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    Dear CISD Families, 


    I want to start by expressing that Coppell ISD’s thoughts, prayers and support is with our neighboring families and school districts, including Dallas, Richardson and Garland ISD, that were impacted by the devastating storms and tornadoes from last Sunday.  Through dealing with the damage and finding solutions to this devastation, what stood out to me was the resilience, flexibility and willingness to come together these districts had, as they worked to provide safe educational spaces for the children they serve. From maintenance workers, cafeteria staff, teachers, secretaries, administrators and superintendents, all of us dedicate our working lives to doing what is best for kids on a daily basis and especially during an emergency or crisis. 


    Parents and guardians also play a crucial role in our collective commitment to educate our children.  You have an important voice in letting our district know how we are doing, as we strive to best serve your children. Please engage with us and take advantage of the Family Survey I emailed you about earlier this week.  You may complete this survey at
    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/.

    Another venue in which you can engage with this District is via input@coppellisd.com.  We are asking that you share your feedback with us on our next two-year calendar process via this email. We also invite you to share any additional feedback on the district via input@coppellisd.com, so that we can have insight into the issues that may be affecting you and your children.As we continue to share the #CISDOurStory with you, some highlights from this week include our CISD Homecoming Parade and Community Pep Rally. It was so fun to march down Parkway Wednesday evening with our Board members in birthday hats celebrating our 60th anniversary and see so many members of our community watching the parade.  This reminds me of why Coppell ISD is such a wonderful place to work and live, it is because of our community spirit and support of one another that stands out as a point of pride.

    I hope to see you at tonight’s Homecoming Football Game vs. Irving! Have a great weekend with your family, 

     


    Brad Hunt

     


    CISD Announces 35 National Merit Semifinalists for 2020


    Thirty-five Coppell High School seniors have been selected as 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Selection is based on the students' scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. National Merit Semifinalists represent fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. These students will have the opportunity to continue in the program and compete for scholarships that will be offered next spring to National Merit Finalists. CISD’s 2020 National Merit Semifinalists are CHS seniors: Laasya P. Achanta, Vanuli Arya, Sarah Bayanmunkh, Sanya Bhatt, Sonali D. Chaturvedi, Jiwon Cheon, Teresa V. Chin, Het Vipul Desai, Anika K. Divekar, Ritesh V. Dontula, Nisha R. Elete, Srinivasa M. Eranki, Amrita E. Ghose, Ananya Gupta, Prayaag Gupta, Vamsi K. Immanneni, Ronak R. Indurti, Akhilesh Koditipalli, Pranitha R. Kona, Samantha J. Lai, Karen L. Lu, Aditi S. Manjrekar, Aditi G. Mutagi, Tharani M. Muthukumar, Nitin Naresh, Reina V. Raj, Mihir Ranjan, Bikal R. Sharma, Akansha Singh, Andrew Y. Tao, Eva T. Theel, Ricky S. Titus, Anand Vemuganti, Rohil B. Verma and Benjamin Y Wang.

     

     
    High School Tennis Wins District


    Congratulations to the Coppell High School tennis team, who became district champs on Oct. 15.  The team advanced to Regionals, where they lost to Southlake Carroll in a quarterfinal match on Oct. 21.  Individual tennis will resume in the spring. Read more about the tennis team in the CHS Sidekick article by senior Emma Meehan, “Fall tennis season ends in regional quarters loss to Carroll.”

     
    Cross Country Girls Win District, Boys 2nd


    The reigning Class 6-A state champions CHS Girls Cross Country Team won district Oct. 18, while the Boys team placed 2nd at the meet held at North Lakes in Denton.  Both teams advance to the Class 6A Region I Meet on Oct. 28 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Congratulations to Cross Country! 

     

     

     

     
    Band Places 6th at Super Regional


    Bravo to the Coppell High School Varsity Band, which finished 6th at the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional held Oct. 18-20. This is Coppell High School’s first appearance in any out-of-state Super Regional in the program’s history. Way to go Band!

     

     

     
    Complete CISD Family Survey by Nov. 4

    CISD is currently surveying our families in order to gain insight into your perception of our schools and district effectiveness. This survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete and will be a valuable source of information for us, as we work to make our schools and our district the best that they can be.  You may complete the survey online between now and Nov. 4, using a computer, tablet or smartphone. To take the survey, please visit https://surveys.panoramaed.com, 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 input@coppellisd.com, 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.  

     
    Calendar Input Requested by Nov. 8

    The CISD District Education Improvement Council (DEIC) is seeking input from the CISD community, as it begins the process for setting the district’s next two-year calendar (2020-21 and 2021-2022.) The CISD community is asked to email suggestions to input@coppellisd.com by the end of the day Friday, Nov. 8. Please include the school(s) your children attend with your input. This feedback will be shared with the DEIC’s Calendar subcommittee in October and November.  The DEIC will share two calendar options with the CISD community for input in late November through January. The CISD Board of Trustees is set to vote on adopting the district’s next two-year calendar at its Jan. 14, 2020 meeting.

     
    North Feeder Pattern Night Nov. 8

    CISD is hosting its final football Feeder Pattern night for CMS North at the Nov. 8 football game vs. Irving Nimitz.  Students will receive free admission to a game on their designated night with purchase of parent/guardian adult ticket. We ask that parents attend the game with their elementary and middle school children. We look forward to welcoming CMS North, Cottonwood Creek, Denton Creek, Town Center and Wilson  to Buddy Echols field that night.

    CISD in the News

    CISD CHS Varsity Football team recently were featured in two TV news stories about players using bluetooth mouthguards to measure player impacts during practices and games.  These devices were purchased by the CHS Football Booster Club. Coach Mike DeWitt and senior Payton Rosenbaum were featured on CBS 11 on Oct. 15 in the story, “Coppell High School Using Head Impact Sensors To Monitor Football Players.”  Coach DeWitt and junior Nicholas Quilens were featured on Fox 4 on Oct. 17 in the story, “Coppell High School invests in high-tech mouthguards for football players.” Coppell Football also was featured on NBC 5 on Oct. 24 in the story “#SomethingGood: Coppell Football Cheer on Band at Competition.”

     


    Varsity Football Team Supports Band

    Source The Sidekick CHS student newspaper Oct. 17 article “Flipping the narrative, Band receives unexpected support at local competition” by senior Alishba Javaid.



     Photo by sophomore Elaina Hair.

    The Coppell High School varsity football team surprised the junior varsity and varsity bands by coming out to show their support at the UIL Region 31 Marching Contest at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton-Farmers Branch on Oct. 15. Band members were pleasantly surprised as they saw the football team cheering them on from the stands. For many band members, it was a first seeing the football team’s support at a competition.

    “I was really surprised. Normally we’re there supporting and I didn’t know that they would come help us as well,” CHS sophomore front ensemble band member Kelly Wei said.

    CHS junior quarterback Ryan Walker added, “[Coppell coach Mike Dewittt] told us to come out here and everybody was on board with it. We wanted to be there for them since they’re always there for us.”


    Read more in the full Sidekick article at https://coppellstudentmedia.com.

     


    Pumpkin Patch at Town Center

    Students at Town Center Elementary have turned their Family School Garden into a Pumpkin Patch. Learners have been bringing pumpkins and other gourds each day, while teachers and staff have added haystacks and decorations to turn the garden into an interactive fall experience. Adding these pumpkins has encouraged more usage of the garden in the fall.  Town Center students have used the garden during class time to write down observations of the pumpkins and gourds as part of science learning activities.
     


     
    CHS Newsies Tickets Available
    Tickets are now on sale for CHS Theatre’s production of Newsies, which runs Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 9-10 at CHS.  Purchase your tickets online at https://chstb.booktix.com/ or at the door the day of the show.
     
    Give for Grants

    Coppell ISD teachers submitted grant applications to the Coppell ISD Education Foundation for unique learning opportunities, enriching the learning process for all students in their classrooms.  New this year, your donation to CEF can specifically impact the grant of your choice. Go to www.give4grantsCISD.org to choose your school, select a grant and donate before Nov. 15!
     
    Duke University Talented Identification Program


    Discover if your 4th-7th Grader qualifies for the Duke University’s Talented Identification Program, known as Duke TIP,  via this presentation at http://bit.ly/CoppellDukeTIP. There is a cost for the services provided by Duke TIP,  and it is important to note CISD does not endorse nor does it profit from a learner’s enrollment in Duke TIP.  The decision on whether or not to participate in Duke TIP, should your child qualify, is a family decision. All Duke TIP programs are designed specifically for Gifted and Talented (GT) students. However, based on the qualifying scores for participation, as set by Duke TIP, approximately 1,500 CISD learners in grades 4-7 qualify each year, which far exceeds the number of Gifted and Talented Identified learners in those grade levels. 

     
    GT Testing Dates for 3rd and 5th Graders

    On Nov. 12-14*, CISD 3rd and 5th grade students, except for those at Austin and Mockingbird, will take a standardized multiple-choice, aptitude assessment. *Austin and Mockingbird 3rd and 5th graders will take the assessment Nov. 5-7. This assessment is being given universally to all CISD 3rd (not currently served by GT) and 5th graders as one measure used to identify the need for Gifted and Talented Intervention (GTi) services for our learners. There are no study manuals for this assessment and no advance preparation is required.  The scored results will be sent to parents approximately six weeks after the testing date. Your child’s score will be one data point used to determine a need for Gifted and Talented Intervention (GTi) services. Parents will be notified of the GTi decisions by March 1, 2020. For 5th grade learners already receiving GTi services, results will be used to help serve these students in more precise and specific ways, as well as in selecting courses for middle school.
     
    FIRST Financial Hearing at Oct. 28 Board Meeting
    CISD will host a public hearing on its FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating report for 2018-19 during the Oct. 28 Board meeting. The rating is based upon the financial results of the 2017-18 school year. CISD once again achieved a perfect rating of 100 on the Texas Education Agency FIRST rating.
     
    • Oct. 28 - Regular Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

    • Oct. 29 - Punkin Chunkin/ Fall Festival/ Haunted House 6:00 p.m.

    • Nov. 1-3 Newsies

    • Nov. 9-10 - Newsies

    • Nov. 4 - Special Board Meeting - 8:00 a.m.

    • Nov. 8 - Home Football Game vs. Irving Nimitz - 7:00 p.m.

    • Nov. 11 - Joint Board Meeting with Coppell City Council - 6:30 p.m.

    • Nov. 18 - Regular Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

     

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    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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