Cougar News

Week of 4/2/18 - 4/6/18

Small Middle School Calendar

Click here to see the upcoming events for CSMS

Letter from Principal Nelson


This week we welcome our incoming 6th grade Green Tech students to campus to share with them tips for success, how to get their choice sheets ready, and most importantly, to get to know the new faces and support staff who will be their 8-3:40 family for the next three years. Our goal is simple; celebrate their choice and prepare them for the road ahead.

What is not simple is ensuring we aren’t pulling a “bait n’ switch” with them in regards to what brought them here. Meaning, we are tasked with providing the same programming and activities that attracted them here in the day and age of district cutbacks. Due to AISD’s budget shortfall, we have recently been informed that they are trimming $114,000 from our staffing budget, which effectively means they are no longer supporting our Green Tech and bilingual programs. We will still be able to support these positions this year with money raised from Fun Run and from our activities/building maintenance account, but not without a cost to our classroom sizes and office/teaching supplies budget.

What we are going to be able to do next year is place a bandaid on the problem and make it through with flying colors, but this plan of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul is not a sustainable one. We will need to create and/or find ways to bring funds to campus so we can continue to offer the best, most unique programming in Central Texas or find ourselves in danger of losing them. We all want what’s best for kids, and that is our driving force in our decision to keep funding these programs without district support, but we also need to be mindful of the long term stability of our campus.

Our plan to get through next year with everything in tact cannot be successful without help from our community. What the help looks like is entirely up to what one feels one can offer (money, time, office supply donations, tutoring, etc…) and our new task at hand is to come up with as many opportunities as possible to allow our community to donate their time, talent, or treasure to the cause. After our Glow Party on April 13th that supports our Green Academy, our next campus-wide opportunity which we need support with is our Carnival which takes place on May 18th. This is our 3rd year hosting this spectacular event which our kids, community, and staff love as it allows for camaraderie, fun, and the opportunity to raise money for our school. For information as to how you or your business can help, please contact Jennifer Newell.

Enjoy this 3 day weekend with your family. We here are spending our Friday planning and prepping for the months ahead and hope to finish this campaign as strongly as we started it.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


Small Needs YOU!

Carnival planning is underway. Right now we are looking for sponsors and items for our Silent Auction. If you have something to donate or know of a company that would like to sponsor have them contact


Cougar Splash Fest

MAY 18th, 2018 3:40 - 7:00 PM

We have a carnival facebook planning page at

Join us to brainstorm ideas, learn how you can help and share your talents!

AISD Summer Theatre Production

The Austin ISD Summer Musical AUDITIONS are HERE!

We are EXTENDING the DEADLINE to Sunday April 8th!!!

Please spread the word to your students

***AISD account must be used to access the audition Google Classroom***

Need Dancers, Singers, Actors, Musicians and Technical Students!!!

Side Note: There will be a second summer show in the Black Box, details TBA.


Please consider this paid position for a great summer project.




Academic UIL

Is your students participating in the Academic UIL contest April 14, 2018 (Saturday) at Marble Falls Middle School?

Please print the permission form and sent it with your student to give to their coach by April 5th.

Click here for Permission Form

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Awards ceremony will be at approximately 2:00pm. An event like this takes volunteers, if you are willing and able to help out please email the UIL coordinator


As we prepare for the upcoming STAAR tests, we just wanted to make you aware of a few things...

  • The next two weeks, April 2nd - April 13th, we will not be running Ignite due to preparation for STAAR and for testing. We will begin again on April 16th, 2018.
  • We will be picking up cell phones and smart watches during testing, these items are not allowed during STATE testing. All items will be returned at the end of the testing window for that day.
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Summer Sport Camp Registration

If you child would like to get a leg up on their sport, They can come to a week long Summer sports Camp here at Small. Click the link below to register.

