West Friday Forecast

Parents 2020-2021

Friday October 23rd

Red Ribbon Week

Next week, Texas schools are celebrating Red Ribbon Week to promote awareness for drug and alcohol abuse. We would encourage all learners to participate whether in person or a remote learner. The schedule for our dress up days is below.


Additionally, on Monday October 26th, our learners will be hearing a virtual speaker for Red Ribbon Week, provided and paid for by our fabulous PTO! You can see his bio below. All learners can access his presentation through their Language Arts schoology course!

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebrations at West

Inside our school, we've set up an altar in honor of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). This is a tradition celebrated throughout Mexico and other parts of Latin America, as well as in the US. This tradition is rooted in celebration more than mourning and is meant to be a happy time to remember those we have loved and lost. I grew up having an altar at home and always had one in my classroom as a teacher. One of our teachers had the idea to do this at West and I think it's a good one.


Some of you may wonder why we celebrate so many different holidays and traditions at West, and the simple answer is this...I want EVERY learner and staff member to feel celebrated and recognized. I'd love to add any that we don't already celebrate so let me know about any not already represented! Last year we celebrated Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Ramadan, Hanukah, and some of the more traditional US holidays.


This has been a tough year in our world and in this #westfam. Many people have lost loved ones, and I hope you will consider adding them to the altar so that we can all celebrate their life. If you are a remote learner, you can use this google form to submit your loved ones for us to add to the altar.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfK_KwungDpTEmIZzd_RtSeZCK8opf2z9jzBjRUgse8oUrvTg/viewform


If learners attend in person and would like to add someone to the altar, the supplies are all there for them. You can bring their photo in a frame or there are some small metal stands to clip their photo in. Please use the cards to write the person's name and your name as well.


This is also something our learners will cover in Social Studies classes next week.


To learn more about this tradition check out some of the links below.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/dia-de-los-muertos/

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/01/us/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-trnd/index.html

Coding Club

Please see the flyer below for more information about our new coding club!
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Teacher Shoutouts

Learners- We NEED your input!

We'd like to plan a day for some fun together that both virtual and in person learners can participate in!


Please give us your input using this google form!

Yearbooks

Check out the trailer for our yearbook! Great job to our West learner yearbook staff!


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DDtsDrWtBSWxBmXK9gIf_XQhZo91J7No/view

Upgrade iPads to IOS 14

All learners are required to update their ipads to IOS 14. DIrections can be found at the link below. Deadline is October 26th for ALL LEARNERS!


https://www.bulbapp.com/u/ipados-14

BOO Fundraiser through PTO

PTO is conducting a "booing" fundraiser! The are offering a cool way to help you surprise someone for Halloween and raise money for West.


Give someone the surprise of waking up on Halloween morning to a yard full of BOO BAGS filled with treats and a cute yard sign letting everyone know that you have been BOOed!


Click Here for more information and to buy your Boo Bags and a Yard Sign! The deadline to order - 10/26 by 5 pm. You provide the address, we will make the delivery!

Here is a fun way to celebrate Halloween safely!


You can BOO anyone- all of the work is done for you!

Boo your colleagues and friends!

Boo your learners!

Boo your neighbor!

Boo the first responders at your local firehouse!

Order Your Boo Bags & Yard Sign Today!

Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Both face to face and remote learners are invited to participate by decorating a pumpkin to look like their favorite book character.


See the guidelines here

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Friday October 16th

Upgrade iPads to IOS 14

All learners are required to update their ipads to IOS 14. DIrections can be found at the link below. Deadline is October 26th for ALL LEARNERS!


https://www.bulbapp.com/u/ipados-14

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Tips for Parents and Learners

We have seen during the first 9 weeks that many of are learners are struggling to get work done and turned in on time. Learners have reported that they have difficulty focusing and we are asking parents to help us in helping learners to be successful. Some things we would recommend are as follows.

  • Attend all zoom sessions for all classes.
  • Make every effort to turn work in on time.
  • Check email daily.
  • Let educators know when a learners is going to be working at night rather than during the school day. It's helpful to us to know if they are babysitting younger siblings or unable to work during the day or attend zoom sessions.


We are here to help you! If your learner is struggling, please let us know!

Boo Fundraiser through PTO for West

PTO is conducting a "booing" fundraiser! The are offering a cool way to help you surprise someone for Halloween and raise money for West.


Give someone the surprise of waking up on Halloween morning to a yard full of BOO BAGS filled with treats and a cute yard sign letting everyone know that you have been BOOed!



Click Here for more information and to buy your Boo Bags and a Yard Sign! The deadline to order - 10/26 by 5 pm. You provide the address, we will make the delivery!

Here is a fun way to celebrate Halloween safely!


You can BOO anyone- all of the work is done for you!

Boo your colleagues and friends!

Boo your learners!

Boo your neighbor!

Boo the first responders at your local firehouse!

Order Your Boo Bags & Yard Sign Today!

