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

The School Year is well underway. There are currently 367 students enrolled at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, at nine levels; PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 6. The students attend in-person classes, five days a week (9:30 am to 4:00 pm). The DWCA Faculty are dealing with several challenges… For some of our students, PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade, this is the first time they’ve been in a classroom, with an in-person teacher.

Daily attendance has been troubling; 71 of our students have already missed two (or more) days of school. A student is considered “chronically absent” if they miss more than 10% (18 days) of the school year. Many of these absences are due to Covid-related disruptions of family, and parent job loss or displacement. Administrators are working with students and their families to help keep them “connected”.

The DWCA Faculty has completed its assessment of student academic needs so they can develop “catch-up” lessons for this year, and determine which students will need the extra attention that could be provided by an RES Tutor. We will be scheduling a meeting (virtually) between the Faculty and the RES Tutoring Team to discuss integrating the RES Tutors into a return to “normal” at DWCA.

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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