Cougar News

Week of January 10th - January 14th

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

Welcome to 2022!

While this year may not be starting as strongly as we want it to, we are nonetheless stoked for the journey ahead with your student. We always love greeting our students after the Winter Break, but this year was a tad more special as we also got to meet and greet our twenty-five virtual students who graced us with their presence.

These students have been learning remotely the first semester and for a number of them, this was their first time on campus since their 4th-grade year. So much has changed since then, but I am happy to report that this new group of 6th graders has acclimated accordingly and are almost as excited to be on campus as we are to have them here. Not only are our teachers and staff providing warm, welcome faces and assistance, but so are our students who are letting them know that kindness and consideration are two major traits that drive our campus.

Kindness is contagious:

From the mouth of a guest teacher who had her first assignment with us on this blustery cold day: “This is the nicest campus, I have ever been on. Every adult I have come across has been helpful and the students are the kindest I have ever seen. “

These words come from a 20-year education vet who has left retirement to help out at campuses during this time of need. To note, we are the 7th AISD Middle School she has subbed at. We’re hoping we’re the last one and she comes back next week. I’m thinking she will; our kids are too kind and considerate to pass on.

COVID Updates: Please continue to monitor the AISD website and your local news affiliate of choice in regards to updates on this latest variant. We are now firmly ensconced in Stage 5 and are recommending all students and staff on campus double mask if able. If not 2 masks, then a K95 if available. If we receive a shipment of these much sought-after masks, we will certainly let our students and families know. As we told our students this morning, wearing the 2 masks not only decreases the risk of spread, it also keeps your lips and nose warm during this latest cold spell.

General Quarantine Procedures:

It’s been said that with Omnicron, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” a person contacts the disease. While we hope you and yours never contact it, we are prepared and ready if your student does or if h/she needs to quarantine due to close contact. Please click on the link below for more information about quarantine procedures:

General Quarantine Procedures

Thank you for your time and for your continued support. We know that our community will persevere and make it through Omnicron because we are not only battle-tested, we are also compassionate, kind, and considerate of others.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Current 6th and 7th Grade Families

Believe it or not, it is already time to start thinking about next school year. This week our Counselors will start talking with our current 6th and 7th graders about what classes they want to take and will be handing out choice sheets.

If you would like to have an opportuntity to meet with your students counselor about next school year they are taking appointments on January 14th. Please sign up here to schedule your appointment

Updating Carpool

We have some new transfer families that are interested in finding a carpool. Let's update the carpool form and I will send the info out to all of you that are interested.

To show interested in carpooling please fill out this form:

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The Small Library Newsletter

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Save the date - Zoom PTA Meeting with Guest Speaker

Pull out your phone, open your calendar, and block the date of January 26th at 7:00 pm!

Our fabulous PTA is hosting its general meeting with special guest speaker Dr. Mike Brooks. Dr. Brooks will be speaking on the topic of Finding Greater Peace and Joy in a Chaotic World.

Look in next weeks newsletter for more details and how to register.

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Due to a much larger-than-expected pool of applicants for NJHS, notifications of acceptance to NJHS will be postponed until the end of January.

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

New Attendance Clerk and Procedures

Hi everyone, I am Amanda Elliott the new attendance specialist at Small. I am excited to be working with everyone and look forward to getting to know you. We have updated the Small Website Attendance page and can submit notes online. This will allow for less paper and will help make Small a Greener Campus. On the Attendance Page you can now enter an absence and request an early pickup. Remember when picking up students early to give us at least an hour notice. This will ensure you are not waiting for your student for up to 15 minutes to arrive when you get here. It helps saves you time as well and will make sure you get to where you need to go as well. You can still handwrite an excuse note as well if needed. Don't forget that school starts right at 8:20. If you arrive after that your student will be marked Tardy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions by email at or directly at 512-841-6702. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Hola a todos, soy Amanda Elliott, la nueva especialista en asistencia de Small. Estoy emocionado de trabajar con todos y espero conocerlos. Hemos actualizado la página de Asistencia a sitios web pequeños y podemos enviar notas en línea. Esto permitirá menos papel y ayudará a que Small sea un campus más ecológico. En la página de asistencia ahora puede ingresar una ausencia y solicitar una recogida anticipada. Cuando recoja a los estudiantes temprano, recuerde avisarnos con al menos una hora de anticipación. Esto asegurará que no espere a que su estudiante llegue hasta por 15 minutos cuando llegue aquí. También le ayuda a ahorrar tiempo y se asegurará de que llegue a donde necesita ir. También puede escribir a mano una nota de excusa si es necesario. No olvide que la escuela comienza a las 8:20. Si llega después de eso, su estudiante será marcado como Tarde. No dude en comunicarse conmigo con cualquier pregunta por correo electrónico a o directamente al 512-841-6702. Que tengas una maravillosa temporada navideña.

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

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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!