Cougar News

Week of 1/29/18 - 2/2/18

Small Middle School Calendar

Click here to see the upcoming events for CSMS

Letter from Principal Nelson

Howdy Cougars!

5 days together this week provided our teachers and students more ‘at bats’ in their academic and fine arts classes. ‘At bats” is the term we use when we provide multiple opportunities for a student to master a skill in the classroom setting. We never let a student arrive at an answer, or hit a perfect C-sharp then quickly move on. No way! We then practice, repeat, and continue performing/answering until it becomes second nature. Much like baseball players need multiple reps to learn how to hit a slider, our kids need as much practice, or “at bats” as possible to truly master a skill.

While we aren’t huge proponents of too much homework here in Smallville, we do appreciate the fact that it allows our students multiple opportunities to practice a skill while at home. Just like practicing a jump shot in the driveway can help your offense, working on double-digit division at home can up your skills and improve your ability to solve multi-step problems. When we improve our muscle memory, these things become second nature and we are able to concentrate on the bigger picture of the problem instead of getting bogged down with the details. If you can’t quickly make it through step one of a 3-step question, chances are you’re going to have trouble on the test. We want our students to be exposed to, and practice on as many types of questions they will encounter so it becomes second nature. This same technique is valued in numerous settings all over the globe. In the medical profession, doctors who have multiple surgeries under their belt do not necessarily know more than other doctors, but when the procedure turns to crisis mode, they are typically able to work through it faster because they are relying on muscle memory and can dedicate more bandwidth to solving the problem. While taking standardized tests are a far cry from performing operations, the belief that practicing a skill until it becomes second nature bodes well for both.

Speaking of doctors (this is what we call a segway), please join us in wishing our best to our nurse Kathleen Stanton who will be leaving Smallville next month to take on a larger role with the district. We will miss her dearly, but are certain her expertise and knowledge of care can only improve other secondary campuses across the district. That being said, the Student Health Services program provided by Dell Children’s Medical Center & Ascension Health is pleased to announce that Malorie Guerrero, RN will be joining the staff as the school’s nurse at Small Middle School beginning Monday, January 29, 2018. Your new nurse will now provide health staff coverage from bell to bell at your school. Your school health team is committed to providing your child with the health services he/she needs and keeping the students healthy. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your nurse or school health assistant as needed.

Thanks for reading and for letting us spend time with your student this week. We have, as I was told by a 5th grade parent taking a tour on thursday, the calmest kids she has ever seen. That comment means the world to our staff because we know that their calmness comes from our caring.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


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.

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

Look Up - Jan 31st

What is a super moon? - 7% larger and 14% brighter in the sky

What is a blue moon? - second full moon in a month

What is a blood moon? - a lunar eclipse

How rare is this? - last happened more than 150 years ago

Best time to view it? - 6:15-6:30 am CST 1/31/2018

- Brought to you by CSMS Science teachers... The more you know, the more you can share with your student!

Hot Chocolate Sale

Come out and enjoy the best cup of hot chocolate you've ever had and support the Gay Straight Alliance! We will be selling hot chocolate by the flag pole Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning before school. We will have a basic option available for $1 and all the fixings for $1.50. Please swing by and buy a cup. You won't regret it!
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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.

Great Thinkers Club

No Great Thinkers on Thurs, Feb 1. Mrs. Manners will be at district GT Advocate Meeting.

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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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.

Austin High invites Small Parents

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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