Curriculum Courier

For the week of March 20, 2015


“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ ”

– Audrey Hepburn

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

TEA Recommendation for Educator Committees: Input from Texas educators is a critical component of ensuring that the state assessments developed by the Student Assessment Division of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) are valid, reliable, high quality measures of student achievement. Please use this form ( to nominate qualified educators to serve on statewide committees who will review questions or participate in other development activities related to the following state assessments: STAAR (including Spanish, L, Alt) and TELPAS.

3 – 8 Mathematics STAAR: Learners taking the grades 3 – 8 Mathematics STAAR this spring will utilize the updated reference materials (formerly called formula charts). Educators may access the grade appropriate reference materials using this link: Learners should become familiar with this resource by accessing formulas and rulers on these reference materials in class. Reminder: In addition to the new reference materials, the spring 2015 grades 3 – 8 Mathematics STAAR will include other changes from previous years’ assessments including: blueprints, griddable items, and the revised calculator policy. Please contact Mary Ann Libby if you feel it would be beneficial for your 3rd – 8th grade math educators to meet with me to clarify this information and answer any questions that may arise.

Graphing Calculators for Grade 8 Math STAAR & Algebra I EOC: I have set up a google doc ( to help organize graphing calculators for the spring 2015 STAAR. Math coaches, campus testing coordinators, and campus administrators have been asked to add information from their corresponding campus. It is very important that learners have the same calculator for testing that they have used on a regular basis in class. Also, since the Algebra I EOC is given within a one week window, please note the specific testing dates for your learners. If your campus does not have sufficient calculators (one per student testing), you will need to communicate with other campuses to borrow. CHS has extra Casio Prisms in the geometry and algebra 2 classrooms, but you will need to coordinate with Staci Zugaro to verify the type, number available, and plans to borrow. The AP Calculus exam is that week as well.

Reminder: If any elementary or middle school campus is willing to participate in a Spring 2015 pilot of the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener with a small group of learners please contact Mary Kemper. The window for the spring 2015 administration is April 6 - May 8.

Middle School Principals: Please include in your campus budgets for 2015-2016 the cost of replenishing the Student mSpace consumable workbooks for MATH 180 ($1300 per campus). I will cover the annual hosting fee of $1800. This will provide the learners on your campus participating in MATH 180 the resources they need for next school year. The teacher kits are not consumable and should remain on your campus for 2015-2016.  

Science: Linda Cook


Elementary Science Content Specialists and Secondary Science Department Chairs will meet from 4:00 - 5:00 pm on March 26th in room B204 at CMSN. We will focus on strategies for reading in science. Secondary will discuss our book on grading practices as well.

Elementary Principals - Please respond to Linda's email about your campus preference for FOSS rotations by the end of March. Once we have mapped out the rotations, it is very difficult to make changes. If your preferences are shared prior to the end of March, we will do our best to accommodate your request.


The Sustainability Committee will meet with Brad and Linda on March 24th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Board Room.

Social Studies and CTE: Jon-Eric Ziaer

Social Studies

During the month of March we were very excited to promote the many learning experiences throughout Coppell ISD that acknowledge the many achievements and contributions of Women in U.S. history as part of Women’s History Month.

In addition, we also will be celebrating Texas History Month in March.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The Coppell High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapters participated in the State BPA Conference just before Spring Break, and had a tremendous performance. Many learners qualified to participate in Nationals in Anaheim, CA later this spring.

“When I talk to a boss, makes me think they are important…...When I talk to a Leader it makes me feel I am important.”

Weekly Smile

FoxTrot by Bill Amend