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Transitioning technology administration brings change to CISD

Sam Farsaii is the new Assistant Superintendent of Technology for CISD. Photo courtesy

May 31, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief Technological integration has been at the forefront of Coppell ISD’s strategic plan in recent years, and this month’s bond election ensured the allocation of funding and resources to this goal will likely increase in the years to come. With these technological i...

End of an era leads to new leadership

May 29, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief Throughout my time on The Sidekick, I have seen some amazing improvements to our print and online publications. I have seen individual staff members overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become the successful journalists they are today. It is these pe...

Michelle’s Musings: one final muse brings closure

Graphic by Lauren Ussery

May 23, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief I am a firm believer in the idea of closure. I also believe that it is just that – an idea. I was hoping to be able to bring everything full circle, to look back at the first piece I wrote for The Sidekick and come to the heartwarming realization that I am the ...

Emergency preparedness plan firmly in place for CISD

May 22, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief In light of the recent tragedy in Moore, Okla. and the severe weather that blew through North Texas yesterday afternoon, Coppell ISD wants to be sure all students and parents within the district understand the emergency measures that are in place. As per the law, each campus has an emergency preparedness plan and regularly holds drills. Whenever severe weather is on the radar, emails and phone calls are sent out to e...

Aaron Carter concert marks return of childhood for CHS students

May 17, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief Although 10 years have passed since Aaron Carter last visited Texas, his After Party Tour was like a moment frozen in time – a time characterized by orange camouflage cargo shorts and songs about Shaquille O’Neal. On May 10, Carter performed at Hat Tricks Spo...

Turner travels to D.C. to enhance digital learning in CISD

May 1, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief This week, CISD Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turnerwill  travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a special leadership summit to focus on digital learning. The summit, called Transition to Digital Classrooms: [email protected], is being sponsored in part by the Texas Association of School Administr...

Wi-Fi connection down through this week

April 24, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief The CHS technology department is running tests on the Wi-Fi system through the rest of the week. The 2.4 gigahertz radio, which can be found on most older devices, has been disabled while the 5 gigahertz radio is being tested. The tests are taking place to deter...

Texas Education Agency pushes forward release of STAAR

April 17, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief This week, Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that all State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will be released by August. Although the Texas Education Code and State Board of Education rule states that standardized tests onl...

North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum to be held at CHS

April 10, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief On Saturday, April 20, representatives from several U.S. service academies will visit Coppell High School to host a forum for parents and students who are interested in learning more about a future in service. The forum will begin at 8 a.m., and registration will...

William T. Cozby Library to continue standard of excellence

April 3, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief The William T. Cozby Public Library has been awarded the Texas Municipal Library Association’s Achievement in Excellence Library Award for the eighth year in a row. Since then, the Coppell city council has approved the library's strategic plan that will be...

Senior parking accommodations announced for Shattered Dreams

March 27, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief Seniors who have parking spaces in the Black Zone in the parking lot (closest to the football field) will not be able to use these spaces on Thursday morning due to the Shattered Dreams mock accident scene. Students will need to park behind the stadium and next t...

Students turn to YouTube to amplify music careers

Sophomore Guarav Bagaria performs with his band, Backstage Disco, in the talent show. Photo by Lauren Ussery.

March 22, 2013

By Michelle Pitcher Editor-in-Chief The MacBook is perched on the coffee table, while 2012 Coppell High School graduates Christian van Hoose and Hanuy Kim sit in front of it, absentmindedly strum the guitar and brainstorming ideas for their next YouTube video. Approximately 72 hours of footage is uploaded...