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Biodiversity Education Center prevails despite COVID-19 challenges by remodeling programs

The Coppell Biodiversity Education Center continues to offer nature walks and events during the pandemic. The BEC is practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines to organize events such as scavenger hunts, EcoExplorer trail kits and trail hikes.

Drishti Gupta, Staff Writer

October 15, 2020

Although COVID-19 has restricted the activity of many organizations, the Coppell Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) continues to thrive during this unprecedented time.  The primary mission of the BEC is to promote environmental awareness and educate Coppell residents on local flora and fauna in ...

Chasing the ‘pawsitives’ of COVID-19

Pets are ready to be adopted at the Coppell Animal Services. During COVID-19, animal adoption has increased as people stay home and are happier to have pets around the house. Photo by Lilly Gorman

Avani Kashyap, Daily News/Assignment Editor

September 15, 2020

While the rest of the world is counting the days until COVID-19 is finally over, there are some who may never want it to end: pets. As a result of isolation during the pandemic, many people have been able to spend more time at home and welcome a pet into their family. Animal adoption rates have b...

Answering in-person schooling questions

Coppell ISD students who chose in-person learning are returning to school tomorrow. High school students will follow a staggered lunch schedule depending on which class they are in.

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor

September 7, 2020

In Coppell ISD, in-person learning begins tomorrow for the students who chose the option on the district’s commitment form. The Sidekick asked Coppell High School students what questions they had about in-person learning and answered them below. Students and parents are also encouraged to view the chec...

Closure and a new beginning

Coppell junior defender and The Sidekick co-sports editor Meer Mahfuz shoots during an individual practice on Aug. 25 at Buddy Echols Field. Mahfuz reflects on last year’s season and explains how the process of returning to athletic play this season has impacted him.

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor

September 4, 2020

If you were to ever tell me I would have to learn how to play soccer wearing a mask or that I wouldn’t be able to walk into the locker room with my teammates, I would not have ever believed you.  But such has become the reality for high school athletes. And while I often reminisce about last se...

Stepping up for healthcare workers

Coppell High School senior Naisha Gottipati delivers a donation of face shields to UT Southwestern Clements Jr. University Hospital on July 14. Gottipati started the nonprofit Healthcare Meals, Inc. to raise money, food, and personal protective equipment for hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

September 3, 2020

As apprehension over the coronavirus rose in May, Coppell High School senior Naisha Gottipati watched as the long shifts at the UT Southwestern Children’s Medical Center took their toll on her sister, Dr. Lasya Challa. “[Challa] was more lethargic and she couldn't interact with us as much because s...

Virtual environment provides new experiences for elementary, middle school learners to start school year

Wilson Elementary second grader Eliza Harris works on her math work on Friday. Due to online school, young learners have had to adjust how they learn interactively.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

September 1, 2020

For Coppell ISD students, the transition to remote learning means that the kitchen table, bedroom, and backyard all double as a classroom, making it increasingly difficult to separate home life from school.  From kindergarten to 12th grade, each grade level requires different skills from its studen...

Pandemic making teachers adapt to new teaching plan

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coppell High School teachers begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual teaching, starting on Aug. 17. The unfamiliar format required extra preparation and continuous planning from teachers, many of whom are concerned about building relationships with students. Graphic by Samantha Freeman

Tracy Tran, Photo Assignment Editor

August 28, 2020

“The reason I became a teacher is because I love kids,” Coppell High School calculus teacher Suzanne Black said. “[I also love] the relationship that I build with kids and hanging out with them during the day, and not having that, it just feels so mechanical. Teachers do not become teachers to do al...

COVID-19 prompting students to adapt to new college admission processes

Due to COVID-19 and distance learning, changes have been made to the college admission processes. Seniors applying this year have some unanswered questions about processes such as SAT and ACT requirements. Graphic by Samantha freeman.

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager

August 27, 2020

Since March, Coppell High School’s doors have been shut for students, with their homes as their new classroom environment. Between applying to college during the COVID-19 pandemic and finishing their last year of high school, seniors are not only faced with a lot of work, but a lot of questions. ...

Dallas County postpones in-person school until Sept. 8 in new public health order

On Thursday, schools were prohibited from opening on-campus instruction until Sept. 8 as a result of Dallas County’s news public health order. Any school sponsored in-person activities are prohibited until this day. Photo by Shivi Sharma.

Avani Kashyap, Daily News/Assignment Editor

July 19, 2020

On Thursday evening, Dallas County issued an order requiring all public and private kindergarten through 12th grade schools to delay in-person learning until Sept. 8. Although schools may open remotely, all school sponsored activities, such as clubs and sports, have been put on hold until in-person education resumes....

Coppell ISD proposes changes to grading, campus procedures in Draft Return to School Guide

Coppell ISD released a Draft Return to School Guide on July 8 to provide information to staff and families about the requirements for in-person and virtual learning for the upcoming school year. Major points include an emphasis on relationships, mandatory masks and use of the typical grading system.

Avani Kashyap and Shivi Sharma

July 15, 2020

On July 8, Coppell ISD released the Draft Return to School Guide, detailing campus procedures and requirements for in-person and virtual learning for the upcoming school year. The guide is subject to change based on state and county guidance and the district continues to conduct surveys and incorporate feedback from students, families and staff.  On Tuesday, CISD also released the commitment forms, which fa...

District to provide flexible learning options for upcoming school year

District to provide flexible learning options for upcoming school year

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor

July 8, 2020

In its weekly email newsletter, Coppell ISD announced that it will allow families to choose between in-person and remote learning for the 2020-21 school year. Families will commit to their choices for the first nine weeks of the school year through a survey that will be sent out on Tuesday and is due ...

Look good, feel good: A positive quarantine lifestyle

Look good, feel good: A positive quarantine lifestyle

Lilly Gorman, Photographer

May 16, 2020

Self-isolation has created changing in our daily lives but The Sidekick's Lilly Gorman has some helpful reminders on how to remain positive during these challenging times.