Cougar News

The Weekly Newsletter of Clint Small, Jr. Middle School

Mr. Nelson's Musings

Hello Cougar Nation!

It is with great honor and excitement that I write to you today as the new principal of Clint Small Middle School! Being the instructional leader of a middle school has been a lifelong goal of mine, and being fortunate enough to realize this dream at Central Texas’ premiere Middle School is a distinction I do not take lightly.

Small Middle School is the very essence of whole-child education. Here, here we put equal emphasis on all parts of a student’s day. Whether it be through band and orchestra, athletics or PE, through any of the sciences or math, or through the efforts we put into ensuring our students are in control of their emotions during SEL time, we want to make sure that we allow each student the opportunity to flourish at h/her favorite part of the school day. Each student is unique and each student deserves to have faculty and staff who appreciate what it is that motivates and challenges them. We want our students to take risks, learn about sticktoitiveness, and to continually strive to be the best version of themselves.

At Small Middle School, we don’t merely prepare students for High School; we prepare them for college and for 21st Century jobs. Our Green Tech and Project Lead the Way tracks ensure students are not only receiving the very best in STEAM education today, but our group of talented educators who work with them are also at the forefront of innovation and ensuring students are better prepared for tomorrow. Likewise with our Fine Arts and Athletics tracks; our teachers are continually searching for ways to tap into student potential to ensure success at the secondary level and beyond.

As I familiarize myself with all things Small these next few weeks, I invite you to drop me a line, swing by for a visit, or follow me on Twitter (@smallprincipal). I will update the Twitter site regularly with news of upcoming events, highlights of some of the amazing things happening on campus, articles on best practices from the land of education, and share some unique Small ponderings from staff and students.

Thank you for making me feel so welcome and for allowing me the opportunity to work with your student.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School


“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know; But when you listen, you may learn something new.” -Dalai Lama

Time is running out to buy yearbooks!

The last day to buy a yearbook before they are distributed to students is TODAY, Friday, May 20. If you have not yet purchased one for your child, don't delay. Books are going fast.

You can order one online here.

Faculty v. Student Games

FACULTY GAMES will be held on May 25th and May 26th from 1:30-3:30. Come out to watch your favorite teacher/coach play Volleyball and Basketball against the 8th Grade Teams.

Wristbands will be on sale for $5 during the weeks of May 20-25 during ALL lunches.

The wristband will get you into BOTH DAYS/GAMES.

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Students Learn Knife Skills

Mr. Brooks' What's on your plate? class is in the process of preparing for their final project (a three course meal made from whole foods) by learning some knife skills. Check out the picture slide show here:
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Sign Up for the Austin High Newsletter

Parents of 8th graders heading to Austin High: Click here to be added to the Austin High E-News distribution list.

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Registration for school year 2016-17

Have you registered your student for next school year? Please visit your parent cloud account, log in and click the registration tab. If you have any questions please call the helpline 512-414-9187.

**If you are NEW to AISD please visit and create a new parent cloud account.

Please contact Diane Ewing if you have any questions about registration., 512-841-6710

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Kuk Sool Won

AISD Off Campus Physical Education Credit for the Fall Semester

Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Martial Arts is an approved AISD Off Campus Physical Education (OCPE) Provider, it's not too late to sign up your 7th or 8th grade student for the fall semester! For more information about taking Physical Education off campus and getting AISD credit, please visit:

Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Martial Arts is located at 6001 West William Cannon Drive, Ste 307, 78749. Each of our Black Belt Instructors is CPR and First Aid Certified and have passed their Criminal Background Checks and FBI Fingerprint Checks. To learn more about the martial arts, visit, email, or call 512-899-8710.