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Elementary School News

ES OCT 22

"Spirit Week" begins on Monday, October 28 and we invite you to speak to your children about these fun times. During that week, our elementary students will join their Cougar Buddies on Monday and have an experience celebrating Ecuadorian traditions as they decorate “Guaguas de Pan” and eat “Colada Morada” which the school will provide. Interacting with other members of our community fosters positive relationships and builds empathy and kindness. Your children will share what they learned from their Cougar friends and the traditions from Ecuador and other cultures.

Homeroom teachers will provide information regarding activities for Costume Day. We do ask that you follow the costume day guidelines when deciding on what your child will wear on this day.

Here’s the schedule:
Monday, October 28 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, October 29 - Wacky Day for ES and IMAGINE
Wednesday, October 30 - Costume/Character Day 
Thursday, October 31 - Parade of Nations & 60th Anniversary Celebration. Wear an outfit that represents your nationality for the parade. 
 
Costume Day Guidelines

  • Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.
  • Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

- Dangerous or intimidating costumes.
- Accessories that can intimidate or present risks such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size.
- Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children.
- Masks that cover the face.
- High heels or other clothing that could be inappropriate for elementary-age students.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS OCT 15

Dear HS Families,

Ecuador is going through some tough times and as a community, we have to look out for one another and adapt to the circumstances. It is important to be safe and learning continues to happen. All our teachers have been sending work to complete through managebac and/or email and some may have chosen to connect with students  over google hangout. In any case, it is important that all HS students show resilience and ownership for their learning and they need to be proactive and connect with their teachers by emails whenever necessary.
We are hoping that things will get back to normal as soon as possible.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador / Postponed
We were going to host a very special concert from OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) on Wednesday, October 16. Unfortunately, OSNE needs to postpone. The new date will be communicated when we can.

Student-led Conferences / October 24
Please review this invitation letter for our fall student-led conferences.

Discover Ecuador
We are extending the deadline for the payment of the deposits to October 15. For parents whose child(ren) is/are signed up for a trip but have not paid the deposit, please review this letter that was sent last Wednesday. Thank you for your support for this program.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS OCT 15

The past few weeks have been a learning opportunity in resilience and adaptability for all of us in Ecuador. The Middle School greatly appreciates your support at home in helping the continuation of learning, under these less than ideal circumstances. Please continue to check in with your child and ask about his/her online learning experience. Assignments were shared on Edmodo or emailed to students.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
The Middle School is scheduled for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 24. Please read the following for important information on the conference structure and how to sign up for conference times.

  • Students must attend the conference with their parent(s).
  • Conferences are scheduled for 10 minutes.
  • Parents are asked to sign up for a maximum of four teachers (including your child’s mentor teacher). Unfortunately, there are not enough sessions for every parent to meet with every teacher. You will need to prioritize which teachers you would like to meet. If you would like to meet with more than four teachers, we invite you to schedule time with the teacher on another day.
  • A few “cross-divisional” teachers (Owen Krebs, Jordan Englehart, and Erik Iverson) will not follow the same sign-up procedure. HS conferences are drop in and those teachers will be in their classrooms and available for a drop in conference.

We use Skyward for sign-ups. Please click here for instructions on how to sign up for conferences. I encourage you to sign up soon, to ensure you receive the times you prefer.

Please contact the Tech office, Santiago Albuja at: salbuja@cotopaxi.k12.ec, if you need assistance with the Skyward sign-ups. We look forward to seeing you on October 24!

MS Social
We have our first MS Social on Friday, October 25. The Social is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Sorry, parents, the Social is only for students. Students will receive more details next week. Here are a few items for parents:

  • Students should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and everyone must be picked up promptly at 7:30 p.m.
  • If your child is going home with another family, please let Sheryl know in advance of the Social.
  • No MS student is allowed to walk home after the Social.
  • The Social is only for AC Middle School students.

Symphony Concert
We are sorry to announce that the OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) concerts have been cancelled for Wednesday, October 16. We hope to reschedule in the future. Thank you for understanding.

I hope to see you on campus soon.

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 OCT 15

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all your support during last week as we engaged in creative ways to continue with learning and provide children with a safe emotional environment. We reiterate our recommendations to keep adult conversations about conflict and unrest in private settings and spend time with children that is playful and appropriate for their developmental needs. You can refer to the counselors’ document at this link for more information. 

Please keep in mind that we will have a regular full school day on October 16. The OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) has announced that they will have to cancel their concerts scheduled for October 16. Math Night has been postponed until April 2020.

