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Director Message

DIR NOV 26

Dear Parents,
 
Last week’s concerts highlighted a most important gift for our children, music. A highlight was when one of our senior students, performed violin for her IB music portfolio – marvelous. Most impressive were the spellbound students in the audience. Hopefully, she inspires them to continue playing music. 
 
Our “high tech” lives are spent engaged with technologies that often require very low skills. It doesn’t take much to learn how to manipulate a cell phone. Want proof? Watch how quickly toddlers learn how to use an iPad. I’m not advocating for no technology, rather not allowing high tech to displace other important skills. In our Maker Space class, High School students are challenged to make a simple perfect wooden square, with four 90 degree corners. Low tech, but highly challenging.
 
Musical instruments are low, old technology. Violins have been around for half a millennium. But they require high skills to master, years of practice. Likewise, for any musical instrument. Studies show learning a musical instrument increases gray matter volume in various brain regions and strengthens long-range connections between these. This video explains how few activities stimulate more of the brain than playing music. Music is used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson Disease and enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literacy skills. Stanford University researchers found playing music increases ability to pay attention. There is a reason Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) has expanded to STEAM, to include the ARTS. The arts support learning in all the other disciplines. 
 
Thank you for supporting your children learning music and all the other arts. Have a great week and hopefully time to reflect on how fortunate we all are during our Thanksgiving holiday.

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High School News

HS NOV 26

Dear Parents,

We are now three weeks away from the semester 1 exams. We are getting closer and closer to the end. Let’s all make sure that we all finish strong. December 9 is the cut off date to submit any missing assignments. Busy times ahead.

PTSA Bingo Night is Friday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m. The PTSA is seeking Donations for prizes. Anything you can donate would be welcome! Remember, all funds raised at BINGO go right back to the community via the awards given to students for Service Learning! Deadline is December 19 for donations. Please reach out to PTSA@cotopaxi.k12.ec for more information.

PTSA wishes to remind you to have your kids submit their proposals for PTSA BINGO SERVICE LEARNING FUNDS! Their proposals need to be submitted  between November 21 and December 17. PTSA will review the submissions, select the finalists and announce the winners in January! Contact PTSA@cotopaxi.k12.ec for details. Here is the application form.

Athletics 
Congratulations and thank you to Ms. Paula Luna and all the athletes that represented Academia Cotopaxi in the Girls Soccer AASSA Tournament last Friday and Saturday. Great job, you made us proud!
 
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS NOV 26

A big congratulations to all Middle School families for the excellent music concerts the past two weeks! Nearly all Middle School students participated in one of the events. The concerts are remarkable due to the strong AC music program, and the wonderful parent support of the Arts at Cotopaxi!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Holiday Drive. The drive concludes with a special assembly this Thursday for our entire school. The assembly will be held in the Athletic Center at 11:30 a.m., and will be a celebration of our spirit of giving.

Bingo is coming!!
PTSA Bingo Night is Friday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m. The PTSA is seeking Donations for prizes. Anything you can donate would be welcome! Remember, all funds raised at BINGO go right back to the community via the awards given to students for Service Learning! Deadline is December 19 for donations. Please reach out to PTSA@cotopaxi.k12.ec for more information and instructions on where/how to donate.

Service project funding proposals need to be submitted by students between November 21 and December 17. PTSA will review submissions, select finalists, and announce the winners in January! Contact PTSA@cotopaxi.k12.ec for details. Middle School students can access the proposal form on Edmodo. 

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

NOV 26 ES

Celebrating our city through exploration and creativity!
¡Qué Viva Quito!
Quito, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, invites all members of Academia Cotopaxi to interact with its beauty and explore its treasures. How do we celebrate our city?

Quito, the beautiful city that hosts us, celebrates its foundation every December 6. We know that we live in a wonderful place. The gorgeous weather, the scenic mountains, the brilliant skies, the gastronomic possibilities, and the diversely beautiful architecture feed our senses in magical ways. And then, of course, there are the amazing people of Quito who are known for their happiness, their kindness and their welcoming attitude.

