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Senior students will begin Mock Exams next week. These IB exams are given under the exact same conditions and expectations that they will encounter in May. Most IB Diploma Program schools provide mock exams for students as they really help students understand the experience and prepare them to do their best in May. Please help your Senior be well rested, well fed and ready for next week.

Counseling Corner - Do you ever wonder why adolescents think, react, and make decisions the way they do? This past week, our 9th, 10th, and 12th graders participated in a lesson on note taking skills and adolescent brain development. You can check out the video here. What do you think? What does your son or daughter think? Does this make you think any differently about how to problem solve with your kids?

Also, need a little dose of happiness? Check out this Month of Happiness calendar from Berkeley University.

IB Corner - IB Mock exams are coming next week (March 12th-16th). All Seniors taking IB exams in May will take the Mock Exams in March and will therefore be excused from class. Here is the schedule. This is excellent preparation for the final IB exams in May, so let’s do the best we can. Good luck!

Seniors who do not take any IB exams in May are expected to attend normal classes during that week.

College Counseling Corner -  11th grade parents, attached you will find the latest installment of the 11th Grade College Counseling Workshop.  Next week 10th and 11th graders will focus on the communication skills necessary in order to have success at our College Fairs.

Have  a great week!

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Fine Arts Festival

MS

It was wonderful to see nearly all of you at Student Led Conferences last week and engage in stimulating conversations about ways in which we can all work together to enhance student learning. I always welcome your feedback on how to make the Middle School the best it can be!

Fine Arts Festival
This is a big week for the arts! We start on Wednesday morning with a short MS piano concert, and then dedicate all day Thursday and Friday to arts related workshops and performances. We are honored to host several band groups on Thursday from schools around Quito, and the same for orchestra on Friday. Each day the band / orchestra students will be collaborating all morning, and performing for us in the afternoon. An enormous thank you to Allison Schmidtke and Aimon Dwan for the phenomenal amount of passion and energy they have put into organizing this special experiential learning event!

I hope you have a delightful week.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal

sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

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High School News

HS

Congratulations to our athletes and coaches who participated this past weekend in the AASSA Tournament. The Girls Soccer team ended in 5th position and it was evident in their game vs. Americano just how far they had progressed this season. The Boys team ended 4th and challenged Menor throughout the final game. They too improved throughout the season and played their best games of the season this weekend--a testament to each of the student’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the Varsity sports program and to their coaches. Thank you to PJ Miller, M. Estupinan and S. Cevallos. Thank you Mr. Fuentes for running a smooth tournament.

Our Grade 11 students spent Global Citizenship time today with Mr. Wasser, our College Counselor. This is session one of three that he will run our Juniors through this semester. Mr. Wasser has a wonderful program and I welcome you to set up a time to meet with him to get to know you and your child better in the near future.

Counseling Corner -
Thank you to all 9-11th grade parents for helping your students choose their courses for next year. If you have any additional concerns or questions about your student’s plans please schedule a meeting with one of the counselors through Andrea - alajoi@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

We are also continuing to collaborate with our parent representatives to provide more prevention and wellness information to parents. Here is a quiz from FCD to test your knowledge about marijuana facts and to have a conversation at home with your child. You can complete the 8 questions and then click “view accuracy” to see how you did.

IB Corner -
Seniors who take IB are registered to take IB exams in May will write their Mock exams in two weeks. A lot of preparation goes into this-good luck to everyone!

College Counseling Corner -
Our College Counseling Workshop starts this Monday during Global Citizenship.  Please take this time to talk with our son and daughter about what they are accomplishing.  I will be asking your student to fill out an interview sheet they will use in soliciting letters of recommendation and we will also be setting up usernames and passwords for the SAT, TOEFL iBT, and the Common Application.  If you have not made an appointment with Mr. Wasser, please do so at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec.  This week we will have NYU Abu Dhabi visit us on Tuesday and Brock University visit us on Thursday.  Both visits will occur at lunch in the HS Commons.  

Cougar’s Corner -
Athletics Season #3 gets underway this week with Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball. We will have Open Field and Open Court from 4:00 to 5:45 on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27. Varsity Tryouts will be on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 from 4:00 to 5:45.
6:00pm buses will be available Monday through Thursday.
Swimming continues its season with a home meet on March 2nd from 3:00 to 6:00.

