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Temporarily Suspending the Work of the RES Tutoring Team

With the layoffs and realignments, due to the recent RCSD budget crisis, our School has lost a significant portion of its faculty. These departing teachers have recently been replaced by others who were similarly displaced from their own original positions, at other schools. With the resultant disruption in classroom instructional consistency, the Leadership at DWCA has decided to suspend the use of RES Tutors, for the balance of the 2019-20 school year. This has been done in the hope of allowing the “new” teachers to develop closer relationship with their students, and to intensify their focus on improving the reading, math and science scores of our Cooper Scholars.  

We have every expectation that the RES Tutoring Team will be asked to resume its work, next Fall, when our School returns to its newly renovated campus, at 353 Congress Ave., in City’s Nineteenth Ward. When that happens, we will once again need the dedicated service of our current RES Tutors and, no doubt, additional tutors, working with the teachers and students, in support of the NY State Science Curriculum.

Does this sound interesting to you, or maybe to some of your friends? Could you see yourself supporting the presentation of science curriculum to students, ages five to eleven? Who was it that showed you how science could “make a difference” in your life? Could you help introduce someone to science, yourself? Do you think you can make room in your life for this important challenge?

We will continue to build our RES Tutoring Team, now for the 2020-21 school year… We have been giving “Lunch & Learn” presentations in several Rochester area firms and professional groups, to inform and inspire prospective new tutors. We have “hit the ground, running”, and we need your support...Can we schedule a presentation with your firm, your work group, your church or family, sometime this Spring?

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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