Cooper News Jan. 12

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Congratulations to the Cooper Band!

Congratulations to Matt Baker, Alex Singer, and members of the Cooper Band. Past, present, and future. 

Rising 9th grade information and PTO meeting

There will be a Langley HS introductory presentation for rising 9th grade parents at this week's Cooper PTO meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 9:30am. Please RSVP using this form and mark your calendars. 

Don’t miss out on another historical yearbook! Order yours today!

The yearbook staff is looking for fun winter, snow, and holiday photos! We still need summer photos, and any friends/family, sports, or activity photos of your student!

Parents, please use Eshare or email photos of your student to [email protected]

Please include your student’s first/last name, grade, and a brief description of photo.

We are looking photos of any your student does outside of school…sports, family, celebrations, community service, holidays, hobbies, etc.

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Rising 9th grade Langley Open House Learn about the challenging and enriching academic environment that exists at Langley.

On Sunday, February 13th, from 2-4pm, Langley High School is hosting an Open House.  Eighth-grade students and their families are invited to attend the information session presented by administrators, tour the building with student ambassadors, and chat with experienced parents and faculty at the reception following the tours.  Interested families should RSVP to AP Jim Robertson at: [email protected] by February 10th. Park in the main lot and enter through door #14

Cooper PTO meeting with Langley Jan. 13th

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Cooper PTO Meeting Tomorrow: Get to Know Langley High School

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 9:30 AM for a virtual PTO meeting with special guests from Langley High School who will introduce Cooper families to Langley staff and provide an overview of the transition from Cooper to Langley.  We are excited to welcome Principal Kim Greer and Director Student Services Braden Peterson, along with representatives from the Langley PTSA to the meeting.  We will also hear updates from the Cooper PTO and Cooper Principal Lisa Barrow.  To participate in this meeting, please RSVP HERE

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PTO curriculum events

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Rising 9th grade Open House at Langley scheduled for January 9th is POSTPONED. Please watch your email for updated information from Langley if you have already RSVP'ed. The adjusted date will be Sunday, February 13th, from 2-4pm. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

There will be a Langley HS introductory presentation for rising 9th grade parents at this week's Cooper PTO meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 9:30am. Please RSVP using this form and mark your calendars. 

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Cooper News Jan. 5th

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Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful break and extended break with the snow days. 

Please ensure your student has an extra mask packed for after lunch and/or P.E. and a reusable water bottle. Water fountains are only permitted to be used as refill stations. 

Students should come to school with a fully charged computer to be used for learning throughout the day.

Thursday, January 6th will be an “Odd” Day.

Important dates for January:

January 17: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday - School Holiday

January 20: End of 2nd Quarter - two hour early dismissal (12:15pm)

January 21: Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday

January 24: Staff Development Day - Student Holiday

January 25: Start of 3rd Quarter

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Optional COVID-19 screening testing 

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students is available. FCPS partners with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. Testing for Cooper MS students will take place on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cooper MS. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  If you have questions about how testing will be conducted here at Cooper MS please contact the front office at (703) 442-5800.  Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Cooper Middle School safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child.

After School Activities on Temporary Hold

With the surge in COVID19 cases and the new variant, FCPS is limiting many activities in the schools.  To that end, we will be holding off on any middle school after-school activities for two weeks.  We will reevaluate by January 14th and make a determination at that time of any next steps.  Likely, and hopefully, we will go back to normal operations at that time.

Rising 9th Grade Information

Sunday, January 9th, from 2-4pm, Langley High School is hosting an Open House.  Eighth-grade students and their families are invited to attend the information session presented by administrators, tour the building with student ambassadors, and chat with experienced parents and faculty at the reception following the tours.  Interested families should RSVP to AP Jim Robertson at: [email protected] by January 6th.

If you have a rising 7th grade student:

We are so excited for you to be joining the Cooper family in just a few short months!  While counselors will be meeting with 6th grade classrooms in January, we will also be hosting several events to assist you in making supportive decisions regarding your child’s academic success in middle school.  Please save the following dates to join us for these informative events!

Audience

Event

Date

Time

Parents & Students

Rising 7th grade Core & Elective

Curriculum Tour 

(Materials will be posted HERE on Jan. 10th)

Begins

Jan. 10

Your Choice

Parents & Students

Virtual Rising 7th grade: Welcome to Cooper Night

RSVP Here

A Zoom Link will be emailed to you prior to the meeting

Jan. 27

6:30pm

Students

Cooper Counselors visit 6th grade classes 

(Each ES will be assigned a date)

Jan. 25- 28

varies

Students & Parents

Input Course Requests to the Google Form. Only students can complete this form while logged into their FCPSschools.net google account (Google Form will be available on January 27th)

Due by Feb. 7

By 8:00pm

Still have Questions?

