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Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

Cliff Long, Place 1 on the City of Coppell Council, was elected to council in May 2014. Long emphasizes Coppell’s community members concerns in his decisions on council.

Cliff Long

Minnie Gazawada, Staff Writer/Designer March 2, 2022

Coppell City Council Place 1 Cliff Long is a retired certified financial planner and has a background in accounting before taking up his new position. Long approaches his duty from the lens of a local...

Coppell Mayor Wes Mayz has served on the city council since 2012. Mays was elected as mayor of Coppell last May. Photo by Ashley Qian

Mayor Mays

Minnie Gazawada, Staff Writer/Designer March 2, 2022

Before being elected to city council in 2012, Coppell Mayor West Mays was president of two homeowner associations; his background exposed him to city politics allowing him to succeed in his position. What...

COVID-19 booster shots are available and recommended for adults who are at high risk of contracting the virus or have underlying medical conditions. Booster shots can be administered at local pharmacies such as Tom Thumb, CVS and Walgreens.

Booster shots available at local pharmacies after completion of initial series

Anette Varghese, Student Life Editor October 26, 2021

Booster shots are available to eligible individuals at all locations that also offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Available locations in Coppell include: Tom Thumb, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens on Denton Tap Road. “I...

Coppell High School IB English III teacher Stephanie Spaete collects her students’ posters at the end of seventh period on Monday. Like many Coppell ISD educators, Spaete has adjusted some of her teaching strategies based on her virtual teaching experiences of the past year. Photo by Meghna Kulkarni

Into classrooms, out of routine

Saniya Koppikar, Staff Writer October 7, 2021

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from its original version. As Cottonwood Creek Elementary librarian Cynthia Alaniz rolled her ‘bookmobile’ down the elementary school hallways, ready to...

After returning to full in person school, Coppell High School students have been facing academic and emotional challenges.  Coppell ISD is working to bridge learning gaps caused by COVID-19 by emphasizing learner choice and interaction.

Molding to the new normal

Akhila Gunturu, Executive News Editor October 4, 2021

For many Coppell ISD students, the 2020-21 school year began in the silence of their bedrooms in front of a screen. Fast forward, and the school year finished in the same place, with only a screen to connect...

The contact tracing process began last school year when some students were virtual and some were in person. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, Coppell High School administrators facilitate this contact tracing process.

Contact tracing ensures effective COVID-19 tracking

Akhila Gunturu, Executive News Editor September 12, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing throughout the beginning of the school year, Coppell ISD continues to monitor COVID cases through the contact tracing process.  “We're responding as we can to...

Following a brief period of lowered COVID-19 cases, a recent surge of cases in April has left India grappling with a second wave, making it the country with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world currently. Source: Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

India’s COVID case spike spurring increased caution among locals

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager May 17, 2021

After a period of little to no COVID cases in India, a recent surge of cases created a second wave, leaving millions infected.  “Every boundation [imitation] was removed, schools, colleges, malls,...

Since the beginning of the pandemic, less teens in the United States have been able to complete proper driving education - almost three-quarters of parents with a teen said their teen’s driving education has been delayed by the pandemic. Parents have also been more concerned about their teen’s driving habits since the pandemic’s advent.

Pandemic leading to less teenage drivers on local streets

Anette Varghese, Staff Writer May 14, 2021

Traditionally, teenage drivers follow the same course to become a new driver. Learners from age 15-17 are required to complete a state-approved teen drivers education course. They must then complete...

Common microaggressions against the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community can snowball into violent hate crimes, as evidenced by the Atlanta spa shootings on March 16. The shootings sparked a nationwide reaction against racism and spurred local organizers into action.

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act passes following waves of anti-Asian sentiment

Akhila Gunturu, CHS9 Editor May 6, 2021

On April 22, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan COVID-19 hate crimes bill to enact protections for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.  The bill is a concrete step from the...

The CHS9 Sunshine Committee hands out donuts and coffee to faculty as they celebrate national “I Want You To Be Happy” day on Wednesday. The Sunshine Committee hosts events every year since 2018 to celebrate major life events and boost the morale of the staff.

Positive vibes only: Sunshine Committee raising spirits despite isolation

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager March 8, 2021

If CHS9 assistant principal Ashlee Graham had to put the purpose of the Sunshine Committee into one word, it would be hospitality. Founded at the inception of CHS9 in 2018, the Sunshine Committee returns...

It has been a full calendar year since the last regular day of school at Coppell High School prior to COVID-19’s influence. Coppell ISD is still upholding various coronavirus-related guidelines, such as social distancing and wearing masks.

One year later: Campus commemorating memories on school closure anniversary

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor March 6, 2021

Three fourths of the way into the 2020-21 school year, Coppell High School art teacher David Bearden’s classroom, E103, holds about five students per class period, out of approximately the 25 enrolled....

In celebration of Student Press Freedom Day, The Sidekick advertising and circulation manager Trisha Atluri delves into the world of student journalism with her experiences as a writer, photographer and designer. Atluri highlights the importance of student newspapers during unprecedented times.

#SJW2021: An oasis amidst desert

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager February 26, 2021

Currently, there are more than 13,000 students enrolled in Coppell ISD. 13,000 stories to tell and one newspaper staff to tell them. As news deserts across the country grow, local journalism is left...

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