• July 29, 2019
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    Dear CISD Families,

    It is exciting to know that in just over two weeks we will welcome new and returning students on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 14. We are looking forward to establishing and continuing positive relationships with our students and families. This school year will be another exciting and successful year for Coppell ISD, as we open our eleventh elementary school, Canyon Ranch Elementary, as well as celebrate our 60th anniversary!

    I want to take this opportunity to thank our hard working facilities and maintenance staff and construction contracting partners for all of their hard work this summer to ensure that the major construction projects at Coppell High School, CMS East and CMS North, as well as the finishing touches on Canyon Ranch Elementary, remain on schedule. I am happy to report these campuses will be ready to welcome teachers and staff in the next few weeks, and our students on August 14. As a result of your support of our schools, these significant improvements to existing buildings and the additional new elementary campus will provide our students with many opportunities to further their education.

    If you have a child who will ride the bus or even think they might ride the bus at some point this school year, please sign them up for a bus pass as early as possible, so our transportation provider Durham Bus Services can arrange bus routes. Bus pass registration is open now through August 10. In addition, I encourage our families with bus riders to sign up for the Durham Bus Track App, so you can securely track the location of your child(ren)’s bus in relationship to their assigned bus stop and school. You can find details on bus pass eligibility and the App at www.coppellisd.com/bus.

    I hope you have enjoyed your summer break with your families. Though our teachers take some well-deserved time off during the summer, they also take this time to prepare for the upcoming school year through a variety of professional development activities at the local, state and national level, as well as provided by the district. These learning experiences provide them with the opportunity to hone their skills and focus on great teaching. One professional development activity that I am extremely proud of is the CISD led Social and Emotional Learning Conference hosted by the district earlier this month. About 500 of our educators and staff participated in this innovative and engaging conference dedicated to addressing the social and emotional needs of our students. At CISD, we believe in the importance of educating the whole child and ensuring that we equip our teachers with the skills necessary to address the increasingly complex issues our students are experiencing in today’s challenging world. I encourage you to read the article below for additional details about this conference, as well as search social media with the hashtag #CISDLearns to see our teachers’ summer professional development activities.

    As we welcome our new kindergartners, students new to the district and those students who may be attending a different school due to boundary realignment, our 60th school year offers many opportunities to learn and grow from each other as we come together as One Coppell ISD! I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year!

    Sincerely,

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    Brad Hunt

    Superintendent

    District News

    Back to School

    Coppell ISD is excited to welcome our students back to school on Wednesday, August 14! Be sure to visit www.coppellisd.com/backtoschool for resources and information, including details on schedule pick ups for the high schools and middle schools, as well as elementary school meet the teacher night.

    Back-to-School Checklist & Links


    CISD Hosting Facebook Live on Back to School August 7

    FacebookCISD invites the community to join us on Facebook at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, to discuss back to school in a one hour, live video chat. Superintendent Brad Hunt will share an overview of the upcoming school year, and he and our leadership team will take audience questions. The Facebook Live chat can be viewed by accessing the CISD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coppellisd.


    Introducing New Campus Administrators

    CISD is welcoming several new faces, as well as existing staff, to positions as campus administrators for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes Sarah Thornton, who was approved by the CISD Board of Trustees as the new principal of Coppell Middle School West July 22. In addition, the following new campus leaders were hired or moved positions this summer:

    • CHS Assistant Principals Chris Gollner, former Cottonwood Creek AP, Chase Vaughn, former CHS9 AP, and Aylor Rix, former CHS teacher;
    • CHS9 Assistant Principal Nick Coenraad, former CHS AP;
    • CMS East Assistant Principal Angie Hux, former Pinkerton AP;
    • CMS North Assistant Principal Ryan Lam, former CHS AP, and Administrative Intern Courtney Sinclair, former Lee teacher;
    • CMS West Assistant Principals Joseph Smith, former CHS AP, and Josh Howard, former CHS9 teacher;
    • Cottonwood Creek Elementary Assistant Principal Chelsea Price;
    • Lakeside Elementary Assistant Principal Rachel Schneider;
    • Pinkerton Elementary Assistant Principal Amanda Sweeney, former Pinkerton teacher; and
    • Valley Ranch Elementary Assistant Principal Sheryl Dennehy.

