Please Read - Cooper Distance Learning Updates

May 31

Last Call! Locker Clean-out and Pick-up 

Thank you to the many families who picked up your student's locker belongings and for your patience as we work through this huge task.  We packaged hall and PE locker contents and communicated pick up windows to all families who completed the form. If you have not requested locker pick-up, this is your LAST CHANCE to fill out our request form. You will receive a confirmation email to come to Cooper for pick-up on Thursday, June 4th from 12-2.  The form will no longer accept responses after Tuesday, June 2nd and items not retrieved by Friday, June 12th will be recycled or donated.

If your child has medication in the clinic, please email Lisa Hodge at @email.

If you have questions or have filled out the form above but did not receive an email from Ms. Scabis confirming your pick up time, please reach out to your grade level administrator:

7th Grade - Mike Rath, @email

8th Grade - Maureen McLoughlin, @email 

Cooper Supply Return- Save the Date

As we near the end of school, we need your help returning items your student borrowed throughout the school year. Please mark your calendars and begin locating items that your student has checked out from Cooper.  More info coming in a grade-level specific News You Choose.

8th Grade- June 8th 10:00-12:30 (In conjunction with 8th Grade Celebration Drive Through)

7th Grade- June 9th 9:00-12:30

Book Return Labels

Did you miss the meeting?

Cooper PTO General Membership meeting and updates from the Cooper Admin Team

If you missed the May 28 PTO virtual meeting and updates, you can view the Cooper PTO Parent Coffee Updated Slides and the Recording of PTO Parent Coffee.

8th Graders - Be a Part of History!

The PTO is organizing a Legacy project, and 8th graders - they need your input.  Share your unique experience!  For details click HERE.

FCPS Mental Wellness Consultation Service

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

Rising 9th Graders-Connect to Langley High School News!

Is your eighth grader heading to Langley High School next year? Sign up now for the Langley eNews! The eNews is the Langley PTSA newsletter and the PTSA's primary means of communication. It is sent each Thursday afternoon throughout the school year, and is full of events and useful information. Parents and students as well can sign up. It is free, even if you are not a member of the Langley PTSA.   Click here to sign up. This link is also found on the Langley PTSA website's homepage and newsletter page. See you next year! 

May 28, 2020 | Virtual PTO Parent Coffee

Sincere thanks to the almost 200 participants who joined our PTO parent coffee today.  We look forward to opportunities to connect again soon. If you were unable to join today's sessions you can review the recording and the slides linked below.

May 10, 2020

Check our website regularly for information and updates. The website contains updated information on all recent communication regarding Distance Learning.

In this issue: Happy Mother's Day!; Thanks for a great teacher appreciation week; Attendance; 3rd quarter grades; PTO virtual meeting and Principal Q&A; Cooper MS After School @ home; Share ideas; Connect with the Cooper library.

happy mother's day

Folk

English teacher Mary Kay Folk expresses what many felt during Staff Appreciation Week.  Thanks to our PTO and Admin team for a fun week of appreciation!

Attendance

We expect your students to join their classes during synchronous sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays. Teachers will record synchronous session attendance in SIS. Absent students will be coded in SIS as VSN for Virtual Session Non-Participant. If your child is sick, please continue to notify the Cooper attendance line: 703-442-5858@email

Third Quarter Grades

Report cards for this year’s 3rd and 4th quarters will be produced centrally for all secondary schools, except for those parents and/or guardians who have opted to “Go Paperless.” Third quarter grades are visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Report cards will be mailed on or about May 23. 

Mark your calendar - May 28 - End of Year Updates and Q&A

PTO Virtual General Membership Meeting and Q&A with Principal Lisa Barrow

Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 9:30am

The PTO General Membership meeting will be held through BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra on Thursday, May 28 @ 9:30am. As we did with the virtual principal coffee last month, we will provide a Google form for you to RSVP and indicate questions you would like addressed. We will email a meeting link to all those who RSVP.

May 3, 2020

Check our website regularly for information and updates. The website contains updated information on all recent communication regarding Distance Learning.

In this issue: Our staff misses you; Great week/Distance Learning; Attendance; 3rd/4th quarter report cards; Admin Appreciation; After School @home; Share your ideas; Stay connected with your library.

Project collage

What a GREAT WEEK!

