Cougar News

Week of 9/6/21 - 9/10/21

Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

What a perfect time for a three-day weekend! As if there is ever a bad time for an extended weekend. Hydrate, wear SPF and a hat and try to stay in the shade as much as possible as we can expect this Labor Day Holiday to be in the or near 100s. Don’t forget when your Cougar comes back to campus on Tuesday we’ll have a shortened week so there won’t be a C-day on Friday. The schedule will go as follows: BABA

Back to School Night: Due to Covid restrictions in place, we will forego our typical BTS night schedule when parents/guardians follow their student’s schedule and will instead hold general assemblies for each grade level in either the Cafeteria, Library, or Gymnasium. Each assembly will last roughly 45 minutes and those in attendance will get to hear from a core teacher rep (math, ELA, science, social studies) their grade-level counselor, and the grade-level AP. We will also be Live Zooming the proceedings for those who cannot attend. In an effort to be as safe as possible, we will also be launching the teacher-created videos on Tuesday a.m. so you can hear directly from your student’s specific core teacher as well as hear from their electives teachers. Since it is impossible to hear from all electives teachers at the in-person meetings, all electives will only be accessible through the online format which is on our website.

Here is the in-person schedule:

Small Middle School Back to School Night Schedule

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Grade Level Event Time Location

  • 7th Grade General Assembly 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Gymnasium
  • 8th Grade General Assembly 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Cafeteria
  • Dual Language General Assembly 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Library
  • PTA Meeting 6:15-6:45 Cafeteria
  • 6th Grade General Assembly 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Gymnasium

Please register here for either in-person or Zoom BTS Night:

Thank you in advance for wearing a mask and for only asking general questions. For student-specific questions or concerns, please contact your student’s teacher, counselor, or Assistant Principal.

Parking is limited, as is space, so please make sure to keep your student at home this evening. Due to Stage 5 Covid Restrictions, we will be utilizing large, open areas instead of classrooms. The general assembly will consist of information from core teachers and grade level counselors and APs. For more detailed information about your student’s particular teacher and electives, the virtual showcase can be accessed here:

Matthew Nelson


Clint Small Middle School

(512) 841-6705

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We are starting to put together after school clubs. We have a handful so far. As they start to form, there will be flyers all over school and we will update our Clubs section of our website. If your student would like to start a club, all they need to do find a teacher willing to sponsor, then start advertising. Take a look at the Club flyer so far.

Covid Protocols

Many of you have asked about Small Middle Schools Covid protocols. We are following AISD District protocols and they are following the CDC.

The Family newsletter that was sent out last week has some good information.

You might also want to look at the AISD Covid-19 Information Page

And the CDC recommendations for quarantine

Volunteer for Small CAC

Our CAC (Campus Advisory Council) is looking for some parent volunteers. This is a committee made up of Administrators, Teaches and Parents to help make decisions about the campus. Learn more about how to join and when the meetings take place by going to our CAC page on our website.
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Hi Parents! Welcome to Clint Small Middle School.

Our Teachers and Staff have been working hard getting the school, classrooms, campus, and animals ready for the school year. Here are some items that will keep them Recharged and Refreshed. Thank you for your donations in advance!

  • Bottled Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Variety of Sodas
  • Coffee Pods for their Keurig
  • Individually wrapped tea bags
  • Single use Creamers and Sugar
  • Individually Wrapped Snacks: Trail Mix, Granola Bars, Chips, Crackers, A Variety of Candy, etc.….
  • You can also do an Amazon delivery of random snack boxes to Small Middle School, 4801 Monterey Oaks Blvd. Austin Tx 78749
  • Please drop off any donations at the front door, preferably at non-pick up times 😊
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PTA On-line Store

Our PTA has put together a cougar online swag store. Right now they are offering pre-orders of some newly designed t-shirts.

Get your Cougar T-Shirt TODAY!

SMALL Spirit Night

Do you want to eat pizza AND support Small Middle School at the same time????

Then head on down to Double Dave's Wednesday 9/22 between 5 and 8 pm.

10% of all their sales will come to Small!

THANK YOU DOUBLE DAVES for supporting Small!!!

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Check out our Virtual Library for the Month of September:

Got an appointment?

Do you need to pick up your student during the school day? No problem. We have 2 different methods that can speed up this process.

Method #1) Send your student in with a note. First thing in the morning, they should come to the main office with a note from home stating what time they will be picked up. We will exchange that note for a pass to leave class at that time. When the time comes, the student shows their teacher the pass and then comes to the main office. They are there ready for pick up and you make your appointment on time.

Method #2) What I like to call... Order a kid. let's say you just found out about an appointment, or forgot to send a note... No problem - just go to the main page of our website and scroll to the bottom. Under the helpful links section, click "Student Early Pickup Request". Our front office staff will monitor that all day and send a note to the student to come down at the time requested.

If method one or two are not used, prepare to wait up to 30 minutes for us to find your student and get them to the office.

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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:

Gifted and Talented

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year! Look for this logo in each week's Cougar News to find out the latest happenings in CSMS GATE (Gifted and Talent Explore).

Coming up! Parent nominations for students to be included in the GATE identification process will be open from Sept 14-24. A link to the nomination form will be included here, or you may pick up a paper form from the office from Sept 14 and snail mail it back by Sept 24th. ONLINE NOMINATIONS ARE GREATLY PREFERRED! Nominations, online or mailed, MUST be received by midnight on Sept 24. If your student was already identified in the GATE program in any category, in AISD in another middle school or in elementary school, you do NOT have to re-nominate them. Here's a link to GT FAQ S'more. Please look here for answers to your GATE questions. If you've read the GT FAQ and you still have questions, please email your campus GT Advocate at

2021-2022 Bell Schedule

We have submitted our Bell Schedule and A/B Calendar to the district.

You will notice we are doing something new with both!

2021-2022 A/B Calendar - 8/12/21 Rev.

2021-2022 Daily Bell Schedule - 8/1/21 Rev.


Since we have so many families that live outside our attendance zone, we are trying to create some carpool groups for next year. If you are interested is a possible carpool for next year, fill out this form.

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

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Green Academy Blog

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