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Dear CISD Families,
This week marked an important day, as we welcomed some of our students back to campus for in person instruction. This return did not happen without a significant amount of work from our employees. I want to begin by thanking our amazing teachers for juggling so many different tasks and responsibilities, as they are managing two different platforms of instruction. I also want to thank our dedicated staff for their work behind the scenes to prepare our campuses for in person instruction. They have worked round the clock to get things prepared for our students and teachers. Finally, I thank our incredible students who returned on Tuesday. I thank them for wearing their masks, practicing social distancing, and adapting and thriving in our school environment.
I also want to express my appreciation to our distance learners and families for working so hard while learning at home. Whatever the platform, it's not easy, and I thank you all for your understanding and patience as we work through these challenges together. I continue to encourage you to reach out to our teachers and campus administrators to address your issues and concerns. Our teachers are working incredibly hard during these unprecedented times, and seeing complaints about them and their colleagues on social media can deflate these efforts. It also is not helpful or productive for a resolution. We are committed to working with our families on solving challenges and problems, together. I implore you to give our dedicated educators and administrators a chance before posting complaints online. You also can email email@example.com for assistance.
I am immensely grateful to lead Coppell ISD and am so proud of the work we are all doing to educate our children.
Dr. Brad Hunt
We continue to show how we are stronger and #CISDTogether, even when some of us are apart. Our focus at CISD remains on providing an exceptional educational experience for all of our students, whether they are learning from home or came back in person this week. Our educators, students and families are doing an outstanding job living out our core values of authentic relationships, great teaching, collective engagement and redefining success, as we teach our children.
NWEA MAP Testing
CISD will be conducting the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test Sept. 14 to Oct. 9. This assessment will help measure growth and skill mastery for our Kindergarten-9th grade learners and some 10th grade students. Both in person and distance students in these grades will be taking this test. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/MAPTestingFall20.
CISD Parent Hub Resources
As a reminder, digital learning resources for parents and guardians are available on the district’s Parent Hub page at www.coppellisd.com/parenthub.
Commitment Form Process for Second Grading Period
CISD will offer families the option to commit to either in person or distance learning for the second grading period, which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The commitment form process for the second grading period will begin on Monday, Sept. 21 and end on Wednesday, Sept. 30. You will only fill out a form if you are changing your commitment for the second grading period. Be on the lookout for more details soon.
Remembering September 11
Friday, Sept. 11, is Patriot Day and Texas First Responders Day in memory of the 19 year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks. Let's take a moment to thank the heroic first responders in our district, and especially our School Resource Officers and School Resource Deputies, who serve our schools and keep our students and staff safe.
34 National Merit Semifinalists Thirty-three Coppell High School seniors and one New Tech High @ Coppell senior have been selected as 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Read more and see the names of these students at go.coppellisd.com/2021NationalMerit.
TASB Risk Management Award
CISD has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk Management Excellence Award. CISD is one of 10 school districts in Texas recognized for innovative solutions to the ever-evolving risk management challenges facing the organization. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/TASBRiskManagement.
State of Education Video Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt joined Dr. Christa Slejko, President of Dallas College North Lake, to keynote the Coppell Chamber of Commerce's annual State of Education event. See the video of the presentation at go.coppellisd.com/StateofEducation20.
Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time in which individuals and organizations around the country and in the world join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented. The goal is to bring awareness and spread the word about actions we can take to prevent suicide. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/SuicidePrevention.
CISD on Nextdoor and Telegram To continue our outreach efforts as part of our collective engagement core value, CISD is on NextDoor and Telegram. Look for Coppell ISD on both platforms to engage with the district.
Sept. 14 Board Workshop
CISD Trustees will vote to adopt the district's 2020 tax rate at its Sept. 14 Board Workshop. CISD is proposing a Maintenance and Operations tax rate of $1.0514, which is a decrease of $.0169, and an Interest and Sinking (Debt Service) tax rate of $.2586, which is a decrease of $.004, per $100 of assessed property value. This is an overall tax rate of $1.31 per $100 of assessed property value, which is an overall tax rate reduction of $.0209. See the agenda at go.coppellisd.com/BoardAgenda and view the live video of the meeting at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo.
There’s still time to take the Census, as the deadline has been extended until Sept. 30. Don't want anyone knocking at your door? Head over to 2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 and contribute to the count.
- Sept. 14 - Board Workshop 5 p.m.
- Sept. 21 - Middle Schools Curriculum Night 5 p.m.
- Sept. 28 - Regular Board Meeting
- Oct. 9 - Regular School Day
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