February 22, 2019
Dear CISD Family,
This time of year is always exciting in Coppell ISD, with spring right around the corner and great events taking place at our campuses. We will kick off the month of March by honoring Texas Independence Day on the 2nd, and celebrate Texas Public Schools by hosting Middle School Open Houses on March 5 and Elementary Open Houses on March 7. Be sure to check your campus calendars for specific times and more spring events and activities.
Each spring, we also look forward to the CISD Board of Trustees election season. As each of our Board members are elected to serve three-year terms, this year Leigh Walker (place 1), Manish Sethi (place 2) and Anthony Hill (place 3) are up for re-election. I would like to take the opportunity to thank these members of the Board for their service and their interest in running again. The deadline for filing was last week, and those seats are unopposed as no one else filed to run. As such, the official swearing in ceremony for Mrs. Walker, Mr. Sethi and Mr. Hill will take place in May. Please join me in congratulating each of them.
We are nearing the end of our Boundary Realignment effort that began in May 2018, and we anticipate a final decision by the Board, on plans for the 2019-2020 school year, at the regular Board meeting next Monday, February 25. The Board has been thoughtful and intentional throughout this process to make the best decisions for all students and staff members of our district. Balancing the needs of our families and educational programs while maximizing land and space available, as well transportation needs, has been a key priority. Assuming a decision is made Monday evening, we will ensure all parents and students know the outcomes, the impacts to their family and next steps to get prepared for the 2019-2020 school year.
Finally, I am excited to announce a new Coppell ISD Distinguished Alumni Award. Please nominate your favorite alumnus here. Three outstanding graduates will be recognized at the Coppell Education Foundation Recognition Banquet in April. We have some outstanding former students, and it will be an honor to recognize them for accomplishments in their respective fields and service to the community.
Enjoy this weekend with your family,
Boundary Realignment Board Workshop Feb. 11
The fifth Board Workshop on Boundary Realignment was held Feb. 11. Trustees and CISD officials continued their discussion of the current scenarios and community input. This discussion included updating Elementary Plan A2 to adjust the attendance zone of Austin Elementary School and comparing a prior middle school plan, Middle School Plan B, and its numbers with the current recommended Middle School Plan B3. CISD officials are recommending Elementary Plan A3, which includes the updated Austin Elementary attendance zone, and Middle School Plan B3 to the Board of Trustees, which will consider and adopt the final Boundary Realignment Model at its Feb. 25 meeting. Details about the Boundary Realignment process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/realignment.
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.
District Announces Transfer Process
In anticipation of Board approval of the boundary realignment plans, information regarding Transfer requests for the 2019-2020 school year has been posted on the Coppell ISD website.
The application window for all “grandfathered” and transfer students will be from March 4 to March 29. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by April 30, 2019.
*CISD will not provide transportation for students who transfer campuses, including those who transfer as “grandfathered” students. Also, there will not be a “pay-to-ride” option for “grandfathered” or transfer students.
Youth Art Month Flag Design Winner
Jaserah Chowdhury, 9th grader at CHS9, has been chosen as the high school and overall TEXAS Flag Design Contest winner for Youth Art Month by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Her flag design will be on display at the March Youth Art Month (YAM) celebration and reception at the NAEA conference in Boston, as well as the Texas State YAM celebration and at all future Texas State Art conferences. Congratulations on such an outstanding accomplishment!
Congratulations to Jiali Jaddangi, 7th grader at CMSW, who was chosen to be the Youth Art Month Middle School Flag Design Contest winner by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). She will be honored, with other state winners, with a reception at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin during the Youth Art Month celebration in March.
CHS9 Science Student Shares Project with Google Developers
Congratulations to Owen Remidez who presented his science fair project on the main stage of Google DevFest DFW last weekend on February 16. In his project, he wanted to determine if he could “train” generic image recognition programs to recognize cancer cells. Using his coding skills, he “taught” Google and Microsoft’s programs how to recognize cancer cells. They had an abnormally high number of successful recognition, performing at a level comparable to the programs currently used for this purpose. Owen was invited to present to these developers after presenting his findings at the Dallas Google developers.
CHS Student Roshni Patel Chosen for G.I.R.L. 2020 G-TEAM
CHS Sophomore Roshni Patel was chosen to represent the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at the Girl Scouts’ 55th National Council Session and G.I.R.L. 2020 in Orlando, Florida on October 23-25, 2020. More than 750 girls from around the country applied, and just 25 were chosen, to plan for and represent Girl Scouts at the triannual convention - the largest girl-led event for girls and young women and everyone who supports them. Well done, Roshni!
Lee Students Participate in Texas Capitol Schoolhouse Event
Last month, Richard J. Lee Elementary students Neeti Patel, Shuja Khan, Nethra Sheri and Himani Pathak participated in actual high-tech school classrooms set up in the basement of the Texas State Capitol Rotunda alongside other schools from around the state. Helping to lead this event, Richard J. Lee educators Samira Khan, Priscilla Shaner, Stephanie Deskin and Principal Chantel Kastrounis highlighted lessons of STEM education and STEM careers of the future, while Legislators and invited guests had the opportunity to observe and experience educational technology in action. This annual event was facilitated by the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse and Capitol Schoolhouse Foundation.
CHS Swimmers Fair Well in State Meet
Juniors Johan Pretorius and Aurelie Migault represented CHS last weekend at the 6A Swimming and Diving State Championships in Austin. Pretorius finished in tenth place overall in the 100 backstroke final, and Migualt finished with an 11th place ranking after the preliminary competition. Congratulations on such a strong finish at the state meet!
Boys’ Basketball Wins First Round Playoff Game
On Tuesday, February 19, the Coppell Cowboys’ Basketball team defeated Keller Timber Creek to advance to the next round in the playoffs. The Cowboys will take on the Eagles of Mansfield Lake Ridge on Friday, February 22, at 7:30 PM at Arlington High School, 818 W. Park Row Drive, Arlington, TX. Go Cowboys!
CISD Celebrates Black History Month
Every year, CISD focuses on celebrating Black History Month. This day is an annual observance in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It began as a way to remember important people and events in history. Our campuses all celebrated in different ways.
Fifth-grade students from Lakeside have been studying the Civil War and highlighted abolitionists like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Dred Scott. Learners all over the district have researched, typed reports and made info-graphics to highlight their Historical Heroes' contributions like Rosa Parks, Harriett Tubman, and Martin Luther King Jr. Cottonwood Creek learners in fourth and fifth grade art classes researched Black Americans who have made cultural, political, and artistic contributions. The learners created portraits using the style made famous by Kehinde Wiley, a New York-based artist who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of African-Americans on ornate backgrounds. Pictured in front of several pieces of their artwork are Mae Gunter, Abraham Hopkin, Karis McNeese, Trey Holt, Daniel Fan, and Jeffrey Pryor.
To check out some of these incredible works of art, visit our Black History Month slide show.
CHS StuCo Creates Valentines for Every Student
Last week marked the one year anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland. At CISD, we pride ourselves on making each of our learners feel loved and known. Since this day fell on Valentine's Day, the Coppell High School Student Council decided it would be a great opportunity to make a special valentine for every student. They made over 3,000 individualized valentines for each of their cohorts to show them how much they matter. Each heart (as seen in above photo) had a personalized message. In CISD, not only are we committed to creating profound learning experiences for each child, but we nurture meaningful relationships, to positively impact our world and CHS StuCo is leading the way.
Way to go, CHS Student Council!
CISD will host one more meeting for prospective Dual Language Immersion (DLI) families. This meeting will be held:
- 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.
- Feb. 25 - Regular Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
- March 5 - Parent Meeting for Prospective DLI Families
- March 11-15 - Spring Break
- March 20 - Drugs & the Opioid Epidemic
- March 25 - Regular Board Meeting
- April 3 - CISD Night at the Ballpark
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