The Cooper School Daily

Just Laugh!

Who doesn’t love to laugh? It feels so good to have a real, tummy aching laugh that makes you cry because it’s so funny. I am writing this while my kids are creating an i-movie about feeding our dog treats, but then speeding it up to sound like chipmunks, and their chuckles are so contagious that I am laughing while I am writing.

So, TCS middle is no exception…we love to laugh at school to make the most of our time together! Intellectual jokes seem to come around a few times a day, silly ones are more common, and of course, something ironic or unexpected occurs daily that always leads to a laugh. We laugh during presentations to help ease anxiety, on the playground while playing games, and during lunch while talking about things we did the night before.

The science of laughter is intriguing. If you are interested, according to a study found in Medical News Today, laughter is found to trigger the release of the “feel good hormones,” otherwise known as endorphins. Endorphins help to relieve pain and trigger feelings of pleasure. The hormone release induced by social laughter can actually form, reinforce, and maintain social bonds.
Thanks for sharing your kids with us! We wouldn’t want to have our endorphins released laughing anywhere else 😀

Cheers to week three!

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

What’s happening in Science?
Fact, hypothesis, theory or law? Sixth Graders contemplated and differentiated between beliefs and facts, as well as the difference between theory, law, and predictions. They put their new formed understanding to the test as they experimented with atmospheric gasses and the properties of contained air. They created air pressure maps and learned how to interpret high and low pressure on the map. Sixth Grade students also started a mini project about famous scientists that changed history. They are researching a scientist that impacted society and will present their research visually on a creative poster!

What’s up in ELA?

This week in grammar, Sixth Graders have been working on identifying various parts of speech along with prepositional phrases. They’ve also reviewed capitalization and using the correct punctuation. Your students are becoming quite proficient at using proofreader’s marks. Grammar assessments are given every Friday.

We also discussed reading log expectations this week. Please review with your child the Reading Log Rubric that can be found in their reading notebook. Finally, all reading notebooks with log activities are collected on Fridays and returned on Mondays (this upcoming week, logs will be returned on Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday). Students should have four reading log journal entries completed for their Monday-Thursday readings. The only exception to this would be if Monday is a holiday.

What’s going on in Math?

It’s been all about Area for the 6th Graders, and using different strategies for calculating it. It’s surprising how many different ways there are to deconstruct a shape, rearrange it and reconstruct it in order to find Area. What works for one person doesn’t work for another; another way doesn’t work for someone else – it’s been neat to see how different brains work to make sense of a problem. We’re getting into finding the area of odd shapes now – all sorts of weird polygons. It’s the same steps, but it gets a lot more complicated, and sometimes we just have to step back and take a long look at a shape before we attack it. We’ll have a practice assessment coming up, maybe before the weekend, and a real one early next week.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
This week was an informative week for the students! We started diving into the early humans and their migration trends that gave us civilizations across the continents. We even debated on which of their survival strategies held the most importance.

Next week is going to be another exciting week as we dive into the creation of cultures and civilizations. Students will be looking at many different types of early markings and early cities and comparing it to what we have today.

Important Dates:
September 5th- Labor Day, no school
September 21st- Middle School Curriculum Night, 5:30-6:30