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  • CISD has an early release day on March 12
It has been a full calendar year since the last regular day of school at Coppell High School prior to COVID-19’s influence. Coppell ISD is still upholding various coronavirus-related guidelines, such as social distancing and wearing masks.

One year later: Campus commemorating memories on school closure anniversary

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor March 6, 2021

Three fourths of the way into the 2020-21 school year, Coppell High School art teacher David Bearden’s classroom, E103, holds about five students per class period, out of approximately the 25 enrolled....

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2021-22 school year’s calendar on Feb. 25. Changes include shifting the first day of school from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17 and reducing the number of school days from 176 to 174, while maintaining the required 75,600 minutes of student instruction.

District approves changes to 2021-22 calendar

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager March 5, 2021

On Feb. 25, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve changes to the calendar for the 2021-22 school year. Changes include moving the first day of school from Aug. 11 to Aug. 17 and pushing the...

Advanced Placement exams are offering both in person and online options for students to test. Coppell High School sent out a survey to be completed by today’s deadline.

CollegeBoard announces new AP exam testing guidelines

Drishti Gupta, Staff Writer March 5, 2021

As COVID-19 persists through 2021, CollegeBoard has announced new updates for Advanced Placement exams this year and are offering full-length paper exams and digital exams.  Currently, Coppell ISD...

Coppell High School KCBY-TV adviser Irma Kennedy honors her parents, Oscar and Irma Lazos, with nephew CHS AP Environmental Science teacher Maxx Lazos in the main hallway for the Laps of Love event. CHS faculty raised more than $2,500 for the North Texas Grief and Loss Center and documented 1,415,048 steps.

Laps of love unifies staff in grief

Angelina Liu , Staff Writer March 3, 2021

From Feb. 8-13, Coppell High School staff members were encouraged to document their steps and donate money to the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas. Although the physical aspect of the walk was cancelled...

Three COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are now available in the United States as the pandemic continues. Eligible Coppell residents can receive vaccines by joining distribution centers’ wait lists.

From dozens of labs across the world to local pharmacies

Anjali Vishwanath, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

Coronavirus Disease 2019. COVID-19. Both imply this was an outbreak isolated to 2019, but the pandemic continues in 2021, after hundreds of thousands of Americans have perished as a result of COVID-19...

Coppell ISD announced that the free school SAT originally scheduled for Wednesday will be postponed to Wednesday, March 24.. College Board will be unable to provide testing materials by the original date.

Wednesday SAT rescheduled to March 24

Anette Varghese, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

On Friday, Coppell ISD rescheduled the free SAT on Wednesday to Wednesday, March 24 after learning that the College Board is unable to provide the testing materials in time for the originally scheduled...

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees met Thursday night to examine the damages to district campuses resulting from February’s extreme cold temperatures. About 15 CISD facilities sustained damages and are undergoing repairs.

Board reports damages to 15 CISD facilities

Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor March 2, 2021

The winter weather event last month did more than incite power outages and freezing temperatures. After the brunt of the storm was over, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees reported damages to about 15 CISD...

Coppell High School 2019 graduates Vinny Vicenzo, Shania Khan and Misuni Khamankar discuss upcoming projects in KCBY adviser Irma Kennedy's classroom on Oct. 19, 2018. KCBY was awarded the 2020 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Production Emmy for Best Newscast.

KCBY-TV takes home second Best Newscast Emmy Award

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor March 1, 2021

In her 15 years leading KCBY-TV, adviser Irma Kennedy has found that by midyear, she could tell whether that year’s staff will make it in award season or not. And in 2018-19, it had been decided early...

Got You Covered is a Sidekick series detailing five events happening at Coppell High School the following week. It will be posted every Monday for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

Got You Covered: 3/1-3/7

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor March 1, 2021

The Red Jackets application for the 2021-22 school year opens today for juniors and is due on March 12. Applicants must have a GPA greater than 3.2 and no more than three unexcused absences per class...

#SJW2021: Freshmen examine importance of media ethics (with video)

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor February 27, 2021

Scholastic Journalism Week, taking place from Feb. 21-27, celebrates the work and importance of student journalism across schools in the United States. Each day is associated with a different theme, and...

Today marks the last day of Student Journalism Week, which is Student Press Freedom Day. The Sidekick’s Varshitha Korrapolu outlines the challenges student journalists face such as censorship, COVID-19, handling racial justice coverage, and civil engagement/election news.

#SJW2021: Student Press Freedom Day shines light on student journalists fighting long standing challenges

Varshitha Korrapolu, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

Student Press Freedom Day recognizes the challenges that student journalists face, and honors the work they put in around the clock. It sheds light on the dual lives student journalists lead, and illustrates...

IBM business development leader Jo Ann Hill’s passion for math and numbers drew her to computer science. She uses her programming skills to lead a racial justice initiative and serve as a co-director at GIGAWOT, a coding camp for girls.

Paving the way: Hill empowering minorities with STEM solutions

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager February 26, 2021

The first time IT professional Jo Ann Hill worked with computers was during her bachelor’s degree program at Mississippi Valley State University. With an affinity for numbers and math, Hill had chosen...

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