Cougar News

The Weekly Newsletter of Clint Small, Jr. Middle School

April 10th - April 14th

April Calendar

Click here to see the full calendar of events for April

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation!

This year we not only crowned Michael Poliakoff as our 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, but we also gave a few other awards out at the district level that we’d like for y’all to be aware of.

Teacher of Promise: This recognition is for a first year teacher in the district who the campus and community know is well on h/her way to becoming a master teacher. This year our TOP honoree is none other than Elizabeth Grenadier! For those of you who are fortunate enough to have her as one of your student’s teachers, you may be shocked to learn she is a first year since she presents anything but. She’s already a master planner and relationship builder and goes to great lengths ensuring all kids who are in her World Cultures and ELA classes leave each day better students, better citizens, and better human beings. We are so lucky she chose us.

Classified Employee of the Year: We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient is James Springer! Mr. Springer is the best kind of employee as he constantly goes above and beyond his duties to make sure our school is running as smooth as can be. He works wonders with our Special Education population by offering inclusion support in our humanities courses and creates meaningful connections with all kids he comes in contact with. He also helps out in a pinch with STAAR testing, subbing when we are short, and assisting with choice sheets and the master schedule. Next time you run into this fine educator (quite possibly during the summer at the Zilker Hillside Theater), be sure to congratulate him.

Volunteer of the Year: While we think all of our volunteers should win this award, we were told we could only name one. That being said, this year we are excited to announce Anita Lockamy as our VOY! Anita has done a masterful job of not only recruiting parent volunteers for us, but also in training them in how to work the front desk, make copies, and everything else a busy school like ours requires. She’s here late into the night most weekdays making copies and fixing up the teacher’s workroom to help make our teachers and office staff’s jobs a bit easier. We are so grateful her grandson attends here and that she understands the benefits of giving back to the community.

If you’ve been on campus of late, then you know there are literally dozens of teachers, staff, and volunteers that could easily receive all the above awards and more. We are extremely lucky that we have so many good people surrounding our students. We are all in the business of getting the most out of our kids, and I can proudly proclaim that business is good.

Reminder: There is no school on Friday! Enjoy your weekend.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


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2017 - 2018 AISD Calendar

The calendar for next year is out....

2017 - 2018 - English & Spanish Calendar

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Summer Camp Guide

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

CSMS Track Meet Results

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Check out our Carnival Website!

Become a Sponsor, Purchase Wristbands & Tickets, Sign-up to Volunteer

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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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

Attention 8th Grade Parents\Guardians

It is never too early to stay "in the know" when it comes your student's school. Take a moment to sign up for the newsletter from our feeder High Schools.

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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