Kelly returns for her fourth year at The Cooper School! Kelly was raised in the greater Chicago area. On her first visit to Charleston, she fell in love with the city and decided to attend The College of Charleston. Kelly received her Bachelor or Science in Elementary Education from The College of Charleston. She also has a Masters in Education from The Citadel. Kelly is a Nationally Board Certified Educator. During her free time, Kelly enjoys playing board games and taking long walks with her husband and three young children.

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Teammates April 18, 2019

Bird Characteristics

Second graders began their new science unit on birds this week. They began this study by defining characteristics of birds that differentiated them from other animals.  A few of these characteristics included that they have beaks, talons, and claws.  They have wings and feathers. Birds lay eggs and most birds can fly.  Scholars are now looking to define the characteristics that all native birds of South Carolina possess!


Second Graders continued their study of shapes in math, focusing on quadrangles.  Scholars learned that quadrangles are a shape with four angles.  Building on previous knowledge of shapes, scholars learned that all shapes that have four angles also have four sides.  A shape that has four sides is called a quadrilateral.  To be a quadrilateral, scholars noted that the shape must have four straight sides.  It must be a flat shape and it must be a closed figure!


This week’s vocabulary is based on a book called Teammates written by Peter Golenbeck.  This is the true story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate.  With detailed illustrations and challenging, new vocabulary words, this book describes an important memory in the history of American sports. 

Important Dates

April 24th “Flat Stanley” at the Dock Street Theatre

April 25th Spring Auction

April 30th Climbing Field Trip

Haikus April 12, 2019

A Nest for Celeste

The current read aloud book selection our class is enjoying is A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by author Henry Cole.  Celeste is a mouse who is looking for a home. Is it nestled in the toe of a warm boot? In the shirt pocket of Celeste’s new friend Joseph? Or is home the place deep inside Celeste’s heart, where friendships live? Second Graders look forward to discovering the answer.

Series Reading

Second Graders have begun their new study in Reading Workshop about book series.  Scholars determined that book series usually have a few things in common such as the same author, same problems, and the same main characters.  When reading a series, you want to keep track of the stars of the story, otherwise known as the main characters. Just like a television series, a book series has characters that frequently reappear.  Second Graders plan to become experts on the main characters of each of their series by making predictions on the plot of the story.


Our poetry studies continued this week as we discussed a different type of poetry called haiku.  Scholars learned that haikus are a traditional form of Japanese poetry that consists of three lines.  The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables.  Scholars define syllables as a unit of pronunciation that have one vowel sound. Traditionally, haikus center around nature topics.

Important Dates

April 16th Climbing Field Trip

April 24th “Flat Stanley” at the Dock Street Theatre

April 25th Spring Auction

May 10th Pass It On (5pm-6pm)

The King’s Equal April 5, 2019

The King’s Equal

The current read aloud book selection our class is enjoying is The King’s Equal by Katherine Paterson.  This is a timeless classic that provides a contemporary social message of measuring qualities like intelligence, fortitude, and pride.  This enchanting fairy tale leads readers to discover how beauty and intelligence are measured differently in each character.

Aboriginal Culture

Second Graders have begun their final week studying Australia.  This week focused in on the Aboriginal culture. Scholars learned that the Aborigines’ shelters depended on the materials they could extract from their natural environment.  In some places, soft paperbark was easily pulled off of trees to make a shelter. In other places, shelters were built out of branches to make poles for a tent, covered in leaves.  Our study will continue with learning about the Aboriginal forms of transportation, food, culture, and celebration.

Repetition and Endings

Our poetry studies continued this week as we looked for patterns of repetition in our poems, as well as focused on the ending lines of a poem.  Scholars identified that poems have a way of repeating lines and words to convey a poet’s deeper meaning. Second Graders also noticed that the last line of a poem is usually one of the most important parts of the poem, because it can lead the reader straight to the deeper meaning.

Important Dates

April 6th Spring Planting Party

April 19th -22nd April Break

April 25th Spring Auction


Arm Span March 22, 2019

Arm Span

This week math scholars partnered together to measure each other’s arm spans in centimeters and inches. Second Graders learned that arm span measure the distance from fingertip to fingertip across outstretched arms.  Scholars also noticed that when comparing units of length of centimeters versus inches you can fit more centimeters than inches in the same arm span. They learned that this was because they are smaller units.

Globes vs. Maps

Our geography scholars took a deep dive into looking at the differences between maps and globes.  When thinking of a globe, Second Graders visualized an orange being peeled. As an orange is peeled, the peel can be flattened. This type of formation helps scholars visualize how a map might appear if a globe were peeled.

