Dear HS Students and Parents,
It is my honor to welcome you to school year 2016-2017 at Academia Cotopaxi. Welcome returning students and welcome to our new students! I am sure you will find the High School (HS) experience to be challenging, friendly, fun and inspiring.
School year 2016-2017 has a few new initiatives in store. Firstly, and most importantly to our student experience, the HS House System has launched. Houses have been chosen, leaders selected and events planned. The AC House System will help all of our students feel a part of something greater than their class, afford opportunities to get involved in the life of the school, start new programs and activities and compete. The House Trophy will be awarded in late April, so learn how you can get involved, stay involved and earn points for your House!
Academia Cotopaxi’s HS Assessment Policy and Procedures have been dramatically refined and we will begin this year by making sure everyone has a good understanding of the expectations for students, teachers, parents and administrators. The procedures were built to support learning for all students and are a result of Academia Cotopaxi’s goal to integrate best practice. Please familiarize yourself with this important section of the handbook.
I am excited to let you know that our Discover Ecuador trips are scheduled for September 5-9, just a few weeks after we begin classes. These grade level trips are designed to provide community service opportunities for our HS students and help to integrate new students into our community. You will have a great time!
It is my goal, and that of the HS Faculty, that we craft a HS experience in which the student experience is full—full of learning, opportunities to grow and have fun with an inclusive and supportive student body. While that is our goal, you the student make it happen. Grab a hold of your HS experience, develop new or join established programs, build an activities transcript showing to prospective universities that you will be an active and involved student. Become a leader of a club, activity, society, and team or in the Associated Student Body. This is your school—make it yours!
The relationship between a student’s parents/guardians and school is critical and directly impacts the student’s success. Please do not hesitate to share a concern via email or drop by my office, my door is open and your feedback is important.
High School Principal