we raise, the better our chances will be next year at keeping our current staff in tact while still being able to offer a diverse catalog of electives. If you have any ideas as to what you would like to donate or sponsor, send us an email and we’ll let you know if it works.

If you follow the link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2AS1BB3RH25EP?ref_=wl_share, we have created an amazon wish list that you can see some of the items we think the kids might like to win. We would be thrilled if you would purchase something and send it to the school for the raffle. You can also underwrite or sponsor activities and services that we use to make this the most enjoyable event of the year. Learn about becoming a Sponsor here. 

Have a great weekend and please send us an email if you have any questions. I’ll be out of pocket for a bit, as I am going to a chapel, but the team here will be more than able to answer anything you throw their way.

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

Zombie Fun Run!

Check out last year’s run!

How you can help

Raffle Items: The more money each student raises, the more raffle tickets they receive. We are looking for great items that the kids might want to win. We have put together a wishlist in amazon, if you are willing to purchase something and send it to the school, that would be fantastic. Or buy an amazon gift card and we will put them together to purchase the big ticket items. If you have something to donate, we would love that too!

Sponsorship: By becoming a sponsor, you can help us underwrite the cost of this event which in turn brings up our profits. Would you like to see your banner on our fence? We have different sponsorship levels and would love for your business to become a partner with Small Middle School. Click here to learn about becoming a Fun Run Sponsor

Coupons/Prizes: When you ask a student in middle school what would incentivize them to participate in a fundraiser, they will say food 100% of the time. As you can imagine, we would need a fundraiser just to feed all 1221 of them, but what we can do is offer coupons! Are you connected with a local restaurant that might be willing to give us some coupons for discounted food? For example buy one get one free?
If so, contact Jennifer.newell@austinisd.org

Big THANK YOU to Double Dave’s in Arbor Trails for their donation of free Pizza coupons for our prize packages.  

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Visit our Scholastic Book Fair Oct 28th – Nov 1st 

in the library from 7:45 am-4:00 pm!
Shop online Oct 21st – Nov 8th.

Small Library Book Fair Site
Click HERE to volunteer!

Scholastic has a great new service for book fairs called eWallet. It give students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Parents simply create an account and authorize a specific spending amount on their credit card. Click on our site link to learn  more and set up your student’s eWallet!

Avid Looking for Tutors

We are currently looking for Parent Volunteers to support as AVID Tutors on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45-10:45. 
If you are interested in more information please contact our
Avid teacher Ms. Garcia. heather.garcia@austinisd.org 


Band and General Spirit Ware


The below link is a new online store sponsored by the Band Department.  There are general Clint Small MS Spirit items as well as band specific items.   General items are a black long sleeve t shirt hoodie, purple sweatshirt hoodie with optional name  printing on the back, beanie, baseball cap, and a baseball jersey.  Instead of having a name printed on the hoodie you could also have it read Football, Basketball, Soccer, Dance, Choir, Orchestra Art, etc.
 
These items are available to purchase online only and the sale will end in a little over 2 weeks.  All items are shipped directly to the purchaser with a low one cost shipping fee no matter how many items you order.  You should receive your items before the Winter holiday.
 
https://stores.inksoft.com/clintsmallms/shop/home

8th Grade West Texas Field Trip

5 Days and 4 Nights Camping in Beautiful Davis Mountain State Park

  • Caverns of Sonora
  • McDonald Observatory
  • Big Bend National Park
  • The Chianti Foundation
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Marfa, TX

April 13-17 2020

This is an educational and optional field trip for interested 8th grade students.

We have space for 28 students.

To apply for this trip, students will need to write an essay and pick up a packet from Mr. Poehl.  (all necessary information is in the packet)

All essays must be turned in by November 1st

The cost for the trip is $400.  Scholarships available for those who qualify

Click here for more information

Email Mr. Poehl christopher.poehl@austinisd.org with questions 

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Notebooks Needed

Parents,
 
In an effort to help our students be more actively engaged and organized in PRIDE classes, we need your help.  We need spiral notebooks or comp books (70-100) pages that typically cost under $1.00 that students can use to write about Social Emotional Learning lessons and to do grade checks each week.  These will be kept in the PRIDE teacher classrooms and will be easily accessible each day when they get to PRIDE.  As students view lessons focused on SEL they can now write down information that will help them process and retain these valuable lessons.  In addition, they will have one place to keep track of grades as they plan each week on how to improve their grades as they discuss these with the PRIDE teacher.  Thank you all for your help and any donations would be greatly appreciated.  
  
 

Thank You,
David Sammon
Small Middle School Assistant Principal

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Parent GT Nominations are Open!

Does your kiddo grasp concepts quickly and are they able to connect ideas across subjects and experience?  Do they have an active working memory and like to delve deeply into their learning?  You might have a GT kiddo on your hands!  If you think your kiddo might qualify for the GT Program, (and has not already been identified) click on the following link and complete the survey.  The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and you will need your student’s schedule (or your kiddo) to complete the first several questions. 
 
