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 WINTER             The Newsletter of Coppell Independent School District

        CISD 50 Anniversary
                                                                                                                                The Lakeside Longhorns

                th                                                                                                              co l l ec t ed ha t s, sc a rv es,
                                                                                                                                mittens, slippers, blankets…
                                                                                                                                all things warm and fuzzy…
                                                                                                                                for CCA. (see how CISD gives
                                                                                                                                back on p.2)

                                                                                                           page 4

                  Students attended schools in Coppell before an independent
                  school district was established. (Class of 1906)

 CHS Receives Authorization as an
    IB World School (see page 4)

                                                                                                             1919-1920 Bethel School
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  SuperInTenDenT                      FYI                  CurrICuLum                     pArTnerS                      CALenDAr                  TeACherS
     SpeAKS...                    School Board        International Baccalaureate     Education Foundation          Summer School Schedule       oF The YeAr

inspired                                                                                                                     dedicated
  CISD 50th Anniversary            Recognition          High School Registration                                                                   Teachers from
                                                                                         CHS Red Jackets             SAT/ACT Prep Courses
                                Bond Committee                Dual Credit                                                                          each campus
                                                                                                                         Testing Dates
                                                      Camp Invention     n   MOSAIC

                                                             Credit by Exam
                                                        District Cell Phone Policy
The mission of the Coppell Independent
School District, as a global leader in                         Superintendent Speaks...
educational excellence, is to ensure
our students achieve personal success,                               Occasionally, the times dictate we do things differently…such is the case
develop strong moral character, and                             with this issue of EXPRESS. I have been amazed at the kindness and generos-
become dynamic citizens through                                 ity I’ve witnessed around the district over the past few weeks...especially in
a customized, innovative learning                               these tough economic times. In lieu of my usual column, I have decided to
experience led by a visionary staff
                                                                share this space with students and staff members of Coppell ISD to remind us
and community.
                                                                of what truly matters: peace, hope, family, and friends. I applaud their efforts
                                                                and believe that seeing how they have reached out to others will warm your
                                                                heart, lift your spirits, and make us a little more grateful for what we have.
CISD BoArD meeTIngS                                                  Spring will, no doubt, be a busy one: Strategic Planning in late January,
Jan. 19               Feb. 23               Mar. 30
                                                                50th Anniversary celebration in April, and Bond Election in May. I hope you
April 27              May 18                June 22
                                                                enjoy reading the new online version of EXPRESS.                                                                       Wilson’s Ranger 2 Ranger program uses wrist band proceeds
Citizens of Coppell ISD are welcome to attend
                                                                                                                                                                                       to help local families pay for crucial needs including
Board of Trustees meetings. Regular meetings are
                                                                                                                                                                                       electricity, gas, phone, and food bills.
held at 7:30 p.m. at the Vonita White Administra-
tion Building, 200 S. Denton Tap Road. Citizens
interested in speaking at the meetings should
contact the superintendent's office at 214.496.8002.
An open forum item is placed on each regular
meeting's agenda so that citizens may address
                                                                                                                                                   The Colts of Cottonwood Creek
trustees at that time; however, the Open Meeting
Law prohibits board action on such items at that                                                                                                       helped the local Lions Club
night's meeting.                                                                                                                                  collect toys for kids and food for
                                                                                                                                                              their “furry” friends!

BoArD oF TruSTeeS
Cindy Warner (Place 6)..................... President
Bennett Ratliff (Place 7) ............Vice-President
Susie Kemp (Place 1)..........................Secretary
                                                                Coppell High School students have collected
David Apple (Place 2) ......................... Member
                                                                over 14,500 books through the book drive
Anthony Hill (Place 3) ........................ Member
                                                                to sponsor Invisible Children. Enthused by
Thom Hulme (Place 4) ........................ Member
                                                                the overwhelming response, students hope
Scott Orr (Place 5)................................ Member
                                                                to meet the goal of 20,000 books by the end
Send e-mail to board members from the Trustee page              of the drive on January 30.
on the CISD web site or mail letters to the Vonita White
Administration Building, 200 S. Denton Tap Road,
Coppell, Texas 75019. Phone messages may be left for
board members at 214.496.8002.

