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High School News

HS Feb12

Dear High School parents,

I hope that everyone had a nice break. Now we are back in full swing. We are 4 weeks away from the IB Mock exams for the senior class

Have a great week everyone

Clothing drive
Please support our Amnesty Club and contribute to the Clothing Drive for Venezuelan refugees.  The donation box is located in the High School Office.

QISSA games and AASSA Tournament
On February 14th, our Girls JV and Varsity Basketball teams will face Einstein at AC. The Varsity game begins at 4:15, and the JV game at 5:45.
On the same day, our Varsity Boys Soccer team will receive Einstein while our JV Boys Soccer team will travel to Einstein. Both games begin at 4:15.
On February 15 and 16, our Varsity Boys Basketball team and our Girls Varsity Soccer team will take part in the AASSA Tournament hosted by Colegio Einstein. The game schedule will be shared soon.
The February 12 Boys Basketball games have been rescheduled to the 27th of February due to calendar conflicts.

MAP goal setting
9th and 10th graders now have access to their MAP scores and will be setting goals with their Math and English teachers. Let’s continue to grow!

College Counseling
Courses options for 2019-2020
This past week 9-11 grade students were presented with information about their course options for next year. If you or your students have questions or would like to discuss academic planning please schedule a meeting with either Mr. Wasser or Ms. Keyes through the Counseling Office Secretary, Ms. Paula Luna: pluna@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

SAT on March 9th
For those of you interested in taking the SAT on March 9th (Registration deadline February 8), the ONE Institute will be offering SAT Preparation Courses starting February 4th. The classes will run from February 4th to February 28th, a total of 34 hours of instruction.  Classes will take place from 3:40-5:40pm Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, there is a Saturday only option available as well (February 2nd - April 27th: Saturdays 9am-12pm). This option will prepare you to take the SAT on May 4th.  The cost for either is $699.  If you are interested, please contact the One Institute immediately at theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

English Proficiency Testing
The TOEFL English Proficiency Test is an admissions requirement for a super-majority of university applications to the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The only country exception is the UK, where you must take the IELTS test.  

If you are a parent of an 11th grader, I definitely recommend that your student take an English Proficiency examination this year, as it is definitely something that you can get done this year.  Although there are other TOEFL iBT test centers in Quito, I definitely recommend using the ONE Institute Test Center.  Please do not delay in signing up as soon as possible.

For those of you who are parents of a student  in 11th or 10th grade and are considering a Summer Program, a Summer Program your student is applying to may require a TOEFL score.  If this is your case, I highly recommend signing up for the February 16th test date as soon as possible.

Below I have listed all the dates the ONE Institute will be providing the TOEFL iBT.  If you have any questions, concerns, or difficulty signing up on the TOEFL website, please do not hesitate to contact me at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

TOEFL iBT - English Proficiency Test Dates at Academia Cotopaxi:
*February 16th, Saturday ( You must register by Monday, February 4th)
*April 13th, Saturday
*June 1st, Saturday

University Visits
Please see our updated list of university visits here.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Feb 12

I hope your children enjoyed the long weekend and that your family was able to take advantage of extended quality time together. Long weekend breaks allow us to fulfill part of our goal to teach students how to lead a balanced life. In Middle School, it is incredibly important to model taking time for work, play, and relaxation. If you ever have wonderings about how to to find the “right” balance for your family, please do not hesitate to contact any of your child’s teachers, Ms. Aubrey, or myself. We all have a wealth of experience with the Middle School age group!

MS Social
Our second MS Social is next Friday, February, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in the Gym. MS Socials are organized by the MS House Leaders and are open to all MS students! 

This is a student only event, parents are not invited :) Please plan to drop your child off at 6:00pm and pick him/her up promptly at 8:00pm. It is never fun for a child to be the last one picked up, and it adds extra work for our teacher chaperones. Thank you.

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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Elementary News

ES Feb 12

A group of students will present us with their talent on Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. Come and enjoy watching children on stage.  It promises to be a fun evening!  Tickets are on sale now in the main office for a discounted price of $7 through Thursday in our Elementary Office.  Rehearsal takes place on Wednesday beginning at 3:10 pm for all who children who have been confirmed for a show.

We want to send you a quick reminder regarding dismissal procedures.  If your children ride the bus, please be ready at the bus stop before the scheduled time and also be present at the stop to receive them. When buses wait for children or adults, the bus route is extended for all others on the bus and we are not able to keep to our times.  

For Car riders, please drop off only at the drop-off gate.  If you want to drop off at the front gate, you need to accompany your child inside the school as we do not have staff assigned at that gate.  For pick-up, please enter the waiting area and when walking to the car, please hold children by the hand at all times.  We have seen times when children run to cross the street and this is very dangerous.

And to end, I want to leave you with an invitation to engage in “acts of kindness” with your children. Make February a special time to make others smile.  Below are some ideas that will bring joy. February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day… so go for it!  As one of their quotes says, “kindness can be the norm!”

