Cougar News

Week of 12/11/17 - 12/15/17

Small Middle School Calendar

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Letter from Principal Nelson

Cougar Nation-

We trust you and yours have had an enjoyable Snow Day this week and were able to punch a few of your “if I only had a day off” items off of your to do list. Or, you might have been able to catch up on sleep, which is perfect because scientists and meteorologists alike theorize that Snow Day sleep exceeds regular day sleep by a 2-to-1 margin. Meaning, when you snooze after your first alarm goes off, that 9 minute return to dreamland is more akin to 18 minutes. It’s a strange phenomenon that rarely occurs, but when it does, all are appreciative that our covers seems comfier, our pajamas are warmer, and our bed’s hold on our bod is strengthened.

Monday = B-day: No, not my birthday, but rather a good old fashioned B day. Seeing as how Thursday was an A day, when when return from the 3 day soiree we will follow a B day schedule and alternate thusly until Winter Break. Then, once we return from break, we will have a C day and catch back up to the Master Calendar. Make sure your students are aware that Monday all will be attending our even numbered classes (2,4,6, and 8).

Screenagers: Screenagers is a movie about the trials and tribulations of growing up in this age of technology and we are excited that our PTA is offering a viewing of this monumental movie free for our CSMS community. Please join us in CSMS cafeteria on Wednesday, Jan 10th at 6 pm. to view this seminal work about dealing with, and understanding students who are born into the digital age. We encourage parents and guardians to bring a potluck finger food dish to share. As an added bonus, after the movie, Dr. Mike Brooks - physicology expert about technology and the adolescent brain will hold a discussion panel. We want as many parents, guardians, and teachers to attend this event and our currently working on ways to provide child care if need be. Look for more details here and on the website soon. Until then simply reserve a spot your calendars.

Speaking of technology and students, we ask that all parents and guardians please refrain from calling or texting your student during school hours. If you need to get a message to your student, please call the office and we will either deliver it or send for your student. We know the overwhelming vast majority of students have cell phones, but we want them to use them on campus as tools versus toys, and only when a teacher has given them permission. As we continue to increase the number of machines we have on campus and near closer to a 1:1 ration in regards to technology, we will have to rely on student cellphones less and less. We thank you in advance for ensuring these phones are being used on campus for academic purposes.

Thank you for reading and for letting us work with your student. As the break nears, we

hope to see more and more of you at any of the Fine Arts showcases going on (Orchestra and Theater this week), or at our Dual Language Potluck on Wednesday evening. If you can’t make it, we understand and invite you to send your warm regards via email or phone call.

Happy Snow Day to all, and to all a good night!


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


Carta del Sr. Nelson en español

Una traducción de la carta del Sr. Nelson será publicada aquí dentro de 24 horas.

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CSMS PTA is excited to present SCREENAGERS, a movie about growing up in the digital age. This event is free for CSMS community. Please join us in CSMS cafeteria on Wednesday, Jan 10th at 6 pm. We encourage the parents to bring a potluck finger food dish to share. This event will be about 2 hours long.

After the movie, Dr. Mike Brooks - psychology expert about technology and the adolescent brain will hold a discussion panel. Click here to learn more about Dr. Brooks.

Kids 4th grade and up are encouraged to attend - We are looking into child care for those that are younger.

Zombie Fun Run Video

Check out this amazing Video one of our teachers put together of the Fun Run. As you can see, we had a blast!

Need Financial Assistance?

With the holiday season upon us, we know that financial burdens are felt especially heavily during this season.

The district asked us to share this resource guide for financial assistance with our AISD families during this holiday season.

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Green Candle Fundraiser

RSVP2Fun is at again with support for our school. You may remember that they were responsible for the amazing DJ and Balloon arch at the fun run, now they are partnering with our Green Academy to make custom candles. They are using ingredients from our very own gardens to make these beautiful candles - just in time for the holidays. If you are looking for a unique gift that supports our school Order your candles here
Cougar Online

The kids are consistently adding new stories! Check out all their hard work!

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2017-2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

You can order your yearbook online anytime. Click here