Cougar News

Week of 8/30/21 - 9/3/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Residents of Smallville USA-

If you are new to having a student in secondary school, let us know what burning questions or concerns you currently have, and we’ll do our best to respond in kind. It’s a vastly different world than elementary school, and it seems that the kids acclimate quicker than we do. Also, as you may have noticed by now, these little fountains of information seem to emit less and less as they age. As parents and guardians, we go from “when will they stop with all the questions,’ to “why won’t they tell me what’s going on” almost overnight. This is a natural progression in adolescence which is why we’ll do our best to answer the questions they won’t. Simply send me an email and I can either answer or direct you to the person who best can.

Speaking of students, if you are like me, you love spending time with your kids and only wish you could see more of them. The eight hours away from them each day seems like an eternity, and you wish there was some way you could be more involved in this most special time of their lives. Lucky for you, your Smallville family has you covered; volunteering. That’s right, the absolute best way to check in on and share in your students’ joyful day is by volunteering here on campus, specifically during lunches. We need more volunteers to assist in monitoring during lunch periods and cannot think of a better way to maim two birds with one stone. All we need is some extra eyes out back in the courtyard to monitor our students to ensure safety and sanitation. If you are interested in getting back at least part of the 8 hours with your student we are taking from you each day, send me an email, and we’ll put you on the schedule.

Crosswalks: We are trying our darndest to make sure kids know to only cross on Monterey Oaks at the crosswalk, but we need your support as well. If you are dropping them off Northbound on Monterey Oaks, make sure they know to take the sidewalk to the crosswalk and cross there. Sure, it’s a long walk, and we currently are without a crossing guard, but it is much safer. Cars always look for pedestrians in these areas, not darting in and out of the street. Likewise, when dropping off in the front of the school, only let your student out of your vehicle once you have crossed the crosswalk, not before. We see way too many students get out of their cars early and try to walk across the parking lot exit where they can’t be seen by outgoing traffic and busses. Oh, and please pull all the way forward and try not to leave any space between you and the car in front of you. Mind the gaps!

Speaking (writing) of crosswalks, we need a crossing guard in the worst possible way. Unfortunately, this is not someone that AISD or Small hires, so we are at the mercy of the City of Austin. They know we are short, but there aren’t many available persons to take the post and help our students cross safely before and after school. If you know somebody interested in applying, please see the attached information. Also, if you are inclined to share your concerns with the Powers that Be, please do so (COA). We’re hoping more attention to this hazard will place somebody at the post sooner rather than later.

I hope you had a great weekend with your student and make sure to check in with them about their week and how their first C-day went.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Covid Protocols

Many of you have asked about Small Middle Schools Covid protocols. We are following AISD District protocols and they are following the CDC.

The Family newsletter that was sent out last week has some good information.

You might also want to look at the AISD Covid-19 Information Page

And the CDC recommendations for quarantine

Volunteer for Small CAC

Our CAC (Campus Advisory Council) is looking for some parent volunteers. This is a committee made up of Administrators, Teaches and Parents to help make decisions about the campus. Learn more about how to join and when the meetings take place by going to our CAC page on our website.
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Hi Parents! Welcome to Clint Small Middle School.

Our Teachers and Staff have been working hard getting the school, classrooms, campus, and animals ready for the school year. Here are some items that will keep them Recharged and Refreshed. Thank you for your donations in advance!

  • Bottled Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Variety of Sodas
  • Coffee Pods for their Keurig
  • Individually wrapped tea bags
  • Single use Creamers and Sugar
  • Individually Wrapped Snacks: Trail Mix, Granola Bars, Chips, Crackers, A Variety of Candy, etc.….
  • You can also do an Amazon delivery of random snack boxes to Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd. Austin Tx 78749
  • Please drop off any donations at the front door, preferably at non-pick up times 😊
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PTA On-line Store

Our PTA has put together a cougar online swag store. Right now they are offering pre-orders of some newly designed t-shirts.

Get your Cougar T-Shirt TODAY!


Check out our Virtual Library

Got an appointment?

Do you need to pick up your student during the school day? No problem. We have 2 different methods that can speed up this process.

Method #1) Send your student in with a note. First thing in the morning, they should come to the main office with a note from home stating what time they will be picked up. We will exchange that note for a pass to leave class at that time. When the time comes, the student shows their teacher the pass and then comes to the main office. They are there ready for pick up and you make your appointment on time.

Method #2) What I like to call... Order a kid. let's say you just found out about an appointment, or forgot to send a note... No problem - just go to the main page of our website and scroll to the bottom. Under the helpful links section, click "Student Early Pickup Request". Our front office staff will monitor that all day and send a note to the student to come down at the time requested.

If method one or two are not used, prepare to wait up to 30 minutes for us to find your student and get them to the office.

NJHS Meetings for SY 2021-2022

All students inducted into NJHS this spring are encouraged to attend as part of participating in NJHS. Meetings will be in Mx. Manners' room, 204, from 4:00-4:45. Students have been invited to join a BLEND course for NJHS and the BLEND course will be the best place for communications and updates regarding NJHS.

  • Thursday, Sept 9
  • Thursday, Oct 14
  • Thursday, Nov 4
  • Thursday, Jan 13
  • Thursday, Feb 10
  • Thursday, Mar 10
  • Thursday, Apr 14
  • Thursday, May 5, 19

Current 7th graders who are interested in NJHS: Watch the Cougar News in October for information about applying to NJHS! If you have any questions for contact Mx. Manners at

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Join PTA

We have an enthusiastic new team of parents heading up the PTA this year. We are excited to partner with these amazing volunteers. If you have any questions regarding PTA, be sure to email our president Celeste Schooley with any questions.

In the meantime show your support for Small by joining the 21-22 PTA at

Did you know as a PTA member, you have access to discounts for car rentals,

hotels, theme parks and more? Check out this link for more perks:

Gifted and Talented

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! Look for this logo in each week's Cougar News to find out the latest happenings in CSMS GATE (Gifted and Talent Explore).

Coming up! Parent nominations for students to be included in the GATE identification process will be open from Sept 14-24. A link to the nomination form will be included here, or you may pick up a paper form from the office from Sept 14 and snail mail it back by Sept 24th. ONLINE NOMINATIONS ARE GREATLY PREFERRED! Nominations, online or mailed, MUST be received by midnight on Sept 24. If your student was already identified in the GATE program in any category, in AISD in another middle school or in elementary school, you do NOT have to re-nominate them. Here's a link to GT FAQ S'more. Please look here for answers to your GATE questions. If you've read the GT FAQ and you still have questions, please email your campus GT Advocate at

2021-2022 Bell Schedule

We have submitted our Bell Schedule and A/B Calendar to the district.

You will notice we are doing something new with both!

2021-2022 A/B Calendar - 8/12/21 Rev.

2021-2022 Daily Bell Schedule - 8/1/21 Rev.


Since we have so many families that live outside our attendance zone, we are trying to create some carpool groups for next year. If you are interested is a possible carpool for next year, fill out this form.

Cougar Club

We are bringing back Cougar Club for the 21-22 School year! If your student needs a safe place to go after school enroll them into Small's Cougar Club. Click here to register for next year.

Check out the flyer below

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Green Academy Blog

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