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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...

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...

More than a game

The Sidekick adviser Chase Wofford and his children Caroline and son John, attend the Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners game on July 30 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, marking their last time to see the Rangers play in the stadium. Like many Dallas-Fort Worth sports fans, the Wofford family was excited about games in the new air-conditioned Globe Life Field this season before sports were put on hold due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy Chase Wofford

Chase Wofford, The Sidekick adviser

May 7, 2020

Sitting in section 209 of the American Airlines Center on a warm spring evening in downtown Dallas, I watched the Mavericks take on the Denver Nuggets. I had little idea how life would change by the game’s end. I sat with my wife and teenage son, Sarah and John Wofford. I had accidentally left my...

Keeping your distance

Due to COVID-19, events such as Prom, concerts and sporting events were cancelled. On March 21, Dallas County mandated that only essential services are to remain open as per social distancing measures.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

April 17, 2020

At 11 a.m., Kelly's Texican Grill owner Lawrence Kelly pushes open his restaurant’s door, his footsteps breaking the silence that surrounds the unmoved chairs and tables. Sunlight seeps through the windows of the Sandy Lake Road restaurant, falling on empty delivery containers rather than the laug...

Summer Olympics postponed in wake of global pandemic

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo has been postponed for a year, opening July 23, 2021. Sporting events are being canceled around the world as a result of the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

Emma Meehan, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Elite athletes are some of those feeling the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted a year delay of the 2020 Summer Olympics.  For the first time in Olympic history, the recurring games have been rescheduled because of a pandemic. Initially planned to open July 24 in Tokyo, the games have been po...

A day in the life of two quarantined high school students

Nishant Medicharla

Christie Hernandez and Nishant Medicharla

March 27, 2020

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease, many schools throughout the nation have closed to limit the spread of the virus. In this video, The Sidekick business manager Nishant Medicharla and staff videographer Christie Hernandez show their daily routine, and how they have been passing ...

International IB exams canceled for 2020 Diploma, Course Certificate candidates

International Baccalaureate (IB) exams have been canceled internationally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting over 200,000 students worldwide. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) will release FAQs and additional details regarding the cancellation to IB schools and coordinators by Friday.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

March 23, 2020

Today, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) announced the cancellation of all IB exams internationally that were scheduled from April 30 through May 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The decision affects over 200,000 juniors and seniors worldwide who were signed up to take Standard Leve...

Prom latest event to cancel due to COVID-19 pandemic

Coppell High School canceled prom to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.The class of 2020 prom was scheduled for April 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Nishant Medicharla, Business Manager

March 19, 2020

Coppell High School canceled prom, originally scheduled for April 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, for the class of 2020 in an email sent by CHS Principal Laura Springer on Wednesday.  The cancelation is a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which also suspended STAAR testing and postponed S...

International SAT, ACT exams postponed due to COVID-19

CollegeBoard and ACT have canceled national March and April testing dates to June and July because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Both organizations will offer students full refunds for the next testing they sign up for.

Shivi Sharma, CHS9 Editor

March 17, 2020

The CollegeBoard and ACT organizations, which run the SAT and ACT international college entrance exams, respectively, announced Monday that they will be canceling future testing dates due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Both CollegeBoard and ACT will provide full refunds to students who have signed up fo...

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...