Cougar News

Week of January 24th - January 28th

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

Brrrrrrrr…..From the low 80s of Wednesday to the high 20s of Thursday and Friday, I recall a famous saying about Texas weather: “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, stick’ll change.”

The same can be said of middle schoolers, however, unlike the Texas weather, we can impact their change. That’s the goal for all of us; ensuring our middle school students continue to make positive changes. We know that the sour attitude we’re sometimes given will give way to grace if we remind them to be thankful for what they have and to be respectful to all. Theirs is not an enviable journey. The world around them is changing almost as fast as their bodies and minds and the amount of stimuli and information delivered is nonstop. Our job is to help them navigate all the input and teach them what to remember, what to ignore, and what to share. Of the three, what to ignore may be the hardest part. Too often our students’ self-image is based upon not what others think of them but rather what they think others think of them.

Share this phrase with your student whenever they find themselves too caught up in worrying about what others think of them.

I am not what I think I am.

I am not what you think I am.

I am what I think you think I am.

Explain to them that it is hard enough thinking for ourselves; we shouldn’t add the burden of thinking for others to our plate. Then, watch them change just like this infernal weather.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Join us for our next PTA Meeting Wednesday, January 26 @ 6:30pm on Zoom. We'll take care of some PTA business, then Dr. Mike Brooks will speak @ 7pm. Register here to be sent the zoom link the day of the event.

Small Family in need

One of our Small families suffered a serious car crash last week that resulted in the entire family being hospitalized. We are so thankful that everyone will be OK. However, providing meals over the next 3 weeks will be a challenge as the parents go through their recovery. Our community is invited to volunteer to sign up with Sarah Krier,, 512-841-6711, if you would like to assist in the following ways:

1) You may sign up on our Care Calendar with by emailing or calling Ms. Krier for a specific day to deliver a meal for 4 that can be frozen. You can bring the meal to the school, and we will take care of delivery to the family. The kids are not picky eaters, so any typical kid's meal goes. Some of their favorite meals are steak / burgers, mashed potatoes, corn, and fresh berry flavored treats (strawberries are favorite!).

2) You may wish to donate towards Door Dash by dropping off a door dash gift card to the front office or emailing it Ms. Krier at This is a wonderful way to allow the family some choice over their meals. 🙂

To respect the privacy of the family as they heal, we will not release their names or discuss the details of their situation. Thank you for honoring this request. We wish them all a speedy recovery and look forward to having our student back at school soon!

The Small Library Newsletter

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Come and see the Adv Theater students perform in the play "School Daze", a play about the first day of school. The show is Jan 28th at 6:30 in the Small Cafeteria. Tickets are $5.00

Masks are required and social distancing will be encouraged.

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Click the link below for more information

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New Attendance Clerk and Procedures

Hi everyone, I am Amanda Elliott the new attendance specialist at Small. I am excited to be working with everyone and look forward to getting to know you. We have updated the Small Website Attendance page and can submit notes online. This will allow for less paper and will help make Small a Greener Campus. On the Attendance Page you can now enter an absence and request an early pickup. Remember when picking up students early to give us at least an hour notice. This will ensure you are not waiting for your student for up to 15 minutes to arrive when you get here. It helps saves you time as well and will make sure you get to where you need to go as well. You can still handwrite an excuse note as well if needed. Don't forget that school starts right at 8:20. If you arrive after that your student will be marked Tardy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions by email at or directly at 512-841-6702. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Hola a todos, soy Amanda Elliott, la nueva especialista en asistencia de Small. Estoy emocionado de trabajar con todos y espero conocerlos. Hemos actualizado la página de Asistencia a sitios web pequeños y podemos enviar notas en línea. Esto permitirá menos papel y ayudará a que Small sea un campus más ecológico. En la página de asistencia ahora puede ingresar una ausencia y solicitar una recogida anticipada. Cuando recoja a los estudiantes temprano, recuerde avisarnos con al menos una hora de anticipación. Esto asegurará que no espere a que su estudiante llegue hasta por 15 minutos cuando llegue aquí. También le ayuda a ahorrar tiempo y se asegurará de que llegue a donde necesita ir. También puede escribir a mano una nota de excusa si es necesario. No olvide que la escuela comienza a las 8:20. Si llega después de eso, su estudiante será marcado como Tarde. No dude en comunicarse conmigo con cualquier pregunta por correo electrónico a o directamente al 512-841-6702. Que tengas una maravillosa temporada navideña.

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Due to a much larger-than-expected pool of applicants for NJHS, notifications of acceptance to NJHS will be postponed until the end of January.

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Back the future at Small Middle School. Join PTA today.

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

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

Order a Yearbook

Order your yearbook before the winter break and get it for just $40. 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.

Green Academy Blog

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