                                                                                                                      New Tech High @ Coppell's Hope for Africa club collects
ADmInISTrATIve LeADerShIp                                                                                             shoes for children in Zambia.
Dr. Jeff Turner, Superintendent of Schools                                                                                                                  Mockingbird staff
Sherrye Dotson, Assistant Superintendent for                                                                                                                gave up their peer gift
     Curriculum and Instruction                                                                                                                             exchange to help the
Judy Denman, Assistant Superintendent for
                                                                U.S. Army Spc. Maryl Evans surprised her Mom, Kathryn Soles, 6th grade teacher, with Lion’s Club collect toys
     Administration                                             a visit to CMS-North to meet the students who had written letters. Evans said, “The best for kids.
                                                                thing they ever sent was the letters. Other than our families, these kids are the only ones
Sid Grant, Assistant Superintendent for
                                                                who have gone out of their way to show support and it reminds us why we're there."
     Business and Support Services
Kelly Penny, Chief Financial Officer
                                                              SAVE THE DATE!                                     CISD 50th Anniversary
CISD eXpreSS is a National School Public
Relations Association (NSPRA) “Merit” award                          After over 100 years of educat-                                      Saturday, April 11                                School pictures, memorabilia and
recipient and a Texas School Public Relations                   ing students in the city of Coppell,                                                                                   artifacts, including report cards, type-
Association (TSPRA) “Gold Star” and “Best of                                                                                               2:00-4:00 p.m.
                                                                the Coppell ISD will celebrate 50                                                                                      writers, school supplies, uniforms etc.,
Category” award winner. EXPRESS is published                                                                                                (Location TBA)
by the Department of Communications and                         years as an Independent School Dis-                                                                                    and information about the first 40 years
Public Relations of the Coppell Independent                     trict this spring. The Coppell school                             The interactive anniversary festiv-                  of CISD are needed to prepare for the cel-
School District, 200 S. Denton Tap Road, Coppell,               community, past and present, is                              ities will remember CISD’s early years                    ebration. If you would like to help, please
Texas 75019. For additional information, phone                  invited to join in the festivities as                                                                                  contact the Communications and Public
                                                                                                                             and plan for the even brighter future
214.496.6056 or visit our web site at www.
                                                                we celebrate our “Golden Past” and                           of the district. So, mark your calen-                     Relations Department at 214.496.6056
                                                                “Platinum Future.”                                           dars and come help us celebrate!                          or

                 1959                                                inspired                                                 1975-76                                                                           1990
    April 11, 1959 – Coppell
    Independent School Dis-
    trict was created, acquiring
                                                       Coppell High School’s mas-
                                                                                                                       Coppell High School won the
                                                                                                                       UIL one-act-play competition.
                                                                                                                       It was the first state champi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   December – The Vonita White
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Administration Building was
                                                                                                                                                                                                   formerly a bank until CISD
    the Pinkerton campus from                          cot, the Lions, was renamed                                     onship win of any kind for                                                  purchased it from the FDIC
    Dallas County Schools. The
    campus served students in
                                                       the Cowboys after the newly
                                                       formed pro football team.
                                                                                                                                                                              1985                 for $375,000.

    grades 1-8. Each grade level

                                                                                                                                                               October 26 – First CISD Bond
    had its own classroom and
    the total student enrollment
    was 170. Campus construc-
                                                                                   CMS-West first opened as
                                                                                                                                                               election. Authorized $25
                                                                                                                                                               million in two phases for
                                                                                                                                                               construction of facilities (in-
    tion dates back to 1927.                                                       Coppell High School on 49.35

                                                                                                                                                               cluding CHS in 1989) and
                                                                                   acres.                                                                      to purchase land for school

2                                     TEN                                                                                        TWENTY                                                                                                 THIR
 opportunity                                                                                                                             FYI
                        Bond Committee Gets to Work
                                                                                                             School Board Recognition Month Celebrated this January
       The district’s 37 member Bond Committee started meeting in November
  to research unfunded capital improvement/renovation and technology needs
  the district could face during the next 3-5 years. The committee will then
  make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees regarding the viability of
  including those needs in a spring 2009 Bond campaign. In addition to the
  North Lake settlement, several "big ticket" items need funding: HVAC units,
  roof and carpet replacements, technology additions/replacements, security,
  and equipment for student/staff safety.
       Since bond funds do not have to be shared with the state (as “Robin Hood”
  dollars do), it is advisable to pay for these necessary “big ticket” items via
  a bond issue. Local tax dollars in the Maintenance and Operations (M&O)
  budget are recaptured by the state at about the 42% level which means the
  district can keep only 58 cents of every tax revenue dollar to operate the
  district. Bond money, on the other hand, can be used at the 100% level for
  these same projects since all of those dollars remain in the district.
       Campus site visits were made during December to provide the commit-
  tee the opportunity to visually assess all possible projects. This also allowed
  committee members to visit with principals and campus staff about specific
                                                                                                             Board of Trustees (Back Row L to R) Thom Hulme, David Apple, Scott Orr, Anthony Hill (Front Row L to R) Secretary Susie
  needs they would like to address at each campus. Bond Committee meeting                                    Kemp, President Cindy Warner, Vice President Bennett Ratliff.
  updates, prior Bond elections, a list of committee members, and other related
  information can be found on the CISD web site at                                            Governor Rick Perry has pro-
                                                                                                             claimed January as School Board                                  The dedicated men and women
                                                                                                             Recognition Month to build aware-                                serving Coppell ISD as Trustees:
                                                                                                             ness and understanding of the vital                              Cindy Warner: President
                                                                                                             role each School Board plays in every                               serving since May 2000
                                                                                                             community. Coppell ISD is joining                                Bennett ratliff: Vice President
                                                                                                             with other districts throughout Texas                               serving since May 2003
                                                                                                             to thank our Board of Trustees for                               Susie Kemp: Secretary
                                                                                                             caring so much about the future of                                  serving since May 2004
                                                                                                             our students.
                                                                                                                                                                              David Apple: Trustee
                                                                                                                  “Our schools benefit daily from                                serving since November 2005
                                                                                                             the dedication and countless hours                               Anthony hill: Trustee
                                                                                                             devoted by these seven men and                                      serving since May 2007
                                                                                                             women. They are extraordinary lead-
                                                                                                                                                                              Scott orr: Trustee
                                                                                                             ers that voluntarily govern our district                            serving since May 2004
                                                                                                             in order to continue to improve our
                                                                                                                                                                              Thom hulme: Trustee
                                                                                                             already great school system,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                 serving since May 2008
                                                                                                             Dr. Jeff Turner, Superintendent. “Al-
                                                                                                             though we make a special effort each
                                                                                                             January to show our appreciation to
                                                                                                             our school board members, we rec-
                                                                                                             ognize their contributions reflect a
                                                                                                                                                                              There were 4,671,493
                                                                                                             year-round commitment.”                                          students enrolled in Texas
                                                                                                                  In “Celebrating Leadership” of the                          public schools for the 2007-
                                                                                                             CISD Board of Trustees, campuses                                 2008 school year. only
                                                                                                             volunteered to provide decorations,                              California has more students
                                                                                                             posters, and goodie bags as a thank                              enrolled in its public schools.
                                                                                                             you on behalf of CISD students and
                                                                                                                                                                              And, Texas currently ranks
         Dr. Jeff Turner surprised Mockingbird kindergarten student, Mikayla Becker, in November 2008        staff for the hard work the school
         for her selection as the district’s winner of the Holiday Greeting Card Competition. (Pictured      board has contributed.                                           6th in the nation in student
         with art teacher Terese Kitts (left) and kindergarten teacher Patricia Badillo (right)                                                                               growth.

         1990-2000                    CISD’s student enrollment
                                      increased by 5,900 students
                                      or nearly 300% to 8,853.
                                                                                                     50                      th                             2008
                                                                                                                                              August – District opens
                                                                                                                                              project- based, 21st Century
                                                                                                                                              learning model, New Tech High
                                                                                                                                              @ Coppell, with 276 students in

 District’s first Robin Hood
                                                                                  September – Established CISD
                                                                                  Education Foundation.
                                                                                                                                              grades 9 and 10.
                                                                                                                                                                                       April 11 – District celebrates
 payment of $6,068,560 was                                                                                                                                                             50th Anniversary.
 made. Since then, CISD

                                                                                                          2005 & 2006
 has paid approximately

 $322,909,253 of local tax
 dollars to the State.                                                                                    CISD student enrollment tops

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                CHS is Authorized as an IB World School
                                                                                                                     student-centered    DISTrICT-WIDe poLICY

                                                                                                                              Use of Cell Phones During Testing
                                                                                                                          This administrative procedure applies to both state
                                                                                                                              mandated testing and local district testing.
                                                                                                                    If a student’s cell phone or text messaging device goes off but is not an-
                                                                                                               swered during testing, it is collected and returned in accordance with campus
                                                                                                               cell phone policy (see student handbook). This is NOT grounds for collecting
                                                                                                               a student’s test materials or marking a score code of “O” (other) on state as-
                                                                                                               sessments which causes the student to receive no credit for the test.
                                                                                                                    If a student is observed using a cell phone or text messaging device, an
                                                                                                               investigation into the use of the device is warranted. The investigation should
                                                                                                               focus solely on whether or not the device was used to solicit or provide infor-
                                                                                                               mation relevant to testing.
                                                                                                               n	 State Assessment: If evidence is found in the phone history to indicate
                                                                                                                    cheating in any way, the student’s test materials may then be collected
                                                                                                                    and marked “O” (other) which results in no score for the student for that
                                                                                                                    particular subject being assessed. The student will be removed from the
                                                                                                                    testing area, and the student and the student’s parents will be notified
                                                                                                                    that the student will receive no score for the affected test. A student must
                                                                                                                    be allowed to complete any portions of the test they need to complete on
    School Board members, Administrators and IB Committee members discuss what the IB program would mean for        following testing days. In other words, ONLY the test where evidence of
    Coppell High School.                                                                                            cheating is confirmed will be marked “O” (other). Subsequent days' tests
                                                                                                                    may still be marked “S” (score).
         International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will begin at Coppell High School
    in the fall of 2009. In late September, CISD and, specifically, CHS hosted a site                          n	 Local Assessment (Curriculum Based Assessment): The State Assessment
    visit by members of the International Baccalaureate Organization. During the                                    rules will apply, except that a student will be given a "zero" for their grade
    visit, the committee evaluated the climate and culture of CHS, interviewed                                      and no credit will be received.
    various teachers and administrators, and spoke with some students and par-                                      If no evidence of cheating is found, the student will be allowed to con-
    ents. At the conclusion of the visit, the committee provided positive feedback                             tinue testing. The device will be collected, and returned in accordance with
    about CISD’s IB plans, the quality of the CHS facilities, and the enthusiasm                               campus cell phone policy.
    of the teachers, staff, and administration. An official determination was made                                  Coppell ISD participates in testing programs that are governed by
    in December, authorizing CHS as an official IB World School.                                               external organizations (such as College Board, ACT, IBO, and American
         Planning and preparation is ongoing for IB classes, which will start this                             Mathematics Competitions). In some cases, these organizations have specific
    fall. All IB teachers are being sent to specified training and, all day trainings                          policies regarding mobile phones or other communication devices present
    will be held to help teachers weave the Theory of Knowledge into their                                     during testing; furthermore, the policies of the testing organization may be
    classrooms. Teachers and curriculum directors are also working to align the                                more stringent than the administrative rules of Coppell ISD. If a student is
    IB curriculum with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The                                    taking a test sponsored by an external organization, the testing policies of
    Extended Essay timeline and framework of the 150 Creativity, Action, and                                   the testing organization supersede the rules established by Coppell ISD.
    Service (CAS) hours are being developed.
         “The IB diploma program will offer CHS students a rigorous interdisci-
    plinary education that infuses critical thinking, research skills, and the writing
    process across the curriculum, differing from other educational pathways,”
    said IB Coordinator Jeb Puryear. “It will truly be a unique opportunity for                                                    Meet CHS’s IB Coordinator
    students at CHS.”                                                                                              Jeb Puryear earned his Bachelor of Science degree
         EXPO night presentations about IB registration will be at 6:30 p.m. in the                            in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1999
    CHS commons on January 8, 2009 for current CHS students and on Febru-                                      and his certifications include chemistry, physical science
    ary 17, 2009 for current eighth graders. In addition, informational meetings                               and speech. Born in Escondido, California, his fam-
    defining the IB program will be held at each of the middle schools. For more                               ily moved quite a lot during his formative years but
    information about the IB program, visit the IB page in the Academics section                               eventually settled down in Oklahoma City when Jeb
    of the CHS web site at                                                                 was in middle school. They stayed in the area through
                                                                                                               his years at OU where he met and married his wife
                                                                                                               Anna in 1996.
                         IB parent and Student Information meetings
                                                                                                                   Jeb began his teaching career at Arlington High
            Date                                  Time               Location                                  School where he coached Speech and Debate. He was
            Thursday, January 29                  7:00 p.m.          CMS-North Cafeteria                       instrumental in helping them prepare for their IB pro-
            Wednesday, February 11                7:00 p.m.          CMS-East Cafeteria                        gram, attended Theory of Knowledge training and helped to develop the
            Monday, February 16                   7:00 p.m.          CMS-West Cafeteria
                                                                                                               course guide for Part B of the application process. Puryear made the move to
                                                                                                               Coppell schools in 2006.
                                                                                                                   On the added responsibilities of coordinating the IB program for CHS,
                                                                                                               Puryear said, “The Theory of Knowledge training I attended, at that time,
                                                                                                               changed my whole outlook on what education should/could be about. Bot-
                                                                                                               tom line, IB is good for students.”
                                                                                                                   The Puryears have three young daughters and a dog, “Prince”…the
                                                                                                               only other male in his household. Jeb enjoys playing board games, read-
     Texas leads the nation in the size and scope of its                                                       ing on science and history topics, and watching movies…especially the
     gifted and talented program. It is one of the top                                                         T.V. series “Lost.”
     six states in the nation in the percentage of public
     primary schools with a gifted and talented program.

      collaborative                                                                                                          authentic
                               High School Registration                                                                  Coppell ISD received 10 Gold Performance Acknowledge-
    With increasing opportunities and programs at the high school level, stu-                                            ments in 2008: AP/IB Test Results, Attendance, SAT/ACT
dents may face some difficult registration decisions this spring. Coppell High                                           Results, Recommended High School Program, Texas Success
School and New Tech High @ Coppell are hosting informational meetings for                                                Initiative (TSI) English/Language Arts, TSI Math,and Com-
students and parents regarding registering for the 2009-2010 school year. See                                            mended Reading/English, Math, Social Studies, and Writing.
the campuses registration schedules below.

