November 16, 2018
Dear CISD Family,
I enjoyed seeing how our schools honored our military service men and women through the various campus events celebrating Veterans Day held last Friday and this Monday. It is a long-standing tradition for Coppell ISD to salute our veterans, and we are extremely grateful for their service to our country. It also provides a positive example for our students who are considering military service after graduation.
It is wonderful to see service in action at our CISD schools. This time of year, many of our schools host food drives, coat drives, toy drives and other donation drives to benefit our community partners. Other service traditions include Mockingbird Elementary School’s annual “Rakesgiving,” where the entire school community rakes the leaves of the surrounding neighborhood homes; the “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” drive at CMS North; New Tech High @ Coppell's day of service at Metrocrest services where they packed 444 boxes of food for families in need; as well as additional food drives at several elementary and middle schools.
One new service activity worth highlighting is the CMS West Band performing at the Parkside neighborhood’s recent Diwali celebration. The student band members volunteered their time on Saturday, Nov. 3, and played the national anthem of India and the CMS West School song as part of the community’s Diwali celebration. What a wonderful new tradition of engaging more members of our community and embracing the diversity of our district!
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I want to take the opportunity to thank our students, parents, teachers, staff and community for the service they provide and the work they do to make CISD an amazing school district! I am so grateful and blessed to lead this amazing team of people who are dedicated to serving our students well each day.
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy this time with your family,
Girls' Cross Country Wins State
Congratulations to the Coppell High School Girls' Cross Country Team who won the program’s first-ever State Championship during the state meet in Round Rock Nov. 3.
Sophomore Chloe Hassman led Coppell. She finished 26th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 10.1 seconds. Rowan Hassman (31st, 18:16.1), Shelby Spoor (32nd, 18:17.6), Natalie Fleming (37th, 18:22.7), Maddie Hulcy (41st, 18:25.3), Rebecca Centeno (126th, 19:55.6), and Morgan Colon (141st, 20:37.7) competed for Coppell at the State Championship meet. Sophomore Evan Caswell competed in the State Championship as an individual boys' 6A qualifier. He finished 27th overall with a time of 15 minutes, 31.9 seconds, setting a school 5K record. Way to go, Cross Country!
Boundary Realignment Update
The CISD Board of Trustees held its second Board Workshop on boundary realignment on Nov. 12. Trustees received updated draft elementary and middle school realignment plans based on feedback from the first Board Workshop on Oct. 16. The pros and cons of each plan were discussed. CISD also shared its recommendation to the Board, which is Elementary Plan A2 and Middle School Plan B2. Broadcast video of the Board Workshop and the presentation shared is available at www.coppellisd.com/realignment.
The CISD community can share additional feedback on the process by emailing email@example.com. The next Board Workshop on boundary realignment is scheduled for Dec. 10, and Trustees have requested additional transportation data and enrollment information at that workshop. Reminder, Board Workshops are held for the purpose of allowing CISD Board of Trustees to receive more information, and discuss and debate pending matters with CISD staff and amongst themselves before taking a formal vote at a later date. However, since no action is being decided or taken at a Board Workshop, there is no “Open Forum” or other opportunities for the public to address the Board or ask questions during a Board Workshop. These opportunities are available at Regular Board meetings during the open forum portion of the meeting. In January 2019, the district will present one or two boundary realignment models to the community via public forums, including Facebook Live. The Board will consider and adopt the final boundary realignment in February 2019.
Bond Oversight Committee Reaches Halfway Mark
At its Nov. 14 meeting, the CISD 2016 Bond Oversight Committee reached the halfway mark in serving as an advisory capacity to the CISD School Board and Administration to ensure project work remains faithful to the priorities and planning of the 2016 Community Bond Steering Committee. The 2016 bond package was comprehensive, in an effort to manage our growing school district. Major completed projects include the new Coppell Middle School West, renovation of the old CMS West to the Coppell High School Ninth Grade Campus (CHS9) and basic servicing for infrastructure and upgrades throughout the district, including technology, roofing, flooring, electrical, heating and cooling, etc. Major projects to be completed in 2019 include Coppell Middle School East renovation and addition, Coppell Middle School North renovation and addition and CISD Elementary School No. 11. Thank you to our committee members: Sherilyn Fox, Freddie Guerra, Subbu Venkat, James Walker, David Caviness, Sunil Konda, Rajesh Pillamari, Manish Sethi, Kaylea Schultz, James Shay, Steven Solka, Rosie Stevens, David Tiffin, Ashley Wallace, Mark Kelly and Bob Krenek. Visit www.coppellisd.com/construction for more information on the committee and its members.
Lee’s Diya Firos Among Winners of Barbara Bush Foundation Essay Contest
Diya Firos, a 3rd grade student at Richard J. Lee Elementary, was among 12 winners in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area of the Celebration of Reading Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Diya was honored as a winner during the Barbara Bush Foundation’s annual luncheon at AT&T Stadium Nov. 6. Diya’s essay was chosen as a winner from hundreds of students, who wrote about books that have impacted and inspired them. Diya wrote about the book, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.”
Coppell Varsity Tennis Bi-District, District and Area Champs
Congratulations to the Cowboy Varsity Tennis which won its third consecutive District championship in October after clenching the Bi-District title. The team also won the Area championship before losing to Southlake in the Regional Quarterfinals.
TCE 3rd Graders Give Pledge of Allegiance on 99.5 FM Radio
Third Graders in Logan Heath’s class at Town Center Elementary School were featured reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on 99.5 FM Radio on Nov. 14. An audio of these students reciting the pledge can be found here.
Drug Trends Follow Up: Vaping
CISD’s commitment to sharing drug trend information to you extends beyond Red Ribbon Week. With youth vaping on the rise, the FDA is taking action over the e-cigarette epidemic in its efforts crack down on the selling of vapes and vaping devices to America’s youth. Recently, the CDC shared a press release on the skyrocketing sales of JUUL e-cigarettes, which are shaped like an USB flash drive. According to the 2018-19 CISD Student Code of Conduct, students who possess or use a vaping, e-cigarette or JUUL device will be disciplined. Disciplinary actions may extend up to an alternative school placement.
“Vaping and JUUling is a current trend among our young people,” said Jennifer Villines, CISD Director of Student and Staff Services. “Many times our students don’t exactly know what is in the product they are using, which may include substances designed to get them addicted to this destructive habit.”
Research on vaping, e-cigarettes and JUULiing is still new, and its harmful, long-term effects may not be known for some time. These devices are designed to look like an USB drive and to be be easily concealed, which is part of their appeal to youth. Parents should look for small devices that look like USB drives, and should know their children may not smell like smoke, but rather fruity or citrus scents.
For more information on vaping and other drug trends, see the CISD Drug Trends video at https://youtu.be/_4hnUQAN-bE.
New Tech High @ Coppell Inside Scoop Career Fair
More than 15 area businesses and organizations participated in the New Tech High @ Coppell Inside Scoop Career Fair at the Coppell Public Library Nov. 14. The Career Fair provided an opportunity for New Tech and other Coppell students to learn about job shadowing opportunities, internships, part-time jobs and future careers. The event is part of a DECA student business club Inside Scoop year-long project at New Tech, which already has hosted professional dress and other soft skill seminars to help students in future career preparation.
National Signing Day Ceremony at CHS
Congratulations to the Coppell student athletes who participated in National Signing Day in the Coppell High School arena Nov. 14. Eleven student athletes signed letters of intent to continue their sports at universities across the country. For volleyball, Britney Loyd signed to play at Franklin Pierce University; Amarachi Osuji signed to play at the University of California Riverside; Pierce Woodall signed to play at Columbia University; and Stella Yan signed to play at Carnegie Mellon. For girls’ soccer, Ryley Andrews signed to play at the University of Central Arkansas. For softball, Kaitlyn O'Quinn signed to play at Henderson State University and Nora Rodriguez signed to play at Texas Southern University. For baseball, Josh Bartolacci signed to play at Panola College; Porter Hardcastle signed to play at Regis University; Michael Ozymy signed to play at Columbia University; and Nick Vernars signed to play at Grayson College. Cheers to our future alumni in their college sports careers!
