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Director Message

DIR MARCH 10

Dear Cotopaxi and IMAGINE Community,

Boy Scouts Meeting Reminder
There is a meeting tonight (March 10) for parents interested in having their son or daughter participate in a Boy Scouts group here at Academia Cotopaxi. The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. in the Library.

Board Strategic Planning Update
This week the Board and people from across our community will be focused on Strategic Planning for the future of our school. Board member, Luis Flores, discusses this in detail in the latest Cotopaxi Conversation.

COVID-19 Update
I would like to assure you, we are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. Our number one priority is protecting the health, welfare and wellbeing of all who constitute our community.
 
All health or safety messages are sent to each adult community member’s email. SMS messages are sent as reminders. An Emergency Preparedness webpage is regularly updated for your reference. We are preemptively preparing students for distance learning - just in case. This situation is being thrust upon schools and communities around the world. Although challenging, it is also an opportunity for teachers and parents to be co-educators and role models of how to manage and overcome difficult times.
 
It is imperative that we remain calm, not subscribing to hysteria or false information on social media. AC/IMAGINE only references official health and education agencies for decisions and communications. We ensure what we communicate is timely and as accurate as possible through collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other schools in Ecuador and around the world.

Rest assured we are trying our best for the school’s community to provide a safe and well-protected environment at this difficult time.

Please note the following updates regarding special events and activities:

  • Board Strategic Planning - The Board Strategic Planning retreat is continuing as planned and communicated. Board member Luis Flores discusses this in detail in the latest Cotopaxi Conversation.
  • Swim Meet in Brazil - Cancelled.
  • Swim Meet at Colegio Alemán - Postponed pending further notice.
  • Fine Arts Festival - Cancelled involving other schools but we will still have concerts on campus for AC students and parents as scheduled.
  • The status of other events will be communicated pending further assessment and logistical analysis.

The following are actions we are taking based on latest guidelines from the Ministry of Education:
 
Symptoms

  • Dry cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Fever over 38° C
  • Respiratory difficulty

Scenarios

Student or staff member returns from (traveled to) a high risk country:

  • Parents or individual must notify the school and contact a formal health service provider (doctor, clinic).
  • Student or individual cannot come to school for 14 days.
  • If a returning student or individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, school must notify the Ministry of Education. The school will determine further actions according to level of risk.
  • Parents must contact school to justify the absence and distance learning instructions.

Student, member of the family, or regular domestic help shows symptoms:

  • Parents/guardians must notify health services.
  • Student and siblings cannot attend school until doctor’s clearance.
  • If confirmed to be Covid-19, the school must notify the Ministry of Education, following their protocols.
  • Parents must contact school to justify the absence.

Student or staff member shows symptoms while at school:

  • School contacts parents of student, the medical office determines if symptoms match COVID-19 criteria and if so, calls 171 for initial evaluation, parents must come and take student home as soon as possible, employee must report to health care provider.
  • School reinforces extra cleaning.
  • School to monitor the case.
  • If a COVID-19 positive, school reports to Ministry.
  • Parents must contact school to justify the absence and distance learning instructions.

General requirements of schools

  • Soap, antibacterial gel, paper towels readily available.
  • Campaign healthy habits, how to wash hands, etc.
  • Reinforcing hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day, before and after breaks and lunch, after visits to the bathroom, before going home, and when arriving home.
  • Air out classrooms and other places where students gather - you can assist by opening windows at appropriate times such as when students are not in class. Cleaning staff will be doing this after school also.
  • Extra cleaning of students’ tables and chairs by cleaning staff.
  • Assign academic activities for absent students as appropriate - this will vary depending on age, subject, and circumstances related to absence, as well as, the health condition of students.
  • Large events/gatherings to be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Anyone showing symptoms must stay home and not come to school. 
  • Buses are cleaned before each trip with disinfectant and provided with sanitizer.
     
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Elementary School News

es march 10

Dear Families,
 
Our incoming Elementary Principal, Dr. Charlie Schlegel will be at Academia Cotopaxi next week. You are cordially invited to an Elementary parent meeting where he will introduce himself to our parent community. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria. He is looking forward to learning about our community and getting to know our families. We hope you are able to join.

Distance Learning
As per our Director’s message, we want to prepare for the possibility of a scenario where we would engage in distance learning. In elementary, we would use SeeSaw as our platform to communicate and engage in learning.
 
All parents and caregivers or any adult who could be available to support your child’s distance learning is invited to attend a special “distance learning” orientation session. We will hold a morning of sessions this Thursday, March 12 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sessions will begin every 30 minutes with the first session starting at 8:00 a.m. and the last session starting at 11:30 a.m.
 
In the event that we have to engage in “distance learning” experiences would take on different forms depending on the child’s age and/or subjects. We are fortunate to be able to learn from the many schools around the world who have had to engage their communities in distance learning experiences and know that the partnership with you is critical.
 
We look forward to seeing you here this week.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS MARCH 10

Fine Arts Festival
We are thrilled to celebrate Fine Arts Festival this week! Please join us for the remaining events: Piano performance at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Band concert on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., Orchestra concert at 1:00 p.m on Friday. All events are in the Auditorium. 

Google Classroom
In January we noted that some teachers were piloting Google Classroom, as an alternative to Edmodo, in an effort to improve the Middle School experience for students, parents, and teachers. The pilot has been very effective, and we have decided to move the entire Middle School to Google Classroom. Thus, as of this week, you should be able to access all of your child’s Google Classroom classes, including the Middle School Student Bulletin, and you will notice that we are no longer using Edmodo. You should have received an email invitation to join your child’s classes. Please contact your child’s teachers if you have not received these invites. If you have other technical questions, please reach out to Todd Hollett, AC Tech Director (thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec). If you have non-technical questions, please contact me. Thanks for your role in school improvement!

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
We are delighted to invite you to the Middle School Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on March 26.
Here is the plan for our upcoming conference:

* 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.
* PLEASE only sign up for one session with each of your chosen teachers, even if your child has that teacher for more than one class (ie: if they have the same teacher for Language Arts and Social Studies, only sign up for one of the classes).
* 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 will 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 get the times you prefer. Please contact the Tech office, Santiago Albuja (salbuja@cotopaxi.k12.ec), if you need assistance with the Skyward sign-ups.

Parent Day in the Middle
We still have a few spaces for Parent Day in the Middle, on Wednesday, March 11. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about MS 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. - 11:00 a.m. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you on campus sometime soon - Fine Arts Festival, Parent Day in the Middle, or Conferences.

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

HA MARCH 10

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Pool, your incoming HS Principal,  for her transition visit. Lauren will be coming all the way from Jakarta next week. She will be with us, in the HS, on March 11-12 and on March 13-14 she will be involved in the Board retreat to contribute to the new Strategic Plan. This visit is crucial for all of us and our HS parents reps will have a meeting with Lauren. We are also inviting all HS parents for a “meet and greet” session on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., in the HS Learning Commons. Please RSVP here.

School Uniform
Please help us reinforce that the school uniform must be worn.

Student-Led Conferences - March 26
Please mark your calendar for our Semester 2 student-led conferences. More to come about this.

ASB Elections
We had solid speeches and strong candidates elected. Well done to all candidates who ran last week. As a team, we feel that this was a great election and all candidates rose to the challenge and respected our election rules. Thank you everyone. Our new ASB is:

President: Liam Malik
VP: Marissa Quintanilla
🐻 Bear Captains: Valentina Urbicain & Elías Andrade 
🐆 Jaguar Captains: Maico Lin & Bella Bright
🦜 Toucan Captains: Isabella Miño & Fabiola Pérez
🦈 Shark Captains: Joaquín Bautista & Antonio Nmeir

Baby Think it Over
10th graders are doing the Baby Think it Over program this week. For 11th and 12th graders, be compassionate and remember what you learnt from this. 9th graders, this is coming to you next year.

Board Invitation
Please see at the top the Board invitation to be part of the Strategic Plan process!

Seniors
IB Mocks are on this week. Good luck to everyone.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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High School News

HS MAR 3

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Pool, your incoming HS Principal,  for her transition visit. Lauren will be coming all the way from Jakarta on the week of March 9. She will be with us, in the HS, on March 11-12 and on March 13-14 she will be involved in the Board retreat to contribute to the new Strategic Plan. This visit is crucial for all of us and our HS parents reps will have a meeting with Lauren.

Student-led Conferences - March 26
Please mark your calendar for our Semester 2 Student-Led Conferences. More to come about this.

Athletics
QISSA Games / March 3 / 4:15 p.m.

  • JV Boys Soccer - Einstein vs AC at Colegio Einstein

Congratulations to our JV Boys Basketball Team for a great JV Invitational Tournament and for being excellent hosts.  

Thank you, Cougars!!

-

Message from our Technology Director, Mr. Todd Hollett (thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec)

"Bring Your Own Laptop Grades 7-12"

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 10
  • MacOS 10.14 Mojave or newer
  • 6 hour minimum battery life
  • Intel Core i5 Processor (6th Gen) or better
  • 4GB of RAM / Suggested 8GB of RAM

Accessories

  • Case or backpack with protective compartment 

To ensure the longevity and safety of your learning device, please have an appropriate place for your child to store their learning device when not in use or during transportation. 

  • Headphones with microphone
    To properly utilize the full potential of our 1:1 BYOD program occasionally students will need to listen to differentiated instructions, videos, audio, etc as part of their lessons. The headphones are not for recreational use and will strictly be used for academic learning within the classroom. We encourage parents not to send high-end/high-fidelity headphones to school with their children. Our students are growing in responsibility and individual accountability, however, items do become damaged or lost.

Headphones are seen as a personal use device so to ensure our students health and hygiene, please send your child with his or her own headphones.

Examples of quality headphones for school use are BuddyPhone’s fokusApple’s EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug, or Logitech’s H151 Stereo Headset.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS MAR

Service Learning
Please click here to see our MS Service Newsletter for March! This edition highlights some wonderful service initiatives of our students and parents.

Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for a "deep dive" into the MS program, and an opportunity to experience MS classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about MS 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. - 11:00 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 in the Middle we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
Over the past couple of weeks in Cougar Time students have been learning skills for how to identify emotions, reduce stress and use effective communication to resolve conflicts. In mentor groups, students looked at different sides of a conflict to learn ways to actively listen, minimize escalating the conflict, and look at different perspectives to build empathy. These skills are not just related to peer conflict but for learning how to manage emotions, effectively communicate, and improve their relationships with adults as well. Hopefully you’ll see some of these skills being applied at home, and I encourage you to ask your child about the skills they have been learning in Cougar Time.

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

MS MAR 3

Dear Parents,

We want to reassure you that we continue to reinforce preventive recommendations to keep children healthy at school. Please refer to the Director’s communications for periodic updates on events and actions. We do want to remind you that it is critical that children who are ill or presenting flu-like symptoms should stay home.

Our new Elementary Principal, Charlie Schlegel, will be on campus the week of March 9. We will send you information about his schedule and options for parent interactions. We are excited to welcome him for this transition week.

We want to remind you that March 19 is a full day of school. We had it as a half-day earlier in the year.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

 

 

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Director Message

DIR FEB 27

Dear Academia Cotopaxi Community,
 
I hope that you were able to read my message yesterday regarding the COVID-19 Virus. We are working on streamlining and consolidating our communications to ensure you receive current, accurate and concise messages that do not interfere with your daily communication routines.
 
We are making plans for all contingencies with regard to the presence of COVID-19 in Ecuador. We have been monitoring the situation since the beginning, consulting with government agencies and other schools, especially in those countries most affected, to gather accurate information and suggestions on how to address this situation from additional cleaning measures, changes in servicing food, to preparing alternative instructional methods. 
 
Please note that all immediate (within the next two weeks) off-campus student field trips and events will be postponed until further notice. QISSA sports events and the Fine Arts Festival are as of now, scheduled to continue as planned. If there are any subsequent changes, you will be informed. We have cancelled the Discover Ecuador trips for grades 4-5. Updates on the status of events and trips later in the semester will be communicated in this weekly Newsletter as required.
 
We are working on a strategy to maintain clear, simple and factually accurate information to our community. As mentioned in yesterday's email, it is important to be well, but accurately informed. Social media is not an accurate nor safe place to acquire knowledge and understanding of important information such as this. Any messages we send are based exclusively on the Ministries and Health and Education’s official announcements. Please be careful with messages on social media as there are a lot of inaccuracies and deliberate deception on such platforms. 
 
Oscar Wilde said that "what seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." Together, as a community, families, individuals, and professionals we can all learn new skills, become more resilient and build bonds and mutual support from challenges such as this virus. 
 
Academia Cotopaxi is excited to announce a proposal to charter a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) scout troop. BSA offers participants opportunities for adventure, fun, leadership, and so much more. The troop will be open to children ages 11 to 18. We will be having an informational session on the AC campus on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact scoutsac@gmail.com. See you there!
 
Thank you and have a great week.

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Elementary School News

ES FEB 27

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the break with your children. Thank you for your attendance to conferences and share day. We encourage you to continue conversations with your children about their learning, share time together and enjoy their stories of friendships and play.

This week, parents of students in grades 2-5 will receive information regarding learning devices for next school year via email from our Director of Technology, Todd Hollett. Please do reach out if you have any questions.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS FEB 27

Dear Parents,

I hope that the long weekend was an opportunity to reconnect and to be ready to start March. IB Mock exams for the seniors are coming up (March 9-13) and our Semester 2 student-led conferences are also around the corner (March 26). And we will have more sports and invitational tournaments, the Fine Art Festival and our next High School Principal is coming over for a transition visit-stay tuned.

Finally, we are now working on the 2020-2021 HS schedule. Therefore, we encourage anyone who has not returned their options form for 2020-2021 to do so ASAP. 

Message from our Technology Director, Mr. Todd Hollett (thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec)

"Bring Your Own Laptop Grades 7-12"

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 10
  • MacOS 10.14 Mojave or newer
  • 6 hour minimum battery life
  • Intel Core i5 Processor (6th Gen) or better
  • 4GB of RAM / Suggested 8GB of RAM

Accessories

  • Case or backpack with protective compartment 

To ensure the longevity and safety of your learning device, please have an appropriate place for your child to store their learning device when not in use or during transportation. 

  • Headphones with microphone
    To properly utilize the full potential of our 1:1 BYOD program occasionally students will need to listen to differentiated instructions, videos, audio, etc as part of their lessons. The headphones are not for recreational use and will strictly be used for academic learning within the classroom. We encourage parents not to send high-end/high-fidelity headphones to school with their children. Our students are growing in responsibility and individual accountability, however, items do become damaged or lost.

Headphones are seen as a personal use device so to ensure our students health and hygiene, please send your child with his or her own headphones.

Examples of quality headphones for school use are BuddyPhone’s fokusApple’s EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug, or Logitech’s H151 Stereo Headset.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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