Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our 2014-2015 Blog Team

This year we have a group of new bloggers. We are so excited to get started. The blog team is a group of student leaders that write blog posts weekly for the student blog, Through the Eyes of a Leader. This is our first post and we are really excited! Each member of the team, introduces themselves below.

Hi my name is Hunter  and I am very happy to be on the blog team this year. I wanted to be on the bloggers team because I love writing. Ive been waiting everyday to start the bloggers team and I am very thankful.

Hi my name is Shenandoah and I am very happy to be on the blog team this year. i wanted to be on the blog team because I have seen other bloggers and they say its very fun. I like to write a lot so I decided to try to get into the blog team! I like to draw to. I am so thankful to be on the blog team!   

Hi my name is Jolei. and I’m really happy to be on the blog team this year! I like to write, so I thought this would be fun to do.I enjoy writing about things that are going on in school. It gives me a chance to see what the students in our school would do to make Cooper a better place! Our goal is to post weekly.

Hi my name is Hanna and this year I’m part of the Cooper blog team! I wanted to be a Cooper blogger because I have  experience with blogging at home and I really enjoy it! What I want to get out of being a Cooper blogger is to have a chance to share our news and upcoming events with other students and parents and even other Cooper Leaders!

Hi, my name is Tyler and I’m glad to be a part of the blogger team this year! I wanted to be on this team because I thought it would be fun to blog about how we show leadership here at Cooper! Our blog posts show the community how students at Cooper are becoming great leaders. Our goal is to post blogs weekly.

Hi my name is Lauren, I was on the blog team last year and am very happy to be on the team this year. I absolutely love writing and could write all day. It’s cool getting to explore new writing techniques. We also get to do cool things like report on what’s going on around the school. Blog team is a blast and I’m really excited for a new year of leadership blogging!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Another Fabulous Leadership Year Has Come to a Close

The end of another fabulous leadership year has come to a close. We have learned so much, met so many new people, and learned how to use the 7 Habits. Although the 6th graders are going to become Eagles at Emerson Middle School next year, we hope that they still remember all the fun times that they had at Cooper. With 6th graders moving out, our 4th graders are coming in. They have had the chance to visit Cooper and see what is in store for them in the fall. We have had so many fun opportunities at Cooper like: Career Day, Field Day, Leadership Day, Sixth Grade Camp, The Variety Show, Sixth Grade Musical, and much more. We have learned so much and have gotten so much smarter. We can match pitch with Ms. Danke and Ms. Provencher in vocal music, read musical notes with Ms. Crociata in instrumental, learn new sports with Ms. Kincaide and Ms. Schnettler in physical education, we know the proper way to paint a picture with Ms. Didomenico and Mr. Hicks in art, and we can make our own presentation with Ms. Bowling in library. In math we can find area, volume and perimeter, in social studies we can tell you about Native Americans that lived long ago or which countries have a large amount of population. We can observe animals and their ecosystem in science, and we can write to a prompt in writing. We can all summarize books we read in reading and we can tell you all the 7 Habits in order. Even though we learned so much this year, imagine what we can learn next year and the year after that. We have so much more to look forward to in our future, whether we go to a whole new school or even if we just stay at Cooper. We have really enjoyed writing about our school. It's time to meet the blog members. Emily and Colby will be moving on to 7th grade next year and we hope that Ryan and Lauren will continue to take on the role of being blog leaders. Thanks for checking up on our updates! - Emily, Lauren, Ryan and Colby

Blog Team

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is officially over! Congratulations on everyone who participated! All 47 teams read seven books and went to Franklin High School to answer really hard questions about the books. A total of 24 questions were asked. The stands were filled, the teams were scared, everyone was nervous for their team. Once Mrs. Bowling asked the questions, teams had 30 seconds to talk it over. As soon as the time was up, Mrs. Bowling called a team to have a student come up to the microphone to answer. Some questions were hard, some weren’t. At the end Mrs. Bowling announced the top five teams. First place went to… The Super Sporty Readers! That team consisted of 7 girls and 2 coaches. The team members were Maddie, Megan and Cassie in Mrs. Kimball’s class, Angela in Mrs. Webster’s class, Emily in Mr. Lietz’s and Allison and Riley in Mrs. Erickson’s class. Allison and Riley also made the amazing t-shirt design for all the competitors. Their coaches were Mrs. Esker and Mrs. St. Ledger. All the teams did an amazing job! Congratulations Super Sporty Readers!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Leader in Me Symposium

Earlier this month, Cooper was a lucky school to be chosen to represent the Leader In Me in a symposium. People from all across the country came to our school to learn about the Seven Habits and the Leader In Me. They asked questions to the student panel and were able to ask the Cooper parents and teachers about stuff that kids may not have been able to answer. Some of the students were tour guides and gave the guests a tour around Cooper, and other students were chosen by their teachers to talk about some of the cool and exciting things that their class has been doing. The sixth grade vocal students performed, The Cup Song (Leader In Me version) in front of them. They did amazing. We are so lucky that our school was chosen for such a cool event like this. 

94 guests arrived on a bus.

Our guests were welcomed by students in the cafe.

Students showcased their leadership skills.

Our guests asked the student panel questions.

