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Elementary News

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Over the recent weeks, I have had different conversations with children regarding what they do at home.  It is delightful to hear about how they interact with you, play outside, have family dinners and work on their personal interests or inspiration projects, leveraging technology in positive ways. I have also heard children sharing how much screen time they have and the types of games that they are playing. Some of the games that they mention, the times of day that they are connected and the online friends that they have are not necessarily appropriate for their age.  When we hear about that, we call parents in and share the information with them.  

Just as we are careful about the interactions our children have with strangers, I invite you to reflect on how intentional you are regarding online safety and keeping your children safe in relation to their online practices and interactions. Below are a couple of sites you can visit and empower yourself with information and ideas.

https://www.commonsense.org/
https://www.fosi.org/

During conferences, our technology team will be available to help you if you would like to talk about family contracts for online practices, online safety, device protections, and more.  They will be in the library along with the rest of the specialists.

Student Conferences
Wednesday, February 28 are elementary and middle school conferences.  Please contact your teacher if you have not been able to sign-up.  On Wednesday, you will need to plan for about an hour for each child. If you have more than one child, siblings are welcome in our elementary office area to wait for their brother-sister to have their conference so that you can devote all your attention to each child.  Conferences for PK and K are only for parents.  Specialists from all grades will be in the library and Spanish teachers will be in their rooms to speak to students and parents in grades 1-5.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

HS

Course sign-up sheets are due. Please make sure you have signed your child’s HS Course request form. This information is important and without this input your child may not be able to attend the classes he/she is hoping for next school year. Thank you for your assistance.

Cougar Buddies
HS students enjoyed the opportunity to learn together with their young Cougar Buddies yesterday. They worked together to discover more about each other and the theme of friendship, kindness and community.

AASSA
Please come out and watch our Cougar’s in action this Friday at Academia Cotopaxi. We will be hosting the AASSA Championships. Semi-finals and Finals will be played on Saturday. Go Cougars!

Student Safety
Bag Checks will begin this week.

Regards,

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Middle School News

MS

 

Student Led Conferences
We look forward to seeing you at Student Led Conferences on February 28. 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 - 8:30 am and 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

Fine Arts Festival
We are in need of 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! Concert times are 1:00 pm on both March 8 and 9. Band will perform on Thursday, and Orchestra on Friday.

MS Social  
Our March MS Social takes place on March 2, 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. Auditions happen at lunch the week of February 19 - 23 (students audition based on their house) and the talent show is on March 2, at 1:30pm, in the auditorium.

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you on campus soon.

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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Celebrating Growth, Goal setting and Empowerment

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Motivation to continue learning will result from the continuous authentic celebration of student’s performance through specific examples, encouraging trial and error, highlighting that failures lead to more learning and that we never cease to improve.  We aim to empower students through feedback and personal reflection with a strong growth mindset.  I invite you to read more about mindset and the work of Carol Dweck which has been inspiring our thoughts and interactions with children.  Here’s an informative article that also has a 10 minute TedTalk from Dweck herself. (The Value of a Growth Mindset in Education)

Please make sure that you have signed-up for the parent teacher conferences (PK and K) and goals’ conferences (Gr. 1-5) that will take place on February 28.  Check with your teachers if you have any questions.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

 

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ES News

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Talent Show auditions this Friday!
The Talent Show. Auditions for the AC Talent Show will take place on February 16.  Please note that all students participating in auditions will need to be accompanied by an adult who will represent the student or group.  There will be no school provided supervision for either the auditions or the talent show.  You can refer to the registration information at this link.   
The Talent Show will take place on March 16.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities at Fine Arts Festival
Fine Arts Festival - Speaking of talented adults who live in the area... we are looking for parent volunteers to lead a workshop at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and students in Kinder through 8th grade will have the opportunity to attend workshops, musical concerts, and art displays.  Parents can lead workshops and interact with our students to support creativity and wonder.  So, if you have an idea of a workshop you would like to lead, go for it!  We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success. Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link for more information and to sign up.

Upcoming
February 16 - Talent Show Auditions at 3:15 p.m.
February 20 - 12 noon dismissal for all students - Professional Development afternoon for teachers
February 28 - PK and K Conferences; Gr. 1-5 Goals’ Conferences with students and their parents

Regards,

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

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High School News

HS

We hope the Carnival season was relaxing and fun; welcome back to Semester II. 

Thank you to the parents and students who attended our student led conferencing last week. Here is our attendance data: 

  • Grade 9th              35%
  • Grade 10th            50%
  • Grade 11th            38%
  • Grade 12th            14%

If you were unable to attend, please speak to your child regarding his/her academic goals for Semester II.

Senior students are now less than a month away from Mock exams and two months from IB exams. College admission news rolls into the college counseling office every day now as well. Exciting times for our 43 Senior students.

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Emily Moreland and Mr. Jordan Englehart at the birth of their second child, a baby boy, yesterday!

Please help us welcome Mr. Lysander Cruz to our HS Faculty - Ms. Moreland’s replacement through to June 2018.

Bag and locker checks will begin next week in order to ensure a safe learning environment for all of our students.

Athletics is closing Season 2 for the QISSA League next week and celebrating the Season 2 AASSA Tournament as well.

Game Schedule:

  • Feb 19, 3:45 - JV Boys Basketball vs Einstein @ Alliance
  • Feb 20, 3:45 - Varsity Boys Basketball vs Einstein @ Alliance
  • Feb 20, 3:00 - Varsity Girls Soccer vs Alliance @ Menor
  • Feb 23-24 - AASSA Tournament @ Academia Cotopaxi

College Counseling
Mr. Wasser will be away next week visiting Eckerd College, Rollins College, University of Tampa, Florida Institute of Technology, and Ringling College of Art and Design.  You can communicate with him directly at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec while he is away.

The 11th grade College Counseling Workshop will commence Monday, February 26th, during GC time.

HS Counseling
Reminder: Course sign ups for next year are past due. Please check with your student to make sure he or she has turned it in!  If you have any questions feel free to make an appointment with one of the counselors through our new Counseling Secretary, Ms. Andrea LaJoie: alajoie@cotopaxi.k12.ec 

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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Events!

MS

After a wonderful February break, the Middle School is back and in action. House Has Talent, MS Social #3, Student Led Conferences, Fine Arts Festival, and continued amazing classroom learning all happen in the next 3 ½ weeks! Please help us ensure the success of all these happenings by reinforcing rest and healthy eating at home. Thanks!

Fine Arts Festival - We are in need of 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, and if you are looking for ideas, please let me know. Thank you!

Concert times are 1:00pm on both March 8 and 9. Band will perform on Thursday, and Orchestra on Friday.

Class Photos - On Monday, February 19th, the Yearbook will be taking class photos. These are group photos for each grade level in the Middle School. Photos are in the afternoon. Full attendance would be wonderful!

Student Led Conferences - We look forward to seeing you at Student Led Conferences on February 28. The Middle School and Elementary School will both be sending conference time sign ups and instructions this week. In the Middle School, you will receive an email from your child’s mentor teacher with a form to sign up for a twenty minute slot. During this meeting, your child will present his/her ePortfolio of learning and there will be time for conversation with the mentor teacher. This form 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.

House Has Talent - The High School house leaders are organizing the annual House Has Talent show. Auditions happen at lunch the week of February 19 - 23 (students audition based on their house) and the talent show is on March 2, at 1:30pm.

A reminder that Tuesday, February 20 is a half day for students, and a professional development afternoon for all faculty. Students are dismissed at 12:00 noon.

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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Celebrating Growth

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On Friday, February 2 you will receive your child’s first semester report cards.  I know that you will join me in celebrating your child’s growth! You will notice that report cards are written in grades PK - 2 in third person, while most teachers in grades 3 - 5 have written the narrative descriptions to the students.  In both cases, these are intended to provide parents with feedback about students’ learning.

