PEEK OF THE WEEK
COOPER UPPER ELEMENTARY
Our Big Rocks
11/12 - 11/30 Goodfellows Canned Drive
Would you like some extra money? 2018-2019 NOON LUNCHROOM MONITORS NEEDED
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Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT) 6th Grade Test
November 13, 2018
Dear LPS Parents or Guardians:
Your son or daughter will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The CogAT is a timed test and takes 90 minutes to administer.
CogAT® is a nationally normed test and is generally considered an aptitude test. 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 of the same age. Of course, CogAT® scores cannot and should not replace teachers’ and parents’ observations and judgments. Normed tests can be a valuable supplement to other information that parents, and teachers consider in trying to identify and address a student’s educational needs. All sixth and eighth grade students in the district take the CogAT® and we utilize the results as one piece of data to make placement decisions for middle and high school courses.
The CogAT® includes three separate tests known as batteries which measure a student’s reasoning abilities. Each battery has three 10-minute tests. The CogAT® measures students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.
o The Verbal Battery is comprised of three subtests: Picture (Verbal) Analogies, Picture (Verbal) Classification, and Sentence Completion. Successful performance on these tests requires that students have a variety of verbal strategies that they can use effectively. This cluster of reasoning abilities plays an important role in developing skills in reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and other verbal learning tasks.
o The Nonverbal Battery is comprised of three subtests: Figure Matrices, Paper Folding, and Figure Classification. Successful performance on these tests requires that students have a variety of strategies for working with quantitative materials. The reasoning skills appraised by this battery are significantly related to problem solving not only in mathematics but also in other disciplines.
o The Quantitative Battery is comprised of three subtests: Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, and Number Series. The Nonverbal Battery is particularly suitable for obtaining an accurate estimate of cognitive development for students who have difficulty with reading, who have limited proficiency in English, or who have had very limited opportunities to acquire verbal or quantitative knowledge.
Thank you for supporting your student for November 27 by making sure they get a good night rest and a healthy breakfast. We look forward to sharing the results with you, when they come back in January.
Chief Academic Officer
Goodfellows Can Food Drive
In conjunction with this month’s focus on kindness and gratitude, Cooper will be hosting our annual can drive to support the Livonia Goodfellows.
Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food donations from now until November 29th.
The top 3 classrooms bringing in the most items will earn a special movie with popcorn to celebrate.
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND CALENDAR
11/26-11/29 Vision Screening 5th Grade
11/27 6th Grade CogAT Testing
11/29 End of Marking Period
11/30 No School - Teacher Work Day
12/11 PTA Meeting 6:30PM Cooper LMC
12/5 Youth Making A Difference Forms Due
12/7 Report Cards Go Home
1/19 5th Annual PTA Dads Chili Cook-Off - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Franklin High School
2/22 Youth Making A Difference Displays Due