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Reminder: 12:15 p.m. Early Release Dec. 15th
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Reminder, Mockingbird will have early release for schools prior to the Winter Break. On Friday, Dec. 15, Mockingbird will release at 12:15 p.m.

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MKB 4th Grader Akshara Pillai Wins CISD Holiday Card Competition
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Each year, Coppell ISD holds a Holiday Greeting Card competition among the elementary art students throughout the district. This year’s winner is Akshara Pillai, a fourth grader, from Mockingbird Elementary School. Her card design was used to create the official Coppell ISD greeting card from Superintendent Brad Hunt and the Board of Trustees. Akshara was presented with a gift and some greeting cards for her family to share, and was recognized by the CISD Board as of Trustees at the regular Board meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017.

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Akshara Pillai’s design serves as the cover of the 2017 Coppell ISD Holiday Card.

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Superintendent Brad Hunt, left, announced Akshara Pillai, center, 4th grade student at Mockingbird Elementary, as the Coppell ISD Holiday Card Competition winner this week. Pictured with them are Mockingbird Art Teacher, Terese Kitts, and Principal Laura Flynn.

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MKB TOY Drive Now Through Dec. 15th
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Mockingbird is having a toy drive. You can help by bringing new unwrapped toys. A box will be located in the front office area.

All donations will go to the Coppell Lions Club and will help local families in Coppell ISD. The last day to donate items will be Friday, December 15th.

Thank you for your helping those in need!

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Mavericks of the Week for Dec. 8, 2017
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Congratulations to this week’s Mavericks of the Week!

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From left: Lauren Sanchez, Khaliopy Haun-Granado, Sam Marsh, Aarueshii Sripathy, Josh Sell and Omar Firdaus.

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Ms. Perryman Receives Education Foundation Grant
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

On Tuesday, December 5, the Coppell ISD Education Foundation surprised CISD teachers by awarding grants with balloons and big checks. Mockingbird Elementary’s Kristan Perryman received $1,121 for “Lights, Camera, Learn.” This grant funds equipment for the school’s MKB Studio, including: lights, light stands, microphones, and a teleprompter. The equipment will aid student in creating the daily morning announcements, as well as improve the quality of our student created learning videos and project. Visit www.coppellisdef.com/current-year-grants to read about all grants funded this year.

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Take the Strategic Design Questionnaire
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

The next phase of CISD’s Strategic Design Effort is underway. The Strategic Design Questionnaire is now available to complete online. This is your opportunity to share your voice, input and perspectives about the current state of and future desires for the district. The anonymous questionnaire is available here and takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you have multiple roles within the district; we encourage you to take the survey more than once, to represent the roles you fill — such as once as a staff member and/or once as a parent or former student, etc.The questionnaire is available in English, Spanish and Telugu.

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2018-2019 Calendar Input Requested
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Your input is important as Coppell ISD considers calendar options for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Please express your preference between Option 1 and Option 2, by taking the district’s survey at https://survey.k12insight.com/r/ulaYdL now through Jan. 5. The CISD Board of Trustees will approve a calendar for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 at its meeting January 22, 2018. The option selected for 2018-2019 will be duplicated for 2019-2020. Details about the two calendar options, and what makes each different, can be found here. In addition to voting via the survey above, you also may email additional feedback to input@coppellisd.com.

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Coppell ISD Winter Break Dec. 18-Jan. 2
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Coppell ISD will be closed for Winter Break Dec. 18 – Jan. 2. The district will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2, which is a professional development day and no school for students. Students will return to school on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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MKB Calendar - Upcoming Dates 2017
Published: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 08:36AM CST

Dec. 4-15: MKB Toy Drive
Dec. 15: Milk and cookies with Mrs. Flynn and Mrs. Perryman
Dec. 15: Holiday Class Parties
Dec. 15: Early Release (12:15 p.m.)
Dec. 18 – Jan. 2: Winter Break
Jan. 3: Back to School

View the CISD Calendar at https://www.coppellisd.com/Page/2

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Buy StuCo 'Jingles' for $1 Dec. 5 - 12 for Delivery Dec. 14
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

Students may purchase “Jingles” for their Mockingbird friends or faculty for $1 from StuCo in front of the office from 7:20 to 7:40 a.m. Dec. 5 – 12. Parents may purchase “Jingles” for their children at the same time or by sending a completed form – which was sent home in folders Dec. 1 – to your child’s homeroom teacher. All “Jingles” will be delivered on the morning of Dec. 14th!

All proceeds will be donated to charity.

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Congratulations to MKB Teacher of the Year Mrs. Shelby Thompson
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

Congratulations to Mrs. Shelby Thompson, KD, for being Mockingbird’s Teacher of the Yea! Mrs. Thompson has taught at Mockingbird for 5 years. She is known for her kindness, dedication and caring to her students, colleagues and profession. Congratulations Mrs. Thompson!

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Ms. Perryman, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Flynn.

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Mavericks of the Week for Dec. 1, 2017
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

Congratulations to this week’s Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row: Rachel Arrington
Front Row, from left: Michael Wang, Kanishk Satarkar, Myles Jernigan, Violet Barboza and Makena Carroll

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CISD Strategic Design Education Summit Dec. 6
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

Coppell ISD is embarking on a new district Strategic Design initiative to help CISD create its next set of priorities from which all efforts will be aligned. Since the district is nearing the end of its last strategic plan, Pinnacle 2020, this effort is timely and will give the district a renewed vision for the upcoming years.

Help provide input on this effort by attending CISD’s Strategic Design Education Summits Wednesday, Dec. 6 at New Tech High @Coppell from 6 to 8 p.m.

Coppell ISD stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and the Coppell community, are invited to attend one of the summits, which will prepare the audience to consider their values and vision for education. Additional phases of the Strategic Design process include an online questionnaire, one-on-one interviews, and district and market research.

Details about the phases of the district’s Strategic Design process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/strategicdesign.

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Durham Bus Tracking App Now Available
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

CISD’s school bus partner, Durham School Services, is launching a phone and web application that will allow parents and guardians to securely track the location of their child(ren)’s bus in relationship to their assigned bus stop and school. The app allows parents and guardians to view multiple stops on an assigned route, including the scheduled arrival time for each stop and arrival at school. This service is free and voluntary.

To download the app on any of your devices, visit www.durhamschoolservices.com/durhambustracker. You will need your child(ren)’s school issued ID number, last name and to select “Coppell, TX” as your location to sign up. For any additional information, please visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/15154.

Also, don’t forget all “Pay to Ride” bus students must have their Pink Spring Bus Pass no later than Tuesday, January 16th in order to continue bus service! Visit www.coppellisd.com/Page/15121 for instructions on how to renew.

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Coppell Gifted Association - Creative Writing Competition Deadline Dec. 8
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

10th Annual Creative Writing Competition 2017-2018

Share your talents and enter your creative prose for a chance to win and be
published! The works from all contest winners will be published in a book to be
released in Spring, 2018

  • DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 8, 2017.
  • CGA membership required for students who do not attend Coppell ISD schools.
  • For rules and additional details, go to www.coppellgifted.org.
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NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar by Dec. 8
Published: Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 07:04AM CST

Red & Black Super Star is a program started by the Coppell Education Foundation to recognize elementary and middle school students and CISD employees.

NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH at 5PM!

  • Elementary school parents can submit nominations near the end of each 9-week grading period for any CISD staff member on their elementary school campus they feel deserves recognition.
  • This could be for going above and beyond for a student or co-worker, ability to inspire, dedication to their profession and/or commitment to mentoring students or colleagues.
  • At the end of each grading period, at every elementary school, one to two CISD employees will be selected from all the nominations to receive a Red & Black Super Star award.
  • Please click here to submit your nomination by the December 8th (5PM) deadline.
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Box Tops Collected THIS THURSDAY - Nov. 30th
Published: Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 07:55AM CST

The next box tops collection will be Thursday, Nov. 30th, and the class with the most Box Tops collected will be notified Dec. 6th.