We invite you to share the comments (more than the grades) with your children and to focus on what they CAN do!  Motivation to continue learning will come from truly celebrating their work through specific examples, encouraging trial and error, highlighting that failures lead to more learning and that we never cease to improve.  I invite you to read more about mindset and the work of Carol Dweck which has been inspiring our thoughts and interactions with children.  I’ve chosen an article that also has a 10 minute TedTalk from Dweck herself.  The Value of a Growth Mindset in Education

Parent Volunteer Opportunities at Fine Arts Festival
Fine Arts Festival - Speaking of talented adults who live in the area... we are looking for parent volunteers to lead a workshop  at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and students in Kinder through 8th grade will have the opportunity to attend workshops, musical concerts, and art displays.  Parents can lead workshops and interact with our students to support creativity and wonder.  So, if you have an idea of a workshop you would like to lead, go for it!  We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success. Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link for more information and to sign up.

Talent Show.
Auditions for the AC Talent Show will take place on February 16 at 3:10 p.m.  Please note that all students participating in auditions will need to be accompanied by an adult who will represent the student or group.  There will be no school-provided supervision for either the auditions or the talent show.  We will send information regarding guidelines and registration soon.   The Talent Show will take place on March 16.

Upcoming
January 31 - 4th Grade PYP Assembly
February 2 - Report Cards will be sent home electronically
Feb. 5 - 13 - February Break
February 16 - Talent Show Auditions at 3:10 p.m.
February 20 - 12 noon dismissal for all students - Professional Development afternoon for teachers

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

High School News

HS

Thank you to the parents who attended today’s Student Led Conferences. I hope you noticed a big difference in how our faculty engaged with your child regarding his/her Approaches to Learning. The faculty has been working on conferencing, practicing with each other, calibrating our thinking about ATLs so we are more aligned and focus learning conversations towards a student’s growth. Thank you for your support!

I wish you all a wonderful Carnival holiday. When we return, our Seniors will have a few short weeks left prior to mock exams. The rest of our students will dig into new learning.

Counseling Corner
Vacation is a great time to slow down and have conversations with your child without the pressure of a regular work or school week. Here are some thoughts for some fun conversation starters:

  • Who is the funniest person you know? What makes them funny?
  • What’s your favorite family tradition?
  • What do you wish we did more often as a family?
  • In our family, what are the most important ways we show each other that we care about each other?
  • What are you most proud of?

College Counseling Corner
Juniors: Please sign up for the TOEFL iBT this year.  The TOEFL will be offered at The ONE Institute on March 24th.  Usually, this is not a test that requires studying, however, if you would like resources, please come see me.  The TOEFL is offered many times each month, however, I am pleased to say it is offered at The ONE Institute and I am sure their technological specifications are top notch.

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

Community

MS

The Grade 6 Spanish Language Arts classes were treated to a visit by Ecuadorian author Juana Neira. The students read her book, “Mi Amiga Secreta,” and were delighted to have the opportunity to meet and converse with the author (smiling faces evident in the above photo!).

Fine Arts Festival
Speaking of talented adults who live in the area... we are looking for parent volunteers to lead a workshop  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 for more information and to sign up. Thank you!

MAP Testing
The second round of Middle School MAP testing takes place this week, January 30, 31, and February 1. Please 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.

Report Cards
First semester report cards will be available on Friday, February 2. Paper reports will be sent home with your child(ren) on Friday and are also available online via Skyward.

Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences are on the horizon for February 28. The Middle School and Elementary School will both be sending conference time sign ups and instructions after February 14.

Athletics
This week our Boys and Girls Soccer teams will travel to Colegio Menor on Wednesday for their 4th game of the season. Basketball and Soccer practices continue as scheduled.

The upcoming break may be a perfect time to connect with your child(ren) about what is going on in their academic lives. Ask for a tour of Edmodo to see all class work, or a sneak preview of the ePortfolio.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming break and Carnival holiday.

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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