April 26, 2019
Dear CISD Families,
It is recognition season in Coppell ISD, a time when we honor our high-achieving students and outstanding teachers and, new for this year, our alumni with our first-ever Distinguished Alumni Awards.
This week, the Coppell ISD Education Foundation held its annual banquet, where our top 5 percent students, Teachers of the Year and Distinguished Alumni were recognized. Each of the students honored had the opportunity to thank a teacher who has been most influential in his or her life. Our students wouldn’t be able to succeed at the levels they do without their teachers, and it is such a heartfelt and moving moment to have this hard work recognized each year. Our seniors shared the examples of great teaching and the strong relationships that were formed with the honored teachers they recognized at the banquet. It was a special opportunity to see our core values in action and celebrate the success of our students and staff.
In addition, all of our schools’ Teachers of the Year were honored at the event, which was topped off with the announcement of our District Elementary Teacher of the Year Samira Khan, 5th grade teacher at Richard J. Lee Elementary, and our District Secondary Teacher of the Year Cathy Douglas, CHS9 science teacher. I congratulate Samira and Cathy for receiving this high honor.
The success of our alumni is one of the best examples of our story. So, this year we launched our first-ever CISD Distinguished Alumni Award. The stories of the first recipients of this award — Dr. Toral Patel (Class of 1999), Clay Phillips (Class of 1978), Jacob Schick (Class of 2001) and Pete Wilson (Class of 1965)— personify the character, integrity and success that our students can achieve and are so inspiring.
This time of year is also the season of college acceptance notifications. Many of our students have been accepted to Ivy League colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Penn, Columbia, several military academies and the major Texas universities including UT, A&M, Baylor and TCU. Many of these relationships begin at our College Night at CHS in the fall, where we have several Ivy League and other elite universities attend to recruit our students. With a 99 percent graduation rate, many of our students go on to college or careers, thanks to our Career and Technical Education program, or the military, and I am proud of each and every one of them!
Enjoy the weekend with your family.
New Leadership for CHS, CMS East
On April 22, CISD announced that Dr. Nicole Jund will be the district’s new Assistant Athletic Director, and Laura Springer, Coppell Middle School East Principal, will be the principal of Coppell High School. Dr. Jund and Ms. Springer will be working closely together to ensure a smooth transition, and they will complete the end-of-the-year graduation and other ceremonies at their respective schools. Steve Glover, Assistant Principal at CMS East, will take over as the principal of CMS East. Read the full announcement here.
CISD Announces District Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to CISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year Samira Khan, 5th grade Designer at Richard J. Lee Elementary, and Secondary Teacher of the Year Cathy Douglas, Science Teacher at CHS9!
Second Transfer Application Window
The Second Transfer Application Window Opens May 1 at 8:30 am. The transfer window closes on June 13th at 4:30 pm. Transfer requests during the second window only will occur at campuses that have ample enrollment capacity. District transfer guidelines are posted online along with the application at www.coppellisd.com/transfer.
CHS Graduation Security Update
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. UNT will not enforce its clear bag/bag size restriction policy until 2020. The other previously announced changes for the May 28 CHS Commencement ceremony remain in effect, and 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.
Choir Success at UIL Competition
Congratulations to our high school choir students, who had much success at recent UIL competitions. Under the leadership of Choir Director Bona Coogle and Assistant Choir Director Aaron Coronado, each of the CISD choirs competing received the highest rating possible rating, 1, from all six judges. In addition, the choirs took home 8 sweepstakes trophies. We are #CISDproud of our choir students for this amazing achievement!
Coppell Student Media Named Best Website by Dallas Morning News
Congratulations to Coppell Student Media for being named as the Best Website for 2019 in the Dallas Morning News High School Journalism Competition. Coppell Student Media is the student website for the high school Sidekick student newspaper and KCBY student television station. In addition, the paper selected three high school summer interns from all of North Texas, and two of these are from the Sidekick — seniors Kelly Wei and Christine Zacuai!
