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High School News

HS Mar26 (2)

Dear parents,

Quarter 3 ended on Friday and report cards are available on Skyward (instructions). On Tuesday, you are all invited for the student-led conferences. Students are reflecting  upon those 2 main guiding questions:
        -based on my September Approaches to Learning (ATL) goal, what progress have I made in my classes?
        -what is this ATL goal looking like for the 9 school weeks left?

Students will enter their reflection on managebac and they will should refer to the ATL rubric. We truly believe that those ATL are the skills that we need to focus on more than simply grades and we can’t wait to have those conversations with you.

Visiting Author  
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

All HighSchool students will attend a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1, the 10th grade will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water, and students who wish to attend an optional writing workshop after school on April 2 may sign up for that.

Parents are also invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

Books by Linda Sue Park will be available for purchase from The Giving Tree Bookstore on Monday April 1, 8:00-4:00 in the auditorium lobby.  Titles and prices are listed below.

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95

Career Day: April 9th
Career Day is a special day where we invite working professionals to Academia Cotopaxi to share their insights from the world of work with our students.  It is a wonderful day where students are able to make connections between what they are studying and what they intend to study in university to the personal stories that are shared.  Would you be interested in sharing your story? Think about what you would tell your 18-year old self.  That knowledge is invaluable!  If you are interested in presenting in either English or Spanish, please contact Mr. Lysha Wasser for more details. We would highly appreciate your participation as your unique story can make a huge difference and impact in the life of a student.

College Counseling
10th Grade Parents: If you student has not signed up yet for the PSAT 10, please do so here
11th Grade Parents: April 5th is the last day to sign up for the May 4th SAT.  If you student is applying to the United States, this is a very important date to not miss.  Please email Mr. Wasser (lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec) if you have any questions.
12th Grade Parents: April 1st, Mr. Wasser and Ms. Keyes Voeller (dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec), will be providing a “Letting Go” presentation at 6pm in the Auditorium that will focus on the Class of 2019 university acceptances, how to get a student visa, the upcoming transition for both students and parents, and student life at university.

IB Corner
Our seniors will be presenting their final Capstone on their CAS experiences during the last two years to a panel of teachers and staff. These presentations are the culminating experience to their CAS program and determine their final grade for CAS. Parents are welcome to attend! These will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 3:15pm-4:15pm. Seniors and Senior Parents: We will be meeting about the senior service trip on Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00-4:00pm with our partner, GreenTrek. 

QISSA Games coming up:
3/25    Boys Varsity Soccer play Alliance at AC. Game begins at 4:15.
           Boys JV Soccer at Alliance. Game begins at 4:15.
3/26    Boys JV & Varsity Basketball play Einstein at AC. Both games begin at 4:15.
 
Thank you!

Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Mar26

Conference week is a wonderful time to fully engage in your child’s learning. Please remember that MS teachers are always available for meetings, emails, and phone calls for you to stay in touch in-between the twice yearly MS conference times.

Visiting Author  
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

All Middle School students will attend a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1, Grade 7 will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water, and students who wish to attend an optional writing workshop after school on April 2 may sign up through their Language Arts teacher.

Parents are invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

Books by Linda Sue Park will be available for purchase from The Giving Tree Bookstore on Monday April 1, 8:00-4:00 in the auditorium lobby.  Titles and prices are listed below.

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95
El Aprendiz   $22.95   

Academia Cotopaxi is fortunate to host such a renowned author, we greatly look forward to her visit!

Counselor’s Corner
This past week in Cougar Time we looked at the concept of Resilience. Challenges and distress are a fact of life, and this lesson (which can be viewed here) allowed students to start building their resilience by becoming aware of the ways they cope to bounce back during difficult times and the messages they send themselves. Take a look at the lesson and see how you might help your child reinforce their “inner coach” as opposed to their “inner critic.” 

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 Mar

Supporting students with online engagement
Over the past weeks, a few parents have approached us with questions about the “Momo challenge.”  While what we have observed at school has not been dangerous, we do want to encourage parents to be observant of their children’s online activities and be constantly informed.

The Momo challenge is an internet hoax which purports to be an online post/game that has negative messages that are perceived as dangerous. While this is a hoax, many children have heard of it and are discussing it.  As parents, you can research the different perspectives around this and other games which may invite viewers to engage in negative actions.  At school, we have heard children talking about it, yet have not had concerns regarding any real actions taken.  We are being vigilant and continue to reinforce education around digital citizenship and safety.  Our counselors are conversing with and supporting any students who have brought up their fears and worries surrounding the topic and are in touch with parents as needed. If you or your child do have any concerns, please contact one of our counselors (Tanya de Duran Ballen for PK - 1; Sam Craytor for Grades 2 -5).

