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Director Message

DIR 19

Dear Parents,
 
Welcome to another week of wonder and learning for your sons and daughters at Academia Cotopaxi. I just returned from a NEASC Accreditation Visit in Honduras. This is an important process for accredited international schools to ensure quality education at 2.000 NEASC schools in the USA and 65 other nations. Accreditation includes sharing expertise, sending and receiving visitation committee members from other schools.
 
Visiting other schools is always insightful. This visitation re-confirmed what I have consistently observed at Academia Cotopaxi. I walk out of each class observation with a growing admiration for the quality of instruction, personalized learning, student engagement and overall quality of learning, happening for your children. Our teachers and administrators are truly doing something special. We are not perfect, no school is, but having worked in seven international schools and having visited many more, I can sincerely tell you there is more innovative learning, respect for diversity and focus on our school mission than the vast majority of schools can claim. Your support is a huge part of this. The numbers of parents that attend school events, conferences (such as this week for Elementary School), etc. is testimony that it takes a community to educate a child. Success is a team effort.
 
Starting this month, the AC Board Members will be visiting classes with me, to observe your children exploring and learning as part of our strategic planning process. We are looking to push the envelope of learning even further, to better prepare your sons and daughters for a world in a state of enormous change. This short video about the Future of Work shows the extent of change our children face. The task is daunting, preparing children for a future unknown, but we are up to it.
 

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Elementary School News

NOV 19 ES

Dear Parents,
Last year, we shared this gratitude video with our families. We all know how powerful gratitude is and these next two weeks, we are connecting our gratitude with giving ending with the Thanksgiving Drive and ceremony on November 28. We encourage you to view it as you engage in conversations around giving thanks and the happiness that gratitude brings.

We hope that you can donate a new book and pick a title in spanish that your child enjoys. These books will be donated to the community of Zumbahua and we will work with them to support literacy and the joy of reading.

Here is the list of food. Thanksgiving: A time to Give

Items for Elementary Grades
All students: One new book in Spanish for a child your age. Give a book that you love reading.

-Pre-Kinder:
3 Noodles/Fideos (400g)
1 Jelly/Mermelada (250g)
4 Powdered Juice Jugo en Polvo (envelope)

-Kinder:
1 Jello (250g)
2 Chocolate Bar
2 Red Beans (500g)

-Grade 1:
2 Chocolate Powder (200g)
2 Jello (250g)
4 Powdered Juice (envelope)

-Grade 2:
2 Chocolate Powder (200g)
2 Jello (200g)
3 Lentils (500g)

-Grade 3:
2 Powdered Milk (400g)
2 Ketchup (200g)
5 Instant Soup (60g)

-Grade 4:
3 Powdered Milk (400g)
5 Instant Soup (60g)
3 Jello (200g)

-Grade 5:
2 Salt (1kg)
4 Tuna Fish (180g)
3 Jello (200g)

Progress Reports and Conferences
Progress Reports will be posted on SeeSaw today, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Please read these with your child. Make it a special time to celebrate their learning. On Wednesday, Nov. 20 you will attend conferences and should have scheduled a time with your homeroom teachers. There are still openings for parents who would like to meet with specialists as well. You can register for conferences with specialists in Skyward. Click here to schedule with Specialists teachers (Art, Music, P.E and Spanish).

Don’t miss the “Digital Safety and Social Media: What Parents Should Know” Workshop, which will be offered at the following times in the Elementary Library:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

ms nov 19

Standards in the Classroom
This week’s photo shows Grade 7 students engaging with the NGSS science standards. They were applying their newfound understanding of the Kinetic Molecular Theory, the first standard approached in the Chemistry unit. They then looked at the difference of burning liquids vs. explosions of gasses to introduce the next exciting part of the unit, chemical reactions! In this part of the unit students will analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. The goal is for students to be able to identify and describe a chemical change.

Approaches to Learning
First quarter marked a shift in Middle School reporting. You have now had the opportunity to view your child’s first Standards Based progress report. I would like to draw your attention to a very important part of this report, the ATLs (Approaches to Learning). In each class, your child receives grades for the Standards and grades for each ATL. In the Middle School, ATLs are as important as Standards when asking yourself “How is my child doing in school?” We invite you to talk with your child about their ATL grades, especially if they received a BE (below expectations) for an ATL. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the grades received. Additionally, this FAQ document may be helpful for some of your Standards Based Grading questions. 

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan

  • This month in Cougar Time, Middle School students are receiving lessons on bullying, harassment and privilege. We are reviewing how just one person turning into an Upstander can make all the difference. Mentor groups went through statements such as the following to help students feel empowered to stand up when they witness bullying:

➢Some people think that’s funny, but I don’t.
➢It’s not a joke when someone’s getting hurt.
➢Stop using that language. I don’t appreciate it.
➢I’m not okay with this.

  • Mentor groups also discussed ways they can reach out to the person being bullied by using the following phrases:

➢ It’s not ok with me when _______ does that.
➢ Come join our group.
➢ I’m sorry that happened to you. You don’t deserve that treatment.
➢ I am here for you. How can I help?
➢ Have you reported this to an adult?

For more information on how to help your child stand up for others, take a look at this article.

Holiday Drive Reminder
Director Van der Eyken kicked off this year's drive with a message in last week’s newsletter (https://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/newsletters). He also interviewed two High School students about the purpose and logistics for 2019 (https://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/CotopaxiConversations). 

Each grade level has been assigned specific food items to help communities in need. In addition, we are asking each family to donate one new, or slightly used, book (in Spanish) to the community schools to help them build a library.

The collection is THIS WEEK, from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

-Grade 6: 
3 x 1Kg Salt
1 x 1L Oil
3 x 500gr Red Beans
Book (in spanish)

-Grade 7: 
2 x 2Kg Sugar
1 x 1L Oil
4 x 400gr Noodles
Book (in spanish)

-Grade 8:
2 x 2Kg Sugar
2 x 1Kg Oats
2 x 200gr Tomato Sauce
Book (in spanish)

We were treated to a delightful Piano concert last week and look forward to our Band and Orchestra concerts this week. Congratulations to the Music Department for putting on these exceptional demonstrations of student achievement.

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."

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High School News

HS NOV 1999

Dear Parents,
We are now four weeks away from the semester 1 exams. We are getting close to the end. Let’s all make sure that we all finish strong. December 9 is the cut off date to submit any missing assignments. Busy times ahead.

Concerts
Another big week with concerts this week. Tuesday is the Band concert and Thursday is the Orchestra concert. Come and enjoy some great performance and enjoy how much our students have learned since the beginning of the year.

Athletics - QISSA Games

  • November 18, 4:15 p.m. at AC:

-Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Colegio Americano (ASQ)
-Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball vs. Colegio Americano

  • November 20, 4:15 p.m. at ASQ:

-Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball vs. Colegio Americano

Thanksgiving Drive Reminder
The collection is THIS WEEK, from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Director's Message

Director's Message 19 Nov 2019

 

Dear parents,

Welcome to another week of wonder and learning for your sons and daughters at Academia Cotopaxi. I just returned from a NEASC Accreditation Visit in Honduras. This is an important process for accredited international schools to ensure quality education at 2.000 NEASC schools in the USA and 65 other nations. Accreditation includes sharing expertise, sending and receiving visitation committee members from other schools.

Visiting other schools is always insightful. This visitation re-confirmed what I have consistently observed at Academia Cotopaxi. I walk out of each class observation with a growing admiration for the quality of instruction, personalized learning, student engagement and overall quality of learning, happening for your children. Our teachers and administrators are truly doing something special. We are not perfect, no school is, but having worked in seven international schools and having visited many more, I can sincerely tell you there is more innovative learning, respect for diversity and focus on our school mission than the vast majority of schools can claim. Your support is a huge part of this. The numbers of parents that attend school events, conferences (such as this week for Elementary School), etc. is testimony that it takes a community to educate a child. Success is a team effort.

Starting this month, the AC Board Members will be visiting classes with me, to observe your children exploring and learning as part of our strategic planning process. We are looking to push the envelope of learning even further, to better prepare your sons and daughters for a world in a state of enormous change. This short video about the Future of Work shows the extent of change our children face. The task is daunting, preparing children for a future unknown, but we are up to it.

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Director's Message

 

Dear Parents,
 
We are now approaching a special time of the year for people around the world to reflect on their good fortunes in 2019 and plan for an even more prosperous 2020. This reflection is marked in various ways. In the United States, it is marked by Thanksgiving and, like here in Ecuador and around the world, the holiday seasons of December. 
 
We are a fortunate community for both here in Quito and globally. Our children are the beneficiaries. They attend a wonderful school and have access to services and material support that ensure physical, social and intellectual well-being. Sadly, millions of children are not so fortunate. As a means of reflection and recognition of our good fortune, our High School students are organizing their annual Thanksgiving Drive to provide food for families in  the rural Zumbahua community. In keeping with our primary mission of education, we have also focused this year’s collection on promoting literacy. In place of toys, the Thanksgiving Drive will be collecting books. The books will be used to build community libraries. Promoting good nutrition and education for our fellow citizens is a powerful way of saying thank you for all the good fortune we personally enjoy. More details will be provided by your children’s Principals but first, I would like to invite you to watch this week’s Cotopaxi Conversation featuring two of our dynamic youth leaders who are organizing this important experience for all of us.

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Elementary School News

ES NOV 12

Dear Parents,
Our students have enjoyed the rainy Monday we experienced. Puddles are true opportunities for children and we invite you to explore rain!

Please keep in mind that Session I of after-school activities ends on November 21. Damiana will send information regarding sign-up for Session II which will open on Wednesday, November 13.

Observing your children’s growth is inspiring to us. Teachers are reflecting on this growth and preparing progress report information which will be available for you to read with your child on November 19. Progress reports are written to your child. So set aside a time on that afternoon or evening to celebrate your child’s growth. 

On November 20, you are invited to parent teacher conferences. We have made some changes based on parent and teacher feedback and here is how it will work:
All parents will sign-up for a conference with homeroom teachers (same as in other years) using a Google Doc schedule that will be shared with you by your child’s teacher.

New: 1) Parents are asked to sign-up for two 10 minute conferences with specials teachers (Spanish, Art, Music, PE). There will be a link in the Google Doc in order to do this. This will allow for families to interact with different teachers during conferences. 2) We will be offering digital citizenship workshops for parents in the library at the following times:

Digital Safety and Social Media: What Parents Should Know

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Book Characters
Children are connecting with authors, titles and stories by observing the different book characters that are represented in the library. Join this DIY toilet paper roll challenge and create a book character with your child. This home learning connection is an invitation to all elementary students. Stop by the library to get inspired!

Thanksgiving Drive
Last week, you received an email with the details for the Thanksgiving Drive. You can send your donations throughout these next weeks. We are looking forward to 100% participation in our Elementary division.

Warm regards,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

ms nov 12

Holiday Drive
You received an email last week with details regarding the Holiday Drive. Here is a summary:
Each grade level has been assigned specific food items to help us meet our goal. In addition, we are asking each family to donate one new, or slightly used, book (in Spanish) to the community schools to help them build a library. 

- Grade 6
3 x 1Kg Salt
1 x 1L Oil
3 x 500gr. Red Beans
Book

- Grade 7
2 x 2Kg Sugar
1 x 1L Oil
4 x 400gr. Noodles
Book

- Grade 8
2 x 2Kg Sugar
2 x 1Kg Oats
2 x 200gr. Tomato Sauce
Book

The collection will run from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

Thank you for your support at home to ensure that your child brings their items to school the week of November 18.

Parent Day in the Middle
We had a very successful Parent Day in the Middle last week. Thank you to all parents who attended. If you were unable to attend, there will be another Parent Day in the Middle event on Wednesday, March 11.

Concerts
Concert season is upon us! I look forward to seeing most of you at one of the upcoming concerts.

  • Piano: Thursday, November 14
  • Band: Tuesday, November 19
  • Orchestra: Thursday, November 21

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."

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Director's Message

Director´s Message

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a rewarding four-day break with your children.

On behalf of the teachers, administrators, parents and students involved in the High School Principal recruitment process, I am happy to announce that Ms. Lauren Pool, current Deputy Director of Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) will be following in the footsteps of Mr. Frederic Bordaguibel-Labayle to lead our High School program forward starting next year.

This week at the PTSA coffee, one of the themes will be the importance of engagement, not just involvement, of parents for ensuring student success. Involvement means "to enfold or envelope." Involvement implies doing to. Engagement is "to come together and interlock." Engagement implies doing with. A key component of success for our students is working with parents as a team. During the PTSA presentation, different ways of becoming more engaged in your child’s school experience will be examined. Additionally, there will be a presentation about our AC Space Club - a truly unique and engaging way to teach science in collaboration with NASA.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” - John D. Hull

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