Cougar News

Week of 11/29/21 - 12/3/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


Thanksgiving is truly the most inclusive American holiday and is all about being with family and friends and giving thanks. Setting time aside to acknowledge you and your family’s good fortune the past year is a special moment and something we should work towards doing during non-holidays. Family, food, football, and friends (the Four Fs) are the cornerstones of this week off, and we hope you get to spend as much time with all the above as you can bear. Feel free to indulge in any of the Four Fs, knowing that your body will have plenty of time to recover before we head back to campus on November 29th.

Make sure your student unplugs as much as possible and try to get h/her to read a book or magazine sans screen. Remind them that reading is not merely for academic purposes; it’s for pleasure. If they say they do not prefer it, simply tell them they just haven’t found the right book yet. Then, help guide them to a book or article geared towards their interests. If they ask you to use their Chromebooks to work on schoolwork or IXL, dissuade them from it and invite them to watch a movie with you instead.

High School Credit Courses: Recently, you may have received a letter from AISD about High School credit courses in Middle School and that you have until December 3rd to change the course to a middle school credit that will not show up on your student’s transcript. Please be mindful that this is for Algebra and Geometry classes. All other courses listed below have until the end of March to be classified as an MS credit course instead of an HS one.

Spanish (IA, IB, 2)

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Latin (IA, IB, 2)

PLTW Design & Modeling/Animation & Robotics

PLTW Magic of Electrons/Science of Technology

PLTW Green Architecture/Medical Detectives

Computer Technology

Manufacturing & Construction and Energy, Power & Transportation


Media and Animation


If you have any questions, please contact your grade-level counselor.

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Kammie Holmes Way: On Wednesday afternoon, we celebrated the life and legacy of our beloved teacher who passed away this summer, Kammie Holmes. Our Cougar dancers, led by Elizabeth Kalash, Orchestra, conducted by Carrie Miller, and Elizabeth Holzner’s Choir paid tribute to her memory by performing for all in attendance. It was a spectacular homage to her positive influence and kindness, which permeated the fifteen years she worked here throughout our campus. She was a force to be reckoned with and her light showed brightly on all who were fortunate enough to get to know her. She was the first smile our students saw in the morning and the last smile when they left. She put forth energy, effort, and enthusiasm into everything she was involved in. We spoke of the Kammie Holmes Way, which is being ready for anything and being present for everything and is now also the name of our crosswalk where she guided our students for so many years. We are so thankful we were allowed to spend time with her and so proud of our students who helped us honor her during this special celebration.

Thank you for allowing us to work with your student every day. We love their passion for learning, and it only ignites ours all the more. As a sign of our gratitude, we are attaching a helpful Thanksgiving Photoshoot guide to assist you during this most memorable holiday. Our photojournalism teacher, and jingle creator, Thomas Shoptaw, has put together a presentation to make sure your pics from this break are as crisp as your water chestnut stuffing and as fulfilling as your maple pecan pie. These tips and tricks are sure to eliminate any turkeys from your photoshoots. Enjoy!

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Thanksgiving Photoshoot Tips

Snacks for Kids

The Small MS counseling department is looking for snack donations for hungry kids while they are here at school. Granola bars, individual packages of pretzels, or goldfish are great items for us to have on hand. Please drop any donations off at the front office and let them know they are for the counseling office.

An easy way to help is to order on Amazon and have it shipped to Small at 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd. Austin, TX 78749 - Please wait until we get back from Thanksgiving break :)

Market Days

"Shopping at the Green Academy Sale is something that will never fail.

Market Days offers unique gifts that are sure to make you win your gift-buying contest for the holidays.

December 6-10 after school!

Save up because the sale is coming up!"

Assistance for the Holidays

To see if your family qualifies for Toys for Tots. To apply for assistance click here Toys for Tots. Application deadline is November 30th.

Families with children 14 years of age and under qualify for this program. Click Here for Blue Santa to apply

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Flag Rugby Club

Rugby players wanted. Open to everybody.

Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 on the Football Field.

Learn to play non-contact Flag Rugby.

Contact Coach Moore if you questions.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Be sure to send some busniess thier way for partnering with Small Middle School!!!

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Crockett Early College and PTECH Information Session

Are you interested in CONSTRUCTION, AUTOMOTIVE, COSMET0LOGY, DUAL LANGUAGE OR DIGITAL ARTS? Come and hear about the program that Crockett Early College High School offers to help you toward your dream. Students who are interested in learning about this program must sign up in order to attend the presentation.

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8th Grade Students and Parents

Maroon & White Night

December 2nd, 2021 - 6:30 PM

At Austin High Performing Arts Center


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on December 2nd! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the amazing programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, our Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies and learn about their signature experiences. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

Magnet High School Applications

Attention students applying to AISD Magnet Schools! Mx. Manners will be hosting application mentoring sessions in Room 204 on Wednesday, Dec 1st and 8th from 4pm-5pm. Please begin the Common Application before coming to the sessions and arrive to the session with your Chromebook and charger.

These sessions are for STUDENTS needing help with essays and applications.

Ask your teachers if they are willing and able to give you a recommendation and let them know which schools you are applying to BEFORE entering their names on the application.

Below are listed the Application pages for the different AISD Application Programs.

Apply to LASA

All students applying to LASA and/or any AISD Choice High School must complete AISD Common Application here by January 7th, 2022, which includes the following:. Report Card for Previous Grade Level (from 2020-2021 school year)

Anderson IB Class of 2024 Application Information – International Baccalaureate (IB) - Anderson High School

Anderson High School is a high school in Austin, Texas serving grades 9-12. Home of the Fighting Trojans

The Austin High Global Studies is now part of the Academies System and students are assigned by lottery.

How to Apply - Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) is a public, all-girls college preparatory school of choice founded to educate young women from diverse backgrounds, and serves grades 6 - 12 within the Austin Independent School District (AISD).. ARS is part of the Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN), a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS), and an affiliate school ...

How to Apply | McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Required for Application. This tool indicates for the district what programs you are intending to apply. In addition, MAC FAA accesses your teacher recommendations as well as AISD student grade reports through this system.

Small M.S. Boys' Soccer Game Schedule

Boys Soccer Games
(subject to change)

10/30/21 Sat O. Henry vs Small 9:00am 10:30am


A Team: Small- 6, O. Henry- 1

B Team: Small-8, O. Henry- 1

11/06/21 Sat Gorzycki vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/13/21 Sat Small vs Bailey * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/20/21 Sat Paredes vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/04/21 Sat Small vs Lively * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/11/21 Sat Kealing vs Small 9:00am 10:30am

Home Team Listed Last

* Zone Game

A team games are at 9, B team games at 10:30

NJHS Application Open for 6th AND 7th Graders!

Yes, you read that right! This year we have opened candidacy and membership in NJHS to eligible 6th graders. Students should make a copy of this document to their GoogleDrive and submit their completed application by Friday, Dec 10, 2021.

What are the eligibility requirements?

6th graders--an average of at least 85 over all classes for Quarter 1 and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

7th graders--an average of at least 85 in all classes for Quarter 1, a yearlong average of at least 85 over all classes for 6th grade, and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

Part of the application process includes teacher recommendations. See the application for details and dates.

Complete applications received by Friday, Dec 10, will be reviewed by the Faculty Council. Students and parents will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance in early January.

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.

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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Green Academy Blog

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