High School News

HS Aug 20

Dear Parents and Students,
I hope that everyone has enjoyed a great summer. Our awesome High School Faculty has been working hard to be ready to welcome our students and now we look forward to seeing them on Tuesday.
I wanted to share a few items with you before school starts:

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device at Academia Cotopaxi is applicable for Grades 3 - 12. Information regarding device and Grade Level Tech Requirements can be found here.

Dress code –  All students must abide by the school dress code.  You can order items at Szimon. You may also choose to purchase items that meet the dress code and have the school logo embroidered on the items. Please follow the expectations outlined here.

Transportation – Please use the TRANSPORTATION CHANGE FORM, which is an easy-to-use, automated and efficient process to handle AC parent requests for changes in transportation. This form is designed for the following three requests:
1. Change from bus rider to car rider
2. Change the authorized pick-up person for car riders
3. Change the hour of the bus from after-school to normal dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
All other requests, like change from one bus to another, change a bus stop, etc. parents still need to email As per our transportation policy, parents need to request changes by 1 p.m. for Kinder to Grade 12.

First day of classes for High School – Tuesday, August 20th. This will be a Day A, Cougar PM schedule. Students will go to their Block 1 class first and we will end the day with an Assembly. Students can access their schedules on Skyward.

Class of 2020 – The entire High School will welcome the class of 2020 at 9:20 a.m at the main gate on Tuesday morning.

I hope that I will have a chance to connect with as many of you as possible very soon. We are ready for you!

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal


Middle School News

MS Aug 20

We are all thrilled to begin the 2019-20 school year! Teachers and administrators have spent much time preparing for this week, and now it is here! We are all ready to welcome you and your family to the Middle School. Even though this week is only four days, it will be a full week, and your children will need extra rest and care to process everything they learn each day. We intentionally start the year with a regular school schedule, to establish routines and provide support to all students.

A few reminders:
You may find the MS Handbook and Dress Code here on the AC website.

MS students are not allowed to use their cell phones during the school day (unless needed for a class activity). If you need to contact your child, please call the MS Office and we will get the message to your child. 

Counselor’s Corner 
Ms. Aubrey here to welcome you to another exciting year in the AC Middle School! If I have not met you yet, I hope that I am able to introduce myself to you soon. You will notice throughout the year in this ”Counselor’s Corner” that I will post information in regards to what we’re learning about in Cougar Time (the Social-Emotional lessons we have here in the Middle School), dates for upcoming Parent Workshops, as well as useful articles for parents of middle schoolers. As we start another school year, it’s helpful to set up routines and ways in which you can best connect with your middle school student. Instead of asking “How was school today?” take a look at this article to explore some new ways to create meaningful conversations: 15 Questions to Replace “How was school today?”

Important Upcoming MS Events
MS Parent Discover Ecuador Meeting, Tuesday, August 27, 5:00 p.m. (auditorium)
MS Back to School Night, Thursday, September 5, 5:30 p.m.
Digging into Standards Based Grading, MS Parent Workshop, September 10, 8:00 a.m.
MS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, October 24

More details to come regarding these events - please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Please drop by the MS Office anytime.

With kind regards,

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

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