Director's Message

Director´s Message

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a rewarding four-day break with your children.

On behalf of the teachers, administrators, parents and students involved in the High School Principal recruitment process, I am happy to announce that Ms. Lauren Pool, current Deputy Director of Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) will be following in the footsteps of Mr. Frederic Bordaguibel-Labayle to lead our High School program forward starting next year.

This week at the PTSA coffee, one of the themes will be the importance of engagement, not just involvement, of parents for ensuring student success. Involvement means "to enfold or envelope." Involvement implies doing to. Engagement is "to come together and interlock." Engagement implies doing with. A key component of success for our students is working with parents as a team. During the PTSA presentation, different ways of becoming more engaged in your child’s school experience will be examined. Additionally, there will be a presentation about our AC Space Club - a truly unique and engaging way to teach science in collaboration with NASA.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” - John D. Hull


Middle School News

ms nov 5

Rethinking Awards
In the Middle School we are continually striving to provide the best environment for students in the middle years. This has included a Middle School specific schedule with a FLEX block, Standards Based Grading, Cougar Time lessons, experiential learning opportunities, and more. Research shows that how we recognize students is another important aspect of schooling. The traditional end of year awards based solely on grades is not necessarily the best way to recognize and motivate students in the middle grades. In combination with our move this year to Standards Based Grading, the Middle School team has taken a long, hard look at how we recognize Middle School students at Academia Cotopaxi. We are excited to share our plans with you, via this newsletter.

Starting this week, students and teachers will have the opportunity to recognize other students who embody the Middle School ATLs (Self-Management, Social Skills, Communication Skills). This will happen with a form, that will be linked to the Edmodo student bulletin every Friday. Students will be recognized each month at an assembly, and their parents will be invited. Recognizing students for exemplifying ATLs supports our goal of fostering the critical skills students need to excel in today’s world.

We will continue to recognize unique students at the end of the school year with the Middle School special awards and the Academia Cotopaxi award. The special awards include: Core Values, Cougar Spirit, Service, Giving Tree, Athletes of the Year, and Cougar Scholar of the Year. We will no longer give the Presidential nor class awards in Middle School. 

In addition to the above student recognitions, we always do a Celebration of Learning at the end of each semester. This has been for students to celebrate their learning with classmates, and starting this school year we will also look for ways to involve parents. 

I will be sharing the above plans with Middle School students at our assembly this Friday. We wanted you, the parents, to be the first to know about this student-centered change.

Parent Day in the Middle 
We still have a few spaces left for Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Thursday, November 7 for a "deep dive" into the Middle School program, and an opportunity to experience Middle School classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about Middle School curriculum and our counseling program. We will then attend classes, and end the morning by coming together for a follow-up conversation. This event asks for a time commitment of 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. The presentation will be similar to the Parent Days we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. We will repeat this session again in March. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you.

Counselor’s Corner
For those of you who were able to sign up for and attend the Parent Q&A on vaping & juuling hosted by FCD, I would love to hear from you about what you learned and/or what you found helpful about the session. Please email your comments to me at Although I will be sending out more information (along with the PE teachers) to parents when we have our Middle School Health Unit on Drugs & Alcohol Prevention later this year, here is an article from Kids Health which provides more information about what vaping/juuling is, how it impacts teens, and how you can help as a parent. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Middle School soon!

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."


High School News


Dear Parents,
I hope that everyone had a great long weekend and that we are all ready for short week.

Thank you Senior Parents
On behalf of the High School community, I would like to thank our Senior parents for decorating the senior area last week. We definitely had a Halloween feel. Merci les mamans!

Fiestas de Quito
Our Annual Fiestas de Quito celebration will be on Wednesday December 4th. Each grade will be assigned a theme (see below) and students will prepare and present a skit in the Auditorium on December 4. Here is the rubric for this and the jury will decide on the grade level who wins the 2019 Fiestas de Quito celebration. High School parents are all cordially invited to this event on December 4 at 1:30 p.m.

     This year’s themes:
     -Grade 9: Legends
     -Grade 10: History
     -Grade 11: Characters
     -Grade 12: Traditions

Athletics: QISSA Games 
November 5 at 4:15 p.m.       Einstein vs. AC        Boys JV Volleyball
November 5 at 5:30 p.m.       Einstein vs. AC        Boys Varsity  Volleyball
November 6 at 4:15 p.m.       AC vs. Einstein        Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal


Director's Message

Dear Parents,

There is a lot going on this week, the big event being the Parade of Nations that coincides with our celebration of 60 years for Academia Cotopaxi. From a humble beginning in 1959 when a small group of American government personnel realized a need for the education of their children. Mrs. Alice Conger became the driving force behind the establishment of a school that was given the name of Cotopaxi Academy. She became the school's first Director. That first year, the school had a population of only 20 students from grade 1 through 12. The first teachers were the mothers of the students.

