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    Dear CISD Families,

    Once again, I want to share my gratitude with our families for your support as we complete our third week of CISD Distance Learning.  I also want to express my appreciation to our amazing teachers and staff for their hard work in providing this learning to our students, while also balancing their own family needs. Most importantly, I want to thank our students for their perseverance and grit, as they are modeling for us all how to continue to shine brightly during these uncertain times. You never cease to amaze me, and I thank you for being so resilient during this closure. 

    Though still without minor hiccups, I believe each day we are making improvements in providing virtual education opportunities to our students via distance learning. As we adjust to this new schedule, I believe we are getting a better handle on all of it as we work through it all together as a team.  I am so proud of our CISD Community, as we continue to be #CISDTogetherAtHome during this time. 

    In addition to providing educational continuity and maintaining the daily operations of the district, we continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.  This preparation includes registering our future kindergartners, re-enrolling our current students, as well as hiring teachers and other employees for the next school year.  Please visit our website for enrollment instructions or to see our job openings. 

    Finally, I want to share another video message with you.  Now more than ever, I think it's important we look for opportunities to recreate some fun and I am excited to share the first "Hobbies with Hunt" video, which also is below.  Thank you, Claire Nevels, and her father (and one of my former students), Kevin Nevels, for sharing your Taekwondo hobby with me.  It was a fun experience for me and my son to do together.  Thank you for bringing our positive message and sharing in the fun!

    Sincerely,  


    Dr. Brad Hunt

     


    Hobbies with Hunt
             

    Claire Nevels, a 4th grader at Town Center Elementary, along with her father Kevin Nevels, a CHS alumnus, shared their hobby of Taekwondo with Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt in CISD’s first Hobbies with Hunt video available at https://youtu.be/Spm3H5dUNGg. Hobbies with Hunt is a NEW virtual video series where students can teach Dr. Hunt all about their hobby. Interested? Visit go.coppellisd.com/HobbieswithHunt
    Moving Graduation 2020 Online

             

    In light of the unknown and ever changing timeline for social distancing and school closures, Coppell ISD has made the difficult decision to move the graduation ceremonies for Coppell High School and New Tech @ Coppell online. Additionally, we will look for a date in the summer to hold an in-person graduation at new venues, if possible. Both Coppell High School and New Tech High @ Coppell will honor and celebrate their seniors through virtual graduation ceremonies on their original dates. Specific details about the online events will be shared closer to the date, including if these dates need to be adjusted. 

    • Coppell High School - May 28, 2020 at 1 p.m.

    • New Tech High @ Coppell - May 22, 2020 at 3 p.m.

    District officials will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation and make the best decisions to keep our students safe, while following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and local, state and federal agencies.

     
    Business Partners & Virtual 60th Birthday Bash

    CISD is looking for area restaurants, business and other community organizations that would be willing to partner with us for our Virtual 60th Birthday Bash on Friday, May 1.  Please fill out the form at go.coppellisd.com/BdayBashPartner if interested.

     
    Schoology Link/Technology Update

    Reminder, you can check status.schoology.com/ to see the site’s function status.  You also can access the site through the web at schoology.coppellisd.com (no www before the link) if the app isn’t working.  For any issues with your device that aren’t Schoology related, please submit a Helpdesk ticket at www.coppellisd.com/helpdesk.  Technology support is provided remotely Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday’s from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On-site, drive through support is available via a Helpdesk ticket appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Kindergarten Enrollment Underway


    Kindergarten registration for 2020-2021 is now underway at go.coppellisd.com/Kindergarten20-21. Please share this information with families who may be new to CISD. Current Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) students do not have to register separately for Kindergarten.  They will re-enroll for 2020-2021 and attend Kindergarten at their zoned campus for 2020-2021.

     
    Returning Student Enrollment

    Re-enrollment for current CISD students for the 2020-2021 school year will begin later this month.  Be on the lookout for an email on or after April 15, 2020, from PowerSchool to re-enroll current students for 2020-2021.  CISD is still waiting to hear specific steps from the state for our 2020-2021 Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) students who will be enrolling for 20-21. Since there is a face-to-face testing process as a part of our English Language learner eligibility, we will share as soon as we can a timeline for Pre-K and ESCE registration later this spring.

     

    Dual Enrollment Update
    Learners who indicated on their course enrollment sheets that they would be enrolling in Dual Credit courses this summer should have already received an email from their counselors regarding the procedures and deadlines for summer registration.  Please note there are two parts to this process: the google form submission is due to counselors by Tuesday, April 14, and the enrollment forms are due to counselors by Friday, April 17. Learners who indicated on their course enrollment sheets that they would be enrolling in Dual Credit courses for Fall 2020 will receive an email from their counselors regarding the procedures and deadlines for Fall registration on Monday, May 4.  Please note there are two parts to this process: the google form submission will be due to counselors by Friday, May 8, and the enrollment forms will be due to counselors by Wednesday, May 13. The latest information CISD has received from Northlake College is they will be waiving the TSIA requirement for enrollment purposes. Northlake College also recognizes that many learners may not be able to access their physicians at this time to receive proof of having received the required Meningitis vaccination.  For enrollment purposes, that requirement is also being waived, however, learners, whether enrolled in an online or face-to-face course, will have to provide that documentation as soon as possible.
     
    April 6 Special Board Meeting Recap
    CISD held a virtual Board of Trustees Special Meeting on April 6. Trustees heard reports on the Long Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee, the 2020-2021 budget process, enrollment projections, and received curriculum and instruction updates.  The Board also approved two resolutions related to the district’s closure due to COVID-19 — once concerning evaluation waivers and the other about declaring a public purpose for the expenditure of district funds. You can watch the video of the meeting at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo or read the Board Briefs at go.coppellisd.com/BoardBriefs.
     
    Transfer Applications Due April 24 
    Transfer applications are available online at  www.coppellisd.com/transfer. Please email all documents and the application to student-transfers@coppellisd.com, or you can mail the documentation and application to Coppell ISD c/s Transfers 200 S. Denton Tap Rd. Coppell, TX 75019. Please know that the deadline is still April 24, and this is not a first come, first served process, as all applications are evaluated equally and not by the order of submission.
     


    Youth Art Month Virtual Display


    The National Art Education Association’s Annual Youth Art Month is celebrated each March and is recognized throughout all fifty states as a special time to celebrate and promote the importance of quality school art programs for all children. Visit go.coppellisd.com/YAM2020 to see a virtual exhibit of the CISD student’s artwork selected for this honor by their art teachers.  This presentation also highlights CISD’s six District Selections with a blue ribbon sticker: Prisha Aggarwal, 4th grader from Mockingbird; Swara Adusumilli, 4th grader from Wilson; Anushree De; 8th grader from CMS East; Jin Shin, 8th grader from CMS North; Jeffrey Wang, freshman from CHS9; and Swarangi Potdar, junior from CHS.  It also features the four State Selections with a medal sticker: Prisha Aggarwal, Swara Adusumilli, Anushree De and Swarangi Potdar. The virtual display recognizes CHS9 student artist Jeffrey Wang, who won the state YAM Flag Design Contest, and CHS Junior Swarangi Potdar, whose piece was chosen by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott for display in the Governor's Gallery.
     


    1 foot, 2 feet, 4 feet . . . roll

    We value each individual's contribution because success can be different for everyone. Redefining Success is one of the Core Values Coppell ISD lives by. Denton Creek Elementary staff member Cheryl Feratovic saw a need in her classroom and decided to write about it. One of her students realized another child was unlike her and was uncertain how to react. The student found the girl in the wheelchair different and interesting, and did not know how to approach her.

    This social skills book brings awareness that some children do not know how to accept or do not know what to say to others who are different than them. Watch the author tell the story about how the book came about.

             



    Credit by Exam
    The Credit By Exam (CBE) registration process is now online. The dates to register remain April 9, 2020, through noon on April 22, 2020. At this time, CBE testing is scheduled to take place at Coppell Middle School West on June 2 and June 3, 2020. Visit www.coppellisd.com/assessment for more information. For CBE questions, please contact Debbie Youngs at dyoungs@coppellisd.com or Susie Williams at swilliams@coppellisd.com. Students, please use your CISD email address when emailing administrators.
     
    Complete Your Census Form

    The U.S. Census is now live. Help guide the distribution of billions of dollars to the programs that will benefit your community. Tell your friends and family to participate in getting counted. Learn more at www.2020census.gov.

     
    • April 13 - Regular School/Distance Learning Day (No longer Professional Development Day)
    • April 27 - Virtual Regular Board Meeting 5 p.m.

     

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