The Cooper School Daily

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

How is it possible that we are almost at the end of another school year? As hard as it is to believe, I knew that we were coming to the finish line when I watched the middle schoolers celebrate with their very first middle school dance last Friday. Wow! The energy and fun in the room was epic!

The middle school dance was the first reminder for me of how quickly this year flew by. It seems like just a few short weeks ago, I was meeting new students and their families. I remember one kid introducing himself to me by saying, “I am not a good writer.” My response to him was, “We will work together to help you become a good writer.” It makes my heart smile to see this student and many of the other students write with confidence. As we prepare for ERB testing, class trips, and the end of the 2021-2022 school year, I would like to leave the following quote for you to ponder. “The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race (Unknown).”

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science and Social Studies:

Seventh Graders studied America after its revolution this week! They learned about the process our founding fathers went through to write the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They learned about what jumpstarted westward expansion and the vision of manifest destiny, including its impact on immigration and slavery. Seventh Graders finished off the week learning about the industrial revolution, its influence on America, and what it was like to work in a factory. Next week, they will finalize and share their stories about life in the colonies before I head out to GRP with the Fifth Graders.

What’s up in Math?

We are gearing up for our last assessment of the year! They are reviewing three dimensional figures and linear relationships. I think it is so valuable for them to be able to follow a formula, find the area of a cylinder – not so much. However, being able to follow a formula and locating the information needed to do that is a treasure! They are rocking it. We will briefly look at the Pythagorean Theorem on Monday, which will continue their practice of following a formula, locating the correct information, and using order of operations. So proud of these girls! 

What’s happening in ELA:

This week in ELA, your students have been reading a fiction book of their choice. They have also worked on “writing about their reading”. Please ask your kids to share their writings with you. It would also be great if you could ask your students to tell you about the protagonist in their fiction book that they are reading. They need to be able to describe the protagonist’s character in order to write their literary essay.

Important Dates:

May 17th: 5th Grade GRP Trip

May 17th: 6th/7th Grade ERB Testing Begins

May 23rd: 6th/7th Grade Disney Trip

May 24th: 5th Grade ERB Testing Begins

May 30th: Memorial Day- No School

June 3rd: Last Day of School/ Field Day