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    CISD Internal Newsletter - January 31, 2020

    February All About Heart Health 

    CISD placed 11th in this year’s GO RED Staff Wellness campaign besting several much larger districts in the number of blood pressure checks taken as well as t-shirt donations. Dr. Hunt’s “Month of Mondays” starts Monday, Feb. 3, and next week, GO RED t-shirts and jeans can be worn two times, since Friday, Feb. 7, is also the official start date of the American Heart Association’s national campaign.

    The following story is about the heart of a child and speaks to the importance of one of our core values — Relationships — reminding us that every gift, no matter the size, really Does Matter!

    AyeshaMy name is Asiya and I’m a “big girl.” You might know my Mom, Ayesha Khan – she’s a Designer at Richard J. Lee Elementary. She told me that February is a very special month all about hearts, and how to make them strong and healthy, so I asked if I could tell my story - about me and my heart. Mom said it was a good idea...Click Here


    Time to Nominate a Spring GEM

    GemGreat Employees Matter (GEM) nominations are being accepted online now through Friday, April 3, for the Spring round. Read the criteria for this Student & Staff Recognition program (https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/581) and complete a nomination form today!


    Voter Registration Deadline
    Feb. 3

    Don’t forget! Monday, Feb. 3, is the last day to register to vote for the March 3, 2020 primaries. 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 March 3 election runs Feb. 18 to 28.


    Nominate a Coppell ISD Graduate for the Distinguished Alumni Award

    AlumniThe Distinguished Alumni Award program began last year as a new recognition opportunity for CISD graduates. Recognition as a 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 (5) years prior to the nomination (graduated in or prior to 2014) and who have made significant accomplishments in one or both of the following areas while maintaining high standards of personal integrity and character:

    • An outstanding leader in his/her field
    • Service to his/her community through local, state, national, or international organizations

    The nomination window will close Feb. 21 and recipients will be notified in March. Distinguished Alumni Award recipient(s) will be honored during the Coppell ISD Education Foundation Banquet in April. To nominate visit https://forms.gle/mvGhnJxr1fiynTUv5.


    Curriculum Connection

    • February is African American History Month, which celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality, and deepens our understanding of our nation's history. Sunday, Feb. 2, is Texas Military Heroes Day, in recognition of the contributions and sacrifices that Texans who have served in the armed forces have made for our state and country. Instruction should include information about persons who have served in the armed forces of the United States and are from the community or the geographic area in which the district is located (Texas Education Code Sec. 29.9071). Educators are highly encouraged to explore the African American History Month page and the Texas Military Heroes Day page in Schoology for resources on both of these topics.

    Health & Wellness Updates 

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    The It's Time Texas Community Challenge needs you! This statewide wellness initiative, is led locally by the Living Well in Coppell (LWiC) organization - in partnership with the City of Coppell and the Coppell ISD. The campaign runs from Jan. 6 to Mar. 1, 2020, and challenges Texas cities of similar size to find fun, free, easy ways to demonstrate their commitment to healthy living. Coppell ISD is currently in Second Place in its quest to claim the top spot, so let’s keep that momentum going! If we can finish in First Place, the City will receive $1,800 to distribute to CISD schools for health and wellness programs. Grab your frisbee, a yoga mat, jump rope, whatever, and get involved. It's free and easy to participate in the Challenge:

    1. Visit www.ittcommunitychallenge.com and register as a Coppell ISD participant.
    2. Take a selfie doing something healthy or just use the Fitness Tracker to enter your exercise (same point value).
    3. Increased Water Consumption is an easy one to track and earn points, too!
    4. Upload your photos and activities to your account to earn points for the Coppell ISD and the community.

    Take the Challenge to give your 2020 a healthy start!


    Safety & Security

    Inclement Weather Policy
    Snow ShowersAdverse weather conditions can impact the safety of students and staff. When that happens, CISD acts by assessing the conditions to determine whether a school closing is warranted. If CISD closes schools and its support buildings 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, the announcement will be made in the following ways: on the District and Campus websites in a yellow banner at the top of the Homepage; automated notification by phone and email alert (including CISD’s Mobile App); messages posted on CISD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts; on local radio and television stations; and CISD’s Voicemail system 214-496-8901. To ensure you receive the proper weather closing notifications, please check and update your contact information in Employee Self Service via https://coppellisd.munisselfservice.com. Click this link for the District’s complete school closing policy https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/1413.


    Did You Know?

    • CISD reached 100 Days of School earlier this week! Campuses celebrated in a variety of ways including stacking, reading, listening, creating, and counting to 100 like Courtney Rice's students from Town Center Elementary!

      100th Day
      TCE's Kindergartner, Jude Cato

    • Bad Weather Days are Holidays. According to the District calendar, Monday, Feb. 17, and Friday, Apr. 10, are Bad Weather Days to be used as make-up days should CISD have to close for inclement weather. If these days aren’t used as Bad Weather Days, they are considered District holidays. Therefore, personal leave may not be used on the day before or after these two Bad Weather dates, as per the CISD Employee Handbook.

    People on the Move

    CISD welcomes the following recent new hires to the district:

    • Autumn Cavazos - Secretary to Director of ESL and Bilingual and Director of Digital Learning
    • Rainie Finken - Early Childhood Aide - Denton Creek
    • Kathy Peck - Campus Tech and Sub Coordinator - CHS
    • Christy Yowell - Early Childhood Aide - Wilson 

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

    LOOKING AHEAD

    Feb. 2
    Texas Military Heroes Day

    Feb. 3
    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Wear "GO RED" T-shirt and Jeans

    Feb. 7
    National "GO RED" Day

    Wear "GO RED" T-shirt and Jeans

    Feb. 14
    Professional Development Day - No School for Students

    Feb. 17
    Bad Weather Day - No School

    Feb. 27
    SAVE THE DATE
    CISD 60th Birthday
    Pop-Up Party
    6:00-7:00 p.m.
    JC's Burgers

    Board Meeting
    CISD 60
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