Cougar News

The Weekly Newsletter of Clint Small, Jr. Middle School

May 15th - May 19th

May Calendar

Click here to see the full calendar of events for MAY

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

Your students have survived STAAR week! Some of them have taken as many as four tests this week; at the very least all have taken two. That’s an awful lot of time spent in one room being quiet and attentive. Needless to say, be sure to let them run around outside all weekend so they can get their school-legs and stamina back for these last two weeks.

Carnival! We are taking what we did last year and multiplying the fun by 1,000%! We have more vendors, attractions, inflatables, and booths than you can throw a stick at. In fact, I believe stick throwing is actually being sponsored by this year by Choir. We want every single student, parent, guardian uncle, aunt, and neighbor here on campus to celebrate Small’s best year yet! Sure, the carnival helps raise money for the school, but more importantly it builds community and allows us all have one last event together before summer break. See the link below to buy your tickets online and to scope out what activities you want to take part in. There’s also information if you or your business would like to help sponsor. Tell your boss that it will not only be reaching our Small community, but to our feeder elementary schools as well.

Buy Wristbands/Sign up to Volunteer/Become a Sponsor

Have a great weekend, and as per usual, if you ever have a question, concern, or even a kudos, feel free to send me an email or drop by.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


The Cougar Online

Student written and designed website

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Yearbook Info!!!

The yearbooks are here and they look fabulous! If you have pre-ordered a yearbook for your student they will be distributed to the kids this Monday during PRIDE. If you still need to purchase one, they are for sale for $40 before and after school in room 113 and will also be for sale at the Carnival.
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All Library Books are Due NOW!!!

Spring Dance Showcase

May 20th at 6:30pm in the big gym to the Cougar news?

Tickets are $5.00

Come see some amazing Dancers showcase their talent!

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2017 Carnival Wristbands On-Sale Now!!!

Our Second annual Community Carnival is set for Thursday, May 25th 3:45 - 7:00 pm. Rain or Shine!!!!

(Kids are out of School that Friday and Monday of that weekend)

Not only is this a big end of year party for our students, it is a great way to support our school. All proceeds go directly back to the CSMS departments, clubs and organizations that participate. For example, last year, the Math department got over $800 to spend as they saw fit for this years classes.

How Parents\Guardians can help:

  • Send your students to the Carnival! Save the date and make a plan for them to attend. Most of our income will come from wristband\ticket sales.
    Purchase Tickets Here
  • Plan to Volunteer - We need lots of adults on hand to supervise and work the booths - All Volunteers will get a Free Large One Topping Pizza Coupon from Double Dave's of Arbor Trails! Sign up to Volunteer here!!!!
  • Donate an In-kind item - We will be giving raffle tickets away as prizes for the kids to win big ticket items. We also plan to have a silent Auction. If you have something you would like to donate, contact us!
  • Be a Vendor - Have a booth at the Carnival. The more fun things we have for the kids to do, the smaller the lines.
  • Sponsor - We need to underwrite this event as much as possible. Consider donating some cash to sponsor a booth or inflatable, we have different sponsorship options available.
  • Donate or help us find Coupons - The kids will win coupons to local businesses. This is a win, win to build a relationship between the School and community.
  • Spread the word - Tell your friends and neighbors. We want this to be a community event. We would especially like to invite our incoming 6th grade class to come on out and have some fun at their new school.

Questions, Comments and/or Suggestions? Contact

Thanks you for your support for our end of year extravaganza!!!

Check out our Carnival Website!

Become a Sponsor, Purchase Wristbands & Tickets, Sign-up to Volunteer


8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Save the date

June 1st 10:00 - 12:00 in the CSMS GYM


ALL athletes who participated and completed a season will be recognized and awarded medals.

Athletic Athletes of the Year will be announced.

Athletes should wear Sunday best clothes for the ceremony

TRACK ATHLETES PLEASE turn in your Track uniform to your Coach ASAP.

Summer Camps at Small MS

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Shout out to all the middle schoolers who joined the school's first ultimate frisbee club and a big thank you to Mr. Mullen for sponsoring the club. Almost 30 students participated in the after-school program, 13 of which also participated in the city wide youth spring league, where our students finished 8th out of 14 teams. Not bad for a first year showing!

The youth ultimate frisbee season occurs in the Spring and usually runs from around March to May though there are lots of opportunities to play in the off-season. Find out more about youth ultimate including summer camp at

Good luck to all the eight graders heading to Austin High or Bowie, both of which have excellent ultimate frisbee teams - we hope you'll keep playing!

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Austin High School Volunteer Opportunities

As the 2016-2017 school year winds down, we are busy getting ready for the 2017-2018 school year, and we need your help. Can you volunteer a few hours a month, a few times a month or even every week? This is a great way to get to know the inner workings of Austin High and it helps bridge the budget gap created by Austin High's under-enrollment that prevents the hiring of additional employees. I invite you to join our volunteer team in working in the Austin High School Office at one (or both) volunteer positions

Attendance Office Volunteer

Work alongside our fantastic attendance clerk Patty Ballin to sign students in and out, fill out tardy passes, and help with filing. The Attendance Office is always busy and these volunteers are of the utmost importance, in high demand and much appreciated by staff and faculty.

Volunteering in the Attendance Office at Austin High is a great way to get to know your child's school better, gain insight into how it runs, and get to the know the faculty and staff who work with and mentor our children daily.

Phone Duty Volunteer - in the Main Office

Work in the main office answering and directing phone calls. This is a new opportunity for the 2017-2018 school year.

Volunteer Shifts

The shift times are either 8:30am -11:15am, 11:15am-2pm or 2pm-4:20pm. Volunteer monthly, weekly, whatever works with your schedule! We also need back up volunteers to fill in when someone can’t make their shift. Weekly (usually on Sunday afternoons), I send out an email reminding everyone of their upcoming shift as well as listing the shifts that need substitutes for the upcoming week.

Volunteer Training

If you are interested in helping, we have a 30-minute training during any of the shifts training alongside a previous volunteer (marked on the schedule with an asterisk). After that you are ready to go! If you ever have any questions, Patty Ballin and Linda Garcia will be there to help you out.

Sign Up!

If you would like to volunteer with attendance, please, check out our schedule of available slots with this link:

If you would like to help with answering phones, please, check out this link:

If you find a spot you’d like (or more than one) email to let me know and I will sign you up!

Thank you for your consideration,

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2017-2018 Registration

Online registration for school year 2017-18 begins March 1st.

All current\new to AISD students need to register for the upcoming school year.

Please click here for step by step instructions.

Any questions? Call Diane Ewing 512-841-6710

Summer Camp Guide

As news of summer camps in the area come in, we will put them on this link.