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Editorial: Writing off COVID-19

While Coppell ISD campuses have COVID-19 protocols and precautions, it is not possible for CISD to enforce them when students are not in school. The Sidekick editorial board thinks community guidelines should be created and followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, even if inconvenient.
Editorial Board December 31, 2020

Since March, Coppell has been forced to limit daily life in order to protect its citizens and keep businesses alive, all in order to restore normality sooner rather than later. This is due, in part, to...

2020: Concluding year of writing through writing

2020 has been an eventful year particularly because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused major life changes for everyone. The Sidekick executive news editor Shivi Sharma reflects on her experiences writing and being a journalist this year and looks forward to 2021.
Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor December 18, 2020

Blissfully quiet, early morning walks to school while sipping tea. Standing on a chair and updating the section whiteboard in the back of the newsroom. Conversations on sun-drenched afternoons that flow...

Letter From the Editor: Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit (with video)

As much as trying to stay positive during these uncertain times is important, it may not always come easy. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil expresses how accepting that not everything will be good in 2020 may be what is best for us.
Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief December 18, 2020

I didn’t make my senior overalls over the summer.  I thought if I did, I would be unhappy, because it would be a constant reminder of the fact I wasn’t going to school in person. They would just...

Preventing academic burnout with simple tips

As we approach the end of this semester, some students may feel exhausted or experiencing academic burnout from a tiring year. The Sidekick staff writer Manasa Mohan provides tips on how to stay motivated and finish the year off strong.
Manasa Mohan, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

High school is a difficult experience for many students. With coursework, extracurricular activities and a student’s personal and social life, it can get very overwhelming. Now, high school students...

COVID-19 in the eyes of a teacher

COVID-19 has forced teachers to adjust to an online setting during class. AP English IV teacher Matthew Bowden discusses the importance of being there for Coppell High School students despite the adversity teachers face.
Matthew Bowden, Guest Writer December 10, 2020

When I began teaching here at Coppell High School 23 years ago, I had grand visions of changing the world one young person at a time, building lifelong bonds with my students just like John Keating from...

Remember: we have work to do

The Associated Press declared that Joseph R. Biden is the 46th president of the United States. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Camila Villarreal urges Americans to remain critical of political leaders despite political affiliations.
Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor December 4, 2020

When Joseph R. Biden was declared the projected president-elect of the United States, supporters took to the streets to celebrate the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.  However, the events leading...

An open letter to my teachers

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have had to adjust lesson plans, rework curriculums and do their job virtually, miles away from most - if not all - of their students. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil expresses her empathy and gratitude towards her teachers, who are doing their best during these trying times.
Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief December 3, 2020

To my teachers this school year,  I am sorry. I truly am.  I know this isn’t the year you wanted either. Dealing with a pandemic as an educator is something I can only imagine being beyond difficult,...

Education has become an inequitable business

Colleges have progressively become more inequitable for students, leaving them and their families in debt. The Sidekick staff writer Nanditha Nagavishnu explains how in light of COVID-19, this issue has become more apparent.
Nanditha Nagavishnu, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

Decades after the Title IV of the Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination in public schools and higher education based on religion, race or national origin, education continues to be elusive and disadvantegeous...

Giving thanks: A butterfly effect for the world to remember

Generation Z is growing up in a time of social activism and self-expression on a different scale than ever before. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Camila Villareal expresses her gratitude for the mentality of her generation in light of these challenges.
Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor November 25, 2020

I grew up in a world of dress-up and birthday cake. Like most children, I didn’t worry about the complexities of life and turmoils of growing up. I didn’t have to. But everyone gets older, and getting...

Giving thanks: Bring me back a rock (with video)

The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil shows off her collection of small gifts she has received from her friends. Parampottil pays importance to how the smallest reminders of her friends bring her happiness.
Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2020

I ask my friends to bring me rocks whenever they travel.  It’s something I’ve done for a couple of years now. Rocks are cheap and don’t take up a lot of space, so if someone brings me back something,...

Giving thanks: Appreciating the new normal with old friends

Keeping in touch with close friends during these unprecedented times is important for our wellbeing. The Sidekick co-sports editor Anjali Krishna shares how beneficial showing appreciation for the rocks in our lives is.
Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor November 20, 2020

I have always loved stories with ensembles. Something about group dynamics, inner workings, melding relationships and utter messes appeals to me. The haphazard groups have always been my favorite: weird...

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