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Coppell voting for mayor and city council seats opens today and ends on May 1. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Camila Villarreal urges Coppell citizens to remain informed and vote.

The Local Mind: Don’t leave your local elections behind

Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor April 19, 2021

When life throws local elections at you, you vote.  If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t heard much about early voting for the next Coppell mayor and city council positions starting...

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil discusses the importance of incorporating women’s history into regular lesson plans as opposed to just waiting for the designated month.

Women’s History Month draws attention to year-round educational deficit

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2021

For women, March was a month of being neglected, harassed, dismissed and killed. It was a month filled with events, policies and remarks counteracting each step of progress women were able to make. In...

On March 16, a series of mass shootings took place at three spas in Atlanta, in which eight people were killed, six of which were Asian women. These recent events have put a spotlight on discrimination towards the Asian community.

Opinion: Atlanta spa shooting brings to light intersection between race, gender, class

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Xiaojie Tan. Delaina Yaun. Paul Andre Michels. Daoyou Feng. Yong Ae Yue. Hyun Jung Grant. Soon Chung Park. Suncha Kim.  On March 16, the heart-shattering Atlanta spa shootings transpired at Youngs...

Many people become caught in the cycle of constantly working and rushing through life. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil conveys how people should take time to step back and exist in the present.

Letter From the Editor: Ut avertam oculos meos ad intendum (with video)

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief April 2, 2021

On Feb. 14, the day before the historic winter storm sparked power outages across the state, I laid on my back in the snow in my front yard, stared up at the sky and watched the flakes fall.  Supine...

The winter storm that hit Texas from Feb. 13-17 caused a lot of damage throughout a state not prepared for such severe weather. People within the state and around the country have been empathetic towards those affected and offered shelter in order to help.

Editorial: Snow melted our hearts

Editorial Board April 2, 2021

As numerous Coppell residents huddled under layers of blankets, it was easy to focus only on the moments they were living right then. The lack of power,  risk of burst pipes, inability to travel on snow-covered...

Entering the fourth nine weeks, many students have returned to in-person learning at Coppell High School. The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil describes her first week back.

The Local Mind: Return to campus marked by structure

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief March 29, 2021

After a semester and a half of doing school from a desk in my parents’ bedroom, I finally made the switch to in-person learning for the last quarter of the school year. It was a good thing my fifth period...

Girls’ expectations for themselves can often be skewed by social media and the internet, being pressured to fit society's desired projections. The Sidekick executive editorial page editor Camila Villarreal describes what it is like to be a “big girl” and how girls should feel proud of their body, regardless of fitting societal norms.

The heavy burden of being a “big girl”

Camila Villarreal, Executive Editorial Page Editor March 12, 2021

In the fifth grade, I told a girl, awe-struck, that I was jealous of how skinny she was. She turned to me, looked me up and down and said, “Yeah, and you’re… Well, look at you.”  In the sixth...

Kamala Harris is the United States’ 49th Vice President, as well as the first woman, African American, and South Asian American vice president. The Sidekick staff writer Yasemin Ragland expresses how it feels as a Black girl, having Kamala Harris be inaugurated into the White House.

Harris making path for young Black women

Yasemin Ragland, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

I was 5 years old when Barack Obama became the 44th president on Jan. 20, 2009. I was more than happy for there to be a Black president because Black Americans have been in this country for over 400 years,...

The Cozby Library and Community Commons provides Coppell residents with tools for e-learning, research, activities and more. The Sidekick social media manager Blanche Harris argues the importance of libraries and how they are an indispensable resource. Photo illustration by Tanvee Patil.

Don’t shelf the library

Blanche Harris, Social Media Manager March 9, 2021

  The bell rings.  Chairs scrape against the floor, little feet running toward the exit. The thrill of recess never gets old. Everyone is excited to feel the sun on their face and play....

The State of Texas Academic Assessment of Readiness, or STAAR, was recently announced to be required for algebra I, English I, English II, biology and U.S. history students to take. When People’s Newspapers readers were polled, most parents of children taking the STAAR test believed it should not be given this year, and if it required in-person attendance, most states their child would not participate.

Don’t make star students take the STAAR; they’ve been through enough

Manasa Mohan, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

The State of Texas Academic Assessment of Readiness, or STAAR, was recently announced to be required for algebra I, English I, English II, biology and U.S. history students to take. When People’s...

The phrase “no offense” is used, more often than not, before a phrase that would otherwise be wildly offensive. The Sidekick editor-in-chief Sally Parampottil and her trusty friend Montana James ask an important question about this phenomenon: “Why? Just why?” Photo illustration by Sally Parampottil and Srihari Yechangunja

Coppell Observer: Montana James and the most useless phrase in the history of English

Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief March 1, 2021

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 adolescents (even though we feel so much older). You,...

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