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Discover Ecuador

 

I am certain that your children went through a range of emotions as they were preparing for Discover Ecuador week. We have been anticipating the trips since the first day of school (or even last year) and we are now living them. The opportunity to learn and serve “in the field” is very powerful and is a privilege that most international schools embrace. We are incredibly fortunate to have Ecuador as our classroom and to be traveling with experienced MS faculty, and staff from our service provider.

We plan for parents to receive a daily communication from each trip, via email from the MS Office. We all know, though, that communication outside of the capital city can be spotty and it is possible that on a given day communication does not go through. As noted on the Discover Ecuador information brochures:  
                      
Our “No news is good news” approach does also apply to Social Media. For reasons of safety and security social media is not the place for us to post details of any team or student whereabouts or activities. Social Media is also not suitable if you want to ask a question or have any concerns. We will post pictures and blogs throughout the trip both on Social Media and our website, but whilst we cannot guarantee every group or student will feature these will give you a feel for what is happening.
                        
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Please know that we will do our utmost to keep you informed throughout the entire week, and if there is an emergency, you will be the FIRST ones to receive a phone call. I encourage you to visit the Camps twitter and Facebook pages for periodic updates and photos. We look forward to sharing stories of learning, personal growth, and adventure upon our return on Friday. Thank you for supporting this important piece of the middle school experience.

MAP Testing

At Academia Cotopaxi, students from Grade 3 - 10 have been taking Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests since 2014. The data gathered has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, has helped teachers target their instruction and has 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.
During the weeks of Sept 18 - 29, middle school students will take the MAP tests.  We give students MAP tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math, Language Usage and Reading. Students will take a total of 3 tests during math social studies and language arts. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests; they are meant to measure accumulated learning to date. Students who are absent or do not complete a test will make it up the 2nd week of testing.
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 student responses to previous questions. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.
Each school year students take the tests in the fall, winter and spring. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth with the AC report card. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them at home.
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page, and please do not hesitate to contact us.

Reminders

Students staying after school - Please note we will be asking all MS students to leave campus directly after school unless they are staying for an AC activity (MS activities or athletics). Students in an AC sponsored activity may ride the 4:15pm bus, all others should use their regular means of transportation directly after school.

Student absences - If your child will miss two or more days of school, for any reason, s/he must obtain a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the MS Office. The student takes this form to all teachers to discuss homework obligations, and then the form is signed by the MS Principal. Additionally, parents should call the MS Office in as far advance as possible to report these types of absences. Thank you.

Upcoming MS Events

September 11 - 15: Discover Ecuador
September 18 - 29: MAP testing

I look forward to seeing you on Friday afternoon as you greet your children.
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."

Homework... Play, Read, Play, Be Inspired, Design, Play, Create, Play...!

Children in ES read together!

 

This week our extracurricular program begins for grades 1 - 5. The kind of work that happens for our students after-school is intended to provide them with opportunities to engage in activities that support their holistic development. Our students are expected to read daily at home and we invite you to read aloud to your children finding a special place in your home. In the afternoon, we hope that our students are playing, designing, creating and spending quality time with you.

In the upcoming weeks, you will receive information regarding our inspiration projects program. Get ready to be inspired yourself with what your child can do!

Coming up...

Monday, September 11
Annual Health screenings begin for students in grades 1, 3 and 5. If the results from the screenings show any irregularity, the medical officers will contact parents directly so that a more comprehensive evaluation can take place through your child’s pediatrician.

Monday, September 18 MAP testing begins for grades 3 - 5
Please follow this link to read the parent letter.

Wednesday September 20 to Friday September 22
Dress Code items orders will be ready for pick-up at school from Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Beginning on this date, all students are expected to come in complete dress code.

Mark your calendars - Back to School Night is on September 28 for Grades PK - 5 beginning at 6 p.m.  We will hold a “Meet and Greet” beginning at 5:30 p.m. with light snacks in the foyer.

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

Learning the Importance of a Hard Day’s Work

HS Hard Work

Discover Ecuador trips headed off on Monday to Otavalo, the Amazon and the Coast. Students participate in service learning for the entire week, working shoulder to shoulder with peers, teachers and our host-nation countrymen and women who need our assistance. Camps International, the company who helps us organize the trips, develops relationships with small towns and villages to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. Camps International works with the community until they become self reliant and then they look for other communities to assist.

Our students learn the importance of a hard day’s work, they learn to value what they have, and they learn the important skill of developing empathy for another.

The senior class will participate in a senior retreat this week. Mr. Bordaguibel will lead our students through IB tasks and Mr. Wasser will assist with college planning seminars and visits.

I would like to thank all of the HS Faculty for their efforts with our students this week. Many of them will spend an entire week with students with little to no breaks. Please help me in thanking our intrepid faculty members as they exit the bus on Friday afternoon for a job well done!

Upcoming Events

  • September 18 - Student Led Conference Goals at Gymnasium.  

Kind Regards,

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal
gwyncoll@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Community of Caring

MS

It has been a true joy to walk around the Middle School and see our teachers practicing the art and science of teaching. MS classrooms are welcoming places where students feel supported and like they matter. This is the very foundation of learning - without this type of atmosphere in the classroom, your children will not realise their full potential. We are incredibly fortunate to have this team of world class educators.

Discover Ecuador

We are looking forward to Discover Ecuador departures on Monday, September 11! Students will go to their mentor classes at 8:00 a.m. and depart from there. Students may use their regular mode of transportation to get to school on Monday. Please help your child ensure that s/he has EVERYTHING on the packing list. If you have difficulty finding any of the items, please call the MS Office and we will help you with shopping locations. All trips return by 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Your children will be very excited to see you and share stories of a wonderful week!

Students Staying After School

Please note we will be asking all MS students to leave campus directly after school unless they are staying for an AC activity (MS activities or athletics). Students in an AC sponsored activity may ride the 4:15 p.m. bus, all others should use their regular means of transportation directly after school.

Student Absences

If your child will miss two or more days of school, for any reason, s/he must obtain a Pre-Arranged Absence form from the MS Office. The student takes this form to all teachers to discuss homework obligations, and then the form is signed by the MS Principal. Additionally, parents should call the MS Office in as far advance as possible to report these types of absences.

Thank you.

Upcoming MS Events:

  • September 5: MS Volleyball begins
  • September 7: Back to School Night (mingling at 5:30 p.m., presentation begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.)
  • September 11 - 15: Discover Ecuador

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday at Back to School Night.

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec

Students Enjoy Responsibility

ES #2

It is truly impressive to have observed your children these past couple of weeks!  They are positively engaging in their classes, following routines, being there for each other and have varied levels of responsibility according to what is appropriate.  It is beautiful to watch even our little ones walking in with confidence as they carry their own backpacks, find where to go (there’s always an adult who is with them), and knowing how to access their learning tools.  This week, grades 1-4 will also begin participating in our Kids’ Cafe program in the cafeteria.

We encourage you to support your child’s autonomy at home.  Children benefit from simple tasks like getting their clothes ready (to include a cap for recess time), taking care of their belongings (there are several non-labeled items in our lost and found) and contributing to the overall needs of your family.

We encourage parents who are interested in supporting our school-home partnership as homeroom parent representatives to contact your homeroom teacher.  See our director’s message regarding parent engagement and the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association).

Important Dates

  • Monday, September 4th

Kids’ Cafe Begins! - Children in grades 1-4 will be participating in the set-up, clean-up and overall organization of our lunch time. All children will have a turn during the first semester for a week; and then again in the second semester. We invite you to include your children in your home routines and give them responsibilities that will support their autonomy and independence, as they contribute to the needs of the family.

  • Monday, September 11

Annual Health screenings begin for students in grades 1, 3 and 5 - The medical office will send out an explanation of these screenings to parents in these grade levels.

  • Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars - Back to School Night for Grades PK - 5

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

 

Celebrations and happenings - 2nd week of school

We had a great first week of school.   In each of our classrooms, students are joyfully engaged.  Children and staff are enjoying the beautiful connections that are being made as relationships strengthen. You have probably heard stories at home about learning and friendships and teacher's names may be common at your dinner table.  I shared a story with our teachers this week, as I thanked them for having chosen to teach and impact the life of each of our students.  I invite you to access this link and read "Why I hated Meredith's first grade teacher" as well.  My gratitude goes out to you for sharing your children with us!

 

See information below for this week's events which include information on extracurricular activities, baseball on the weekends, and more.

Here's what is coming up:

Thursday, August 31
3:15 p.m. Extracurricular activities fair - Athletic Center - Please meet your children outside of their classroom promptly at 3 p.m. or at the car riders' gate so that you can attend the fair together.  All parents who will attend with their child, are asked to complete the change of transportation form which can be accessed at this link.

You may also want to explore baseball through the Quito Youth Baseball organization.   This is organized through volunteers and the games are on our campus.   For more information, you can write to: quitoyouthbaseball@gmail.com

 
 
Friday, September 1

Extracurricular activities brochure will be sent home electronically.  Please review options with your child.
7:30 a.m.  - 8: 30 a.m. Stop by our HS student-run coffee shop.  Bring your own cup and purchase coffee/tea/chocolate.  All profits go towards community service.

Saturday, September 2
10 a.m. to noon - Baseball information and payment at Cotopaxi.

Monday, September 4
Kids Cafe begins - students in grades 1 through 5 will support the work in our cafeteria including writing menu's, serving food, and clean-up.

Online registration of Extracurricular Activities Session I through September 5.

Tuesday, September 5
Last day for online registration for Extracurricular Activities Session.

 

Mission and Culture in the Middle School

 

School year 2017-18 is off to a phenomenal start in the Middle School! Everyone is energized by our new MS division and delighted to be part of the Academia Cotopaxi mission. All students and teachers spent time on the first day of school interacting with the school’s mission statement. I encourage you to read it and talk to your child about what his/her group did to enact their part of the statement. The mission statement is at the foundation of everything we do and will guide us as we build a cohesive MS culture.
An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who registered and paid for Discover Ecuador! We only have a few missing families, which is a big gain over last year. Please take the time to carefully look at the packing list and itinerary sent home in my earlier communication. All students are responsible to bring EVERYTHING on the packing list. We are very excited for this week of experiential learning!
Athletics update from JJ Fuentes:
AC Swimming Club will begin their practices on August 28. Practices will run from 6:00am to 7:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

MS Volleyball will begin practices on the week of September 4. Practices will run from 3:10 to 4:10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome regardless of prior experience. Cougar Athletics is an all inclusive program where learning, performing and competing have equal value.

 
Upcoming MS Events:
 
  • September 7: MS Back to School Night, 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • September 11 - 15: Discover Ecuador

I have enjoyed meeting many of you on campus and look forward to the opportunity for continued interactions.

 
With kind regards,
Sheryl
 
Sheryl Gruber
Middle Sschool 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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