Cougar News

Week of April 25th - April 29th

Letter from Principal Nelson


Today, we are officially two weeks from our campus-wide STAAR tests. These next few days will be all about reviewing what we have covered up to this point in the year and working with your student to work on any concepts previously not mastered. We know that if our students take these tests seriously and try their best, there’s no way they can fail. Our teachers have done an excellent job of crafting engaging, hands-on, collaborative lessons that allow students to immerse themselves in the tested standards. Now our job is to make sure they can connect what they did in class to what they see on the multiple-choice test. Daunting, but all part of the master plan.

On the week of STAAR (May 9th -13th), we will have all of our students report to PRIDE at the end of the day on Monday, May 9th, to deposit their Chromebooks to their testing center for safe-keeping and to ensure they are charged accordingly. Since every student will be taking their exams on these devices, we cannot risk students coming to school empty-handed. For this to work, we ask two things of you: 1. Make sure your student has their working device with them on Monday, May 9th, and 2. Make sure your student has a charger with them as well. (link to amazon) We promise to bombard you with subtle reminders prior to the big soiree, as well as reminders about them bringing snacks, refillable water bottles, and something to read, but it’s always nice to start planning for these things now vs the day before.

AISD Visit: Last week we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to host a tea of leaders from AISD on campus for a series of learning walks and needless to say, it went swimmingly. Their goal for the day was to witness systems, routines, and instances of student collaboration in our classrooms. They were not only amazed by our phenomenal staff and their engaging lessons, but also noted that every single student on campus seemed happy and was contributing. The warmth they felt upon entering each classroom was palatable and all in attendance stated how unlike any other school ours was when it came to the smiles on the faces of students and staff. They then broke down and talked about data and plans and testing and HB4545 and new TEA mandates and various other miscellania for the next half-hour, but it was all a blur to me as I zoned out since they had already discussed the only thing that mattered.

Smiles on faces of staff and kids.

It’s not rocket science. Happy teachers equals happy kids, and happy kids learn best.

Hopefully somebody took that note at the meeting and will produce a flowchart for other schools to follow.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705


We need your help!

Lot's of clubs and departments are going to be asking for donations to pull off this amazing event.

  • Visual Art's Department will need Drink Donations (Sodas, Waters, Sport's Drinks)
  • ELL Department is asking for pre packaged snacks
  • PTA is asking for Volunteers
  • The Splash Fest Committee is asking for Raffle Items for the kids to win

Plus Much More

Look for an email regarding all Splash Fest needs this week.

Learn More about Splash Fest

Splash Fest Website for all the details

Questions? Email

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Help a Small MS Family

One of our Small family members had a devastating fire which destroyed the trailer they were living in and the car that was parked next to it. One of the students is in our 6th grade, while the other student is attending Oak Hill Elementary. A family of 8 lived in the trailer. They had been moving from motel to motel using the Visa cards and HEB cards that were donated. They have recently moved into a rental home but are needing help. As if this was not enough, the mother has been going through her second round of chemotherapy. Any help that can be given for this family would be appreciated.

Go Fund Me link for Small family fire victims:

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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Save the date May 27th at 10 AM

More details to come.

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Please, Please, Please Register for Next Year!

Do you hate seeing all these reminders about Online Registration?

We do too! We don’t like bothering you guys.

We have 845 people who have NOT registered for the 2022-2023 school year. The more people who register, the faster we can stop bugging you!

Are you thinking “do I really have to register online? My kid is already enrolled.”

Yes! We need all parents to online register EVERY year, so that we have the most current information on file. This helps ensure we have appropriate staffing too.

Can’t remember what you need to do to register?

Please visit click or search the “AISD Student Registration” Tile.

Here are some step by step instructions:

Parent Guide to Online Registration: English

Guía de inscripción en línea para padres y tutores legales Espanol

Not coming back to Small?

No problem, just email your student’s full name, and what school they will be attending in the fall. We will update the database, so you come off our list.

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Get paid to make a meaningful impact! Open to all Austin, TX-based students in 7th-12th grade.

