Cougar News

Week of 2/5/18 - 2/9/18

Small Middle School Calendar

Click here to see the upcoming events for CSMS

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

This week Small Middle School is honored to host a delegation of teachers and administrators from Taiwan in an effort to share best practices and learn more about each other’s culture. On Wednesday we will welcome our guests with open arms as these educators go on learning walks and receive information about our flagship programming and the American education system in general. Our hope is they leave Smallville witnessing evidence of our fundamental belief that happy kids make for better students. It’s not rocket science, it’s a rather simple formula and we’re proud to share; kids that enjoy where they work, and who they work for perform better.

Choice Sheets: This newsletter is chopped full of helpful hints and tricks to help you navigate next year’s choice sheets with your student. By now, we’ve had our awesome counselors visit your students’ social studies class to teach them how to fill it out correctly. However, we know that with the amount of classes we offer, and the with our specialized programming, it never hurts to educate guardians as well. We hope you find the provided links, descriptions and examples beneficial.

PALS: What a treat it was for me be able to walk over Patton Elementary on Friday with our 8th grade PALS class. For those of you who aren’t aware of PALS, it’s our student leadership class that not only does things to improve the culture here in Smallville, but also works with Patton as mentors and buddies during their lunch hour and library time. I can’t tell you how proud it made me to see our 8th graders sit down and connect with our future Cougars as they helped open juice boxes, refill ketchup (or catsup) ramekins, walk kids to the bathroom, answer questions about middle school, and even read to each other. Trust me when I tell you this, these kids are perfect examples of what we wish for all of our students to aspire to be: polite, positive, and perfect role models.

Thanks again for reading. Let us know how we’re doing via the link below or feel free to give us an email, call, or visit.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


PAL's at work at Patton today

Tools for filling out Choice sheets

Video on how to fill out Choice Sheet

Additional Tools

Choice Sheets deadline has been extended to Monday and Tuesday this coming week (2/5 or 2/6 depending on when your student's class meets).

  • Incoming 7th Graders will turn their choice sheets into their Social Studies Teacher.
  • Incoming 8th Graders will turn their choice sheet into their Science Teacher.

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out our STEAM camp!

Cougar Family in need

A Go Fund Me account has been created for one of our students families. If you would like to learn more and help out click the link below. - Thank you so much for donating and finding more ways to support this family.
Cougar Camp

Click here for information for our Cougar Camp for incoming 6th graders. Set for June 4th - 7th.

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Come be part of the fun!

We need help with our Valentine's Dance! We are looking for chaperones and\or donations for the concession stand. If you can help, please sign up here.

Kids will need some cash to purchase

  • Kona Ice
  • Pizza
  • Sweet Tea
  • Waterbottles
  • Gatorade
  • Candy
  • Popcorn

All Concession proceeds go to our CSMS Student Council.

Let the kids know they can request a song to be played at the dance here

CSMS Band Video

Check out the new recruitment video for the CSMS Band.

Club InsideOut

Calling all girls! Club InsideOut Enrollment is now open for the February session!

Join us on a journey of self-discovery, exploring your personal strengths of character and how they help you to shine brightly in this world. Make new friends, play a few games, do a little yoga and have lots of fun! Register online to reserve your spot:


Academic UIL season is starting and it’s time to get involved.

The University Interscholastic League offers 17 Academic contests for grades 6-8. These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance, and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills.

Students interested in competing in the 2018 Academic UIL tournament need to sign up. Students must have passing grades, good attendance and no discipline issues in order to compete. CSMS staff and/or parent will coach all interested students and will set up meeting times. More specific information will come from the coaches or UIL Academic Coordinator. If your child is interested in trying out for a UIL Academic Meet Event, please complete the following Goggle form.

Practices will start the week of Feb 5. (Day and time @ coaches’ discretion)

Contest date is Saturday April 14 @ Marble Falls Middle School (bus provided)

If you have questions, please email the UIL Academic Coordinator Becky White

Google Form

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FLL Lego Robotics Workshop

There will be an FLL Lego Robotics Workshop at the Hampton Branch library at 5125 Convict Hill Rd on February 24th at 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome, there will be teams practicing for their regional championship, but this is a workshop for children up to age 14 regardless of their intention to compete. Come see what the Lego Robotics craze is all about. We are looking to see if there is enough interest and support to form an after-school group at Small Middle School that can also support the Oak Hill and Patton elementary population so that students can have a continuous 5 year experience with this program. For more details or the latest updates see

Food Service Survey

As we develop school menus for the 2018-19 school year, feedback from our school communities is crucial. We are launching a survey, which will be open Jan. 22 - Feb. 16, to collect information that will help us create menus that best meet the needs and tastes of our communities.

Austin ISD Food Services 2017-18 Survey - English

Austin ISD Food Services 2017-18 Survey - Spanish

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Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes and let the district know your thoughts. The annual Parent survey is now available. Click the link below to fill it out.
2017-2018 Parent Family Survey

AISD wants to hear from you. Let them know what you think of Small Middle School.

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Green Academy Blog

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

Show your Cougar Pride!

Support our Cougar Cheerleaders,

Get your Cougar Pride Car Decals and/or Yard Signs

Lots of designs to choose from, plus personalization!

Use this link to order today!

Pride Decals & Yard Signs Order Form

2017-2018 Career Fair - Volunteers Needed

College and Career Day at Small Middle School is Friday, March 2, 2018.

Please sign up to present by Friday, February 23, 2018.

The School Counseling Department at Clint Small Middle School cordially invites you to participate in College and Career Fair 2017-2018 which will be held from 1:45 to 3:15 pm. We are looking for enthusiastic, dynamic presenters. As a presenter, you will share information regarding your career so that students can make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. Please feel free to bring visual aides or tools used in your occupation to enhance your presentation. Students have previously selected your career as a career of their interest and will be prepared to approach you at your tables and inquire about your profession.


1:45 to 2:15 Lunch will be provided.

2:15 to 2:45 Session 1(1/2 of all eighth grade students will visit with presenters)

2:50 to 3:20 Session 2 (1/2 of all eighth grade students will visit with presenters)

Click here (link has been fixed) to sign up to be a Career Fair Presenter

Library BoxTops

Don't forget to bring in your Box Tops! All Box Tops will benefit the Small Middle School Library. Turn your Box Tops in to the box in the front office, or have your student bring them directly to the library.
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Cougar Online

The kids are consistently adding new stories! Check out all their hard work!

2017-2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

You can order your yearbook online anytime. Click here