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Fiestas de Quito!

MS

 

The positive energy on campus last week was palpable as we all reflected on gratitude and participated in a community wide service project. I hope you had the opportunity to talk about this event at home and that your child could articulate the reason for contributing to service. The ethic of service is important to our entire school community and we plan to keep infusing it into our practices in new and unique ways throughout the school year.

Fiestas de Quito - Our next big event is a celebration of Quito Days! The Middle School Spanish classes have been in Quito Days preparation mode for several weeks. Ask your child how s/he will be involved in the celebration and I am sure you will learn all about this special day. The Middle School Quito Days presentation is on Friday, December 1, 9:00 - 10:30 am. Parents are invited to attend and help us celebrate Quito!

I will be away for the later part of this week, attending a teacher recruitment fair in Atlanta. This fair will give me the opportunity to develop connections with our AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) partner schools, and to recruit for educators who embody the AC mission.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.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

 

What an amazing community!  I want to thank each of you for contributing to our Holiday Drive (200 family meals, 600 toys, 900 bags of candy, hundreds of bags, more than 1,000 cards...). I invite you to continue conversations with your children to create awareness of issues that we face in our society and how we can help.  We learn from each of the families who we will have given a meal and toys to and they are extremely grateful for the items, but even more grateful for the respectful visits to their homes.  We want to hear from you to make next year’s campaign even better.   Please complete a short survey to give us your feedback at the following link.

Upcoming Fiestas de Quito
Students are learning about their host city and will celebrate Quito on Tuesday, December 5.  All parents are invited as per the following schedule:

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will be at 8:15 a.m.- 9:15  outside the Auditorium
  • 1st grade and 2nd grade will be at 9:30 - 10:25 in the Auditorium
  • PK - Kinder program is at the GYM at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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

 

Noticias de Secundaria

HS

 

 

Freedom from Chemical Dependency is here. Mr. Eduardo Torres returned to AC again this year, his third year straight of working with our community regarding alcohol and drug use. He presented the latest Brain Research regarding the effects of alcohol and drug use on the teenage brain. He also suggested that some common agreements need to be made as grade level communities so that weekend parties are safe and promote healthy decisions.

Thank you for your support of the Gift Drive. Boxes are coming in to support our wider community and our students are eager to help on Thursday. I hope your child will attend school on Thursday. Your support of this initiative by having your child attend and be useful helps us develop empathy within our student body and gain momentum for our CAS Program in the HS.

Exams are three weeks away. Thank you for supporting your child by helping him/her maintain a calendar of study, planning time for each course to be ready for exams. We shared the exam schedule with all students, please ask your child to review it with you.

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

Giving Thanks

MS

 

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Middle School conference day was an overwhelming success. Approximately 75% of students and parents were in attendance. Thank you for coming! Personal conversations about student learning and growth is a critical component of the home/school partnership. As a Middle School, we are committed to this partnership and and look forward to continued conversations throughout the school year. Please feel free to contact any of us in the Middle School, at anytime, we always love to hear from you.

Journeys Toward Inclusion Conference
Academia Cotopaxi was honored to host the Journeys conference last Friday and Saturday. On Friday afternoon we all attended workshops lead by our incredibly knowledgeable faculty on topics surrounding inclusion. On Saturday Kristen Pelletier, a renowned specialist in inclusion and personalizing learning, hosted an inspiring day of learning about using differentiation as a way to personalize learning for all students in our classrooms. Kristen will be with us this week continuing conversations with targeted groups of educators and administrators.  

Music Concerts
The Band/Orchestra concert last week was a wonderful showcase of student talent. Designing a concert for Grades 4 - 12 allowed us to experience the progression of musical learning from one grade to another. It was a delightful evening. On Tuesday of this week, we will have another special concert, this time for our Piano students.

Thanksgiving Thursday
We are all looking forward to honoring American Thanksgiving by pausing to reflect on how fortunate we are, and reaching out to help those in need. A communication was sent to all AC families with information about how the annual holiday gift drive will be structured this year. The drive occurs on November 20 - 23, and culminates with a half day on November 23, for students to be involved in Gratitude activities. These will include personal reflection time, as well as time to create special notes for the holiday gift baskets.

Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon on Thursday, and there is no school on Friday.

Freedom from Chemical Dependency
We are pleased to once again host an FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) prevention specialist to meet with students and discuss non-use of alcohol and other drugs. The FCD specialist will meet with Grades  7 - 12 during their PE/Health classes, and will hold a special assembly for Grades 5 and 6. FCD are experts in their field, with a long history of targeting their discussions to specific populations. FCD will be on campus November 20 - 22.

Quito Day
The Middle School Spanish classes have been in Quito Day preparation mode for several weeks. Ask your child how s/he will be involved in the celebration and I am sure you will learn all about this special day. The Middle School Quito Day presentation is on Friday, December 1, 9:00 - 10:30am. Parents are invited to attend and help us celebrate Quito!

Enjoy the long weekend and the extra time to spend with family and friends.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

Many opportunities...

ES

 

This week, there are a variety of opportunities for parents to engage with their children’s learning.  It is wonderful to see you on campus, and we look forward to welcoming you!  

Here are Elementary specific activities for this week:

  • Speak to your child about our gift drive and about contributing to our local community.  When you get your food box or toy ready, engage your children in the process and remind them that on Thursday, we will be coming together as a school to put it all together!
  • Stop by the elementary office anytime to help sew bags for the gift drive.
  • Your children will hear a lot about gratitude this week.  Different research studies have shown the relationship between practicing gratitude and happiness, and I invite you to view a short or longer video at this site to learn more and get inspired.
  • We will hold a special parent workshop on executive functions “Organized Minds” on Wednesday at 5 p.m. right before the grades 3 to 5 Fall Concert.  If you would like to come, please sign-up at this link.  We will have translation to Spanish and supervision for children.
  • Fall Concert for grades 3 to 5 will take place on Wednesday, November 22 at 6 p.m. All children should arrive in their classrooms by 5:45 p.m.
  • Thursday is a half day and our Thanksgiving Celebration! There is no school on Friday.

My profound gratitude this week, goes out to all of the adults in our community.  Thank you to each of you for trusting us with your children and for working with us in a sincere partnership so that we can provide the very best environment for all of our students.

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

Elementary School

Elementary School

Parent involvement in student learning positively impacts student performance.  Thank you for partnering with us!

Conferences

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 15 for conferences. This is how conferences will work: You should have received a link so that you can pick the time that works for you.  If you have more than one child, you will receive links for each child.  Please plan on being on campus for about an hour for each child.  You will receive a checklist that will guide you and include visits to the homeroom class, specialist areas, technology and a special visit to the book fair in the library.  Students do not attend these conferences as they are a time for you to speak to your child’s teacher.

Gift-bags for holiday drive

There will be a group of parents who will be making gift bags for our holiday drive in the elementary office.  If you like to sew, cut fabric, or want to learn...you are welcome to spend more time at school on November 15 and help us make fabric gift bags between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

We invite you to send your holiday drive contributions between Nov. 20 and 23.  This is an opportunity for you to engage with your children in conversations about giving and gratitude, as well as, connecting with your own family traditions.

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

Conferences this week

Middle School

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

I hope to see all of you for Middle School Conferences on Wednesday, November 15! This conference session will be “arena style,” in the Gym. All MS teachers and our student support team will have tables and will be available throughout the day for individual conferences. Conference sessions begin at 8:00am and end at 3:00pm, with scattered breaks between 11:30 - 1:30 for lunch. Conferences are most beneficial when the conversation is between parents, students and teachers, thus we ask that you bring your child to conference day.

Journeys Toward Inclusion Conference

AC is very proud to be one of the more inclusive international schools in the world. We will be learning more about how to best enhance our special learning community at the upcoming Journeys Toward Inclusion conference, hosted at AC on November 17 - 18. Friday, November 17 is a half day for students - all faculty will spend the afternoon growing professionally.

Freedom from Chemical Dependency

We are pleased to once again host an FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) prevention specialist to meet with students and discuss non-use of alcohol and other drugs. The FCD specialist will meet with Grades  7 - 12 during their PE/Health classes, and will hold a special assembly for Grades 5 and 6. FCD are experts in their field, with a long history of targeting their discussions to specific populations. FCD will be on campus November 20 - 22.

Giving Thanks

We are all looking forward to honoring American Thanksgiving by pausing to reflect on how fortunate we are, and reaching out to help those in need. A communication was sent to all AC families with information about how the annual holiday gift drive will be structured this year. The drive occurs on November 20 - 23, and culminates with a half day on November 23, for students to be involved in Gratitude activities. These will include personal reflection time, as well as time to create special notes for the holiday gift baskets. 

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

With kind regards,

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

High School news

HS Final

 

Dear Academia Cotopaxi Community, 

I would like to announce that next year I will become the Head of School at the Bali Island School in Bali, Indonesia. While I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this position will provide me and my family, both Jackie and I are sad to say goodbye to Academia Cotopaxi, the faculty and staff, the students and you the families we now call friends. Our time in Ecuador has been full of smiles and laughter. We have gained a greater appreciation for Latin America, not only for its beauty and diversity, but also for its love of family and the importance this plays in all aspects of life. Our children have grown up next to yours. We thank you for making our family feel at home here, welcomed and loved. 

I would like to thank the Academia Cotopaxi Community for allowing me to serve the school for the past three years. The division has policies and procedures in place now that set the students and faculty up for success. I am so excited to hear the IB results, SAT and MAP scores over the next few years as I know they will show a dramatic increase. Lastly, I would like to thank the Administrative team that I am proud to have worked beside for the past three years. This team works tirelessly to improve all aspects of the school; making Academia Cotopaxi not only a caring, gentle and kind place to learn, but also making it highly competitive in all regards among International schools both in Latin America and the world. Director Heide has set the school on a bold path of innovation and inclusion, I have learned so much from her and will take all of this with me to my new role.

I commit to making your child’s HS experience both memorable and rewarding throughout my remaining time at Academia Cotopaxi. Thank you for your continued support of our program.
Loyally, Garth Wyncoll

Upcoming Dates

  • Band and Orchestra Concert - Nov 16 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Freedom from Chemical Dependency Parent Presentation - Nov 20 at 6:00 p.m.  Learn how alcohol and drugs affect an adolescent’s brain and learn how you as parents can affect your child’s use of and access to these products. 

IB Payment

Parents whose students are going to take IB exams in May 2018 can connect with our cashier to make the payment by January 15, 2018. Thank you!

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program at Academia Cotopaxi

HS

I am pleased to inform our community of Academia Cotopaxi’s commitment to the safety and care of each of our students. We have a strong program in place which informs our student body about the dangers of early alcohol and drug abuse, how these substances affect an adolescent’s brain and which prevention methods are most effective. Our Health and Physical Education faculty teach this information each year through HPE classes. In Biology, students learn how these substances affect their bodies. Academia Cotopaxi also has developed a relationship with the organization Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) to help us have this information stick through powerful educational opportunities. FCD will be with us from November 20-22 this year.

In a further effort to protect your child and care for his/her safety, Academia Cotopaxi will begin a program of bag and locker checks. Students will be randomly chosen to open his/her bag and locker, in a discreet and safe place, so that our security guards can ensure that there are no illegal substances on our campus. We believe these prevention measures will help keep all of our students safe.

According to Ecuadorian guidelines, students do not have to open their bags for searches. Lockers, because they are school property, may be opened at anytime by school authorities and we will do so with the student present. I would like to be clear: if your child refuses to open his/her bag, we will not open it. We will report to you, the parents/guardian, that your child refused. If we have a reasonable doubt that your child has substances at school, we will inform you of our suspicions and we will check the locker.

Our hope is not to catch students. Our hope is to ensure our campus is safe for all students all the time. Please speak to your child about this program. We will speak to all of our students as well informing them of our plan, procedures and the reasons behind the initiative. Safety first!

Thank you for your support of our Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program.

We hope to see you all at our FCD Parent Workshop which will be held on November 22 at 6:00 p.m. in our Auditorium.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

Middle School Happenings

MS

After a long, relaxing holiday weekend, the Middle School is jumping into an action filled few weeks ahead!

Yearbook Photos

Middle School students will have their individual yearbook photos taken on Wednesday, November 8, during the school day. If a student is absent on Wednesday, the make-up photo day is Friday. The AC uniform (polo or sweatshirt) is required for all photos.

MS Social

Our next MS Social is coming up on Friday, November 10, 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Gym. There will be dancing as well as ping-pong and other games. We do not have sports or after school activities on Fridays (except NASA club), thus students must leave campus after school and return at 6:00pm. Students are to be picked up at 8:00pm. Thank you in advance for your support with prompt drop off and pick ups on Friday. The Socials are for MS students only and are supervised by MS faculty. The last Social was a fun success and we hope for a repeat event!

Progress Reports, MAP results

MAP test results and Quarter 1 Progress Reports are scheduled to go out on November 13. Your child will have the opportunity to conference with his/her teachers about MAP scores between now and November 13.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

I hope to see all of you for Middle School Conferences on Wednesday, November 15! This conference session will be “arena style,” in the Gym. All MS teachers will have a table and will be available throughout the day for individual conferences. Conference sessions begin at 8:00am and end at 3:00pm, with scattered breaks at mid-day for lunch. Conferences are most beneficial when the conversation is between parents, students and teachers, thus we ask that you bring your child to conference day.

Journeys Toward Inclusion Conference

AC is very proud to be one of the more inclusive international schools in the world. We will be learning more about how to best enhance our special learning community at the upcoming Journeys Toward Inclusion conference, hosted at AC on November 17 - 18. Friday, November 17 is a half day for students - all faculty will spend the afternoon growing professionally.

With kind regards,

Sheryl
Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec

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

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