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Middle School News

MS MARCH 10

Fine Arts Festival
We are thrilled to celebrate Fine Arts Festival this week! Please join us for the remaining events: Piano performance at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Band concert on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., Orchestra concert at 1:00 p.m on Friday. All events are in the Auditorium. 

Google Classroom
In January we noted that some teachers were piloting Google Classroom, as an alternative to Edmodo, in an effort to improve the Middle School experience for students, parents, and teachers. The pilot has been very effective, and we have decided to move the entire Middle School to Google Classroom. Thus, as of this week, you should be able to access all of your child’s Google Classroom classes, including the Middle School Student Bulletin, and you will notice that we are no longer using Edmodo. You should have received an email invitation to join your child’s classes. Please contact your child’s teachers if you have not received these invites. If you have other technical questions, please reach out to Todd Hollett, AC Tech Director (thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec). If you have non-technical questions, please contact me. Thanks for your role in school improvement!

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
We are delighted to invite you to the Middle School Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on March 26.
Here is the plan for our upcoming conference:

* Students must attend the conference with their parent(s).
* Conferences are scheduled for 10 minutes. 
* Parents are asked to sign up for a maximum of four teachers (including your child’s mentor teacher). Unfortunately, there are not enough sessions for every parent to meet with every teacher. You will need to prioritize which teachers you would like to meet. If you would like to meet with more than four teachers, we invite you to schedule time with the teacher on another day.
* PLEASE only sign up for one session with each of your chosen teachers, even if your child has that teacher for more than one class (ie: if they have the same teacher for Language Arts and Social Studies, only sign up for one of the classes).
* A few “cross-divisional” teachers (Owen Krebs, Jordan Englehart, and Erik Iverson) will not follow the same sign-up procedure. HS conferences are drop in and those teachers will be in their classrooms and available for a drop in conference.
 
We will use Skyward for sign-ups. Please click here for instructions on how to sign up for conferences. I encourage you to sign up soon, to ensure you get the times you prefer. Please contact the Tech office, Santiago Albuja (salbuja@cotopaxi.k12.ec), if you need assistance with the Skyward sign-ups.

Parent Day in the Middle
We still have a few spaces for Parent Day in the Middle, on Wednesday, March 11. 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. - 11:00 a.m. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you on campus sometime soon - Fine Arts Festival, Parent Day in the Middle, or Conferences.

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

HA MARCH 10

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Pool, your incoming HS Principal,  for her transition visit. Lauren will be coming all the way from Jakarta next week. She will be with us, in the HS, on March 11-12 and on March 13-14 she will be involved in the Board retreat to contribute to the new Strategic Plan. This visit is crucial for all of us and our HS parents reps will have a meeting with Lauren. We are also inviting all HS parents for a “meet and greet” session on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., in the HS Learning Commons. Please RSVP here.

School Uniform
Please help us reinforce that the school uniform must be worn.

Student-Led Conferences - March 26
Please mark your calendar for our Semester 2 student-led conferences. More to come about this.

ASB Elections
We had solid speeches and strong candidates elected. Well done to all candidates who ran last week. As a team, we feel that this was a great election and all candidates rose to the challenge and respected our election rules. Thank you everyone. Our new ASB is:

President: Liam Malik
VP: Marissa Quintanilla
🐻 Bear Captains: Valentina Urbicain & Elías Andrade 
🐆 Jaguar Captains: Maico Lin & Bella Bright
🦜 Toucan Captains: Isabella Miño & Fabiola Pérez
🦈 Shark Captains: Joaquín Bautista & Antonio Nmeir

Baby Think it Over
10th graders are doing the Baby Think it Over program this week. For 11th and 12th graders, be compassionate and remember what you learnt from this. 9th graders, this is coming to you next year.

Board Invitation
Please see at the top the Board invitation to be part of the Strategic Plan process!

Seniors
IB Mocks are on this week. Good luck to everyone.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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High School News

HS MAR 3

Dear Parents,

We are thrilled to welcome Lauren Pool, your incoming HS Principal,  for her transition visit. Lauren will be coming all the way from Jakarta on the week of March 9. She will be with us, in the HS, on March 11-12 and on March 13-14 she will be involved in the Board retreat to contribute to the new Strategic Plan. This visit is crucial for all of us and our HS parents reps will have a meeting with Lauren.

Student-led Conferences - March 26
Please mark your calendar for our Semester 2 Student-Led Conferences. More to come about this.

Athletics
QISSA Games / March 3 / 4:15 p.m.

  • JV Boys Soccer - Einstein vs AC at Colegio Einstein

Congratulations to our JV Boys Basketball Team for a great JV Invitational Tournament and for being excellent hosts.  

Thank you, Cougars!!

-

Message from our Technology Director, Mr. Todd Hollett (thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec)

"Bring Your Own Laptop Grades 7-12"

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 10
  • MacOS 10.14 Mojave or newer
  • 6 hour minimum battery life
  • Intel Core i5 Processor (6th Gen) or better
  • 4GB of RAM / Suggested 8GB of RAM

Accessories

  • Case or backpack with protective compartment 

To ensure the longevity and safety of your learning device, please have an appropriate place for your child to store their learning device when not in use or during transportation. 

  • Headphones with microphone
    To properly utilize the full potential of our 1:1 BYOD program occasionally students will need to listen to differentiated instructions, videos, audio, etc as part of their lessons. The headphones are not for recreational use and will strictly be used for academic learning within the classroom. We encourage parents not to send high-end/high-fidelity headphones to school with their children. Our students are growing in responsibility and individual accountability, however, items do become damaged or lost.

Headphones are seen as a personal use device so to ensure our students health and hygiene, please send your child with his or her own headphones.

Examples of quality headphones for school use are BuddyPhone’s fokusApple’s EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug, or Logitech’s H151 Stereo Headset.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS MAR

Service Learning
Please click here to see our MS Service Newsletter for March! This edition highlights some wonderful service initiatives of our students and parents.

Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 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. - 11:00 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 in the Middle we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
Over the past couple of weeks in Cougar Time students have been learning skills for how to identify emotions, reduce stress and use effective communication to resolve conflicts. In mentor groups, students looked at different sides of a conflict to learn ways to actively listen, minimize escalating the conflict, and look at different perspectives to build empathy. These skills are not just related to peer conflict but for learning how to manage emotions, effectively communicate, and improve their relationships with adults as well. Hopefully you’ll see some of these skills being applied at home, and I encourage you to ask your child about the skills they have been learning in Cougar Time.

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

MS MAR 3

Dear Parents,

We want to reassure you that we continue to reinforce preventive recommendations to keep children healthy at school. Please refer to the Director’s communications for periodic updates on events and actions. We do want to remind you that it is critical that children who are ill or presenting flu-like symptoms should stay home.

Our new Elementary Principal, Charlie Schlegel, will be on campus the week of March 9. We will send you information about his schedule and options for parent interactions. We are excited to welcome him for this transition week.

We want to remind you that March 19 is a full day of school. We had it as a half-day earlier in the year.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

 

 

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Director Message

DIR FEB 27

Dear Academia Cotopaxi Community,
 
I hope that you were able to read my message yesterday regarding the COVID-19 Virus. We are working on streamlining and consolidating our communications to ensure you receive current, accurate and concise messages that do not interfere with your daily communication routines.
 
We are making plans for all contingencies with regard to the presence of COVID-19 in Ecuador. We have been monitoring the situation since the beginning, consulting with government agencies and other schools, especially in those countries most affected, to gather accurate information and suggestions on how to address this situation from additional cleaning measures, changes in servicing food, to preparing alternative instructional methods. 
 
Please note that all immediate (within the next two weeks) off-campus student field trips and events will be postponed until further notice. QISSA sports events and the Fine Arts Festival are as of now, scheduled to continue as planned. If there are any subsequent changes, you will be informed. We have cancelled the Discover Ecuador trips for grades 4-5. Updates on the status of events and trips later in the semester will be communicated in this weekly Newsletter as required.
 
We are working on a strategy to maintain clear, simple and factually accurate information to our community. As mentioned in yesterday's email, it is important to be well, but accurately informed. Social media is not an accurate nor safe place to acquire knowledge and understanding of important information such as this. Any messages we send are based exclusively on the Ministries and Health and Education’s official announcements. Please be careful with messages on social media as there are a lot of inaccuracies and deliberate deception on such platforms. 
 
Oscar Wilde said that "what seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise." Together, as a community, families, individuals, and professionals we can all learn new skills, become more resilient and build bonds and mutual support from challenges such as this virus. 
 
Academia Cotopaxi is excited to announce a proposal to charter a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) scout troop. BSA offers participants opportunities for adventure, fun, leadership, and so much more. The troop will be open to children ages 11 to 18. We will be having an informational session on the AC campus on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact scoutsac@gmail.com. See you there!
 
Thank you and have a great week.

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Elementary School News

ES FEB 27

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the break with your children. Thank you for your attendance to conferences and share day. We encourage you to continue conversations with your children about their learning, share time together and enjoy their stories of friendships and play.

This week, parents of students in grades 2-5 will receive information regarding learning devices for next school year via email from our Director of Technology, Todd Hollett. Please do reach out if you have any questions.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS FEB 27

Dear Parents,

I hope that the long weekend was an opportunity to reconnect and to be ready to start March. IB Mock exams for the seniors are coming up (March 9-13) and our Semester 2 student-led conferences are also around the corner (March 26). And we will have more sports and invitational tournaments, the Fine Art Festival and our next High School Principal is coming over for a transition visit-stay tuned.

Finally, we are now working on the 2020-2021 HS schedule. Therefore, we encourage anyone who has not returned their options form for 2020-2021 to do so ASAP. 

Message from our Technology Director, Mr. Todd Hollett (thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec)

"Bring Your Own Laptop Grades 7-12"

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 10
  • MacOS 10.14 Mojave or newer
  • 6 hour minimum battery life
  • Intel Core i5 Processor (6th Gen) or better
  • 4GB of RAM / Suggested 8GB of RAM

Accessories

  • Case or backpack with protective compartment 

To ensure the longevity and safety of your learning device, please have an appropriate place for your child to store their learning device when not in use or during transportation. 

