Congratulations Class of 2019

Middle School News


I hope you all enjoyed some of last week’s festivities celebrating Quito. We certainly had fun learning several traditional Ecuadorian games and trying a few new traditional snacks. A very big thank you to the MS Spanish department and our parent volunteers who made this event possible!

Routines, routines, routines… As parents, you know how important routines are to your child’s success, whether with completing homework at a specific time, or doing things as a family. These routines are absolutely critical at this time of the year. With all of the holiday happenings, it is easy to lose track of routines, and then we wonder why our children (or others in our lives!) are not being themselves. A great gift you can give your child is stability and routine, and save the late nights and extra events for the weekends and for the upcoming holiday break. We are almost there! :)

Join us to visit the community of Zumbahua!  This Sunday, December 15 we will visit the community of Zumbahua and we invite all families to attend. There is something very special that happens when we share with people who live in other places in Ecuador. We will bring the books that were collected as well as the food and candy bags.  RSVP here

Flu Prevention, a message from our Medical Office
Please keep in mind that there are important precautions to avoid spreading the Flu virus and other illnesses. If your child presents any symptoms of illness keep your child at home and see your doctor. Flu symptoms include any or all of the following: cough, sore throat, fever, runny or stuffy nose, headache, joint pains or body aches, chills and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be present.  

The World Health Organization lists the following recommendations for prevention in addition to the vaccine, as well as, consultation with your doctor about treatment:

  • Regular hand washing with proper drying of the hands
  • Good respiratory hygiene – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and disposing of them correctly
  • Early self-isolation of those feeling unwell, feverish and having other symptoms of influenza
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth

At school, we take the following measures during Flu season:

  • Medical Officers review recommendations for personal care and prevention with all students and staff. We included these recommendations from CDC (Center for Disease Control in our earlier email)
  • Parents are always asked to keep children who are ill at home both for their wellness and the wellness of others.
  • Physical spaces (classes & common areas) are disinfected when cases are reported.
  • All classes have sanitizers installed.
  • Children who present flu symptoms at school are taken to the medical office and parents are contacted for pick-up and referred to their doctor.
  • Employees who present symptoms check with the medical office in order to determine if isolation is needed.
  • Every year, the school determines if we can offer a vaccination campaign and what the parameters are.
  • Measures are reviewed annually

Please note that this year’s vaccination campaign is limited to children under the age of 5. The vaccine will be provided by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública). We do recommend that older children seek vaccination outside of school. 

Do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions,

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."


Director Message


Dear Parents,

Swimming Success at AC

Last week a crowd of excited parents and friends assembled in our aquatic center to cheer on about 47 AC Cougars participating in a swim competition involving a total of 105 swimmers and three other schools, ISM, SEK los Valles and Julio Verne. The swim program has grown substantially. Aside from many wins in individual categories, our relay teams placed second in the medley relay and first in every age group of the freestyle relay. Next week 9 of our swimmers will be competing at St. Catherine’s University in Minnesota, our second time competing in the United States. According to Athletic Director, Juan Jose Fuentes, four years ago we were lucky to have 15 swimmers on the team. Today we have 48 competitive swimmers. Adding a second season has helped build the program. Competing at the South American Activities Conference (SAAC) championships at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile; and this year in Brazil, as well as many local competitions has raised the prestige of this sport in our community.

Individual sports like swimming foster mental strength and resilience. Youth learn to motivate themselves by working through challenging training sessions. Some committed Cougar swimmers train at 6 a.m. In an individual sport, there's nobody else to hide behind on a bad day, so athletes learn to deal with poor results. When a swimmer wins they have a strong sense of accomplishment. Participating in individual sports can increase a sense of personal mastery. Athletes improve and develop new skills, leading to improved performance and confidence. Individual sports also allow for independence and can be a great fit for a student who doesn't like to rely on someone else's skills to perform well. Athletes can focus on their own training needs, whether that means addressing a personal weakness or improving a favorite stroke–something that can be difficult during team training.

Training can be solitary at times. Even when groups train together in compound sports, like swimming, athletes have to grind out the work alone. Being on a team doesn't make a swimmer faster or a gymnast able to perform a difficult skill, and athletes can't progress solely on the strength of their teammates; they have to improve on their own to compete. Swimming can be particularly beneficial for children with attention deficit, sensory, and socialization disorders because they help develop self-esteem, focus, and social skills while encouraging physical activity, that can to lead to being healthier adults.
Swimming is widely regarded as the most comprehensive and beneficial sport. It requires use of more muscle groups than any other sport, is tremendous aerobic exercise and considered the safest sport regarding chances of injury. To top it off, being a strong swimmer could save one’s life in an emergency. Considering its benefits and our pool facilities, we expect swimming to continue developing at AC.


High School News


Dear Parents,
We are now two weeks away from the semester 1 exams. We are getting closer and closer to the end. Let’s all make sure that we all finish strong. December 9 is the cut off date to submit any missing assignments. Students who still have incomplete assignments need to work on those this week. Busy times ahead.

Thanksgiving Drive
Thank you for all of you for contributing to our annual Thanksgiving drive. It was a great success and we can’t wait to deliver those boxes to the Zumbahua community. More information will be shared about this later.

