Cougar News

Week of 12/06/21 - 12/10/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


We are so excited to welcome back our students after a much-deserved and appreciated break. They hit the ground running and are hopefully geared up for the last 10 days of the Fall semester. That’s right, 2 more weeks and then we all get to spend the Winter Holidays with our family and friends again until January 4th.

It’s important for your student to know that even though there will be celebrations here and there, learning excursions, and several special events leading up to the break, that the business of learning is still our main priority. We expect our students to be as sharp and on point these last 10 days as they were during the first 10. Our teachers will still be teaching until December 17th so please make sure they know they are expected to learn until then as well. We know they have the know-how and we will be sure to reward them for their hard work and focus.

Speaking of rewards, be sure to check this publication next week for information on our annual Fine Arts Winter Showcase! This year we will be broadcasting the affair via Zoom so all family members, friends, and fans of the Fine Arts can enjoy our students’ performances. We’ll send the Zoom link out prior and look forward to seeing as many of you on there as we can legally support. (up to 500 I believe)

Thanks for reading.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Speaking at a CAC Meeting

Some of you have mentioned that you would like to address our CAC (Campus Advisory Committee) at their next meeting on 12/14 at 4:00 pm regarding the possible AISD schedule chages for next year. Please follow the CAC guidelines and submit the propler forms.

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Snacks for Kids

The Small MS counseling department is looking for snack donations for hungry kids while they are here at school. Granola bars, individual packages of pretzels, or goldfish are great items for us to have on hand. Please drop any donations off at the front office and let them know they are for the counseling office.

An easy way to help is to order on Amazon and have it shipped to Small at 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd. Austin, TX 78749 - Please wait until we get back from Thanksgiving break :)

Market Days

"Shopping at the Green Academy Sale is something that will never fail.

Market Days offers unique gifts that are sure to make you win your gift-buying contest for the holidays.

December 6-10 after school!

Save up because the sale is coming up!"

Assistance for the Holidays

To see if your family qualifies for Toys for Tots. To apply for assistance click here Toys for Tots. Application deadline is November 30th.

Families with children 14 years of age and under qualify for this program. Click Here for Blue Santa to apply

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Flag Rugby Club

Rugby players wanted. Open to everybody.

Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 on the Football Field.

Learn to play non-contact Flag Rugby.

Contact Coach Moore if you questions.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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

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Magnet High School Applications

Attention students applying to AISD Magnet Schools! Mx. Manners will be hosting application mentoring sessions in Room 204 on Wednesday, Dec 1st and 8th from 4pm-5pm. Please begin the Common Application before coming to the sessions and arrive to the session with your Chromebook and charger.

These sessions are for STUDENTS needing help with essays and applications.

Ask your teachers if they are willing and able to give you a recommendation and let them know which schools you are applying to BEFORE entering their names on the application.

Below are listed the Application pages for the different AISD Application Programs.

Apply to LASA

All students applying to LASA and/or any AISD Choice High School must complete AISD Common Application here by January 7th, 2022, which includes the following:. Report Card for Previous Grade Level (from 2020-2021 school year)

Anderson IB Class of 2024 Application Information – International Baccalaureate (IB) - Anderson High School

Anderson High School is a high school in Austin, Texas serving grades 9-12. Home of the Fighting Trojans

The Austin High Global Studies is now part of the Academies System and students are assigned by lottery.

How to Apply - Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) is a public, all-girls college preparatory school of choice founded to educate young women from diverse backgrounds, and serves grades 6 - 12 within the Austin Independent School District (AISD).. ARS is part of the Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN), a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS), and an affiliate school ...

How to Apply | McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Required for Application. This tool indicates for the district what programs you are intending to apply. In addition, MAC FAA accesses your teacher recommendations as well as AISD student grade reports through this system.

Small M.S. Boys' Soccer Game Schedule

Boys Soccer Games
(subject to change)

10/30/21 Sat O. Henry vs Small 9:00am 10:30am


A Team: Small- 6, O. Henry- 1

B Team: Small-8, O. Henry- 1

11/06/21 Sat Gorzycki vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/13/21 Sat Small vs Bailey * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/20/21 Sat Paredes vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/04/21 Sat Small vs Lively * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/11/21 Sat Kealing vs Small 9:00am 10:30am

Home Team Listed Last

* Zone Game

A team games are at 9, B team games at 10:30

NJHS Application Open for 6th AND 7th Graders!

Yes, you read that right! This year we have opened candidacy and membership in NJHS to eligible 6th graders. Students should make a copy of this document to their GoogleDrive and submit their completed application by Friday, Dec 10, 2021.

What are the eligibility requirements?

6th graders--an average of at least 85 over all classes for Quarter 1 and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

7th graders--an average of at least 85 in all classes for Quarter 1, a yearlong average of at least 85 over all classes for 6th grade, and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

Part of the application process includes teacher recommendations. See the application for details and dates.

Complete applications received by Friday, Dec 10, will be reviewed by the Faculty Council. Students and parents will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance in early January.

Order a Yearbook

Order your yearbook before the winter break and get it for just $35. 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.

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:

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Green Academy Blog

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