We have new and exciting Box Tops competitions this year. We will be collecting Box Tops by classroom and the class who has collected the most will win a surprise from the “BoxTop Grab bag."

Your child can bring in any number of Box Tops this year, there is no need to wait until you have 50! Mockingbird raised more than $1,000 last year, and we want to see if we can raise even more this year! Make sure when you are clipping your Box Tops to not cut off the manufacturer number or the expiration date. If you have any questions contact Melissa Watson at mkb.vicepresident@gmail.com

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Mockingbird Spirit Night at Spring Creek BBQ is Monday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Published: Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 07:55AM CST

Date: Monday, Dec. 4th
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 571 E. Round Grove Road in Lewisville

Please join us at Spring Creek BBQ for a delicious dinner and the chance to enjoy our Mockingbird family! In addition, our staff will be serving hot rolls and smiles for all from 5-9 p.m.!

Spring Creek will donate 20% of all the evening’s proceeds to the Mockingbird PTO!

Students and families, as you enter, please sign in at the front door with a Spring Creek employee. The class with the highest attendance will receive a prize given by Spring Creek BBQ! Wow! A great dinner, time with friends, a chance to be served by your teachers … sounds like a perfect evening! Y’all come on down and join in the fun!

We look forward to a wonderful evening of food, family, friends, and fun!

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Mavericks of the Week for Nov. 17, 2017
Published: Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 07:55AM CST

Congratulations to this week’s Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Akshajram Kurva, Isheeta Bajjuri and Sai Priya Kasiraman
Front row, from left: Aditya Pathak, Anusha Patki and Henry Webb

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CISD Launches Strategic Design efforts, 1st Education Summit Nov. 30
Published: Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 07:55AM CST

Coppell ISD is embarking on a new district Strategic Design initiative to help CISD create its next set of priorities from which all efforts will be aligned.

Since the district is nearing the end of its last strategic plan, Pinnacle 2020, this effort is timely and will give the district a renewed vision for the upcoming years.

The district will kick off its Strategic Design efforts with Education Summits:

  • Thursday, Nov. 30 at Richard J. Lee Elementary from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 4 at Coppell’s William T. Cozby Public Library from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 at New Tech High @Coppell from 6 to 8 p.m.

Coppell ISD stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and the Coppell community, are invited to attend one of the summits, which will prepare the audience to consider their values and vision for education. Additional phases of the Strategic Design process include an online questionnaire, one-on-one interviews, and district and market research.

Details about the phases of the district’s Strategic Design process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/strategicdesign.

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Don't Forget to Pre-Order Your Yearbook!
Published: Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 07:55AM CST

Parents,

Don’t forget to pre-order your yearbook! We always sell out, so please plan on ordering yours soon!

The almost 90 page all color yearbook is $23 (Until Jan. 1st, and then the price goes up to $25) and can only be purchased at Jostens.com. Click here and choose Mockingbird Elementary – Coppell, TX.

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Share Your Pictures for Yearbook with ReplayIt App
Published: Tue, Nov 28, 2017, 07:55AM CST

The Yearbook Committee needs your help with pictures for the yearbook. If you have some great pictures from a field trip or anything that went on at Mockingbird this school year, please feel free to share via the Replay App, available for download via Itunes or Google Play stores. Please take a few moments to upload photos that you have taken directly to the Mockingbird yearbook site on the App. Pictures taken outside of Mockingbird that were not field trip related will not be approved. Please do not upload blurry pictures as those will not be considered at all for the yearbook.

Our goal on the yearbook committee is to make sure that every child is in the yearbook at least three times, if not more. We would love to see your pictures since we do not go on the field trips for every grade level.

Step 1 – Upload REPLAY IT app via the Itunes or Google Play.

