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Happy New Year

HS

Students in Grades 8-11 have some important decisions to make in the next few weeks regarding course selection for next school year. Please be on the look-out for the sign-up sheet coming home and our forms that support these decisions including minimum grade requisites for IB coursework, Science and Math pathways, and credit requirements for the US, IB and Ecuadorian Diplomas.

Student Goal Setting Conferences - January 30 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Please plan on attending to learn about your child’s progress towards first semester goals and his/her new thinking for Semester II. One study shows that students who set goals and regularly check-in to those goals demonstrating 30% greater academic success.

MAP testing next week for 9th and 10th graders
Friendly reminder about MAP testing that will take place from Jan 15th to Jan 26th. This is for 9th and 10th graders and it will take place during HPE and Dance classes.

IB Corner
Monday, January 22 - Grade 10 Course Sign-up Conferences

College Counseling Corner  
Great college admissions results continue to arrive. Congratulations to many members of our Senior class!

In February, College Counseling Workshops will begin for Grade 11 students.

HS Counseling Corner
We had an important start to greater collaboration between home and school with our parent meeting in December. If you are interested in helping to develop our student wellness programming further, please contact the counselor - dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Cougar’s Corner
Come out and support!
We have a busy first month for our athletes in 2018. QISSA League continues with three games this week:
Jan 8, AC vs Alliance - Varsity @ home
Jan 10, AC vs Einstein - Varsity @ home
Jan 11, AC vs Menor - JV @ home

IAA in Guayaquil will be hosting the JV Invitational Tournament on the 19th and 20th, and ISPS in Trinidad will be hosting the CAISSA tournament from January 24th to the 28th.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

A New Year

MS

 

Happy 2018! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. The students are full of stories of holiday happenings; it sounds like we were all able to take full advantage of the vacation time.

End of Semester
The Middle School first semester ends on Friday, January 26. Report cards will be available after February 2. Student schedules generally stay nearly the same from one semester to the next, with the exception of a change in some elective classes. If you have any questions about your child’s schedule, please contact me or Aubrey Jordan.

MAP
The second round of Middle School MAP testing takes place January 30, 31, and February 1. Please note this on your calendar and help ensure that your child is at school and especially well rested on these days. MAP test results will be distributed at Student Led Conferences on February 28.

Grade 8 Parents
This Friday, January 12, all GRADE 8 PARENTS are invited to learn about Grade 9 class options. The HS is hosting an assembly at 2:00pm in the auditorium for all Grade 8 students and their parents. We hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend, please contact Garth Wyncoll, HS Principal, to receive the relevant information.

PD Day
Monday, January 15 is a half day for students, as all AC Faculty will be engaged in professional development. All students are dismissed at noon and should leave campus directly.
I am excited to continue the community building we began in 2017 and look forward to personally wishing you a happy new year.

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."

 

Elementary News

ES

 

Happy New Year to each of you and your families!  We are excited to begin 2018 and continue learning with your children.  These next weeks are filled with moments of reflection, understanding our growth and making plans to reach our goals.  It is amazing to watch young minds as they use sophisticated thinking to admire their work, map out next steps and act accordingly.  Your children are such an inspiration for each of us.

Thank you for providing engaging opportunities for them during the break!  We have heard so many awesome stories and what is evident is that your children enjoy the time with you tremendously.  

We have been reminding our students to follow recommendations to keep themselves healthy.  Please help your children to pack healthy snacks, to follow general guidelines when feeling sick (washing hands, protecting mouth when coughing, staying home when ill to get better faster and avoid getting others sick), to be kind to others and to also seek adult help when needed.

We appreciate your continued engagement and invite you to participate in the following events:

January 10 - Parent Representative meeting at 10 a.m. - Elementary Office
January 10 - PTSA Coffee
January 11 - 4th grade Parent meeting for Discover Ecuador - 3 p.m. Ms. Nicole Sanchez’s room
January 12 - 5th grade Parent meeting for Discover Ecuador - 2 p.m. Mr. Stephen Finney’s room
January 17 - 6 p.m. Parent Workshop Series (Communicating with your children, Inclusion and Child Protection topics for Elementary) - Save the Date!
January 18 - 6 p.m. Piano Concert for Grades 4 and 5
January 31 - 4th Grade PYP Assembly

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

High School News

HS

We celebrated the Swim Team yesterday during a special assembly in which Mr. Fuentes highlighted the relationship between hard work and results. As exams approach, this is a timely reminder that hard work pays dividends and that better results are within reach if your child puts in the time and effort. Semester exams are worth 20% of the final semester grade that will appear on each student’s transcript.

Our Exam Schedule is here.

Guidance Corner - Many thanks to the parents who met at the Anthony’s home last Friday morning to discuss safe practices for our students with regards to alcohol and drugs. This is a great initiative that we want to support for the health of our student body.

IB Corner -
Since IB courses are mostly based on exam performance (between 70 to 80% depending on the courses) semester exams are a good indication of future success. So, buckle up and do the best you can!

College Counseling Corner - Our final college visit of the calendar year occurred yesterday with Dalhousie University from Eastern Canada sharing their programs with a few interested students. The bulk of our visiting representatives visit in the Fall. This year we have had over 150 schools from the US, Canada and Europe visit Academia Cotopaxi.

Cougar’s Corner -
QISSA Games continue this week. On Tuesday AC faces Menor. Come on out and cheer on our squads!

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

 

Holiday Season

MS

The first day of school feels like yesterday, and here we are nearly at Winter Break. I would like to extend my personal thanks and gratitude for your continued support of the Middle School. As a community of parents, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, we are all committed to enhancing one another’s lives. I feel deeply fortunate to step on the Academia Cotopaxi campus each day, and be a part of this community. We have a week and a half until the long holiday break and each of those days will be filled with learning and continued community building. Whenever you are on campus, please stop by and say hello, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know you, and it helps me to best support your children. The weeks leading up to school break and holiday time can be stressful, hectic, busy, and fun! I hope you are able to enjoy all of it with family and friends!

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."

 

Celebrating your traditions

ES

 

Special aromas, familiar sounds, and decorative sights… We can all probably relate with special times during our childhood celebrating Holidays in different ways.  Your children will have opportunities to engage in traditions with you and these will also stay with them for the rest of their lives.  We do know that these are busy times which can be stressful for children, take them out of their routines, and bring out different reactions. You can support your children by providing relaxing experiences and giving them the best gift of all - your time and affection.

Library Resources
Please keep in mind that all parents are welcome to use our library resources.  Stop by before the break to check-out books that you can read with your children.  You are also welcome to check-out books for your personal reading. 

Schedule for the PK - 2nd Grade Concerts

  • PreK and Kinder concert is Friday, December 15th at 9:30am
  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 concert is on Thursday, December 14th at 2:00pm.

Last day of school for 2017 is December  20.  This is a half day.  We come back to school on January 8, 2018.

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

High School News

HS

Congratulations to the Class of 2019, our current Grade 11 students for winning this year’s Fiestas de Quito competition. As I said during the opening of the assembly, we have scaled the competition back to allow student and teachers to focus on classes and preparing for Semester I exams. Exams begin on December 14. This year each grade level was provided with the exact same time, access to supplies and the rubric was very clear in terms of time and focus of the presentation. I think you will agree with me, that the Grade 11 presentation was terrific - it included the historical focus we expected as well as a subtle love story which traveled through the 19th century of Quito. Well done and congratulations!

This week our Global Citizenship Committee members have created a lesson for students about developing study habits as our exam week approaches. Ms. Keyes, Ms. Moreland, Ms. Stacy, Ms. Murrell and Mr. Russell work each week to help guide the 70-minute block of learning. Ms. Murrell took part in a workshop led by Kristen Pelletier on Executive Functions last week. This information will help guide this week’s student learning. With exams approaching the lesson on study skills, organization, time management and prioritization will be timely.

Counseling Corner -
Mr. Eduardo Torres, Freedom from Chemical Dependency spokesman, spoke to parents last week regarding the importance of speaking to your child about decisions surrounding the topic of alcohol and drug use. He mentioned that marijuana use is now considered a leading factor contributing to addiction issues later in life. Here are some quick facts about marijuana use in adolescence. Here’s an article that may provoke some dinner time conversation - article. I hope you can join me and many other concerned parents to discuss drug and alcohol use at the Anthony Home this Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.

College Counseling Corner
An interesting article from this week’s New York Times - article

IB Corner
For Parents of Grade 10 students
The IB has released this blog entry about important IB terms. This is good revision and preparation for our Grade 11 options sign up morning on Monday, January 22nd from 8.00 am to 10.30 am. We look forward to seeing you all for this important date.

For Parents of Grade 12 students taking IB exams
Gentle reminder about the IB fees. January 15th is the deadline to pay the IB fees to the school cashier.

