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    Dear CISD Families, 


    One of my favorite activities as Superintendent is interacting with our incredible students, and observing our teachers in action which I have had the opportunity to do several times this week.  A few highlights include combined AP US History lesson in the Lecture Hall at CHS, attending Board Walks with three of our board members at Denton Creek Elementary, CMS North and Victory Place @ Coppell, participating in For example, World Read Aloud Day by reading to 4th graders at Wilson Elementary, and being able to see several of our high school seniors who signed letters of intent to extend their student-athlete careers in college during National Signing Day at the CHS Arena.  It's been a wonderful week to be around our students and staff and see the various ways they are successful. 


    I also want to take this opportunity to recognize our dedicated school counselors during National School Counseling Week, which is Feb. 3 - 7. Our incredible school and crisis counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents.  They work with parents and guardians as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world, while focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, postsecondary and social and emotional development. Our counselors are certified, experienced professional educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of our district and key contributors in helping us meet the social and emotional needs of our children. 


    As a reminder there is no school Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17 for CISD Professional Development and an unused Bad Weather Day.  Our Feb. 14 Professional Development Day will focus on social and emotional learning, which is the topic of our next Parent University event Saturday, March 28.   This Parent U conference will emphasize social and emotional learning, digital learning, parenting techniques and other topics.  I hope you will join me in learning together as parents and guardians to best serve our children.  Read more about the conference and register for it below. 


    I hope you enjoy this weekend with your family.




    Dr. Brad Hunt


    Parent U SEL Conference March 28

    CISD invites parents/guardians and other members of the community to attend our Parent University Social and Emotional Learning Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at CMS West.  This Parent U conference will focus on “Supporting the Whole Child: Preparing for the Future, Nurturing the Digital Native and Partnering with Parents.” Keynote Speaker Richard Froeschle, Senior Economist at the Texas State Technical College System, will share important information on preparing our learners for their future, including where the jobs of the future are and how to connect the passions of our children to preparation for success. Additional sessions will address social and emotional health, digital learning and cybersecurity and parenting strategies. The event is free, and those interested in attending are asked to RSVP their registration by Feb. 21 at go.coppellisd.com/ParentUsel, as breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants at no cost. 

    Distinguished Alumni Nominations

    CISD will honor individuals this year with the district’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the upcoming Coppell ISD Education Foundation Banquet in April. Recognition as a CISD Distinguished Alumni is limited to those individuals, living or deceased, who graduated from Coppell High School (including those from Victory Place @ Coppell) or New Tech High @ Coppell no fewer than five years prior to the nomination (graduated in or prior to 2014) and who have made significant accomplishments in their field or via service to their community. The nomination window will close Feb. 21 and recipients will be notified in March. To nominate, visit go.coppellisd.com/Alumni.

    JC's Burger Bar Pop Up Party Feb. 27

    CISD continues to celebrate our 60th anniversary with a Pop Up Parties.  JC’s Burger Bar in Coppell is hosting a Pop Up party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, and will be offering a free slider (any protein/veggie or vegan patty) with purchase of an equal or lesser value in honor of our birthday.  CISD will also have giveaways and games for children at this Pop up Party. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Choice IB & Dual Language Elementary Schools Parent Meeting Dates

    Information meetings for parents and guardians interested in applying for CISD choice elementary schools — Pinkerton Elementary, Denton Creek Elementary and Wilson Elementary — happen in February and early March.  These meeting dates are:

    International Baccalaureate at Pinkerton for incoming Kindergarten through 5th grade parents at the Pinkerton Library 

    • Thursday, February 27 at 6:30  p.m.

    • Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

    Dual Language Immersion program at Denton Creek Elementary or Wilson Elementary for incoming Kindergarten and 1st grade parents  at the Vonita White Administration Building Board Room

    • Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m.

    • Tuesday, February 18, at 6 p.m.

    • Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

    For more information, visit www.coppellisd.com

    CISD in the News: Pinkerton Appears on “Brag About Your Schools”

    Thanks to nominations from its parents and school community, Pinkerton Elementary was selected by NBC 5 “Carter in the Classroom” reporter, Wayne Carter, to appear on the station’s “Brag About Your Schools” segment Jan. 27. These stories include “Pinkerton Elementary’s Self Organized Learning Environment Explained” and “Teachers Use Common Thread to Engage Students.” Videos of these stories are available at www.coppellisd.com/pinkerton

    UIL Announces District Alignment Changes

    The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has announced the new athletic districts alignment for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons. The Coppell High School football, basketball and volleyball teams will continue to compete in District 6 at the Conference 6A level along with Flower Mound HS, Marcus HS, Hebron HS and Lewisville HS. New additions to the district include Plano HS, Plano East HS and Plano West HS. For a complete list of the UIL realignment, visit https://realignment.uiltexas.org/

    High School Athletes National Signing Day

    Congratulations to the CISD student athletes who participated in National Signing Day at the CHS Arena Feb. 5. Shelby Spoor committed to continue her Cross Country/Track career at Louisiana State University. In addition, tennis players Aishwarya Kannan and Sofia Sanchez committed to play tennis at the University of Texas at Dallas and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, respectively. These two universities also signed softball players Olivia Reed (UT Dallas) and Rylee Anderson (Mary Hardin-Baylor.) Football player Payton Rosenbaum committed to continue playing at East Texas Baptist University.

    Substitute Teacher of the Month

    Hemlata Bhatt’s enthusiasm and positive attitude makes her a highly requested substitute teacher.   Her warm demeanor is welcomed by both children and staff at all levels.  Bhatt has been a sub for CISD since 2016.  She works at all campuses and always goes above and beyond for our students.  In advance or spur of the moment, she always makes herself available no matter where she is needed.   CISD’s Human Resources Department appreciates her love for the students and all she does for the district. Congratulations to Hemlata Bhatt as the CISD January Sub of the Month!


    Celebrating 100/101st Day of School and School Kindness

    Several of our elementary schools celebrated the 100th and 101st days of school last week with parades, dress up days, counting activities and more.  Kindness also was commemorated at some schools, including a Kindness Parade at Lee Elementary as part of the #GreatKindnessChallenge. These celebrations show how our schools are living out our Relationships and Engagement core values.



    National School Counseling Week

    National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, is celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within our school districts. Here in CISD, our students are thriving as a result of what our school counselors do each day to help students achieve school success and plan for a career.  In recognition of this week, CISD is spotlighting two counselors for their service. CMS North Counselor Brit Fahey created a space, in a closet, to help students at North have less stress. Learn more via this video here.  Victory Place @ Coppell Counselor Rochelle Williams is making an impact each day with her students.  Check out her story here.

    Super Star Nominations Due Feb. 21

    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. The deadline for the third round of Super Star nominations is Feb. 21. 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!  Visit www.coppellisdef.com/super-star for more information about the Super Star program or click here for a link to the nomination form.

    CISD Seeks Crossing Guards
    CISD is looking for Crossing Guards. Starting pay is $12 per hour. Apply at www.coppellisd.com/Page/14460  or email acurry@coppellisd.com.
    Accepting Board Applications for May Elections

    CISD is 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.

    • Feb. 13, Feb. 18 or March 4 - Dual Language Immersion Parent Meetings - 6:00 p.m. 

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

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

    • Feb. 24 - Regular Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

    • Feb. 27 - Pop up Party at JC's Burger Bar - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    • Feb. 27 or  March 4 - Pick Pinkerton Lottery Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Pinkerton

    • March 28 - Parent U: SEL Conference - 8:00 a.m.-2:00 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.
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