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​The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 2007, The Cooper School is a 501(c) 3 non-profit institution. The Cooper School offers an exceptional holistic education for children grades K-5. Academic excellence, stewardship of the environment, activity, and creativity are hallmarks of the Cooper School Curriculum.

Weather EXPO! May 19, 2017

Weather EXPO
This week, for the first time ever, TCS students invited parents, students, and special guests to the Weather EXPO. This brand new project gave students background knowledge about weather and then allowed them to pursue their personal weather interests. They crafted a research question, researched using text and digital resources, and set to work creating a way to teach others about their topic. The variety of projects was incredible. There was a board game created to teach people how snowflakes form. There was a scale model of a weather balloon that rose and fell on a student-designed pulley system. There was a narrated e-book about why tornadoes are so prevalent in Tornado Alley. We had posters teaching people about what makes seasons hot or cold, how hailstones form, how the sun helps and harms us, and so much more. Students presented with poise and confidence.

Indigo Choir
This week the First Graders were invited to Indigo Choir, which is usually reserved for grades 3-5. We are engaged in an ongoing conversation about how younger people can be leaders to older people, and the First Graders demonstrated exactly that. Even though they were among the youngest in the room, Miss Hazel reported that they were role models to all of the older students. First Graders were focused and enthusiastic singers for this special opportunity. We are so proud of all of them!

Author Expert Project
Our Author Expert project keeps getting better! This week, First Graders got to start researching their mentor authors and gathering as much interesting biographical information as they could. Even I learned things I didn’t know about these amazing authors and illustrators! Watching them independently locate the best information, record it in their own words, and share it with others is a testament to The Cooper School’s focus on the learning process rather than the product.

Important Dates
•   Monday, May 29 – No School, Memorial Day
•   Tuesday, May 30 – 1st Grade Author Expert Presentation, 8:00am-8:30am, TCS Library
•   Thursday, June 1 – 5th Grade Graduation (Half Day, 11:30am dismissal)
•   Friday, June 2 – Field Day! (Half Day, 11:30am dismissal)

The Wonderful World of Eric Carle May 14, 2017

Pass It On Fundraiser

Cooper School kids invited a representative from the Charleston Animal Society to campus this week to present a check for the proceeds from sales of Pass It On. We had no idea that she would bring a special guest: her dog! After hearing even more about what the Animal Society does for local pets and where our money would go, we were thrilled to present a check for $490.00! That money can go a long way to help the animals that we love.

Pass It On

The Cooper School had a lovely time at our annual event, Pass it On. Brave poets put on their fancy clothes, gathered their gumption and shared their beautiful poems to a large and loving audience. Students and teachers were thrilled to hear their friends and siblings share their hard work. We are so proud of all of the hard work that Kindergarten poets put into their poetry writing

Eric Carle Museum

On Friday, Kindergarteners were tickled pink to share all their beautiful work and knowledge with their parents and families. Kindergarteners worked hard on creating art,
reading books, and creating writing with lots of luscious  language. We celebrated all of our hard work with lots of Eric Carle inspired treats. Thank you parents and families for joining us!

Important Dates:

  • Friday, May 19th Last Swim Lesson
  • Monday, May 29th No School
  • Thursday, June 1st Graduation 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, June 2nd Field Day 11:30 Dismissal

 

 

 

Fun Times! May 12, 2017

Movement Study Trip

We got back on the water this week and boy was it hot! Students could not resist the lure of the water and practiced safe ways to get in and out of their boats while on the water. We purposely capsized ourselves, going all the way over and learned how to empty our boats of water. The heat had everyone going for a dip and putting their safety practices into action. Races and games ensued and we all had a blast. Can’t wait to switch next week!

 

Human Body Special Guest

This week we were delighted to welcome resident expert, Dr. Curtis Quinn, to our classroom. Dr. Quinn is a cardiac surgeon and came in to talk to Fourth and Fifth Graders about the heart. He presented a PowerPoint to show us all about the four chambers of the heart, the differences between veins and arteries, and the importance of staying healthy. Students had lots of questions and got even more excited to get their hands on some hearts. Dr. Quinn will be joining us again next week to help with dissecting hearts!

