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Principal Updates
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

Parents and Learners,

October is definitely a busy month at New Tech and we are excited about the opportunities this week for you to join us in the learning and the fun! Please see this week’s newsletter for Red Ribbon week dress up themes, info about Haunted House and Punkin Chunkin, and more!

Before I share the link (newsletter link is at the bottom of this email), parents please read the information below from Ms. Brassfield regarding volunteers to host job shadowing and internships. Hope y’all have a great week!

Steffany Batik

Principal, New Tech High @ Coppell

Dear New Tech Parents,

We are looking for help in providing job shadowing experiences for our junior and senior learners. As part of our graduation requirements learners participate in career exploration by shadowing professionals in an occupation of their choice. Learners and their families are primarily responsible for finding these opportunities but several have requested help in this process.

If you, or someone you know, would be willing to host a learner for 10 to 15 hours at your place of business, please let me know! We have students interested in a variety of careers, so any occupation could be a possibility for a valuable experience for a learner. In particular, we have a large number of learners who want to shadow in the areas of programming or game design, engineering, medicine, law, graphic design, business/finance and psychology. Thank you for your support as we work to ensure our graduates are college and career ready.

Norrie Brassfield
Instructional Coach
New Tech High@Coppell

Newsletter link:

Punkin Chunkin October 26, 2017
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

Welcome to the annual Punkin Chunkin and Haunted House, hosted by New Tech High @ Coppell!!! This year’s event will feature 5 science demonstrations including our most famous: Punkin’ Chunkin’!!! The Punkin’ Chunkin’ itself is a demonstration conducted by Physics 1 learners who are attempting to launch a pumpkin the farthest using either a team built catapult or trebuchet. Below you will find information about the various events offered on this night. The Punkin’s will start Chunkin’ at 5:00pm and our fall festival will open at 5:30pm. We look forward to seeing our community there!

Full details here.

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New Tech High @ Coppell History...
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

This year marks the 10th anniversary of New Tech High @ Coppell. To commemorate this occasion, HotSync will feature articles and trivia about the school, such as the first class, the ‘Stampede’, and interviews, etc.

The following article was originally printed in the May 2013 Citizens Advocate in the Opinion section.

“When recruiting for New Tech High @ Coppell, I was always asked: “How is New Tech preparing you for college?” Through four recruitment seasons my response was always: “We are learning to collaborate, lead, communicate, problem solve and a dozen other ‘21st Century Skills.’ All of which should, without a doubt, help us excel in every aspect beyond high school.” But to be honest, I had no idea if what I was learning at New Tech would benefit me in college. It makes sense that it would, but how could any of us really know? I’ve just finished my first year of college and I can say—unequivocally—that not only was I ready for the rigors of college, but in many ways I was over-prepared. However, there is one thing that New Tech did that has made my college experience very painful.

The skills I learned at New Tech put me on a level far above my peers. In the past two semesters, I’ve flawlessly taught an English Literature class for fifty minutes and presented projects in multiple classes earning top marks each time. My professors are always impressed and ask where I learned to speak with such confidence and eloquence. I can walk into any academic setting be it office hours or meeting with a group member at the library with ease and an understanding of what it takes to get the most out of working with others.

Yet there is one negative that is truly a thorn in my side. New Tech spoiled me. It made learning fun. There was not a single day in four years—and I’m not exaggerating—that I didn’t wake up excited to go to school. School for the first time in my career wasn’t a complete beating. Every day we worked toward a final product, then after weeks of learning we got to proudly present the fruit of our efforts. College is a grind. We sit and listen to grey-haired professors lecture, and then we study for hours memorizing facts for a test only to forget them the moment we turn that test in. It’s the most unrewarding work I’ve ever done in my short twenty years. Finishing a project at New Tech is the most satisfying way of learning and the most permanent. I can’t tell you what was on my first history test last semester, but I can tell you anything you want to know about the “Place” project in AP English from the beginning of Senior year. That says something about the beauty of New Tech and Project Based Learning.

