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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.)

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...

Cohen creating culture of inclusion in National Art Honor Society

Coppell High School senior National Art Honors Society president Jordan Cohen sets up Halloween bags for the CHS teachers on Oct. 27 in the teachers lounge. NAHS gives back to teachers every year by doing an interactive event, but due to COVID-19, they are giving the teachers Halloween goodies in bags decorated by the NAHS members. Photo by Nandini Muresh
Eva Wheeler, Staff Writer November 6, 2020
Coppell High School National Art Honor Society senior Jordan Cohen leads the group’s efforts to find artists in the community and to help those in need.

Teacher of the Issue: High praise for Patino

Coppell High School English II teacher Stephen Patino engages with sophomore Madison Larson during fifth period in his classroom on Oct.19. Patino is a first-year teacher at CHS and was selected as the second Teacher of the Issue for the 2020-21 school year.
Blanche Harris, Social Media Manager October 27, 2020

Coming from University of Texas at Dallas, Coppell High School English teacher Stephen Patino has taught for two years. WIth this year being his first year teaching at CHS, Patino is excited to get to...

Satish spreading joy through Random Acts of Kindness Club

Manasa Mohan, Staff Writer October 23, 2020

Last year, Coppell High School junior Amita Satish formed the Random Acts of Kindness Club to create positive change. As president of the club, she shares her experiences, goals and the legacy she...

Beatty employing diverse experiences in teaching

New Tech High @ Coppell English IV & AP Literature Facilitator Samantha Beatty is a new teacher at Coppell ISD. Moving from California to Texas, this is her first year working in this district.
Nanditha Nagavishnu, Staff Writer October 19, 2020

After spending four years teaching world history, U.S. history, and sophomore and junior English classes at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, New Tech High @ Coppell English IV and AP literature teacher...

Q&A: Leaving the field behind, Erickson inspires love for history

Coppell High School AP world history teacher Michael Erickson prepares slideshows for his classes on Tuesday morning in B225. Erickson uses his past experiences as a football coach to create memorable lessons for his students.
Tracy Tran, Photo Assignment Editor October 15, 2020

At the age of 5, an Ohioan boy stepped into a baseball field for the first time. However, his love for sports developed as he started playing football. After years of playing sports, Coppell High School...

Shultz designing final year of high school in yearbook

Seniors Riley Shultz and Emily Settle make comments on the color palettes in the 2021 Jostens Yearbook Lookbook in the yearbook room during seventh period on Oct. 1. Shultz is the managing editor for the people and sports section of the Coppell High School yearbook, The Round-Up.
Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager October 8, 2020

Since sophomore year, Coppell High School senior Riley Shultz has been a staff member of the CHS yearbook, The Round-Up. This year, she earned a position in top tier as the managing editor for the people...

Teacher of the Issue: Sheppard working in her element within chemistry department

Coppell High School honors chemistry, IB chemistry and IB chemistry II teacher Susan Sheppard helps CHS juniors Julia Cherkesov and Sven Collins with classwork during third period class on Sept. 9 in C202. Sheppard was selected as The Sidekick’s Teacher of the Issue.
Sally Parampottil, Executive Editor-in-Chief October 1, 2020

The science department is no stranger to Coppell High School honors chemistry, IB chemistry I and IB chemistry II teacher Susan Sheppard. Having also taught forensic science, biology, physics and AP chemistry,...

From Kenya lessons to Coppell classrooms

Coppell High School AP Statistics teacher Lowell Johnson taught students in Kenya as a Peace Corps service. Johnson taught math and English in the school in order to help facilitate learning in a third world country. Photo courtesy Lowell Johnson
Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager September 8, 2020

Coppell High School AP Statistics teacher Lowell Johnson spent two years teaching English and math to students in Kenya. After teaching in Kenya, Johnson taught for a year each in two schools; St. Monica...

“Be safe and make good choices”

Coppell High School algebra II and honors pre-calculus teacher Lucy Grimmett (right) poses with CHS9 ESL facilitator Jessica Lynch (middle) and CHS9 world geography teacher Brittany Scruggs (left) at CHS9 in their senior overalls from attending CHS. Grimmett returned to CHS this year after teaching at CHS9 for three years. Photo courtesy Grimmett
Victoria Hertel, Student Life Editor August 26, 2020

After teaching honors and on-level algebra I at Coppell High School, Lucy Grimmett moved to CHS9 to teach in 2018. This year, she returned to CHS to teach algebra II and pre-calculus. Grimmett grew up...

Affinity for math drives first year teaching AP Statistics for Portteus

GT Algebra II and AP statistics teacher Tom Portteus was selected as Teacher of the Issue for The Sidekick’s April e-edition. Portteus is completing his 13th year in education at Coppell High School after earning a double major in mathematics and political science from Ashland University in Ohio.
Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor April 17, 2020

After teaching at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving for six years, GT Algebra II and AP Statistics teacher Tom Portteus is completing his 13th year in education at CHS and his first year teaching statistics....

#SJW2020: Yearbook, KCBY celebrate Scholastic Journalism Week

Coppell High School junior Juliana Thompson edits a KCBY segment in KCBY adviser Irma Kennedy’s third period class. Thompson recently submitted a segment to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Film Festival and is currently working to reestablish KCBY Español.
February 27, 2020

Scholastic Journalism week is Feb. 23-28 and is a time to recognize the accomplishments of student journalism across the country. This year, The Sidekick is spotlighting fellow Coppell High School journalism...

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