The Cooper School Daily

We cannot wait to see you! Conferences are right around the corner…

This week has been jam-packed with a variety of exciting happenings. In case you missed it, the Halloween carnival was a hit! The costumes, decorations, and booths were excitingly creative. There have been multiple presentations being put on by the elementary school that have been enticing for the middle schoolers to observe. Remember to put parent/teacher conferences on your calendar for next week!

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

What’s happening in Science?
This week, seventh graders contemplated and discussed the impact of forest fires on society and on forests. They learned about a fire adapted ecosystem, the longleaf pine forest, and how fire is an important part of its health. Seventh graders also choose organisms that live in the longleaf pine forest to research and create game cards for a game we will play. Next week, they will observe earthworms to investigate living things through a more close-up lens, as well as start to question the relationship between biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Just a reminder, we are taking a field trip to the College of Charleston Natural History Museum on Monday, November 14th to look at fossils and bones of animals local to our area.

What’s up in Math?
We have continued to solve equations this week. It has been really refreshing to see their level of engagement while striving to understand the procedures for solving equations. They are doing some high level work and are really taking their time to understand and fully grasp the concept. I am excited for the foundation they are creating as they will soon enter Algebra 1. Their next assessment will be Friday, November 11.

What’s happening in ELA?
Seventh grade students have started on their “Investigating Characterization” unit. Every student has a book that they will be focusing on. They have been working on their notetaking skills for their character study/analysis. Next week, your student will be introduced to writing a character analysis paper. Also, they will start on week eight in their grammar workbook.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that starting next week, all signed papers for ELA will be sent home every Monday. The signed paper (rubric) is how I will keep you informed on how your child is doing in ELA. Please check with your child every Monday afternoon for their ELA signed papers.

What’s going on in Social Studies?
In seventh grade we finished up our American Revolution songs. We also began to dive deep into the Constitution and began to look at the different branches of government.

Students will finish their jigsaw activity surrounding the ideas of the branches of government on Monday of next week. Students then will dive into the different amendments and analyze federalist and antifederalist passages.

Important Dates:

November 7 / 8- Parent / Teacher Conferences (11:30 Dismissal)
November 11- Veterans Day Breakfast
November, 14- Field trip to College of Charleston Natural History Museum
November 18- Harvest Festival (11:30 Dismissal)
November 21-25 Thanksgiving Break (No School)