The Cooper School Daily

Conferences, Presentations, Feasts, and More!

It is a busy time here at TCS. However, despite the madness, it is a time of connection and pride. Student’s have been taking pride in their work this season as they begin to present to parents and guardians here at TCS! Students have begun numerous project based presentations such as; ELA’s eighth grade Focus Lessons, which showcased their photography and writing skills. Fifth graders have been working diligently in preparation for their National Parks presentations for science. It has been a wonderful process to observe. Our eighth grade scientists have also been working around the clock on their Rube Goldberg projects incorporating their knowledge of physics!

Connections have been made during our Halloween Carnival, Parent Conferences, and our upcoming Harvest Feast! Connections between parents and teachers, students and parents, and students and students.

This truly is a busy time here at TCS, but one of the best times of the year!


What’s happening in Social Studies?
Eighth graders took on their first DBQ this year! Students worked through primary and secondary sources analyzing the similarities and differences between British and Indian Industrial Revolutions. This worked them up to creating their research papers that looked at both sides.

Next week, the students will finish their papers before being quickly assessed over the Industrial Revolution. Students will finish the week with an assembly line simulation. This will act as an introduction to their labor and society unit that we will continue after Thanksgiving Break.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week in 8th grade, readers began a deep study of non-fiction literature across a range of histories, famous figures, and news stories. We discussed how to track the myriad ideas, themes, and issues in a longform nonfiction text. We developed our skills as responsible reading partners and in-depth notetakers.

Next week, 8th graders will work to synthesize their findings and take-aways from their novels. They will learn how to see the blend between informational and narrative sections of their texts, deciphering the subtle messages and character arcs behind the true facts and figures.

What’s happening in Science?
Eighth graders wrapped up Rube Goldberg and their physics study this week! They presented their final projects and did an amazing job talking about the energy within each chain reaction. Next week, they will contemplate technology, specifically AI, and its impact on society. This trimester will be about the science fair and scientific reports! They will have a few weeks of exposure to different topics in the field of science that may interest them to spark ideas!

What’s happening in Math?
This week, 8th graders analyzed the closeness of data to a linear model and interpreted the correlations and relationships of a set of data. On Friday, they began reviewing for their test on this shorter unit of study! On Monday of next week, they’ll take their unit 3 test before beginning their unit on functions. To finish out the week, they’ll read different types of functions and understand function notation before heading out for Thanksgiving Break!

Important Dates:
November 17th – Harvest Feast (Half Day- 11:30 Dismissal)
November 20th-24th – Thanksgiving Break