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Trustees Recognized Teachers of the Year Education Foundation Parent University 2.0

In The Classroom ... • House Bill 5 • Why is Education in Coppell ISD Dynamic?

“Possibilities are Limitless ...” Click here to view video.

We hope you attended a 30-minute "Possibilities are Limitless" session or viewed it at:

This session provided the foundation for our upcoming Idea Summits. The Idea Summits are… • Community forums facilitated by an external consultant • Your voice in planning the future of your schools • A time to gather input on a variety of topics impacting CISD Your Ideas Are Needed! For dates and additional details see p. 4.

District Happenings ... • • • •

Idea Summits iLead Inclement Weather Days Important Dates Find out how learners are painting their own Learning Portrait (p.3).

Richard J. Lee Elementary

The new elementary school in Cypress Waters opens Fall 2014.

Education Foundation

The grant patrol visited Pinkerton.

2013-14 Teachers of the Year

Top teachers receive accolades.

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Superintendent Speaks … As the fall semester comes to a close, Coppell ISD is nearing the end of its second five-year strategic plan. The district has successfully completed two five-year planning periods - the first in 2003, and the second in 2009. Accomplishments include: • Creation of a dual credit program with additional course offerings for learners and substantial college tuition savings for parents • Establishment of New Tech High @ Coppell • Formation of the Academy programs at Coppell High School including International Baccalaureate (IB) • Increased staff development opportunities • Curriculum initiatives that focus on choice and engagement • Incorporation of smart technologies and other digital resources native to today’s learners I am excited about the upcoming planning process and the opportunity to think about where we want to be in the next five years. I hope you will take an active role as a participant in one of the Idea Summits: one on January 15, and two on January 16 (see p. 4 for more details). These three public forums, followed by an online survey, offer a different approach than past strategic planning sessions. The new process will help us gain valuable insight from parents and the community regarding their educational desires for the future prior to creating our subsequent plan. I look forward to working together this spring!

Board of Trustees The month of January is “School Board Recognition Month” in CISD and across the State of Texas. This year’s theme is “Hearts & Hands for Kids”- fitting for the time, energy and heart these invaluable volunteers give to CISD learners. The Board members are pictured above at the ground-breaking for Richard J. Lee Elementary. (Pictured L-R) David Apple, Amy Dungan, Susie Kemp (Vice President), Anthony Hill (President), Dr. Jeff Turner (Superintendent), Judy Barbo, Tracy Fisher, and Tom Hulme (Secretary).

Education Foundation Thanks to the generous support received during the 2013 Red and Black Campaign, 14 innovative teaching grants were delivered across CISD. Eleven campuses were served for a total of $45,250! The next big event is the Run to Fund on May 3rd.

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ongratulations to the 2013-14 Campus Teachers of the Year: Teresa Raney Torrin Garrison Jennifer Francis Gayla Cockrell Cyndi Carlton Michael Upchurch Jennifer Martin Parrish Nolan Andi Feille DianaLyn Perkins Shannon Weaver Missy Schliep Jodie Deinhammer Kolby Kerr


Literacy Coach Kindergarten 2nd Grade 2nd Grade Kindergarten 5th Grade 4th Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th/7th Grade Science Art 7th Grade Language/Literacy Anatomy/Physiology Creative Writing/AP English IV

Austin Elementary Cottonwood Creek Elementary Denton Creek Elementary Lakeside Elementary Mockingbird Elementary Pinkerton Elementary Town Center Elementary Valley Ranch Elementary Wilson Elementary Coppell Middle School East Coppell Middle School North Coppell Middle School West Coppell High School New Tech High @ Coppell

Parent University 2.0 Parent University is back, but in a new format: Parent U 2.0. This event will be on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon at Coppell Middle School North. Parent U 2.0 is an opportunity for parents to gain tools and resources to better support their children’s learning at home. Look for additional information coming this spring.

U 2.0

In The Classroom ... NEW Graduation Requirements Provide Flexibility and Focus House Bill 5, passed in the latest legislative session, reduced high school End of Course exams from fifteen to five. It also changed the graduation requirements impacting current eighth grade learners and younger. The State Board of Education has a proposal for these new requirements and will make a final vote at the end of January 2014. CISD wanted parents to be prepared for these changes. The new requirements include a Foundation High School Program and Endorsements. Every learner will be required to choose from one of the five endorsement areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Business and Industry, Public Service, Arts and Humanities, and Multidisciplinary Studies. Secondary counselors will meet with all eighth grade learners to help them develop a 4-year graduation plan including an endorsement designation. In addition, several parent meetings, open houses, learner shadow visits, and additional information will be announced as soon as details are available.

NEW Graduation Requirementsstarting with current 8th grade learners

HB5 Update Jan. 2014

Foundation Graduation High School Program (FGHSP) - basic core and elective requirements Endorsement designations Distinguished Level of Achievement and Performance Acknowledgements awarded Coherent sequence of elective courses designed to deepen and enrich the learning experience to better prepare learners for college and career

W H Y I S E D U C AT I O N I N C O P P E L L I S D D Y N A M I C ? Coppell ISD learners are at the heart of what we do – every decision we make, every program evaluation, every innovation, every success. Coppell ISD is constantly striving to provide educational experiences informed by research that meet the demands of increasing standards and expectations for college and career readiness. In this edition of the Winter Express, we would like to highlight a few examples that provide background for the reasons why we strive for continued improvement.

Did You know that CISD teaches the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the State’s curriculum? Through engaging and research-based methods, CISD educators help learners master and retain these standards.

THE NEEDS OF TODAY’S LEARNER 1. A learner’s background and previous experiences have a significant influence on how they learn. Learners are entering school with vastly different experiences than 10 years ago and technology plays a large role in this change. • The classroom educator evaluates learners’ needs and uses multiple strategies to teach content to learners (called differentiating) according to their interest and readiness. 2. Today we know more about how the brain learns and we use that Did you know that research to teach more effectively. Advanced Placement • Our educators use brain-based (AP), ACT and SAT are all strategies to create learning undergoing revisions to environments that help a better align with K-12 young brain engage, receive and Higher Education feedback, refine the instructional changes understanding, and ultimately designed to better meet build new knowledge. the demands of Business and Industry?


PERFORMANCE GAPS 1. One of our strategic objectives is to ensure 100% of all learners meet or exceed standards on state and national assessments. With this goal in mind, CISD is continually addressing the achievement gaps as evidenced by performance on state and national assessments. • Our ACT scores have been consistently higher than the state and national averages over the last five years. However, fewer than 50% of CISD high school graduates are considered “college and career” ready in ALL 4 core content areas combined as measured by the ACT.

FUTURE READY: COLLEGE & CAREER 1. College and career-readiness requires a strong foundational knowledge base, including fluency in math facts, vocabulary, and reading, coupled with soft skills such as communication, digital proficiency, and collaboration. 2. Employers want a work force capable of working on a team, being resourceful, adept at meeting deadlines and knowing how to prioritize. Complex learning experiences (which CISD educators are continually designing) help learners master these skills over time.

Did you know that Superintendent Dr. Turner is visiting colleges and universities throughout the year and talking to Coppell ISD graduates about their educational experiences?


District Happenings ... Mark Your Calendar For The Idea Summits Please join us on ONE of the following Idea Summit dates: January 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CMS West January 16 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at The Coppell Senior Center January 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CMS North Following the Idea Summits, CISD will send out a survey to parents, staff, and community members asking for feedback to help set future goals. In February, the Pinnacle 2020 team (comprised of parents, community leaders, and staff ) will use input from the Idea Summits and the survey to formulate goals for the future direction of the district. For more information, visit Since the State Board of Education will not have a decision made on graduation requirements until late January, eighth grade recruitment activities will occur starting at the end of January and will run throughout the spring. Watch for communications and check the CHS and NTH@C website for dates and details.

iLead Is Back!

“iLead CISD” is a leadership training series for interested parents and community members. Participants will gain insight into the operations of the CISD and learn more about committee service opportunities. General Topics Below are some of the topic areas that will be covered in the spring 2014 iLead series: • Vision & Leadership - Strategic Planning (Pinnacle 2020), Demographics, Legislative Bills • Business & Support Services - Budget, Bond, Energy Management • Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) - Initiatives, Technology Integration, The Learning Portrait, Assessment • C&I and Wrap-Up - Advanced Academics, Intervention Services For a complete list of topics, visit How to Sign Up iLead will include four, two-hour monthly sessions. A session fee of $49 will help defray district expenses incurred (T-shirts, materials, food, awards, etc.). In addition, each participant must commit to attend all four sessions. Sessions are set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates 2/26, 3/20, 4/22, 5/14. Limited seating will be on a first-come, first serve basis. If you are interested in participating, visit and sign up today. The deadline is February 12.

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CISD Board Meeting Idea Summit (6:30 p.m. @CMS West) Idea Summit (11:30 a.m. @Coppell Sr. Center & 6:30 p.m. @CMS North) Early Release (9th - 12th) Early Release (6th - 12th) M.L.K. Jr. Holiday Professional Learning CISD Board Meeting Texas Public Schools Week Spring Break Job Fair CISD Board Meeting Parent U 2.0

Holiday Board Meetings Early Release Professional Learning

Apr 28 Apr 30 May 2 May 3 May 6 May 19 May 26 Jun 5 Jun 5 Jun 6 Jun 6 Jun 16-20 Jun 23 Jun 24-27

CISD Board Meeting CISD Day at the Ballpark Project ACES Ed. Foundation Run Ed. Foundation Banquet CISD Board Meeting Memorial Day Holiday Last Day of School/Early Release CHS Graduation 2 p.m. @ UNT NTH@C Graduation 2 p.m. @ IBC Professional Learning Professional Learning CISD Board Meeting Professional Learning

Last Day of School U Parent U 2.0 Idea Summits CISD Day @ the Ballpark Texas Public School Week Project ACES Job Fair Ed Foundation Run

Ed Foundation Banquet Graduation

EXPRESS is published by the Department of Communications and Public Relations of the Coppell Independent School District.

Inclement Weather Days Since school was cancelled on December 6 and 9, because of the inclement weather, Coppell ISD will use the two weather make-up days built into the calendar: April 18 and June 5. This means our learners will need to attend school on Friday, April 18. The last day of school will now be June 5, which will be an early release day at all campuses. Coppell High School’s graduation will remain as scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on June 5 at UNT. Visit for our inclement weather policy and procedures.

SCHOOL HOURS Elementary K-5 Middle School CHS NTH@C

7:50 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. 7:40 a.m. – 3:18 p.m. 8:20 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. 8:40 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

SPRING GRADING PERIODS: Jan 21-Jun 5 9 Week (Elementary): Semester (Secondary): Jan 21 – Mar. 28 Jun 5 Mar 31 – Jun. 5 Jan 21 – Feb 28 Mar 3 – Apr 17 Apr 21 – Jun 5

For early release day schedules, visit

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