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Dear CISD Families,
I had hoped to announce today our district’s plans for in-person graduation ceremonies for our seniors. We will hold in-person graduations for our Senior Class of 2020, in addition to our previously announced virtual ceremonies. However, there are many details and logistics that need to be worked out, as we plan for these in-person events and comply with the protocols issued by the Texas Education Agency earlier this week. We understand that our seniors and their families are anxious to hear our plans, and we will share these with you early next week.
I also want to thank our community for helping us celebrate our 60th Birthday last week and for joining us for our Virtual Birthday Bash May 1. It was a fun way to celebrate CISD's 60th Birthday and a creative way to engage with our community. You can still see the video at go.coppellisd.com/60thBashVideo in case you missed it.
This week CISD celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, and it brought me great joy to see the creative ways our families, PTOs and students celebrated their teachers and the magnificent work they do to educate our children each day. I am so pleased that we were able to announce our district Teachers of the Year by surprising them at their homes yesterday. We also were able to have vehicle parades in front of their houses as part of our special announcements. Our Elementary Teacher of the Year, Ashley Hernandez from Canyon Ranch Elementary, and our Secondary Teacher of the Year, Stephen Danby from Coppell Middle School East, truly personify our Great Teaching Core Value. Both are also wonderful models of what it means to be educators who value relationships with their students and families. They are incredible examples of what it means to be an exceptional teacher, and I am #CISDProud to have them as our Teachers of the Year.
We have some incredible teachers in CISD. I am grateful for their work every day, but especially in these last several weeks, and I am so proud of the grace and flexibility of our students and the support and partnership of our parents and guardians. Our CISD Family truly has come together during these times, and with less than two weeks until the end of school, let us continue to work together to finish the year out strong!
Dr. Brad Hunt
Bus WiFi Information
CISD has equipped seven school buses with WiFi to provide free connection opportunities in our community for those who may not have access to WiFi or need enhanced connectivity to upload assignments to Schoology. For locations and times, visit go.coppellisd.com/BusWifiLocations. Adult supervision is not provided by the district, so students must be supervised by a parent or guardian at these locations.
Virtual Board Workshop May 11 CISD will host a Board Workshop virtually on Monday, May 11 at 5 p.m. You can view the agenda at go.coppellisd.com/BoardAgenda and watch the meeting live at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo. To speak during Open Forum at the meeting, visit go.coppellisd.com/May11OpenForumCard to complete a request card. AP Exam Update Students taking AP Exams have been advised to have the AP Test Day Preparation Form Available to them as they long on to their exams 30 minutes before start time. The form is available at go.coppellisd.com/APExamDayCheckList. If you do not have access to a printer at home, these forms are available in an envelope outside the front entries at Coppell High School, CHS9, New Tech High @ Coppell and the CISD Administration Building. Please wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines if you go to these locations to pick up forms. If all printed forms at a location are missing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents, please view the following Parent Webinar from The College Board: View Recording Here. AP Exams will be administered May 11 to 22. The revised AP exam schedule can be found here. Learn more at go.coppellisd.com/APExamUpdate. Spring Family Survey Due May 15 We encourage parents and guardians to share feedback with us via our Spring Family Survey at go.coppellisd.com/Spring20FamilySurvey. The information collected will be compared to our Fall Family Survey and will be used as part of our Community Based Accountability System reports to be shared in the fall. End-of-the-Year Reminders Please be on the lookout this week for a detailed plan from your child’s principal regarding the distribution of items to return to students, as well as the collection of any school property. Many of our school’s yearbook publication dates have been postponed to later this summer, which also will be shared by each school individually. CISD elementary, middle and high school students returning to the district in the fall will keep their iPads at home with them this summer and do not need to return their district-issued device. If your child is not returning to CISD for the 2020-2021 school year, please follow your school’s directives to turn in your child’s iPad. If your child is graduating or not returning to CISD for the 2020-2021 school year, please visit go.coppellisd.com/2020LunchBalanceForm to request a refund, donate your balance or transfer it to a sibling or fried. If your child is returning, your lunch balance will carry over to the next school year. CISD 5K May 11-17 One of the most important things we can do right now is to find fun ways to nurture our social/emotional health as well as trying to end the school year on a positive note. It is with that in mind, that CISD Elementary P.E. teachers are excited to offer a virtual 5K for the entire family to participate in...on your time! The week of May 11th thru May 17th will be open for the run! Details and a sign up can be found at https://bit.ly/cisd5k2020. We are very excited to celebrate those that finish with a special certificate that will be sent to each participant after they complete their race via email!! The post race result form can be found here: https://bit.ly/resultscisd5k2020. We encourage you to post pictures and even wear your school and/or running club t-shirts, but mostly we encourage you to HAVE FUN! We'd love for you to post your pictures on social media with the hashtags #CISDTogetherAtHome and #CISDRunForFun.
Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to Ashley Hernandez, who teaches 3rd grade at Canyon Ranch Elementary, and Stephen Danby, who teaches social studies at Coppell Middle School East, who were announced as CISD’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year on May 7. They were both surprised at their homes with the announcement, which featured social distance visits by their school principals, CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt, the CISD Board of Trustees and a vehicle parade featuring their colleagues from their schools. The announcements were shared on CISD’s Facebook page and are available at www.facebook.com/coppellisd. Way to go, Mrs. Hernandez and Mr. Danby!
Simple Tips to Reduce Covid-19 Anxiety from CHS Sidekick
The following is from an article that originally appeared in the Coppell High School student newspaper, the Sidekick. It was written by Sreeja Mudumby, a sophomore at CHS. Photo by Camila Flores, a junior at CHS.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our days are looking much different. This new self-isolated lifestyle can lead to a low mental health and negative thoughts.
These simple tips can help boost your mental health. All these tips surrounding the themes of Gratitude, Meditation, Sleep, Hydration and more can be practiced in the comfort of your home without needing many things. To read the full article, visit go.coppellisd.com/TipsToReduceCovid19Anxiety.
High School Color Guard Auditions Info
The audition process for the Coppell Color Guard is currently underway. Visit www.coppellband.com/guard for details and a form to sign up to audition.
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May 11 - Board Workshop 5 p.m
May 18 - Regular Board Meeting 5 p.m.
May 21 - Last Day of School
May 22 - New Tech Virtual Graduation 5 p.m.
May 28 - CHS Virtual Graduation 1 p.m.
June 8 - Board Workshop 6 p.m.
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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!
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