Cougar News

Week of 10/02/17 - 10/06/17

Small Middle School Calendar

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Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

The word is out; positive behavior leads to positive rewards. We are 6 weeks into the best year of your student’s academic career and are far better off as a school due to their exceptional attitude and behavior. We strive for excellence in all aspects of the day in regards to how our students handle themselves, and thankfully we are not at all disappointed. We want them to be polite, proactive, and positive. When we see this, we make sure to celebrate it and thank them. Oftentimes when a teacher sees a student going above and beyond, h/she will fill out a “Positive Behavior Ticket” and place it in our PBS Box. On Friday's we then draw students’ names and deliver gift bags to them during lunch and PRIDE. We love going class to class honoring their efforts whilst dancing and singing “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. The kids may think it a tad awkward (one even said she would give the bag back if I quit dancing) but that’s okay; we merely want others to know how proud we are of their achievement.

If you have any trinkets, swag, candies, or even coupons you;d like to donate to the cause, contact our PBS Guru Mr. Sammon at

Like the music and games we play at lunch, as well as Freecess where we take them outside to run amuck, these rewards and amazing activities are not given to them; they are earned. We give them very little, but we reward them handsomely.

Thanks to all of our parent/guardians who showed up for our first 6th grade learning walk of the year. We had close to 40 in attendance and got to see some pretty amazing stuff. We will be having another one in October geared for 7th and 8th grade, so stay tuned for more details.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


Carta del Sr. Nelson en español

Una traducción de la carta del Sr. Nelson será publicada aquí dentro de 24 horas.

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Homecoming Dance Details

Chaperone Volunteers:

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6th Grade:

6th graders will be held in their classrooms while students leaving campus depart. They will them be released into the cafeteria for the dance. At 5:30 pm the 6th graders will be released to the bus porch for parent pick up.

7th & 8th Grade:

7th and 8th graders will begin entrance into the cafeteria at 5:45pm and will be released to the bus porch at 7:15pm for parent pick up.

Tickets will be available for $5 during all lunches in Thursday and Friday. Don't forget to send them with extra cash, there will be concessions, including pizza, available for sale.

Students are not allowed to leave the dance early without a parent coming in to let a volunteer know. All students will be released to the bus porch at their designated time and at that time with be their parents' responsibility.


Donations Required - all athlete's must bring the following:

  • 7th grade girls -individual pre-packaged sweet snacks ( cookies, candy, soda straws, etc.)
  • 7th grade boys - individual pre-packaged salty snacks ( chips, pretzels, etc.)
  • 8th grade girls - 12 pack of water
  • 8th grade boys - 12 pack of gatorade.

Please bring to the main office or Coaches office on Oct. 6th before 3:00 pm.

Congratulations Lady Cougars!!!

Both 8th and 7th grade Volleyball A teams won first place in the Consolation Bracket this past weekend. Way to go Cougars!
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Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 9am-1pm

4801 Monterey Oaks Boulevard

Austin, TX

Our Green Academy is hosting a Plant Sale from 9AM-1PM or late by request

Native and Adapted Plant, Vegetables and Herbs

As Low as $3 per plant , $3-4 inch pot, $7-1 gallon pot

Student Lead tours around the school to visit our native gardens, chicken

Coop, solar panel, vegetable gardens, green house, rain catchment, turtle pond

To volunteer at this earthy event, click here.


7th grade students who are already identified in the GT program will receive information regarding signing up for the DukeTIP 7th Grade Talent Search SAT. Students NOT already identified in the GT program who would like to register to take the test must have scored greater than an 1878 in Math AND greater than 1781 in Reading on their 6th grade STAAR tests to qualify. The DukeTIP program is entirely privately-run and is not funded by AISD. Parents wishing to have their students take the DukeTIP 7th Grade Talent Search SAT can click here to register for the test.

Have you paid your enrichment fee for this year?

Please send in payment ASAP so we can cover the costs of field trips and supplies.

Enrichment Fee Letters

You can send in a check with your student to be given to their Science classes? Or you can pay online at

Gifted and Talented

Parent Nomination of Students to GT Program

Parent Nomination of students for the Gifted and Talented program is from Nov 1- Nov 15. A link will be posted here to complete a Parent Survey and permission to test on Nov 1 and will remain active through Nov 15. This year, only one window is open for GT testing. Students who are already identified in the G/T program do not need to re-enroll.

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Save the Date!

Small PTA Meeting and Coffee with a cop!

Join us on October 11th at 8:30 to 9:30 am general PTA meeting followed by a Coffee talk with our SRO (School Resource Officer), Ofc. Mike Zardiackas.

  • Officer Zardiackas gives a short PowerPoint Presentation titled, "Role of an SRO".

  • Discuss some general observations from his 10+ years of experience regarding concerns brought up by parents.

  • Open Q & A to give parents an opportunity to discuss any concerns or ask any questions that may arise, and discuss future opportunities.

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Click here for more details

Learn more about the Youth Cam PSA Contest

Cougar Online

There are now 6 Stories written and produced by the students! Check out their hard work!

Please label your children's items

The lost and found is already overflowing. Please take the time to label your students items ie: lunchbox, backpack, binders, jackets, etc., so they can be easily found. Thank you!!!

Sheep at Small Middle School?

One of our 8th grade students thinks so and is putting together a capstone project to make it happen. Check out her GoFundMe page to learn more and donate to her project.

2017-2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

You can order your yearbook online anytime. Click here