Welcome to Cooper Middle School


Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful–albeit always too brief–summer.

If you’ve been in the neighborhood over the last few months, you’ll know that the mods are already in place in preparation for the upcoming renovations. The mods take up virtually all of the space formerly used for Kiss N’ Ride, so if you typically have driven your students to school in the past, it might be time to consider sending them on the bus now, as traffic will be quite tight for the next few years.

Teachers and staff have worked hard all summer to prepare for the new year, and we’re looking forward to another season of collaboration with them to ensure our students have an excellent experience at Cooper.

What’s New with the Cooper PTO

Over the summer, we refreshed our Cooper Spiritwear line of clothing, and we’re excited to start selling the new items this August.

We continue to focus on shoring up our online presence, mostly through our web site and Facebook pages. Our goal is to keep you up to date about the PTO, what we’re doing, and also what events and initiatives in our community may be of interest. We have a parent representative who works with the Safe Community Coalition to share topical and relevant speakers, movies, and books with our community, and we maintain a parent resource page with links to tutors and other academic support outlets. We will continue to post meeting minutes online.

We will also keep streaming our monthly PTO meetings on Facebook in order to make it easier for you to listen in when you can’t attend in person.

Even with all the work happening behind the scenes on our online profile and fun Spiritwear, we haven’t lost sight of our primary mission. We remain committed to our role as an open, collaborative, supportive link between the parent community and the teachers and staff at Cooper by:

  • Offering our own relevant, topical parenting programming throughout the school year;
  • Providing financial support to the school to help fund technology upgrades, student enrichment, and staff development.

But without your help, we can’t do these things. 

How Can You Get Involved?

JOIN the PTO and CONTRIBUTE to our annual fundraiser with your donation. (Download Membership Form!  ) Your support makes a difference at Cooper!

STAY IN TOUCH. We want to hear from you. Attend the PTO meetings — or watch/listen on Facebook.

When you can, come to the Principal Coffees to hear the latest news and ask questions of the administration, staff,  and PTO Board. Let us know if there is a program you’d like to see.

STAY CONNECTED: Join us us online! “Like” Cooper Middle School PTO on Facebook or log onto our website at cooperpto.org for information about the PTO and what we do, our events and initiatives, and the school calendar.

STAY UP TO DATE: Check out our weekly newsletter, which comes on Wednesdays. We compile all the latest PTO news, announcements, events, meeting notices, and volunteer opportunities there. We do create the content for the newsletter, but the school distributes it to your inboxes for us — which means it has the same banner as the other FCPS News You Choose mailings. Be sure you look for the “PTO News” heading, so you know which news is coming from us.

As always, if you have questions for us, send an email:  questions@cooperpto.org

LEND US SOME TIME AND TALENT.  There are many ways to get involved with the school and stay plugged in to your child’s academic community.  We have plenty of short term and long term volunteer opportunities–check them out on our web site, in your PTO Membeship drive mailing, visit our table during the Back to School nights, or just come to a meeting. We’re always open to working with you to identify the right fit.

Here’s to a great school year!

Heather Murphy Capps, PTO President