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    Dear CISD Families, 

    As I have shared with you previously, this year Coppell ISD is focusing on our Engagement Core Value.  We are doing so, because as the Value states, “We value collective engagement that positively impacts the lives of our children and our world.”

    A great example of this is our annual tradition of inviting special friends to visit our elementary campuses each year for Special Friends day.  These events create opportunities for our students to show off their work to their special friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and so forth, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

    I also hope you are noticing the enhanced efforts we are making to engage with our community in innovative ways, which also meet you where you are.  Our Feeder Pattern nights at some of our home volleyball and football games are promoting school and community spirit, while adding additional fans to support our Cowgirls and Cowboys!  In addition, our Lunch Bites Facebook Live video series allows us to share information about district topics in an interactive format for you to watch live or view later at your convenience.  Our first Lunch Bites last week on Community-Based Accountability Systems has been viewed by almost 1,000 to date. You can check it out on our Facebook page or the CISD website.  Our next Lunch Bites in October will be on Ethics. I also hope you are enjoying the weekly “Catch Up with Hunt” videos, as I share the news and happenings within CISD with you.  

    I want to end by inviting you to join us at our Third Annual Community Tailgate Oct. 4, which also will serve as a Pop Up Birthday Party for our 60th Anniversary.  This event has become a tradition that I look forward to each year. I want to thank our community partners Andy’s Custard, which is providing a free treat to the first 500 guests, and Coppell Taekwondo Academy, which is sponsoring a selfie photo booth at the event.  This annual event is another opportunity for us to engage with each other, so please use the link provided in the article below to buy your meal tickets in advance of the tailgate. 

    As always, I thank you for your support of our school district.  I hope you enjoy this weekend with your family, 

    Brad Hunt


    Buy Meal Tickets for Oct. 4 Community Tailgate by September 30

    CISD invites our community to join us for our Third 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 b
    y the end of the day Monday, Sept. 30.  To purchase a ticket, visit www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/CISD-Community-Tailgate/SbmIp9B. Limited tickets will be available at the Tailgate. We also will be celebrating the district’s 60th birthday with a Pop Up Party with a free Andy's Custard mini to the first 500 guests and a selfie photo booth provided by Coppell Taekwondo Academy. 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.
    We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary throughout the year with Pop Up Parties across the district. We are looking for business partners that would be willing to partner with us to host the Pop Up parties. If you or your business would like to participate, contact Angela Brown at abrown@coppellisd.com. 
    Board Meeting Update

    The CISD Board of Trustees approved three elementary class-size waiver requests from the Texas Education Agency, which is down from 60 class-size waivers in 2018-2019, and approved the 2019-2020 Campus Improvement Plans during its regular meeting Sept. 23.   For a summary of the meeting, check out the Board Briefs at www.coppellisd.com/Page/16522 or the archived video of the meeting at www.coppellisd.com/page/167.

    Walking + Bike Safety Reminders

    We all should be alert and mindful of student bike riders and walkers at all times, and especially during the heavy traffic of school drop-off and pick-up times. Whether you are a parent or guardian driving your children, or a student who rides a bicycle or walks to school, we appreciate your help and cooperation.  It is important that we all work together to keep our students safe. We also offer the following safety reminders:


    • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available.

    • Before you cross the street, stop and look both ways for traffic.

    • Cross at the intersection at a traffic light or stop sign in the crosswalk or with a crossing guard.

    • Never dart out in front of a parked vehicle.

     Bicycle riders:

    • Bicycle riders should ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.

    • Parents, please require your child to wear a helmet.

    • Bicycle riders should cross at an intersection, traffic light, in the crosswalk or with a crossing guard.

    • Bicycle riders should walk with their bicycle when crossing at an intersection or street.

    Substitute Teacher of the Month

    Congratulations to Gene McMurry, who is CISD’s first Substitute Teacher of the Month!  Each month, the CISD Department of Human Resources will recognize a substitute teacher for the important role he or she plays in educating our children. Mr. McMurry has been a substitute teacher for four years and is always willing to help those hard to fill jobs anywhere he is needed   He is kind and sincere, and the kids adore him on campus. He has a special touch with the special education students, and his kindness and dedication shines through with them. He is always willing to step up to the plate and help any way he can. Mr. McMurry is a staple at Coppell High School, and we appreciate his loyalty and sincerity to CISD. Thank you Mr. McMurry for all that you do!

    CCE Rocks Great Teaching

    As part of an international movement to encourage “Rock Star” teaching and learning, Cottonwood Creek Elementary teachers and staff joined educators from around the world to "Rock Your School" Sept. 19. Cottonwood Creek educators created extraordinary learning experiences encouraging Cottonwood Creek Colts to be Rock Star learners. Way to “Rock it” Cottonwood Creek!