Monday, March 3, 2014


Cooper’s sixth grade band students went to Franklin High School and participated in this years Band-O-Rama. Mrs. Crociata taught the band students three songs: Gaga, Beethoven's 9th, and The Saints Go Marching In. They performed with the Emerson and Franklin band students. Franklin’s marching band marched around and played songs like Party Rock Anthem and the Franklin fight song. Emerson performed songs like The Eye Of The Tiger and The Big Bang Theory theme song. The whole event lasted for an hour. The Cooper students performed amazingly. It was a really fun night!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Clothing Drive

Our Cooper Leaders participated in a tradition that Cooper has started. We were proudly a part of a clothing drive to help the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store (DAV). It started just after Thanksgiving and ended right after Christmas. We had a giant box in the school's lobby and were able to fill it up twice. We even have bags that still need to be delivered! We help the DAV Thrift Store because they help us deliver all of the sixth grade camp luggage to Howell and back. In order for us to give back, we host clothing drives. Cooper has developed a wonderful relationship with the people at the DAV Thrift Store.  We encourage everybody to stop in the DAV Thrift Store and make a donation or buy some of their stuff. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books has officially started! Kids who participate will read up to seven books. There are 30 teams of fifth graders and 17 teams of sixth graders. Each team chooses a day to meet during their lunch/recess to discuss what they have read during the past week. On March 18th all the competitors will go to Franklin High School and answer 24 questions that have to do with the books that they read. This is truly an extraordinary event and is very fun to watch. Lets wish all our competitors the best of luck!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Career Day

On Friday, January 31st, Cooper had Career Day. Career Day is a day where people from different areas of work come to Cooper to show us how they do their job and how they use the 7 habits in their everyday life. Some of the jobs that have been demonstrated are a lawyer, dance instructor, police K-9 officer and many more. All the jobs were very fun to watch. The eye bank director brought in a real eye ball, the director of new media (channel 7) face-timed someone in the newsroom to show the students what it was like there. The infection control specialist brought in plush germs and told us what each one did. The geologist brought in a lot of rocks that were all found in Michigan. Please thank all the Cooper staff for organizing this event as well as the presenters that took time out of their day to show us what their jobs are like.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rock Star Saver Leaders

Most of you have heard of the Co-Op services Credit Union, but have you heard of the Rock Star Savers program? This program allows students to deposit their money into their bank account. To do so, you must have a savings account with the Co-Op Credit Union. There are also students who work at the Rock Star Savers program. They work to help put in deposits, or help with a game after they save. Rock Star Savers comes to Cooper on Wednesdays. Children that work, work every other Wednesday. Hope you make an account soon!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The 7 Habits

Our students are learning about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The Seven Habits are written by Stephen Covey. They teach us to control our own lives and lead our way.

Habit 1- Be Proactive. which means you’re in charge. You don’t let anyone else take control of your life. you do what you want to do and don’t let other people determine your way of thinking. We use these habits to make ourselves a better person. Everyone should be treated fairly no matter their shape or size. We are human. We are all one of a kind. This pretty much concludes Be Proactive.

Habit 2 - Begin With The End in Mind. That habit teaches us to have a plan. For example, what if I am making a poster board for school, instead of gluing everything on right away, I would lay it all out and then glue it down. We need to have a plan for a lot of things in our life. We learn this early on, so we can be really prepared for our future.

Habit 3 - Put First Things First. This habit teaches us to do important things first and then play with our friends. For example, what if I had a ton of homework, but I really wanted to play my video games. I would Put First Things First, do my work and then play my video games. When we all get older we will get a lot more homework,  but we will get invited to many more events. We learn this habit when we are still young to prepare for that.

Habit 4 - Think Win-Win. This habit teaches us to think positive. For example, what if there are only two pieces of cake left you get the big piece and I get the smaller piece. We don’t want to think that you won because you got the bigger piece, or I lost because I got the smaller piece. We both got a piece of the cake and it was a good cake. We aren't thinking win-lose or lose-lose, we are thinking win-win. Not everything is a competition in life.

Habit 5 - Seek First To Understand Then To Be Understood.  We want to make sure that we fully hear and understand what someone is trying to say to us. You might think that listening is a basic skill of life, but really a lot of people zone out and pretend to be listening, then when the person who was talking to you asks for a response you usually say, “That’s happened to me before” or “Really?” What if someone is trying to tell you something really important, we have to learn to be a good listener.

Habit 6 - Synergize. We all have to learn to work well with a group. During a group project it isn’t fair if one person does all the work. Using synergy we give everyone a chance to share their thoughts and opinions. In the future we will be apart of study groups and if one person doesn’t understand it they have to speak up and give everyone a chance to talk. Getting along well with other people is a great life skill to have, we might as well start using it now.

Habit 7 - Sharpen The Saw. Everybody needs a break at one point, habit seven is perfect for that! Everybody has something that they love to do whether it is art or sports, so we all live a balanced life. We need a good education, a balanced physical life (enough exercise). We need to live socially and mentally, but we need to have some time here and there to do what we really love to do!

Habit 8 - Find Your Voice. I know we only said there is 7 habits, but recently Stephen Covey came up with the 8th habit. This habit encourages us to speak up for ourselves. If something is bugging you, you should tell an adult and find your voice. Some people maybe shy but this habit teaches us to speak up.
The Seven Habits are very important in order to have a successful life.
Now ...Which Habit Will You Use?

A Wonderful Show

Our Cooper sixth grade students just recently performed in the sixth grade musical called "Annie." There were two shows, Cast A performed on Tuesday, December 10th and Cast B performed on Thursday, December 12th. They did amazing! We had live dogs, amazing props and spectacular directors.  We would like to thank Mrs. Danke for directing and Mrs. Sweeney for assistant directing. Mrs. Murphy did the amazing choreography. All the parents were very helpful through this process. We would like to thank the parents for all their help. Our 6th grade students volunteered for this play. It as optional. Sarah (cast B) and Julia (cast a) played the lead role as Annie. They did amazing. There were other roles that students were able to take part in as well. They performed in front of their classmates as a final dress rehearsal and then later that evening they performed for their parents. They truly did an amazing job!