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Student Led Conferences

HS

 

Next Tuesday, January 30, we will host our Student Led Conferences, we hope you are able to attend. Specialist teachers: Art, Music (Piano, Band, Orchestra), Design Tech, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Health and Physical Education teachers will be in the Learning Commons. Core course teachers: Economics, Math, Spanish, English, Social Studies and Sciences will be in their classrooms. If a conference is going on in a classroom or the Learning Commons, please wait a few minutes in order to speak to that teacher, or move onto a different teacher and return at a later time.

Students have reflected on their goals from Semester I. Many students have been successful in completing their Semester I goal, others have re-written a goal to make it more accessible. We have asked all students to provide evidence for their next goals, defining in which area they now need to turn their attention. Evidence may take the form of feedback from a teacher on a rubric, an essay, lab report, etc. in which your child would like to improve.

Our role during the SLC, both parents and teachers, is to listen and ask probing questions which require your child to think. Silence is a powerful motivator to provoke thinking and communication.

Please familiarize yourself with our Approaches to Learning (ATL) rubric. Much of our conversation on Tuesday will focus on how your child’s ATLs have developed during first semester and in which areas they should now focus. Again, we want our students and your child to be reflective here, he/she should be able to identify their strengths and areas of growth.

Our focus on ATL’s is clearly where education is headed for our next generation. With so much information being readily accessible by all, your child’s approach to learning will help define his/her ability to interact with that information in responsible, caring and creative ways.

Conferences will run from 8:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. We look forward to conferencing with your child.

Counseling Corner

Students in 9th-11th grades have been working on their course selections for next year. Please come see me during conferences or make an appointment if you would like to discuss your student’s path toward graduation.
FCD Follow-up: Check out this video that speaks about countries that allow earlier drinking ages, and the idea of an adolescent learning to drink.

IB Corner

Full IB Diploma candidates in grade 11 have started ToK and the EE this semester. Good luck to all of them as they are on this challenging academic track!

Cougar’s Corner

Athletics Teams have a busy week ahead. Our Varsity Teams will be playing at Menor for the QISSA Semi-Final round on Monday. On Tuesday morning, our Varsity Boys Basketball Team is heading to the CAISSA Tournament hosted by ISPS in Trinidad. The tournament runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Athletes will return on Sunday the 28th. On Tuesday, it is the turn of our JV Boys Basketball Team to play in the QISSA Semi-Finals. They are traveling to Alliance with the hope of securing a spot in the finals.

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

End of First Semester

MS

 

This marks the last week of Semester 1 for school year 2017-18. Thank you to everyone who has helped transition those of us who are new to AC this year - the AC community is incredibly welcoming and supportive. I know that we all feel privileged to be working together to help fulfill the Academia Cotopaxi mission.

I hope you are all staying healthy! In addition to taking advantage of the flu shot, it is important to help your children remember to stay hydrated, eat several servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and get enough sleep. The hour before bedtime is especially important for children (and all of us) to relax and begin to quiet the mind for a restful sleep.

Important Reminders

The Middle School first semester ends on Friday, January 26. Report cards will be available after February 2. Student schedules generally stay nearly the same from one semester to the next, with the exception of a change in some elective classes. If you have any questions about your child’s schedule, please contact me or Aubrey Jordan.

The second round of Middle School MAP testing takes place January 30, 31, and February 1. Please note this on your calendar and help ensure that your child is at school and especially well rested on these days. MAP test results will be distributed at Student Led Conferences on February 28.

The end of the year will come quickly, and it is not too early to begin thinking about the way in which we would like to farewell the Grade 8’s as they move on from Middle School. If you are interested in being part of a small committee to plan this event, please let me know.

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."

Connecting with the Outdoors

ES

 

Photo: Congratulations to our fourth graders who will be participating in their first overnight trip!

I would like to invite you to make an “outdoors plan” with your children.  Over and over again, students share with us how they engage with devices and television at home.  Fewer and fewer times, they are sharing that they play outside or interact with nature.  Connecting with the outdoors is extremely powerful for children and supports their development in incredible ways.  Outdoor activity also supports the building and strengthening of relationships.   

