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MS Sep25

While the MS is away on Discover Ecuador, you have more time to read the MS Parent Newsletter! :))

Parent Day in the Middle 
Limited space remaining, sign up today!! The Middle School is delighted to offer the first bi-annual Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Wednesday, October 10 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. - 10:30 a.m. 

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. If you are not part of the group in October, you will have another opportunity to sign up for the second semester Parent Day in the Middle.

Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

Your Expertise Requested
At Academia Cotopaxi, we believe we Learn in Community.  We invite parents to be part of our learning by sharing their areas of expertise with students.  We welcome professionals or hobbyists to share your knowledge and passions, or host field trips at your place of work.  Please indicate your interest and willingness to be a learning resource by completing the form below.  
Share Your Expertise form
Our librarian, Jill Egan, will respond to and coordinate all volunteers.

Skyward
All parents have the ability to stay informed about your child’s learning at any time by regularly checking Skyward. We recommend that you check Skyward every few weeks to stay on top of your child’s progress. If you have questions about what you see, please contact your child’s teachers. 

I look forward to seeing you on Friday, after our week of Discover Ecuador!

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 Sep25

Back To School Night - Thank you and presentation
Thank you for attending Back to School Night.  Here’s a link to our auditorium presentation.  If you are curious about the numbers we presented, you can access them with  this document.  If you were not able to attend, please contact your child’s teacher for information on what was missed.  You especially want to contribute with your promise to your child on how you will support their learning!

Coming up - Goals’ Conferences
You will be invited to schedule your child’s Goals conference on Oct. 2.  On this day, you will attend with your child and should plan on a one-hour campus visit (per child).  Your child will come to your scheduled time with you and leave with you.  Please read this letter for details.

WhatsApp groups 
Your parent representatives will form WhatsApp groups this week.  You will receive the following message:
 
Both parents have been added to our Class WhatsApp chat.  You may choose to exit the chat, yet we ask that at least one parent is included for each student.  We will use this chat for class and school related messages.  Link to guidelines.
 
All parent representatives are invited to attend our first meeting on October 4 at 1 p.m. Parent Reps will receive information via WhatsApp.
 
Inquiry Corner
At our PYP Assembly Grade 3 students will showcase their learning on how Digital Citizenship enables us to use technology to further enhance our learning.  Each student in Grade 3 is an expert on how to use technology as a tool for learning, how to continue to maintain a balance with technology use, and how to keep ourselves safe with the use of technology.  

During this week ask your child what they learned from our technological experts in Grade 3, how that will impact how they use technology from now on, and what changes will you implement at home with technology?  

Thank you Grade 3 for inspiring each of us to use technology in a safe, respectful, and responsible way!

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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High School News

 

High School Back to School night 
Thank you for attending our HS Back to School night. A busy and productive evening that was. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our teachers if you have any questions.

Half day on Tuesday
A friendly reminder that Tuesday is a half day. Students will leave the campus at 12:00 p.m. Thank you. AC Faculty will run some professional development.

MAP Testing
9th and 10th graders are going to take their MAP tests next. Dr Fiona Hoyle already sent a letter out. If you need more information, please reach out to fhoyle@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

College Counseling  
Please see our updated list of college visits here.  October visits are now fully updated!  You as parents are always welcome to attend.  The representatives would love to meet you as well!

Next Thursday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium, an overview of what your 11th grade student will complete in Junior Seminar or the College Counseling Workshop this first semester will be provided. Topics included will be the college list, standardized tests, and financial aid. 11th grade is the ideal time to begin the college application process.  Please come get informed so you can help your son or daughter make this a fun and exciting process. 

Cougar Corner
The HS Athletics season is well under way. QISSA League games begin next week. Here is the schedule:
QISSA Week 1 Game Schedule:
Tuesday, September 18:

Girls Varsity Soccer     Colegio Menor @ AC
Boys Volleyball            AC @ Colegio Menor (JV and Varsity)

Thursday, September 20:
Girls Volleyball             Colegio Menor @ AC (JV and Varsity)

All games begin at 4:15 p.m., we hope to see all Cougar parents on the stands...

Fred Bordaguibel
HS Principal
 

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Middle School News

 

One of the best week’s of your child’s school year is quickly approaching - Discover Ecuador is almost here! The MS Faculty has been doing much “behind the scenes” preparation and your child will be preparing during FLEX this week. As a reminder, you can find the packing list for each grade level, and general trip information on the Middle School Discover Ecuador website

Please ensure that your child is ON TIME to school on Monday morning (8:00am on Sept 24). We will all begin in mentor classrooms and go to the trip bus as a group. 

You will receive one email communication from your child’s trip each day.

All trips are scheduled to return to AC before 2:30pm on Friday (Sept 28). Students may take the bus home - or be greeted by a smiling parent :)

We are incredibly excited for our big week! Please help your child at home by packing well in advance and talking about their emotions as they get ready to spend the week away from home. They will be excited and nervous, just like you. Please do take the time to talk, and contact the MS Office with any questions.

Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer the first bi-annual Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Wednesday, October 10 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. - 10:30 a.m. 

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. If you are not part of the group in October, you will have another opportunity to sign up for the second semester Parent Day in the Middle.

Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

***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!

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

PHOTO CAPTION: Your children are bucket fillers!  Ask them about our dancing celebration...

Back To School Night - What to expect…
We hope to see all of you at Back To School Night this Thursday, September 20.  We will begin with an informal time beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the auditorium where you can come to meet other parents and staff and enjoy light refreshments.  At 6 p.m. we will gather inside the auditorium for a division presentation which will be followed by meetings in the classrooms.  In your classrooms, you will have an opportunity to introduce your child to your community.  Your teachers may have sent you some guidelines of how these introductions will work.  This is a special time when you can share aspects about your child's unique story that will be valuable for others to know.  We ask that parents keep their stories to a maximum of 2 minutes.  You will also have an opportunity to leave a promise for your child as your commitment to supporting a safe, respectful and responsible learning experience. 

For parents of multiple children, we recommend that parents split up, or that parents attend some time in one class and some time in a different class.  Teachers will be understanding and can send information missed to parents who are not able to attend full sessions.  Because all of our staff will be participating, we are not able to offer child care during Back to School Night.

Please be aware that teachers will present on general aspects of learning.  If you have questions about your child's personal learning progress, please make an appointment for a different time. 

We look forward to a great evening with you!

Learning in community
This Tuesday, September 18, our elementary faculty will participate in a half-day of professional learning.  The focus of this first half-day is on the Primary Years Program (PYP), which is our curricular inquiry based umbrella.  We will engage in deep reflection of our practices, identify areas of strength that we should maintain, and also identify areas where we would like to see improvement.  This work will inform our re-authorization self-study.  Our elementary school was the first in the country to receive PYP authorization in 2005, and we have been learning and teaching within the framework since then. If you would like to contribute to our self-study as a parent in a PYP school, please contact Laura Fried, our PYP coordinator at lfried@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Inquiry Corner:
At Academia Cotopaxi we follow a student-led inquiry model supported by the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).   It takes student inquiries, interests, and curiosities to drive learning. Direct student involvement makes learning relevant, encouraging students to develop their own agency and critical thinking skills.  What can we as adults do to develop inquisitive learners? - Train ourselves how to ask meaningful questions that foster critical thinking.  Examples:
How does ________ relate to _________?
How would ________ react to this?
How is _________ connected to other things?
What is __________ analogues for?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of _______?
What makes you say __________?
What is another example of __________?
How else could we use ____________?
Try out some of these questions during this week with day-to-day conversations/events with your children this week, and notice deeper thinking and reflection!

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

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High School News

 

Back to School night for the High school 
We are delighted to welcome you on Thursday, September, 13th at 17:30. Here is the invitation letter that I sent last week.

Math Consultant
Dr Hilary Kreisberg, from Lesley University, started her work with K-12 Math teacher last week and I would like to invite you to this week’s Thursday parent workshop: Math Instruction in the 21st Century: Adding Parents to the Equation with Hilary at 3:30 p.m. in the ES Art Room.

HS Parent Representatives
Thank you to our HS parents reps for our first meeting last week. Here are our HS parent reps for this year:
Grade 9:   Ms. Mariana De la Torre and Ms. Gabriela Fernandez Calenga
Grade 10: Ms. Cecilia Sanz and Ms. Maria Anthony
Grade 11: Ms. Evy Cifuentes and Ms. Ingrid Skavdahl
Grade 12: Ms. Caty Church and Ms. Maria Fernanda Toledo
I would like to thank these eight parents for their involvement. What a great team!

College Counseling  
Please see our updated list of college visits here.  You as parents are always welcome to attend.  The representatives would love to meet you as well!

IB Corner
Our students have submitted the first draft of their Extended Essay and are closing in on their final draft (October 15th). Here is a great post from the IB on the benefits and takeaways from the Extended Essay. 

Thank you!

Fred Bordaguibel
HS Principal
 

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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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