    Coppell high School                                                                         new Tech high @ Coppell
    January 13, 2009 Deadline for current CHS students' registration forms to be turned         January 22, 2009  6:30 p.m. Informational Meeting : "What is NTH@C All About?"                        NTH@C Cafeteria
                     in to 4th period teachers                                                  January 27, 2009  Campus Overview at CMS-West (9:00 a.m.) & CMS-North (2:00 p.m.)                     TBA
    January 21, 2009 Junior presentations during English class                                  January 29, 2009  Campus Overview at CMS-East (9:00 a.m.)                                             TBA
                     Freshmen begin meeting with counselors through Biology class               January 29, 2009  6:30 p.m. Meeting: "Instructional Model & Curriculum Overview"                      NTH@C Cafeteria
    January 22, 2009 Junior meetings with parents begin, by appointment, in counselors'         February 2, 2009  6:30 p.m. Informational Meeting: "A Day in the Life of a NTH@C Learner"             NTH@C Cafeteria
                                                                                                February 5, 2009  6:30 p.m. Informational Meeting: Q & A Panel (Facilitator and Learner)              NTH@C Cafeteria
    February 16, 2009 8th grade registration begins through classes in computer labs at         February 9, 2009  CMS-North Shadow Day starts at 9:00 a.m.                                            NTH@C
                      the middle schools. CHS holds assemblies at each middle school to
                      distribute materials                                                      February 10, 2009 CHS and Private School Shadow Day starts at 9:00 a.m.                               NTH@C
                                                                                                February 12, 2009 CMS-West Shadow Day starts at 9:00 a.m.                                             NTH@C
    February 17, 2009 Curriculum EXPO night for 8th grade students and parents a
                      6:30 p.m. at CHS                                                          February 13, 2009 CMS-East Shadow Day starts at 9:00 a.m                                              NTH@C
    February 23, 2009 Sophomores begin meetings with counselors by class period                 February 16, 2009 Applications available for 10th/11th grade new learners to fill                     NTH@C
                                                                                                                  available spots, which will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
    February 24, 2009 Counselors meet with students individually at CMS-West and collect                          (Applications will be available at NTH@C. When they are received;
                      students' registration paperwork                                                            applications will be date and time stamped.)
    February 25, 2009 Counselors meet with students individually at CMS-East and collect        February 28, 2009 First come first serve for 50% of freshman spots begins at 8:00 a.m.                NTH@C Front Entrance
                      students' registration paperwork                                          March 2, 2009     Commitment letters sent to existing NTH@C learners                                  NTH@C
    February 26, 2009 Counselors meet with students individually at CMS-North and               March 6, 2009     Commitment letters due for existing learners. Last day to turn                      NTH@C Office
                      collect students' registration paperwork                                                    in 10th/11th grade new learner applications.
    February 28, 2009 Online home access for 8th/9th grade course requests closes               March 9, 2009     Lottery for unfilled freshman spots                                                 NTH@C Media Center
    April 15, 2009     Last day to make course request changes with counselors                  March 10, 2009    Letters mailed notifying new learners of acceptance
                                                                                                March 27, 2009    Commitment letters due for all new NTH@C learners                                   NTH@C Office

         Coppell ISD Credit by Examination                                                                   Thinking About Earning College Credit Now?
     Credit by examination is a free                                                             It’s time for current sophomores and juniors to think about the Dual Credit and
service provided by the school Credit by examination for                                     Senior Scholars programs offered through Coppell High School and North Lake. The
district several times throughout                                                            Dual Credit program is now offering four new career pathways: Business Hospitality,
the spring and summer months.               Test Dates           Registration                International Business, E-Commerce Business, and Logistics. Students can work toward
Students are allowed to take the                                  Deadlines                  a degree in each field and, the Hospitality and Logistics pathways provide the option
                                          March 7, 2009           February 13
examinations for acceleration each                                                           of working toward professional certification as well.
time they are offered by the dis-         *April 16, 2009         March 13
                                                                                                 In order to register, all current sophomores interested in the program need to take
trict. Students can test for credit in    June 9, 2009            May 15
                                                                                             the Accuplacer test at North Lake in May. However, juniors can sign-up during normal
subjects such as mathematics, sci-        June 23, 2009           May 29
                                                                                             registration. See the schedule below and the CHS web site, at, for
ence, English/language arts, social       July 1, 2009            June 5                     more information.
studies, economics, art, foreign          July 7, 2009            June 10
languages, and several others. Visit      July 9, 2009            June 17                       April 15       New Dual Credit students begin working on applications for North Lake. to                                                              May 19-20      Sophomores doing Dual Credit in 2009-10 take the Accuplacer test at North Lake North Campus during school.
see all grade levels and subject *Testing on April 16 is only for level 5. All                                 Applications with transcript must be turned in at North Lake when taking the Accuplacer.
areas available for testing.           other test dates are for all grades, 1-12.
                                                                                                May 22         Deadline for ALL Dual Credit students to turn in proof of North Lake application and Accuplacer testing to their
     Exam registration is handled                                                                              counselors. Counselors will then give Dual Credit students their Enrollment Form to take back to North Lake.
through the office of Advanced Academics. To register, download                                 May 29         Deadline for BLOCK Dual Credit students to return completed Enrollment Form to their counselor.
the credit by examination application form from the Testing and
Assessment page of the Curriculum and Instruction section of                                    June 15        Enrollment begins at North Lake for Senior Scholars and students taking North Lake classes on their own.
the Coppell ISD web site and return it no later                              July 27        Deadline for Senior Scholars and Dual Credit students taking courses on their own to turn in their Registration
than the published deadline to Melissa Mahan in the Vonita White                                               Summary Form from North Lake to the high school.
Administration Building. Test dates and registration deadlines are                             Note: All BLOCK Dual Credit classes are now being held at the new North Lake North campus in Coppell.
listed in the box above.

