The Cooper School Daily

Twas the week before the break…

Twas the week before the break, when all through the school,
Every creature was stirring, not following the rules (J/K)
The backpacks were hung on the hooks with care,
In hopes that the students soon won’t be there!

The students were all nestled all snug in their coats
With visions of video games and root beer floats.
Ms. Lindsay in her scarf and Kevin in his sweater
The students settled down for their last week endeavor.

The halls were filled with cheer and pleasant chatter
Knowing that for two weeks, school wouldn’t matter.
Maggie with her book and Allison in her hat,
The middle schoolers kept learning, in their desks which they sat.

When the last test is taken and presentation done,
All will pack up, ready for festive fun.
The students will pack up and ride out of sight


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

What’s happening in Science?
Seventh graders learned about invasive species and photosynthesis this week! They also considered how ecosystem services impact our everyday lives and society as a whole. The seventh graders presented projects about plants that changed history. They picked a plant that has impacted humans and presented information about their plant in a creative way. When we get back to school from break, the seventh graders will continue to learn more about invasive species and ecosystems, then move into science fair.
What’s up in Math?
This week, 7th grade mathematicians created and solved equations derived from real-life scenarios before reviewing for their Unit 4 Assessment which they took on Friday. When we return from break, we will begin Unit 5: Linear Relationships.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week, seventh graders selected fiction books they felt passionately about to base their literary informational and analytical writing on. We pushed ourselves to respond to our reading with sketches, poetry, letters, fan fiction and more. This is meant to prime essayists to write with more creativity and distinct voice as we approach our essays after break.

Next week, before break, 7th graders will begin to develop “companion books” about their novels. For example, a Lord of the Rings companion book might illustrate the Shire and its creatures or spend a chapter explaining the lifestyle of hobbits. This will give writers an opportunity to analyze and inform as an “expert guide” to the world of their book.

What’s going on in Social Studies?
Seventh graders studied the first five presidents this week. Students dove into Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Purchase from France through a reading analysis.

Upon returning from break, the students will begin their president projects. Students will be paired up to write a president biography essay on one of the first five presidents. Students will then present their information to their class.

Important Dates:
December 19 – PJ Day (½ day)- Holiday Extravaganza 10:30-11:30
December 20 – January 3 – Winter Break