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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.”
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 by 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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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