Video - Kindness can be the norm
Acts of Kindness Ideas
Happiness is helping others
February 17, 2019 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

Inquiry Corner
Students at Academia Cotopaxi inquire into real-world situations, with the purpose of becoming deeper thinkers.  THINKERS are individuals who use critical and creative skills to question, find solutions, and take action making informed and ethical decisions.  What examples do your children talk about that demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge, analysis, evaluation, and thinking skills?

Upcoming Elementary School Events:
February 13: Talent Show Rehearsals K-Gr5, 3:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
February 14: Talent Show K-Gr5, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
February 18-19: Gr4 Discover Ecuador
February 20-22: Gr5 Discover Ecuador

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Feb5

Dear High School parents,

This one is a short week and I wish you all a great 5 day break. 

THIMUN
The conference ended last Friday and Ms. Schmidtke and Ms. Murrell took the group to Paris until today. They are landing at 4.15 PM. 

CAISSA
Our boys did well and finished…..Thank you to our players and to coach Mario, coach Stalin and Mr. Fuentes! 

MAP goal setting
9th and 10th graders now have access to their MAP scores and will be setting goals with their Math and English teachers.

College Counseling: 
Courses options for 2019-2020
This past week 9-11 grade students were presented with information about their course options for next year. If you or your students have questions or would like to discuss academic planning please schedule a meeting with either Mr. Wasser or Ms. Keyes through the Counseling Office Secretary, Ms. Paula Luna: pluna@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

SAT on March 9th
For those of you interested in taking the SAT on March 9th (Registration deadline February 8), the ONE Institute will be offering SAT Preparation Courses starting February 4th. The classes will run from February 4th to February 28th, a total of 34 hours of instruction.  Classes will take place from 3:40-5:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, there is a Saturday only option available as well (February 2nd - April 27th: Saturdays 9am-12pm). This option will prepare you to take the SAT on May 4th.  The cost for either is $699.  If you are interested, please contact the One Institute immediately at theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

English Proficiency Testing
The TOEFL English Proficiency Test is an admissions requirement for a super-majority of university applications to the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The only country exception is the UK, where you must take the IELTS test.  

If you are a parent of an 11th grader, I definitely recommend that your student take an English Proficiency examination this year, as it is definitely something that you can get done this year.  Although there are other TOEFL iBT test centers in Quito, I definitely recommend using the ONE Institute Test Center.  Please do not delay in signing up as soon as possible.

For those of you who are parents of a student  in 11th or 10th grade and are considering a Summer Program, a Summer Program your student is applying to may require a TOEFL score.  If this is your case, I highly recommend signing up for the February 16th test date as soon as possible.

Below I have listed all the dates the ONE Institute will be providing the TOEFL iBT.  If you have any questions, concerns, or difficulty signing up on the TOEFL website, please do not hesitate to contact me at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

TOEFL iBT - English Proficiency Test Dates at Academia Cotopaxi:

  • February 16th, Saturday ( You must register by Monday, February 4th)
  • April 13th, Saturday
  • June 1st, Saturday

University Visits
Please see our updated list of university visits here.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Feb5

We enjoyed many celebrations of learning during FLEX last week in the Middle School. Ask your child to share stories of the experience! The photo attached to this week’s newsletter is of Grade 8 science students teaching a lesson to a Grade 5 class. Cross-divisional connections like this one are one of the benefits of being part of a PK - 12 school.

Enjoy the long weekend. Take the opportunity to rest, refresh, and reconnect with one another.

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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Elementary News

ES Feb5

This is a short week for our students and a great opportunity for you to engage with your children!  This year, we are using Skyward to generate our report cards which will require that you access the system to see these. On Tuesday, you will receive an email with directions.  Please celebrate your child’s learning; read the comments and enjoy these with your child.  Your message to them can be powerful and motivating.  Report Cards are a formal way of summarizing your child’s learning, yet they could not ever capture all the learning that happens in school.  Your child’s story is so much more complex than the content of the report card. So, also take this opportunity to review your child’s story in SeeSaw.  Ask them what they get from your comments when you post a “like” or when you write a reflection, celebration, or question.  Reflecting on learning is an ongoing process and it is the reflection that results in the most powerful form of learning. How wonderful that this can happen daily with your children, and not only during report card time!  

Inquiry Corner
One of the attributes of the IBO Learner Profile is  being PRINCIPLED as defined by “Acting with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. Take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.”  What actions do we take in being principled?  How do we support children’s development of acting in principled ways?

Upcoming Elementary School Events:
February 13: Talent Show Rehearsals K-Gr5, 3:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
February 14: Talent Show K-Gr5, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Auditorium

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS Jan 29

Dear High School parents,

Our THIMUN delegates are gone to Europe and our CAISSA athletes are leaving on Wednesday morning to the Dominican Republic: good luck to our teams, chaperones and coaches for supporting learning outside the classroom. Also, our High School students continue to be involved with student-led activities and launched the second semester activities with the fair on Monday morning.

After our options morning led last Monday, It is crucial that students return their 2019-2020 options form on Monday to Ms Mónica. We are starting scheduling for next year and we need everyone’s option choices for next year.

College Counseling 
This past week 9-11 grade students were presented with information about their course options for next year. If you or your students have questions or would like to discuss academic planning please schedule a meeting with either Mr. Wasser or Ms. Keyes through the Counseling Office Secretary, Ms. Paula Luna: pluna@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

For those of you interested in taking the SAT on March 9th (Registration deadline February 8), the ONE Institute will be offering SAT Preparation Courses starting February 4th. The classes will run from February 4th to February 28th, a total of 34 hours of instruction.  Classes will take place from 3:40-5:40pm Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, there is a Saturday only option available as well (February 2nd - April 27th: Saturdays 9am-12pm). This option will prepare you to take the SAT on May 4th.  The cost for either is $699.  If you are interested, please contact the One Institute immediately at theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Jan 29

Welcome to second semester in the Middle School! Your child’s elective class changed on Monday - take a moment to ask him/her about the new class. Links to first semester report cards and MAP results are scheduled to be emailed home on Thursday, January 31. Reports are provided electronically to each family. Parents may print report cards if desired.

The start of the semester is a good time for us to review expectations with students, and also with families. Some parents have inquired about excused and unexcused absences. In order for an absence to be excused in MS, we require an official medical certification or a sports tournament letter from the corresponding federation or club. Absences must be reported to school immediately and the certificate must be received within two days after the student returns to school.  

Beginning in Grade 7, a student cannot be unexcused absent for more than 10% of the school year. According to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, if a student exceeds the maximum number of unexcused absences, he/she will not pass the grade level.

Grade 8 Families
The High School is excited to begin the transition process with Grade 8 families! With this in mind, Mr Brian Voeller, Assistant Principal and IB Diploma Coordinator, Ms Keyes Voeller, High School Counselor, Mr Lysha Wasser, College Counselor, and Mr Fred Bordaguibel, Principal, will host a transition meeting with both parents and students on Monday, February 4th at 2:00 PM in the auditorium. Students will be released from MS classes at this time and will meet their parents in the auditorium.

Counselor’s Corner - from Aubrey
Thank you to all of you who came out Thursday to the Parent Workshop on Understanding the Adolescent Brain. It was wonderful to share with and explore an area which so many of you were excited to learn about. If you were not able to make it, you can find the presentation here as posted on the AC website in Learning Opportunities.

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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Elementary News

ES Jan 29

Upcoming Elementary School Events:
January 31: Parent Workshop: Healthy Habits and Digital Safety, PK-GR2, 9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m., Library, RSVP
February 5: PYP Assembly (Kinder), 8:10 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Auditorium
February 13: Talent Show Rehearsals K-Gr5, 3:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
February 14: Talent Show K-Gr5, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Auditorium

Inquiry Corner
Our Kinder students are ready to celebrate their learning about being Inquirers and Balanced at our PYP Assembly.  They have been inquiring into how we use our senses to explore and understand the world.  They will showcase their learning by creating experiences in their playground to help stimulate their senses.  What experiences do we create as adults to support exploration of the world?  

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS Jan 22

Dear High School parents,

Time flies. It is only the  third week in January and yesterday, 11th, 10th and 9th graders started the process to choose their courses for 2019-2020 and the seniors started working on their Final CAS Presentations. As you have conversations with your sons and daughters about next year’s courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us when you have questions.

THIMUN
Good luck to our THIMUN delegates leaving on Friday to Europe! We know that they will represent Academia Cotopaxi well and that they will learn a lot during this MUN Conference.

IB Corner
The week of March 11th-15th we will be holding our “Mock Exams” for Seniors. This week we will simulate IB Exam testing conditions to the best of our ability.  All students that are registered for an IB Exam in May will take a “Mock” for that course. This will also serve as their Semester 2 Final Exam for those courses. Here is the schedule and rules and procedures for mocks. Let Mr. Voeller know if you have any questions. 

College Counseling
11th Grade Parents: If you have not had a chance to make an appointment with Mr. Wasser, please do so by emailing him at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec. Our College Visit schedule for the spring semester is updated and you can find our calendar here.

For those of you interested in taking the SAT on March 9th (Registration deadline February 8), the ONE Institute will be offering SAT Preparation Courses starting February 4th. The classes will run from February 4th to February 28th, a total of 34 hours of instruction.  Classes will take place from 3:40-5:40pm Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, there is a Saturday only option available as well (February 2nd - April 27th: Saturdays 9am-12pm). This option will prepare you to take the SAT on May 4th.  The cost for either is $699.  If you are interested, please contact the One Institute immediately at theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec.  

Athletics
The QISSA League games begin next week with our Cougars facing the Alliance Academy Spartans.
January 22:
Boys Basketball at Academia Cotopaxi at 4:15
Girls Basketball at Alliance Academy at 4:15

Come & support our Cougars, the first game counts!

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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