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Education at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, during the Pandemic…

“Hybrid Learning” continued at our School, through the end of this past school year. The students were there for in-person classes, two days a week (Mon & Tue), with remote learning on the other two days (Thu & Fri). The amazing DWCA Faculty made it happen, working with individual students and families, to keep them “connected”.

Our RES Tutors met their challenging assignments, during the sixteen-month pandemic, as “virtual tutors” They completed approximately eight weeks of direct, virtual interaction (Remote Tutoring) with Mrs. Sanzotta’s & Mrs. Valerio’s First Grade students, on Thursdays and Fridays, when the students are at their homes. These “veteran” RES Tutors, including Jim Koon (retired from Xerox), Kathleen Hoffman (Office Coordinator, C&S Companies) and Margaret Ornelas (Scheduling Manager, LaBella Associates) gave generously of their time to support our Cooper Scholars.

As of this writing (August 10th), we are hoping to resume in-person tutoring, at our School, this coming Fall. It will depend on decisions yet to be made by the RCSD Leadership. We will be meeting, in early September, with Administrators and Faculty, to discuss the possibility of integrating the work of the RES Tutoring Team into a return to “normal” at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy.

Meanwhile, we are beginning to assemble our Tutoring Team, for the 2021-22 school year…

The classroom teachers will, again provide each of our Tutors with a daily plan for each of the students with whom they are working. Tutors could be supporting teacher-conducted classroom lesson activities, working with small groups, or (more likely) working with just one student at a time, on a prescribed learning exercise.

Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Scholar…

Questions???  Reach out to RES Past President Lee Loomis and the RES Tutoring Team at…Rochester Engineering Society (585) 254-2350, via website: www.roceng.org, or via email: leeloomis46@gmail.com(585) 738-3079 (mobile & text)

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Dr. Walter Cooper Academy “2020 Science Fair”    

Postponed due to RCSD Lay-Offs

The recent lay-offs, by the Rochester City School District (RCSD), have resulted in the mid-year departure of as many as five elementary school teachers from our School. It has made it necessary for us to postpone and “regroup” in our effort to develop and present the “2020 First Annual Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair."

The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) was invited to help establish new tradition, back in the late 2018-19 school year. The School-Based Planning Team, and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), including parents, teachers and administrators, requested the support of the RES in developing a Winter 2020 science fair at #10 School. 

In response, we recruited a small team of Volunteer/ Mentors (V/M’s) to work with nine identified Cooper Scholars (Grades 4 – 6), to prepare them for a Science Fair. We were prepared to begin this effort in December 2019. 

However, with these sudden mid-year staff reductions, it will be necessary “let things settle out”, and to give the Administration and Faculty some time to determine if, and how, we might still be able to proceed with plans for such an event.

At an early January 2020 meeting with the School Leadership, we began discussing options for moving forward in this effort. We are now in the planning stages for a Spring 2020, science fair.

Please bear with us (Grrrr…), as we continue to seek ways to expose our Cooper Scholars to the many fascinating aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in their futures.


If you think you might be able to make room in your schedule to help with this effort, please reach out to RES Directors, Lee Loomis (leeloomis46@gmail.com) or (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) or Jon Kriegel (jkriegel@rochester.rr.com) or (585) 281-5216, for more information, and to volunteer for this important, potentially life-changing opportunity.via website:www.roceng.orgor via email: leeloomis46@gmail.com(585) 738-3079 (mobile & text)

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