Cougar News

Week of February 28th - March 4th

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

We trust all in your household are safe and hopefully warm. Dropping 56 degrees in one evening is not only record-breaking but surreal. From the low 80s to a 2-hour delayed start in less than 14 hours is not a common occurrence.

In regards to safety and the delayed start, please keep in mind that AISD does not know your commute or the condition of your car, so if ever you feel it is not safe to drive, don’t. No amount of learning is worth putting yourself and your student in jeopardy. If you prefer to stay off the roads on days such as Thursday, we are completely fine with it. We simply ask that you call our attendance clerk and have your student check in with their teachers. Trust me, whatever is missed is not worth placing your family or vehicle in danger.

New Green Tech and Dual Language students: We all know we have it good, better than good in fact, and now 125 new Cougars are beginning to see how good it is as well. Last Wednesday night our little slice of heaven indoctrinated next year’s (transfer) 6th-grade class into the fold via zoom and shared with them some of the secrets of Smallville. Kids and family were beyond excited to learn about choice sheets, tips and tricks for survival, and important dates for all newbies. We cannot wait to see these kids on campus next year and know that our current 6th and 7th grade students will not only welcome them with open arms but also serve as mentors and guides for them throughout their middle school career. Kudos to Campus Manager Jennifer Newell, our counseling team, our Fine Arts teachers, and our Dual Language teachers for spending their Wednesday evening sharing with others what makes Small so special.

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Classified Employee of the Year 2021-2022: We have over 30 adults here on campus who are not teachers but impact our students each and every day. These employees work in our classrooms, our office, our cafeteria, and keep our school clean and organized. They are as important to the success of students in Smallville as you and I, and there are very few words or accolades we can bestow upon them that show them how much they mean to all of us.

That being said, when the staff was polled and asked to select one name of the many as this year’s Classified Employee of the Year, the honor belonged to Heather Poehl. Mrs. Poehl works with our SCS Team and is not only the calmest person kids see throughout the day but also one of the friendliest. She makes sure all students she works with feel valued, have voice, and have somebody in their corner. She never judges nor condemns and sees every part of a student’s school day as a learning opportunity. We are all amazed at her dedication to her craft, the care she gives all in her charge, and her insatiable desire to help those around her. We are most fortunate our students have her as a guide through the tumultuous waters of middle school and that we have her here on our team encouraging us to be more like her through her actions; kind, patient, and virtuous.

Enjoy your weekend with your fam and stay warm!

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

Patton Alumni Event

  • Thursday, March 10 (4:00-5:30) Middle Schooler Special Event Track & Field Day
    • To show love to our Patton Alumni that missed out on Track & Field Day due to covid, we are having a special event for them after our regular Track & Field Day.
  • Please share the sign up with any Middle School Patton Alumni families to help us get the word out!

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Rescheduled Parent Talk with Dr. Brooks

Come join us from the comfort of your own home for a good ole parent talk. We have rescheduled the event with Dr. Brooks that was supposed to happen last January. We are thrilled to announce that he will be on Zoom just for us to discuss his topic, Finding greater peace and joy in a chaotic world.

After finding our peace and joy, we will stay on-line for a brainstorming meeting about SPLASH FEST. We are so happy to be bring back one of the kids most favorite events after a 2 year absence and we need a team of parents to help pull this off. Join us to throw around ideas and see how we can make this years Splash Fest the best one ever!

Come for one, or come for both, either way we would love to see you on Zoom Wednesday March 2nd. Register here:

Incoming 6th Grade Information

Important dates for incoming 6th Graders

Cougar Camp - August 1st - 2nd, 2022 (Choose AM or PM Session)

This is the transition camp to help teach kids about how middle school works, make new friends and learn more about the campus - Sign up and more details in next newsletter

Scavenger Hunt - Aug 4, 2022 - Time TBD

Come show your parents what you learned in camp. See if you can find your way around Small and are ready for the first day of school

Parent Camp - August 4th. 5:30 pm - Zoom

This is all the information every new to middle school parent will need to know about Small and how middle school works. Sign up in next newsletter

First Day of School - August 15th, 2022

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Updated A/B Calendar

REMINDER - NO SCHOOL Friday 3/4/22

We have updated our AB Calendar to reflect the 2 additional days off that the district has created. Click here for the updated A/B Calendar

Online Registration for the 2022-2023

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Online Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open!

*Registration MUST be completed annually, so that we have the most current information on file.

Please go to and click the AISD Student Registration Tile.

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Parent Guide to Online Registration

Guia de Inscripcion en Espanol

Not Sure If You Already Registered For The 2022-2023 School Year?

Use the Online Registration Status Self Check to verify if online registration is complete.


TELPAS, Texas Assessment Language Proficiency Assessment Systems, exam will be administered to students identified as Emergent Bilinguals February 28th - March 4th. Students will be tested in Listening, Speaking Reading, and Writing in the English Language. Online tests will be given in Listening, Speaking and Reading. Teachers will collect Writing samples written in Englsh to rate student beginning February 7th. Please ensure your student is well rested for the state test.

El examen TELPAS, Texas Assessment Language Proficiency Assessment Systems, se administrará a los estudiantes identificados como bilingües emergentes del 28 de febrero al 4 de marzo. Los estudiantes serán evaluados en comprensión auditiva, lectura oral y escritura en el idioma inglés. Las pruebas en línea se administrarán en comprensión auditiva, expresión oral y lectura. Los maestros recolectarán muestras de escritura escritas en inglés para calificar a los estudiantes a partir del 7 de febrero. Asegúrese de que su estudiante esté bien descansado para el examen estatal.

New Attendance Clerk and Procedures

Hi everyone, I am Amanda Elliott the new attendance specialist at Small. I am excited to be working with everyone and look forward to getting to know you. We have updated the Small Website Attendance page and can submit notes online. This will allow for less paper and will help make Small a Greener Campus. On the Attendance Page you can now enter an absence and request an early pickup. Remember when picking up students early to give us at least an hour notice. This will ensure you are not waiting for your student for up to 15 minutes to arrive when you get here. It helps saves you time as well and will make sure you get to where you need to go as well. You can still handwrite an excuse note as well if needed. Don't forget that school starts right at 8:20. If you arrive after that your student will be marked Tardy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions by email at or directly at 512-841-6702. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Hola a todos, soy Amanda Elliott, la nueva especialista en asistencia de Small. Estoy emocionado de trabajar con todos y espero conocerlos. Hemos actualizado la página de Asistencia a sitios web pequeños y podemos enviar notas en línea. Esto permitirá menos papel y ayudará a que Small sea un campus más ecológico. En la página de asistencia ahora puede ingresar una ausencia y solicitar una recogida anticipada. Cuando recoja a los estudiantes temprano, recuerde avisarnos con al menos una hora de anticipación. Esto asegurará que no espere a que su estudiante llegue hasta por 15 minutos cuando llegue aquí. También le ayuda a ahorrar tiempo y se asegurará de que llegue a donde necesita ir. También puede escribir a mano una nota de excusa si es necesario. No olvide que la escuela comienza a las 8:20. Si llega después de eso, su estudiante será marcado como Tarde. No dude en comunicarse conmigo con cualquier pregunta por correo electrónico a o directamente al 512-841-6702. Que tengas una maravillosa temporada navideña.

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Order a Yearbook

Order your yearbook before the winter break and get it for just $40. 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.

Green Academy Blog

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