Cooper News 2/22

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Students have an early release on Thursday, March 2. There is no school for students on Friday, March 3, due to a school planning day (186, 188, and 191 personnel do not report). See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar and the Employee Calendar.

Need to Know:

  • SEL Screener
  • Intention Forms
  • Donations for Turkey
  • Sport Water Bottles

SEL Screener

March 13th

Cooper will be administering the Spring SEL Screener on Monday, March 13th during block 4 Advisory.  All students will participate in the SEL Screener unless they have been opted-out by a parent/guardian or enrolled after January 25th.  Parents/guardians can check their child’s opt-out status in SIS ParentVUE.  Please direct any questions to Cooper’s School Test Coordinator, Courtney Derr at

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Student Intention Forms:

Moving this summer? Changing schools? If your family plans include leaving FCPS for the 2023-24 school year, please notify us by completing this Student Intention Form and emailing it to Ms. Annie Eisman at

Donations for Turkey

A powerful earthquake wreaked widespread devastation across Turkey and neighboring states. It is one of the deadliest natural disasters in the region. The death toll is quickly rising. Thousands were killed or became homeless in an instant and the winter conditions are very harsh for the survivors.

 To help the victims, please visit the Turkish Embassy Twitter account for most up to date items in need.

 A collection bin will be available at Cooper until March 1st for smaller items (blankets, sleeping bags, etc.)

If you happen to have larger items to donate, please complete this form for home pick-up.  Items can be purchased online from Amazon or Wal-Mart and sent directly to the Turkey Embassy at: 2525 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to use a refillable water bottle at school.  There are water-filling stations in our addition and in the cafeteria.  We ask that all water bottles have sealed lids.  Athletic water bottles with spray tops (water bottles that can be squeezed) should not be brought to school.  


  • Quiz Lit Team

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Quiz Lit USA National Final 2023 

Many congratulations to Cooper Middle School, Virginia, on winning the 2023 USA Final.

Evelyn Volovar, Lachlan Thomas, Kylie Rudinsky, and Carmen Appel

Information to Support Parents

  • College Partnership Program
  • Safe Community Collation 
  • Attendance Matters
  • Parent Talk
  • View IEPs
  • Summer Learning
  • Yearbooks

College Partnership Program

Do you have an 8th grade student who wants to go to college?  Do they fall into one or more of these categories?

  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S
  • Black or African American students
  • Hispanic students, of one or more race
  • Students with disabilities
  • English learners
  • Economically disadvantaged students

If so, please apply for Fairfax County’s College Partnership Program.  Additional information as well as the application can be found HERE.  The deadline for this application is March 10th. - Extra Help for Students at No Cost to Families 

With through Schoology, FCPS students are able to get learning help at any time, even from bilingual tutors! Students in FCPS meet with tutors thousands of times each week to practice reading, prepare for an upcoming math test, write computer programs, study for the SAT, or to get feedback on essays–all at no cost to their families! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take just a few minutes to connect with a tutor with your child. More info about in FCPS is available here. 

Safe Community Coalition

March 15th, 7-9pm

SCC Family Emotional Health Resource

attendance matters

If a student will be absent or arriving late to school, parents or guardians should always report the details of the absence to the Cooper MS Attendance OfficeTeachers do not have access to mark a student excused for an absence, which is why it is imperative that parents contact the attendance office (instead of, or in addition to, the teacher) when their child is absent so we can mark them correctly. 

To report an absence, parents have these options:

  1. Use the link to our online attendance form (preferred) from the main page of the CMS website:
  2. Send an email with full details to: or,
  3. Call the attendance line at 703-442-5858 being sure to include the spelling of your student’s last name and reason for the absence.

If your student will be picked up early for an appointment: Please send them to the front office in the morning with a note stating the time of the dismissal. Students will be given a pass to leave class and meet parents in the office. Parents should come to entrance #1, to the main office, with a photo ID to pick up their student for early dismissals.

For more information on the attendance policies, please visit the CMS Attendance page.

Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and IEP Progress Reports in ParentVue

Parents are now able to view their students’ individualized education program (IEP) and IEP Progress Report in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVue web app. To set up your ParentVue account, visit the SIS ParentVue information page. Please use a strong, unique password to protect your child’s information. IEP documents are not delivered via the SIS ParentVue mobile phone app. Once logged into SIS ParentVue, click on the “IEP Documents” tab to view your child’s current IEP and the most recent IEP Progress Report.

Parent Talk

McLean High School Student Services and McLean PTSA presents:

Helping Your Kids Build a Life They Want: Parent Talk with Authors Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:30 – 7:30 PM

McLean High School Auditorium No registration needed!

We all want our kids to be happy and successful in life.  Too often, many parents feel that if kids aren’t pushed harder, they won’t be successful.   But this can result in anxiety and depression, chronic stress, and a negative parent-child relationship.

Instead, let’s help our kids build a life they want – a life where success is defined by happiness, strong relationships, and overall wellness, and not simply by academic and career achievement.  Bill and Ned will share strategies parents can use to help our kids achieve this life!

We welcome all Dranesville District FCPS parents to attend this informative session.  If you are interested in learning about Bill and Ned’s work, please check out this podcast on achievement culture, as well as their books, linked below.

FCPS Summer Learning

The FCPS Online Campus summer course registration is now open for eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first high school level mathematics course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

provide photos for the yearboook

Attention parents! The yearbook staff needs photos of your student outside of school!

Here is a list of photos are we looking for:

Summer photos

Your student playing sports

Any fun fall or winter activities

Family or friends photos

First day of school photos