COOPER MS News Summer Edition

Hello Cooper Community!

We are happy to see that so many of our incoming 7th graders and new to Cooper 8th grade students are able to join us for the Cooper Pathfinder program and Student Orientation.  If you haven’t yet, please use the links available below to sign up for the events that work with your family’s calendar. 

Everyone is invited to attend Open House on Thursday, August 18th 3:00-6:00pm.  We can’t wait to show all of you our new addition!  This phase of renovation has science and math classrooms, an art suite, the family & consumer science suite and a beautiful library!

Lisa Barrow

Proud Principal


Bus Information & ParentVue Access

*Deadline approaching

Access your SIS ParentVue account, to see your child’s transportation assignments and intent on the “Student Info” tab. Transportation assignments for the first day of school, August 22, 2022, will be available on August 09, 2022. The office of transportation may make changes to the bus schedule up to August 17, 2022.

All parents should access their SIS ParentVue account before July 29, 2022, to ensure the Transportation Intent for each student is accurate. If adjustments to your intent are needed, click  “Edit Information” to make changes to your Transportation Intent. This process will need to be completed for each student in your family. Please allow three to five business days to see your child’s updated transportation assignment reflected in your SIS ParentVUE account.

All students eligible for transportation services will be provided transportation unless the parent has stated ‘NO’ to the Transportation Intent.

For more information about the SIS ParentVUE account, please visit the FCPS Website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-overview

Please contact your transportation office/school office if you have any questions about accessing your student information.

If you have forgotten your password, you may use the “Forgot Password” link on the ParentVue Login Page (More Options).  Upon resetting your password, please wait 30 minutes to test your first log-in.


Cooper Pathfinder for 7th Grade and New 8th Grade Students*

Tuesday, August 9: 8:00-9:00 AM, 10:00-11:00 AM or 12:00-1:00 PM

*includes action item

  • 7th grade and new 8th grade students only.
  • Sign up for a one-hour student led tour and community builder. Laptops will be available for student pick up at the end of each tour.
  • Parents are invited to join a parent session in the cafeteria with administration and the PTO while students tour the school.
  • Schedules will not be available at this time, general information/tour provided.
  • Please also visit our website for our virtual tour and information about Cooper.
    • Our virtual site is currently under construction so check back regularly for new information.

Laptop Distribution

Wednesday, August 10 8-11AM

  • Both 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to stop by Cooper to pick up a laptop.
  • No appointment necessary. 
  • This is another opportunity to pick up a laptop prior to school opening.  Additional opportunities will be available.

Family Open House

Thursday, August 18, 3-6 PM

  • Self-guided tours throughout the building for all students and families; plan on 30-45 minutes to meet and greet Cooper Staff and tour the building.  All students may pick up a laptop. You may come anytime during the 3-6 PM window.
  • Schedules available in SIS Thursday, August 18, at 6:00AM.
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream available for purchase in the lobby.

7th Grade and New 8th Grade Student Orientation*

Friday, August 19, 9-11 AM 

*includes action item.

  • 7th Grade and new 8th Grade students only.
  • Students will walk even/odd day schedule and meet their teachers.
  • Bus transportation provided from the main feeder ES schools.  There will be NO parent drop off.  Students must ride the bus to and from Cooper MS to the feeder elementary. RSVP so we can be sure to have an appropriate number of buses available.
    • Bus schedule will be shared at a later date.

Medication Drop-Off

Parents may drop off medications before the 1st day of school. Ms. McLarty, the school health aide for Cooper will be onsite to accept paperwork and medications. 

Wednesday, August 17 9am-2pm

Thursday, August 18 3-6pm

Friday, August 19 11am-2pm


Paying for school lunch

Before the start of the school year, check your lunch account balance on My School Bucks. More information can be found on the FCPS food and nutrition website.


summer reading

SUMMER READING INFORMATION

HAPPY SUMMER! For information on summer reading for rising 7th graders, 8th graders and 9th graders, please visit the Cooper library website.


Tutor.com - Available Summer 2022

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com via archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services.  Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics & Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

Additional resources schools may use to communicate Tutor.com summer access to students/families are provided in the Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services Employee Hub Site to include a Summer Access Flyer that could be shared with students/families.


Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations Available this Summer

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual mental wellness consultations this summer from June 21 through August 5. Any Fairfax County parent may request a consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. Consultations are up to 45-minutes in length and may occur by phone or video conferencing.

There are two types of consultations offered:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or transitions and changes related to school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation.  

A school psychologist or school social worker will respond to your request during the weeks you indicated being available in the survey. Please check your voicemail and email during your selected weeks in order to set up an appointment. You may leave a message at 703-503-2520 if you have questions or need to make any changes.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call 911.


Summer Meal Service

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 


Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available Later This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.