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Elementary School

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My gratitude goes out to all parents for giving us the joy of working with your children!

Morning transitions - getting to school with the best of possibilities

Mornings are very important for children as they get ready for a day of learning and social interactions.  Arriving to school on time is crucial in supporting positive transitions and demonstrating respect towards the class community.  Teachers are ready to receive children at 7:45, welcome them, interact and connect.  Thank you for helping your child arrive on time.  We would also like to remind you that the car rider gate opens at 7:30 a.m.  There are adults on duty who greet all children.  For grades PK and K adults walk children to their classroom and it is common for Ms. Tanya to be at the gate to receive children and provide support as needed.   Please use this gate to drop off all students in grade PK-5.

Inclusion in our school

We are grateful to learn in a community where students differences are appreciated. In Elementary, we serve students with a variety of needs ranging from mild to intense.  This is a true privilege for us and also a big responsibility, one that we attend to with great care under the direction of our learning support program.  Our belief that every child has potential guides our work, and students who display more “typical development” positively interact with their peers whose learning journeys are different.  The story of each child in our school is beautiful, and we want to thank each of you for contributing to make this happen.

Yearbook photos this week

Please send your child in full dress code.   Elementary student photos will be taken on Tuesday November 7 and Thursday November 9 this week.  

Paola away November 8, 9, and 10

I will be attending a conference through NWEA focusing on the use of data to increase performance from November 8 - 10.  Veronica Rodriguez (Grades PK - 2) and Robin Wheeler (Grades 3-5) will be on campus and you can contact them if needed.

Best regards,

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

High School News

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This weekend our girls and boys volleyball teams played in the annual AASSA tournament at Alliance Academy. Our boys team struggled mightily and ended up with a 6th place result. Coach Fuentes worked with his boys to develop their levels of effort, respect for the game and sportsmanship and in each area the team demonstrated improvements. Our girls team went in as a 2nd place team in our QISSA league play, losing to Einstein each time we played them (0-6 in sets played). After the round robin play in the AASSA tournament the team was 1-1, losing to Americano and having beat IAA of Guayaquil. This set up a Saturday morning rematch with Einstein. I am very pleased to report that the girls played their best sets of the season, winning the first set and then the second in commanding fashion. The girls played Americano in the finals and lost. They posed a difficult challenge in both sets, but were outmatched by Americano in the end. We are proud of all of the players, both boys and girls teams for their play, their conduct and their growth throughout the season. Rian W. and Jake M. received the player of the tournament for AC from Mr. Fuentes and the other AD’s. Congratulations to all.

Reflection from Isabel C.

This last weekend, on October 27-28, the AC Varsity Volleyball team participated in the AASSA tournament which took place in Alliance Academy. Six teams participated in the tournament, Menor, Americano, Alliance, Einstein, Interamerican school (from Guayaquil) and our own school. This tournament gave us an opportunity to play a few more games and really end the season playing at our best.  We managed to beat Einstein, which had beat us 3 times before, and we also played a really good game against Americano which is a really qualified team. This experience made the team closer and really made us feel like a successful team. The most important part of the weekend, was that we were able to really see how much we had grown since the beginning of the season when it looked like we would end up last. Ending the season with two second place medals was an amazing ending to an amazing season.

Model UN

Twenty-three students returned from a 3-day Model United Nations Conference in Panama on Sunday afternoon. Reports from advisors Schmidtke and Bonnet were very positive and spoke to our students respectful and responsible behaviors as well as participation at the conference. Advisors mentioned Raphael A. as being a student who learned a great deal and applied himself in every respect throughout the conference. Congratulations Raphael!

We have a short week and I wish everyone a relaxing and fun Cuenca holiday.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

Healthy Interactions

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Technology is everywhere in our daily lives. We all rely on our phones, computers, tablets, etc to stay connected in our professional and personal lives. Middle School students are at an age where they are learning to navigate how to use these devices responsibly, in a way that benefits their learning and their socializing. Because technology tends to be the “default” way in which many of us connect, it is important to intentionally create times and spaces without technology. In the Middle School, we have device limitations when students are on campus, to encourage person to person interactions.

The following reminder was recently posted to the MS Student Bulletin (on Edmodo):

As a reminder, phones are not allowed when you are on campus (before school, during the day, after school). The only exception is if a teacher allows you to use it for a class assignment, in the classroom.
If you bring a phone, it needs to be kept in your bag. If your phone is out, you may be asked to put it away, or it may be taken and kept with a teacher.
Thanks for being a responsible user of technology!

Please help reinforce this message at home, and remind your child that if s/he needs to get in touch with you, s/he should either use the phone in the MS Office, or ask a teacher if s/he may take his/her phone out to call home.

MS Social

Another great way for students to interact in person is at a 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!

Transportation Change Form

Please remember to use the Transportation Change Form any time your child will use an alternate transport method. Student safety is our number one priority, and we can only work with the information you provide. Thank you for supporting the Transportation office!

Progress Reports, MAP results, Conferences

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. MS Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are held on November 15. More details to follow closer to the conference date.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend.

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."

 

Elementary School

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Our elementary classes cheered for our Special Olympics athletes and visitors.  Children learn about inclusion through engagement!

When children are empowered, the limit to their action is endless.  In our elementary division, homework consists of daily reading which we hope you are enjoying with your children.  Reading in your child’s mother language is extremely valuable; enjoy this special time with them.  Some teachers may connect with you to also include specific recommendations to support students’ understanding or skill building.  Yet, the power behind a modified homework policy comes with the possibility of giving children more time to engage in areas that they are passionate about; in solving problems that they have posed related to real-life experiences; or to answer higher level questions that they are wondering about… These creative actions are what we call “Inspiration Projects.”  Grades 3, 4, and 5 students are asked to use a template to organize and present their work. Here’s the link to the template if any of you would like to use this with your children.

“Mix it up lunch”

From grades Kinder through 5, students will experience sitting with friends in the cafeteria that they do not regularly sit with. In their classes, students will be preparing for these different interactions and will discuss inclusion, open-mindedness, tolerance, how they felt, etc.

We hope that you have a wonderful break and invite you to ask your children about what they have learned about the traditions in Ecuador around this holiday.  

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

Spirit Week Fun!

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We invite you to take advantage of the excitement around spirit week to connect with your children and and carry out conversations and activities around your family’s or culture’s traditions.  Children love to learn about your childhood memories and imagine what it was like when you were their age!  Enjoy this special time, plan their outfits and join the fun!

Your homeroom teachers are planning different activities for our students for Costume Day which will be held on Friday, October 27. As you plan for your child’s costume, we invite you to engage your children/family in conversations about their roles when they are wearing costumes, the creativity that can come into play when creating your own costume and keeping in mind that, as with any celebration, our diverse community holds a variety of traditions and beliefs.

General guidelines for costumes in the Elementary School

Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.

Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

  • High heels
  • Dangerous or intimidating accessories such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size
  • Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children
  • Masks that cover the face
  • Inappropriate clothing for children’s age

Devices on campus

In Elementary School, students in grades 3 to 5 bring an Ipad to school as a learning tool. We have asked students to limit the use of the device to learning activities guided by their teachers.  Playing games, chatting with friends or other uses of devices are not allowed on campus or on buses.  

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

High School News

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HS Students will bring home their progress report this Friday. Teachers have written comments and provided specific feedback for how your child can improve his or her learning over the remaining 6 weeks of semester I. Accompanying this feedback is a report on your child’s Approaches to Learning (ATL). These are the soft skills we all employ each day to be successful at our jobs, in our relationships, and in our daily life. Your child made a specific goal about an ATL of their choice in September. They have written a comment to you and him/herself about the progress they have made thus far this semester. Thank you for having a conversation about ATL’s and supporting this initiative.

Best of luck to our MUN Delegates traveling to Panama and ISP today. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and work well collaboratively with your counterparts for a better world.

IB News - From Mr. Fred Bordaguibel

The Full IB DIploma candidate of the Senior Class have successfully submitted their Extended Essays and their final ToK Presentations-well done!

Athletics Corner - From Mr. JJ Fuentes:

This is the last week of the Volleyball Season and it will be a busy one.
QISSA Finals
Monday                          JV Boys and Girls will play vs Alliance for 3rd place @ Menor
Tuesday                         Varsity Girls play Einstein for 1st place @ Einstein
                                     Varsity Boys play Einstein for 3rd place @ Menor
Friday and Saturday        AASSA Volleyball Tournament @ Alliance Academy.

Come out and support the Cougars, they have worked hard and need a final push from the fans!

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

An inclusive community

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Special Olympics was truly a special event last week. It was a joy to see the AC inclusion vision in action. Our Middle School students were fully immersed in the event, as soccer players, percussionists, and supporters! This week we continue to see inclusion, in the form of cultural inclusion, as we celebrate UN Day and the national diversity represented within our community.

Spirit Week

Yes, your child was correct when s/he told you that pajamas were the school attire on Monday! We continue with special dress themes throughout this week:

Oct 23 - Pajama Day
Oct 24 - Parade of Nations (national dress/country colors)
Oct 25 - Formal/Dress-up Day
Oct 26 - Mismatch Day
Oct 27 - Costume Day

Progress Reports, MAP results, Conferences - 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. MS Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are held on November 15. More details to follow closer to the conference date.

