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Middle School News

MS Sep 10

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night last week. The format allowed parents and teachers to engage in a meaningful way and opened the door for further conversations. We are very open in the Middle School - please feel free to contact your child’s teachers at any time with wonderings or simply to say hello.

We are less than two weeks away from one of the most important weeks in Middle School! Discover Ecuador is quickly approaching! You may find packing lists and other relevant information on the Discover Ecuador website. There are only three Middle School trips, grade 6 to Yunguilla, grade 7 to Ibarra/Zuelta, and grade 8 to Tsa’chilla. This week is a foundation of how Middle School students embody the AC mission: We are an English language-based international learning community that values diversity, embraces a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, and inspires empathetic and ethical student leaders. Parental support of this week of experiential learning is crucial to help us grow as a community and it is a privilege to work with so many supportive families.

As noted in last week’s newsletter, we are MAP testing this week in the Middle School. Take a moment to check-in with your child to converse about the tests.

Counselor’s Corner
Last week we had our first two Cougar Time lessons. For students who are new to the Middle School, they received an introduction to our social-emotional learning program and worked together to create mentor group norms. Grade 7 and 8 students also worked collaboratively in their mentor groups to create group norms (agreements for how they will treat one another during our social-emotional lessons). Mentors will continue to check in with their groups on which norms they are following well and which norms they could follow better and how. Doing so helps us build relationships amongst group members as well as contribute to creating a respectful and kind community.  

Students have a half day on Tuesday, September 17. These monthly half days allow our faculty to engage in important professional development work, which benefits all students. All MS students leave campus at 12:00 noon on half days. Thank you.

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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High School News

HS Sep 3

Dear parents,

Thank you for joining us last week, during Back to School night, to share the learning journey of your child(ren). 

September is now upon us and the real stuff is happening. Assessment, grades, retakes, learning at different speeds. Let’s remind our students to be present, to do their best and to get involved.

Course Changes
Reminder that your students have until Tuesday September 3 to change any of their courses for this semester. 

Student-Led Activities Fair (SLA)
The SLA Fair will be held on Friday, September 6 during GC Time, from 10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. The location will be the Learning Commons and like in past years, we will take the students by grade level as follows:

10:55 a.m.     Students go to their mentor.
11:00 a.m.     9th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:15 a.m.     10th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:30 a.m.     11th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:45 a.m.     12th grade mentors take their students to the fair.

Athletics News
We are on our second week of the season, teams are training well, captains have been chosen and our first games will be on September 24. 
For the week of September 2 - 6, we will not have 6:00 p.m. buses. The bus service will be moved up to 5:00 p.m. With this change, we will have to start practices at 3:15 p.m. Your coaches will add this information to your team chats. Starting on September 9, we will return to the usual schedule.

College Counseling News

  • September 6 is the last day you can register to take the SAT or SAT IIs on October 5. Seats still remain at Colegio Menor.  However, please do not delay in registering online.This is a message primarily aimed at 12th graders.
  • Mr. Wasser be hosting a Common Application workshop at Academia Cotopaxi on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  This is a half-day and transportation will not be provided. Mr. Wasser will be sending out a follow up RSVP message on September 9.  
  • There will be a general information center for Cambridge University in the Academia Cotopaxi Auditorium on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP here.

MAP tests
9th and 10th graders will be testing this week. Please be ready and do your best as we use the MAP data to personalise your learning. Here is the letter Ms Hoyle sent this week.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Sep 3

Back to School Night
I look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 5. You are invited to join us from 5:00 p.m. onward in the auditorium foyer for refreshments and mingling. We will begin the presentation promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. 

In the auditorium, you will meet the AC Board of Directors, and receive general information about the Middle School. We will then break out into Grade level presentations, where you will meet the team of your child’s teachers. From there you will attend a session with your child’s first semester elective teacher, and then with your child’s music teacher.

