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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.

Uniforms
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

 

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Lifelong Learning

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In a school setting, we keep student learning and well being at the forefront of every decision. To foster a growth minded culture and imbue an ethos of lifelong learning, all community members are offered personal and professional growth opportunities. This week at AC our faculty and staff have several such opportunities. Spanish teachers will meet with a language consultant, our learning support team will delve into “Supporting and Measuring Growth For Students with Learning Differences,” Teacher Leaders will attend a workshop on school leadership, and several of our faculty will be presenting at and/or attending the AASSA Educators Conference here in Quito. It is an exciting week of growth, with experiences tailored to help us refine our practice of personalizing learning for your child.
 
From the MS Counselor
Continuing on with our theme of emotions, we have been working with all Middle School students during Cougar Time to learn the skills to identify and manage strong emotions. The learning targets for this week's lesson were for students to be able to identify a list of coping skills to practice with, become more aware of their emotional responses, and to reflect or reframe the situation before reacting.
 
As the article Adolescence and Processing Painful Emotion suggests, schools should "offer middle school students a class in understanding emotion and emotional self-management."  At Academia Cotopaxi we recognize the importance of Social-Emotional learning which is why we use Cougar Time to address these needs. When you get a free moment this week, please read and use the information in this article to help you connect with your child and open up a conversation about emotions.
 
I hope you have a delightful week.
With kind regards,

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."

 

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Elementary School

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Photo: Collaborative art expressions based on play and synergy

This is a busy week for our elementary students and families.  We have kicked-off with the visit of the first candidate for director position.  As he toured our elementary, Bill Kralovec (candidate for Director of AC) noticed that children were happy, working collaborative, and teachers were active and enthusiastic.  It is always great to see observers describe the amazing learning that happens in our school.

On Tuesday, March 13, we will host an Inspiration Project Showcase for grades 3-5 beginning at 8:10.  Thank you for supporting your children to pursue their passions and develop their personal interests.  Then, on Wednesday, March 14, students who are in the Talent Show will have a dress rehearsal at 3:10.  Please make sure that if your child is staying for the dress rehearsal, you have completed a Change of Transportation Form.  All students staying for the dress rehearsal must be accompanied by a parent.

Third Grade students are gearing up for their PYP presentation on Friday, March 16.  All Third Grade parents are invited to attend.  The PYP assembly will begin at 8:10 a.m.  All PYP assemblies have an inquiry focus and highlight the different PYP profile attributes.  These student designed and student implemented assemblies provide a wonderful opportunity for children to showcase their learning, and for other students to learn from their peers.  If you would like to read more about the PYP (Primary Years Program), we invite you to browse the IB PYP website.

I look forward to seeing you here for the (Director of AC) candidate presentations.  Your elementary perspective on the candidates is truly important for the future of our school.  

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

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Congratulations to our Fine and Performing Arts students and faculty for putting on such a great Arts Festival last week. Students had orchestra and drama performances and our art students displayed their efforts. Well done to all!

Counseling Corner - Last week I shared with you information on adolescent brain development, decision-making, and understanding of others’ perspectives. While high school students are developing their abilities to understand others they are also highly focused on their peers. This is a great time in their lives to help your children think beyond themselves and toward developing purpose in their lives. Check out this article from Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, which summarizes research the latest research on how to:

1. Support teens’ beyond-the-self interests
2. Discuss values and character strengths
3. Facilitate activities that enhance empathy and perspective-taking
4. Expose teens to diverse perspectives
5. Model empathy and prosocial behavior as an adult

IB Corner - Seniors are taking their IB Mock exams this week. Good luck to everyone!
Juniors have now selected their Extended Essay topic and they all have a supervisor. The Extended Essay is a 4000 word research paper that all full IB DIploma candidates write. This is a big time commitment and we wish them all the best for this IB core component. Juniors have also been busy working with Mr. Cadenas and Mr. Voeller to run the annual K-5 Talent Show this Friday-come watch and support our Elementary School students!