So, yes, there is a definite trade-off going to New Tech but it’s an interesting one;
probably even a pointless one. New Tech High @ Coppell took the road less traveled, breaking the norms and traditions that have held students hostage and producing students more able to persevere through the grind and more equipped to handle the important things in life. If I had to do it all again, would I? Yep. Wouldn’t have to think twice.

Thank you for the opportunity,
Ryan Whittle
NTH@C, Class of 2012!"

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Red & Black Fundraising Campaign
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

Did you know that over $1,025,000 in classroom grants have been awarded to all CISD schools and educators since the Coppell Education Foundation began in 2000?

The Coppell Education Foundation’s annual Red & Black fundraising campaign is underway now, running October 23rd through November 17th. Only with contributions from our community’s citizens, families, and businesses can we continue to support motivating, innovative education for all Coppell students!


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CHS Cross Country Sweeps District 9-6A Championship Meet
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

Thursday, October 12 the Coppell Cross Country team competed in the District 9-6A Championship Meet. The Meet proved to be an exciting conclusion to the regular 2017 Cross Country season. All of the teams brought back a 1st place District 9-6A Championship trophy.

Junior Maddie Hulcy took 1st place overall in the Girls Varsity division with a time of 18:56.1. Chloe Hassman (19:22.3) placed 2nd, Morgan Colon (19:51.6) was 4th, Rowan Hassman in 5th, and Natalie Fleming finished in 6th giving Coppell a remarkable team score of 18.

Senior Matteo Agui-D’Arrigo placed 2nd overall in the Boys Varsity division in a time of 16:39.3. Rounding out the top five finishers for Coppell were juniors; Nathaniel Leach (16:49.2) in 3rd, Kaz Carlsen-Phelan (16:59.2) in 4th, Justin Chow in 5th, and Marcos Bohn in 8th place.

Sophomore Taylor Peltier placed 1st overall in the Girls Junior Varsity division with a time of 20:33.1. Shelby Spoor (20:56.4) took 2nd, Jimena Benavides (21:07.4) was 4th, Sarah Mobley in 5th, and Dani Alfaro Flores in 6th place gave Coppell another extraordinary team score of 18.

Junior Grant Evans took 1st place overall in the Boys Junior Varsity division in a time of 17:26.6. He was closely followed by Grant Reese (17:41.4) in 2nd, AJ Rothwell (17:54.5) in 3rd, Santiago Escalante in 4th, and Drew Scrivner in 5th. The JV Boys captured a perfect 15 team score.

The Girls and Boys Varsity teams will move on to the Region 2-6A Championship Meet. The Region 2-6A Meet will be held at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie on Monday, October 23. Four teams out of a field of 24 will move on to state, as well as, the top ten individual runners not already going with a team. Congratulations and Best of Luck at the Region Championship.

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CGA 10th Annual Creative Writing Competition
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT
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Have you Joined the NTH@C PTSO?
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

Support the NTH@C PTSO by joining today! Work with other New Tech parents, partner with New Tech facilitators and administrators and take an active role in providing learner enrichment programs, stay up-to-date with timely information concerning school events and activities.

Family dues are $15 and include a free student directory.

To join the PTSO online, visit PTSO webstore

If you have questions about PTSO membership, please contact Maureen Pranske. To e-mail Maureen, click here

Remember to Like Us on Facebook
Published: Sun, Oct 22, 2017, 06:53PM CDT

NTH@C PTSO is on Facebook. Follow this LINK to like us.

Follow New Tech High Coppell’s Facebook page here.

Twitter followers: New Tech High @ Coppell @NewTechCoppell.

Lots of information can be found on both FB and Twitter to keep you in the know.

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Principal Updates
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT

Parents and learners Mrs. Batick’s newsletter is here.

Check It Out!

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NTH@C Hospitality - Donations needed for October 2017 Luncheon
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT

NTH@C Hospitality is providing an Mexican meal for the facilitators and staff on Wednesday, October 18th. We need donations of the listed items for the meal.

All items need to be delivered to the NTH@C office no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18th so that we have time to prep and setup for the luncheon.

Thanks again for volunteering! We couldn’t provide these luncheons without our wonderful volunteers.
Melissa and Laurie
NTH@C PTSO Hospitality Co-Chairs

LLC and NTC Need Donations for 2017 Haunted House
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT

The New Tech High @ Coppell Haunted House will be taking place on October 26th from 6:30-9:30 pm! The Learner Leadership Council (LLC) and Networking Team Captains (NTC) are working together to organize the event this year and are asking for donations for the various rooms at the Haunted House.

If you have any of the items below or have gift cards of any value to Ace Hardware, Lowes and/or Home Depot that you are willing to donate to NTH@C for this event, please email Brendon Wu at!

Needed Items:
· Anything doll related (Antique dolls, Barbie Dolls, Plastic Babies/Dolls)

· Glass jars or mason jars

· Antique Dresser

· Rocking chair

· Old Toys

· Wooden Table

· Fake Halloween Chains

· Speaker

· PVC Pipes

· Straight Jacket Halloween Costumes

· Fog Machine(s)

· Old Clothing (Preferably long-sleeve shirts & long pants, no short-sleeves/shorts)

· Clown Costumes

· Small stool(s) (Wooden or Plastic)

· Hula Hoops

· Plastic Butchers Knifes (Ex. Meat Cleavers)

· Fake Skulls

· Plastic Body Parts (Heads, Limbs, Organs)

· Medical Scrubs

· Fake Scientist Tools (Beakers/Flasks, Microscopes, Etc.)

· Rubber Gloves

· Large Living Room lamp

· Spider Decorations

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT

This Wednesday, October 18th we will be hosting NAMI Dallas as they present information on mental illness to our staff (during our normal Wednesday morning professional learning time) and learners. Learners will view the presentation by grade level at either 9:25am or 1:20pm.

The programs that NAMI offers for school are titled Ending the Silence. We are participating in all levels of the program by also having a parent presentation on November 6th at 6:30pm. The Ending the Silence program covers different levels of information for different constituents. The learner presentation includes:
  • Mental health and awareness for high school aged youth
  • Presentation from a NAMI-trained team including a young adult living in recovery with a mental health condition
  • Teaches youth the early warning signs of mental health conditions and suicide
  • Provides resources and tools to help the youth, friends or family members who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition

For more information, here is the link to the Ending the Silence information on the NAMI webpage:

We will have additional counseling support on hand the day of the presentations. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to principal, Steffany Batik or counselor Michael Kennington. If you do not want your learner participating, please contact Nancy Hinds so that she can let your learner’s grade level advisor or networking facilitator know they will be missing the presentation.

Drug Trends and Awareness Community Presentation Oct. 19 & Oct. 26
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT

Coppell ISD kicks off its annual Red Ribbon Week drug prevention awareness campaign with a Drug Trends and Awareness Community Presentation on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at CMS North and Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the CHS Lecture Hall. Resource Officers with the Coppell Police Department will share about the latest drug trends during the presentation.

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Mark Your Calendars - The AT Battle is Coming!!
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT
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Spring Dual Credit Dates
Published: Sun, Oct 15, 2017, 08:01PM CDT

Juniors and Seniors,

Below are some important dates for Spring Dual Credit registration. More information will be coming out in the next week or two, but go ahead and put these dates on your calendars:

-Priority Registration(current students) starts 11/14/17
-Regular Registration(new students) starts 11/20/17
-Last day for TSI testing 12/01/17
-Registration ends 1/06/18
-Classes begin 1/16/18


Reminder: NO School on Monday, October 9, 2017
Published: Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 04:08PM CDT
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Enjoy the Day!