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Meet Lori Parker- Our School Psychologist

Check out Lori's newsletter

https://www.bulbapp.com/u/meet-your-lssp

West Masks for Sale through PTO

Get your West mask for only $8!


https://cmswpto.membershiptoolkit.com/

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Friday October 9th

Welcoming more Learners Face to Face

We are excited to welcome some additional learners back for face to face instruction for the 2nd 9 weeks beginning Tuesday October 13th. We are expecting approximately 60 new learners. We are still under 200 total students here in person for the 2nd 9 weeks.


Parents have the choice at ANY time to have their face to face learner transition to remote learning.


The transition from remote learning to face to face requires administrative/counselor approval once the deadline for the change has passed. If your circumstances change or you feel that returning for face to face instruction would be better for your family at any time throughout the year, please reach out to myself or a member of our administrative or counseling team.


As a reminder, Monday October 12th is a school holiday.


Some reminders for those joining us for the first time this school year in person:

  • A face mask is required for all learners and staff at all times. If you forget your mask or need a new one during the day we have those available in every classroom and the front office.
  • Follow the directional arrows in our hallways to help with social distancing.
  • Every learner and staff member is expected to use hand sanitizer on their way into a room and the way out of a room.
  • We have 10 minute passing periods to allow teachers to clean and sanitize rooms between each class. Learners will be released in a staggered announcement by grade level. They will wait for their grade level to be announced before leaving the room.
  • When arriving for each class, learners will wait outside the room socially distanced from one another until the room is clean and the teacher welcomes them in.
  • Learners will go directly to their first period class when they arrive in the morning unless they need to get breakfast. Breakfast is available in the cafeteria.
  • Lunch requires assigned seating. Learners will all get to choose their seat on Tuesday 10/13 and will be expected to sit there every day until the new 9 weeks begins.

Counselor Q&A Zoom

Our counselor question and answer session for Monday October 12th will be cancelled as that is a school holiday.


You can email them at any time for any support or questions.


Jaime Duncan (last names A-L) jduncan@coppellisd.com

Stephanie Julian (last names M-Z) sjulian@coppellisd.com

Veteran's Day Celebration 2020

Our social studies department is going to build a website to host a virtual Veteran's Day Celebration since we cannot gather face to face to honor our veterans. If you have Veteran's related to one of our learners, please submit their names and pictures to the link below.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeb0fE0EYGJLq78vhohsxvvzcDfRctmYG1nRwlnPCqJ4lh98g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Friday October 2nd

Makeups for MAP testing

Next week any learner who did not complete the MAP test will be notified by their science teacher via email and Schoology update. We will host MAP makeup sessions on Tuesday 10/6, Wednesday 10/7 and Thursday 10/8. Tuesday will be Science MAP, Wednesday will be Reading MAP and Thursday will be Math MAP. The science educators will communicate all MAP Test logistics such as Session Name and Password. We will have a Troubleshoot Zoom for all 3 days of MAP just in case learners need assistance.


Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting Zoom Session

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Changing Learning Modalities

We have passed the deadline to change your learner's learning modality for the 2nd 9 weeks, but if you wish to make a request to change, I will accept those via email at sthornton@coppellisd.com

Update Learner iPads to IOS 14

Please update all learner ipads to IOS 14 to keep things up to date.


You can find more information at the link below. Deadline is October 15th. Learners will be locked out of the ipads following this deadline.


https://www.bulbapp.com/u/ipados-14

Friday September 25th

MAP Testing

What: MAP Testing (Measures of Academic Progress)- Mandatory for all learners both face to face and remote. Attendance will be recorded.


When: 8:45-10:50 AM on the days listed below.

Tuesday September 29th (Science)

Wednesday September 30th (Reading)

Thursday October 1st (Math)

You can see the bell schedule here.

For athletes that do school remotely but athletics in person, coaches will send an adjusted schedule.


Why: It is important for us to assess where learners are and how they're doing so that we can better meet their needs and address any gaps in their learning. This will NOT be for a grade but is mandatory for all learners.


How:

We will be administering the NWEA Map test from September 29 - October 1st. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday your learner will be taking the NWEA MAP test for Science, ELA, and Math. On these three days, we will be following a modified schedule to allow for testing to occur from 8:45 -10:50 am. All information about the test will be communicated through Schoology through your learner’s science teacher. Please do everything you can to ensure that your child logs on to their science Schoology page at 8:45 am each morning to locate the information about the test in the Updates section of their Science Schoology course. They will take the test on their iPad. Please make sure your child downloaded the NWEA MAP application from Manager or they may use Chrome and the test.mapnwea.org website. Learners must turn off pop-up blocker to use the website. Please do NOT use Safari to complete the MAP test. We are offering a troubleshooting guide for learners below and Live Zoom troubleshooting help by grade level.


