Cougar News

Week of 11/1/21 - 11/5/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


I’m writing this to you whilst I monitor students celebrating the season and community at Small-o-ween. And yes, I am wearing a Batman costume. And yes, it is the one from Justice League since both Batfleck and I have grey hair. And yes, I count as many as two Jokers running around (one is a student, the Joaquin Phoenix version) and one is a teacher (Mr. Shoptaw honoring Ledger’s take). Wait! What’s that…I have just found two Harley Quinns and one Two-Face making their way to concessions. I’ll be back...Gotham...err, I mean Smallville needs me.

I’m back, Alfred...I mean Cougars.

This week may very well have been your student’s favorite week of the year, and with good reason. We’ve dressed up each day (thanks Student Council) and everybody on campus is alive with the positive vibe that only sharing fun and building community can create. Our staff is just as excited as our kids are and the fact we are all sharing this experience together can only bring us closer together. Misery loves company, but not near as much as it loves dressing up in crazy outfits.

Kids are having fun and getting a kick out of this year’s Small-o-ween extravaganza. They’re being social, dancing (especially to the group ones) and they’re all complementing each other’s costumes. True, this evening is different than ones in the past, but the fact we are able to offer something similar to the event is a testament to our staff and students’ willingness to be flexible and creative. We hope to one day return to the pageantry and controlled chaos which is your typical Small-o-ween, but this current one is certainly an exciting event for all involved and hopefully a reminder to your student that we care for them and want to celebrate them.

Oh no...the Bat Symbol is out! Looks like they’re finally playing the Cha-Cha Slide. Gotta run.

Have a great weekend, be safe, and remind your student that if they bring their bounty from Sunday to school next week they are expected to throw their wrappers in the trash and to share any and all Twizzlers with yours truly.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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8th Grade Students and Parents

Maroon & White Night

December 2nd, 2021 - 6:30 PM

At Austin High Performing Arts Center


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on December 2nd! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the amazing programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, our Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies and learn about their signature experiences. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

Small M.S. Boys' Soccer Game Schedule

Boys Soccer Games
(subject to change)

10/30/21 Sat O. Henry vs Small 9:00am 10:30am

11/06/21 Sat Gorzycki vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/13/21 Sat Small vs Bailey * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/20/21 Sat Paredes vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/04/21 Sat Small vs Lively * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/11/21 Sat Kealing vs Small 9:00am 10:30am

Home Team Listed Last

* Zone Game

A team games are at 9, B team games at 10:30

NJHS Application Open for 6th AND 7th Graders!

Yes, you read that right! This year we have opened candidacy and membership in NJHS to eligible 6th graders. Students should make a copy of this document to their GoogleDrive and submit their completed application by Friday, Dec 10, 2021.

What are the eligibility requirements?

6th graders--an average of at least 85 over all classes for Quarter 1 and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

7th graders--an average of at least 85 in all classes for Quarter 1, a yearlong average of at least 85 over all classes for 6th grade, and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

Part of the application process includes teacher recommendations. See the application for details and dates.

Complete applications received by Friday, Dec 10, will be reviewed by the Faculty Council. Students and parents will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance in early January.

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Small Virtual Library

Check out this months recommended spooky books:

Order a Yearbook

Order your yearbook before the winter break and get it for just $35. 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.

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NJHS Meetings for SY 2021-2022

All students inducted into NJHS this spring are encouraged to attend as part of participating in NJHS. Meetings will be in Mx. Manners' room, 204, from 4:00-4:45. Students have been invited to join a BLEND course for NJHS and the BLEND course will be the best place for communications and updates regarding NJHS.

  • Thursday, Sept 9
  • Thursday, Oct 14
  • Thursday, Nov 4
  • Thursday, Jan 13
  • Thursday, Feb 10
  • Thursday, Mar 10
  • Thursday, Apr 14
  • Thursday, May 5, 19

Current 7th graders who are interested in NJHS: Watch the Cougar News in October for information about applying to NJHS! If you have any questions for contact Mx. Manners at

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Join PTA

We have an enthusiastic new team of parents heading up the PTA this year. We are excited to partner with these amazing volunteers. If you have any questions regarding PTA, be sure to email our president Celeste Schooley with any questions.

In the meantime show your support for Small by joining the 21-22 PTA at

Did you know as a PTA member, you have access to discounts for car rentals,

hotels, theme parks and more? Check out this link for more perks:

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Green Academy Blog

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