Curriculum Courier

For the week of October 24, 2014


"Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.”

– William Arthur Ward

Mathematics: Mary Kemper


Stop, Collaborate and Listen – January 2015 (preparation for the third 9 weeks)

Links to sign up in Eduphoria:

January 6, 2015 (grades 3, 4, 5):

January 8, 2015 (grades K, 1, 2):

Elementary Math Educator Academy

The first Elementary Math Educator Academy this year (on October 15) was a success! The topic was fluency and included Number Talks. All resources presented along with some additional ones have been uploaded to the website (on the left-hand side under Resources). The book, Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K – 5, was referenced and many educators were interested in implementing this.

Information about the next Elementary Math Educator Academy:

Topic: Problem Solving

Date: November 12, 2014

Links to sign up in Eduphoria:

K – 2:

3 – 5:


The first step in the Secondary Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption process is for a small group of committee members to attend the Proclamation 2015 Instructional Materials Presentation at Region 10 on November 14, 2014. More information will be shared later this week, including the names of educators involved from each campus.

Language & Literacy/SBRC: Penny Tramel

Did you know…


A vocabulary committee met last year to work on identifying and aligning vocabulary at each grade. We are in the process of completing the vocabulary lists for each grade and will begin the process of K-12 alignment of vocabulary this fall. More to come!


This year educators have been given the flexibility to use WTW as their spelling program or the program that came with the adoption. If educators choose to use the spelling program that came with the adoption, they must remember to include some kind of word work in their balanced literacy block.

Write From the Beginning and Beyond

WFBB is a mandatory district program. Campuses should be working on refining their expository writing process and training new educators in expository writing, and campuses should be training their staff on narrative writing this year.

Standards Based Report Cards

We have been researching a solution to eliminate educators taking letter grades and filling out the standards-based grading portion of the fourth grade report card. Communication on a possible solution will be going out in October to fourth grade educators followed up by an optional round-table discussion after school in November.

Assessment: Debbie Youngs


Training is being offered for staff members who facilitate the Section 504 or ARD Committee meetings and those who help in make testing and accommodation decisions for our learners served by Section 504 or Special Education.Information covered will include the changes in accommodations, the new STAAR A test, and the new STAAR ALT 2 test.



4:00-6:00 PM

North Cafeteria


MAP data is being processed and placed in the District Data file on the T-Share.


Please ensure there are no visitors on campus during TAKS testing. Thank you!


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

11/4: CBE Grade Level and Course Acceleration (after school)

11/18: CBE and Grade Level and Course Acceleration (after school)

Social Studies/CTE: Jon-Eric Ziaer


Social Studies

Coppell High School’s Social Studies department had the opportunity to hear from three Congressional Medal of Honor winners this past Friday. It was a Great experience for all of the learners to hear the message from these great men. Special Thanks to John Harris – CHS S.S. Department Chair for setting up the visit!

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Texas Instruments selected CMS-West to conduct a presentation about the technology leader, and discuss possible careers in the field to consider in the future. The presentation will also be recorded, so that all three middle school campuses can have access to the information and insight from Texas Instruments and its speakers.

“Just do what you do Best.” - Red Auerbach

Weekly Smile

Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz