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Middle School News

MS JAN 7

Grade 7 Social Studies students completed their Economics unit in December with a summative Marketplace project (pictured above). This simulation gave students the chance to apply several of the principles learned throughout the unit. Specifically, students evaluated market forces in order to create a profitable business. Grade 6 students were given “AC bucks” and could then choose which of the Grade 7 items to “purchase,” thereby voting with their “dollars.” It was an excellent example of a real world learning experience!

We are delighted to be back to school and ready to dive into the end of first semester and begin the Middle School second semester at the end of January. I hope you had a wonderful break.

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 School News

ES JAN 7

Dear Parents,

Human relations are at the core of children’s well being and I am sure that each of you enjoyed this magical time with your sons and daughters. As I walked through classrooms this morning, I was privileged to listen to children’s stories about memorable moments, traditions and activities. Once again, I admired how children listened to each other, welcomed stories warmly, made connections… There was one important thread and it was how powerful engaging with family and friends. It seemed like the best gifts were their experiences with people! 

We send you our very best wishes for the new year. May 2020 be a year filled with wonderful experiences with your children and may the gift of magical, warm and happy moments multiply!

Please note that extracurricular activities (Session II) begin on Monday, January 13. If you have any questions, please contact Damiana at: dproano@cotopaxi.k12.ec

We also want to ask for your help with two important school aspects. The first one is related to dress code. All children are expected to attend school wearing the dress code items. Your support with this is critical. The other aspect is related to snack items and snack containers. Please send your children healthy snacks in non-disposable containers.

One of the ways in which we approach home learning is through students’ engagement in personal inspiration projects. Any parent is welcome to our showcases where students in grades 3-5 who are ready with their project, exhibit their learning and design process. Our next showcase will take place on Tuesday, January 14 at 8:15 p.m.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

Dear parents,

I hope that this note finds you well. As you know the High School exams start next week and you can find the schedule here as well as in the previous High School newsletters.

As usual, you will notice that many students will be done by either Wednesday morning or afternoon. This allows extra time for make-ups and for getting ready to submit final semester 1 grades that will appear on report  cards and transcripts just after the winter break.

Students are always welcome to be at school when they don’t have an exam as long as they are in the High School areas and supervised. The rest of the school runs regular days of instructional days and we will all respect this.

Juniors who are writing their Extended Essay will be required to be at school on the 19th and 20th of December. We might also require some students to be present when they don’t have exams to finalise some work on an ad hoc basis.

During those stressful exam days, we appreciate your continued support regarding proper breakfasts and good sleeping hours so that students can express their full potential in their finals. 

Athletics News:
QISSA League Season 1 is almost over.  This week are the Final games and schools are playing at their very best level in order to close the season strong. Our JV Boys Volleyball closed their season on the 11th, earning a 3rd place by beating Colegio Einstein. Our Varsity Girls are playing for 3rd place on the 12th against Alliance Academy. 

Moving forward; Season 2 begins on January 7th. The sports offered are:

  • QISSA JV & Varsity Basketball for Boys and Girls     (Tryouts on Jan 7/8)
  • QISSA JV & Varsity Soccer for Boys             (Tryouts on Jan 8/9)
  • HS Swimming for Boys and Girls             (No Tryouts required)
  • HS “Off Season” Volleyball for Boys and Girls     (No Tryouts required)

Basketball Camp: On January 9-12, Global Squad Basketball Academy will be hosting a camp at Academia Cotopaxi for all QISSA school athletes that are interested. The sign up page is active on the link. If you have any questions please contact them directly, their contact information is on the link. 

Thank you to all of our Season 1 coaches for your dedication and leadership. Our Cougars appreciate all your efforts!
Ms. LaJoie    Girls JV Volleyball
Mr. Finney    Boys JV Volleyball
Mr. Leon    Girls and Boys Varsity Volleyball
Ms. Luna    Varsity Girls Soccer
Mr. Paredes    Varsity Girls Soccer
Ms. Braganza    MS & HS Swimming
Ms. Kite    MS & HS Swimming
Mr. Villacís    MS & HS Swimming
Mr. Nyberg    MS & HS Swimming

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Dec17

Middle School students were in the holiday spirit last week with a House door decorating competition. Ask your child to tell you about the requirements, the team-work, and the results. Take a moment to walk through the MS area and admire our festive doors!

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Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan 
Recently in Cougar Time we reviewed our ATLs and had a lesson in which students explored the concepts of Honesty & Integrity. During the door decorating competition mentioned above, one of the criteria mentor groups were judged on was how successfully they managed working together through communication, social, and time-management skills. These activities have been helping to further reinforce the ATLs for our MS students, as we head into our second monthly recognition of ATL award recipients this week in FLEX Time. 

The MS has regular classes all this week, with shortened class periods on the Friday half day. Students are expected to leave campus at 12:00 noon. We begin again at 8:00am on Tuesday, January 7.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful end of the year and beginning of 2020! 

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 School News

Thank you for all your contributions to the Holiday Drive.  Enjoy this short video of photos from the delivery, and celebrate with your children. We want to wish you and your families a Holiday season where love and play are present throughout the vacation. 

Celebrating the arts & Holiday Concerts
Stop by the auditorium with your child and enjoy a beautiful display of art pieces created by our students.  Your child can share their painting or drawing and you will also appreciate the artwork of others.

You are cordially invited to this year’s Holiday Concerts which will be carried out by grades as follows:
December 19:
9:00-9:30 2nd Grade
9:40-10:10 5th Grade
10:50-11:20 1st Grade
11:30-12:00 4th Grade
12:10-12:40 3rd Grade

December 20
9:30am PreK/Kinder Concert

Please notify Ms. Robyn or Ms. Lacey ASAP if your child will not be in school for the concerts. rkammer@cotopaxi.k12.ec or liverson@cotopaxi.k12.ec  

Children are encouraged to wear clothes that are festive or special for the concert. These are normal school day, so students should come in clothes that they can wear to play at recess.  No high heeled shoes.

During the December 19 concerts, we ask that all parents exit the auditorium immediately following each concert to make space for the next audience. If you are waiting between concerts, you are welcome to get a treat and join a special holiday craft activity organized by PTSA in the Elementary Atelier.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Director's Message

DMDEC17

Dear parents,
This past Sunday several students and their parents distributed books and treats to children in Zumbuahua, where children face challenges your children can hardly imagine. Participating in this was a clear example of there being more joy in giving than in receiving. Thank you parents for supporting our students in having the chance to help others through the recent Thanksgiving Drive. The next big opportunity to give back to our community will be our PTSA Bingo event. Please note the message about this in the Cotopaxi Conversations and other communications.
 
The upcoming holidays are a time for family, celebration and reflection. This is also the time for New Year’s Resolutions, when one resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their lives. As key members of our learning community I would like to see all parents make a New Year’s Resolution to have ALL our students arrive to school on time each day.
 
I recently observed how students arriving late were impacting my colleagues’ ability to start their class. Each class is like a sports team. Just as a coach cannot really put his or her team on the field without all the players, it is a challenge to start class that does not have a full team.
 
I asked Academia Cotopaxi teachers to complete a questionnaire on student tardiness:

  • 60% report tardiness has a negative impact on teaching and learning.
  • 40% report tardiness has a significant impact on teaching and learning.
  • 65% report some students are consistently late.
  • 25% believe this is a broad concern impacting learning at our school.

Research shows that students who are frequently late to school often miss out on important opening announcements and academic activities. They also perform worse on their test scores. But their peers who arrive on time also perform lower! Late students negatively impact the learning of other students. Students arriving late leads to class being disrupted, placing group and class projects on hold. Just as a late player can cause a team to lose a match, students who arrive late negatively impact the learning of the entire class.  Another study on Schoolwide intervention to reduce chronic tardiness at the middle and high school levels found that ‘instructional time lost to widespread tardiness is likely to significantly affect the capacity of the entire student population to meet rigorous academic standards’. 

