Congratulations to the Class of 2019, our current Grade 11 students for winning this year’s Fiestas de Quito competition. As I said during the opening of the assembly, we have scaled the competition back to allow student and teachers to focus on classes and preparing for Semester I exams. Exams begin on December 14. This year each grade level was provided with the exact same time, access to supplies and the rubric was very clear in terms of time and focus of the presentation. I think you will agree with me, that the Grade 11 presentation was terrific - it included the historical focus we expected as well as a subtle love story which traveled through the 19th century of Quito. Well done and congratulations!

This week our Global Citizenship Committee members have created a lesson for students about developing study habits as our exam week approaches. Ms. Keyes, Ms. Moreland, Ms. Stacy, Ms. Murrell and Mr. Russell work each week to help guide the 70-minute block of learning. Ms. Murrell took part in a workshop led by Kristen Pelletier on Executive Functions last week. This information will help guide this week’s student learning. With exams approaching the lesson on study skills, organization, time management and prioritization will be timely.

Counseling Corner -
Mr. Eduardo Torres, Freedom from Chemical Dependency spokesman, spoke to parents last week regarding the importance of speaking to your child about decisions surrounding the topic of alcohol and drug use. He mentioned that marijuana use is now considered a leading factor contributing to addiction issues later in life. Here are some quick facts about marijuana use in adolescence. Here’s an article that may provoke some dinner time conversation - article. I hope you can join me and many other concerned parents to discuss drug and alcohol use at the Anthony Home this Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.

College Counseling Corner
An interesting article from this week’s New York Times - article

IB Corner
For Parents of Grade 10 students
The IB has released this blog entry about important IB terms. This is good revision and preparation for our Grade 11 options sign up morning on Monday, January 22nd from 8.00 am to 10.30 am. We look forward to seeing you all for this important date.

For Parents of Grade 12 students taking IB exams
Gentle reminder about the IB fees. January 15th is the deadline to pay the IB fees to the school cashier.

Cougar’s Corner
As the second QISSA season gets under way and our soccer and basketball teams are playing their first games, our Swim Team just returned from Santiago de Chile after competing in the SAAC (South American Athletics Conference) annual swim meet. Our young athletes performed at a very high level proving that hard work, discipline and dedication always pay off.

On Friday, we had 33 swims. 29 were best times, 2 were meet records (Boys 13-14: 50 back, 200 IM), and we won 16 medals. On Saturday, we had 30 swims. 27 were best times, 2 were meet records (Boys 13-14: 100 back, 200 back), and we won 18 medals. We are not a SAAC full member school, so we could not compete for team awards, but our performance was recognized and our swimmers are feeling proud with lots of new experiences that will only help them in future challenges. A special recognition for our Team Captains, Justhin V. and David A. for their exemplary leadership and for everyone else for being such a great and supportive team. Our coaches, Ms. Greta Stacy and Mr. Fernando Villacís also deserve a special mention for their great work preparing our swimmers for this event and for their professionalism and dedication at the meet.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal