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Middle School News

 

Smiles around the Middle School are contagious! As I shared at Back to School Night, we continue to build the MS culture, and this is evidenced by a community growing stronger in our ability to demonstrate respect, caring, perseverance, empathy, and self-awareness. I am incredibly proud of the MS students - they have begun the school year as a cohesive group, moving toward the same goals.

I would like to personally invite you to this week’s Thursday parent workshop: Math Instruction in the 21st Century: Adding Parents to the Equation with Dr. Hilary Kreisberg, 3:30 p.m., in the ES Art Room. Hilary arrived last week and is providing valuable professional development to our Math team. 

A very big thank you to our MS parent representatives! This is the group who manages the official MS WhatsApp groups and serves as a liaison between the parent community and the school. We are still in need of one more Grade 7 parent rep. Please let me know if you would like to take on this important role!

After school activities and sports have begun! Students are aware that they need to go directly to their activity/sport after school, and to their bus/car at 4:10pm. Please note that MS students are not allowed to be on campus after 3:15pm if they are not in a supervised activity. Waiting for a sibling is not a supervised activity. Please chat with me if you have any questions.

Counselor’s Corner
As students enter Middle School and adolescence, they have more opportunities and freedom to choose the things that matter most to them: music, clothes, friends, etc. They also are beginning to make personal decisions about their health and their bodies. Deciding how much and what quality of food, sleep and physical activity they get is important. Here at AC we've noted that some of our students are choosing to spend a majority of their 35 minutes of lunch time up on the fields and playgrounds. Although this is important for their socializing and physical activity, there is a healthy balance that can be found between play time and eating time. We as a faculty are encouraging students to choose to eat lunch before heading off to the swings or soccer fields.   

The Middle School years are a great time to promote your child's development of healthy habits and decision making skills. When it comes to helping children establish healthy eating habits, parents play a critical role, through modeling healthy habits as well as having genuine conversations with their children about making healthy food choices. Here are a few ways to facilitate those conversations:

- involve kids in creating the grocery list and/or the food buying process 
- allow kids to help out with cooking in the kitchen
- go through Skyward cafeteria purchases together to identify and explore the foods they are choosing at break and lunch

As students are taking the MAP test this week, conversations can naturally come up between you and your children regarding healthy decisions about food and sleep. For more information about healthy eating habits during adolescence, visit this article.

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

 

Learning about each of our student’s learning is at the center of our work.  We observe children in and out of class and each of those observations informs our teachers.  In addition, we gather more formal data through different tools.  This week our students in grades 3 to 5 are taking the MAP (Measure for Academic Progress) test in literacy and math areas.  To read more about MAP, please follow this link.

I would also like to invite you to spend some time with your children to go over our elementary handbook and the expectations around use of devices.  You can find the handbook at the following link. You will receive a form to complete acknowledging understanding, and we ask that you bring to Back to School Night on September 20.

Dress Code - We appreciate parents supporting students to abide by the school dress code.  They demonstrate respectful behavior by doing so, and you can encourage them to be responsible at home by getting their clothes ready for the next day independently.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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High School News

 

Our students came back from Discover Ecuador on Friday with lots of stories to share. I would like to thank our HS parents for their support and our teachers who travelled with our students: Ms. Gallé, Mr. Iverson, Ms. Martinez, Mr. Fuentes, Ms. Mapstone, Ms. Laralde, Mr. Spielman, Mr. Watkins, Dr. Hoyle, Mr. Englehart, Ms. Stacy and Mr. Cadenas. 

Our Seniors had a productive retreat here at Academia Cotopaxi. Thank you to Mr. Voeller who organised this week together with his team. The week ended ended with fun lockin with several activities, pizza, movie night, fire and smores.

Now that September is upon we have a very busy month ahead of us.

IB Corner
September 3rd is the deadline for the rough draft of the Extended Essay. This 4,000 word piece of academic writing is completed by our full IB Candidates and allows them to dive deep into a subject area and topic they are interested in. The Final Draft will be due on October 15th and our “Gallery Walk” celebration on the 29th of October.  This is a busy time for our seniors and they will need to manage many deadlines for their IB courses as they start their Senior year. 

College Corner
It is going to be a very busy week for our students with college visits.  As always, if your student wants to be formally invited, have them send Lysha Wasser an email at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec stating his or her desire to have a formal invitation.  You as parents are more than welcome to attend as well.  Below you will find our visits for this week.  If you would like to see the schedule for the entire month of September, please find it here.
Monday: Linden Fair at Colegio Americano
Tuesday: Macalaster Visit: College Center: 11:15am-11:50am
Wednesday: Tulane, Northeastern, Southern Methodist University and Villanova Visits: College Center: 11:15am-11:50am
Thursday: Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of British Columbia (UBC), St. Francis Xavier, Brock, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Visits: College Center: 11:15am-11:50am
Friday: CIS College Fair at Colegio Americano

Counseling Corner
We’re excited to have all of our students back from their service trips and senior retreat and ready to dive into the school year. Please be aware that if your student wants to change any courses she or he needs to submit a course change form (completed with parent and teacher signatures) by this Friday, September 7th. Please contact Ms. Keyes or Mr. Wasser with any questions.

Cougar Corner
With Discover Ecuador completed, we are back to training… 
Girls Varsity Soccer Tryouts will happen on September 3rd and 4th from 4:00 - 5:45.
The Swim Team will meet in Ms. Stacey’s room on September 3rd at 4:00 to kick off the season.
Boys and Girls Volleyball Teams continue their practices as scheduled from Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 5:45.
Please check the calendar for upcoming games.
The late buses will leave campus at 6:00 pm from Monday to Thursday until the end of the season.

Thank you!

Fred Bordaguibel
HS Principal
 

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Middle School News

 

Back to School Night
We are looking forward to sharing the Middle School with you at Back to School Night on Tuesday! We will begin at 5:30 in the auditorium foyer with refreshments and mingling. The presentation will begin promptly at 6:00pm.

Discover Ecuador
Thank you to everyone who has paid for the upcoming Discover Ecuador trip. Payment is due on Tuesday, September 4. If you need an extension, or have any questions, please contact the MS Office. You may find valuable trip information on the Discover Ecuador website.

Service Learning
Service is a cornerstone of the educational program at Academia Cotopaxi. In the Middle School, students are expected to complete a required number of service hours. The requirement is 6 hours per semester for Grade 6, 7 hours per semester for Grade 7, and 8 hours per semester for Grade 8. Students have been discussing this in their mentor classes. You may find more information on the MS Service Learning website.

Math Consultant
Our math department will be growing professionally over the next two weeks by working with Dr. Hilary Kreisberg. She is a mathematics consultant who will be providing professional development to our ES, MS, and HS math teachers. One learning outcome of this visit is to enhance our ability to provide personalized learning in the mathematics classroom.

MAP Testing
MAP testing is on the horizon for September 10, 11, 12. We will run a special schedule that week, which allows us to test each morning. It is especially important that your child gets a good night sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and is on time to school during these days. Thank you.

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

 

Bucket filling at home
At school, we are strongly focusing on building community and supporting students to consistently contribute in positive ways.  We invite you to speak to your children about how they are being bucket fillers by demonstrating respect and kindness both at school and at home. Take notice of your children’s expressions, find ways to treasure them for the future, and share their stories to inspire others.  

Have you logged into SeeSaw?
Research shows that children benefit tremendously from parents’ interaction with their learning.  Now, you have a powerful tool to do so, and we hope that you enjoy using the SeeSaw application.  All teachers have shared their blog posts, and are supporting students to include their personal posts. We are excited to build each child’s learning story and document it in a way that can last a lifetime.  We encourage children to reflect on their learning, and you will see drafts of work, learning moments and finalized products.  Yet, what is most important is to focus on the process that children are using and the thinking that is being applied to that process.  Celebrate your children for their posts, comment away and connect with their learning lives!

Understanding the baseline
During these next two weeks, our teachers will be gathering data on your children’s learning.  We will be carrying out literacy and math assessments through formal and observation-based tools.  This practice allows teachers to get baseline data and plan for next steps in learning.  Our support services are ready, and our elementary team is there to provide a personalized approach to each child’s learning journey.  We also know, that you are the experts when it comes to our child.  If you do have questions about their performance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.  We are here to work together.

Parent education in math learning
There is a wonderful opportunity for YOU!   All parents are invited to meet Dr. Kreisberg who will be working with our educators over the next two weeks.  You will learn about contemporary approaches to the learning and teaching of mathematics.  We hope to see you on Thursday, September 13 in the new Elementary Art Room ("Atelier") for the parent workshop entitled “Math Instruction in the 21st Century: Adding Parents to the Equation."  The workshop begins at 3:30 p.m. and will run for an hour.  This will be a fun, interactive session! Child care will be provided. We ask parents to please RSVP in this document no later than Friday Sept. 7, 2018.

