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 Social Studies?

The eighth graders tested their chances at “Hollywood” by beginning the short week with a skit about child labor during the Industrialization period. Students then took a deeper look and investigated child labor happening today. 

Students will look into the movement of anti-slavery next week before ending their unit. Students will then begin reviewing their units before preparing for a midterm assessment. 

What’s happening in ELA?

Eighth 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 happening in Science?

Eighth graders completed their science reports this week. They learned how to analyze their data quantitatively and qualitatively. They also learned how to write a conclusion using evidence from their data, considering potential errors, and applying possible applications. They will begin working on their science fair boards next week which will be a learning process in itself. They not only have to understand their results and process, but will also have to be able to summarize and present their findings in a creative and compelling way.

What’s happening in Math?

Eighth grade mathematicians have been exploring exponential decay this week. We have defined an equation for exponential functions and differentiated growth or decay based on the rate. I am impressed with their ability to grasp these higher level concepts. They were able to quickly explain that if a car loses ⅓ of its value per year then we will multiply the value by ⅔. Looking forward, they will have their first summative assessment covering the first half of the unit on March 2. This assessment will include writing equations representing exponential growth, analyzing graphs of linear and exponential functions, using function notation to define situations, and integer exponent rules. 

Important Dates:

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