Pauses in Poetry

Poetry studies continued with a focus in taking purposeful pauses in our readings.  Students studied “Sick” and “No Grown Ups” by Shel Silverstein. Scholars paired together to read poems aloud, matching their pauses as they presented to the class.  Second Grade poets noticed that the period was a signal in poetry to pause. Question marks signal a tone of inflection!

Important Dates

March 25-29 Spring Break

April 6th Spring Planting Party 

Poetry All Around! March 11, 2019

Pass It On Charity

This week in Whole School Morning Meeting, TCS students were introduced to three different nonprofit charities. Earth Watch, the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, and the Giraffe Conservation Federation all aim to help our animal friends. On Friday, students were given the option to vote for one of these charities. After a charity is established, they will focus their efforts on raising money for this charity through Pass It On.


Second Graders are learning to breathe life into their own poems by delving into reading poetry. They started a new unit in reading this week. Students began by discussing the unique characteristics of poetry. They practiced identifying the tone of the poem by reading it aloud and listening to the rhythm and rhyme. Scholars read several poems and identified the author’s perspective based on the literal meaning. As students are exposed to different types of poetry and the way it is written, they will become more confident in their own ability to write poetry.

Writing Poetry

Poetry enthusiasts continued to study the art of writing poetry. Students practiced capturing their thoughts and images with carefully selected words, metaphors, similes, and onomatopoeias. They proudly shared poems about dancing clouds, mountains both old and new, and lonely pencils patiently waiting to be used. By letting their imagination be stretched, these scholars were able to see things with a whole new lens.

Important Dates

March 25th – 29th                                             Spring Break

April 6th                                                              Spring Planting Party

A Poet’s Eye March 8, 2019


As a part of our new Social Studies unit studying Australia, Second Graders are taking a greater look at the land and water covering the entirety of our globe. Scholars studied model globes and explained to a partner that globes are simply models of the Earth. Scholars worked in groups to identify the seven continents, the large areas of land shown on a globe, and distinguish the 5 oceans on a blank map. They created a legend with two distinct colors, one for land and one for ocean.   

A Poet’s Eye

Poetry studies are underway in Writing Workshop. One of the highlighted activities from the week was when our young poets randomly selected an item from a grab bag and then described items using their “poet’s eye”. Scholars compared a marble to a raindrop, coral to a tree branch, and a conch shell to a hand mixer.  

Endangered Birds:

Second Graders will speak at next week’s Whole School Morning Meeting about endangered birds.  Dividing into groups, jobs were divided as writers, information keepers, and speakers. Scholars will make passionate arguments about why their species is endangered and why they should be protected. The endangered birds we will be discussing will be California Condors, Kakapo’s, and the Whooping Crane.    

Important Dates

March 16th Spring Planting Party

March 25-29 Spring Break

Cooper Village March 1, 2019

Cooper Village Presentation

Second Grade warmly welcomed family and friends to our business community to share our work on building an eco-friendly village that was based on needs versus wants.  Scholars were proud to share their unique roles in building disaster proof homes and businesses. They displayed their work in creating a budget when becoming a business owner. Family and friends also had the chance to apply for open jobs by letting us know why they would be best for these roles! We are thrilled to say that we have hired many new employees in Cooper Village!


We are thrilled to begin our next Social Studies unit on Australia beginning next week. We will begin with a review of the continents, oceans, and biomes before diving into the history of the Aborginal people.  Similar to our Kiawah Indians and Charlestowne Settlers study, scholars will have the opportunity to learn the details of the shelter, transportation, food, clothing and celebrations of Australia’s indigenous people.

Partial Sums

Math has been a week of reviewing partial sums! Partial-sums addition is particularly useful for adding multi-digit numbers. Scholars are working one place-value column at a time, and then adding all the partial sums to find the total sum.

Important Dates

March 4th  Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 5th Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 16th Spring Planting Party

March 25-29 Spring Break

Newspaper Columnists February 22, 2019


This week Second Graders expanded their writing skills as both local Cooper Village business owners as well as newspaper columnists.  Each writer paired with partner to create a unique story covering a topic that was affecting Cooper Village.  Stories covered the local economy, crime, environmental changes, and inspirational stories of local residents!

Read Aloud

Second Grade is half way through another riveting read aloud book called “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli. This is a story of a fearless orphan named Jeffrey who is known for his athletic abilities and a love for reading. His story is complex but he meets many characters along his journey that show him compassion and belonging in a world on the run.

Public Speaking

Each member of our class will be presenting at the Cooper Village Grand Opening. Second Graders have been practicing with partners and in front of a group audience speak to a large crowd. They will be representing both their natural disaster and businesses! They have used techniques such as speaking loud and proud, slowing down, and smiling. 

Reminder: By now you have received the invitation for the Grand Opening of Cooper Village on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:30 am.  One thing you will need to remember is the costume of your child’s profession in Cooper Village. This is a very fun project to do with your Second Grader!