Students in grades PK-5 will represent their learning on December 5, following this schedule:

  • PK-K: Will enjoy the “AC Plaza Quiteña” with parents from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Gr. 1-3: Flamenco performance in the auditorium from 8:15 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.
  • Gr. 4-5: In front of the auditorium from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 am. 

This allows for ALL children to learn about the people, the traditions, the culture, the games, the flavors, and the history of Quito through different experiences filled with joy. 

Home Learning Invitation: Celebrate Quito, its people, its plazas, its culture, its traditions...
We ask that each family send us one photo or illustration that represents what is special about Quito to your family. Select something you would share with visitors to celebrate what Quito means to you. This can be something you see everyday or something that is a special image.

Send the photo to: Nardy at nreinoso@cotopaxi.k12.ec with the completed caption: When you come to Quito we will show you this because______________.

Your photo and caption needs to be sent to us by December 3, so that it can be printed and prepared for display. The giant Quito photo collage will be shared with our community on December 5.

Regardless of where students are from, reaching deeper levels of understanding and appreciation for the city where we live, is enriching. So we encourage you to find time to explore your own neighbourhood, or new neighbourhood and find opportunities to get to know Quito better.  You can enhance this learning by taking trips to museums, visiting historic neighborhoods,exploring a new playground, listening to music, looking closely at old buildings, noticing the birds or other animals, driving around to view landmarks… the opportunities for learning are endless!

Below, we describe the Quito focused inquiries that children will be engaged in at school:

  • PK-K: How can we observe using our senses? - Plaza Quiteña
  • Gr. 1: How is culture expressed through dance? -Traditional and Modern Andean Dance
  • Gr. 2: How is culture expressed through music?-Cultural Heritage & Song
  • Gr. 3: How is culture shared through oral traditions? - Quito Folktales
  • Gr. 4: How do we learn from people in our community? - Traditional Quito Characters
  • Gr. 5: How can we honor a place through experiences? -Project Exhibit After Visit To La Ronda

So, enjoy this opportunity and celebrate with us! Viva Quito!!!

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Elementary School News

NOV 19 ES

Dear Parents,
Last year, we shared this gratitude video with our families. We all know how powerful gratitude is and these next two weeks, we are connecting our gratitude with giving ending with the Thanksgiving Drive and ceremony on November 28. We encourage you to view it as you engage in conversations around giving thanks and the happiness that gratitude brings.

We hope that you can donate a new book and pick a title in spanish that your child enjoys. These books will be donated to the community of Zumbahua and we will work with them to support literacy and the joy of reading.

Here is the list of food. Thanksgiving: A time to Give

Items for Elementary Grades
All students: One new book in Spanish for a child your age. Give a book that you love reading.

-Pre-Kinder:
3 Noodles/Fideos (400g)
1 Jelly/Mermelada (250g)
4 Powdered Juice Jugo en Polvo (envelope)

-Kinder:
1 Jello (250g)
2 Chocolate Bar
2 Red Beans (500g)

-Grade 1:
2 Chocolate Powder (200g)
2 Jello (250g)
4 Powdered Juice (envelope)

-Grade 2:
2 Chocolate Powder (200g)
2 Jello (200g)
3 Lentils (500g)

-Grade 3:
2 Powdered Milk (400g)
2 Ketchup (200g)
5 Instant Soup (60g)

-Grade 4:
3 Powdered Milk (400g)
5 Instant Soup (60g)
3 Jello (200g)

-Grade 5:
2 Salt (1kg)
4 Tuna Fish (180g)
3 Jello (200g)

Progress Reports and Conferences
Progress Reports will be posted on SeeSaw today, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Please read these with your child. Make it a special time to celebrate their learning. On Wednesday, Nov. 20 you will attend conferences and should have scheduled a time with your homeroom teachers. There are still openings for parents who would like to meet with specialists as well. You can register for conferences with specialists in Skyward. Click here to schedule with Specialists teachers (Art, Music, P.E and Spanish).

