May 22, 2019
Dear CISD Families,
Over this past school year, Coppell ISD has celebrated the many ways in which our students, educators, campuses and broader CISD community are living out our Core Values of Engagement, Relationships, Great Teaching and Redefining Success via our “Cover Story” campaign. Through this initiative, we have seen inspiring examples of how our schools and administration are building relationships with our learners, how our business and parent communities are supporting our schools and a great number of examples of great teaching being experienced by our learners every day.
We now move into the next phase of our Strategic Design process with a focus on the Redefining Success Core Value. We want to share more Cover Stories from our community that showcase Redefining Success. To do this, we need your help. Please answer the call to action in our Cover Story below and share your #CISDCoverStory with examples of Redefining Success by telling us what it means to you. In doing so, you will help all of our students realize the full value statement of, “We value each individual's contribution because success can be different for everyone.”
Personally, I measure success in being a good husband, father and leader of this amazing district and community I call home. I strive to be a little better today than I was yesterday, to constantly learn and grow, and I am committed to developing the leadership and talents of our educators and students in CISD. My favorite part of my job is seeing our students and educators learn, thrive and grow. When a child finds their passion and becomes better at something they love, or when you observe a teenager choosing kindness, or engaging in service, and when teachers discover ways to better educate a child and share these with their colleagues — these stories are inspiring and deserve to be told. It is my privilege to be a part of these stories and to work with our community to ensure everyone in our district succeeds in the areas that matter most to them.
Thank you for being a part of the 2018-2019 CISD Story, and enjoy your summer!
Safety & Security Update: Stranger Safety
While the Coppell Police Department investigates the incident of a CMS East student being approached by a stranger while walking home May 15, and with summer break approaching, parents and guardians should remind your children about basic safety precautions when it comes to strangers. It is always a good idea to avoid walking outside alone, and children should never go with or get into the vehicle of someone they don’t know. If approached or asked to get into a vehicle by a stranger, children should run away in the opposite direction the vehicle is facing and immediately tell a trusted adult.There are a number of good resources online for parents to use when talking with their children about stranger safety. One such resource can be found at: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/social-emotional-skills/talking-about-stranger-safety.
CISD Technology Update & New Device Fee Information
The CISD Long Range Plan for Technology Committee recently presented its 2019-2023 plan to the CISD Board of Trustees. The plan calls for iPad pencils and keyboard cases for all middle school, CHS9 and CHS students. Bring your own device will continue for 10-12 graders at CHS to be used in conjunction with district-issued iPads. New Tech High @ Coppell students will continue to use Macbooks. Along with the expectation of learners bringing their district issued device to school each day, there will be a standard fee that each learner must pay. This fee will help with covering issues that learners and families have had in the past with broken devices, lag time for fixes and lost cords or chargers, and also help with our overall sustainability of devices in the district. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, all middle school, CHS9 and Coppell High School parents or guardians will pay a $25 non-refundable annual Device Fee. All New Tech High @ Coppell parents or guardians will pay a $40 non-refundable annual Device Fee. Visit www.coppellisd.com/devicefee for details.
CISD Board Swears in Trustees, Elects Board Officers
During the Coppell ISD Board meeting on May 20, Trustees Leigh Walker (Place 1), Manish Sethi (Place 2) and Anthony Hill (Place 3) were sworn in to office. Since no one filed to run against these incumbent trustees, the election was canceled, and they each were automatically reelected to a three year term on the Board. Trustees also elected the following as Board Officers during the meeting: Thom Hulme (Place 4) as President, David Caviness (Place 5) as Vice President and Nichole Bentley (Place 6) as Secretary. For more information on the May 20 CISD Board of Trustees Meeting, visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/12602.
Stephanie Flores Selected as Director of Intervention Services
The CISD Board of Trustees approved Stephanie Flores as the district’s new Director of Intervention Services during their meeting May 20. Stephanie has served as the Coordinator of Special Education for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD since 2015. Prior to that, she was an Educational Diagnostician and teacher in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, where she served as a resource teacher, special education team leader and as a fourth grade teacher. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Austin College. She also is certified as a principal, educational diagnostician and in special education. She will start her new position in CISD July 1.
Cowboys Place 2nd & 8th at State Track Meet
CHS Junior Jackson Walker finished 2nd in state in the 800m, while Senior Corbin Hicks placed 8th in both the Shot Put and Discus. Congratulations to these Cowboys for their amazing finishes at state!
Wilson Elementary Named Great Expectations School
Congratulations to Wilson Elementary Principal Cooper Hilton and his team for being named as a Great Expectations Model School for the 6th consecutive year! The Great Expectations Program represents an approach to learning meant to empower teachers to expect and to get the best from students. The basic principles of the program include: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success.
Correction: CHS Prom King and Queen
The May 10 issue of Informed misidentified the names of the CHS Prom King and Queen. Congratulations to the CHS Prom King Taj Gregory and Queen Jade Walker!
CHS Artists Join Renowned Artist to Paint Mural in Cypress Waters
Excerpt from the CHS Sidekick student newspaper article by Pramika Kadari, a junior and Copy Editor for The Sidekick. Photos by sophomore Lilly Gorman.