                     Camp Invention is Back!                                                 MOSAIC – Marvelous Opportunities Scheduled as Individual Courses
     Camp Invention is a week                               June 15-19                          Coppell Gifted Association (CGA) is excited to again offer summer enrichment
long summer day experience                              (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)                 courses as a service to all students in Coppell entering grades 4-8 in the fall of 2009.
for students entering grades                                                                 The proceeds will be used for teacher training in gifted education!
                                                             July 13-17
1-6 in the fall of 2009. This sum-                      (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
mer there will be a variety of
                                                                                                           June 8-12 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)                              August 3-7 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
hands-on experiments and ac-                       Parents can register at www.
tivities in rotations including,      or 1-800-968-
“Comic Book Science,” “Land                    4332. Alumni who register by                      Several courses will be offered on a variety of topics. These courses are not limited
Sled X-Treme,” and “Tape                       January 28 with a friend new                  to gifted students, but are for kids who want to explore one of the subject areas more
Me to Your Leader.” The two                    to the program will receive                   deeply. For more information and to register, visit
camps will be hosted at Cot-                   $40 and $30 off the base price,                   These special enrichment classes will be taught by CISD teachers or other subject mat-
tonwood Creek Elementary.                      respectively.                                 ter professionals and will be held at Coppell Middle School North. Space is limited.

                   Education Foundation Awards Teachers over                                                                                              RIGHT: IBM has partnered with CISD to provide
                                                                                                                                                          Pre-Kindergartners with seven learning center units,
                     $56,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants                                                                                                Young Explorers (being assembled here by Wilson
                                                                                                                                                          Dad Jason Crawford). Denton Creek, Wilson, and
                                                                                                                                                          Valley Ranch campuses house students attending
                                                                                                                                                          CISD’s Pre-K program.

                                                                                                                                                          BELOW: Industry professionals, community leaders,
                                                                                                                                                          and post secondary academicians offer expertise on
                                                                                                                                                          the Advisory Board for New Tech High @ Coppell.

           CMS West students in Amy Rizzo’s math class were thrilled to find that they, and students at all three middle schools,
           will be able to experience the world of engineering through a hands-on curriculum with a $7,482 grant entitled
           “Engineering the Future with our Future Engineers.”
            This fall, the CISD Education Foundation awarded 14 innovative teach-
        ing grants totaling $56,570. The grants will benefit 50 CISD teachers and
        their students across eight campuses. These funds will provide for a variety
        of programs in various subject areas, including: a future engineer program
        and a virtual math game for all three middle schools, LEGO mindstorm                                                                                                                   Red Jackets Serve CHS
        robots, a garden at the elementary level, a 3D human anatomy model, a
        Weatherbug weather station at CHS, as well as several others.
            “We have been very fortunate to have such great community support
        year after year,” said Foundation President Shawnee Ingrum. “We’ve been
        able to fund grants totaling $600,000 to the schools since 2000. It’s so re-
        warding to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the students and teachers
        and to know it benefits all CISD campuses. We look forward to continued
        support through the RED & BLACK ATTACK!”
             The Foundation’s RED & BLACK ATTACK annual community fund raising
        campaign has begun and will continue through March 6. Funds raised during
        the campaign will help contribute to matching funds grants which principals
        can apply toward campus initiatives. Those grants will be awarded at the
        Foundation’s annual Student/Teacher Academic Banquet set for Tuesday, May 5.
        To sponsor a student or table or to learn more about how the CISD Education
        Foundation is helping students across the district, call the Education Founda-
        tion at 214.496.6054 or visit their web site at                                                                             In the first year of the organization, the Red Jackets have already made their mark on the community serving as hosts to
                                                                                                                                                          various events including the Lesgislative Forum and the IB Site Visit.

