The Cooper School Daily

Here’s the Scoop from this week at The Cooper School!

February is here! Go out and show your love to the people around you, there is caring energy in the air! This week we have been working on how to show others empathy throughout the school day as well as in their everyday lives. Here are some fun facts about the month of February that you may or may not have previously known!

  • February is the only month to have a length of fewer than 30 days! Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020 and 2024. 
  • January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period. 
  • Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year. Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.   

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

What’s happening in Science?

Seventh graders presented their invasive species presentations to the Middle School this week! Their classmates were able to learn about the ways invasive species have been brought to America and ways they have impacted our ecosystems. Seventh graders also learned about dependent and independent variables, and were able to identify them in their experiment. Some folks were able to begin setting up their experiment, while others worked on their procedures. Next week, everyone will begin taking data and start self assessment portfolios.

What’s up in Math?

Hello 7th grade parents! The seventh graders ended Unit 5 this week, and we began to review

for the upcoming assessment. It’s been a long unit, and some of the material goes back quite a

ways in time. But we’re in no hurry. We’ll review and practice until it all makes sense again and

everyone is ready for the assessment. Miss Riley started the unit and did most of it with the kids,

and I did the last few lessons. So we’ll spend some additional time ensuring that I’m not leaving

out anything important, and that I’m being consistent with how they started the unit and not

switching things up for them. Any confusion and glazed looks will be gone before anyone gets

the assessment placed in front of them. I doubt it will be before next week. The next unit, when

we get to it, is called Functions and Volume. Talk about non-descript; I’m pretty sure it’ll have

something to do with functions, and maybe some volume, but I don’t want to commit too early.

We’re ready for it!

What’s happening in ELA?

This week seventh graders are polishing up their literary essays. Students were expected to use MLA for the cover sheet, in-text citations, and the bibliography. Students also took their grammar week twelve and figurative language assessment.

Next week, students will be working on preparing for self-assessments and beginning a new reading unit titled “Essential Research Skills for Teens.” In this unit, students will be delving into current issues and developing a research paper. This means they will continue to work on in-text citations and work cited pages. Please start talking about current events with your seventh graders and help them to get excited about writing about a topic that they will be interested in.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

This week the students looked at the Industrial Revolution! Students started by being introduced to a new game introducing urbanization. Students then got some background knowledge before beginning a jigsaw activity diving deeper into the content. 

Students will then move into life in the South. Students will take a look into the underground railroad by completing  a webquest and mapping some popular trails. 

Important Dates:

  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, Book Fair, and Bingo! (1:15 – 2:45)
  • February 20-21 – February Break (No School)