Cooper Weekly Updates Aug. 18

Save the Dates!

Please continue to save the dates for our upcoming back to school activities

  • Student Orientation- Thursday, August 19th 9:00-11:00AM (details below)
  • Student and Parent Open House- Thursday, August 19th 2:00-5:00PM (details below)
  • First Day of School- Monday, August 23rd
  • Back to School Night (Virtual)- Thursday, September 9th 

Parent Action Required

Digital Resources at Cooper Middle School

Some of the digital resources your student may use this year require parental consent.  These tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information.  Our teachers plan to integrate these tools to provide an engaging learning environment for all students. Not all students will use every program listed, still, please provide permission in the event a teacher uses the platform to support the curriculum being taught. 

Please view the information on our adopted digital resources on the Cooper website no later than Monday, August 23rd.  To provide your parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions. 

School Supplies

There are a few items your student will need to get the school year started. Visit the School Supply page on the Cooper website.

Student Orientation

August 19, 2021 9:00AM-11:00AM

We are excited to welcome students and provide them with an opportunity to meet teachers, walk their schedule, and connect with peers.  Doors will open at 8:50AM and the program begins at 9:00AM  This programming is optional and for students only.   

Bus transportation is available from the following elementary schools for families that RSVP’d for the event.  If you did not previously RSVP for your student to attend this event, you will need to provide transportation to and from Cooper using the Kiss and Ride loop (details below).  

orientation bus schedule

Open House for Students and Parents

August 19, 2021 2:00-5:00 PM.  

All Cooper students and parents are invited to come tour Cooper on Thursday, August 19 from 2PM-5PM.  Students and parents will have a chance to: 

  • Walk their schedule with self-guided building tours
  • Meet and greet with teachers and staff
  • Complete required paperwork
  • Obtain their FCPS laptop
  • Connect with the Cooper PTO and purchase spirit wear.  
  • Drop off medication to the clinic
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream Truck on site!

In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion, we are encouraging families to attend during the following time slots and carpool to the greatest extent possible:

orientation time slots

Medication Drop Off

The clinic will be open for medication drop off during the Cooper Open House on Thursday, August 19th from 2:00-5:00.  The medication authorization form can be found here.

Logging into Schoology

  • Use your SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Use your SIS/ParentVUE login information to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page
  • Learn more about Schoology
  • Schoology Snippets (short videos on how to navigate Schoology)
  • The Schoology Parent Resource Kit
  • More information for families, including resetting passwords and to request technical support
  • Students use their regular FCPS login information to login. Student resources for Schoology

Lunch Updates

  • All students will be offered no cost breakfast and lunch for the entire school year. Menus will be available online beginning August 18.
  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • Weather permitting, students will be allowed an outdoor option for lunch beginning on the first day. 

Cooper Kiss and Ride Procedures 

Cooper’s Kiss and Ride plan is designed to help keep students safe, as well as maintain traffic flow during arrival/dismissal times.  Due to FCPS Department of Facilities renovations, the back of our campus is occupied with temporary Learning Cottages, referred to as “South Manor”.  Again for this year, Kiss and Ride drop-off and pick-up will occur in the back parking lot (previous tennis courts).  Please reference the map below.

It will be important to understand, follow, and adhere to the following procedures:


  • Kiss and Ride drop-off is located at the back of the school beginning at 7:10AM 
  • Cars enter from Balls Hill Road, proceed straight, bear right around the building, and onto the Tennis Courts (behind the back parking lot). 
  • There is a designated drop off zone where students disembark, walk between the B and C quads, proceed up the stairs, and enter at door number 6 (**New this year).  
    • Note: After you have made the turn in the loop, please have students exit your vehicle on the right side (see map for the drop off location)
  • Cars exit the parking lot at the location that they entered.  
  • Access road (Dead Run) is closed during arrival and departures.
  • Cars are not permitted in front of the school from 6:45 am - 7:30 am. 


    • Cars will use the same Kiss and Ride traffic loop for pickup.   
    • Students will exit the school from door 5 and meet the vehicles at the car line
  • There will be no parking or driving in the front parking lot from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. 

We need to do everything we can to guarantee the safety of our students.  Therefore, no students should ever be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Dead Run
  • Balls Hill Rd
  • Georgetown Pike cross streets
  • Parking lots and intersections that lead into the school. 

Staff members will be available to answer questions in regards to the procedures above.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work together to provide a safe and efficient system for dropping off and picking up students.