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High School News

HS MAY 22

The high school formally invites you to attend the 2018 20time Showcase on Tuesday, May 29th from 4:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.  The 20time Project is a year long project where students spend 20% of their time in English class pursuing a personal passion.  This year, we have students who have built their own go-kart, written and recorded their own music, created their own art, designed their own websites, and raised funds to support local charities.  Come to this exciting event and learn more about what innovative projects our students have been working on this past school year! Opening remarks begin at 4:30 in the Auditorium; a potluck reception will follow student speeches at 6:30 p.m.  

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, where the Board of Trustees will hold the Annual General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity for all parents and all staff, when the Board of Trustees and the School Director present the latest highlights and data about our school’s achievements and developments. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school together! Please join us!

Counseling Corner 
There have been many great programs and opportunities lately for our high school community. We completed the “Baby, Think it Over” teen pregnancy-prevention and health education program. It was great to see our students take on this responsibility with grace and commitment and reflect together on their goals and life choices. Thank you to all of the 10th grade families for your collaboration!

This past week all of our 9th grade students participated in a series of lessons with the counselor on mindfulness and stress management. Also, our 9th,10th, and 11th graders participated in a bullying prevention lesson in their mentor classes focused on being “upstanding.”

On Monday May 21st our 8th-11th grade students will attend a substance use prevention presentation coordinated through the U.S. Embassy and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

IB Corner 
Our Juniors are working on their Group 4 project this week. Group 4 is a required, collaborative IB Science project. 

It is still time for the Seniors to ask me to send their IB results directly to their Universities and Colleges.

College Counseling Corner 

  • Seniors if you have questions about the process of securing your visa, please look here.  If you are still confused, please contact Mr. Wasser at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec.
  • Seniors, your final transcripts will be sent to the appropriate universities next week.
  • Juniors, you can register for the October 2018 SAT now.  Please do so.  There are a limited amount of seats and the SAT is first come, first serve.  You can register here.

Cougar Corner 
On May 28 at 5:30 p.m., we invite you to celebrate all of our student athletes in the auditorium for our end of year Sports Awards Celebration. We hope you can attend. 

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS MAY 22

What a treat it was to attend the piano, band, and orchestra concerts over the past two weeks! The concerts were a testament to student growth and an incredibly strong music department. Congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents who made these delightful music events possible.

With the end of the school year just around the corner, it is more important than ever to maintain consistent routines at home for your Middle Schooler. You may notice your child pushing boundaries more than usual and perhaps acting differently. Your child may be “trying on” new personas as she/he begins to think about moving up a grade level, or may feel anxious and not quite know how to express him/herself. Maintaining open and honest communication is the key, even if your child is a bit reticent to engage. As always, if you need a hand in navigating the waters of adolescence, Aubrey and I are here to assist.

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, where the Board of Trustees will hold the Annual General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity for all parents and all staff, when the Board of Trustees and the School Director present the latest highlights and data about our school’s achievements and developments. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school together! Please join us!

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 MAY 22

Snack time and lunch time in our division are wonderful opportunities for students to interact with each other and also practice healthy eating.  Please help your children prepare their snacks and lunches so that they have healthy options.  We ask that candy is not appropriate for school. Groups of students from 5th grade and 1st grade have also invited students to be more thoughtful about the use of plastic and packaged items.  

As we get close to the school year, I would like to share with you that all classes will organize appropriate celebrations supporting an appropriate closure for 2017-18.  We did discuss how meaningful actions are more powerful than purchased items to give to students, so you may hear about that from your classes.  I invite you to reflect back on your “Promise” that you made to your child at the beginning of the school year and celebrate your parenting successes!

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, where the Board of Trustees will hold the Annual General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity for all parents and all staff, when the Board of Trustees and the School Director present the latest highlights and data about our school’s achievements and developments. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school together! Please join us!

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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High School News

HS MAY 15

Junior students received a 40-minute college essay workshop today from Ms. Bellande during our Global Citizenship time. She asked students to write bravely, use descriptive language and to write from their soul. Thank you for inspiring our students. Mr. Wasser has asked students to have a first draft completed by June 15. This important piece of writing will be rewritten a number of times prior to submission.

Our Senior students have been accepted into a wide and varied array of universities around the world. I’d like to congratulate Mr. Wasser, parents and our Senior Class for all of your efforts. The results are outstanding!

Our final exam schedule is complete. Here it is: Second Semester Exam Schedule

IB Corner 
Final week of IB and AC exams. What a long stretch of exams for our seniors. We are really proud on how seriously our seniors are taking their exam. Senior Award Assembly on Friday, May 18th and Graduation, June 1st, is coming up quick!
In the meantime our IB I students are working hard on their IB tasks. Good luck to them too!

Cougar Corner
Pre-season Volleyball for boys and girls in the Athletic Center from May 14 to May 30, 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. (buses available at 4:15.)

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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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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