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Week of 3/12/18 - 3/23/18

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Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

9 days off from school, and an extra hour of sunlight to boot, is just what the doctor ordered. Spring Break comes at the most welcome of times, for when we return it will be pedals to the metal as we prepare for this year’s round of STAAR tests. Again, we don’t teach to or preach the tests, we merely ensure our TEKS based lessons are engaging, rigorous, and memorable. When you take care of this, good scores on the STAAR tests are sure to come.

Holiday Homework: Simply because school will be out for 9 days doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Try to encourage your student to read at least 30 minutes a day in whatever medium h/she prefers: magazine, novel. Comic Book, BLOG, or newspaper. For a double dip, have them go outside for some Vitamin D to read and let them see you enjoying your favorite bit of literature as well. Another thing you can have them do is watch movies. That’s right, have them watch movies either in the theater or at home on DVD or Netflix. Our students today are so used to getting content from Youtube and web clips that they are in danger of forgetting the basic elements of fiction and the 5 elements of drama.

You could take them to see Black Panther and discuss character, theme, plot, and tone. See if they can recognize the rising action, climax, and the denouement. Then see if they’re really on the money and can explain how Disney/Marvel use their other movies to introduce characters and for exposition. If the above isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other movies out there that follow these rules which will undoubtedly assist your student in recognizing these elements in their reading and improve their writing. If two hours is too long, you can count on a 22 minute sitcom on Hulu or the like to point out these plot devices as well. Remember, the more creative works you observe, the more creative you become.

Enjoy this break with your student and try to get out and enjoy all that our fair city has to offer this time of year.

As per usual, if you have any comments, concerns, questions, or even kudos, feel free to call, email, or even swing on by.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


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Spring Glow Dance - Volunteer\Consession Sign up

Thank you for supporting our Green Academy


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

Track Meet March 21 @ Small


5:30 p.m. Cafeteria style

5:15 p.m. 1600 M Run


5:30 p.m.

100 Hurdles

110 Hurdles

400 m Relay

800 M Run

100 M dash

800 M Relay

400 M dash

200 Dash

300 Hurdles

1600 M relay

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.

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NJHS 2018-2019

Information meeting Friday, March 23rd during PRIDE in front of the Counselor Corner.

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