Once you submit the form, we here at Smallville will take care of the rest!
 
The Parent Nomination Window closes at midnight, November 15.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your campus GT Advocate at christie.manners@austinisd.org
 
 

Advanced Theater

The Advanced Theater Class beginning after school rehearsals this month. Please refer to the schedule below. Email Mrs. Murray with any questions:  kristen.murray@austinisd.org

 

  • Both casts: Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd 3:45pm-5:00 pm
  • After school dress rehearsals for Shake Cast: 28th, 30th 3:45-5:30 pm
  • After school dress rehearsals for Speare Cast: 29th, 31st 3:45-5:30 pm

Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

The next counseling talk will be
November 12th at 8:30 am

Guest speaker will be here to discussing
teen vaping.

 

We need to let the presenter know how many people are coming so
please click here to RSVP. 

We hope to see you there!

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LASA Application

Is your 8th grader applying to LASA?  To assist with completing the essays and thinking about teacher recommendations, mentoring help is available to all students (and parents) in Room 204 from 3:45-5:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 7, Thursday Nov21, and Thursday, Dec 5 courtesy of your Campus GT Advocate christie.manners@austinisd.org.  

Please contact her if you have any questions regarding applying to LASA.  Mrs. Manners is a current LASA parent and parent of a 2018 graduate of LASA.

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PT-YAY News

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

Cougar News – Week of 10/21/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 10/21/19 – 10/25/19

Smallville-

The word is out. Students are keenly aware and have been asking me questions about it all week. They Genie is out of the bottle. Or rather, the Genie is being put back in the bottle. Effective January 8, 2020, we will no longer allow cell phones on campus. That’s right, cell phone usage will no longer be permitted at Small Middle School.

Firstly, we want you to know that we as a staff have no ill will towards cell phones, in fact 100% of us have them and use them daily. We have nothing against the idea of a student having access to a personal computer in their pocket either. What we do want to prevent, and protect our students from, is the effects of social media which unfortunately are synonymous with cell phones at this age. For years we have been relying on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as a way to level the playing field in regards to technology in our classrooms, but with that move also came the collateral damage of kids using phones for non-educational purposes and the increase of social media activity at a time when we’d all prefer them to either working or engaging in some good old fashioned face-to-face communication. Now, with the influx of ChromeBooks to our 8th graders, we have the means to get to a true one-to-one ratio in regards to technology.

As adults, we are able to navigate the professional world and personal world somewhat successfully (some of you may be reading this very email at work, even on your own personal device) and manage to separate the two and complete all of our assigned tasks. It’s why we’re called adults. However, at this age and developmental point in their lives, not all kids can do the same. When something is read via DM or as a post on Social Media that is upsetting or unnerving, we’ve most likely lost the kid for the duration of the day. Not all of our kids mind you, but more than enough to encourage our staff to want to make this change.

What will be different next semester? Not much in regards to your student’s day, except the fact cell phones will no longer be allowed in the cafeteria or the gym before the first bell. For this to be effective, it has to be no cell phones at any time on campus. Period. Instead of relying on cell phones as blue-toothed babysitters from 7 a.m until 8:08, we will add more board games to the common areas and open up the courtyard every morning so kids can play ga ga ball, basketball, or simply enjoy nature. Picture it looking more like middle school looked like when you were younger, or just harken back to 2006 B.I. (Before iPhone)

Can they still have them on campus? You bet. Out of sight and out of mind. They can have them for sure, we just don’t want to see them or hear them. We want them to be available for emergencies and the like but will insist they are turned off, silent, and out of view during the day. To help with this, we ask you to assist us with this effort by communicating with your student via the front office (we have 2 wonderful ladies answering phones all the live long day), or by using the school website. Check out our convenient Early Student Pick-up Form here.

How will my student reach me? The same way they did prior to when they first received their cell phone; by using a landline. Every classroom on campus has a phone and the front office has as many as 5 available to students at all times. All that is required is a pass to the office and then your student can call from here. We’ll even look up your phone number for them as I’m certain it’s saved under favorites and not memorized…yet.

We thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to ensure our kids are taken care of while here on campus. This is a move we’ve been discussing for a while and the goal was for next year, but when it comes to doing what’s best for our kids, why wait?

Thank you for reading and please feel free to reach out to me with questions and concerns.

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

 

Visit our Scholastic Book Fair Oct 28th – Nov 1st 

in the library from 7:45 am-4:00 pm!
Shop online Oct 21st – Nov 8th.

Small Library Book Fair Site
Click HERE to volunteer!

Scholastic has a great new service for book fairs called eWallet. It give students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. There is no charge to set up an eWallet. Parents simply create an account and authorize a specific spending amount on their credit card. Click on our site link to learn  more and set up your student’s eWallet!

8th Grade West Texas Field Trip

5 Days and 4 Nights Camping in Beautiful Davis Mountain State Park

  • Caverns of Sonora
  • McDonald Observatory
  • Big Bend National Park
  • The Chianti Foundation
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Marfa, TX

April 13-17 2020

This is an educational and optional field trip for interested 8th grade students.

We have space for 28 students.

To apply for this trip, students will need to write an essay and pick up a packet from Mr. Poehl.  (all necessary information is in the packet)

All essays must be turned in by November 1st

The cost for the trip is $400.  Scholarships available for those who qualify

Click here for more information

Email Mr. Poehl christopher.poehl@austinisd.org with questions 

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Notebooks Needed

Parents,
 
In an effort to help our students be more actively engaged and organized in PRIDE classes, we need your help.  We need spiral notebooks or comp books (70-100) pages that typically cost under $1.00 that students can use to write about Social Emotional Learning lessons and to do grade checks each week.  These will be kept in the PRIDE teacher classrooms and will be easily accessible each day when they get to PRIDE.  As students view lessons focused on SEL they can now write down information that will help them process and retain these valuable lessons.  In addition, they will have one place to keep track of grades as they plan each week on how to improve their grades as they discuss these with the PRIDE teacher.  Thank you all for your help and any donations would be greatly appreciated.  
  
 

Thank You,
David Sammon
Small Middle School Assistant Principal

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Picking up your student early? Here's a Hot Tip!

Parents – 
 

 As Mr. Nelson mentioned in his letter above. 

 Did you know that you can complete a request online to have your student meet you in the office when you need to pick them up for an appointment?  It’s easy to do, and saves you wait time in the office!

 Go to www.smallmiddleschool.org and look for the link for Early Pickup Request on the right side Under the hotlinks. 

 Complete the form, (same day as pick up is preferred, and at least an hour before you will arrive)

 Viola!  Your student will meet you in the office and once you sign your student out, you can be on your way.

 Thanks in advance,

 The Front Office Team

 

Small Step Bet Challenge

StepBet is a fitness game that motivates you to be more active. Players “bet” on themselves to meet their personalized step goals during every week of the game, and win money if they do. The cash prize, accountability, and community support help you build a more active lifestyle. By using the Health App on your phone, a Fitbit, Apple Watch, or Garmin, you can join all of us at Small Middle School to participate in this challenge. Get active and have fun! 

You can download the StepBet app at the App store or Google Play:
 
Once you download the app you can enter game code: smallstep to find our game. Remember, our game picture: 
  • Game starts Monday, October 21 and ends Sunday, November 24
  • You can see what your active day and power day steps will be before you accept the challenge. Your active & power levels are determined by your current activity.
  • Accepting the challenge will cost $30, which you can win back if you complete the challenge!
  • Invite friends to join our Small Family Challenge! Game code: smallstep
This Stepbet challenge is for our Small Staff and Community. We wanted to invite our families to join in on the fun!
 
Note: This is not a fundraiser, if you don’t make your challenge the money gets spread among the participants playing.

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Parent GT Nominations are Open!

Does your kiddo grasp concepts quickly and are they able to connect ideas across subjects and experience?  Do they have an active working memory and like to delve deeply into their learning?  You might have a GT kiddo on your hands!  If you think your kiddo might qualify for the GT Program, (and has not already been identified) click on the following link and complete the survey.  The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and you will need your student’s schedule (or your kiddo) to complete the first several questions. 
 
Once you submit the form, we here at Smallville will take care of the rest!
 
The Parent Nomination Window closes at midnight, November 15.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your campus GT Advocate at christie.manners@austinisd.org
 
 

Advanced Theater

The Advanced Theater Class beginning after school rehearsals this month. Please refer to the schedule below. Email Mrs. Murray with any questions:  kristen.murray@austinisd.org

 

  • Both casts: Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th, 22nd 3:45pm-5:00 pm
  • After school dress rehearsals for Shake Cast: 28th, 30th 3:45-5:30 pm
  • After school dress rehearsals for Speare Cast: 29th, 31st 3:45-5:30 pm

Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

The next counseling talk will be
November 12th at 8:30 am

Guest speaker will be here to discussing
teen vaping.

 

We need to let the presenter know how many people are coming so
please click here to RSVP. 

We hope to see you there!

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LASA Application

Is your 8th grader applying to LASA?  To assist with completing the essays and thinking about teacher recommendations, mentoring help is available to all students (and parents) in Room 204 from 3:45-5:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 7, Thursday Nov21, and Thursday, Dec 5 courtesy of your Campus GT Advocate christie.manners@austinisd.org.  

Please contact her if you have any questions regarding applying to LASA.  Mrs. Manners is a current LASA parent and parent of a 2018 graduate of LASA.

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