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Pandemic making teachers adapt to new teaching plan

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coppell High School teachers begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual teaching, starting on Aug. 17. The unfamiliar format required extra preparation and continuous planning from teachers, many of whom are concerned about building relationships with students. Graphic by Samantha Freeman

Tracy Tran, Photo Assignment Editor

August 28, 2020

“The reason I became a teacher is because I love kids,” Coppell High School calculus teacher Suzanne Black said. “[I also love] the relationship that I build with kids and hanging out with them during the day, and not having that, it just feels so mechanical. Teachers do not become teachers to do al...

Farmers no match on the pitch against Cowgirls

Coppell sophomore forward Michelle Pak scores against Lewisville on Friday night at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowgirls defeated Lewisville, 5-1.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

March 1, 2020

The Coppell girls soccer team jumped on top of Lewisville in the first half and did not look back in a 5-1 victory Friday night at Buddy Echols Field. The Cowgirls started strong during the first half, with sophomore forward Michelle Pak scoring the first goal within four minutes. Senior defender Haley ...

Offseason pushes coaches to improve on their athletes

Coppell tennis coach Rich Foster advises doubles teammates junior Matthew Abbey and sophomore Vinay Patel at the CHS Tennis Center on Thursday. Foster is preparing the team for the spring season with practices and socials to build camaraderie between old and new players. Photo by Camden Southwick

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

December 18, 2019

Mile-runs, gyms, and more workouts. As Coppell transitions from fall sports to winter sports, fall season coaches are working to improve their athletes in preparation for the next season.  Coppell tennis coach Rich Foster helps motivate tennis athletes during the offseason by encouraging socials a...

Cowgirls best Lady Tigers to kick off season

Coppell sophomore defender Bailey Peek crosses a free kick into the box on Saturday at Buddy Echols Field. The Coppell Cowgirls defeated the Lady Tigers, 2-0.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

December 15, 2019

With the blow of the first whistle, the Coppell Cowgirls knew that their long awaited season had finally begun. All the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the last four months of training would finally be able to prove itself on the field. The result that followed with the Cowgirls beating Belton High S...

Taylor embraces varsity lifestyle early on

Coppell freshman Preston Taylor executes a ball roll during practice on Nov. 21 during fifth period on Buddy Echols Field. Taylor is the first freshman to play on varsity since Ryan Barlow in 2011.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Coppell freshman Preston Taylor’s obsession with soccer started off ever since he was able to walk.  Taylor would randomly kick around a soccer ball in his house and take a soccer ball with him whenever he went outside. Taylor eventually played soccer with more vigor as he grew and that is when h...

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...

New district provider resolving semester’s WiFi problems

Mist Systems is the Coppell ISD new WiFi vendor, replacing Xirrus which was acquired by another company. Much of Coppell High School experienced WiFi outages before new Mist Systems rays started being installed in October.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

The first two months of school, parts of Coppell High School had little to no WiFi. For weeks, classes had to endure learning without WiFi and service. This affected teachers’ agendas, student satisfaction and learning ability.     The district worked with a technology company called Xirru...

Q&A: How band defines Sangerhausen’s sense of identity

Coppell High School senior Emilie Sangerhausen practices her clarinet on Oct. 15 before school in the CHS band hall. Sangerhausen has played clarinet for seven years. Photo by Tracy Tran

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Music has always played an important role in Coppell High School senior Emilie Sangerhausen’s life. She has done band since middle school, and is on her seventh year in band.   What made you join band?  During elementary school, I started having experience with music and performing. I wanted to ha...

Jund moving to assistant AD role next school year

Coppell High School Principal Dr. Nicole Jund is seen with CHS Student Resource Officer Chris Cobb and CHS senior CJ Ward in the main hallway last year. On Monday, Dr. Jund was announced the Coppell ISD assistant athletic director. Coppell Middle School East Principal Laura Springer will be returning as the new CHS principal

Christine Zacuai, Executive News Editor

April 24, 2019

On Monday, Coppell High School Principal Dr. Nicole Jund was announced as the new Coppell ISD assistant athletic director after serving two years leading the CHS campus. CISD Superintendent Brad Hunt announced the changes in the administrative leadership in a district wide announcement stating “[Jund’s] exte...

Flower Mound takes hold of top spot in district standings

Coppell senior forward Joe Ruedi chases after the ball during the first half of the game against Flower Mound on Tuesday at the Neal Wilson Athletic Stadium. The Cowboys lost, 2-1, and play Irving Nimitz tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Echols Field.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019

The Coppell soccer team was desperate for an equalizer in the final minutes of Tuesday’s critical District 6-6A match at Flower Mound.   After several failed attacking plays, Coppell won a much-needed corner. With nearly all the players inside the penalty box, the corner kick led to...

CHS no longer offering GT/AP courses for the 2019-20 school year

Coppell High School junior Bailey Baskett draws for her visual argument project in Melissa Alexander-Blythe’s GT/AP English III class in third period. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Coppell High School administration will no longer offer Gifted and Talented Advanced Placement (GT/AP) courses.

Nishant Medicharla, Export and Production Manager

January 28, 2019

The Coppell High School administration will no longer offer the Gifted and Talented Advanced Placement (GT/AP) courses for the 2019-2020 school year.   According to CHS associate principal Melissa Arnold, the only difference between an Advanced Placement (AP) and GT course is its differentiatio...

McBride returning to sidelines

On Friday, former Coppell football coach and current athletic director Joe McBride accepted the position as head coach and athletic coordinator at McKinney Boyd High School. McBride leaves behind Coppell football with a legacy of three district titles in five seasons from 2010-14.

Christine Zacuai, Executive News Editor

January 25, 2019

Coppell ISD athletics director and former head football coach Joe McBride officially accepted the head football coach and athletic coordinator position at McKinney Boyd High School.   The news was first reported by Matt Stepp of on Friday.   “It just was in ...