Setting down her paintbrush, professional artist Mary Lacy descends the staircase and steps back a few feet to gaze at the progress of her large, collaborative mural – a geometric design on the walls of a pump house in Cypress Waters. Click here for the full story from The Sidekick.
Share Your Redefining Success Cover Story
One of CISD’s Strategic Design priority strategies we are seeking to develop, which aligns with our Redefining Success Value, is: “In what ways might we elevate measures of success beyond grades.” While grades are important, they are only one measure of learning. We at CISD do not believe grades alone equal success for our learners. Each individual student at CISD brings with them talents, passions and interests that we want to help them invest in, explore and celebrate. Therefore, we are asking our parents, students, educators, staff and community to share their own redefining success stories or those of our students with the district. We also ask you to tell us what Redefining Success means to you. You can do this via social media with the hashtag #CISDCoverStory or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. By expanding our spotlight to share these stories, we are living out the full Redefining Success Value, which states, “We value each individual's contribution because success can be different for everyone.” We are also beginning the first steps of working together to solve the big, audacious goal of “elevating success beyond grades.”
Wilson Students Raises Money for Service Dog for Lakeside Student
As a part of an economics unit, Wilson 3rd grade students create original products to sell for real money at the school’s annual Economics Fair. “Our learners’ parents invest by purchasing the materials for students to make their products, and the kids must pay their parents back with their earned profits, so the project is pretty comparable to running a business,” said Sarah Gambill, a 3rd grade teacher at Wilson. “We also spend some time discussing philanthropy and how giving back to your community can make a great impact on others.” A student's parent brought Lakeside 3rd grader Adaline Arnold to the attention of Wilson students. Adaline has a ultra-rare skin condition called Stiff Skin Syndrome that she has had since birth. The condition limits her mobility, specifically in her hips and legs, in significant ways. Her family is in the middle of applying for a service dog to help Adaline. The Wilson students raised more than $600 and donated the money Adaline's Journey to help fund a service dog for her. “We loved that the organization the kids voted for was local, and Adaline and her family were able to come to the school to receive the donations,” Gambill said. “Learning about economics is important, but even more important is to show our children how what they do matters, so they can see first-hand the light they can bring to those in need.”
School Lunch Accounts Information
Any balance remaining on a student’s lunch account when school ends May 23 will be carried over to the next school year. The balance will follow the student to the school that he or she will be attending in 2019-2020.
State Assessment Results Access Codes to be Emailed to Parents
The Texas Education Agency has moved to an electronic delivery method of sharing state testing results. If your child has taken a state test (e.g. STAAR, STAAR EOC, STAAR ALT 2, TELPAS, or TELPAS ALT) you may obtain your child’s state testing results by accessing the state’s Parent Portal at texasassessment.com, once results are available. You will need your child’s unique student access code and birthdate to access results. CISD will send you an email with your child’s access code once state testing results are available.
School Supply and PTO Registration Information for 2019-2020
With boundary realignment, many of our families will be attending new schools in 2019-2020. School supply order information for the next school year is available from each school’s Parent Teacher Organization as a service to each school and not as a fundraiser. School supply lists also are available from the PTO sites should families wish to purchase their own supplies. Registering for your 2019-2020 school’s PTO is encouraged, so families can receive important back-to-school information and other messages from the school. Click on the links below to connect to the PTO for your school for 2019-2020.
- Coppell High School / CHS9
- New Tech High @ Coppell
- CMS East
- CMS North
- CMS West
- Austin Elementary
- Canyon Ranch Elementary
- Cottonwood Creek Elementary
- Denton Creek Elementary
- Lakeside Elementary
- Lee Elementary
- Mockingbird Elementary
- Pinkerton Elementary
- Town Center Elementary
- Valley Ranch Elementary
- Wilson Elementary
Ed Foundation Interactive STEAM Camp June 17-20
There is still time to sign up for the Coppell ISD Education Foundation 5th annual hands-on learning STEAM camp “Interactive Institute," but spots are limited to the first 100 rising 7th and 8th grade students. It is almost full, so sign up soon. We are excited to be partnering with businesses in the area who are creating and teaching innovative curriculum based on their corporate field. The Corporate Partners this year are: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Capital One, architecture firm Corgan, financial institution DTCC, IBM, iCode Coppell, North Lake Community College, S2 Art Studio and State Farm Insurance.
For more information, visit http://www.coppellisdef.com/r-b-interactive-institute
CISD Summer Hours
CISD will begin its summer hours starting Monday, June 3. CISD will be open Monday through Thursday and be closed on Friday each week June 3 - July 26. CISD will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, for the Independence Day holidays. CISD campuses also will have summer hours. Please visit your campus website to determine when it is open this summer. The district’s normal operating hours will resume July 29.
- May 23 - Last Day of School/Early Dismissal
- May 24 - New Tech Graduation, 3 p.m., Irving Bible Church
- May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday
- May 28 - CHS Graduation, 3 p.m., UNT
- June 10 - Board Workshop
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