College Counseling Corner - A very busy week here at Academia Cotopaxi!  We will have three universities visiting us on Monday, a Canadian College Fair on Tuesday, and another College Fair on Wednesday.  Please take a look at our College Counseling Calendar for more details.  11th graders are highly encouraged to take the TOEFL iBT this year and register for the May SAT.  Mr. Wasser will be doing a site visit at the European Business School in Barcelona on Thursday and Friday.  He will be checking email at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec. Our 3rd Session of the College Counseling Workshop will take place on Monday.  Our 2nd Session topics are available here.  

Cougar’s Corner -

Girls Basketball
3/12    @    4:00pm    Friendly             Varsity @ AC vs Los Pinos
3/13    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Alliance
3/14    @     3:30pm   Torneo América Latina    Varsity @ América Latina
3/15    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Menor

Boys Soccer
3/13    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Alliance
3/15    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Menor

Swimming @ Club Rancho San Francisco
3/16    @    6:00pm - 9:00pm                
3/17    @    8:00am - Until it’s over...

Have  a great week!

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Fine Arts Festival

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Phenomenal (very remarkable, extraordinary)! This is the word that best describes Fine Arts Festival for a multitude of reasons. Student engagement, faculty dedication, performance calibur, collaboration, risk taking, and more! The Festival was successful because of each one of our incredible faculty members - their willingness to offer workshops, lead students, conduct city wide ensembles, and model flexible thinking was remarkable. Next time you are on campus, be sure to thank them for providing these special days of experiential learning for your children. It was a true example of our school community coming together to promote learning. We are also grateful to the PTSA and parent volunteers for providing snacks, leading workshops, and supporting the event!
 
From the MS Counselor
In the Middle School, it's always important to remind ourselves of the significant amount of changes our students are going through, not just physically and hormonally, but socially as well. I'd encourage you to read this article, Social Challenges of Middle School, on the social challenges your children might face during the middle school years, and how you might be able to provide some support. And, speaking as the school counselor, I want you to know you are not alone in this process.

As a reminder, Friday, March 23 is a half day for students. All students will be dismissed at noon and should leave campus. Thank you.
I hope you have a delightful week.

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."

 

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Elementary News

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We recently had Eddie Tuduri visit our school.  Mr. Tuduri is the founder of TRAP - The Rhythmic Arts Project which we have adopted and used in IMAGINE and are beginning to use in our elementary division.   During his inspiring visit, we were all reminded of the power of interactions and the effect that rhythm and sensory experiences can have on performance.   We invite you to talk to your children about their learning in music, what attracts them to certain sounds, beats and rhythms and to bring music into your homes.  In school, your children are composing, performing and appreciating many forms of music!

This week we also celebrate the Fine Arts Festival on Thursday and Friday, so ask your children about their interests in these areas.  Students in grades 1 - 5 will attend the concerts on Thursday and Friday.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

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Senior students will begin Mock Exams next week. These IB exams are given under the exact same conditions and expectations that they will encounter in May. Most IB Diploma Program schools provide mock exams for students as they really help students understand the experience and prepare them to do their best in May. Please help your Senior be well rested, well fed and ready for next week.

Counseling Corner - Do you ever wonder why adolescents think, react, and make decisions the way they do? This past week, our 9th, 10th, and 12th graders participated in a lesson on note taking skills and adolescent brain development. You can check out the video here. What do you think? What does your son or daughter think? Does this make you think any differently about how to problem solve with your kids?

Also, need a little dose of happiness? Check out this Month of Happiness calendar from Berkeley University.

IB Corner - IB Mock exams are coming next week (March 12th-16th). All Seniors taking IB exams in May will take the Mock Exams in March and will therefore be excused from class. Here is the schedule. This is excellent preparation for the final IB exams in May, so let’s do the best we can. Good luck!

Seniors who do not take any IB exams in May are expected to attend normal classes during that week.

College Counseling Corner -  11th grade parents, attached you will find the latest installment of the 11th Grade College Counseling Workshop.  Next week 10th and 11th graders will focus on the communication skills necessary in order to have success at our College Fairs.

Have  a great week!

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Fine Arts Festival

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It was wonderful to see nearly all of you at Student Led Conferences last week and engage in stimulating conversations about ways in which we can all work together to enhance student learning. I always welcome your feedback on how to make the Middle School the best it can be!

