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Dear CISD Families,
Our school year is officially in full swing and filled with a variety of opportunities for you to engage with your child's school and the district. I hope those of you were able to attend one of our Curriculum Nights this week took advantage of the opportunity to engage with our teachers and learn more about your child's curriculum and the academic expectations for the year. We conclude these nights with CHS9’s Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 3. I also encourage you to join your school's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or become involved with a district committee as additional opportunities for engagement.
As we focus on establishing and sustaining positive relationships, it has been wonderful to see so many of our teachers and campuses embrace social and emotional learning as they have welcomed and gotten to know our students these past two and a half weeks. I firmly believe the way to a child’s head is through his or her heart, and establishing these relationships at the beginning of the school year are key to great teaching and deep learning. Read more in the story below about social and emotional learning in action in Coppell ISD.
As we continue to share our CISD Story as part of our commitment to engagement, I am pleased to announce a new weekly video series, “Catch Up with Hunt.” Each Friday, I will share with you a brief video update of what is happening in the district, which may include a story or two and addressing some of the frequent topics that come up in our community. I look forward to connecting with you via this medium. You can find the first “Catch Up with Hunt” video on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/coppellisd.com.
Another engagement opportunity I am excited to share is our Feeder Pattern nights at our home football games. We hope you can come to your designated night to enjoy this time with your school community and cheer on our Coppell Cowboys!
Remember all CISD campuses and facilities will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.
I hope you enjoy this long weekend with your family and friends!
Trustees Approve CISD Budget and Tax Rate
The CISD Board of Trustees approved the 2019-20 budget and tax rate for the district during their board meeting Aug. 26. CISD’s tax rate for 2019-20 will be a total of $1.33 per $100 in assessed value, which is an overall tax rate reduction of $.1296 per $100 in assessed value. Trustees also approved the 2019-20 CISD Budget of $154.4 M, which is $1.9 M or 1.2 percent less than the previous year. Details on the district’s budget can be found on the district’s website or at www.coppellisd.com/budget.
CISD Featured on WFAA Ch. 8’s Story on Vaping
CISD Safety and Security Coordinator Rachael Freeman and Director of Student and Staff Services Jennifer Villines were featured in the Aug. 23 WFAA Ch. 8 News story, “North Texas school districts waging education campaigns against e-cigs and vaping.” Click here to watch the story online.
Reminder: Safety & Security Procedures for Home Football Games Begin Sept. 6
In anticipation of Coppell High School’s first home football game at Buddy Echols Stadium Sept. 6, additional security measures are in place. All visitors to football games may be subjected to wanding with handheld metal detectors by security personnel. Purses will be limited to clutch style bags, no larger than 4.5” x 6.5.” No backpacks will be allowed, as was the case last year. All bags are subject to search. Visit https://coppellathletics.net/sports/2017/8/28/buddy-echols-field.aspx for additional information on Buddy Echols security procedures.
Spotlight on Pre-K at CISD
As CISD’s Pre-Kindergarten transitioned to a full time program in 2019-20, there are double the number of educators, locations, children served and playdough. “We use engaged, play-based experiential learning Pre-K curriculum that focuses on developing relationships,” said CISD Director of Intervention Services Debbie Gauntt. “We know that early intervention is the key to success in developing the social and language skills to prepare these learners for success in Kindergarten and throughout their CISD educational journey” Currently, CISD’s Pre-K program has more than 170 students, 8 teachers and 17 paraprofessionals on four campuses — Austin, Denton Creek, Lakeside and Wilson Elementary schools. For details about the program and eligibility requirements, visit www.coppellisd.com/prek.
One idea from Coppell High School students to feed starving children blossomed into a community wide volunteer opportunity to feed thousands. On Saturday, Aug. 24, 532 CISD community volunteers came together at the Coppell High School large gym and packaged 101,088 meals for the organization Coppell 1 Million Meals, which was founded by CHS senior Luke Albright. Most of CISD’s campuses had students, staff and parents volunteer at this event. Coppell 1 Million Meals, which now is a club at CHS sponsored by history teacher Michael Brock, is partnering with Feed My Starving Children with the ultimate goal of providing 1 million meals in 10 years through an annual community service event. Luke Albright and his leadership team of CHS students James Stevens, Justin Kline, Christian Liu, Nick Pranske, Kate Harris, Roma Mazumdar, Sebastien Royer and Vittore Zanelli, spearheaded this CISD community engagement effort. Luke says he learned about the importance of service and giving back as an elementary student at Denton Creek Elementary. These high school students and this project embody the CISD Engagement Core Value statement, “We value collective engagement, that positively impacts the lives of our children and our world.” See more photos and keep up with Coppell 1 Million Meals on its Facebook page by searching “Coppell 1 Million Meals.”
Schools Embrace Social + Emotional Learning
CISD is committed to educating the whole child and implementing social and emotional learning techniques into daily lessons. During the first few weeks of the school year, many of our campuses focused on how to serve our students social and emotional needs. For example, Wilson Elementary School had each of its students complete a post it note with the prompt, “I matter, because…” Click here for a video about this Wilson project. At Richard J. Lee Elementary, the Blue House completed respect agreements with its learners and implemented gratitude jars. Coppell High School wears pink on Wednesdays, and has introduced the FISH philosophy (Be there, Choose gratitude, Make their day and Play) and Cowboy Grit (Gratitude, Respect, Integrity, Trust) to encourage a sense of community. New Tech High @ Coppell has embraced mindfulness and the school implemented yoga into their day. A Valley Ranch teacher had students share about their strengths as part of their love language. Discover more about how social and emotional learning in CISD by searching social media with the hashtag #CISDLearns.
2019-20 iLead Application Deadline Sept. 6
Want to know more about Coppell ISD? Applications are now open for iLead, a five session leadership training opportunity designed to help parents and community members gain insight into the operations of Coppell ISD, learn more about district service opportunities and build capacity for future Board and committee leadership. The cost to participate in iLead is $50, which helps defray district expenses such as t-shirts, training materials, food, etc. Visit www.coppellisd.com/ilead for more information and session dates on both programs and to apply to participate. To confirm your spot, please complete the application and bring exact cash or check payable to Coppell ISD (at the Vonita White Administration Building) no later than Friday, Sept. 6. Limited seating and selection will be on a first-come, first served basis. All confirmed participants will be notified by Monday, Sept. 9.
Coppell ISD Education Foundation Super Star Nominations Due Sept. 27
Help the Coppell ISD Education Foundation spotlight the dedicated and hardworking students, teachers, administrators and support staff in CISD by nominating them for a Super Star award. The deadline for the first round of Super Star nominations this year is Sept. 27. Everyone nominated, regardless of whether they are chosen as a winner, will receive a printed certificate, so please nominate as many deserving individuals as possible! Visit www.coppellisdef.com/super-star for more information about the Super Star Program and to nominate a Super Star.
September 2 - Labor Day Holiday
September 3 - CHS 9 Curriculum Night 6:00 p.m.
September 6 - Home Football Game vs. LD Bell 7:00 p.m.
September 9 - Board Workshop 6 p.m.
September 12 - CISD College Night at CHS 6 to 8:00 p.m.
September 23 - Regular CISD Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.
In this Issue:
Start your day the healthy way – by walking or biking! Trade in traffic for a safe, outdoor route to school along one of our beautiful trails. With more than 14 miles of trails, there are plenty of ways to stay active in Coppell. Check out the interactive map at coppelltx.gov/routestoschool!
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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