Your “homework” is to come to Back to School Night knowing your child’s first semester elective, and their music class. Thanks!

Back to School Night is targeted to a parent audience. If you would like your child to join you in the sessions, they may, but generally this event is for parents.

I look forward to seeing you on September 5!

Discover Ecuador
A reminder that Discover Ecuador payments are due by Tuesday, September 3. You can find payment and other relevant information on the Middle School Discover Ecuador website. It is important for our service providers that payment is made on time. This is a required learning experience for ALL MS students. The entire Middle School faculty also participates in the learning trips. If, due to an extenuating circumstance, it is impossible for your child to participate in this week of learning, please meet with Sheryl to discuss an alternative. Thank you for your support!

Digging into Standards based Grading
Please join us on Tuesday, September 10, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the Library to learn more about Standards Based Grading. This marks a shift in the way we report in the Middle School and the workshop will help you to understand why we made the switch, the impact on student learning, and how reports will look this year. Please RSVP at this link. I hope to see you there!

MAP Information
At Academia Cotopaxi, students from Grade 3-10 have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP)  since 2014. The data gathered for our school 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.

During the week of September 9-13, Middle School students will take the first of three MAP® test sessions, given throughout the year. We give students MAP® tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. Students will take the tests on their own computers during a set schedule from 9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

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 responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • 3 tests will be administered this week (Math, Language Usage, Reading)
  • The tests are used in multiple ways to support learning, so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, ensure your child gets a good night sleep and has breakfast.
  • Remind your son/daughter to bring a book, in case s/he finishes early. 

Please note that the MAP window for the Middle School at AC is ONLY September 9-13. All tests must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, September 13. If your child is unable to complete the tests by this time, for any reason, we will not have a score for that test in this testing session.
 
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page and please don’t hesitate to contact us.

See you on Thursday!

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 Sep 3

It has been wonderful to have all of our elementary students in school this week Pre-Kinder and Kinder students enjoyed their first week of classes; their laughter and smiles warm up our hearts. Relationships is at the center of our work and that is why this past week, we began to hold our Friday community meetings in each of our classes. Homerooms include guests from other areas of the school (office, maintenance, security, cafeteria) in these special community building meetings which will be held once a week. Ask your child to share how these are going for them.  

Please remember to check your child’s SeeSaw learning journal where teachers post announcements and examples of the learning that is happening in the classroom. You can write an encouraging comment, send an audio message or ask questions. This interactive opportunity is there for you to engage in your child’s school life.Children are immensely motivated with parents’ compliments! If you need help with your account, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Maria Elena: mpazmino@cotopaxi.k12.ec

This week we begin with “kids cafe” and we are looking forward to seeing every student participate in the organization and environment in our cafeteria. Activities that extend beyond the classroom walls are powerful and the experiences that children have are plenty. As you register your child for extracurriculars, we encourage you to consider experiences that may be new for your child and broaden their interests. Registration for extracurriculars is online and takes place on September 2 and 3.

Your children’s teachers are carefully observing learning and are constantly gathering data that will inform their practice.  Over the next couple of weeks, they will spend one on one time carrying out our literacy assessments in grades 1-5, looking at mathematical processing, reflecting on the classroom agreements, watching children’s play during recess, and getting a feeling for the overall classroom climate. Students in grades 3-5 will also take the MAP Growth Skills Test (see information below). Understanding our students’ learning is important for us to design the best learning engagements to support their growth. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have any questions or input.

MAP Information
At Academia Cotopaxi, students from grades 3-10 have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) since 2014. The data gathered for our school 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.

During the week of September 9-13, students will take the first of three MAP test sessions, given throughout the year. We give students MAP tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

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 responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • 3 tests will be administered this week (Math, Language Usage, Reading)
  • The tests are used in multiple ways to support learning, so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, ensure your child gets a good night sleep and has breakfast.

For more information on resources for parents, visit this page and please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Have a wonderful week!

