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High School News

HS JUN 5

Our 43 Seniors are now Academia Cotopaxi Alumni. Congratulations to the parents, family members and HS Faculty who helped them achieve this goal.

Discover Ecuador information meeting will be held this Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Please attend!

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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High School News

HS MAY 29

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
 

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Middle School News

MS MAY 29

The smiling faces above participated in the first AMIS (Association for Music in International Schools) festival in South America! AMIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence at all levels of music education. We are proud to have had AC Middle School representation at this special event. Speaking of special events, the MS will welcome Grade 5 students on Wednesday for Step Up day, while our Grade 8s will spend time in the HS. On Thursday, the entirety of AC participates in Senior Roll Call, as a way to honor our graduating seniors in advance of Graduation on Friday.

Counselor’s Corner
As the school year is coming to a close, we're looking back at growth and forward at goals. This past week in Cougar Time Grade 8 students joined Grades 9 & 10 for a special presentation lead by a US DEA intelligence officer. Students left feeling moved and motivated  to go after their dreams as well as having more information regarding substance use prevention. 

Grade 6 & 7 students had their own motivational lesson on leadership qualities, what makes a good leader, and how each student can promote positive changes in the Middle School for the following school year. We have one remaining cougar time lesson for the school year where we will be tying together everything we have learned and worked towards this year. This is a time to reflect back on your child's growth and progress. Can't believe the school year is almost over! 

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.

Thursday, June 1, is a half day for students, and a professional development afternoon for faculty. All students should depart campus at noon.

The final MS Social is on Friday, June 8, from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Gym. All students are welcome, and while students may choose to “dress up” for this Social, no special attire is required.

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."
 

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Elementary News

ES MAY 29

It is wonderful to witness all the growth that your children demonstrate.  These weeks, teachers and students are reflecting on this growth and on Wednesday, May 30 we will hold a “step-up” time to the next grade level.  During their visit to the next grade, the focus will be on learning what will be new, same, different, and responding to student wonderings.  Students who will be leaving to other places at the end of the school year, will have a special time run by the counselors to support that transition.  

We are having initial placement conversations, and our final class lists will be announced in August.  As is the nature of our international community, there are changes to our enrollment over the summer and we take into consideration many factors (e.g.: academic background, mother language, gender, friendships, learning support needs, ELL needs, gender, etc.) in order for classes to have a make-up that is the most conducive to learning.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

HS MAY 22

The high school formally invites you to attend the 2018 20time Showcase on Tuesday, May 29th from 4:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.  The 20time Project is a year long project where students spend 20% of their time in English class pursuing a personal passion.  This year, we have students who have built their own go-kart, written and recorded their own music, created their own art, designed their own websites, and raised funds to support local charities.  Come to this exciting event and learn more about what innovative projects our students have been working on this past school year! Opening remarks begin at 4:30 in the Auditorium; a potluck reception will follow student speeches at 6:30 p.m.  

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, where the Board of Trustees will hold the Annual General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity for all parents and all staff, when the Board of Trustees and the School Director present the latest highlights and data about our school’s achievements and developments. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school together! Please join us!

Counseling Corner 
There have been many great programs and opportunities lately for our high school community. We completed the “Baby, Think it Over” teen pregnancy-prevention and health education program. It was great to see our students take on this responsibility with grace and commitment and reflect together on their goals and life choices. Thank you to all of the 10th grade families for your collaboration!

This past week all of our 9th grade students participated in a series of lessons with the counselor on mindfulness and stress management. Also, our 9th,10th, and 11th graders participated in a bullying prevention lesson in their mentor classes focused on being “upstanding.”

On Monday May 21st our 8th-11th grade students will attend a substance use prevention presentation coordinated through the U.S. Embassy and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

IB Corner 
Our Juniors are working on their Group 4 project this week. Group 4 is a required, collaborative IB Science project. 

It is still time for the Seniors to ask me to send their IB results directly to their Universities and Colleges.

College Counseling Corner 

  • Seniors if you have questions about the process of securing your visa, please look here.  If you are still confused, please contact Mr. Wasser at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec.
  • Seniors, your final transcripts will be sent to the appropriate universities next week.
  • Juniors, you can register for the October 2018 SAT now.  Please do so.  There are a limited amount of seats and the SAT is first come, first serve.  You can register here.

Cougar Corner 
On May 28 at 5:30 p.m., we invite you to celebrate all of our student athletes in the auditorium for our end of year Sports Awards Celebration. We hope you can attend. 

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS MAY 22

What a treat it was to attend the piano, band, and orchestra concerts over the past two weeks! The concerts were a testament to student growth and an incredibly strong music department. Congratulations to the students, teachers, and parents who made these delightful music events possible.

With the end of the school year just around the corner, it is more important than ever to maintain consistent routines at home for your Middle Schooler. You may notice your child pushing boundaries more than usual and perhaps acting differently. Your child may be “trying on” new personas as she/he begins to think about moving up a grade level, or may feel anxious and not quite know how to express him/herself. Maintaining open and honest communication is the key, even if your child is a bit reticent to engage. As always, if you need a hand in navigating the waters of adolescence, Aubrey and I are here to assist.

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, where the Board of Trustees will hold the Annual General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity for all parents and all staff, when the Board of Trustees and the School Director present the latest highlights and data about our school’s achievements and developments. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school together! Please join us!

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."
 