 

Testing

This week students put their test taking skills to the test! We spent some time each day completing the ERB Standardized Test. Much of the focus leading up to theses test has been on good test taking skills, strategies, and habits. Students have learned to pre-read, reread, and manage their time. Taking this type of test is a skill that students will have to utilize throughout their school careers. TCS believes that students need to become familiar and comfortable with the test taking environment and process, however we do not place a lot of emphasis upon the test itself. Fourth Graders’ favorite part was filling in the bubbles.

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, May 18                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30
  • Friday, May 19                                  Heart Dissecting
  • Thursday, May 25                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30
  • Thursday, June 1                              Graduation, 11:30 Dismissal
  • Friday, June 2                                   Field Day, Last Day of School, 11:30 Dismissal

 

Esio Trot is “Tortoise” Spelled Backwards!

 

The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl!

Third Grade readers spent the week jumping into an exciting new unit on Roald Dahl! Scholars loved meeting the unique characters in the book, Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl. Third Graders examined the author’s note prior to reading and discovered that authors often share valuable background information in these passages. In this charming and witty book, students encountered two characters, Mr. Hoppy and Miss Silver, who are brought together by an ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a bit of magic! Students practiced making predictions, identifying and tracking character feelings over time, and writing summaries to enhance their reading skills. Stay tuned as we begin, Fantastic Mr. Fox, another Roald Dahl favorite, next week during Reading Workshop!

Testing, Testing…1…2…3

This week Third Grade scholars got to experience the joys of standardized testing. They have been preparing for the ERB standardized test through a review of close reading skills learned earlier this year during our BUGS unit of study. Scholars practiced identifying main ideas, supporting details, writing summaries and sequencing information in passages. These brave scholars know to preview answer choices and conduct the process of elimination when looking at a multiple-choice exam. Most importantly, Third Graders learned to be brave and give their very best efforts, while trusting their instincts, when participating in a standardized test.

State Study

This week scholars were eager to return to our state study as we narrowed our choices for their state presentations. Scholars spent time learning about the regions of the United States and states located within those regions. After reviewing United States atlases, Third Graders chose their state and were able to describe which region of the United States their state of choice is located in. Scholars studied physical maps to identify landforms located in their state. Stay tuned as we continue to make discoveries about this great country of ours!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, May 16                            Climbing at JICP 11:00 – 1:00

Tuesday, May 30                            Movie Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1                             Graduation Day, 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2                                  Field Day, 11:30 dismissal

Priceless Learning in Second Grade

Math

 

Students began Everyday Math Unit 10 this week. In this unit children review money concepts, such as names of coins and bills, money exchanges, and equivalent amounts. They pretend to pay for items and make change. Students use calculators to add and subtract dollar amounts using decimal notations. Some of these real-world problems really made these scholars think twice and check their initial answers. Nonetheless, students felt a sense of accomplishment as they worked through these problems independently and with partners.

 

Technology

 

Second Grade avian experts put the finishing touches on their PowerPoints this week. They began the week by editing their writing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Once all their information and pictures were in the right place, scholars turned their attention to adding effects such as color and animation to their slides. We discussed enhancement through subtlety by selecting a few important details that could be emphasized.

 

Pass It On Fundraiser

Cooper School kids invited a representative from the Charleston Animal Society to campus this week to present a check for the proceeds from sales of Pass-It-On. Students were pleasantly surprised to find that she brought her very own rescue dog with her! After hearing even more about what the Animal Society does for local pets and where the money would go, teachers and students were thrilled to present a check for $490.00! That money can go a long way to help animals that need some extra TLC.

 

Important Dates

 

May 25th                       Birds of Prey Study Trip

May 26th                       Bird Study Presentation at 8:15

May 29th                       No School – Memorial Day

June 1st                        ½ Day – 5th Grade Graduation

June 2nd                       ½ Day – Field Day

 

Working Hard… and Smart!

Project Work
Students worked harder than ever this week to complete their projects in time for our Weather EXPO next week. Students put finishing touches on posters, paintings, clay models, science experiments, board games, books, brochures, e-books, and interpretive signs. It was a flurry of activity that might have looked chaotic to some, but upon closer inspection every single student was focused and engaged with their work and knew exactly what to do when they finished. These 18 scholars were a well-oiled machine! We can’t wait to show off all of our knowledge at the Weather EXPO!

Pass It On Fundraiser
Cooper School kids invited a representative from the Charleston Animal Society to campus this week to present a check for the proceeds from sales of Pass It On. We had no idea that she would bring a special guest: her dog! After hearing even more about what the Animal Society does for local pets and where our money would go, we were thrilled to present a check for $490.00! That money can go a long way to help the animals that we love.

Author Expert Project
This week students began an exciting writing project: to create an original piece of writing in the style of their mentor author! First graders did not flinch at the challenge… they dove right in with so much enthusiasm! We have learned to look closely at the work of mentor authors and use “craft moves” without copying or repeating plot lines. We cannot wait to see how these beautiful books develop!

Important Dates
•   Monday, May 15 – 1st Grade Weather EXPO, 2:00pm, TCS Library and Backyard
•   Monday, May 29 – No School, Memorial Day
•   Tuesday, May 30 – 1st Grade Author Expert Presentation, 8:00am-8:30am, TCS Library
•   Thursday, June 1 – 5th Grade Graduation (Half Day, 11:30am dismissal)
•   Friday, June 2 – Field Day! (Half Day, 11:30am dismissal)

Thank You!

Teacher Appreciate Week

WOW!! I think next week should be parent and student appreciation week. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everything that you all did for all of the teachers and myself this week. The lunch, snacks, and breakfast that were provided each day were amazing, and the beautiful flowers and cards from each of your students was so thoughtful. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have a community like this one. So, thank you again. You are all very special to me as are your children.

 

Morning Meeting

Moring Meeting continues to be a very important time at TCS each day. Morning Meeting sets the tone for each day and is often a time to reflect on the previous day’s learning. It is also a time to set students up for success in events to come! This week, 4th and 5th graders used this time to warm up their brains and bodies in preparation for ERB Testing. After participating in a fun greeting, the class played several games to get their bodies moving! On Tuesday, your chanters played the button game. On Wednesday, they learned a game called Aroostasha, which required some physical coordination. On Thursday, …. Ask your child what their favorite new game was this week!

Field Day

This year’s Field Day theme is Africa! We are excited to integrate this theme from Social Studies into a Field Day project. Your explorers will be studying famous landmarks in Africa and choosing one to model their Field Day game after. So far, students have researched the Nile River, the Sahara Desert, Victoria Falls, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Pyramids. I’m sensing some water games and obstacle courses in our future! Ask your child what they are interested in doing for Field Day this year!

 

Important Dates

Thursday, May 18                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30

Friday, May 19                                  Heart Dissection, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Friday, May 19                                  Tall Ships Field Trip, 12:15 – 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 25                             Kayaking/SUPing 11:00 – 2:30

Tuesday, May 30                               Movie Night, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 1                              Graduation Day, 11:30 dismissal

Friday, June 2                                    Field Day, 11:30 dismissal

Wow! What a Week! May 8, 2017

Calling All Grandparents

The Cooper School was honored to have grandparents and special friends join us at school for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday! Our proud singers shared special songs during a lovely Whole School Choir performance. Grandparents and special friends were also invited to join classes for a Morning Meeting just as students participate in, daily. Grandparents and Special Friends were elated to participate in greetings and activities that Kindergarteners enjoy each day. Ask your Kindergartener, Grandparents or Special Friends to tell you all about their big day!

 

It’s Green! It’s Humid! It’s a Rainforest!

Kindergartners have been enjoying our new rainforest study. This week we investigated to find out what is a rainforest? Students practiced locating rainforests of the world using our color-coded biome map. Learning Centers allowed students to further explore our rainforest study. In our art center students illustrated themselves in the rainforest with a black crayon and painted these lovely pictures with watercolor paints. In the imagination station center Kindergarteners had a chance to pack for a trip to the rainforest. Students read rainforest books in our reading center and illustrated rainforest predators on a class chart. Finally, in our science center, students learned about various rainforest animals. Ask your young scientist what they learned about the rainforest this week!

