November 2006

Issue 9

Board To Vote on Academy/Magnet School November 27th

In this issue


CHS Band Ranks #7 in Texas!

Congratulations Coppell High School marching band! The Cowboy band returned from this year's UIL state contest on Wednesday bearing the title of 7th among class 5-A high schools in Texas. Thirty-one bands competed in the state contest but only 10 moved on to the final round. CHS finished 3rd in the preliminary round to earn a final chance at the state title. A new team of judges was assigned to the final round and CHS's 9:30 p.m. performance was very strong. This year, half of the top ten bands competing in the finals were from the Metroplex, one was from the Houston area, two from Austin, and two were from San Antonio. Visit the University Interscholastic League (UIL) website for more information and to view all final and prelim scores.

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Academy/Magnet to Curb Overcrowding at CHS

A year ago October, the Board of Trustees called for a group of community and staff members to evaluate the current situation at Coppell High School and present viable options to address overcrowding. The Grade Alignment Committee was formed and met throughout the spring of 2006. During that time, committee members researched options and solicited information from other community members. A summary of their work was presented at a Board meeting in May 2006. The Grade Alignment committee ultimately supported two viable solutions: a Ninth Grade Center and an Academy/Magnet school.

In September 2006, the Board discussed the recommendation from the Grade Alignment Committee and asked Dr. Turner to have staff report further on the pros/cons regarding the academic impact of both alternatives. Visit the Grade Alignment folder on the CISD homepage (www.coppellisd.com) for more details.

The Board requested more information about the Academy/Magnet concept and how other districts were implementing this school of choice option for students. After further discussion at the November 7 Board workshop, the CISD Board of Trustees concluded they would be ready to take action regarding moving forward with the process of developing an Academy/Magnet school in the district. The action item will be included on the November 27 Board agenda. For more information contact the Department of Communications & Public Relations at tringo@coppellisd.com.

CISD Kids4Turkeys Annual Drive Coming Up!

The district will once again participate in a trukey drive in cooperation with the North Texas Food Bank. Over 2,000 turkeys equalling $30,000 were collected by the district last year and this year's goal is to hit the 3,000 mark! Turkeys may be dropped-off at every campus in the district on Friday, November the 17th. Check with your campus regarding drop-off locations and times.

Happy Turkey Day!

CISD will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from Monday, November 20th through Friday, November 24th. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th.

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