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Cooper Review, Cindy Roller

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, discusses the "Guardian Plan" passed recently by the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees.  It will allow trained volunteers, including teachers and staff, to carry concealed weapons. Also, Cindy and Carmen Chessher, Cooper realtor, discuss plans for the monthly "Cruisin' the Bricks" event Saturday evening, June 30. 

Cooper ISD Enacts Guardian Plan

Jun 14, 2018
Cooper ISD is fortunate to have volunteers for the Guardian Plan as a layer of protection for school.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District will be making some dramatic safety changes when the bell rings on the first day of school this Fall. Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger will be sending out a notice to parents and community on how the safety and well-being of the students and staff is of “utmost importance” to their school district.

With this being stated, the District will be participating in the “Guardian Plan” which allows for the arming of select staff member (s) on school grounds as one layer of protection.

New Face Takes Helm At Cooper Elementary

Jun 14, 2018
Melissa Johnson will be officially welcomed at a reception on Tuesday, June 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the elementary.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District recently announced the candidate selected to replace Lynn Byrd as the Cooper Elementary Principal. Mrs. Byrd retired at the end of this year.

“I’m pleased to announce we have found an inspirational candidate for our elementary principal position: Mrs. Melissa Johnson,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “Melissa is an enthusiastic and passionate leader with a servant’s heart. She is dedicated to guiding teachers and students to succeed while inspiring an insatiable passion for learning in both.”

Graduates Urged To 'Make A Difference'

Jun 6, 2018
Valedictorian Mercedes Valdez compared graduation to the poem, "The Road Less Traveled."
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper High School Class of 2018 took their last look around the halls before taking those steps across the stage to the next stage in their lives. Friday night, May 25, 2018 there was 63 students who turned their tassels and received their diplomas as they completed another life milestone.

Third ranking senior of the Class of 2018 Gabriel Rowe gave the opening remarks and welcomed the full audience of supporters. The Star Spangled Banner was performed by the senior band members.

Cooper OAP Performs Monday, April 2

Mar 29, 2018
The public is invited to see the Radium Girls play performed by the Cooper High School One Act Play performers.
CISD

The Cooper High School One Act Play will be performing their play, Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, for the community on Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m.

Cooper ISD Releases New Calendar

Mar 29, 2018
Cooper ISD released the 2018-2019 school year calendar.
CISD

Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the new upcoming 2018-2019 school calendar and holidays. Calendar example “B” was selected and approved. Spring Break will be late in March to coordinate with Texas A&M University in Commerce.

School will begin on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Christmas holiday will be from Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and Spring Break will be March 18-22, 2019. Graduation will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Farm-to-Market Road 1529 (Country Club Road) in Delta County has been closed due to flood waters.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

School will be delayed again on Friday with 10 a.m. start due to flash flooding following over five inches of rain falling in Delta County and the surrounding areas. Even the planned Skywarn class on Tuesday evening was canceled due to weather.

Cooper ISD announced Wednesday afternoon that classes on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. for the driving safety of buses and students. There are several low-lying roads closed due to flooding.

New AD/Head Bulldog Football Coach Rod Castorena was recently welcomed by staff, students, and community.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District officially welcomed Coach Rod Castorena to the Bulldog family following the special called Board of Trustees meeting. He was provided a “meet and greet” reception on last Monday evening at the Cooper High School library.

Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger said they reviewed almost 200 applications.

Cooper ISD Rates Superior

Jan 5, 2018

In a recent meeting of the Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees it was announced the District received a “perfect score” for the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).

Board President Thomas Darden gave credit to the CISD business office for the success.

“It was a perfect score,” said CISD Board President Thomas Darden. “We are doing a good job.”

Slideshow: God Bless U.S.A. - Veterans Day Program

Nov 16, 2017
eteran Eddie Cavanaugh stands and salutes as his name is called in recognition by the NHS students.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The annual Veteran’s Day program hosted by the Cooper High School National Honor Society is always special event extended from the school district to the community.

