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  • Commitment form for third nine weeks is available today for those changing their commitments, due Dec. 9
  • Dec. 11 is an early dismissal day in CISD (Elementary: 12:30 p.m., Middle: 1 p.m., High: 1:40 p.m.)

Video: Health science plants roots for community garden, food pantry

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor December 4, 2020

Through the Coppell ISD’s Give for Grant’s program, CHS9 principles of health science teacher Bill Borowski created two grants for a campus garden and food pantry. Projected to be completed in 2021,...

Spaete awarded Teacher of the Year

Coppell High School IB English teacher Stephanie Spaete is awarded roses and a certificate in the CHS Auditorium during first period Wednesday. Spaete was named CHS’s 2020-21 Teacher of the Year. Photo by Lilly Gorman
Avani Kashyap, Daily News/Assignment Editor December 3, 2020

At 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, cheers and applause greeted Coppell High School IB English teacher Stephanie Spaete. She had just been named the 2020-21 CHS Teacher of the Year. Spaete was nominated...

Mapping COVID-19: adopting manual, technological means of contact tracing

Coppell ISD conducts manual contact tracing, in which a team of four district leaders receive phone calls and answer questions from administrators and nurses across 18 campuses daily. NOVID, a COVID-19 radar mobile application developed by Carnegie Mellon University associate professor Dr. Po-Shen Loh, was pitched to CISD in August, but the district is not planning to adopt it at this time.
Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor December 1, 2020

One positive case.  One student, walking the carpeted halls of Coppell High School, sitting down for lunch and going home to siblings and parents.  One student, unwittingly spreading the virus...

Fronts of Coppell: Michelle Zenici (Video)

Coppell parent and business owner Michelle Zenici started operating Missy’s Cottage Bakery from her home on July 3. With an early interest in baking, Zenici utilizes the revision to the Texas Cottage Food Law, which allows bakers to sell goods without working out of a commercial kitchen.
Precious Onalaja, Staff Photographer December 1, 2020

Coppell parent and business owner Michelle Zenici started operating Missy’s Cottage Bakery from her home on July 3. With an early interest in baking, Zenici utilizes the revision to the Texas Cottage...

Devineni, edPal team addressing virtual learning challenges

Coppell High School senior Anish Devineni and the rest of the team created the edPal program, a resource for virtual students. After a hectic year, this resource will help students navigate through these difficulties by making learning more motivating, accessible and centralized.
Drishti Gupta, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

The loud noise of the computer fan, the overwhelming number of tabs on the screen and the vigorous clicking across several platforms and tabs is the experience many Coppell ISD students have to grapple...

Health science students plant foundations for community garden, food pantry

A campus garden at CHS9 has been in talks since the 2018-2019 year opened the campus. This year, through the Coppell ISD Give for Grants initiative, students involved in Principles of Health Science started grants of $3,158 and $2,105 to fund a campus garden and food pantry. Photo illustration by Samantha Freeman and Akhila Gunturu
Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor December 1, 2020

Coppell ISD houses gardens on several campuses across the district, providing fresh and healthy food options for students. Joining the district garden initiative this year is CHS9, with a grant to...

COVID-19 Thanksgiving modifying family traditions

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Thanksgiving plans to change this year as people travel less and have less extensive meals due to unemployment. These economic restrictions and health concerns may allow for a more low-stress celebration.
Anjali Vishwanath, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

The pandemic has now taken over the holiday season, as new guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise against traveling for Thanksgiving. Accordingly, people have had to...

CHS9 October Teacher Spotlight teaches open-mindedness

CHS9 algebra I teacher Kara Schmidt conducts a first period on Friday. Schmidt, a first-year CISD teacher working as a case manager in the special education department, was announced the winner of the monthly teacher nominations on Oct. 29.
Anette Varghese, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

CHS9 special education and algebra I teacher Kara Schmidt was announced as the recipient of the October Teacher Spotlight. Spotlights are awarded and nominated by fellow educators. This is Schmidt’s...

Current president leaves board after 12 years of service

Current president leaves board after 12 years of service
Mel Venegas, Staff Writer November 19, 2020

After more than 12 years on the CISD Board of Trustees, Board President Thom Hulme is leaving the board and attended his final meeting on Monday. Much of the meeting was dedicated to celebrating his time...

Fronts of Coppell: Michelle Zenici

Coppell parent and Missy’s Cottage Bakery owner Michelle Zenici packages cookies at her house on Oct. 24. Zenici established Missy’s Cottage Bakery on July 3 after a change in the Texas Cottage Food Law that allows bakers to produce and sell goods from home. (Precious Onalaja)
Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor November 18, 2020

Fronts of Coppell is a Sidekick series in which executive news editor Shivi Sharma profiles a Coppell business owner to bring awareness to community-based establishments. At popular New Orleans...

VanderSchee recognized by UChicago for creating positive, safe environment for students

Coppell High School IB math and AP calculus BC teacher Ian VanderSchee teaches during second period on Monday  in B121. VanderSchee was nominated for the Outstanding Educator Award by CHS 2019 graduate Dwija Dammanna.
Torie Peck, Staff Writer November 13, 2020

Each year the University of Chicago, one of the most prestigious universities of 2020, encourages incoming freshmen to nominate a teacher who impacted their lives for the Outstanding Educator Award. This...

District Diwali committee educating community about Hindu festival of lights

Diwali takes place over five days, and this year it starts today and culminates on Monday. People celebrate Diwali with their families and decorate their homes with diyas to signify the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness.
Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager November 12, 2020

To facilitate awareness of Diwali celebrations in the community, Coppell ISD formed a Diwali committee with teachers and staff from across campuses. Unlike previous years where scattered campuses individually...

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