The Cooper School

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.

Mission: The Cooper School supports the development of the whole child through an integrated curriculum that balances academic, physical, artistic, emotional, and spiritual endeavors. We provide an education that respects the unique qualities of each child and encourages a passion for learning throughout a lifetime. The Cooper School fosters the ability to think with clarity, to create with imagination, and to feel with compassion. Our learning community offers an opportunity for students to grow in their ability to know and nurture the self, understand and care for others and the environment, and to act with purpose, service, and social responsibility in the world.

We are delighted to announce that The Cooper School has been awarded “Most Green” in the 2019 Tree Decorating Contest by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs! 🎄

Third Graders enjoying Purposeful Movement

Third Graders visiting the South Carolina Historical Society Museum

Teacher Spotlight- Erica Maroscher!

1. What do you do at The Cooper School and how long have you been here?

I teach 4th Grade at The Cooper School. This year is my second year at TCS.

2. What do you value about being at TCS?

I value the overall environment of TCS. I believe that it is a very peaceful place where students and staff feel safe and free to do their very best.

3. What’s something you’ve learned teaching here?

I feel like I’m learning something new every day! I’ve learned that positivity is a big part of TCS and the students flourish because of the environment that has been created here. I love seeing all the smiling faces as they walk into the school each morning!

4. Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how?

My 5th grade teacher influenced me the most in school because she knew how to form relationships with her students while also making learning exciting. She also trusted us with glitter!

5. What do you look forward to in your role here (lesson, section, topic, etc.) each year?

I always look forward to the big projects that the students create each year! This year I am very excited about our Africa study! Geography is one of my favorite subjects!

6. What is an example of your approach to dynamically balancing creative intelligence, self and social intelligence and academic mastery in your work at TCS?

I really enjoy teaching with our Social Emotional Learning program! I think it sets a great tone for the whole school. Students learn about ways to understand and manage their emotions, create positive relationships, and achieve goals they set for themselves.

7. If you could live in a book, what book would it be?

If I could live in any book it would be Coraline by Neil Gaiman because I love the fantasy world that she lives in and she has a really cool cat!

8. What’s something this community might not know about you?

I am a bit of an adrenaline junky! I love doing things like skydiving, rock climbing, and hiking up the side of a volcano!

Timeline Photos

Second grade having fun doing word study 😃

Timeline Photos

First Graders are having a blast in holiday centers!

Kindergarteners had a blast exploring our classroom comparing yarn to objects that are longer or shorter.

We had a thrilling Movie Night at TCS! 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders huddled close as they watched The Grinch.

This week, 4th Graders examined x-rays, engaged in physical education, had a special guest speaker(Josh Marthers from WCBD Weather, and watched a fantastic A Cappella performance by The Dartmouth Cords!

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT- Nancy Jordan!

1. What do you do at The Cooper School and how long have you been here?
I’m the 1st grade assistant and I teach math and guided reading, assist with writing, help with classroom management. I also do read-alouds and write and publish the weekly newsletter. I am in my first year and began in August.

2. What do you value about being at TCS?
The faculty is amazing! They are incredibly organized, dedicated, professional, and supportive!

3. What’s something you’ve learned teaching here?
I am learning SO much about affirmative language and rephrasing as well as redirecting behavior. I am also relearning the Responsive Classroom ethos.

4. Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how?
I adored my 5th grade teacher!! She was childless and so we were her children. She was warm and caring ~~and she gave a box of “Turtles” candy to those of us who made 100 on our states and capitals test!
My second favorite was my high school biology teacher! I was fascinated and learned so much.

5. What do you look forward to in your role here (lesson, section, topic, etc.) each year?
I love seeing the light go on in math. Every day that happens for someone! And as the topics are always scaffolding and changing, there are always opportunities to see that shine!

6. What is an example of your approach to dynamically balancing creative intelligence, self and social intelligence and academic mastery in your work at TCS?
I love the multi-sensory approach to teaching math. The students learn to use concrete materials to build concepts before they move on to pictorial and abstract representations. They learn to focus and follow a series of directions. They employ memory as well as varied practice opportunities as the skills help them climb the ladder to academic mastery. The goal in first grade is to progress toward mastery and that enables the children to be responsible learners without stress. There are many appropriate occasions for the children to work as partners in their learning and to build their social skills as an adjunct outcome!

7. If you could live in a book, what book would it be?
It would either be The Pillars of the Earth or Cherry Ames, Student Nurse : )

8. What’s something this community might not know about you?
I finished high school and college in 5 ⅔ years.

The South Carolina Native American tribes got to present to their classmates this week.

TCS Indigo Choir

Field trip fun at Charles Towne Landing ! 😀

First Graders singing loud and proud in choir!

#GivingTuesday is Here!

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To support the Annual Fund TODAY, click here: https://thecooperschool.org/about/fundraising/

Relationships matter!
A Review of Educational Research analysis of 46 studies found that strong teacher-student relationships were associated in both the short- and long-term with improvements on practically every measure schools care about: higher student academic engagement, attendance, grades, fewer disruptive behaviors and suspensions, and lower school dropout rates.

