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    CISD Internal Newsletter - December 13, 2019

    Share Input on CISD Calendar Options 

    CalendarYour feedback is important as CISD considers academic calendar options for the 2020-2021 School Year. Please express your preference between Option 1, Option 2 or Option 3 by taking the district’s survey now through Jan. 6, 2020. The CISD Board of Trustees is set to approve the 2020-2021 CISD Calendar at its Jan. 13, 2020, Board Meeting. The option selected for 2020-2021 will be duplicated for the 2021-2022 academic calendar. To see the calendar options and take the survey, visit www.coppellisd.com/calendaroptions.

    Congratulations GEMs and TOYs

    Congratulations to CISD’s recently announced Great Employees who Matter (GEMs) and to all the 2019 Campus Teachers of the Year (TOYs). GEMs will be recognized in a special ceremony before the Dec. 16 Board Meeting, starting at 5:15 p.m. Campus TOYs are continuing to be announced today and will be recognized by the Board of Trustees during the Jan. 13 Board Meeting.

    GEMSCanyon Ranch Elementary: Kindergarten Teacher Sarah Gooding and Third Grade Teacher Katie Cassidy; Cottonwood Creek Elementary: Fourth Grade Teacher Maddie Runyan, Art Teacher Rachel Millikin and Music Teacher Amy White; Lakeside Elementary: Librarian Skye Bryant, Pre-K Teacher Maci Nichols and PE Teacher Cindy Bladl; R.J. Lee Elementary: Third Grade Designer Megan Schlossstein, First Grade Designer Layne Dennis and Art Teacher Jessica Floyd; Valley Ranch Elementary: Third Grade Teacher Nadya Gulam; Wilson Elementary: Fifth Grade Educator Karen Clinkscales and Second Grade Teacher Jo LeBlanc; CMS North: Registrar Sara Sims; CHS9: Biology Teacher Laronna Doggett; CHS: English Teacher Courtney Orloff and Special Education Department Head Stephanie Fleischauer and CISD Adaptive PE Teacher Angela Campbell.

    TOYAustin Elementary: Fifth Grade Teacher Ashley Rhodes; Canyon Ranch Elementary: Third Grade Teacher Ashley Hernandez; Cottonwood Creek Elementary: Special Education Teacher Jamie Sever; Denton Creek Elementary: Special Education Teacher Kylen Sherrod; Lakeside Elementary: Kindergarten Teacher Kirby Leonard; R.J. Lee Elementary: Second Grade Designer Samantha Jensen; Mockingbird Elementary: PE Teacher Jason Gray; Pinkerton Elementary: Fifth Grade Teacher Erin Baker; Town Center Elementary: Fifth Grade Teacher Renee Foroodi; Valley Ranch Elementary: Special Education Teacher Catherine Brose; Wilson Elementary: First Grade Teacher Kelly Clay; CMS East: Social Studies Teacher Stephen Danby; CMS North: Special Education Teacher Keith Wright; CMS West: Math Teacher Sanela Pjetrovic; CHS9: GT/Honors English Teacher Summer Ward; Coppell High School: IB Diploma Programme Coordinator Michael Brock; and New Tech High @ Coppell: English Teacher Zane Porter.

    Curriculum Connection

    Update on Professional Learning
    As our Feb. 14, 2020, Professional Development Day approaches, here’s a preview of the session topics that have been proposed, and we hope you will consider the opportunity to help facilitate. Over the upcoming holiday, think about spending some time practicing self-reflection, becoming highly aware of what brings you joy, or how you cope with possible barriers to your joy. Then, submit that idea to facilitate!

    Professional Learning

    As you can see, the range of topics to be covered is wide and diverse. The survey conducted by the Professional Learning Department showed a large interest in strategies for practicing self-care and mindfulness, participating in physical activity and the arts, among many other topics.

    Potential facilitators should note:

    • Partnering with a colleague to facilitate is possible and encouraged.
    • You will need to state the number of times you would like to facilitate, so the District can support you in achieving a learning/leading balance.
    • Sessions can be very informal and organic. You may not require a slide deck or presentation, depending on your topic and personal preference.
    • Q&A sessions with Professional Learning Director Brooke Sims have been calendared and will be made available to you if you choose to present.
    • Flex and SBEC credit will be granted in the increment of your session length, if you facilitate.
    • If you have already submitted an idea, you do not need to complete the form below again.

    If you are ready to commit to share - please complete this form as soon as possible and share your session details with Brooke Sims. If you have any questions, please reach out to her. Any and all ideas and feedback are valued.

    Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, is Sam Rayburn Day in memory of the great Texas and American statesman, Sam Rayburn. Sam Rayburn Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate programs in the public schools to commemorate the birthday of Sam Rayburn (Gov’t. Code 662.041). Social Studies teachers are highly encouraged to explore the Sam Rayburn Day page from our Recognition Days Resources in Schoology.


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    Health & Wellness Updates 

    Remember: Your Fall Semester 1 Medical Alert Team (MAT) Drill is due before the Holiday Break.

    District Heart Challenge GO RED Tip of the Month
    GO RED, a CISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) initiative, is a Staff Wellness campaign that reminds us of ways to get and live a healthy life. Our Heart-Healthy Tip for the holidays: Increase your physical activity. This one small change can yield big results: minimize the stress of shopping, and burn off those “extra eating” calories that often come during the break. Walking just 30 minutes-a-day will make a significant difference, and yes, those shopping steps DO count! Learn more by visiting www.heart.org.

    You can show your support for heart health by ordering your Go Red t-shirt (credit card only) and enjoy a Month of Mondays in February - American Heart Month - all at the same time! Simply text DHCCOPPELL to 41444. CISD is championing healthy habits, because YOU MATTER!

    Flu Season

    Flu season has begun earlier than usual this winter and the Health Department tells us that Dallas County is beginning to experience high levels of illness. Now, is a good time to review important information to prevent cases of flu in students and staff:

    • Symptoms of flu usually include fever with cough or sore throat, and sometimes a runny nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
    • Students AND staff must stay home with symptoms of the flu and should not return to school until they no longer have a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Individuals with fever are still infectious and can easily pass the virus to others.
    • Remind students to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer regularly. Create opportunities within the school day for students to wash their hands frequently. Continue to teach children to cover their cough with their elbow, and to avoid touching their face.
    • The most effective way to prevent the flu is the flu vaccine! It is not too late!
    • For more information about the flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

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    Safety & Security Update

    • Vaping and its effects on the development of the lungs and brain (esp. among youth) are continuing to make national news and the alarming number of related hospital admissions and deaths has even prompted a position outcry from the Centers for Disease Control. Thanks to Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt and Jennifer Villines, Director of Student and Staff Services, for their recent contributions on the subject featured in the Winter edition of ATPE News magazine. The issue is posted online on the ATPE website, including the feature, "Warning: Our Schools Contain Vaping."
    • The final required live training session on Navigate Prepared is coming up for all employees of the Vonita White Administration Building, Brock, and the Service Center in December. If you missed the previous sessions, there’s still time to sign-up for this last session offered: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9 - 11 a.m. (Brock/Training Room)

    The Navigate Prepared training is mandatory, and you do not have to be an employee in that particular building to attend the training offered there. Please bring a device (laptop, iPad, phone) that you intend on using in an emergency situation. Navigate Prepared is available as a phone, (iPad) app, or PC/laptop. You will need to sign-up in Eduphoria.

    Did You Know?

    • BraedenLakeside Elementary Third Grade student, Braeden Johnston (pictured here with her teacher and former skater Teri Keith), is redefining her success. She’ll be joining the Dallas Stars Hockey players down on the ice at tonight’s matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights for the singing of the National Anthem. Braeden has played hockey for the Dallas Stars Metro House League for nearly two years and is the only girl on her team. She likes to see the surprise on their faces when they realize she can really play. Her home rink is in Farmers Branch because “the crowd’s close to the ice and they really get into it!” Braeden enjoys shootouts, hat tricks, and wears the same jersey number as her coach did when he played in the NHL.
    • The Dallas Mavericks are offering a Teacher Appreciation Night the first week of January 2020. Join the Mavs on Wed. Jan. 8, 2020, during this fun night for educators, friends, and family. Teachers can take advantage of a special discount on tickets by going to www.mavsgroup.com/mavsteach1920 and all attendees can shoot a free throw on the Mavs court after the game!
    • If CISD closes schools due to inclement weather, the decision to close will be made as early in the morning as possible, but no later than 5 a.m. If the district closes, you will receive a CISD Alert via phone call, text, email, and a push notification sent through the CISD Mobile App. Messages will also be on CISD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. A yellow banner announcing the closing also will appear at the top of the CISD and all campuses homepages.

    People on the Move

    CISD welcomes the following recent new hire to the district:

    • Kristine Williams, Digital Learning Coach. 

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

    CEF Logo

    The Coppell ISD Education Foundation’s Give for Grants was a resounding success, raising close to $19,000 for CISD classroom grants. THANK YOU to all educators, principals and administrators who supported CEF’s fundraising efforts for CISD and contributed to that success. Be looking for the CEF Grant Patrol to visit your campus before the holiday break!


    TODAY - Dec. 13
    CISD's Holiday Open House
    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Administration Building

    CISD Pop-Up Party at CMS North
    5:00 p.m.

    Dec. 16
    Regular Board Meeting
    7:00 p.m.
    Board Room

    Dec. 18
    Special Board Meeting
    7:30 a.m.
    Board Room

    Dec. 20
    Early Dismissal

    Dec. 23 - Jan. 3
    Winter Break

    Jan. 8
    Dallas Mavericks' Teacher Appreciation Night

    Jan. 13
    Regular Board meeting
    7:00 p.m.
    Board Room

    Board Meeting
    Early Release
    Winter Break
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