Helpful Resources:

MAP Learner Schedule for 9/29-10/1

Video on Logging into NWEA MAP

Troubleshooting Guide for Virtual Learners


6th-grade Zoom Troubleshoot link

(Same link for 9/29 - 10/1 and will be live from 8:45 -10:50am)

*password is west*


7th-grade Zoom Troubleshoot link

(Same link for 9/29 - 10/1 and will be live from 8:45 -10:50am)

*password is west*


8th-grade Zoom Troubleshoot link

(Same link for 9/29 - 10/1 and will be live from 8:45 -10:50am)

*password is west*

Deciding on Face to Face or Remote Learning for 2nd 9 weeks

This is a friendly reminder that parents must make any changes to learning location no later than Wednesday Sept. 30th. You received a link to make any changes from Coppell ISD. You ONLY NEED TO FILL THIS OUT IF YOU ARE MAKING A CHANGE. If you are continuing in your current learning location nothing needs to be done.


If you didn't get the email or need additional assistance please email input@coppellisd.com

Schoology Assignments

Just a reminder that learners must go into each of their schoology courses to find their work each day. Some learners are ONLY checking the schoology calendar, and this does NOT contain all their work. Be sure to navigate to each course and read all sections to be sure you are getting all the information and assignments. If you are seeing daily absences it is because not all work is being completed for every class.

Yard Sign Fundraiser for our School

If you are interested in ordering a yard sign for a birthday or special ocassion, please consider doing this as directed by the flyer posted below. Our school will earn some money back on each sign ordered.
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Coppell Education Foundation selling Masks, Hand Sanitizer Holders and Desk Shields

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Friday September 18th

Yearbooks

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Virtual Curriculum Night- Monday September 21st

In the best interest of our students, families and staff members, we will be holding a Virtual Curriculum Night this year. We are saddened that we will not be able to open our doors to welcome you in person, but also very excited to invite you to participate virtually on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 5 - 6 PM. We hope that you will enjoy hearing from Administrators, Department Chairs, and getting to know your child’s educators by following the link below from the comfort of your own home. You can begin looking at this now. The only live element that can't be done at your own pace is the optional questions and answer session with our counselors from 5-6 PM.


https://sites.google.com/g.coppellisd.com/cmswvirtualcurriculumnight/home

New ipads for 6th grade

The Coppell ISD Technology department plans to do an iPad swap for 6th graders at the Coppell Middle School West campus on Tuesday, September 22.


**IN ORDER TO GET THE NEW IPAD, LEARNERS MUST BRING THEIR OLD IPAD, THE CHARGING CORD AND WALL PLUG.**


Face to Face Learners: If your child is attending school face to face, please send them with their ipad and charger (plug and cord). Devices will be swapped out during their 1st period classes.


APPOINTMENTS for Distance Learners: If you have chosen the remote, distance learning option, please follow the custom link sent by the district to schedule an appointment to swap iPads at Coppell Middle School West. Please be sure to bring their current iPad, cord, and charger at your appointment time. Your child’s new iPad will include a keyboard and Apple pencil.


PICKUP PROCESS for Distance Learners: The iPad swap will be a drive-through process designed with parent and staff safety in mind. Throughout the device swap process, you will remain in your car at all times. We also ask that you wear a face mask while interacting with CISD personnel, who will also be wearing masks and gloves for your safety. Thank you for your cooperation.


When you arrive at the Coppell Middle School West campus on your appointment date and time, you will need to enter the front car loop(off Ranch Trail) and you will be directed to the iPad swap location. If you enter from the back entrance off of Saintsbury, follow the loop around to the front car loop. Please see the attached map for a visual of the traffic flow pattern. All vehicles will remain in a single file line and will be served two at a time at the device swap distribution spot. Your child does not need to join you for your appointment time.


NOTE: Please note that this event is only for the swap of the old device to a new device. If you need technical support or have other technology-related questions, please submit a helpdesk ticket.


Please wipe the old ipad using these instructions. Slides 1-4 can happen ahead of time and slides 5-8 should be done the day of the ipad swap.


Thank you for your prompt response so that we can plan for the distribution appropriately.


Sincerely,

CISD Technology

Online Ticketing System for Athletic Events

Parents and Athletic Fans,


The Athletic Department has shifted to online ticket sales exclusively for the 2020-2021 school year. There will be no cash/credit card ticket sales at CISD athletic venues for middle school or high school events this year.


The Athletic Department’s priority for in-person attendance of games in 2020-2021 is the parents of the game night participants (including athletes, band, drill team, cheer, & student media). With a maximum capacity of each athletic venue at 40% this year, events with a concern of nearing the altered capacity will utilize parent codes that will be shared by each participant’s coach/sponsor.

The online ticket page on our athletic website is now active at https://www.coppellathletics.net/e-tickets.


You will access your ticket(s) on any personal device which will be scanned at the gate for entry. Mask/face covering is required to enter any CISD athletic contest. Once inside a CISD athletic facility, social distancing and adhering to no seating signs of specified rows is required.


No refunds of tickets purchased will be issued for any reason unless the contest is cancelled before the event begins.


Middle School Football

Tickets will be available for online purchase the day before the event and will remain on sale throughout the event.


While only 40% of the middle school football bleachers will be available, the area outside the track will be available for spectators. We encourage MS football game spectators to bring lawn/bag chairs which can be set up in any area not behind the teams on the sideline (10 yard line to 10 yard line).


Because of the additional space provided outside the bleachers at field level, there will not be a capacity maximum number of spectators. However, we do request that spectators of the first game vacate the premises after the conclusion of the game to maximize square footage for social distancing of the second football game.


Middle School Volleyball

The week of the games, two (2) adult tickets will be available to the home team parents beginning on Monday (for Thursday games) and on Wednesday (for Saturday games) and that ticket window will remain open for 48 hours. After the first 24 hours of the parent ticket window, visiting parents will have a 24 hour window to purchase two (2) adult tickets. After the total 48 hour parent window, tickets will go on sale to the public and will remain available until the conclusion of the game or until the 40% capacity ticket sales are reached.


Parent ticket sales will be possible with an access code the home team coach will provide the parents of the participants. That code will be provided to the visitors coach to share with visiting parents for access the second 24 hours. If parents would like to purchase additional tickets beyond the 2 adult tickets in the parent window, they will have to wait until after the 48 hour parent window to do so. Tickets will be available for sale to the public on Wednesday for Thursday games and on Friday for Saturday games with both student and adult tickets available at that time.


Students will not be allowed into a gym unless accompanied by an adult even if the student has a virtual ticket to be scanned on their device.


Online ticket sales for each game in each gym will close once the 40% capacity total has been reached. The purchase of a middle school volleyball game ticket is gym specific this year. At each respective Coppell Middle School, the first game will be played in the main gym, the second game will be played in the auxiliary gym, and the third game will be played again in the main gym. After the conclusion of each volleyball game, the coaches, officials, table workers, and players of the next game will move to the next gym where spectators of the next game will be waiting. Game times will start at their designated time, not immediately following the preceding game. Spectators will vacate the premises after the conclusion of the game for which their ticket was purchased. To accurately account for the UIL required capacity this year, if a spectator would like to attend multiple games (A and B game for example) they will have to purchase a ticket for each game.

Tips for Success with Online Learning from our Counselors


1. Create a schedule AND follow it! You need to have the discipline to sit down and work on your class. It is tempting to say "I will work on my class sometime today..." The problem is, things come up and then before you know it, the day is gone and you haven't done anything for school. On Friday, check each classes' schedule and plan out the upcoming week.


2. Bedtime & Nighttime Routines! It is still so very important to have your students go to bed TECHNOLOGY FREE! Remote students have been on their iPads all day, the last thing they need is to be on their phones ALL night! Have students charge their phones in a parent's room nightly!


3. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE SPRING! Students should get up early, eat breakfast, and do all the things the normal daily school routines they have done for years. The only difference is, that insted of getting in a car or on a bus, they're going to a computer or iPad. Routine is the KEY to success!


2. Budget MORE time than you think you need. Another common problem online students have is that they underestimate how much time an assignment takes to complete. Double the amount of time you think you need. If you get done early, AWESOME! But, if you need it, you have the extra time to get things done.


3. Plan to turn assignments in a day early. Again, problems happen, things come up. If you give your self a deadline earlier than what the teacher expects, this gives you a great buffer if you need it.


4. Create a learning space. Find where you are the most productive. If you are in your super-comfy bed, will you actually work?? Also, get all the supplies you need to be successful and stock your workplace. If you are missing supplies, that could distract you or cause you not to complete an assignment.


5. Check-in with your courses at least 2x per day. Login to Schoology and your CISD email at least 2 times per day. This is how your instructors will communicate the latest information to you.


6. Actively participate in ALL courses. Email your instructors and classmates. Complete your assignments. Check the course for announcements and emails. This is how you will stay connected with friends and your own learning.


7. If you feel you may be struggling, speak up! Our goal is your success. We know online learning is new for most of us. Ask all the questions you need to!

Assignment Tracking

One of our teachers created this document. Feel free to use if this is helpful to your learner in navigating distance learning.
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Schoology Notifications for Parents

Click here to learn more about schoology notifications for parents.


This is a great resource to help parents set up an email digest for their children in Schoology. I know secondary parents are used to keeping an eye on HAC to look for grade concerns rather than logging into Schoology. The email digest allows parents to sign up for a daily or weekly email that will let them know if their children are missing anything in Schoology.

