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Middle School News

MS Apr 9

It was a true delight to have Linda Sue Park on campus last week. The whole community greatly benefited from her time with the school. Please take a moment to thank Jill Egan and the library staff for their work in providing this valuable learning experience.

We are all looking forward to Spring Break next week. See you back on campus on April 22!

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 Apr 9

Inviting you to check SeeSaw again...
I am including this again in our newsletter as the opportunities have multiplied for you to learn about your child’s progress and engage in the learning that happens in and outside of the classroom.  Your genuine interest in your child’s learning has a direct impact in your child’s attitudes and behaviors around learning.  We invite you to continue to engage in conversations about what your child is learning and how they acquire new understandings.  Teachers are posting many examples on SeeSaw and you are encouraged to comment on your child’s portfolio. Children enjoy reading parents’ comments and grow from this experience.  Some parents send voice notes and children love this!  They get very excited when they know that you have seen and/or read their post.

At the end of the week, you will receive a notification indicating that your child’s progress report has been uploaded to the SeeSaw account.  Please note that the progress report is written to the child by the homeroom teacher, Spanish teacher, and ELL or Learning Support for those who receive those services.  For Music, Art, and PE a general comment is included and you are encouraged to stop by to see those teachers during conferences.  Personal comments for those subjects are included in the report card for both semester 1 and semester 2.

I would also like to remind you that the dress code is not optional.  We have sent several reminders to parents and know that you will support us so that all children follow this guideline in our school. Following school guidelines teaches students responsibility and is an important attitude for all learners.

Inquiry Corner
A few weeks ago we hosted the Visiting Team of the IBO, who had an opportunity share with our students, teachers, parents, board, etc.  This is the second step of the IBO re-authorization process, which happens every 5 years.  At the end of their visit they celebrated our school for successfully implementing Student-Centered Inquiry throughout the PYP!

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Apr2

Dear parents,

Busy couple of weeks before Spring break. Let’s buckle up :-)

Visiting Author  
Linda Sue Park is here at Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

High School students attended a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1, the 10th grade will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water, and students who wish to attend an optional writing workshop after school on April 2 may sign up for that.

Parents are also invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

College Counseling

IB Visual Arts Exhibition
April 2, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the ACCR (annex building)

Career Day: April 9th
Career Day is a special day where we invite working professionals to Academia Cotopaxi to share their insights from the world of work with our students.  It is a wonderful day where students are able to make connections between what they are studying and what they intend to study in university to the personal stories that are shared.  Would you be interested in sharing your story? Think about what you would tell your 18-year old self.  That knowledge is invaluable!  If you are interested in presenting in either English or Spanish, please contact Mr. Lysha Wasser (lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec) for more details. We would highly appreciate your participation as your unique story can make a huge difference and impact in the life of a student.

College Counseling:
10th Grade Parents: If your child has not signed up yet for the PSAT 10, please do so here
11th Grade Parents: April 5th is the last day to sign up for the May 4th SAT.  If your child is applying to the United States, this is a very important date to not miss.  Please email Mr. Wasser (lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec) if you have any questions.
12th Grade Parents: April 1st, Mr. Wasser and Ms. Keyes Voeller, will be providing a “Letting Go” presentation at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Office that will focus on the Class of 2019 university acceptances, how to get a student visa, the upcoming transition for both students and parents, and student life at university.

IB Corner:
Our seniors will be presenting their final Capstone on their CAS experiences during the last two years to a panel of teachers and staff. These presentations are the culminating experience to their CAS program and determine their final grade for CAS. Parents are welcome to attend! These will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. 

Sports
QISSA Games

Tuesday April 2nd
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Colegio Menor @AC at  4:15 p.m.
JV Boys Soccer vs. Colegio Menor @ Colegio Menor at 4:15 p.m.
JV Girls Basketball vs. Colegio Menor @ Colegio Menor at 4:15 p.m.
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Colegio Menor @ Menor at 5:45 p.m.
Thursday April 4th
Varsity boys Basketball vs. Colegio Menor @ AC at 4:15 p.m.

