The Cooper School Daily

Love to Give

As we focus on Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to share some things that our community loves about the Cooper School! With that being said, I wanted to share mine first. The Cooper School is not like any other school community that I have had the opportunity to be a part of. This community embraces the idea that we are a large family. In any other school environment the likelihood of an eighth grader wanting to interact with a kindergarten student is unheard and here it is the norm.

Zoey F: “It is a small school, therefore, we pretty much know everyone. In a larger school you do not get that opportunity.”

Jack W: “I really like how everyone knows each other, and that everyone is so open and friendly.”

Benton S: “The teachers here really care about the students and are devoted to their work. They are always so happy and it reflects on the students’ moods.”

James: “I like the outdoor breaks because it gives me time to get out some of the energy I have.”

The Cooper School is a special place!


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

What’s happening in Science?
Sixth graders finished up their biomimicry models this week. They finished up their google slide presentations that explain the importance of biomimicry and their inspiration for the project. The students also learned about microplastics and how they are not only impacting food chains in our local ecosystem, but also our own food chain and our own food sources. They contemplated ways to reduce waste and how plastic can take a million years to completely decompose, which is why tiny fragments are found in water sources. Next week, they will wrap up the Biomimicry unit and prepare for their final presentation.
What’s up in ELA?

6th graders polished up their informational chapters and adapted them into podcasts this week! We put on our producing hats to make careful music and soundbite selections to go with our professional recordings of wildly fascinating information. We will have a listening party as soon as our sound mixer delivers the final product!

Next week, 6th graders will transition into a Shakespeare Study. This unit will focus on the history and background of Shakespeare while doing a close reading of Romeo and Juliet adapted for middle schoolers. We will get to learn elements of poetry and attempt to write our very own sonnets. As is typical with a new unit, we will swap from vocabulary study to grammar work these next four weeks!

What’s going on in Math?
This week, 6th graders created equations for percentage increases and decreases, and understood what sales tax and tip are and how to use them! Next week, we’ll study how to represent errors with percentages, specifically in measuring!

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Sixth graders finished their Medieval studies by creating skits that portray their new content knowledge on the Medieval Era. Students chose to focus on a specific idea of the Medieval times; such as, the Manor System, the Crusades, the Decline of Medieval Society, and acted out specifics from their content to show their understanding. Students then dove into the Islamic World.

Next week, the students will dive deeper into the Islamic World with the expansion of their culture and achievements.

Important Dates:
February 19th & 20th- February Break (no school)
March 4th & 5th- Self-Assessment Conferences (11:30 dismissal)