Cougar News

The Weekly Newsletter of Clint Small, Jr. Middle School

April 3rd - April 7th

April Calendar

Click here to see the full calendar of events for April

Letter from Principal Nelson


Our kids are learning to redefine love here on campus via the amazing work of our counselors, our top-notch staff, and with loads of love from the Go Love Now crew. LOVE (Listen, Observe, Voice, Empathy) begins at the most basic, yet often most difficult, of levels; students must learn to love themselves first.

Listen - we want our kids to listen to the positive affirmations and comments from their teachers, parents, and peers more than the negative ones. I know we are working hard to change our vocabulary on campus to ensure kids see the light in our remarks. For example, instead of saying “if you learn to study, you will get better grades,” we will try to say “when you master studying, you will find you’ll be accepted to more colleges.”

Observe - be cognizant of your surroundings and make sure you position yourself among like-minded peers. When you see others doing things you know are wrong, make a conscious choice to leave the scene. Observe in others the behaviors you want for yourself, then emulate as much as possible.

Voice - not only do we want our students to develop their own voice and speak up for their needs, but also to speak out against what is wrong. Finding one’s voice is not limited to that which we hear; we also want kids to practice positive self-talk.

Empathy - probably the most important piece; be mindful that others may have it harder than you. Never assume everything is hunky-dory for all people, even if they appear to be laughing on the outside. Treat others as you wish to be treated and you will discover empathy.

There you go LOVE the heck out of your student!

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


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Carnival things to know...

Our Second annual Community Carnival is set for Thursday, May 25th 3:45 - 7:00 pm.

(Kids are out of School that Friday and Monday of that weekend)

Not only is this a big end of year party for our students, it is a great way to support our school. All proceeds go directly back to the CSMS departments, clubs and organizations that participate. For example, last year, the Math department got over $800 to spend as they saw fit for this years classes.

How Parents\Guardians can help:

  • Send your students to the Carnival! Save the date and make a plan for them to attend. Most of our income will come from wristband\ticket sales.
  • Plan to Volunteer - We need lots of adults on hand to supervise and work the booths - Look for sign-up information soon
  • Donate an In-kind item - We will be giving raffle tickets away as prizes for the kids to win big ticket items. We also plan to have a silent Auction. If you have something you would like to donate, contact us!
  • Be a Vendor - Have a booth at the Carnival. The more fun things we have for the kids to do, the smaller the lines.
  • Sponsor - We need to underwrite this event as much as possible. Consider donating some cash to sponsor a booth or inflatable, we have different sponsorship options available.
  • Donate or help us find Coupons - The kids will win coupons to local businesses. This is a win, win to build a relationship between the School and community.
  • Spread the word - Tell your friends and neighbors. We want this to be a community event. We would especially like to invite our incoming 6th grade class to come on out and have some fun at their new school.

Our carnival website is still being built. As soon as we have all the teachers sign-up and booths scheduled we will go live. Until then, please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


Jennifer Newell

Carnival Chair

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Letter From School Nurse

Hello Parents!

It is never too early to start preparing for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. August is only 5 months away. Now is a good time to make sure your children are up to date with their immunizations. Students entering 7th grade will need to have a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) within the past 5 years and a Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis). Now is a good time to get your child vaccinated.

Attached are some resources of where you can get immunizations for your child. Vaccinate your child now to avoid the last minute rush in August. Having your child up to date will also avoid them from being excluded from school on the first day of school. All students need to be up to date by the first day of school in August or they will be excluded from school per state law and AISD policy.

If there is a conscientious objection to your child receiving immunizations, please contact the Texas Department of Health to obtain the appropriate paperwork.

If there is a medical reason your child may not be immunized, a written letter from a licensed physician is required.

If your child has already received these vaccines please send a copy of your child’s immunization record to the Small Health Room or fax a copy to 512-841-6745.

Feel free to contact the Small Middle School Health Room with any questions- 512-841-6716

Reminder From the Coaches: Any students who want to participate in sports next school year will need to have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2017.

Thank you in advance from the Small Health Room Team

Kathy Stanton, RN

Tait Olufsen-Morgan, SHA

8th Grade Fun in the Sun!!

The 8th grade students will be headed out on a fun excursion to Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Attached you will find the information letter that the students received this week, along with a request for parent volunteers, and a medical form. Please take a moment and look over all the information about the trip and feel free to contact Pamela Komnick ( with any questions.

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Bowie Cheer

BIG News for 8th graders going to Bowie!

Bowie Cheer for 9th grade in 2017 -2018 will have a separate class, and it will also be a team as well!!

There will be a meeting on Monday, April 17th, at 6:30 pm in the Bowie cafeteria. This meeting will provide all of the details regarding what Bowie 9th Grade Cheer will look like in 2017 - 2018.

Information will be posted on their social media pages, and Coach Roggermann can be reached at or her cheer email at


If you would like to take advantage of the Free Physicals that are offered by the District, please follow the steps below.


  • Email or Call Coach Hernandez/Coach J Moore for a packet
  • Complete Packet in INK
Contact information complete
Next year’s grade level, student ID, school name included
  • Medical History questions answered by PARENT
Yes answers explained THOROUGHLY
  • Sports circled
  • SIGNATURE of Parents and Students on ALL BLANKS
  • If student has asthma include asthma action plan from Nurse
  • When you come to the Burger Center on the 20th. The Physicians will fill out the Physical form in the Packet.

Attention 8th Grade Parents\Guardians

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Coupons/In-Kind Donations/Sponsorships

Our Carnival Committee is asking for your help!

We asked the kids what they want for prizes at the carnival for games and they overwhelmingly said... Free Food (Teenagers!) - Since our Carnival is a fundraiser, offering food as prizes is out of our budget. So, we asked, would they like coupons for free food instead. The answer was a resounding YES!!!!

This is where you can help...

Do you have a connection to a local business that would be willing to donate to our Carnival?

We are looking for...

  • Coupons - Free or buy 1 get 1 free coupon to local restaurants or middle school friendly businesses (Think: Altitudes or Wendy's Frosty)
  • In-Kind Donations - items we can raffle off that the kids would be interested in (Think: Party packages to Paint Ball, Gift cards to clothing stores...)
  • Sponsorships - Monetary sponsorships of Booths or activities at our Carnival to help underwrite our carnival expenses. (We will offer sponsorship packages to build a partnership with local businesses and Clint Small Middle School

Please send all leads for this part of Carnival to our PTA President and Silent Auction Chair Ms. Alyson Spier at or Carnival Chair Jennifer Newell at

Thank you!!!!

Summer Camp Guide

As news of summer camps in the area come in, we will put them on this link.

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2017-2018 Registration

Online registration for school year 2017-18 begins March 1st.

All current\new to AISD students need to register for the upcoming school year.

Please click here for step by step instructions.

Any questions? Call Diane Ewing 512-841-6710