January 25, 2019
Dear CISD Family,
Over the past year since we launched our Strategic Design effort, I continue to be inspired by hearing from our Coppell ISD community about the direction you all want our district to move. Your feedback and collaboration have been the catalyst to shaping our new Core Values and redefining our Mission at Coppell ISD, which has been very well received by our community, and is what will continue to move us forward.
Now, we have embarked on the hard work of fully living out these Core Values. We are focused on identifying specific opportunities to help us in this goal, while also ensuring we are focused on the highest priority opportunities, so we make the most relevant and greatest impact. In order to do this, your input and feedback is critical. Therefore, we are again inviting all our stakeholders, which includes students, parents, employees and community members, to provide input about the campus or campuses in which your children attend via the Strategic Design Core Values Audit that is available at www.copppellisd.com/corevaluesaudit. This Audit takes about 15 minutes to complete , and as you prepare to take the Audit, please note it must be completed in one sitting. Additional details and phases of our Strategic Design process, can be found atwww.coppellisd.com/strategicdesign.
I want you all to know how much I value your contributions to our district as members of the CISD community. Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement.
Boundary Realignment Update
The fourth Board Workshop on Boundary Realignment was held Jan. 22. Trustees and CISD officials continued their discussion of the scenarios, Elementary Plan A2 and Middle School Plan B3, being recommended to the Board of Trustees. In addition, Trustees received an update on the Community Forum held Jan. 10 and the Facebook Live held Jan. 16. The CISD Board will consider and adopt the final Boundary Realignment Model at its Feb. 25, 2019, meeting. Details about the boundary realignment process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/realignment. The CISD community can share additional feedback on the process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 19, 2019, so this information can be shared with Trustees prior to the February meeting.
Those wishing to address the CISD Board of Trustees during Open Forum at a regular monthly Board meeting must follow the guidelines as outlined at www.coppellisd.com/Page/13268. Reminder, those wishing to address the Board must fill out an information card between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and submit it to the Administrative Assistant to the Board. Trustees are not allowed to answer questions or concerns posed by individuals during Open Forum; speakers are limited to three minutes; and, if there are five or more individuals who wish to speak on the same topic, they must designate one spokesperson to speak on their behalf.
New Tech's Janelle Bence Receives Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
More than 700 applications were received, and Janelle Bence was among twelve to be presented with the Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Awards which, recognizes exemplary K–12 humanities teachers in Texas. Each year, teachers are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and an additional $500 for their respective schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials. From among the twelve winners, the top candidate will receive the James F. Veninga Outstanding Teaching of Humanities Award, an award established to honor James F. Veninga, Humanities Texas Executive Director Emeritus, for his twenty-three years of extraordinary contributions to the state council and to the public humanities in Texas and the U.S. We are honored Janelle is a part of the CISD family. She brings such an awareness to our community, and we are thankful for her passion for other people. She exemplifies our Core Value of Relationships because we whole-heartedly believe that when we invest in each other we learn and flourish.
CMS North’s Ashley Zhang Takes 1st in State Lions Club Peace Poster Contest
We are #CISDProud of CMS North eighth grader Ashley Zhang, who won 1st place in Texas in the Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest. As the winner in the state middle school category, Ashley will be entered in the International Competition in February. Congratulations, Ashley!
High School Choir Students Make State
Congratulations to the three Coppell High School Choir students who made the All-State Choir for 2019: Karvi Bhatnaga, a senior at CHS for mixed choir; Arezue Shakeri, a senior at New Tech High @ Coppell for treble choir; and Evan Barnes, a senior at CHS for tenor-bass choir. Each year, more than 20,000 singers start learning the music over the summer and go through four rounds of audition process from September all the way to January. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
Mary Myles French Selected as Region 10 AP of the Year
Congratulations to Valley Ranch Elementary Assistant Principal Mary Myles French, who has been selected as the Region 10 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Region Assistant Principals of the Year are eligible to apply for the National Assistant Principal of the Year Award. Congratulations, Mrs. French!
