West Friday Forecast

2022-2023

Friday December 2nd

Friday December 9th and Friday December 16th

Please be reminded that Friday December 9th and Friday December 16th early release days. Learners will be dismissed at 1 PM these days!


PTO is planning a movie night beginning at 5 PM for learners on Friday December 9th. More information coming soon! Tickets on sale for $5 NEXT WEEK during lunch!

Coppell HS Lariettes

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Friday November 11th

Students Leaving School before Holiday Breaks

As a reminder, if you choose to leave school before a holiday break or before the end of the year, your learner will not be provided their work early, be able to get assistance from teachers on trying to work on posted work, or provided opportunities we offer in person at school. We understand that the price of airfare goes up when learners are already out of school and it can be appealing to leave school early, but we won't be able to excuse those absences or provide remote learning.

Yearbooks!

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Yearbook price goes up Friday November 11th! Order yours today HERE!

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Spelling Bee

This year, we will use the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s online testing platform to hold our classroom spelling bee via an online spelling and word meaning test.


The first step to spelling bee participation for your child is registering for the online testing platform by visiting https://online-test.spellingbee.com.


I encourage you to watch this video tutorial that will walk you through the registration process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ThKRsffiFc


Once you have registered, I will be able to assign the appropriate test to your child. Your child must be present at school on Thursday, November 17 to participate in the classroom bee.


If your child advances to the school competition, you will be notified by email on Friday, November 18. This year, our school-level competition will be held in-person on Dec 2, 2022.


Remember, the first step to spelling bee participation is to register at online-test.spellingbee.com. Please register your child by Tuesday, November 15. Students who are not registered by the deadline will not be able to participate. If you have already registered in the online testing platform for another child, you can log in to your account and add an additional child to that same parent account. There is no need to register a different email address for each child in your household.


Please reach out to Stephanie Tangassi if you have any questions about our school spelling bee program.


Stephanie Tangassi

stangassi@coppellisd.com

November Counselor Chat

Please check out some information from our counselors!


November Counselor Chat

Lions Club Holiday Assistance

Each year the Lions Club of Coppell provides holiday baskets and toys to families in need in the Coppell ISD attendance area. The food baskets and toys are delivered by members of the Lions Club of Coppell, and the identity of the recipients is kept confidential. All we need to know is the address and family demographics, sizes, and special needs the family may have. Please click the family input sheet in the November Counselor Chat if your family could benefit.


Once you have filled out the form, please return it to your West counselor by Friday December 9th. You can send a hard copy to school with your student, or you can email it to your student's counselor. If you cannot print this form, please reach out to your student's counselor and a hard copy can be sent to you.

Care Closet Support for West Learners in Need

If you are interested in donating to our Campus Care Closet to assist our students with food and hygiene insecurity, please consider picking up some of our greatest needs: deodorant, non-refrigerated breakfast and lunch items, boxed milk or canned fruit and deliver them to West, OR take the simpler route, and click on the link to our Amazon list HERE.

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Friday November 4th

Year Book Orders

Yearbook price goes up Friday November 11th! Order yours today HERE!
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West Spirit Night November 9th at Torchy's Tacos

Please join us at Torchy's Tacos in Irving to help support our school!
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Check out our November Counselor Chat

Friday October 28th

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Book Fair- Coming Soon!

Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.


Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from 11/14 to 11/18 during the school day here in the CMS West Library.


This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet—your child’s digital payment account.

Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/coppellmiddleschoolwest1


The countdown to more Bookjoy is on! Catch you at the Fair!

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Veteran's Day Celebration

On November 9-11, we will be celebrating Veterans Day through an interactive pop-up museum on campus. Learners will visit a number of exhibits to learn more about the history of the holiday as well as members of our #westfam who have served in the United States' armed forces.


If you would like to submit information about veterans in your family so that they can be recognized in the campus museum, please fill out this Google form by Friday, October 28:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScB4HVJTS3ycNAe138GLPpwnP10KBmpMQMRhRn3jAvyGSGhbg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Friday October 21st

Happy Diwali

We will be celebrating Diwali on Monday October 24th and encourage learners to dress up as we celebrate!

