Curriculum Courier

For the week of January 16, 2015


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. “

– Arthur Ashe

Intervention Services: Rhonda Carr

Have you ever wanted to give a coworker sensitive feedback but decided not to because the conversation might not go well—or might even harm your relationship? Do you ever hold your opinion inside and then one day, when you can't take it any longer, speak your mind—but by then you're so upset that it comes out all wrong?

To learn how to deal with high-stakes conversations (where opinions vary and emotions run strong) using the skills of the world's best communicators, attend our next two-day Crucial Conversations Training on February 18-19.

Registration on Eduphoria

Registration includes fee for materials. Contact Donna Johnson for details and ordering.

Principals – There is still time to register someone on your campus for this invaluable training!   

Enrichment Programs: Regina Owens


The District Youth Art Month reception will be March 19th at Coppell High School at 6:00. Please save the date. More information to come soon.

Honor Choir

Please join us for the….

Coppell ISD Elementary Honor Choir Concert

Thursday, January 29th, 2015


CHS Auditorium

This January, CISD is hosting the annual Coppell ISD Elementary Honor Choir including students from each elementary school in the district. The Coppell ISD Honor Choir is comprised of individually selected students who have shown excellence in their musical talent, and will perform a special concert exhibiting wonderful music. We hope to see you there.

Dual Language Immersion Program

Please note the Dual Immersion Program will begin accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year on January 15th.

All applications will be turned in or mailed to the Vonita White Administration Building per instructions of the website. No applications should be accepted on any elementary school campus. The deadline for application submission is March 3, 2015. Please be sure to inform educators who may have learners who would like to participate that they must fill out a transfer form if they are not currently residents in the district. The Dual Language website is new and improved if you would like to seek further information, please visit the site at

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

Math TEKS Resources Available on TEA Website: The Texas Education Agency has created a web page devoted to resources for parents and teachers as we transition to the Revised (2012) Math TEKS. Resources for parents include links to the new Interactive Math Glossary and Think Through Math. Parents may also utilize links to the TEKS and side-by-side comparison documents, clarifying the updates that were made in the standards. Resources for teachers on the site include a new document, TEKS with “Such As” Statements. This document is intended to serve as a resource for educators in designing instruction for the revised mathematics TEKS as it includes illustrative examples. The site also includes links to online professional development sessions to support educators' understandings of the revised TEKS. Please encourage your educators to spend some time bookmarking this page, reviewing the materials, and collaborating and communicating about the revised TEKS with their colleagues.

Advanced Academics: Deana Harrell

Educator Evaluation Committee 2.0

Campus Administrators,

Please share the following information with your campus educators regarding participation in the Educator Evaluation Committee 2.0. Forms are due January 26th.

Educator Evaluation Committee 2.0 Interest Form

PBL Campuses – Training with Kevin Gant Has Been ReScheduled

Last call for campuses to complete the attached form for PBL training with Kevin Gant on February 27th and 28th. PLEASE complete the attached form with the names of the educators/administrators from your campus you would like to attend.

*Please note this training is on a Friday and a Saturday. The campus will be responsible for subs on Friday, February 27th.

Questions? Contact Deana Harrell

PBL Training with Kevin Gant

Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Training Documentation

At this time, all campus and central office staff should have completed the state mandated Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Training. If you have not already done so, 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.

I will work with HR this spring to make sure we have a plan for any newly hired staff or those returning from FMLA who require the training.


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

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


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

CTE & Social Studies: Jon Eric Ziaer

Social Studies

Beginning the week of January 20 until February 13, selected educators K-12 will be piloting Social Studies Instructional Materials. During this “window,” selected educators are asked to identify opportunities where they can utilize these resources in a way that will not disrupt the learning environment and schedule. The expectation is to attempt to use these resources as much as possible during this time period, but they are not expected to use them each day during the “window.” We are very excited about the possibilities to enhance our Social Studies learning experiences with these new resources.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

As 8th grade learners from the middle schools make the transition to CHS or NTH@C next year, Ms. Harrell (HB5 District Coordinator) and I have made a Video to provide information to better inform decisions about Endorsement Pathways. In addition, we will be making additional short videos to provide much-needed information to learners and parents as they make scheduling decisions for their upcoming freshmen year based on our new Endorsement Pathways.

“There is a reason why the windshield of a car is so much bigger than the rearview mirror…”

Assessment: Debbie Youngs


Just a reminder that the STAAR Training dates are 1/21 and 1/28. Both the campus principal and the Campus Testing Coordinator need to attend.

Elementary: 1/21 8:30-11:30 AM or 1/28 1:00-4:00 PM

Secondary: 1/21 1:00-4:00 PM or 1/28 8:30-11:30 AM

Please register in Eduphoria for the STAAR Training.


Have you ever wondered why your learners miss answers on a STAAR test when the question covers something you know they have mastered, such as volume, graphs, or money? Does it make you want to just pull your hair out?????

Save your hair and check out AWARE!

AWARE has a report called Incorrect Responses Report that will help you analyze why seemingly easy questions are missed. This report shows the incorrect responses given by learners for each question taken on a released STAAR test. Scrolling through the report to find questions in which the majority of the students gave the same wrong answer and then looking at the question on the released test is a true eye opener!

For instance, when looking at a test question recently where many of the learners gave the same wrong answer, it became evident that the problem was due to the axis increments. Instead of the typical increments of 2, 5, or 10 on an axis, this graph was incrementally divided by 6! That’s an easy fix! When working with graphs, an educator can use increments other than those that are “standard” to ensure learners begin to carefully note the details of a graph.

How to access the Incorrect Responses Report:

In AWARE, select the Reports tab on the left.

Scroll until you find the Incorrect Responses Report, and select it.

Click on Quick Views.



o Year

o Grade Level

o Test

o Language of the Test (if applicable)

Select Campus.

Select Learning Standard.

Click on Submit Report.

Look on the bottom left of your monitor for the HTMLConvert file, which will pop-up when the report is ready.

Click on the file.

Using the released test, grade levels can analyze why questions are incorrectly answered.


1/16: Registration Deadline for GT Testing

1/20-2/13: MAP MOY Testing (TBD)

2/9-2/25: CISD Window for STAAR ALT 2 Assessment (grades 3-8 and EOC)

2/12: CBE Testing for Course and Grade Level

2/24: NAEP Assessment for Pinkerton Elem. 4th Grade

2/26: CBE Testing for Course and Grade Level

2/28: CogAT Testing

Science: Linda Cook


The Sustainability Committee met on January 8th and decided that rather than participate in a district sustainability fair, they would prefer to participate in the Coppell City Earth Fest on April 11th. This will provide a larger and more authentic audience for our learners. The event will be held at Town Hall from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on that date. Additional information will be forthcoming.


The focus of this month's science content specialists meetings will be teacher-student relationships and the impact on student achievement. We will also focus on culturally responsive teaching. Elementary Content Specialists will meet at Brock on Jan. 15th and Secondary Department Chairs will meet at North on Jan. 22nd. Both meetings will be from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

David Noel, CISD science instructional specialist, will be visiting K-12 science classrooms to observe instructional practices and will continue to meet with teachers during planning times, as needed. Please let David know when your educators will be having extended planning times so that he can assist with PBL, UbD and CBL design.

Weekly Smile

Red and Rover by Brian Basset