The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. The Cooper School offers an exceptional holistic education for children grades K-5.
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Congratulations to our Third Grade scholars on their Asia Study presentation today. Students started by studying the biomes of Asia and then zoomed in on China. They thoroughly studied Chinese culture, language, art styles, architecture, and more. Hats off to our Third Graders!
Congratulations to our Second Graders who presented their Cooper Village project to their families today! Cooper Village began with students learning about natural disasters, and how infrastructure is designed to combat them. From there, students designed floor plans for homes, and worked together to decide what services and businesses they needed in their town. After deciding upon schools, hospitals, emergency services, food and clothing shops, and more, students applied for jobs, and donned their titles. Finally, students brought Cooper Village to life by creating the buildings, roads, and people out of recyclable materials. A job well done!
Kindergarteners had special parent guests, who once lived in New Orleans, stop by this afternoon to teach them all about Mardi Gras. They shared a book, the traditions, as well as a King Cake, with the class. Mr. Ryan found the baby in his slice of cake, and was crowned the Kindergarten King!
Students have been working in printmaking, and sculpting recently, while others have been inspired to create their own works in the style of African-American artist Alma Thomas after reading about her life and art!
Third Graders continue their study of Asia with a look at the Willow Pattern. After reading “The Willow Pattern Story” by Allan Drummond, Third Grade artists created their own blue and white carved vases.
This morning we welcomed family and friends on-campus for our second Artists of the Month installation in the library. Congratulations to our Second and Fifth Grade artists for creating an impressive collection of work! 🎨
As part of their biomimicry study, Fifth Grade biologists and architects have been designing buildings inspired by nature that offer solutions to flood mitigation in their design. One building is designed after a waterproof beetle shell, and another after the way butterfly chrysalises absorb water to protect the larvae inside.
Fourth Grade anatomists have been diving deep into a study of the human body! Recently, they have learned how the bones and muscles work together in our arms and legs by creating their own models.
As part of their Asia study, Third Graders have been learning to write the numbers 1 through 10 in Chinese!
This morning, First Grade columnists shared their newspaper opinion pieces with their families. Students gathered around in their PJs and bathrobes to read their own morning news to their parents and siblings. Their opinion pieces included topics such as restaurant reviews, video game highlights, favorite ways to exercise, and more! ☕️🗞
Happy Valentine’s Day from The Cooper School! In keeping TCS tradition alive, students received their Compliment Books today. In the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, teachers and students discussed what makes a good compliment, and why they are so important. Students then wrote and illustrated compliments to each student in their class, creating a book of personalized compliments that they enjoyed today for the first time. We hope their buckets are overflowing!
It’s Move Up Day! Fourth Graders entered into their first middle school rotation today, and Kindergarteners are experiencing First Grade. Both classes are in different buildings and with different teachers, getting a glimpse into their next academic year.
Today, Kindergarten architects received support from Fourth Grade builders to make their building designs come to life! Kindergarteners shared their plans and vision, while Fourth Graders helped them cut, glue, and shape their houses, shops, skyscrapers, and castles 🏠 🏙 🏬 🏰
TCS Fifth Grade explorers took a trip to the beach today with guest expert Dr. Peters. Students searched the area for PARTS (plants, animals, rocks, trash, and shells), and tried to stump the scientist during the PARTS identification process.
Today, Sixth Grade mathematicians built cubes with manipulatives to understand the exponent 3, and what it means for a number to be a “perfect cube”. Hands on learning is a core value of The Cooper School!
As part of their Asia study, third graders have been learning about Asian folktales, and recently finished the class read of The Magic Paintbrush by Laurence Yep. Afterwards, they to designed their own magic paintbrush creations.
Help support TCS by purchasing your tickets to the Citadel v. Samford basketball game taking place this Saturday February 5th at 1:00pm! Tickets are $15/person. Half of each ticket is a donation that supports teachers and students. Venmo @cooperschool to secure your seats today!
Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you fortune, peace, prosperity, and happiness from The Cooper School.
This morning we held our first Artist of the Month event. Parents and siblings joined us to tour an exhibition of First and Seventh Grade art. Thank you to everyone who came out, and congratulations to our artists!
Our Head of School, Franci Bell, recently wrote a piece for The Post and Courier about traditional grading as an antiquated method for measuring student achievement. Click the link to read the full article! https://bit.ly/34jt7Ji
Earlier this week, 6th grade mathematicians participated in a gallery walk at the beginning of their Equations Unit. Students had an opportunity to list what they know, ask specific questions, and even answer classmates’ questions about some of the unit’s buzzwords.
Seventh Grade ecologists are making their own ecosystems based on things they find in the field. They need abiotic factors to support the organisms they find. In the saltwater ecosystem jars pictured, there are plankton (we checked in the microscope), seaweed, mussels, snail, shells, and a few more things… but each jar is unique. Yesterday, Seventh Graders headed to Hampton Park to make freshwater ecosystem jars, and tomorrow they head to a salt marsh for their brackish water jars!
Our Fourth Grade historians and researchers presented to their families and friends this morning in the library. They shared all they have learned about the American Revolution, from famous figures and battles to the importance of each colony, and so much more!
When we returned from Winter Break a few weeks ago, we asked all of our students to choose One Word to focus on for the rest of the year. Our One Words are intended to bring emphasis and clarity to what we want to create in our lives, and center our values and intentions for the rest of the year.
Third Grade mathematicians started division this week! Using manipulatives, students worked together to create groups and find the product of a word problem. We love hands-on learning here at TCS!!
This week, seventh graders have been working on their very own TedTalk presentations. Students have been compiling their research into slides and practicing their presentation styles. Today, they recorded videos of their presentations to share with their classmates as a way to collect peer feedback.
First Grade artists are so excited to be featured along side 7th graders in the first exhibition of our Artists of the Month series! They are preparing for their art show on Friday by having art focused centers all week!
“Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we shine a light on Dr. King’s life and legacy, while knowing that every day our lives are impacted by the positive change he created.
As part of their American Revolution study, 4th grade historians are creating their own versions of the first flag to represent the United States. They are learning all about the original 13 colonies, major battles of the Revolution, and writing diaries from the perspective of soldiers. We can’t wait for their presentation at the end of the month!
First Graders have been recording audio books to showcase their fluency skills 🎙📕
Our friends from @explorecml stopped in today to launch a 9 week Mission to Space STEM program with our middle schoolers. Today, 5th graders designed their Mission Control boxes that will house their materials to build a rocket, and laid out their goals in a journal for going to the moon! 🚀
Morning Meeting is so important here at The Cooper School. This daily routine sets the tone for the entire day. Carpet-time builds a sense of community, and brings us closer together!
Kindergarteners are exemplifying what it means to be getting back into the swing of things! What a great way to start the week, and new year!
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