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Dear CISD Families,
As we approach the final week of school for this year, I want to express my sincerest thanks to our wonderful students, outstanding teachers and supportive families for working together during this closure, so our district can continue to do what we do best — provide an exceptional educational experience to our children. The end of the school year is a time of celebration, and, though these celebrations are being celebrated in different ways, we are committed to making the last week of school a special one.
Speaking of special, I am excited for our seniors that we will have the opportunity to recognize them in-person at Globe Life Field Sunday, May 31, in addition to our previously announced virtual ceremonies. While participation in this ceremony is optional, I look forward to recognizing our seniors and the milestone of graduation in this ceremony, while following social distance guidelines to keep us all safe. Please be aware this event is closed to the public and all attendees most comply with the guidelines that will be shared, including having a ticket to enter the event.
I want to close by giving a special shout out to our parents and guardians. You all have been amazing during this entire experience, I know helping your children with their schoolwork at home, while balancing your own work and family needs, has not been easy. On behalf of CISD, I want to say we are grateful for your efforts in this area, as well as your support of CISD. Thank you for all that you do for our kids.
Dr. Brad Hunt
Spring Family Survey Due Today
We encourage parents and guardians to share feedback with us via our Spring Family Survey at go.coppellisd.com/Spring20FamilySurvey by 5 p.m., TODAY (May 15, 2020.) 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. Hobbies with Hunt Electric Guitar
See how CMS North 6th grader Griffin Helwig teaches Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt a note or two on the electric guitar in the latest Hobbies with Hunt video available at https://youtu.be/cpRpHwTDRQY. Hobbies with Hunt is a virtual video series where students can teach Dr. Hunt all about their hobby. Interested? Visit go.coppellisd.com/HobbieswithHunt.
Senior Graduation Reminders CISD shared with our seniors and their families earlier this week that, in addition to our virtual ceremonies May 22 and May 28, the district will have an optional, in-person ceremony at Globe Life Field in Arlington. We are happy that we will have these opportunities to honor all of our graduating seniors, while also adhering to the Texas Education Agency’s Guidance for Graduation and End-of-Year Promotion Ceremonies. Learn more about these graduation ceremonies at www.coppellisd.com/graduation. Board Meeting May 18 CISD will host its regular May Board Meeting virtually on Monday, May 18 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/May18OpenForumCard to complete a request card to speak. AP Exam Update With the first week of AP Exams drawing to a close, we would like to remind learners of the troubleshooting information available through the College Board website. Please remember to check into your exam 30 minutes early with information emailed to you from the College Board or available through your myAP account. Troubleshooting information can be found at go.coppellisd.com/APExamTroubleshooting. 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. End-of-the-Year Reminders Parents and guardians should have received 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 directives to turn in your child’s iPad to the CISD Service Center. 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.
VASE Gold Medalists
Coppell High School and CHS9 received a total of four out of the seven Gold Seals from the state Visual Arts Scholastic Event or VASE — the highest distinction possible awarded to our region. This doubles CISD’s results over last year for these highly coveted spots. These students' work will hang in the State Capital in Austin this year. From CHS, under the direction of Art Instructor Cameron Tiede, Sophomore Jaserah Chowdhury, Junior Ishita Sisodia and Senior Celeste Wang received Gold Seals. This is Celeste’s third consecutive year to receive this distinction. From, CHS9, under the direction of Art Instructor Elsa Reynolds, Ashley Zhang received a Gold Seal. Congratulations to our four Gold Seal State medalists!
CISD Students Win National Video Conference
Three CISD students are among the winners of the 2020 Population Connection’s video contest, which drew submissions from more than 5,000 students in 35 countries and 46 U.S. states and territories. CHS Junior Sophia Greenberg won $1,000 and first place in the category Ensuring Economic Opportunities for her film “When We Help Women.” Also, CMS East 8th Graders Rishika Pillai and Ana Jesayen won $250 and 2nd place in the category Sustaining Water Systems for their film “Global Effects of Agricultural Pollution.”
Reminder: Complete Your Census Form
COVID-19 has only heightened the critical need for everyone to take the census this year. By completing the census, you're ensuring there's an accurate count that will benefit programs for schools, roads, and especially healthcare assistance and facilities that will be properly equipped for future disasters. Go to www.2020Census.gov. Help our county’s essential efforts. Take the census and get counted.
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.
May 31 - New Tech Graduation - Globe Life Field - 5 p.m.
May 31 - CHS Graduation - Globe Life Field - 8 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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