                                            Please cut out this completed form and mail it to the CISD Education Foundation with your contribution.                                                                         If you look beyond the blazer, Red
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jackets are really the “face” of Coppell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        High School. This select group of stu-
                                                                               The Red & Black Attack is Back!                                                                                                          dent leaders mirrors the students they
                                                                               This fundraising campaign seeks financial support from individual                                                                        represent at CHS. They assist with
                                                                               donors with an interest in supporting excellence in our classrooms.                                                                      important public relations and com-
                                                                               The Red & Black Attack kicked off on December 1, 2008 and will                                                                           munications services for the district’s
                                                                               continue through March 6, 2009. This important fundraiser contributes                                                                    comprehensive high school. The Red
                                                                               significantly to fund the Foundation’s innovative and matching grant                                                                     Jackets inform students, parents, and
                                                                               programs and, as a result, reaches every student in the district. Please                                                                 visitors about Coppell High School’s
                                                                               support this important program by completing the form below and                                                                          mission, philosophy, and programs
                                                                               sending it in with your donation. For more information, please contact                                                                   including academics, Career & Tech-
                                                                               the CISD Education Foundation office at 214.496.6054 or visit the web                                                                    nology Education, Fine Arts and
                                                                               site at                                                                                                           Athletics, faculty and students, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well as social opportunities.
    COppell ISD eDuCATION FOuNDATION ReD & BlACk ATTACk ANNuAl FuNDRAISINg DRIVe                                                                                                                                            Red Jackets was an idea introduced
                                                                                                                                                           Please do NOT put a sign in my yard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        during the CHS strategic planning
    NAME                                                                                      PHONE                                                                                                                     process two years ago. Made pos-
    _________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                           sible by the joint efforts of CHS
    ADDRESS                                                                                   STATE                    ZIP                                                                                              Administration, Career & Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Education, a grant from the CISD
     Payment of $_______ enclosed.                                             Please charge $_______ to my:                   VISA          MasterCard                                                             Education Foundation, and a busi-
       Check made payable to Coppell ISD Education Foundation                                                                                                                                                           ness partnership with Jostens, the Red
                                                                               Credit Card # ___________________________________________________________
     Payment of $_______ will be made by March 6, 2009.                                                                                                                                                                Jackets uphold the rich CHS traditions
                                                                               Expiration Date _________________________________________________________                                                                while supporting the school through
     My company matches my gift.                                                                                                                                                                                       professional service. Visit the CHS
       (Please enclose appropriate documents.)                                 Signature _____________________________________________________________                                                                  web site to learn more about this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Contributed by Donna Carpenter
                                               this form, then form with payment to: 200 S. Denton Tap with your contribution by
                   Please cut out and complete Please return thismail it to the CISD Education FoundationRoad, Coppell TX 75019.March 6, 2009 for recognition.
                                         Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Receipts will be issued in compliance with IRS requirements.
                      ready                                                                                prepared
                                Plan for 2009 Summer School                                                                                                        2009 AP Exam Dates
Elementary Summer School will be held Monday through Thursday (loca-                                                                   Advanced Placement Exams will be given at Coppell High School on
tion TBA):                                                                                                                         May 4-8 and May 11-15. Late testing will be held May 18-22. Exam scores
                                                                                                                                   will be released in mid-July to students, colleges and high schools.
   grade Levels                                             Dates                                Times
                                                            (Monday – Thursday)
   K-5 Math and Literacy*                                   June 15 – July 10                    8:00 – 11:00                                            2008-2009
                                                                                                                                                 TAKS/TAKS-M Testing Schedule
   Pre-K and Kindergarten ESL                               June 15- July 23                     8:00 – 1:00                                                       *Dates Subject to Change by TEA

   ESL Newcomer and Bilingual K-5                           June 15 – July 23                    8:00 – 1:00                                   Test Date         TAKS/TAKS-M                         Report Date
                                                                                                                                               March 3 (Tues.) Grade 3 Reading                       March 20
 * To participate in the K-5 Math and Literacy summer program, students must be                                                                                  Grade 5 Reading
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 8 Reading
    invited through campus recommendation only.
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 4 Writing                     May 15-22
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 7 Writing
Secondary Summer School will be offered as one 5-week session: June 15 –
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 9 Reading
July 16, Monday through Thursday (Location TBA). HS students may take
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 10 ELA
one class from 8:00-11:00 and another from 12:00-3:00. MS students may take                                                                                      Exit Level ELA*
three courses from 8:00-10:00, 10:30-12:30, and 1:00-3:00. 6th-12th grade ESL                                                                  April 7 (Tues.) Grade 5 Math                          April 24
Newcomers classes will be from 8:00-11:00.                                                                                                                       Grade 8 Math
                                                                                                                                               April 28 (Tues.) Grade 3-4 Math                       May 15-22
                             Preparation Leads to Test Success                                                                                                   Grade 6-7 Math
   CISD offers Prepare and Succeed courses for the SAT and ACT exams at                                                                                          Grade 10 Math
                                                                                                                                               April 29 (Wed.) Grade 4 Reading                       May 15-22
Coppell High School. Through the course, students will take two full-length SAT
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 6-7 Reading
practice exams, be given a complete report of their strengths and weaknesses,
                                                                                                                                                                 Exit Level Math
and receive 33 hours of direct instruction from SAT prep professionals.
                                                                                                                                               April 30 (Thurs.) Grade 5 Science                     May 15-23
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 8 Science
Session               Dates                Days             Time               Reg. Deadline Late Reg.                                                           Grade 9 Math
                                                                                                                                                                 Grade 10 Science
       3        Jan 29-Mar12               TTh           5:00-8:00 p.m.           Jan. 15                  Jan 28                                                Exit Level Science
                                                                                                                                               May 1 (Fri.)      Grade 8 Social Studies              May 15-22
       4        Mar 23-Apr 29 MW                         5:00-8:00 p.m.           Mar 9                    Mar 20                                                Grade 10 Social Studies
                                                                                                                                                                 Exit Level Social Studies
       5        Jun 15-Jul 1               MTWThF        9:00 a.m. - noon         June 1                   June 12                             NOTE: complete Student Assessment Calendar including re-test dates
                                                                                                                                                        is posted on the web site at