More Registration/Academic Advising information can be found on our website HERE

We look forward to "seeing" you in January!

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Cooper News Dec. 15

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Winter break will be held December 20-31. Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Cooper offices will be open Monday December 20th-Wednesday December 23rd 9:00am-12:00pm. Offices will be closed the week of December 27th.

120 Gifts were donated and 150 winter coats were provided!

Thank you to the Cooper Community for your generosity. 

Sunday, January 9th, from 2-4pm, Langley High School is hosting an Open House.  Eighth-grade students and their families are invited to attend the information session presented by administrators, tour the building with student ambassadors, and speak with experienced parents and faculty at the reception following the tours.  Interested families should RSVP to AP Jim Robertson by January 6th.

Langley HS Auditorium, park in the main lot and enter through door #14

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Cooper News Dec. 8th

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Word Master Achievement

The first round of the Vocabulary/Analogy WordMasters test results have been returned and we are so proud of all of you.

Cumulative Champions will be announced May 6, 2022

Kiss and Ride Reminder

In order to ensure the safe arrival to school for all students, we ask parents to follow our Kiss and Ride procedures.  Please do not drop students at the Masonic Temple, Balls Hill Road, or Dead Run.  We appreciate your support.  

Family Life Education (FLE) Instruction

Students will begin FLE instruction starting December 13th, with our Human Growth and Development unit. If you wish to opt your child out, forms must be turned in no later than Thursday December 9th

Students in grades 6-8 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their health and physical education course.   Students receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions for grades 7 and 8 at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.

 In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations:

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for.  Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your student’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS).
  • Your student’s school.  Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

For any questions regarding the upcoming FLE instruction, please contact Kristin Sandridge, Cooper’s  FLE Lead Teacher and Health and Department Chair at [email protected]

Replacement chargers

If your student has lost their computer charger, a replacement can be purchased on www.myschoolbucks.com. Student computers should be fully charged each night so that everyone can participate in class. 

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Holiday Gift Collection

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Cooper Families,

We have partnered with Pine Spring ES, our “sister school" located in Falls Church to collect holiday gifts for their Kindergarten class. If you are interested in purchasing a holiday gift for a kindergarten student this season, please click the link below to sign up.  Gifts should be wrapped, labeled "girl, boy or gender neutral", between $20-$25 and dropped off at the Cooper MS Main Office by 12/8/21. 

As of 11am today, we are still in-need of 22 Girl gifts & 6 Boy gifts (a gender-neutral gift is acceptable for either grouping).

Additionally, we are collected new or gently used (washed) coats for Pine Spring, any size for kids ages 5-11.  These can be dropped off in the main office.   

Thank you for your generosity. 

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Cooper News Dec. 1st

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MAA AMC 8 Test Deadline today!

Cooper MS will again host the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) AMC 8 test.  The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40 minute, multiple choice exam in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  Additional information can be found on the MAA website.

This year the test will be administered online, and students will take the assessment on Tuesday, January 18th during block 4.  If your child is interested in taking the AMC 8, please complete this Google Form by Wednesday, December 1st; late registrations will not be accepted.

Volunteer Opportunity - Book Fair

Cooper’s book fair is Dec 1-3 and Dec 6-10.

This year’s fair is both in-school and online.

We need your help for setup, daily book sales, and takedown. Signup Genius for available volunteer slots can be found HERE. Please email Leslie Psaltis with any questions.

Private School Application Requests 

If your student is applying to a private school for the 2022-23 school year, please follow the steps listed HERE.  All forms and requests should be emailed to your student’s counselor at least 2 weeks prior to the school’s application deadline. 

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Cooper News Nov. 23rd

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Schools and offices will be closed November 24-26.

Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Volunteer Opportunity - Book Fair

Cooper’s book fair is Dec 1-3 and Dec 6-10.

This year’s fair is both in-school and online.

We need your help for setup, daily book sales, and takedown. Signup Genius for available volunteer slots can be found HERE. Please email Leslie Psaltis with any questions.

Private School Application Requests 

If your student is applying to a private school for the 2022-23 school year, please follow the steps listed HERE.  All forms and requests should be emailed to your student’s counselor at least 2 weeks prior to the school’s application deadline. 

MAA AMC 8 Test

Cooper MS will again host the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) AMC 8 test.  The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40 minute, multiple choice exam in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  Additional information can be found on the MAA website.

This year the test will be administered online, and students will take the assessment on Tuesday, January 18th during block 4.  If your child is interested in taking the AMC 8, please complete this Google Form by Wednesday, December 1st; late registrations will not be accepted.

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Cooper News Nov. 17th

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  • Fall Play Nov. 17-20
  • Vision/Hearing Screening for 7th grade Nov. 18 and 19
  • Picture Retakes Nov. 18
  • Thanksgiving Break Nov. 24-26
Fall Play: The Alibis 

Nov. 17th-20th

Come see the fall play

Tickets can be pre-purchased as well as sold at the door.

Nov. 17th 2:30

Nov. 18th 2:30

Nov. 19 7:00

Nov. 20 7:00

Volunteers Needed

The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders at Cooper M.S. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19.  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49A8AC2CA7FF2-cooper3

Picture Retakes 

November 18th during lunch.

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

TJHSST Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students - The application is open and will close on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 PM. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunity - Book Fair

Cooper’s book fair is Dec 1-3 and Dec 6-10.

This year’s fair is both in-school and online.

We need your help for setup, daily book sales, and takedown. Signup Genius for available volunteer slots can be found HERE. Please email Leslie Psaltis with any questions.

Private School Application Requests 

If your student is applying to a private school for the 2022-23 school year, please follow the steps listed HERE.  All forms and requests should be emailed to your student’s counselor at least 2 weeks prior to the school’s application deadline. 

MAA AMC 8 Test

Cooper MS will again host the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) AMC 8 test.  The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40 minute, multiple choice exam in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  Additional information can be found on the MAA website.

This year the test will be administered online, and students will take the assessment on Tuesday, January 18th during block 4.  If your child is interested in taking the AMC 8, please complete this Google Form by Wednesday, December 1st; late registrations will not be accepted.

Covid Screening Testing

Due to the shortened school week and potential for staffing limitations, COVID testing for students on November 23 will be cancelled.

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Special Edition Cooper News 11/14

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Parents, please remind your students that their schedule for Monday (November 15th) will go as follows:

Block 4: 7:30 - 8:55

Block 2: 9:00 - 10:25 

Block 6: 10:30 - 12:45 

Block 8: 12:50 - 2:15

All students will report to their BLOCK 4 class FIRST. 

Picture Retakes 

November 18th during lunch.

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

Volunteers Needed

The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders at Cooper M.S. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19.  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49A8AC2CA7FF2-cooper3

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Cooper News Nov. 10th

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Hello, Parents and Guardians!

With a new quarter upon us, now is a good time to clean out your student’s backpack, reload it with extra masks, and check to ensure the Impact Aid form has been returned to school.

Veteran’s Day Event Nov. 11, 2021 

Early release at 12:15.

Join us for an entertaining afternoon to celebrate our Veterans. This event will be held in the Cooper cafeteria from 2:00-3:30 on Thursday, November 11th. After a fascinating performance by the Air Force Band, students and parents will be designing cards, letters, and artwork that will be given to the Veterans. Supplies are provided for everyone so all students need to bring is a parent/guardian! Register using this Google Form. Students can earn service hours for this event by entering these hours into x2VOL.  

TJHSST Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students - The application is open and will close on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 PM. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email with any questions.

Private School Application Requests 

If your student is applying to a private school for the 2022-23 school year, please follow the steps listed HERE.  All forms and requests should be emailed to your student’s counselor at least 2 weeks prior to the school’s application deadline.

Volunteers Needed

The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders at Cooper M.S. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19.  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49A8AC2CA7FF2-cooper3

MAA AMC 8 Test

Cooper MS will again host the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) AMC 8 test.  The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40 minute, multiple choice exam in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.  Additional information can be found on the MAA website.

This year the test will be administered online, and students will take the assessment on Tuesday, January 18th during block 4.  If your child is interested in taking the AMC 8, please complete this Google Form no later than Wednesday, December 1st; late registrations will not be accepted.

Do you want your child to be in the yearbook?

We are in need of sports, summer, holiday, and weekend photos!!

Parents, please use Eshare or email photos of your student to [email protected]

Please include your student’s first/last name, grade, and a brief description of photo.

Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase for your child?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

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Cooper News 11/3

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Thursday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day, 2-hour early release 

Monday, November 15th: Adjusted schedule with block 4 first

Veteran’s Day Event 2021 

Early release at 12:15

Join us for an entertaining afternoon to celebrate our Veterans. This event will be held in the Cooper cafeteria from 2:00-3:30 on Thursday, November 11th. After a fascinating performance by the Air Force Band, students and parents will be designing cards, letters, and artwork that will be given to the Veterans. Supplies are provided for everyone so all students need to bring is a parent/guardian! Register using this Google Form. Students can earn service hours for this event by entering these hours into x2VOL.  

First Quarter Report Cards

First quarter report cards will be handed out to students in Block 7 on Friday, November 12 to all families. 

Please note that SIS Grade Module and Report Card Module will not be available during the grading period from Fri. Oct 29 until Sat. Nov. 13. Weekly Progress Report will not be sent during this time as well. 

Please contact your child's subject teacher and/or counselor for any questions regarding your child's academic progress.

Weekly Progress Reports 

Please sign up for Weekly Progress Reports via SIS ParentVUE. All parents/guardians of MS and HS students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter.

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab. 

Volunteers Needed

The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders at Cooper M.S. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19.  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49A8AC2CA7FF2-cooper3

School pictures are online now for purchase!

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875821 use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

Picture retakes will be Thursday, November 18th. 

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Cooper Outstanding Employee Awards- Consider Nominating a Staff Member!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Cooper Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/R9AVPCmVTvcCDcEF7. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Have completed at least three full years of teaching

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Be within the first 3 years of their teaching career

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Currently work as an elementary, middle, secondary or high school principal in FCPS                                               

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: Currently work as a full-time or part-time Schedule C or School-Based administrator who has completed at least one contracted year of employment with FCPS in this position.

Common positions in this category: Associate Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Student Activities

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: Have completed at least one year of contracted full-time or part-time professional employment in FCPS in their current position

Currently work as a Schedule-B employee in an FCPS school or center, or in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership.

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist School Counselor, Systems of Support Administrator, Safety and Security Specialist other employee paid as a Resource Teacher who serves in a non-instructional or administrative role in the school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: Have completed at least one year of contracted full-time or part-time operational employment in FCPS.  Currently work on the Schedule-A, Schedule-H, or Classroom Instructional Support (CIS) Scale in an FCPS school.

Common positions in this category: Common positions in this category: administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, all parent liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 23rd.  If you have any questions, please contact Michael Rath at [email protected] 

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

The Scoliosis Fact Sheet and translations are available at:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/42356

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Cooper News Oct. 27

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Important Dates:

Thursday, October 28th: Symphonic Spooktacular featuring the Symphonic Band and Orchestra! 7pm Gym 1

Friday, October 29th: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release at 12:15pm

Monday and Tuesday, November 1st and 2nd: Student Holidays (Teacher Workdays)

Thursday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day, 2-hour early release at 12:15pm 

Monday, November 15th: Adjusted schedule with block 4 first.

Spirit Week

Oct. 25-29th

TODAY ONLY Wednesday, October 27th 3:00pm-9:00pm Community Review of K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. To ensure your community members are aware of the opportunity to review materials please share this opportunity by Friday, October 29, 2021

2021 Impact Aid Form - Needed for each student

The 2021 Impact Aid Form has been sent home with your student this week. Please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's Lion Time teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3 and sign/date the form. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 5th. All results are confidential. 

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program’s mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.

Veteran’s Day Event 2021 

November 11th, early release at 12:15

Join us for an entertaining afternoon to celebrate our Veterans. This event will be held in the Cooper cafeteria from 2:00-3:30 on Thursday, November 11th. After a performance by the Air Force Band, students and parents will be designing cards, letters, and artwork that will be given to Veterans. Supplies are provided for everyone so all students need to bring is a parent/guardian/adult!

Register using this Google Form. Students can earn service hours for this event by entering them into x2VOL.  

Volunteers Needed

The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders in FCPS. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18 (odd schedule day), and Friday, Nov. 19 (even schedule day).  Please visit the schedule to sign up for a time slot.

Late Arrivals - Unexcused Tardies

While we recognize the beginning of the school year requires an adjustment to morning routines, we are well into the school year and students who arrive late miss valuable class instruction.   Beginning the second quarter, students who are late to school (unexcused) three times within the quarter will meet with their grade-level administrator, and be assigned an after-school detention for any subsequent tardy.  As a reminder, Kiss and Ride opens at 7AM. 

(Students who ride the school bus are excused tardy if there is a bus delay.)

Lost and Found

At the end of every quarter, we will be donating lost and found items that are not claimed. If your student misplaced a water bottle, sweatshirt, or other items, please have your child locate their items from the lost and found, located in the school cafeteria. 

Do you want your child to be in the yearbook??

Parents, please use Eshare or email photos of your student to [email protected]

Please include your student’s first/last name, grade, and a brief description of the photo.

We are looking for photos of any your student does outside of school…sports, family, celebrations, community service, holidays, hobbies, etc.

BOOK SCREENER VOLUNTEERS

THANK YOU for the wonderful parent response to the ADOPT-A-BOOK program.  Your help with this approval process is much appreciated.  As of October 25th all books have been adopted.  A quick reminder that all approval forms are due no later than December 10th (the earlier, the better!)  HAPPY READING!

Thank you!!

We had an amazing turnout of 8th graders for our pumpkin unload. It would not have been possible without your help!  Everyone worked very hard and they also managed to have some fun.

ALL of the money raised by our pumpkin patch is donated to support the following local charities:

SHARE (www.shareofmclean.org), Falls Church/McLean Children’s Center (www.fcmlcc.org), Second Story (http://www.second-story.org) and the FACETS Hypothermia Program (www.FacetsCares.org)

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE LEFTOVER PUMPKINS?

They are donated to Rikki’s Refuge (https://rikkisrefuge.org/) animal sanctuary. 

Rikki’s Refuge, a non-kill large animal shelter in Orange, VA. They will be collecting leftover pumpkins from the St. Thomas Pumpkin Patch to feed their animals through the winter.

If you would like to help reload the leftover pumpkins – please join us on Saturday November 6th, 10am – noon.  St Thomas Episcopal Church, 8991, Brook Rd, McLean 22102.

2 hours of community service. RAIN OR SHINE. You can sign up on X2vol and is limited to 100 volunteers.

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Important Dates:

Friday, October 29th: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release

Monday and Tuesday, November 1st and 2nd: Student Holidays (Teacher Workdays)

Thursday, November 11th: Veteran’s Day, 2-hour early release 

Monday, November 15th: Adjusted schedule with block 4 first.

Picture Day(s) October 21st-22nd

During PE class

Photos can be ordered here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875821

The photographers have asked for a couple of parents to help with traffic flow. Please review the available slots to sign up. VOS, our photography vendor, has offered to provide parent volunteers with a free photo package for giving your time! 

Spirit Week

Oct. 25-29th

2021 Impact Aid Form - Needed for each student

The 2021 Impact Aid Form has been sent home with your student this week. Please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's Lion Time teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3 and sign/date the form. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 5th. All results are confidential. 

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program’s mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property.

Veteran’s Day Event 2021 

Early release at 12:15

Join us for an entertaining afternoon to celebrate our Veterans. This event will be held in the Cooper cafeteria from 2:00-3:30 on Thursday, November 11th. After a performance by the Air Force Band, students and parents will be designing cards, letters, and artwork that will be given to Veterans. Supplies are provided for everyone so all students need to bring is a parent/guardian/adult!

Register using this Google Form. Students can earn service hours for this event by entering them into x2VOL.  

Volunteers Needed

The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders at Cooper M.S. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19.  Please visit the schedule to sign up for a time slot.

Late Arrivals - Unexcused Tardies

While we recognize the beginning of the school year requires an adjustment to morning routines, we are well into the school year and students who arrive late miss valuable class instruction.   Beginning the second quarter, students who are late to school (unexcused) three times within the quarter will meet with their grade-level administrator, and be assigned an after-school detention for any subsequent tardy.  As a reminder, Kiss and Ride opens at 7AM. 

(Students who ride the school bus are excused tardy if there is a bus delay.)

Lost and Found

At the end of every quarter, we will begin donating lost and found items that are not claimed. If your student misplaced a water bottle, sweatshirt, or other items, please make sure your child claims their items from the lost and found located in the school cafeteria. 

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Digital Citizenship Week

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FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 18-22, 2021. This year’s theme is Social Emotional Learning in our Digital Lives!  Students will receive Digital Citizenship lessons through their Block 4 class on Monday and Wednesday and optional daily activities will be posted in the Cooper Corner course. 

