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Coppell High School IB History of the Americas teacher Kyle Dutton creates a monthly playlist dedicated to each month’s holidays, events and celebrations. The playlist opens the social studies department’s staff meetings and promotes the department to faculty .

Dutton’s social studies playlist lifting spirits through song

Shrayes Gunna and Varshitha Korrapolu March 24, 2022

As faculty shuffled into Zoom meetings and the new normal set in, the Coppell High School social studies department sought methods to put its members at ease and produce a positive space for team meetings...

Coppell High School senior Shruti Shukla sings her favorite song, “Mere Dholna,” composed by Pritam Chakraborty, on March 8. Shukla has been singing Hindustani music since age 5 and takes exams administered by an Indian music organization, Pracheen Kala Kendra.

In the Spotlight: Shukla resonating with Indian culture through Hindustani music examinations

Varshitha Korrapolu, Communications Manager March 22, 2022

Despite not living in India, Coppell High School senior Shruti Shukla connects to her Indian heritage by singing Hindustani music. Her connection with music has transformed over the years from taking...

The Black community has shaped contemporary culture throughout history. The Sidekick staff writer Minnie Gazawada gives credit to their cultural impact. Graphic by Maya Palavali

#BlackHistoryMonth: Vanishing footprint left by Black community on pop culture

Minnie Gazawada, Staff Writer/Designer February 1, 2022

Slang, rhythm and blues, jazz, lettuce hem, hoop earrings and logomania. What do they all have in common? Their roots are found in Black history.  Each has been impacted by the culture throughout...

Parents and other adults tend to impose their opinions and lifestyle on young adults. However, The Sidekick communications manager Varshitha Korrapolu thinks young adults should be allowed to make their own choices, as they are capable of making good decisions on their own and that an adult should serve as a helpful guide that nudges the child towards the right decision.

Little people can make big decisions

Varshitha Korrapolu, Communications Manager October 26, 2021

“You’re just a little kid. What do you know?”  “You’re too young to talk about that.”  “You’re too naive to make your own decisions.”  Far too often, adults, especially parents,...

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Emily Elbert is playing with Harry Styles and Jenny Lewis on Love On Tour. Elbert was a junior at Coppell High School when she released her first album, Bright Side, in 2006.

Elbert shooting for music stardom

Trisha Atluri, Executive Entertainment Editor September 20, 2021

Lost in the music, her fingers pick the guitar strings independently of her mind, as naturally as if she was born with an instrument in her hand and a melody in her head. Since graduating from Coppell...

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performs her album For the Girls in concert at the Coppell Arts Center on Saturday. The Takeoff Music Festival officially opens the arts center as a performance and entertainment venue for Coppell residents.

Chenoweth brings Broadway home

Trisha Atluri, Executive Entertainment Editor September 12, 2021

Despite her famously small stature, Broadway alum Kristin Chenoweth has no problem commanding the attention of more than 400 people with her larger-than-life stage presence.  Chenoweth, best known...

Coppell head band director Kim Shuttlesworth and color guard director Matthew Rummel conduct after school band rehearsal from atop the band director tower in the parking lot behind Buddy Echols Field on Thursday. Shuttlesworth was named the new Coppell ISD band director on April 26.

Shuttlesworth following love for music in mother’s footsteps

Trisha Atluri, Executive Entertainment Editor August 31, 2021

Growing up with a band director mother and playing trumpet in All-State band at Carthage High School, Coppell head band director Kim Shuttlesworth has been immersed in a world of music for decades. After...

#Starworld: Jiang’s talent on piano captivates international audiences

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager April 2, 2021

The Starworld video series is published every Friday showcasing the talents of a Coppell resident. This week, Coppell High School junior pianist Mira Jiang was selected. From age 5, Jiang has expanded...

Coppell High School senior Akhil Aitha plays the marching bass drum on Feb. 8 in the CHS parking lot outside the band hall. In addition to percussion, Aitha makes music outside of school by singing and producing beats on his computer.

From tragedy to melody: Aitha evolving in music creation

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager February 17, 2021

Three weeks after the release of his song, “Na La Lenu,” Coppell High School senior Akhil Aitha woke up to find the music video had been viewed 3,500 times. The song, released Jan. 10, is Aitha’s...

Coppell Music Academy owner Amir Khan plays the piano at Coppell Music Academy on Feb. 3. Khan established Coppell Music Academy in 2017 after teaching a piano program at the Coppell Recreation Center and years of performing, producing and teaching music.

Fronts of Coppell: Amir Khan

Shivi Sharma, Executive News Editor February 11, 2021

Fronts of Coppell is a Sidekick series in which executive news editor Shivi Sharma profiles a Coppell business owner to bring awareness to community-based establishments. Since Coppell Music Academy...

Pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer released its fourth album, CALM, on Friday. Upon releasing three albums prior with different styles, social media manager Anika Arutla talks about its growth through the years.

‘CALM’ brings maturity to nine year old band

Anika Arutla , Social Media Manager March 31, 2020

I was first introduced to 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) when I was 11. At the time, it was reduced to the punk version of One Direction.  Nine years later, with its fourth album release CALM on Friday,...

The Sidekick entertainment editor Shravya Mahesh reviews music within the decade. She discusses how music changed over time and memorable artists in this decade.

Decade Wrap-Up: Modern media creates personalized listener experience

Shravya Mahesh, Entertainment Editor December 17, 2019

In September 2012, Apple released the first ever EarPods - a redesign of the standard earbuds the company had offered since 2001. In October 2019, Apple announced the AirPods Pro - wireless, noise cancelling...

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