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Tennis to face off against Prosper in bi-district playoffs

Coppell senior Kunal Seetha hits a forehand against Plano West on Sept. 25 at the CHS Tennis Center. Coppell will be playing Prosper in Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs today.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

October 26, 2020

Coppell tennis will be playing the first bi-district match against Prosper at the T Bar M Racquet Club at 8 p.m. today.  By defeating Flower Mound last Tuesday, Coppell finished second in District 6-6A for the season. Prosper’s win against McKinney Boyd on Thursday earned third place in District 5...

Girard’s return to district reunites old partnership

Coppell High School assistant principal Brandon Girard dances on the senior bridge before school with English III teacher Sean Smith and honors chemistry teacher Courtney Crosby on Oct. 16. Girard returned to Coppell ISD after four years in Brookings, SD.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

October 23, 2020

After returning to Coppell ISD from four years in Brookings, SD, Coppell High School assistant principal Brandon Girard felt like he was coming home. Girard is not new to an administrative position in CISD. He was an assistant principal at Austin Elementary from 2014 to 2016.  “This is an a...

Editorial: Treat COVID-19 as a resource instead of a curse (with video)

The coronavirus pandemic affects the trajectory of millions of people’s lives across the globe and forces many Americans to stay home and take safety precautions. The Sidekick editorial board argues teenagers should focus on the positive impacts of COVID-19 and treat it as a resource that will improve our identity as a community.

Editorial Board

October 2, 2020

What does not kill you makes you stronger.  While we should take the time to recognize and grieve what we have lost because of COVID-19, we need to shed some light on the situation so we do not drown in negativity. Living through a pandemic can be mentally and physically draining, and as a result, m...

District elevating Miller to coordinate fine arts programs

Coppell Band director Gerry Miller was approved as the district’s coordinator of fine arts by the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees on Monday. Miller has led Coppell Band as a director for five years and begins his new position today.

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor

October 1, 2020

Since 2016, Coppell Band director Gerry Miller has led the largest fine arts department in the district, with close to 500 members. Now, he will oversee fine arts district-wide as the first Coppell ISD Coordinator of Fine Arts.  “My prime focus is our students, and making sure the student experience in...

District expanding community engagement with podcast, video series

Coppell ISD Trustee Leigh Walker discusses improving community engagement during the livestream of the CISD Board meeting on Monday. The meeting addressed the district’s focus on new communication and updates with the podcast.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

September 29, 2020

On Thursday, Coppell ISD launched the We Value podcast, available on all streaming services. New episodes will be released on the last Thursday of every month.  Each episode aims to share local examples of excellence in education. In this vein, the first two episodes include interviews with Execut...

Answering in-person schooling questions

Coppell ISD students who chose in-person learning are returning to school tomorrow. High school students will follow a staggered lunch schedule depending on which class they are in.

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor

September 7, 2020

In Coppell ISD, in-person learning begins tomorrow for the students who chose the option on the district’s commitment form. The Sidekick asked Coppell High School students what questions they had about in-person learning and answered them below. Students and parents are also encouraged to view the chec...

#CISDTogether in #CHS9Family

CHS9 Principles of Arts, AV Tech and Communications teacher Jenna Grinnan speaks to her third period class via Zoom on Aug. 17, the first day of school. Unlike the 2019-20 spring semester, the 2020-21 school year will have in-depth and rigorous instruction for a full day with attendance tracking. Photo courtesy Jenna Grinnan

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor

August 17, 2020

The 2020-21 school year starts off virtually on Monday, Aug. 17. As opposed to the 2019-20 spring semester, the 2020-21 school year will have in-depth and rigorous instruction virtually for students. CHS9 principal Cody Koontz provides his thoughts and opinions on the upcoming school year below.  ...

District to provide flexible learning options for upcoming school year

District to provide flexible learning options for upcoming school year

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor

July 8, 2020

In its weekly email newsletter, Coppell ISD announced that it will allow families to choose between in-person and remote learning for the 2020-21 school year. Families will commit to their choices for the first nine weeks of the school year through a survey that will be sent out on Tuesday and is due ...

How seniors/those moving from CISD are going to return items amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Students will have the opportunity to return items belonging to Coppell High School on May 21-22. Items include iPads, textbooks, and library books.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

As the school year is coming to an end and with students off campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are left wondering what to do with items that belong to Coppell High School.   “[The school] is putting together a schedule, and [CHS Principal Laura Springer] will be sending that out to studen...

Texas suspends STAAR testing requirements for 2019-20 school year

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has waived requirements for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests for the 2019-20 school year. STAAR tests have been administered to students in grades 3-11 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) since the 2011-12 school year.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

March 16, 2020

It was announced today that Texas Governor Greg Abbott has eliminated state testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests will not be administered for the current school year in an attempt t...

Algebra I Super Teachers receive district recognition for final project

CHS9 Algebra I teachers Lucy Grimmett, William Harrington and Gunjan Jain receive Super Teacher awards from Coppell ISD on Feb. 21 for creating a unique final project for their students. CISD gives out Super Teacher awards three times a year to teachers at each campus who are doing something innovative for their students.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

March 12, 2020

Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt, CHS9 Principal Cody Koontz and CHS9 assistant principal Nick Coenraad walked into three classrooms clutching plaques to present to deserving teachers on Feb. 21 at CHS9.  Algebra I teachers Lucy Grimmett, Gunjan Jain and William Harrington received CISD Super ...

Choir stirs emotion among audience in Region 31 Concert

The TMEA Region 31 Treble choir performs a piece called “The Composition of a Kiss” by Padworski during the 2019 All Region Honor Choir concert on Saturday at the Grapevine First United Methodist Church. Parents and friends come to watch and enjoy an evening full of a variety of music sung by each choir.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

GRAPEVINE - The audience is silent as choir members on stage show their talents, by singing a variety of music with the help of instruments in the background.  These individuals advanced to perform the Region 31 Concert at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, which consisted of students from...