Wilson’s Strings Program Shows Students ‘Uke’ Can Do It!
A CISD Education Foundation grant is stringing into action at Wilson Elementary via the school’s “Uke Can Do It!’ ukulele string program. Thanks to the CEF grant, Music Teacher Eric Hanson, CISD’s 2018 Elementary Teacher of the Year, is able to provide all Wilson students with a hands-on experience using a stringed instrument.
Specifically, the Uke Can Do It! program gives music opportunities to 4th and 5th grade students, who would otherwise not get the chance, to be part of an extracurricular group that meets every other Monday morning. According to Mr. Hanson, the students involved in Uke Can Do It! benefit from small group instruction in a non-judgmental environment where they can improve their music literacy skills with string instruments.
“Playing or singing in front of others is a very personal act, and it is a risk that even most adults do not willingly take,” Mr. Hanson said. “Watching the learners in my classroom take the leap to performing, singing and reading is affirmation that providing these experiences creates a learning environment in which children feel excited, safe and valued. I am very grateful to the CISD Ed Foundation for this opportunity, and I am excited to see what we have in store!"
Fourth grader Marco Noyola said, "I love playing ukuleles at school, because it reminds me of the guitar, and that's fun for me because I have a guitar at home. Playing ukuleles makes me understand music better, and I love music."
Fifth grader Kirdna Martinez, added, "I like playing ukuleles because they are a lot of fun, and learning new things while you're having fun is always good! I like that when you learn something new in music class, you get to try it out right away."
Other schools in CISD that have ukuleles in their music program are Lee, Lakeside, Denton Creek, Pinkerton, and Cottonwood Creek elementary schools.
CISD Honors Veterans
Never Forget: As is tradition, CISD honored our our military service men and women with various school activities and ceremonies commemorating Veterans Day last Friday and this Monday. Many schools asked students to invite family members, who have served in the military or are first responders, to participate in ceremonies to celebrate their service. Several schools had musical performances to honor the veterans in attendance. Essays, poems and cards were also shared to show appreciation for their service. CISD salutes all of the men and women who serve or have served our country, and we take pride in continuing to celebrate them each year on for Veterans Day.
- Parking & Ticket Info for CHS Football Playoff Game at Southlake Carroll Nov. 17 - Our CHS Cowboys will play the Southlake Carroll Dragons in the Bi-District Playoff Round at Dragon Stadium in Southlake on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The Carroll Independent School District will charge a $3 parking fee for each vehicle at the game. All game tickets must be purchased online prior to the game. All Visitor tickets are General Admission tickets.
- Last Day to Donate to CEF Give for Grants Campaign - The Coppell ISD Education Foundation’s 2018 annual Give for Grants fundraising campaign is wrapping up on Nov. 16 and needs your help reaching their goal. The Foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars to CISD schools in the form of teacher requested grants and received a record number totaling over $160,000. With your help, CEF can continue to support these specific needs for students and teachers in Coppell ISD. Click here to donate and see our grant money in action! Donations over $25 receive a free yard sign!
- CGA Writing Contest Deadline Dec. 7 - The deadline for the 11th Annual Coppell Gifted Association Writing Competition for 4th to 12th graders is midnight, Dec. 7, 2018. Visit https://coppellgifted.org/competitions/ for details.
- Inclement Weather Notification Reminder - If CISD closes schools due to inclement weather, the decision to close will be made as early in the morning as possible, but no later than 6 a.m. If the district closes, you will receive a CISD Alert via phone call, text, email, and a push notification sent through the CISD Mobile App. Messages will also be on CISD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. A yellow scrolling banner announcing the closing also will appear at the top of the CISD homepage at www.coppellisd.com, and a pop-up message when you first launch the site.
- Nov. 19 - 23 - Thanksgiving Break
- Nov. 26 - Regular Board of Trustees Meeting 7 p.m.
- Dec. 10 - Board Workshop on Boundary Realignment 6:30 p.m.
- Dec. 17 - Regular Board of Trustees Meeting 7 p.m.
- Dec. 24 - Jan. 4 - Winter Break
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