Cougar News

Week of 5/14/18 - 5/18/18

Small Middle School Calendar

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Letter from Principal Nelson

Howdy Cougars!

STAAR week is upon us! We will have students testing Monday through Thursday as follows:

Monday: 6th grade and 7th grade Math STAAR; 8th grade STAAR Math retest

Tuesday: 6th grade and 7th grade Reading STAAR; 8th grade Reading retest

Wednesday: 8th grade Science STAAR; 6th and 7th grade makeup day

Thursday: 8th grade Social Studies STAAR; 6th and 7th grade makeup

Friday: all grade levels makeup day

We know our kids will do well next week as we’ve been training for this moment since August. However, for them to do their absolute best, we need some help from you guys as well. Firstly, it’s important you let them know, as we have, that this test isn’t the biggest of deals. It’s merely a piece of data we use when looking at the student as a whole. It’s important we do not add any extra pressure to this 4 hour exam for fear students will not be able to perform at their best. Secondly, and this is a biggie as well, make sure your student gets plenty of sleep the night before and has an exceptional breakfast the day of. Preferably one packed with plenty of protein. Also, have them bring a snack (not too messy or stinky) and have a bottle of water in tow as well. We’ll have goldfish and such here on campus, but if you feel they’ll need something more substantial, please provide. Thirdly, please make sure they have a book, magazine, or similar reading material with them for when they finish. After a student is finished with their test, the only thing they are allowed to do is read; no drawing, working on homework, or using any electronic devices of any kind.

That’s pretty much it: sleep well, eat well, and bring a book. If your student is able to handle these three suggestions, success is sure to follow.

Thanks for reading and for helping us put our student’s mind at ease about these exams. We’re fortunate that on the 18th the entire school gets to celebrate at Carnival after a week of testsso make sure you purchase your wristbands and tickets through our website. If you need more info, send an email to Mrs. Newell ( and she will happily oblige.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


Splashfest Silent Auction

We know you want to support Small!

We know you want great deals!

We know that your kids probably would prefer you not come to splashfest
(but we want you there!)

So we are bringing the Silent Auction to you!


It is live now! You can take a look at what is up for bid then on Wednesday start the bidding. It will be open until 11:45 Friday night. When you win your item, you pay online, then pick up your item next week at school, or ask us to send it home with your student. Easiest silent auction you have ever be apart of. Check our amazing items here

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Boys Athletic Awards

7th Grade Football

Best Lineman – John Bukowsky

Offense -Mason Simpson

Defense - John Bukowky and Jacob Gass

Iron Man –Adrien Day

MVP-Will Trimble

7B Football

Offense MVP – Chad Marshall/Taymour Shaik

Defense MVP – Ryan Meredith

8A Football

Best Linemen – Taj James

Offense – Walker Demederious

Defense - William Welsch

Iron Man – Sam Lunsford

MVP-Cayson Hamilton

8B Football

Offense MVP-Ethan Smith

Defense MVP-Chandler Claussen / Sol Villareal

7A Basketball

Defense – Jesus Morales-Tudon

Iron Man – Adrian Day

MVP – Will Trimble

7B Basketball

MVP – Leo Pedrozo

7C Basketball

MVP – Diego Ramirez

8A Basketball

Defense – Cayson Hamilton

Iron Man- Trae Mendez

MVP-Josh Machado

8B Basketball

MVP – Ethan Smith

8C Basketball

MVP – Luke Gonzales

7th Track

Field Event MVP- Zander Romero

Most Valuable Runner – Will Trimble

Iron Man- Eli Overstreet

MVP- Zander Romero

8th Track

Field Event MVP – Walker Demederios

Most Valuable Runner – Julian Reyna

Iron Man – Pedro Martinez

MVP – Julian Reyna

7th Grade Academic Athlete of the Year – Jacob Gass

8th Grade Academic Athlete of the Year – Walker Demedeiros

7th Grade Cougar Athlete of the Year – Will Trimble

8th Grade Cougar Athlete of the Year – Walker Demederios

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Splash Fest Summary

Here is a summary of everything you need to know about the Splash Fest - May 18th 3:40 - 7:00 PM

Raise the FUNd's

Learn why we do this event and where the money goes

Booths and Games

See what fun and awesome things we have planned

Volunteer Sign-up today

Volunteer to help plan, or just for the day, help us pull off this event

Items to Donate to help support the cause

We need lots of Drinks, snacks, candy, donuts, and cupcakes, please sign-up for something!

How you can help!

Click here to learn about what we need help with

Online Silent Auction

How will this work and what can you look forward to bidding on.

Wristbands & Tickets - ON SALE NOW!

If you buy online May 5th - May 16th you can get $5 Discount - Learn more


We need lots of help underwriting this event. The less we spend, the higher the profit, the more money for the school. Learn how to be a sponsor!


Download posters to put on social media - Check back often as more will be added

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7th & 8th Grade Sports Camps

If you child would like to sign up the one of the sports camps happening this summer, fill out this form and turn it into the coaches by May 31.

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Austin High Water Polo

Hey, Incoming AHS Freshmen,

Did you know that Austin High has 2 water polo teams – boys and girls? No experience required, just an ability to swim! There are even opportunities to play over the summer. For more information, email

Maroon Orchestra Camp

August 6 – 10, 2018

8:00am - 11:30am

Required for both returning and new

AHS Orchestra students

Get Camp Flyer Here

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AHS Swim Team Tryouts

Austin High School Swim Team tryouts will take place 7:30 - 8:30 PM, Thursday, May 17th at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy (Austin Swim Club's pool) 5513 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX, 78735. Feel free to email Coach Calver,, if you have any questions. Thanks!


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

Coach Dammann
Cougar Camp

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

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.


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