March 2007 Issue 11
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Education Symposium Available on DVD

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner began the dialogue with the community about the future of education in Coppell ISD by asking the question, "Are we preparing our children for our past or for their future?" Attendees heard from CISD administrators as well as futurist Dr. Peter Bishop, Professor of Studies of the Future at the University of Houston.

According to Dr. Turner, "Coppell ISD is one of the best school districts in the state (and the nation) based upon standardized tests and nationally normed assessment instruments like SAT/ACT. We need to ask ourselves if it is enough to be as good as other top performing schools in the Metroplex or should we set a higher standard in order for our students to compete in a global market."

To learn more about the educational symposium, view the PowerPoint presentations, and hear video clips, visit the district website (link located in this e- newsletter). For those interested in hearing the two - 2 hour presentations in their entirety, free DVD copies are available in the Communications and Public Relations Department located in the Vonita White Administration Bldg./200 So. Denton Tap Road.

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Pinnacle 2010 Committee - Academy/Magnet Survey

By fall of 2008, this Academy/Magnet (School of Choice) is set to open in a temporary facility. By 2010, the district will help open the doors of the permanent location...hence the committee's name, Pinnacle 2010.

What began as a means to alleviate overcrowding at Coppell High School has evolved into an exciting new approach to better serve and connect students who are not interested in attending a traditional high school. According to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner, "We are seeking to provide a program of rigorous academics, organized around interest areas like a magnet concept, and structured in a flexible learning environment. We expect these students to take AP and Dual Credit courses and transition to higher education after graduation." Learn more about the Academy/Magnet (School of Choice) on the CISD website homepage (click on the link in this publication).

CISD parents with children in Grades 6-12 are encouraged to complete the following Academy Survey by Wednesday, March 7th. (CISD students in Grades 6-12 will be taking the same survey at their campus.) Academy Survey

2006 National Merit Finalists Announced

Nine students from CHS were recently named to the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program: Thomas Carlson, Rosie Gellman, Allison Jordan, Mai Le, Julia Meter, John Salvie, Nitin Seemakurty, Amy Seitz, and Tony Sun. These students were recognized by the Board of Trustees during the regular School Board Meeting in February.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. For more information visit the National Merit Scholarship Program website at www.nationalmerit.org.

Shattered Dreams Program Planned for CHS

A DWI-related death occurs every 15 minutes in the United States. Coppell High School staff and students are once again partnering with the City of Coppell Fire and Police Departments and the Assistance League of Coppell to present this year's Shattered Dreams program to juniors and seniors at CHS. Originally developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), this student-led docudrama takes place every two years prior to the prom event and warns students about the danger of drinking and driving. Please be aware of additional police and fire presence in the vicinity of Coppell High School between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon on Friday, March 9th.

Celebrate Texas Public Schools Week Then Enjoy Spring Break!

Coppell ISD welcomes the entire school community to visit during Texas Public Schools Week March 5-9. Ask your child about activities scheduled on his/her campus and make plans now to be part of the celebration.

Coppell ISD will be closed for Spring Break beginning Monday, March 12th - Friday, March 16th. Regular hours of operation will resume on Monday, March 19th. Have a safe and restful break!

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