Cougar News

Week of 10/25/21 - 10/29/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation!

This may be the most exciting week of the year for your student here in the hallowed halls of Smallville, so make sure you and yours are in the know.

First things first, Small-o-ween is back and we can’t wait to let our students’ Halloween spirit shine by joining Student Council in the fun of Halloween Spirit Week. Next week, we will be dressing up each day we inch closer and closer to our monster mash known as Small-o-ween. Monday is wacky hair day. Break out your wigs, headbands, and dye to show off your spooky locks. Tuesday is Halloween t-shirt day so dig out that awesome t-shirt you only wear this time of year or make your own. Do you have a witch hat or perhaps a Halloween beanie? Wear them on Wednesday for Halloween hat day. Come to school on Thursday in your Halloween-themed PJs to learn while staying super comfy and don't forget that you may wear your school-appropriate Halloween costume to class AND to Small-o-ween next Friday. As for what does school-appropriate means, basically, we will not allow any look-a-like weapons of any sort nor are our students allowed to wear masks. Except of course for the surgical masks, we wear each and every day to help stop the spread of Covid. However, we do want to encourage them to be creative as can be with their masks and incorporate it into their costume.

Small-o-ween Facts:

Date: Oct 29, 4-5:30 (All grade levels at the same time)

Where: Clint Small backyard(courtyard)

How: Buy a wristband for 5$ in the Cafeteria during lunch starting Monday, Oct 25.


-Yes, you can wear a costume on Friday to school - It must be school appropriate

-NO fake/look-alike weapons

-NO costume mask(yes you must wear a covid mask so make it go with your costume)

-Only Small Students are allowed to attend

-Yes, there will be prizes for the costume contest

-Selling snacks and drinks during the event, BRING YOUR MONEY!

-NO haunted house - YES haunted photo booths

-Student picked up by 5:45 pm

Día de los Muertos: Small's DL Program is hosting their Día de los muertos event 'Celebrating Life with the Day of the Dead' on Saturday, October 30th from 6 to 9 pm in Small's 'backyard'. Families can reserve a table for the event via the Google Form the program recently sent out, or by emailing Mr. Hopkins with the Dual Language Program. Bring your own food for the event and we will provide hot Cocoa and Pan de Muerto!

HB 4545 and Accelerated Instruction: If you received a Google Form from us about Accelerated Instruction and small groups, please make sure to complete the form and send it our way. We are ready to get this plan and gear and need to know the vital piece of information before we start.

Quarantining and Long Absences: Just a reminder that when your student is on quarantine or absent for a long stretch of time for other reasons, have h/her email their teachers for each class for assignments. Students will still be expected to log into BLEND and complete any work they are able to, but they’ll also need to follow up with their teacher. Also, remember that teachers can be available for Zoom tutoring sessions after school if the need arises.

Thanks for reading and as per usual, if you have any questions, concerns, or even kudos, be sure to let me know.

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Día de los muertos


Small's DL Program is hosting their Día de los muertos event 'Celebrating Life with the Day of the Dead' on Saturday, October 30th from 6 to 9pm in Small's 'backyard'. Families can reserve a table to the event via the Google Form the program recently sent out, or by emailing Mr. Hopkins with the Dual Language Program.


El Programa de Lenguaje Dual de Small tendrá su evento 'Celebrando la vida con el Día de los muertos' sábado el 30 de octubre de 6 a 9pm en la 'yarda' detrás de la escuela. Las familias pueden reservar una mesa para el evento con la Forma Google que el programa mandó recientamente o por comunicar por email con Señor Hopkins del Programa de Lenguaje Dual.

Small M.S. Boys' Soccer Game Schedule

Boys Soccer Games
(subject to change)

10/30/21 Sat O. Henry vs Small 9:00am 10:30am

11/06/21 Sat Gorzycki vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/13/21 Sat Small vs Bailey * 9:00am 10:30am *

11/20/21 Sat Paredes vs Small * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/04/21 Sat Small vs Lively * 9:00am 10:30am *

12/11/21 Sat Kealing vs Small 9:00am 10:30am

Home Team Listed Last

* Zone Game

A team games are at 9, B team games at 10:30

NJHS Application Open for 6th AND 7th Graders!

Yes, you read that right! This year we have opened candidacy and membership in NJHS to eligible 6th graders. Students should make a copy of this document to their GoogleDrive and submit their completed application by Friday, Dec 10, 2021.

What are the eligibility requirements?

6th graders--an average of at least 85 over all classes for Quarter 1 and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

7th graders--an average of at least 85 in all classes for Quarter 1, a yearlong average of at least 85 over all classes for 6th grade, and a history of good character, service, and leadership.

Part of the application process includes teacher recommendations. See the application for details and dates.

Complete applications received by Friday, Dec 10, will be reviewed by the Faculty Council. Students and parents will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance in early January.

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The book fair is coming!

Monday Oct 25th - Friday Oct 29th in the Small Library

Visit our newsletter for more information on the book fair, how to volunteer, or set up a paperless e wallet for your student.

Small Virtual Library

Check out this months recommended spooky books:

** Cougar Swag Bag Giveaway**

Haven’t joined PTA yet? Now’s the time!

Sponsored by the Clint Small PTA

  • Join Clint Small PTA by November 1st, 2021 and be automatically entered to win a Cougar Swag bag with lots of Cougar gear and other goodies!
  • Already joined PTA? Great. You are automatically entered!
  • Drawing will be on November 4, 2021 and the winner will be contacted via the email provided to PTA.

Questions: contact

Don’t delay, join today!

Ya eres parte de la Asociación de Padres? (PTA)

Ahora es el momento!

**Rifa de una Bolsa de regalo con artículos COUGAR**

Patrocinado por la Asociación de Padres de Small MS

  • Inscríbete para ser parte del PTA antes del 1o de Noviembre del 2021 y entra automáticamente a la rifa de una bolsa con artículos COUGAR!
  • Ya estás inscrit@? Perfecto! Participarás automáticamente en la rifa!
  • La rifa se llevará a cabo el 4 de Noviembre del 2021 y el ganador será contactado al email que proporcionó al inscribirse!

Tienes preguntas?Contactános en

No esperes más, inscríbete ahora!

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

ATTENTION to all Small Business owners!!!

Do you want to be part of our newest Fundraiser?

Small is playing catch up from missing 4 big fundraisers for the last year and 1/2.

How can you help? By donating a small amount while advertising your business.

We are printing 4 x 4 banners with your logo and placing them on our school fence where traffic, parents and staff can view them.

Fundraiser will start in October and it ends August 2022.

If you are interested please contact Alejandra at

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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!