On Friday, Cooper students received a message to their fcps.schools.net e-mail from the administrative team.   We want to applaud the high level of participation, encourage those who haven’t fully engaged, and remind students of our expectations for behavior.  We recognize that motivation can be difficult, so we created an infographic in order for our students to see “the why” behind Distance Learning. 

Participate infographic

Report Cards and "Go Paperless" Option

Report cards for this year’s 3rd and 4th quarters will be produced centrally for all secondary schools, except for those parents and/or guardians who have opted to “Go Paperless.” Third quarter grades will be visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9 at 6 a.m. Report cards will be mailed on or about May 23. 

Parents and/or guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!" This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12 to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed.

Thank you Admin

A Special THANK YOU to Cooper's Admin Team

Friday, May 1st was National School Principal's Day.  Our Admin team goes above and beyond for our students every day.  

Lisa Barrow-Principal

Mike Rath-7th Grade Assistant Principal

Maureen McLoughlin-8th Grade Assistant Principal

Dana Scabis-Director of Student Services

 

Cooper After School

FCPS MS After-School Programs

Go VIRTUAL

FCPS Middle School After-School has put together a number of virtual after-school activities to engage middle school students while they are at home. 

Cooper students can access these virtual after-school activities by joining the "Cooper MS After-School @ Home" Google Classroom. 

The Google Classroom Code is: uieb6m3

We hope your students enjoy this site and it helps them actively pursue interests while social distancing. If you or your student have ideas for other activities, please email your After-School Program Specialist or use the "FCPS MS @ Home Interest Form" located on the classroom home page. 

Be Safe! Be Active!  And know that we are here for you and your family! 

Ask your students to check out these activities (topics) in the Google Classrooms...

  • Art 
  • Basketball
  • Book Club
  • Bullet Journals 
  • Computers/Coding
  • Comic Book Club
  • Cooking
  • Crafting & Maker Space
  • Creative Writing
  • Current Events
  • Environmental Activities
  • Games / Puzzles/Scavenger Hunts 
  • General Fitness
  • Girls' Lacrosse
  • Golf
  • Philanthropic Ideas & Organizations
  • Photography
  • Quarantine & Covid Resources
  • Science
  • Soccer
  • Virtual Travel
  • Volleyball
  • Other Activities and County Resources

Hoopin HomeVirtual Field TripsArts and Crafts

For questions, comments, or information regarding the after-school program, please contact 

Daniel Frengel, After-School Program Specialist at @email

April 26, 2020

Questions?

We recognize you have been given a lot of information.  Please read our Cooper Distance Learning Updates and if you have any questions, submit them HERE. Someone from our Admin team will respond to you!

Student schedule

The last day of the 3rd Quarter is Friday, May 1

The VA Department of Education recommended no student work will be assigned after March 13 for grading. Assignments from third quarter are being accepted until May 1st. Please reach out to individual teachers with specific questions. Cooper teachers are using maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student work. ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Student Organizers

Students should have received their unique log-ins for their classes and class office hours.  Log-ins may be found in your student's fcpsschools.net email.  

To help organize the log-in information, you can use this Distance Learning organizer, found on the Cooper Website HERE.

Attendance

We expect your students to join their classes during synchronous sessions on Wednesday and Friday. Teachers will record synchronous session attendance in SIS. Absent students will be coded in SIS as VSN for Virtual Session Non-Participant. If your child is sick, please continue to notify the Cooper attendance line: 703-442-5858@email

Parent Coffee Playback

Thank you to the almost 200 families who joined our virtual parent coffee.  Your interest and insight are much appreciated!  If you missed the presentation, or would like to revisit it, you can find the recording HERE.

The very informative slide presentation can be found HERE.

Share your ideas with each other!

Cooper has created a padlet as a fun and helpful way to connect with each other.  Check it out HERE.

Library

Connection Updates:

Virginia Reader voting DEADLINE is April 30,  Vote HERE to choose your favorite 2019-2020 book.  You are on your honor to vote only if you have read at least three of this year’s books.  If you have read 10 or more of the listed books, you may vote

twice. PLEASE VOTE!

If you would like to join us at noon on Tuesdays (7th grade) or Thursdays (8th grade) for VIRTUAL LUNCH IN THE LIBRARY or if you have a question we can help you with during LIBRARY OFFICE HOURS every Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:30, please 

contact Ms. Scott at @email or Ms. Psaltis at @email so we can send you the session link. 

What are you reading? Give a book a shout out! 

Access the new READING PADLET HERE!

Have you tried the WEEKLY LIBRARY CHALLENGE?  

Give it a go by clicking HERE!

Click HERE or go to your Library BlackBoard course Announcements 

page for full access to STAYING CONNECTED WITH YOUR LIBRARY!

We are here for YOU!   Ms. Psaltis and Ms. Scott.

Yearbook order time

It is not too late to order a yearbook.

Deadline is May 2nd.

Order online at www.yearbookordercenter.com

Our order number is: 5267

If you are unsure whether you have ordered a yearbook, visit the website.

There is an option to check if you have placed an order.

We will develop a plan to distribute yearbooks and communicate that when details are finalized.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Virtual Parent Coffee

Sincere thanks to the almost 200 participants who joined our parent coffees today.  We look forward to opportunities to connect again soon. If you were unable to join one of today's sessions you can review the recording and the slides linked below.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Please use this Cooper Distance Learning Updates page as a reference guide for finding and reviewing information.  We encourage you to use this google form to submit your questions to the Administrative Team.  Links to email and the staff directory can be found below for specific questions that are not answered here. 

Contact

Email

Principal

Lisa Barrow

@email

7th grade administrator

Michael Rath

@email 

8th grade administrator

Maureen McLoughlin

@email 

Student Services

Dana Scabis

@email

Cooper Staff List

https://cooperms.fcps.edu/staff-directory

 

FAQs

   
  • Where do I direct my child to go to access online classes?
    • Direct your child to their (@fcpsschools.net) email account-  Each teacher will be sending students unique links for how they will access the synchronous (face to face) classes and office hour.  They will be receiving these links starting on 4/21 and by 4/28 at the latest.
    • Encourage your child to organize their links in this DOCUMENT and bookmark the Doc for access to your courses each week.
    • For activities and assignments, direct your child to go to the Link to FCPS 24-7.  Students will access all courses through Blackboard and/or Google Classroom.  
 
  • My child needs essential items from their locker for distance learning.
    • Please contact Leslie Psaltis at @email with your specific need and she will arrange a date/time for curbside pick up.
 
  • What if Blackboard isn’t working?
    • Even if Blackboard is having technical difficulties, synchronous classes and office hours should still be accessible through unique student links (emailed to students’ @fcpsschools.net account)
    • Blackboard has experienced technical difficulties as we have begun Distance Learning.  We apologize for the initial inconvenience and confusion that has occurred and FCSP has been working with BlackBoard Collaborate to resolve.  If there are further disruptions to Blackboard and/or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra services, we will communicate with you via e-notify or you will receive communication from FCPS directly.
 
  • What is the schedule for the remainder of this week (April 22-24)?
    • Some teachers have begun scheduling synchronous (face to face) sessions and have emailed students unique links directly (through their @fcpsschools.net email accounts) 
    • Some teachers are continuing to prepare their synchronous sessions and will begin the week of April 27th.  For these classes, teachers have continued to create and provide students with asynchronous activities and assignments
    • Students are expected to check their email accounts regularly and to plan to attend synchronous sessions that begin occurring.  For classes that have not scheduled synchronous sessions for the reminder of this week, students should complete asynchronous activities and assignments posted on the class Blackboard and/or Google Classroom
 

Thursday 4/23

Friday 4/24

Students complete independent or collaborative work and packets.

Teacher office hours throughout the day

**Some teachers will be providing face to face office hours, other will answer student questions asynchronously

**Students to check @fcpsschools.net email accounts for links and/or information from teachers regarding these classes

2:  9:15-10:00

4:  10:30-11:15

Lunch Break

6:  12:15-1:00

 
  • What is the schedule for learning the week of April 27
    • On Wednesday and Friday each class block will meet in an online synchronous session. Currently at the middle school level, synchronous sessions will occur once a week in your Math, English, Science, History, and HS credit World Language classes (Level 1 or 1B).    The Electives, PE, and World Language Level A classes will provide activities for students to complete in the asynchronous (not face-to-face) environment. Your student will be expected to complete teacher-directed assignments and activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 
    • In addition, your teachers will have office hours on Tuesday and Thursday. These office hours have been communicated with you by each teacher. Office hours are a time when students can sign on and access their unique Blackboard Collaborate link to meet with the teacher, or email with your teachers to consult with them regarding your assignments, questions, and concerns.
    • On Wednesday and Friday during class periods when you have an elective class or PE, you can complete the asynchronous activities assigned by the teacher or complete assignments for other subjects.  Our elective and PE teachers will be reaching out to their students with additional details.  Some of the teachers will offer synchronous learning activities during your scheduled elective learning block and will post their schedule in Blackboard.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Students complete independent or collaborative work and packets.

