Blake Cooper http://ketr.org en Special Edition: Roundtable discussion with local superintendents http://ketr.org/post/special-edition-roundtable-discussion-local-superintendents <p></p><p>This week is the last week of the semester for Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce students<em> </em><em>and </em>it's the last week for <em>The Morning Bell</em> until the fall semester.</p><p>To end the spring series, we have gathered together multiple superintendents from across Northeast Texas to get a deeper analysis of topics we have covered during this series.</p><p>Joining us in the KETR studios is Terrell ISD Superintendent Micheal French, Sunnyvale ISD Superintendent Doug Williams, and Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Daniel Starks 53257 at http://ketr.org Special Edition: Roundtable discussion with local superintendents Wells leaving as Commerce head football coach http://ketr.org/post/wells-leaving-commerce-head-football-coach <p>Commerce High School head football coach and athletic director Scott Wells is leaving for a position as defensive coordinator at Sunnyvale High School, <a href="http://www.commerceisd.org/">Commerce ISD </a>Blake Cooper says.&nbsp; But Blake says that he's already received numerous excellent applications for the position.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 52954 at http://ketr.org Wells leaving as Commerce head football coach McKinney schools study Commerce; Boots 'n' Barbecue Saturday http://ketr.org/post/mckinney-schools-study-commerce-boots-n-barbecue-saturday <p>Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the McKinney ISD recently sent a group to Commerce to study how Commerce Elementary School and A.C. Williams Elementary achieved recent gains in student test scores.&nbsp; Also, Blake discusses this Saturday evening's <a href="http://www.commerceisd.org/default.aspx?name=Foundation">Boots 'n' Barbecue fund raising event</a>, sponsored by the Commerce Schools Educational&nbsp;Enrichment Foundation.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 51862 at http://ketr.org McKinney schools study Commerce; Boots 'n' Barbecue Saturday STAAR testing this week ... and 'a new way of doing school' http://ketr.org/post/staar-testing-week-and-new-way-doing-school <p>With <a href="http://kxan.com/2014/03/31/teachers-call-it-quits-after-getting-fed-up-with-staar-testing/">STAAR testing </a>underway this week, <a href="http://www.commerceisd.org/">Commerce Independent School District </a>superintendent Blake Cooper says the state legislature made progress in reducing the number of standardized tests for secondary students from 15 per year to five, and he hopes similar progress will be made for elementary-age children in the next legislative session.&nbsp; And Blake says the Commerce ISD is now part of the <a href="http://texashpsc.org/">Texas High Perform Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 51587 at http://ketr.org STAAR testing this week ... and 'a new way of doing school' New Commerce UIL district includes charter schools http://ketr.org/post/new-commerce-uil-district-includes-charter-schools <p><a href="http://www.commerceisd.org/">Commerce ISD </a>superintendent Blake Cooper says Commerce's&nbsp;new <a href="http://www.uiltexas.org/files/alignments/FB-3A-D1-2014.pdf">District 6-3A, Division 1</a> includes two charter schools, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Red Oak Life, which are permitted to recruit players from within their school districts.&nbsp; Other district schools include Caddo Mills, Sunnyvale and Scurry-Rosser.&nbsp; Non-district football games will include games against North Lamar, Bonham, Quinlan Ford, Edgewood and Melissa.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 50176 at http://ketr.org New Commerce UIL district includes charter schools New high school graduation requirements coming this fall http://ketr.org/post/new-high-school-graduation-requirements-coming-fall <p>The Texas Education Agency has approved new <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/texas-new-high-school-graduation-requirements-appr/nc8R5/">high school graduation requirements </a>under House Bill 5, which take effect this fall.&nbsp; Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the requirements give students more flexibility in choosing "endorsements," similar to college majors.&nbsp; In particular, students who are more inclined toward vocational education will find expanded opportunities.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 49767 at http://ketr.org New high school graduation requirements coming this fall Commerce ISD will install school security buzzers http://ketr.org/post/commerce-isd-will-install-school-security-buzzers <p><a href="http://www.commerceisd.org/">Commerce ISD </a>superintendent Blake Cooper says the school district will soon install security buzzers in all of its schools, so that office personnel will have to "buzz in" visitors before they may enter the school.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 48369 at http://ketr.org Commerce ISD will install school security buzzers Commerce ISD amping up security measures with technology http://ketr.org/post/commerce-isd-amping-security-measures-technology <p>Commerce Independent School District will soon be making their campuses more secure using technology.</p><p>Throughout the coming weeks, workers will begin installation of a buzzer system at the front entrances of each campus. These systems will be equipped with two-way video/audio connection to the front office, allowing campus staff to see and speak with the person at the door, while still being at the safety of his/her desk.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:11:56 +0000 Daniel Starks 47823 at http://ketr.org Commerce ISD amping up security measures with technology Cooper: High schoolers will choose 'endorsements' http://ketr.org/post/cooper-high-schoolers-will-choose-endorsements <p>Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says, starting in the fall of 2014, incoming high school students will choose one of several "endorsements," which are similar to college majors.&nbsp; The endorsements will give more flexibility to students in the courses they take.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 45679 at http://ketr.org Cooper: High schoolers will choose 'endorsements' Blake Cooper: CSCOPE not well understood http://ketr.org/post/blake-cooper-cscope-not-well-understood <p>Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the controversial CSCOPE resource system that has been used in the Texas schools is more than a few controversial lesson plans.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 John Mark Dempsey 44711 at http://ketr.org Blake Cooper: CSCOPE not well understood