The Cooper School Daily

You can quote me on that. 

Enjoy these quotes heard around The Cooper School Middle School during this past week: 

“What I love about The Cooper School is that we don’t just learn in the classroom, we are like a family, learning life things together.” – Margot Schuetze

“Our school is so inclusive and no one is left out. We all just build each other up.” – Eva McNulty

“It’s good. It’s fun. It’s just a cool place.” – Fin Thompson 

“It’s not like a regular school because we get to be free and express ourselves.” – Zoë Raymer

“Are the students always this amazing? I haven’t enjoyed teaching this much in 20 years!” – Ms. Caroline (French teacher)

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

What’s happening in Science and Social Studies:

Seventh Graders completed their Chemistry study this week! They investigated energy transfer and how to measure and calculate heat into calories. They also explored how particles in a volume of water change as they are heated and cooled. To experiment with kinetic energy and insulation they designed their own thermoses and tested the capabilities of their original prototypes. After wrapping up science, they transitioned back into social studies and began their last US history unit. They will be studying colonial America through Reconstruction for the remainder of the school.

What’s up in Math?

Students have been exploring functions and linear functions this week. We have looked at several real world problems and used the data to determine if the data shows a linear function or not. Students have been able to identify the independent and dependent variables in word problems and verbalize which variable is a function of the other. As we wrap up our benchmarks, we will move into three-dimensional figures next week. We will begin to classify them and then learn formulas for finding volume and surface area, and as always, we will use those formulas to solve real world application problems. 

What’s happening in ELA:

Students continued revising and editing their “Spread the Word” writings. They are rehearsing the sharing of their selected writing. “Spread the Word” will take place on May 4th, starting at 12:30 PM. We hope friends and families will be able to come and support the middle school students in this event. It will take place at The Cooper School outdoor classroom. 

This week, students have also been working on their historical fiction book reports. Feel free to check in with your students on how they are doing on their final book report project which will be due on May 5th. 

Important Dates:

May 4: Spread the Word

May 30: Memorial Day- No School

June 3: Last Day of School/ Field Day