Cougar News

Week of 10/4/21 - 10/8/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Proud Residents of Smallville-

I’m sitting here writing this correspondence to you in the cafeteria on a rainy Friday morning. We’ve opened the doors up early today so our sweet students, who are made of sugar, do not melt in this October drizzle. Slight changes of pace and plans for our kids, but they have been through enough pivots these last few months to ensure a smooth transition and minimal disruption to their day.

Our kids are resilient. Our kids are adaptable. Our kids are able to swirl, pivot, and modify as needed to ensure their success. These strengths are hands-down the greatest traits we’ve developed during this seemingly unending pandemic. They have learned to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

Technology is no longer the lone source of how we learn, it is now relegated back to its original purpose; to supplement the learning that takes place in the classroom. But now, our kids have this amazing ability to utilize technology that is years beyond where they typically were just 19 months ago. These tools help them communicate their ideas, learn at their own pace, and collaborate with others in ways that Fortune 500 companies do.




The classrooms I visit several times a day are vastly different than how we finished up last year. Kids are in groups talking and sharing and working together on tasks and having loads of fun. Yes, they still have their Chromebooks with them, but it is no longer the source of their learning or their attention. The teachers and their fellow students are.

And life gets a little bit sweeter and back to normal each passing day.


Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Thank you parents and guardians!

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Small Teachers and Staff felt your love this morning!!!

Thank you so much for your generous donations!

We have full belly's and happy hearts!

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Girls Basketball Tryouts

Girls' basketball try outs will be Monday 10/18 and Tuesday 10/19. Physicals must be on file or turned in by 10/18. Try outs will end at 5:30.

Boys Soccer Tryouts

Boys Soccer Tryouts are coming soon. We will have an information meeting for students Monday during pride after announcements. We will announce when to come to the cafeteria to learn more about joining this years soccer boys team.


Clint Small Band is selling Small MS apparel items. Many items are general school apparel.


1. Items are not produced until sale is over. Expect another 3-4 weeks after sale is over to get items. (There are a lot of backorders on items due to shipping problems.
2. All items are shipped directly to the purchaser.
3. We will not sell these at school. Online purchases only.

4.Special note: the student t shirts are adult sizes only.

5.Sale ends on Saturday, October 2.

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 hear the new jingle staring our 6th grade choir? Check it out here.

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ACL Music Festival PARKING

Park close to ACL on Friday, Oct 8

Benefits Austin High Girls Basketball

and Austin High Girls Softball

Buy Austin High ACL Parking for Friday, Oct 8

Team App:



Purchase online and print or save your receipt on your phone for check-in.

Please put your name in the “Notes” section at checkout.

Email ahsladybball@gmail with any issues with payment.

Or pay in person on arrival, while space is available.

Paying online in advance guarantees parking only and not a specific spot or parking lot. All donations are final. Park at your own risk. The Austin High Girls Basketball, Austin High Girls Softball and Boosters are not responsible for theft or damage to your vehicle. We offer no in-and-out privileges.


East Side Lot: From MoPac, exit Cesar Chavez and take the first right just past Austin High (down and to your right as you head toward downtown), take the sharp U-turn to the east side of Austin High. Entrance to parking is straight ahead.

West Side Lot: Follow the instructions above, turning left on Stephen F Austin Dr after the U-turn, continue around the school property to the west side.

Both lots are also accessible via travel from Lake Austin Blvd onto Stephen F Austin Dr (west lot will appear first on your left) or from downtown exiting just as you approach Austin High.

How do I get from Austin High to ACL?

Walk west on the hike and bike trail, walk south on the pedestrian bridge below Mopac, continue east on the hike and bike trail towards the festival.

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Football Tickets

If you want to come to the football games at Burger Center, you need to purchase your tickets online ahead of time. Please go to or download the GoFan app. to purchase your tickets.

Don't forget about the clear bag policy at the stadium.


We are starting to put together after school clubs. We have a handful so far. As they start to form, there will be flyers all over school and we will update our Clubs section of our website. If your student would like to start a club, all they need to do find a teacher willing to sponsor, then start advertising. Take a look at the Club flyer so far.
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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 😊

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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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

Green Academy Blog

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