Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!
Northern Neck Electric Visit
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.
Jump Rope for Heart
In recognition of heart health, the students at Cople Elementary School participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Students raised money through support from their families and the local community. In total, the school raised a little over one thousand dollars. Throughout the day, students rotated through stations by grade level, and were able to enjoy different types of jump rope games. Fifth grade students and teachers gave their time to help this event run successfully.
Cople Problem Solvers
This past weekend, the Cople Problem Solvers competed in the state competition and placed first overall for their community service project this year. The students will be representing the school and state at the International Competition at Michigan State University at the beginning of June where “The Fitness Force” will take their journey toward healthy and active lifestyles to the next level.
A survey of Westmoreland County Cople Elementary students, in grades three through five, found that a significant portion of afterschool activities involve little movement, such as watching television, texting, surfing the internet, and playing video games. The Cople Community Problem Solvers, “The Fitness Force”, decided this was something they could have a positive impact on changing. So for the 2015-2016 school year, it has been their objective to help Cople students and families lead a healthier lifestyle.
Starting in November, students began bringing home a monthly newsletter with daily suggestions of ways they can improve their health. These ideas range from eating a certain amount of fruits and vegetables per day, getting the right amount of sleep, brushing their teeth twice a day, or doing a simple exercise like jumping jacks. Students are challenged to at least try each healthy lifestyle daily challenge with their family.
In order to start the New Year off right, the Problem Solvers introduced Fitness Fridays. During morning announcements, the Cople Problem Solvers lead all students in the entire building through a quick five minute workout. Not only does it invigorate students’ bodies, but it invigorates their minds. Additionally, it adds a little fun and camaraderie to the beginning of the day.
Most recently, the Fitness Force has challenged Cople Elementary School to “Walk to Hollywood”. By calculating how far a lap around the school is, (1/8 of a mile), teachers and students can log how much walking they do during the day. Using this information, the Problem Solvers will keep track of how many miles Cople Elementary accumulates on a display in the cafeteria. This way EVERYONE can see how close we are getting the Hollywood as the year comes to an end.
If you see a Problem Solver in the community, be sure to ask them for tips on how you can lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.
First Grade students, along with their teachers and reading specialist, shared a one hour special program to celebrate poetry on the day before Spring Break. The Poetry Café featured an opportunity for parents and community members to join the students in writing poetry, while enjoying refreshments. As special guests and parents circulated, students read the poems they were creating and invited their guests to also create their own poetry.
Students from each classroom then read aloud special poems they had created or picked out, which were especially meaningful to them. The audience was encouraged to snap their fingers to show appreciation after each student shared their poetry. Some students even dressed the part, as poets, to express their artistry.
The Poetry Café coincides with the poetry unit students are studying during their Language Arts time. This allows students to celebrate how their learning can be used to entertain and share ideas outside of the classroom. Students enjoyed the great opportunity, and the Poetry Café had an awesome turnout, including over 30 parents and special School Board Member guests, Mr. Ralph Fallin and Mrs. Patricia Lewis.