Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!
Cople Students Cut Up!
Ten lucky Cople students were able to “cut” their principal’s and assistant principal’s hair as part of a fund raiser for Relay for Life. During extended session, the school was raising funds for the Relay for Life program and to make students more aware of ways to help with cancer funding. Recognizing students who were coming to the extended session and working hard, students could purchase tickets for 50 cents. They could also earn tickets for missing less than one day in extended session. On the last day of school, ten names were drawn to cut the administrators’ hair.
Reminiscent of a scene from the Wizard of Oz, the students snipped a little bit here and a little bit there. With the assistance of instructors, Kathryn Wittman and Anne Evans, the students lined up and gingerly made their cuts on the hair of Sheri Almond, principal and Stephanie Lambrecht, assistant principal. Participating students included Destiny Ashton, Sarah Brooke Bowen, Ahmon Brown, Ce’niya Candia, Sergio Doantes-Serrano, Kevin Ellis, Emma Oliver, Gloria Orrock, Julius Plummer, and Chasity Tolson. When all was done, a bag full of hair was collected for children with hair loss. And a big lesson in humility and caring was made by these wonderful students.
Spring Concert and Art Show
Cople students showcased their musical and artistic talents this week, under the guidance of their music and art teachers, along with the help and coordination of the Fine Arts Committee.
Under the direction of music teacher Adraine Bibbens, students in grades PreK through 2nd, delighted Cople family and friends with a fantastic Spring Concert. Students have been rehearsing and coordinating their dance moves to highlight all they have learned in music class throughout the year. 1st grade student, Izabella Bojorquez, served as a guest director for one musical selection.
In addition to the concert, students also demonstrated their artistic talents and growth with art displays, created throughout the year with guidance from their art teacher, Becky Bowen. Classroom winners included: In PreK – Semaj Bryant, Brennan Samuels, and Ja’miesha Hall, in Kindergarten – Germari Yerby, Trinity Simons, and Lezlee Velasquez-Vasquez, in 1st grade – Antoine Wright, Tahkaiden Brooks, and Kiera Godwin, and in 2nd grade – Tania Graham, Madison Branson, and Leah Yerby. Kayla Vasquez won the award for “Best in Show.”
To wrap up the evening, the Cople Problem Solvers hosted a Cake and Pie Auction, featuring delicious baked goods donated by staff, family, and friends. The event helped raise over $1000 to go toward travel for their upcoming competition.
Chess is a classic game that emphasizes strategy and problem-solving, skills that are incredibly important to any student. At Cople Elementary, the Math Specialist, Kathleen McKenna, has introduced the game of chess to a variety of boys and girls spanning all grade levels. The groups of participants have grown throughout the year, with an average of 30-40 students now participating regularly on different days of the week.
Chess is a lifelong activity that spans multiple generations. Learning the game has not only boosted students’ confidence, but also given them a new way to develop their focus and concentration, while having fun.
Third grade students from Kristina Armbruster’s class had a lot of great things to say about the game of chess. Larry Corona, Saniya Kelly, and Dezirae Bankhead explain that they love chess for the opportunity to “play a fun game with friends”. Kimorah Rice and Le’Aijah Johnson enjoy playing chess because they think it’s “fun, the best game ever.” Kirstyn Orange feels that chess, “improves your mind and helps you be good in math.” German Fernandez and Zamia Roy emphasized how grateful they are to have been taught the game of chess because it’s now their “favorite game.” Finally, Dakhoven Naumoff notes that by learning to play chess, you can “show your family how to play and show them how you can win.”
Jamestown Settlement Visit
The fifth grade students at Cople Elementary were treated to a visit from the Jamestown Settlement. Students got the opportunity to try on the types of clothing one would expect to find in colonial times. They discussed how linen was the most common material, and cotton was more expensive and therefore protected more with things such as aprons. Students also saw the ingenious ways people made different types of pockets, and dyed their clothing. In addition to clothing items, the traveling museum featured other household items used by individuals who lived on the Jamestown Settlement.