IB Learner Profile

In addition to using the IB Learner Profile for student goals, the Middle School has committed to using the Profile (page 8 of the MS Handbook) as the foundation for how our students approach learning, both in and out of the classroom. This is in line with both the Elementary and High School and our overall AC values. Thus, you will no longer see the HALs on student reports, but rather you will read teacher comments regarding how your child is developing in relation to the Learner Profile. I look forward to conversations with you about how you can also support this aspect of your child’s development at home.
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."

 

High School News

HS

Community Experts

This year at Academia Cotopaxi, we have developed a new initiative to include parents as often as we can to help our students learn our curriculum better. We have asked parents to share their areas of expertise so that our students can learn from you and make authentic connections to their studies. Thank you to so many people who have responded to our survey to Share Your Expertise!  We are amazed by the wide range of skills and interests represented in our parent community and we are already using these connections in our classrooms. Do you have a hobby, skill or job experience that you'd like to share with students?  We invite you to volunteer by completing the Share Your Expertise form.  Thank you!

From the HS Counselor

Did you know that adolescents need 8-10 hours of sleep each night?  I have talked with many students in the past few weeks who are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Some of the signs of not getting enough sleep include:

  • Trouble waking up most mornings
  • Irritability in the early afternoon
  • Falling asleep easily during the day
  • A sudden drop in grades
  • Sleeping for very long periods on the weekends

You can support your child by talking with him/her about getting enough sleep, prioritizing activities and homework, and leaving cell phones, computers and TV’s out of their bedroom.

Athletics Update

The QISSA League Volleyball Tournament is coming to an end. This week our JV and Varsity teams will be taking part in the “playoffs” and next week we will have the QISSA Finals. The JV Invitational Tournament hosted by Einstein takes place this Friday and Saturday. To close the Volleyball season, Alliance Academy will host the Varsity AASSA Tournament on the 27th and 28th of this month.

Season 2
Girls Soccer and Boys Basketball begins on the week of October 30th. Monday and Tuesday will be “Open Court/Pitch”, and Varsity Tryouts will be on Wednesday and Thursday of that week.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

 

Student Learning

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In a few weeks we will end first quarter in the Middle School. This mile-marker along the journey of an academic school year indicates that class routines are clearly established, many subjects are in the process of completing a unit of learning, students may be spending time preparing for summative assessments, friendships are established, and we are all working together toward reaching the MS goals and fulfilling the AC mission. I encourage you to have conversations each day with your child about her/his learning. A great way to begin the conversation is by asking to see Edmodo and viewing assignments and other class resources. Edmodo is your window to your child’s school day, and a way for you to stay connected to the MS learning program.

Special Olympics

AC is thrilled to host Special Olympics this Thursday. The entire community is invited to cheer on our soccer players and participate in the event. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:00am on the upper field, and Closing Ceremonies take place at 11:30am - with plenty of soccer match action in between! Our MS percussionists will be leading some of the cheers and several MS students volunteered to join the soccer teams. We hope to see you there!

Community Experts

Thank you to so many people who have responded to the survey to Share Your Expertise!  We are amazed by the wide range of skills and interests represented in our parent community and we are already using these connections in our classrooms.  Do you have a hobby, skill or job experience that you'd like to share with students?  We invite you to volunteer by completing the Share Your Expertise form.  Thank you!

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."

Health, Community and Spirit!

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Children benefit when partnerships are strong. In this photo one of our second grade students speaks about his learning with his parents and teacher!

Thank you for guiding your child’s steps and working closely with us to provide them with the very best experiences.  Here are specific invitations and recommendations for our continued partnership.

Keeping our Children Healthy

When children are ill, they benefit from being home and resting to recover, which usually happens quickly at young ages.  Please follow these recommendations to keep your child healthy and avoid getting other children sick:

  • Keep your child home if there is presence of fever, vomiting or diarrhea, at least until you see a doctor and have a diagnosis, or for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared. Some illnesses (like ear infection) may present some symptoms, yet are not contagious.  Speak to your doctor if you have any doubts.
  • Practice frequent hand washing with your child, especially after using the bathroom and before meals.
  • Practice sneezing and coughing into a tissue.  If tissue is not available, cough into your sleeve.  Remind your child not to cough into his/her hands.

We truly appreciate your support.

Community Experts

Thank you to so many people who have responded to our survey to Share Your Expertise!  We are amazed by the wide range of skills and interests represented in our parent community and we are already using these connections in our classrooms.  Do you have a hobby, skill or job experience that you'd like to share with students?  We invite you to volunteer by completing the Share Your Expertise form.  Thank you!

Coming Up

Spirit Week is coming up beginning with Pajama Day.  We invite you to participate in the Parade of Nations and encourage you to stay after the parade to attend the first series of workshops that we will hold this year.  For elementary parents, you will be able to choose from topics related to technology and balance, empowering your child as an upstander, and developing a sensory diet for your child’s optimal development (Go Climb a Tree).  I look forward to continuing to learn with you to support our students.

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

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