Curriculum Courier

For the week of October 3, 2014

Curriculum: Marilyn Denison

“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are most responsive to change.”

– Unknown

Professional Learning: Laurie O'Neill


Transformation in Action is Tuesday, November 4.

Please complete the Campus Participation Survey sent to you by October 8th.

Also, please complete the November 4 Sub Request document that was sent to you. CISD will pay for two educators from each campus to attend. Any additional participants who need subs may only attend if the campus uses local funds to pay for additional substitutes.

Assistant Principals will attend on this date. (Principals will attend the Spring Transformation in Action that is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015.)

BEAM Meeting Dates

Below is a list of meetings that are required for ‘beginning educators’ (year 1 and year 2).

October 30, 2014 Topic: Communication: West Auditorium

November 13, 2014 Topic: Relationships: West Auditorium

January 27, 2015 Topic: Time Management: North Cafeteria

February 19, 2015 Topic: Student Engagement: North Cafeteria

March 19, 2015 Topic: Questioning Strategies: West Auditorium

April 23, 2015 Topic: Classroom Management: West Auditorium

May 19, 2015 End-of-Year Celebration: Board Room

Mentors are required to attend at least 3 (their choice) of the above meetings with their beginning educator.

LITERACY Focus Professional Learning


The 4 dates scheduled for the Literacy Professional Learning are:

October 24, 2014 Location: Board Room

November 6, 2014 Location: Service Center Large Conference Room

November 7, 2014 Location: Service Center Large Conference Room

February 23, 2015 Location: Service Center Large Conference Room

Each day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

Educators who are new to CISD are to have completed the ELPS training by Friday, November 7, 2014.

SIOP training is to be completed by March 2015 for educators new to CISD.

Social Studies:


Social Studies

The Region 10 Social Studies Textbook Fair will be held on Wed.-Nov. 19th in Richardson. All S.S. Content Specialists, Department Chairs, Brett Shelby(TCE),Sarah Thornton(CMS-W), Anthony Poullard(CHS) and selected other educators from secondary campuses will be attending to represent all grade levels and content areas.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

One of Coppell I.S.D.’s CTE educators was recently recognized for his exemplary academic initiatives in the field of engineering. Mike Yakubovsky received the National Instruments’ “2014 Excellence in Engineering Education” Award. Mr. Yakubovsky was one of only two high school educators to receive the award, with the other being a high school educator in China.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

–Milton Berle

Intervention Services: Rhonda Carr


  •   When substitutes are paid for by the Department of Intervention Services, we will put the substitute request into the system and pay for the substitute. If there is a need for a specific substitute, communication must be made to Sandra Fernandez so as not to create duplicate substitute jobs. If this happens, the campus will pay for the cost of the duplication.
  • Reminder to elementary & middle school principals to send in your campus RtI schedule to Rhonda so she can attend a few on your campus.
  • Reminder – 504 SuccessEd Training on October 9! Campus 504 coordinators should choose a morning or afternoon session to attend.

Mathematics: Mary Kemper


The process to review and adopt instructional materials for secondary mathematics (through Proclamation 2015) is beginning soon! The courses involved include: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AQR, and Statistics and Risk Management. 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. I appreciate your input as we build this committee to explore the possibilities for next year!

Weekly Smile

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Assessment: Debbie Youngs


When the first report cards go home, parents must receive information regarding the accountability rating of your campus and a letter of explanation. The accountability rating for your campus is located in your campus T-Share folder. I have also attached the parent letter to this Courier, which must accompany the Summary. Thank you!


MAP reports are to go home after the testing window closes and NWEA has 24 hours to process reports, since the reports will not have the district data reported accurately until then. If your campus chooses to share the report prior to 10/9/14, the educator needs to explain that the district data may not be correct.

On 10/10/14, please share the Student Progress Report, the Quick Reference Chart, and the beginning of the year letter with parents. I’ve attached both the district beginning of the year letter and the instructions for printing the reports for an entire class.


9/24: Deadline to Upload All BOY Data

9/10-10/8: MAP Testing Window K-9 Reading and Math/3-8 Science

10/15: PSAT (CHS and NTH)

10/15: ASVAB (CHS)

10/17: CBE Registration Deadline for Grade Level and Course Acceleration

10/20: TAKS ELA

10/21-10/23: Universal CogAT Screening for Grades 3 and 5

10/21: TAKS Math

10/22: TAKS Science

10/23: TAKS Social Studies

10/27-11/14: ACT Aspire (8th and 10th Grade)

ESL: Penny Tramel