The Cooper School Daily

May I Have a Word With You…

May I Have a Word With You…

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” Wilma Rudolph

I would say that Wilma Rudolph’s personal word was determination. As middle school teachers, we all came up with our one word that we would make applicable to our lives during this season. We also encouraged all middle school students to do the same. Students came up with a plethora of words for themselves such as: courage, positive, unstoppable, perseverance, embrace, etc. Parents, perhaps you have a word that you are using as a source of encouragement for yourself or others. I am sure your child would be interested in hearing about your “one” word. Take time during a car ride, at the breakfast or dinner table to share your “one word” with your middle schooler(s).

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

What’s happening in Science:

Seventh Grade scientists began their study about ecosystems and populations this week. During our first discussion, we brainstormed our next project! Each scientist will design, collect, and observe their own ecosystem in a jar! Over the next few weeks, we will go off campus to various ecosystems in Charleston to collect abiotic and biotic components to construct ecosystems in a jar for observation. Along the way, the scientists will learn about the interconnectedness of an ecosystem’s physical environment and the organisms within it that makes each ecosystem special and unique, but most importantly, vital to a balanced Earth system.

What’s up in Math?

Students are deep in their study of inequalities. We have meaningful conversations each day about integers, solving equations and inequalities, what our solutions actually mean and if they make sense. Next week, we will move into learning about simplifying before solving. We will do a three-day study on “Combining Like Terms” so that students understand what a “like term” is and how their coefficients represent the quantity. We frequently practice our understanding of adding and subtracting integers (positive and negative numbers) which will come in handy next week! We are nearing the middle of the unit, there is no mid-unit assessment for Unit 4. We will have our final Unit 4 Test in a couple of weeks! 

What’s happening in ELA:

Seventh Graders continued to work on their research topics on: gun violence, gender equality, and climate change. They are now fine-tuning their presentation and will be practicing for their Ted Talk videos. Please feel free to work with them on their delivery. I know it isn’t alway easy to talk in front of a camera. 

Seventh Graders will have their “Artist of the Month” presentation on January 21st at 8:15-9:00 AM. Parents, please plan on attending that event and supporting your child.

Important Dates:

January 17th: MLK Day – No School

January 21st: 7th Grade Artist of the Month Celebration at 8:15 AM