Your homeroom teachers send periodic information home regarding the units of study (PYP), academic learning targets and classroom activities.  We ask that you read these communications and look for connections to the learning at home.  Also, if you have any feedback or questions, do not hesitate to contact your teachers.  

Upcoming Events
January 31 - 4th Grade PYP Assembly
February 2 - Report Cards will be sent home electronically

Regards,

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

High School News

HS

 

Next Tuesday is our first semester awards assembly – 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium. This is an opportunity to celebrate the various skills and talents that our student body is developing--Academic success, Community Service progress and Activity leadership will be recognized. Congratulations to each student who is growing and developing as a community member.

I would like to ask all students to make very sure you are wearing your school uniform. If you do not wear it, you will not be allowed to receive your award on stage, but rather in the office once you are in uniform. Thank you parents for helping us ensure your child is representing our school in our uniform.

January is the month for students to make course choices for next school year. In February we will input all of the information in order to build the schedule. Please sit down with your child to ensure informed decisions are made. Ms. Keyes, Mr. Wasser, Mr. Bordaguibel and I are available to answer any questions you may have.

MAP tests

9th and 10th graders are taking their MAP test this week and next. Good luck and do the best you can!

IB Corner

On Jan 22nd, 10th grade parents and students are invited for their Grade 11 option sign-up morning. From 8.00 to 10.30
For our seniors taking IB exams in May, the Mocks exams are around the corner: March 12-16th. Let’s get ready!

College Counseling Corner

11th Grade Parents, please attend our College Counseling Orientation Meeting, next Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Cougar’s Corner

Last Friday’s activity Fair gave students the opportunity to join or lead an activity. Thank you to those students who are leading an activity.

The last game of the QISSA Round Robin Tournament will be on Wednesday the 17th. AC will play Einstein on that day. JV will be playing at home and Varsity will travel to Einstein.

On Friday, our JV Basketball team will travel to Guayaquil to play in the JV Invitational Tournament hosted by Inter American Academy.

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

Parent Involvement

MS

We have an amazing opportunity for parents on Wednesday, January 17. The counseling department is hosting a set of parent workshops on the topic of Effective Communication. Join us in the auditorium at 6:00pm for an informative evening. For more detailed information, please contact Aubrey Jordan or anyone on the counseling team.

It was wonderful to see so many Grade 8 parents on Friday at the HS information session. The end of the year will come quickly, and it is not too early to begin thinking about the way in which we would like to farewell the Grade 8’s as they move on from Middle School. If you are interested in being part of a small committee to plan this event, please let me know.

Important reminders

The Middle School first semester ends on Friday, January 26. Report cards will be available after February 2. Student schedules generally stay nearly the same from one semester to the next, with the exception of a change in some elective classes. If you have any questions about your child’s schedule, please contact me or Aubrey Jordan.

The second round of Middle School MAP testing takes place January 30, 31, and February 1. Please note this on your calendar and help ensure that your child is at school and especially well rested on these days. MAP test results will be distributed at Student Led Conferences on February 28.

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."

 

Future of Education

ES

Thank you to all the parents who attended our director’s session on the future of education.  It is so wonderful to engage in conversations that lead to strengthening the environment and opportunities for our students.   
Our Semester I ends on January 26, and this week and next, our teachers will be carrying out assessments and support student reflection of their own learning.  These assessments will also be used to help students to reflect on their personal academic and social/emotional goals.  Speaking about their own learning is an important skill and you can support that by engaging in celebrating their learning.

We remind you to continue to take precautions to support keeping your children healthy.  If you do have any questions about your child’s health, please do not hesitate to contact our medical office at psantacruz@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Important Dates

  • January 15 - 19 MAP Testing
  • January 17 - 6 p.m. Parent Workshop Series (Communicating with your children, Inclusion and Child Protection topics for Elementary) - Save the Date!
  • January 18 - 6 p.m. Piano Concert for Grades 4 and 5
  • January 31 - 4th Grade PYP Assembly

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

Happy New Year

HS

 

Happy New Year! Welcome to the second semester at Academia Cotopaxi. It was nice to see our students reconnecting with each other first thing Monday morning. The HS Faculty and I are proud of our students’ efforts and results for the first semester and look forward to improving on those during Semester II.

