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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-

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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

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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!

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 

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

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PT-YAY News

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

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

Cougar News – 1/13/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 1/13/20 – 1/17/20

Smallville-

2020 is here and we have perfect vision. Just as the date implies, we see a perfect image of your student having their absolute best semester of their entire lives! We’ve had a whole semester to get to know them, their strengths, their weaknesses, and what it is that motivates them. Armed with the recon info we’ve gathered from the Fall, we can now set a course designed for each kid in order for them to achieve their own version of success. Our staff has returned eager to engage and our students are ready to lead!

C.E.L.L. (Cougars Engaging in Life and Lessons) Policy: These first 3 days have been fantastic in regards to our students acceptance of our new cell phone policy. In the morning when 8th graders are in the cafeteria, there is now a dull roar of conversation replacing the silence of kids on phones with headphones. For our 6th and 7th graders, we had close to 350 outside in the courtyard this a.m. playing GaGa Ball, Basketball, Soccer, good old-fashioned tag, and many who were simply socializing in the morning sun. There’s no way these kids won’t be more alert and engaged during their first period class after all this activity. It’s best for them and for their teachers as they can now hit the ground running. Thank you to y’all for your support with this and thanks to your student to understanding the “why” behind the “what” of this policy.

Elective Showcase on 01/14/20: This Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in our gym we will be hosting our annual Elective Showcase for incoming 5th and 6th grade students. While this is geared for students and families new to Smallville, feel free to swing by if you want to take a gander at some of the offerings new to your student. Chances are, your student will more than likely be there that night anyway helping out, so tagging along is completely acceptable.

What a smooth transition to the 2020 we had this week. The 3 days was just enough time to get back into the groove and now we get a 2-day vacation for our efforts. Thank you for having your student here on time, alert, and ready to participate.

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

New Cell Phone Policy

Letter from Attendance Office

Parents, 
I know that some of you are receiving Attendance Warning Letters. The Attendance Warning Letters are generated automatically by the district. These letters are generated because your student missed classroom instruction for that day, their 90% has been affected, and a letter is sent to inform you. If you turn in a note from the doctor’s office,  with in a few days of receiving it, I will go in and change the absence code. The district letter will still be generated and mailed to you. If you have already turned in an doctor or parent note, please disregard the letter. 
For example, if you write a note for your student being absent and the note is not from a healthcare professional, the absence is excused, but affects their 90%. 
 Some examples of absences that count against the 90% attendance law include, but are not limited to:
  • Family Trips 
  • Vacations
  • Attendance at non-school sponsored events
 Please note: Illnesses that are excused under Compulsory Attendance Law may count against the 90% attendance law.
 Activities that do not count against the 90% attendance law include, but are not limited to:
  • School Field Trip 
  • UIL activity
  • Dual Credit Course
  • College visit or other school-related events
 I hope this helps with any clarification about the Attendance Warning Letter. Please check out our Attendance page on our website for more details
 Thanks, 
 Mr. George

Got Something to donate?

Thank you to our student council for sponsoring the Recycle Bin

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

Boys Basketball Schedule

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!

Austin High at Small

Save the date

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.

Cougar News – 1/6/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 1/6/20 – 1/10/20

Happy New Year!

2020 is finally here, and while we may not have flying cars or jet-packs like we were promised, we do have AI, wearable tech, driverless vehicles, and Disney Plus. The future we dreamt of when we were kids is now a reality for our youth and our task as guides and mentors is to prepare them for whatever innovations or updates it throws at them. I know our staff is ready for the challenge as I’m sure y’all are as well, so let’s greet 2020 with the same determination and care that got us this far.

School Starts on January 8th: Just a reminder that we will be having Staff Development on Monday and Tuesday of next week so you get an extra day with your students before they head back to school. Think of it as a Holiday gift from all of us. Some AISD schools will be starting on the 7th, but Small and the Bowie HS vertical team schools will all start on the 8th. We will use these two days to work with our teachers on Executive Functioning training, responding to diversity, new technology updates, and also receive training from AISD PD and APD on Critical Response. We want to add as many tools to our teachers’ toolkits as possible so all can be prepped and ready for an amazing second semester.