In 1959-1960 a Board of Directors was elected. One of the Board’s first decisions was to rent a large house on the corner of what is now Naciones Unidas and El Salvador. Rooms were converted into classrooms. This became the first “real” Cotopaxi Academy. Just over thirty years later the school moved to its current location. Academia Cotopaxi became one of the first IB schools in the region, joined several organizations, gained accreditation from regional US agencies, adopted the IB Primary Years Program. More recently, the school has become renowned around the world for its Inclusion Program, which reflects its Mission. A lot has happened in 60 years but throughout these years the focus has always been on our students, education and our community. Whether you are an alumni or a family who has just joined our school, there is a long, prestigious history behind us that propels us forward into the future. Happy 60th Birthday Academia Cotopaxi!


Middle School News


Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Thursday, November 7 for a "deep dive" into the MS program, and an opportunity to experience MS classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about MS curriculum and our counseling program. We will then attend classes, and end the morning by coming together for a follow-up conversation.

This event asks for a time commitment of 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. The presentation will be similar to the Parent Days we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. We will repeat this session again in March.

Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

Fiestas de Quito
Fiestas de Quito are approaching! This year we will celebrate Quito with traditional games, food and music. Middle School students will have the opportunity to play many traditional games that are still seen in the city.
For this celebration to be a success, we need your help. We want to involve parents actively in this celebration. Everyone is invited to be part of this great celebration on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Athletic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Likewise, parents who wish may be in charge of organizing the games, the music or the food (provided by the school) station. For this, they will need to coordinate with the Spanish teachers of their children. If you want to help with the celebration, please add your name on this page. On Thursday, November 7, we will have an organization meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in class C-26. For any questions, please contact your child's spanish teacher.
Warm regards,
MS Spanish Department
Counselor’s Corner
The Counseling Team at Academia Cotopaxi would like to pass along information about an upcoming educational opportunity for parents, run through the program Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). The free online seminar, Prevention in the Family: An Online Q&A for Teen Health Promotion, will take place on Monday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. EST. Topics may cover some of the following: 

  • Where do the main pressures on kids to use drugs come from?
  • What is vaping and JUULing? 
  • How much impact do parent attitudes and modeling have on teen use?
  • What dangers does marijuana pose to my child? 

If you are interested, please use this link to register. 

We hope to see you at the Parade of Nations & 60th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday morning in the Athletic Center!

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."


High School News


Discover Ecuador Trips
As we are confirming all 3 Discover Ecuador trips, we now have 6 extra spaces for the Galapagos. Given the logistics behind this trip, we need to confirm numbers by the end of this week (Thursday, October 31). If you would like to book one of those spots, please let me know and refer to this letter with all information including the payment page. We will only consider the payment of the deposit  as a formal commitment for the trip. First come, first served. Thank you.

IB Corner
A reminder that we will be holding our annual Extended Essay Gallery Walk on November 5 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. to showcase our seniors work on their EEs. This is a very long and demanding task and it is an excellent opportunity to show the community the hard work our seniors have done on this key IB task. 

Message from Mr. Voeller and Ms. Keyes Voeller

AC High School Students and Parents:
After 5 amazing years at Academia Cotopaxi, Delaney and I have decided that this will be our last year at AC. In 2015 we joined this community without knowing how much Cotopaxi would become a part of our lives.  Living and working in Ecuador has enriched us both as professionals and as humans. We will never forget the people we have worked with and the students and families that make up the Cotopaxi community. During this time our family has grown by two adopted dogs and our first child, who was born in Ecuador. The quality of the professional experience we have received here and the reputation of AC enables us to look for new experiences at schools throughout the world. We are forever grateful for our time here and will miss the AC community in the next chapter of our international teaching careers.
Sincerely, Brian Voeller and Delaney Keyes Voeller.
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal


Elementary School News

es oct 29

This week your children are bringing joy to our lives through their different expressions. Enjoy these moments.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, October 28 - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, October 29 - Wacky Day for ES and IMAGINE
  • Wednesday, October 30 - Costume/Character Day 
  • Thursday, October 31 - Parade of Nations & 60th Anniversary Celebration. Wear an outfit that represents your nationality for the parade. 

 Costume Day Guidelines

  • Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.
  • Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

- Dangerous or intimidating costumes.
- Accessories that can intimidate or present risks such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size.
- Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children.
- Masks that cover the face.
- High heels or other clothing that could be inappropriate for elementary-age students.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal


High School News


Student-Led Conferences - October 24
Please review this invitation letter for our fall student-led conferences. We look forward to seeing you all this Thursday in High School.

DE Status
Due to the recent events in Ecuador, we have extended the payment deadline to Thursday, October 24. Here is the latest communication about this.

Thanks to  Ms Schmidtke and Mr. Bonnet for running our AC MUN Conference last Thursday with students from AC, Americano and Colegio Los Pinos. Next step is the MUN Conference in Panama this week. Good luck to our students travelling and thanks to thanks to  Ms. Schmidtke and Mr. Bonnet for extending learning outside the classroom.

IB Corner
The EE Gallery walk for our Seniors has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 5, during GC time. 

Our Juniors have been using Junior Seminar time to get in deep with the criteria for the Extended Essay, a mandatory piece of the full IB Diploma. Over the next three weeks students will be selecting subjects and we will allocate supervisors for the class of 2021.

Athletics: JV Invitational

October 25-26 
JV Boys and Girls Volleyball Invitational Tournament at Alliance
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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