       6        Jul 8-Jul 24               MTWThF        9:00 a.m. - noon         June 24                  July 7
    The cost of each Prepare and Succeed course is $600. There is a $50 fee for
                                                                                                                                           u.S. news & World report ranked Coppell high School
late registration. Register online at or download
a registration form from the CISD web site and return it to Melissa Mahan at the                                                           in the top 500 schools in the country out of 21,069.
Vonita White Administration Building, 200 S. Denton Tap Road. Make checks
payable to Coppell ISD.

             JANuARY                                           FeBRuARY                                          MARCH                                                  ApRIl                                  MAY - JuNe
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       SELF-CONTROL                                               RESPECT                                       HONESTY                                                 EFFORT                                      PATIENCE
H Holiday             P Professional        W Weather               Board
                      Staff Development           Day               Meeting                         Important Dates                                                                     School Closings
                                       Foundation                               January 19 ............................... Professional Staff Dev.                         In the event school must be cancelled due to
           CISD 50th                                         CISD Day at the
           Anniversary                 Banquet               Ballpark           January 21-23 ................................. Strategic Planning                     inclement weather, the decision to close will be
                                                                                March 9-13 ....................... Texas Public Schools Week                           made between 6:00-6:30 a.m. Please do not call the
                        Grading Periods                                         March 16-20 ............................................. Spring Break
                                                                                April 10 .................................................... Weather Day
                                                                                                                                                                       district, schools, or the Transportation Dept. All
9 Week (Elementary)                                                   ()                                                                                               information will be posted on the CISD web site
                                                                                April 11 .........................................CISD 50th Birthday                   (, or you can call the CISD
January 20 - March 27 ........................................44 days           April 13 .................................................... Weather Day              voice mail system at 214.496.8901 or tune in to one
March 30 - June 4 ................................................46 days       May 5...................... Ed. Found. Recognition Banquet
                                                                                May 12.................................... CISD 50th Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                       of the following radio or television stations:
Semester (Secondary)                                                    []                                                                                             KDFW-TV Channel 4      KRLD Radio   1080 AM        The Edge 102.1 FM
                                                                                May 25.............................................................. Holiday
January 20 - February 27 ...................................29 days             June 3.............................. Graduation, UNT, 4:00 p.m.                        KXAS-TV Channel 5      WBAP Radio    820 AM        KZPS        92.5 FM
March 2 - April 17...............................................28 days        June 4............................................. Last Day of Classes                WFAA-TV Channel 8      The Mix      102.9 FM       La Preciosa 97.1 FM
April 20 - June 4 ..................................................33 days     June 5....................................... Professional Staff Dev.                  KTVT-TV Channel 11     KissFM       106.1 FM

    Teachers of the Year informative
      Honoring the 2008-2009
     Campus Teachers of the Year
         The Campus Teachers of the Year
     featured here were nominated by their
     peers and named as the “Teacher of
     the Year” in early December 2008.
     These teachers have a combined total
     of 269 years of teaching experience in
     various levels and facets of education.
     They will be recognized publicly at the
     CISD Education Foundation’s Student/
     Teacher Academic Recognition Banquet
     on Tuesday, May 5, and again by the
     Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field dur-
     ing “Coppell ISD Day at the Ballpark” on
     Tuesday, May 12.

                                                                         2007-2008 Teachers of the Year

          valerie garnier                micah hamner                mandy goddard            Dean Boykin            paula hubbard
           AP U.S. History           Algebra II and Geometry          Algebra I & II         8th grade science        6th grade math
         Coppell High School         New Tech High @ Coppell            CMS-East                CMS-North                CMS-West

           marcy Kellam                    Kim Spence                 Cynthia Alaniz          Amanda Stone            Wendy pray
              4th grade                      1st grade                   4th grade               5th grade          Special Education
          Austin Elementary         Cottonwood Creek Elementary   Denton Creek Elementary   Lakeside Elementary   Mockingbird Elementary

                                                                                                                     Coppell Independent
                                                                                                                       School District
                                                                                                                       200 S. Denton Tap Road
                                                                                                                         Coppell, TX 75019
                                                                                                                   Schools in the Coppell Independent
                                                                                                                   School District are accredited by
                                                                                                                   the Texas Education Agency. CISD
                                                                                                                   is an equal opportunity employer
                                                                                                                   and does not discriminate on the
           ginger Denton                   micah Janik                 Linda mulkey            Laura Bird
                                                                                                                   basis of national origin, race,
              2nd grade                     2nd grade               Gifted and Talented     ESL and Read 180       creed, age, sex, or disability.
        Pinkerton Elementary          Town Center Elementary      Valley Ranch Elementary   Wilson Elementary

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