April 12, 2019
Dear CISD Families,
I want to thank our Coppell ISD community for the positive feedback and support on my column from two weeks ago addressing drug abuse within our community. I believe that this issue is one we need to keep out in the open, so we can discuss this topic freely and work to address it as a community. As a district, we will continue to provide updates, tips and resources on this topic to our community, as we remain committed to taking a firm stand with our students from a discipline standpoint.
On another note, I want to share about our Coppell ISD Day at the Capitol yesterday. I, along with several Board members, administrators and teachers, was at the Capitol to share our story with our legislative representatives. Two CISD teachers - Eric Hanson, music teacher at Wilson Elementary, and Janelle Bence, English teacher at New Tech High @ Coppell, received special recognition from our representatives, Rep. Julie Johnson and Sen. Nate Johnson, respectively.
Now, more than ever, it is important for our CISD story to be shared with those who are making the decisions that impact our district. The primary purpose of our visit was to thank our legislators for coming together to address school finance this session, share what we liked about the current House Bill 3 being debated in both houses, as well as discuss other items from our legislative agenda. This is what is known as “crunch time” in the session. There are daily changes to proposed legislation with real impact for our district. I encourage you, as members of our community, to stay engaged with your local representatives and make your voice heard on crucial issues that impact our children. State legislators appreciate hearing from us as district representatives, but they really want to hear from parents. If you need to know who represents you and how to get in touch, visit www.coppellisd.com/legislative.
I want to end by thanking the CISD community for your support of public education. It is my privilege to serve this district with our wonderful teachers and staff, amazing students, dedicated Board of Trustees and engaged community.
Enjoy the weekend with your family.
Safety & Security Update
There have been several safety and security measures put in place over the last few months at CISD. We now have safety wands at the high schools; new blinds at New Tech High @ Coppell and CMS West as an added safety precaution; and, in conjunction with the city, a flashing crosswalk at New Tech for the safety of our students from the parking lot to the school.Also, don't forget that CISD offers a Parent Toolkit for lots of ideas, research, stats, and ways for parents to help their K-12 students now AND over the summer. This resource covers a variety of topics that parents can easily research by grade level, featured article, or by specific topic (just select a main category from academics, health & wellness, social/emotional, college and career, and financial).Find the Parent Toolkit from the Parent Tab on the CISD website (first link under Parent Resources/ Other Resources) https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/12652
New Safety & Security Procedures for CHS May 28 Graduation
The University of North Texas has implemented new safety and security procedures for all of the graduation ceremonies it is hosting at its Coliseum in May, including Coppell High School’s Graduation Tuesday, May 28, at 3 p.m. These changes for the May 28 CHS Commencement ceremony include:
- Guests and families will be allowed to enter the Coliseum 1 hour prior to the ceremony, and not any earlier;
- The Coliseum will no longer allow seat saving. Commencement seating for families is on a first-come, first-served basis;
- There are no reserved seats, except for the graduates and special commencement guests invited by the school districts;
- Prohibiting the following items in the Coliseum: balloons, beach balls, silly string, bubbles, glitter, frisbees, signs/banners, tripods/monopods/selfie sticks, artificial noisemakers (air horns, bullhorns, whistles, etc.), and confetti/confetti cannons, laser pointers and weapons of any kind;
- Outside food and drinks will be prohibited, and limited concessions will be available for purchase for all ceremonies;
Thank you for your support as we work with UNT to make this year’s ceremony wonderful for all who are participating and attending.
CISD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to Globals
Three Coppell ISD teams qualified for the Destination Imagination Globals competition to be held in Kansas City May 22 -25. Two teams from Coppell Middle School West and one team from Coppell Middle School North qualified. Congratulations to:
- CMS West "Master Maniacs”: Anvita Anumala, Neha Nagarapu, Aashita Jain, Mira Daniel, Tanvi Rudrangi, Iniya Nathan and Sriya Meduri;
- CMS West "Infinite 7": Riddhi Koundinya, Nidhi Shashi, Aishwarya Anandkumar, Caiden Baldwin , Aadarsh Menon, Ethan Tao and Justin Murdock;
- CMS North “Crazy Smart Asians”: Maya Palavali, Ananaya Adiki, Apurva Betgar, Advika Varadharajan, Anusha Patel and Meghana Ambat.
North Students Place 2nd in TASB Student Video Contest
Congratulations to eighth graders Yutong (Faye) Zhang, Belen Campos Canelas, and Gracie Trondsen for winning second-place in the middle school category in the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Student Video Contest. Students were challenged to create an original video showcasing why Texas public schools are exceptional. These three young ladies highlighted their school spirit and culture. CMS North will receive a $2,500 prize for use in the students’ classroom or campus. Click here to view video.
West Students Achieve at Youth & Government in Austin
For the second consecutive year, the Youth and Government program at CMS West, led by social studies teacher David Norman, has the most participants in the State of Texas with more than 100 members. Many awards and achievements were reached by the group during its recent state competition at the Capitol in Austin. In addition, the YMCA Dallas is recognizing Mr. Norman with its Volunteer of the Year award for his work with the Youth and Government program, which is co-sponsored with the YMCA. Congratulations Mr. Norman and the CMS West Youth and Government team!
Click here to see a list of State Youth & Government student medal winners.