Consistently late students develop habits that will lead into adult life, affecting their education, career, and social connections. In contrast, students who participate fully in school activities will have more opportunities to achieve academically, make healthy and informed lifestyle choices, and develop character traits for success through life.

Here are some tips for success with this important New Year’s Resolution:

  • Establish and keep a schedule at home; children thrive on routine.
  • Going to bed and waking up earlier.
  • Preparing for the morning the night before by laying out outfits, packing backpacks, and pre-packing lunches.
  • Investigate other means of transportation, such as carpooling with other families.
  • Plan to arrive to school 20 minutes before the bell to give a margin for traffic. Our teachers and administrators are here. We would prefer to see a student arrive a little early than late.

It takes a community to educate a child. Having your children, our students, leaving home a little earlier each day is an important way to support our learning community.
 
Happy holidays and a prosperous, punctual 2020 to all!
 

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Director's Message

DIR DEC 3

Dear parents,
 
This past weekend Mr. Mitchell Green, our Director of Students Language and Learning Support and I attended the AASSA teacher recruitment fair in Atlanta. Classroom teachers, the people who interact with your sons and daughters daily in the classes, in the subjects the are learning are the single most important element of a school.  Schools can function without a lot of administration, but not without teachers. For this reason recruitment and retention of teachers is the single most important job of school administration.
 
We had a successful fair with several hires and had multiple interviews with excellent educators who we would have loved to have joined our team. Consistently candidates told us that the reputation of Cotopaxi, our model of inclusion, the quality of life in Quito, were strong drawing points. However it is a very competitive market for teachers and we face stiff competition from schools in more affluent markets, both here in South America and globally.

According to International School Research Foundation, in 1994, about when I started in international teaching, there were less than 1000 international schools. By 2000 there were 2584 schools with over 1 million students (receiving a combined $5 billion per year in tuition). In 2019 that number had grown to nearly 11,000 schools serving 6 million students (combined tuition of $50 billion/year). By 2028 there will be 17,000 international schools for 10 million students matched by a need for teachers growing from 450,000 today to 900,000. 
 
To top it all off most experts predict an upcoming shortage in teachers, in the USA and around the world. Unfortunately, teaching does not receive the recognition or pay that it deserves. As a society, we must do our utmost to support teachers and attract the new talent, including our current students your sons and daughters, to be educators as well as retain young talent that all too often leave teaching within the first five years of teaching. 
 
Currently the Board and administration is working on a new strategic plan to propel Academia Cotopaxi forward. Our goal is be the school of choice for educators who support inclusion, innovation, international mindedness, inquiry, and warm human interaction, all of which are part of our current mission and vision. The next few years at Academia Cotopaxi are going to be great.

 

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Elementary School News

Dec10

Join us to visit the community of Zumbahua!  This Sunday, December 15 we will visit the community of Zumbahua and we invite all families to attend. There is something very special that happens when we share with people who live in other places in Ecuador. We will bring the books that were collected as well as the food and candy bags.  RSVP here

Celebrating the arts & Holiday Concerts
Stop by the auditorium with your child and enjoy a beautiful display of art pieces created by our students.  Your child can share their painting or drawing and you will also appreciate the artwork of others.

You are cordially invited to this year’s Holiday Concerts which will be carried out by grades as follows:
December 19:
9:00-9:30
2nd Grade
9:40-10:10 5th Grade
10:50-11:20 1st Grade
11:30-12:00 4th Grade
12:10-12:40 3rd Grade

December 20
9:30-10:30
PreK/Kinder Concert

Please notify Ms. Robyn or Ms. Lacey ASAP if your child will not be in school for the concerts. rkammer@cotopaxi.k12.ec or liverson@cotopaxi.k12.ec  

Children are encouraged to wear clothes that are festive or special for the concert. These are normal school day, so students should come in clothes that they can wear to play at recess.  No high heeled shoes.

