Cougar News

Week of 5/10/21 - 5/14/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Proud Residents of Smallville USA-

This weekend we hope all within earshot (eyeshot actually) take some time to honor the person most responsible for their existence; their mother. There is not a thing in the universe more special than being able to create life, and we are excited to be able to honor and celebrate those who bestowed the beautiful gift of life to us this weekend. Mother’s Day should be 365 days a year (so my sainted mother says), and hopefully, we all agree.

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."- Abraham Lincoln

PRIDE back in the room and not in the Zoom: Now that we are returning to campus, we want to make sure our students get the most out of the experience by returning to the classroom for PRIDE lessons and activities. No more Online PRIDE in a student’s 7th or 8th-period class; now they will meet in their PRIDE teacher’s class and then head to their final period of the day immediately after—sort of like the way we always did things way back in March of last year. We’ve told your students and will tell them again, but please remind them as well.

Quarantine: Unfortunately, we still have students exposed to COVID here on campus and will have students quarantine due to Contact Tracing Protocol. If this is your student, please encourage them to continue to work online and take careful note of any symptoms or changes in health. Just because a student is quarantined does not mean h/she has COVID; it is just a precautionary measure to ensure more students are not exposed. We put the safety and health of our students and staff very seriously and are doing everything we can to continue to provide a safe, clean environment for all. If you have any questions about the process or the return date or how this will affect testing, please feel free to email.

Enjoy this wonderful weekend dedicated to our mothers. We are who we are because of who you are.

Thank you,

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

6th Grade Transition Camp

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PTA and Mr. Nelson Q & A - This Thursday!

Join Mr. Nelson and our PTA for our final meeting of the year! We are really hoping to vote in a new President, Treasurer, VP and Secretary for next year...

Good News!

We found a VP and Secretary for next year.

Bad News!

We still need a President and Treasurer. Could it be YOU? If you are interested in learning more about these positions, email to chat about what those roles in a middle school environment look like - Hint, not nearly as time consuming as Elementary. We desperately need to fill these positions or we will be violating the Tx PTA rules and they will not recognize our PTA chapter for next year. This means our teachers and kids will lose out all the amazing things our PTA provides.


Join Thursday for our brief meeting and stay after to hear Mr. Nelson talk about how this year went and what he foresees for next year. Bring your questions as he will host a Q & A session at end.

Register here to get the zoom link sent to you on Thursday:


WHAT A YEAR! Even with all of the crazy events that happened, there were so many good memories made. Don't miss out on your chance to purchase your copy of the yearbook so your child can look back on the year that changed EVERYTHING! A limited number of yearbooks are still available for sale for $40. The last day to pre-order is May 9th, but the site will close early if books sell out. Order today at the link below:

Speaking of yearbooks, we have last year's yearbooks available at a discounted price. If you would like to by the 2019-2020 yearbook they are only $10. Come by the main office with cash or check and we would be happy to sell you one.

Track Meet Results

Click here to see how your athlete did on the last Track meet.

Band Camp

For students continuing in our band program for 7th & 8th grade. Please visit the website for the August Band Camp information.


Summer Strength & Conditioning Camp at Burger Annex

(Must have a new physical dated after April 15)

Monday, June 7- Thursday, July 29

8:00-10:00 am

7th & 8th Grade Football Camp at Burger Stadium/Annex

(Must have a new physical dated after April 15)

Monday, July 26-Wednesday, July 28

8:00-10:00 am

Freshmen Football Camp at Burger Stadium/Annex

(Must have a new physical dated after April 15)

Monday, July 26-Wednesday, July 28

10:30-12:30 pm

First day of football practice will be Monday, August 2

Have You Registered Online for the 2021-2022 School Year?

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For all families registering new or returning students, a Parent Cloud Account must be created before you can access the online registration system.

Please visit to create a Parent Cloud Account.

For specific questions regarding online registration, contact

For all other registration questions, contact

Parent Guide to Online Registration: English Spanish

*Registration must be completed annually.

Use the Online Registration Status Self Check to verify if online registration is complete.

Athletic Info for Next School year

Austin High Softball

Click here to let Austin High know you are interested in Austin High Softball:

Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Summer Program by MIT Graduate Students

Inspirit AI offers live online (25 hours) enrichment programs that expose high school students (Grades 9-12) and middle school students (Grades 5-8) to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts and the opportunity to build socially impactful projects in areas including art, journalism, education, and more.

Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Students of all backgrounds may apply here for our high school program and here for our middle school programs by April 30th. For detailed course information, check out our high school website and brochure or our middle school website and flyers. Please contact Aidan at with any questions.

Attention 8th Grade Families

Save the Date!

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Last Day of School 6/3/21 at 10:00 Am


Drive thru Promotion Certificate Pick up scheduled for 6/4/21 Time TBD

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The Small Virtual Library

Our amazing Librarian, Ms. Sylvia, is so good at recommending books and fostering the kids' love of reading, that she has a whole blog about it! She updates it every week. Be sure to click the link below each week for her new installment of her Small Virtual Library.

Austin High Newsletter


Induction Ceremony for 2019-2020 (current 8th graders who were selected for NJHS as 7th graders last Spring) and for 2020-2021 (current 7th graders who have been recently selected) NJHS members will be held on May 20th at 7:30pm. Current NHS members from LASA will be hosting and welcoming new members and we will have a very special guest speaker! The virtual ceremony should last about half an hour (no commute time!)

Mrs. Manners, your NJHS sponsor, has the emails for the students in 7th and 8th grade as well as the adults-of-7th-graders and she will send a Zoom link to those emails closer to May 20th. If you are an adult-of-an-8th-grade NJHS member who would like to attend the virtual ceremony, please send an email to with the emails of anyone you'd like included (grandparents, bonus parents, etc). Please include the name of your NJHS member and "Zoom Link Request" in the subject line.


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

Austin High Basketball Camp

When: June 28 – July 1

Where: Small Middle School gym


  • Boys and Girls entering 3rd – 5th grades 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Boys and Girls entering 6th – 9th grades 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $100 per camper

The Austin High Basketball Camp will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and will provide campers the opportunity to improve and have fun with the game. Each camper will receive individual as well as group instruction from professional coaches. Coach Brad Ingram, head boys basketball coach at Austin High, will be the Camp Director. All equipment will be provided. Students will need to bring their own water bottle.

Sign up online at link and pay at (search for Austin High Basketball Camp)

Austin High Community

Dear Austin High Community,

As always, it's a great time to be a Maroon! Click here to view the March/April Principal's Report.


Amy Taylor, Austin High School Principal

Austin High Swim Team

We have three dates available for TRYOUTS

(1) Thursday, April 22

(2) Thursday, April 29

(3) Thursday, May 6

These will all start promptly at 7:15am and should be over before 8:00am. This will give the kids time to get to school or home in time for their first class of the day. These tryouts will take place at the pool where we train, the Austin Swim Club on Southwest Parkway. Swimmers should arrive by 7:00 with their suits already on and have a mask on as they enter the facility. Parents will not be allowed into the facility/on the pool deck during the tryout (per Austin Swim Club policy), but they are welcome to watch from outside the fence. If you have any further questions about the tryout process, check out:

Attention 8th Graders goin to Travis High

Ordered a Yearbook Yet?

Address the CAC Committee

If you are interested in speaking to our CAC using our Citizen Communication time, please email our CAC chair Co-Chair Chasee for the meeting Zoom details.

Citizens Communications. For all regular and other plenary meetings of the CAC, time at the beginning of the meeting shall be set aside for citizens communications. This time is specifically for non-members to make comments to the CAC. The Co-Chairs may limit the time for citizens communications and the time given to individual speakers. The Co-Chairs shall ensure that the district’s “Citizens Communications and Visitor Guidelines” are applied. Under these guidelines, except for requests for clarification, dialogue shall not occur between speakers and members. If the CAC is interested in hearing more from a speaker, the speaker may be invited to a future meeting and placed on the agenda specifically for that purpose. Or, the CAC may call a special meeting specifically for the purpose of open dialogue with non-members (e.g., a “community conversation”), but it must be posted for discussion on a specific topic or topics.


Parents, are you looking for a way to give back to teachers and staff at Small Middle School?

We (A handful of Small Parents) have found a free and very effective way to show some love and thought we would share it with you all.

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Let's send some sparkly gratitude to our faculty & staff this holiday season with an AISD RAVE submission!

  • Does your student have a favorite teacher?
  • Has someone at Small (or any other AISD School) gone above and beyond for you and your family?
  • Do you want to support teachers and let everyone (Teacher, Principal, AISD District) know about it?

All of our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond this semester. The best free, easy, sparkly way to show our gratitude is via the RAVE form on the AISD website (link below.) It only takes a couple of minutes to complete!

This form is received by AISD administration. RAVE submissions mean a lot to teachers and staff. It's equivalent to a virtual hug! And, there's never been a better time to remind the Superintendent how indispensable they all are.

Please submit a RAVE for any teacher or staff member (current or from school years past.)

Maybe send one or two a day! You do need the first and last name of the employee you wish to RAVE about. Those can be sourced on Small's Staff Directory :

Flooding AISD administration with positive feedback will make an important and lasting impact. Let's make this holiday season sparkle a little extra with RAVES!

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Thank you,

Small Parents

Green Academy Blog

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