The Cooper School Daily

Cooper Kids

While recently listening to a song about growing up and reflecting upon my past years of teaching, it hit me that the students that I taught during my student teaching are now in college and/or starting their careers and the students I had during my first year of teaching are now seniors in high school. Upon further reflection, I realized that the students at The Cooper School may be growing older as the years go on, however, their spirits stay young. The Cooper School allows children to stay children! That is something that we do not see in many schools today. Children are often caught up in the social media outlets and are worried about the next “big thing” that is going to hit the market. While at The Cooper School, we focus on the children interacting with each other face to face rather than by technology. We value outdoor time so that the students have the opportunity to be their true selves. So, while our kiddos are growing up, their spirits are staying young at the Cooper School, and that is something we should cherish as a community.


What’s happening in Social Studies?
Eighth graders worked through some primary and secondary sources about indigenous responses to imperialism before analyzing a graphic biography. Students were then asked to study the Opium Wars!

Next week, the students will finish their units with an assessment on imperialism. This will act as the transition into their midterm studies.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week, 8th grade essayists completed their literary essays on their short stories. We made thoughtful revisions in our tone and learned how to edit with greater independence. The final essays represented a wide array of literary interpretations of symbolism, themes, and character development!

Next week, 8th grade will move from grammar study to vocabulary work for the next 4 weeks. We will move as a class into a challenging but rich novel study of To Kill a Mockingbird for our next unit.

What’s happening in Science?
This week, eighth graders dove into the science fair! They have picked their topics and selected necessary materials. The eighth graders also started researching other studies that scientists have completed about their topic. They contemplated the importance not only of their topic, but how the more times an experiment is conducted with similar results, the more valid and compelling the evidence can be perceived. Next week, they will have their materials and will begin conducting their experiments. I am excited to see the results!
What’s happening in Math?
This week, 8th graders explored different ways to represent exponential functions (tables, equations, and graphs), found the average rate of change for an exponential function, and understood how exponential functions can be seen in real-life scenarios. Next week, they’ll compare graphs and equations of exponential functions before taking their mid unit assessment on Wednesday.

Important Dates:
Friday, January 26 8:15-9:00 AM – 2nd, 4th, and 8th Artist of the Month Coffee
Saturday, January 27 5:30pm-9:00pm – Family Fun Outing – Carolina Stingrays Game
February 19th & 20th- February Break