Students in Grades 8-11 have some important decisions to make in the next few weeks regarding course selection for next school year. Please be on the look-out for the sign-up sheet coming home and our forms that support these decisions including minimum grade requisites for IB coursework, Science and Math pathways, and credit requirements for the US, IB and Ecuadorian Diplomas.

Student Goal Setting Conferences - January 30 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please plan on attending to learn about your child’s progress towards first semester goals and his/her new thinking for Semester II. One study shows that students who set goals and regularly check-in to those goals demonstrating 30% greater academic success.

MAP testing next week for 9th and 10th graders

Friendly reminder about MAP testing that will take place from Jan 15th to Jan 26th. This is for 9th and 10th graders and it will take place during HPE and Dance classes.

IB Corner

Monday, January 22 - Grade 10 Course Sign-up Conferences

College Counseling Corner  

Great college admissions results continue to arrive. Congratulations to many members of our Senior class!
In February, College Counseling Workshops will begin for Grade 11 students.

HS Counseling Corner

We had an important start to greater collaboration between home and school with our parent meeting in December. If you are interested in helping to develop our student wellness programming further, please contact the counselor - dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Cougar’s Corner

Come out and support!
We have a busy first month for our athletes in 2018. QISSA League continues with three games this week:
Jan 8, AC vs Alliance - Varsity @ home
Jan 10, AC vs Einstein - Varsity @ home
Jan 11, AC vs Menor - JV @ home

IAA in Guayaquil will be hosting the JV Invitational Tournament on the 19th and 20th, and ISPS in Trinidad will be hosting the CAISSA tournament from January 24th to the 28th.

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

A New Year

MS

 

Happy 2018! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. The students are full of stories of holiday happenings; it sounds like we were all able to take full advantage of the vacation time.

End of Semester

The Middle School first semester ends on Friday, January 26. Report cards will be available after February 2. Student schedules generally stay nearly the same from one semester to the next, with the exception of a change in some elective classes. If you have any questions about your child’s schedule, please contact me or Aubrey Jordan.

MAP

The second round of Middle School MAP testing takes place January 30, 31, and February 1. Please note this on your calendar and help ensure that your child is at school and especially well rested on these days. MAP test results will be distributed at Student Led Conferences on February 28.

Grade 8 Parents

This Friday, January 12, all GRADE 8 PARENTS are invited to learn about Grade 9 class options. The HS is hosting an assembly at 2:00pm in the auditorium for all Grade 8 students and their parents. We hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend, please contact Garth Wyncoll, HS Principal, to receive the relevant information.

PD Day

Monday, January 15 is a half day for students, as all AC Faculty will be engaged in professional development. All students are dismissed at noon and should leave campus directly.
I am excited to continue the community building we began in 2017 and look forward to personally wishing you a happy new year.

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."

A New Year

ES

Happy New Year to each of you and your families!  We are excited to begin 2018 and continue learning with your children.  These next weeks are filled with moments of reflection, understanding our growth and making plans to reach our goals.  It is amazing to watch young minds as they use sophisticated thinking to admire their work, map out next steps and act accordingly.  Your children are such an inspiration for each of us.

Thank you for providing engaging opportunities for them during the break!  We have heard so many awesome stories and what is evident is that your children enjoy the time with you tremendously.  

We have been reminding our students to follow recommendations to keep themselves healthy.  Please help your children to pack healthy snacks, to follow general guidelines when feeling sick (washing hands, protecting mouth when coughing, staying home when ill to get better faster and avoid getting others sick), to be kind to others and to also seek adult help when needed.

We appreciate your continued engagement and invite you to participate in the following events:

January 11 - Parent Representative meeting at 10 a.m. - Elementary Office
January 11 - PTSA Coffee at 10:30 a.m.
January 11 - 4th grade Parent meeting for Discover Ecuador - 3 p.m. Ms. Nicole Sanchez’s room
January 12 - 5th grade Parent meeting for Discover Ecuador - 2 p.m. Mr. Stephen Finney’s room
January 17 - 6 p.m. Parent Workshop Series (Communicating with your children, Inclusion and Child Protection topics for Elementary) - Save the Date!
January 18 - 6 p.m. Piano Concert for Grades 4 and 5
January 31 - 4th Grade PYP Assembly

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

HS News

HS

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

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