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We celebrated the Swim Team yesterday during a special assembly in which Mr. Fuentes highlighted the relationship between hard work and results. As exams approach, this is a timely reminder that hard work pays dividends and that better results are within reach if your child puts in the time and effort. Semester exams are worth 20% of the final semester grade that will appear on each student’s transcript.

Our Exam Schedule is here.

Guidance Corner - Many thanks to the parents who met at the Anthony’s home last Friday morning to discuss safe practices for our students with regards to alcohol and drugs. This is a great initiative that we want to support for the health of our student body.

IB Corner

Since IB courses are mostly based on exam performance (between 70 to 80% depending on the courses) semester exams are a good indication of future success. So, buckle up and do the best you can!

College Counseling Corner - Our final college visit of the calendar year occurred yesterday with Dalhousie University from Eastern Canada sharing their programs with a few interested students. The bulk of our visiting representatives visit in the Fall. This year we have had over 150 schools from the US, Canada and Europe visit Academia Cotopaxi.

Cougar’s Corner

QISSA Games continue this week. On Tuesday AC faces Menor. Come on out and cheer on our squads!

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Holiday Season

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The first day of school feels like yesterday, and here we are nearly at Winter Break. I would like to extend my personal thanks and gratitude for your continued support of the Middle School. As a community of parents, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, we are all committed to enhancing one another’s lives. I feel deeply fortunate to step on the Academia Cotopaxi campus each day, and be a part of this community. We have a week and a half until the long holiday break and each of those days will be filled with learning and continued community building. Whenever you are on campus, please stop by and say hello, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know you, and it helps me to best support your children. The weeks leading up to school break and holiday time can be stressful, hectic, busy, and fun! I hope you are able to enjoy all of it with family and friends!

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

 

Celebrating your traditions

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Special aromas, familiar sounds, and decorative sights… We can all probably relate with special times during our childhood celebrating Holidays in different ways.  Your children will have opportunities to engage in traditions with you and these will also stay with them for the rest of their lives.  We do know that these are busy times which can be stressful for children, take them out of their routines, and bring out different reactions. You can support your children by providing relaxing experiences and giving them the best gift of all - your time and affection.

Library Resources

Please keep in mind that all parents are welcome to use our library resources.  Stop by before the break to check-out books that you can read with your children.  You are also welcome to check-out books for your personal reading. 

Schedule for the PK - 2nd Grade Concerts

  • PreK and Kinder concert is Friday, December 15th at 9:30am
  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 concert is on Thursday, December 14th at 2:00pm.

Last day of school for 2017 is December  20.  This is a half day.  We come back to school on January 8, 2018.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

High School News

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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
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

MS Celebrates Quito Days

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Friday was fun and festive in the Middle School! Thank you to all parents who were able to join us in the auditorium on Friday morning to experience skits, songs, dances, and shows about Quito. The MS Spanish classes learned Spanish language as well as cultural heritage during the weeks leading up to the presentations. A big congratulations to Ms. Paola Braganza and Ms. Maria del Carmen Zavala, the MS Spanish department, for their dedication and passion for Quito!

After School Activities

The first session of extra-curricular activities are finished, but MS Sports continues. Additionally, a few special activities (eg: Choir and Math homework help) will also continue until December break. If you have questions about specific activities, please contact me or the activity teacher leader.
Please remember that Middle School students are not allowed on campus, unsupervised, after 3:00pm. We have seen an improvement in after school incidents, and still need to remind a few students of this expectation. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep all students safe.

Schedule

We all look forward to celebrating Fiestas de Quito with a local holiday on Wednesday. On Thursday, students are dismissed at 12:00, and faculty will spend the afternoon immersed in schoolwide curriculum alignment work. Friday is a regular school day.

From Aubrey, MS Counselor

Every Monday we dedicate one class block to connecting with students in small groups, through our mentor classes. This month, we focused on the IB Learner Profile attribute Principled:

To act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. To take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

To get students starting to think about the term Principled and its application to their own lives, mentor groups actively engaged in lessons on bullying, identity and privilege. Each of these lessons addressed an overarching theme of recognizing, respecting, and appreciating individual differences and reflecting on one’s own experiences of being marginalized.  

Key terms defined and discussed throughout the month included the following:
Privilege - an advantage or benefit available to an individual or a group of people
Bullying - unwanted, unkind and/or aggressive behavior that happens repeatedly. There is an imbalance of power, whether real or perceived. This can come from someone being bigger, older, stronger, perceived as more popular, confident, having more friends, etc.
Bystander - someone who witnesses bullying but does not get involved
Upstander - a person who knows what’s happening is wrong and does something to make things right, by ways such as:

  • Supporting the victim in private—showing concern and offering kindness
  • Standing with the victim and saying something
  • Mobilizing others to join in and stand up to the bully
  • Alerting an adult

We encourage you to ask your child about the lessons and how they might apply them in their own lives.