Each days’ lesson or activities support a daily question about being a digital citizen.

 

Student Daily Focus Question

Parent Resource

Monday

Self-Awareness

How can I navigate the pressures of social media?

Help Kids Post, Comment, and Upload Responsibly 

Tuesday

Self-Management

How can I practice healthy media habits?

Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives 

Wednesday

Responsible Decision-Making

How can I make responsible choices when communicating online?

Help Boost Kids' Safety, Privacy, and Security 

Thursday

Relationship Skills

How does technology affect my friendships?

Help Kids Make Friends and Interact Safely Online

Friday

Social Awareness

How can I respond to digital drama when I see it happen?

Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior  

On the evening of Friday, October 22 students and families are encouraged to practice media balance by taking a break from screens to engage in real-world experiences and quality time with their family. 

Try some of these ideas:

  • Have a device-free dinner and focus on connecting as a family. The #DeviceFreeDinner campaign by Common Sense Media comes with a wonderful 3-page Family Starter Kit that includes tips for getting started, a printable Family Commitment Pledge, and even a printable sign for designating the place (e.g., basket, box) families will place their devices during dinner. The Family Dinner Project also has a wealth of great conversation starters geared towards children of different ages.
  • Have a family board game night instead of playing video games or watching TV.
  • Make a phone call or write a letter to a family member or friend instead of sending a text or email.
  • Spend time outside as a family and leave the phone behind.

FCPS has also developed a Digital Citizenship Online Course for Families with Teens. This four-module online course has been developed for parents/guardians and their teen(s) in grades 7 and up. After viewing the Introduction, parents should start with Module 1: Parents Only and then use Modules 2 - 4 with their teen(s). Modules 2 - 4 are designed to support family conversations about the topics related to digital citizenship. Families are encouraged to work through the course at their own pace and complete any module or activity of interest. While these modules won’t teach you everything you need to know, they provide a solid foundation upon which your family can build.

For more resources on digital citizenship click on the link below.

FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families

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2021 Impact Aid Form - Needed for each student

The 2021 Impact Aid Form will be sent home with your student this week. Please complete and return the form as soon as you can as it is time sensitive. 

The Impact Aid Program is a federal program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program’s mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned, and therefore tax exempt, property.

Volunteers Needed: Vision and Hearing Screeners

We are very happy to be able to allow parent volunteers in school! The hearing and vision test is given to all 7th graders in FCPS. We are in need of volunteers to assist with administering the screenings through our PE classes on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19.  If you are able to, please sign up for a time slot at the following link: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A49A8AC2CA7FF2-cooper3

Book screeners

Cooper’s English department has 44 new book club books! These are new titles that will appeal to students, that are relatable to our times, are written by diverse authors, and fit within the FCPS Grade 7 and 8 English curriculum. The books need to be approved at the school level.  FCPS policy 3005.9 – Program and Supplemental Instructional Print Materials identification, Evaluation, and Approval – states that schools may approve supplemental material for local use through an Instructional Materials Review Committee (IMRC).  The IMRC consists of one administrator, two teachers, and two parents. In this case, this is a small number of people dealing with a large number of books. The committee must read the books and the teacher’s rationale in order to be approved.  Instead of asking two parents to read all 44 titles, we are suggesting an ADOPT-A-BOOK program to spread out the workload. The books will be used this winter, and with so many books, we need to get started.  Here is how it will work:

  • Open the SIGN-UP GENIUS link HERE.
  • Select the book(s) you are interested in reading and evaluating
  • You may select a title if you have read it in the past
  • We will loan you a copy of the book  and a copy of the rationale form for you to approve
  • After you read the book, sign to approve
  • Return the completed form back to Leslie Psaltis, Cooper Head Librarian 
  • The deadline for returning the forms (and loaned books) is December 10, 2021

 Thank you for your assistance with this task!

Lost and Found

At the end of every quarter, we will donate lost and found items that are not claimed. If your student misplaced a water bottle, sweatshirt, or other items, please ensure your child claims their belongings from the lost and found located in the school cafeteria before October 29th. 

Parent Resources provided by FCPS: Rewriting Your Parenting Story: A Webinar for Families

No one's parenting journey goes the way they expect. But do you feel like your story has gotten away from you? Take back the narrative of your parenting.​

After this webinar, you will have the script for a new, hope-filled story.

