# 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!

KW

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

What’s happening in Science?
Seventh graders spent the week making sure their conclusions were complete, reports were starting to get polished, and wrapping up research. These past few weeks, they have experienced the scientific process as they collected data, analyzed their results, and contemplated potential application. The seventh graders also started to work on their Science Fair boards. They will have creative freedom to make them fit their personality in a professional manner. We are excited for you to see all of their hard work when they are on display during self-assessment conferences on March 4th and 5th.
What’s up in Math?
This week, 7th graders explored functions and what they are, how to find inputs and outputs of a function, compared a function’s equation and graph, and sketched graphs for the story of a function! Next week, we’ll compare graphs, tables, equations, and stories of linear functions, and see how they’re all connected!

What’s happening in ELA?
This week, 7th grade readers finished up their Black Historical Fiction projects. The projects yielded engaging presentations full of book recommendations, black history, engaging visuals, and thoughtful literary analysis.

Next week, 7th graders will begin a study of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Using tools from No Fear Shakespeare, theatrical experts, and performance study, students will learn key elements of poetry at the 7th grade level. We will eventually use our new knowledge 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 Social Studies?
Seventh graders finished their Westward Expansion unit with their study guides and review days leading to their assessment. The seventh graders finished the week by moving into life in America before the Civil War.

Next week, the students will dive into the Industrial Revolution and Immigration into America. Students will then map the different cash crops that were grown throughout the south.

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