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Summer Scholarship Opportunity

July 8, 2016

Coppell Gifted Association is offering summer scholarships for up to 20 Coppell ISD educators for the UNT Gifted Education Summer Conference on July 28-29. You may select either the 1 day or 2 day option depending on your summer schedule. Scholarships will be offered on a first come, come first served basis.

If interested, please first email Once you receive notification that a scholarship is still available, then register yourself (using the online link below)  and receive reimbursement for your payment. Get your 6 hour GT update on your own time!

Sessions include: Teaching for Deep Learning with Gifted Students, Teaching Critical Thinking with Debate and Deep Reading Seminars, It’s More than Technology: Engaged and Connected Learning, and Teaching for Creativity and Innovation.  Space is limited. Register today!

Details about the conference and online registration link:

2015-16 Creative Writing Book Release Party Pics

April 15, 2016

We had a great time at the 2015-16 Creative Writing Book Release Party. Special thanks to Asim RoyChowdhury for providing us with these pictures.


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Meet the 2016 CISD School Board Candidates

April 11, 2016

Candidate Information:


There are eight candidates running for three school board positions this spring.  The CGA posed several questions to the  candidates running this year.    The questions were:

  1.  Tell us a little about yourself and why you’ve decided to run for a school board position.
  2. What unique qualities would you bring to the school board?
  3. How have you been involved with Coppell ISD prior to running for school board?
  4. What do you see as the biggest challenges for the district in the next five years?
  5. Are you in support of the Coppell ISD bond that has been proposed?
  6. How important is serving the needs of gifted kids?
  7. How does Coppell ISD currently serve gifted kids and how does that compare to other districts?

Leigh Walker and Mary Duran are running for Place 1.  Jill Popelka, Bac Nguyen and Jonathan Kirby are running for Place 2.  Anthony Hill, Ron Hansen and Pankaj Jain are running for Place 3.  So you can read the complete response from each candidate, we have placed their responses into their own page, and the links are below:

Leigh Walker’s Responses (Place 1)

Mary Duran’s Responses (Place 1)

Jill Popelka’s Responses (Place 2)

Bac Nguyen’s Responses (Place 2)

Jonathan Kirby’s Responses (Place 2)

Anthony Hill’s Responses (Place 3)

Ron Hansen’s Responses (Place 3)

Pankaj Jain’s Responses (Place 3)

Please note that Coppell Gifted Association does not support or endorse any candidate and offers these responses as a service to its members to help you make an informed decision on Election Day.  Regardless of who you support, please get out there and have your voice heard on May 7th.

Any grammatical or spelling errors within the candidates responses are their own – we’ve simply compiled their answers as submitted.

Voting Information:



Early Voting

April 25-May 3

Election Day – May 7 (Sat)

Early voting locations will be at Coppell Town Center, Vonita White Admin Building, Valley Ranch Public Library,  as well as other locations in Dallas County.  To see the complete list of early voting sites,  please click here.  On Election Day, you must vote in your precinct.  To find your precinct, visit the Dallas County Elections website.








Creative Writing Competition Continues…

April 5, 2016

As published in the Coppell Gazette, April 5, 2016:

The Coppell Gifted Association Creative Writing Competition is in its eighth year, and in that time it has seen a host of talented young writers, from grades 3-12, enter their work. The competition has been a tremendous encouragement to many aspiring authors, giving them a chance to get their work out there and even read selections aloud at the annual book release party.

“I started the competition in 2008. We were concerned that standardized testing and writing prompts had resulted in less emphasis on creative writing. We hoped that by creating a competition that celebrated these talented young authors, it would encourage them to continue to tell their stories and inspire them to find their voice,” said founder Elizabeth Chappell.

In the beginning, there were only three judges and two of them, Matt Bowden and Kim Smith, still remain, reading new bouts of entries every year. The competition has grown since 2008.

“I think we had a little over 100 entries — many of them hand written!  The original categories were Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Script and Fan Fiction,” Chappell said.

Over the years, the categories have shrunk to just two: Story and Poetry, and is only open to students in grades 4-12. But in every other way it has grown. This year they have received 677 entries and have 38 judges to read them.

“It is amazing to think of how many students have submitted their work over the years, and how many may have been inspired to continue writing,” Chappell said.

“I first submitted my work in the first year and continued to do so all the way until I graduated high school in 2013, winning several 1st place and honorable mentions along the way. It was a tremendous encouragement to me as a young writer still finding her footing,” Aimee Hyndman said.

This year, Hyndman is returning to the CGA Book Release Party but in a different way. This past September, her first book, HOUR OF MISCHIEF, a Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy novel was published by Curiosity Quills Press.

“While writing was always my passion, the CGA Creative Writing Competition gave me the confidence and practice I needed for when I eventually started submitting my work to agents and publishers,” Hyndman said.

