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Middle School News

MS MAY 15

I hope some of you were able to enjoy the PTSA Family Day on Saturday. It was a fun chance for AC families to relax and enjoy friendly games and socializing. Thank you to the PTSA for a great day!

MAP Testing - As a reminder, MAP testing is taking place in the Middle School this week May 15, 16, and 17. Please read this communication from Mr. Reber, the MS MAP coordinator:

At Academia Cotopaxi, students from 3rd to 10th grade have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®)  since 2014. The data gathered for our school has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, they have helped teachers target their instruction and have provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously every time.

On May 15, 16, and 17 middle school students will take their 3rd of 3 MAP® tests, given throughout the year. We give students MAP® tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Students will take the tests on their own computers during morning Cougar Time. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

MAP tests are unique in that they are an adaptive test which means that the test adjusts to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. Your son/daughter’s teacher will conference with him/her providing next steps to work on areas of growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page, and please don’t hesitate to contact me.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • Three tests will be administered during the week (Math, Language Usage, Reading).
  • This test is used in multiple ways to support learning so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, get a good night sleep and don’t skip breakfast.
  • Remind your son/daughter to bring a book. If they finish early they can read.

Sincerely,
John Reber
MS MAP Coordinator

Counselor’s Corner
Hello parents, in addition to the substance use prevention and sexual health units which just began, this week in Cougar Time we're exploring how the brain develops and changes during adolescence and how being aware of these changes can assist in making positive and healthy decisions. Students learned a convenient model of how the brain works, as demonstrated in this video: The Brain in the Palm of Your Hand. I encourage you to have your child re-teach you about the "hand model" of the brain, share with you what they have learned and how it directly impacts them. 

Concerts this week
May 15 - Band Concert
May 17 - Orchestra Concert

See you on campus!

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 MAY15

Our PK students are taking action in our school by influencing older students to be responsible and contribute to a “happier planet.”  They have been diving deep into the concept that “people animals and plants rely on each other (their central idea).”  On Monday, morning, a PK representative presented their findings and called MS students to action during their division assembly.  Congratulations to our young leaders!  At home, we ask that you speak to your children about their actions to contribute to a clean school.
 
There are three drives that are happening during the next weeks:  

  1. We have our annual backpack and school supplies drive (your child’s old backpack will be used by a child in a school with very low income)
  2. An infant formula drive (A middle school student will be sharing more information about her project with a local orphanage)
  3. Senior, Paula A.’s clothes drive.  

Great opportunities for you to engage in conversations about contributing and appreciation.

This week

  • Instrumental Music Concerts: The 4th-12th grade band concert is coming up on Tuesday, May 15th and the 4th-12th orchestra concert is on Thursday, May 17th.  The 4th and 5th grade Piano Concert will be on May 22. All concerts will take place at 6 p.m.  Parents, please plan for your children to remain for the entire concert so that they are respectful to all musicians and show their appreciation.  Please see your emails for clothing requirements and arrival times.  All families are welcome to attend these concerts!  Paula A. will be present at the entrance and you will be able to exchange clothes for used uniforms.  You can also bring any used clothes to donate which Paula will give to a charity.
  • MAP testing taking place this week of May 14 for grades 3 - 5.
  • Inspiration Projects will be showcased this Friday, May 18 at 2:15 p.m.  Parents are welcome to stop by to celebrate personal student inquiry.
  • We encourage parents to engage in reading with their children.  Here’s a local opportunity at Palacio de Cristal del Centro Cultural Itchimbia where the 12th Story Marathon (XII Maratón del Cuento) will take place on May 19 and 20. 

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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Elementary News

ES MAY 8

This week, celebrate your child’s creativity as you enjoy the AC Elementary Art Exhibit.  You can come anytime with your child between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8.

WIDA Testing:
Our school mission states that “We are an English language-based international learning community,” and to that end, we are working to improve our English Language Learner (ELL) program and increase the focus on language learning across all disciplines. In order to better understand what type of support students need, we are collecting data on student language levels.

In May, some elementary students will be taking the WIDA Model exam.  Those who will be taking the test are either currently active ELL students, or based on classroom data and observations, we have determined that it would be beneficial to assess language levels to support their learning. The WIDA Model is a comprehensive language exam that identifies proficiency levels in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The assessment is completed at the end of the academic year in order to plan future learning steps for individual students and to make placement decisions for the next academic year. This data informs teacher planning to best meet the language needs of our students and allows students to identify their own strengths and areas for growth. 

If your child is tested, results will be shared with you in June. If you have any questions regarding the WIDA, please contact the ELL Coordinator, Kourtney Wessels.

Coming up:
Instrumental Music Concerts: 
Band Concert, grades 4-12, Tuesday, May 15 
Orchestra concert, grades 4-12, Thursday, May 17
Piano Concert, grades 4-5, Tuesday, May 22 
All concerts will take place at 6:00 p.m.

MAP testing will take place the week of May 14.

We encourage parents to engage in reading with their children.  Here’s a local opportunity at Palacio de Cristal del Centro Cultural Itchimbia where the 12th Story Marathon (XII Maratón del Cuento) will take place on May 19 and 20.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS MAY 8

Congratulations to our MS artists! The MS newsletter photo is an example of their monochromatic art show!

MAP Testing - MAP testing is taking place in the Middle School May 15, 16, and 17. Please read this communication from Mr. Reber, the MS MAP coordinator:

At Academia Cotopaxi, students from 3rd to 10th grade have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®)  since 2014. The data gathered for our school has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, they have helped teachers target their instruction and have provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously every time.

On May 15, 16, and 17 middle school students will take their 3rd of 3 MAP® tests, given throughout the year. We give students MAP® tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Students will take the tests on their own computers during morning Cougar Time. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

MAP tests are unique in that they are an adaptive test which means that the test adjusts to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. Your son/daughter’s teacher will conference with him/her providing next steps to work on areas of growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page, and please don’t hesitate to contact me.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • Three tests will be administered during the week (Math, Language Usage, Reading).
  • This test is used in multiple ways to support learning so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, get a good night sleep and don’t skip breakfast.
  • Remind your son/daughter to bring a book. If they finish early they can read.

 
Sincerely,
John Reber
MS MAP Coordinator

Coming up:
Concert season begins this week! 
Piano Concert, grades 6-12, Thursday, May 10
Band Concert, grades 4-12, Tuesday, May 15 
Orchestra concert, grades 4-12, Thursday, May 17 
All concerts will take place at 6:00 p.m
We look forward to celebrating the musicality of our middle schoolers!

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 MAY 8

Congratulations to our swim team for this past weekend’s efforts. Well done! 

First week of IB Exams went well--our students are feeling confident, accomplished and ready for more! Well done to all.

Please read the following letter about our Capstone Celebrations occurring on June 12, 13 and 14. 

I hope to see you at our Piano Concert this Thursday evening, May 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Counseling Corner  
Baby Think it Over
We are excited to begin our Baby Think it Over program with our 10th grade students that started on Monday May 7th. This is a research-based pregnancy prevention and healthy decision-making program provided for students in many schools in Ecuador and internationally. Parents are invited to join your students for the final workshop on Friday May 11th at 1:50pm in the Auditorium.  The workshop will be conducted in Spanish with translation to English.

This is an excellent time for parents of all grades to take the opportunity to talk with your children about the decisions they make now and how those might affect their plans for the future. It’s also a great time to tell them about your own experiences managing parenting!  

Alcohol & Drug Effects on the Teenage Brain
A big thank you to our parent representatives who were instrumental in arranging for Dr. Silvia Martins to present research for our middle and high school parents on April 20th. Dr. Martins is a fellow AC parent and also a faculty member and researcher at Columbia University in Epidemiology. She shared that parents are one of the most important “protective factors” to prevent youth from engaging in binge drinking and drug use, which can impede their brain development. In fact, as Dr. Martins indicated, research shows that parenting programs are even more effective than prevention education in schools!  Please check out Dr. Martins presentation and take this opportunity to talk with your kids about the risks of drug and alcohol use.

IB Corner 
IB students are in the middle of their second week of IB exams, and the AC final exams for the seniors are also starting this week. Good luck everyone!

College Counseling Corner
We are down to our final college visits!  In fact we have had 198 colleges and universities visit Academia Cotopaxi this year.  Incredible.  During lunchtime in the College Center the following universities will come to visit:
Monday: Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College, Colorado College 
Wednesday: Murilo Gabrielli from the Brazilian Embassy will be discussing Brazilian University Options.

Cougar Corner 
The 2017-2018 Athletics Seasons have come to an end. Season 3 closed last weekend, April 27-28, with the Copa Academia Cotopaxi Swim Meet hosted by AC and the JV Invitational Tournament hosted by Alliance Academy. 

Our Swim Team closed their year with a strong performance winning in both the Girls and Boys overall scores and with a special award for María Emilia L. for being the best female swimmer in her category. Copa AC hosted 108 swimmers from 16 different schools in Quito over two days. Big thank you’s to our Swim Team Coaches, our Swim Team Parents for all of their work and support and the Officials from the Pichincha Swimming Federation who ran a very smooth tournament. We look forward to another great swimming year in 2018-2019!

Season 3 Results for Girls Basketball and Boys Soccer:

JV Invitational:
JV Girls Basketball   5th Place
JV Boys Soccer        3rd Place

QISSA League:
JV Girls Basketball          4th Place
Varsity Girls Basketball    1st Place

JV Boys Soccer         3rd Place
Varsity Boys Soccer  3rd Place

AASSA Tournament:
Varsity Girls Basketball    2nd Place
Varsity Boys Soccer         6th Place

CAISSA Tournament:
Varsity Girls Basketball    1st  Place
Varsity Boys Soccer         2nd Place

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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High School News

 

Garth

Congratulations to our swim team for this past weekend’s efforts. Well done! 

Our JV Basketball team took 5th place and our JV Soccer team took 3rd. Well done students and coaches.

I’d like to thank Mr. Bordaguibel and Mr. Voeller for running IB exams over the holiday. They monitored two exams. We also had an IB officer come to inspect our examination room and exam storage room. Both met the IB’s standards and we are all good to go for future exams. Thank you again to Mr. Bordaguibel for his fastidious and exact routines and safety measures.

IB Corner 
Seniors have started their IB exams and next week AC Final exams will also begin. Last stretch and good luck to our Class of 2018.

College Counseling Corner 
During lunchtime in the College Center the following universities will come to visit:
Thursday: Notre Dame & University of Virginia 
Friday: Johns Hopkins University, Barnard College & University of Chicago 

Sophomores and Juniors: Ms. Bellande will be hosting an SAT Essay Mini Workshop on Thursday May 3rd from 3pm-4pm in preparation for the SAT on Saturday, May 5th. 

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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Elementary News

Elementary News photo May 2

This week, our 5th grade students will hold their PYP Exhibition on Thursday, May 3 beginning at 6:00 p.m., sharing their learning with the community in different ways.  Students work collaboratively to inquire about real challenges in our world. They look to present these challenges and propose solutions. Groups will connect with the community in a variety of ways to seek understanding, reaction, change and involvement.  We encourage you to support these student initiatives. Click here to see what our elementary role models are up to! 

Tuesday, May 8- ART EXHIBIT.  Please attend with your child and family from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to our Art Exhibit. Students and families are invited to appreciate the amazing artistic creativity expressed through different forms and ideas. Celebrate your artist and be inspired by their visual art creations!

Transitions… are you moving?  Please let us know if your family is being transferred next school year.  You can write to Ms. Tanya, tduran@cotopaxi.k12.ec, or Ms. Luann, lirigoyen@cotopaxi.k12.ec, and can also attend Ms. Tanya’s workshop on “Transitions” after the  PTSA coffee this Thursday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. Our counselors understand the implications of transitions for our Third Culture Kids (TCK’s), and we work together to support these transitions for those who leave and for those who stay. 

Internet safety for your children is a critical aspect of their online lives.  We urge all parents to practice safety guidelines, including communicating with children about the benefits and risks of online activity, setting parameters, monitoring your children’s browsing history, setting parental controls that block certain types of activity, managing purchases (do not allow children to download even if apps are free), preventing any night time online activity by removing devices from children’s bedrooms, and establishing agreements.  Here is a sample contract, but we encourage families to discuss and personalize what fits their needs: http://www.safekids.com/contract.htm.  Do not hesitate to contact us or the tech department if you need help to set up parental controls or need advice.  Remember that your children can be exposed to both information that enhances their learning, as well as, information that could be very harmful.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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Middle School News

Middle School photo May 2

I hope you enjoyed an extended holiday weekend. Congratulations to our MS swimmers - they received First Place overall in their final meet of the season, hosted at AC on April 27-28. 

