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Middle School News

MS Mar 6

Uniforms
Parents, we need your support. Wearing the AC uniform is not a choice, it is a requirement. The only “free dress” day is Friday. This does not mean half days, or days before a holiday weekend, ONLY Fridays (even if your children tell you something different). As of this week, the first two times a student is not in uniform, his/her House will lose ten points. Every time after that, the student will spend one lunch period in the MS Office. The vast majority of MS students properly wear the uniform every day, this new system is to ensure 100% compliance. We rely on each one of YOU to look at what your child is wearing when he/she leaves the house in the morning. Thank you.

Conferences
Please mark your calendars for MS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on March 26. You will receive an email soon with all conference information and sign-up instructions. The MS conferences are to be attended by both students and parents. Based on your feedback from first semester, the majority of parents who completed the feedback survey prefer to sign up for conference times, and hold conferences in teacher classrooms. Thus, we will use the same format for this conference session. See you on March 26!

Electives 2019-20
Grade 6 and 7 parents, your child should have spoken with you about his/her MS Elective Preference form. We discussed electives at our assembly last Friday, and every student received a form to take home. Students rank their preferences, and we do our best to create their schedule to include their preferred electives. Please note that due to scheduling constraints and class sizes, not all students get their top preferences. 

The forms must be signed by a parent and are due by Monday, March 11. One note, Choir was inadvertently left off the form. Students have been instructed that if they would like Choir, they should write it on the form and rank their preferences 1 - 8.

Parent Day in the Middle
Our “deep dive” morning into the MS curriculum on March 13 is fully subscribed. Thank you to everyone who has signed up! If you missed this opportunity, look for it again in October!

Fine Arts Festival
The MS will hold Fine Arts Festival March 14 and 15. You should have already received communication from your child’s instrumentals teacher regarding the special band and orchestra events. The entire MS will see performances on Thursday, and Friday, and will all participate in special “arts” activities in the afternoons (we will hold regular, shortened, classes in the mornings).

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 Mar 6

Have you commented on your child’s SeeSaw?
Thank you for your participation in your child’s conferences.  Your genuine interest in your child’s learning has a direct impact in your child’s attitudes and behaviors around learning.  We invite you to continue to engage in conversations about what your child is learning and how they acquire new understandings.  Teachers are posting many examples on SeeSaw and you are encouraged to comment on your child’s portfolio. Children enjoy reading parents’ comments and grow from this experience.  

Who we are..
You may have seen a couple of news articles and interviews related to Cotopaxi over the past couple of weeks.  We have been approached by different media representatives to speak about our approach to learning and how we attend to special needs. There seems to be growing interest in private and public education to provide environments where all students can access learning.  As an inclusive school, we firmly believe that all children can learn and have systems in place to support the needs of all of our learners.  Our families play an important role in this culture.  Your understanding of differences and appreciation for these differences results in inclusive actions.  I want to thank you for providing socially inclusive experiences for children outside of school.  We hear stories of beautiful friendships and these are thanks to you!

Inquiry Corner
As educators we focus on truly capturing what evidence of learning are student’s showing us to track their uniqueness, celebrate their success, and find next steps in learning. This week, our teachers will participate in a Professional Development, facilitated by the IBO, focused on Evidencing Learning where we deepen our understanding of monitoring, documenting, providing feedback, and reporting learning.  How do your children show you they have learned?  How can we as adults best gather evidence of learning to support the learning process?  How do parents and school partner together to deepen learning?

Upcoming Events
March 12-13: Kinder Session III Extracurricular Activities Online registration
March 19: Parent Workshop: How Do You Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem? 8:15 a.m., Library

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Feb26

Quarter 3
Time flies-February is already over and we are 4 weeks away from the end of the 3rd quarter and report cards. It is also time for students to reflect on their goals.

Seniors IB Mocks-Week of March 11th
Seniors should be getting ready-good luck everyone!

