Cougar News

Week of 4/26/21 - 4/30/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


We made it through the first round of STAAR exams with ease and have tweaked our systems and plans for the next round of tests in May. Much to our delight, several 7th grade students who returned to campus for the first time in order to take the test stuck around for the day. Many came back the next day as well and have been here ever since.

Again, we aren’t here to persuade or dissuade any family’s choice in regards to returning to campus; we just want to present the information as to what is taking place here in Smallville. I can tell you that no student who returns regrets being here and they all seem to be having more fun. The main difference between the Zoom and the room is the social aspect of what happens once the Zoom class is over. Kids being kids, laughing and interacting with each other. And yes, they’re even interacting and socializing while the lesson is going on. Not ideal mind you, but all part of what middle school is. In fact, one of our amazing band directors Suzie Glaser had to quiet a few kids down in class this week. After she corrected their focus, she paused for reflection because she couldn’t believe that her first redirection for disruption occurred on April 19th...a full 138 days beyond the time this normally occurs.

That’s right, school is starting to feel like school again. The above situation is all part of middle school and, though not desirable, it informs our staff and students that we’re near the tipping point or a return to normalcy.

Attendance: Taking attendance this year is a complicated, ever changing process that we have yet to master. In years past, we could simply call roll and await a response. If we didn’t hear a response, we then repeated the name, looked up, maybe even asked a few of the students if they had seen whom we called, then moved on. It was basically as simple as counting desks; if 30 are full, we are all good. If only 29 are full, we knew we had one absence and marked it accordingly.

Not as simple this year. We have “do nows,” Google Forms, BLEND quizzes, and proof of engagement, and it seems that as soon as we get the hang of how to do it, it changes on us. Nevermind the fact that a lot of times a guest teacher is involved so the processes seem even more complicated.

The point of all this is that we know our shortcomings and will work with you to make sure your student gets credit for being in class. Whether online or on campus, we will make every effort to ensure that your student is marked present and accounted for. If you have received attendance warnings you feel are in error, please let us know. Email the teacher of record for the class marked absent, as well as our attendance clerk ( and myself and we will make sure to clear things up. Remember, our goal is to have every student engaged, attending, and accounted for, so we will work with you and your family to make sure that is the case.

Enjoy the weekend and please remember to email any concerns, questions, or even kudos you may have.


Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Appreciation Week at Clint Small Middle School

May 3rd to May 7th

The PTA will be providing the special treats on Monday and Friday for our amazing staff at CSMS, but we NEED your help on Restocking the Snack and Drink Cart. (Examples of goodies to buy: Drinks, Chips, Crackers, Granola Bars, Candy, Nuts, etc.) Please make sure that the snacks are easy to Grab and Go. We would also invite you to show your appreciation on Thursday by sending a note or Rave for your favorite teacher. Thank you everyone!

What a wild ride it has been in education this year. All of Small's teachers, Administrators and Staff have put in more work then was ever expected in previous years to make sure our kids have what they need. Let's show them some love for Teacher Appreciation Week!


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.

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

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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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

Thursday April 8 the Beginning Percussion students in the band had a “Percussion Accessory Experience” Day. They got to try percussion instruments that are important but were unable to play before due to COVID. We had sooo much fun!

AISD Community Conversations

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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.

This week's featured books are all about animals, check it out:


If students have any library books from last spring from ANY AISD campus they can be returned at Small. You can put them in the first floor book drop if you are on campus or drop them by the office if you are virtual. Your help is appreciated getting books back in our AISD libraries!

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!