    MKB Celebrates Pinwheels for Peace

    For the past thirteen years, Mockingbird Elementary has celebrated “Pinwheels for Peace.”  This event marks the International Day of Peace by having Mockingbird students create a pinwheel about peace. This year, the pinwheels were “planted” in large peace signs in the school gym.  During the event, several MKB students shared about what peace means to them, and students, parents, teachers and guests in attendance sang songs about what peace means to them.

    Canyon Ranch Holds Grand 
    Opening Celebration

    The “Best is Yet to Come” at Canyon Ranch Elementary, which was sung by the school’s 5th graders during the Sept. 18 Grand Opening Celebration of the district’s 11th elementary school. About 200 guests, including Irving and Coppell elected officials, community partners, parents and CISD officials  attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and community walk-through of the brand new facility that welcomed about 700 students in August. The facility is around 110,000 square-feet and provides a spacious environment for learning. It boasts features like an interior courtyard, a learning balcony, flexible learning spaces, the use of houses to promote collective learning and the use of natural light. Canyon Ranch Elementary Principal Ashley Minton, 2nd grade teacher Kylie Godinez, Superintendent Brad Hunt and Board of Trustees Vice President David Caviness also spoke at the event. Superintendent Hunt thanked the Canyon Ranch Team, CISD staff and construction partners NorthStar and Corigan for the vision, planning and preparation of the facility. He said, “To be able to see this come to life is just a true gift.” Board Vice President Caviness thanked the community for their support of the 2016 voter-approved Bond, which included the new elementary school among its projects. See a live stream of the Grand Opening Celebration on the CISD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coppellisd


    Campuses Celebrate Special Friends Day

    CISD elementary schools are welcoming Special Friends to interact with students throughout the month of September.  These events serve as wonderful engagement opportunities, and our students love to showcase their work and interact with their grandparents or special friends on these days that create memories that will last a lifetime. Sample activities during these days include students interviewing these special guests, performances, videos and sharing letters of thanks and appreciation.

    Algebra II Not Required to Graduate from High School
    A student is not required by state law (Texas Education Code, Section 28.025) to successfully complete Algebra II as a requirement for high school graduation. However, there are potential consequences to a student who does not successfully complete an Algebra II course. Visit https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Graduation_Information for more information.
    GT Testing Dates Changed
    The dates for the Gifted and Talented universal screening for 3rd and 5th grades have been changed to Nov. 11 to Nov. 15*. Families will receive a reminder notification from the district the week prior to the assessment.  *Please note, 3rd and 5th graders at Mockingbird Elementary will assess the week of Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, due to a conflict with their scheduled trip to Allaso Ranch.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Deana Dynis at ddynis@coppellisd.com.
    LOTE Proficiency Assessments Available
    CISD learners are able to take foreign language classes in Mandarin, French, American Sign Language or Spanish to fulfill their two years of foreign language high school graduation requirement. To honor the diverse community in our school district, we are pleased to announce that learners in grades 7-12 may now earn their foreign language credit in more than 30 different languages through a language proficiency assessment. For additional information about the foreign language proficiency assessments and registration/testing dates, visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/523. To register for a proficiency assessment, please contact your campus counselor during the Registration windows noted on the 2019-2020 District Testing Calendar.  The deadline for the first language proficiency assessment is Oct. 3, with three additional registration and testing windows available throughout the school year.
    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 acurry@coppellisd.com.
    Register to Vote by Oct. 7

    Monday, Oct. 7, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 5, 2019 election. To check if you are registered to vote or for more information, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s voting website at www.votetexas.gov. Early voting for the election runs Oct. 21-Nov. 1.
    Coppell Education Foundation Super Star Nominations Due Sept. 27
    The deadline for Super Star nominations is today at 5 pm.  Please 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. 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!  At the elementary level, one student per grade and two staff members are selected. At the middle school level, three students per grade and three staff members are selected. Visit www.coppellisdef.com/super-star for more information about the Super Star program.  Click here for a link to the nomination form.
    Give for Grants

    The Coppell ISD Education Foundation’s Give for Grants fundraiser will kick off on Oct. 15 with a new way to give back to CISD. Educators are creating specific grant requests that you will be able to view on Livingtree.com. You will choose a school, select a grant, donate and make an impact. Stay tuned for more details about how you can make a difference in CISD.
    • Oct. 4  - Community Tailgate - 5:30 p.m.

    • Oct. 7 - Board Workshop - 6:00 p.m.

    • Oct. 11 - First Grading Period Ends/Professional Development Day (No School)

    • Oct. 14 - Columbus Day Holiday (No School) 

    • Oct. 21-25 - Red Ribbon Week

    • Oct. 28 - Board Meeting - Open Session 7:00 p.m.


    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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