Today- Last Day for Thanksgiving Assistance

St. Ann’s Catholic Parish is once again sponsoring Thanksgiving basket deliveries and now offers a pickup option. This program provides families who may be having a hard time this Thanksgiving with a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the entire family. The baskets will be delivered to your home the weekend before Thanksgiving so it is critically important that an adult representing the family be at the home between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00PM on Sunday November 20th, 2022. You may also go to St. Ann's Parish in Coppell to pick up the turkey on November 20th, from 1:00-3:00 pm. The deadline to sign up for a basket is October 21st, 2022.


Please completely fill out the form by clicking on the link below with all information requested. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.


2022 Thanksgiving Baskets

Red Ribbon Week- October 24th-28th

We encourage all learners to dress up as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week next week!
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West Care Closet

If you are interested in donating to our Campus Care Closet to assist our students with food and hygiene insecurity, please consider picking up some of our greatest needs: deodorant, non-refrigerated breakfast and lunch items, boxed milk or canned fruit and deliver them to West, OR take the simpler route, and click on the link to our Amazon list HERE.

Veterans Day Celebration

On November 9-11, we will be celebrating Veterans Day through an interactive pop-up museum on campus. Learners will visit a number of exhibits to learn more about the history of the holiday as well as members of our #westfam who have served in the United States' armed forces.


If you would like to submit information about veterans in your family so that they can be recognized in the campus museum, please fill out this Google form by Friday, October 28:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScB4HVJTS3ycNAe138GLPpwnP10KBmpMQMRhRn3jAvyGSGhbg/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Friday October 14th

Fall Weather

As cooler weather approaches, we know learners will be bringing jackets and cold weather accessories to school. We have a lost and found at the front of our building but it fills up quickly. Please encourage your learners to check the lost and found often if they've left something behind and label their belongings with their first and last name to make it easier to return it to them.

Spirit Wear Store OPEN

If you'd like to purchase any additional spirit wear, please visit the link below! Special thanks to our PTO board for all their work on this!


https://cmswpto.membershiptoolkit.com/login-form?r=%2Fpacket%2F24310

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Support for Student iPads

If your learner experiences technical difficulties, please remind them to come to us for support or to go ahead and put in a help desk ticket. If they don't know how, we will help them to put in a ticket but all repairs and troubleshooting will require a helpdesk ticket.
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October Counselor Chat

Please check out this month's Counselor Chat for resources and updates from our counselors!

Thanksgiving Baskets for Families in Need

St. Ann’s Catholic Parish is once again sponsoring Thanksgiving basket deliveries and now offers a pickup option. This program provides families who may be having a hard time this Thanksgiving with a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the entire family. The baskets will be delivered to your home the weekend before Thanksgiving so it is critically important that an adult representing the family be at the home between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00PM on Sunday November 20th, 2022. You may also go to St. Ann's Parish in Coppell to pick up the turkey on November 20th, from 1:00-3:00 pm. The deadline to sign up for a basket is October 21st, 2022.


Please completely fill out the form by clicking on the link below with all information requested. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.


2022 Thanksgiving Baskets

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Community Tailgate October 21st

CISD is offering a Flash Sale for the Oct. 21 Community Tailgate. From now until noon on Tuesday, Oct. 11, you may get a free kids meal with an adult meal purchase. Our Annual Community Tailgate will be before the Oct. 21 CHS football game vs. Hebron. The event will take place indoors at the CHS Field House in the indoor practice field. The tickets for the Dickey’s BBQ dinner are r $10 each. You may purchase your brisket or turkey sandwich boxed meal, or a baked potato vegetarian option at go.coppellisd.com/22TailgateMeal. Orders are limited. Please present your receipt at the Community Tailgate to redeem. The Dickey’s BBQ meal must be purchased in advance online by Oct. 14. Game tickets are purchased separately. The CISD Community Tailgate begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 6:30 p.m. and will feature games, a bounce house, performances from our schools and more.
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Veteran's Day

On November 9-11, we will be celebrating Veterans Day through an interactive pop-up museum on campus. Learners will visit a number of exhibits to learn more about the history of the holiday as well as members of our #westfam who have served in the United States' armed forces. If you would like to submit information about veterans in your family so that they can be recognized in the campus museum, please fill out this Google form by Friday, October 28:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScB4HVJTS3ycNAe138GLPpwnP10KBmpMQMRhRn3jAvyGSGhbg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Friday September 23rd

Start with Hello Week Sept. 26th-30th, 2022

Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and depression. As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social

development, or choose to hurt themselves or others. We can change this!

Start With Hello brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school, youth organization, and community.


Start With Hello Week is organized by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. They are focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals.


You can learn more about Start With Hello by watching this video

Start With Hello Week will be September 26-30 2022 and we encourage our students to participate in the activities included in the calendar.

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Feeder School Night @ West for Canyon Ranch, Valley Ranch, and Lee!

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Parent Spirit Wear

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West Care Closet

If you are interested in donating to our Campus Care Closet to assist our students with food and hygiene insecurity, please consider picking up some of our greatest needs: deodorant, non-refrigerated breakfast and lunch items, boxed milk or canned fruit and deliver them to West, OR take the simpler route, and click on the link to our Amazon list HERE.

Friday September 16th

Homecoming Week is Coming

In honor of the Coppell High School Homecoming, all middle school students are invited to participate in the dress up days! Please check out the graphic below for how learners can participate!
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West Care Closet

If you are interested in donating to our Campus Care Closet to assist our students with food and hygiene insecurity, please consider picking up some of our greatest needs: deodorant, non-refrigerated breakfast and lunch items, boxed milk or canned fruit and deliver them to West, OR take the simpler route, and click on the link to our Amazon list HERE.

Friday September 9th

Reporting COVID-19

As a friendly reminder, if your learner tests positive for COVID-19, please use the form linked below to report to the school.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE4ywU0f5EboO_wkZqVXv1dAIwXCVmQiwrqL-zpgzHv5FvqQ/viewform

Curriculum Night this Week- Wednesday September 14th

Please join us for Curriculum Night this coming week. Learners will fill out their class schedule for you and you'll follow their schedule going class to class learning more about their teachers and what they'll be learning.


If your learner does not fill out their schedule for you, please use this form to be ready once you arrive.


If you're unable to attend, I will be sending out a slideshow that will show you a little more about each of our teachers!

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MAP Testing this coming week

Our learners will be taking MAP test this coming week. MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress and helps us to identify how they are doing!


Science MAP will take place during their science class.


Tuesday Sept. 13th will be our MAP test in Math and

Wednesday Sept. 14th will be our MAP test in Reading


Both of these days we will follow the special schedule pictured below!

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West Care Closet

If you are interested in donating to our Campus Care Closet to assist our students with food and hygiene insecurity, please consider picking up some of our greatest needs: deodorant, non-refrigerated breakfast and lunch items, boxed milk or canned fruit and deliver them to West, OR take the simpler route, and click on the link to our Amazon list HERE.

Friday September 2nd

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Middle School Debate Club

Parents should have received an email earlier this week about a new middle school debate club.


Coppell Debate Academy offers middle school students the opportunity to attend weekly speech and debate classes and to prepare for competitive tournaments throughout the school year. Registration for 2022-23 is open through September at www.coppelldebateacademy.com. Contact Dr. Jason Sykes with any questions at jsykes@coppellisd.com.

Reporting COVID-positive Learners

If your child tests positive, you don't have to call and instead can report the positive case via the link below.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE4ywU0f5EboO_wkZqVXv1dAIwXCVmQiwrqL-zpgzHv5FvqQ/viewform

Lunch Containers

We've had several learners having lots of trouble opening their lunch containers. If you are sending a container to school with your learner, please be sure to practice at home to make sure they're able to open it on their own.


This is especially necessary if you are sending food you're trying to keep warm. If you put hot food in containers they are often sealing and becoming difficult to open. Please take a look at containers used and keep any that are hard to open at home.

Friday August 26th

Activity Bundles/School Supplies

Learners are continuing to receive their grade level shirts from PTO as part of the activity/supply bundle so many of you have purchased. We have one more batch of shirts and hoodies to hand out next week, but if you haven't yet done so, please visit the link below to pay your supply fee. If you are a family in need, please reach out to sbalarin@coppellisd.com.


https://cmswpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home


As a reminder, learners don't have a school supply list for parents to purchase supplies from. We most often use their ipads, so we have asked that everyone pay the student activity/supply fee through PTO. This will cover any classroom supplies needed.


All you need to send with learners to school are:


  • a set of earbuds
  • something to write with
  • Fully charged ipad- new students will receive their ipad at school

Learner Care Closet

If you are interested in donating to our Campus Care Closet to assist our students with food and hygiene insecurity, please consider picking up some of our greatest needs: deodorant, non-refrigerated breakfast and lunch items, boxed milk or canned fruit and deliver them to West, OR take the simpler route, and click on the link to our Amazon list HERE.

MAP Testing Coming Up!

We will administer school wide MAP testing on September 13th (Math MAP) and 14th (ELA MAP). These will be light content days with no other assessments. Science MAP will be done during class time and will not require us to have a special schedule. For 9/13 and 9/14 we will follow the schedule below.

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Curriculum Night

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Important Dates Coming Up!

Mon. Sept. 5th- no school/Labor Day

Wed. Sept. 14th- Curriculum Night 6-7:30 PM

Follow us on Social Media

Please follow our social media accounts!
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Welcome Back to School from Dr. Balarin

Good Morning!

I got married over the summer and my name has changed. For those of you that met me as Dr. Thornton, my new last name is Balarin. If you are new to West, I'll share with you that this is my 9th school year at West. I'm starting my 4th year as Principal. I was Asst. Principal for 5 years before moving into this role. I'm also starting my 16th year in education and all of those years have been in middle school. I love this age group and our entire team is here to help you through what some parents consider a difficult time in parenting. You'll see your children evolve and grow A LOT during their middle school years, and sometimes that growth and development can cause them to be moody or to push you away. All of that is normal so hang in there and know that we will love them and take great care of them!


We are so excited to welcome our learners this coming Wednesday August 17th. Our staff has been hard at work to prepare to start the school year! We will be following an alternate bell schedule this first week to make sure everyone has time to eat lunch and get any support they need. After this week we will follow our standard bell schedule.


Unfortunately, I am home this week as everyone in my house has COVID and I'm starting to show symptoms. I don't want to put any of our staff or learners at risk. If you need me, don't hesitate to reach out. My new email address is sbalarin@coppellisd.com.


For this week, and always- it's always a good idea to involve our counselors and assistant principals as a first line of defense in supporting you and your learner.


Last Names A-L

Asst. Principal- Dr. Nick Coenraad (ncoenraad@coppellisd.com)

Counselor- Mrs. Jaime Duncan (jduncan@coppellisd.com)


Last Names M-Z

Asst. Principal- Mr. Taylor Smith-Bothun (tbothun@coppellisd.com)

Counselor- Mrs. Stephanie Julian (sjulian@coppellisd.com)

Morning Pickup/Afternoon Dropoff

It is critical that all parents understand our drop off and pickup procedures to ensure the safety of our learners and staff.


For both drop off and pickup please follow the procedures below.


  • Learners may ONLY be dropped off and picked up in the front car loop at the entrance of our school off of Ranch Trail. You may not pickup or drop off in any other location unless directed to do so by our staff.
  • Always pull as far forward as possible before letting your student out of the car or stopping for them to get inside the car. Our staff will be directing you forward so please follow their directives and pull all the way forward.
  • Please stay in the far lane closest to the school against the curb during drop off and pickup. You may move around the traffic line once your child has been picked up or dropped off. Please do not cut in line.
  • Parents may not pull into the parking lot unless they have an appointment with a staff member inside the building. Please do not park and walk learners inside.
  • The line of cars on Ranch Trail can get very long. Please be patient with us. As parents learn the traffic route, it will get better. We count on everyone to help speed this up by following the directions of our staff and Dallas County Sheriff's Deputies.
  • Parents can also enter the school off of Sainstbury coming in from Denton Tap and coming around to the front of the school. As these two traffic patterns merge we ask that parents use a zipper pattern by alternating one by one to get into the line at the front of the school.


Drop off begins at 7:30 and learners must be in class in their seat at 8:10. All learners go straight to 1st period. We will allow some grace as traffic lines can be long on the first few days of school.


Pick-up begins at 3:35 school dismissal and all learners must be picked up by 4:00.

Schedule Changes

As a reminder, because of our increased enrollment and the addition of 4 teachers last week, our counselors are still working to make final adjustments to student schedules to balance out class sizes.


Please be sure to check your child's schedule and have them take a picture of it or print it at home on Wednesday morning or Tuesday night before school starts.


If you don't know how to view your child's schedule in Home Access Center, please visit this link.

Reminders for a Safe Start to School

  • Parents may not walk learners into school. All parents must stay in their car if dropping your learner off at school. Please follow our drop off and pickup procedures below.


  • All learners must arrive on a bus or be dropped off in the front car loop. If you want your learner to walk to school, please remember we have no crossing guards or safety measures. If your learner is walking, you will need to walk them across the street. This is not our recommendation for arriving to school and poses a serious safety issue.

School Supplies

As a reminder, learners don't have a school supply list for parents to purchase supplies from. We most often use their ipads, so we have asked that everyone pay the student activity/supply fee through PTO. This will cover any classroom supplies needed.


https://cmswpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home


All you need to send with learners to school are:


  • a set of earbuds
  • something to write with
  • Fully charged ipad- new students will receive their ipad at school

Buses

All learners who ride a bus will arrive at the back of our school and be picked up in the same place. We will have more instructions for learners once they arrive at school about what to do in the afternoon.


The district sent an email last week to families about transportation. If you did not receive it, this is likely because you are new to our district or enrolled late in the summer. Some of our learners will not have a bus route for the first day of school. Please see the schedule below for when you will receive your child's bus routing information so you can begin riding the bus. These dates are based on when parents completed laserfiche (formerly Powerschool) enrollment where the request for transportation was completed.

If you enrolled via laserfiche/powerschool...

  • Before July 22nd- routing information will be available on August 12th, 2022 to begin riding
  • Between July 22nd and July 29th- routing information will be available on August 22nd, 2022 to begin riding.
  • Between July 29th and August 5th- routing information will be available on August 29th, 2022 to begin riding.
  • Between August 5th and 31st- routing information will be available on September 6th, 2022 to begin riding.
  • After September 1st- routing information will be available in a normal 3 business day turnaround to begin riding.


This timeline also applies to student address changes.


Students MAY NOT ride the bus until parents get an email with their route information.
Please reach out to Durham Transportation with questions.
transportation@coppellisd.com or 972-304-8012

In addition, Durham Transportation will NOT be distributing bus passes prior to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 17. Bus passes will be distributed via the schools prior to Tuesday, September 6. Therefore, families do not need to pick up a bus pass for their children to ride the bus when school starts on August 17. Bus passes will be required starting on Tuesday, September 6.

Lunch Money

If your learner is buying lunch, please be sure to put money on your child's lunch account at https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/573.


The federal grant that provided free lunch for all PK-5th graders has ended and anyone who needs free or reduced lunch prices will need to reapply at the link above.

Yearbook/School ID Photos

Yearbook/School ID photos
I want to extend our apologies to those that waited in very long lines to have school ID and yearbook photos taken at schedule pickup. The photographer is going to offer two more opportunities to have those photos taken. If you have NOT YET had a yearbook/ID photo taken and received the school ID, you may do so at one of the times below:

Tuesday August 16th (8AM-noon) in the large gym (please enter at the back of the school)
Friday September 30th (during the school day)- parents don't need to be here

Device Protection Plan

Please be sure to Enroll in and pay the $35 fee to enroll in our device protection plan. Pay your fee and learn more about coverage at https://www.coppellisd.com/deviceplan

Recycling at West

If ever you're purging, please keep in mind that there is a clothing, shoe donation box at West near our dumpsters. If you drop items in here it goes toward some profit we make on total weight when it is emptied!
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