At Cooper we offer extra curricular clubs before and after school. We believe these clubs will help enrich our students' lives in many ways. Students must maintain an average of seventy percent or above and not have discipline problems in their classroom or other school environments to be invited.
UTD will be hosting a coding club at Cooper. This club is for 1st and 2nd graders. While there is abundance of web-based tools to learn coding, code.org leads the way for younger students! We will use a series of lesson plans, with increasing level of complexity. Each lesson plan has a sequence of 10-20 coding exercises.
Animations using MIT Scratch
This club is for 3rd to 5th graders. MIT Scratch provides a graphical drag-and-drop interface to learn programming & logic without worrying about syntax errors. Students will learn to do 2D animations of objects, create cool drawings, make a character sing a tune, develop an interactive game and even narrate a story with images! Upon completing Scratch, students will be able to design & implement simple computer games on their own.
Students who exhibit strong character, show an interest in school, and keep good grades will be chosen to work in the media room as news anchors. They will report on the weather, lunch menus, important information, and announce birthdays in the morning announcements. They have been known to also tell a joke our two. We truly enjoy our students taking an active role in our morning announcements.
Cooper students in 4th and 5th grades have an opportunity to join our Cougar Honor Choir. We have a wonderful and active choir program at Cooper Elementary School. Honor Choir is an extra-curricular after school activity where we work on mastering our singing technique, ensemble skills, and music literacy. Students will have several performances through out the year.
Students in 5th grades will have the opportunity to join our Cooper Elementary Art Club. We will meet after school on Mondays from 3:45-4:30 p.m. This will provide our students with the opportunity to work on group and individual projects after school. Projects will be displayed at our annual Garland ISD Art Show, throughout the school, and our community.
Jump Rope club is offered to students on Mondays from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Students enjoy learning new tricks and physical activities. This club is open to 3rd through 5th grade students who will perform in our annual talent show and demonstrate their jump rope skills.
In collaboration with our AVID campus focus Cooper has rejoined the district UIL (University Scholastic League) competition. Coaches will tutor children after school who show a talents in subject areas to compete in district UIL. We feel this is a great opportunity to let our students shine academically and provide the confidence to know they can succeed.
The following subject areas are offered:
maps, graphs, and charts
There are many activities each month in which students will participate. Examples are: visiting authors, puppet shows, assemblies, book fairs, HERO week, and Red Ribbon week. These are just a few examples and it varies from year to year. To find out more information, follow us on Twitter @CES_cougars You may also find information in Tuesday folders, and our Calendars. Below are some examples of activities that have become our traditions and students are looking forward to them every year.
Cooper has adopted a house system and have bi-monthly meetings with the students to build good character qualities within the students. They practice their cheers and learn the qualities of the houses and houses can earn point. Points are tallied and winning houses get rewarded. Students are also encouraged to celebrate each other and give compliments on their house trees. For more information visit our signature programs page.
Students will get to dress up as their favorite book character and join us in a parade. This is so fun and it promotes reading. We normally do this twice a year. Once during Red Ribbon week in October and once on Dr. Seuss Day in March.
Buddy Day is the best day ever. During May, students get to enjoy activities around the playground and gym with a buddy! Look for more information during the spring. Make sure you submit your volunteer forms during the open windows in September and January.
Every year students are chosen from grades Kinder through 5th grade to display art in the Garland ISD Art Show. Art Club kids will all have at least one artwork in the show and a collaborative mural. Look for information to come home in April.
During our PTA meetings, each grade level prepares a special program to perform. Students will dance, sing, act, and make decorations for our Cooper performances. Be sure to come see them because our Cooper Cougars do a great job!
February is heart health month and out students decorate hearts to hang up in the gym in preparation for Jump Rope for Heart.
Our students learn:
About the importance of the heart – how it works, and how to take care of it: Through classroom exercises and educational information provided by the American Heart Association.
Help kids with special hearts: Our safe online tool makes it easy for your child to set-up a web page and send emails to invite friends and family to support their fundraising efforts and to share life-saving information.
Feel good for making a difference in people’s lives! Funds raised support American Heart Association research and education initiatives that save lives in our community. Congenital heart defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Many children are alive today because of treatments not available even 10 years ago. Funded research and advancements have changed and saved their lives!
We are cultivating a culture of “Students and Teachers Engaging Active Minds” by providing prekindergarten through 12th grade STEAM challenges that align with the district's Strategic Plan to support student-centered critical thinking, creativity, innovation, problem solving, collaboration and communication.
The challenges culminate with the GISD STEAMposium, an interactive full-day event at the Curtis Culwell Center with a keynote speaker and award ceremony. Participants develop team-work and self-confidence while effectively staying engaged and learning in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) culture.
The Physical Education Department will be hosting annual Turkey Trot in November. Students will run/ walk to emphasize the importance of physical fitness and health. When children keep their bodies healthy, their brains are healthy and they become better learners. Students will run or walk around the outer perimeter of the school grounds. We have medals for students who place first, second, or third for each grade level.