This is our final week for 43 Cotopaxi students. On Friday evening, our Graduating Class of 2018 will walk the stage and receive their diplomas. I welcome all community members to watch two events this week. On Thursday, we celebrate the Senior class with their Final Roll Call in the gym at 10:30 a.m. This is a loud, celebratory event in which Seniors are called to walk in front of the whole school. Then on Friday, Graduation begins at 6:00 p.m. I think you will enjoy the events and I know our Seniors will appreciate your best wishes.

This Senior Class has earned over six million dollars in scholarships from universities. I would like to thank Mr. Lysha Wasser for his efforts at AC’s College Counselor. Congratulations to all!

Underclassmen will sit exams from June 6-11. Capstone Presentations will occur in the afternoons of June 12-14. Our final High School Awards Assembly will take place at 8:00 a.m. on June 15. Thank you for attending!

IB Corner 
There is still time for the seniors to send me their request to send their IB results to Colleges and Universities.

Our IB 1 students are busy with many IB tasks and the Extended Essay detailed outline, due before the summer. 3 more weeks, but quite packed! 

College Counseling Corner 
11th graders: 
Now is an excellent time to ask your teachers for your confidential letters of recommendation.  If you are planning on applying to universities in the United States, you will definitely need at least one, possibly two letters of recommendation.  These letters should come from an 11th or 12th grade teacher, ideally from a subject area that connects well to what you are planning on studying.  Do not hesitate on this.  Teachers need to write many letters of recommendation and you definitely want your teacher beginning to write your letter now as opposed to late fall next year.  Ask your teachers now!

Please sign up for the October SAT now.  Registration is open and there is no good reason to not reserve a seat now.  Seats do fill up and you don’t want to be dealing with that stress later.

Cougar Corner
Last night we celebrated our student athletes at our Sports Awards Assembly. Here is a list of our major award winners:
Scholar Athlete of the Year 
(we had 7 students who met the high standards of participating in two or more seasons of sport AND maintaining a GPA of 6.25 or higher throughout)
David Anthony
Ethan Anthony
Victoria Anthony
Isabella Beltran
Nour Khamis
Isabel Paredes
Romina Weng
Female Athlete of the Year: Gabriela Landinez
Male Athlete of the Year: Antonio Pereira

Service Learning Campaigns
Below are opportunities for your families to contribute to different service learning campaigns from different divisions.  All donations can be brought to the elementary office.

First Graders’ Invitation!
Grade one students are taking action to help provide the Venezuelan refugees with items they need such as food, water and money. They will be using their PYP assembly to both collect donations and sell items to raise money to help the refugees. To make this action as successful as possible we need as many donations as we can get. The slide show will explain what items people can donate. Please feel free to drop off donations at any grade one classroom or the elementary office: Grade 1 Donation Request for Venezuela
Backpacks and thoughtful cards...
The backpack and school supply drive begins this week.  Share with your children that they can donate their used backpacks for children who cannot afford backpacks.  This is a great opportunity for children to get involved.  We encourage children to write a letter that will go in the backpack with well wishes for a great new school year for the child who will receive their backpack.
Newspaper needed!
Emily, a 10th grade student, is conducting a newspaper drive to complete her GIN project:  "Weaving for Venezuelans", which consists on creating and selling paper baskets to raise funds for Venezuelan refugees. 

Support local orphanage with infant formula & powdered milk
From Julia, a Middle School student, “The objective of my project is to help Hogar Para sus Niños in every way possible. I visit to provide support and also ask for donations for their 52 children (26 babies and 26 kids).  I will hold a drive for powdered milk from the May 21 to June 1. The donations will be taken to the orphanage on June 10th.”  See Julia’s video invitation here.

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal