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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...

Stepping up for healthcare workers

Coppell High School senior Naisha Gottipati delivers a donation of face shields to UT Southwestern Clements Jr. University Hospital on July 14. Gottipati started the nonprofit Healthcare Meals, Inc. to raise money, food, and personal protective equipment for hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

September 3, 2020

As apprehension over the coronavirus rose in May, Coppell High School senior Naisha Gottipati watched as the long shifts at the UT Southwestern Children’s Medical Center took their toll on her sister, Dr. Lasya Challa. “[Challa] was more lethargic and she couldn't interact with us as much because s...

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...

#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 ...

Coppell’s blooming business scene: present condition, tackling COVID-19 and future ambitions

Coppell has made a name for itself in the local business scene, with a growing business economy and pro-business attitude. The city government hopes to continue attracting businesses and building its image.

Akif Abidi, Staff Writer

May 15, 2020

Coppell is a prime example of the tremendous growth North Texas cities have been experiencing the past few decades-- booming from approximately 16,000 residents to 42,000 residents in the last 30 years. As Coppell’s population boomed, so did its business sector. Coppell held approximately 2 million squ...

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...

Islamic Center of Coppell

The Islamic Center of Coppell (ICC) closed its  mosque in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 and are offering services through Zoom and Facebook live. ICC’s Facebook page features inspirational videos from the imam and helpful, precautionary advice. Photo courtesy Islamic Center of Coppell

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

The Islamic Center of Coppell (ICC)  is one of the local religious institutions offering online services due to COVID-19. While prayer in the ICC would normally occur five times a day, the mosque is closed and services are now being offered through Facebook live and Zoom.  ICC offered various services along with the ...

Sri Hari Hara Peetham

Rama Navami commemorates the birth of the Hindu god Rama. Sri Hari Hara Peetham celebrated Rama Navami virtually through a Facebook live stream this year, with preparation for the live stream beginning three days before the actual festival. Photo courtesy Sri Hari Hara Peetham

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

As the only Hindu establishment in Coppell, Sri Hari Hara Peetham (SHHP) began taking precautions for COVID-19 early.  Hindu temples serve food and holy water in their establishments, and all of it is either prepared at home or in the temple itself. However, on March 9, SHHP announced through its ...

St. Ann Catholic Parish

St. Ann Catholic Parish director of youth ministries Joey Seaneella operates recording technology as Fr. Paul Bechter gives a sermon. St. Ann is one of the many local religious institutions that has turned to live streaming to provide its services. Photo courtesy Kurt Klement

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

April 5 marked the beginning of Holy Week or the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. While Christians would typically gather together during this week to celebrate the events up until Jesus’s resurrection on Easter Day, the shelter-in-place has greatly limited people’s ability to do so.  ...

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...

Cancellation of prom may have taught us something more valuable – living in the moment

Students from Coppell High School’s class of 2019 dance at prom at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Sidekick business manager Nishant Medicharla discusses that even though this year’s prom has been canceled due to the coronavirus, the class of 2020 may have gained an invaluable lesson - learning to live in the moment.

Nishant Medicharla, Business Manager

April 11, 2020

The clock struck midnight as I was scrolling through Instagram, liking all the prom pictures my upperclassmen were posting. The scary thoughts of the SAT and the next day’s calculus test dwindled away as I imagined a night where I could celebrate four years worth of hard work. But one email des...