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 Social Studies?

Students finished their first DBQ’s and submitted them for review! Student’s then were introduced to their new vocabulary and by popular demand, are creating mini-vocabulary lessons to teach their classmates the new terms. 

Next week, the students will be diving into what society was like during the Industrial Revolution and even taking part in an assembly line simulation. Students will be working to make a greeting card in the assembly line to better understand factory life. 

What’s happening in ELA?

This week eighth 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 “Literacy Nonfiction.” Nonfiction is a broad genre of writing that encompasses all books that aren’t rooted in a fictional narrative. Nonfiction writing can be based in history and biography, it can be instructional, it can offer commentary and humor, and it can ponder philosophical questions. If a book is not rooted in a made-up story, then it is nonfiction (https://www.masterclass.com/articles/learn-about-nonfiction).

Feel free to take your eighth grader to the library to pick out a nonfiction book they may be interested in.

What’s happening in Science?

Eighth graders worked diligently on their science reports and experiments this week! They learned about dependent, independent, and constant variables, and were able to identify the variables in their experiment. All experiments have been set up and data has been collected. The eighth graders also began to research their background information. The girls worked together to help each other set up experiments, take data, and problem solve unexpected things that came up unexpectedly. I am so excited to see their final results and conclusions.

What’s happening in Math?

End of Unit Assessment week!! We have worked through 17 lessons dealing with functions and now students get to show what they know! They took the Functions Assessment yesterday, I have graded it and they will work through corrections today. They will be assessed on analyzing, solving, graphing, and inverting functions! Next week, we are moving on to Unit 5: Introduction to Exponential Functions. Here is a link to family materials so you can get a closer look! 

Important Dates:

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