The Cooper School Daily

May We Strive for Success in May

We have so many things to look forward to as the year comes to an end! With that being said, we need to make sure we are planned for the month ahead! Below is a reminder of all of the things that we need to prepare for!

Next Friday is the Middle School Dance! The theme for the dance is Glow in the Dark! Get out those glow sticks and neon shirts! We are looking at a great night ahead!

Starting the following week, we have field trips and ERB testing! Kicking us off, in the week of May 8th, we have the 6th and 7th graders going to Florida and the 5th grade class testing! That following week, the 5th graders will be traveling to G.R.P. while the rest of the grades are testing! To close out the month of May, the 8th graders will be taking their trip to Washington D.C.

Lots of fun things await in our future! It’s best to start the planning now!

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Students prepared for our visit from Holocaust Survivor, Harry Schneider, by diving into the beginnings of WW2. Students were challenged to differentiate between the different European governments that began to create the tension needed to spark a second world war.

Next week, the students will finish their WW2 units before diving into the Cold War. Students will take a deeper look into WW2 battles and the Holocaust.

What’s happening in ELA?

Eighth graders have completed their research project this week and are in the process of completing their dystopian fiction final reading project. Eighth graders are also in the middle of Week 16 of grammar and are learning words with the prefixes mid- and post-. They are also learning about words with the suffixes -ess and -ism. We will have a mini-lesson starting next week on writing fantasy. This unit will enhance writing skills and allow students to apply all that they have learned in previous lessons.

What’s happening in Science?
Eighth graders learned about natural selection and adaptations this week! They explored how pocket mice on a mountain evolved over 1000 years due to a lava flow changing their environment. They considered how a random mutation that changed the fur of one mouse, which proved to be advantageous, allowed for its offspring to inherit the advantage and pass it on, which evolved the species. They looked at walking sticks and contemplated how natural selection evolved the species depending on the environment. Lastly, the eighth graders finished up their living fossils project and presented their findings to the class!

What’s happening in Math?

This week, eighth graders learned how to factor quadratic functions. I went off-book and taught them some explicit steps for factoring quadratics when the leading coefficient is equal to one, greater than one, and how to factor a binomial. These skills are pertinent to moving forward as successful math students!

Important Dates:

May 4- 11:30 dismissal
May 5- Middle School Dance