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Student Led Conferences

MS

We look forward to seeing you at Student Led Conferences on WEDNESDAY! You should have received an email from your child’s mentor teacher with a form to sign up for a twenty minute conference session. During this meeting, your child will present his/her ePortfolio of learning and there will be time for conversation with the mentor teacher. This style of conference allows students the opportunity to practice presentation skills, and allows parents to engage in meaningful conversations about student learning in the Middle School. Additionally, all teachers will be available for “drop-in” conversations between 7:45 - 8:30am and 1:30 - 2:00pm. See you then!

MS Social  
Our March MS Social takes place this FRIDAY, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in the Gym. Students should arrive at the Social on time and must be picked up promptly at 8:00pm. The social is only for MS students, and faculty chaperones. Sorry, parents are not invited :)

House Has Talent
The High School house leaders are organizing the annual House Has Talent show. The show will be on Friday, at 1:30pm, in the auditorium.

Fine Arts Festival
We still need a few parent volunteers to lead workshops at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and the MS will spend these two days participating in workshops, musical concerts, and art displays. We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success! Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link (form in Spanish)  for more information and to sign up. You do not need to be an artist to lead a workshop. If you are looking for ideas, please let me know. Thank you!

Have a wonderful week.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

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Elementary News

ES

Over the recent weeks, I have had different conversations with children regarding what they do at home.  It is delightful to hear about how they interact with you, play outside, have family dinners and work on their personal interests or inspiration projects, leveraging technology in positive ways. I have also heard children sharing how much screen time they have and the types of games that they are playing. Some of the games that they mention, the times of day that they are connected and the online friends that they have are not necessarily appropriate for their age.  When we hear about that, we call parents in and share the information with them.  

Just as we are careful about the interactions our children have with strangers, I invite you to reflect on how intentional you are regarding online safety and keeping your children safe in relation to their online practices and interactions. Below are a couple of sites you can visit and empower yourself with information and ideas.

https://www.commonsense.org/
https://www.fosi.org/

During conferences, our technology team will be available to help you if you would like to talk about family contracts for online practices, online safety, device protections, and more.  They will be in the library along with the rest of the specialists.

Student Conferences
Wednesday, February 28 are elementary and middle school conferences.  Please contact your teacher if you have not been able to sign-up.  On Wednesday, you will need to plan for about an hour for each child. If you have more than one child, siblings are welcome in our elementary office area to wait for their brother-sister to have their conference so that you can devote all your attention to each child.  Conferences for PK and K are only for parents.  Specialists from all grades will be in the library and Spanish teachers will be in their rooms to speak to students and parents in grades 1-5.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

HS

Course sign-up sheets are due. Please make sure you have signed your child’s HS Course request form. This information is important and without this input your child may not be able to attend the classes he/she is hoping for next school year. Thank you for your assistance.

Cougar Buddies
HS students enjoyed the opportunity to learn together with their young Cougar Buddies yesterday. They worked together to discover more about each other and the theme of friendship, kindness and community.

AASSA
Please come out and watch our Cougar’s in action this Friday at Academia Cotopaxi. We will be hosting the AASSA Championships. Semi-finals and Finals will be played on Saturday. Go Cougars!

Student Safety
Bag Checks will begin this week.

Regards,

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Middle School News

MS

 

Student Led Conferences
We look forward to seeing you at Student Led Conferences on February 28. You should have received an email from your child’s mentor teacher with a form to sign up for a twenty minute conference session. During this meeting, your child will present his/her ePortfolio of learning and there will be time for conversation with the mentor teacher. This style of conference allows students the opportunity to practice presentation skills, and allows parents to engage in meaningful conversations about student learning in the Middle School. Additionally, all teachers will be available for “drop-in” conversations between 7:45 - 8:30 am and 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Fine Arts Festival
We are in need of parent volunteers to lead workshops at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and the MS will spend these two days participating in workshops, musical concerts, and art displays. We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success! Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link (form in Spanish)  for more information and to sign up. You do not need to be an artist to lead a workshop. If you are looking for ideas, please let me know. Thank you! Concert times are 1:00 pm on both March 8 and 9. Band will perform on Thursday, and Orchestra on Friday.

