Cougar News

Week of 10/18/21 - 10/22/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


All Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner, and we are excited to announce that Smalloween is back! Yes, it will be different than in years past, but the point is that it is happening! We are so excited to continue this time-honored tradition with our students and want to reward them for their hard work and effort throughout this school year. Check out the website and this newsletter for more information.

HB 4545 and Accelerated Instruction

The numbers are in and we have plans in place to address the disruption of last year in regards to Math and English. We have already began campus-wide interventions in Math and will be adding ELA/Reading remediation very soon. To be able to effectively address all of our students’ needs and not disrupt our students’ day nor require summer or Saturday school, we need parent/guardians of eligible students (STAAR failures, students who did not take STAAR, etc..) to “opt in” to larger group tutorials. Today you will be receiving a Google form (or possibly 2 if your student is needs ELA anbd Math) asing for your permission to “opt out” of the 4:1 ratio for tutorials so our educators can work with larger, more inclusive groups. Whether you receive one or two forms, we ask that you fill them out as soon as possible. Thank you in advance.

SCAs (Short Cycle Assessments):

This week every student on campus took SCAs in all STAAR tested subjects (ELA, Math, 8th grade Social Studies, 8th grade Science), so please make sure to ask your student how h/she did and then reward them for trying their best. We love these assessments because they let us know exactly what we need to work on to be succeed in class. Unlike the STAAR, a post-mortem report, the data we get from these tests help shape what and how we teach our students. We’ll have another round of these in December, with more questions, and all we will be looking for is growth.

With assessments, we score our kids in regards to approaches, meets, and masters. While we all strive for mastery, we know that for some it may be an unattainable goal. Not so with kindness; all of our students are well on their way to mastery. As long as they are, and we all support them in this journey, they can do no wrong.

Have a grea weekend and enjoy the cool temperatures.

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Girls Basketball Tryouts

Girls' basketball try outs will be Monday 10/18 and Tuesday 10/19. Physicals must be on file or turned in by 10/18. Try outs will end at 5:30.
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Boys' soccer tryouts begin on Monday from 4-5. Please remember you are not allowed to try out unless you have turned in a physical and completed the Rank One forms online. Please bring water, shin guards, and cleats if you have them. Talk to Coach Jeansonne or Laughlin if you have any questions.

Las pruebas de fútbol masculino comienzan el lunes de 4-5. Recuerde que no puede probar a menos que haya entregado un examen físico y completado los formularios de Rank One en línea. Por favor traiga agua, espinilleras y zapatos de futbol si los tiene. Habla con el entrenador Jeansonne o Laughlin si tienes alguna pregunta.

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The book fair is coming!

Monday Oct 25th - Friday Oct 29th in the Small Library

Visit our newsletter for more information on the book fair, how to volunteer, or set up a paperless e wallet for your student.

Small Virtual Library

Check out this months recommended spooky books:

** Cougar Swag Bag Giveaway**

Haven’t joined PTA yet? Now’s the time!

Sponsored by the Clint Small PTA

  • Join Clint Small PTA by November 1st, 2021 and be automatically entered to win a Cougar Swag bag with lots of Cougar gear and other goodies!
  • Already joined PTA? Great. You are automatically entered!
  • Drawing will be on November 4, 2021 and the winner will be contacted via the email provided to PTA.

Questions: contact

Don’t delay, join today!

Ya eres parte de la Asociación de Padres? (PTA)

Ahora es el momento!

**Rifa de una Bolsa de regalo con artículos COUGAR**

Patrocinado por la Asociación de Padres de Small MS

  • Inscríbete para ser parte del PTA antes del 1o de Noviembre del 2021 y entra automáticamente a la rifa de una bolsa con artículos COUGAR!
  • Ya estás inscrit@? Perfecto! Participarás automáticamente en la rifa!
  • La rifa se llevará a cabo el 4 de Noviembre del 2021 y el ganador será contactado al email que proporcionó al inscribirse!

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No esperes más, inscríbete ahora!

Order a Yearbook

Order your yearbook before the winter break and get it for just $35. 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.

ATTENTION to all Small Business owners!!!

Do you want to be part of our newest Fundraiser?

Small is playing catch up from missing 4 big fundraisers for the last year and 1/2.

How can you help? By donating a small amount while advertising your business.

We are printing 4 x 4 banners with your logo and placing them on our school fence where traffic, parents and staff can view them.

Fundraiser will start in October and it ends August 2022.

If you are interested please contact Alejandra at

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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:

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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!