East Student Shambhavi Mokashi Wins Irving MLK Day Contest
Congratulations to CMS East seventh grade student Shambhavi Mokashi, who was selected as the middle school winner of the Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest sponsored by the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department. Shambhavi read her essay Monday, Jan. 21, as part of the City of Irving’s MLK Day ceremonies.
Business Partners Help Enhance Career & Technical Education
About a dozen members from local businesses and the community recently came together with CISD staff to help the district in its ongoing goal to have exemplary Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways for secondary students. These professionals volunteered their time during a day-long workshop at CMS West Jan. 17 facilitated by the Southern Region Education Board. According to CISD Director of Career and Technical Education Ron-Marie Johnson, bringing together members of the business community with CISD secondary teachers and administrative staff helps CTE align its curriculum with real-world industry best practices. “This input is crucial in helping ensure our CTE pathways offer high-level academic and quality career and technical studies, so our learners are prepared to be college and career ready after they graduate.”
Business and Community members participating in the workshop include: Grant Yaney, with HG Systems; Kristi Valentine, with Valentine Premier Roofing & General Contracting; Gregory Ruuska, with North Lake College; Brad Wenzel, with MidSouth Bank; Steve Hozie, with Hozie Consulting; Aaron De Los Santos, with Code Ninjas; Lindsey Henderson, with Microsoft; Kimberly Scott, LRN; Marcella Upshaw, with Baylor Scott & White-Irving; Amanda O’Neal Brummitt, with Brummitt Group; Greg Frnka, with GPF Architects, LLC; and CISD Trustees Nichole Bentley and Anthony Hill. Information about CISD CTE programs can be found at www.coppellisd.com/cte.
CMS West Wrangler Award of Excellence
Each month, CMS West administrators and teachers show their students “you matter” with surprise visits to their homes on Saturday mornings to announce the Wrangler Award of Excellence recipients. Dr. Emily Froese, principal of CMS West, along with assistant principals, counselors and teachers arrange these visits with parents in advance to deliver signs recognizing the student award recipients. The Wrangler Award of Excellence is given each month to CMS West students who exemplify the Wrangler Creed, which is,
“I am a Wrangler.
I am a positive example.
I am respectful.
I care for all people and property.
I challenge myself everyday.
I am not afraid to fail.
I am a Wrangler.”
Parent University on Marijuana & Vaping Set for Feb. 7
CISD’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) welcomes Dr. Hal C. Urschel, Chief Medical Strategist for Enterhealth, for his presentation "Exploring the Myths of Marijuana & Vaping." This Parent University will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the CHS Lecture Hall.
Meetings for Prospective Dual Language Immersion Families
CISD will host three meetings for prospective Dual Language Immersion (DLI) families. These meetings will be held:
- Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Wilson Elementary Cafeteria
- Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Denton Creek Elementary Cafeteria and
- Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vonita White Administration Building in the Boardroom. For more information, visit www.coppellisd.com/duallanguage.
Public Hearing on Texas Academic Performance Report Feb. 25
CISD will hold a Public Hearing to discuss its Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) during the monthly School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.
It's Time Texas Community Challenge
Living Well in Coppell is once again locally sponsoring the 2019 It's Time Texas Community Challenge. This statewide wellness initiative, which runs from Jan. 7 to March 3, 2019, pits Texas cities of similar size against each other as they find fun and easy ways to demonstrate their commitment to healthy living. Coppell participated and won its size category for numerous consecutive years. In 2018, the City of Harlingen outpaced Coppell and claimed the top spot. If Coppell can once again clench first place, the city will not only be recognized both regionally and statewide as a healthy community, but the city will also receive $1,800 to distribute to CISD schools for health and wellness programs.
It's easy to participate in the Community Challenge:
- Visit ittcommunitychallenge.com and register as a Coppell participant.
- Take a selfie doing something healthy or track your fitness.
- Upload your photos and activities to your account to earn points for the community.
- Feb. 7 - Parent University: Exploring the Myths of Marijuana & Vaping, 7 p.m. CHS Lecture Hall
Feb. 15 - Professional Development Day - No School
Feb. 18 - Bad Weather Day - No School
- Feb. 25 - Regular Board Meeting 7 p.m.
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