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Dear CISD Families,
I know our CISD community joins me in being eager and ready for our amazing Coppell Cowboys to take the field for their first home game Friday night. This experience will be different than it has been in the past, so I encourage you to read the article below to remind you of the ticketing, face covering, social distancing and bag policies in place for Buddy Echols Field. The game will be live streamed at www.coppellathletics.net/broadcasts. I also want to congratulate our Coppell volleyball team and coaches on a successful start of their season. These exceptional young ladies have worked through many challenges to get on the court, and I appreciate them and their coaches for working through these together as a team. I want to recognize all of our fall sports, including cross country, golf and tennis, whose athletes also are working so hard during this time. Our student athletes and coaches have worked through many obstacles to be able to participate in these extracurricular activities, and I am so proud of each and every one of them.
As we look at redefining success, we know that achievements in athletics and extracurricular activities contributes to the overall educational experience for our students. Already this fall, our gyms and fields are filled with students, who not only get a chance to participate in something they love, they are also taught sportsmanship, leadership skills, self-discipline and the value of performing with a high level of integrity, all while building and sustaining authentic relationships with their teammates and coaches.
I cannot wait to hear our band tomorrow tonight, watch our color guard and drill team members perform and see our cheerleaders boost the spirit with the crowd. I want to give a big shout out to these outstanding groups who add so much to the Friday night experience, and I thank them for the hard work and effort they give to their programs.
Go Cowboys and Cowgirls!
Dr. Brad Hunt
Athletics Ticket/Game Day Info
As a reminder, tickets will be required for all fans for CISD Athletic events. Purchase tickets at www.coppellathletics.net/e-tickets. Mask/face coverings are also required to enter any CISD athletic event. Once inside a CISD athletic facility, fans must follow the no seating signs on specified rows and seats, which are there to ensure social distancing. Backpacks are prohibited at Buddy Echols Field and only small purses (4.5” x 6.5”), diaper bags, camera bags and medical bags are allowed in the stadium. Read more at www.coppellathletics.net/facilities. Friday’s football game vs. Sachse will be live streamed at www.coppellathletics.net/broadcasts.
Wear Blue to Prevent Bullying Oct. 5
Join CISD in wearing blue on Monday, Oct. 5, which is the World Day of Bullying Prevention. Each year on the first Monday in October, students, schools and communities all over the world wear blue together to unite against bullying. It also kicks off National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Read more at www.stompoutbullying.org/world-day-bullying-prevention.
Oct. 9 School Day/Oct. 12 Holiday As a reminder, Friday, Oct. 9, is now a regular school day due to the delay of the school year to Aug. 17. Monday, Oct. 12 remains a CISD Holiday. The first day of the second grading period begins on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Hispanic Heritage Month
CISD is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American descent. It also marks the anniversary of independence of seven Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. Schools in CISD are celebrating this month via special lessons, exhibits, social studies lessons and other activities. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/HispanicHeritageMonth20.
Gerry Miller Coordinator of Fine Arts The CISD Board of Trustees approved Coppell High School Band Director Gerry Miller as the district’s Coordinator of Fine Arts during their meeting Sept. 28. For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, he will continue to serve as the CHS Band Director, in addition to his new duties. The hiring process for a new CHS Band Director will begin in the spring. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/FineArtsCoordinator.
Celebrating Student Artists
On Sept. 28, the CISD Board of Trustees recognized CHS senior Ishita Sisodia for her oil painting of retired CISD Assistant Superintendent Vonita White to replace the photograph in the CISD Administration Building, which is named for Vonita White. CHS Sophomore Ashley Zhang also was honored for being one of 12 students whose artwork was chosen by the Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation to appear in the 2021 Don’t Mess with Texas calendar.
CHS Debate Spotlight CHS Director of Debate Dr. Jason Sykes and CHS Seniors Shabbir Bohri and Arnav Kashyap were featured on local ABC affiliate WFAA Ch. 8 in a story about the Sept. 28 Presidential Debate. Watch the story at go.coppellisd.com/WFAADebateStory. This is one example of how the CHS Debate Team continues to achieve at the highest levels. Read more about recent CHS Debate successes at go.coppellisd.com/CHSDebateSuccess.
Virtual Speakers' Bureau CISD’s Virtual Speakers’ Bureau seeks business partners, parents and community members who want to support our mission to ensure our learners achieve personal success, develop strong moral character, and become dynamic leaders and global citizens. If you are willing to speak to classes or groups of students virtually about your career or on a particular topic, visit go.coppellisd.com/SpeakersBureauInterestForm. CISD will contact you to discuss the opportunities and find the best match between you and the needs of our district and schools. All virtual speakers must fill out a Volunteer Application and Background Check available at www.coppellisd.com/volunteer.
Ed Foundation Teacher Grants Campaign The Coppell ISD Education Foundation’s Give for Grants’ campaign launches Oct. 1. This program is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward effective, innovative and creative instructional approaches that directly impact students while transforming classroom learning. You can give directly to a school or teacher’s program at https://give.livingtree.com/p/coppellisdef.
Bus Passes for 2nd Grading Period
Families who committed to in person learning for the second grading period and indicated they needed bus transportation will receive a separate communication from CISD Transportation with bus pass and route information. For questions, email email@example.com.
Last Day to Register to Vote Oct. 5
Monday, Oct. 5, is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. Visit www.votetexas.gov to check if you are registered or register. CHS also will host a drive through voter registration event Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Early voting for the Nov. 3 election begins Oct. 13.
Free Meals for Elementary & Distance Learners Starting Oct. 1, CISD will offer free meals to all in-person elementary students and all virtual students (PK-12 and all children under 18) through the end of December 2020. Sign up is required weekly for virtual learners to receive these meals at go.coppellisd.com/CurbsideOrderForm. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/2020FreeMeals.
- Oct. 2 -Home Football Game vs. Sachse 7 p.m.
- Oct. 9 - Regular School Day
- Oct. 12- Holiday - No School
- Oct. 13 - First Day of the Second Grading Period
- Oct. 26 - Regular Board Meeting 7 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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