Cougar News

Week of 4/16/18 - 4/20/18

Small Middle School Calendar

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Letter from Principal Nelson


We want to thank all of you for helping your student get ready for this past week of STAAR testing and altered schedules. We don’t preach the STAAR, nor teach to it per se, but when it comes time to take these tests, it’s all systems go and we take every effort to make sure our kids have every opportunity to be successful. We owe it to our students to provide a safe, quiet, somewhat familiar location where they can focus intensely and succeed. Kudos to our 6th grade teachers and students for planning off-campus experiences and various academic rotations which kept them off testing floors! There’s a flaw in the system when one day two-thirds of our kids are testing and then only one-third the next day, yet our amazing staff and eager students made it through better than could be expected. We’ve got another round of testing in May which has the entire campus testing, but we’ve no worries at all as we were able to safely navigate through this altered week with aplomb.

Speaking of STAAR testing, if and whenever your student feels nervous or anxious about the upcoming test, have them come see me or a counselor. We want to make sure they know that the test is merely one source of data we use when looking at the picture of the whole child. We want them to know we base their success on the 178 days during the school year when they are not testing rather than the 2 days in which they are. We’ve said it time and time again, and hope they believe us; until the time we see 21st Century job openings in “multiple choice test taking,” the STAAR test is not our number one priority.

Lots of good things going on here in Smallville and in and around the school district. To get a sneak peek as to what your kids are doing in our neck of the woods, be sure to follow me on Twitter at @smallprincipal. For an even more in depth look at the goings on, swing by and have lunch with your student one day or see if any extra help is needed in the office or copy room. We love having as many guardians and parents as possible on campus because it helps showcase the home and school connection for our kids and allows them to see how we are all on the same page.

Have a great weekend. Monday it’s back to the drawing board in regards to a regular class schedule. If you have an 8th grader in your brood, do impress upon h/her that yes indeed they still do have to attend school even though they’ve taken STAAR and that they owe it to themselves and us to finish their campaign here as strongly as when they started three years ago.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


“May the 4th Be With You”

On Friday, May 4th, we will be holding a “May the 4th Be With You” teachers luncheon to recognize all the hard work our teachers and staff do every day. Chuy’s is graciously willing to donate food for our luncheon.

We are currently requesting participation by the parents to donate desserts and help with set up, serving and cleanup.

Please sign-up below if you can. Contact Jenny Tsao( with any questions.



Adelante Conference

Friday, APRIL 20, 2018




Field Trip!! Parents will meet at Small Middle School and ride the school bus to the AISD PAC if they wish.

The bus will leave Small at 9:00am and return by 2pm.

For more information go to and click on the Parent Leadership Conference tab.

Click here to print the permission slip in English and Spanish

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MAY 8 6:00-7:30 IN THE GYM


All athletes who completed a sport will be recognized with medals and trophies.

Sunday Best dress is required.

Quick Sponsorship Need

Because Middle School Kids, Cell Phones and Water DO NOT MIX, our Carni Crew has come up with an idea, but we need your help!

Do you know of a company, or organization that might help us purchase Waterproof lanyards for our upcoming SplastFest. The minimum we can buy is 500 and the total cost is about $1000.

If you know of a company out there that might want to purchase them for us, or help us out with some of the cost, maybe we can work something out. The kids will be able to use them all summer long and it would be a great way for someone to advertise and partner with our school.

If you are interested, or know someone we might ask, contact


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South Austin Composite Mountain Bike Team

Second, results from the mountain bike race last week:

The South Austin Composite Mountain Bike Team placed FIRST at the Wrangle in Warda last weekend! This is the fourth race in a row where they have taken the top spot on the podium!

Individual winners include:

Grant Clark -4th place, 8th grade boys

Ryan Yellitz - 5th place, 8th grade boys

Ethan Doucette - 1st place, 7th grade boys

Derrick Neptune - 4th place, 6th grade boys

Jackson Bobbit - 5th place, 6th grade boys

Bella Ramsay - 1st place 8th grade girls

Regan Foreman - 3rd place, 6th grade girls

Maroon Orchestra Camp

August 6 – 10, 2018

8:00am - 11:30am

Required for both returning and new

AHS Orchestra students

Get Camp Flyer Here

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AHS Swim Team Tryouts

Austin High School Swim Team tryouts will take place 7:30 - 8:30 PM, Thursday, May 17th at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy (Austin Swim Club's pool) 5513 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX, 78735. Feel free to email Coach Calver,, if you have any questions. Thanks!


Attention 8th grade Tennis Players:
Bowie Tennis team tryouts are Saturday, May 26th
you must register at:

Coach Dammann
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Cougar Camp

Click here for information for our Cougar Camp for incoming 6th graders. Set for June 4th - 7th.

It is that time again!

Registration for school year 2018-19 is now open! Please visit your Parent Cloud click on the REGISTRATION tile and complete the registration for all current AISD students. Please visit my webpage for further instructions.


Looking for something to do this summer? Check out our STEAM camp!

Green Academy Blog

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

Cougar Online

The kids are consistently adding new stories! Check out all their hard work!

2017-2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

You can order your yearbook online anytime. Click here