Cougar News

Week of May 16th - May 20th

Letter from Principal Nelson


Lot’s to report on since our last correspondence. So let’s get to it.

Re-cap of STAAR Testing: All of your students took at least two multiple-choice State assessments, and Eighth-grade students took four.

Moving on.

Re-cap of Splashfest: Last week was epic! Wet (not called Dry-Fest, mind you), wild, and wooly! Unlike most fundraisers on campus, this one appealed to all ages. We had siblings from feeder schools, future Cougars, parents, and guardians, and our staff congregating together to celebrate the year and raise money for our programs. Putting this together is no small feat and requires aid from the entire community to pull off. The Marvelous Mrs. Newell and our fantastic PTA have been planning for this event since before the Pandemic, and we have all reaped the benefits of their preparation.

We had around 750 students participate in the festivities, and of those assembled, I reckon all 750 left damper than when they arrived. The smiles on their faces throughout and their want to engage with their friends in a safe, cheerful, albeit wet, manner made this day special, and we are so fortunate our kids and our community embraced the fun. Yes, we raised lots of much-needed money, but more importantly, our students got to experience the benefit of home and school working together for their benefit.

HB4545 Summer School: We are sending out a Google Form this weekend to around 300 students about HB4545 Summer School being offered here on campus from June 6th until June 21st. The Reading and Math sessions will be taught by our own teachers, and transportation is provided for those who currently receive it. It will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 and will eliminate the need for most after-school and early morning tutorial sessions next year. If your student is invited and attends, they will most likely not need to attend any extra tutorials throughout the school year. If you receive the form, please fill it out and return it so as quickly as possible so we can start creating the 10:1 ratio rosters.

There are only two more Fridays left, and then it’s 2.5 months of Saturdays for our students.


Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Register for the Zoom Link

Please fill out this form for the PTA Meeting Zoom link to be emailed to you.

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Athletic Awards

Dear Athletes and Parents,

On Monday, May 23, we will be presenting Athletic Awards to our Student-Athletes.

  • 7th Grade presentation will be held during 1st period from 9:00 - 9:45.
  • 8th Grade presentation will be held during 7th period from 2:30 - 3:15.

The Presentation will be held in the Gym.

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Coach Moore

Coach Siler

Coach Holzman

Coach Leithner

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Promotion Ceremony Volunteers

We would love to have some 6th and/or 7th grade parents volunteer on the last morning of school to help decorate the promotion ceremony stage. We might also need some help in the days leading up to the promotion ceremony. If you are available, please email
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Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Mental Awareness Month

Here are some links to resources

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Links to Physical Forms

Here is all the info you need for your 7th or 8th grader to try out for sports next school year.

Rank One

22-23 Physical English

22-23 Physical Spanish

Parent Release Form

Austin High Sports Medicine Program will be hosting a Sports Physical day on Thursday May 12th starting at 3:30pm. Physicals are $20 per child or $30 for sibling pairs. Physicians from Austin UT Health will be completing all physicals. All proceeds go directly to the Sports Medicine program. Austin ISD requires a new sport participation physical every year, so this is a great way to help support the sports medicine program and complete your child's annual physical.

To Sign-Up for Physical Day:

-complete the Medical History Form *make sure any questions answered "yes" are explained and that the parent and student signatures are completed.

-complete the Parent Release Form

-return completed forms to Abby Edwards, Austin High's Athletic Trainer by May 11th

*forms need to be handed to Abby Edwards, NO EMAILING

Important Reminders:

-Physicals need to be completed before any summer or fall athletic activities. This includes summer conditioning camps and fall tryouts.

-All physicals (completed at physical day or on your own) need to be given directly to the Austin High Athletic Trainer(s). NOT emailed and NOT given to a coach.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Abby Edwards


Office Phone: (512) 414-7242

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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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Please, Please, Please Register for Next Year!

Do you hate seeing all these reminders about Online Registration?

We do too! We don’t like bothering you guys.

We have 845 people who have NOT registered for the 2022-2023 school year. The more people who register, the faster we can stop bugging you!

Are you thinking “do I really have to register online? My kid is already enrolled.”

Yes! We need all parents to online register EVERY year, so that we have the most current information on file. This helps ensure we have appropriate staffing too.

Can’t remember what you need to do to register?

Please visit click or search the “AISD Student Registration” Tile.

Here are some step by step instructions:

Parent Guide to Online Registration: English

Guía de inscripción en línea para padres y tutores legales Espanol

Not coming back to Small?

No problem, just email your student’s full name, and what school they will be attending in the fall. We will update the database, so you come off our list.

Summer Camp Section

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The AISD Summer Theatre Series is back!

Students of all experience levels are welcome to shine on stage during the free Summer Theatre Series program. Current fifth through 12th graders in Austin ISD are invited to try out for the program’s seventh consecutive season.

The program will start June 6 and run through July 25 and will feature The Addams Family musical production, Alice in Wonderland black box studio production, and the new Summer Theatre Series Rising Stars program—a one-week educational theatre camp that offers workshops in acting, dance and voice.

The technical track of the Summer Theatre Series allows students to explore design and construction in costumes, make-up, scenery, properties, lights, and sound. Students will work with professionals from the Austin theatrical community to create all of the technical elements of the productions.

Rehearsals take place at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. Several transportation options will be provided for participating students, including a daily bus running to and from Bedichek Middle School, carpools and free city bus passes available through the Kids Ride Free program with Capital Metro. City bus locations are located at the corner of Mueller Boulevard and Barbara Jordan Boulevard, and across from Dell Children’s Hospital.

Students interested in participating must register by April 13 and video auditions need to be submitted by April 15.

An audition workshop and Q&A session will be available Monday, April 11. For access to audition materials and more information on the 2022 Austin ISD Summer Theatre Series, go to

For questions, please contact Program Coordinator, Jessica Champion, at

Se invita a estudiantes con cualquier nivel de experiencia a brillar en el escenario durante el programa gratuito de la serie de teatro de verano. Se invita a los estudiantes de quinto a 12.° grado del Austin ISD a hacer una audición para la séptima temporada consecutiva del programa.

El programa comenzará el 6 de junio y continuará hasta el 25 de julio y presentará la producción musical La familia Addams, la producción de cámara negra Alicia en el País de las Maravillas y el nuevo programa Estrellas en Ascenso de la serie de teatro de verano, un campamento educativo de una semana que ofrece talleres de actuación, danza y voz.

La opción técnica de la serie de teatro de verano les permite a los estudiantes explorar el diseño y la construcción de vestuario, maquillaje, escenarios, utilería, iluminación y sonido. Los estudiantes trabajarán con profesionales de la comunidad teatral de Austin para crear todos los elementos técnicos de las producciones.

Los ensayos se llevan a cabo en el Centro de Artes Escénicas del Austin ISD. Se proveerán varias opciones de transporte para los estudiantes participantes, incluyendo un autobús diario de ida y vuelta a la Escuela Secundaria Bedichek, vehículos compartidos y pases gratuitos para autobuses de la ciudad disponibles a través del programa Los Niños Viajan Gratis de Capital Metro. Las paradas de autobuses de la ciudad están en la esquina de Mueller Boulevard y Barbara Jordan Boulevard y frente al Hospital Dell Children's.

Los estudiantes interesados en participar deben registrarse a más tardar el 13 de abril y las audiciones en video deben enviarse a más tardar el 15 de abril.

Habrá un taller para las audiciones y una sesión de preguntas y respuestas el lunes, 11 de abril. Para acceso a los materiales de audición y más información sobre la serie de teatro de verano del Austin ISD de 2022, vaya a

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con la coordinadora del programa, Jessica Champion, a

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