The Mighty Maroon Band performed moving and emotional pieces including the National Anthem, Armed Forces Salute, Amazing Grace last Friday, Nov. 10. Performing TAPS was Gabriel Rowe and Mercedes Valdez.

Review Honored By Cooper ISD

Sep 14, 2017
Cooper Independent School District honored Cooper Review and its editor Cindy Roller, who has earned this title for the last six years as editor.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Media representatives from more than 420 Texas newspapers, radio and television stations, and online publications were named to the 2016-17 Media Honor Roll by their local school districts. Sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the Media Honor Roll program recognizes reporters statewide for fair, accurate, and balanced reporting of news about public schools.

Selections for honors by the Cooper Independent School District included Cooper Review and its editor Cindy Roller, who has earned this title for the last six years as editor.

Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger gave thanks to  Roller for covering the news for their students.

Bettes Honored With Lifetime Ag Membership

Sep 1, 2017
Sam Bettes given Honorary Lifetime Membership by Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association President Shane Crafton.
VATAT

Retired Cooper Independent School District agricultural instructor Sam Bettes was honored by his peers of the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (VATAT).

Backpacks may be brought to East Delta Baptist Church or placed in the donation barrels at Hoity Toity or the Beauty Depot in downtown Cooper.
Gwendolyn Savage

East Delta Baptist Church, in partnership with local area churches, is reaching out to families of financially disadvantaged children attending school in the Cooper ISD by providing new clothing at the beginning of each school year.

Starting school in a new suit of clothes can build confidence, boost morale, and help children feel equipped to succeed in their studies.

Head Start Director Janet Walker and Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd display a "Champions For Kids" banner with the photos of the Cooper ISD School Board of Trustees as Dallas Cowboys football players in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees were honored at the January regular meeting for School Board Appreciation Month with gift baskets filled with homemade goodies along with a Cowboys-themed banner depicting each Board member.

Cooper ISD Honors Trio of Principals

Oct 20, 2016
Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd, Junior High Principal Julie Silman and High School Principal Richard Roan were all honored at Monday night's Cooper ISD Board of Trustees meeting for Principal Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Elementary, Junior High and High School Principals at Cooper Independent School District were given appreciation at Monday night’s regular Board meeting. Lynn Byrd, Julie Silman and Richard Roan were presented certificates by Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger and Board of Trustees President Thomas Darden as well as framed art as a gift.

“We have three awesome principals!” said Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “We appreciate your hard work, how you care about the students and do what is best for our kids. You are doing a fantastic job.” Darden agreed with Hohenberger in celebration of Principal Appreciation Month.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Hohenberger reported that enrollment is holding steady in the 820 range.

Delta Hope House Passes Annual Audit

Oct 20, 2016
Delta Hope House Operations Director Laura Gillean, Distribution Director Ethel Nethery and Treasurer Patricia Smith are praised by with the NTFB auditor, Suzie Hayes.
Courtesy Photo / Delta Hope House

Delta Hope House passed its annual audit from the North Texas Food Bank.

The Delta Hope House Operations Director is Laura Gillean, Distribution Director is Ethel Nethery, and Treasurer is Patricia Smith.

Paris Junior College's service area includes all or part of six Texas counties.
Paris Junior College

A public hearing meeting was held last Thursday evening hosted by Paris Junior College on the proposed expansion of the district service plan for Delta, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar and Red River counties as well as Fannindel and Honey Grove Independent School Districts.

This expansion would result in a property tax rate, services and programs for residents of these areas.

Audio/Video Production Courses Arrive at Cooper High

Apr 21, 2016
Cooper High School student Elly Galvan is holding the video camera.
Delinda Leatherwood / Cooper ISD

This coming year Cooper High School will be expanding Career and Technical courses to include Audio/Video Production. Students will explore both studio and field television production techniques with hands on instruction in videography, lighting, producing, directing and editing.

