Welcome to James Fenimore Cooper Elementary School!
At Cooper School our mission is to teach all children to love learning, embrace challenges and strive to achieve their personal best. Our Cooper Community will demonstrate respect, ownership, acts of kindness and responsibility to encourage active citizenship. Each morning we recite our Cooper Code, “Cooper kids are kind to themselves, others, and the world around them. We show respect, responsibility, and good citizenship.” These actions and goals are consistent with our district’s mission statement:
We shall provide all children with an education that develops open-minded thinkers with the strong academic and interpersonal skills to thrive in an ever-changing world and make it a better place for all.
Whether you are returning parents, a new family, or an interested community member, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to James Fenimore Cooper School. I am thrilled to begin my second year with my Cooper Family after serving four years as the principal of Joyce Kilmer School. Prior to my time at Kilmer, I served as an assistant principal in Gloucester Township and a teacher at A. Russell Knight Elementary School. I look forward to continuing the great work we have begun in the areas of character education and technology integration. During the 2017-2018 school year Cooper School was recognized as an Honorable Mention State School of Character and earned a National Promising Practice Award for our Project SUCCESS collaboration with Cherry Hill High School East. This year our school was recertified at the Bronze Level by Sustainable Jersey for Schools. The students and staff at Cooper are committed to making our community a better place for all!
James F. Cooper Elementary is a small neighborhood school within the Cherry Hill Public School District. Each day, the school personnel welcome just over 200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The teachers and staff create a positive learning environment to provide students with a strong foundation which will prepare them for future academic success. To meet the challenge of preparing our students to be 21st Century Learners, our adopted curricula are aligned to the New Jersey State Learning Standards and supplemented with integrated technology to enhance learning and student performance. Our school also provides support for special needs children through inclusion, resource room and self-contained programs. Each student receives the educational support they need to be able to access the curriculum and experience overall achievement.
We are fortunate to have strong parental and community support, and we encourage our families to take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved in your child’s school experience. Our PTA hosts school events, and provides funding for supplemental projects. Our local Boy Scouts are actively involved in the school community and have provided service to the school through Troop and Eagle Scout Projects. Eagle Scout Projects have included grounds clean-up, landscaping updates, and a new Buddy Bench to promote friendship among our students.
The James F. Cooper Elementary School embraces all students and accepts the responsibility to provide them with the skills and knowledge to become fully productive citizens. To that end, we strive to remain progressive and proactive in our educational approach to teaching and learning, and we are committed to academic excellence.
Best wishes for a wonderful year!
Rebecca J. Tiernan