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    CISD Internal Newsletter - September 6, 2019

    Human Resources Reminder

    Review and sign the 2019-20 Employee Handbook in Talent Ed Records by Friday, Sept. 20. (The login is the same as your CISD network login.) If you are a new employee and signed the employee handbook upon hire, please review the recently updated version and digitally sign the form. Contact Kelly Mires, Executive Director of Human Resources, or Jennifer Villines, Director of Student and Staff Services, if you have questions about a policy or procedure in the new 2019-20 Employee Handbook.

    Your Benefits 

    • Flexible Spending Account - If you RE-ENROLLED, your cards were loaded with your new funds on Sept. 1. If you enrolled for the first time, cards are headed your way.
    • Sick Leave Bank - Enrollment period is now open, please return your form to the Benefits Office by Tuesday, Oct. 1.
    • Benefits Website - https://benefits.ffga.com/coppellisd


    We are looking forward to our first home football game of the year! Please remember the following safety and security procedures at Buddy Echols Field:

    • All visitors at varsity football games at Buddy Echols Stadium will be searched by portable metal detecting wands before entering the stadium at all entrances.
    • Backpacks are prohibited. No exceptions.
    • Only small purses (4.5” x 6.5”), diaper bags, camera bags, and medical bags are allowed in the stadium. All personal items are subject to search at the gate and if deemed allowable will be tagged with a color band.
    • Fans, officials and event staff are asked to avoid bringing any bags, if possible.
    • There is no “re-entry” once a person leaves the stadium.
    • Sideline passes are REQUIRED to be on the field during the game. No exceptions.
    • For safety reasons, spectators are restricted from entering the field before, during, or immediately after the game.

    Click here for additional information.

    Metrocrest School Donation Drives Underway

    MetrocrestMetrocrest Social Services provides food and household items to nearly 100 children enrolled in Coppell ISD. Please consider helping in this year's campaign as CISD "ROCKS the BOX" with the most donations ever!

    Sept. Requests:

    • 9/3 - 9/13 Participants: Denton Creek and New Tech High @ Coppell; Items Needed: Shampoo, Bar Soap, Toothpaste
    • 9/16 - 9/27 Participant: Administration Building; Items Needed: Canned Meats (incl. chicken, spam, tuna, chili, etc.)
    • 9/30 - 10/11 Participant: Coppell Middle School East; Items Needed: Household Cleaners and Dish Soap

    Curriculum Connection

    • Texas First Responders Day/Sept. 11 - Each public elementary and secondary school will observe one minute of silence at the beginning of the first class period of the day. Prior to that observance, each class instructor shall make a statement of reference to the memory of individuals who died on September 11, 2001. (Ref. TEC 25.0821, and 25.0822) These resources fulfill the requirements of both federal and state laws. Teachers may consult the websites and activities featured in the Recognition Days Resources in Schoology.
    • Celebrate Freedom Week (Sept. 16-20) and Constitution Day (Tuesday, Sept. 17) - Students in Texas public schools grades 3-12 will learn about the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution (including the Bill of Rights), the abolitionist movement, and women’s suffrage (ref. TEC §29.907). Materials and resources are available in Schoology.

    Did You Know?

    • Non-Duty Days and Personal Days require the advance approval of your supervisor and they must be entered 24 hours prior to the requested day(s).
    • It’s time to share your “Cover Story”! When you do, you get a t-shirt, lots of publicity, and a Superintendent salute from Mr. Hunt! 
      Cover Story
      CISD would like to recognize those who are sharing their CISD “Cover Story” with the district and community. So starting this month the Department of Communications and Community Engagement will identify those employees who share their CISD Story as potential recipients of the official “Cover Story” t-shirt. On average, one individual per week will be identified for a shirt. Any CISD staff member who meets the following criteria is eligible to be selected, and we can’t wait to hear your “Cover Story”! Remember:
      • The “Story” must demonstrate living out our CISD Core Values of Engagement, Great Teaching, Redefining Success, and Relationships.
      • The “Story” must be shared on social media channels with Coppell ISD tagged in the post.
    • The acronym “IPM” stands for Integrated Pest Management. It is a strategy that provides quality pest control using the least hazardous chemicals and techniques. IPM is not a particular pest control provider, rather an approach than can be used by a trained and licensed applicator of the State of Texas.* So, employees don’t bring or apply any pesticide or herbicide (including over-the-counter bug sprays, traps, glue boards, etc.), at any CISD campus/building. See Pest Control Treatment Policy CLB, DI (p. 42 of the 2019-2020 Employee Handbook). Click for tips to help stop pesky school pests!
    • You can put a garden to “sleep” over the summer? Master Gardener and 3-E School Garden Grant Coordinator Larry Thompson, shared his secret soil sleep recipe, and says its all about the layers! Pinkerton's garden guru Meghan Hunt knows gardening's an experience - from seed to salad bar - that teaches responsibility, engagement, and collaboration, plus it provides nutritious, sustainable, food and lots of learning! Click here for interviews. 

    People on the Move

    CISD welcomes the following recent new hires to the district:

    • Armando Becerra, Spanish Teacher at Coppell High School;
    • Sandra Sauer, Speech Language Pathologist at the Brock Center;
    • Sloan Shearer, Practical Academics Aide at Town Center Elementary;
    • Aicha Ouedraogo, Transitional Pathways Aide at Coppell High School;
    • Jessieca Bostetter, Special Education Aide at Town Center Elementary.

    The latest district staff vacancies are listed at coppell.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx

     Super Star

    The Coppell ISD Education Foundation’s teacher and student recognition program at the elementary and middle school campuses is up and running! Parents, CISD staff and middle school students can nominate any CISD staff person at their campus who they would like to be considered for a Super Star award. All student nominations will be submitted by CISD staff. Super Star awards will now be given out four times a year, and the first deadline for nominations is Sept. 27. Click HERE to nominate a CISD student or staffClick here. for more information on Super Star program.

    Classroom Grant

    The Coppell ISD Education Foundation grant application window is now open for all CISD educators! This year the application process will be completed with an online fundraising system called Living Tree, allowing more grants to be funded for even more money in your classrooms! The platform is user-friendly and can be shared through social media so that you can easily gain support from the people you know. The application window is open now thru Sept. 27. To get started, complete this quick google form, which will allow us to set-up your user name/account with Living Tree. For more information, visit our website.


    Sept. 6
    Cowboys Football Home Opener
    Coppell vs. L.D. Bell
    7:00 p.m.
    Buddy Echols Field

    FREE admission for all CISD employees with their staff badge.

    CMS West Feeder Night
    All students from CMS West, CRE, Lee and VRE will receive a FREE ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket

    Sept. 11
    Texas First Responders Day

    Sept. 16-20
    Celebrate Freedom Week

    Sept. 17
    Constitution Day

    CEF T-shirt Day

    Sept. 18
    Canyon Ranch Elementary Grand Opening Celebration
    9:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting
    9:30 a.m. Walk-Through

    Sept. 23
    Regular Board Meeting
    7:00 p.m.

    Oct. 4
    Community Tailgate

    Board Meeting
    Cover Story
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