Cougar’s Corner
As the second QISSA season gets under way and our soccer and basketball teams are playing their first games, our Swim Team just returned from Santiago de Chile after competing in the SAAC (South American Athletics Conference) annual swim meet. Our young athletes performed at a very high level proving that hard work, discipline and dedication always pay off.

On Friday, we had 33 swims. 29 were best times, 2 were meet records (Boys 13-14: 50 back, 200 IM), and we won 16 medals. On Saturday, we had 30 swims. 27 were best times, 2 were meet records (Boys 13-14: 100 back, 200 back), and we won 18 medals. We are not a SAAC full member school, so we could not compete for team awards, but our performance was recognized and our swimmers are feeling proud with lots of new experiences that will only help them in future challenges. A special recognition for our Team Captains, Justhin V. and David A. for their exemplary leadership and for everyone else for being such a great and supportive team. Our coaches, Ms. Greta Stacy and Mr. Fernando Villacís also deserve a special mention for their great work preparing our swimmers for this event and for their professionalism and dedication at the meet.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

MS Celebrates Quito Days

MS

Please remember that Middle School students are not allowed on campus, unsupervised, after 3:00pm. We have seen an improvement in after school incidents, and still need to remind a few students of this expectation. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep all students safe.

Schedule - We all look forward to celebrating Fiestas de Quito with a local holiday on Wednesday. On Thursday, students are dismissed at 12:00, and faculty will spend the afternoon immersed in schoolwide curriculum alignment work. Friday is a regular school day.

From Aubrey, MS Counselor - Every Monday we dedicate one class block to connecting with students in small groups, through our mentor classes. This month, we focused on the IB Learner Profile attribute Principled:
To act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. To take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

To get students starting to think about the term Principled and its application to their own lives, mentor groups actively engaged in lessons on bullying, identity and privilege. Each of these lessons addressed an overarching theme of recognizing, respecting, and appreciating individual differences and reflecting on one’s own experiences of being marginalized.  

Key terms defined and discussed throughout the month included the following:

  • Privilege - an advantage or benefit available to an individual or a group of people
  • Bullying - unwanted, unkind and/or aggressive behavior that happens repeatedly. There is an imbalance of power, whether real or perceived. This can come from someone being bigger, older, stronger, perceived as more popular, confident, having more friends, etc.
  • Bystander - someone who witnesses bullying but does not get involved
  • Upstander - a person who knows what’s happening is wrong and does something to make things right, by ways such as:
  • Supporting the victim in private—showing concern and offering kindness
  • Standing with the victim and saying something
  • Mobilizing others to join in and stand up to the bully
  • Alerting an adult

We encourage you to ask your child about the lessons and how they might apply them in their own lives.

Enjoy the celebrations on Wednesday!
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."

 

The Gift of Words

ES

 

In the spirit of the holidays, we would like to highlight the power of positive words.  We invite you to join our Gift of Words campaign which will run through December 20.  At school, students will be invited to use positive messages and then post these in our elementary tree which we envision being filled with gifts of words.  At home, catch your children doing things that are commendable and slip them little notes of appreciation with drawings for little ones and specific written comments for older ones.  Celebrate your children for things like putting their things away, giving you a hug spontaneously, helping to bring in groceries, using kind words with others, putting on their seat belts, using manners at the table, smiling at grandparents, remembering to brush their teeth, reading daily, bringing joy to your family… so many celebratory possibilities.  

So, Let’s light up this season with kindness!

Celebrate our host city on Wednesday, December 6 (no school) and please remember that we have a half-day for professional development on Thursday, December 7.  We will have a normal schedule on Friday, December 7.

Here are the schedules for the PK - 2nd grade concerts:

  • PreK and Kinder concert is Friday, December 15th at 9:30am
  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 concert is on Thursday, December 14th at 2:00pm.

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

High School News

HS

Many thanks for your contributions to our Thanksgiving Day Gift and Food Drive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Louisa T., a Grade 11 student who spearheaded this drive and worked to make her dream a reality. High School students who attended school on Thursday, experienced a wonderful day of being useful, thinking about others and enjoying the collaborative spirit of fellowship.

On Friday afternoon, students will present their Grade Level Fiestas de Quito Performances. I hope you will join in the fun and their efforts at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Last week Freedom from Chemical Dependency visited our school, met with many students and delivered a message to parents. Ms. Delaney Keyes-Voeller will begin scheduling parent coffees so that you have the opportunity to create agreements around parties that your child attends.  Please speak to your child about the dangers around consumption drugs and alcohol.

CAISSA games begin Thursday. I’ll see you in the stands supporting our student-athletes.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

 

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