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Dear CISD Families,
It's hard to believe, but today marks our one month of CISD Distance Learning. There have been hiccups and bumps in the road, but each week we get better at delivering education through a virtual format. Our kids and families are adapting better to this format too and though it does not replace our classroom environment, we are all doing the best we can to make it work. We know there still might be needs, so please continue to reach out directly to your teachers and school administration for those specific issues, questions and concerns.
We understand that our families are balancing working from home with assisting their children in distance learning. This is one reason we have intentionally built a flexible schedule that includes Fridays as reteach and relearn days. Our educators will work with their families based on their specific needs during this time. If you or someone you know needs more support with online learning or needs adaptations, then please let us know. Remember we do have a process in place for device repairs. (include link to the page).
As we continue to adapt to our current circumstances, we still want to recognize and celebrate important milestones and special events. This includes our 60th Anniversary Birthday Bash, originally scheduled for April 30. We are transitioning to a virtual celebration with activities the week of April 27 to May 1, culminating in a Virtual Birthday Bash May 1. I hope you will join us in celebrating our birthday! Also be looking for a special announcements in the next few weeks as we celebrate our Campus Teachers of the Year and reveal our District Teachers of the Year.
I close with a video message to our community. Please continue to stay safe, stay well and stay home.
Dr. Brad Hunt
Coppell ISD is following the Executive Order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a press conference today (April 17, 2020) and is extending our school closure through the end of the school year. Coppell ISD will provide Distance Learning to our students through our official last day of school Thursday, May 21, 2020. The plans for the virtual high school graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. The district will continue to distribute meals Mondays through Thursdays, with two meals delivered on Thursdays through May 21, 2020. All district and school events also are cancelled through the end of the school year or have been modified to include a virtual option.
Celebrate CISD's 60th Birthday
Help CISD celebrate its 60th anniversary virtually by participating in these activities the week of April 27-May 1. Our activities will culminate in a Virtual Birthday Bash May 1.
Monday, April 27 — Sidewalk Chalk message to CISD wishing a Happy Birthday
Tuesday, April 28 — Sing or Play Happy Birthday to CISD
Wednesday, April 29 — Bake CISD a Happy Birthday Cake or Cupcakes
Thursday, April 30 — Make a Birthday Card for CISD or color the CISD Coloring Page
Friday, May 1 — Birthday Bash special meal deal from our community partners.
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.
Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is underway. Returning students should have received an email from PowerSchool with a “snapcode” on or after April 15. Reminder, your school in PowerSchool will show as your zoned campus as transfer application decisions will be shared by May 22, 2020. Kindergarten registration for 2020-2021 is now happening at go.coppellisd.com/Kindergarten20-21. Information about Pre-K enrollment, including details about qualifications, can be found at www.coppellisd.com/prek. Though testing dates for 2020-2021 have not yet been determined, those interested can fill out the form available on that site.
Transfer Applications Due April 24 Transfer applications are available online at www.coppellisd.com/transfer. Please email all documents and the application to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Istation Help Parents and guardians, if your child is experiencing difficulties with Istation, please follow these directions to log a concern with their company. By following the process, Istation can determine the issue and help your learner complete Istation activities and lessons.
1. Allow your learner to work through the program. If s/he has any issues working through an activity or an assignment, have your child logout. (EX: freezing, getting kicked out of the program, etc.)
2. Once you have logged your learner out of the Istation login screen, please select login. Instead of your learners username and password, type the word "log" into both the username and password. Then click "ok."
3. Log notes will appear and allow the parent or learner to put their name, email address and a description of the issue they are receiving.
4. Include case number 00472115 in the notes you give to Istation.
You will see the following when the directions above are followed:
Dual Credit Update
The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) will move all Maymester, Summer I and Summer II courses online. These classes will be offered exclusively through eCampus. Summer I courses begin Thursday, June 4, and Summer II courses start Monday, July 6. Please visit go.coppellisd.com/DCCCDMaySummer for details.
AP Exam Info
High School students and families, please visit go.coppellisd.com/APExamUpdate for important updates and action items for our learners signed up to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams this spring.
June SAT® Cancelled The College Board announced today that it is not administering the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020. Visit https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates for details.
