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Dear CISD Families,
I hope you enjoy this weekend with your family,
New Assessment for K-9th Learners
CISD is excited to be implementing a new assessment tool this school year called the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), which will help measure growth and skill mastery for our Kindergarten-9th grade learners. Your child/ren will be taking the online assessment twice during the school year. Once during our fall testing window and once during our spring testing window. Our fall testing window currently is open, and we are now working to ensure all of our educators have access to the data and a clear understanding of how they can use the data in order to differentiate instruction to support overall learners needs. Our Kinder-2nd grade learners are taking a reading and math assessment. Our 3rd-8th grade learners are taking a reading, math and science assessment, and our 9th grade learners are taking a reading and math assessment. Our campuses will be working with all of our families on sharing the data during the month of October. Until then, here is a link to the MAP Parent Toolkit that gives insight into what you will receive about your child’s assessment data. Link: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/
Grading Expectations + Final Exams
We know that our wonderful CISD educators were able to discuss grading practices and expectations during our Curriculum Nights this fall. We also want to share these again for our families as a reference. Click here to view the elementary expectations and here to view the secondary expectations. As you read over the document for secondary expectations, you will notice that the district is not having final exams for our middle school or high school campuses this year.
As the expectations state, "No semester exams or spring final exams will be given in 6th-12th grade. Educators will have a summative assessment that will be part of their 2nd and 4th nine week grades designed to comprehensively measure overall growth. These will be given near the end of the 2nd and 4th nine weeks, and the reassessment practice does not apply to these summative assessments.”
We hope to relieve some of the overall pressure with assessments, since a majority of our state testing (STAAR, End of Course Exams, IB and AP Exams, etc.) occurs in the final weeks of our school year.
Sept. 18 Lunch Bites Focuses on Community-Based Accountability System
CISD is launching a new Facebook Live series called “Lunch Bites” to engage with our community. This is a series that can be viewed over lunch and will feature 20 minutes of video content followed by a 10 minute question and answer session live on Facebook. Our first Lunch Bites is Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 11:30 a.m. will focus on Community-Based Accountability System and why CISD is adopting this program. View Lunch Bites at www.facebook.com/coppellisd.
Food Tickets Available for CISD Oct. 4 Community Tailgate
CISD invites our community to join us for our 3rd Annual Community Tailgate Friday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to game kickoff at 7 p.m. The tailgate will be held in the parking lot of Buddy Echols field at Coppell High School in front of the tennis courts. Dinner from Hard 8 BBQ will be available for $5, which includes either a turkey or beef sandwich, two sides and a drink. The only way to guarantee a meal is to purchase tickets in advance by the end of the day Sept. 30. To purchase a ticket, visit https://www.schoolpay.com. We also will be celebrating the district’s 60th birthday with a Pop Up Party at the Community Tailgate. Join us in celebrating CISD and supporting our Cowboys as they play Hebron High School. Game tickets are still required to enter Buddy Echols Field to watch the game. We ask that parents attend the game with their elementary or middle school children.
CHS Sidekick Newspaper Chosen as NSPA Pacemaker Finalist
Congrats to the 2018-2019 Coppell High School Sidekick newspaper staff, who has been named a 2019 National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Newspaper Pacemaker finalist. The Sidekick is one of eight finalists from Texas and one of 49 national finalists. The Sidekick is the only public school finalist from the DFW Metroplex, and one of only four public schools finalists in the state. NSPA Pacemakers are the highest national honors given to high school journalism programs. Coppell Student Media won NSPA Online Pacemakers in 2017 and 2018, while CHS KCBY-TV won NSPA Broadcast Pacemakers in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Prior to this year, Sidekick has been named a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist in 2002 and 2018. Newspaper Pacemaker winners will be announced Nov. 23 at the NSPA Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., at the Journalism Education Association/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention.
New CISD Volunteer Application + Background Check System
New for the 2019-20 school year, CISD is using a new application and background check process for all volunteers in the District using the same software used for employee background checks. In order to upgrade the security of your personal information, you should remember these four steps of the process: 1) create an account (setting up a new secure username and password), 2) fill out a volunteer application/background check form 3) receive a confirmation email that your application has been received and 4) receive approval of your background check. If you don’t receive an email confirming your application is received, this may mean that you only have created an account and have not filled out an application. Please visit coppellisd.com/volunteer and click on “Volunteer Application and Background Check Forms" to complete the application and background check at least 10 days in advance before you volunteer.
CISD Seeks Crossing Guards CISD is looking for Crossing Guards for the 2019-2020 school year. Starting pay is $12 per hour Apply at www.coppellisd.com/Page/14460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coppell Education Foundation Super Star Nominations Due Sept. 27 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 deadline for the first round of Super Star nominations this year is Friday, Sept. 27. 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 and to nominate a Super Star. Click here for a link to the nomination form.
Sept. 18 - Grand Opening Celebration Canyon Ranch Elementary 9 a.m.
Sept. 18 - 11:30 a.m. Lunch Bites via Facebook Live www.facebook.com/coppellisd.
Sept. 23 - Regular CISD Board Meeting 7 p.m
Oct. 4 - Community Tailgate at Buddy Echols Field
Oct. 11 - First Grading Period Ends/Professional Development Day (No School)
Oct. 14 - Columbus Day Holiday (No School)
In this Issue:
Start your day the healthy way – by walking or biking! Trade in traffic for a safe, outdoor route to school along one of our beautiful trails. With more than 14 miles of trails, there are plenty of ways to stay active in Coppell. Check out the interactive map at coppelltx.gov/routestoschool!
At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, we provide comprehensive healthcare services to help you and your family get better. And because we care about building a healthier community, we’re renovating our hospital to fit your needs as they grow. Learn more at BSWHealth.com/Irving.
Interested in learning more about pursuing a degree from GCU? You are invited to find out about your opportunities to earn your next degree and learn more from our enrollment representatives. Learn More!
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