March 8, 2019
Dear CISD Family,
As you hopefully are aware, after a detailed process that began in May 2018, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees approved Boundary Realignment at its February 25 meeting. Now begins the work of ensuring all our student and parent communities know the outcomes, the impact to their family and next steps to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. A brochure has been sent home to all of our elementary and 6th and 7th grade students detailing this and our transfer process. This information also can be found at www.coppellisd.com/realignment.
Last week, several Trustees and I traveled to Austin to participate in a Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Legislative Conference, as well as participate in Coppell Day at the Capitol with the City of Coppell and Coppell Chamber of Commerce. We were able to hear from the Speaker of the House Rep. Dennis Bonnen and the leaders of the House and Senate Public Education committees. We met with several representatives and senators, including those who represent our district, and shared our story and the district’s legislative agenda with these legislators. There is a positive atmosphere of collegiality and cooperation in the Texas Legislature that I am hopeful will have a supportive impact on public education. This, I believe, has led to the School Finance Bill (HB3) announced this week that is a step in the right direction to address some of our financial needs, concerns about recapture and allow us the flexibility to do what is right for our taxpayers. This bill is the most comprehensive legislation to address school finance since 2007, and I am cautiously optimistic that it is a step in the right direction and will get the job done this session.
Finally, I know we are all looking forward to Spring Break next week. I want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and our staff who educate and take care of our children’s needs each school day. They are so deserving of this break to rejuvenate and spend time with their families. I hope all of our families have a wonderful Spring Break! We will be back to work on March 18 to begin the trek to finish out this school year.
Have a wonderful Spring Break,
CISD Board Approves Boundary Realignment
The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees approved new elementary and middle school attendance boundaries for the district during its meeting Feb. 25, 2019. Details on the new attendance zones, “grandfathering” and transfer process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/realignment.
District Transfer Process Underway
The application window for all “grandfathered” and transfer students began March 4 and will run to March 29. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by April 30, 2019. Details on this process and forms are available at www.coppellisd.com/transfer.
*CISD will not provide transportation for students who transfer campuses, including those who transfer as “grandfathered” students. Also, there will not be a “pay-to-ride” option for “grandfathered” or transfer students.
CISD Announce Diana Sircar as CFO
The CISD Board of Trustees has approved Diana Sircar as the district’s new Chief Financial Officer. She has served as the district’s Executive Director of Finance since April 2018. CISD’s prior CFO Kelly Penny retired in December 2018. In addition to her CFO role, Sircar leads the district’s Business Department.
Mary Myles French is New Canyon Ranch Elementary AP
Mary Myles French has been selected as the new Assistant Principal for Canyon Ranch Elementary. Mrs. French will continue to serve as the Valley Ranch Elementary Assistant Principal before beginning her new position in summer 2019. She will collaborate with CRE Principal Ashley Minton in opening the school in August 2019.
High School Girls Wrestling State Success
Congratulations to the Cowgirl Girls' Wrestling team, which finished the 2019 season as the UIL Class 6A State Runners Up at the Feb. 23-24 State Championships held in Houston. Three team members placed in the top 5 in individual events: Senior Khushi Khandelwal and Sophomore Devin Patton, who each had a 4th place finish, and Junior Brooke Massaviol from New Tech High @ Coppell, who finished in 5th place in her event. Way to go Cowgirls!
High School DECA Students Advance to International Competition
About 90 students from Coppell High School and New Tech High @ Coppell competed at the State DECA, a student business association, competition in Dallas Feb. 23-24. Junior Sikra Castle from New Tech was voted into office as the 2019-2020 Texas DECA President during the competition. Three New Tech students: Sikyra Castle, Cosette Chiv and Sruti Iyer; and 11 Coppell High School students: Vanuli Arya, Van Anh Vuong, Saket Ashar, Brinda Bobbala, Rishitha Penmetsa, Henil Rathod, Dhivya Bala, Tanay Pradhan, Shivan Golechha, Daniel Dejesus and Jack Wilkinson qualified to advance to the DECA International competition April 27-30 in Orlando.
Students Place in Top 3 at Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Several CISD students took the top spots at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 23 at Fair Park and will advance to the Texas Science & Engineering Fair at Texas A&M University March 29 and 30. Sarang Goel from CMS East won a grand prize, a first place category award and a Naval Science special award. High school student awards were:
- Zain Zaidi (CHS9)– 1st Place in Chemistry
- Rujula Polu (CHS9) – 2nd Place in Chemistry
- Arshi Sharma and Ria Akhilesh (CHS9) – 2nd Place in Biochemistry
- Amshu Pudhota and Sahan Yerram (CHS9) – 3rd Place in Energy: Chemical
- Karthik Karuppiah, Tom Vazhekatt, and Zach Vazhekatt (CHS) – 2nd Place in Plant Sciences; and
- Mahati Shastry (CHS) – 2nd Place in Earth & Environmental Sciences
Four Students Advance to State Geography Bee
Congratulations to CMS East 6th grader Sai Priya Kasirama, CMS North 7th grader Dhruva Mateti, CMS West 7th grader Ashmith Kumbala and Valley Ranch Elementary 5th grader Akhilesh Chintalaboyina, who all have qualified for the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition to be held March 29.
