Cooper News 9/7

FLE Preview 

Sept. 7th 5:15PM

Before BTSN, there will be a half hour optional Parent Preview meeting with Ms. Sandridge (FLE Lead Teacher) to review the Family Life Education (FLE) Middle School Curriculum.  A program overview for each grade level is available on the FCPS website.  If you would like to attend, please use this Zoom link.  

Back To School Night

September 7th 6-8PM

This year Cooper will be hosting a virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 7th from 6 to 8PM using Schoology and Zoom.  To prepare for our virtual Back to School Night you will need to:

  1. Confirm that you have a SIS ParentVUE account and make sure you can log into SIS ParentVUE successfully.  If you need a SIS ParentVUE account please fill out the Parent Support Request (SIS ParentVUE Navigation Video)

  2. Using your SIS ParentVUE credentials make sure that you can log into Schoology at and that you can see your child’s courses. (Schoology Help Videos)

  3. Download and install Zoom on your laptop or computer. (Joining Zoom Directions)

*Please refer to the step by step instructions sent out September 6th, at 2:10PM. 

The detailed schedule for our virtual Back to School Night is as follows:

  • Block 1 6:00 - 6:20 (Includes a message from Principal Barrow and Elaine Tholen, the Dranseville District Representative*)
  • Block 2 6:23 - 6:33
  • Block 3 6:36 - 6:46
  • Block 4 6:49 - 6:59 (Includes a message from our Assistant Principal, Maureen McLoughlin)
  • Block 5 7:02 - 7:12
  • Block 6 7:15 - 7:25
  • Block 7 7:28 - 7:38
  • Block 8 7:41 - 7:51

Cooper staff will be available to help troubleshoot in the Back to School Night Zoom Help Desk linked here starting at 5:30 PM.

After School Club Fair

Monday September 12 2:30-3:30PM

We are excited to kick off the After School Program this year. Monday 9/12, from 2:30-3:30PM, we will host our first after-school fair. Students can be picked up starting at 3:30PM, please park in the front lot parking spaces and wait for your student to come out. Please DO NOT park/wait in the fire lane in the front of the school.  

Late buses will be offered starting at 4:30PM. Late buses arrive between 4:30PM and 5PM, arrival home will vary based on bus arrival to Cooper.  

Students will be provided an after-school registration form this week during block 4 Advisory. This form MUST be turned in no later than Wed 9/14. Forms will be accepted Monday at the fair. Students will NOT be permitted to stay after school if they have not turned in the registration form.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Process

September 21, 2022

TJ Information Session Cooper Middle School (Cafeteria) 2:30-3:30 PM. 8th grade parents and students only. A TJHSST representative will be speaking about TJ.

October 24, 2022

TJ Applications available online at at 4 pm.

November 16, 2022

Application Deadline (no later than 4:00 PM)

*For more information, visit the TJ admissions website

**The TJ Liaison at Cooper is Jill Donnelly.  Remember, students should be beginning the application process before parents set up their account.  After your student begins the application process, the TJ liaison at Cooper will have to verify your student’s math level before you are able to complete the application.  Please allow her 24-48 hours to verify as she will be checking the updated site daily.

World Language Credit Exam

Deadline October 6 4:00PM

Registration for this year’s World Language Credit Exam is open until Wednesday, October 6, 2022 at 4 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

World Language Credit Exam information can be accessed on the FCPS website.

To register, students should stop by to see their school counselor (4th block QST 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:

All exams are 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.

  • November 3, 2022 - Centreville High School
  • November 9, 2022 - West Springfield High School
  • November 10, 2022 - Edison High School Cafeteria

School Counselors:

Keyosha Lewis (7th grade students with last names A-K)

Michele Saint Germain (7th grade students with last names L-Z)

Laura Wiley (8th grade students with last names A-K)

Jill Donnelly (8th grade students with last names L-Z)

Fall Screening

Deadline October 15th

Parents interested in referring students for the fall level IV screening must submit a level IV referral form to your school counselor by October 15, 2022. Fall 2022 screening is only available to students newly enrolled in FCPS after January 1, 2022 who were not screened in Spring 2022.

For more information visit the testing and screening FCPS website.

School Counselors:

Keyosha Lewis (7th grade students with last names A-K)

Michele Saint Germain (7th grade students with last names L-Z)

Laura Wiley (8th grade students with last names A-K)

Jill Donnelly (8th grade students with last names L-Z)

Cooper Family Liaison 

Charlotte Diorio has returned as the Family Liaison at Cooper.

Family 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 family liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races. Family 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. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family involvement to help ensure their student's success. Charlotte can be contacted by email or by phone (703) 442-5800.

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