  • Headphones with microphone
    To properly utilize the full potential of our 1:1 BYOD program occasionally students will need to listen to differentiated instructions, videos, audio, etc as part of their lessons. The headphones are not for recreational use and will strictly be used for academic learning within the classroom. We encourage parents not to send high-end/high-fidelity headphones to school with their children. Our students are growing in responsibility and individual accountability, however, items do become damaged or lost.

Headphones are seen as a personal use device so to ensure our students health and hygiene, please send your child with his or her own headphones.

Examples of quality headphones for school use are BuddyPhone’s fokusApple’s EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug, or Logitech’s H151 Stereo Headset.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS FEB 27

MS Electives 2020-21
All current Grade 6-7 students will attend an assembly this Friday (February 28) regarding MS electives for next school year. Students will learn which electives are available, and will be given an electives preference paper form. This form is due by Friday, March 6 and requires a parent signature. 

Please ask your child about the form on Friday and please help us communicate the message that due to the arrangement of certain electives in the schedule, and space in each elective, we cannot promise that students will receive their top preferences. Electives in Middle School are all about trying new things. We do our best to honor preferences, and sometimes this is not possible due to scheduling constraints. Thank you for your support.

Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 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. - 11:00 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 in the Middle we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

Bring Your Own Laptop Grades 7-12
Important information for school year 2020-21
If you have any questions, please contact Todd Hollett, AC Tech Director, at thollett@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

Minimum Specs

  • Windows 10
  • MacOS 10.14 Mojave or newer
  • 6 hour minimum battery life
  • Intel Core i5 Processor (6th Gen) or better
  • 4GB of RAM / Suggested 8GB of RAM

Accessories

  • Case or backpack with protective compartment 

To ensure the longevity and safety of your learning device, please have an appropriate place for your child to store their learning device when not in use or during transportation. 

  • Headphones with microphone
    To properly utilize the full potential of our 1:1 BYOD program occasionally students will need to listen to differentiated instructions, videos, audio, etc as part of their lessons. The headphones are not for recreational use and will strictly be used for academic learning within the classroom. We encourage parents not to send high-end/high-fidelity headphones to school with their children. Our students are growing in responsibility and individual accountability, however, items do become damaged or lost.

Headphones are seen as a personal use device so to ensure our students health and hygiene, please send your child with his or her own headphones.

Examples of quality headphones for school use are BuddyPhone’s fokus, Apple’s EarPods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug, or Logitech’s H151 Stereo Headset.

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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Director Message

DIR FEB 18

Hello Cotopaxi Community Friends,
 
This week I would like to address promoting leadership skills in all our students, but particularly our girls. The percentage of working women has steadily increased over the last 3 decades. However, large gender gaps from all positions seem to continue. For example in Tech, women hold only 30% of the entry-level roles and only 7% of private tech company boards are made up of women.
 
At Academia Cotopaxi, we believe in increasing gender diversity in all aspects of life with good reason. Diversity of thought leads to better problem solving. Collaborating with people who are different from ourselves helps all do better work. The Global Leadership Forecast  concluded that “gender diversity in leadership means greater diversity of thought, which leads to improved problem solving and greater business benefits.”
 
When asked, leaders said their organizations “need more transparency, more attention to promoting women in leadership roles, an atmosphere in which everyone has a chance to be a leader.” Hiring and promoting women from different backgrounds provides an outstanding base from which any organization or business can build upon.
 
American workers perceive female executives as being more honest and ethical than male executives. Pew’s “Women and Leadership” found that 34% of Americans believe women are more honest, while only 3% say men are (64% say there’s no difference). It’s unclear whether women are actually more honest, but the perception can assist an organization when choosing between options that aren’t black and white, ethically speaking.
 
Research has found women are better at making deals in the US Senate. The analysis found that the average female senator co-sponsored 6.3 bills with another Senate woman, while average male senators co-sponsored 4.07 bills with another Senate man. “The average female senator co-sponsored 171.08 bills with a member of the opposite party; compared to 129.87 for male senators.” Considering all the turmoil in world politics these days one may ask – would we be better off if more women were in politics?
 
Although women have a more difficult time finding mentors than men, 30% of those surveyed felt women made better mentors than men — while only 5% felt men were better than women. “There is nothing like a great mentor — someone who can guide you and provide honest, real-time, practical advice,” says Jackie Stone, CMO of MiMedia. “Mentors don’t judge your thoughts, ideas or dreams — they help you achieve them.”
 
Today’s young women are starting their careers better educated than men. Our female students are critical tools to ignite the future.
 
The bottom line should be proof enough for promoting females in leadership. A recent survey of nearly 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries concluded that “the presence of more female leaders of corporate management correlates with increased profitability. Having increased female leadership on your team or board, leads to increased financial results. Equitable leadership opportunities are not just morally sound – it is financially beneficial.
 
In conclusion, I would like to extend an invitation to all our community, males and females, to attend the upcoming Women in Leadership: Driving Change 2020 seminar hosted by the British School next month. We all benefit from promoting leadership opportunities for everyone and all must play a role in making that happen, at school, in the community and in our places of employment.

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