The Cooper School Daily

Halloween is almost here!

A fun Halloween quiz for you to geek out on and enjoy! You can find more rounds here!

Name the celestial event which happened on Halloween in 2021 for the first time in 19 years. [Answer: October’s second full moon, also known as a Blue Moon]

What vegetable was originally carved to create a Jack-O’-lantern before the pumpkin became the Halloween vegetable of choice? [Answer: Turnip]

On which historical figure was Bram Stoker’s Dracula said to have been based? [Answer: Vlad the Impaler]

Which famous magician died on Halloween? [Answer: Harry Houdini]

What is the day after Halloween called? [Answer: All Saints Day]

What is a group of witches called? [Answer: A coven]

Many of us enjoyed a full moon on Halloween last year – but when will it next occur? [Answer: Halloween 2039]

What are vampires scared of? [Answer: Wooden stakes]

Victorians put what inside their coffins, just in case? [Answer: Bells – if they happened to be buried alive]

For which fruit do you traditionally bob for on Halloween? [Answer:Apples]

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

What’s happening in Social Studies?

This week the students officially began their research papers by completing the outlines and starting on the rough drafts. Students will be asked to take the rough drafts home for their parents to peer edit and review. 

Next week the students will begin working on their final drafts and their presentations. On Friday, the students will be asked to present their research to the entirety of the middle school. 

What’s happening in ELA?

Eighth graders have completed their investigative journalism writing assignments. I am sure that you will enjoy the final product. Next week, your students will start on Week 7 of their grammar lessons. They will identify “that” clauses, write sentences considering the usage of verb tenses, and identify demonstrative pronouns. Students will also begin a new unit in reading, Critical Literacy.

What’s happening in Science?

This week, eighth graders finished up their Rube Goldberg machine design! They have begun to troubleshoot and figure out how to make it reliable. The girls created their own small chain reactions, but now they are piecing all of the reactions together. The process is requiring a tremendous amount of collaboration, patience, and teamwork, but they are all up the task. Next week, they will begin to perform mini experiments to test speed, acceleration, potential energy, kinetic energy, gravity, and Newton’s Laws. Just a reminder, their presentation to parents is Wednesday, November 9th at 2:00pm.

What’s happening in Math?

The eighth graders are about to embark on some pretty heavy stuff: solving systems of equations by either substitution or elimination. Here’s the deal: I give you 2 equations, each has an x and a y in it. And I ask you to tell me what x and y equal. Your job would be to figure out the value of one of the variables so that you can plug it into one of the equations to find the value of the other variable. How much fun is that?! It’s actually fun (trust me), and the eighth graders are well prepared to crush it.

Important Dates:

  • October 31- Halloween Carnival (11:30 Dismissal)
  • November 1- Teacher Work Day (No School)