Curriculum Courier

For the week of May 15, 2015


“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

– Anonymous

Congratulations to Elementary Teacher of the Year - Lori Vincenzo and the entire Town Center Elementary campus and congratulations to the Secondary Teacher of the Year - Anthony Smith and the entire Coppell Middle School East campus!

Language and Literacy: Heather Cato

Good Afternoon,

As the state prepares to revise/rewrite the current language arts standards, Texas A&M University and the Texas Council of Teachers of Language Arts (TCTELA) are looking for educators and administrators willing to participate in a study about the current language arts standards. I encourage you to read the information below and consider participating in the survey. As the information below further explains, if you are interested in participating in the survey, please submit your email address at the link provided. The survey will be sent to you at a later date to complete. (please share with educators)

The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, supporting School Districts and organizations with the Education Research Center at Texas A&M University are conducting a research study on ELA/R and SLA/R TEKS and teacher training.

The study is designed to:

  • examine teacher perceptions regarding the current iteration of ELA/R (SLA/R) TEKS,
  • explore how teachers are currently using the ELA/R (SLA/R) TEKS in their classrooms,
  • investigate current teacher training,
  • clarify what training teachers need for successful implementation in the classroom.

The study is open to ELA/R and SLA/R teachers and curriculum administrators that request to be involved. Because of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process required by the University, participants’ contact information must be sent before the Education Research Center can begin the study. We want your voice heard, please submit your email address to

For more information about the study or how you can get your school involved, contact Amy Blakely at or 512-617-3200.

Thank you,


919 Congress Avenue #1400

Austin, Texas 78701

Intervention Services: Rhonda Carr

Projections for Special Education

  • Campus special education personnel have completed submission of projected student enrollment for 2015-2016 for their campus
  • We are working through this data and will meet with principals affected by any need for personnel moves.
  • Rhonda will e-mail principals that need to meet with Intervention Services administrators.
  • Principals that will not have changes in personnel will only receive an e-mail confirming such and not a request to meet.

Professional Learning: Laurie O'Neill

A gentle reminder of upcoming due dates for the items below:

  • Flex Hours Verification May 15
  • Thinking Maps Inventory May 15
  • Convocation T-Shirt Sizes/Quantities May 20
  • List of campus participants to June 1st

attend Dr. Ervin Knezak’s training

  • (Elementary only) List of educator June 1st
  • names who will attend Literacy Academy
  • (starts August 3rd)

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

The final elementary math content specialist meeting of the school year will be on Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 pm at Lee Elementary.

The final secondary math department chair meeting of the school year will be on Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 pm Victory Place.

Social Studies/CTE: Jon Eric Ziaer

Social Studies

The learners and sponsors for our Youth and Government Coppell Middle Schools team and the National History Day competition will be honored at the May Board meeting.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The DECA team from New Tech High @ Coppell recently competed in the International DECA competition, had individuals qualify for the Finals and complete a Top 20 finish. In addition, this is the 1st year of the DEAC program at NTH@C!

“It’s not about how you start, its how you FINISH!”

Science: Linda Cook


Our garden and composting training is scheduled for May 14th from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm at Town Center Elementary. We will be spending lots of time outdoors at the TCE garden as well as the community garden. Lunch will be provided by our food services department.


Elementary Content Specialists will meet Thursday, May 14th, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Town Center in room B105. This will be our final meeting of the year. We will continue discussing our vision for science education in CISD, discuss professional learning opportunities for next year, and learn a bit about global education.

Secondary Science Department Chairs will meet on Thursday, May 21st, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the board room at the administration building. We will continue our discussion about grading practices, review the grading beliefs in the Learning Framework, discuss professional learning opportunities for next year, and learn a but about global education.

Assessment: Debbie Youngs


The calendar is subject to change due to either district, state, or federal decisions. Link to the 2015-2016 District Testing Calendar. Please share with your staff, and let them know it’s best to bookmark the calendar rather than print it due to changes that will take place over the course of the year.


Please send TELPAS reports home on May 22nd.


Please send reports home no later than 5/29.


Eduphoria is removing the following features and functions:

F & E Projects

AWARE Campus Improvement Plans

Forethought Teacher Webpages

Forethought Technology List

Helpdesk Software Licensing

In AWARE, STAAR A Student Expectations and Student Individual Responses have not been published and cannot be made available by Eduphoria.


4/27-5/22: MAP EOY Window

Grades K-8 Reading and Math

Grades 3-8 Science

5/12: STAAR Reading Retest for 5th/8th

5/4-5/15: AP Exams

5/15: Kinder Acceleration Registration Deadline for June 10th/11th Testing – online registration

5/27: Deadline to enter MAP and Literacy Data into AWARE

6/8-9: PreK Testing

6/8-9: Credit by Exam for Grade Level and Course acceleration

6/9: Credit by Exam Math Acceleration for 5th/6th

6/9: Credit by Exam Course Acceleration

6/10-11: Kinder Acceleration

6/23: STAAR Reading Retest Grades 5th/8th

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