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Dear CISD Families,
We have made it through our first grading period! First, a big thank you to our amazing students for your grit and resilience each day. I see our students in person and remote do some amazing things as they focus on their learning and schoolwork. Seeing our children learn and grow each day, whether they are in person or at home, is why we do what we do here in CISD. A huge thank you to our phenomenal teachers and staff for their hard work, innovativeness, and persistence as they have work through some truly challenging times, while establishing authentic relationships with the students in their care, both those in person and remote learning. Finally, I want to thank our supportive parents and guardians for partnering with us to help our students learn and thrive. Please see this video from me sharing my additional thoughts on the first grading period.
As CISD welcomes back more learners in person on Tuesday, Oct. 13, please take a moment to review our Return to School procedures and updates at www.coppellisd.com/returntoschool. A complete breakdown by campus will provide you with additional information about how many students we have in person and remote. Whether learning at school or at home, we remain committed to providing the exceptional education experience for which our district is known, as we work #CISDTogether.
I hope you enjoy the long weekend with your family!
Dr. Brad Hunt
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.
Return to School Update
CISD has developed a checklist for students who will be in person learning for the first time Oct. 13 go.coppellisd.com/InPersonChecklist. CISD also has a checklist for distance learning students at go.coppellisd.com/DistanceLearningCheckList. As a reminder, we ask parents and guardians of in person learners to screen their children daily using the checklist at go.coppellisd.com/StudentScreenChecklist.
Wear Red Oct. 15 for Dyslexia Awareness
October is national Dyslexia Awareness Month. CISD will raise awareness on each campus with a variety of events and activities. On Oct. 15, all CISD students and staff are encouraged to "Light It RED for Dyslexia" by wearing red to school. Learn more about CISD Intervention Services/Dyslexia at go.coppellisd.com/dyslexia. Additional resources include the Texas Dyslexia Handbook, Texas Dyslexia Handbook Spanish and the International Dyslexia Association Handbook.
Report Cards Available Oct.16 The last day of the first grading period is Friday, Oct. 9. Learners in 4th-12th grade will have their report card information available in the Home Access System (HAC) at https://hac.coppellisd.com by the end of the day Friday, Oct. 16. Parents and guardians who need help with a HAC password should fill out a Help Desk ticket at www.coppellisd.com/helpdesk. Report cards for Pre Kindergarten to 3rd grade students will be e-mailed directly to parents and guardians on Oct. 16.
Coppell ISD's We Value Podcast & Alexa
CISD’s new We Value Podcast debuts new episodes each Thursday. You can find us wherever you get your podcasts or visit go.coppellisd.com/WeValuePodcast to listen. This week, hear about our core value of Redefining Success with CMS West Art Teacher Catherine Schaefer.
CISD also is on Alexa, which includes Mindful Moments and an audio version of “Catch Up with Hunt.” You can see instructions on how to add us to your Alexa briefings at go.coppellisd.com/CISDAlexaInstructions.
National School Lunch Week
This year’s theme for National School Lunch Week (Oct. 12-16) is “Vote for a Winning School Lunch!” CISD Child Nutrition will be highlighting all of the important aspects of a healthy school lunch and giving all of our students the opportunity to “vote” for their favorite foods. In person students will “vote” via their school lunch choice, while distance learners can vote at go.coppellisd.com/foodvote20. Remember, in person elementary learners receive breakfast and lunch for free through December. No sign up is required. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/2020FreeMeals.
Spotlight on Student Service: CHS
An investment group founded by Coppell High School students recently paid dividends in peanut butter to a local food bank. On Sept. 26, Coppell Charitable Investments used revenue from their portfolio to purchase about 204 pounds of peanut butter worth more than $300 to donate to the North Texas Food Bank. This nonprofit investment group was created by CHS Junior Kavin Sampath and five of his classmates who serve on the Board of Directors — Prabhav Kumbum, Jai Konnuru, Aksh Tyagi, Rohan Nalla and Rohan Pritmani. The group's goal is to teach CHS students about investing and contribute any revenue generated to local charities.Read more at go.coppellisd.com/CharitableInvestments.
Update iPad Reminder This long weekend is a perfect time for the CISD iPad update to IOS (iPad Operating System) 14. It is available for download in “Settings” on all district-issued iPads. To do this, the user will go to Settings, go to General, touch Software Update, touch Download and Install. This will begin the process. The user will need to agree to the terms and conditions before the download begins. It should take fewer than 10 minutes to download the update, and another 15 or 20 minutes to install the software.
Lunch Bites Returns CISD’s Facebook Live “Lunch Bites”series is returning. This series can be viewed over lunch and features 20 minutes of pre-taped video content followed by a 10 minute question and answer session live on Facebook. Our first Lunch Bites is on Wednesday, Oct.14 at 11:30 a.m. and will focus on CISD's Health Services. View Lunch Bites at www.facebook.com/coppellisd.
Ed Foundation Teacher Grants Campaign
The Coppell ISD Education Foundation Give for Grants Campaign is now open. Give for Grants is designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward effective, innovative and creative, instructional approaches that directly impact our CISD students while transforming classroom learning. Now more than ever, this type of innovation and teaching is critical. Making a donation is easy. You choose a school. You select a grant. You make a donation. You make an impact. To make a donation, please visit https://give.livingtree.com/p/coppellisdef to make a donation.CEF thanks you, and more importantly, our CISD students thank you.
Early Voting Begins Oct. 13
Early voting for the Nov. 3 election begins Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 30. Visit www.votetexas.gov for details on early voting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Meals for Elementary & Distance Learners As a reminder, 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. No sign up is required for in person elementary students. 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. 9 - Regular School Day
- Oct. 12- Holiday - No School
- Oct. 13 - First Day of the Second Grading Period
- Oct. 14 - Lunch Bites 11:30 a.m.
- Oct. 15 - Wear Red for Dyslexia Awareness
- Oct. 16 - Report Cards Ready
- Oct. 26 - Regular Board Meeting 7 p.m.
- Oct. 30 - Homecoming Football Game vs. Plano West 7 p.m.
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