Cougar News

Week of 11/15/21 - 11/19/21

Letter from Principal Nelson


We need your help in regards to cell phone use by students on campus. Meaning, please share with your students why we are not allowing the use of cell phones or other personal technology devices this school year and for the foreseeable future. It’s not the device we have a problem with (we love our phones and are amazed at all their functions) but what our students are doing with them when they should be concentrating on their studies and their friends.

Currently, we cannot monitor what a student sees, where they visit, or what they say on their phones like we can on their Chromebooks with the help of our program Go Guardian. This means that students can visit and post on social media sites, which is the main reason behind the ban. When students are too concerned with who said what, who wore that, or what so and so thought of them, it is hard to fully engage in being a student on campus. When their minds constantly worry about what others are thinking, it is challenging to create original thoughts. We need our students to be present, and unfortunately, social media creates obstacles in being so.

Another reason we are not allowing our students to use their phones is due to the recent viral posts of destruction of property and the like on social media sites such as Tik Tok. We firmly believe that if somebody cannot air their demolition, said demolition will not occur. If we can eliminate the show, the performance should not exist. It’s akin to the age-old question: “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around, does it make a sound?” Other schools are going to extreme measures to curb this rash of inappropriate behaviors and we are hopeful this simple measure will work just as effectively.

In the past, we had to rely on phones to level the technology playing field, but since every student on campus has an AISD issued Chromebook, that is no longer the case.

If you, or your student, have any concerns or questions in regards to our policy, please let me know. We welcome any feedback and assure you that if and when a student does need to contact home for any reason, we have phones in every single one of our classrooms as well as around 10 or so in the office.

Thank you for your support and have a great weekend!

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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Market Days

"Shopping at the Green Academy Sale is something that will never fail.

Market Days offers unique gifts that are sure to make you win your gift-buying contest for the holidays.

December 6-10 after school!

Save up because the sale is coming up!"

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Pie Tradition

Make sure every CSMS Staff person heads off to their Thanksgiving break with a pie tradition is back!

Small PTA is asking for Pie donations for the last friday before Thanksgiving break (November 19th) our goal is 110 pies, so every Teacher, Admin, Custodian, Cafeteria worker, and Support Staff gets to take home a pie to start thier much needed and well deserved break with a sweet treat.

Here is how you help, go to to sign up to donate a pie or volunteer your time to help that day

Assistance for the Holidays

To see if your family qualifies for Toys for Tots. To apply for assistance click here Toys for Tots. Application deadline is November 30th.

Families with children 14 years of age and under qualify for this program. Click Here for Blue Santa to apply

Flag Rugby Club

Rugby players wanted. Open to everybody.

Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 on the Football Field.

Learn to play non-contact Flag Rugby.

Contact Coach Moore if you questions.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Be sure to send some busniess thier way for partnering with Small Middle School!!!

8th Grade Students and Parents

Maroon & White Night

December 2nd, 2021 - 6:30 PM

At Austin High Performing Arts Center


Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on December 2nd! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the amazing programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, our Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies and learn about their signature experiences. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!

Magnet High School Applications

Attention students applying to AISD Magnet Schools! Mx. Manners will be hosting application mentoring sessions in Room 204 on Wednesday, Dec 1st and 8th from 4pm-5pm. Please begin the Common Application before coming to the sessions and arrive to the session with your Chromebook and charger.

These sessions are for STUDENTS needing help with essays and applications.

Ask your teachers if they are willing and able to give you a recommendation and let them know which schools you are applying to BEFORE entering their names on the application.

Below are listed the Application pages for the different AISD Application Programs.

Apply to LASA

All students applying to LASA and/or any AISD Choice High School must complete AISD Common Application here by January 7th, 2022, which includes the following:. Report Card for Previous Grade Level (from 2020-2021 school year)

Anderson IB Class of 2024 Application Information – International Baccalaureate (IB) - Anderson High School

Anderson High School is a high school in Austin, Texas serving grades 9-12. Home of the Fighting Trojans

The Austin High Global Studies is now part of the Academies System and students are assigned by lottery.

How to Apply - Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) is a public, all-girls college preparatory school of choice founded to educate young women from diverse backgrounds, and serves grades 6 - 12 within the Austin Independent School District (AISD).. ARS is part of the Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN), a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS), and an affiliate school ...

How to Apply | McCallum Fine Arts Academy

Required for Application. This tool indicates for the district what programs you are intending to apply. In addition, MAC FAA accesses your teacher recommendations as well as AISD student grade reports through this system.

LBJ P-TECH information session

LBJ P-TECH information session November 15th during PRIDE If your student is in 8th grade and is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field they should come and hear what LBJ P-Tech has to offer. Please sign up on this google form before November 15th at noon.

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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


A Team: Small- 6, O. Henry- 1

B Team: Small-8, O. Henry- 1

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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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.

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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Green Academy Blog

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