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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 Munyaka girls secondary school located near Naromury, Kenya, which had 120 students, and S.A Kyeni...

“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 in Coppell after moving from England at 6 years old. She attended Wilson Elementary School, Coppell Midd...

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. Portteus has a double major in mathematics and political science from Ashland University in Ohio...

#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 programs KCBY and the Round-Up Yearbook.

February Teacher of the Issue: Dixon chalking it up to experience

Coppell High School AP World History teacher Tim Dixon discusses the do’s and don’ts for a thesis statement during his second period AP World History class on Thursday. Dixon previously served in the military and as a wrestling coach and was named The Sidekick’s February teacher of the issue.

Sally Parampottil, Executive Sports Editor

February 15, 2020

The sound of chalk on a blackboard melds with the sound of a presentation, connections drawn between different periods and events in the expanse of time. Having spent time as a member of the military and wrestling coach, Coppell High School AP World History teacher and academic decathlon coach Tim Di...

Coch cultivating essential skills through collaboration, support

Coppell High School special education teacher Brooke Coch helps sophomore Ryan West set table utensils. Coch’s class learns various life skills and incorporates a diverse curriculum to prepare students for life after high school.

Jillian Moore, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Coppell High School special education teacher Brooke Coch has been teaching for the past eight years. Despite initially receiving a degree in communications and advertising, Coch developed a passion for teaching special education after working as a teacher at T. A. Sims Elementary School, Wakeland Hig...

At #CHSHome: First-year librarian reads more than 20 books per month while bringing love of storytelling to campus

Coppell High School librarian Trisha Goins works in her office on Jan. 28. Goins enjoys getting to know students to better recommend books to avid readers at CHS. 
Photo by Camila Flores

Victoria Hertel, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Trisha Goins is one of the two librarians at Coppell High School. This is her first year at CHS and as a librarian. She has always had a passion for learning the stories in books and about other people.  What is your experience as a librarian? This is my first year as a librarian [and] my first...

Mundhada cooking, growing alongside club

Coppell High School senior Cooking For A Cause co-President and co-founder Pragati Mundhada signs up a new member at the club expo during C-lunch on Oct. 4, 2019. Cooking For A Cause members make food for events and charities.

Angela Yuan, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

Coppell High School senior Pragati Mundhada is the co-president of Cooking For A Cause. Cooking For A Cause is a club that makes food for events and donates profits to charities. In addition, she is an AP student in National Honor Society and Health Occupations Students of America.  How does Cooki...

Falling for traveling

Coppell High School senior Santiago Ceniceros interacts with snake charmers in Jaipur, India. Ceniceros has a passion for broadening his world view and learning more about cultures through travel. Photo courtesy Santiago Ceniceros

Shreya Beldona, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

Coppell High School senior Santiago Ceniceros’s passion for traveling is fueled by his family. Ceniceros has traveled to many countries in hopes of broadening worldviews and learning about various cultures. During winter break, Ceniceros traveled to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and India.  Wh...

Evans upholding interest in sports medicine

CHS/Coppell junior sports medicine trainer Taylor Evans fills water bottles for players at the varsity girls basketball game against Grapevine on Dec. 10 at the CHS Arena. Evans works exclusively with basketball during the winter season.

Camila Villarreal, Staff Writer

January 7, 2020

Coppell High School junior Taylor Evans is an active member of the CHS sports medicine team. The sports medicine team is in charge of tending to the players’ injuries during games and ensuring the team has enough water and protection to play its sport safely.  What motivated you to join sports medicine? ...

December TOTI: Rushing does not take responsibility of teacher and coach lightly

Coppell High School physics teacher and assistant baseball coach Clint Rushing assists CHS seniors Sophia Raza, Devan Patel, Andrew Tao and Vanuli Arya construct a working circuit board during his third period on Dec. 4. Rushing has taught at CHS for 11 years and was named The Sidekick’s December teacher of the issue.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

Coppell High School AP Physics II and baseball coach Clint Rushing is The Sidekick's December Teacher of the Issue, chosen by our staff. Rushing has been teaching at CHS for 11 years and hopes to help his students find their identity. He wants students to understand they shouldn’t be defined by grades, ...

At #CHSHome: Hernandez is nuts about the Nutcracker

Coppell High School junior Paola Hernandez practices ballet at the University of Alabama on July 7. Hernandez is in her 14th year of dancing.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

Coppell High School junior Paola Hernandez is a dancer with the Ballet Academy of Texas. The Ballet Academy of Texas is performing “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 7-8 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Irving Art Center. Hernandez is level 7 out of 8, the level of dance correlates with the vigor of the classes, ...