Senior students are now in prep mode. Most of the IB curricula has been covered and teachers are now beginning to provide mock exam feedback, opportunities to practice exam skills and have students freshen up on year I material in order to be primed for success come May. These next six weeks often make a difference of a full point on an IB exam. Use your time well and good luck!

Attendance for Seniors is extremely important during this phase. We will continue to be vigilant and ask for parental/guardian support as well. If a Senior leaves campus during the school day it must be for a valid reason (Dr visit, Visa work, etc). Thank you for your support.

Seniors have earned the right to wear comfortable study clothes for the remainder of the school year. Underclassmen, while we acknowledge are working hard, have yet to achieve this status. Please ensure your child comes to school in the school uniform until exam week in June.

Counseling Corner
During this past week our seniors were taking Mock Exams and for many of them their stress level was high. As we finish our 3rd quarter, working on stress reduction is key for all of our students to be able to manage challenges and move forward, sometimes called “resilience.”  You can check out some tips from Harvard University to teach your children and also model good stress management yourself!

  • Meditation or deep breathing:  helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, and stress hormones.
  • Reframe it:  Try to focus on the positive side of a situation.
  • Lean on your social network: Share your stress or worries with trusted friends and family.
  • Cultivate positive thinking:  Write down or tell someone three positive things each day.
  • Laugh more: Really! Laughing can also decrease stress hormones in the body and build up your immune system to keep you healthy.
  • Be optimistic: Envision a positive, or successful outcome.

IB Corner
The Mock exam week for the seniors is over, but there are still some Mock papers taking place in class this week. Good luck everyone!

College Counseling Corner
We have a big week coming up with 14 universities visiting us in total!

Indiana University and Loyola Marymount University visiting us on Monday, Loyola University of New Orleans visiting us on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday the Linden Fair rolls in.  

The Linden Fair will include Ball State University, Johnson and Wales University, La Roche College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, St. Peter's University, The State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Rhode Island.  

Finally on Friday, the University of Vermont and Marymount Manhattan College will pay us a visit.  All these visits will occur in the High School Commons during High School Lunch, 11:55 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.  

Looking a little farther ahead, 12th grade Parents, on April 12th, I will be presenting on the “Transition to University.”  This presentation will focus on the visa process, the transition for both students and parents, and college life.  I hope you will be able to attend at 8 a.m.  

As always, feel free to contact me at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec if you have any questions or concerns.

Cougar’s Corner
Congratulations to our swimmers who participated in the weekend Meet at Rancho. Swimmers put in three good days of competition. Well done! This is the first time our swim team has been invited to the Rancho Meet - Coaches Braganza, Stacy, Wyncoll and Villacis must be doing something right!

QISSA:            3/19    Varsity @ Home, JV @ Einstein
                        3/21    Varsity @ Menor, JV @ Home

Swim Team:    3/23    Swim Clinic w/Megan Romano
                        3/24    Swim Clinic w/Megan Romano
                        3/25    Swim Clinic w/Megan Romano

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal