The John Cooper School

The John Cooper School


Two nice young football players brought this wonderful basket thanking us for being good neighbors. The school is right behind us and we've always enjoyed listening to the music and game noise. Looks like this school is teaching more than reading and writing. 👍👍👍
A little social distancing with her senior. She missed John Cooper Day and getting dressed to so we made it happen. I could t have asked for a better senior for Elin, Alex is an amazing young woman and Elin just loves her!
Class of 2020 Unites! I have created a project to provide encouragement, love and support to ALL our local High School Seniors during this difficult time. This is also a way for them to make an impact by "giving back" to their community. A t-shirt has been designed for several local schools with the same unified message but in their school colors and their own #staystrong hashtag. For the sale of each shirt, $5 will be donated to the Montgomery County Food Bank, an organization helping those affected by the Corona Virus. Please join the group and share the information! #DragonStrong • Gildan SoftStyle 100% cotton white t-shirt. $25 • Add $1 2XL, $2 3XL, $3 4XL TO ORDER, Click on the link below or email me at [email protected] and please put in the memo: 1. School 2. Last name 3. Shirt type (ladies/unisex) 4. Size VENMO:
We See You JCS:
Record breaking 4x400 relay!
Winning 4x800 team!
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Stamping Out Exclusion is an outstanding idea. I hope it is a great success.
Hey alumni! One of our current swimmers is up for swimmer of the year in VYPE Magazine. Be sure to support his efforts by voting on line before noon on NYE. GO Dragons!
Swim team doing a great job at the TISD Big Cat Invitational today!
Pictures for all Winter Sports will be on Wednesday 11/15 go online and order at

The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational college preparatory day school for grades Pre-k through Grade 12. The John Cooper School was founded in 1988 with the first graduating class in 1994.

The school currently has 1,896 alumni. The John Cooper School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). With a current PK-12 student enrollment of approximately 1,284 students, the teacher-student ratio is 11:1. Nineteen Advanced Placement courses are offered and 100 percent of graduates attend colleges and universities around the country and world. Facilities on our 43-acre college-like campus include: – Lower School and Fifth Grade Center with classrooms, science labs, music rooms, library, art room, multi-purpose room and computer lane; – Performing Arts Center with a 500-seat main stage theater, a 125-seat black box theater and instructional space for band, choir, dance and drama; – Two gymnasiums, a lighted and turfed football/soccer field, lighted and turfed baseball field, lighted softball field, tennis courts and track; – Two visual arts studios – Student Center/Dining Hall – The three-story 50,000-square-foot Rock Math and Science Center. Facilities include classrooms and labs for Middle and Upper School science and math; a computer lab, robotics classroom, forum classroom, outdoor roof garden and 135-seat lecture hall.

Mission: The John Cooper School's mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

Operating as usual

Cooper Dragons Football Live vs Lutheran South | Friday, October 2, 7:00 pm

Tonight’s the night! Football on Pugh Field! The Dragons take the field at 7 p.m. Catch the livestream at Tune in early as it’s senior night for cross country, football and cheer! GO DRAGONS!

The John Cooper School vs. Lutheran South Senior Night Friday, October 2, 2020, 7:00 pm Pugh Field | The Woodlands, TX ht...

WOW! The Dragon volleyball team beat the Conroe Tigers last night in a five-set game in the Dunlap Gym. Read about how the team fought to win in the final rally in this Conroe Courier article by Justin Maskulinski. GO DRAGONS!

Dragon Fans were treated to a win in straight sets over Incarnate Word Academy last night as they celebrated the seniors. We'll post photos of all of our fall senior athletes next week since we'll also be honoring seniors in football, cross country and cheer this Friday. GO DRAGONS!

Dragon Fans! Are you ready for some football? The Dragons will host Lutheran South on Pugh Field on Friday (10/2) at 7 p.m. It’s also senior night for cross country, football and cheer! Wristband passes and masks are required. You can also watch the action on livestream: GO DRAGONS!

ATTENTION LOCAL AUTHORS... The 16th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward is now accepting applications for the Visiting Author portion of the event that will be held on December 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. Each year, local authors representing many genres discuss, sell and sign their books. The deadline to apply to participate ( is October 9 to be included in pre-event publicity; the final deadline is October 23. Here's a photo of the 2019 Visiting Authors with featured author Maria Semple.

