Dear HS Students and Parents,
It is my honor to welcome you to school year 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 will be a fantastic year. Our Associated Student Body (ASB) was elected back in April by students in grades 8-11. Our 10 student representatives have already begun to reshape the HS experience for the better. These students have plenty of ideas and will work tirelessly to improve the student experience at AC. They can’t do it alone, so get involved in your school and House and share your ideas.
I am excited to let you know that our Discover Ecuador trips are scheduled for September 4-8, 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!
Students, as you experience HS at AC, the HS Faculty and I challenge you to own your own learning. We will challenge you to set challenging goals for your studies, activities and community service. We will ask you to present these goals to your parents and teachers, verbalizing your hopes. We will ask you to reflect on your Approaches to Learning, self-assess and identify areas of growth for you. Then we will ask you to learn and when learning is tough for you, to seek assistance from your teachers and peers. It will get tough and that is when you must own your own learning, identifying it is hard and that you need help.
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. Do well in your studies, be a motivated student who latches on to every opportunity to support your learning. 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 an 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 a 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