Austin School of Film is partnering with award-winning poet and cultural worker KB Brookins on a free one-time Super 8 film & poetry workshop. Students will learn both the basics of film production on an analog camera and basic poetry skills to create thematic short film poems (images & voice over) while exploring the topic of "policing in school".

All work will be showcased in a final exhibition & screening on May 7, 2022 at Austin School of Film from 6-8pm that is free & open to the public. This is a chance for students to cultivate new skills and participate in a pivotal project combining youth engagement, filmmaking, and poetry.


No prior experience in film or poetry needed.

This project is supported through the Broadway Advocacy Coalition as KB’s final project for the Artivism Fellowship. Each student will be given a $50 stipend for their participation in this experience.

ABOUT BROADWAY ADVOCACY COALITION: The BAC Artivism Fellowship is designed to support artist activists around the US using their tools to have an impact on the world around them. This year’s fellowship focuses on the theme of “Reimagining Justice through Abolition.” Over the course of four months, the program provides financial and production support, mentorship, networking opportunities, community and education workshops.

ABOUT KB BROOKINS: KB Brookins (also known as KB) is a poet, essayist, and cultural worker from Fort Worth, Texas. Their work is published in American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and other venues. KB is the author of How To Identify Yourself with a Wound (Kallisto Gaia Press, 2022), a chapbook selected by ire’ne laura silva as winner of the Saguaro Poetry Prize. They have received Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations, along with fellowships from PEN America, Lambda Literary, and The Watering Hole among others.

This workshop is in-person at our facility and will take place in our classroom studio at Austin School of Film.

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The AISD Summer Theatre Series is back!

Students of all experience levels are welcome to shine on stage during the free Summer Theatre Series program. Current fifth through 12th graders in Austin ISD are invited to try out for the program’s seventh consecutive season.

The program will start June 6 and run through July 25 and will feature The Addams Family musical production, Alice in Wonderland black box studio production, and the new Summer Theatre Series Rising Stars program—a one-week educational theatre camp that offers workshops in acting, dance and voice.

The technical track of the Summer Theatre Series allows students to explore design and construction in costumes, make-up, scenery, properties, lights, and sound. Students will work with professionals from the Austin theatrical community to create all of the technical elements of the productions.

Rehearsals take place at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. Several transportation options will be provided for participating students, including a daily bus running to and from Bedichek Middle School, carpools and free city bus passes available through the Kids Ride Free program with Capital Metro. City bus locations are located at the corner of Mueller Boulevard and Barbara Jordan Boulevard, and across from Dell Children’s Hospital.

Students interested in participating must register by April 13 and video auditions need to be submitted by April 15.

An audition workshop and Q&A session will be available Monday, April 11. For access to audition materials and more information on the 2022 Austin ISD Summer Theatre Series, go to

For questions, please contact Program Coordinator, Jessica Champion, at

Se invita a estudiantes con cualquier nivel de experiencia a brillar en el escenario durante el programa gratuito de la serie de teatro de verano. Se invita a los estudiantes de quinto a 12.° grado del Austin ISD a hacer una audición para la séptima temporada consecutiva del programa.

El programa comenzará el 6 de junio y continuará hasta el 25 de julio y presentará la producción musical La familia Addams, la producción de cámara negra Alicia en el País de las Maravillas y el nuevo programa Estrellas en Ascenso de la serie de teatro de verano, un campamento educativo de una semana que ofrece talleres de actuación, danza y voz.

La opción técnica de la serie de teatro de verano les permite a los estudiantes explorar el diseño y la construcción de vestuario, maquillaje, escenarios, utilería, iluminación y sonido. Los estudiantes trabajarán con profesionales de la comunidad teatral de Austin para crear todos los elementos técnicos de las producciones.

Los ensayos se llevan a cabo en el Centro de Artes Escénicas del Austin ISD. Se proveerán varias opciones de transporte para los estudiantes participantes, incluyendo un autobús diario de ida y vuelta a la Escuela Secundaria Bedichek, vehículos compartidos y pases gratuitos para autobuses de la ciudad disponibles a través del programa Los Niños Viajan Gratis de Capital Metro. Las paradas de autobuses de la ciudad están en la esquina de Mueller Boulevard y Barbara Jordan Boulevard y frente al Hospital Dell Children's.

Los estudiantes interesados en participar deben registrarse a más tardar el 13 de abril y las audiciones en video deben enviarse a más tardar el 15 de abril.

Habrá un taller para las audiciones y una sesión de preguntas y respuestas el lunes, 11 de abril. Para acceso a los materiales de audición y más información sobre la serie de teatro de verano del Austin ISD de 2022, vaya a

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con la coordinadora del programa, Jessica Champion, a

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8th grade Schlitterbahn Trip - UPDATE

Dear Students and Guardians,

We are opening the May 26th 8th grade Schlitterbahn Trip online payment early (April 11- May 5) We understand that it may be beneficial to pay at certain times of the month. Total cost for the trip is $75.00. Payment however does not guarantee your students eligibility to attend the trip. Please check the eligibility requirements with your student prior to paying.

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the Schlitterbahn trip:

  1. Must pass all classes ─ including electives ─ for the 8th progress report (April 29th) and the final report card.

  2. Must have a completely clean discipline record for the 4th 9 weeks. (For example, the student must have no referrals of any kind, no more than 3 trips to lunch detention for behavior, no home suspension, and no bus referrals)

  3. Attendance of 90% for the last 9 weeks (March 11- May 26) (less than 3 unexcused absences)

  4. Must have approval from all of their teachers (including elective classes) for participation in the trip.

  5. Must clear all obligations (including textbooks, library books, Chromebooks, and charger, etc.) by Friday May 13th, 2022.

  • We are looking for students that will be on their best behavior and represent Small MS in a positive way.

Payment DOES NOT guarantee

your students' eligibility to attend the trip.

Refunds will automatically be issued

if you pay and are NOT eligible at the time of payment.

Any student removed from the trip after May 13, 2022,

will NOT receive a refund,

but will still receive their ticket that can then be used over the summer.

Online payment window will close May 5th

there will be NO late payment acceptions.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Ms. Castenada

Here's a link to the online store:

It will show up under the student tab once the parents access the site.

Please complete permission form along with payment:

Thank you,

8th Grade Team and Mrs Becky White

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Chromebook Chargers

We can no longer give out extra Chromebook chargers if your child looses theirs. If your child needs a replacement charger you can purchase them on Amazon. Here is the link:

Incoming 6th Grade Information

Important dates for incoming 6th Graders

Cougar Camp - August 1st - 2nd, 2022 (Choose AM or PM Session)

This is the transition camp to help teach kids about how middle school works, make new friends and learn more about the campus - Click here to register and learn more

Scavenger Hunt - Aug 4, 2022 - Time TBD

Come show your parents what you learned in camp. See if you can find your way around Small and that you are ready for the first day of school. More details to come

Parent Camp - August 4th. 5:30 pm - Zoom

This is all the information every new to middle school parent will need to know about Small and how middle school works. Click here to register

First Day of School - August 15th, 2022

Ways to keep informed.



Parent facebook page:


Small FAQ Page

Small Acronym

Email or call Jennifer Newell at 512-841-6701

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Back the future at Small Middle School. Join PTA today.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

ATX Benjamin is our first big sponsor for Splash Fest and boy are they offering us a great deal.
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Be sure to send some busniess thier way for partnering with Small Middle School!!!

Order a Yearbook

Order your yearbook before the winter break and get it for just $40. You can bring a check or cash to Mr. Shoptaw room 113 or order online at

Have your heard the new jingle staring our 6th grade choir? Check it out here.

Green Academy Blog

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

Keep Small MS Beautiful

Join the Small MS PTA on April 9, 2022 at 9am to keep the campus beautiful. We will be picking up trash around the building and grounds. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Feel free to bring your own gloves or trash picking up tools. Volunteers will meet at the main entrance and will be assigned areas of the campus to beautify. RSVP on Facebook to join us. Questions -