Thursday is a ½ day

After School help
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday, there is no after-school help since we have faculty meetings

Athletics
Feb. 27        Boys JV & Varsity Basketball  - AC plays at Einstein 
                    JV plays at 4:15 & Varsity at 5:45

College Counseling
Please see our updated calendar of university visits here

The TOEFL will take place at the ONE Institute on April 13th.  Register here as soon as possible as there are only 12 seats available.

Thank you!

Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Feb26

Much fun was had at the MS Social last Friday! The House Leaders organized a very special MS event. The Socials are a great way for students to interact positively, outside of regular school hours. Thank you for supporting the three yearly Socials!

Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer the second Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Wednesday, March 13 for a "deep dive" into the MS program, and an opportunity to experience MS classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about MS curriculum and our counseling program, we will then attend classes, and end the morning by coming together for a follow-up conversation. 

This event asks for a time commitment of 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. The presentation will be similar to the Parent Day we held in October, with different classes to visit.

Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

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

ES Feb 26

Dear Parents,

Thank you for engaging with your children to understand how and what they are learning.  We are so incredibly grateful to see them grow in so many ways!

You have seen the power of reading in our learning environments and how rich our classroom libraries are.  Our approach to literacy is aligned PK - 5 and we use a workshop model where students’ habits and attitudes set the foundation for skill building.  Reading is a foundational skill for sure and we ask you to reflect on how you partner with your child to role model and encourage the love for reading and development of this life-time skill. 

So, stop by our library and select some books to take with you on the break!

What you can do at home:
The power of reading at home is immense, not only due to the additional practice that children get, but also because of the important connections that are built around reading.  Reading with your child opens up possibilities for bonding, strengthening communication, imagining, laughing and growing together.  Regardless of their age, all children benefit from read alouds and conversations around books.  

Thinking of how many times we use reading in our daily lives  (when you arrive at an airport, you read when you look up directions on your phone, you read when you send or recieve an email, you read when you take an online course) helps us realize that reading is everywhere and it mandates much of what we do every day.  

Because of the importance of reading daily, we ask that every single one of our students reads every day and we appreciate parents’ support helping them fulfill the agreement we made at the  beginning of the school year, which involves making time and encouraging our children to read the books brought in the RED bags (and others if they want to!) daily.

Please find below some tips and information about reading.   The complete article can be found at: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/how-can-i-improve-my-childs-reading

What does research say about ways parents can help their children with reading?
The following suggestions have been beneficial to many parents:

  • Provide a good role model — read yourself and read often to your child.
  • Provide varied reading material — some for reading enjoyment and some with information about hobbies and interests.
  • Encourage activities that require reading — for example, cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying an interesting bird's nest or a shell collected at the beach (using a reference book).
  • Establish a reading time, even if it is only ten minutes a day.
  • Write notes to your school-age child; encourage written responses.
  • Ask your child to bring a library book home to read to a younger sibling or relative.
  • Establish one evening a week for reading (instead of television viewing).
  • Encourage your child in all reading efforts.

Thank you for helping your child to become a stronger reader!  It is one of the most precious gifts you can give him/her.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Feb 19

Dear High School parents,

We just had a good and busy week with the swim clinic, a music consultant from the US that some students have met, the QISSA games and AASSA tournament, the talent show, the Women Leadership conference on Friday and Saturday, the awesome ASB-led field day on Monday, the photographer for the seniors on Tuesday, Valentine’s day and the ASB-led rose deliveries,  the lovely decorations in the senior lounge made by senior mums, the Maia (Naviance replacement) Training on Friday for AC and sister schools in Quito...and I must be forgetting some stuff.

MAP and personalised learning
Mr. Voeller and I are working with 9th and 10th graders and their Math and English teachers to continue to use MAP data in a meaningful manner. Students are now setting personal goals for the next MAP session in May and they are meeting individually with their Math and English teachers to set up an personalised action plans with specific skills to work on and to be on the path to improvement. 

Seniors and last days/timeline
Last day of classes: May 1st (May 2nd: Throwback Thursday 1/2 day -non-academic day)
IB Exams start May 3rd. Schedule from the IB is here
Last day of Final AC exams is May 17th
Last day of IB Exams is May 24th. 