Don’t miss the “Digital Safety and Social Media: What Parents Should Know” Workshop, which will be offered at the following times in the Elementary Library:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

ms nov 19

Standards in the Classroom
This week’s photo shows Grade 7 students engaging with the NGSS science standards. They were applying their newfound understanding of the Kinetic Molecular Theory, the first standard approached in the Chemistry unit. They then looked at the difference of burning liquids vs. explosions of gasses to introduce the next exciting part of the unit, chemical reactions! In this part of the unit students will analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. The goal is for students to be able to identify and describe a chemical change.

Approaches to Learning
First quarter marked a shift in Middle School reporting. You have now had the opportunity to view your child’s first Standards Based progress report. I would like to draw your attention to a very important part of this report, the ATLs (Approaches to Learning). In each class, your child receives grades for the Standards and grades for each ATL. In the Middle School, ATLs are as important as Standards when asking yourself “How is my child doing in school?” We invite you to talk with your child about their ATL grades, especially if they received a BE (below expectations) for an ATL. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the grades received. Additionally, this FAQ document may be helpful for some of your Standards Based Grading questions. 

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan

  • This month in Cougar Time, Middle School students are receiving lessons on bullying, harassment and privilege. We are reviewing how just one person turning into an Upstander can make all the difference. Mentor groups went through statements such as the following to help students feel empowered to stand up when they witness bullying:

➢Some people think that’s funny, but I don’t.
➢It’s not a joke when someone’s getting hurt.
➢Stop using that language. I don’t appreciate it.
➢I’m not okay with this.

  • Mentor groups also discussed ways they can reach out to the person being bullied by using the following phrases:

➢ It’s not ok with me when _______ does that.
➢ Come join our group.
➢ I’m sorry that happened to you. You don’t deserve that treatment.
➢ I am here for you. How can I help?
➢ Have you reported this to an adult?

For more information on how to help your child stand up for others, take a look at this article.

Holiday Drive Reminder
Director Van der Eyken kicked off this year's drive with a message in last week’s newsletter (https://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/newsletters). He also interviewed two High School students about the purpose and logistics for 2019 (https://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/CotopaxiConversations). 

Each grade level has been assigned specific food items to help communities in need. In addition, we are asking each family to donate one new, or slightly used, book (in Spanish) to the community schools to help them build a library.

The collection is THIS WEEK, from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

-Grade 6: 
3 x 1Kg Salt
1 x 1L Oil
3 x 500gr Red Beans
Book (in spanish)

-Grade 7: 
2 x 2Kg Sugar
1 x 1L Oil
4 x 400gr Noodles
Book (in spanish)

-Grade 8:
2 x 2Kg Sugar
2 x 1Kg Oats
2 x 200gr Tomato Sauce
Book (in spanish)

We were treated to a delightful Piano concert last week and look forward to our Band and Orchestra concerts this week. Congratulations to the Music Department for putting on these exceptional demonstrations of student achievement.

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 NOV 1999

Dear Parents,
We are now four weeks away from the semester 1 exams. We are getting close to the end. Let’s all make sure that we all finish strong. December 9 is the cut off date to submit any missing assignments. Busy times ahead.

Concerts
Another big week with concerts this week. Tuesday is the Band concert and Thursday is the Orchestra concert. Come and enjoy some great performance and enjoy how much our students have learned since the beginning of the year.

Athletics - QISSA Games

  • November 18, 4:15 p.m. at AC:

-Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Colegio Americano (ASQ)
-Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball vs. Colegio Americano

  • November 20, 4:15 p.m. at ASQ:

-Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball vs. Colegio Americano

Thanksgiving Drive Reminder
The collection is THIS WEEK, from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Director's Message

Director's Message 19 Nov 2019

 

Dear parents,

Welcome to another week of wonder and learning for your sons and daughters at Academia Cotopaxi. I just returned from a NEASC Accreditation Visit in Honduras. This is an important process for accredited international schools to ensure quality education at 2.000 NEASC schools in the USA and 65 other nations. Accreditation includes sharing expertise, sending and receiving visitation committee members from other schools.

