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    Dear CISD Families, 

    Happy New Year!  I cannot believe it is 2020; what an exciting time for us as we embark on a new decade and our second semester of this school year.  Typically the beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to reflect and establish goals.  My one word for 2020 is intentional. I want to be more intentional with my time; to be more present in the lives of the people who are most important to me. To be more intentional with my actions in an effort to make an impact and a difference in the lives of others. I want to be more intentional with the implementation of our Core Values of our district. I hope the new year offers you a time of renewal and possibility to achieve whatever defines success for you. 

    January is School Board Appreciation Month and how fortunate are we to have seven incredible leaders who give countless hours of their time and expertise to the betterment of our children and this outstanding school district.  To provide out children with a stellar educational experience is a responsibility our locally elected Board Members generously accept. They commit to analyze reports, learn the laws, understand the community’s needs, set thoughtful goals and wisely handle the district’s financial resources.  Our Trustees volunteer hundreds of hours of their time each year without pay to ensure we educate our children successfully.  I am so very grateful to them for their service to CISD.


    Serving as a link between the community and classroom, our Trustees are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our  district. This means committing to the time it takes to do the job right beyond monthly Board meetings.They immerse themselves in learning what they need to know to make the best decisions that will provide for our students. Trustees are public servants who generously work to benefit the most vulnerable members of each community. I want to take a moment to thank Nichole Bentley, David Caviness, Tracy Fisher, Anthony Hill, Thom Hulme, Manish Sethi and Leigh Walker for the work they are doing each day  to help our children succeed.  


    When you see one of these fine individuals, please join me in celebrating them throughout the month of January.


    Dr. Brad Hunt


    Bad Weather Notification

    It’s the time of year when colder temps bring the possibility of CISD and its schools closing due to inclement weather. 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 5:30 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 social media accounts. A yellow scrolling banner announcing the closing also will appear at the top of the CISD homepage at www.coppellisd.com, and the district also will notify local media outlets.

    CISD is monitoring the potential for bad weather during dismissal this afternoon and will issue a CISD Alert only if there are any changes to normal dismissal procedures.

    Spelling Bee Winners
    CISD’s annual Spelling Bee was held at CMS West Jan. 9. Congratulations to our 2020 CISD Spelling Bee Winners: District Champion is Dhroov Pathare, an 8th grader at CMS East, and 1st Runner Up is Andrew Shi, a 7th grader at CMS North.  Both will represent the district at the Dallas County Public School Spelling Bee is Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
    Languages Other Than English (LOTE) & Fine Arts Class Questionnaires

    CISD is exploring adding more languages to our LOTE (Languages Other Than English) Curriculum and expanding our Fine Arts Curriculum in the next few years. We are soliciting feedback from our community as part of this process. CISD currently offers Spanish, French, Chinese and American Sign Language as part of its LOTE high school graduation required classes.  In middle school, students may begin taking Spanish for high school credit. For the Fine Arts Curriculum requirements, the district offers Music and Art for all elementary students; Art, Choir, Theatre and Band for middle school students; and Art, AP Art History, Band, Cheerleading, Choir, Color Guard, Dance/Drill Team, Jazz (Band), AP Music Theory and Theatre Arts (Drama)  in high school. 

    We are asking our community to share your input via a brief questionnaire at https://forms.gle by Jan. 31. Additional feedback can be shared by emailing input@coppellisd.com.

    Parent English Classes Available

    CISD is offering free Parent English classes at our middle schools on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings starting Jan. 14.  Classes are available:

    • *Tuesdays at CMS North, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room #A207, starts Jan. 14;

    • Wednesdays at CMS East, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room #612, starts Jan. 15; and

    • *Thursdays at CMS West, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room #109, starts Jan. 16. 

    Free refreshments will be provided and childcare is available at the *Tuesday and Thursday classes.  These classes are open to all CISD parents. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/view/parentclasses or email tsowels@coppellisd.com.

    TEA 2018-2019 School Report Cards Available

    The Texas Education Agency has posted the 2018-19 School Report Cards, which were created to keep parents and guardians informed about a school’s characteristics and academic performance. The School Report Card includes the following information:

    2019 Accountability Rating, Campus Distinction Designations, School and Student Information, School Financial Information for 2017-2018, STAAR Outcomes, Prior-Year Non-Proficient and Student Success Initiative Outcomes for Elementary and Middle School Campuses, and Graduation and College, Career, and Military Readiness Outcomes for High School Campuses. Your campus School Report Card, along with a letter of explanation and definitions, is available on your campus website under “About Us” in the “Accountability Reports” section. To search and view information on specific campuses, you may visit the Texas Education Agency website at https://tea.texas.gov.

    Pop Up Party Rodeo Goat Jan. 23

    CISD continues to celebrate our 60th anniversary with a Pop Up Parties.  Rodeo Goat in Cypress Waters is hosting a Pop Up party on Thursday, Jan. 23,  and will be offering 50 percent off cheese fries in honor of our birthday. CISD will also have giveaways and games for children at this Pop Party. We look forward to seeing you there!


    New Tech High @ Coppell Plarn Project
    Carolyn Daniel, Spanish II and AP Spanish Language and Culture facilitator and our Advanced Academics Coordinator for New Tech High @ Coppell, watched a video on YouTube which sparked her interest. It was a video about plastic mats that are made by "plarn" and given to the homeless. Plarn is yarn made from reusable plastic bags by cutting them in strips, tying together and rolling into a ball.

    Watch it all unravel as Ms. Daniel and the rest of the school take out time in their day to give back to their community.



    Board of Trustees Launching the Next Generation

    January is School Board Appreciation Month in Texas. CISD is taking this opportunity to thank our Board for their service and commitment to “Launching the Next Generation" of our 13,100 students.  Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all without pay. Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one small way to share our gratitude for all they do for CISD. Thank you to Nichole Bentley, David Caviness, Tracy Fisher, Anthony Hill, Thom Hulme, Manish Sethi and Leigh Walker for your extraordinary support of public education, so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.

    Accepting Board Applications for May Elections

    Starting Jan. 15 at 8 a.m., CISD will be accepting applications for a place on the ballot of the May 2, 2020 CISD School Board Election.  Places 4 and 5 are up for election. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/8719 or contact Carol Snowden at csnowden@coppellisd.com or 214-496-8002. More information will be offered at a School Board Candidate Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.

    "Pay to Ride" Bus Renewal by Jan. 27

    All "Pay to Ride" bus students must renew their spring bus pass no later than Monday, Jan. 27, in order to continue bus service. Visit
    www.coppellisd.com/ for instructions on how to renew.

    ITT Community Challenge

    Living Well in Coppell (LWiC) is once again locally sponsoring the 2020 It’s Time Texas (ITT) Community Challenge. This statewide wellness initiative, which runs from January 6 to March 1, 2020, pits Texas cities of similar size against each other as they find fun and easy ways to demonstrate their commitment to healthy living. With the help of LWiC’s sponsorship, Coppell participated and won its size category for numerous consecutive years. In 2019, we only managed fourth place, but we can do better!


    If Coppell can once again clench first place, the City will not only be recognized both regionally and statewide as a healthy community, but will also receive a grand prize to distribute to schools in Coppell ISD for health and wellness programs. It’s easy to participate in the Community Challenge, simply:

    • Visit ittcommunitychallenge.com and register as a Coppell participant.
    • Take a selfie doing something healthy or track your fitness.
    • Upload your photos and activities to your account to earn points for the community.
    • Jan. 13 - Regular Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m. 

    • Jan. 20 - MLK Day School Holiday

    • Jan. 23 - Pop Up Party Rodeo Goat - 6:00 p.m. 

    • Feb. 3 - Special Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. 

    • Feb. 4 - Board Candidate Workshop - 6:00 p.m 

    • Feb. 14 - Professional Development Day (No School)

    • Feb. 17 - Bad Weather Day (No School)


    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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