Stephen Covey called synergy "the highest activity of life." When we work together, we can create new alternatives. It benefits us mentally and emotionally. Last Friday, Cooper students, staff, and parents came together to beautify our school. We had 57 students plus 13 teachers and numerous parents. With the leadership of our art teacher, Ms. Didomenico, we painted windows, created quote canvas art for a group mural, and "grew" our new habits tree. We look forward to more Work-a-thons this year!
Thank you for attending Parent Teacher Conferences. Parent Teacher Conferences provide such a wonderful opportunity to share our observations, stories, and concerns about your children. We love them and we want you to know that we care!
Many of you had the opportunity to participate in Student Led Conferences. Staff members are trying this format in a variety of ways. Cooper leaders have Leadership Notebooks which they use to track their data and progress toward their academic and personal goals. This provides our students with a voice in their own learning and helps them work toward their goals because they are responsible for recording the data. Students are able to articulate their learning at Student Led Conferences. Many parents have found this progress extremely engaging! It's amazing what our students can do when we empower them to take charge of their own learning!
Mrs. Santi's student did a wonderful job leading her conference!
On Friday, November 6th we held our 4th Annual Walk-a-thon. The day started cold and rainy but by 2:00 the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Our Cooper Leaders dressed in their superhero gear were wonderful participants. Students walked appropriately and enjoyed the time with their peers celebrating all of their hard work. While we fell short of our goal, we still raised $6,885 for Cooper. Nice work Cooper Leaders!
Wow! Cooper students were inspired first thing this morning by some amazing speeches! We had 52 students prepare and give students for the Student Lighthouse Team! Not only were the speeches amazing but the audiences were wonderful as well. We reviewed how we need to Seek First to Understand when watching others speak. It takes a lot of bravery to stand up in front of peers and Find Your Voice.
Votes were cast this morning and the counting commenced! Stay tuned for the announcement of our new Student Lighthouse Leaders!
Wow! We have had a wonderful first two weeks of school! This has been an extremely smooth start to the year. That is due to the wonderful children you are sharing with us and the amazing Cooper staff who spent many hours preparing to welcome our Cooper leaders!
We have been working on building community over the last few weeks. Classrooms have focused on community meetings and classroom and building expectations. Mrs. Aherne and Mrs. Collyer have been doing classroom walk-throughs and spending time at lunch and recess getting to know all of our students. We have spent LEAD time on Fridays holding special assemblies to review school rules, discussing leadership opportunities, and pumping our students up for an awesome year!
We truly believe in our mission of
All of us-students, staff, and parents-are learners and leaders at Cooper. We are excited to begin this journey with you!