CISD Hosts 1st Ever Elementary Geography Bee
CISD held our first-ever District Elementary Geography Bee on April 17 at CMS West. Congratulations to Mockingbird Elementary for winning the competition. The Mockingbird Team consisted of: Rohan George, Naisha Kalra, Zaima Khan, Sneha Patil, Dhruv Sriram, Nihal Sunder and Ohm Patel. The team was coached by GT teacher Ann Carlsson, Librarian Julie Mosty and Third Grade Teacher Gina Pletcher.
CISD Athletics Update
As the school year comes to an end in a month, the spring sports teams are getting ready to wrap up their season.
The varsity cheerleading team traveled to Honolulu, HI, on April 17-20 to compete in the Aloha Spirit Championships. On the final day of competition the Cowgirls performed a difficult routine to capture the first place medal.
The baseball team will close out its regular season this weekend and is currently in second place in the district. The softball team is headed to the playoffs and the Cowgirls will face Keller in the Bi-District Championship on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Colleyville Heritage High School.
The boys and girls track and field teams continued their strong performance at the Area meet last week and boys finished second while the girls placed third. Senior Corbin Hicks won shot-put and discus titles while junior Jackson Walker captured the 800 meters. Both Hicks and Walker along with numerous other athletes from both boys and girls teams are headed to the regionals on April 26-27 for a chance to qualify for the State Championship Meet.
The girls golf team placed second at the district tournament and wrapped up the season with a fourth place finish at the regional tournament on April 23. Freshman Lauren Rios shot a two-day total of 146 and tied for 5th at the regional.
CISD announces first ever Distinguished Alumni Awards
On April 23, 2018, Superintendent Brad Hunt presented four Coppell ISD alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Awards at the Coppell ISD Education Foundation Recognition Banquet. This new recognition for CISD graduates is for individuals, living or deceased, who have made significant accomplishments and maintain high standards in personal integrity and character. They also must be an outstanding leader in his/her field and/or show service to his/her community through local, state, national or international organizations.
The four individuals chosen for this year’s awards are Jacob Schick, Dr. Toral Patel, Clay Phillips and Pete Wilson.
To read more about each of their accomplishments, click here.
Mockingbird Kindergartners Thank CMS East Construction Crew
Led by teachers Shelby Thompson, Joni Taylor and Cyndi Carlton, kindergartners from Mockingbird Elementary showed their appreciation for the construction crew working at their neighbor school, CMS East. The kindergartners baked cookies, wrote thank you notes and brought over a sign to thank the construction crew for their hard work and dedication in building the expansion at CMS East. This random act of kindness by the teachers and learners shows these construction workers that they and their work matter to even the youngest of students.
CISD Seeks School Nurses & Crossing Guards
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. Visitwww.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 at CHS9 .
Indian American Festival in Cypress Waters May 4
Come see members of the CHS Band, which will perform as part of the Indian American Festival in Cypress Waters May 4.
New Tech Open Enrollment Meetings
Upcoming STAAR Testing Dates
Register for the Coppell ISD Education Foundation Run to Fund 5K and 1-mile Fun Run before prices increase on May 4th!
Register now for May 11 CEF Run to Fund
Join us on Saturday, May 11th at Andy Brown Park East for a fun, community event and the largest 5K in Coppell.
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. Proceeds from the Run to Fund support our classroom grant program. Register at http://coppellisdef.com/run-to-fund-2019
Race categories and current pricing:
5K - CISD Student, Staff or Alumni $30
5K - General $35
1-mile Fun Run $25 (Fun Run for ages 5 & under - Free but does not include race t-shirt and registration is required.)
- April 29 - Regular Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
- May 9 - Bond Oversight Committee meeting - 6:30 p.m.
- May 11 - CEF Run to Fund
- May 13 - Board Workshop - 6:00 p.m.
- May 20 - Regular Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
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