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Dear CISD Families,
Coppell ISD is a diverse community with many cultures amongst our students, staff and families. I believe this diversity is what makes our district so unique and special. Each year, our schools have cultural activities, celebrations and special events to learn more about the different customs of the families in our community. I have enjoyed attending these events at our campuses, as well as joining our community in cultural traditions at their places of worship.
This week, some of our campuses celebrated Día de los Muertos, a Mexican Holiday. It was engaging to see how our students shared how their families commemorate this day, which follows Halloween.
Many families in CISD also celebrate Diwali. As we recognized Ramadan in the spring, a district committee of teachers and staff have come together to plan virtual activities and information to recognize the importance of this day, as well as allow our community to learn more about their neighbors who celebrate it. I encourage you to join us in participating.
With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more just around the corner, there will be many opportunities for our families to celebrate together. I encourage you to continue to practice social distancing and all of the other safety guidelines from the CDC. We have seen a recent spike in our reported COVID cases and anticipate an additional rise with so many holidays during the next few months.
I hope you enjoy the weekend.
Dr. Brad Hunt
Diwali Celebrations in CISD
The CISD Diwali Committee, which included teachers and staff from several schools, as well as district administrators, have planned activities for Diwali, which is Nov. 14. We hope you join us in celebrating Diwali. Future district-wide activities that will evolve around other cultural celebrations will occur throughout the school year.
Complete CISD Family Survey by Nov. 20
The Fall 2020 CISD Family Survey is open now through Friday, Nov. 20. To participate, visit go.coppellisd.com/familyfall2020, then select your child(ren)’s school. If you have multiple children in CISD, we ask that you take the survey for each school your child attends. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to share any additional feedback or insight not covered in the survey or have any additional comments to share with the district.
Intervention Services Parent Newsletter
The CISD Intervention Services November Parent Newsletter is available at go.coppellisd.com/ISNov2020Newsletter.
District AP Scholars The College Board has announced that CISD has a total of 885 AP (Advanced Placement) Scholars for 2020 from Coppell High School, CHS9 and New Tech High @ Coppell. The AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP Exams. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/APScholars2020.
West Librarian Angie Mahalik to State Committee CMS West Librarian Angie Mahalik has been appointed by the Texas Library Association to serve on the Young Adult Round Table Reading Committee. She will be part of a statewide committee to develop a reading list for grades 6, 7 and 8 to encourage recreational reading. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/Mahalik.
CMS North Cougars4Change students are implementing a recycling program at the school. Thanks to a grant from the CMS North PTO, the group has 8 “Recycling Stations” around the school specifically for bottles and cans, and every classroom in the building has a small recycling bin. Each bin has a QR code that learners can use to track how much they recycle to enter raffles and contests for prizes. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/Cougars4Change.
October Sub of the Month Ron Flores has been subbing in CISD since 2013. He jumped right in when we went virtual back in March and has been subbing long term, virtual and face to face, ever since. He willingness to help out during this school year has not gone unnoticed. When speaking to him it is clear his main focus is the students and staff of CISD. He has been a regular at CHS and CHS9 ,and his willingness to help out is very much appreciated. Congratulations for being the October Substitute of the month, Mr. Flores, and thank you for all you do for kids.
Cowboy Theatre Event Nov. 7
The CHS Cowboy Theatre Company is hosting a virtual auction and variety show on Nov. 7. Learn more at www.coppellhstheatre.com/.
DART Silver Line Safety Video
With construction under way for the Silver Line along the historic Cotton Belt regional rail corridor, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) reminds the community that construction areas can be very dangerous. DART is sharing this safety video
https://vimeo.com/445578401/b4bc58671c (English) and https://vimeo.com/449012792/dc6f5f7028 (Spanish) with the community. Visit www.dart.org/transiteducation for more safety information.
- Nov. 16 - Regular Board Meeting 7 p.m.
- Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving Break
- Nov. 30 - Board Workshop 5 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!
At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving, we provide comprehensive healthcare services to help you and your family get better. And because we care about building a healthier community, we’re renovating our hospital to fit your needs as they grow.
Learn more at BSWHealth.com/Irving.
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