Concert season is just around the corner! Upcoming concerts: May 10 - Piano Concert, May 15 - Band Concert, May 17 - Orchestra Concert. We look forward to celebrating the musicality of our middle schoolers!

Counselor’s Corner
Another year, another new craze. This year it happens to be a multi-player game called Fortnight. In school we have been noticing more chatter about this game amongst students, also saying they're not getting enough sleep due to continuously playing the game. 

To learn more about this video game craze, read up on the Parents' Ultimate Guide to Fortnight. For other articles regarding developing healthy screen-time habits, I highly recommend turning to Common Sense Media. They have a wide range of articles and answers to other parent concerns available for both English and Spanish-speaking users. 

I will be off campus for three days this week attending a conference. I am available on email. If you have a pressing concern, please contact Aubrey Jordan (MS counselor).

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

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Heads up 10th grade parents! All 10th grade students will participate in the pregnancy prevention program, Baby Think it Over the week of May 7th. This hands on learning experience has been shown to decrease teen pregnancy rates, address healthy decision-making, and had great reviews from last year’s 10th grade students. You will be invited to join your student for the final workshop on May 11th at 1:50pm in the auditorium. Please check your email for more information!

High School Counseling
This past week our students participated in a lesson on “The Backfire Effect” which investigates why it is so hard to change our beliefs or the beliefs of others.  Students had great discussions and ideas about this concept and how it affects their lives and learning.

IB Corner 
Final IB exams are just around the corner and start next Monday, April 30th and the AC exams can be consulted here

The last day of class for students taking IB exams is Throwback Thursday on April 26th. However, students are encouraged to come to school on Friday to review with their teachers. 

Students not taking any IB exams and therefore taking all Final AC exams will need to remain in class until May 4th.

College Counseling Corner
11th Grade Students and Parents: Tuesday, April 17th, was the first day you can register for the next SAT in Quito on October, 6th.  For students who have US, and particular Canadian universities on their college lists, it is imperative they assure they have a seat on this SAT date. Ms. Bellande will be offering two SAT Essay preparation sessions after school in preparation for the May 5th SAT: Thursday, April 26th, 3pm-4pm & Thursday, May 3rd, 3pm-4pm

12th Grade Students and Parents: May 1st is Deposit Day for U.S. Universities.  You must deposit at a U.S. financial institution by this time or risk losing your spot.  Good luck making your decisions.  Parents, if you missed my presentation on Thursday about the great transition you and your students are about to confront, you can access it here.

During lunchtime in the College Center the follwing universities will come to visit:
Monday: Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke University, University of Richmond, Lawrence University, Union College, and Dickinson College
Tuesday: Austin Peay State University, Bishop's University (Canada), Heidelberg University, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa - UADE (Argentina), North Carolina State University, University of Prince Edward Island - UPEI (Canada)
Thursday: Foothill and De Anza Colleges

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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Community

Boart_Races

A huge thank you to each one of you for helping to make International Festival a resounding success! I was truly moved by the spirit of community that was visible throughout the day on Saturday. Parent dedication to organizing performances, managing booths, feeding the crowd, bringing friends and family, and enjoying the day is what makes AC a special place. I was also very proud of your children. They were there for their game shifts, contributed to performances, helped at booths, and were excellent MS ambassadors! 
 
In the photo above you see another type of community at work - the Design Tech community holding their traditional boat race. It was fun to see the difference between the boats in first and second semester. Students learned a few techniques by watching past races!
 
Wednesday, April 25 is a special day for AC. We will be hosting the Special Olympics community with a basketball tournament. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00am in the Athletic Center. All community members are welcome to attend. April 25 is a half day for students. Student dismissal is at 12:00 noon, with professional development for faculty all afternoon.

A thank you to the HS/MS parent community for organizing Dr. Silvia Martins’ presentation last Friday on “Drug & Alcohol Impact on Teens.” It was a very well attended event by both MS and HS parents and we all left the presentation more knowledgeable than when we entered.

I hope to see some of you at the Special Olympics on Wednesday. Have a most enjoyable 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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