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Dear CISD Families,
I hope you had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break! I personally enjoyed some much-needed family time and was grateful to have some time off last week. It's crazy to think we are in the home stretch to the end of 2020 and halfway through the school year. As we wrap up the semester, I know it's a busy time of year as many of our families are preparing to celebrate cherished holidays. It is my belief that the diversity within our CISD community makes us stronger, and I hope you will join us as we dedicate time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Posadas Navideñas virtually over the next few weeks.
This time of year is also a time of recognition for the district, as we begin to honor Super Teachers, our Great Employees who Matter or GEMs, and schools announce their campus Teachers of the Year. I truly believe that what is recognized gets repeated. So as you read about these special CISD employees, I hope you join me in applauding their going above and beyond in teaching our children and serving our district. They emulate our Core Values at the highest level, and we are lucky to have them as members of the CISD family.
We had the pleasure of swearing in new Trustee Dr. Neena Biswas and reelected Trustee David Caviness Monday. You can read more about them both, as well as the new board officers, in the article below. Our Board of Trustees dedicate their time and expertise to do what is best for the children we serve, and I am grateful for our Trustees work and support on behalf of our educators, students and community.
I hope you have had a wonderful week and enjoy the weekend.
Dr. Brad Hunt
Commitment Forms Due Dec. 9
Parents or guardians should have received an email Nov. 30 with a commitment form for their child(ren). Only fill out the form if you are changing your current (second nine week grading period) learning mode. The deadline is Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m. The third grading period begins on Jan. 6, 2021. Email email@example.com with questions or if you did not receive the form. CISD remains committed to provide our families with the choice of in person and remote learning for their children.
Early Dismissal Dec. 11
CISD has designated Friday, Dec. 11, as an early dismissal day to allow our educators and staff to have additional planning time to meet the needs of our students. Elementary schools will release at 12:30 p.m., Middle Schools at 1 p.m. and High Schools at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Dismissal will occur at regular times on Friday, Dec. 18 before the Winter Holiday Break.
Mid-Year Open Enrollment Program
CISD’s Open Enrollment Program for those who live within the City of Coppell, but outside the district’s enrollment boundaries, is accepting mid-year applications through Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Visit www.coppellisd.com/openenrollment for more information or to apply for the Open Enrollment Program.
Trustees Sworn In During the Board Workshop Nov. 30, newly elected Trustee Dr. Neena Biswas (Place 4) and reelected Trustee David Caviness (Place 5) were sworn in as CISD Trustees. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/TrusteesNov20.
In addition, Trustee Nichole Bentley was elected President, Trustee Leigh Walker was elected Vice President and Trustee Manish Sethi was elected Secretary of the CISD Board of Trustees during the workshop. To learn more about what happened at the Nov. 30 Board Workshop, visit www.coppellisd.com/boardbriefs.
Congratulations to CISD's Fall 2020 SuperTeachers, who design engaging and innovative learning experiences that ignite the interests of learners. Our latest Super Teachers are: Shelby Thompson from Mockingbird Elementary, Logan Maloney and Katie Tonemah from Town Center Elementary, Abrielle Stone and Jessica Ferreri from Valley Ranch Elementary, Catherine Schaffer, Sara Albers and Margaret Anne Tucker from CMS West, and Clara Caussey, Trisha Goins, Bybiana Houghton, Kim Lee, Kristia Leyendecker, Amanda Mask, Miranda Porrteus and Diane de Waal from Coppell High School.
Cross Country Places 5th in State
The Coppell Cowboys Cross Country team finished 5th and Senior Evan Caswell finished 8th at the State Cross Country Championship held Nov. 24 in Round Rock. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/crosscountrystate.
Introducing ParentSquare Soon, CISD parents and guardians will receive an email to set up their CISD parent/guardian account in ParentSquare, the district’s new notification system. ParentSquare includes an app that allows for two-way conversations with teachers and the district. It also has translation options for users and the ability to select the frequency of receiving email messages, including a weekly digest of emails. Be on the lookout for this email from ParentSquare soon.
Board Workshop on Budget Dec. 7
The CISD Board of Trustees will host a Budget Board Workshop on Monday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. The agenda is available at www.coppellisd.com/board and the meeting will be broadcast live at go.coppellisd.com/BoardMeetingLiveVideo.
CBAS Lunch Bites Dec. 16
CISD will host a Lunch Bites on the Community Based Accountability System or CBAS on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at www.facebook.com/coppellisd. The CISD CBAS team will share more about this system and the community can participate in a questions and answer session live on Facebook.
COVID-19 Facebook Live Dec. 17
CISD will present a Facebook Live on COVID-19 on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. at www.facebook.com/coppellisd. The CISD community can submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Coppell Cozby Library and Community Commons is sponsoring the city-wide reading program, Coppell Reads, this year from Dec. 14 through Jan. 31, 2021. All programs and activities will be virtual. The book is “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang. The summary from the Cozby catalog reads:
“Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese students in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason."
The Cozby Library will begin passing out free copies of the book beginning Dec. 14 — one book per family or household. Read more at www.coppelltx.gov/library.
- Dec. 7 - Board Workshop 4 p.m.
- Dec. 11 - Early Dismissal
- Dec. 14 - Regular Board Meeting 7 p.m.
- Dec. 16 - Lunch Bites on CBAS 11:30 a.m.
- Dec. 17 - COVID-19 Facebook Live 6 p.m.
In this Issue:
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