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?
Sixth graders explored cells this week using the microscopes! They looked at aquatic plants, human cheek cells, and even microorganisms found in stagnant water outside. They learned about the organelles that make up the cells of living things. They also compared and contrasted the cells of plants and animals. The sixth graders started a new book, called “Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield.” They will continue to read the graphic novel when we return back to school after break.
What’s up in ELA?

6th grade began an exciting new nonfiction unit this week. We dove into nonfiction chapter books that touch on topics like the Salem Witch Trials, LGBTQ history, WWII, and even nutrition. We will push ourselves to track both information, narratives, and main ideas in these pieces as we consistently journal through our reading.

Next week, 6th graders will continue reading their novels. We’ll take part in a winter creative write-a-thon before break, participating in a final review of foundational mechanics and pushing ourselves to write at higher volumes as we reach the halfway point of 6th grade.

What’s going on in Math?
This week 6th grade mathematicians took a Mid-Unit Assessment on solving one-step equations on Monday (12/11), and began studying perfect squares and cubes, analyzing exponents, and solving problems/equations with exponents in them. When we return from break, students will perfect their skills in solving equations and identifying them on a graph.

What’s happening in Social Studies?
Sixth graders finished their Greek studies by discussing Greek philosophers and Alexander the Great. Students then worked on their final assessment for the unit, a mind map!

Upon returning from break, the students will begin their Ancient Rome and Byzantine units. Students will begin the units by discussing Rome before diving into the Byzantine.

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