Web-BannerSeeUs
Admissions Process Open!
BanDrums
BE PART OF THE AC COMMUNITY
Graduate
BE PART OF THE AC COMMUNITY

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

PubDate

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

PubDate

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."
 

PubDate

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
 

PubDate

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

PubDate

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."

 

PubDate

Elementary News

Welcome to our new school year!  We are ready to greet you and your children as we embark in the fabulous journey of learning once again.  This school year, our elementary school (PK - 5) will start off with 90 new students. On Monday, August 20, we welcomed our new families with a special orientation and they are eager to meet returning families.  We invite you to reach out those who are new to our community, develop new friendships and learn from each other.

The starting of a new school year can come with great anticipation, excitement, wonder and perhaps a bit of worry.  You can help so that the transition back to school is positive by setting bedtime routines, reading daily, involving your children in getting items ready (see list here), having playdates with friends, and listening to their thoughts about their next year.  Do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor if you have any concerns or would like support.  This year, Ms. Tanya de Duran Ballen (tduran@cotopaxi.k12.ec)  will be the counselor for Grades PK - 1, and Mr. Sam Craytor (scraytor@cotopaxi.k12.ec)  is our new counselor in elementary who will be working with Grades 2-5.

Information for this week:

School Starts on Tuesday, August 21 for Grades 1-12.

  • Drop off time is between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

  • Pick up time is at 3:00 p.m. (Gr. 1-12)

PK and K begin school on August 27 with a visit in their classes with parents

  • The first day of regular school for PK and K is August 28

  • PK and K parents should have received a call for a home visit.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Summer Reading - We will collect colored Cougars this week through Thursday.  Children who have completed the summer reading goal will have the chance to select books to be donated to a local school with low resources.

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.

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal

PubDate

High School News

HS JUN 12

Mrs. Erika Calle, Board member and parent of two HS boys, asked me yesterday how I felt about my time in Ecuador. I can honestly say that, both Jackie and I, Griffin and Rian have had a tremendous time here in this beautiful country. We feel very blessed to have been fortunate enough to call Ecuador home for the past three years. Thank you for making us feel so welcome here.

The HS has come a long way in the past three years. I would like to thank the faculty members who persevered through all of the change and initiatives to bring AC’s HS program in line with current educational best practices and to refine many of our systems in order to provide our student body with opportunities to shine. 

I am extremely fortunate to have worked alongside faculty members and administrators who care deeply about education and the whole child. The HS, under the leadership of Mr. Fred Bordaguibel and his team, Mr. Brian Voeller, Ms. Delaney Keyes, Mr. Lysha Wasser and Mr. Juan Jose Fuentes will do amazing things.

I will miss the students the most, great kids doing wonderful things inside and outside AC’s classroom walls.

Thank you to the members of the Academia Cotopaxi Community for this wonderful opportunity.

IB Corner
IB Diploma candidates are working on their EE this week. A detailed, 2000 word outline is due by Wednesday.

College Counseling Corner
Over 6 million dollars worth of scholarships was awarded to this year’s Senior class. Our upcoming Seniors are looking strong as well - nothing but good news from our College Counseling Office. Congratulations all!

Cougar Corner
Cougars are off to rest and recover from a long and hard fought Athletic year. Lots of lessons learned, medals to recognize their efforts, great experiences and lots of friends in the form of team mates and rivals that are the witnesses to their growth. This growth will continue next year with new challenges, more competition, more support for our coaching staff, more parent involvement and the ever present dedication and perseverance of our young athletes. Thank you everyone for your support throughout the year and we hope to have you back next year supporting our program.

Discover Ecuador
Click here to find the most up-to-date documentation for each trip. Each document for each trip is available in English and in Spanish. You will find information about:

  • the camp
  • the leaders
  • the itinerary
  • the kit list
  • the registration
  • the payment-deadline: July 27th

Finally, please note that Camps International staff will be at school on Thursday, June 14th from 7.30 to 8.30 and on Friday, June 15th from 8.00-12.00 to accept payments by cheque, credit card or cash.
 
Thank you so much for your support providing High School students with meaningful community service experience. 

Summer work
Please find the summer work here: https://cotopaxi.k12.ec/summerlearning2018 
 

Garth Wyncoll
High School Principal

PubDate

Middle School News

MS

It has been a privilege to get to know you and your children over the course of the 2017-18 school year. If you are leaving Ecuador, I wish you all the best. If you are returning to AC next year, I look forward to another year of learning in community.

MS events for the rest of this week:

Wednesday, June 13: Grade 8 Moving On Celebration and Reception. Celebration from 1:00 - 3:00 in the auditorium, reception from 3:15 - 4:30 in the Lower School Cafeteria. Details have been emailed to Grade 8 parents. We will also be giving the Presidential awards and other special awards during the Moving On Celebration. If your child is receiving an award, you have been, or will soon be, notified.

Thursday, June 14: Grade 8 students will spend most of the day in the High School, learning about their Grade 9 classes.

