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Cougar News – 2/24/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, he did and we still are.

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

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

Thank you

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

In memory of John Stidolph

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

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Green Tech

The Green Leaf

Green Academy Newsletter 2.18.20

Hello Community!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

Gang Green

GT-Math and Math-interested kiddos!

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

Library Volunteers

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

CAT Day Moved

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

Cougar Dancers Auditions

Join Small Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club!

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

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

6th Grade Transition Camp

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

Click here to print out the registration form. 

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

Idea for CAT Day!

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

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

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

Advanced Theatre Info

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

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

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

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

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

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

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

Only $40!

Click here to order online

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PT-YAY News

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

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

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

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

More Info from Bowie:

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

 
 

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

Future Bulldogs:

Join Us at Camp Bowie Express!

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

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

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

Cougar News – 2/17/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

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

Smallville-

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your 3-day weekend.

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

6th Grade Transition Camp

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

Click here to print out the registration form. 

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

8th Graders heading to Bowie...

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

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


Weekly Volunteers needed...

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

Idea for CAT Day!

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

Join us for a celebration of archaeology! 

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

Not Just Open Heart Surgery! Show John the Love!

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

Advanced Theatre Info

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

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

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

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

From London to Paris: June 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

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

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

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

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

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

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

More Info from Bowie:

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

 
 

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

Future Bulldogs:

Join Us at Camp Bowie Express!

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

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

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

Cougar News – 2/10/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

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

Cougars-

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

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

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

Have a great weekend!

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

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

Have a great long weekend!

Not Just Open Heart Surgery! Show John the Love!

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

Choice Sheets & Course Descriptions for Next year

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


Incoming 6th Graders
Click here for all the upcoming events

Advanced Theatre Info

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

Patton Volleyball

Hello Patton Families!

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

If you want to be involved, Register here. 

 

From London to Paris: June 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

High School Transition Dates

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

New Cell Phone Policy

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

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

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

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

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

Here is the latest Bowie Bulldogs Newsletter!

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

Cougar News – 2/3/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

2019-2020 
Week of 2/3/20 – 2/7/2020

Smallville-

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

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

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

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

 

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

Valentines Dance Needs

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

CSMS PTA Board Open Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

Hello World - After-school Computer Science / Coding Program

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

 

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

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

 SPRING 2020 OFF-SITE EVENTS

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

 SPRING 2020 PROGRAM DETAILS  

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

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

 

High School Transition Dates

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

New Cell Phone Policy

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

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th grade parent/guardian, 

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

https://signup.com/go/qvCNdPv 

Back to top

 

 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

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

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

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

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

ATTENTION 8th Graders heading to Bowie

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

Read Mr. Robinson’s Newsletter here

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

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

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

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

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

  • New Schedule & Level Change Procedures Click here

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


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

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

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Resources

Cougar News – 1/27/20

What's happening at Small Middle School

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

Cougars-

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

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

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

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

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

Gifted & Talent Explore - FAQ

Hello World - After-school Computer Science / Coding Program

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

 

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

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

 SPRING 2020 OFF-SITE EVENTS

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

 SPRING 2020 PROGRAM DETAILS  

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

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

 

High School Transition Dates

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

New Cell Phone Policy

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

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th grade parent/guardian, 

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

https://signup.com/go/qvCNdPv 

Back to top

 

 Thanks, 

Martin Coleman
Small Wellness Counselor

Buy a Yearbook!

Have you purchased your yearbook yet? 

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

Only $40!

Click here to order online

Back to Top

PT-YAY News

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

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

ATTENTION 8th Graders heading to Bowie

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

Read Mr. Robinson’s Newsletter here

COURSE SCHEDULING FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

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

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

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

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

  • New Schedule & Level Change Procedures Click here

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


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

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

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Crockett High School Transition events

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

Back to Top

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 

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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!

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

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

 

Useful Quick Links

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 

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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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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

 

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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 

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

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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