During the December 19 concerts, we ask that all parents exit the auditorium immediately following each concert to make space for the next audience. If you are waiting between concerts, you are welcome to get a treat and join a special holiday craft activity organized by PTSA in the Elementary Atelier.

Flu Prevention, a message from our Medical Office
Please keep in mind that there are important precautions to avoid spreading the Flu virus and other illnesses. If your child presents any symptoms of illness keep your child at home and see your doctor. Flu symptoms include any or all of the following: cough, sore throat, fever, runny or stuffy nose, headache, joint pains or body aches, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be present.  

The World Health Organization lists the following recommendations for prevention in addition to the vaccine, as well as, consultation with your doctor about treatment:

  • Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands
  • Good respiratory hygiene – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them correctly
  • Early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, feverish and having other symptoms of influenza
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth

At school, we take the following measures during Flu season:

  • Medical Officers review recommendations for personal care and prevention with all students and staff. We included these recommendations from CDC (Center for Disease Control in our earlier email)
  • Parents are always asked to keep children who are ill at home both for their wellness and the wellness of others
  • Physical spaces (classes & common areas) are disinfected when cases are reported
  • All classes have sanitizers installed
  • Children who present flu symptoms at school are taken to the medical office and parents are contacted for pick-up and referred to their doctor
  • Employees who present symptoms check with the medical office in order to determine if isolation is needed
  • Every year, the school determines if we can offer a vaccination campaign and what the parameters are
  • Measures are reviewed annually

Please note that this year’s vaccination campaign is limited to children under the age of 5. The vaccine will be provided by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud Publica). We do recommend that older children seek vaccination outside of school.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: medical@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS DEC 10

Dear Parents,
We are now one week away from the semester 1 exams. We are getting closer and closer 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. Students who still have incomplete assignments will be internally suspended, as per our policy.

Fiestas de Quito
While the Senior class beautifully won the 2019 Fiestas de Quito, the entire High School put on some great skits mixing cultural understanding, humour and quite impressive sets. The Cuarenta tournament attracted more participants than ever and Guillermo Chediak and Ms. Luna won the final last Wednesday in an epic game. Well done to them but also to all participants. 2019 was a great edition of the Fiestas de Quito. Thanks to everyone who contributed to its success.

Join us to visit the community of Zumbahua!  This Sunday, December 15 we will visit the community of Zumbahua and we invite all families to attend. There is something very special that happens when we share with people who live in other places in Ecuador. We will bring the books that were collected as well as the food and candy bags.  RSVP here

IB Corner
Our full IB Diploma Candidates have been working on their Extended Essay since early October and are meeting with their supervisors now. Mr. Voeller is inviting all Juniors writing the EE to come to school on December 19 and 20 to use as writing days to get a jump on their first draft which will be due in May. 

College Counseling News - 12th Grade Parents
If your son or daughter is applying to a school with a deadline from January 1 to January 8, the last day Mr. Wasser will look at Personal Statements or Supplementary Essays is December 19. This is a firm internal deadline! Please encourage your student to plan accordingly if these deadlines pertain to them and best of luck to your student in these final weeks of their 1st semester. -Mr. Wasser
 
Athletics

AC Athletics Survey
Dear parents, I have sent you a survey regarding our Athletics Program. If you would please fill it out by next Friday at the latest, that would be very helpful. Thank you for your continued support!

Swimming
December 7-8 all day at St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN
Saint Croix Swim Meet

QISSA Games
-December 9, 4:15 p.m. at Colegio Americano
Girls Varsity Soccer Semi-Finals vs. Colegio Americano
Boys JV Volleyball Semi-Finals vs. Colegio Americano
 
-December 11, 4:15 p.m. at (TBD)
Boys JV Volleyball 3rd place game and Finals
 
-December 12, 4:15 p.m. at (TBD)
Girls Varsity Soccer 3rd place game and Finals

Flu Prevention, a message from our Medical Office
Please keep in mind that there are important precautions to avoid spreading the Flu virus and other illnesses. If your child presents any symptoms of illness keep your child at home and see your doctor. Flu symptoms include any or all of the following: cough, sore throat, fever, runny or stuffy nose, headache, joint pains or body aches, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be present.  

The World Health Organization lists the following recommendations for prevention in addition to the vaccine, as well as, consultation with your doctor about treatment:

  • Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands
  • Good respiratory hygiene – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them correctly
  • Early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, feverish and having other symptoms of influenza
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth

At school, we take the following measures during Flu season:

  • Medical Officers review recommendations for personal care and prevention with all students and staff. We included these recommendations from CDC (Center for Disease Control in our earlier email)
  • Parents are always asked to keep children who are ill at home both for their wellness and the wellness of others.
  • Physical spaces (classes & common areas) are disinfected when cases are reported.
  • All classes have sanitizers installed.
  • Children who present flu symptoms at school are taken to the medical office and parents are contacted for pick-up and referred to their doctor.
  • Employees who present symptoms check with the medical office in order to determine if isolation is needed.
  • Every year, the school determines if we can offer a vaccination campaign and what the parameters are.
  • Measures are reviewed annually

Please note that this year’s vaccination campaign is limited to children under the age of 5. The vaccine will be provided by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública). We do recommend that older children seek vaccination outside of school. 

Do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions, medical@cotopaxi.k12.ec.
 
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS DEC 10

I hope you all enjoyed some of last week’s festivities celebrating Quito. We certainly had fun learning several traditional Ecuadorian games and trying a few new traditional snacks. A very big thank you to the MS Spanish department and our parent volunteers who made this event possible!

Routines, routines, routines… As parents, you know how important routines are to your child’s success, whether with completing homework at a specific time, or doing things as a family. These routines are absolutely critical at this time of the year. With all of the holiday happenings, it is easy to lose track of routines, and then we wonder why our children (or others in our lives!) are not being themselves. A great gift you can give your child is stability and routine, and save the late nights and extra events for the weekends and for the upcoming holiday break. We are almost there! :)

Join us to visit the community of Zumbahua!  This Sunday, December 15 we will visit the community of Zumbahua and we invite all families to attend. There is something very special that happens when we share with people who live in other places in Ecuador. We will bring the books that were collected as well as the food and candy bags.  RSVP here

Flu Prevention, a message from our Medical Office
Please keep in mind that there are important precautions to avoid spreading the Flu virus and other illnesses. If your child presents any symptoms of illness keep your child at home and see your doctor. Flu symptoms include any or all of the following: cough, sore throat, fever, runny or stuffy nose, headache, joint pains or body aches, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be present.  

The World Health Organization lists the following recommendations for prevention in addition to the vaccine, as well as, consultation with your doctor about treatment:

  • Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands
  • Good respiratory hygiene – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them correctly
  • Early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, feverish and having other symptoms of influenza
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth

At school, we take the following measures during Flu season:

  • Medical Officers review recommendations for personal care and prevention with all students and staff. We included these recommendations from CDC (Center for Disease Control in our earlier email)
  • Parents are always asked to keep children who are ill at home both for their wellness and the wellness of others.
  • Physical spaces (classes & common areas) are disinfected when cases are reported.
  • All classes have sanitizers installed.
  • Children who present flu symptoms at school are taken to the medical office and parents are contacted for pick-up and referred to their doctor.
  • Employees who present symptoms check with the medical office in order to determine if isolation is needed.
  • Every year, the school determines if we can offer a vaccination campaign and what the parameters are.
  • Measures are reviewed annually

Please note that this year’s vaccination campaign is limited to children under the age of 5. The vaccine will be provided by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública). We do recommend that older children seek vaccination outside of school. 

Do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions, medical@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

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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