Cougar News

Week of 12/04/17 - 12/08/17

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Letter from Principal Nelson

Residents of Smallville-

Tis’ the season and we are elated to be able to spend it here with your student. After a much needed and restful Fall Break, our kids came back and immediately got to the business of getting to business. 9 days typically is more like 9 weeks when dealing with middle schoolers, but this year we were met by kids who returned eager and ready to work. They hit the ground running in regards to the rigor and we expect nothing less from them until December 19th. Speaking of rigor, 7th grade students will be taking their ELA Benchmark on Tuesday of next week, so please encourage a good night’s sleep the night before and a healthy breakfast the day of. The test is 2 part, revision/editing and writing, and they should do well, providing they take it seriously and try their best.

Student Shout Outs: Big props to 7th grader Lexi Venditelli for her homemade gift of snowflakes she cut out for the office during her break. Early Monday morning she found me and asked if it was okay if she could hang up her gift in the office for the staff. We are so proud and flattered that during her extended break from school she took the time to give thanks to those who help support her. Now if you know Lexi, then you know how easy it is to offer her support; she’s a top-notch kid who has a heart as big as the moon and we are a better campus for having her as a member. Her selfless act made mine and the office staff’s day/week/month/year.

We also want to recognize Henry Elizondo for reading the most minutes in AISD on MyOn this month! For those of you who don’t know, MyOn is an online reading program that has subject specific books for science and social studies. Students can log on here at school or at home. Henry and his 30 minutes a night habit produced the most minutes read by any kid in AISD...all 81,000 of them. Way to go!

Lots of Smalliday events on the Horizon in regards to Fine Arts performances and the like, so please stay tuned to the website and this newsletter so you don’t miss them. We love this time of year when our students and teachers get to strut their stuff and look forward to seeing you at any one of the numerous shows that are planned.


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


Carta del Sr. Nelson en español

Una traducción de la carta del Sr. Nelson será publicada aquí dentro de 24 horas.

ATTN: 8th Grade Parents

Next week on Dec. 7, the counseling department will be hosting a parent panel of parents from Austin High School, Bowie High School, Crockett High School, and LASA High School. We will run a Q & A session from 6 to 7 p.m. In the CSMS Library.

Need Financial Assistance?

With the holiday season upon us, we know that financial burdens are felt especially heavily during this season.

The district asked us to share this resource guide for financial assistance with our AISD families during this holiday season.

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Green Candle Fundraiser

RSVP2Fun is at again with support for our school. You may remember that they were responsible for the amazing DJ and Balloon arch at the fun run, now they are partnering with our Green Academy to make custom candles. They are using ingredients from our very own gardens to make these beautiful candles - just in time for the holidays. If you are looking for a unique gift that supports our school Order your candles here

Custodians need a fridge!

The hardest workers at CSMS by far are our amazing Custodians! Unfortunately their office Refrigerator has stopped working. We were wondering if any of you plan on getting new one for the holidays, and need to get rid of your old one, or have an extra in the garage that you might be willing to donate to them?

If you have a full size working refrigerator that you need to get off your hands, contact and we will come pick it up and put it in the Custodians office.

Thank you!!!

Cougar Online

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