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Enjoy your summer! See you in September! Students presenting their final STEAM project Students working on the STEAM project One of the STEAM Projects


Information for Summer:

Summer Required Curriculum & Enrichment Information

Registering a New Student:

For information on registering a new student at Cooper please click on Student Services in the menu bar.

Summer Boot Camps:

Cooper Middle School is offering summer boot camps focused on math and literacy. Boot Camps are designed to extend students’ learning and are separate from the summer SELT program offered by the county. The dates for these boot camps are Monday through Thursday, July 13- July 23.  For more information about the boot camps please click on the links below.

Summer Boot Camp Information
Summer Boot Camp Registration
Emergency Care Card (fillable form)
Emergency Care Card (pdf)

Rising 7th Grade Cooper Prep:

Registration is now being accepted for Cooper Prep (formerly Summer CELL).  Cooper Prep is a program intended to smooth the transition from elementary to middle school for rising 7th graders.  The three day program will take place on August 26 - 28 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Included in the $100 registration fee are three sessions, lunch, and a Cooper t-shirt. For more information and the registration process, click the link below.

Cooper Prep Registration Form
Emergency Care Card (fillable form)
Emergency Care Card (pdf)

On the Emergency Care Card please indicate your child as being in 7th grade and leave the fields for “Teacher or Counselor” and “Bus #” blank.

Rising 8th grade Cooper Prep:

Cooper PREP (formerly Summer CELL) is a program intended to help prepare rising 8th graders for increased rigor in the new school year. Students will learn strategies for goal setting, organization, and time management, as well as how to develop their study habits and take notes. The two day program will take place on August 24 - 25 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Included in the $75 registration fee are two sessions, lunch, and a Cooper t-shirt.

Cooper Prep Registration Form
Emergency Care Card (fillable form)
Emergency Care Card (pdf)

On the Emergency Care Card please indicate your child as being in 8th grade and leave the fields for “Teacher or Counselor” and “Bus #” blank.

STEAM Project:

Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics
This pilot program was a collaboration between GRACE – Greater Reston Arts Center and Fairfax County Public Schools.  Two high schools and Cooper Middle were selected to participate in the program.  The  program was introduced to our students by Rebecca Kamen, scientist/artist, and John Adams, Educational Coordinator at GRACE.  The students were assigned a science concept and they synthesized it into a work of art.  These pieces address the transformation of matter and energy.  The culminating fresco wall hangings are a result of the 2015 STEAM experience and are now a permanent part of Cooper Middle School. To see a video describing the project please click on the following link: STEAM initiative Video
Teachers and classes that took part in the program:
Mrs. Gunas - 8th grade science
Mrs. Hale - 7th grade science
Miss Wright - art teacher

Bronze Award:

Cooper Middle School was recognized by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for achievement in one of several pathways to sustainability outlined by NWF. To win the Bronze Award, Cooper’s student Eco-Team and faculty sponsor addressed the issue of waste management at the school. By analyzing the amount of waste and recycling, students on the Eco-Team assessed a need for greater awareness of waste management within the study body. Students worked to improve recycling awareness by working with the school’s Student Counsel Association.

The Eco-Schools USA program, which is based on the work of student-driven teams dedicated to issues like recycling and energy conservation using sample materials, background information and teacher advice provided by NWF, claims more than 870 American schools across 47 states so far.


Science Olympiad:

At the Regional Science Olympiad Competition, Cooper earned 17 medals in 8 events:  Air Trajectory, Elastic Launch Glider, Fossils, Green Generation, Picture This, Road Scholar, Solar System, and Write It, Do It.  At the State Competition, the team won 6 medals.  We are very proud of all of them!  Many thanks to Mrs. Metlis, Mrs. Hale, and Mr. Frengel for their leadership.  We also thank the many parents who supported the students as well!


Digital Resources:

FCPS offers many digital resources that students and parents can use throughout the school year and summer months. Some of the resources include:

Blackboard Mobile App:
New for the 2014-2015 school year FCPS middle and high school  students have an opportunity to utilize the Blackboard Mobile Learn App, which provides students access to FCPS 24-7 courses through their iOS or Android phone or tablet.

FCPS 24-7 Mobile is a valuable tool to keep students connected to their courses.

Using the mobile app students will be able to:

  • Check announcements
  • Check assignments
  • Take Blackboard tests (not tests in Horizon)
  • View documents
  • Create discussion posts and journal entries and comment on blogs
  • Upload content available on your device, such as pictures

To utilize the app, students will need to find the Blackboard Mobile Learn App in the Google Play or iTunes App store. Students will download the Blackboard app, and search for the school “Fairfax County Public Schools, VA”. There is no charge to use the app. Once the app is downloaded and installed then the student will log into the app using his/her FCPS 24-7 username and password.

Technology@Home Program:
Are you thinking of purchasing an new computer for your child or are you in need of upgrading your software?  Before you go out and buy anything, make sure to check out the FCPS website’s Technology@Home page to find information on how to get discounts on software, smartphones, and Dell and HP computer equipment.

Personal Devices at Cooper:
Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to assisting students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. In efforts to support this progress, students will be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc) during the school day. With classroom teacher approval, students may bring and use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed.

Please see Mr. Cunningham or Mrs. Dorman in room 201 if you need help accessing the wireless network on your device.

FCPS has developed a team made up of staff from the Instructional Services Department and Department of Information Technology, as well as PTA and community members. The committee is currently implementing and exploring options for tackling the computer access issue in FCPS. For more information about obtaining WiFi or where you can access a computer in your area go to the Access4All website.

Other Resources:

KIT Information:
For more information please visit the KIT website by clicking the link or the the KIT icon to the right. Stay Informed: Parents do you want to stay informed? Here are the links to directions on registering for Keep in Touch, and Parent View.

Current Newsletter:

June 25, 2015 (pdf)

Click here to check out the Cooper PTO site: