The Cooper School Daily

Self-Assessment Celebrations

The end of a trimester, or the end of any period of time, can be hard and stressful work, but I knew going into self-assessment that the TCS middle schoolers would deliver and, boy, did they deliver! As I’m sure you saw while watching your child’s presentation, our students put so much effort, thought, and intentional reflection into their self-assessment presentations. We should be nothing short of extremely proud of them. Taking time to look back and reflect on growth can be a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable process, however reflection is vital if we want to set realistic and attainable goals for ourselves. The Cooper Kids are always striving high, and I hope this period of reflection encourages them to continue doing so!


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

What’s happening in Science?
Seventh graders began their chemistry study this week. They learned about atoms, molecules, and matter! They looked specifically at electrons, protons, and neutrons and how some molecules bond together. The seventh graders also learned about the periodic table of elements and are making their own interactive periodic table of elements using Google Slides. They will be studying chemistry for the next few weeks and will continue to learn more about each of the elements as they complete their table.
What’s up in Math?
This week, 7th graders studied volume and surface area formulas as functions and proportional relationships and created linear graphs using this knowledge. Next week, we will continue to explore different 3-dimensional shapes to explore their volume.

What’s happening in ELA?
After a strong round of self-assessment conferences, 7th grade poets continued to build their sonnets, incorporating metaphorical language into their second stanza while still abiding by the syllable and rhyme scheme rules. We saw that our sonnets “shifted” or presented a twist in the third stanza before reaching a thought provoking conclusion in the couplet. We also considered some of the themes behind Macbeth as we traced the plot to its tragic end.

Next week, 7th graders will finish their sonnets and Shakespeare study. In tandem with studying some stage and film performances of Macbeth, we will work on performing our completed sonnets as we look forward to presenting them to parents next month.

What’s going on in Social Studies?
Seventh graders focused on creating mind maps of what life was like before the Civil War broke out. Students highlighted topics such as; Industrialization, Immigration, Abolitionism, Social Reforms, and Art and Literature!

Next week, the students will dive into the beginnings of tension created before the Civil War! Students will take a look at the different compromises before diving to the Dred Scott Case. Students will end the week by mapping the different sides of the Civil War.

Important Dates:
March 23-April 1: Spring Break