The Cooper School Daily

September Skies!

Hello, Cooper Family! September has arrived here at TCS Middle School and we are looking forward to what it will hold for your kids. Here are five fun facts about September:

1. The name “September” comes from an old Roman word, “septem,” which actually means 7. That’s right – September was the seventh month of the year on the Roman calendar. It did not become the ninth month until the advent of the Gregorian calendar.
2. Out of all 12 months of the year, September is spelled with the most letters. It contains nine letters, and it happens to be the ninth month of the year. No other months have the same amount of letters as their number in the calendar year.
3. This September “Harvest Moon” is the fullest moon of the year.
When you gaze at it, it looks very large and gives a lot of light throughout the entire night. No other lunar spectacle is as awesome as the Harvest Moon.
4. There are more pop and classic songs with “September” in the title than any other month.
5. The birthstone for September is the sapphire which is said to reduce inflammation, treat fever and act as a lucky charm for the person wearing it. It symbolizes intuition, clarity of thought, peacefulness, as well as loyalty and trust (12 Fun Facts About September! /The Storage Inn Blog, 2020).

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

What’s happening in Science?
Sixth Grade students are wrapping up their first mini project about famous scientists that changed history. Their research is complete and they are now working on their posters! They are working so hard on them and are excited to share them with you at Curriculum Night!

In the lab, Sixth Graders investigated the density of various salt solutions and calculated the density of the solutions by weighing and measuring the volume of the various solutions. They were able to layer the solutions using the information to make rainbow test tubes. Next week, they will be exploring evidence of convection in the air and in the water.

What’s up in ELA?

Your Sixth Graders have been working on making strategic reading plans and ways to access the texts they want to read. We have learned that the New York Public Library website has a useful link titled, “Title Quest: In Search of the Forgotten Title”. As parents, you may even find the website useful. We also reviewed expectations for their reading log journals. Please be sure to look over their journals.

Finally, Sixth Graders are working on a book project. They are creating book jackets for the books they are reading or have recently completed reading. If they are unable to complete the project by Friday morning in class, the project will be sent home to be completed over the weekend.

What’s going on in Math?

The 6th Graders have reached the end of tier first Unit. Seems like just yesterday we were handing out the workbooks! For the past few days they have been examining wild things called polyhedra and nets. Polyhedra are regular 3-D objects like prisms and pyramids; nets are 2-D drawings of those objects as if to show what they’d look like if they were unfolded. Some are easy to identify, like an unfolded cube. Others, well…, not so much. And after all that and a lot of review this week, they’ll be taking their End-of Unit-Assessment on Friday, just in time to start Ratios the following week.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
This week was an exciting week in 6th Grade Social Studies! We took our first assessment over the introductory information for the class. Which will allow us to start getting into ancient civilizations next week!

Next week we will start to look at civilizations as a whole before breaking topics down into the specifics. We will use that information to create our very own civilization! We will start with Mesopotamia towards the end of next week!

Important Dates:

September 21st: Middle School Curriculum Night (5:30-6:30)
September 29th: Parent Coffee (8:00am-8:45am)