Week of 11/9/20 - 11/13/20
Letter from Interim Principal Sammon
As promised, this newsletter will be shorter with a focus on quality over quantity. This has been a challenging week for all of us and the students and staff have done an excellent job adapting to the transitions and safety protocols we have in place. Many of our traditional school functions like basketball are returning slowly with a more cautious approach, but still returning and helping our kids feel like a school community once again. Hopefully we can continue to stay safe and offer more of all the activities that our students love to be a part of and is what makes our campus so special. The middle school experience is unique and will remain in their memories for life, we do not take that lightly and will always strive to make it the best it can be. As we turn the corner on another week, please continue to help support our campus by reminding your students to wear masks, keep a safe distance, and help clean up after themselves each day. We have also been working overtime to help students that have forgotten laptop power cords, earbuds, or laptops all together. Take a moment to remind them to charge these laptops at night, pack the power cord, and earbuds so they can learn without disruption.
We look forward to doing whatever it takes to make sure the upcoming weeks will offer opportunities for your students to be successful, feel more connected to our campus, and help them to make their way back from many months of major changes in the world. I cannot predict the future, but I do know that we will remain focused on supporting every single person on this campus and to constantly find ways to improve. One of our most important goals at school is to make our staff feel valued and appreciated. The donations that we have gotten the past couple weeks from parents in the form of snacks and drinks helped to give our staff that extra burst to serve the needs of your students. We hope to continue to do “Room Service” visits with your help, so please donate snacks and drinks so we can make this a tradition on campus.
Assistant Principal / Interim Principal
Small Middle School
Teacher Room Service Treats
Teacher Room Service
- Sodas (Coke, Dr. Pepper) - those went the quickest
- Non-refrigerated fresh fruit with a "skin" (banana, oranges)
- Left over Halloween candy
- Wish list Snacks from Amazon
We have plenty of earbuds for now, so you can stop giving us those. Thank you all so much!!!!
PTA Zoom Meeting With Speaker
Save the Date! November 18th at 6:00pm
Join us for some PTA information and for a special guest speaker Dr. Mike Brooks. Dr. Brooks is an expert in adolescents and technology. He will talk about how to help kids cope and balance all their screen time as well as Social Media and how it affects the adolescent brain.
Please Register for this event and we will email you the link to the zoom meeting around noon on the day of the event.
Small PTA Info
PTA Hassle-Free November Fundraiser
This has been a crazy year for all of us, and Small’s PTA is no exception. Our Spring Carnival, which provides over half our annual budget didn’t take place, and it’s unlikely to happen in 2021. Our school store, the Cougar Cage, is closed indefinitely. We need your help more than ever!
The PTA budget will be used to fund unique supply needs of pandemic-era classrooms like chargers, extension cords, and headphones. We’ll provide guest speakers for parents - coming November 18th, Dr. Mike Brooks on screen time - and we’re working on creative community-building events that can be done virtually.
We hope to raise $30 per child. We know it's a hard time for many families in our community, and we appreciate any donation you can make. And don’t forget corporate matching if your employer participates. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Questions about the PTA? Contact SmallPTA2020@gmail.com
Clint Small Swag Sale is On!
Some great Holiday gift ideas for your Small MS kids!
- This sale is run by the band, however there are many items for the general Small MS community. Hoodies, beanies, caps, masks, & baseball jerseys are available.
- There are two types of masks for sale. The basic mask is for anyone. The mask with a slit would only be for band students who are coming to school for class or rehearsals.(Percussion & Flute DO NOT use the mask with a slit.)
- Items are delivered to your home so there is a shipping rate.
- The grey hoodie in the sale is a henley style so not thick. This one also runs a bit small.
- There are youth and adult sizes for most items.
- Store runs for 2 weeks.
Pivot A/B Fridays
Click here for a copy you can print or bookmark on your computer.
Clubs at Small
Here are some Club Updates. I will update the website with this info this week...
New Clubs to Add:
- Mondays 4:00-4:30 pm -- Stuffed Animal Club (Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87946635884?pwd=c2tJOE9xaDRYK2lRTmUrd3NzdlRWUT09)
- Wednesdays 4:00 - 4:30 pm -- Movie Prop Club (Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89288446479?pwd=U1JnRlVCRjFkNkpRV3FOQlRpclNXQT09)
- Fridays 11:15 - 11:45 am -- Bike Club Lunch Bunch (Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88989978118?pwd=aENVeERmeDZodmUrRmZUaFZrT1JjQT09)
Clubs that have changed meeting times:
- Art Anime Club is still meeting but now, Mondays after school from 3:40-4:45 pm at the same Zoom credentials.
Check out this week's Living Room Library from Ms. Sylvia.
Green Tech Academy 21-22 School year
This is the announcement requesting pictures from Small families:
Please send pictures of your students or share them to Google Drive:
- camp outs
- backyard gardens
- next to Austin landmarks and murals
- with pets
- baby pics with name of student
- anything celebrating student success and creativity:
- playing an instrument
- holding up a favorite book
Our yearbook will be a colorful keepsake of the good things that happened this year.
It will be unique. But, this year our campus is Austin, our neighborhoods, cougar homes, and wherever our cougars roam.
We are looking into doing a drive by Picture Day - Look in future newsletters for more details.
National Junior Honor Society
- Do you have at least a B average?
- Do you show good character, leadership, scholarship, and citizenship?
- Do you serve your community outside of the school day?
You may be a candidate for the National Junior Honor Society!
Click here for the application (includes student information, grade reporting, teacher recommendation requirements, and essay) and submit to your Advanced Academics Advocate email@example.com by midnight, Dec 11.
Applications received after midnight, Dec. 11, 2020, will not be considered.
Helpful Information from the Middle School Office
Is it your computer or the District?
The AISD has created a page on their website to tell you when any of their systems are down. If you are having a glitch, Go to https://www.austinisd.org/technology/status to see if something is down.
AISD Covid-19 Cases
Magnet High School Applicants
From your Advanced Academics Advocate....Are you interested in applying to LASA, McCallum, Anderson IB? Mrs. Manners will host two application and essay Zoom meetings to help students begin their application and essays to these AISD options for Advanced Academics. We will work on finding and completing the applications, asking teachers for recommendations, and drafting and editing short answer and essay questions.
4-5 pm Thursday, Nov. 12
4-5 pm Thursday, Nov. 19
If your 8th grader is interested in applying and would like some support, mentoring, or essay guidance, please have them send an email from their student email account to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Advanced Academics Application Assistance EOM and I will send them an invite to the BLEND tile with Date, Zoom, and other important application information.
Address the CAC Committee
If you are interested in speaking to our CAC using our Citizen Communication time, please email our CAC chair Emma Renault-Varian email@example.com or Co-Chair Chasee firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting Zoom details.
Citizens Communications. For all regular and other plenary meetings of the CAC, time at the beginning of the meeting shall be set aside for citizens communications. This time is specifically for non-members to make comments to the CAC. The Co-Chairs may limit the time for citizens communications and the time given to individual speakers. The Co-Chairs shall ensure that the district’s “Citizens Communications and Visitor Guidelines” are applied. Under these guidelines, except for requests for clarification, dialogue shall not occur between speakers and members. If the CAC is interested in hearing more from a speaker, the speaker may be invited to a future meeting and placed on the agenda specifically for that purpose. Or, the CAC may call a special meeting specifically for the purpose of open dialogue with non-members (e.g., a “community conversation”), but it must be posted for discussion on a specific topic or topics.