Leadership

We started a great conversation about leaders and leadership this week at TCS. We started by discussing what leaders do and by making a word cloud about how to identify a good leader. Students generated phrases like “never gives up,” “does the right thing,” and “solves problems.” Then we brainstormed a list of people who were leaders to us. The list was fascinating. Students identified peers, siblings, parents, famous people and presidents of the United States going all the way back to George Washington! It was the perfect way to start an ongoing conversation about what it means to be a leader in our community.

Important Dates: 

  • Sunday, May 7th TCS Family Picnic 3:30-5:00
  • Friday, May 12th 3rd Swim Lesson
  • Friday, May 12th Eric Carle Museum @ 2:15
  • Friday, May 19th Last Swim Lesson
  • Monday, May 29th No School
  • Wednesday, June 1st Graduation 11:30 Dismissal
  • Thursday, June 2nd Last Day of School/Field Day 11:30 Dismissal

 

 

Poetry and Grandparents

Bird Study

 

Second Graders were super excited to begin working on their Power Point Presentation this week! Students have already researched their information, written about their bird, and drawn their own pictures. Each student was assigned their own mini iPad that they will use to create their presentation. This week, students began typing up their research in Power Point by copying and pasting. These techno savvy students are even learning how to edit their own mistakes by using “spelling and grammar” check. Only a few more weeks until they present their final project of their Second Grade year.

Pass It On

 

Second Grade Scholars focused on preparing for our annual poetry reading, Pass It On.
These experts shared what could be expected and some tips to help each other be successful when reading their poems. Bold poets gave tips for reading loud, speaking confidently, and articulating each stanza clearly by pausing at line breaks. Second Graders are getting very excited about sharing their great work!

 

Grandparents Day

 

It was another successful Grandparent’s and Special Friends Day at TCS. To begin the morning, students welcomed grandparents into the classroom. Students shared a typical Morning Meeting with a fun greeting, activity, and morning message. Next students shared their favorite math game, Name That Number. Students also shared their favorite “Grandparent Parents and Special Friends Day” book by reading with their special guest. The day concluded with a trip to the book fair and a spectacular choir performance. What a delightful way to spend the day!

 

Friday, May 5th                                Pass-It-On at 5:30

 

Sunday, May 7th                             Family Picnic Magnolia Plantation

 

Friday, May 26th                             Birdy Study Presentation at 8:15

 

Monday, May 29th                           No School – Memorial Day

Pass It On, Close Reading, and Launching the State Study

Pass It On

The Cooper School had a lovely time at our annual event, Pass It On! Brave poets put on their fancy clothes, gathered their gumption and shared their beautiful poems to a large and loving audience. Students were thrilled to hear their friends and siblings share their hard work. We are so proud of all of the hard work that The Cooper School poets put into their poetry writing!

Close Reading

This week Third Grade readers examined strategies to practice close reading. Scholars practiced identifying topic sentences to determine the main idea of passages. These brave scholars know that supporting details in a passage tell more about the main idea. Readers practiced identifying the sequence of events in a passage by paying close attention to clue words such as first, later, then, next and finally. These strategies will beneficial as we move into standardized testing next week!

State Study

This week scholars in Third Grade launched our exciting State Study! Third Grade enjoyed a joyful read aloud, “The Scrambled States of America”, to take a look at the location of each state with-in this beautiful country of ours! Scholars practiced identifying states on a map! These brave scholars learned all about the meaning behind the stars and stripes on our great American flag! Ask your Third Graders what they enjoyed the most about the State Study this week!

 

Important Dates:

 

Friday, May 5                                   Grandparents Day, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 5                                   Pass It On, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 7                           End of Year Picnic at Magnolia Plantation 3:30

Tuesday, May 9                               JICP Climbing Wall 3rd Grade

Tuesday, May 16                            JICP Climbing Wall 3rd Grade

SCHOOL NEWS

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I grew up in a family of educators. Therefore even as a young child, I knew I would be an elementary school teacher. I dreamed of teaching in my own classroom one day. I wanted to foster a love of learning by creating a classroom where students would feel free to take risks and accept challenges. My dream became a reality and I began teaching in public schools. I taught with very talented and well-educated instructors….

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