The Cooper School Daily

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

We hope everyone is as excited as us for the Valentine’s Day Book Fair, Bake Sale, and Bingo event! This is going to be taking place at 1:15 on Tuesday, February 14th. This week the Middle School had quite a busy week between Cooper Clusters, Middle School Meeting, and beginning their self-assessments. The middle schoolers have had to have good time management skills to make sure they are getting all their work completed, which they have all done. Their self-assessments will be presented to you, the parents, in order for them to show off the content they learned and projects they are most proud of from this school year. 

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

What’s happening in Social Studies?

Students began to take a look at society during Industrialization through readings and assembly line simulation. 

Students will dive deeper into the unit next week by looking at some readings and even a graphic biography! We will read and analyze the biography as a class as practice using secondary sources! 

What’s happening in ELA?

Literary essays have been completed! You are going to be very proud of your eighth graders. They worked really hard on this writing project. Next week your students will begin week thirteen of grammar and get started on their nonfiction unit. Please make sure your students have nonfiction texts to read by Monday, February 13, 2023. Students may read nonfiction texts about the following: famous people, historical events, current events, plagues/illnesses/viruses, tools/inventions, ideas (MLK’s dream of people not being judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character), interesting places, etc. Realistic fiction is not nonfiction.

What’s happening in Science?

Eighth graders worked on their science fair projects this week. Everyone has begun their experimentation which will be concluded next week. Some of the topics being explored include the impact of music on plant growth, which cosmetics contain the most heavy metals, plants’ effect on soil erosion, and more! Finding answers using the scientific method through collaboration involves more than logic, but also persistence, patience, and creativity. I am so excited to see the results and the final conclusions!

What’s happening in Math?

This week eighth graders started a new unit: Exponential Functions. Students have analyzed patterns of growth, developed a formula for representing exponential growth, and practiced some exponent rules. Next week, we will spend some time with exponential decay and how that formula and those situations and graphs differ from exponential growth. 

Important Dates:

  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day Bake Sale, Book Fair, and Bingo! (1:15 – 2:45)
  • February 20-21 – February Break (No School)
  • February 28- Middle School Social (3pm-4pm)