Webinar Highlights:

  • The importance of curiosity and ‘hearing’ our children.
  • The strength of the repair.
  •  The ‘Reset’. When we find ourselves in a rut, this is a great place to start.

Presented by Mary Smith, a local Parenting Coach

Friday October 15, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Rewriting Your Parenting Story: A Webinar for Families

Moving onto Life in the Community Virtual Resource Fair

This resource fair assists parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with intellectual disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. Participants include representatives from vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy programs.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Moving onto Life in the Community Virtual Resource Fair

Considerations for Students with Disabilities in the College Search and Beyond

Career and Transition Services is offering a workshop highlighting issues to consider in the college search, application, and preparation process for students with disabilities on October 19, 2021, from 7-8 p.m.  (Part of the FCPS Virtual College Week)

Registration coming soon:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/college-and-career-planning

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Cooper News 10/6

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Reminder: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

On Friday, September 10th, an eNotify was shared with families in regards to the SEL Screener that will be administered at Cooper on Thursday, October 14th during block 4.  Families  can review additional information on the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892.  Parents who wish to opt their child out of participating in the SEL Screener, should complete the opt-out form and return it to their child’s counselor no later than October 12th.

World Language Credit Exam

Registration for this year’s World Language Credit Exam is open until Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 4 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

World Language Credit Exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

To register, students should stop by to see their school counselor (4th block would be a great time to do this!). Please review the available Credit Exam Dates, Times and Testing Sites with your student before they see their counselor:

  • November 16, 2021 - Robinson Secondary School (Blue) Cafeteria - 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.
  • November 17, 2021 - Centreville High School Cafeteria - 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.
  • November 18, 2021 - Edison High School Cafeteria - 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.

School Counselors:

Laura Wiley (7th grade students with last names A-K)

Jill Donnelly (7th grade students with last names L-Z)

Keyosha Lewis (8th grade students with last names A-K)

Michele Saint Germain (8th grade students with last names L-Z)

PART-TIME PARENT LIAISON

Parent liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. The parent liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races. Parent liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Parent liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage parent involvement to help ensure their student's success.

This role will be split equally between Cooper and Churchill Road Elementary, a total of 28 hours per week.

If interested, please send resumes to Aubrey Midgley.

Pre order Your Yearbook

Buy your yearbook for the discounted price of $40 today! Prices increase throughout the year. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter school code 5267 to purchase. 

We are looking for any "first day" of school photos and summer photos for the yearbook! Please email any photos to [email protected]. Include your students' first/last name, grade, and a brief description of the photo.

Want  to see your child in the yearbook??

Parents, please use eShare or email photos of your student to [email protected] Include your student’s whole name, grade, and a brief description of photo.

We are looking photos of what your student does outside of school…sports, family, celebrations, community service, holidays, hobbies, etc.

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Cooper News 9/30

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AM Arrival Reminders

As a reminder, the Kiss and Ride opens for student drop off at 7:00AM to support the increase in car traffic this year.  If a student is dropped off at Cooper between 7:00AM and 7:10AM, they must report to the cafeteria.  At 7:10AM, students can report to their first block class.  

We are also requesting your assistance if you use Kiss and Ride to ensure students are dropped off at Cooper no later than 7:25AM.  This will ensure that your student is on time and prepared for their first block, which begins promptly at 7:30AM.

Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

Webinar Highlights

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab.

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

World Language Credit Exam

Registration for this year’s World Language Credit Exam is open until Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 4 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

World Language Credit Exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

To register, students should stop by to see their school counselor (4th block would be a great time to do this!). Please review the available Credit Exam Dates, Times and Testing Sites with your student before they see their counselor:

  • November 16, 2021 - Robinson Secondary School (Blue) Cafeteria - 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.
  • November 17, 2021 - Centreville High School Cafeteria - 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.
  • November 18, 2021 - Edison High School Cafeteria - 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.

School Counselors:

Laura Wiley (7th grade students with last names A-K)

Jill Donnelly (7th grade students with last names L-Z)

Keyosha Lewis (8th grade students with last names A-K)

Michele Saint Germain (8th grade students with last names L-Z)

Reminder: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

On Friday, September 10th, an eNotify was shared with families in regards to the SEL Screener that will be administered at Cooper on Thursday, October 14th during block 4.  Families  can review additional information on the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892.  Parents who wish to opt their child out of participating in the SEL Screener, should complete the opt-out form and return it to their child’s counselor no later than October 12th.

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