The Fall season is a time of new beginnings for the students and staff at Cooper Elementary. We have a brand new group of Kindergarten students beginning their school careers. Other students are beginning a new school year in a new grade and with a new teacher. This always makes the Fall an exciting time.
The teaching staff is starting the school year fresh off some wonderful professional development in August. We are continuing with Quantum Learning training. Last year, we shared information about one of the components of Quantum Learning: the 8 Keys of Excellence. The 8 Keys are a wonderful framework for developing strong character traits in students and is just one part of the Quantum Learning Process.
Quantum is all about student learning. It is based on decades of research that has helped us better understand how students learn. It also helps us understand the things that can interfere with learning or improve the effectiveness of our teaching.
Along with learning more about the Quantum Learning processes, we are also focusing on Response to Intervention, or RtI as it is commonly called. Although RtI is not something new to our school, our deepening focus on its implementation is. Plainwell Community Schools is
participating in a county wide professional development series provided by Solution Tree, a school related professional development organization.
Over the course of this year, a team from Cooper will be working on developing a more systematic way to identify learning problems and address them in a timely fashion. Both of these initiatives will help us better educate the students here at Cooper Elementary. And for us, that is the most exciting thing of all.
– Jeff McNutt
Cooper Elementary Principal
NOTES TO HOME:
DROP OFF/PICK UP
Please do NOT park in the fire lane. This is to ensure your child’s safety and the safety of other children. If you need to exit your vehicle, please park your vehicle in a designated parking area. Thanks for your help in ensuring the safety of all students here at Cooper Elementary.
To help with reading comprehension talk about what you see and do! Parents and families are busy! Here is an easy tip to incorporate into your everyday routines. Talk about everyday activities with your child to help build background knowledge and vocabulary, both which are crucial to listening and reading comprehension. Keep an active dialogue with your child, for example, while cooking together, driving in the car, visiting somewhere new, or even after watching a TV show.
THIS & THAT
> Thank you for sharing your children with us! The halls have been empty of the laughter and excitement each child brings to Cooper Elementary each year.
> We had a great turn out for Open House this year. It was wonderful to see so many families and excited students. The teachers enjoyed meeting their new students and seeing their old friends.
> The fall assessment window for NWEA and DIBELS is September 8 through September 23. Look for more information to come from your child’s teacher.
> Don’t forget about the Paper Gator. This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of all of those old magazines and books while helping out the school.
• Picture Day – Wednesday, September 24
• 4th Grade Field Trip to Lansing – Friday, September 26
• Koala Fun Run – Wednesday, October 1