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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.

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


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.


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.


Elementary School News


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


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

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

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

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.

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


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


Middle School News

ms nov 5

Rethinking Awards
In the Middle School we are continually striving to provide the best environment for students in the middle years. This has included a Middle School specific schedule with a FLEX block, Standards Based Grading, Cougar Time lessons, experiential learning opportunities, and more. Research shows that how we recognize students is another important aspect of schooling. The traditional end of year awards based solely on grades is not necessarily the best way to recognize and motivate students in the middle grades. In combination with our move this year to Standards Based Grading, the Middle School team has taken a long, hard look at how we recognize Middle School students at Academia Cotopaxi. We are excited to share our plans with you, via this newsletter.

Starting this week, students and teachers will have the opportunity to recognize other students who embody the Middle School ATLs (Self-Management, Social Skills, Communication Skills). This will happen with a form, that will be linked to the Edmodo student bulletin every Friday. Students will be recognized each month at an assembly, and their parents will be invited. Recognizing students for exemplifying ATLs supports our goal of fostering the critical skills students need to excel in today’s world.

We will continue to recognize unique students at the end of the school year with the Middle School special awards and the Academia Cotopaxi award. The special awards include: Core Values, Cougar Spirit, Service, Giving Tree, Athletes of the Year, and Cougar Scholar of the Year. We will no longer give the Presidential nor class awards in Middle School. 

In addition to the above student recognitions, we always do a Celebration of Learning at the end of each semester. This has been for students to celebrate their learning with classmates, and starting this school year we will also look for ways to involve parents. 

I will be sharing the above plans with Middle School students at our assembly this Friday. We wanted you, the parents, to be the first to know about this student-centered change.

Parent Day in the Middle 
We still have a few spaces left for Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Thursday, November 7 for a "deep dive" into the Middle School program, and an opportunity to experience Middle School classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about Middle School curriculum and our counseling program. We will then attend classes, and end the morning by coming together for a follow-up conversation. This event asks for a time commitment of 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. The presentation will be similar to the Parent Days we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. We will repeat this session again in March. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you.

Counselor’s Corner
For those of you who were able to sign up for and attend the Parent Q&A on vaping & juuling hosted by FCD, I would love to hear from you about what you learned and/or what you found helpful about the session. Please email your comments to me at Although I will be sending out more information (along with the PE teachers) to parents when we have our Middle School Health Unit on Drugs & Alcohol Prevention later this year, here is an article from Kids Health which provides more information about what vaping/juuling is, how it impacts teens, and how you can help as a parent. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Middle School soon!

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."


High School News


Dear Parents,
I hope that everyone had a great long weekend and that we are all ready for short week.

Thank you Senior Parents
On behalf of the High School community, I would like to thank our Senior parents for decorating the senior area last week. We definitely had a Halloween feel. Merci les mamans!

Fiestas de Quito
Our Annual Fiestas de Quito celebration will be on Wednesday December 4th. Each grade will be assigned a theme (see below) and students will prepare and present a skit in the Auditorium on December 4. Here is the rubric for this and the jury will decide on the grade level who wins the 2019 Fiestas de Quito celebration. High School parents are all cordially invited to this event on December 4 at 1:30 p.m.

     This year’s themes:
     -Grade 9: Legends
     -Grade 10: History
     -Grade 11: Characters
     -Grade 12: Traditions

Athletics: QISSA Games 
November 5 at 4:15 p.m.       Einstein vs. AC        Boys JV Volleyball
November 5 at 5:30 p.m.       Einstein vs. AC        Boys Varsity  Volleyball
November 6 at 4:15 p.m.       AC vs. Einstein        Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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