Enjoy the celebrations on Wednesday!
With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotopaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

 

 

The Gift of Words

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In the spirit of the holidays, we would like to highlight the power of positive words.  We invite you to join our Gift of Words campaign which will run through December 20.  At school, students will be invited to use positive messages and then post these in our elementary tree which we envision being filled with gifts of words.  At home, catch your children doing things that are commendable and slip them little notes of appreciation with drawings for little ones and specific written comments for older ones.  Celebrate your children for things like putting their things away, giving you a hug spontaneously, helping to bring in groceries, using kind words with others, putting on their seat belts, using manners at the table, smiling at grandparents, remembering to brush their teeth, reading daily, bringing joy to your family… so many celebratory possibilities.  

So, Let’s light up this season with kindness!

Celebrate our host city on Wednesday, December 6 (no school) and please remember that we have a half-day for professional development on Thursday, December 7.  We will have a normal schedule on Friday, December 7.

Here are the schedules for the PK - 2nd grade concerts:

  • PreK and Kinder concert is Friday, December 15th at 9:30am
  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 concert is on Thursday, December 14th at 2:00pm.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

High School News

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Many thanks for your contributions to our Thanksgiving Day Gift and Food Drive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Louisa T., a Grade 11 student who spearheaded this drive and worked to make her dream a reality. High School students who attended school on Thursday, experienced a wonderful day of being useful, thinking about others and enjoying the collaborative spirit of fellowship.

On Friday afternoon, students will present their Grade Level Fiestas de Quito Performances. I hope you will join in the fun and their efforts at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Last week Freedom from Chemical Dependency visited our school, met with many students and delivered a message to parents. Ms. Delaney Keyes-Voeller will begin scheduling parent coffees so that you have the opportunity to create agreements around parties that your child attends.  Please speak to your child about the dangers around consumption drugs and alcohol.

CAISSA games begin Thursday. I’ll see you in the stands supporting our student-athletes.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

 

Fiestas de Quito!

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The positive energy on campus last week was palpable as we all reflected on gratitude and participated in a community wide service project. I hope you had the opportunity to talk about this event at home and that your child could articulate the reason for contributing to service. The ethic of service is important to our entire school community and we plan to keep infusing it into our practices in new and unique ways throughout the school year.

Fiestas de Quito

Our next big event is a celebration of Quito Days! The Middle School Spanish classes have been in Quito Days preparation mode for several weeks. Ask your child how s/he will be involved in the celebration and I am sure you will learn all about this special day. The Middle School Quito Days presentation is on Friday, December 1, 9:00 - 10:30 am. Parents are invited to attend and help us celebrate Quito!

I will be away for the later part of this week, attending a teacher recruitment fair in Atlanta. This fair will give me the opportunity to develop connections with our AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) partner schools, and to recruit for educators who embody the AC mission.

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."

Elementary News

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What an amazing community!  I want to thank each of you for contributing to our Holiday Drive (200 family meals, 600 toys, 900 bags of candy, hundreds of bags, more than 1,000 cards...). I invite you to continue conversations with your children to create awareness of issues that we face in our society and how we can help.  We learn from each of the families who we will have given a meal and toys to and they are extremely grateful for the items, but even more grateful for the respectful visits to their homes.  We want to hear from you to make next year’s campaign even better.   Please complete a short survey to give us your feedback at the following link.

Upcoming Fiestas de Quito

Students are learning about their host city and will celebrate Quito on Tuesday, December 5.  All parents are invited as per the following schedule:

3rd, 4th and 5th grade will be at 8:15 a.m.- 9:15  outside the Auditorium
1st grade and 2nd grade will be at 9:30 - 10:25 in the Auditorium
PK - Kinder program will be in the gymnasium at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec

 

High School News

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Freedom from Chemical Dependency is here. Mr. Eduardo Torres returned to AC again this year, his third year straight of working with our community regarding alcohol and drug use. He presented the latest Brain Research regarding the effects of alcohol and drug use on the teenage brain. He also suggested that some common agreements need to be made as grade level communities so that weekend parties are safe and promote healthy decisions.

Thank you for your support of the Gift Drive. Boxes are coming in to support our wider community and our students are eager to help on Thursday. I hope your child will attend school on Thursday. Your support of this initiative by having your child attend and be useful helps us develop empathy within our student body and gain momentum for our CAS Program in the HS.

Exams are three weeks away. Thank you for supporting your child by helping him/her maintain a calendar of study, planning time for each course to be ready for exams. We shared the exam schedule with all students, please ask your child to review it with you.

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

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