The Cooper School Daily

New Beginnings!

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

As we head into the new year, this is a quote I am sharing with some of our students. Last week, all of the TCS Middle Schoolers and teachers thought of one word they wanted to carry into the new year. Some examples include “organized”, “productive”, “patience”, and “optimistic”, among many others. At the turn of the year, it’s inevitable and important that we reflect on the previous year and have things we want to change, however, we can’t completely uproot and change all of our ways overnight. But, these new words are things we can apply to small aspects of our day to day life to help us become even 1% better everyday.


What’s happening in Social Studies?
Eighth graders have been working through their Imperialism Unit. Students began the week with a simulation as they raced in the “Scramble for Africa”. We discussed how imperialism may have started as a way to gain resources for your nation, but turned into a competitive race against nations due to nationalism. Students were then asked to analyze some propaganda posters on imperialism before attempting to create their own.

Next week, the students will dive into the indigenous responses to imperialism and look into the Opium Wars! This will lead to the conclusion of the unit and the start of our midterm studies.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week, 8th grade essayists selected a short story that interested them most to develop their final literary essay for this unit. We reviewed the 8th grade standards for strong literary writing. Writers discussed the importance of examining the author’s craft closely to see what meaning hid behind stylistic choices. Writers worked hard to ‘flash draft’ their essays’ first draft and set goals for their final draft.

Next week, 8th graders will participate in a comma workshop and develop their essayist ‘tone’ as they work towards a final published essay.

What’s happening in Science?
This week, eighth graders investigated digital communication! They compared analog and digital waves using graphs. They also learned about resolution and how the number of pixels impacts the quality of the image. Eighth graders also learned how cell phones carry messages and calls. They learned how the sound waves get carried with a carrier wave through modulation. Lastly, they decided on their science fair topics and organized their material list. They will begin working on them next week!
What’s happening in Math?
In our first week back, 8th grade mathematicians have been exploring exponential functions and what it means for something to grow or decay exponentially. Next week, they’ll explore different ways to represent exponential functions (tables, equations, and graphs), find the average rate of change for an exponential function, and understand how exponential functions can be seen in real-life scenarios.

Important Dates:
Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, January 17 – Cluster Lunch
Friday, January 26 8:15-9:00 AM – 2nd, 4th, and 8th Artist of the Month Coffee
Saturday, January 27 5:30pm-9:00pm – Family Fun Outing – Carolina Stingrays Game