This Week in Team

Week of February 8, 2016

CHETA Jeans Week!

Hello, CHS Staff!

CHETA (Coppell High for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been hard at work making a difference in the lives of needy companion animals and to reduce the amount of suffering to the animals we raise for consumption. They have successfully collected hundreds of towels and blankets for three local animal shelters, and have revamped their Meatless Monday campaign as well as worked with Chef Helen to help with ideas for plant-based options in the Cowboy Cafe.

This small, compassionate group of young leaders would like to continue their efforts with a pet adoption event this spring, as well as having the funds to continue vegan pot-lucks after school for the students of CHS, and humanely-prepared faculty breakfast bars and “brown-bag” lunches.

Please consider donating $5 to their cause. In return, they would like to offer you a JEANS WEEK February 8th-12th just in time for Valentine’s weekend! Simply bring your donation to B224 anytime on or before February 8th.

Monday, February 8

Spring Showcase Planning with the DLCs in C227

2016 CHS Spring Showcase

February 29, 2016 - 5:30p - 7:00p

“The Learning Showcase”

Purpose: To highlight and showcase various types of learning experiences for our Coppell ISD community stakeholders. The 2016 Spring Showcase is student-driven and student-centered.

E-invitation: During 4th period class (no later than the week of: Feb 22 - Feb 26), each learner will create an e-invitation inviting their parents to the Spring Showcase. The e-invitation format is up to the learner - vlog, e-mail, audio, tweet, Spring Showcase website page, etc. The evite is essential to communicate with our community. Please plan accordingly to meet this expectation.

Learning Showcase:

  • The 2016 Spring Learning Showcase is completely student-driven and student-centered! It should highlight/spotlight learning this year in your classroom(s).

  • You are encouraged to collaborate in PLC groups based on content area & rigor. For example, all Spanish II on-level may be in one classroom, while all Spanish II honors may be in classroom.

  • Educators should decide which learners (at least 1 -2) per classroom to recruit to facilitate/host the classroom environment during the Spring Showcase. (Sidenote: consider students who typically would not be involved in other activities to give them a voice and purpose).

  • Educators are encouraged to remain outside the classroom to greet visitors; this allows for educators to travel between preps as well if desired.

  • The academic focus will showcase the following (since the start of the school year):

    • learning design (In what ways/How have the students learned in your class?)

    • student learning outcomes (What artifacts represent deep and meaningful understanding?)

    • your classroom environment (How does your classroom environment look/feel each day?)

    • other potential guiding questions

      • How do technology tools enhance learning in your class?

      • How do you integrating real-world experiences in the classroom?

      • How do you assess for understanding?

  • The educator and/or team of educators maintain autonomy for the final product/idea/logistics to convey the academic focus to CISD Stakeholders that will be visiting the learning environment.

  • iTeam & ICs are ready and eager to assist you with ideas and help you prepare for the showcase on a needed basis

Do you sponsor a club or organization? Check this out!

Tuesday, February 9

Grades Are Due

The end of the 3 week grading period for MP4 is Friday, February 5th. Below is a timeline for IPR submittal.

Tuesday, February 9th:

  • Grades due 8:30 am
  • Unofficial IPR failure report run

Wednesday, February 10th:

  • Teachers print Student Detail Reports for students with grades below a 75

Thursday, February 11th:

  • IPR's printed 12:00 noon

Friday, February 12th:

  • IPR's distributed during 4th period
  • Official Failure Report (3:50)


We truly have the best PTSO.

Spring Showcase Planning with the DLCs (as needed)

Wednesday, February 10

Learning Walk Reflection

*Optional* Learning Walk Form

This can be used to guide your reflection during/after each the learning walk.

Shelter Drill

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 1-3pm

In Your Designated Shelter Area

Please make certain you are aware of all safety procedures. These can be found in the yellow safety standard protocol folder handed out during the first week of school.

If you have questions, see Ryan Lam.

Thursday, February 11

UbD in Practice


UbD in Practice Thursday PL


Thursday, February 11th; all periods, all lunches


Library 2 (down the library stairs, to the right)


your iPad or smart phone

More Info:

We’ve talked about Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings; we’ve talked about the UbD template; you’ve designed learning using the template. Now, let’s look at how to put UbD into practice: in your classrooms and with your teams.

Stop by the library at any time Thursday, February 11th. Through ports, you’ll be able to dig into one or more topics of your choice. If you are still new to UbD, you can learn more about UbD vocabulary, and what it looks like in classrooms. If you are experienced, you can explore topics like:

  • Are there desired results beyond the standards?
  • What types of rubrics can I use to help me evaluate “subjective” assessments?
  • How can our team grade fairly?
  • How can teachers possibly plan everything they do in this fashion?
  • How do I use Essential Questions in my classroom?

Preview the ports here!

Because this professional learning is facilitated through ports, you can stay as long as you like: 10 minutes for one port, or the entire period for several.

I look forward to seeing you!


Friday, February 12

Team Does Not Meet

Have a fantastic weekend!

Unit 5 UbD Writing Begins Next Week!

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Dotstorming is a neat tool that combines a bit of Padlet with a polling tool. On Dotstorming you can create a space for people to post digital sticky notes. Those notes can contain text and or images. That part of Dotstorming is just like Padlet. What makes Dotstorming different is that once the notes are posted, you can have people vote for their favorite notes. As the creator of a Dotstorming space you can restrict the number of votes that each person can cast. For example, you could say that each person gets two votes and once those votes are cast they’re prevented from casting any more votes. After the voting is completed, you can sort the notes according to the number of votes they received.

Watch the video below to see Dotstorming in action!

How to host a brainstorming session on

Master Schedule Survey Due 4:00pm March 11

Hi CHS Fam.,

I am sure you are getting ready to watch the Superbowl! I am pretty excited to see the commercials ;) So this will be short and to the point.

Below is the master schedule survey that I send out around this time each year. Those of you who have been with me know that I read every single response before I start to build this little puzzle, so make sure you add this one to the "to-do" list. I am giving you plenty of time for completion.

Responses due before Spring Break, March 11th at 4:00.

- Kayla

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