“There is a tremendous amount of talent in this town and I know that some of these kids will be joining me someday soon as published authors. On that day, I’m sure they will look back as fondly on this opportunity as I did. We owe this competition, and especially Elizabeth Chappell, a lot,” Hyndman said.

If you would like to come to the book release party, stop by the CHS Commons on April 11 in the CHS Commons starting at 5:45 p.m. where there will be readings from the winners and from Hyndman’s book, as well as copies available for sale.

Creative Writing Competition 2015-16 Results

February 18, 2016

Congratulations to all of the passionate student writers who entered the 8th Annual CGA Creative Writing Competition! Over 45 judges have spent the last two months reviewing the story and poetry entries. We wholeheartedly thank the judges for their time, dedication and effort.


All pre-ordered Finalist Books will be distributed at the:

CGA Book Release Party

April 11, 2016

at CHS Commons

5:45p start

Books are available for pickup starting at 5:30p

  • 1st Place recipients will have the opportunity to read a brief (4 minute) excerpt of their winning story.
  • Honorable Mentions and 1st place winners will be called to the stage for recognition and photo opportunities.
  • Students who are published in the book may enter a drawing at the party for a GoPro Hero video camera. Must be present to win.
  • Guest speaker: Aimee Hyndman, CHS graduate and published author.

We will need your parent’s permission for your entry to be published in the book. They can go to

Click here to order books.

Creative Writing Results coming very soon

February 14, 2016

The Creative Writing Competition 2015-16 results have not been released yet — they will be published by Friday, Feb 19, 2016. We had some issues this year that slowed our process. Thank you for your patience. We are back on track. This is how the week will unfold:

Step 1) Results will be sent to schools. Students who received 1st Place or Honorable Mention will receive certificates. Students will also receive any comments provided by the judges. Elementary age students will also receive participation certificates.

Step 2) Results will be published on the CGA website.

The results recently posted in the CISD Inspired are not the results from the 2015-16 CGA competition. Those results were posted in error. I apologize for all of the confusion that this has caused. We are trying to find out what happened and address the situation.

Thank you for supporting creative writing and encouraging these amazing young minds to find their voices and share their stories and poems.

I look forward to seeing you on April 11 at our BOOK RELEASE PARTY.

Elizabeth Chappell
CGA Competition Coordinator

Gifted Matters – February 2016

February 5, 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Gifted Matters, the newsletter for CGA members.  Each edition features articles for parents, teachers and the CISD community at large.

We are into the second semester of the school year already. Hope you are enjoying your February. We have some fun events planned for you.

Family Event:  Laughs Guaranteed with Kidprov!

KidprovMonday, February 22, 2016

6:30PM – 8:00 PM

An interactive show for parents and students, aged kindergarten and up

Cost: Free/Members and $5/Nonmembers

Coppell Middle School North – Cafeteria

Registration is required for all CGA members and non-members. Click here for more information on the event and to register.

Student Enrichment: Ideas Worth Spreading

Have a student in 6th-8th grade interested in developing their public speaking skills?  Check out this Student Enrichment opportunity!

Ideas Worth Spreading

Presented by: Elisa Farrell

March 4th (4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

March 5th (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; parent presentations beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Coppell Middle School North

$50.00 for CGA Members

Pre-Registration is Required

Click here for the details on this exciting  event.


Comprehensive Solutions for Complex Global Problems

Calling all students (and their parents) in grades 6th-12th!

Join us for this presentation on creating effective solutions in a global environment.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Coppell High School – Lecture Hall

6:30 p.m.

Free for CGA members; $5 for non-members

Click here for details on the speaker and the event

Summer MOSAIC 2016 – Member Registration Openmosaic-logo

Coppell Gifted Association is excited to be planning our ninth summer of local enrichment courses as a service to students with proceeds to be used for educator training in gifted instruction.  MOSAIC Classes are for students who will be entering 4th-8th grade in the fall of 2016.

Registration for MOSAIC 2016 will open for CGA members on February 1st.  The “members only” period of registration will be until February 22nd; and registration will open for non-members on February 23rd.  To qualify as a member for the “members only” registration period, you must have joined CGA on or before January 31, 2016.

For more information on the dates, Courses offered and registration, go to the Summer Mosaic 2016 page.

 CGA Library

Did you know that CGA has a library? We have a collection of books on academic enrichment, parenting, advocacy, and meeting the needs of the gifted. We also have the acclaimed 2 Million Minutes series on DVD. Sound interesting?

Browse our selection by selecting the “Members Only” tab above and click on “Library.” Here is the direct link to our library. Please contact for the membership password to browse the “Members only” section.

Remember: Books and DVDs are only available for our members — just another reason to join CGA!

We hope that you will enjoy the information included in this newsletter and find it useful. We’d love to have your feedback on how we are doing, and what you’d like to read about in the future. Email us, comment on the blog or Facebook, or contact your campus rep; we’d love to hear from you.