Coming up:
September 4 - Register for Extracurricular Activities

  • Click here for the Extracurricular Activities Program Procedures
  • To download the Activities Brochure please click here
  • Click here for the Extracurricular Activities Registration Link Session I.  This links will be available on Monday, September 3 at 8:00 am until Tuesday, September 4. 
  • September 10 - Extracurricular Activities begin for Gr. 1-5

September 10-14 - MAP Testing for Gr. 3-5
September 18 - Half-Day for all students - Professional Learning for staff
September 20 - Elementary Back to School Night begins at 5:30 p.m.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

We had a great start in the High School and it is particularly pleasing to see how much our Associated Student Body (ASB) ran their first High School Assembly.

Our ASB also organised some team building activities for 9th and 10th graders on Thursday afternoon and our first House field day on Friday. 

This week, 9th, 10th and 11th graders are off to their week without wall trips where the main focus is on service learning. Our Senior class will stay for their traditional Senior retreat at school. They will be busy with several items: College applications, CAS, ToK, Extended Essay and any another other relevant tasks.

Have a great week everyone!

English Classes 
If you want to learn/practice English, please refer to the school wide announcement of classes offered through the One Institute or contact theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec,
(593-2)382-3270 Ext. 1702

Counseling Corner
As students transition back to school they can feel many emotions from excitement to nervousness. For some it can be difficult to reconnect with friends after summer break and also they might be missing friends who have left. It can be helpful to encourage your student to invite others over to hang out or study together on the weekends. Also, joining clubs and sports can be a great way to connect with new friends. Students will be proposing student-led clubs after Discover Ecuador. Please support this great social and leadership opportunity by encouraging your student to join in or perhaps start a new club.  As always, you can contact me if you have concerns about your student’s social-emotional wellbeing at dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

Fred Bordaguibel
HS Principal

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Middle School News

We had a wonderful first week in the Middle School! I was delighted to be part of many engaging student learning experiences and respectful interactions with your children. Our MS team is looking forward to the year ahead!

Discover Ecuador
Our first big Middle School event is Discover Ecuador, September 24 - 28. I hope you are able to attend the parent meeting at 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 28, which will provide a wealth of important information. You have also received an email from me with all trip details. Additionally, the MS Discover Ecuador website contains trip packing lists, payment information, and more. Payment is due by September 4. Thank you in advance for complying with this deadline.

You should have received a Field Trip permission packet from your child. There are two pages, one is for Discover Ecuador, and one is a general day trip permission form. Please complete, sign, and return the forms with your child as soon as possible.

Swimming
Middle School swim team starts on Monday, September 3rd. Please see this link for information and details on the team. Contact Mrs. Paola Braganza for further questions, pbraganza@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

English Classes 
If you want to learn/practice English, please refer to the school wide announcement of classes offered through the One Institute or contact theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec, (593-2)382-3270 Ext. 1702
 
MS Handbook
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.

Important events on the horizon:
MS Back to School Night, September 4
We will begin in the auditorium foyer at 5:30 p..m. for refreshments and conversation. The formal presentation starts at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 
 
I look forward to receiving you in the Middle School - please drop by and say hello 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 News

Safe Respectful Responsible - Welcome Assembly
It has been wonderful to see many of you over the last week!  Your children are filling our classrooms, hallways, and common places with smiles, with curiosity… Students are eager to learn and interact with each other.  We hope that they are coming home with many stories of their time at school.

We want to share the presentation that we used at our first assembly.  We encourage you to speak to your children about being “bucket fillers!”  Enjoy the clips with them.

At this link, you will also find the New Family Orientation presentation for your reference.

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.  We will select the parent representatives on a first come, first serve basis.

Learning English in our division 
Our school mission states that “We are an English language-based international learning community,” and to that end, we are working to improve our English Language Learner (ELL) program and increase the focus on language learning across all disciplines. In order to better understand what type of support students need, we are collecting data on student language levels.

In the coming weeks, some elementary students will be taking the WIDA Model exam based on admissions criteria and classroom data and observations. We are testing to better understand how to best support their needs. The WIDA Model is a comprehensive language exam that identifies proficiency levels in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This data informs teacher planning to best meet the language needs of our students and allows students to identify their own strengths and areas for growth. 

If you have any questions regarding the WIDA, please contact the ELL Coordinator, Kourtney Wessels, kwessels@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

Also, if you want to learn/practice English, please refer to the school wide announcement of classes offered through the One Institute or contact theoneinstitute@cotopaxi.k12.ec, (593-2)382-3270 Ext. 1702

Coming up:
September 5 - Register for Extracurricular Activities - You will receive information about the online registration this week.
September 10 - Extracurricular Activities begin for Gr. 1-5
Septermber 10-14 MAP Testing for Gr. 3-5
September 18 - Half-Day for all students - professional learning for staff
September 20 - Elementary Back to School Night begins at 5:30 p.m.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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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.

Counseling
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.

Athletics
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.
Dates:
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

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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

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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