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Elementary News

ES MAY 22

Snack time and lunch time in our division are wonderful opportunities for students to interact with each other and also practice healthy eating.  Please help your children prepare their snacks and lunches so that they have healthy options.  We ask that candy is not appropriate for school. Groups of students from 5th grade and 1st grade have also invited students to be more thoughtful about the use of plastic and packaged items.  

As we get close to the school year, I would like to share with you that all classes will organize appropriate celebrations supporting an appropriate closure for 2017-18.  We did discuss how meaningful actions are more powerful than purchased items to give to students, so you may hear about that from your classes.  I invite you to reflect back on your “Promise” that you made to your child at the beginning of the school year and celebrate your parenting successes!

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium, where the Board of Trustees will hold the Annual General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity for all parents and all staff, when the Board of Trustees and the School Director present the latest highlights and data about our school’s achievements and developments. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our school together! Please join us!

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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High School News

HS MAY 15

Junior students received a 40-minute college essay workshop today from Ms. Bellande during our Global Citizenship time. She asked students to write bravely, use descriptive language and to write from their soul. Thank you for inspiring our students. Mr. Wasser has asked students to have a first draft completed by June 15. This important piece of writing will be rewritten a number of times prior to submission.

Our Senior students have been accepted into a wide and varied array of universities around the world. I’d like to congratulate Mr. Wasser, parents and our Senior Class for all of your efforts. The results are outstanding!

Our final exam schedule is complete. Here it is: Second Semester Exam Schedule

IB Corner 
Final week of IB and AC exams. What a long stretch of exams for our seniors. We are really proud on how seriously our seniors are taking their exam. Senior Award Assembly on Friday, May 18th and Graduation, June 1st, is coming up quick!
In the meantime our IB I students are working hard on their IB tasks. Good luck to them too!

Cougar Corner
Pre-season Volleyball for boys and girls in the Athletic Center from May 14 to May 30, 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. (buses available at 4:15.)

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS MAY 15

I hope some of you were able to enjoy the PTSA Family Day on Saturday. It was a fun chance for AC families to relax and enjoy friendly games and socializing. Thank you to the PTSA for a great day!

MAP Testing - As a reminder, MAP testing is taking place in the Middle School this week May 15, 16, and 17. Please read this communication from Mr. Reber, the MS MAP coordinator:

At Academia Cotopaxi, students from 3rd to 10th grade have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®)  since 2014. The data gathered for our school has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, they have helped teachers target their instruction and have provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously every time.

On May 15, 16, and 17 middle school students will take their 3rd of 3 MAP® tests, given throughout the year. We give students MAP® tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Students will take the tests on their own computers during morning Cougar Time. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

MAP tests are unique in that they are an adaptive test which means that the test adjusts to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. Your son/daughter’s teacher will conference with him/her providing next steps to work on areas of growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page, and please don’t hesitate to contact me.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • Three tests will be administered during the week (Math, Language Usage, Reading).
  • This test is used in multiple ways to support learning so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, get a good night sleep and don’t skip breakfast.
  • Remind your son/daughter to bring a book. If they finish early they can read.

Sincerely,
John Reber
MS MAP Coordinator

Counselor’s Corner
Hello parents, in addition to the substance use prevention and sexual health units which just began, this week in Cougar Time we're exploring how the brain develops and changes during adolescence and how being aware of these changes can assist in making positive and healthy decisions. Students learned a convenient model of how the brain works, as demonstrated in this video: The Brain in the Palm of Your Hand. I encourage you to have your child re-teach you about the "hand model" of the brain, share with you what they have learned and how it directly impacts them. 

Concerts this week
May 15 - Band Concert
May 17 - Orchestra Concert

See you on campus!

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."
 

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Elementary News

ES MAY15

Our PK students are taking action in our school by influencing older students to be responsible and contribute to a “happier planet.”  They have been diving deep into the concept that “people animals and plants rely on each other (their central idea).”  On Monday, morning, a PK representative presented their findings and called MS students to action during their division assembly.  Congratulations to our young leaders!  At home, we ask that you speak to your children about their actions to contribute to a clean school.
 
There are three drives that are happening during the next weeks:  

  1. We have our annual backpack and school supplies drive (your child’s old backpack will be used by a child in a school with very low income)
  2. An infant formula drive (A middle school student will be sharing more information about her project with a local orphanage)
  3. Senior, Paula A.’s clothes drive.  

Great opportunities for you to engage in conversations about contributing and appreciation.

This week

  • Instrumental Music Concerts: The 4th-12th grade band concert is coming up on Tuesday, May 15th and the 4th-12th orchestra concert is on Thursday, May 17th.  The 4th and 5th grade Piano Concert will be on May 22. All concerts will take place at 6 p.m.  Parents, please plan for your children to remain for the entire concert so that they are respectful to all musicians and show their appreciation.  Please see your emails for clothing requirements and arrival times.  All families are welcome to attend these concerts!  Paula A. will be present at the entrance and you will be able to exchange clothes for used uniforms.  You can also bring any used clothes to donate which Paula will give to a charity.
  • MAP testing taking place this week of May 14 for grades 3 - 5.
  • Inspiration Projects will be showcased this Friday, May 18 at 2:15 p.m.  Parents are welcome to stop by to celebrate personal student inquiry.
  • We encourage parents to engage in reading with their children.  Here’s a local opportunity at Palacio de Cristal del Centro Cultural Itchimbia where the 12th Story Marathon (XII Maratón del Cuento) will take place on May 19 and 20. 

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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