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NEWSLETTER OF THE COPPELL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
O P E R AT I O N T R A N S F O R M AT I O N : A Y E A R I N R E V I E W DISTRICT • In September 2012, the Texas Education Agency Commissioner created the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, which Coppell ISD co-chairs. The THPSC’s purpose is to shift the focus from standardized tests to authentic learning and community-based accountability. • The Education Foundation awarded $33,539 in grants this past year (impacting over 250 learners). The Foundation’s grants allow teachers to expand the innovative and engaging instructional lessons in their classroom.
• Coppell ISD earned a perfect 5 out of 5 stars on the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). Coppell is one of the 27 school districts that have held this rank for two consecutive years. • CISD has received the Comptroller’s Silver Leadership Circle Award for 2013. The award is given for the implementation of financial transparency and achieving academic success through cost-effective operations. • The district-wide Kids 4 Turkeys campaign commemorated its 10th anniversary by collecting a record number 4,733 birds for the North Texas Food Bank.
CAMPUS • After its first year of implementation, Wilson Elementary has been named a “Model School for Great Expectations.” This is an outstanding accolade as it usually takes a school five years to achieve this status. • The Mockingbird Elementary Student Council was chosen to receive the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Student Council Excellence Award. Only 70 outstanding student councils from across the United States were recognized for this honor. • Coppell High School earned the top award (Gold) in the U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools. Rankings are based on Advanced Placement testing and college readiness. • New Tech High @ Coppell was named an Apple Distinguished School for the third consecutive year. This designation is reserved for schools that have demonstrated Apple’s highest vision of a successful 21st century learning environment. • Coppell High School earned the "2012 College Readiness Award" from the Texas ACT Council. Only 9% of all high schools in Texas were honored for this superior level of accomplishment. • Learners and facilitators representing New Tech High@Coppell were chosen to participate in the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse event in Austin. Coppell ISD was one of only 13 districts invited to demonstrate exceptional applications of technology in a day-to-day classroom environment. • NTH@C learners have logged 7,687 service hours this year. The 2013 graduates served 8,770 hours over their high school career. Service Learning is an integral part of New Tech’s culture and a graduation requirement.
S TA F F • Five core teachers from Coppell High School-Kelly Young, Jodie Deinhammer, Mary Kemper, Tracy Henson, and Anne Townsend-collaborated on Apple’s design team to transform teaching and learning by developing free course content on iTunesU.
• Coppell ISD launched a redesign of its website in fall of 2012 including an upgraded content management system and enhanced features. THE CISD COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ITS SCHOOLS BY PASSING A $79.5 MILLION BOND PACKAGE.
• Melanie Ringman, English/Language Arts teacher at CMS North, was the 2013 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities award winner. • Jodie Deinhammer, CHS Anatomy and Physiology teacher, received the Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. • Dr. Turner was honored with the The Association of the Gifted and Talented Friend of the Gifted Award. Mrs. Tracy Fisher, CISD Trustee, was also named the 2012 State Parent of the Gifted. Tracy founded the Coppell Gifted Association in 2006, and it has served as a model for similar organizations statewide.
AT H L E T I C S • The CHS Boys’ Soccer Team won the 2012-13 UIL 5A State Championship title.
• Coppell ISD announced 21 Finalists and 53 Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Two students were selected as National Achievement Program Outstanding Participants, and 5 students were named to the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
• The Girls’ Golf team tied for 4th place at their first showing in the State Golf tournament. • Daniel Murillo placed 4th and Cara Romeike placed 5th at the State Wrestling Tournament. • Hayden Henry came in 5th place in the 200 IM at the State Swim Meet. • The Mixed Doubles Tennis team finished as quarterfinalists at the State Tennis Tournament. • Coppell High School senior, Maria Zuniga, finished in the “Top Nine” at the National Poetry Competition held in Washington, D.C.
• The CHS Coppell Cowgirls are back-to-back champions after winning the 2012-13 UIL 5A State Volleyball Championship.
• Coppell High School KCBY-TV member, Joe Han, won Second Place in the 2012 Multimedia Feature Story of the Year contest by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). Only five finalists were selected from across the country for this national honor. • Eleven learners from CMS East were honored by the NASA AMES Research Center for their work on the International NASA Space Colony design challenge. •
Two learners, Joshua Hart/CMS West and Timothy Blazek/CHS, placed second at the Exxon/Mobile State Science & Engineering Fair. Joshua was also invited to participate in the prestigious national Broadcom MASTERS Competition. • At the State of Texas National History Day competition, 5 learners from CMS North won 2nd Place in the Junior Division Group Exhibit as well as the Student Choice Award for Best Overall Exhibit.
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• Coppell High School’s JV Novice Cheer Team won First Place in the NCA High School National Championship competition.
FINE ARTS • Leah Davis, a learner at CMS West, participated in the International Thespian Festival after receiving a Superior rating in Monologue at the Texas Thespians Conference. • The Foundation for Music Education selected CMS North's Honor Winds as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence Wind Band Honors project. • Five students representing Valley Ranch, CMS West, and CHS participated in the State Youth Art Month competition. West’s Rhea Bachani’s flag design also won First Place in the Middle School Division. • Nine student artists medaled at the state VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) with CHS learner, Kimberley Schantz, earning a Gold Seal. • Nine musicians received Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Texas UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest- a new record. CHS and NTH@C musicians also received 124 Solo Medals: 52 Gold Medals for First Division and 72 Silver Medals for Second Division.
• The largest number of students (19) in Coppell High School Band history were named to the elite 2013 All State Band. • Choral student Winona Martin was named Outstanding Soloist at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest. In addition, 2 ensembles and 19 singers received a First Division rating, and 20 singers received a Second Division rating.