Edition #34 l April 30, 2021

Farewell Messages for Dr. Roosevelt Nivens

Thank You Dr. Nivens!

After six years in Community ISD, Dr. Roosevelt Nivens officially moved on to his next mission as the Superintendent of Schools for Lamar Consolidated ISD on Thursday. The YouTube video above is just a short summary of how much we already miss Dr. Nivens, and how thankful we are for his tremendous impact on Brave Nation.

Please take time this next week to comment on this video on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your goodbye message for Dr. Nivens!

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Interim Superintendent Named by Award-Winning School Board

Congratulations to our very own Mr. Alphonso Bates, Chief of Organizational Management for Community ISD, for being named interim superintendent by our award-winning board of trustees. Please read the letter linked here from our school board about the decision.
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Thank You, Brave Nation!

Please read one final letter from Dr. Nivens saying thank you to Brave Nation for an incredible six years:
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Coming Soon - Braves Level Up Camp

Community ISD will be providing a virtual summer enrichment program for our current Pre-K through 8th grade students. As students participate, they'll accrue points that can be used at in-person events during Level Up Camp!

We can't wait to share more with Brave Nation soon!

CISD Elementary #3 Groundbreaking - Josephine, Texas

Ground Broken for Future Campus

Community ISD broke ground on its third elementary school on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The groundbreaking celebration featured over 300 guests including VIPs from local governments, Community ISD's construction partners, and Brave Nation's award-winning school board.

Click on this link to see a gallery of over 100 pictures from the celebration:

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11 CHS Students Graduate from Collin College

Utilizing dual credit opportunities, 11 Community High School seniors will graduate with an associate's degree from Collin College on Saturday! They'll make up the first group from CHS to accomplish this. Learn more by clicking here. Watch short videos about 9 of the 11 seniors by clicking here.

Our inaugural class of dual graduates are:

Jasmine Hokenson-kite

Kiley Tillery

Dominique Hawkins

Nikky Okpamen

Luke Wilson

Caroline Cook

Mattie Willingham

Peyton Saulters

Mariam Barongo

Ryan Harris

Emily Gill

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Election Day is Tomorrow!

If you have not already voted, make sure you head to your local polling place tomorrow to have your voice heard!

Symphonic and Concert Bands Earn Sweepstakes Honors, and Soloists Wow at NTCA!

Congratulations to the Community High School Symphonic Band for receiving division ones on stage and division ones in sight reading! Both Concert and Symphonic bands will finish the year as sweepstakes bands! Congratulations!

Congrats as well to our four soloists - Andrea Solis, Dylan Smith, Theobie Young, and Parker McCuistion - competing in the NTCA Solo and Ensemble division. Each week the soloist received division 1’s each time they submitted a virtual recordings and never once received anything less. They needed the superior rating to compete in the superior division of NTCA called “ALL-STARS” We are proud to announce that all four percussion soloist will be moving on to this division to perform and compete for their final ratings! Congratulations to all for a total accumulated 14 division 1 ratings with these solos.

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Congrats to our Incredible Edge Artists!

On Saturday, April 10th, Edge Middle School students competed in the UIL Art JR Vase Competition against many schools in the Region. Overall, Edge Middle School had 24 Area Winners, 48 Regional Winners, and 2 State Winners. Please congratulate these students on all of their hard work, dedication, and imaginative art skills.
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Tell Us Who Your Favorite Teacher Is!

Teacher Appreciation Week starts Monday! So many times we hear about the one teacher who made a special impact on someone's life. Who was that teacher for you?

What grade or subject did they teach? Even if you didn't graduate from Community, we would love to hear from you!
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Our Braves of the Year

We're just two weeks away from our Braves of the Year banquet, the Community Choice Awards, where we'll celebrate each of our department and campus representatives for their contributions to Brave Nation this year. The event is co-sponsored by WRA Architects and the Community Education Foundation.

We'll also name our District Support Staff, Elementary Teacher, and Secondary Teacher of the Year at our banquet! The District teachers of the year will then be entered into Region 10's Teacher of the Year competition, which closes on June 1.

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BLUE Certified Teachers Announced

Over the past week, Chief Academic Officer Christi Cottongame has visited campuses to recognize this year's Blue Certified Teachers.

Congratulations to these outstanding educators!

View a full photo gallery:

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Birthday Cake Tradition Continues in April

Superintendent Dr. Roosevelt Nivens, school board trustee Jeff Pendill, and school board trustee Alicia Young visited each Community ISD campus on April 20 to celebrate April's employee birthdays.

The gallery is available here:

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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Subscribe to our Digital Calendar!

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

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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, AND the entire 2021-22 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