Friday, June 15: Last day of school - dismissal at 12:00 noon. Report cards sent home and also available electronically.

Summer Learning: Please click here to to understand the assignments your child has received for the summer.

On the horizon…….Middle School Discover Ecuador will take place from September 24 - 28, 2018. Please mark your calendars for a parent meeting on August 28th, at 5:00pm. An email to each grade level with trip costs, due dates, and packing list will be sent before the end of the school year.

I hope to see you on campus this week!

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."
 

PubDate

Elementary News

ES JUN12

Summer is right around the corner, and our students are excited about what is coming.  Summer presents a grand opportunity to connect with your children, to watch them grow, to inspire them and to be inspired by them! 

Closure and keeping in touch
This week, we will spend lots of time providing opportunities for adequate closure.  Students will reflect on their learning, on their friendships and on their environments.  They will help to pack their classes, organize materials for next year and leave spaces clean and ready for those who will come next year to their class.  This symbolic action will help them to have adequate closure and contribute as members of our beautiful community.  

Remember to send in used or new backpacks and school supplies this week.

Especially if you are moving, take the time to acknowledge your child’s feelings about leaving Cotopaxi, their friends and their familiar environment.  Our counselors are available to support, so do not hesitate to contact them as needed.

Report Cards will be sent home digitally on Friday afternoon.  Please make sure that you have no outstanding bills and your child has returned all library books.  The Library does have a summer schedule for you to check out resources and you will find this information in our Summer Learning section on our web. 

Connection Campaign
Last year, I invited parents to join me in a “connection campaign” and disconnect from distractors allowing us to engage in powerful ways with our children.  Many parents shared how powerful this was.  They had made a family plan for use of devices, some even leaving them behind on trips, and creating intentional opportunities to be with each other.  So again, be present to listen to their stories, to laugh together, to cook together, to visit new places, to work on an inspiration, to fail together, to get up, to snuggle watching a movie classic, to theorize and experiment, to help others, to learn a new skill together, to build something, to invent, to immerse yourselves in the magic of stories by reading every day.  Be that parent that has left the mobile device (or other distractor) to give yourself the privileged gift of parenting.

Summer learning continues…
There are many studies that have concluded that summer can be a time of learning loss; yet the good news is, that it doesn’t have to be. Learning will certainly continue during the summer, thanks to the opportunities that you will present. Reading, writing and math engagements are strongly encouraged and have proven to enhance students’ performance over the years, when these happen during the summer months.  While maintaining and strengthening concept and skill development in reading, writing and math are critical, supporting your child’s personal understanding of themselves, and strengthening their emotional development will present them with a lifetime gift. So include activities that relate to the arts, understanding of society and global thinking and that support a holistic approach to development. Also, let’s take advantage of the time you have with your children to strengthen their self-esteem and inundate them with love!

Here are some helpful links to articles for this summer: 
Positive Self-esteem
Here's a quick read on smartphones…
http://www.math.com/parents/articles/funmath.html 
Road trip

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal
 

PubDate
Subscribe to

Learning

Our Approach

Academia Cotopaxi is engaged in re-defining a contemporary approach to education. Find out more about our whole child approach that attends to the multiple needs of our students.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Academia Cotopaxi is accredited by various organizations including the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges and the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Learning Support

Academia Cotopaxi's team of qualified and skilled professionals in learning support are champions of our inclusive programming and provide an incredible resource to our community.

Counseling

The aim of the School Counseling program at Academia Cotopaxi is to promote the personal, social, emotional, career, and academic development of students through a child-centered and developmentally appropriate school wide vision.

Technology

We use technology to inspire innovation, ignite imagination, encourage interdisciplinary understanding, ensure digitally fluent citizens, and provide meaningful learning through equitable access.

Arts

Academia Cotopaxi values the arts as an essential part of every child’s education. Classes of music, drama and art are offered by accomplished artists and teachers.

Library

The Library supports the mission of Academia Cotopaxi. We provide resources and materials needed for students to become life-long learners, readers, and effective users of information.

Educational Links

Here you will find useful links to educational resources including Skyward, EdModo, and much more. Links are one click away!

Athletics

The Athletics Program is an integral part of the learning experience offered to Academia Cotopaxi students and includes city-wide and regional championships in various sports.

School Divisions

Services

Extracurriculars

Participation in extracurricular and after school activities is an important part of a child’s education. Find out about our program offering in these pages.

Transportation

Ensuring that our students arrive to and from school safely and efficiently is our goal. Find school transportation options, policies, procedures, application for bus transportation and change request forms here.

Cafeteria Menu

Find out what’s being served up in our cafeterias! Find healthy and balanced meals every day!

Facilities Services

Our facilities include the largest school library in Ecuador, a semi-Olympic sized swimming pool, Athletics Center, covered parking, music complex, black box theatre and maker space. We continually invest in the maintenance and renovation of our school campus and its learning spaces.

Medical Office

The school has fully qualified medical staff to manage routine sickness as well as injury. Our medical office is an important resource for our community; keeping our students, staff and families healthy.