New Cell Phone Policy: We will no longer allow cell phone usage on campus this semester. We now have the available technology so we will not have to rely on BYOD (bring your own device) to ensure all students have access. Students are still allowed to have their phones with them, but we want them out of sight. Meaning, yes kids can have their phones on their person or in their backpack, but they need to be either silent or powered off. We ask that you help remind them of this new rule prior to the start of school and support us by not calling or texting them on their phones during the day. If you need to get word to your student, please call the front office. We have student aides, office staff, and even administrators who will gladly get the message to your student.

When it comes to cell phone usage, we have been doing a decent job of monitoring (this step is taking monitoring to a whole new level), but know we need to do a much better job of mentoring with our kids for this to be a success. These devices aren’t going away, and with the way tech is improving and becoming more and more a part of our day, we owe it to our kids to teach them how to use these devices responsibly and with purpose. One way we can all lead by example is by putting our phones away when spending quality time with one another, and even explaining to our kids why we are using our devices at the time: checking showtimes for a family movie, ordering dinner, checking the weather for a potential picnic, or even adding a reminder for groceries. Then, we show them that when you’re with people you care for and respect, you put it away and soak as much time with one another as you can. Teach them to appreciate the difference between being social and social media; you’ll find they’ll prefer the former more so than the latter each and every time.

Hope you enjoyed your time getting your vibe on with your tribe and are as ready as we are to blast off into 2020! We can’t wait to see your student here on Wednesday and are thankful they were able to spend time with those they love and who love them over the break.

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

Wednesday Bell Schedule

We will start our A day in your Pride Class on Wednesday so you can grab your second semester classes, then follow the regular A day schedule. 

 

Got Something to donate?

Thank you to our student council for sponsoring the Recycle Bin

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

Girls Soccer Tryouts

We are holding girls soccer tryouts on the following dates, from 3:45-5:30:

  • 8th graders: Thursday, 1/9/20 

  • 7th graders: Friday, 1/10/20

Boys Basketball Schedule

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

High School Question & Answer Panel

Save the date!
January 9th from 6 pm to 7 pm 
In the cafeteria

 There will be a panel of parents from the various high schools within Austin ISD. This is a great opportunity for 8th grade parents to get the parent perspective of the different high schools and get their questions answered.  

Hope to see you there!

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!

Austin High at Small

Save the date

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.

Cougar News – 12/16/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 12/16/19 – 12/20/19

Upcoming Events

 Monday

  • Lady Cougar Basketball tournment @ O’Henry 

Tuesday

  •  Beginning Orchestra Winter Concert

Wednesday

  •  Lady Cougars Basketball Finals

Thursday

  •  Zombie Fun Run

Friday

  •  Student Winter  Break Starts

See all upcoming calendar events here

 

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Smallville-

We are 4 days away from Winter Break and are sure you are just as excited to spend time with your student as we are with our families. Whether it’s visiting the Trail of Lights, attending services, or watching College football together, we love this season as our family traditions keep us grounded and remind us why we work so hard the other 50 weeks of the year.

One Smallville tradition we’ll be continuing next week is our Zombie Fun Run, which will take place on Thursday, November 19th. The weather may be a tad brisk in the morning, but we’ve got the TSBVI team prepped and they’ll be providing hot coffee for spectators. If you’ve yet to attend one, we suggest you give it a whirl as it’s fun watching these kids who are way too mature to play tag, do just that for 30 minutes. Yes, the reason we have the event is for fundraising purposes, but it’s so much fun and celebratory we most likely would have it just to have it.

“Most likely” might be a stretch.

Regardless, we love the fun this fundraiser creates. We love how we get to keep the money raised here on campus and use it however we deem necessary. As of this post, we are still $5,000 short of our $30,000 goal, so use this weekend and all next week to reach out to your friends and family and help us reach our goal! We can do wonders when we have the resources, so please tell everybody you know about our amazing school and all the amazing things we do.

Hope to see as many of y’all as possible next week on or around campus. If I do not, Happy Holidays to you and yours and here’s to a safe New Year.

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

Our Parents love to give!

In case you are not on facebook, we wanted to make you aware of a couple of different giving projects that our parents have organized in the spirit of giving back to our teachers and staff and others. Keep scrolling to learn about details for all options below. If you wanted to get involved, pick one, or pick them all!  Parents have asked, and organized so we thought we would share the info with you all.

