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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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Middle School News

MS Jan 22

Congratulations and thank you to the PTSA - Bingo was a resounding success! It was a delight to see such a large portion of the AC community in the athletic center on Friday. This is a perfect example of how to help create a collaborative and positive school culture.

The Middle School second semester begins on Monday, January 28. Student schedules generally remain the same, with the exception of changing the elective class. You can find this information on Skyward. Semester 1 report cards are scheduled to be emailed on January 31.

Counselor’s Corner - from Aubrey
On Thursday, January 24 I will be providing a Parent Workshop on Understanding the Adolescent Brain. Please join us in the library from 8:15 - 9:15 am to learn about the changes the brain undergoes during adolescence and how this impacts your child’s behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. Please RSVP.

If your child is in Drama this semester, I look forward to seeing you at their performance on Wednesday evening!

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 22

Upcoming Elementary School Events:
January 24
: Gr 4-5 Piano Performance, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
January 25: Kinder to Grade 5 Talent Show Auditions, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
January 26: Gr 3-5  Orff-O-Rama, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Saturday)
January 31: Parent Workshop: Healthy Habits and Digital Safety, PK-GR2, 9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m., Library, RSVP

It was wonderful to see all the families who came to Bingo night.  Thank you for contributing in positive ways to our learning community.  We have an array of learning opportunities coming up which are announced via newsletters and WhatsApp groups.  Please take advantage of the workshops and conversations to strengthen our common approach to the beautiful task of raising children.  This weekend, I was challenged by the title of an article that read, “Forget Screen Time Rules — Lean In To Parenting Your Wired Child.”   The author invites parents to connect with their children by interacting with the screen content that children are interested in, modeling behavior and decision making, and being present in their online lives.  

I want to commend our families for engaging in new attitudes around family agreements around the use of technology and online practices in their homes.  Our continuous learning about what our children are exposed to and have access to, is critical to be able to guide their steps and strengthen our communication and overall relationship with our children. Parents of children in PK - 2 will be invited to a special workshop on Digital Safety and Habits on January 31.  Hope to see many of you there, RSVP.  If you do have wonderings, do not hesitate to contact us.

Inquiry Corner
As defined by the IBO, Risk Takers “approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies; are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.”  This attribute is what students need to practice at this time of year, where students are tracking their progress, and setting goals to continue to grow.  What do you do to model being a responsible risk-taker?

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Jan1

Dear High School parents,

A week into 2019 and we are already in full-on mode. Last Monday, during our High School assembly, I shared a story linked to the January 7th, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. I asked students to reflect on how they could be more caring with one another, with their parents, friends, teachers, maintenance and cafeteria staff at school etc. I encourage you to follow up with a family chat about the concept of being caring. 

Let me wish you all a great week!

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.  The cost is $699.  If you are interested, please contact the One Institute immediately at theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec.  

2019-2020 Course Sign Up Day: 
On Monday, January 21st during GC time we will start our course registration process for the 2019-2020 school year for grades 9-11. Mrs. Keyes Voeller will be with the 9th graders to walk them through graduation requirements and the options for 10th grade. Mr. Voeller and Mr. Wasser will hold a brief overview for current 10th grade parents and students in the Auditorium (10:55 start) and there will be opportunities for them to talk to HS teachers about courses. Current 11th graders will have an introduction to the Ecuadorian Diploma requirements with Mr. Bordaguibel and Ms. Vero Villarroel.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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