Cougar News

Week of 1/25/21 - 1/29/21

Letter from Ms. Garza

Dear Smallville Community,

Another week has come to an end. We had about 20 more students daily than we had last week. Thank you for putting your trust in us as we all work through this pandemic. We know that you have choices and we are here to support your choice.

This week we were able to visit a few zoom class lessons and I noticed that the students using their cameras were engaged with their teacher and with their classmates more than those that were not on camera. I would like to request that you continue to encourage your child(ren) to turn their cameras on. Teachers love the work they do and students are at the center of that work. When we don’t see their faces, it is difficult to see if a child is experiencing success or struggling with a concept. We want to be able to support all students. Another highlight this week was having lunch in the cafeteria with our students. I speak for all our administrators when I say, having time to just chat with our students really brightens our day. They do have such great stories to tell.

I’ll keep this short and ask that you read the Superintendent’s message about next week and

review the Friday Asynchronous information that follows. Have a great weekend and we look

forward to seeing our students next week.

Have a great weekend,

Anna Garza

Administrative Substitute

Small Middle School Substitute Principal

Austin Independent School District

Calendar & Bell Schedule

The upcoming Fridays (1/29, 2/26, 3/5, & 4/9) will be Remote Asynchronous C days.

Please update your A/B Calendar with this one and refer to the Bell Schedules below.

Standard Bell Schedule

C Day Bell Schedule - For Fridays (1/29, 2/26, 3/5, & 4/9) ONLY

Cougar Course Selection Showcase

To join the Zoom meeting on the 28th, Click the flyer below.

Help! Yearbook Pictures

We would love to have each student in this year's yearbook. We have been brainstorming all different ideas on how best to do this, and the winner is... You!

Please take a quick moment to upload a current picture of your student into this form and we will put that picture in the yearbook. Enter your pictures here:

Questions? Email

Congratulations Counselors

We are so proud of our counseling team for earning the honor of being a CREST recognized campus.

We are officially the only middle school in AISD to have received this honor along with 13 other elementary schools in the district.

Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) is sponsored by the Texas School Counselor Association and is awarded to exemplary school counseling programs. CREST is a continuous document that professional school counselors can use to demonstrate effective program design and implementation and to emphasize a commitment to obtaining results that boost achievement and wellness for students.

Attention 8th Graders

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Have you checked out the January Counseling Newsletter?

Ordered a Yearbook Yet?


Parents, are you looking for a way to give back to teachers and staff at Small Middle School?

We (A handful of Small Parents) have found a free and very effective way to show some love and thought we would share it with you all.

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Let's send some sparkly gratitude to our faculty & staff this holiday season with an AISD RAVE submission!

  • Does your student have a favorite teacher?
  • Has someone at Small (or any other AISD School) gone above and beyond for you and your family?
  • Do you want to support teachers and let everyone (Teacher, Principal, AISD District) know about it?

All of our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond this semester. The best free, easy, sparkly way to show our gratitude is via the RAVE form on the AISD website (link below.) It only takes a couple of minutes to complete!

This form is received by AISD administration. RAVE submissions mean a lot to teachers and staff. It's equivalent to a virtual hug! And, there's never been a better time to remind the Superintendent how indispensable they all are.

Please submit a RAVE for any teacher or staff member (current or from school years past.)

Maybe send one or two a day! You do need the first and last name of the employee you wish to RAVE about. Those can be sourced on Small's Staff Directory :

Flooding AISD administration with positive feedback will make an important and lasting impact. Let's make this holiday season sparkle a little extra with RAVES!

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Thank you,

Small Parents

Small PTA Info

PTA Hassle-Free November Fundraiser

Click here to donate

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!

Donate to the PTA here

Join the PTA here

Questions about the PTA? Contact

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Clubs at Small

There are a lot of Clubs To choose from. Click Here to see a list and how to join.

Remember that these clubs are an extra service the teachers are offering you and that all school rules apply. Please come and take advantage of the extra social time with other students who are interested in the same thing as you are!

If you have questions, please email the club sponsor.

Our amazing Librarian Ms. Sylvia is so good at recommending books and fostering the kids' love of reading, that she has a whole blog about it! She updates it every week. Be sure to click the link below each week for her new installment of her Living Room Library.

Check out this week's Living Room Library from Ms. Sylvia.

Green Tech Academy 21-22 School year

Do you know any 5th Graders that are interested in applying for our Green Tech Academy for next school year? Please help spread the word that we are doing Zoom Q & A meetings instead of tours this year.

Yearbook Pictures

This is the announcement requesting pictures from Small families:

Please send pictures of your students or share them to Google Drive:

  • camp outs
  • trips
  • backyard gardens
  • next to Austin landmarks and murals
  • with pets
  • baby pics with name of student
  • anything celebrating student success and creativity:
  • costumes
  • customs
  • sports
  • art
  • 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.

Address the CAC Committee

If you are interested in speaking to our CAC using our Citizen Communication time, please email our CAC chair Co-Chair Chasee 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.

Green Academy Blog

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