THE ARROW

Edition #30 l April 2, 2021

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Plant with Expectation

Spring is a season of hope.


As our many farmers in the area know, during planting season there are no guarantees. Storms, bugs, fires, droughts, and any other number of factors could ruin a crop and prevent a harvest. But you plant with the hope and expectation of reaping the benefits of the hard work that went before. And you have to keep planting, even though you don't know for sure what will happen, because if you don't plant, then there's no chance to harvest.


So keep working hard. What you reap in the future will be worth it!

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for CISD Elementary #3 Postponed

Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances will force the postponement of our groundbreaking celebration for Community ISD Elementary #3, originally set for April 6. The school district had originally arranged for two temporary bleachers located at Braves Field to be moved to the groundbreaking site, but after examining the bleachers, the company we had lined up to move these bleachers does not think it is practical to move them.


As soon as a new company is lined up to move our bleachers, we will reschedule our groundbreaking ceremony. The bleachers are integral to the event as they provide a space for our students to be front and center in this celebration of their new school.


Thank you for your patience, kindness, and understanding during this time. We only get to celebrate the start of a new school once, and we want to make sure we get it right!


Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Superintendent of Schools

Community Independent School District

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Braves Soccer Keeps Rolling in 2021 Playoffs

Community High School took down one of the best teams in the state on in the regional quarterfinals Thursday in extra time, winning 2-1 off a header two minutes into the first extra period.


The Braves will face the winner of Palestine and Pittsburg in the Regional Semi-Finals.

Community ISD Issues Statement Correcting News Reports on United States v. Aderinoye

Fox 4 News released a story on March 31 that incorrectly stated that Community ISD was the victim of a crime committed by Babatope Aderinoye. The district was NOT defrauded, but was in fact involved in a successful sting operation with the FBI that led to the conviction of Mr. Aderinoye. A press release issued back in October 2020 concerning this error ‚Äčis available on our website, communityisd.org.

Kindness in Action Drops Next Week!

Kindness in Action, Community ISD's new podcast, will drop its first episode on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else podcasts can be found sometime next week. Make sure you're subscribed today!


https://anchor.fm/community-isd

2021-22 Academic Calendar Now Available!

The 2021-22 CISD academic calendar was developed with primary consideration for meeting state requirements, as well as our current instructional needs. We also do our best to maintain the traditional holiday breaks valued by our students, families and staff.


A calendar committee was formed in January 2021 that considered state requirements, proposed calendars for other school districts in our region, instructional needs for our campuses, and suggestions from parents in surveys from previous years. A link to the parent and staff feedback survey was posted on February 12, 2021, to the CISD website and shared with all parents via Blackboard email, sent to all staff via CISD email, and posted to social media. Parents, staff, students, and community members were able to provide feedback until February 19, 2021. Over 400 people provided feedback on the proposed calendar with nearly 70 percent indicating they would like to start earlier than in 2020-21. 54.1% wanted Spring Break to line up with other school districts and our dual-credit classes, and 83.7 percent wanted full student holidays for professional development instead of early release days. In addition, many parents indicated taht they would like our school day shortened from 470 minutes a day. After feedback was gathered, a proposed calendar was brought before the CISD Board of Trustees for consideration in the February 22, 2021 regular board meeting. The calendar was then approved in the March 22, 2021 board meeting with planned instructional time of 460 minutes per day, 10 minutes shorter than in 2020-21.


It is important to keep in mind that each year is unique and the school calendar is developed based on survey feedback, district instructional needs, peer district calendars and university calendars, and requirements from the state. The 2021-22 school calendar was approved by the CISD Board of Trustees on Monday, March 22, 2021.


Downloadable Calendars:

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Continuing to place an emphasis on student-athlete success on the competition field AND in the classroom, Community ISD's Director of Athletics, Justin Maness, today awarded 3.3 shirts to 37 CHS students. These shirts will be handed out each semester to student-athletes that achieved a 3.3 cumulated, unweighted GPA or higher in the classroom in the previous semester.


"The big part of being a student-athlete is being a student," said Maness. "What we're trying to do is prepare these students for success, whether they play at the next level or not, and we want our athletics department to be top notch in academics as well. From this point forward, each semester we'll reward student-athletes that have done well in the classroom."


