Curriculum Courier

For the week of December 5, 2014


“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

– Chinese Proverb

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

Elementary Educator Academy:

Over 30 educators attended the second Educator Academy on November 12! The day was filled with content about Problem Solving in the elementary grades. For a recap of the day, please view this Prezi:

The next Educator Academy is January 14 at Brock. The topic of the day is Technology Integration. If you have not done so already, please send Mary Ann Libby the names of the K-2 educator and 3-5 educator that will be in attendance. The math department will provide subs for these two educators. Campuses may send additional people to the training, but are responsible for their own subs.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen:

The next Stop, Collaborate and Listen sessions for the third Nine Weeks will be held in January. Educators interested in attending should sign up in Eduphoria using the links below.

January 6, 2015 (Grades 3 – 5):

January 8, 2015 (Grades K – 2):

Think Through Math / Go Math! and Think Central:

With help from the Content Specialists and our Math Coaches, we have compiled answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Think Through Math / Go Math! and Think Central for educators. You may access these documents with the links below.

Think Through Math:

Go Math! and Think Central:

If additional questions arise, please share these so that they may be added to these documents.

Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Committee:

The Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Committee is in the process of reviewing instructional materials included in Proclamation 2015 for the following courses: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, Math Models with Application, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, and Statistics and Risk Management. The next step includes Publisher Presentations which will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 8:00 am – 3:45 pm, at Brock. Committee members have been encouraged to sign up in Eduphoria using this link: Once they have registered in Eduphoria, Mary Ann Libby will arrange for a sub (if necessary).

The committee with use a district-developed rubric to review the appropriateness of the products for CISD. We will regroup after the final presentation to debrief and discuss whether the results of the rubric allow us to narrow the options. The committee should bring personal technology devices (Laptops, iPads) to access digital resources provided by the publishers.

Advanced Academics: Deana Harrell

PBL Campuses – Training Date Will Be ReScheduled

We have the opportunity host Kevin Gant (former New Tech Network PBL Coach) in the January or February. There was a conflict with our original date and Kevin in checking his calendar for availability. Kevin has agreed to spend two days with us training both campus administrators and a small team of campus educators in the PBL process. PLEASE go ahead and complete with the attached form with the names of the educators/administrators from your campus you would like to attend. (We understand commitment is tenuous without solid dates at this point.)

Questions? Contact Deana Harrell

Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Training Documentation

Please send me (Deana Harrell) the completed rosters of those who have been trained on your campus. Please designate a place in the office or records room for the certificates to be stored.


The kindergarten parent meeting giving an overview of the new identification procedures for kindergarten assessment originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 2nd from 6:00-7:00 in the CHS Lecture Hall will be rescheduled for January due to conflicts with a CGA scheduled speaker and TAGT this week.

The Coppell Gifted Association is sending 55 educators and administrators to TAGT the first week of December. Please thank your campus CGA reps for their support. I am still collecting thank you cards if you would like to send one through interoffice mail to be hand delivered to the CGA Board.

Monica Brewer, State-Wide Coordinator for Gifted Education, will be speaking at NTH@C on Thursday, December 3rd about the State Plan for Gifted Education. Educators may earn 1 hour of their 6 hour gifted update by attending and submitting a credit request through Eduphoria. (See the attached flier for more information.)

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

December 11th – 8:30-3:30 at Wilson Elementary

January 22nd – 8:30-3:30 at Denton Creek Elementary

February 12th – 8:30-3:30 at Mockingbird Elementary

March 19th – 8:30-3:30 at Lakeside Elementary

April 9th – 8:30-3:30 at Town Center Elementary

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

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


Sharron Thurlkill, CISD’s Crisis Counselor, has scheduled an opportunity for CISD Counselors and Administrative staff to tour Metrocrest Services in Carrollton on December 12th. Please contact Sharron if you are interested in this opportunity.

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

Elementary Counselors Secondary Counselors

January 29th from 8:30-11:30 January 29th from 12:00-3:00

February 26th from 8:30-11:30 February 26th from 12:00-3:00

March 26th from 8:30-11:30 March 26th from 12:00-3:00

April 16th from 8:30-11:30 April 16th from 12:00-3:00

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

Science: Linda Cook

Upcoming Science Trainings:

December 10th – 8:00 am – 11:00 am 8th grade science teachers meet with Jodie Deinhammer for training on iPads in the Middle School Classroom. The training will take place in the board room.

12:30 pm– 3:30 pm 5th grade and 8th grade science teachers meet with David Noel for training on Teaching Science Academic Vocabulary. The training will take place in the board room.

December 11th – 8:00 am – 11:00 am 7th grade science teachers and biology teachers meet with David Noel for training on Teaching Science Academic Vocabulary. The training will take place in the board room.

                          12:30 pm- 3:30 pm 7th grade science teachers meet with Jodie Deinhammer for training on iPads in the Middle School Classroom. The training will take place in the board room.

December 11th – Elementary Science Content Specialists Meeting 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Brock Training Room 2

December 18th – Secondary Science Content Specialists Meeting 4:00 – 5:00 pm at CMSN outside of Dean Boykin’s classroom (upstairs)

Social Studies/CTE: Jon-Eric Ziaer

Happy New Month! @zlearnmore

Social Studies

The Youth and Government program sponsored by the YMCA will hold its District-level Competition this Saturday-December 6 at Garland Sachse High School. Coppell ISD is very excited to have its 1st ever Coppell Middle School Team competing, which is comprised of learners from CMS-West, CMS-North and CMS-East. We also have individuals participating from CHS and NTH@C. All of these young men and women have put in a lot of time and effort to prepare for this event and are hopeful they can advance to the State competition in February.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Great Opportunity with IBM here in Coppell for MS and HS Learners!!!

Kid/Parent Coder Combos at a Hands-on Bluemix Event

Thursday, December 11 from 6pm - 7:30pm.
There is no charge for participation and IBM will be providing kid friendly dinner and drinks.

What is IBM Bluemix?

Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing, and running apps of all types, such as web, mobile, big data, and smart devices. It is based on the Cloud Foundry open source platform as a service (PaaS), and enables organizations and developers to quickly and easily create, deploy, and manage applications on the cloud.
IBM Bluemix as a playground for kids When IBM envisioned Bluemix, they envisioned a system which would answer the needs and challenges facing developers while at the same time empowering and enabling businesses to leverage their resources in the most efficient way possible. Bluemix is a great platform that people with little to no development background, even kids, can leverage to learn the fundamentals of coding and apply those immediately to create applications. The CoderDojo community is already leveraging Bluemix as a platform for young coders and to potentially help shape great future careers as developers!


Audience: kids (age 12-17) along with a parent

Some kids are more advanced coders than others, but the material used centers on the basics of a web application, and can be extended into more advanced coding.

Kids and their parents will gain experience in applying easy concepts to create fun applications!

Bring your own device (BYOD) and you can leave with your application running on your very own machine! (If you do not have your own device, please let us know in the comments during registration, and we'll be happy to provide one for you.)

What’s the commitment?

Take 5 minutes to register for a Bluemix ID in advance (request approval can take up to 24 hours)

Join us for Dinner (20 min)

Bluemix Overview Presentation (10 min)

Hands on activities (50 minutes).


IBM Innovation Center

1177 South Belt Line Rd

Coppell, TX 75019

6pm - 7:30pm

Parents, please register for the event at If you have any problems with registration, please send an email to Lisa Barnes at

“If you can take it, you can make it!”

Assessment: Debbie Youngs

Weekly Smile


There will be one last training for staff who lead/supervise the 504/ARD Committee meetings.

  • When: December 2, 2014, from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Where: Admin Boardroom


The unmasked, confidential version was shared previously. On December 4th, the masked, public version will be released by TEA and posted at the following website:

Currently, it is not a working website but will become active on 12/4. The site location will be posted on the district website, along with the district and campus reports. A glossary will also be available on the district website for parents.


The following information is taken from TEA correspondence: The School Report Cards (SRCs) for 2013-2014 will be released in mid0December 2014. Schools will be required to send reports home with the students. When the SRCs are posted, I will let you know. At that time, I’ll also let you know if a hard copy home is required or not.


12/1: STAAR EOC English I

12/3: STAAR EOC English II

12/1-12/5: STAAR EOC for Biology, Algebra I, and U. S. History

12/5: Last day for STAAR EOC testing/makeups

1/9: Registration Deadline for EOC testing

1/9-2/13: MAP MOY Testing (TBD)

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli