High School News

Welcome to a new year!

I hope that everyone enjoyed a fantastic summer break. Your teachers and administrators have been working hard to be ready for you and we can’t wait to see you all.

This year, the High School is launching three High School pillars that will shape everyone’s High School experience:

Be present                    Do your best                             Get involved

Indeed, those three elements are going to be the main direction of your High School. To be successful, we need students to be coming to school and to be physically and mentally present in class, to be ready to do their best all the time, including the formative assessment, and to get involved in after school and out-of-school activities. We believe this is the key to success. So I am truly excited to launch these pillars.

HS Schedule
This year, we are running a new schedule. Here you will find the regular schedule and the 4 modified schedules.The 8 block rotation is still there, but we are running 4 blocks a day.  Every Monday will be an AM Cougar schedule to allow for assemblies and mentor time.

Individual Schedules
Students can access their own class schedules on Skyward. If they are issues with schedules, please talk to our counselors (Mr Wasser for 11th and 12th graders and Ms Keyes Voeller for 9th and 10th graders

Discover Ecuador
This is coming up the week of August 27-31. Here is the folder with the information regarding the trips.

Mr. Wasser and Ms. Keyes are thrilled to be starting off our new school year with you! We have high hopes and expectations for our students to continue to grow as learners and global citizens. If you or your students have any questions about your students’ schedules, academic plans or general well-being, please feel free to contact us. Please see Mr. Wasser for grades 11 & 12 and Ms. Keyes for grades 9 & 10 and for all emotional wellness issues.

Get Ready Cougars! The Athletics season will begin on August 22nd and 23rd with the Boys and Girls Volleyball Tryouts. On the week of September 3rd, we will begin Swimming and Girls Soccer.
8/22 - 8/23 Boys and Girls Varsity Volleyball Tryouts
9/3 - 9/4 Girls Varsity Soccer Tryouts
9/3 Swimming Season Begins

Go Cougars!

Fred Bordaguibel
HS Principal


Middle School News

School year 2018-19 is here! The MS team has been preparing to receive your children and we are excited to begin the year. There are many changes in the Middle School this year, including a new MS student focused schedule. You will also notice that the MS Office has moved and is now centrally located in the MS classroom area.

Throughout the school year you may find that you have questions about the MS program and MS student life. A great first resource is the MS Handbook, found here on the AC website. Please also feel free to email, call, or stop by the MS Office at any time.

We have two very important parent meetings on the horizon:
MS Parent Discover Ecuador Meeting, August 28, 5:00pm
MS Back to School Night, September 4, 6:00pm

More details to come regarding these events. For now, please mark your calendar and ensure that at least one parent is able to attend each meeting.

The MS Discover Ecuador student trip takes place September 24 - 28, for all MS students. You will receive a detailed email this week regarding this incredible week of experiential learning!

I look forward to receiving you in the Middle School - please drop by and say hello anytime.

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."



Elementary News

Welcome to our new school year!  We are ready to greet you and your children as we embark in the fabulous journey of learning once again.  This school year, our elementary school (PK - 5) will start off with 90 new students. On Monday, August 20, we welcomed our new families with a special orientation and they are eager to meet returning families.  We invite you to reach out those who are new to our community, develop new friendships and learn from each other.

The starting of a new school year can come with great anticipation, excitement, wonder and perhaps a bit of worry.  You can help so that the transition back to school is positive by setting bedtime routines, reading daily, involving your children in getting items ready (see list here), having playdates with friends, and listening to their thoughts about their next year.  Do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor if you have any concerns or would like support.  This year, Ms. Tanya de Duran Ballen (  will be the counselor for Grades PK - 1, and Mr. Sam Craytor (  is our new counselor in elementary who will be working with Grades 2-5.

Information for this week:

School Starts on Tuesday, August 21 for Grades 1-12.

  • Drop off time is between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

  • Pick up time is at 3:00 p.m. (Gr. 1-12)

PK and K begin school on August 27 with a visit in their classes with parents

  • The first day of regular school for PK and K is August 28

  • PK and K parents should have received a call for a home visit.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Summer Reading - We will collect colored Cougars this week through Thursday.  Children who have completed the summer reading goal will have the chance to select books to be donated to a local school with low resources.

