PEEK OF THE WEEK

COOPER UPPER ELEMENTARY

UPCOMING EVENTS - OUR BIG ROCKS

  • 12/6 -12/15 Iowa/CogAt Testing (6th Grade Only)
  • 12/6 Belanger, Bubar, Estes, Licata, Mark and Santi Field Trip to Ford Field 9:00 AM to Noon
  • 12/8 Movie Night 6:00PM to 8:00PM : Cooper's Student Lighthouse will be showing: Home Alone

6th Grade Testing - Iowa/CogAt

Dear Parents:

Next week, your daughter or son will be taking the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®) and the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®). The purpose of these tests is to obtain a broad picture of students' progress in attaining certain education goals as measured by national norms. The information the tests provide can be used by our school to inform our educational efforts and can be used by our students, parents, and teachers to make informed educational decisions.

The test results provide information about a student's educational development in the following general areas:

· The ITBS® measures students' achievement in vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage and expression, math concepts and estimation, math problem solving and data interpretation, and math computation

· The CogAT® measures students' verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.

The Iowa Tests are nationally normed, standardized achievements tests. Because thousands of students across the nation have taken the tests under the same conditions, the results for any student can be meaningfully compared to the results achieved by others at the same grade level. Of course, ITBS scores cannot and should not replace teachers' and parents' observations and judgments. However, such scores do convey a unique type of information about a student's educational achievement. Thus, they can be a valuable supplement to other information that parents and teachers take into account in trying to identify and address a student's educational needs.

While students should be encouraged to do their best on the tests, too much emphasis on the importance of testing may make students feel unnecessarily anxious about the outcomes. Testing should basically be given the same emphasis as all other school experiences. We hope that your daughter or son finds the tests to be a useful educational experience and that the results will be interesting and helpful to you.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND CALENDAR

  • 12/15 Skate Night (Ugly Holiday Sweater Skate)
  • 12/19 PTA Meeting @6:30 PM Cooper's Library
  • Winter Break 12/23-1/7 (NEW START TIME 8:27 AM)
  • 1/17 Winter Concert At Cooper 7:00 PM (Mansour, Inks, Daraskavich, McGlinch, Erickson, Lietz, and Martin)
  • 1/18 Winter Concert At Cooper 7:00 PM (Kimball Kopacko, Webster, Klaker and Spence)

KRUSTYZZ PIZZA SUPPORTS COOPER

Cooper is very excited to partner with Krustyzz Pizza, starting November 1st util January 1, 2018! 10% of your orders will go to Cooper PTA just mention that you are with Cooper when placing your order. Proceeds from this opportunity will help cover the cost of field day and 6th Grade send off.



Krustyzz is located at:

28985 Joy Rd

Westland, MI 48185

734-422-8004


Cooper PTA wants to see our amazing families enjoying your Krustyzz pizza, send in a photo of your family enjoying your pizza and we will number it and post it on the PTA bulletin board and after Chrustmas break we will pick a number out of a hat , you could win a $25.00 gift card to Krustyzz!

5/6 GRADE: NEW START/END TIME FOR STUDENTS

Dear Cooper, Johnson and Riley Elementary Parents/Guardians:


Our desire as a school district is to continuously review and improve our processes and procedures, in order to best serve our students and school community. After monitoring bus arrival and dismissal times from our K-4 schools this fall, we have identified an issue with regard to later than desired arrival times in the morning for some of our busses, as well as delayed pick up times at some of our schools after school. With winter weather coming, we realize the potential of this issue being compounded.


Currently, there is a gap of 34 minutes between the start time of middle schools (gr. 7-8) and upper elementary (gr. 5-6), and a 20 minute gap between lower elementary (K-4) and upper elementary (5-6). We would like to even this gap to 27 minutes between each start time, in order to allow a more timely flow between the lower and upper elementary bus routes. Because elementary bus routes are being covered by fewer drivers due to a shortage, and the time span being so close, the district will be moving to a new start and dismissal time for all upper elementary schools, beginning on January 8, 2018.


All start and dismissal times will be moved 7 minutes earlier for students at Cooper, Johnson and Riley.
Current Start Time: 8:34 a.m.
NEW Start Time as of Jan. 8, 2018: 8:27 a.m.
(Students should arrive no earlier than 8:15 a.m.)
Current Dismissal Time: 3:39 p.m.
NEW Dismissal Time: 3:32 p.m.


We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you watch for potential changes in your student's bus stop pick-up and drop-off times via Parent Connect. The new bus times will be posted during the week of December 18, 2017, but please plan ahead for roughly a 7 minute earlier pick-up and drop-off.


If you have questions regarding this change, please speak with your child's principal or contact Cindy Scott, Director of Elementary Programs; if you have questions regarding your child's transportation times after the notices have been uploaded to Parent Connect, please email lpsbus@livoniapublicschools.org, or contact our Transportation Department at 734-744-2517.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Sincerely,


Cindy Scott Phil Francis

Director of Elementary Programs Director of Operations