  • Custodian Holiday “bonus”
  • Teacher Thank you List
  • Teacher Luncheon
  • Families in need 

Custodian gift: One of our amazing parents Janine Corn was able to raise $500 from parent donations (over facebook) that she gave to our wonderful crossing guard with a nice card. Now she is at it again, trying to raise some money for our Custodians. We plan to give it to them on the 19th. If you would like to donate, you can Venmo her any amount and she will add it to what our teachers have already collected to give to our hard working custodians before they go on break. If you would like to get involved, the deadline is Monday See her details below…

Side Note:

Between all this giving and the fun run, I feel like we are over asking, especially this time of year. Please don’t feel obligated, we have such an amazing community that looks out for each other, I just wanted to make sure everyone was in the know about all that is going on. 

THANK YOU to our amazing parents  and counselors that make all this happen! I hope you all have a fantastic week and a lovely and safe winter break. 

-Jennifer Newell
The typer-upper of the newsletter

If you don’t have Venmo, you can send cash to the front office and Jennifer will put the money with what the Teachers have already collected. 

Other giving projects to know about:

Teacher Wish List: Another Parent, Nichole Spradling has organized a teacher giving list. She was able to ask the teachers to fill out a gift giving form so she could share with other parents so that they could give more of what the teachers like, instead of the standard “best teacher mug”. If you are interested in seeing the list, Click here

PTA Teacher Luncheon: Our Fabulous PTA is hosting a Luncheon with Bamboo Bistro for our teachers this Tuesday. They are looking for Dessert and Drink Donations as well as volunteers. Contact Rebecca Walston at walston76@yahoo.com to help with that. 

Giving to CSMS Families in need: This one is being organised by our counselors, they are looking for gift cards of any amount to places like HEB, Walmart, Target and the like to give to those family’s that could use a little financial help during the holidays. Just drop them in the main office before Wednesday. 

This is it! The last week for Fun Run!

 

We will be accepting donations until December 18th and prizes will still be awarded this week during lunches with the big raffle drawing happening on Thursday during announcements. 

If your student and their friend want to create a team to get their guaranteed Small After Dark (See form below) the deadline to sign up is Monday

Watch our video below to learn how to set up an account.
We will also accept donations at the school.

 

As of Friday afternoon, we were at $25,202.19
Help us reach our $30,000 goal!
Go to our Fun Run page for more details!

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Why the Fun Run

How to set up your account

Make your Small After Dark Team

Girls Soccer Tryouts

We are holding girls soccer tryouts on the following dates, from 3:45-5:30:

  • 8th graders: Thursday, 1/9/20 

  • 7th graders: Friday, 1/10/20

Boys Basketball Schedule

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

High School Question & Answer Panel

Save the date!
January 9th from 6 pm to 7 pm 
In the cafeteria

 There will be a panel of parents from the various high schools within Austin ISD. This is a great opportunity for 8th grade parents to get the parent perspective of the different high schools and get their questions answered.  

Hope to see you there!

Thank you to our Fun Run Sponsors!

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

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

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

Austin High at Small

Save the date

January 21st from 6 to 7 pm
Small Cafeteria

Austin High will be here to discuss traisistions 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.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy

On Saturday, December 14th, the McCallum Fine Arts Academy is hosting Audition Workshop Day.  This event offers valuable instruction in preparation for the audition/portfolio review portion of the acceptance process.  Students will be able to meet directly with faculty not only to get to know them but also to learn where they should focus their audition preparation.  Workshops are student-only.  However, a separate session for parents is provided simultaneously.  To register and for details, go to: https://tinyurl.com/WorkshopDay2019

Resources

Cougar News – 12/9/19

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 12/09/19 – 12/13/19

Upcoming Events

 Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Girls Basketball
  • CAT Day
  • Winter Concert for Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras is at Austin HS

Thursday

  • Band Performance at Burger Center

Friday

  • Winter Dance Show
  • Boys Basketball tryouts

 

Useful Quick Links

 



Got questions? 
Check out our FAQ Guide!

Cougar Nation-

We are so thankful your student made it back to us this week, albeit a tad groggy and suffering from tryptophan overload. We gave them a few days to get their bearings, then got down to the business of assessing how well we’ve done this first semester through MOY (Middle of the Year) benchmarks. Once we get the data, we then see what our shortcomings were and work hard to address them. We use the data for whole group instruction and as a way to bridge any individual gaps we uncover. Again, we prefer these tests any day over the STAAR as they give us a whole semester to improve whereas the STAAR is akin to a post mortem report.

CAT Day Part Deux: On Wednesday, 12/11, we will be having our second CAT Day of the semester. Students will report to the same first period class they did last session, with a few exceptions, and can expect similar engaging and exciting opportunities all day long. After the morning session, we’ll let the teachers pore over the MOY data and we’ll treat our student to the Fine Arts Winter Assembly and a special treat in the gym. We love it when our kids get to perform for one another and know the audience, and the performers, will enjoy the opportunity.

Here is the schedule for the afternoon portion of the CAT Day. Each student’s morning schedule will be unique, but the afternoon will consist of kids traveling with their assigned grade levels. We went to every effort to ensure any student who did not get a chance to select a course last session got the opportunity to do so this time, but in order for that to happen emails (to parent/guardians and students) had to be opened. Next semester we will be utilizing the FIT system for course selection. This is the same system that every single high school in AISD uses (for a new class each day), so it’s another way we’re preparing our kids for secondary school success.

We trust you and yours had a restful break and are as thankful as we are for this glorious weather we’ve been having. Since the days are drawing shorter and shorter, we suggest you and the brood spend quality time getting some Vitamin D this weekend.

There’s a lot going on these next few weeks. To ensure you don’t miss out, check our website regularly and peruse this newsletter in its entirety.

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

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During your child’s PRIDE class, he, she or they will participate in the Suicide Prevention lesson on Tuesday, December 10. The lesson is age appropriate and has been viewed by our Licensed Mental Health Professional, Secondary Counseling Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning Specialist, and our administration. You are welcome to preview the lesson by visiting the Small Middle School front office and viewing it on a computer set up with the Ppt presentation.

If you do want your child to participate in these lessons, no further action is required. If you do not want your child to participate in this, please print, sign and date this form, and return it to your child’s PRIDE teacher. Students will be provided an alternate activity in a different location on campus. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor.

 

8th Grade

Carmen Castañeda
carmen.castaneda@austinisd.org
512.841.6715

7th Grade

Cynthia Diaz
cynthia.diaz@austinisd.org 
512.841.6713

8th Grade

 Sarah Krier 
sarah.krier@austinisd.org 
512.841.6711

Band Winter Concert

Small MS Bands Winter Concert Information.

Thursday, Dec 12

7:00PM Toney Burger Center.


*Clear bag policy enforced!


More details on the band website. https://clintsmallmsband.weebly.com/

Purple Soccer Squad

Purple Squad Members:  A. Ordonez Jr., M. McBride, L. Barnes, L. Dorer, I. Rie, C. Easley, J.Dunn, R. Thomas, M. Rodriguez, A. Romero, F. Llauger, L. Murrillo, B. Vidotto, E. Galvan, R. Sheppard, A. Jimenez, L. Fernandez, R. Montgomery, Tristan T.

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It is not too late to get involved. Now that  we  have some extra time, we need your to help us get to our goal!

 

We will be accepting donations until December 18th and prizes will still be awarded when we get back from break. 

Watch our video below to learn how to set up an account.
We will also accept donations at the school when we get back.

 

As of Friday afternoon, we were at $24,722.00
Help us reach our $30,000 goal!
Go to our Fun Run page for more details!

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Why the Fun Run

How to set up your account

Make your Small After Dark Team

Girls Soccer Tryouts

We are holding girls soccer tryouts on the following dates, from 3:45-5:30:

  • 8th graders: Thursday, 1/9/20 

  • 7th graders: Friday, 1/10/20

Boys Basketball Schedule

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

High School Question & Answer Panel

Save the date!
January 9th from 6 pm to 7 pm 
In the cafeteria

 There will be a panel of parents from the various high schools within Austin ISD. This is a great opportunity for 8th grade parents to get the parent perspective of the different high schools and get their questions answered.  

Hope to see you there!

Thank you to our Fun Run Sponsors!

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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Next Counselor Talk - Vaping

Save the date!

December 10th

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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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 – Thanksgiving Week

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 11/25/19 – 12/06/19

Smallville-

We will be having our 4th annual Zombie Fun Run on December 19th, the day before Winter Break. It might be a tad cooler, but the idea of Zombies wearing Santa hats is too cool of an image not to try it. We hate that we had to postpone due to weather (whether or not it will rain), but promise to make it up to our kids who have been working so hard to help raise money for our school.

Thanksgiving is all about family and friends and expressing gratitude. We are thankful for you and your student and the trust you have placed in our program. We know the next 9 days with your student will be filled with joy, as they have been delivering the same to us since August. We’ve got a special group of kids here who are kind, thoughtful, and eager to grow and learn. We know this is not the norm at this level, so we are forever thankful to you and yours for helping craft these caring kids.

We’ll see y’all back here on campus on December 2nd. Until then, be safe and love the heck out of one another

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

WOW!!! THANKS!

Wow Cougar Parents! 
Boy did you show your love for our teachers and staff! This is the first year, the PTA did not have to run out and buy extra pies so everyone could have one. We had so many, we gave 2 to each bus driver. We made sure the Custodians and Cafeteria workers and crossing guard got some too. AND some of our teachers got to take 2 home!!!! They were so excited and so thankful for the show of love and the sweet treats to start off their fall break!
Thank you all so much!

It is not too late to get involved. Now that  we  have some extra time, we need your to help us get to our goal!

We will be accepting donations until December 18th and prizes will still be awarded when we get back from break. 

Watch our video below to learn how to set up an account.
We will also accept donations at the school when we get back.

As of Friday afternoon, we were at $22,925.50
Help us reach our $30,000 goal!
Go to our Fun Run page for more details!

Why the Fun Run

How to set up your account

Make your Small After Dark Team

Girls Soccer Tryouts

We are holding girls soccer tryouts on the following dates, from 3:45-5:30:

  • 8th graders: Thursday, 1/9/20 

  • 7th graders: Friday, 1/10/20

Boys Basketball Schedule

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 

 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

Crockett Showcase

Join us for a community-invited tour at Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Road. This is an opportunity for prospective students and families to walk Crockett halls, meet teachers and students, and explore the many programs offered at our South Austin campus. Programs include Dual-Language, Construction Technology, Early College High School, Theater and Fine Arts, Auto Technology, Auto Body, Cosmetology, Journalism, Business and Technology, Computer Programming, Graphic Design, OnRamps and many more.
Fall Tour Dates and Times
  • December 6, 2019 (9:15-10:30 AM)
Follow the link below to sign up for a tour.
Sign up
https://bit.ly/2QlATJQ

Pay for your T-Shirt using https://schoolcashonline.com/

Deliver form and payment to Mr. Hopkins or email form to archuleta.skelley@gmail.com

Your Order will be delivered to your child in Mr. Hopkins’ class on Dec 5th and 6th

UT Event

UT is reaching out to us on behalf of the Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin. Their department hosts a series of events entitled UT Brainstorms: A Conversation on the Brain. The purpose of these events is to connect with the Austin community, and ultimately with the Texas community, to inform and educate about neuroscience research and the influences it has on our daily lives.

The topic for our upcoming event is “The Remembering Brain: A Conversation About How Memory Contributes to Children and Adults’ Ability to Navigate the World, Acquire New Knowledge, and Imagine Their Future.” We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this information! I have attached the event flyer, but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Our event will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00pm, at the LBJ Auditorium on the UT Austin campus. 

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:  UTBrainstorms.com (or Email: neurochair@austin.utexas.edu / Phone: (512) 232-7594). Attendance is free, and complimentary parking is available on-site at LBJ on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The speakers, Drs. Christine Coughlin, Hannah Roome, and Nicole Varga are all members of the Preston lab, where they use a combination of behavioral and brain imaging techniques to explore how we form new memories, how we remember past experiences, and how our memory for the past influences what we learn in the present.

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!

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.


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!

December 10th

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 11/18/19

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.


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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