Can you believe it? We are in our third and final semester at The Cooper School. Your students have packed in quite a lot of learning and growing since August 2021. We hope that you have enjoyed hearing about what your children have learned in all the content and special areas that they have been a part of in middle school. Your students know that the finish line is in sight, so we will need to make sure they know the importance of finishing strong. “What kind of competitor sees the finish line and slows down…always finish strong!” — Gary Ryan Blair
The History Behind Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987.
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”
The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa.
A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.
Special thanks to History.com Editors. (2018, August 21). Women’s History Month. HISTORY. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month for this information.
Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:
What’s happening in Social Studies:
Fifth Grade students explored political boundaries, Russian history, and NATO this week! They studied the fall of the czarist government in 1917, followed by the birth of the USSR, and its fall. The Fifth Graders also contemplated the importance of NATO and their opinion on whether Ukraine should be a part of the treaty. Of course, they also had to learn and understand Eastern geography of the past and the present to visualize the invasion of Russia into Ukraine. Next week, they will investigate how the war is impacting eastern Europe and the rest of the world!
What’s up in Math?
At the end of this week, 5th graders are being assessed on decimal addition and subtraction. They have completed all lessons quickly and with ease this week. We reviewed by playing games on Thursday, and they will complete the assessment on Friday. Next week, we will look at multiplication with decimals. We will start with multiplying decimals by whole numbers, and then move into multiplying decimals by decimals. We will complete the second section of our unit in just enough time for Spring Break!
What’s happening in ELA:
Parents, your students have entered the magical unit of reading fantasy. As a class, we are reading a book entitled The Thief of Always. Your students are reading their own fantasy books for their book clubs. Their books are: The City of Ember, Dragon Slayer #1, Animorphs #1, and Lemony Snicket #1. Please ask your child about what is happening in their stories. Fifth Graders are also in Unit 4 of their vocabulary workbook.
March 28 – April 1: Spring Break