AASSA Tournament
at Colegio Menor
Boys Soccer - SCHEDULE 
Girls Basketball - SCHEDULE

Swim Meet
at Colegio Aleman
Friday, April 5, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Apr 2

The Grade 7 students had the opportunity to partake in a field trip last week to the interactive science museum. We are fortunate to live in a city with valuable learning experiences outside of our school walls.

Visiting Author  
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, this week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

All Middle School students attended a presentation by Linda Sue Park on Monday, Grade 7 will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water, and students had the opportunity to attend an optional writing workshop after school on Tuesday.

Parents are invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a light reception in the library.

This is an exciting week for literacy!

I am away this week, attending our school’s regional conference in Chile. I will also be conducting a workshop about our Middle School schedule and how we use FLEX time. I look forward to sharing my learning with the community upon my return!

Tuesday, April 9, is a professional development afternoon for faculty and a half day for students. All MS students depart campus at noon.

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

ES Apr 2

Visiting Author
Linda Sue Park is here for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

Linda Sue Park met with all three school divisions on Monday and gave students powerful inspiration for becoming writers, readers, activists and global citizens.

Parents are also invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Mar26 (2)

Dear parents,

Quarter 3 ended on Friday and report cards are available on Skyward (instructions). On Tuesday, you are all invited for the student-led conferences. Students are reflecting  upon those 2 main guiding questions:
        -based on my September Approaches to Learning (ATL) goal, what progress have I made in my classes?
        -what is this ATL goal looking like for the 9 school weeks left?

Students will enter their reflection on managebac and they will should refer to the ATL rubric. We truly believe that those ATL are the skills that we need to focus on more than simply grades and we can’t wait to have those conversations with you.

Visiting Author  
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

All HighSchool students will attend a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1, the 10th grade will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water, and students who wish to attend an optional writing workshop after school on April 2 may sign up for that.

Parents are also invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

Books by Linda Sue Park will be available for purchase from The Giving Tree Bookstore on Monday April 1, 8:00-4:00 in the auditorium lobby.  Titles and prices are listed below.

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95

Career Day: April 9th
Career Day is a special day where we invite working professionals to Academia Cotopaxi to share their insights from the world of work with our students.  It is a wonderful day where students are able to make connections between what they are studying and what they intend to study in university to the personal stories that are shared.  Would you be interested in sharing your story? Think about what you would tell your 18-year old self.  That knowledge is invaluable!  If you are interested in presenting in either English or Spanish, please contact Mr. Lysha Wasser for more details. We would highly appreciate your participation as your unique story can make a huge difference and impact in the life of a student.

College Counseling
10th Grade Parents: If you student has not signed up yet for the PSAT 10, please do so here
11th Grade Parents: April 5th is the last day to sign up for the May 4th SAT.  If you student is applying to the United States, this is a very important date to not miss.  Please email Mr. Wasser (lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec) if you have any questions.
12th Grade Parents: April 1st, Mr. Wasser and Ms. Keyes Voeller (dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec), will be providing a “Letting Go” presentation at 6pm in the Auditorium that will focus on the Class of 2019 university acceptances, how to get a student visa, the upcoming transition for both students and parents, and student life at university.

IB Corner
Our seniors will be presenting their final Capstone on their CAS experiences during the last two years to a panel of teachers and staff. These presentations are the culminating experience to their CAS program and determine their final grade for CAS. Parents are welcome to attend! These will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 3:15pm-4:15pm. Seniors and Senior Parents: We will be meeting about the senior service trip on Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00-4:00pm with our partner, GreenTrek. 

QISSA Games coming up:
3/25    Boys Varsity Soccer play Alliance at AC. Game begins at 4:15.
           Boys JV Soccer at Alliance. Game begins at 4:15.
3/26    Boys JV & Varsity Basketball play Einstein at AC. Both games begin at 4:15.
 
Thank you!

Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Mar26

Conference week is a wonderful time to fully engage in your child’s learning. Please remember that MS teachers are always available for meetings, emails, and phone calls for you to stay in touch in-between the twice yearly MS conference times.

Visiting Author  
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

All Middle School students will attend a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1, Grade 7 will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water, and students who wish to attend an optional writing workshop after school on April 2 may sign up through their Language Arts teacher.