New Tech Trivia
Published: Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 04:08PM CDT

This year New Tech High @ Coppell celebrates their 10th birthday. To commemorate their birthday, we will feature articles and trivia about the school. This week we will look back on who were the past and present Directors/Asst. Directors of New Tech.

Past Directors/Principals

Tabitha Branum – Director – 2008-2011. Currently Asst. Super at Richardson ISD.
Deanna Dynis – Director – 2011-2013. Currently Exec. Dir. of Teaching & Learning Coppell ISD.
Leanne Shivers – Director – 2013-2016. Currently Student Svcs Exec. Dir. for Keller ISD.
Steffany Batik – Principal – 2016-Present.

Past Asst. Directors/Vice Principals
Kristen Brown – Asst. Director – 2008-2010. Currently teaches at TCU.
Amanda Zaiar – Asst. Director – 2010-2012. Moved to Frisco ISD 2017.
Brenda Brinkman – Asst. Director – 2012-2013.
Carrie Sannagel – Asst. Director / NT Fuse facilitator – 2013-2016. Currently Middle School Principal in OK.
Wes Vanicek – Asst. Director / Science facilitator- 2014-2016. Currently Georgetown High School Principal.
Raheela Shaik – Vice Principal – 2016 – Present.

Thank You WRITE-a-CHECK Donors!
Published: Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 04:08PM CDT

The 2017-2018 New Tech PTSO Fundraising Campaign raised over $5300 for our students and teachers! Thank you to our families and facilitators who made a donation.

If you did not have the chance to contribute yet, please click HERE to support our school! We are still short of our fundraising goal and need your help to provide our NTH students with enrichment programs, innovative technologies, and senior scholarships.

The remaining t-shirts for those who donated $25 or more will arrive soon. There’s a delay from our provider in Houston. Shirts will be delivered to the school office, labeled with your student’s name, when they arrive.

All those who donated $75 or more should have receiv
ed their NTH yard sign. If you have not, please contact Carrie Clark, PTSO President at

Coppell Gifted Association Presents: 'Parenting For Grit' by Dr. Laila Sanguras
Published: Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 04:08PM CDT
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Principal Updates
Published: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 07:11PM CDT

Parents and learners Mrs. Batick’s newsletter is here.

Please read this week’s New Tech News. Of special note, tomorrow is the day that we wear blue for Bullying Prevention. I hope all learners will join me in wearing blue to show that our campus in particular values every learner and the relationships that form between learners.

Also, in case you didn’t see it this week, here is the link to the special newsletter that featured National Merit Commended, the Olympics, and our Helping after Harvey drive.

Steffany Batik
Principal, New Tech High @ Coppell

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Wear Blue Oct 2...October is National Bullying Month
Published: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 07:11PM CDT
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It's Coming!...
Published: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 07:11PM CDT

This weekend will be a four-day weekend. Friday, October 6 there will be NO School for Staff Development Day, and Monday, October 9 there will be NO School in observance of Columbus Day.


Enjoy the four day weekend!

New Tech High @ Coppell History...
Published: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 07:11PM CDT

This year marks the 10th anniversary of New Tech High @ Coppell. To commemorate this occasion, HotSync will feature articles and trivia about the school, such as the first class, the ‘Stampede’, and interviews, etc.

So, let us start with…

…In The Beginning
New Tech High @ Coppell was the original Richard J. Lee Elementary. It opened its doors in August of 2008. When the first rookie and sophomore classes (graduating classes of 2011 and 2012) had committed, the classrooms of NTHC were only on a blueprint, and the renovations to convert the former elementary school into a high school would begin summer 2008 after Lee Elementary closed its doors that June. With the commitment of the first two classes and the enthusiasm of the first Director, Tabitha Branum, New Tech would open their doors in spite of the school not being quite ready. However, committed parents came the night before doors were to open and assembled furniture for the first day of school which was the very next day! And, as promised by Tabitha Branum, New Tech was done and ready!

Yearbooks courtesy of Shay Family.

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Congrats to Our Two National Merit Commended Learners!!
Published: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 07:11PM CDT

Congrats Amulya Pilla and Rowan (Jonathan) Switzer!!!

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ATTENTION Class of 2018...Senior Essentials Now Online
Published: Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 07:11PM CDT


NTH@C Senior Essentials Package includes:

  • Senior class t-shirt
  • TOMS shoes for graduation
  • Senior Parent Dinner at Great Wolf Lodge on May 17, 2018. (No siblings, please!)
  • Includes two parent tickets to special evening that recognizes each graduate. Senior learner ticket is paid for with senior fundraising. If you only need one parent ticket, please see the NTH@C administration.
  • Graduation ceremony and reception for unlimited guests on June 1, 2018
  • Early Bird pricing is $160 until 1/31/18. Price will increase 2/1/18 to $180.00.

DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2018. Any payments made after the deadline will incur an additional $20 late fee.

Payments are non-refundable.

Log-in here to order on-line.

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Principal Updates
Published: Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 07:25PM CDT

Parents and learners check out Mrs. Batick’s newsletter here.

New Tech Olympics Info, Senior Info…Read All About It!

The First Wonderful Wednesday is Approaching - 10 Volunteers STILL Needed!!!
Published: Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 07:25PM CDT

We Need 10 Parent Volunteers!!

The first Wonderful Wednesday of the Year kicks off September 27. It’s the New Tech Olympics….come be a part of this event!

A fun event to watch learners and facilitators interact with one another.

Volunteers are needed to keep score at stations. Come for the whole day or part of the day! Which ever best suits your schedule.

  • Two sessions to choose from:
    - 9:30 a.m -12:00 noon (8 volunteers needed)
    - 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (2 volunteers needed)

Please consider giving just a little of your time if you can. Various time slots on September 27th.

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WRITE-a-CHECK! Support New Tech! Get a T-shirt!
Published: Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 07:25PM CDT

The 2017-2018 New Tech PTSO Fundraising Campaign is ending soon!

We are only about half way to our goal of raising $10,000 to support NTH teachers and students with the funds they need for enrichment programs, scholarships, new technology and other programs.

Have you seen cool shirts around town and school with this design?

When you Write-A-Check for $25 or more will receive one NTH@C t-shirt!

Write-A-Check contributions of $75 or more will also receive the option of having a yard sign placed in your yard.

Click here to make your donation online.

Please help us help your kids and their school!

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Renaissance Lunch Starts This Friday, Sept 29!
Published: Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 07:25PM CDT

The first Renaissance Lunch of the year will be Friday, September 29, 2017.

The first off-campus lunch will be for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who qualify from the previous Spring Semester. Rookies will be eligible for Renaissance Lunch starting Spring Semester of the current school year. Renaissance Lunch occurs several times a year. For learners who do not drive, a shuttle will be provided to take them to the restaurants along Denton Tap Rd.

We will need four parents to help with checking out learners for lunch. Renaissance Lunch runs from 11:20 – 12:40.

Upcoming dates for Renaissance Lunch:

  • September 29
  • November 3
  • December 1
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
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Please sign up below if you are available to check out learners for upcoming Renaissance Lunch or future dates.

Easy Way to Fundraise for NTH@C PTSO - AMAZON SMILE
Published: Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 07:25PM CDT

Did you know you can support NTH@C PTSO every time you shop on Amazon? Well you can! For every purchase you make on Amazon the PTSO gets 0.5% of the purchase amounts.

You don’t have to change how you shop on Amazon, just simply go to, use your current Amazon username and password to log in.

Once you have logged into Amazon Smile, be sure to select New Tech High Coppell PTSO as your charity of choice. It’s that simple!