MS Social  
Our March MS Social takes place on March 2, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in the Gym. Students should arrive at the Social on time and must be picked up promptly at 8:00pm. The social is only for MS students, and faculty chaperones. Sorry, parents are not invited :)

House Has Talent
The High School house leaders are organizing the annual House Has Talent show. Auditions happen at lunch the week of February 19 - 23 (students audition based on their house) and the talent show is on March 2, at 1:30pm, in the auditorium.

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you on campus soon.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

 

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Celebrating Growth, Goal setting and Empowerment

LS

Motivation to continue learning will result from the continuous authentic celebration of student’s performance through specific examples, encouraging trial and error, highlighting that failures lead to more learning and that we never cease to improve.  We aim to empower students through feedback and personal reflection with a strong growth mindset.  I invite you to read more about mindset and the work of Carol Dweck which has been inspiring our thoughts and interactions with children.  Here’s an informative article that also has a 10 minute TedTalk from Dweck herself. (The Value of a Growth Mindset in Education)

Please make sure that you have signed-up for the parent teacher conferences (PK and K) and goals’ conferences (Gr. 1-5) that will take place on February 28.  Check with your teachers if you have any questions.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

 

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ES News

ES

Talent Show auditions this Friday!
The Talent Show. Auditions for the AC Talent Show will take place on February 16.  Please note that all students participating in auditions will need to be accompanied by an adult who will represent the student or group.  There will be no school provided supervision for either the auditions or the talent show.  You can refer to the registration information at this link.   
The Talent Show will take place on March 16.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities at Fine Arts Festival
Fine Arts Festival - Speaking of talented adults who live in the area... we are looking for parent volunteers to lead a workshop at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and students in Kinder through 8th grade will have the opportunity to attend workshops, musical concerts, and art displays.  Parents can lead workshops and interact with our students to support creativity and wonder.  So, if you have an idea of a workshop you would like to lead, go for it!  We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success. Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link for more information and to sign up.

Upcoming
February 16 - Talent Show Auditions at 3:15 p.m.
February 20 - 12 noon dismissal for all students - Professional Development afternoon for teachers
February 28 - PK and K Conferences; Gr. 1-5 Goals’ Conferences with students and their parents

Regards,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

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High School News

HS

We hope the Carnival season was relaxing and fun; welcome back to Semester II. 

Thank you to the parents and students who attended our student led conferencing last week. Here is our attendance data: 

  • Grade 9th              35%
  • Grade 10th            50%
  • Grade 11th            38%
  • Grade 12th            14%

If you were unable to attend, please speak to your child regarding his/her academic goals for Semester II.

Senior students are now less than a month away from Mock exams and two months from IB exams. College admission news rolls into the college counseling office every day now as well. Exciting times for our 43 Senior students.

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Emily Moreland and Mr. Jordan Englehart at the birth of their second child, a baby boy, yesterday!

Please help us welcome Mr. Lysander Cruz to our HS Faculty - Ms. Moreland’s replacement through to June 2018.

Bag and locker checks will begin next week in order to ensure a safe learning environment for all of our students.

Athletics is closing Season 2 for the QISSA League next week and celebrating the Season 2 AASSA Tournament as well.

Game Schedule:

  • Feb 19, 3:45 - JV Boys Basketball vs Einstein @ Alliance
  • Feb 20, 3:45 - Varsity Boys Basketball vs Einstein @ Alliance
  • Feb 20, 3:00 - Varsity Girls Soccer vs Alliance @ Menor
  • Feb 23-24 - AASSA Tournament @ Academia Cotopaxi

College Counseling
Mr. Wasser will be away next week visiting Eckerd College, Rollins College, University of Tampa, Florida Institute of Technology, and Ringling College of Art and Design.  You can communicate with him directly at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec while he is away.

The 11th grade College Counseling Workshop will commence Monday, February 26th, during GC time.

HS Counseling
Reminder: Course sign ups for next year are past due. Please check with your student to make sure he or she has turned it in!  If you have any questions feel free to make an appointment with one of the counselors through our new Counseling Secretary, Ms. Andrea LaJoie: alajoie@cotopaxi.k12.ec 

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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