Week of 9/6/21 - 9/10/21
Letter from Principal Nelson
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: https://forms.gle/oAVNQ7rdstrdJ7EV8
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: https://small.austinschools.org/our-school/back-to-school
Clint Small Middle School
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
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 😊
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!!!
Got an appointment?
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 www.smallmiddleschool.org 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com with any questions.
In the meantime show your support for Small by joining the 21-22 PTA at https://www.joinpta.org/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the flyer below