Curriculum Courier

For the week of April 24, 2015



This is your last chance to nominate a SuperTeacher this school year. Please click on the button below and nominate a deserving educator! The cutoff date for submissions is Friday April 24, 2015.

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

Please send names/grade levels/courses of math educators you feel would provide positive contributions to curriculum work this summer. As this year comes to a close, we will reflect on our first year of Revised (2012) TEKS implementation and prepare for the first year of new TEKS in our high school courses. Educator input is invaluable to this process.

Digital instructional materials available via Mary has met with a small number of math educators at each secondary campus to introduce them to resources available through CK-12. Educators are exploring this option and preparing to provide feedback to Mary in the next week or so. This FREE resource is available online and educators and learners may create an account and log in through Google. If anyone is interested in exploring this resource, they are welcome to do so. More to come about this, based on the feedback provided.

Advanced Academics: Deana Harrell

Additional Evaluation Instruments

Listed below are the evaluation instruments currently available in Appraise. Please let me know if there are other evaluations you need that have not been transferred over.

Evaluations Available in Appraise:



Instructional Aide

Secretary to the Principal

Office/Clerical Assistant

Clinic Aide


Appraisers will have to go into Eduphoria, select the staff member and indicate the instrument by which the staff member is being evaluated.

If you have any questions, contact me.

House Bill 5

Campus Principals – Action Item

Last call for campus representatives for the HB5 Community-Based Accountability committee, which will be convening next week. This should be a community/parent representative.

Love and Logic Training

The CISD counseling department is excited to offer Love and Logic Training for parents in Spanish at Denton Creek Elementary this spring. There are limited spots available. Campus counselors will begin publicizing the training to your campuses next week. Please note the dates and times for the training below.

Spanish Love and Logic Training (40 spots available)

o April 27th - Denton Creek Library 6:00-7:30

o May 4th - Denton Creek Library 6:00-7:30

o May 11th - Denton Creek Library 6:00-7:30

o May 18th - Denton Creek Library 6:00-7:30

GT Updates

The GTi Specialists and I have created several 6 hour modules available for the GT 6 hour update, however, the release of those modules is on hold for reasons beyond our control. As soon as they become available, we will open enrollment in Eduphoria. Please tell your staff members to submit any training they have done this year that directly relates to serving the needs of GT learners to Eduphoria and I will approve those hours as appropriate.


Elementary GTi Meetings are scheduled for the following dates/locations:

May 21st – 8:30-3:30 at Austin Elementary

June 2nd – 8:30-3:30 at Pinkerton Elementary


Counselor meetings have been set for the year. Please see the dates below.

Elementary Counselors Secondary Counselors

May 14th from 8:30-11:30 May 14th from 12:00-3:00

PBL Coaches

As you already know, CISD will not have PBL Coaches next school year. Before the end of the year, I will be meeting with the PBL Coaches and will bring a small group together to determine how we might best support PBL campuses and educators who will continue to utilize PBL design inside of UbD. If you have an educator or administrator on your campus that you would like to serve on this small committee, please send me their name(s).

Assessment: Debbie Youngs


The attached letter is to be included with the student’s Confidential Student Report (CSR) when the STAAR math results are sent home. It explains why there is only a raw score for math. The letter also lets parents know that a new CSR will be coming home in September with a score based on the newly revised standards the state will be setting this summer.

Information regarding the math scores has been posted to the district website. Each campus will have a link on their website that connects to this information, as well.


The STAAR 5th and 8th grade reading results were posted to the T-Share folders last week and uploaded to Eduphoria on Monday.


Thank you for viewing and discussing the additional Security PPT with your staff. Also, thank you for the increased awareness to actively monitor the testing environment. I appreciate each of you and your staff!


4/13-14: PREK Testing

4/20: STAAR 3-8 Grades 5 and 8 Math

4/21: STAAR 3-8 Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Math

4/21: STAAR 3-8 Grade 8 Social Studies

4/22: STAAR 3-8 Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 Reading

4/22: STAAR 3-8 Grades 5 and 8 Science

4/24: STAAR Make-up Deadline

4/27-5/22: MAP EOY Window

Grades K-8 Reading and Math

Grades 3-8 Science

5/4-5/8: STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, and US History

5/4-5/15: AP Exams


Please go to the following link for the sample parent letters to attach to the 5th/8th grade reading CSR. Sample letters R1 (English and Spanish versions) are for those learners who met satisfactory, and R2 sample letters (English and Spanish versions) are for those who did not.

Science: Linda Cook


The next Science Content Leaders meetings are May 14th (Elementary) and May 21st (Secondary). Each group will be discussing our future work toward improving science education K-12. Please communicate with your campus science content lead (or with Linda) if you have specific focus areas in mind.

The Secondary Science Department Chairs have continued our discussion of grading practices. We will finalize our book study of Ken O'Connor's A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades during our May meeting.


We are preparing for the upcoming Garden and Compost training all day on May 14th at TCE and the Community Garden.

Support Earth Day by having a Trash Free Lunch on Wednesday, April 22nd.

The Friends of Coppell Nature Park will host the Music and Dinner in the Park on May 2nd. This year's event will feature art work from 1st and 2nd graders from Austin Elementary.

Linda will offer training in Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic at the Biodiversity Education Center at the Coppell Nature Park on June 9th.

Social Studies/CTE: Jon-Eric Ziaer


Social Studies

Content specialists and department chairs from throughout the district will be continuing the conversation on our work with vertical alignment from the elementary level through high school in social studies early next month.

The Social Studies Instructional Materials committee has concluded the pilot phase and we are now finalizing details for our recommendations for the Board and Dr. Waldrip in May.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

At the “Code Quest” programming contest sponsored by Lockheed Martin this past weekend, 3 Coppell High School learners, Sachin Beldona, Sidharth Vadduri, and Smair Naqvi, recorded 1st Place finishes in the competition. This was the first year for CHS to compete in the event. Jan McClintock-CHS educator helped prepare the learners for this competition.

“Focus on today…for yesterday is in the past and does not matter and we cannot begin to know what the future may hold!”

Weekly Smile

Jump Start by Robb Armstrong

Intervention Services: Rhonda Carr

Extended School Year Services

ESY Dates:

June 8 – Teacher Work Day

Session 1 - June 9-25

Session 2 – July 14-31

ESY Locations:

Elementary – Lee Elementary (Pending)

Secondary – Coppell High School