Learner Resource: Viewing Grades and Feedback in Schoology

This quick video can can help learners navigate their grades and feedback in Schoology on the web. Although it looks different from the teacher view, the learner gradebook in Schoology is a useful tool in getting a quick view of what assignments have not been submitted, their scores on graded assignments, and feedback provided. Sometimes learners forget to look back at previous assignments, or don't remember where to locate them. This may be a great help for them.


https://www.bulbapp.com/u/viewing-feedback-on-schoology-materials

MAP Testing- Tuesday Sept. 29th-Thursday October 1st

We will be doing district mandated MAP testing on Tuesday Sept. 29th-October 1st. On each of these days we will test first thing in the morning beginning at 8:10. It is CRITICAL on these days that all learners test at that time. They will not be able to test later in the day.


More information will be shared next week but please mark your calendar for these dates.

Friday September 11th

Virtual Curriculum Night- Monday September 21st

In the best interest of our students, families and staff members, we will be holding a Virtual Curriculum Night this year. We are saddened that we will not be able to open our doors to welcome you in person, but also very excited to invite you to participate virtually on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 5 - 6 PM. We hope that you will enjoy hearing from Administrators, Department Chairs, and getting to know your child’s educators by following the link below from the comfort of your own home.

Library Books Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup for Library books is now being offered by CMS West! The first Curbside date is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th from 11:00-12:30. Please review the information posted here, as well as, in the Library Schoology Group. Click the video link on the graphic to hear additional information.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRVUv5qtTwHue7D6jgMy0RGQl_KoIwJadC3fWylVBH811KEBGqvqGGeyiFIyoz358HpEpaiCUT5dL3Z/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

Reminder about charging ipads

Please help us to remind learners to charge ipads at night so that they can be ready for learning each day! Thank you for your help on this!

Change of Learning Location

Please be reminded that learners must stay with distance learning if that is what parents selected. Learners will no longer be allowed to make changes to return face to face until the next nine weeks. Parents will be sent a link to make a new selection if they choose at the end of September. The new 9 weeks begins October 13th.

Reminder- Monday Zoom Q&A with our Counselors

Counselors will be available every Monday at least through the first semester to answer questions to support learners and parents. Stop by to visit between 5 and 6 PM!


https://coppellisd.zoom.us/j/93612603828?pwd=YjJzNnVIYVZ0YXM2cWtuclN6c3pLUT09

Friday September 4th

Excitement

We are so excited to welcome learners back on Sept. 8th in person. No matter whether you have selected to come back face to face or to remain virtual, we will continue to work hard to provide a wonderful experience for all learners.

Daily Home Screenings for Learners

We ask that all families who are sending learners back face to face, be sure to do a daily home health screening prior to sending learners to school each day. It is incredibly important to keep learners home when they are ill in any way and to report to our school any positive COVID-19 cases in the home.
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No Visitors

Just as a reminder, we are only allowing CISD staff and learners onto any CISD campuses. Parents are not permitted to visit or to eat lunch with learners. Learners will need to walk in alone and parents must stay in their cars and go through our car loops to drop off learners that aren't arriving on a bus. Please do not park and walk up to the front entrance of the school with learners.

Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up

Those dropping learners off may only drop them at the front entrance to the school. You may enter school property from Saintsbury or from Ranch Trail and follow all signage and visual cues and directions from our staff. This same process is in place for afternoons as well.

Helping Learners Find Their Class

I know some of our learners may be a little anxious about finding their classes. All learners will go directly to their first period class when they arrive at school. Room numbers can be found on their schedules in Home Access Center and I've linked our school map below!


1st floor map


2nd floor map


We would encourage you to take a look at the map with your learner to identify where they will start their day. Please assure learners that we will be on hand to make sure everyone finds each of their classes.

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Lunch Drop-offs & Microwaves at Lunch

We are not permitted by the district to have microwaves available or to allow for lunches to be dropped off by parents or food delivery services. All learners will need to bring their lunch with them or buy a lunch at school.

Counselor Monday Zoom Q&A Cancelled this Week

Our counselors will not be holding their zoom Q&A session this week as we are closed for Labor Day.

Friday August 28th

Thank you

We are so appreciative of your partnership and teamwork as we work to make sure distance learning is as easy to navigate as possible. As you have given us feedback we take that to heart and make adjustments where we are able to. Please continue to keep communication coming to us so that we can be of assistance and continue to improve.

Zoom Schedules

Beginning Monday August 31st you will see EVERY teacher and course post (as the first item in their learning folders in schoology) a schedule for when they will host zoom sessions throughout the week, so that you can make plans. Schedules may not be the same week to week but on Mondays you should be able to see the plan for that coming week.

Zoom Requirements

Starting Monday, Aug. 31, CISD will be requiring all learners to sign into Zoom using their CISD email address. This change will allow for better classroom management and will limit disruptions in the event the meeting link is shared to people outside of the district. Read more at go.coppellisd.com/ZoomSignInUpdate.


If your child is using a Zoom account not associated with their CISD email address, the next time they sign in, they will need to use their CISD login information — g.coppellisd.com or newtech.coppellisd.com — to join the meeting. We have created documentation for signing into Zoom with their CISD login information, which can be found here: https://coppellisdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360053328653.

If your child is already using their CISD email address to sign into Zoom, they will need to consolidate their account to be managed by the district. We have created documentation for consolidating the Zoom account, which can be found here: https://coppellisdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052551674.

Learners returning for Face to Face Instruction Sept. 8th or later

I wanted to touch on a few reminders as some learners return for face to face instruction.



  • Please see this video message about safety precautions in place for learners and staff.
  • Learners here in person are not at an advantage to learners learning from home. Whether in person or at home, learners will find all activities in schoology and will be doing the same assignments.
  • All learners must wear a mask all day. If you have a medical exemption please contact your learners counselor to request the medical exemption form.

School Supplies

School supplies were led by our PTO and we are so grateful for their support. If you selected in correspondence with them that you wished to be granted a refund, that will be coming back to you. If you selected that you wanted to keep your supplies at school until returning, those have been set aside for learners and for classroom use.


Learners at school will need the following items in their backpack when they return (if not already purchased through PTO and NOT refunded):


  • Scissors
  • Notebook paper
  • 2 composition books (3 books if the learner is in spanish)
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Colored
  • Pencils
  • Glue Stick

* Learners will not be sharing supplies as to help prevent spreading germs.


Other items that are needed for the school in general (if you didn't already pay the fee):

Clorox/Lysol Wipes

Gloves

AAA batteries

*These additional items can be dropped in the front office when learners return to school.

Clustering/Grouping/Working with Teachers

You will likely see many teachers working with learners. In this time, we are working to meet all learner's needs by sharing responsibilities and time among teachers. Please don't be alarmed if you receive communication from a teacher who is not on your learner's schedule or see learners meeting on zoom with other teachers. It takes a village to create the best experience for our learners and we are using every single resource possible.


Some verbiage from the CISD learning plan:

The district may need to cluster/group CISD educators together within the campus/district in order to support face to face and remote distance learning needs. This could mean your child is learning at times from more than one educator based on our needs within grade levels or specific courses or programs of instruction.

Library Books

We still have several library books that have not been turned in. Please look around at home for any library books and drop them in our outdoor book drop at the front entrance of the building. Also please keep in mind that per CDC guidelines, books have to be in quarantine for a minimum of 4 days before they can be touched by our library staff to be checked in and removed from your library record. Please allow up to a week to see library books that you've turned in removed from the record.


When curbside checkout begins- no one will be allowed to check out additional books if they have library books not yet turned in.

Schoology Assistance

For help adjusting parent notification in schoology please visit the link below for instructions about how to turn off and on the notifications in schoology.

https://app.schoology.com/login?destination=page%2F425724517

Reporting to School Resource Officers and Deputies

Both Coppell Police Department and Dallas County Sheriff's Department (who serve West) are integral parts of our campus safety. Please see the fun video linked below to see what they are doing to provide other ways for parents and learners to communicate their concerns and needs.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZjqqigiQmkPcXNA1X9C7z2X-hqrJaIDB/view

From the Counselors- Community Assistance Programs Available

Operation School Bell through the Coppell Assistance League assists families in need by providing new school clothing, coats, shoe cards and backpacks to students. The authorization form with size chart is available through the West counselors. All inquiries are confidential.


Coppell Cares Weekend Backpack Program provides weekend food to families needing assistance. Food is dropped off each week school is in session for the student(s) to take home. Applications for this program are available through the West counselors. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

For 8th grade parents only

Parent Notification of Texas Student Success Initiative (SSI)

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®)


This letter is to inform you of the grade advancement requirements of the Texas Student Success Initiative (SSI), passed by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that every student makes the academic progress necessary to show sufficient understanding of the knowledge and skills taught and tested at each grade level.


The SSI requires that grade 5 and grade 8 students meet the passing standards on STAAR tests in mathematics and reading before they can be promoted to the next grade; however, this requirement has been waived for the 2020–2021 school year due to the current health crisis. Students enrolled in grades 5 and 8 are still required to take each STAAR test once in May 2021. Retest opportunities will not be provided this year. Our district will have local discretion on whether students who do not pass the STAAR should advance to the next grade, just like students in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7. These decisions will be based on local criteria that reflect a student’s academic achievement and mastery of subject matter and will include STAAR assessment results, along with other relevant information.


Please note that these testing requirements are part of an overall system of support for student academic achievement. For the 2020–2021 school year, this system includes


  • evaluation of student needs at grades that precede SSI grades and academic support for students who need additional instruction,

  • ongoing evaluation of student progress during the school year with assistance provided to all students with identified academic weaknesses,

  • additional instruction after the May test administration for students who do not meet the passing standard on a subject-area test, and

  • an instructional plan for the next school year for every student who did not meet the passing standard.


The SSI recognizes and supports the important role parents play in the education of their children. Your child’s teacher(s) and I depend upon and look forward to working with you to help your child succeed.