Step 2 – you will need to type in – Mockingbird Elementary

Step 3 – you will need to create an account using your email and a password of your choosing.

Our Mockingbird ReplayIt account is password protected so you will be asked for a separate password for the school which is – mkbyearbook

The committee is looking forward to seeing some really great photos!

If you have any questions please email mockingbirdyearbook@gmail.com.

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PTO Meeting TONIGHT (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. in the Library
Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 07:50AM CST

Please plan to join us for our next PTO meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the library. All MKB parents and guardians are welcome!

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Mavericks of the Week for Nov. 10, 2017
Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 07:50AM CST

Congratulations to this week’s Mavericks of the Week!

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Back row, from left: Rhea Rajan, Brady Watson and Soham Guha.
Front row, from left: Laith Jamal, Asher Hamlin and Emme Benton.

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Family Feast Drive Nov. 17
Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 07:50AM CST

For 14 years, CISD has collected food for families in need around Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars to donate canned foods or non-perishable foods at Mockingbird on Friday, Nov. 17, for the CISD Family Feast Drive! You also may make an online donation here. Last year, CISD collected 12,397 pounds of food and $13,708 for a total of 51,454 nutritious meals for those in need in North Texas.

Also, you can make a donation using this link to give Mockingbird credit!
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5th Annual MKB "Great Rakesgiving" Set for Nov. 17th
Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 07:50AM CST
On November 17th, all learners and staff from Mockingbird will participate in our fourth annual “Great Rakesgiving.” On the day of the “Great Rakesgiving,” all Mockingbird learners will go to homes in the neighborhood near our school to rake their leaves as a way of showing gratitude for all their support.

On the morning of November 17th, all learners will meet with their buddy class and go to their assigned locations to rake. We will bag the leaves and leave them for collection. We would like all learners to come dressed for the weather and ready to work on the 17th.

Mockingbird is providing the bags, but we could use your help. If you have any of the following items that you can send (labeled with their name) to school for your child to use on the 17th, it would be greatly appreciated…gardening gloves, a rake, small broom, and/or dust pan for scooping leaves.

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Last Chance to Check Lost and Found
Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 07:50AM CST

Have your children check Lost and Found for missing items! We will be bagging up everything in the Lost and Found on Friday to donate to those less fortunate. Items from Lost and Found have been placed on the steps in the cafeteria for students to look for their items. Please remind them to do so!

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Red and Black Fundraising Campaign Ends Nov. 17
Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 07:50AM CST

The Coppell Education Foundation’s 2017 annual Red & Black annual fundraising campaign will run for only one more week – wrapping up November 17th. Each year, the Foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars to CISD schools in the form of teacher requested grants for use in their classroom. Help us to build on our legacy of supporting educational excellence to benefit all our students and campuses by donating today!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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MOCKINGBIRD VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Published: Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 01:45PM CST

Please feel free to invite the Veterans and First Responders important in your lives to join us in the Mockingbird Elementary Gymnasium at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10th. The program will be led by Mockingbird Elementary Student Council Officers, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Our 2nd graders will also be performing. CUB SCOUTS AND GIRL SCOUTS, WEAR YOUR UNIFORMS!*

We want to invite all local veterans and First Responders that are special to our Mockingbird learners to join us! Please use the link below to RSVP so that we are able to honor all veterans in attendance. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please complete if you are attending the assembly:

https://goo.gl/forms/eTLg61opKLN8jeiz1

Please complete if you are a veteran or are bringing a veteran as an honored guest:

https://goo.gl/forms/3lZguTegxtMSRstQ2

We look forward to honoring our Veterans and First Responders together.

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Mavericks of the Week for Nov. 3, 2017
Published: Mon, Nov 6, 2017, 01:45PM CST

Congratulations to this week’s Mavericks of the Week!

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Pictured from left: Dane Goodman, Rishabh Solanki, Lina Shaikh, Davy Thomas, Henry Simpson and Abubakr Jaber