Curriculum Courier

For the week of October 10, 2014


“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

– Sir Ken Robinson

Science: Linda Cook

Thanks to elementary principals for encouraging your K-5 educators to attend the FOSS trainings over the past few weeks. The last session is for 5th grade science educators from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Service Center training room on October 9th.

Upcoming Science Trainings -

Oct. 29th - Sally Ride Science training for new science educators in grades K-5 will be provided. We will pay for subs. Please email Laurie O'Neill with the names of educators that you plan to send.

Oct. 30th - Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic at the Biodiversity Education Center within the Coppell Nature Park. This training is appropriate for educators in grades K-9 and aligns well with the organisms and environments strand of the TEKS. I will not be able to provide subs. Each teacher who attends will receive 2 books of K-12 activities: Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic. The training is all day. Email Linda Cook to let me know whether or not you will be sending teachers and how many.

Science Instructional Coach Work

David's focus this past month was on meeting K-8 educators and helping ensure that all are able to access Discovery Education and FOSS (K-5) digital resources. He also helped with our FOSS trainings.

During the next few weeks, David will be focusing on science vocabulary, the best practices strategies for teaching vocabulary to all learners, and how our vocabulary aligns vertically by strand. He will contact each principal (K-8 and biology) to determine the best method for sharing with your educators (after school, PLC meeting, vertical team meeting, other.)

Science Data Dive - Our next science content specialists/department chair meeting is Oct. 16th (location to be determined.) We will collectively dive into STAAR and MAP data to determine our strengths and areas of concern. Please provide a time for your content specialists to share with the rest of your science educators sometime within the few weeks after the meeting.

This year’s state science teacher conference, the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST), will be held in Dallas at the Anatole Hotel November 20th – 22nd. Please consider sending science educators from your schools. I will be providing registration and subs for the 16 science content specialists. Below is a link to find out more about this conference:

Copyright Regulations

It is a good reminder to refresh your knowledge about copyright and FairUse Guidelines as you create content and share resources with students and parents. Review this poster for an quick guide for teachers.

Bria Jones

Mathematics: Mary Kemper


Our first Stop Collaborate and Listen on October 2nd with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade was a huge success! Educators may access the resources at: (click on the link on the left labeled Stop, Collaborate and Listen). October 9th is the session for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade (4:00-5:30 pm). There is still time to sign up in Eduphoria! The next Stop Collaborate and Listen will be in January, before the 3rd nine weeks! Please encourage your educators to come.


Please send the names of educators you recommend to serve on the Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Committee by October 10. Please include the course they will represent as well. Remember, the courses involved include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AQR, and Statistics and Risk Management. The committee should include educators (representing appropriate courses) from all three middle schools, CHS, and New Tech.

Weekly Smile

Frazz by Jef Mallett

Social Studies & CTE: Jon-Eric Ziaer


Social Studies

The Coppell ISD MS campuses (CMS-East,CMS-North, and CMS-West) are collaborating together to form the Coppell Middle Schools “Youth and Government” Team. This group will participate in the Youth and Government competition sponsored by the YMCA in December. At the 1st ever meeting for the team, there were 85 learners interested in being a part of the group from the various campuses.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Opportunity for Coppell ISD MS campuses

Future Cityis a national project-based learning experience where 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, design and build cities of the future. Students work as a team to design cities using computer software, build scale models, and present their project to a panel of judges at Regional Competitions. Winning teams get a chance to represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, D.C.! Register a team now!

Opportunity for Coppell ISD HS Campuses

IBM is sponsoring the Master the Mainframe competition. This competition is for high school and college students only. Learners starting at the beginning have the greatest opportunity to win prizes at each stage and overall. Poughkeepsie, NY is the grand prize trip. The long-term opportunity is that learners can be in a position for future employment.

“Your attitude is contagious.” –Kevin Plank