Discover Ecuador


I am certain that your children went through a range of emotions as they were preparing for Discover Ecuador week. We have been anticipating the trips since the first day of school (or even last year) and we are now living them. The opportunity to learn and serve “in the field” is very powerful and is a privilege that most international schools embrace. We are incredibly fortunate to have Ecuador as our classroom and to be traveling with experienced MS faculty, and staff from our service provider.

We plan for parents to receive a daily communication from each trip, via email from the MS Office. We all know, though, that communication outside of the capital city can be spotty and it is possible that on a given day communication does not go through. As noted on the Discover Ecuador information brochures:  
Our “No news is good news” approach does also apply to Social Media. For reasons of safety and security social media is not the place for us to post details of any team or student whereabouts or activities. Social Media is also not suitable if you want to ask a question or have any concerns. We will post pictures and blogs throughout the trip both on Social Media and our website, but whilst we cannot guarantee every group or student will feature these will give you a feel for what is happening.

Please know that we will do our utmost to keep you informed throughout the entire week, and if there is an emergency, you will be the FIRST ones to receive a phone call. I encourage you to visit the Camps twitter and Facebook pages for periodic updates and photos. We look forward to sharing stories of learning, personal growth, and adventure upon our return on Friday. Thank you for supporting this important piece of the middle school experience.

MAP Testing

At Academia Cotopaxi, students from Grade 3 - 10 have been taking Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests since 2014. The data gathered has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, has helped teachers target their instruction and has 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.
During the weeks of Sept 18 - 29, middle school students will take the MAP tests.  We give students MAP tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math, Language Usage and Reading. Students will take a total of 3 tests during math social studies and language arts. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests; they are meant to measure accumulated learning to date. Students who are absent or do not complete a test will make it up the 2nd week of testing.
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 student responses to previous questions. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
Each school year students take the tests in the fall, winter and spring. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth with the AC report card. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them at home.
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page, and please do not hesitate to contact us.


Students staying after school - Please note we will be asking all MS students to leave campus directly after school unless they are staying for an AC activity (MS activities or athletics). Students in an AC sponsored activity may ride the 4:15pm bus, all others should use their regular means of transportation directly after school.

Student absences - If your child will miss two or more days of school, for any reason, s/he must obtain a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the MS Office. The student takes this form to all teachers to discuss homework obligations, and then the form is signed by the MS Principal. Additionally, parents should call the MS Office in as far advance as possible to report these types of absences. Thank you.

Upcoming MS Events

September 11 - 15: Discover Ecuador
September 18 - 29: MAP testing

I look forward to seeing you on Friday afternoon as you greet your children.
With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."