• By Stephanie Ratts Grissom and Julie A. Ferraro | Herald staff
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Personnel contracts and other new hires were among the topics discussed by the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees at Monday’s workshop, and voted on at Tuesday’s regular meeting, were hirings and resignations.

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With an eye toward keeping students safe, the Copperas Cove Independent School District dealt with a potential threat on Wednesday morning.

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In an effort to provide students an opportunity to think outside the box, Williams/Ledger Elementary School features a designated time each day for Genius Hour passion project, where students can explore questions about almost anything on their minds.

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With more than one-third of Copperas Cove Independent School District students being military-connected, there is a constant influx of new students. New students can feel lonely, leading to social isolation, which can cause depression and anxiety.

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The Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees was honored during the regular meeting Tuesday as part of National School Board Recognition Month.

  • By Patrick Zangarine | Special to the Herald
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CANYON LAKE — The Copperas Cove High School Criminal Justice Club, supported by training from the Copperas Cove Police Explorer’s Program, competed in the Texas Public Service Association Central Region Competition, where they placed in 12 of the 13 events.

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The Copperas Cove High School Copperettes Dance Team and Copperas Cove Junior High and S.C. Lee Junior High School Starlettes Dance Teams are kicking up their heels, standing on their toes, twirling in the air and pulling out all the stops to get high marks from the judges at this weekend’s …

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Copperas Cove High School DECA students are ready to compete Saturday morning and put their skills to the test at the DECA 5 District Conference, which draws more than 1,200 students. Fewer than 500 will advance to the state contest in Dallas in February.

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If any message rang clear during the Jan. 11 graduation ceremony for students of Crossroads High School at Lea Ledger Auditorium, it’s that an individual’s mistakes don’t have to derail his or her life.

  • By Sandra Ziehlke | Special to the Herald
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What tools do you need to be a geologist? A straw, a toothpick, and a cookie are all Hettie Halstead Elementary School third-grade students needed for their hands-on science experiment in geology to learn about erosion and weathering.

  • By Dejah Bushong | Special to the Herald
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No doubt, you’ve heard of the motorized, two-wheel, self-balancing scooter that sends kids zooming through neighborhoods and down sidewalks. With Christmas right around the corner and wish lists being drawn up, you can bet this is a list-topping item for Cove students.

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Parents grabbed their backpacks and headed back to school for their second lesson of the year at S.C. Lee Junior High School. The school’s Parent University program encourages parents to attend meetings and learn how to track how well and what their students are doing in school.

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The Copperas Cove Independent School District school board took impact aid money and put more than $1.2 million toward a one-time retention incentive for staff members during its meeting Tuesday night. The district will pay all full-time employees $1,000 and part-time employees $500.

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Copperas Cove Independent School District teachers and students are competing for top military honors at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577’s Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award, Patriot Pen, and Voice of Democracy contests.

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The warthogs are waltzing, the chimps’ cha-cha-ing, but poor Gerald the giraffe can’t seem to figure out how to make his body parts work together to dance. That is until he has a chance encounter with a friendly cricket who tells him that “sometimes when you’re different, you just need a dif…

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Williams Ledger Elementary School second-grader Janell Gray watches intently as the glass blower reaches inside the glass furnace to gather a layer of melted, clear glass. He then rolls the hot glass on a steel table to create a round shape and heats the glass again while turning the blow pi…

  • By Jennifer Kayhoe | Special to the Herald
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Grandparents provide love, support, humor, and of course, cookies. They also represent one-third of the population with 72 percent believing that being a grandparent is the single most significant and satisfying thing in their life.

  • By Jillian Calvery | Special to the Herald
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Breaking news: Copperas Cove Independent School District’s junior high students made their television debut and closed the show on KWTX-Channel 10, getting them one step closer to their dream jobs.

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“I’m having a great time” stated Jaden Dominguez, a Copperas Cove Independent School District fourth-grader, “it’s been a good day so far and my favorite part has been watching the cow being milked.”

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The Copperas Cove Independent School District hires about 100 new teachers annually. With a shortage of school teachers nationwide, CCISD is now growing its own through classroom aides and launched a paraprofessional education assistance program this year.

  • By Sandra Ziehlke | Special to the Herald
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Fred, a gummy worm, is stuck on a plastic cup that has flipped over and his candy Lifesaver jacket is trapped underneath his boat. Can the students in teacher Swantje Drayton’s third-grade science class at Hettie Halstead Elementary School save him from drowning in time?