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October 26, 2023

Families come together under the stars for CHS9 movie night

Sohana Singh
A group of CHS9 students sit on a blanket together to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at the CHS9 family movie night. The movie night was held at Lesley Field on Saturday.

Under the starry night sky, students and families bundle under their comfy blankets as the autumn breeze rustles around them. The scent of popcorn and hot chocolate fills the air, creating a cozy atmosphere for the movie night. 

On Saturday, Coppell High School Ninth Grade Campus hosted its fall social family movie night in Lesley Field. 

Families sit on blankets and lawn chairs to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at the CHS9 family movie night. The movie night was held at Lesley Field on Saturday. (Sohana Singh)

With their pajama pants, lawn chairs and soft blankets, the families, students and staff of CHS9 settle in to watch the Marvel movie Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse while grabbing their freshly popped popcorn, hot chocolate and various candies.

To create a unique and memorable experience, CHS9 administrators had to use an out-of-box approach. 

“We were trying to come up with something that wasn’t the same as anybody else,” CHS9 Principal Dr. Cody Koontz said.

Contemplating a wide array of ideas, the CHS9 administration considered many options for the fall event. 

“We had kicked around the idea of a fall carnival, but there are a lot of schools that do that,” Dr. Koontz said. “We didn’t want to go into the realm, so we were thinking about something after Halloween before the weather got cold.”

After thorough contemplation, the administration settled on one idea: An annual fall movie night. The idea allows an innovative approach while catering to the temperatures of the fall season.

Instead of focusing on one central audience, the CHS9 fall social movie night had free admission, inviting all of the CHS9 community. 

“We pitched as a CHS9 family movie night since CHS9 family is kind of our thing,” Dr. Koontz said. “We wanted to invite our families of students and staff so that it wasn’t just a student event, but more of a whole community thing.” 

Many attendees, including CHS9 freshman Anjana Pericherla, appreciated the inclusivity of the event. 

“A few of the other events at CHS9 are for different target audiences,” Pericherla said. “Most of them are only for students or only for teachers, but this event is for everyone,” Pericherla said. 

Joy filled the air as families immersed themselves in the animated film while sharing enjoyable experiences. The casual, low-stress atmosphere created a setting for families to bond over the film. 

“It’s an opportunity for both parents, children, and anyone from CHS9 to come together and have a nice, fun, relaxed evening,” CHS9 parent Bertha Moehlis said.

CHS9 plans to establish fall family movie night as an annual tradition to foster closer connections within the local community.

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Sanghika Pallela
Sanghika Pallela, Staff Writer
Sanghika Pallela is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer for The Sidekick. In her freetime, she loves to watch sci-fi movies like Interstellar and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. A black belt in Goju-Ryu karate, Sanghika loves to practice karate every Tuesday and Thursday. You can contact her at [email protected].
Sohana Singh
Sohana Singh, Staff Photographer
Sohana Singh is a junior and a staff photographer for The Sidekick. She participates in robotics as a member of Technology Student Association at Coppell High School and plays the french horn for the Coppell Community Orchestra. Her favorite foods include sushi and Thai tea. Her favorite show is “Cowboy Bebop”, an anime series, while her favorite movie is “Inception”, though she had to watch it twice to understand. She enjoys reading classics, including Oliver Twist, Little Women, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In her free time, she loves to skateboard, play the piano, and play video games. She enjoys listening to indie music, specifically by Arctic Monkeys and Saint Motel. Sohana has traveled to many interesting places, including Alaska, Spain, and Greece. She loves to sightsee and take pictures. In the future, she hopes to pursue engineering with interests in creating and innovating. She especially enjoys learning about how things work. Through being a staff member of The Sidekick, she hopes to explore her interests and grow as a journalist. You can contact Sohana at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @sohana_4841.

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