Student Artists Work Displayed at the Capitol and Statewide
Whether it’s the artwork of elementary, middle and high school students on display in the offices of our local legislators Rep. Julie Johnson and Sen. Nate Johnson, or our high school students receiving statewide recognition for their works, the talents of CISD student artists is being well represented at the Texas State Capitol in Austin and statewide. Both Rep. Johnson and Sen. Johnson are showcasing the artwork of about a dozen CISD students from several schools. In addition, as part of the statewide Youth Art Month celebration, the artwork of CHS student Sarah Bayanmunkh, CMS East student Shrayes Gunna, CMS West student Maya Hanebuth and CHS9 student Minjeong Kim is on display at the Capitol throughout the month of March. Also, the artwork of CHS9 students Jaserah Chowdhury, Hima Patel, Tulsi Patel, Dhurga Venugopal and Ollie Wang will be on display at the 2019 State Visual Arts Scholastic Event April 26-29 in Austin. Congratulations to our talented CISD student artists!
Parent Support Helps CISD Teams Shine
at Regional Destination Tournament
Coached by parent volunteers, more than 25 teams from CISD participated in the Regional Destination Imagination (DI) tournament Feb. 23 in Flower Mound alongside 200 teams from the Metroplex. Parents volunteer their time to organize the DI program for CISD students and serve as coaches for all of the teams. Destination Imagination competitions allow students to compete in problem-based challenges in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); fine arts; and service learning. Students utilize creativity and collaboration to develop solutions during the competition. As a result of the volunteer efforts of these parents and the hard work of the students, six CISD students will advance to the state DI Tournament set for March 22-23 in Corpus Christi. These teams are:
- Town Center Elementary: "The Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies," who were 1st in the Fine Arts challenge, Anika Varadharajan, Neel Mavalli, Siya Shah, Thejas Prakash and Trisha Ichettira with Parent Team Managers Kirithiga Sathiasekaran and Radika Medappa;
- Mockingbird Elementary: “Everblades,” who were 1st place in the Engineering challenge, Anirudh Medicherla, Srikar Putrevu, Sriyansh Chintam, Rohan George and Parent Team Manager Tejas Allada;
- CMS North: “Crazy Smart Asians,” who won 1st place in Technical Challenge and Renaissance Award for Best Engineered Solution: Parent Team Manager Varadharajan Sundaram and Apurva Betgar, Meghana Ambati, Ananaya Adiki, Advika Varadharajan, Maya Palavali and Anusha Patel;
- CMS West: Riddhi Koundinya (CMS West), Nidhi Shashi (CMS West), Aishwarya Anandkumar (CMS North), Caiden Baldwin (CMS North), Aadarsh Menon (CMS West), Ethan Tao (CMS West), Justin Murdock (CMS North) and Parent Team Managers: Reshmi Gopalkrishnan and Seema Dwarakish;
- CMS West: “Master Maniacs” placed 2nd in Middle Level Service Learning Challenge. Team members include: Anvita Anumala, Neha Nagarapu, Aashita Jain, Mira Daniel, Tanvi Rudrangi, Iniya Nathan and Sriya Meduri; and
- Coppell High School: Anirudh Vadduri, Vishal Koundinya, Yash Purani, Samidha Menon, Christine Xu, Srisha Veeramachaneni and Lasya Manne.
Register now for May 11 CEF Run to Fund
The Coppell ISD Education Foundation's Run to Fund registration is now open. It's a great way to get some exercise, have some fun and connect with the Coppell community! Registering before March 31st will get you the best prices, and we have discounts for CISD staff and students, too. Don't miss out - register today!
For more information about the run and to register, click here.
All CISD elementary schools will begin their Kindergarten registration Monday, March 18*. Click here to find the school(s) you are zoned for the 2019-20 school year using your home address. Visit your school's website for enrollment instructions: Austin, Canyon Ranch, Cottonwood Creek, Denton Creek, Lakeside, Lee, Mockingbird, Pinkerton, Town Center, Valley Ranch and Wilson. Visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/8804 for details. *NOTE: Mockingbird Kindergarten enrollment starts on March 21.
Information on the Pinkerton Lottery process is available at www.coppellisd.com/https://www.coppellisd.com/pickpinkerton. Interested parents or guardians must attend one of the mandatory meetings either on March 6 or March 19. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Pinkerton Elementary front office.
CISD’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) welcomes Rick Calvert, Section Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force/Narcotics with the U.S. Attorney’s Northern Texas District Office, for his presentation "Drugs & the Opioid Epidemic." This Parent University will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the CHS Lecture Hall.
- March 11-15 - Spring Break
- March 20 - Drugs & the Opioid Epidemic at CHS Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.
- March 25 - Regular Board Meeting - Open Forum, 7 p.m.
- April 3 - CISD Night at the Ballpark
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