Rising Freshman Parent Night:
Date & Location Change!
Due to the recent school closures, several events and activities have been rescheduled. Therefore, causing the Rising Freshman Curriculum Night/Orientation to be rescheduled.
Rising freshman orientation and curriculum will be Thursday February 4th at 7 pm in the main gym. Topics will include graduation requirements, course offerings for freshmen (core courses and electives), honors courses vs. standard courses, schedules, and expunging courses. Sonya Williams, Director of Student Services, and Alex Mantel, school counselor, will present the program. Please feel free to print out and bring a copy of the 2016-17 freshman course catalog which is located on the Langley High School website www.fcps.edu/LangleyHS under the Student Services tab.
Saturday, February 6, 2016: Stop Hunger Now
As many of you remember, last year’s Stop Hunger Now event was a huge success, and provided a wonderful service learning opportunity for children and adults of all ages. Last year’s goal was $25,000 which provided 100,000 meals to families in Ukraine. Families in the Langley pyramid are joining together this holiday season to help children in need. In partnership with Stop Hunger Now, the elementary, middle and high schools in the Langley pyramid are coming together on Saturday, February 6th at Colvin Run Elementary to prepare 100,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages around the world.
Our goal this year is to raise $29,000. Each meal package costs only 29 cents to make. For just $15, you can about 50 meal packages; $30 will make over 100 meal packages and $100 will pay nearly 350 meal packages. When rehydrated, each meal package feeds 5-6 people, so our goal is 100,000 meal packages. Throughout our efforts, our students will understand how their family’s contribution will help impact over 500,000 people.
About Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now is a 4-star rated organization that sends nutrient-rich, dehydrated meal packages to developing countries around the world. In those countries, the meal packages are delivered to families through the schools. In developing countries, children may not attend school to receive a formal education, so in part to this program, more children are being encouraged to attend school to receive a hot meal at school and additional meal packages for their families. As an additional benefit, more children are also receiving a formal education. Click here to learn more about Stop Hunger Now.
- Make your tax-deductible donation today here.
Each student is encouraged to donate loose change or money that they earn and wish to donate to Stop Hunger Now. Students will have the opportunity to bring in any money they would like to donate when we return in January, 2016.
Register to volunteer for the event at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C45ABA62FA1FC1-cooper
Note to Parents: If you have children at multiple schools, please register your child with their current school. (e.g. Smith family has 2 children at SHES, 1 at Cooper, and 1 at Langley). In order to reach our goal of 100,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $29,000. If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at: http://events.stophungernow.org/LangleyPyramid2016 and help us Stop Hunger Now.
Please note, volunteers must register for the event and pick a time slot. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents of elementary students, please include the children and an adult in the total count attending when registering. Middle School and High School students do not need to be accompanied by an adult to the event.
Blessings in a Backpack
GROVETON ELEMENTARY AND COOPER MIDDLE SCHOOL work together!
Blessing in a Backpack Partnership Cooper will be working with Groveton Elementary to help support their Blessings in a Backpack program. This program “mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.” Each week some students at Groveton will receive these snack bags for the weekend. The donation box is located in the main office for food or Room 211.
Please donate the following items to be used in the weekend snack bags:
Breakfast bars (i.e. Nutrigrain bars)
Canned pasta (i.e. ravioli)
Crackers and cheese packs (non-perishable)
Any non-perishable snack item
Donations will be taken through the rest of the school year. The next delivery to Groveton will be at the end of January.
Do you want a photo of your child featured in the 2015-2016 Cooper yearbook? Please email photos from this year (summer 2015-June 2016) to email@example.com. The yearbook staff prefers candid photos. Presently, the staff is looking for photos from the summer, weekends, first day of school, sports, birthdays, holidays, and community service. However, feel free to email any photos for an opportunity to be included in the yearbook! Please include students first/last name, grade, and a brief description of what is taking place in the photo.
Buy your 2015-2016 yearbook now before the prices increase!
Make sure to order your Cooper yearbook before January 16, 2016. The cost this year is $40 and you can order your yearbook by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com. Cooper's order number is #5267. For more information please see the Yearbook Flyer.
Cooper News Now School Website:
Check out our very own school news website- Cooper News Now! This website is run by our Cooper journalists and features news articles, reviews, photos, columns, DIYs, fun and games and much more! https://sites.google.com/a/fcpsschools.net/cooper-ms-news-now/
Students remember that you will need to log in to your FCPS Google Apps account to see this site. Parents you will need to have your child log in to his/her FCPS Google Apps account in order to access our News site.
Art at Cooper
Thomas Jefferson Admission Process
To find out information about the Thomas Jefferson High School admission process and important dates please read through this brochure.
December 2015 Newsletter (pdf)
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:
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.
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 Microsoft Office 365 for free and discounts on other software, smartphones, and Dell and HP computer equipment. http://www.fcps.edu/it/technology/TechnologyHome.shtml
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 low cost WiFi, loaner laptops, or where you can access WiFi or a computer in your area go to the Access4All website.
Parents do you want to stay informed? For more information please visit the KIT website by clicking the link.
Summer Assignment Information:
Cooper Online Opening Information:
Please click on the link below to find the forms required by all students in order to receive their schedule and locker. Important back to school information from Cooper MS, the PTO, and FCPS can also be found here.
Registering a New Student:
For information on registering a new student at Cooper please click on Student Services in the menu bar.
Click here to check out the Cooper PTO site: http://cooperpto.org