  • Volleyball Camp
  • Football Camp
  • Basketball Camp
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PTA NEWS 03/23

  • Calling all dads, brothers, uncles, male cousins, grandfathers !! PTA is giving away incentives to encourage more men to become members. #48-50 gets a shirt and $5 worth of credit in the cage. #51 gets a shirt for themselves and their kid! We have until March 31 to be eligible for MARS (Men Are Really Super) award, if we have at least 50 men as members. Please join online at

The following changes are proposed:

Article VIII Section 2 Quorum: The quorum for the transaction of business in any association meeting shall be Five (5) members. (Previously it was "ten (10) members.")

Article IX Section 1 Composition: The members of the executive board shall be: the historian or secretary. (Previously it was only historian but in our PTA, the secretary is the record/history keeper.)


Attention 8th grade Tennis Players:
Bowie Tennis team tryouts are Saturday, May 26th
you must register at:

Coach Dammann

Camp Counselors needed

Do you have an 8th grader who is ready for some responsibility this summer? Check out this opportunity for them to be a camp Counselor


April 23 @ Burger Center

Pre-registration is required - Have your son/daughter pick up the forms from the coaches' office.

Tuesday, April 3rd

Student athletes must return the medical forms to the coaches. The parents and the student athletes must sign forms in ALL the appropriate places before the coach will accept the form. This includes a completed medical history, athlete contact information, and both parent and student signatures.

Items to Double Check on Completed Physicals

  • Form Completed in Ink
  • Contact Information Complete
  • Next Years Grade Level
  • School Name on Top
  • Student ID # on Form
  • Medical History Questions Answered-BY PARENT
  • Yes Answers Explained Thoroughly-Contact Parent if Necessary
  • Sports Circled
  • Signature of Parent and Student on ALL Blanks
  • Project Access Form Signed
  • If Student Has Asthma, Get Asthma Action Plan from Nurse

Melissa Hernandez




Hello Parents!

It is never too early to start preparing for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. August is only 5 months away. Now is a good time to make sure your children are up to date with their immunizations. Students entering 7th grade will need to have a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) within the past 5 years and a Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis). Now is a good time to get your child vaccinated.

Attached are some resources of where you can get immunizations for your child. Vaccinate your child now to avoid the last-minute rush in August. Having your child up to date will also avoid them from being excluded from school on the first day of school. All students need to be up to date by the first day of school in August or they will be excluded from school per state law and AISD policy.

If there is a conscientious objection to your child receiving immunizations, please contact the Texas Department of Health to obtain the appropriate paperwork.

If there is a medical reason your child may not be immunized, a written letter from a licensed physician is required.

If your child has already received these vaccines please send a copy of your child’s immunization record to the Small Health Room or fax a copy to 512-841-6745. You may also check your students immunization record on the parent portal to see which immunizations your student needs.

Feel free to contact the Small Middle School Health Room with any questions- 512-841-6716

Thank you in advance from the Small Health Room Team

Kathy Stanton, MSN, RN

School Nurse Manager

South Austin Composite Mountain Bike Team

Last weekend the South Austin Composite Mountain Bike Team won FIRST PLACE for the third time in a row, competing against mountain bike teams from all over the state in Smithville, Texas.

Notable winners and riders who scored high points for for our team include:

Jackson Bobbitt, 2nd place, 6th grade boys

Beckett Sharp, 8th place, 6th grade boys

Ethan Doucette, 1st place 7th grade boys

Grant Clark, 4th place, 8th grade boys

Ryan Yellitz, 5th place, 8th grade boys

Reagan Foreman, 3rd place, 6th grade girls

Bella Ramsay, 1st place, 8th grade girls

Abby Ruth, 2nd place, 8th grade girls

Free Summer Camp

If you want information about the Austin Sunshine Camp free summer camp, please contact our counselors.
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It is that time again!

Registration for school year 2018-19 is now open! Please visit your Parent Cloud click on the REGISTRATION tile and complete the registration for all current AISD students. Please visit my webpage for further instructions.

Cougar Camp

Click here for information for our Cougar Camp for incoming 6th graders. Set for June 4th - 7th.


Looking for something to do this summer? Check out our STEAM camp!

Green Academy Blog

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

Cougar Online

The kids are consistently adding new stories! Check out all their hard work!

2017-2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

You can order your yearbook online anytime. Click here