Important Dates

February 26th Grand Opening of Cooper Village

March 4th  Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 5th Student Led Conferences Half Day

Mayor’s Visit and Valentines Concert February 15, 2019

Valentine’s Day

This week, we celebrated Valentine’s Day on Thursday and it was a beautiful celebration of love and friendship. Students had the opportunity to distribute their compliment books and read all the wonderful compliments they received from their classmates. Our Valentine’s Day celebration concluded with a concert performed at The Circular Congregational Church. They also debuted a lively performance on the recorder. It was a sweet ending to a delightful day!

Mayor Tecklenburg

We also had the pleasure of a visit from Mayor John Tecklenburg on Tuesday. He came to share what a day in the life of a mayor looks like. Second Graders shared details about our Cooper Village project and asked questions pertaining to our challenges, like environmental awareness during our building construction and the professional roles that serve communities.


In preparation for student-led conferences, Second Grade scholars have begun the process of assessing their work. During student-led conferences (March 4th & 5th), each student will discuss their strengths, where they would like to improve, and what interests them. This week, students selected sample work from Math and thought deeply about what it represented. They wrote about what they enjoy, what they excel in, and set goals for the future. Next, scholars reflected on their growth in Reading. They selected a “Just Right” book and wrote reasons why they chose that particular book. Students were pleased to discover their “Just Right” book was no longer a picture book but one with chapters! Stay tuned for student-led conferences coming in March!

Cooper Village

Second Graders shopped for their materials to help better prepare their Cooper Village house for a natural disaster such as a hurricane, an earthquake, a flood, or a fire. Students joined back up with their natural disaster group to purchase building materials for their residential home. Each student could only spend a dollar and was forced to make decisions about what would keep their home safe if their natural disaster struck. Students gave strong reasons for buying some materials over others. For example, some students chose to make their house of bricks instead of cement. Everyone in the Hurricane Group chose to put their house on stilts because of the dangers of flooding. While some students in the Fire Group opted for extra long water hoses to wrap around their house, others wanted a smoke detector to warn them of a fire. Second Graders are so excited to present everything they have put together and learned on February 26th at our Cooper Village presentation.

  • By now you have received the invitation for the Grand Opening of Cooper Village on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:30 am.  One thing you will need to begin planning is the costume of your child’s profession in Cooper Village. This is a very fun project to do with your Second Grader!

Important Dates

February 18th No School- February Break

February 19th 11:30 Dismissal

February 26th Grand Opening of Cooper Village

March 4th  Student Led Conferences Half Day

March 5th Student Led Conferences Half Day

Breaking Ground in Cooper Village! February 8, 2019

Compliment Writing


Just about everyone is familiar with the definition of a compliment. A compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. Although students give and receive bits of praise daily, this week Second Graders discussed giving and receiving meaningful compliments. They expressed the sentimental feeling one gets when receiving a genuine compliment. They also realized compliments weren’t just for the recipients, but for them as well. Students discovered that taking the time to admire their classmates’ best qualities built strong relationships and nurtured friendships.


Guest Speaker


On Tuesday, Will Wingfield, a local Charleston architect joined the class and discussed environmentally friendly commercial buildings.  Will gave Second Graders a glimpse into the world of design. He began by explaining the passive and active considerations architects contemplate when designing a building. He concluded his presentation by showing building blueprints which featured intricate details and many hours of thoughtfully planned out design. Will’s message helped students begin the initial design of their commercial buildings in Cooper Village. Using the knowledge they gained from him, students will make decisions about their building’s eco-friendly design.


Cooper Village


This week, students worked with their groups to construct their businesses. Second Graders were in charge of all major decisions such as, how the building would look, where the windows would be located, and what colors would be used to paint the exterior. Students were introduced to building materials that could be used to make their structure “green” or environmentally friendly. Some of the materials listed were solar panels, single or triple pane windows, and various installation options. Each material was given a price and, just like in any business, students were given a budget. Scholars had to discuss and compromise with each other on the materials that would best
fit their business and budget. 


Upcoming Dates


Wednesday, February 13th             Mayor John Techlenburg – Guest Speaker at 8:30 am

Thursday, February 14th                 Valentine’s Day Concert 1:30-2: 30 pm

Friday, February 15th                      Valentine’s Day Bake Sale at 2:00 – 2:30 pm  

Monday, February 18th                   No School

Tuesday, February 19st                    ½ Day – Carl Anderson Visits TCS

Tuesday, February 26th                  Cooper Village Presentation at 8:30 am


Annual Fund Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to the Annual Fund. This year, to my delight, the Silent Auction raised more money than ever before. I wanted to take a moment to let you know exactly where your Silent Auction donation dollars are going…

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