Cougar News

Week of 9/20/21 - 9/24/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


Thank you to all!

Firstly, thank you for being flexible and timely in waiting to send your student to campus yesterday. We always err on the side of caution, and based upon the guidance we received from AISD Police, delaying entrance into campus was the safest option. The police acted fast in communicating with us and with AISD transportation, so we hopefully could get the word out in time to all parties. Once they gave the “all clear,” students and staff made their way back into our hallowed halls, and everything was back to normal (or as normal as a middle school can be) by 8:25 a.m. We hope we never have to go through another event like this, but it is nice to know that our staff, students, the police, and y’all are ready to contribute and make sure all are safe.

Secondly, we appreciate you speaking to your student about being respectful to campus. Here in Smallville, we respect each other, ourselves, and the building in which we all come together. We know that our kids love our school and our staff, so knowing that these malicious Tik Tok challenges harm both should be enough to curb the want. Make sure they know that when our security guards, custodians, and assistant principals are busy cleaning the messes, monitoring the restrooms, or trying to find the culprits, it keeps them away from their actual jobs. The monetary loss is secondary to the loss of time from these busy professionals. Please make sure your student remembers that.

And now something from the lighter side of Middle School. Tuesday, we hosted call-back auditions for the year’s new announcement crew. We had the panel ready, and we’re all set to hear these eager broadcasters share their talent with us that afternoon. However, before the big event, I received an email the morning of from a 7th-grade student, Andeline Foxhoven, stating that she was out sick for the day and would not be able to attend the in-person auditions. She asked if there was any way she could either Zoom in during the time or send in a video instead. I immediately wanted to assist as I was so impressed that she had the wherewithal and maturity to reach out from home. I sent her the script we were using for the auditions, and then she recorded her piece and sent it to me that afternoon. We shared her submission with the voting panel, and they were as impressed with her performance as I was with her grit. She made the squad and is now one of our four announcers for the year.

Think what you will about technology and how, for the last 18 months our students were forced into learning differently, but do appreciate the fact that now our kids are experts in this medium and can utilize technology so effectively that even by being absent, they can still be present. Andelin Foxhoven used the skills she developed over the last two years to ensure she still had access to learning. She had the opportunity to participate in something significant to her. The technology matched her drive, and her want to be successful, and now the entire student body will benefit from her efforts each A-day and every other C-day.

Thank you for reading, and have a great weekend!

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Contact in case of an emergency

As we learned this week, there are times we will need to contact you quickly in an emergency. Yesterday morning I sent important information 3 different ways. You should have gotten an Email, Phone Call AND Text.

If you did not receive all 3 messages, we may not have the most up to date information for you in our system. Please take a moment and go to the Parent Portal and do a search for the My Messages tile to see if your information is correct. Make sure the check marks are check under Campus Messages for phone, text and email.

If you need to update your contact information, Please see page 4 of this helpful Parent Portal guide.

IMPORTANT: When we do send out information, Please check your voicemail, email and text BEFORE calling the school. If we are in a true emergency we need to focus on keeping the children safe and the lines open.

The Band is having a mattress sale!

The Band is having a mattress sale! This is a great opportunity to save money on a mattress and support our amazing CSMS Band. Sept 18 at the Convention Center. Please make sure to tell them our school name at check out. Flyer:

Gifted and Talented

Due to no Cougar News edition last week, the parent nomination window is extended until midnight, Friday, October 1, 2021. If you completed a nomination on another platform, please re-nominate your Cougar for GATE identification using this link.

Parent Nominations for the GT program are open! Please click on this link

to complete the survey. Clicking submit gives AISD permission to test your student in October for entry into the GT program. If your student is already identified, you DO NOT NEED to submit a new application. The nomination window closes at midnight on Friday, October 1, 2021. You will receive notification of your child's identification or non-identification in late December. If you have questions, please contact your GT Advocate,

Start Planning for the last week of September!

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Support ESL

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Football Tickets

If you want to come to the football games at Burger Center, you need to purchase your tickets online ahead of time. Please go to or download the GoFan app. to purchase your tickets.

Don't forget about the clear bag policy at the stadium.


We are starting to put together after school clubs. We have a handful so far. As they start to form, there will be flyers all over school and we will update our Clubs section of our website. If your student would like to start a club, all they need to do find a teacher willing to sponsor, then start advertising. Take a look at the Club flyer so far.

Covid Protocols

Many of you have asked about Small Middle Schools Covid protocols. We are following AISD District protocols and they are following the CDC.

The Family newsletter that was sent out last week has some good information.

You might also want to look at the AISD Covid-19 Information Page

And the CDC recommendations for quarantine

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Hi Parents! Welcome to Clint Small Middle School.

Our Teachers and Staff have been working hard getting the school, classrooms, campus, and animals ready for the school year. Here are some items that will keep them Recharged and Refreshed. Thank you for your donations in advance!

  • Bottled Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Variety of Sodas
  • Coffee Pods for their Keurig
  • Individually wrapped tea bags
  • Single use Creamers and Sugar
  • Individually Wrapped Snacks: Trail Mix, Granola Bars, Chips, Crackers, A Variety of Candy, etc.….
  • You can also do an Amazon delivery of random snack boxes to Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd. Austin Tx 78749
  • Please drop off any donations at the front door, preferably at non-pick up times 😊

SMALL Spirit Night

Do you want to eat pizza AND support Small Middle School at the same time????

Then head on down to Double Dave's Wednesday 9/22 between 5 and 8 pm.

10% of all their sales will come to Small!

THANK YOU DOUBLE DAVES for supporting Small!!!

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Check out our Virtual Library for the Month of September:
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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:

Cougar Club

We are bringing back Cougar Club for the 21-22 School year! If your student needs a safe place to go after school enroll them into Small's Cougar Club. Click here to register for next year.

Check out the flyer below

Green Academy Blog

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