Cougar News

Week of 8/23/21 - 8/27/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Howdy Cougars!

Congratulations to you as parents and guardians, our fantastic staff, and especially to our phenomenal students for making this first week of Small a banner success! So many happy faces, smiles, and good vibes abound that it almost makes us wonder why we even have summer in the first place...almost.

This week has been all about building relationships and going over the classroom and school-wide procedures and expectations. We front-load the year with our systems and routines, knowing that it will pay big dividends in the future. When we’re all on the same page, we can create quite a book. We’re fortunate our students are so receptive to this and understand the method to our madness. Students know we can all accomplish great things when we first learn to respect and work together in the community.

Drop Off: To help clear up any confusion in regards to what the morning routine is here at Small, are a few reminders:

  • All 8th-grade students are to meet in the cafeteria in the morning after 7:45. At 8:00, dismiss them to their first class of the day.

  • All 6th and 7th-grade students are to meet in the Big Gym after 7:45. We then dismiss them to their first class of the day at 8:00.

  • All students who wish to eat AISD breakfast will eat in the cafeteria before heading off to their designated area.

  • All Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will head directly to their first class of the day until we officially begin at 8:20.

Pick Up: This year, we have over 1,200 students and ten busses, meaning we have considerably more commuters than last year. We have a good plan in place; we just need to make sure to follow it. You can help by pulling up to the front of the line when picking your student up. We will teach them to walk towards the front of the line to meet you. By doing this and adhering to the traffic arrows, we should be fine. The release schedule is as follows:

  • 3rd Floor Classes released at 3:42

  • 2nd Floor Classes released at 3:46

  • 1st Floor Classes released at 3:50

Cafeteria and Outdoor Seating: We want to thank all of you and our students for your patience these first few days as we fortify our outdoor seating. Regrettably, we did not have outdoor dining on Wednesday due to weather concerns but have since re-opened the dining areas and included 20 more picnic tables. Thanks to Living Tree, AISD’s fundraising platform, and the generosity of our community, we have over $6,000 to spend on even more tables and umbrellas. Two of our awesome APs, Mr. Sammon and Mr. Poehl, have been picking up and setting up tables from various hardware stores these last two days and look forward to getting even more next week. The goal is for 100% of our students to have an available seat outdoors if they so desire. We want kids to dine outside and are working hard to make sure they can do so comfortably and somewhat in the shade.

Week one. Done.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Outdoor Seating Fundraiser

Thank you all so much for helping us hit our goal. Initially, we were planning on spending $75 per table and building them ourselves. As this week developed and we saw the immediate need for outside seating during lunch, we switched gears and chose to buy already made picnic tables costing $150 each. Most are in the shade, but for the tables placed directly in the sun, we hope to purchase umbrellas as well. So we have altered our living tree campaign and our new goal is $8500. With the over $6,200 we have received we have done a lot, but there is still more to do.

Check out the outdoor seating fundraiser:

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Got an appointment?

Do you need to pick up your student during the school day? No problem. We have 2 different methods that can speed up this process.

Method #1) Send your student in with a note. First thing in the morning, They should come to the main office with a note from home stating what time they will be picked up. We will exchange that note for a pass to leave class at that time. When the time comes, the student shows their teacher and then comes to the main office. They are there ready for pick up and you make your appointment on time.

Method #2) What I like to call... Order a kid. let's say you just found out about an appointment, or forgot to send a note... No problem just go to the main page of our website and scroll to the bottom. Under the helpful links section, click "Student Early Pickup Request". Our front office staff will monitor that all day and send a note to the student to come down at the time requested.

If method one or two are not used, prepare to wait up to 30 minutes for us to find your student and get them to the office.


Check out our Virtual Library

Bus Information

If you live in our attendance zone, but more that 2 miles away from school, you are automatically eligible for the school bus. To find out where and when to catch the bus for school go to the AISD School Bus Finder and enter your address. Choose the school you need a ride to and click find. It will tell you your bus number, pickup and drop off times and locations.

New to Small?

We are working on a FAQ, (It is actually an old one we are in the process of updating), but it is chock full of helpful information that we thought some of you might want access to. If there is something that you need and you can't find there, feel free to email and I will add it.

Small Middle School FAQ

Calling ANY student working on their Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Silver Award!!!!

NJHS has a great project idea that would be a perfect opportunity for you to work on your requirements for the BSA and GSUSA awards!!!! Please contact NJHS sponsors or for more information.

2021-2022 Bell Schedule

We have submitted our Bell Schedule and A/B Calendar to the district.

You will notice we are doing something new with both!

2021-2022 A/B Calendar - 8/12/21 Rev.

2021-2022 Daily Bell Schedule - 8/1/21 Rev.

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Join PTA

We have an enthusiastic new team of Parents heading up the PTA this year. We are excited to partner with these amazing volunteers. If you have any questions regarding PTA, be sure to email our president Celeste Schooley with any questions.

In the mean time show your support for Small by joining the 21-22 PTA at

Did you know as a PTA member, you have access to discounts for car rentals,

hotels, theme parks and more? Check out this link for more perks

Gifted and Talented

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! Look for this logo in each week's Cougar News to find out the latest happenings in CSMS GATE (Gifted and Talent Explore).

Coming up! Parent nominations for students to be included in the GATE identification process will be open from Sept 14-24. A link to the nomination form will be included here, or you may pick up a paper form from the office from Sept 14 and snail mail it back by Sept 24th. ONLINE NOMINATIONS ARE GREATLY PREFERRED! Nominations, online or mailed, MUST be received by midnight on Sept 24. If your student was already identified in the GATE program in any category in AISD in another middle school or in elementary school you do NOT have to re-nominate them. Here's a link to GT FAQ S'more. Please look here for answers to your GATE questions. If you've read the GT FAQ and you still have questions, please email your campus GT Advocate

Need help?


Since we have so many families that live outside our attendance zone, we are trying to create some carpool groups for next year. If you are interested is a possible carpool for next year, fill out this form.

Cougar Club

We are bringing back Cougar Club for the 21-22 School year! If your student needs a safe place to go after school enroll them into Small's Cougar Club. Click here to register for next year.

Check out the flyer below

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Green Academy Blog

Did you know the Green Academy has a blog? Check it out!