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Purple Military Star designation in sights of Copperas Cove ISD campuses


Posted Date: 06/22/2020

Purple Military Star designation in sights of Copperas Cove ISD campuses

COPPERAS COVE, TX (June 15, 2020)—Shannoda and Derrick Gilbert know what it’s like to struggle as a military family. With four children in three different Copperas Cove ISD schools, Shannoda Gilbert said being a military family is very hard at times for both parents and children.

“I was amazed at how CCISD makes sure military families have the support they need for each military child. They make sure my children experience a seamless educational experience no matter where they are enrolled within CCISD,” Gilbert said. “My children’s schools provided a Military Student Transition Consultant for each of them. This person makes sure the military kids stay on track and provide them with love and support. My children enjoy the consultants because they are able to meet other military kids and form a great support system within the group. My children tell me that they would help them with reducing stress and overcoming different challenges they may face socially, mentally, and academically. If one kid needs more support than others, CCISD provides that extra help. As a parent, you always want someone to be there for your children. These CCISD military consultants are the people that I can count on to keep my kids out of trouble and provide them with resources to help them through the school year.”

Copperas Cove ISD campuses are applying for the new Texas Education Agency’s Purple Military Star designation created by Senate Bill 1557 and passed by the 86th Texas State Legislature. The honor is bestowed on school campuses that support the unique needs of military-connected students and their families. Campuses selected receive a special Purple Military Star recognition to display.   

Several CCISD campuses implemented Student2Student groups during the 2019-2020 school year with every campus having this support network for the 2020-2021 school year. These groups and sponsors help welcome new students to each campus, providing them immediate support and friendship, reducing isolation and loneliness.

DoDEA II Projects READS Coordinator Heather Peacock said Copperas Cove ISD has many initiatives in place to assist military-connected students as they transition in and out of the district.

“One of these is the military student identifier that helps our staff know who our military students are. Cove was one of the first districts to use this coding diligently,” Peacock said. “CCISD also provides a Military Student Transition Consultant for its campuses to provide support and resources to students and parents, as well as training and support for staff to meet the unique needs of military-connected students.”

Many of these initiatives were made possible by DoDEA grants awarded to CCISD over the last few years. Copperas Cove ISD is the only district in the nation to simultaneously execute five DoDEA grants that are valued at more than $5 million.

“All of the staff members at each school know who among their students are military-connected,” Gilbert said. “My kids were able to create a sense of belonging both in and out of the classroom because of this.”

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RESOURCE BOX:

Copperas Cove ISD campuses meet each of the criteria required to earn the Purple Military Star designation to display.

1) Designate a campus-based military liaison that supports military-connected students and their families and offers professional development opportunities for staff members on issues related to military-connected students.

2) Create and maintain an easily accessible web page that includes information for military-connected students and their families.

3) Must have a campus transition program that includes introductions to the school environment and processes. Student leaders or ambassadors should be support or sponsored by a campus-based staff member; organize and host newcomer social events, facilite guided tours of the campus, and accompanying new students to lunch the first week of school.

4) Offer at least one of the following initiatives.

--A resolution showing support for military-connected students and families;

--Participation in Month of the Military Child or Military Family Month or a partnership with a school liaison officer to encourage and provide opportunities for active duty military members.

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Contact Information

Copperas Cove Independent School District
408 S. Main Street
COPPERAS COVE, Texas 76522
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