The Cooper School Daily

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Wow! What a short week and how it flew by, just like this month! We hope everyone had a relaxing or exciting long weekend, however, we were ecstatic to be back! This week we have been working on getting self-assessments polished, presenting the 7th grade Black History Month Presentations they made in Social Studies, and finishing all artwork and artist statements for the artist of the month presentations which took place on Friday. A largely exciting week filled with beautiful artwork and inspiring presentations. 

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

What’s happening in Science?

This short week was jam packed with self-assessment and science projects! Sixth graders made their conclusions this week. They learned to analyze and develop results with evidence using their data. They also considered potential errors and possible applications. Sixth graders summed up their data quantitatively and qualitatively to draw up their results. They have completed their google slide presentations that explain their process and results, which will be included in their self assessment presentation. Students can obviously show you their bacteria and fungal infected petri dishes if you so desire! 

What’s up in ELA?

Sixth graders are off to a great start in their nonfiction book unit. They are also using boxes-and-bullets to write a research paper on a topic that they are passionate about. If you have a Kindle or the Kindle App, please connect to your local library using Libby or the Hoopla app to have access to e-books. We did not do week fourteen of their grammar workbook  because of the short week. We will start week fourteen next week and continue with their study of figurative language. 

What’s going on in Math?

Hello sixth grade parents. Not an awful lot to write about this week, because we started with 2

days off. The kids were heartbroken, of course, but the schedule is what it is, and there will be

times when they have to tear themselves away from school. But when they came back on

Wednesday they took a small assessment. More of a Check-In really, to give us an idea of how

well they’re grasping the things in this unit that we’ve done so far. We practiced before the long

weekend, and I give them credit for remembering as well as they did. Ideally, they’d have written

down detailed notes on the practice assessment so they can use them as reference on the real

one. And some of them did. Ask your son or daughter if they do this. When they take an

assessment, they’re allowed to use any notes they’ve taken along the way, including the (almost

identical) practice we do beforehand. Little secret here, just between us: some of the kids don’t

take notes! Have you ever heard of such a thing? In any event, the assessment went very well,

and I’m proud of them for how well they did. We’re now moving into circles: circumference and

area. I suspect we’ll get to play with the π button on the calculators a lot moving forward –

always a big step in our Math growth.

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Sixth grade began their Medieval Unit by looking into the early middle ages and Charlemagne. Students examined a primary source of Charlemagne in class and analyzed it in class. 

Students will be moving deeper into the Middle Ages next week while looking at Feudalism and the Church during Medieval times. Students will then take a chance at “Hollywood” and become directors and actors in their own skits of the middle ages to test their understanding of the content.

Important Dates:

  • February 20-21 – February Break (No School)
  • February 28- Middle School Student Social (3pm-4pm)