Every year, parents have the opportunity to volunteer to support homeroom teachers as parent representatives.  If you are interested, or would like more information, please let your homeroom teacher know. Here’s a link to our parent representative guidelines.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal


High School News


Mrs. Erika Calle, Board member and parent of two HS boys, asked me yesterday how I felt about my time in Ecuador. I can honestly say that, both Jackie and I, Griffin and Rian have had a tremendous time here in this beautiful country. We feel very blessed to have been fortunate enough to call Ecuador home for the past three years. Thank you for making us feel so welcome here.

The HS has come a long way in the past three years. I would like to thank the faculty members who persevered through all of the change and initiatives to bring AC’s HS program in line with current educational best practices and to refine many of our systems in order to provide our student body with opportunities to shine. 

I am extremely fortunate to have worked alongside faculty members and administrators who care deeply about education and the whole child. The HS, under the leadership of Mr. Fred Bordaguibel and his team, Mr. Brian Voeller, Ms. Delaney Keyes, Mr. Lysha Wasser and Mr. Juan Jose Fuentes will do amazing things.

I will miss the students the most, great kids doing wonderful things inside and outside AC’s classroom walls.

Thank you to the members of the Academia Cotopaxi Community for this wonderful opportunity.

IB Corner
IB Diploma candidates are working on their EE this week. A detailed, 2000 word outline is due by Wednesday.

College Counseling Corner
Over 6 million dollars worth of scholarships was awarded to this year’s Senior class. Our upcoming Seniors are looking strong as well - nothing but good news from our College Counseling Office. Congratulations all!

Cougar Corner
Cougars are off to rest and recover from a long and hard fought Athletic year. Lots of lessons learned, medals to recognize their efforts, great experiences and lots of friends in the form of team mates and rivals that are the witnesses to their growth. This growth will continue next year with new challenges, more competition, more support for our coaching staff, more parent involvement and the ever present dedication and perseverance of our young athletes. Thank you everyone for your support throughout the year and we hope to have you back next year supporting our program.

Discover Ecuador
Click here to find the most up-to-date documentation for each trip. Each document for each trip is available in English and in Spanish. You will find information about:

  • the camp
  • the leaders
  • the itinerary
  • the kit list
  • the registration
  • the payment-deadline: July 27th

Finally, please note that Camps International staff will be at school on Thursday, June 14th from 7.30 to 8.30 and on Friday, June 15th from 8.00-12.00 to accept payments by cheque, credit card or cash.
Thank you so much for your support providing High School students with meaningful community service experience. 

Summer work
Please find the summer work here: 

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal


Middle School News


It has been a privilege to get to know you and your children over the course of the 2017-18 school year. If you are leaving Ecuador, I wish you all the best. If you are returning to AC next year, I look forward to another year of learning in community.

MS events for the rest of this week:

Wednesday, June 13: Grade 8 Moving On Celebration and Reception. Celebration from 1:00 - 3:00 in the auditorium, reception from 3:15 - 4:30 in the Lower School Cafeteria. Details have been emailed to Grade 8 parents. We will also be giving the Presidential awards and other special awards during the Moving On Celebration. If your child is receiving an award, you have been, or will soon be, notified.

Thursday, June 14: Grade 8 students will spend most of the day in the High School, learning about their Grade 9 classes.

Friday, June 15: Last day of school - dismissal at 12:00 noon. Report cards sent home and also available electronically.

Summer Learning: Please click here to to understand the assignments your child has received for the summer.

On the horizon…….Middle School Discover Ecuador will take place from September 24 - 28, 2018. Please mark your calendars for a parent meeting on August 28th, at 5:00pm. An email to each grade level with trip costs, due dates, and packing list will be sent before the end of the school year.

I hope to see you on campus this week!

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."


Elementary News


Summer is right around the corner, and our students are excited about what is coming.  Summer presents a grand opportunity to connect with your children, to watch them grow, to inspire them and to be inspired by them! 

Closure and keeping in touch
This week, we will spend lots of time providing opportunities for adequate closure.  Students will reflect on their learning, on their friendships and on their environments.  They will help to pack their classes, organize materials for next year and leave spaces clean and ready for those who will come next year to their class.  This symbolic action will help them to have adequate closure and contribute as members of our beautiful community.  

Remember to send in used or new backpacks and school supplies this week.

Especially if you are moving, take the time to acknowledge your child’s feelings about leaving Cotopaxi, their friends and their familiar environment.  Our counselors are available to support, so do not hesitate to contact them as needed.

Report Cards will be sent home digitally on Friday afternoon.  Please make sure that you have no outstanding bills and your child has returned all library books.  The Library does have a summer schedule for you to check out resources and you will find this information in our Summer Learning section on our web. 

Connection Campaign
Last year, I invited parents to join me in a “connection campaign” and disconnect from distractors allowing us to engage in powerful ways with our children.  Many parents shared how powerful this was.  They had made a family plan for use of devices, some even leaving them behind on trips, and creating intentional opportunities to be with each other.  So again, be present to listen to their stories, to laugh together, to cook together, to visit new places, to work on an inspiration, to fail together, to get up, to snuggle watching a movie classic, to theorize and experiment, to help others, to learn a new skill together, to build something, to invent, to immerse yourselves in the magic of stories by reading every day.  Be that parent that has left the mobile device (or other distractor) to give yourself the privileged gift of parenting.

Summer learning continues…
There are many studies that have concluded that summer can be a time of learning loss; yet the good news is, that it doesn’t have to be. Learning will certainly continue during the summer, thanks to the opportunities that you will present. Reading, writing and math engagements are strongly encouraged and have proven to enhance students’ performance over the years, when these happen during the summer months.  While maintaining and strengthening concept and skill development in reading, writing and math are critical, supporting your child’s personal understanding of themselves, and strengthening their emotional development will present them with a lifetime gift. So include activities that relate to the arts, understanding of society and global thinking and that support a holistic approach to development. Also, let’s take advantage of the time you have with your children to strengthen their self-esteem and inundate them with love!

Here are some helpful links to articles for this summer: 
Positive Self-esteem
Here's a quick read on smartphones… 
Road trip

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal


Middle School News


The end of the school year is a time to celebrate a year of learning and a year of student development. We have all seen profound changes in your children over the course of this year, which is to be expected for Middle School students. It has been a joy to get to know them, and you, as we have spent the year building the AC Middle School.

We have many events over the next two weeks. Here they are, at a glance, to help with your planning:

Friday, June 8: MS Social from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Gym. All students are welcome, and while students may choose to “dress up” for this Social, no special attire is required.

Monday, June 11: Class awards will be presented during Cougar Time, 10:50 - 11:50 in the auditorium. If your child is receiving an award, you have been, or will soon be, notified.

Tuesday, June 12: Field Day from 1:30 - 3:00. 

Wednesday, June 13: Grade 8 Moving On Celebration and Reception. Celebration from 1:00 - 3:00 in the auditorium, reception from 3:00 - 4:30 in the Lower School Cafeteria. Details will be emailed to Grade 8 parents. We will also be giving the Presidential awards and other special awards during the Moving On Celebration. If your child is receiving an award, you have been, or will soon be, notified.

Thursday, June 14: Grade 8 students will spend most of the day in the High School, learning about their Grade 9 classes.

Friday, June 15: Last day of school - dismissal at 12:00 noon.

On the horizon…….Middle School Discover Ecuador will take place from September 24 - 28, 2018. Please mark your calendars for a parent meeting on August 28th, in the evening. An email to each grade level with trip costs, due dates, and packing list will be sent before the end of the school year.

We are all looking forward to the final two weeks! Please help ensure a successful end of the school year by reinforcing home routines, especially sleep and nutrition. 

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."


Elementary News


Thank you for participating with our first graders to support their action to help the refugees coming from Venezuela!
Summer is approaching and with summer comes a wonderful time for students to engage in continued learning through their experiences.  You will receive the information on our Summer Reading program next week, yet, please plan on having plenty of books available for your children.  
If you will be in Quito, you are invited to enroll your children in IMAGINE’s summer camp which will be held in Cumbayá from June 25 to July 13.  There are camp options for children 2 - 7 years old and special workshops for children aged 8 to 12. We ask you to register your child through the following link:  Enrollment Form​
You can choose two or three weeks of camp:
​​2 weeks $ 235    Bus 2 weeks $ 56
3 weeks $ 345    Bus 3 weeks $ 84
Camp and bus service payment can be made by Wednesday June 13 in IMAGINE Quito or Valley, AC cashier office or by deposit or transfer.  For more information, please contact or

Thank you to all the parents who are contributing to our end of year drives.  We are currently accepting backpacks and school supplies.  Send yours in and encourage your child to include a written message for the child who will receive the backpack.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal


High School News


Our 43 Seniors are now Academia Cotopaxi Alumni. Congratulations to the parents, family members and HS Faculty who helped them achieve this goal.

Discover Ecuador information meeting will be held this Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. Please attend!

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal


High School News


This is our final week for 43 Cotopaxi students. On Friday evening, our Graduating Class of 2018 will walk the stage and receive their diplomas. I welcome all community members to watch two events this week. On Thursday, we celebrate the Senior class with their Final Roll Call in the gym at 10:30 a.m. This is a loud, celebratory event in which Seniors are called to walk in front of the whole school. Then on Friday, Graduation begins at 6:00 p.m. I think you will enjoy the events and I know our Seniors will appreciate your best wishes.

This Senior Class has earned over six million dollars in scholarships from universities. I would like to thank Mr. Lysha Wasser for his efforts at AC’s College Counselor. Congratulations to all!

Underclassmen will sit exams from June 6-11. Capstone Presentations will occur in the afternoons of June 12-14. Our final High School Awards Assembly will take place at 8:00 a.m. on June 15. Thank you for attending!

IB Corner 
There is still time for the seniors to send me their request to send their IB results to Colleges and Universities.

Our IB 1 students are busy with many IB tasks and the Extended Essay detailed outline, due before the summer. 3 more weeks, but quite packed! 

College Counseling Corner 
11th graders: 
Now is an excellent time to ask your teachers for your confidential letters of recommendation.  If you are planning on applying to universities in the United States, you will definitely need at least one, possibly two letters of recommendation.  These letters should come from an 11th or 12th grade teacher, ideally from a subject area that connects well to what you are planning on studying.  Do not hesitate on this.  Teachers need to write many letters of recommendation and you definitely want your teacher beginning to write your letter now as opposed to late fall next year.  Ask your teachers now!

Please sign up for the October SAT now.  Registration is open and there is no good reason to not reserve a seat now.  Seats do fill up and you don’t want to be dealing with that stress later.

Cougar Corner
Last night we celebrated our student athletes at our Sports Awards Assembly. Here is a list of our major award winners:
Scholar Athlete of the Year 
(we had 7 students who met the high standards of participating in two or more seasons of sport AND maintaining a GPA of 6.25 or higher throughout)
David Anthony
Ethan Anthony
Victoria Anthony
Isabella Beltran
Nour Khamis
Isabel Paredes
Romina Weng
Female Athlete of the Year: Gabriela Landinez
Male Athlete of the Year: Antonio Pereira

Service Learning Campaigns
Below are opportunities for your families to contribute to different service learning campaigns from different divisions.  All donations can be brought to the elementary office.

First Graders’ Invitation!
Grade one students are taking action to help provide the Venezuelan refugees with items they need such as food, water and money. They will be using their PYP assembly to both collect donations and sell items to raise money to help the refugees. To make this action as successful as possible we need as many donations as we can get. The slide show will explain what items people can donate. Please feel free to drop off donations at any grade one classroom or the elementary office: Grade 1 Donation Request for Venezuela
Backpacks and thoughtful cards...
The backpack and school supply drive begins this week.  Share with your children that they can donate their used backpacks for children who cannot afford backpacks.  This is a great opportunity for children to get involved.  We encourage children to write a letter that will go in the backpack with well wishes for a great new school year for the child who will receive their backpack.
Newspaper needed!
Emily, a 10th grade student, is conducting a newspaper drive to complete her GIN project:  "Weaving for Venezuelans", which consists on creating and selling paper baskets to raise funds for Venezuelan refugees. 

Support local orphanage with infant formula & powdered milk
From Julia, a Middle School student, “The objective of my project is to help Hogar Para sus Niños in every way possible. I visit to provide support and also ask for donations for their 52 children (26 babies and 26 kids).  I will hold a drive for powdered milk from the May 21 to June 1. The donations will be taken to the orphanage on June 10th.”  See Julia’s video invitation here.

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal

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