The best way to keep your children safe is to be involved.  Here are some specific recommendations:

  • Reinforce the importance of not speaking to strangers in person or online.  Children are not encouraged to interact online.  Become informed of what online activity your child is engaged in and don’t hesitate to set proper limits.  Remember, you do not let strangers into your home.  So, don’t allow strangers into your child’s devices.
  • Place parental controls in your children’s devices. If you need help with this, please contact our Tech Services team at mpazmino@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 
  • Devices should only be used in common area of your home. Avoid having devices in bedrooms. 
  • Become involved in your children’s activities online.  Play the games that they play so that you are aware of the content and of your child’s behavior during gaming.
  • Ask your children to come see you whenever they come across any content that is scary, uncomfortable or seems strange. Please do not show your children an image or share information regarding “Momo” or other online ‘challenges’. Explaining to them that if they come across something that is scary or makes them feel uncomfortable is preferred to showing them actual images. 
  • When you have playdates at home, be present and vigilant.
  • Establish agreements regarding gaming.  Remember to limit gaming to games that are created for your child’s age.  Age limits are established to keep children safe.
  • Follow the recommended age limits for social media engagement.  Please remember that the most common social media apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat) are not intended for children’s use and the minimum age requirement ranges from 13 to 16 year olds.

Resources:
Common Media Sense:  13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About
The ‘Momo Challenge’: A sinister threat to young people or an urban myth?

Visiting Author
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

All elementary students will attend a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1; the 4th grade will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water; the 5th grade will have a session devoted to When My Name Was Keoko and the 2nd and 3rd grade will have a session on picture books and global mindedness.

Parents are also invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

The Giving Tree Bookstore will be selling books by Linda Sue Park in the lobby of the auditorium from 8:00-4:00 on April 1.  Titles and prices are listed below.  Buy a book on Monday and have Linda Sue Park personalize your copy!

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95
El Aprendiz   $22.95   

Inquiry Corner
Students at Academia Cotopaxi use research skills as a basis for inquiry.  Students learn how to formulate questions, gather data, and presenting research findings for an authentic purpose. Through this process students gather information from books, media, experts, first hand experience, experiments, etc.  What can we do to support students being autonomous in deciding HOW they want to learn about their passions?

Paoloa de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS Mar 19

Dear parents,

Quarter 3 is ending on Friday and report cards will be available on Skyward (instructions) from Monday March 25th. On Tuesday, you are all invited for the student-led conferences. Students are reflecting  upon those 2 main guiding questions:
        -based on my September ATL goal, what progress have I made in my classes?
        -what is this ATL goal looking like for the 9 school weeks left?
Student will enter their reflection on ManageBac and they will should refer to the ATL rubric. We truly believe that those ATL are the skills that we need to focus on more than simply grades and we can’t wait to have those conversations with you.

Career Day: April 9th
Career Day is a special day where we invite working professionals to Academia Cotopaxi to share their insights from the world of work with our students.  It is a wonderful day where students are able to make connections between what they are studying and what they intend to study in university to the personal stories that are shared.  Would you be interested in sharing your story? Think about what you would tell your 18-year old self.  That knowledge is invaluable!  If you are interested in presenting in either English or Spanish, please contact Mr. Lysha Wasser (lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec) for more details. We would highly appreciate your participation as your unique story can make a huge difference and impact in the life of a student.

Counseling
Yesterday, half of our 10th grade students received their “babies” as part of our teen pregnancy prevention program, Baby, Think it Over.  The second group will begin their turn on Wednesday. This is a great opportunity for every family to talk with your children about your values and hopes for their futures.

A big thank you to AC Parents, Ms. Gabriela Giliberti and Ms. Cristina Wohlgemuth, who shared their expertise in Nutrition Health Coaching with our 9th grade students this week. They shared information on healthy living and eating and encouraged our students to think about the balance in their own lives.  9th grade parents, please ask your students to share their “Circle of Life” exercise with you.

IB Corner
Our seniors finished their Mock Exams last week and now have 6 weeks of school before our IB and AC Final Exam testing begins. Our Juniors are working on a variety of IB tasks, including their Extended Essay. Their first draft is due in two months and is a major milestone towards completing this essential IB task. 

Seniors and Senior Parents
We will be meeting about the senior service trip on Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00-4:00pm  with our partner, GreenTrek

Senior Capstones
Our senior class will be presenting their two year CAS program to a panel of teachers on Wednesday, April 10th. This is the culmination of two years of work for them. Please mark you calendars - parents are invited! 

QISSA Games coming up:
3/19:    Boys JV & Varsity  Basketball at Alliance Academy. JV at 4:15 & Varsity at 5:45.
3/20:    Boys JV Soccer play Einstein at AC. Game begins at 4:15.
    Boys Varsity Soccer at Einstein, game begins at 4:15.
3/21    Girls JV & Varsity Basketball play Alliance at AC. Both games begin at 4:15.
3/25    Boys Varsity Soccer play Alliance at AC. Game begins at 4:15.
    Boys JV Soccer at Alliance. Game begins at 4:15.
3/26    Boys JV & Varsity Basketball play Einstein at AC. Both games begin at 4:15.
 
Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Mar 19

A huge congratulations to our Fine Arts department! Fine Arts Festival last week was a resounding success. Every Middle School student and teacher had the opportunity to access the arts in a unique way. Thank you for playing your part, as parents, to help keep the Arts an important part of the AC Middle School learning experience!

Last week was also had our semesterly Parent Day in the Middle. Thank you to those of you who attended. After class visits many parents noted the positive teacher/student relationships, the respectful classroom environments, flexible seating, and personalized learning - just to name a few. I am extremely proud of the educational experience the MS teachers are providing for your children.

Conferences
You have all received an email with information regarding MS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on March 26. The MS conferences are to be attended by both students and parents. Parents must sign up for conference times in advance. Sign up information may be found here. See you on March 26!

Friday, March 22, is a professional development half day for faculty. Student dismissal at 12:00.

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 Mar 19

Visiting Author
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3.  There will be divisional as well as grade-level presentations, a writing workshop and a parent reception. More detailed information will be shared soon. Watch Linda Sue Park's Ted Talk, Can A Children's Book Change The World?

Linda Sue Park is internationally recognized for her picture books, poetry and fantasy novels, as well as her moving historical fiction; stories that help readers better understand differences and struggles between people in the world around us.  Linda Sue Park is the recipient of many literary honors, including the prestigious 2002 Newbery Award. 

The Giving Tree Bookstore will be selling books by Linda Sue Park in the lobby of the auditorium from 8:00-4:00 on April 1.  Titles and prices are listed below.  Buy a book on Monday and have Linda Sue Park personalize your copy!

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95
El Aprendiz   $22.95   

Inquiry Corner
This week Grade 4 students will showcase their learning about being Risk-takers and Communicators.  Their PYP Assembly, on March 19 will highlight how media can inform and influence the choices we make.  How do you see media influencing yourself?  Your family?  These students have been tasked to create original works that inform our community about the Academia Cotopaxi stories.  Thank you Grade 4 for sharing your learning.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Mar12

Full week head of us and a special thought for the seniors who are taking their IB Mock exams this week. Good luck to all of them!    

IB Mock Exams
This week, we are conducting Mock Exams for our Seniors that are registered for IB Exams. This is our best opportunity to prepare students for the testing conditions they will be facing in May. The schedule is here and the rules and procedures are here. Please let Mr. Voeller know if you have any questions (bvoeller@cotopaxi.k12.ec) 

Student-led Conferences
On Tuesday March 26th, we will run the HS student-led conference. Time to pause, reflect on goals and modify them as needed for the last quarter.

Athletics    
March 13, 4:15    Girls Varsity Basketball at AC, AC vs Americano
                            Girls JV Basketball at AC, AC vs Americano
                            Boys Varsity Soccer at AC, AC vs Americano
                            Boys JV Soccer at Americano
March 14, 4:15    Boys Varsity Basketball at Americano
                            Boys JV Basketball at Americano
March 14, 5:00    Swim Meet at Club El Rancho
March 15, 5:00    Swim Meet at Club El Rancho
March 16, 8:00am    Swim Meet at Club El Rancho

Baby Think it Over
We are excited to provide the Baby, Think it Over Program again to our 10th grade students the week of March 18th. This teen pregnancy prevention program is used across the Americas and has shown great success. Our 10th grade students and parents received an email today with more information.

College Counseling 
11th graders: Please make appointments to meet with Mr. Wasser via Ms. Luna (pluna@cotopaxi.k21.ec) to start building your college lists and to talk next steps.  It is hard to believe, but there are only about 8-10 months until you apply!

12th graders: As soon as you hear a result, wanted or unwanted, from a university, please let Mr. Wasser know as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Mar12

Conferences
You have all received an email with information regarding MS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on March 26. The MS conferences are to be attended by both students and parents. Parents must sign up for conference times in advance. Sign up information may be found here. See you on March 26!

Fine Arts Festival
The MS will hold Fine Arts Festival this week. You should have received communication from your child’s instrumentals teacher regarding the special piano, band, and orchestra events. The entire MS will see the performances, and will all participate in special “arts” activities on Thursday and Friday afternoons (we will hold regular, shortened, classes in the mornings).

Athletics
March 14, 5:00 p.m.    Swim Meet at El Rancho
March 15, 5:00 p.m.    Swim Meet at El Rancho
March 16, 8:00 a.m.    Swim Meet at El Rancho

Counselor’s Corner - from Aubrey
This past week in Cougar Time we had some special presenters to help us kick-off our Healthy Food Habits Challenge. I have already received a number of photo submissions from the Middle School students of the healthy foods they’re choosing over less healthy alternatives. The Challenge runs through March 18th with the purpose of giving students the opportunity to become more aware and conscious of the foods they are choosing. Ask your child how’re they’re participating and learning to make healthy decisions! 

Friday, March 22, is a professional development half day for faculty. Student dismissal at 12:00.

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 Mar12

We will host the PYP visiting team beginning on Monday, March 18.  This is a special time for our school as we engage in our third re-authorization.  Academia Cotopaxi was the first school in Ecuador to offer the IB Diploma in 1985 and then again became the first school in Ecuador to offer the IB PYP program.  We strongly believe in inquiry driven learning.  We respect children’s interests and their questions and wonderings are sought to support their own growth.

This week, I see again that there are very few comments on children’s entries on SeeSaw.  I am repeating the information from last week as being a short week, perhaps it was missed.  We look forward to seeing you actively providing feedback to your children.  

Have you commented on your child’s SeeSaw?
Thank you for your participation in your child’s conferences.  Your genuine interest in your child’s learning has a direct impact in your child’s attitudes and behaviors around learning.  We invite you to continue to engage in conversations about what your child is learning and how they acquire new understandings.  Teachers are posting many examples on SeeSaw and you are encouraged to comment on your child’s portfolio. Children enjoy reading parents’ comments and grow from this experience.  

Inquiry Corner
It is with great honor that we open our doors for the IBO PYP Visiting team.  This is an experience for us to share our great stories and the impact that learning is having on our students’ lives.  The visiting team will observe our inquiry practices, celebrate our achievements, and support our action plans, as we continuously improve our teaching and learning practices.  Please welcome Priscila and Lauren - IBO PYP Visiting Team, re-authorization 2019.  

Upcoming Events
March 12-13
: Kinder Session III Extracurricular Activities Online registration
March 19: Parent Workshop: How Do You Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem? 8:15 a.m., Library

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Mar 6

Carnival
On Thursday, seniors parents organised a Carnival celebration for the senior class and High School teachers with foam slides, cariocas and shawarmas. Thank you for this wonderful and fun initiative!

Baby Think it Over
We are excited to provide the Baby, Think it Over Program again to our 10th grade students the week of March 18th. This teen pregnancy prevention program is used across the Americas and has shown great success. Our 10th grade students and parents will receive more information shortly.

Athletics:    
March 7 at 4:15:     Varsity Boys Soccer plays at Menor. JV Boys Soccer plays at AC.

Mock Exams
The week of March 11th-15th we will be conducting Mock Exams for our Seniors that are registered for IB Exams. This is our best opportunity to prepare students for the testing conditions they will be facing in May. The schedule is here and the rules and procedures are here. Please let Mr. Voeller know if you have any questions (bvoeller@cotopaxi.k12.ec) 

College Counseling
Mr. Wasser will be out of the office Wed.-Fri. Visiting NYU Abu Dhabi. Mr. Wasser will be available via email (lwasswer@cotopaxi.k12.ec) if you need to reach him.  Although we do not have any college visits coming up this week, please take a look at our planned future visits here. There are 7 days in March when will have universities here on campus  

11th graders: Please make appointments to meet with Mr. Wasser via Ms. Luna (pluna@cotopaxi.k12.ec) to start building your college lists and to talk next steps.  It is hard to believe, but there are only about 8-10 months until you apply!

12th graders: As soon as you hear a result, wanted or unwanted, from a university, please let Mr. Wasser know as soon as possible.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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