Students complete independent or collaborative work and packets.

 

Teacher office hours throughout the day

Bell Schedule by Period

1:  9:15-10:00

3: 10:30-11:15

  Lunch Break

5:   12:15-1:00

7:   1:30-2:15

Students complete independent or collaborative work and packets.

 

Teacher office hours throughout the day

Bell Schedule by Period

2:  9:15-10:00

4:  10:30-11:15

Lunch Break

6:  12:15-1:00

 
  • What are office hours and how can I access them?
    • Teachers are holding office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at specific times.  Teachers have posted these times on their Blackboard sites and have also communicated with their students.  Similar to the synchronous sessions, students will use the unique links for each class emailed to their @fcpsschools.net email account.  If a parent requests to meet with a teacher, please email the teacher for a time outside of office hours since that time is for students.
 
  • Why is each class 45 minutes a week?
    • While each period meets synchronously once a week, students have the opportunity to connect with their teachers on both Tuesday and Thursday during office hours.
    • Additionally, students will be assigned work to complete asynchronously.  We encourage students to access their teachers’ Blackboard sites.  Students also have the option to utilize the instructional packed mailed from the Division.  
   
  • How is grading being handled?
    • Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. We will provide maximum flexibility for our students to be sure they can get those assignments submitted. 
    • ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.
    • Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020.
    • 4th quarter work can only positively impact a student’s final grade. A NM (no mark) will be assigned for the 4th quarter.  For specific questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
   
  • What is going to happen with SOL testing? (3/20/20- revised 4/1/20)
    • With school closure through the end of the academic year, no Virginia schools will administer further SOL tests this spring. Waivers available for state graduation requirements mean that the absence of SOL tests will not negatively impact students’ ability to progress toward on-time graduation. Updates will be forthcoming from the VDOE.
 
  • How do parents opt out of receiving Learning Packets in the mail? (4/1/20)
    • The packets are available electronically in FCPS 24/7 Learning so if a parent would like to print the packets at home, they may use the opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. They will need their student’s ID number and their e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note, it may take up to 1 week to process the request to opt out. 
 
  • What if I have a computer issue?
    • There are two levels of support for technology needs: 
      • 1) self-help troubleshooting resources that can be found on the Cooper DIstance Learning Resources for Students & Parents Blackboard course.
      • 2) remote support from a TSSpec (solves the majority of issues). To expedite service for students, we will continue to leverage schools and teachers as the primary relationship and point of contact. Students should be instructed to first work with their teacher when they experience technical difficulties. Often a student is simply trying to access a resource incorrectly and needs further direction from a teacher to quickly resolve the issue. The table below describes the support levels:
 

Self-Help

Remote Support

Students/Parents

Self-help guides have been posted in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard to help with quick troubleshooting. To access:

Navigate to the “My FCPS” tab at the top

Under the Continuity of Learning panel in the upper left, select either “Elementary Resources” or “Middle and High School Resources.” 

On the next screen, you will see links in the left-hand side bar.  Scroll all the way down to “Support Resources” and select that link.

The Support Resources screen provides several help guides for FCPS online resources.

Contact a teacher and report the difficulty. 

Teacher will attempt to help and determine if it is a tech support issue; teacher will enter a RequestIT ticket on student’s behalf.

Teachers should include a parent email or phone number in the ticket

Ticket will be routed to your TSSpec automatically

 TSSpec will work with teacher to provide remote support to student

Distance Learning ImageThursday, April 2, 2020

Distance Learning Begins Tuesday, April 14

Dear Students and Families,

Students - We hope that you are looking forward to returning to classes (virtually) on Tuesday, April 14!   Your teachers can’t wait to “see” you!  We are working behind the scenes finding ways to make the rest of this school year meaningful and engaging even from home.  We have many learning activities planned, and we can’t wait for you to get started!  We hope this email, while lengthy, provides you with specific information about distance learning at Cooper MS.  