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Aug 27

Dear Parents,

We are back in full swing. A lot of positivity around the campus. It is a real pleasure to feel what is going on in classes.

Back to School Night
This is on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. You can review the invitation I sent last week here. We all look forward to seeing you for this formal kick off of 2019-2020.

New IB Math Courses
Math AA? AI?  What is the difference and what is the purpose and focus of these courses. Here is a great post on finding the right fit in the new IB DP Mathematics courses. 

Goal settings
We are going to start our process for students to set their ATL and CAS goals. It would  be great of you could reinforce the importance of goal setting with your child(ren) possibly in the realm of your professions and expertise.

High School Counseling
Ms. Keyes is excited to be back as the High School Counselor after returning from maternity leave. If you have any concerns for your son or daughter please feel free to reach out: dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Also, please be aware that students have until September 3rd to make any course changes for this semester. For questions, please contact:

  • Grades 9-10: Ms. Keyes
  • Grades 10-11: Mr. Wasser
  • IB Courses: Mr. Voeller

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel

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Elementary School News

ES Aug 27

This first week of school has been filled with examples of caring attitudes from all of our students. Your children have been engaged in creating agreements with their peers and teachers that will foster a positive culture. They have been enjoying a variety of play based activities and are enjoying getting to know each other. Students are certainly participating positively in their classes and in the common areas. Students in PK and K have visited their classes and we are looking forward to welcoming them on Tuesday.

We encourage you to support your children’s autonomy at home. Children will 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 already…), preparing healthy snacks (take advantage of the labels as a learning opportunity), 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 below for our director’s message regarding parent engagement.

Coming up...
Monday, September 2
Kids Cafe Begins! - Children in grades 1-4 will be participating in the set-up organization of our lunch time. All children will have a turn during the first semester for a week, and then again 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.

Parent Representatives
If you are interested in becoming a parent representative, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Here are the guidelines for you to review.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Aug 27

Discover Ecuador
An important part of the Middle School experience is our Discover Ecuador trip! This week of service learning, curricular connections, and team building will take place from September 23 - 27, 2019. All Middle School students and faculty will spend a week off campus, staying overnight, and bonding with classmates and their mentor teachers.

I hope to see you at the Discover Ecuador parent meeting on Tuesday, August 27. We will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium for general information, and then break out into Grade level, trip specific, sessions. 

I invite you to take time exploring the Middle School Discover Ecuador website for trip information. 

Please visit the payment page for details on how to pay for your child’s trip. All payments are DUE by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd. The cost for all trips is $450/student. This cost is all inclusive for the week.

Back to School Night
Middle School Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 5.
We will begin the presentation promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Please join us from 5:00pm onward in the auditorium foyer for refreshments and mingling. 

Counselor’s Corner
The first week of school has already come and gone, and as the new school year excitement might start to wear off, anxiety and fears might start to creep back in. Helping your child build their confidence is critical in the Middle School Years. Take a look at this article to find ways to help your child in navigating Middle School life with confidence and character. 

It is a true honor to be a part of your child’s life during the Middle School years. Please drop by the Middle School office anytime to say hello and let us know how we are doing in regards to meeting your child’s needs.

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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High School News

HS Aug 20

I hope that everyone has enjoyed a great summer. Our awesome High School Faculty has been working hard to be ready to welcome our students and now we look forward to seeing them on Tuesday.
 
I wanted to share a few items with you before school starts:

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device at Academia Cotopaxi is applicable for Grades 3 - 12. Information regarding device and Grade Level Tech Requirements can be found here.

Dress code –  All students must abide by the school dress code.  You can order items at Szimon. You may also choose to purchase items that meet the dress code and have the school logo embroidered on the items. Please follow the expectations outlined here.

Transportation – Please use the TRANSPORTATION CHANGE FORM, which is an easy-to-use, automated and efficient process to handle AC parent requests for changes in transportation. This form is designed for the following three requests:
1. Change from bus rider to car rider
2. Change the authorized pick-up person for car riders
3. Change the hour of the bus from after-school to normal dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
All other requests, like change from one bus to another, change a bus stop, etc. parents still need to email transportation@cotopaxi.k12.ec. As per our transportation policy, parents need to request changes by 1 p.m. for Kinder to Grade 12.

First day of classes for High School – Tuesday, August 20th. This will be a Day A, Cougar PM schedule. Students will go to their Block 1 class first and we will end the day with an Assembly. Students can access their schedules on Skyward.

Class of 2020 – The entire High School will welcome the class of 2020 at 9:20 a.m at the main gate on Tuesday morning.

I hope that I will have a chance to connect with as many of you as possible very soon. We are ready for you!

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Aug 20

We are all thrilled to begin the 2019-20 school year! Teachers and administrators have spent much time preparing for this week, and now it is here! We are all ready to welcome you and your family to the Middle School. Even though this week is only four days, it will be a full week, and your children will need extra rest and care to process everything they learn each day. We intentionally start the year with a regular school schedule, to establish routines and provide support to all students.

A few reminders:
You may find the MS Handbook and Dress Code here on the AC website.

MS students are not allowed to use their cell phones during the school day (unless needed for a class activity). If you need to contact your child, please call the MS Office and we will get the message to your child. 

Counselor’s Corner 
Ms. Aubrey is here to welcome you to another exciting year in the AC Middle School! If I have not met you yet, I hope that I am able to introduce myself to you soon. You will notice throughout the year in this "Counselor’s Corner" that I will post information in regards to what we’re learning about in Cougar Time (the Social-Emotional lessons we have here in the Middle School), dates for upcoming Parent Workshops, as well as useful articles for parents of middle schoolers. As we start another school year, it’s helpful to set up routines and ways in which you can best connect with your middle school student. Instead of asking “How was school today?” take a look at this article to explore some new ways to create meaningful conversations: 15 Questions to Replace “How was school today?”

Important Upcoming MS Events
MS Parent Discover Ecuador Meeting, Tuesday, August 27, 5:00 p.m. (auditorium)
MS Back to School Night, Thursday, September 5, 5:30 p.m.
Digging into Standards Based Grading, MS Parent Workshop, September 10, 8:00 a.m.
MS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, October 24

More details to come regarding these events - please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Please drop by the MS Office anytime.

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 Aug 20

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” 
Malala Yousafzai

Thank you for partnering with us. For children here and around the world, the first day of school is a very special one!  We invite you to celebrate your child’s growth and welcome them back home with excitement.  We encourage you to make the dinner a time for family and sharing.  Ask your children what they saw today, have them draw it with you.  Then ask them what happy feelings were present and also engage them in thinking about any questions they may have.  Let us know if you have any questions or wonderings. We are here to assure a wonderful 2019-20 school year.

Get to know your child’s teachers.  Each has included a special welcome in SeeSaw to introduce themselves. Our diverse community is one where relationships are cherished and new members enrich our experience. So, connect with others and enjoy this amazing time in childhood. 

Parent Meetings: For parents in PK and K and grades 3 - 5, we include the link to the upcoming workshops. If you attended your grade level workshop today, you are ready to go! Please keep in mind that for grades 3 - 5 the Digital Readiness workshop is required. You only have to attend one of the options.

Wednesday, August 21

  • 8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - An orientation into the world of today- Digital Readiness parent session for grades 3-5 (Parents are required to attend 1 session)
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - An orientation into the world of today- Digital Readiness parent session for grades 3 - 5 (Parents are required to attend 1 session)

Monday, August 26

  • 8:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. - Visit day for all students in PK and Kindergarten

 
Tuesday, August 27

  • 8:00 a.m. - Classes begin for all students in PK and Kindergarten
  • 8:15 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. - Learning at AC Parent meeting for al PK and K parents

 

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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