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Welcome Kindergarteners!

Friday 23, 2019

Welcome Kindergarteners!

New Friends Kindergarteners were so excited to spend the week meeting new friends, spending time with old friends, and learning how to navigate their new school. We were thrilled to see Kindergartners bravely make eye […]
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Friday 24, 2019

Investigating Diverse Cultures, Vowels, and Water!

Investigating Diverse Cultures! Young scientists spent time discovering the wonders and uniqueness of the Yanomama people of the Amazon Rainforest! Brave scientists took a peek at the different aspects of this traditional tribe’s culture including: […]
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Saturday 18, 2019

We Are Problem Solvers

We Are Problem-Solvers This week brave writers explored persuasive writing by finding problems and writing in many different ways to reach their readers. Inspired by The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, students have been searching for […]
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Friday 10, 2019

Rainforest !

Rainforest Wonders This week in our Rainforest unit our students wrote about wonders with they had about the rainforest. Wonders about the rainforest ranged from, “How many trees are in the rainforest?” and “How hot […]
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Fun Learning!

Friday 3, 2019

Fun Learning!

This week our Kindergarten builders continued studying what materials buildings are made of. We looked at different pictures of buildings from all around the world such as the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more.
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Busy Kindergarteners

Friday 3, 2019

Busy Kindergarteners

On Tuesday, our school performed a holiday Choir Performance at the Circular Church downtown. Ms. Hazel led students through several songs and classics, filling the beautiful church with echoes of harmony and melodies of the season. Second Grade had their time...
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Happy Holidays!

Friday 3, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Students at The Cooper School participated in Whole School Morning Meetings this week to learn about how different winter holidays came to be! Scholars were delighted to make new discoveries about holidays celebrated around the world, as well as make connections amongst….
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Thursday 2, 2019

Rainforests and Farms

Legare Farm On Monday our Kindergarten scholars took a field trip to Legare Farms. Our Scholars were excited to finish up our chicks unit with this special trip. Scholars got to learn new facts about […]
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Friday 26, 2019

Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley On Tuesday Kindergarteners went to the Dock Street Theater to see the magnificent play “Flat Stanley”. Students were so happy to sit “up top” and in the front row to watch the play. […]
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Thursday 18, 2019

Kindergarten Weekly

Chicks Young scientists have been busy learning all about chicks and chickens during Science this week! Kindergarteners discovered the structure of hen eggs. Our Kindergartners learned that hen eggs have 5 different compartments.They learned that […]
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Kindergarten: Marsha McCoy

“The first time I observed the magic that is The Cooper School, I came with a group of teachers during a professional development outing. We were going through our first year of Responsive Classroom training and the purpose of our visit was to observe the teachers and the power of their language for effective classroom management.I remember being in complete awe immediately upon entering the building. I knew I was experiencing something that truly spoke to the spirit of what I had always hoped for education to be like. As I toured the building, observing teachers interact genuinely and respectfully in caring ways with students, I experienced a cohesive learning community with an environment that was warm, engaging, calm and so exciting at the same time. The curriculum was rigorous and cozy sock-footed students were fully engaged with the learning that was happening. I was truly engaged in their learning as I simply observed! It made me wish that I had attended a school like this. Everything from the placement of classroom materials to carpet and table learning arrangements was so purposeful and completely child-centered.

We ended the observation with a group discussion where any questions we had could be answered about the teaching we saw and the school in general. I had so many questions and while they were being answered, the students went outside for snack. I had a view of the backyard from my seat and when I saw the joy and beauty of students as they played, I was moved to tears by the whole experience I had while observing that morning. The Cooper School truly embodied joyful learning and where did they find these amazing teachers and how did they create this magic in the classroom? My heart was so inspired! I had experienced way more than my intended purpose.

I walked away from this observation inspired as an educator, hopeful and eager as a parent and extremely grateful for the experience. On this day several things happened to me as a parent and as an educator. First, I knew that I had to get my daughter into this learning environment. As the mother of a tenderhearted, sweet and gentle kindergartener, I was extremely moved and motivated by the beautiful way that childhood is protected and that the whole child is honored at The Cooper School. Not long after my visit, I transferred my daughter to The Cooper School mid-year. It was the best choice I’ve ever made as a parent. I witnessed my shy girl blossom into a brave scholar who eagerly read her poem in front of a packed audience at Pass it On! The second thing that happened to me that day was a realization that I had found the mecca for what I had always hoped for in education. As a person who really values communication, honoring emotions and feelings of people, and supporting those around me, I had a great deal of respect for the work that was being done at The Cooper School. Later that year, I was shocked and honored to accept a position teaching at The Cooper School for the following year! I was thrilled to become a part of a community that I had grown to love and respect so much.

Some days while I’m driving to work, I say things to myself like, “I just really love my job!” I love being a part of a community that protects childhood and fosters joyful learning in thoughtful and respectful ways. I have been stretched as an educator in so many ways. I am honored to work with an incredibly intelligent and talented group of professionals in such a unique learning community where joyful learning takes place everyday.  This team of educators models daily with each other, what we teach the children about being encouraging and supportive members of a community of learners.  I love the work that we do. I believe in the work that we do. I am a better educator because of the team I get to work with. I learn daily from the work that we do. I am grateful for the coaching, sharing, listening, learning, growth and change that happens daily at The Cooper School.”