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


What’s happening in Social Studies?
Eighth graders dove into women’s suffrage and the changing of the gender roles this week. This led them to the completion of their unit. Students took a day to review their content before being assessed before break.

Upon returning, the students will move into their new unit, focusing on imperialism. We will take some time studying and mastering the vocabulary before diving in.

What’s happening in ELA?
This week 8th graders analyzed Ray Bradbury’s short story, All Summer in a Day. We closely read and re-read the piece, developing theories on possible themes. 8th graders then gathered evidence of different themes in their writer’s notebook, eventually using this text evidence to write the rough draft of their thematic essay.

Next week, 8th graders will work on revising their essays and reviewing their grammar skills before break!

What’s happening in Science?
This week, eighth graders experimented with light and lasers! By using colored filters, they were able to see how the color of objects is the reflection of that color and absorption of the other colors. They also used spectroscopes to observe the rainbow spectrum and how each color has a specific wavelength and frequency. The eighth graders used lasers and refraction to dishes to witness the relationship between the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection. After break, the eighth graders will finish up their study on waves and learn about ways waves impact our modern day communication. They will then start working on the science fair!
What’s happening in Math?
This week, 8th grade mathematicians studied absolute value and its effect on functions, found the inverse of a function, and reviewed for their assessment which they will take on Monday, December 18. When we return from break, we will begin Unit 5: Introduction to Exponential Functions.

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