The Cooper School Daily

Less Than Two Months Left

It is hard to believe that we have less than two months of school left. The end of another great year at The Cooper School Middle School is in sight. At this time of the year, some middle schoolers and high schoolers start to slow down. They start feeling less motivated about school and more motivated about summer fun. Here are some tips from North Grand High School in Illinois that may help your middle schooler finish strong:

1. Set Goals

Setting goals for yourself both personally and academically will help you stay on track. Whether your goal is to get straight A’s or pass your AP tests, make your own goals and try your absolute best to achieve them.

2. Stay Organized

Staying organized will prevent you from losing or forgetting about assignments. Keep track of your assignments and test dates in a planner or calendar to stay organized and prepared for upcoming final projects and tests.

3. Don’t put off responsibilities

Slacking and procrastinating are just ways of putting off responsibilities. Putting off school-related responsibilities will leave you scrambling and stressed at the last minute. Do what you need to do when you need to do it, and you will be well on your way to finishing strong!

4. Remember what you’ve worked for

It may help to remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve put in this year. One bad performance on a final test or project could undo all of your efforts for a certain letter grade.

5. Get motivated

It is time to get motivated! Whether you have to bribe yourself with rewards or create penalties for not trying your best, do whatever it takes to stay motivated and beat “summer fever!”

6. Take advantage of the nice weather

As the weather begins to get nicer, you don’t have to stay cooped up inside studying. Get creative by studying and doing homework outside instead!

7. Take a time out

Don’t forget about taking time out of your day to regroup and simply have fun! This will help you stay focused. Giving yourself breaks for fun is good for your sanity and attention span.

8. Adjust your attitude

What is your attitude right now? Are you feeling down? Can you not wait for school to end? Simply adjusting your attitude to be more positive can make an incredible difference!

9. Take care of yourself

Taking care of yourself by eating well, exercising and getting the proper amount of sleep will help you remain focused.   

10. Focus on the finish line

Visualize your finish line- and your goals- and focus on that. The school year is almost over- you can do it! Start a countdown, and don’t worry- the end is near.

If you feel like you need extra help completing the school year, contact a tutor. Tutors will work with you to ensure you are prepared to rock the rest of the school year! Whether you would like to improve upon a specific topic, general test taking skills or college test prep- our tutors will do their best to help you succeed! 

Now get back to your schoolwork so you can finish the rest of this school year strong!


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

What’s happening in Science?

Sixth graders learned about neurons and neurotransmission this week. They considered how the sense of touch is different on certain parts of the body due to the amount of sensory receptors. They also contemplated why certain parts of the body have more receptors and how that helps us respond to our environment. Sixth graders also learned how the body responds to pain, temperature, and pressure through neural pathways to the brain, telling the muscles to respond to the stimulus. They continued to work on their projects about diseases that changed history. They will finish up this study next week! 

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth graders have started working on their Social Issues Book Club final reading project. Some of the books they are reading are: Click, When Stars are Scattered, and Cici’s Journal. Your students have also completed Week 15 of grammar prefixes (a- and  be-)/suffixes (-ent and -ant). They will begin Week 16 of grammar next week and focus on new prefixes and suffixes.

What’s going on in Math?

Sixth grade mathematicians have started to explore operations with integers. Students are analyzing account balances through deposits and withdrawals. Sixth graders are developing a deep number sense around adding and subtracting integers through real life application. We will be moving into the coordinate plane too, in which students will be able to see positive and negative numbers in different quadrants. 

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Sixth grade dove into East and Southeast Asia this week! We started the week by viewing and comparing different early Chinese dynasties and completed a letter activity. In this letter activity, the students were asked to write about their experiences living during one of the dynasties. Students then moved into the achievements of China before studying Japan. 

Next week, the students will be finishing the Southeast Asia unit and then moving into the early Americas. Students will be asked to compare the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations before learning about the different Native American cultures in North America. 

Important Dates:

  • April 22- TCS Spring Auction
  • April 27- Holocaust Survivor Speaker
  • April 27 – Athletic Banquet @ 6:00pm
  • May 4- 11:30 dismissal
  • May 5- Middle School Dance