Cougar News

Week of December 12, 2022

Letter from Mr. Nelson


Tis’ the season. It tis’.

Tis’ the season when we have final exams or projects to show what we’ve learned this first semester. Tis’ a benchmark of sorts for our year-long classes and the culmination of our ½ semester courses. Tis’ the time we might even celebrate what we’ve been through and reflect on how far we’ve come. Tis’ also the time when we’re all a little kinder to one another and more grateful for all we have. Tis’ a reason this season tis’ the most wonderful time of the year. Tis’ indeed.

Tis’ the time when we bestow gifts or accolades upon those around us and when we celebrate one another. Tis’ a month or more out of the year but tis’ no reason tis’ not something we do 12 months out of the year. Tis’ a beautiful thing to be festive and jolly and thankful year-round. Tis’ what we aspire for from our students and staff and why we work so hard to bring joy this season and beyond to everyone who steps foot on campus.

Don’t believe us? Tis’ in our mission statement plastered throughout the annals of AISD and beyond: To nurture growth by empowering all students through unique, enriched, and joyful learning opportunities.

Tis’ the joyful learning opportunities we cherish the most, and tis’ the reason we all come together this and all times of the year to celebrate one another.

Tis’ the season, indeed.

Matthew Nelson


(512) 841-6705

Market Days - Next Week

The Green Academy is proud to announce the next Market Day Sale! The Fall Market Days sale will be from December 6-10 from 4-5pm in the Front Courtyard.

Students have been hard at work researching and crafting DIY Nature Products. This year we plan to have Upcycling, Woodworking, Sugar Scrubs, Candles, Stickers, Jewelry, and of course Soap. There will be so much more! We're excited to feature our students' amazing works!

Custodial Holiday Thank you

It's that time again, every year we collect cash to give to the custodians as a special thank you for all they do. If you would like to donate, please bring your cash to the Front Office or send it to my Venmo account (see the link below). I will split it up 5 ways and give it to them with a nice holiday card on the 20th. let me know if you have any questions. This is a tradition our teachers have done for year, this we we are inviting the parents to help out.

Student Council - Can Food Drive

Many families struggle to have enough food on the table this time of year, so the CSMS Student Council is organizing their annual canned food drive. Each can donated will support someone in need of a meal. From December 12th-16th, bring your donated cans to PRIDE. Student Council will make the campus rounds on Friday to collect it all so Ms. Teel can get our donations to the Central Texas Food Bank in time for the holidays. The PRIDE class that donates the most will win a pizza party. Each can donated will put a smile on your face and nutrition in our community’s belly. ’Tis the season for caring and sharing.
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As we get closer to the Winter Break we have been experiencing a rise in Covid, Strep, Flu and RSV cases. We can use your help by donating lysol and lysol wipes to the main office. If your child has covid, please email and complete the following intake form.

Empty Jar's for Art

Mr. T and the Art crew are in need of some empty jars for a project. If you happen to be making spaghetti, send in your jars for a good cause. ART!!!

You can leave them on the shelf outside the main office and the Art team will swing by and pick them up.

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Wacky Winter

It is that time of year where we like to dress up! Encourage your students to join Mr. Nelson and our Student Council in dressing for the theme of each day in December.

Teachers who participate can enter to win prizes. Here are today's announcements where we pulled the winner from yesterday's wear red. Stay until after the credits where one of the teachers ran down to give us something very much needed...

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Order a yearbook online!

Our yearbook is a full color celebration of everything that makes Small special; it's a great fun way to preserve all your student's fond memories of Small. The book is $35 before the holidays. The price goes up to $40 in January. Get your yearbook today!

Click here for the easy link:

If you have any yearbook questions, please email Mr. Shoptaw at

Holiday donations for Small Families in need

The Small Counseling department is looking for donations to help our families in need this holiday season. We would love your support and are grateful for anything that can you can contribute. Please see the image for details.

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Counseling Corner

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Counseling Newsletter #3

Click here for helpful information from our amazing counselors. They have a new one each week!

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Every chromebook comes with 1 charger. If your student loses that charge, you must purchase a new one. We do not have extra chargers in the office to loan or give out.

Click here to purchase or see what charger you need for the school chromebooks.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors

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