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    CISD Internal Newsletter - October 18, 2019

    Health & Wellness

    • Wilson Elementary staff and students are wearing pink every Wednesday in October - during Breast Cancer Awareness Month - to show support for one of their own. Fifth grade educator Karen Clinkscales was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days before this school year started. Shown here with her class of warriors, these Rangers only have one message: “Give Cancer the Boot!”


    • This year’s Go Red District Heart Challenge kicks off for all CISD Employees later this month! “Hearty” will return for some surprise campus visits. Watch for important wellness messaging posters and the sample shirts. Mr. Hunt has again agreed to make a "jeans & the Go Red t-shirt day" every Monday in February for a “Month of Mondays” during American Heart Month. 

    Safety & Security Update 

    • Red RibbonDuring the Red Ribbon Week campaign, Oct. 21-25, Coppell ISD will participate in the annual drug awareness effort this year dubbed, Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.” The National Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985 in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico. A few friends and family members wore red ribbons to honor “Kiki’s” battle against drugs and raise awareness of the killing and destruction they were causing in America. The red ribbon idea “stuck” and today, the Red Ribbon Campaign serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in a variety of drug prevention activities.
    • CISD AlertCISD will conduct a test of the CISD Alert emergency notification system Thursday, Oct. 24, starting at 4:30 p.m. At that time, all CISD parents, guardians, employees and substitute teachers should receive a text, phone call, email and push notification via the CISD App about the CISD Alert test. All CISD middle and high school students will receive a message to their CISD email about the CISD Alert test. This is only a test.
    • Thanks to our trusted partners — the Irving Fire Department — for being great collaborators with our Canyon Ranch nurses!

    Irving Fire Department

    Did You Know?

    • ToddTodd Sissom, Director of Technical Services, deserves a big “shout out” for his recent technology certification success. Todd earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certification from CoSN (Consortium for School Networking), and is 1 of only 57 in the State of Texas to do so. The CETL certification is based on CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO and demonstrates knowledge defining the skill areas critical to today's education technology leaders: leadership and vision, understanding the educational environment, and managing technology and support resources.
    • Last year’s Spring Gardening course was so successful that a half-day Fall Training workshop has been added. This course, taught by Master Gardeners, is designed for all School Garden Educators. CMS West will host the workshop on Friday, Nov. 1, in the LGI Room starting at 8 a.m. Seats are limited to 2 per campus. RSVP to Alicia Braun at abraun@coppellisd.com.
    • A single bulb for some of the technology equipment offered in the Board Room at the Vonita White Administration Building can cost up to $1,000 to replace. All are welcome, but if you use the room for meetings, please remember to turn the lights and all technology “off” when you leave.

    People on the Move

    CISD welcomes the following recent new hires to the district:

    • Rafael Alfaro, Assistant Director of Maintenance and Grounds;
    • Stephanie Gross, ESL Aide at Town Center Elementary and Cottonwood Creek Elementary;
    • Jeyanthini Maria, Active Learning Aide at Coppell High School; and
    • Vivian McEwen, Accounts Payable Lead.

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

    More Important Dates 

    • This week, Denton Creek Elementary learners celebrated National School Lunch Week with a special “Boo” berry pizza. The fun recipe was submitted for a contest last spring by Alicia Braun, CISD Child Nutrition Dietician and Menu Planner, and she won. A local blueberry farmer heard the news and offered to provide the berries, so Alicia could perform the taste “test” at DCE. The recipe included pizza dough brushed with yogurt then topped with mixed berries. These kindergartners gave it an A+!


    • School Board Meeting - Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m.
    • Super Teacher and TOYSuperTeacher nominations are due by Oct. 31.
    • Campus Teacher of the Year nominations are due to principals by Nov. 8.
    • Dallas Mavs Teacher Appreciation Night is coming up on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. when our Mavs play the Knicks! All educators, friends, and family can enjoy a special discount on tickets by going to www.mavsgroup.com/mavsteach1920!

    November is Education Foundation Month

    Give 4 Grants

    This year the Coppell ISD Education Foundation received 59 grant requests totaling $180,000 as part of the Give for Grants program. Visit www.Give4GrantsCISD.org to view all classroom grants submitted by Coppell ISD educators.

    Remember: You can support your campus by creating and sharing social media posts, including grant links in your teacher newsletters and by sharing links in emails to parents. Grant links can be found on each grant campaign. Please follow CISD’s online Fundraising Guidelines - “All employees shall be prohibited from using the name, image, logo, or mascot of the District, a campus, or any student to solicit web-based donations.” Here are a couple of good examples of acceptable social media posts: 1) “The @coppellisdef enhances learning for every student at every school every day. Want to contribute to their cause and impact our students? Check out this grant request. (Insert a link to your grant)” 2) “Want to make an impact on student learning at our campus? Check out this grant request submitted to the @coppellisdef Give for Grants campaign. (Insert a link to your grant).”


    Oct. 21-25
    Red Ribbon Week

    Oct. 23
    Homecoming Parade
    6:30 p.m.
    W. Parkway Blvd.

    Pep Rally
    Buddy Echols Field - will begin at the conclusion of the parade and open to the public

    Oct. 24
    CISD Alert Test
    4:30 p.m.

    Oct. 25 
    Homecoming Football 
    Coppell vs. Irving High
    7:00 p.m.
    Buddy Echols Field

    Oct. 28
    Regular Board Meeting
    7:00 p.m.

    Nov. 1
    Fall Training for School Gardeners
    8:00 a.m.
    CMS West

    Board Meeting
    Red Ribbon week
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