DCE 2nd Graders Support Buddy Class for STAAR
Students at Denton Creek Elementary received a boost of support as they took STAAR tests this week. Lauren Shepherd had her 2nd grade class write letters of encouragement and support to their 5th grade buddy class, taught by Leslie Faundez, to read before they took the STAAR tests Tuesday and Friday. Whether the letters said, “You can do it!” or “You got this!,” these messages helped the learners believe in themselves.
Your Bond Dollars At Work Construction Update
As the 2016 voter-approved CISD bond is past its halfway mark, construction projects are nearing completion. These include the “topping out” of Canyon Ranch Elementary March 26, which means the last beam or its equivalent is finished. In addition, the Coppell Middle School East renovation and addition will be complete by fall. The addition and renovation at Coppell Middle School North also is on track for a fall finish. Ongoing and in progress bond construction projects include renovations to Coppell High School renovations, adding solar tubes to elementary schools and replacing the turf and track at Lesley Field at the Coppell High School Ninth Grade Campus (CHS9). Visit www.coppellisd.com/construction for more information on these projects.
North Student Finishes in Top 10 at State Geography Bee
Congratulations to Dhruva Mateti, 7th Grader at CMS North, who finished in 7th place at the State Geography Bee in HEB ISD last month. He was just one of fifteen students who received a perfect score in the preliminary round by answering all questions correctly.
Canyon Ranch Elementary Tops and Pops
Canyon Ranch Elementary is gearing up for an incredible school year. On March 26, members of the community, the CISD Board of Trustees and the Northstar Builders Group celebrated the topping out of the CRE building. In building construction, topping out (sometimes referred to as topping off) is a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction. This was a great gathering to celebrate all the construction progress.
On April 1, Canyon Ranch invited students and families to an event called Pop by the Park for Popsicles. This was a way for incoming students to meet the Canyon Ranch principal, staff members and other learners who will be attending in the fall. Many attended, and the excitement is "POPping" for the new school year in the new building.
Shattered Dreams at CHS
Excerpt from the CHS Sidekick student newspaper article by Claire Clements, a junior and Editorial Page Editor for The Sidekick.
Coppell High School junior Mitch Kirkby’s legs were shaking as police officer Reggie Walker read his obituary during fifth period on Thursday [April 4] during the daylong Shattered Dreams event. It might just seem like a nervous tick at first. But for Kirkby, the story of Shattered Dreams is more than a fictional tale, and his reaction shows it.
“I had a friend that died because of [drinking and driving]. It wasn’t him, there was another car, and they were drinking and coming back from a party, and they crashed into my friend,” Kirkby said. “It was really sad, his parents were sad… you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Shattered Dreams is held every two years to remind students regarding the dangers of drinking and driving ahead of prom [April 6]. Along with a film produced by KCBY-TV and New Tech High @ Coppell FUZE Studios and a mock accident scene, various unsuspecting students are pulled out of class by the Grim Reaper as part of the living dead, as Walker reads obituaries written by their parents. Click here for the full story from The Sidekick.
Kindergarten Registration/Kindergarten Round Up May 2nd
Kindergarten Registration is underway for all of CISD’s elementary schools. Click here to find the school(s) you are zoned for the 2019-20 school year using your home address. Visit your school's website for enrollment instructions: Austin, Canyon Ranch, Cottonwood Creek, Denton Creek, Lakeside, Lee, Mockingbird, Pinkerton, Town Center, Valley Ranch and Wilson. Visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/8804 for details. Kindergarten Round-Up will be held at all elementary schools May 2nd.* Canyon Ranch Elementary will host its Kindergarten Round-Up May 9th.
Ed Foundation Super Star Nominations Due April 26
Help the Coppell ISD Education Foundation spotlight the dedicated and hardworking students, teachers, administrators and support staff in CISD by nominating them for a Super Star award. The final round of Super Star nominations for this year is April 26th. Everyone nominated, regardless of whether they are chosen as a winner, will receive a printed certificate, so please nominate as many deserving individuals as possible! Visit www.coppellisdef.com/super-star for more information about the Super Star Program. Click here for a link to the nomination form.
Register now for May 11 CEF Run to Fund
Don’t miss out on the best registration deal for the annual Coppell ISD Education Foundation Run to Fund on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Andy Brown East. Registration fees INCREASE ON APRIL 1st. All 5K and Fun Run registrations include a race t-shirt, and $2 from every race entry will be contributed to the PE department at the Coppell ISD school of your choice.
RACE CATEGORIES AND PRICING:
Early Registration through March 31
5K - CISD Student, Staff or Alumni $25
5K - General $30
Fun Run $20 (Fun Run for ages 5 & under - Free but does not include race t-shirt, and registration is required.)
Proceeds from the Run to Fund support our classroom grant program. Register now at http://coppellisdef.com/run-to-fund-2019 to take advantage of early registration pricing. This Coppell community-based 5K and 1-mile fun run will be fun for the whole family!
- April 19 - Bad Weather Day (no school)
- April 22 - Professional Development - Student Holiday (no school)/Staff Workday
- April 29 - Regular Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
- May 9 - Bond Oversight Committee meeting - 6:30 p.m.
- May 13 - Board Workshop - 6:00 p.m.
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