The following students had at least a 3.3 GPA in the fall of 2020, and received a 3.3 Club shirt on Friday, March 26:


BOTTOMS, BRENNA MADELINE

BUSE, JOLEE OLENE

CHAN, HALEIGH ELIZABETH

COOK, CAROLINE JULIA

DURST, KALEIGH SPRING

EDWARDS, ELIZABETH VICTORIA

FONSECA, ALEXA ITZEL

GARCIA, GISELLE VERADIS

GONZALEZ, WENDY

GRUDZINSKI, CARLY DAY

HAWKINS, DOMINIQUE KALEECE

JANSON, ALYSSA BREE

LOPEZ, NEIDA

MCNATT, HOPE LINDSAY

MONTGOMERY, JENNA ELIZABETH

MORALES FURLAN, DAYANA MADALEY

OCHOA, JASMINE GLORIA

OKPAMEN, NATALY EDE

PETTY, RAYNA MARIE

ROBINSON, KARRINGTON ALEXIS

SALES-GARCIA, MITCHELLE

SOZA, MYAH ELIZABETH

TITLOW, ALLYSON NIKOHL

WINFORD, ZOE WREN

ABEL, JOHN CLAYTON

BRIGANDI, JACOB CHRISTOPHER

CARTER, JEFFREY TYLER

CURRY, JONAH THOMAS

CUTLIP, DRAKE DAWSON

HARGROVE, ROBERT MANUEL

HOWARD, JESSE MOGAN

MENDEZ, RODRIGO ALEXIS

PAYNE, NICO WALTMAN

SIMS, JOSIAH JESUS

SMITH, JOSEPH DAVID

STARKS, ERIC JAMES

YOUNGER, JACKSON RILEY

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CHS Anglers Qualify for Regionals

Congratulations to the following CHS Anglers who will go on to compete in the THSBA Regional Tournament in Jefferson, Texas, on Saturday, April 17!
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Congratulate Community ISD's Teachers and Support Staff of the Year!

Each of the individuals pictured above was recognized last week as their respective campus's Teacher or Support Staff of the Year! The elementary and secondary teacher & support staff of the year will be recognized at the Community Choice Awards, along with many other honorees!
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CHS Dazzlin' Dames Win National Title!

The CHS Dazzlin' Dames represented Community ISD well at the Danceline USA Nationals at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas, on March 26 & 27, 2021, earning a national title and several other awards. Their honors included:


Platinum Sweepstakes

1st Runner Up: Jazz Category

National Champions: Prop Category


Congrats on such an incredible year! We are so proud of you.

11 Braves Set to Graduate with Two Degrees in the Spring!

Utilizing dual credit opportunities, 11 Community High School seniors are on track to graduate with an associate's degree from Collin College in the spring. They'll make up the first group from CHS to accomplish this! Learn more by clicking here or on the picture above! The 11 seniors are pictured below.
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Education Foundation Announces Date of Benefit


Holy Guacamole our #Benefit4Braves will be here before you know it! Join us as we FUNdraise for classroom grants!


Grab your seat at: https://one.bidpal.net/benefit4braves Text: benefit4braves to 243725

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CHS Prom Split Into Junior & Senior Events

CHS has made a few changes to its 2021 prom. Read about them here: tinyurl.com/CommunityProm
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Annual End of the Year Banquet Scheduled for May 14

Details will be released soon on the 2021 End of the Year Banquet, co-hosted by the Lavon Area Chamber of Commerce! This year's banquet, the Community Choice Awards, will be hosted in the CHS Cafeteria on May 14. The banquet is co-sponsored by WRA Architects and the Community Education Foundation.
CISD Calendar

Subscribe to our Digital Calendar!

If you would like to add the digital version of our 2020-21 district calendar to yours, just watch the tutorial linked above!


https://www.communityisd.org/Page/2

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Free Meals Continue for All CISD Students

The USDA has extended the nationwide free school meals program through the rest of the 2020-21 school year! That means that EVERY single student in Community ISD can receive a free meal from the CISD Child Nutrition program.


However, that does not mean that parents that qualify for free and reduced school lunches don't need to register for the program through CISD Child Nutrition. That program is used for so much more than school lunches - it also funds many other programs at the state level including technology

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