Fine Arts Festival
This is a big week for the arts! We start on Wednesday morning with a short MS piano concert, and then dedicate all day Thursday and Friday to arts related workshops and performances. We are honored to host several band groups on Thursday from schools around Quito, and the same for orchestra on Friday. Each day the band / orchestra students will be collaborating all morning, and performing for us in the afternoon. An enormous thank you to Allison Schmidtke and Aimon Dwan for the phenomenal amount of passion and energy they have put into organizing this special experiential learning event!

I hope you have a delightful week.

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."

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High School News

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Congratulations to our athletes and coaches who participated this past weekend in the AASSA Tournament. The Girls Soccer team ended in 5th position and it was evident in their game vs. Americano just how far they had progressed this season. The Boys team ended 4th and challenged Menor throughout the final game. They too improved throughout the season and played their best games of the season this weekend--a testament to each of the student’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the Varsity sports program and to their coaches. Thank you to PJ Miller, M. Estupinan and S. Cevallos. Thank you Mr. Fuentes for running a smooth tournament.

Our Grade 11 students spent Global Citizenship time today with Mr. Wasser, our College Counselor. This is session one of three that he will run our Juniors through this semester. Mr. Wasser has a wonderful program and I welcome you to set up a time to meet with him to get to know you and your child better in the near future.

Counseling Corner -
Thank you to all 9-11th grade parents for helping your students choose their courses for next year. If you have any additional concerns or questions about your student’s plans please schedule a meeting with one of the counselors through Andrea - alajoi@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

We are also continuing to collaborate with our parent representatives to provide more prevention and wellness information to parents. Here is a quiz from FCD to test your knowledge about marijuana facts and to have a conversation at home with your child. You can complete the 8 questions and then click “view accuracy” to see how you did.

IB Corner -
Seniors who take IB are registered to take IB exams in May will write their Mock exams in two weeks. A lot of preparation goes into this-good luck to everyone!

College Counseling Corner -
Our College Counseling Workshop starts this Monday during Global Citizenship.  Please take this time to talk with our son and daughter about what they are accomplishing.  I will be asking your student to fill out an interview sheet they will use in soliciting letters of recommendation and we will also be setting up usernames and passwords for the SAT, TOEFL iBT, and the Common Application.  If you have not made an appointment with Mr. Wasser, please do so at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec.  This week we will have NYU Abu Dhabi visit us on Tuesday and Brock University visit us on Thursday.  Both visits will occur at lunch in the HS Commons.  

Cougar’s Corner -
Athletics Season #3 gets underway this week with Boys Soccer and Girls Basketball. We will have Open Field and Open Court from 4:00 to 5:45 on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27. Varsity Tryouts will be on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 from 4:00 to 5:45.
6:00pm buses will be available Monday through Thursday.
Swimming continues its season with a home meet on March 2nd from 3:00 to 6:00.

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Student Led Conferences

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We look forward to seeing you at Student Led Conferences on WEDNESDAY! You should have received an email from your child’s mentor teacher with a form to sign up for a twenty minute conference session. During this meeting, your child will present his/her ePortfolio of learning and there will be time for conversation with the mentor teacher. This style of conference allows students the opportunity to practice presentation skills, and allows parents to engage in meaningful conversations about student learning in the Middle School. Additionally, all teachers will be available for “drop-in” conversations between 7:45 - 8:30am and 1:30 - 2:00pm. See you then!

MS Social  
Our March MS Social takes place this FRIDAY, 6:00 - 8:00pm, in the Gym. Students should arrive at the Social on time and must be picked up promptly at 8:00pm. The social is only for MS students, and faculty chaperones. Sorry, parents are not invited :)

House Has Talent
The High School house leaders are organizing the annual House Has Talent show. The show will be on Friday, at 1:30pm, in the auditorium.

Fine Arts Festival
We still need a few parent volunteers to lead workshops at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and the MS will spend these two days participating in workshops, musical concerts, and art displays. We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success! Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link (form in Spanish)  for more information and to sign up. You do not need to be an artist to lead a workshop. If you are looking for ideas, please let me know. Thank you!

Have a wonderful week.

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."

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