Parents - Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff remain our priority.  You may email Lisa Barrow, @email if you have medication in the clinic or require items needed for distance learning so we can consider how you might retrieve these items in the coming weeks.  As distance learning is new for all of us, we ask for your partnership, patience, and grace as we work together to support our Cooper Community.

During the remainder of the school year, each of us will be engaged in Distance Learning (DL), which is a learning experience where teachers and students are separated by place. Students and teachers will communicate synchronously (through live face-to-face classes using virtual meeting technology) and asynchronously (through print or electronic media). 

Face-to-face virtual meetings will be held primarily on a tool called Blackboard Collaborate. All classes will be recorded and posted to your teacher’s Blackboard site for your reference. All class materials will be posted in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard).  This may be different from what you are used to during the regular school year and teachers may still link from Blackboard to Google Docs/Google Classroom to communicate and collect work.

Cooper students will be expected to participate in synchronous (live) online classes on Wednesdays and Fridays led by your classroom teachers. The fourth quarter will begin the week of April 13th with synchronous classes beginning Wednesday, April 15th. Your classroom teachers will contact you with their schedule and expectations within the next week. The end of the fourth quarter will be June 12, 2020. 

Additionally, each week a Distance Learning packet will be mailed to your home from the Instructional Services Department in FCPS central office; the first packet will arrive at your home soon.  Students also have access to materials in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard) if they choose to utilize these optional resources.

Schedule for Distance Learning

Below is Cooper’s Distance Learning schedule. On Wednesday and Friday each class block will meet in an online synchronous session. Currently, at the middle school level, synchronous sessions will occur once a week in your Math, English, Science, History, and HS credit World Language classes (Level 1 or 1B).    The Electives, PE, and World Language Level A classes will provide activities for students to complete in the asynchronous (not face-to-face) environment. Your student will be expected to complete teacher-directed assignments and activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 

In addition, your teachers will have office hours on Tuesday and Thursday. These office hours will be communicated to you by each teacher soon. Office hours are a time when you can sign on to Blackboard Collaborate or email your teachers to consult with them regarding assignments, questions, and concerns.

On Wednesday and Friday during class periods when you have an elective class or PE, you can complete the asynchronous activities assigned by teacher or complete assignments for other subjects.  Our elective and PE teachers will be reaching out to their students with additional details.  Some of the teachers will offer synchronous learning activities during your scheduled elective learning block and will post their schedule in Blackboard.

Distance Learning Middle School

 

Below is a sample schedule you can

personalize for your classes.

Middle School schedule

Expectations for Distance Learning

Your Math, Science, English, Social Studies and HS Credit World Language class will have 45 minute synchronous, face-to-face online sessions every Wednesday or Friday. Outside of the scheduled class times, students will be expected to work through assigned coursework. The work assigned may be independent or collaborative and can include watching pre-recorded video lessons, reading for a purpose, participating in an online discussion, and completing assignments posted on Blackboard or Google Classroom. 

Distance Learning Attendance

All students are expected to participate in the virtual face-to-face classes through Blackboard Collaborate. Teachers and our counselors will follow up with families of those students who do not attend class each week. Attendance is important for students to maintain a continuity of learning, to acquire new content for the 4th quarter, to develop ongoing connections between teachers and peers, and to establish a sense of normalcy and routine during a stressful time. Please feel free to reach out to a member of the Cooper staff at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Grading 

As we proceed with determining best practices for capturing student achievement for the 3rd quarter, all work assigned prior to March 13 will still be accepted up until April 24.  No assignments that were due after March 13th will be required to be submitted; however, each department is working to find ways to celebrate student assignments in a way that can only positively impact a student’s grade.  Teachers will be communicating through Blackboard regarding specific assignments that may have been impacted by the closure.

Additionally, it is the intention of FCPS to use maximum flexibility in assessing and evaluating student learning for the remainder of the school year. To that end, middle school students will be assigned a “no mark” for the fourth quarter, with assignments submitted being allowed to positively influence the student’s overall grade for the year based on mastery of learning concepts, in accordance with FCPS grading policy. Only final grades will be shown on transcripts; a “no mark” will not show on a student’s final transcript.

