Cooper News 5/24

8th Grade Parents Need to Know:

  • 8th grade field trip to Kings Dominion 
  • 8th grade parents - Signature Required
  • 8th Grade Party 
  • High School Courses taken in Middle School

Kings Dominion Field Trip

Forms due Thursday, May 25**

The 8th grade End of the Year/End of Middle School field trip is to Kings Dominion on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. Students have received an information packet about the cost of the trip; they need to turn in a signed permission slip and a pick-up form to their Advisory teacher by Thursday, May 25. Please pay online using MySchoolBucks. If you need a packet, it is available online

* For students not attending the field trip, classes will not be meeting. Students will be held in the cafeteria and gym for supervision and will take the regular scheduled bus home.

Email if you have any questions. 

8th Grade Parents: Signature required for Academic & Career Plan

Your child is continuing to develop an Academic and Career Plan (ACP) that supports their current work as well as helps them plan for the future.

Cooper students have had lessons during Block 4 advisory that reviewed various area of the ACP.

The development of the ACP starts in middle school and is updated regularly through high school as each student’s academic, personal, and career goals evolve. Please have your child log into his or her Academic and Career Plan in Naviance and, with your child, review the draft course plan for high school.  If you have a Blackboard Parent View account, you can log into your account, and together you and your child can view his or her plan. Once in the Naviance Student account, click on “Courses” and then “My Course Plans”.

The Virginia Department of Education requires that the student’s parent or guardian review this plan. Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, use this Google Form  to complete the verification form. The completion of this form will serve as your signature.  This must be completed by Friday, May 26, 2023.

For more information about your child’s ACP, visit the FCPS website and visit Schology where students have access to all the Block 4 advisory lessons Cooper completed related to ACP.  We encourage you to continue to use Naviance Student with your child as you both explore college and career options. If you have further questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.

Tickets for the 8th Grade Party

Tuesday, June 13th, 12:45-2:15pm

Let’s send our 8th graders off to high school in style!  The celebration will be held at Cooper MS and include activities such as DJ/Dancing, Basketball competition, Photo Booth, Inflatable Obstacle course, lunch, raffle for prizes and many other fun activities and games!

Tickets can be purchased on Pay4School.  Click on ‘Select’ next to your child’s name to purchase the tickets.  If you have more than one 8th grade student, please complete a separate ticket order for each.

Keep an eye out in the coming days for a Sign Up Genius to volunteer for this event for your 8th graders. Be a part of the fun!

High School Credit Courses

High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: Contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

BIG Student Celebrations

  • Quiz Bowl Nationals in Chicago
  • Science Olympiad Nationals in Wichita

Quiz Bowl

Cooper Rocks Quiz Bowl Nationals!

It’s official. Cooper Middle School has one of the strongest quiz bowl teams in the country! 

Cooper had two teams qualify for the Middle School National Championship Quiz Bowl Tournament in Chicago this past weekend. This was no small feat as each team had to place in the top 20% of participants in an earlier tournament. As a result, only the strongest teams from across the country competed.

Cooper B (Amelia Duan, Alexander Fray, Ryan Guo, Nathan Liang, Ryan Minton and Ethan Shan) finished in the top third, which qualified them for Sunday's playoffs. They ultimately tied for 21st place out of 160 teams!

Cooper A (Orin Das, Edward Guo, Haughton Neppl, Eshaan Sombhatta and Ray Zhao) also had a strong Saturday qualifying for playoffs with a seed of 6th place. They surpassed their seed in a long Sunday of intense rounds ultimately finishing 3rd - again, out of 160 teams!

Topics covered in this buzzer-based competition include history, science, math, geography, literature, fine arts and current events. The team has been practicing together for up to five hours per week all year and studying independently. Their hard work paid off. Congratulations, Cooper!

SO at Nationals

Science Olympiad at Nationals

Congratulations and a Big Shout out for Cooper Science Olympiad team’s great performance at Nationals Tournament at Wichita, KS!!!

Our school won 18th place out of 60 participating Division B schools.

Medals were earned for top 6 placements on Actual Events and for top 3 placements on Trial Events. Below are the top 10 placements for Cooper team:

1st Place:

Eshaan Sombhatta, Ramkumar Babu in Green Generation

Eshaan Sombhatta, Ethan Shan in Road Scholar

Kylie Rudinsky, Mythili Sudhir in Agricultural Science (Trial Event)

5th Place:

Krish Seonie, Jack Gao in Dynamic Planet

Hridhaan Banerjee, Jason Pan, Nathan Liang in Codebusters 

Aliana Yee, Kylie Rudinsky in Write It CAD It (Trial Event)

6th Place:

Jason Pan, Sidh Jaddu in Sounds of Music

7th Place:

Hridhaan Banerjee, Krish Seonie in Crave the Wave 

Ellie Wen, Eric Zeng in Forestry

Aliana Yee, Preenaka Dutt in Solar Power (Trial Event)

Information to Support Parents:

  • Math Boot Camp
  • Mathspace learning session
  • Summer Courses Online

Summer Updates:

  • Math Boot Camps 
  • Laptop Distribution opportunities - during Pathfinder for Rising 7th graders, during Open House on Thursday 8/17 for all students, other opportunities for Rising 8th graders (during Pathfinder - after session)

Mathspace Summer Learning: Supporting your Secondary Student

This event is designed to provide families of students currently in grades 7-11 in continuing their math learning over the summer utilizing Mathspace. During this session participants will learn how to log on and navigate the tool, discuss how students can work more independently, and how families can support their students.

Families are encouraged to have their student join them on the webinar.

Thursday, June 1, 2023, 7-8 p.m. 

Register for Math Space Summer Learning: Supporting Your Secondary Student

Summer Courses Online

FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for the first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics or world language course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics or world language course.  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Registration for most classes ends June 9, 2023. Program information is available at Summer Learning.

School Counseling Team

Dana Scabis, Director of Student Services

Annie Eisman, Registrar/Student Services Assistant

Keyosha Lewis, 7th Grade Counselor (A-K)

Michele Saint Germain, 7th Grade Counselor (L-Z)

Laura Wiley, 8th Grade Counselor (A-K)

Jill Donnelly, 8th Grade Counselor (L-Z)

Math summer boot camp