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Coppell Observer: Stranded at home amidst first-world problems

Despite the stay-at-home order ending on April 30, many people are still choosing to stay in quarantine, though its monotony makes it easy to go a little crazy. The Sidekick Entertainment Editor Shravya Mahesh discusses the effect of staying at home on her daily quarantine routine.

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor

May 5, 2020

Coppell Observer is a humorous column about life as a teenager. Please be warned that any and all sass is due to the writers’ similar situation as teenagers (even though we feel so much older). You, the reader, should not take any of these words seriously. Seriously. If this article makes you laugh, l...

Reed’s legacy of nurture, care lives on in family

Denton resident Jean Reed, grandmother of Coppell High School special education teacher Brooke Coch, stands with several other family members. Reed died on April 10 of coronavirus, leaving behind a legacy of standing by and taking care of her family and loved ones.

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

May 1, 2020

A legacy is the story of a person’s life — the things they did, the places they went, the people they met; it’s what a person leaves behind to be remembered by. For Denton resident Jean Reed, her legacy is defined by her friends and family. On April 10, Reed died after testing positive for th...

Simple tips to reduce COVID-19 anxiety

The Sidekick sophomore staff writer Sreeja Mudumby provides various tips to keep a healthy mindset during quarantine. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, citizens have been practicing social distance for weeks to reduce risk of contagion.

Sreeja Mudumby, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our days are looking much different. No more hanging out with friends at cafes, no more dreading going to school everyday. This new self-isolated lifestyle can lead to a low mental health and negative thoughts. But do not fret. These simple tips can help boost your mental he...

District’s 60th anniversary to be celebrated virtually

On Monday, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees discussed the upcoming virtual Birthday Bash for CISD's 60th anniversary as well as various school closure updates due to COVID-19. All CISD schools are set to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Alishba Javaid, Staff writer

April 28, 2020

On Monday evening, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees held its meeting virtually to discuss CISD celebrating its 60th anniversary by hosting a virtual birthday bash this Friday via Facebook live at 7 p.m. with activities such as sidewalk chalk messages, coloring pages, baking and working with local businesses/restau...

Local religious establishments combating COVID-19 through online services

Dallas County extended the shelter-in-place order through April 30, prohibiting all travel unless essential. Local religious institutions have switched to virtual platforms such as Zoom and Facebook live to provide services. Photos courtesy the Islamic Center of Coppell, Kurt Klement, Harbhajan Singh and Sri Hari Hara Peetham

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

With Dallas County under a shelter-in-place order through April 30, residents are asked to stay at homes at all times unless carrying out essential activities. Among these activities is the travel of religious officials to carry out necessary preparations for online streaming of services, as religious a...

Newly integrated pass/fail increases laziness/cheating

Due to COVID-19, Coppell ISD has implemented a pass/fail grading system for the final grading period. The Sidekick staff writer Meer Mahfuz explains the negative impact this can have on students and recommends the cut off grade be moved to 80.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

In a time where we see many temporary systems and ideas being implemented, mainly due to the unfortunately devastating consequences of COVID-19, one system that I am not a fan of is the new pass/fail grading system, implemented for the fourth nine weeks. The 5 major points of consideration that went into the implementation of the new grading system were...

COVID-19 creating dangerous environments for victims of domestic abuse

Given the current Dallas County shelter-in-place order, many domestic abuse hotlines have seen a fluctuation in the number of calls. With this order, many people are forced to stay at home with their abuser, making for a difficult living situation.

Avani Kashyap, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

When Dallas County issued a shelter-in-place order on March 23, domestic abuse shelter officials anticipated a high uptake in the volume of calls they received. To their surprise, the social distancing created an unprecedented result. While the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to increase...

Editorial: Remembering others during panic

Editorial: Remembering others during panic

Editorial Board

April 20, 2020

On March 15, TikTok user Lauren Whitney posted a TikTok that has since gone viral regarding a diaper shortage. “To all you crazy people buying out all the diapers - how am I supposed to diaper my child if I can't afford to buy 20 [boxes] at a time like you can?” Whitney said through tears.  ...

UIL cancels all sporting events for remainder of school year

Coppell senior captain Maxwell Winneker is one of many athletes who saw their seasons canceled for the remainder of the school year. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced the cancellation of all UIL-sanctioned activities on Friday following Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to close schools for the rest of the semester. Photo illustration by Shriya Vanparia and Sally Parampottil

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The Coppell boys soccer team was in the midst of a great comeback story, turning a 1-4-2 record into a six-match win streak in which it took down the No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A and tied for second place in District 6-6A.  With one district match remaining, the Cowboys had high hopes of making sta...

Exploring the Korean side of TV during isolation

Korean dramas have gained international popularity within the last few years due to their well-written plots, skilled actors and great cinematography. Social media manager Anika Arutla lists seven dramas everyone should watch.

Anika Arutla, Social Media Manager

April 18, 2020

If you are sitting at home, scrolling through Netflix for what feels like the millionth time deciding what to watch, do not fret - there is a different side to television that is yet to be discovered. Korean television has gained a larger international audience within the last few years - and for go...

CISD campuses to remain closed for remainder of 2019-20 year

CISD campuses to remain closed for remainder of 2019-20 year

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

April 17, 2020

Per Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order made in his press release today, Coppell ISD is extending its school closure until the end of the 2019-20 school year.  Distance learning will continue through May 21 with the virtual graduation ceremony continuing on May 28. Plans for summer school...

Keeping your distance

Due to COVID-19, events such as Prom, concerts and sporting events were cancelled. On March 21, Dallas County mandated that only essential services are to remain open as per social distancing measures.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

April 17, 2020

At 11 a.m., Kelly's Texican Grill owner Lawrence Kelly pushes open his restaurant’s door, his footsteps breaking the silence that surrounds the unmoved chairs and tables. Sunlight seeps through the windows of the Sandy Lake Road restaurant, falling on empty delivery containers rather than the laug...