Student Supports

The Cooper staff is working hard to prepare Distance Learning materials to ensure that all students have access to educational materials and activities, including our English learners, students with Individualized Education Programs, and 504 Plans. Supports, modifications, and services can be provided virtually, and our teachers will be contacting students and families with additional details and resources. 

Counselors and Student Services

As we transition to this Distance Learning model of instruction, we are also focused on supporting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Student Services team will be collaborating with our teachers during this transition, but please do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor if you need any assistance. 

What To Do Between Now and April 14

Before Distance Learning begins on April 14th, there are a few things students will need:

✓    A computer

✓    Access to the internet

✓    A quiet place to listen and learn

✓    A headset or earphones (helpful if available)

If students need a computer or internet access, please fill out this form.

This is also a good time to familiarize yourself with Blackboard.  Students should share Google Classroom with their parents. Teachers will begin to share more about the synchronous learning platform in Blackboard Collaborate.  

Synchronous Distance Learning Classes Begin on Wednesday, April 15

We are excited to share this new learning experience with you and to “get back to school.”  Our building is closed, but our school is open!  We look forward to hearing about your first week back and seeing your posts from our first “Virtual Spirit Week”!  

Wishing you all good health,

Your Cooper Admin Team

Ms. Barrow, Mr. Rath, Ms. McLoughlin, Ms. Scabis

Virtual Spirit Week for Cooper MS!

Monday April 13-Friday April 17

Check out the “Spirit Week” tab on “Cooper’s Distance Learning Resources” Blackboard site for more information and the daily Padlet to post your photos too!

  • Monday – Self Care Selfie
  • Tuesday – Crazy Hair or Hat Day
  • Wednesday – Cooper Spirt Wear
  • Thursday – Pajama Day
  • Friday – Free Choice Friday

Spirit Week

March 24, 2020 

Hello Cooper Community!  

We hope you, your student/s, and the rest of your family are doing well and are safe during these unprecedented times. With the announcement yesterday from our Governor, we now know that our schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year.  While it has caused a lot of emotions for us who will miss working with our students, their safety and that of our staff and community remains the top priority. We know that we will miss important celebrations and milestones at Cooper and that is disappointing.  But, we are confident that we will continue learning and connect with our students through the upcoming FCPS Distance Learning Plan.

 

In the coming days, we will receive guidance from the Virginia Department of Education and FCPS as it relates to testing, the grading quarter, and distance learning.  We know you are eager for a specific plan for instruction and we will share information with you. In the interim, please continue to direct your child to the FCPS instructional resources for learning on Blackboard (Under the “MyFCPS” tab, Middle and High School Resources).  We want to reassure you that the Division has committed to developing a distance learning plan that ensures a collaborative and equitable experience for all FCPS students and families. Last week, our Cooper staff had an opportunity to engage in online professional development to prepare for instructing remotely. These preparations will continue next week.

 

We have created a Google form (click here) to identify Cooper students who are in need of a device to access distance learning opportunities.  If your child does not have access to a laptop, computer, or tablet, please complete the form by noon tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25.  We will contact those families regarding the specific details for distribution.  

 

Remember, Cooper Cougars think critically and are empathetic, respectful, and responsible global citizens.  This is even more important now as we start a new journey together. School is NOT closed, our building is, and we are excited about the opportunities that lay ahead to continue our virtual learning with our Cooper Community. “See” you soon online!

 

Warm Regards,

The Cooper Admin Team

Lisa Barrow, Principal

Maureen McLoughlin, Assistant Principal 

Michael Rath, Assistant Principal

Dana Scabis, Director of Student Services

March 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you have seen from the Superintendent’s most recent message, all schools and offices are closed until further notice with the focus remaining on health and safety. We are unable to open the building to anyone at this time.  If you had an upcoming event on FCPS property, those events have been either canceled or postponed.

We know you are eager for additional information on your child’s instruction at Cooper MS.  FCPS will provide guidance on how the SOL and grading timelines may shift. However, the current emphasis is first on our health, the health of our faculty, and the health of our students and families.  As we navigate the uncertainty together, we are grateful to be part of such a dedicated school community.

While answers to many of your questions are still under consideration, I did want to address something we’re hearing consistently from parents related to grading/teacher directed instruction.  When teachers are directed to begin working again, they will resume grading student assignments.