Have you signed up yet to enjoy the 33rd Annual JCS Golf Tourney on October 19? Over the last 20 years, the annual tournament has raised almost $500,000 that directly benefits Cooper athletic programs and student-athletes. Join these golf committee members and show your Dragon Pride by becoming a sponsor, player, hole sponsor or volunteer and enjoy the great outdoors at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course.

Each fall, the College Counseling Office schedules times for juniors and seniors to visit with representatives from colleges and universities from across the country. This year, with traveling on hold, students are visiting and interacting with representatives via zoom on a television donated by Parents’ Forum, in the new conference room that was donated by the Class of 2020. These students are hearing from reps from Wake Forest University. Just another great example of how we all adapt to work together!

It's a great way to start the weekend by congratulating these four new JCS Alumni Association Board members. Once A Dragon, Always A Dragon!

The John Cooper School Alumni Board has appointed four new members for the 2020-2021 school year. Alumni Board President, Chelsea Wade ‘04, said “We’re thrilled to introduce our new board members! They have unique skills and qualifications that will enhance our service to the association.” Ryan Richards ’03 is looking forward to helping students planning to pursue medical degrees. Emily Dunlap ’09 hopes to connect with fellow alumni and give back to the Cooper Community. Iker Pimienta ’14 wants to give back to the school that gave him so much. Munachimso (Muna) Uzodike ’15 looks forward to the opportunity to bring her love of community and compassion to the board. The 2020-2021 Alumni Board is comprised of twenty alumni from the classes of 1994 – 2015. Please join us in congratulating these alumni and read more about them in the next issue of Transitions, the #cooperalumni newsletter.

Faculty, staff and students had their individual school photos taken this week for "Paragon 2021." Re-takes are scheduled for November 5. The yearbook staff, led by co-editors Amera Finnie and Kat Staebel, are busy creating a record of the 2020-21 school year.

Join us in saying BRAVO to our dedicated faculty.

Dragon Volleyball is on fire! First two games of the season yielded two 3-0 sweeps! Congratulations to Coach Peyton and her undefeated varsity team! GO DRAGONS!

Group discussions are in integral part of middle school English! In-person learners engage in discussions with online learners while classroom students talk at a distance and behind shields. "2020 'turn and talk' discussions look a little different than past years," said their teacher, Lyndsay West, "but like everything in 2020, we've adapted!"

Congratulations to the 13 seniors who have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program. They are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Read more at

Who can resist a PAR-TEE! This golf team had a jumping good time when they played in the JCS Golf Tournament two years ago. Get into the swing by joining the fun a month from today at The Woodlands Country Club-Palmer Course. Teams are signing up online for the October 19 PAR-TEE at

The keynote author for the 16th Annual Signatures Author Series, Jesmyn Ward, is a two-time National Book Award winner and bestselling author whose works cover insightful topics and include richly drawn characters. Ward received her MFA from The University of Michigan and is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University. “Navigate Your Stars,” based on her commencement address at Tulane in 2018, is a revelatory, uplifting and beautifully illustrated meditation on dedication, hard work, and the power of perseverance. Reserve your seat or table for the 2020 Signatures event online to hear from Jesmyn Ward on December 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center.

No obstacles: Bonnie Dunbar didn’t let anything keep her from space

High school students have the opportunity to hear from a retired astronaut thanks to a new speaker series through Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA). “I just don’t see obstacles,” Dunbar says matter-of-factly. “I see challenges. I like solving problems.”
High school students from throughout Montgomery County are invited to join us on Thursday at 6:30 pm for the first guest of our Distinguished Speaker Series, retired astronaut and professor Dr. Bonnie Dunbar. Dr. Dunbar will share her story and offer the opportunity for student Q & A.
There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required: UW Magazine | University of Washington

We love all our librarians for going the extra mile for our students. Librarians in all three school divisions have transitioned into new ways of making books and research materials available to all students by delivering books to classes or by providing pick-up opportunities. Now that's service!

Director of Counseling Services Anne Donahoo and colleague Dr. Diego Estrada work with Upper School students and send Wellness Wednesday messages each week. Here is a portion of today's message to students:

Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions. Research shows that emotions impact attention, memory and learning, decisions, relationships, health and well-being. It is not a surprise that employers want candidates who are able to use emotions to guide their thinking and actions effectively. The good news is that we are working on the development of emotional intelligence skills here at Cooper.

An easy way to remember the skills of emotional intelligence is the acronym RULER: Recognizing emotions in ourselves and others, Understanding causes and consequences of emotions, Labeling them, Expressing them in ways that are appropriate to the context, and Regulating them by using effective strategies. RULER is the name of the approach developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In addition to the Counseling Department’s work in this area, you will learn more about these skills in advisory. On Friday, for example, you will be talking about the impact that emotions have on different aspects of our lives.

Coach DeHaven - Hot Mic | The John Cooper School

Dragon Fans! Take an on-the-field peek at a football practice with Coach DeHaven.
GO DRAGONS! #BuiltByChampions

Dragon fans! You can not only pick up the very latest in Dragon wear at the Spirit Store, but Dig Pink and Habitat shirts are also in stock! GO DRAGONS!

Each Wednesday during Lower School Morning Announcements, Counselor Linda Donald presents a Wellness Wednesday message for our Pre-k through 5th Grade students. Wellness is about being healthy in heart, body and mind. It’s about the whole person! Students will explore one of the following areas each week:
Physical Health (our bodies)
Mental/Emotional Health (our thoughts and feelings)
Social Health (our interactions with others)

Cooper Senior to 'Help Bridge the Gap' by Collecting New and Used Test Books | Hello Woodlands

Thank you, Hello Woodlands for highlighting the good work of this senior who is collecting new or used SAT, ACT and AP books. Read all about it here... THE WOODLANDS, TX – There have been far-reaching results of the recent pandemic and some are positive ones. A highly motivated John Cooper School student is making an impact by helping students who don’t have the resources to study for the standardized tests that are required for

Virtual Speaker Series

Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) has initiated a Virtual Speaker Series that offers two free virtual speaking events each month highlighting distinguished professionals from various industries. The online series is open to all Montgomery County high school seniors. The first hour-long session is this Thursday (9/17) at 6:30 PM and features Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, TEES Eminent Research Professor, Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. The sessions are free and registration is required. Read more at: Throughout the 2020 Fall school semester EfTA will be holding two free virtual speaking events each month highlighting distinguished professionals from various industries and careers. High school...

UPDATED LINK: Picture yourself on this lush Palmer Course at The Woodlands Country Club just five weeks from today. Tournament co-chairs Kristin Baadsgaard and Nacole Nath invite you to join them and keep a longstanding Cooper tradition going by playing or attending the 33rd Annual JCS Golf Tourney on October 19. Proceeds will benefit the Dragon Booster Club. Sign up online today so you can join the fun!

Today we're sending our fondest wishes to all our grandparents locally and around the world. We love our Cooper Dragon Grands!!

Happy Friday Dragon Spirit Day! Chemistry/physics teacher Cathy Mock is GOING GREEN in a mask that was given to her by one of her students whose grandmother taught her how to sew over the summer and made it for her. Way to go! Have a great weekend, Cooper Dragons.

All three school divisions took time this morning to remember the events and losses of 9.11.01. Head of Upper School Steve Popp shared the following remarks with Middle and Upper School students: "Today marks the 19-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. September 11 is a day of remembrance for the lives lost which included people from 80 different nations, first responders, police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel. That tragic day served as a true test of the American spirit, and it will be remembered always. I ask that we take a moment of silence to acknowledge the heroic Americans who responded with courage, charity, and sacrifice and to honor all lives that were lost on September 11, 2001."

Head of Lower School Teresa Robson delivered the following message to Lower School students via JCLS News:

Don't delay reserving your table or seat for the 16th Annual Signatures Author Series on December 4. Reserve online and read more about this year's impactful keynote author at:

The Woodlands has two events scheduled for tomorrow to remember lives lost on 9.11.2001 and to honor first responders. The events can be attended or watched live through social media. Read more here...

Join us Friday, September 11 for a day of honor and remembrance with two special events. If you are not able to attend, tune in to The Woodlands Township's page to watch it live.

Patriot Day of Remembrance will take place from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the Central Fire Station to honor those who tragically lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

At 5:30 p.m., head over to Town Green Park for First Responders Day as we honor and thank first responders with a community gathering featuring a presentation of colors, Honor Guard, speakers and more.

HAPPY WE ARE BACK TOGETHER! Art students in pre-k through fourth grade working online and on campus combined their talents to create this masterpiece that welcomes all who enter the Mitchell Lower School. Each student worked on a quarter of the circle. The project was inspired by a book by Peter H. Reynolds titled "THE DOT" about a girl who thinks she can't draw, but when she gives it a try (starting with a little dot) she discovers that she can draw and goes on to teach others who think they can't draw. Art teacher Amy Dietrich says it's a great message to not give up if we think something is hard and instead give that challenge a try!

Sharing great news from our Alumni Association. Many congratulations, Dr. Samuel, on being named among Top Doctors in Interventional Cardiology by Houstonia Magazine!

Congrats to Alumni Board Member and Cooper parent, Paulraj Samuel, MD ‘97, for being named one of Houstonia Magazine’s Top Doctors in Interventional Cardiology. #dragonproud #cooperalumni

Welcome Back Cooper Athletes | The John Cooper School

Our Dragon fall athletes hit Pugh Field, the trails and the Dunlap Gym starting last week to prepare for the upcoming season.

Check out the sights and sounds of JCS athletes as we welcome them back to campus and athletics this week! #BuiltByChampions

Dragon Tillie Claggett had a busy Labor Day weekend! Her victory at the 2020 Girls Match Play Championship qualified her for LPGA’s 2020 Volunteers of American Classic in December. Here's the full recap of her accomplishment by The Texas Golf Association:

Students in Erin Galloway's AP Environmental Science class took advantage of our beautiful quad for a Carbon Sequestration Lab. Students learned about the carbon cycle and how biomass impacts the overall amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by the tree per year... in addition to enjoying the great outdoors!

The John Cooper School is closed today. Classes will resume online and on campus tomorrow. Enjoy your Labor Day holiday.

From Curiosity to Wisdom

A recognized leader in independent school education for 31 years, The John Cooper School is proud to have grown with The Woodlands. Since the inaugural opening day in 1988, Cooper has nurtured a love of life, learning and the world around us.

Our history includes being part of George Mitchell’s initial vision for The Woodlands. In the early years of developing a new planned community, Mr. Mitchell set aside 43 acres for a private school and sought the guidance of renowned independent school educator Mr. John Cooper to counsel him about establishing a college preparatory school in his “new hometown.”

That vision became a reality when The John Cooper School opened on September 6, 1988 and the school has grown in both size and distinction to become one of the premier independent schools in the Houston area.

Cooper opened with an enrollment of 175 students in Pre-K through Grade 7 in 1988 and a grade level was added in each subsequent year until the first class graduated in 1994.

Now well-established, Cooper began its 2019-20 academic year in August with 1,280 students, breaking a student enrollment record for the nineteenth consecutive year. An active JCS Alumni Association now boasts 1,896 alumni.

Facility growth on campus continues to enhance educational opportunities. Added to major facilities in 2016 was a 50,000-square foot, three-story Rock Center for Math and Science Center that houses classrooms and labs, a computer lab, robotics classroom, outdoor roof garden and a 135-seat lecture hall. The newest facility, a 4,250-square foot freestanding Lower School Library, complements comprehensive athletic fields and training facilities, the Mitchell Lower School, Middle/Upper School, Student Center, a freestanding 5thGrade Center and The Glenn Performing Arts Center.

Remaining true to Mr. Cooper’s whole child philosophy, learning is valued in and out of the classroom.

A Cooper education combines traditional educational practices with innovative new methods that teach students to think, question, analyze, create, communicate, lead and take responsibility for their world.

Cooper faculty are caring, committed and collaborative and believe that education is a lifelong experience. They embrace the opportunity to provide a learning environment that enables students to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

Members of Cooper’s diverse student body pursue a variety of interests. Students are recognized locally, regionally and nationally in a range of fields, including academics, visual and performing arts, and athletics. Upper School athletes compete in the highly regarded and competitive Southwest Preparatory Conference with five to 10 percent committing to athletic careers in college.

Extensive visual and performing arts offerings prepare those interested in pursuing the fine arts and include such unique courses as 3-D visual arts and aerial arts dance.

Service to others also continues to be a cornerstone of a Cooper education. Students give back to the community through varied division-level outreach opportunities each year. Annual schoolwide efforts include the student-led Habitat Project, currently building the 21st home for a local family and the annual Empty Bowls Project that has raised over $100,000 over the past 15 years for local hunger relief efforts.

The John Cooper School continues to pave the way for students to go “from curiosity to wisdom.”

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