    CISD Schools Selected to Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll

    ERP LogoNine CISD schools recently were named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for their high student achievement and success rates. This Honor Roll recognizes schools that have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. Congratulations to CISD Honor Roll schools Coppell Middle School East, Coppell Middle School North, Coppell Middle School West, Denton Creek Elementary, Lakeside Elementary, Mockingbird Elementary, Richard J Lee Elementary, Town Center Elementary and Valley Ranch Elementary!


    Middle School Students Attend STEAM Summer Camps

    Whether it was learning to code, building a Lego robotics or creating engaging art pieces, several CISD middle school students have experienced the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields at camps this summer. These camps included the Coppell ISD Education Foundation’s annual Interactive Institute held in June at Lee Elementary, and the IBM GIGAWOT (Girls Inspired Greatly About the World of Technology) STEM Camp held last week at the IBM Sales Headquarters in Coppell, which was featured on CBS 11.

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    CHS Debaters Place at Nationals

    Congratulations to CHS juniors Het Desai and Shreyas Rajagopal, who finished 13th out of 180 teams at the 2019 National Speech and Debate Association’s Tournament held in late June in Dallas. Each year, the National Speech and Debate Association hosts thousands of students from schools across the U.S. and abroad as part of the largest academic competition in the world.

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    Wilson Engages Community with Summer Pop-Up Library Program

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    Throughout this summer, Wilson Elementary has been encouraging summer reading while helping to combat the summer slide by offering Pop-Up Libraries at various locations throughout Coppell. During these events, hosted by Wilson teachers and staff, school families are able to take books to read and keep at home or exchange at another pop-up library event.

    “These pop-up libraries provide an opportunity for our learners to interact with their teachers and participate in other activities to keep them engaged with the school community over the summer,” Wilson Principal Cooper Hilton said. “Our staff love seeing and catching up with children and their families over the summer through this experience.”

    Wilson has hosted three pop-up libraries so far, with another one planned for July 30th. Each event has averaged having about 65 children attending.

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    CISD Hosts Social and Emotional Learning Conference

    Building on the philosophy that you reach children’s heads through their hearts, about 500 CISD teachers and staff participated in the CISD led Social and Emotional Professional Learning Conference at CMS West July 16-17. These educators spent two days learning how to help our students cope with the increased anxiety and society and pressures our children experience in today’s society. Session topics ranged from how to spot anxiety and depression in students, social and emotional strategies for elementary to high school students, working with gifted and talented learners, and how to develop empathy and teach resilience. Additional topics included restorative discipline tactics for school classrooms and how to engage parents in the social and emotional development of children.

    “I am grateful to work for a district that hosted two full days of professional development sessions centered around social and emotional learning,” said conference attendee Kelly Clay, a first grade teacher at Wilson Elementary. “I’ve always felt that our most important job as educators is to help nurture, foster, build and strengthen our learners.”

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    CISD Seeks Crossing Guards & Child Nutrition Workers

    CISD is looking for crossing guards and Child Nutrition employees for the 2019-2020 school year. Starting pay is $12 per hour for crossing guards and $12.36 per hour for Child Nutrition employees. Apply at www.coppellisd.com/Page/14460.


    2019-2020 Coppell ISD Education Foundation Shirts Available

    It's a new school year, with a new opportunity to purchase your 2019 CEF shirt! By purchasing a shirt, you are supporting CEF and our “Give for Grants” fundraising campaign. The money raised provides CISD educators grants for innovative classroom programs! Shirts are $20 each and can be purchased online at https://coppellisdeducationfoundation.revtrak.net/Annual-Coppell-ISD-Education-Foundation-T-shirts/#/list. The order deadline is Friday, Aug. 23.

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    Upcoming Events

    • Aug. 5 - Special Board Meeting/Budget Workshop 6 p.m.
    • Aug. 7 - Back to School FB Live Event
    • Aug. 12 - Elementary Meet the Teacher Night 6 p.m.
    • Aug. 14 - First Day of School
    • Aug. 26 - Board of Trustees Budget Hearing 5:30 p.m.; Regular Meeting 7 p.m.
    • Aug. 27 - CHS Curriculum Night 6 p.m.; New Tech High @ Coppell Curriculum Night 6:30 p.m.
    • Aug. 28 - Middle School Curriculum Night 6 p.m.
    • Aug. 29 - Elementary School Curriculum Night 5:30 p.m.
    • Sept. 3 - CHS9 Curriculum Night 6 p.m.

     

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