Phase 1 of school closure (tentatively March 16-27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. HOWEVER, FCPS does provide a variety of distance learning activities. Resources for all students can be accessed from the students’ Blackboard (FCPS 24/7) Accounts.  These activities are optional and will not be graded. Your child will see a module titled “Continuity of Learning Resources” with a picture of a lightbulb on the home screen when they first log into Blackboard and can access activities by grade level and subject area.  Students will log into Blackboard using the same credentials that they use to access the computers at school.  

As a reminder, our teachers will resume communication with you when they return.  We have asked that they too, take time to care for themselves and their families during this health crisis.  We too, want your students to continue learning as able, and provide the following additional  resources for your consideration at home:

Continuity of Learning Plan (including TV channels providing instructional videos):

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-academics-distance

Middle School Continuity of Learning Resources: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/continuity-learning-plan/middle-school-continuity-learning-resources

Digital Citizenship: Click here to watch a Digital Citizenship Online Course for Families with Teens

Cooper website with Academic Resources: https://cooperms.fcps.edu/resources/resources-students/textbooks-and-homework-help

FCPS online catalog (electronic books, audio books, and lots of other resources) https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/100358

Virginia Department of Education-Curriculum Frameworks for each grade level/subject areas. (Math example)

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml

Access Books through Mackinvia https://fcps.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_1439997_1&content_id=_41673575_1&mode=reset 

Distance learning is not intended to replace the school day. If you choose to engage in distance learning activities during this school closure, the expected times are 30 minutes per subject, including PE and electives. Students are encouraged to read for pleasure, be active, explore personal interests/passions, and continue to develop and use academic language.  You can create a visual schedule for your child and give them choice around the time they work in the different subjects. Build in free time so your child can take breaks and spend time engaged in their favorite activities. Below is a sample schedule:

9:00-9:30

English/Language Arts 

Reading activities: MyPerspectives, online texts 

Writing activities: NoRedInk

9:30-10:00

Math

Online texts, problem-solving activities, math games

10:00-11:00

Free time

 

11:00-12:00

PE/electives

Exercise, PBL Activities 

12:00-12:30

Lunch

 

12:30-1:00

Science

JASON learning activities, Khan Academy

1:00-1:30

Social Studies

Online textbooks, DBQ online

Thank you for assisting us with providing support to your children during this unprecedented time.  You may continue to use this google survey form to submit your questions to our administrative team: Parent Questions.  We will communicate with you as we receive answers and ask for your patience in this unique situation.

Stay safe and practice social distancing,

The Cooper MS Administrative Team

Lisa Barrow, Principal 

Maureen McLoughlin, Assistant Principal

Michael Rath, Assistant Principal

Dana Scabis, Director of Student Services

 

March 13, 2020

We hope you have seen the latest email from the Superintendent outlining the FCPS school closure for students through April 10.  This is new ground for all of us and we appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we work through this ever-evolving situation. We are committed to supporting one another as we navigate new waters.  Please use this google survey form to submit your questions to our administrative team: Parent Questions.  We will communicate with you as we receive answers and ask for your patience in this unique situation.

While we will not see you for a few weeks, we will stay in touch via email with any county updates and continue our preparations behind the scenes for when we are able to welcome back our awesome students, whether virtually, or when we return to a normal schedule.  

We recognize that you may have many questions as it relates to instruction, grading, activities, etc.  Please know we will work with our county leadership to keep you informed of any information as decisions are made.  Our teachers will resume communication with you when they return.  We have asked that they too, take time to care for themselves and their families during this health crisis.

The Virginia Department of Education has recommended that all public school systems provide continuity of learning programming for the next three weeks. FCPS will promote digital and online resources to our students that will help student learning continue. This work will not be required nor graded.

Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.

Please take this time to care for yourself and your loved ones.  Below are a few links that may support you:

Mental Health Resources and Emergency Services Information

FCPS Coronavirus Updates

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Families may come into the building Monday, March 16 during 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. if items need to be retrieved such as: 

  • Books and/or materials from your locker

  • Any items in your locker that might be needed in the next few weeks

  • Musical instruments, where appropriate

  • PE uniforms from the gym locker

  • Request a laptop if you do not have technology in your home

We look forward to seeing all of you again soon.

Warm Regards,

The Cooper MS Administrative Team

Lisa Barrow, Principal 

Maureen McLoughlin, Assistant Principal

Michael Rath, Assistant Principal

Dana Scabis, Director of Student Services