Cougar News

Week of March 7th - March 11th

Letter from Principal Nelson

Proud Residents of Smallville USA-

It seems like each time I write to you, I wish you well on your 3-day weekend, and I have no problem with that. This weekend should be beautiful, and our students and selves need the time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Spring Fever is almost here, and anything we can do to combat the wiggles our kids seem always to have, the better.

Know that when your student returns next week, we will be taking our last round of SCAs (Short Cycle Assessments) for all STAAR-tested subjects. Unlike the STAAR, this is live data that we can use to drive current instruction. Meaning we can identify the gaps and then work tirelessly in our PLCs to fill them before the finale in May. All your student needs to do to relax and rely on what they learned in their classes. All we ask is that they do their best and produce an accurate picture of what they have learned this year so we can better prepare them for STAAR. If your student is in Band, performing for UIL next week, make sure they know they are still required to take these exams when back on campus.


Beginning next week, masks will no longer be required when on campus. Students, staff, and visitors can still wear them, and we will have plenty of them available, but is it not a requirement. We know that our staff and students will respect the choices of others, and we will make sure that all are treated fairly and feel accepted, regardless of whether or not masks are on. We want families to know we respect their decision regarding whether or not their student is to wear a mask, but we will not enforce their wishes upon the student. Meaning if a student on campus wishes not to wear a mask, we cannot force them to, even if the family prefers their student does wear one. As for our staff and interactions with students, know that we are professionals and are here to teach, not judge, and will treat all students fairly regardless of their mask choice.

Here is a link to the updated Mask Policy from AISD. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns about it. AISD Masks

Chrome Book Chargers: Please use this link to purchase a Chrome Book Charger from Amazon. It’s much cheaper if you order through them than through us.


Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Track Tryouts

Track Tryouts will be held Tuesday March 8th and Wednesday March 9th from 4-5pm. You must have a physical turned in prior to tryouts.

Patton Alumni Event

  • Thursday, March 10 (4:00-5:30) Middle Schooler Special Event Track & Field Day
    • To show love to our Patton Alumni that missed out on Track & Field Day due to covid, we are having a special event for them after our regular Track & Field Day.
  • Please share the sign up with any Middle School Patton Alumni families to help us get the word out!

Updated A/B Calendar

REMINDER - NO SCHOOL Friday 3/4/22

We have updated our AB Calendar to reflect the 2 additional days off that the district has created. Click here for the updated A/B Calendar
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Incoming 6th Grade Information

Important dates for incoming 6th Graders

Cougar Camp - August 1st - 2nd, 2022 (Choose AM or PM Session)

This is the transition camp to help teach kids about how middle school works, make new friends and learn more about the campus - Click here to register and learn more

Scavenger Hunt - Aug 4, 2022 - Time TBD

Come show your parents what you learned in camp. See if you can find your way around Small and that you are ready for the first day of school. More details to come

Parent Camp - August 4th. 5:30 pm - Zoom

This is all the information every new to middle school parent will need to know about Small and how middle school works. Click here to register

First Day of School - August 15th, 2022

Ways to keep informed.



Parent facebook page:


Small FAQ Page

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Email or call Jennifer Newell at 512-841-6701

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Are you tired of sending your child to summer camps that lack an academic element? Are you on the hunt for an academic and entertaining summer camp where students can collaborate and formulate solutions to the most pressing issues the world is faced with?? If so, sign up for Jr. AUSMUN!! Jr. AUSMUN is a four-day summer camp open for incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th graders THIS SUMMER!! . The camp will reflect the high school class, Model United Nations, an extracurricular offered at Austin High in which students represent delegates in the United Nations and simulate debates in UN committees. Campers will explore the most current and relevant topics and engage in activities for three days in preparation for a Model UN conference on the 4th! The camp will be held at Austin High School, June 20th through 23rd from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. For more information and registration details please visit

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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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!