Athletics 
QISSA continues with Soccer games on Monday and Basketball games on Tuesday.
Feb. 18        JV Boys Soccer play at AC vs Americano
                    Varsity Soccer Play at Americano
Feb. 19        JV & Varsity Girls Basketball play at Americano
                    JV & Varsity Boys Basketball play at AC vs Americano
QISSA Games begin at 4:15. Back to back games will postpone the 2nd game to 5:30.
Feb. 22 - 23    JV Invitational Tournament at Alliance Academy 

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Feb 19

MS Social
Our second MS Social is this Friday, February 22, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in the Gym. MS Socials are organized by the MS House Leaders and are open to all MS students! 

This is a student only event, parents are not invited :) Please plan to drop your child off at 6:00pm and pick him/her up promptly at 8:00pm. It is never fun for a child to be the last one picked up, and it adds extra work for our teacher chaperones. Thank you.

Counselor’s Corner - from Aubrey
Thanks to all those who attended our Parent Workshop last week on Healthy Boundaries & Sexual Education. It coincided well with the start of our Sexual Health lessons in some MS classes. All students will be receiving the Sexual Health lessons at different points from now through May. As we emphasized in our workshop, it’s important to begin having these open and honest conversations with your children and creating the space to continue those conversations through adolescence. If you’re ever wondering where to start, an excellent resource for parents (and kids!) is kidshealth.org. They have articles geared towards many different developmentally age-appropriate topics in both English & Spanish. 

Thursday, February 28, is a half day for students, and a professional development afternoon for faculty. All MS students are to leave campus at 12:00pm on this day. Friday, March 1, is a regular school day.

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

ES Feb19

Dear Parents,
You will receive an invitation from your homeroom teachers to sign-up for our upcoming PK-K Share Day and Student Conferences for Grades 1-5 which will take place on Tuesday, February 26.  Please sign-up for a time that works for you and contact your teacher if you have any questions.  It is important that you have read your child’s report card before the conference.  If you need any help accessing the report card, please contact Maria Elena Pazmiño at mpazmino@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

Please do plan to be at school for about an hour.  Your child should attend with you as it is students who will be guiding you through their learning.  Teachers will also be present as facilitators.  This is a time for you to celebrate your child’s learning, and interact in positive ways.  When we acknowledge specific growth, provide positive feedback and actively engage with our children’s learning, we are feeding their self-esteem in powerful ways.  If you have multiple children, those who are not at a conference are welcome to come to the Elementary Office.  Please do not send children to unsupervised places around school.

Listen attentively to your child and observe the work samples as you reflect on how does your child learn. When you see the samples of work, focus on what your child can do.  A couple of examples that may help guide your observations:
Writing example:  If your child has written an amazingly persuasive essay and is reading it to you, listen for the content and the ideas.  Avoid focusing on spelling mistakes that may appear.  There are other samples where spelling may be the focus.
Math example:  Focus on the understanding of math concepts and the process that your child is going through.  How does your child think about math.  Avoid focusing on math scores or being “right” or “wrong.”

Here is what you should expect:
PK - K Share Day will take place in your homeroom classes according to the schedule.
Grades 1 - 5
-20 minutes in your homeroom class
-40 minutes to visit specials, go through lost’n found and stop by the Elementary Office

Inquiry Corner
One of the attribute of the Learner Profile is REFLECTIVE.  As defined by the PYP reflective means: “We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.” This week students will inquire into Goal Setting, where they will reflect on their own learning and determine areas of growth.  During this reflective process students will be inspired:

  • to ask reflective and learning process questions
  • to pursue personal aspirations,
  • to challenge themselves
  • to devise learning strategies
  • to develop the persistence
  • to take ownership of their learning

This process will empower students to lead their own learning!  What can we do as adults to foster Reflective practices within our lives? And children’s lives?

Upcoming Elementary School Events:
February 18-19: Gr4 Discover Ecuador
February 20-22: Gr5 Discover Ecuador
February 26: ES Parent Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL for ES students

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Feb12

Dear High School parents,

I hope that everyone had a nice break. Now we are back in full swing. We are 4 weeks away from the IB Mock exams for the senior class

Have a great week everyone

Clothing drive
Please support our Amnesty Club and contribute to the Clothing Drive for Venezuelan refugees.  The donation box is located in the High School Office.

QISSA games and AASSA Tournament
On February 14th, our Girls JV and Varsity Basketball teams will face Einstein at AC. The Varsity game begins at 4:15, and the JV game at 5:45.
On the same day, our Varsity Boys Soccer team will receive Einstein while our JV Boys Soccer team will travel to Einstein. Both games begin at 4:15.
On February 15 and 16, our Varsity Boys Basketball team and our Girls Varsity Soccer team will take part in the AASSA Tournament hosted by Colegio Einstein. The game schedule will be shared soon.
The February 12 Boys Basketball games have been rescheduled to the 27th of February due to calendar conflicts.

MAP goal setting
9th and 10th graders now have access to their MAP scores and will be setting goals with their Math and English teachers. Let’s continue to grow!

College Counseling
Courses options for 2019-2020
This past week 9-11 grade students were presented with information about their course options for next year. If you or your students have questions or would like to discuss academic planning please schedule a meeting with either Mr. Wasser or Ms. Keyes through the Counseling Office Secretary, Ms. Paula Luna: pluna@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

SAT on March 9th
For those of you interested in taking the SAT on March 9th (Registration deadline February 8), the ONE Institute will be offering SAT Preparation Courses starting February 4th. The classes will run from February 4th to February 28th, a total of 34 hours of instruction.  Classes will take place from 3:40-5:40pm Monday through Thursday.  Additionally, there is a Saturday only option available as well (February 2nd - April 27th: Saturdays 9am-12pm). This option will prepare you to take the SAT on May 4th.  The cost for either is $699.  If you are interested, please contact the One Institute immediately at theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

English Proficiency Testing
The TOEFL English Proficiency Test is an admissions requirement for a super-majority of university applications to the United States, Canada, and Europe.  The only country exception is the UK, where you must take the IELTS test.  

If you are a parent of an 11th grader, I definitely recommend that your student take an English Proficiency examination this year, as it is definitely something that you can get done this year.  Although there are other TOEFL iBT test centers in Quito, I definitely recommend using the ONE Institute Test Center.  Please do not delay in signing up as soon as possible.

For those of you who are parents of a student  in 11th or 10th grade and are considering a Summer Program, a Summer Program your student is applying to may require a TOEFL score.  If this is your case, I highly recommend signing up for the February 16th test date as soon as possible.

Below I have listed all the dates the ONE Institute will be providing the TOEFL iBT.  If you have any questions, concerns, or difficulty signing up on the TOEFL website, please do not hesitate to contact me at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 

TOEFL iBT - English Proficiency Test Dates at Academia Cotopaxi:
*February 16th, Saturday ( You must register by Monday, February 4th)
*April 13th, Saturday
*June 1st, Saturday

University Visits
Please see our updated list of university visits here.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Feb 12

I hope your children enjoyed the long weekend and that your family was able to take advantage of extended quality time together. Long weekend breaks allow us to fulfill part of our goal to teach students how to lead a balanced life. In Middle School, it is incredibly important to model taking time for work, play, and relaxation. If you ever have wonderings about how to to find the “right” balance for your family, please do not hesitate to contact any of your child’s teachers, Ms. Aubrey, or myself. We all have a wealth of experience with the Middle School age group!

MS Social
Our second MS Social is next Friday, February, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in the Gym. MS Socials are organized by the MS House Leaders and are open to all MS students! 

This is a student only event, parents are not invited :) Please plan to drop your child off at 6:00pm and pick him/her up promptly at 8:00pm. It is never fun for a child to be the last one picked up, and it adds extra work for our teacher chaperones. Thank you.

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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