The Cooper School Daily

Intelligence Plus Character

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

As a nation, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. this week for his contribution to peace and justice in America. As middle school teachers, we see hope for a better future in our students. That is why we show up everyday with open hearts and open minds. We truly believe in Dr. King’s vision for children to be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.

At The Cooper School, we launched our empathy SEL unit this week. However, no matter what social and emotional skill we are concentrating on, we strive every day to practice empathy not only towards our students, but towards each other through thick and thin.

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

What’s happening in Science:
Seventh Graders began to design and collect for their own ecosystem in a jar! We went to Folly Beach where we collected sea snails, phytoplankton, mussels, sand, sea grass and salt water of course. We played with a huge ghost crab, found a horseshoe crab molt, saw a dolphin, and explored the berms. We will go back to the beach to collect more biotic specimens for the jars. This week, the Seventh Graders also researched food webs in various ecosystems, contemplating the populations, individuals, and interconnectedness of the organisms. We will explore fresh and brackish water next week!

What’s up in Math?
This week, we have begun to solve fairly advanced equations. Students are solving multi-step equations vs. two-step equations. We have slowed down a bit so that they are able to have a deep understanding of solving equations. I know that conceptually understanding the solving equation process will serve them well in Algebra I next year and even into Geometry and Algebra II. I tell my students all the time that just like spelling, equations will never go away (throughout the rest of their school career). I have heard from some of them that y’all are helping them at home – that is fantastic! Thank you for jumping in and helping from home, if anything ever feels too involved or confusing, please do not stress over it! I am always willing to go over any homework questions (complete or incomplete) in class the next day!

What’s happening in ELA:
Whew! Videotaping a Ted Talk on gun violence, gender equality, and climate change is not easy, but we are persevering. Your students are using APA style with the help of https://www.citethisforme.com, a tool to help them write their citations and references correctly. The young ladies have used this week to polish up their slides, oral presentations, and identifying obstacles to videotaping. I cannot wait to see the end result of their hard work.

Important Dates:
January 28th- Artist of the Month Series for 1st & 7th Grade
February 1st- Middle School Information Session (6pm-7pm)
February 21-22- February Break