The Cooper School Daily


One of the most intriguing elements of our middle school program is the opportunity for each grade to go on a grade level trip. 5th grade heads towards the mountains, 6th into the magic world of Disney, 7th to space (camp), and 8th to our nation’s gorgeous capital. On the surface level, one could look at these excursions as “just a fun trip,” but the Cooper School is far from the surface level. My hope is that each hike, every roller coaster, all gazes through telescopes, and every step across presidential lawns will follow the tenets of project based, experiential, progressive learning. That is to say, I hope our sixth graders see the elements of storytelling in every ride they stand in line for. I hope our 5th graders see complex problem solving in the simple act of building a campfire. I hope our seventh graders see science and math constantly colliding as they tinker with model rockets. I hope, I really hope, our 8th graders see themselves in that capital – as engaged citizens, as future stakeholders, as reformers, as leaders.

So wish us bon voyage over the next couple of weeks! May our travels be safe! May we dive deep into what the world has to offer and what we have to offer the world!


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

What’s happening in Science?
Seventh graders utilized the engineering process by developing their own rice crispy treat recipe. They contemplated ingredients, steps to take, and if they should alter their recipe based on taste testing. The seventh graders also presented their projects about animals that changed history. Next week, they will head off to space camp and continue their science adventures. It will be out of this world!
What’s up in Math?
This week, 7th graders applied their knowledge of squares to use the pythagorean theorem to aid us in solving triangle problems and slope concepts. Next week, we’ll review for our FINAL assessment and take it on Tuesday, May 7! After we finish, we’ll head off to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL!

What’s happening in ELA?
7th grade began their fantasy unit this week. We selected our own fantasy novels to read as we learn about the elements of fantasy storytelling. We learned about Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey. Readers discussed the settings, characters, moods, and uses of time that are unique to the fantasy genre as we took notes and journal entries on our fantasy readings. We engaged deeply in grammar, vocab, and ERB question review in preparation for the year’s end.

Next week, 7th grade will be heading to space camp!! Our fantasy studies will continue when they return.

What’s going on in Social Studies?
Seventh graders finished their Reconstruction units! Students were tasked with using historical facts to create their own Reconstruction Plan for after the Civil War! This led them to taking their final assessment on Friday!

Next week, the students will be off to Space Camp with Ms. Allison. The students will return to take their ERB tests the following week.

Important Dates:
May 9: 11:30 dismissal (Pass It On for Elementary School)
May 6-9: 6th Grade Orlando Trip
May 8th-10th: 7th Grade Space Camp Trip
May 13th-16th: 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
May 14th-17th: 5th Grade GRP Trip
May 24th: Teacher Work Day (No School)
May 27th: Memorial Day (No School)
May 30th: 11:30 Dismissal & 8th Grade Graduation
May 31st: Field Day & 11:30 Dismissal