Kindergarteners are getting CONSTRUCTIVE in their Imagination Station this week. Students are putting all of their knowledge of Buildings and tools from our current science unit to work!

K-2 movie 🎥 night was a huge success!

TCS Running Club completed their 5k Reindeer Run this morning! Everyone worked hard to get here and did an awesome job! So proud of our runners!! 👏👏🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️🤗

5th Graders show off their European Country Research Posters!

4th Graders had a blast on the Rebels and Redcoats study trip!They must now decide if they are a Loyalist or a Patriot!

Third Graders on measuring scavenger hunt

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to Rainbow Loom. This activity promotes creativity, patience, perseverance, visualization, and community.

Second graders learning about place value ! 😃

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT- RENÉE BRATTON

An interview with Renée Bratton....

1. What do you do at The Cooper School and how long have you been here?
I am the Third Grade teacher at The Cooper School and this is my first year in this unique learning community!

2. What do you value about being at TCS?
I value TCS for allowing me to continue my learning as a teacher, equipping me with coaching and training in best teaching practices, and providing me with quality curriculum. I am constantly being challenged to grow as an educator and human being.

3. What’s something you’ve learned teaching here?
There is great value in the social emotional learning which equips a Cooper kid with tools to navigate their daily social interactions at school and at home, as well as in their academic lives.

4. Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how?
My High School American Studies teachers, Mrs. Hasebrook and Mr. Yant, showed me that having a sense of community changes how learning happens in the classroom. They created a space that was safe and open for all that walked into their doors.

5. What do you look forward to in your role here (lesson, section, topic, etc.) each year?
I love the magic that happens when presentations come together! I especially loved our recent Change Makers presentation.

6. If you could live in a book, what book would it be?
If I could, I would live in any of the Nicholas Sparks novels. I would love to live in Nights of Rodanthe and live a life full of hope and love in a small coastal town.

7. What’s something this community might not know about you?
I have a two and a half year old daughter named Charlotte Jane.

Kindergarteners had a ball working together to clean out Fireball’s cage! Students couldn’t wait to put their knowledge to work to create our class book, “How To Clean A Bearded Dragon’s Cage”. @ The Cooper School

Harvest Feast

Harvest Feast Fun

TCS wishes our families and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. We are still celebrating from our joyous Harvest Feast.

4th Graders enjoyed the festivities at the Harvest Feast! We are thankful for TCS community. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Cooper School is FULL of gratitude for the amazing time we had at our Harvest Feast today! @ The Cooper School

Learning and the Brain conference. Can’t wait to share what we learn!

Writing by the fire:)

Third Grade Publishing Party!

TCS Teacher Spotlight: Rachael Celia

1. What do you do at The Cooper School and how long have you been here?

I am the fifth grade teacher at TCS and this is my first year here!

2. What do you value about being at TCS?

I value the continuing opportunity to both share my passion for learning with others and grow as a life-long learner.

3. What’s something you’ve learned teaching here?

Something that I’ve learned while teaching at The Cooper School is how to run a Morning Meeting. I love sitting down each morning with my class and learning a bit more about them!

4. Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how?

The educator that has influenced me the most was actually my own fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Skinner. She was very strict, but had such a special way about her that made you want to learn more. She showed me that just because I might not be interested in something at the time, I can still learn and grow in that area.

5. What do you look forward to in your role here (lesson, section, topic, etc.) each year?

I love teaching math and sharing how surprising it can be! I love the enrichment and math challenges the most.

6. What is an example of your approach to dynamically balancing creative intelligence, self and social intelligence and academic mastery in your work at TCS?

One of my proudest moments while at TCS was watching my class while at Green River Preserve. Getting to see them grow and learn so much about each other and nature was so incredible. We combined teamwork, socialization, and exploration with learning facts about nature. I am so proud of their abilities.

7. If you could live in a book, what book would it be?

If I could live in a book, it would be my favorite book, "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This has always been one of my favorite books to read over and over again. I love Anne’s imagination and her adventures. Recently, I visited the setting that inspired L.M. Montgomery, Prince Edward Isle, and it was absolutely amazing!

8. What’s something this community might not know about you?

Something that people might not know about me is how much I love classic brittish mysteries. I know everything about Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Jane Marple. I have read every Agatha Christie novel and short story, as well as seen all of the tv shows. It is a love shared by both my parents and has been cultivated throughout my life.

First Graders used their creativity to make a bridge 🌉 over the muddy water! Rain play is the best!

Kindergarteners learned all about natural dyes today with a visitor, Rose Wirtz. We were so excited to dye papers for the whole school’s Gratitude Books for next week’s Harvest Feast!

Gym Day field trip!!!

TCS Third Grade Community Change Makers Presentation

5th graders shine on and off the court! They were true leaders on our trip to St. Andrew's Gym.

Third Graders did an AMAZING job on their Community Change Makers presentation this morning!!!

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