Lunch Account Update Those with balances in their school lunch accounts, these funds will hold over to the 2020-2021 school year. For those graduating or leaving the district and want to request a refund, the CISD Child Nutrition Department will begin processing refund requests after the last scheduled school day of this school year, which is May 21, 2020.
Metrocrest Opportunity Metrocrest Services assists many families in Coppell ISD and has seen the following increases in services:
Last week, the food pantry was up by 376% in pantry visits, compared to the same week last year.
The food pantry served 635 families last week, distributing 31,000 meals.
Since March 13th, its Emergency Assistance team has assisted 201 families with rent or utilities to avoid eviction or disconnection.
You can learn more about how to help your neighbors at www.metrocrestservices.org/idonate.php.
TEA Video When times get tough, Texans always rise to the occasion. In the midst of great uncertainty, that perseverance is a guarantee. Parents, Commissioner Mike Morath and the Texas Education Agency salute you for your commitment to your kids. The following video is the Commissioner's address to Texas parents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvA-1l1U9M8&feature=youtu.be
The Sidekick E-Edition
The Sidekick staff invites you to enjoy its April e-edition, which went live this morning. This marks the first e-edition without print in the 31 years of publishing The Sidekick, as the staff produced this 24-page color publication remotely with Coppell ISD campuses closed.
In our fifth issue of the year, readers can find stories about:
- V is for Vegan: Staff writer Shreya Beldona reports on the increase in vegan options at your favorite restaurants and why they are on the rise (p. 3) at https://issuu.com/
- The Beat from CHS9, where a program sponsored by Chick-Fil-A is helping groom tomorrow’s leaders (p. 5)
- The Editorial Page features a staff editorial reminding us to consider others before hoarding essential supplies from the grocery store (p. 6)
- Get your tissues ready: Seniors Nishant Medicharla and Laasya Achanta pen columns about what it meant to have their senior prom canceled (p. 7)
- A profile on our favorite school nurse, Coppell High School’s Beth Dorn (p. 11)
- Have you enjoyed barbecue prepared by Gary Beyer or Tom and Patcee Becerra? If not, you are missing out! (p. 14)
- We all know Coppell High School has a first-class arts program. Staff writer Victoria Hertel features two of our campus’s talented artists (p. 17)
- Is this the end for CHS senior athletes? Staff writer Sydney Rowe shares what this reality means to her (p. 20)
Don’t miss the centerspread on p. 12-13 as Shivi Sharma tells you how COVID-19 is impacting our campus, our district, and our community. This is a global pandemic, but Sharma’s story is the local angle on how Coppellians are dealing with these challenging times.
Thank You Community Partners
CISD would like our community partners the Las Colinas Federal Credit Union, Coppell Cares and the Assistance League for their support of our district and students and families in need. We appreciate your support!
Ed Foundation Events Cancelled
The Coppell ISD Education Foundation has cancelled its Recognition Banquet (April 20), Run to Fund (May 9) and Interactive Institute (June 15-18).
Lariettes and Silver Stars Information Interested in trying out for Silver Stars or Lariettes? Visit their social media channels and website for details and interest form. www.chslariettes.com
Complete US Census Form Did you know your personal information is protected and can’t be shared by the U.S. Census Bureau until 2092! — not even with other government (legal or financial) departments? When you submit answers, the census is able to count our population and specific groups so we can have funding for everyone that needs it. The census counts guide billions in government spending on critical programs. Click here to see more about the programs your count covers. Complete the census online at www.2020Census.gov or via mail today.
April 24 - Transfer Application Deadline
April 27 - Virtual Regular Board Meeting 5 p.m.
April 27 - May 1 - Celebrate CISD’s 60th Anniversary Virtual Activities
May 1 - CISD’s 60th Anniversary Virtual Birthday Bash
May 4 - 8 - Teacher Appreciation Week
In this Issue:
Coppell has created a webpage with information and resources regarding COVID-19 as provided by the CDC. This page is regularly updated with information on Coppell-related impacts as well as resources on how to support local businesses. Visit coppelltx.gov/coronavirus for news, Council orders and actions, facility closures, restaurant information and more!
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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