Parents and students are invited to our student-led conferences on Oct 25th. Parents have received an invitation letter from me.
One of our HS pillars is Be present. Attendance is very important to us and highly correlates with success. Of course when students are sick it is important to keep them at home, visit a doctor and call the school to justify the absence. Please look at this extract from our Handbook:
The following, based upon the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, is a summary of what is considered a justified or unjustified absence and the related consequences of absences
Justified absences are absences due to a domestic calamity (death, accident or major sickness of student, parent, or force majeure to the property of students and parents) or due to a student’s participation in national or international trips that recognize his/her special abilities or contributions. To justify an absence, please ensure that a note outlining the reason for the absence is presented to the HS counseling secretary Ms. Paula Luna at email@example.com. This should include a doctor’s note, an invitational letter for trip, or a signed memo describing the situation and justifying the absence. Absences must be reported to school immediately and must be justified within the next two days after the student returns to school. Absences as a result of family vacations or appointments are strongly discouraged, but will be justified when a note is brought to the High School office.
Unjustified absences occur when students miss class time and no reason is provided to the school.
Maximum number of absences
During the school year, a student cannot be absent for more than 10% of total class time. According to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and enforced by Academia Cotopaxi, if a student exceeds the maximum number of unjustified absences, the student will not pass the class.
Extended Essay Showcase
16 of our Seniors have been hard at work over the last 10 months on their Extended Essay. A required piece of work for the I.B. Diploma and part of the “Core” program that asks students to dive deep into a subject area that they are passionate about. The culmination of this work is a 4,000 word formal piece of academic writing. We will be showcasing these Essays on Monday, October 29th during our GC time (10:55 a.m. -11:55 a.m.) in the courtyard. This gives our Seniors a chance to show off and explain their work to our HS Students, faculty, community and parents. It is a fantastic culmination and celebration of the work they have done. We hope to see you there.
IB Registrations - Seniors.
Just a reminder to senior parents whose students are considering registering for IB Exams that our due date to have our signed fees letter and registrations is November 15th. If you have any questions, please let Brian Voeller know (firstname.lastname@example.org)
College Counseling Corner - University Visits
- Tuesday: 11:15 a.m. -11:50 a.m. - College Center: Les Roches International School of Hotel Management & Glion Institute of Higher Education: Hospitality Management School
- Wednesday: 11:15 a.m. -11:50 a.m. - College Center: Washington & Lee University, Bates College, Baylor University, & Babson College
- Thursday: 11:15 a.m. -11:50 a.m. - College Center: Carleton (Canada) University
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m. - College Center: University of San Diego Visit with Workshops (Common Application & Personal Statement)
October 19-20: AASSA Varsity Boys and Girls Volleyball Tournament at IAA, Guayaquil