Parents are invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

Books by Linda Sue Park will be available for purchase from The Giving Tree Bookstore on Monday April 1, 8:00-4:00 in the auditorium lobby.  Titles and prices are listed below.

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95
El Aprendiz   $22.95   

Academia Cotopaxi is fortunate to host such a renowned author, we greatly look forward to her visit!

Counselor’s Corner
This past week in Cougar Time we looked at the concept of Resilience. Challenges and distress are a fact of life, and this lesson (which can be viewed here) allowed students to start building their resilience by becoming aware of the ways they cope to bounce back during difficult times and the messages they send themselves. Take a look at the lesson and see how you might help your child reinforce their “inner coach” as opposed to their “inner critic.” 

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 Mar

Supporting students with online engagement
Over the past weeks, a few parents have approached us with questions about the “Momo challenge.”  While what we have observed at school has not been dangerous, we do want to encourage parents to be observant of their children’s online activities and be constantly informed.

The Momo challenge is an internet hoax which purports to be an online post/game that has negative messages that are perceived as dangerous. While this is a hoax, many children have heard of it and are discussing it.  As parents, you can research the different perspectives around this and other games which may invite viewers to engage in negative actions.  At school, we have heard children talking about it, yet have not had concerns regarding any real actions taken.  We are being vigilant and continue to reinforce education around digital citizenship and safety.  Our counselors are conversing with and supporting any students who have brought up their fears and worries surrounding the topic and are in touch with parents as needed. If you or your child do have any concerns, please contact one of our counselors (Tanya de Duran Ballen for PK - 1; Sam Craytor for Grades 2 -5).

The best way to keep your children safe is to be involved.  Here are some specific recommendations:

  • Reinforce the importance of not speaking to strangers in person or online.  Children are not encouraged to interact online.  Become informed of what online activity your child is engaged in and don’t hesitate to set proper limits.  Remember, you do not let strangers into your home.  So, don’t allow strangers into your child’s devices.
  • Place parental controls in your children’s devices. If you need help with this, please contact our Tech Services team at mpazmino@cotopaxi.k12.ec. 
  • Devices should only be used in common area of your home. Avoid having devices in bedrooms. 
  • Become involved in your children’s activities online.  Play the games that they play so that you are aware of the content and of your child’s behavior during gaming.
  • Ask your children to come see you whenever they come across any content that is scary, uncomfortable or seems strange. Please do not show your children an image or share information regarding “Momo” or other online ‘challenges’. Explaining to them that if they come across something that is scary or makes them feel uncomfortable is preferred to showing them actual images. 
  • When you have playdates at home, be present and vigilant.
  • Establish agreements regarding gaming.  Remember to limit gaming to games that are created for your child’s age.  Age limits are established to keep children safe.
  • Follow the recommended age limits for social media engagement.  Please remember that the most common social media apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat) are not intended for children’s use and the minimum age requirement ranges from 13 to 16 year olds.

Resources:
Common Media Sense:  13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About
The ‘Momo Challenge’: A sinister threat to young people or an urban myth?

Visiting Author
We are excited to welcome award-winning author Linda Sue Park to Academia Cotopaxi for three days of learning engagements for all students, April 1-3. 

All elementary students will attend a presentation by Linda Sue Park on April 1; the 4th grade will have a session devoted to the book A Long Walk to Water; the 5th grade will have a session devoted to When My Name Was Keoko and the 2nd and 3rd grade will have a session on picture books and global mindedness.

Parents are also invited to meet Linda Sue Park by attending a presentation in the auditorium at 10:30am, Wednesday April 3, followed by a light reception in the library.

The Giving Tree Bookstore will be selling books by Linda Sue Park in the lobby of the auditorium from 8:00-4:00 on April 1.  Titles and prices are listed below.  Buy a book on Monday and have Linda Sue Park personalize your copy!

Paperbacks:
A Long Walk to Water $10.20
A Single Shard   $10.20
Xander's Panda Party  $10.20
Hardcovers:
39 Clues Trust No One   $16.45
39 Clues Aviso de Tormenta   $16.95
El Aprendiz   $22.95   

Inquiry Corner
Students at Academia Cotopaxi use research skills as a basis for inquiry.  Students learn how to formulate questions, gather data, and presenting research findings for an authentic purpose. Through this process students gather information from books, media, experts, first hand experience, experiments, etc.  What can we do to support students being autonomous in deciding HOW they want to learn about their passions?

Paoloa de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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High School News

HS Mar 19

Dear parents,

Quarter 3 is ending on Friday and report cards will be available on Skyward (instructions) from Monday March 25th. On Tuesday, you are all invited for the student-led conferences. Students are reflecting  upon those 2 main guiding questions:
        -based on my September ATL goal, what progress have I made in my classes?
        -what is this ATL goal looking like for the 9 school weeks left?
Student will enter their reflection on ManageBac and they will should refer to the ATL rubric. We truly believe that those ATL are the skills that we need to focus on more than simply grades and we can’t wait to have those conversations with you.

Career Day: April 9th
Career Day is a special day where we invite working professionals to Academia Cotopaxi to share their insights from the world of work with our students.  It is a wonderful day where students are able to make connections between what they are studying and what they intend to study in university to the personal stories that are shared.  Would you be interested in sharing your story? Think about what you would tell your 18-year old self.  That knowledge is invaluable!  If you are interested in presenting in either English or Spanish, please contact Mr. Lysha Wasser (lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec) for more details. We would highly appreciate your participation as your unique story can make a huge difference and impact in the life of a student.

Counseling
Yesterday, half of our 10th grade students received their “babies” as part of our teen pregnancy prevention program, Baby, Think it Over.  The second group will begin their turn on Wednesday. This is a great opportunity for every family to talk with your children about your values and hopes for their futures.

A big thank you to AC Parents, Ms. Gabriela Giliberti and Ms. Cristina Wohlgemuth, who shared their expertise in Nutrition Health Coaching with our 9th grade students this week. They shared information on healthy living and eating and encouraged our students to think about the balance in their own lives.  9th grade parents, please ask your students to share their “Circle of Life” exercise with you.

IB Corner
Our seniors finished their Mock Exams last week and now have 6 weeks of school before our IB and AC Final Exam testing begins. Our Juniors are working on a variety of IB tasks, including their Extended Essay. Their first draft is due in two months and is a major milestone towards completing this essential IB task. 

Seniors and Senior Parents
We will be meeting about the senior service trip on Wednesday, March 27th from 3:00-4:00pm  with our partner, GreenTrek

Senior Capstones
Our senior class will be presenting their two year CAS program to a panel of teachers on Wednesday, April 10th. This is the culmination of two years of work for them. Please mark you calendars - parents are invited! 

QISSA Games coming up:
3/19:    Boys JV & Varsity  Basketball at Alliance Academy. JV at 4:15 & Varsity at 5:45.
3/20:    Boys JV Soccer play Einstein at AC. Game begins at 4:15.
    Boys Varsity Soccer at Einstein, game begins at 4:15.
3/21    Girls JV & Varsity Basketball play Alliance at AC. Both games begin at 4:15.
3/25    Boys Varsity Soccer play Alliance at AC. Game begins at 4:15.
    Boys JV Soccer at Alliance. Game begins at 4:15.
3/26    Boys JV & Varsity Basketball play Einstein at AC. Both games begin at 4:15.
 
Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS Mar 19

A huge congratulations to our Fine Arts department! Fine Arts Festival last week was a resounding success. Every Middle School student and teacher had the opportunity to access the arts in a unique way. Thank you for playing your part, as parents, to help keep the Arts an important part of the AC Middle School learning experience!

Last week was also had our semesterly Parent Day in the Middle. Thank you to those of you who attended. After class visits many parents noted the positive teacher/student relationships, the respectful classroom environments, flexible seating, and personalized learning - just to name a few. I am extremely proud of the educational experience the MS teachers are providing for your children.

Conferences
You have all received an email with information regarding MS Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences on March 26. The MS conferences are to be attended by both students and parents. Parents must sign up for conference times in advance. Sign up information may be found here. See you on March 26!

Friday, March 22, is a professional development half day for faculty. Student dismissal at 12:00.

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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