Friday August 21st

Week 1

I can't begin to tell you how happy it made our staff to see the kids this week on zoom. As much as we were hopeful they'd all be able to start here in the building with us, we are grateful to see them on zoom and in any way we can. They mean the world to us.


I hope you are celebrating the victories you had this week. Don't spend too much time worrying about the things that didn't go as planned. We are all doing our very best and we know that hiccups with technology can happen. We are grateful for your efforts and support. We continue to take parent feedback to improve our processes so please don't hesitate to reach out if there is something we can do to be better!


Have a wonderful weekend!

Tell us how week 1 was for you!

Please take this short survey to let us know how we did and how we can improve distance learning!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctSPH3Ph7XgRCHCTg7fvvwdTt3XNUBlrnkZDGtmrPqfxY89A/viewform

Calculator Check-Out

Earlier this week, Math 8, Algebra and Geometry learners were asked to fill out a calculator check-out form for the opportunity to check out a Casio FX-CG50 for free from the school. It is imperative that all students enrolled in Math 8, Algebra or Geometry class have a graphing calculator at home. We strongly recommend that it is the same one we use in class so that students can easily follow along when teachers are doing calculator examples during lessons.


Calculator pick-up for Algebra and Geometry students will occur Tuesday, August 25th from 4:00-6:00 PM.


Calculator pick-up for Math 8 students will occur Thursday, August 27th from 4:00-6:00 PM.


You will pull up to the front door of CMS West. Please display your 5-digit ID in large, bold numbers in the passenger window. We will place your calculator in the backseat/trunk.


Here is the check-out form for Algebra/Geometry in case you did not receive it: https://forms.gle/ZLzBduDpRBghrmR3A


Here is the check-out form for Math 8 in case you did not receive it: https://forms.gle/QrjCHX8g9NsotxAk8

Counselor Q&A on Zoom

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us on zoom on Monday for a question and answer session with our counselors! Based on your requests, they are going to do that weekly! Our recurring link for those zoom sessions will be the link below.


https://coppellisd.zoom.us/j/93612603828?pwd=YjJzNnVIYVZ0YXM2cWtuclN6c3pLUT09

password: west


If you have questions please join them on Monday August 24th from 5-6 PM and each of the following Mondays through the first semester.

FAQ from 1st Counselor Q&A on August 17th

How do we get the PE clothes/Spirit Wear that we ordered?

Parent can pick up their PE clothes and spirit wear at West from PTO at a curbside event that will be scheduled soon (tentative date is 8.27 from 5-6pm). Please watch for information from PTO about date and time.


When will parents be able to see attendance?

We are waiting on direction from the district as we streamline this process but will share when we know more.


What school supplies will be needed for in person? Do they buy the whole list and bring it on the first day?

School supplies will be needed when learners return in person. The list can be found at

https://www.coppellisd.com/cms/lib/TX01000550/Centricity/Domain/669/School%20Supply%2020-21%20-%20Public%20List.pdf


How do we get library books?

Right now it is virtual only. Students may check out an eBook/audiobook from MackinVIA. The week of 9/14 is when curbside pickup will begin for those who are continuing to stay at home. Mrs. Mahalik will send out info the week of 9/8 explaining the process.


Discuss attendance procedures and how it is measured in Schoology

Learners must engage in clicking on links, submitting work, watching videos, and completing learning tasks for each day for each course. They aren't able to work ahead of time as the state requires that they work each day in each class. Learners can participate in real time following our bell schedule or up until midnight each school day.


How to create a parent account for Schoology:

https://www.coppellisd.com/technologysystemsguide

Zoom

We are working on a consistent format for communicating when and which classes have a zoom each week. Each course will have a weekly zoom schedule posted on Mondays in the learning folder within each course in schoology. The schedule will not be the same for every week, but you will at the very least be able to plan for a week at a time.

Virtual Curriculum Night Sept. 21st

All middle schools will host a virtual curriculum night on Monday Sept. 21st. This will be an online interactive experience for parents who want to learn more about their learners teachers and courses.


More details coming soon!

Texas Women's Independence Day

Wednesday, August 26th is Women’s Independence Day in Texas. Women's Independence Day commemorates the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. From the founding of the United States, women were almost universally excluded from voting. In July 1848, reformers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York.

The drive for women's suffrage gained strength after the passage of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave the vote to African American men but not to any women. In 1890, Wyoming became a state and became the first state whose constitution guaranteed women the right to vote. Over the next decade several other states—all in the western part of the country—joined Wyoming. However, it would take the passage of an amendment to the Constitution to guarantee this right across the land. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified by the U.S. Secretary of State, and women finally achieved the long-sought right to vote throughout the United States.

Friday August 14th

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

We are so excited to get back to school, even though it looks different than all of us would like for it to. If you are new to West, WELCOME! We are so glad to have you! I hope you find as much love and positivity here as I have found. We are here to help and support you! We pride ourselves on being a West family. If you follow us on social media you will see us use the hashtag #westfam because we believe in working together as a family to support one another. You can learn more about our leadership team below, but don't ever hesitate to reach out if we can answer a question, be a though partner, or support your learner or family in any way!

Schoology & iPads

Schoology will be our primary learning management system, as it has been for the last few years. All learners will need to be able to access and work in schoology in order to do their work. If your learner has any issues with logging in to schoology please email their assistant principal to help with a password reset as soon as possible. You can also put in a technology helpdesk ticket.


**Please know that if you've requested a schedule change or there is some necessary change to your child's schedule, schoology takes at least 24 hours to update and load the correct classes.


If issues arise as the year goes on, please be sure to submit a Helpdesk ticket.

Passwords

If you need any help with passwords please see the link below.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-dzgUT0jieojUEzm7nrNU0UhZdMGEld06GGwcPEn3wA/edit

What do I do on the first day of school? What do I do to make sure I'm ready?

Because we are all starting in virtual learning mode, here are a few tips to make sure you're ready for Day 1 on Monday August 17th!


  • Check your ipad to be sure it's in good working order and charged. If it's not working please enter a technology helpdesk ticket BY FRIDAY AUGUST 14th!
  • Login to schoology to make sure you can see your schedule and classes. Click here for instructions on viewing your child's schedule.
  • Figure out where learners can be most successful working from home!
  • Take a look at the schedule we will follow each day. Classwork can be done up until midnight for families and learners that need more flexibility.
  • Check out our virtual meet the teacher to get to know a little more about your teachers!
  • Get back in a good routine of going to bed early enough to wake up and get your day started the next morning by 8 AM.
  • Take a deep breath! We can do this!
  • Reach out for support when it's needed. We are here for you!

Virtual Meet the Teacher

Get to know a little more about your teachers! You can use the link below to view our Virtual Meet the Teacher as it's convenient for you!

SHARE YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS

The 2020-21 Yearbook needs your help! This year, more than any other, we are going to need your help to capture memories, events, successes and more to include in our yearbook. On Monday, please take a picture that captures the first day of school for your learner(s) and upload it to our First Day of School Photo Upload. (You can also find the link on the Yearbook page of the CMS West website throughout the year.)

Zoom Question and Answer Session with our West Counselors Mon. 8/18 @ 5 PM

On Monday August 17th following the first day of school, our counselors will host a zoom question and answer session for parents that may have questions or need assistance.


Link to join: https://coppellisd.zoom.us/j/94441741993?pwd=Q09WVFYxait4ZmNRY3NVSlZHNmF4Zz09


pw: west

Counselor Daily Check-Ins & Support

As we begin the school year, every learner will do a daily check-in using google forms to let our counselors know how they're doing. This will happen through their 2nd period classes. If learners have needs or show that they may be struggling, our counselors will follow-up with them to check-in. You can see the form learners will be asked to fill in at the link below.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOdVxa8i9d6rDsWizFfcG_BQHvHQmqBdTk1J-DnjfaV8T3ow/viewform


As always, if learners or parents have questions or would like to talk with counselors please feel free to reach out!


Jaime Duncan (Last names A-L) jduncan@coppellisd.com

Stephanie Julian (Last names M-Z) sjulian@coppellisd.com


You can also find lots of helpful information on the Counselor's Corner portion of our webpage and in the Counselor Chat linked below.

https://www.smore.com/4tukv-counselor-chat-20-21

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Meals

Weekly Menus can be found at https://coppellisd.nutrislice.com


Money can be deposited on student accounts at www.myschoolbucks.com

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Wrangler Time

You will see a 0 period/Wrangler time on your child’s schedule. This is a homeroom/study hall/intervention time under normal circumstances. We left this on the schedule but please know that as of now, learners will not have this as part of their daily schedule while some learners are still doing distance learning.

Attendance

Please know that as we begin the school year in distance learning and many families continue that way after learners are allowed to return to school face to face, accounting for attendance will be critical for all campuses. Learners will be strongly encouraged to follow their schedules and work at home as they would if they were here face to face. We also understand that some learners may need to work once parents get home from work. Learners will be allowed to be marked present during distance learning by completing their work up until midnight on the school day for which it is assigned. If you have any questions about this or need assistance, please reach out to your child’s assistant principal or counselor.

Zoom

Please go into the form below to give permission for your learner to participate in zoom sessions with their educators. The district is not allowing for an opt-out of zoom so if you have concerns about your learner being on zoom please contact their assistant principal via email.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBKEZ8wwRbKTsoqgrR8jaTqDBz2-7RbBOOzpceLExxzUFhgw/viewform

Library Books

Please take a look around your house. If you have any library books that belong to West, please return them as soon as possible. There is a book drop located at the main entrance that you can leave books in. In early September we will send information about how you will be able to check out and pick up books from our library even during distance learning if you have an interest in doing so.

To see the video I sent earlier this week...

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