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!


What’s happening in Science?
Fifth graders finalized their chemistry unit. They studied and took their final test Friday…Whoop Whoop! They also 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 fifth graders also presented their projects about plants that changed history. Next week, they will take ERB tests and enjoy some nature time with me and Kevin at Hampton Park and Demeter Park before heading to GRP.

What’s happening in Math?
This week, 5th graders worked to challenge themselves and their classmates by creating engaging, and thought-provoking math problems for each other to enrich their understanding of these crucial concepts before they took their LAST assessment of the school year.

Next week, 5th graders will work on their ERB and take a few field trips with Ms. Lindsay and Mr. Kevin while the 6th and 7th graders head out of town on their trips. When all of that wraps up, we’ll spend the final couple of weeks working through some review and small math-based projects!

What’s happening in ELA?
5th grade historians started their history writing unit this week! Integrating their African studies from Mr. Kevin’s class, writers carefully chose subtopics within the giant umbrella of ‘Africa.’ After finding a subtopic that would allow them to tell an engaging but accurate hiSTORY, writers read and researched with gusto. They compiled organized notes and built an outline, then dove into their first draft! We engaged with lots of grammar, ERB, and vocab review as we cruise towards the year’s end.

Next week, Ms. Maggie will be chaperoning the 6th grade Disney trip and 5th will be taking the ERB, so students will pick up drafting and rewriting upon her return!

What’s happening in Social Studies?
In Social Studies, the fifth graders finished their Australia and Antarctica Unit! Students focused on the early history, modern history, and current day Australia and the Pacific Islands! We dove into the geography of Antarctica at the end of the unit!

Next week, the students will participate in ERB testing and some fun off-campus field trips before heading to GRP 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