CISD Renews Teacher Contracts, Approves New Hires

Apr 21, 2016
Cooper ISD

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees renewed all teachers’ contracts in last week’s meeting.

“We are thankful for a terrific faculty that keeps the focus on the learning needs of our students,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger, very excitedly.

The Cooper ISD Board of Trustees approved the hybrid 2016-17 upcoming school calendar.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper ISD Board of Trustees recently renewed the principal and administration contracts during a regular meeting while also approving the “hybrid” calendar for the 2016-17 school year. Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger said they did a direct email to parents for input and few responses were received but of those most were favorable. She said the staff “overwhelmingly preferred” this calendar as it makes the “best use of new minute requirements.” It was passed unanimously by the Board and is believed it corresponds with Texas A&M University-Commerce’s proposed schedule.

Physics Day Offered To Cooper Students

Dec 15, 2015
Cooper students (from left) Spencer Raney, Zach Blish and Bailey Reynolds were offered a Physics Day at TAMU-C.
Cooper ISD

Three Cooper ISD Physics students were invited to Physics Day at Texas A&M University-Commerce in November.

Veterans Day Recap: A Salute To All Soldiers

Nov 19, 2015
Red Henderson Post 483 honored Veterans at the memorial by the Delta County Courthouse.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County along with Cooper ISD showed their appreciation to Veterans last Wednesday, Nov. 11. The morning began with a special program put on annually by the Cooper High School National Honor Society. The Hopkins County Military Coalition performed the prelude and posting of the Colors.

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the grand opening celebration of the PPF Cotton Gin and warehouse, Thursday afternoon north of Cooper on Highway 24.  Also, special guest Cooper ISD superintendent Denicia Hohenberger says the Cooper schools met all of the Texas Education Agency academic standards in the latest testing, and also received a perfect score in the state's Financial Integrity Rating System.  Finally, the annual Chiggerfest celebration in Cooper will be

CHS to host Stew Cook-off

Oct 22, 2015

Keith Cook, Cooper High School principal, just announced the upcoming Annual Stew Cook-off for this Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Homecoming Parade has been moved to Tuesday evening, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Following a home turf victory the Cooper High School Bulldog fans have even more to cheer about coming next week as fun activities are planned.

Originally planned for Monday the Homecoming Parade will now be on Tuesday, Sept. 22 due to the Trustees meeting and Flex Day.

Cooper High School ag teacher Sam Bettes receives his 40 year Tenure Award  from Jack Winterrowd, Ag teacher from Cedar Park and President of the VATAT.
Courtesy Photo

Cooper High School teacher Sam Bettes was one of those honored for his 40-year tenure at the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (VATAT) annual Professional Development Conference recently held in Waco, Texas.

Rise and shine, welcome to school this week

Aug 27, 2015

Students and school staff rose to the occasion this week as school is back in session. Cooper Independent School District staff and administration have been hard at work making the transition a pleasant experience for parents and students, alike.

Cooper High School sets 2015 Orientation

Aug 5, 2015
Cooper High School sets orientation for Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 6-7 p.m. in the cafeteria.
CISD / Facebook

Cooper High School students in grades nine through 12th need to mark their calendars for Tuesday, Aug. 11 for the 2015 orientation offered by the school from 6 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Cooper ISD unveils new website, more new hires

Jul 30, 2015
Cooper ISD's new and improved website
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District hasn’t taken much of a summer break. In fact the District and its staff has been giving, not only the campuses, but the school’s website some facelifts.

Cooper ISD teachers to receive competitive pay

May 21, 2015
Trustees Mandy Freeman, Jeff Phifer and Darren Braddy were sworn in by Delta County Judge Jason Murray at Monday night's meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School Board of Trustees agreed to keep the pay scale for teachers competitive in light of House Bill 2543 which could classroom teachers from under the protected minimum pay scale currently set at $2,732 per month by the state if it passes. The minimum pay at Cooper ISD will be $33,000 for a first year teacher for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

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