We also look forward to celebrating our culture and diversity at this year's Parade of Nations on October 31. You are welcome to join our community during this special time.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Elementary School News

ES OCT 8

In this issue, I would like to thank our parent community for truly partnering with us and supporting learning. Your contributions in SeeSaw, your attendance at Back to School Night and Conferences, as well as your daily participation in your children’s learning lives is wonderful. Our parent representatives have been amazing in supporting our communications and we want to thank our community for following our guidelines in WhatsApp groups. We are looking forward to seeing you for Math Night on Thursday, October 17. 

Symphony Concert
On Wednesday, October 16 AC is delighted to host a very special concert. We had a last minute opportunity for OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) to perform at our school, so we jumped on the chance and our stellar music department is taking the lead on turning an opportunity into a reality. Many students will be attending a morning concert, and we are also making these concerts available to parents. You are cordially invited to attend an OSNE concert, either from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the AC Auditorium. This event is free of charge and is guaranteed to be a musical treat.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS OCT 8

Seniors and ToK Presentations
Last Wednesday, our seniors did their ToK presentations in front of teachers, peers and 11th graders. This is the first time we are doing this at AC and it was great to see the level of critical thinking of our senior class. Thank you to our seniors and to Mr. Spielman.

IB Registrations
Mr. Voeller has been meeting with our seniors to discuss IB exam registrations. All of our students are registered on the IB platform and will be bringing home the “Fees Letter” that explains how the IB charges for exams and deadlines as well as their Registration Summary and Invoice Breakdown. We are asking parents to sign these and return them to Mr. Voeller by October 25. 

Discover Ecuador
We are extending the deadline for the payment of the deposits to October 15. For parents whose child(ren) is/are signed up for a trip but have not paid the deposit, please review this letter that was sent last Wednesday. Thank you for your support for this program.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS OCT 7

Standards Based Grading
The Middle School is now fully immersed in Standards Based Grading. Some of you have inquired about what you might expect to see in Skyward at this point. This will vary from class to class. For certain classes, a standard may be one that students will see all year, and thus your child may still be at the Developing stage, and this may be perfectly acceptable. In other classes, the standard may end within a few weeks, and therefore we would want most students to be Proficient at that standard. Please know that, as always, teachers will communicate if there is a concern, and that you are always welcome to contact your child’s teachers and inquire about your child’s progress toward a given standard.

Symphony Concert
On Wednesday, October 16 AC is delighted to host a very special concert. We had a last minute opportunity for OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) to perform at our school, so we jumped on the chance and our stellar music department is taking the lead on turning an opportunity into a reality. Many students will be attending a morning concert, and we are also making these concerts available to parents. You are cordially invited to attend the OSNE concert, either from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the AC Auditorium. This event is free of charge and is guaranteed to be a musical treat.

Counselor’s Corner 
This week in Cougar Time we are exploring Friendships, including how friendships can change over time and how excluding others affect the community. Throughout the Middle School years, friendships and social dynamics evolve. As kids look to find a sense of belonging, we can help them foster inclusion and handle the exclusion they may face. Find some tips on how to talk to your child about this in the article: Helping Kids Cope with Cliques

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 oct 1

Dear Parents,

As you have read in our Director’s newsletter, our family will be moving to the Dominican Republic beginning in August 2020, as I will take on the role of Elementary Principal at the Carol Morgan School. After 25 years at Academia Cotopaxi, you can probably imagine that this decision was a difficult one for my husband and I. We are immensely grateful for every experience that we have had as part of the Cotopaxi family both professionally and personally, and know that Cotopaxi will always have a special place in our hearts.

During my search process, I engaged in many conversations with different leaders, teachers, and parents in different places of the world and was honored to be able to share stories of learning and community that are lived at Cotopaxi. Each of those conversations contributed to my feeling of gratitude for our school and the people who make it all happen.

Our Elementary division is an environment where families and staff members come together with a strong sense of collaboration and every member has a sense of belonging. Our division is truly a special place to be in. The aligned practices related to learning, physical environments, and social-emotional growth are solid, and I know that we will successfully plan for the transition in leadership, so that there is continued improvement in our division.

I am truly privileged to continue to work with our Academia Cotopaxi community throughout this school year and I am committed to contributing towards a smooth transition in leadership. I look forward to each of the interactions I will have with Cotopaxi parents, students, and staff members for the following ten months. 

With great appreciation,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Oct 1

The above photo is from the Grade 6 Discover Ecuador trip where students are in action helping with and learning about one of the Yunguilla community projects: cheese making! For any MS family, we highly recommend a visit to Yunguilla. The community restaurant is open for lunch on the weekends and there are many trails to explore. Our continued visits will be an incredible way to assist with their sustainable community development program. 

We also have amazing news from the Grade 7 trip. The Ministry of Education was considering closing the school with whom we are working. Representatives from the Ministry visited last week, while we were there, and in large part because of AC’s commitment to the school, it will remain open. Additionally, the Ministry of Education will now provide groceries to the school so that parents and teachers can prepare lunch for the children, as most of them suffer from poor nutrition. Our students also worked with parents to help repair the kitchen. Sustainable development in action!

And from the Grade 8 trip, the Tsachila gained many valuable resources and experiences from hosting AC. Our students helped build a new arts and crafts building, and also provided resources for the bathrooms and showers. As we know, the Tsachila culture is under threat of extinction. Our valuing the conservation of traditions and customs of an indigenous group creates motivation for the Tsachilas themselves to maintain their language, typical dress, and other customs.  We, as outsiders, have the opportunity to help the Shino Pi Bolon cultural center to persevere with their mission of ensuring their culture does not disappear. 

Thanks again to YOU, parents, for your support of this experiential learning week. We will continue to reflect on and use the lessons learned during Discover Ecuador throughout the school year. Teachers will be adding their photos to shared folders. There may not be many when you look today, but please keep checking as they will be added during the week. Grade 8, Grade 7, Grade 6. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Please email or chat with Sheryl to share your comments. Thanks!

Counselor’s Corner
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from the inevitable adversity, stress, and challenges that life (and especially adolescence) brings. It is not something you are born with or without; it is a skill that kids develop as they grow. The Discover Ecuador trip always provides an opportunity for our students to foster their resilience as they step outside of their comfort zones, navigate challenges, take risks (sometimes healthy, sometimes not-so-healthy) and learn to trust their instincts. As we come back from Discover Ecuador to the comfort of our homes and school, we can continue to assist kids in building that resilience. Take some time to read this article on the 10 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids to find ways to help your child continue to survive and thrive in the face of life’s unavoidable stressors.

Between MAP testing and Discover Ecuador, our schedule has been quite varied over the past few weeks. We look forward to a “regular” week of learning this week.

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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High School News

HS Oct1

Dear Parents and Community Members,

There are several important announcements from our Counseling Department. Please note that we are reviewing numbers for the Discover Ecuador trips. I will be in touch soon.

Counseling
On behalf of the counseling team we would like to share a community event put on by the Universidad San Francisco. On October 2, three Harvard University psychiatry professors will provide a parent workshop: "Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: How to know if it's not just a phase?" The presentation will be given in English with Spanish translation. AC is in no way coordinating or endorsing this event but we would like to share the information for any parents who are interested.
Information and registration, here.

IB Corner
Many of our seniors have completed their Extended Essay, a formal piece of academic writing on a subject, topic and question of their choosing that is mandatory for our IB Diploma Candidates. We are inviting all community members to see their work at our annual EE Gallery Walk on Monday, October 7 during our Global Citizen Time (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) 

College Counseling News

The PSAT will occur at Academia Cotopaxi at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19. Your student must arrive by 8:30 a.m. There is no cost. This is not obligatory. Academia Cotopaxi is not responsible for transportation and students are responsible for bringing their own snacks.

However, if your student is planning on applying to the United States, I would recommend him/her taking the PSAT. If he or she is a non-IB Diploma candidate applying to Canada, I would recommend him or her taking the PSAT. The PSAT is not necessary if your student is only interested in the UK. The PSAT is 95% unnecessary if your student is applying to Europe.  

The PSAT stands for Practice SAT, and the only people who will see the results are the test taker, Mr. Wasser, and the student’s family. Universities will not see the result.  

*You must sign up by Monday, October 14.

  • Do you Want Financial Aid from a United States University?

If the answer is yes, on October 1, not before, you can begin filling out the CSS Profile & FAFSA.

If your student is applying to one of the following schools, you must check to see if you must complete the CSS Profile. You enter this system using your son or daughter’s CollegeBoard username and password.

If your son or daughter is a US citizen or permanent resident, you must also fill out the FAFSA.

Failure to do these things could result in your son or daughter’s university application being considered incomplete or your son or daughter being ineligible for any type of financial aid or scholarship.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Wasser, who is willing to work directly with your confidential information if you give him permission.

  • College and University Visits

We will have university visits the next 10 school days! Check them out here. You are always welcome and free to attend.

Athletics

October 1

4:15 p.m. - Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball: AC vs. Alliance Academy at AC Campus
4:15 p.m. - Girls Varsity Soccer: AC vs. Alliance Academy at AC Campus

October 3

4:15 p.m. - Girls JV Volleyball: AC vs. Alliance Academy at Alliance Campus
5:30 p.m. - Girls Varsity Volleyball: AC vs. Alliance Academy at Alliance Campus

*Off Season Boys Soccer will meet on Thursdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for practice.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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