Cougar News

The Weekly Newsletter of Clint Small, Jr. Middle School

The Five Days of Love

Thank you for the outpouring of love our community has shown for our teachers in next week's event, "The Five Days of Love", a collaborative effort between the PTA, the Admin Team and our community. The event, which starts Monday, honors our teaching staff each day of the week leading to Valentine's Day and is the kick-off to the PTA sponsored School Supply drive for semester 2. The PTA conducted a needs assessment with our staff and the biggest need was a refresh on school supplies such as pencils and dry erase markers. See the Small PTA page to donate to this effort. A first round of school supplies will be delivered to teachers on Wednesday 2/10, but the donation period is open for two weeks. We appreciate those of you who have already donated to this effort.

Greenhouse Vandalized

Over the weekend of January 30th and 31st, our Small Middle School greenhouse was vandalized and hundreds of dollars of equipment and plants were destroyed. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the greenhouse has been damaged, there were other incidents last semester as well. Last weekend, sinks were torn out, several ollas smashed, the wind turbine damaged, and many student-propagated plants were overturned. The investigation into who committed this vandalism is still ongoing.


If you have any information please contact the school to make a report, 512-841-6700. Security systems will be installed to help prevent this in the future. The best way to prevent random acts of vandalism is to report any suspicious activity to the Austin ISD Police Department , 512-414-1703.


We are currently exploring installing cameras around the greenhouse to prevent further vandalism. However, there is no power source in the greenhouse and installing a power line is too costly at this time. The Small Green program welcomes any help you can provide be that suggestions that lead to possible solutions or information about the investigation.


Thank you for your time and support as we take steps to secure our students hard work and insure other incidents of vandalism do not happen in the future.


The Small Green Tech Team

Please Congratulate the Faculty and Staff Nominated for Awards at the Annual A.I.S.D. Salute

Small MS Teacher of the Year- Mrs. Rhonda Offield, Math Intervention and Support – nominated by her peers, Mrs. Offield is a leader in the Growth Mindset Movement at Small.


Small MS Teacher of Promise – Mr. Michael McCabe, 8th grade ELAR – recognizing an outstanding first year teacher.


Small MS Assistant Principal of the Year – Ms. De’Sean Roby – Ms. Roby brings a unique perspective and wonderful sense of humor to her position.


Small MS Classified Staff of the Year – Kammie Holmes – Teaching Assistant to Darron Johnson in our Social behavior Skills Program. Ms. Holmes also ensures the safety of our students each morning at the crosswalk.


What a great team to represent our Small family at the Salute Awards, held at the Long Center in May.

Parent Camp Session 3

Mark your calendars for Parent Camp Session 3- on Wednesday, February 17 starting at 5:45 in the Cafe. We will have a potluck, as usual, with pizza and drinks provided. The PTA will conduct a quick meeting from 6:00 to 6:15 and a showcase of summer camps opportunities will be set up in the Cafe for parents to peruse during the event. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share during the meet and eat portion of the event. The breakout sessions will include information for parents who have a rising freshman - House Bill 5 Info, 529K College Planning, a student panel from Austin High's Link Crew, a presentation on Dual Language for parents of incoming 6th graders, and much more. Watch for the flyer to post to the website for a complete list of topics covered in the breakout sessions. This will be our last parent camp for the '15-'16 school year. Join us for a fun and informative evening ending at 7:30 p.m.. Childcare will be provided for children aged 3-10, so parents can get the most out of the breakout topics.
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Elective Showcase Shout Out to Parents

The CSMS Faculty who worked hard to bring Elective Showcase to our community on the evening of February 2nd appreciated the wonderful food donated by our parents. The staff enjoyed the meal so much and were amazed at the delicious home-cooked food that was delivered to the school. The teachers gave a heartfelt thank you to our parents for taking such good care of them! Marlo Malott, Green Tech Academy Director and the Counseling Team at Small organized a well attended event that made for a very enjoyable evening where our community learned about our wonderful elective programming.

March 1st 4:00-5:00: Pride Fest!

Take Pride in who you are. Come up to the third floor for games, music, and food (first come first served). Help us create an inclusive, no-hate environment where everyone can learn knowing they are safe and accepted.

COUGAR CAGE SCHOOL STORE HOURS

A/B DAYS (Wed. thru Fri.) 11:20 - 1:25

C DAYS (Mon) 11:35 - 1:45


Come see all the spirit items and school supplies

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Native Seed Request for ART!

The Green Academy is once again collaborating with our Visual Arts Department.


This time we are working on creating a mosaic mural using only native seeds as the medium. We are requesting native seeds that are hearty, resistant to water damage and are difficult to germinate.


Examples of requested seeds are yellow/brown Texas Ebony seeds, red Mountain Laurel seeds and black Mexican Buckeye seeds. These seeds are usually found in pods on and around trees. We will explore the use of any types of seeds that are donated.


There is no limit to the number of seeds we could use. We will attempt to germinate excess seeds.


Thank you for your support!

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Bowie Parent Meeting

Parents of 8th grade students who will be attending Bowie High School for the 2016-17 school year…. Bowie High School counselors will meet with Small MS parents on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 3:30-5:30 in the Small cafeteria. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about the Course selection process and to ask questions about the coming school year. Please join us!!
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NAEP 2016 - DBA grade 8 pilot assessments

Small Middle School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 2, 2016. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.



If randomly selected to take the NAEP test, your child will take a mathematics, reading, or writing pilot assessment on a tablet. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.



The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347). The information collected is used for statistical purposes only, and the results are anonymous. Your child’s grades will not be affected. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by February 15, 2015.



There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Kurt Obersteller at (512) 841-6707 or at kurt.obersteller@austinisd.org if you have any questions.



We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Small Middle School's students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.

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PTA News

The PTA is collecting Box Tops $ Education and Labels for Education! Please submit to the front office.


http://www.boxtops4education.com


http://www.labelsforeducation.com/

TEDxYouth@Austin

TEDxYouth@Austin is an annual forum created to bring high school and middle school students from the central Texas area into the TEDx movement. With engaging stories, inspiring performances, and intriguing presentations, we will explore the theme of (in)visible.


This year’s TEDxYouth@Austin event is scheduled for Saturday, February 13,2016.


This FREE and inspirational event is for our students in 8th grade.


For more information visit: http://tedxyouthaustin.com/.

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Kuk Sool Won

Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Martial Arts is offering Spring Break Camp for ages 7-13. This is a great place for your child to enjoy Spring Break in a constructive, structured, positive, safe environment. Spring Break Camp is a physically active, hands on instructional and interactive martial arts camp; there will be no TV or videos at this camp! Please make sure your child is well prepared for this type of physical activity for four hours a day, four days a week.

Spring Break Camp Dates:
Monday, March 14th - Thursday, March 17th
11:45-3:45pm

Ages:
Ages 7-13 beginner students are welcome to attend.

Registration
Early Bird Registration: If you register and pay in full by February 15, 2016: $160 per camper
After February 16, 2016: $185 per camper

The camp is open to everyone, you do not need to be a current student or have any martial arts background to attend, SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill Martial Arts is located at 6001 West William Cannon Drive, Ste 307, 78749. We specialize in 3-young 6 year old classes, children's classes, adult day, evening, home school, and family classes, Women's Self Defense, AISD Middle/High School PE Credit. Each of our Black Belt Instructors is CPR/First Aid Certified and have passed Criminal Background Checks and FBI Fingerprints Checks.

For more information or to sign up for the Spring Break Camp, please contact KSN Barbara King at barbarak@kswoakhill.com or 512-899-8710.