Fiestas de Quito
The High School students have been preparing for our annual HS Fiestas de Quito Assembly on Wednesday, December 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the AC Auditorium. You are all invited to enjoy the show. 9th graders are working on legends about Quito, 10th graders are working on the history of the foundation of Quito, 11th graders are working on characters of Quito and 12th graders on the Quito traditions. Please note that the event will be run in Spanish. This event will also be an opportunity to congratulate the winners of our annual cuarenta tournament that started last week and ended today. This year 106 people joined in the tournament. This is a record. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday to celebrate our beautiful city of Quito. ¡Qué viva Quito!



Games will resume next week with the Semi - Final Round for Girls Soccer and Boys and Girls Volleyball for all categories.

  • Swim Team News

Our Swim Team closed their season hosting the Invitational Cougar Cup Swim Meet last Wednesday with the participation of SEK Los Valles, Julio Verne and ISM. This week, 9 members of our Swim Team are traveling to St. Paul, Minnesota to compete in the St. Croix Swim Meet. This is the second time that our team has been invited to this event and it promises to be a great experience for our athletes.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal


Middle School News


Service in the Middle School
The Middle School (MS) was treated to a very special assembly last week, dedicated to service. We heard presentations from several MSers about their independent service initiatives. It was inspiring for all! Ask your child to tell you more about the service assembly. The MS service website is always accessible here (service website). The link is on Edmodo, in the Service folder. I would like to especially draw your attention to our first MS Service Newsletter: Service Learning in the Middle. This link is also available on the service website and the idea is that it will be published monthly. We are all very proud of our Middle School students who choose to go “above and beyond” for service.

Quito Days
The MS is celebrating Quito Days! MS Spanish classes treated us to a Quito Days assembly during FLEX last week, we are playing a MS cuarenta tournament in FLEX this week, and the fun all culminates with special Quito Days Games, just for the MS, on Wednesday morning. These events all add up to very Middle School appropriate ways to learn about and celebrate this special aspect of Ecuadorian culture. Thank you to the Spanish department and House Leaders for their amazing organization of these events!

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
The past few weeks in Cougar Time, the MS students have been building upon bullying prevention by learning about boundaries, harassment (as listed in the MS handbook as well as Ecuadorian non-discriminatory laws), and privilege, and how these impact our community. The first step to making change is becoming aware, and students are using this awareness to learn to be responsible and speak up for themselves and others so that we might work towards a more inclusive world.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend celebrating Quito!
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."


Director Message


Dear Parents,
Last week’s concerts highlighted a most important gift for our children, music. A highlight was when one of our senior students, performed violin for her IB music portfolio – marvelous. Most impressive were the spellbound students in the audience. Hopefully, she inspires them to continue playing music. 
Our “high tech” lives are spent engaged with technologies that often require very low skills. It doesn’t take much to learn how to manipulate a cell phone. Want proof? Watch how quickly toddlers learn how to use an iPad. I’m not advocating for no technology, rather not allowing high tech to displace other important skills. In our Maker Space class, High School students are challenged to make a simple perfect wooden square, with four 90 degree corners. Low tech, but highly challenging.
Musical instruments are low, old technology. Violins have been around for half a millennium. But they require high skills to master, years of practice. Likewise, for any musical instrument. Studies show learning a musical instrument increases gray matter volume in various brain regions and strengthens long-range connections between these. This video explains how few activities stimulate more of the brain than playing music. Music is used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson Disease and enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literacy skills. Stanford University researchers found playing music increases ability to pay attention. There is a reason Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) has expanded to STEAM, to include the ARTS. The arts support learning in all the other disciplines. 
Thank you for supporting your children learning music and all the other arts. Have a great week and hopefully time to reflect on how fortunate we all are during our Thanksgiving holiday.


High School News


Dear Parents,

We are now three weeks away from the semester 1 exams. We are getting closer and closer to the end. Let’s all make sure that we all finish strong. December 9 is the cut off date to submit any missing assignments. Busy times ahead.

PTSA Bingo Night is Friday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m. The PTSA is seeking Donations for prizes. Anything you can donate would be welcome! Remember, all funds raised at BINGO go right back to the community via the awards given to students for Service Learning! Deadline is December 19 for donations. Please reach out to for more information.

PTSA wishes to remind you to have your kids submit their proposals for PTSA BINGO SERVICE LEARNING FUNDS! Their proposals need to be submitted  between November 21 and December 17. PTSA will review the submissions, select the finalists and announce the winners in January! Contact for details. Here is the application form.

Congratulations and thank you to Ms. Paula Luna and all the athletes that represented Academia Cotopaxi in the Girls Soccer AASSA Tournament last Friday and Saturday. Great job, you made us proud!
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal


Middle School News


A big congratulations to all Middle School families for the excellent music concerts the past two weeks! Nearly all Middle School students participated in one of the events. The concerts are remarkable due to the strong AC music program, and the wonderful parent support of the Arts at Cotopaxi!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Holiday Drive. The drive concludes with a special assembly this Thursday for our entire school. The assembly will be held in the Athletic Center at 11:30 a.m., and will be a celebration of our spirit of giving.

Bingo is coming!!
PTSA Bingo Night is Friday, January 24 at 4:30 p.m. The PTSA is seeking Donations for prizes. Anything you can donate would be welcome! Remember, all funds raised at BINGO go right back to the community via the awards given to students for Service Learning! Deadline is December 19 for donations. Please reach out to for more information and instructions on where/how to donate.

Service project funding proposals need to be submitted by students between November 21 and December 17. PTSA will review submissions, select finalists, and announce the winners in January! Contact for details. Middle School students can access the proposal form on Edmodo. 

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 School News


Celebrating our city through exploration and creativity!
¡Qué Viva Quito!
Quito, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, invites all members of Academia Cotopaxi to interact with its beauty and explore its treasures. How do we celebrate our city?

Quito, the beautiful city that hosts us, celebrates its foundation every December 6. We know that we live in a wonderful place. The gorgeous weather, the scenic mountains, the brilliant skies, the gastronomic possibilities, and the diversely beautiful architecture feed our senses in magical ways. And then, of course, there are the amazing people of Quito who are known for their happiness, their kindness and their welcoming attitude.

Students in grades PK-5 will represent their learning on December 5, following this schedule:

  • PK-K: Will enjoy the “AC Plaza Quiteña” with parents from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Gr. 1-3: Flamenco performance in the auditorium from 8:15 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.
  • Gr. 4-5: In front of the auditorium from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 am. 

This allows for ALL children to learn about the people, the traditions, the culture, the games, the flavors, and the history of Quito through different experiences filled with joy. 

Home Learning Invitation: Celebrate Quito, its people, its plazas, its culture, its traditions...
We ask that each family send us one photo or illustration that represents what is special about Quito to your family. Select something you would share with visitors to celebrate what Quito means to you. This can be something you see everyday or something that is a special image.

Send the photo to: Nardy at with the completed caption: When you come to Quito we will show you this because______________.

Your photo and caption needs to be sent to us by December 3, so that it can be printed and prepared for display. The giant Quito photo collage will be shared with our community on December 5.

Regardless of where students are from, reaching deeper levels of understanding and appreciation for the city where we live, is enriching. So we encourage you to find time to explore your own neighbourhood, or new neighbourhood and find opportunities to get to know Quito better.  You can enhance this learning by taking trips to museums, visiting historic neighborhoods,exploring a new playground, listening to music, looking closely at old buildings, noticing the birds or other animals, driving around to view landmarks… the opportunities for learning are endless!

Below, we describe the Quito focused inquiries that children will be engaged in at school:

  • PK-K: How can we observe using our senses? - Plaza Quiteña
  • Gr. 1: How is culture expressed through dance? -Traditional and Modern Andean Dance
  • Gr. 2: How is culture expressed through music?-Cultural Heritage & Song
  • Gr. 3: How is culture shared through oral traditions? - Quito Folktales
  • Gr. 4: How do we learn from people in our community? - Traditional Quito Characters
  • Gr. 5: How can we honor a place through experiences? -Project Exhibit After Visit To La Ronda

So, enjoy this opportunity and celebrate with us! Viva Quito!!!

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal


Elementary School News


Dear Parents,
Last year, we shared this gratitude video with our families. We all know how powerful gratitude is and these next two weeks, we are connecting our gratitude with giving ending with the Thanksgiving Drive and ceremony on November 28. We encourage you to view it as you engage in conversations around giving thanks and the happiness that gratitude brings.

We hope that you can donate a new book and pick a title in spanish that your child enjoys. These books will be donated to the community of Zumbahua and we will work with them to support literacy and the joy of reading.

Here is the list of food. Thanksgiving: A time to Give

Items for Elementary Grades
All students: One new book in Spanish for a child your age. Give a book that you love reading.

3 Noodles/Fideos (400g)
1 Jelly/Mermelada (250g)
4 Powdered Juice Jugo en Polvo (envelope)

1 Jello (250g)
2 Chocolate Bar
2 Red Beans (500g)

-Grade 1:
2 Chocolate Powder (200g)
2 Jello (250g)
4 Powdered Juice (envelope)

-Grade 2:
2 Chocolate Powder (200g)
2 Jello (200g)
3 Lentils (500g)

-Grade 3:
2 Powdered Milk (400g)
2 Ketchup (200g)
5 Instant Soup (60g)

-Grade 4:
3 Powdered Milk (400g)
5 Instant Soup (60g)
3 Jello (200g)

-Grade 5:
2 Salt (1kg)
4 Tuna Fish (180g)
3 Jello (200g)

Progress Reports and Conferences
Progress Reports will be posted on SeeSaw today, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Please read these with your child. Make it a special time to celebrate their learning. On Wednesday, Nov. 20 you will attend conferences and should have scheduled a time with your homeroom teachers. There are still openings for parents who would like to meet with specialists as well. You can register for conferences with specialists in Skyward. Click here to schedule with Specialists teachers (Art, Music, P.E and Spanish).

Don’t miss the “Digital Safety and Social Media: What Parents Should Know” Workshop, which will be offered at the following times in the Elementary Library:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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