Cougar News

Week of 5/3/21 - 5/7/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

“May Day! May Day!”

This week is all about celebrations, remembrances, and appreciations. Our Month begins with May 1st, May Day to all you fans of Summer, and the day Europeans dedicated to workers and international solidarity. It’s also the phrase people most associate when an aircraft is plummeting towards the Earth.

We then head over to May 4th, to one of our newest and coolest holidays on record: Star Wars Day. That’s right, Tuesday is an international holiday celebrating all things Star Wars and based on a pun. “May the fourth be with you…”

May 5th is Cinco de Mayo here in Texas and is the day we commemorate Mexico’s victory over Napoleon III and his French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Why is this a big deal? Well, back in the day Napoleon the 3rd and the French Army was the largest, most powerful fighting force in the world, and the fact that Mexico was able to not only thwart their attack but win, is a testament to the Mexican will and one of our favorite underdog stories. On campus this Wednesday, we’ll be celebrating this historical day by wearing green and taking an Algebra EOC exam.

Throughout these 3 separate holidays is perhaps one of the most special times of the year here in the hallowed halls of Smallville; Teacher Appreciation Week. The entire week is dedicated to acknowledging the hard work and dedication of those who take care of our most precious assets. This is the week we let our teachers know how much we appreciate their care and their craft. Tis’ nothing nobler than to serve as an educator, and we happen to have some of the best ones ever to grace the middle school environment. Being a teacher is not an easy calling. It’s not glamorous, nor is the pay equal to the time spent or impact created, but teachers do not share their passion and joy for either. Teachers teach because they firmly believe that the best way to positively impact the future is to train the minds of today. Teachers only want a better tomorrow for all people. The kids of today will be the voters/spouses/parents/students/lawyers/bankers/bakers/coders/athletes/scientists/musicians/caregivers of tomorrow and we need them to be able to accomplish any task they put their mind to and to overcome any obstacle placed before them.

Please take some time this week to celebrate and appreciate your student’s teachers. Send them an email thanking them for their work, write them a card (we still do that right?) to say you appreciate them, or even send them a token of appreciation via sweets or gift cards, Better yet, have your student participate and send a few “thank you” emails as well. However you feel best to show gratitude is the best way to do it, All appreciations will be readily and gladly accepted.

Have a great week and thank you in advance for thanking our staff. This year has been anything but normal and we are proud of our staff, our students, and this group of loyal readers for pulling together as a community to make it through. Our success is due to our solidarity.

May the forth be with you.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Appreciation Week at Clint Small Middle School

May 3rd to May 7th

The PTA will be providing the special treats on Monday and Friday for our amazing staff at CSMS, but we NEED your help on Restocking the Snack and Drink Cart. (Examples of goodies to buy: Drinks, Chips, Crackers, Granola Bars, Candy, Nuts, etc.) Please make sure that the snacks are easy to Grab and Go. We would also invite you to show your appreciation on Thursday by sending a note or Rave for your favorite teacher. Thank you everyone!

What a wild ride it has been in education this year. All of Small's teachers, Administrators and Staff have put in more work then was ever expected in previous years to make sure our kids have what they need. Let's show them some love for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teachers Gift Guide

I was able to get 58 of our teachers to fill out a gift guide. See if your favorite teacher is on it...


WHAT A YEAR! Even with all of the crazy events that happened, there were so many good memories made. Don't miss out on your chance to purchase your copy of the yearbook so your child can look back on the year that changed EVERYTHING! A limited number of yearbooks are still available for sale for $40. The last day to pre-order is May 9th, but the site will close early if books sell out. Order today at the link below:

Speaking of yearbooks, we have last year's yearbooks available at a discounted price. If you would like to by the 2019-2020 yearbook they are only $10. Come by the main office with cash or check and we would be happy to sell you one.

Band Camp

For students continuing in our band program for 7th & 8th grade. Please visit the website for the August Band Camp information.


Summer Strength & Conditioning Camp at Burger Annex

(Must have a new physical dated after April 15)

Monday, June 7- Thursday, July 29

8:00-10:00 am

7th & 8th Grade Football Camp at Burger Stadium/Annex

(Must have a new physical dated after April 15)

Monday, July 26-Wednesday, July 28

8:00-10:00 am

Freshmen Football Camp at Burger Stadium/Annex

(Must have a new physical dated after April 15)

Monday, July 26-Wednesday, July 28

10:30-12:30 pm

First day of football practice will be Monday, August 2

Have You Registered Online for the 2021-2022 School Year?

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For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system.

Please visit to create a Parent Cloud Account.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact

For all other registration questions, contact

Parent Guide to Online Registration: English Spanish

*Registration must be completed annually.

Use the Online Registration Status Self Check to verify if online registration is complete.

Athletic Info for Next School year

Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Summer Program by MIT Graduate Students

Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more.

Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan at with any questions.

Attention 8th Grade Families

Save the Date!

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Last Day of School 6/3/21 at 10:00 Am


Drive thru Promotion Certificate Pick up scheduled for 6/4/21 Time TBD

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Spark Change Day

Do you know a girl who wants to change the world? There’s still time for them to register and attend! Spark Change Day! Spark Change Day is meant to inspire girls* in grades 6-12 to be civically engaged and help them develop their unique voice to advocate for themselves and their community.

What to expect?

This virtual event will include a training on the power of advocacy, a review of the legislative process, interactive exploration of issues which impact girls in our nation and the opportunity to hear from local and national policy makers.

Talk to local policymakers about issues impacting our communities. Including Mental Health, School to Prison Pipeline, Environmental Justice, Bodily Autonomy, Racial Justice, LGBTQIA+ equity and Homelessness. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with elected officials, including:

§ Representative Ana-Maria Ramos

§ Representative Vikki Goodwin

§ Travis County Attorney Delia Garza

§ Austin City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes

How to attend?

To register to attend Spark Change Day please visit

Get excited! Those who register for Spark Change Day will be automatically entered into a raffle with three chances to win Apple AirPod Pro’s! You must be present at Spark Change Day to claim your prize.

Spark Change Day Logistics:

Date: Saturday, May 15

Time: 1PM-5PM CST

Where: Hop-In virtual platform

Who: Youth in grades 6-12

Cost: There is no cost associated with attending Spark Change Day! A donation is appreciated but not required.


Featured Speakers: TBD

Be sure to visit or email for more information! We would love to see the youth in your life at Spark Change Day!

* Although the overall mission of the Spark Change Project is to amplify the voices of Black and Brown girls, this is a gender diverse event that is open to all girls and non-binary folks.

The Small Virtual Library

Our amazing Librarian, Ms. Sylvia, is so good at recommending books and fostering the kids' love of reading, that she has a whole blog about it! She updates it every week. Be sure to click the link below each week for her new installment of her Small Virtual Library.

This week's featured books are GRAPHIC NOVELS, check it out:

Austin High Newsletter


Induction Ceremony for 2019-2020 (current 8th graders who were selected for NJHS as 7th graders last Spring) and for 2020-2021 (current 7th graders who have been recently selected) NJHS members will be held on May 20th at 7:30pm. Current NHS members from LASA will be hosting and welcoming new members and we will have a very special guest speaker! The virtual ceremony should last about half an hour (no commute time!)

Mrs. Manners, your NJHS sponsor, has the emails for the students in 7th and 8th grade as well as the adults-of-7th-graders and she will send a Zoom link to those emails closer to May 20th. If you are an adult-of-an-8th-grade NJHS member who would like to attend the virtual ceremony, please send an email to with the emails of anyone you'd like included (grandparents, bonus parents, etc). Please include the name of your NJHS member and "Zoom Link Request" in the subject line.


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

Austin High Basketball Camp

When: June 28 – July 1

Where: Small Middle School gym


  • Boys and Girls entering 3rd – 5th grades 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Boys and Girls entering 6th – 9th grades 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $100 per camper

The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game. Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head boys basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided. Students will need to bring their own water bottle.

Sign up online at link and pay at (search for Austin High Basketball Camp)

Austin High Community

Dear Austin High Community,

As always, it's a great time to be a Maroon! Click here to view the March/April Principal's Report.


Amy Taylor, Austin High School Principal

Austin High Swim Team

We have three dates available for TRYOUTS

(1) Thursday, April 22

(2) Thursday, April 29

(3) Thursday, May 6

These will all start promptly at 7:15am and should be over before 8:00am. This will give the kids time to get to school or home in time for their first class of the day. These tryouts will take place at the pool where we train, the Austin Swim Club on Southwest Parkway. Swimmers should arrive by 7:00 with their suits already on and have a mask on as they enter the facility. Parents will not be allowed into the facility/on the pool deck during the tryout (per Austin Swim Club policy), but they are welcome to watch from outside the fence. If you have any further questions about the tryout process, check out:

Attention 8th Graders goin to Travis High

Ordered a Yearbook Yet?

Address the CAC Committee

If you are interested in speaking to our CAC using our Citizen Communication time, please email our CAC chair Co-Chair Chasee for the meeting Zoom details.

Citizens Communications. For all regular and other plenary meetings of the CAC, time at the beginning of the meeting shall be set aside for citizens communications. This time is specifically for non-members to make comments to the CAC. The Co-Chairs may limit the time for citizens communications and the time given to individual speakers. The Co-Chairs shall ensure that the district’s “Citizens Communications and Visitor Guidelines” are applied. Under these guidelines, except for requests for clarification, dialogue shall not occur between speakers and members. If the CAC is interested in hearing more from a speaker, the speaker may be invited to a future meeting and placed on the agenda specifically for that purpose. Or, the CAC may call a special meeting specifically for the purpose of open dialogue with non-members (e.g., a “community conversation”), but it must be posted for discussion on a specific topic or topics.


Parents, are you looking for a way to give back to teachers and staff at Small Middle School?

We (A handful of Small Parents) have found a free and very effective way to show some love and thought we would share it with you all.

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Let's send some sparkly gratitude to our faculty & staff this holiday season with an AISD RAVE submission!

  • Does your student have a favorite teacher?
  • Has someone at Small (or any other AISD School) gone above and beyond for you and your family?
  • Do you want to support teachers and let everyone (Teacher, Principal, AISD District) know about it?

All of our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond this semester. The best free, easy, sparkly way to show our gratitude is via the RAVE form on the AISD website (link below.) It only takes a couple of minutes to complete!

This form is received by AISD administration. RAVE submissions mean a lot to teachers and staff. It's equivalent to a virtual hug! And, there's never been a better time to remind the Superintendent how indispensable they all are.

Please submit a RAVE for any teacher or staff member (current or from school years past.)

Maybe send one or two a day! You do need the first and last name of the employee you wish to RAVE about. Those can be sourced on Small's Staff Directory :

Flooding AISD administration with positive feedback will make an important and lasting impact. Let's make this holiday season sparkle a little extra with RAVES!

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Thank you,

Small Parents

Green Academy Blog

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