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Spring SOL Testing Window

Students in our school will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests from May 16th until June 03rd. It will be very important to avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period.   Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school on time and with a positive attitude.

The Virginia SOL tests are required of all students in grades 3-8 across the state by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills specified in the Virginia SOLs. Content areas will be tested according to the schedule below.

Grade Level

Content Areas to be Tested

7

Reading and Mathematics

8

Reading, Mathematics, Civics and Economics, and Science

 

The purpose of the testing is to provide information about student achievement. Scores from the tests will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards.

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of these devices (e.g., cell phones/mobile communication devices) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the “item of personal belonging” (e.g., the cell phone or mobile device) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

The Virginia Board of Education is allowing elementary and middle school students who fail SOL tests by a narrow margin (scoring between a 375 and 399) to be retested before the end of the year provided parental permission is obtained. In grades 3-8, a student’s performance on the SOL does not impact the student’s grade in the class, nor their academic record. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate proficiency before the end of the school year, should they be eligible for a second attempt, please complete the permission slip linked below and return it to the Student Services office at school.
Parental Permission to Retake SOL Test

A student performance report with your child’s scores will be mailed to your home in August. Scores from the tests will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards.

Click on the link below to see the SOL and the end of the year final schedules posted on the Cooper calendar.
Cooper Testing Calendar

Summer Boot Camps

Cooper Middle School is offering summer boot camps focused on math and literacy. Each camp runs for eight days, three hours per day. Please note that parents/guardians must arrange for transportation; carpooling is encouraged! Should you have general questions about the camps, please contact Cherith Pierson at clpierson@fcps.edu . For camp specific questions, please contact the individuals listed below.
Registration Form
Emergency Care Card (fillable form)
Emergency Care Card (pdf)

LITERACY BOOT CAMP
This eight day camp offers higher level practice with critical reading and writing skills and is designed for students entering honors classes next year or students who are currently meeting grade level expectations for reading and writing but would benefit from extended practice over the summer. Rising 7th graders will be grouped together and will focus primarily on reading skills; rising 8th graders will be grouped together and will focus primarily on writing skills. Should too few students register for a grade level session, the boot camp will run as a mixed 7th and 8th grade program.
Dates : Monday-Thursday, July 25-28 and August 1-4
Time : 8:00 am-11: 00 am
Cost : $125.00
Contact : Christie Day, English Department CoChair at cpday@fcps.edu

MATH 7 HONORS BOOT CAMP
This math camp is designed for rising 7th graders students who will be enrolled in Math 7 Honors classes this fall. The curriculum for this course will reinforce and solidify the skills that are necessary for advanced level math. Students who did not take Advanced Math in sixth grade and are enrolled in Math 7 Honors are highly encouraged to attend.
Date : Monday-Thursday, August 1-August 11
Time : 8:00 AM-11: 00 AM
Cost : $125.00
Contact : Dana Scabis, Math Department Chair at djscabis@fcps.edu

ALGEBRA BOOT CAMP
This math camp is designed only for students who will be enrolled in Algebra 1 this fall. The course will reinforce and solidify the prealgebra skills that are critical for success in Algebra 1. Students will also get a jump start to the year through an introduction to the initial concepts of the Algebra 1 course.
Date : Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15 and Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20
Time : 8:00 AM-11: 00 AM
Cost : $125.00
Contact : Dana Scabis, Math Department Chair at djscabis@fcps.edu

Cooper News Now Website, Social Media, and Yearbook Info:

Do you have an Instagram or Twitter account? Get a sneak peak of what is going on throughout the day at Cooper. Follow us at coopercougar!

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.

Have you ordered a yearbook for your student? Don’t miss out! They will sell out. Order now at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ Cooper’s order number is: 5267

Rising 7th grade Cooper Prep:

Cooper Prep is a program intended to smooth the transition from elementary to middle school for rising 7th graders. Students will become familiar with Cooper and learn about expectations for 7th graders by touring the school, learning their schedules, practicing how to open their lockers, and asking questions of current Cooper students. Additionally, students will learn organization, time management, note-taking, and cooperative learning strategies that will help them prepare for the year. Included in the $100 registration fee are three sessions, lunch for three days, 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 7th grade and leave the fields for “Teacher or Counselor” and “Bus #” blank.

Rising 8th grade Cooper Prep:

Cooper Prep 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 improve their study habits and note-taking skills. Included in the $50 registration fee are executive functioning lessons, 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.

 

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.

Cooper AAP Center:

On February 18th the school board voted unanimously to open an AAP Center at Cooper for 2016-2017 school year. Click the links below for more information on the Cooper AAP Program.

FCPS-Cooper AAP Information

Cooper's Advanced Academics

Current Newsletter:

May 10th, 2016 (pdf)

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:
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 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.

Access4All:
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.

Other Resources:

KIT Information:
Parents do you want to stay informed? For more information please visit the KIT website by clicking the link.

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