Visiting other schools is always insightful. This visitation re-confirmed what I have consistently observed at Academia Cotopaxi. I walk out of each class observation with a growing admiration for the quality of instruction, personalized learning, student engagement and overall quality of learning, happening for your children. Our teachers and administrators are truly doing something special. We are not perfect, no school is, but having worked in seven international schools and having visited many more, I can sincerely tell you there is more innovative learning, respect for diversity and focus on our school mission than the vast majority of schools can claim. Your support is a huge part of this. The numbers of parents that attend school events, conferences (such as this week for Elementary School), etc. is testimony that it takes a community to educate a child. Success is a team effort.

Starting this month, the AC Board Members will be visiting classes with me, to observe your children exploring and learning as part of our strategic planning process. We are looking to push the envelope of learning even further, to better prepare your sons and daughters for a world in a state of enormous change. This short video about the Future of Work shows the extent of change our children face. The task is daunting, preparing children for a future unknown, but we are up to it.

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Director's Message

 

Dear Parents,
 
We are now approaching a special time of the year for people around the world to reflect on their good fortunes in 2019 and plan for an even more prosperous 2020. This reflection is marked in various ways. In the United States, it is marked by Thanksgiving and, like here in Ecuador and around the world, the holiday seasons of December. 
 
We are a fortunate community for both here in Quito and globally. Our children are the beneficiaries. They attend a wonderful school and have access to services and material support that ensure physical, social and intellectual well-being. Sadly, millions of children are not so fortunate. As a means of reflection and recognition of our good fortune, our High School students are organizing their annual Thanksgiving Drive to provide food for families in  the rural Zumbahua community. In keeping with our primary mission of education, we have also focused this year’s collection on promoting literacy. In place of toys, the Thanksgiving Drive will be collecting books. The books will be used to build community libraries. Promoting good nutrition and education for our fellow citizens is a powerful way of saying thank you for all the good fortune we personally enjoy. More details will be provided by your children’s Principals but first, I would like to invite you to watch this week’s Cotopaxi Conversation featuring two of our dynamic youth leaders who are organizing this important experience for all of us.

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Elementary School News

ES NOV 12

Dear Parents,
Our students have enjoyed the rainy Monday we experienced. Puddles are true opportunities for children and we invite you to explore rain!

Please keep in mind that Session I of after-school activities ends on November 21. Damiana will send information regarding sign-up for Session II which will open on Wednesday, November 13.

Observing your children’s growth is inspiring to us. Teachers are reflecting on this growth and preparing progress report information which will be available for you to read with your child on November 19. Progress reports are written to your child. So set aside a time on that afternoon or evening to celebrate your child’s growth. 

On November 20, you are invited to parent teacher conferences. We have made some changes based on parent and teacher feedback and here is how it will work:
All parents will sign-up for a conference with homeroom teachers (same as in other years) using a Google Doc schedule that will be shared with you by your child’s teacher.

New: 1) Parents are asked to sign-up for two 10 minute conferences with specials teachers (Spanish, Art, Music, PE). There will be a link in the Google Doc in order to do this. This will allow for families to interact with different teachers during conferences. 2) We will be offering digital citizenship workshops for parents in the library at the following times:

Digital Safety and Social Media: What Parents Should Know

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Book Characters
Children are connecting with authors, titles and stories by observing the different book characters that are represented in the library. Join this DIY toilet paper roll challenge and create a book character with your child. This home learning connection is an invitation to all elementary students. Stop by the library to get inspired!

Thanksgiving Drive
Last week, you received an email with the details for the Thanksgiving Drive. You can send your donations throughout these next weeks. We are looking forward to 100% participation in our Elementary division.

Warm regards,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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