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High School News

HS May 21

Dear parents,

Here is some important information to keep in mind for the end of the year.

End of May and June schedule:
Here

June Exam schedule:
Here 

Review for Exams
Great article with techniques to review

Discover Ecuador 
Here is the letter I sent out last week. We will have a parent meeting on May 27 at 4:00 PM in the High School Learning Commons.

Capstone presentation
Those are taking place on May 30, June 3 and 4 and you are invited. Here is the full letter.

Last week to borrow books!
The last day for library check-out is Thursday, May 23.  
All library materials are due the next week, May 27. If a book is lost or damaged, you will need to pay the cost of replacement. Please see Ms. Egan if you have any questions.
When we have completed our inventory process, summer checkout will be allowed for students who have enrolled at AC for 2019/2020.

IB Group 4
Dr Hoyle, Ms Stacy, Mr Mapstone and Mr Spielman are taking students enrolled in IB Science courses to Bellavista to complete the IB Science collaborative project required by the IB. Departure on Tuesday morning at 8 am from AC. Return on Wednesday afternoon at 5 pm at AC.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS May 21

Concert season is a truly delightful time of year. Last week we enjoyed Middle School Orchestra and Piano performances and in the week ahead we will experience Band, Choir, and Drama. These performances are a wonderful example of real-life assessment and your children are to be congratulated for their dedication and persistence.

Grade 8 Moving On Celebration
All Grade 8 parents have received an email with details about the Grade 8 Moving On Celebration on Wednesday, June 12. The celebration will begin at 1:00 pm in the auditorium and the afternoon will end with a reception at 3:00. Please contact the MS Office if you have questions.

MS Awards
Following the AC tradition, the Middle School school year ends with a few award categories. Class awards will be given on Monday, June 10. Presidential and other special awards will be given on Wednesday, June 12. If your child is receiving a class award or special award, you will be notified a week in advance with an invitation to attend the event. 

MS Social
Our final MS Social of the school year is on May 31. It will begin a bit earlier this time - the Social will run from 5:30 - 7:30pm, in the Gym. MS Socials are for all grade levels, and the House Leaders would especially like to honor the Grade 8 students at this final social. If you are a Grade 8 parent, please encourage your child to attend.

I hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting this week Wednesday!

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 School News

ES May 21

PYP Corner

The PYP is a transdiscipilinary framework for learning. This framework allows students to learn necessary content, skills, and character development with an authentic purpose.  For example, one of grade 3’s units focus on how people create inventions to meet a need or solve a problem.  Through this unit, students READ about inventors from the past and how they have designed creations. They WRITE proposals of inventions they want to create. They explore SCIENTIFIC concepts of simple machines. They analyze geometric phenomena in MATHEMATICS to understand how machines work. All disciplines get used, practiced, and learned through units like these.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS May 14

Dear parents,

We are slowly entering in the end of year season with celebrations, exams and more celebrations. Please take particular note of those 2 calendars:

End of May and June schedule:
Here

June Exam schedule:
Here 

Athletics:

Our last game of the season will be played at 3:00 p.m. on May 10th at Colegio Menor. Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team will play against Colegio Menor for 3rd place in the QISSA League. 

After 4 months of training and representing AC in QISSA, CAISSA and AASSA, our athletes are taking a break in order to focus on the end of year academic commitments. For students interested in playing Volleyball next year, we have opened 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. practices on tuesday and thursday for the month of May.

Thank you to all parents for your support on the stands and at home. We know that having a child athlete demands extra work on your end and we appreciate that you take the time to value and celebrate your children’s commitments.

See you next season!

Mr. Fuentes

Discover Ecuador 
Here is the letter I sent out last week. We will have a parent meeting on May 27 at 4:00 PM.

College Counseling
College Visits: Dartmouth, NYU, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt - AC Auditorium - Wednesday - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Please register in advance here.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS May 14

If you attend one of our musical or drama performances this month you will also be treated to the MS Art Exhibition - on display in the auditorium foyer. If you are on campus for another reason, I encourage you to stop by and take a look at the display of student ceramics, printmaking, and general art. 

We are in full MAP mode this week! You all received communications about MAP and this is the week of testing in the Middle School.

I look forward to seeing you on campus in the coming weeks for some of the myriad of our community events!

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 School News

ES May 14

Inquiry Corner
Last week Grade 5 students were inspirational as they showcase their Student Led Action. Below you will find the Central Ideas for their projects. Congratulations!!!

  • Our responsibility towards fashion impacts animals.
  • People have responsibilities in meat production.
  • There are causes and effects of air pollution that impact ecosystems.
  • There are many perspectives about the care for animals.
  • Human actions determine the treatment of animals that lead to positive and negative actions.
  • Overpopulation has specific effects on the environment.
  • Climate change affects specific places in the world in a positive or negative way.
  • Services provide primal resources to refugees in need of social justice.
  • Bullies and victims can be affected by bullying.
  • Preventing bullying is accepting peoples' differences.
  • The effects of plastic pollution harm  ecosystems.
  • Homelessness impacts people's lives and we can help change them for the better.
  • Stray dogs need a home.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS May 7

Exams
We have entered the HS examination periods. The seniors are now full on with IB Exams and AC exams.

The rest of the High School will test in from June 6 until June 11th and here is the schedule.

IB Corner
Our Juniors have been working on their Extended Essay, part of the Diploma Program core, since November and they have their first draft due on Monday, May 13th. This first draft is their one and only opportunity to get formal, written feedback from their supervisors.  It is a big milestone for an important component of the full Diploma program and I encourage you to have conversations with their students about their progress.  

Semester 2 Cut-off date for Assignment submission
This cut-off date for seniors is May 20 and June 3rd for 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Past those dates, Incomplete assignments will no longer be accepted and will jeopardize the award of final grades and therefore credits counting for graduation. If you have an Incomplete, get on it now.

Discover Ecuador 2019-2020
As discussed with High School Parent reps, I am thrilled to announce that we are revisited our Discover Ecuador with a different approach, different dates and a different company. We will have a meeting on May 27th at 4:00 p.m. to present all this to you

University Visits
Wednesday, May 8th: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown, Duke Presentation in the AC Auditorium

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS May 7

MAP Testing
We have our third MAP testing session in the Middle School, May 13 - 17. We will be running a special MAP schedule Monday - Thursday that week, and a regular schedule on the Friday. We have found that this special schedule worked well for our other two testing sessions this school year and allowed the majority of students to complete all tests. You received a detailed email on Monday regarding MAP, please take the time to read it carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

Counselor’s Corner
Over the past month during Cougar Time, we have been exploring the topic of Emotions. Our lessons have included Understanding Emotions, Managing Emotions, Thoughts vs. Feelings, and finished with Mindfulness. I encourage you to ask your child about what s/he has been learning. Here is an article to help you engage your child in a conversation about understanding emotions in  English & Español

Save the Date
There are many events between now and the end of the school year. Here are a few dates to add to your calendar:
PTSA Family Day - May 11
Orchestra Concert - May 14
Piano Concert - May 16
Annual General Assembly - May 22
Band Concert - May 28
Choir Concert and Drama performance - May 30
MS Social - May 31
Grade 8 Moving On Celebration - June 12

It is a true joy to be part of such a vibrant school community!

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 7

This week, I want to extend a special gratitude message to all of our families.  Your involvement in your child’s learning results in outstanding growth and optimal development for each student. Thank you for attending conferences last week and continuing to find ways to become involved.  As we approach the end of the school year, your children may begin to wonder about what is next.  At school, our counselors work closely with children to prepare them for every transition.  Moving to the next grade level or moving to a different city are big moments for children and we encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher or your counselor if you notice that your child may need special support.  

We also want to thank all families for contributing to the different PYP Exhibition projects that 5th grade teams have led.  Next week, we will share the outcomes and actions with our division.  It is certainly a time to celebrate for our fifth graders and their families.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS Apr 30

Dear HS parents,

Here is what is ahead of us this week. Seniors are off on Thursday and they will start with their IB exams on Friday.

Thursday is Throwback Thursday
Our ASB is preparing some fun activities to say bye to the seniors on their last day of classes at AC.

Athletics:
QISSA Playoff Week 2019

April 29     @     4:15       Boys Varsity Basketball Semi-Finals vs Colegio Americano at ASQ
April 30     @     2:30    Boys JV Soccer 3rd Place Game - AC vs Einstein at ASQ 
April 30     @     4:15     Girls Varsity Basketball Semi-Finals vs Alliance Academy at AC
May 1        TO BE RESCHEDULED  Boys Varsity Basketball Finals at Colegio Americano (ASQ) TBD
May 2        @    2:30    Boys Varsity Soccer 3rd Place Game - AC vs Einstein at ASQ 
May 2        @    4:00    Girls Varsity  Basketball Finals at Colegio Americano (ASQ) TBD

*The Basketball Semi Final games will decide which Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams will play the Tournament Final. The teams that lose the Semi Final  games, will play for 3rd place at ASQ on the same day. 

College Counseling: 
Please see our updated list of university visits here

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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