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Director's Message

DIR DEC 3

Dear parents,
 
This past weekend Mr. Mitchell Green, our Director of Students Language and Learning Support and I attended the AASSA teacher recruitment fair in Atlanta. Classroom teachers, the people who interact with your sons and daughters daily in the classes, in the subjects the are learning are the single most important element of a school.  Schools can function without a lot of administration, but not without teachers. For this reason recruitment and retention of teachers is the single most important job of school administration.
 
We had a successful fair with several hires and had multiple interviews with excellent educators who we would have loved to have joined our team. Consistently candidates told us that the reputation of Cotopaxi, our model of inclusion, the quality of life in Quito, were strong drawing points. However it is a very competitive market for teachers and we face stiff competition from schools in more affluent markets, both here in South America and globally.

According to International School Research Foundation, in 1994, about when I started in international teaching, there were less than 1000 international schools. By 2000 there were 2584 schools with over 1 million students (receiving a combined $5 billion per year in tuition). In 2019 that number had grown to nearly 11,000 schools serving 6 million students (combined tuition of $50 billion/year). By 2028 there will be 17,000 international schools for 10 million students matched by a need for teachers growing from 450,000 today to 900,000. 
 
To top it all off most experts predict an upcoming shortage in teachers, in the USA and around the world. Unfortunately, teaching does not receive the recognition or pay that it deserves. As a society, we must do our utmost to support teachers and attract the new talent, including our current students your sons and daughters, to be educators as well as retain young talent that all too often leave teaching within the first five years of teaching. 
 
Currently the Board and administration is working on a new strategic plan to propel Academia Cotopaxi forward. Our goal is be the school of choice for educators who support inclusion, innovation, international mindedness, inquiry, and warm human interaction, all of which are part of our current mission and vision. The next few years at Academia Cotopaxi are going to be great.

 

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Elementary School News

Dec10

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

Celebrating the arts & Holiday Concerts
Stop by the auditorium with your child and enjoy a beautiful display of art pieces created by our students.  Your child can share their painting or drawing and you will also appreciate the artwork of others.

You are cordially invited to this year’s Holiday Concerts which will be carried out by grades as follows:
December 19:
9:00-9:30
2nd Grade
9:40-10:10 5th Grade
10:50-11:20 1st Grade
11:30-12:00 4th Grade
12:10-12:40 3rd Grade

December 20
9:30-10:30
PreK/Kinder Concert

Please notify Ms. Robyn or Ms. Lacey ASAP if your child will not be in school for the concerts. rkammer@cotopaxi.k12.ec or liverson@cotopaxi.k12.ec  

Children are encouraged to wear clothes that are festive or special for the concert. These are normal school day, so students should come in clothes that they can wear to play at recess.  No high heeled shoes.

During the December 19 concerts, we ask that all parents exit the auditorium immediately following each concert to make space for the next audience. If you are waiting between concerts, you are welcome to get a treat and join a special holiday craft activity organized by PTSA in the Elementary Atelier.

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 Publica). We do recommend that older children seek vaccination outside of school.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: medical@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS DEC 10

Dear Parents,
We are now one week 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 will be internally suspended, as per our policy.

Fiestas de Quito
While the Senior class beautifully won the 2019 Fiestas de Quito, the entire High School put on some great skits mixing cultural understanding, humour and quite impressive sets. The Cuarenta tournament attracted more participants than ever and Guillermo Chediak and Ms. Luna won the final last Wednesday in an epic game. Well done to them but also to all participants. 2019 was a great edition of the Fiestas de Quito. Thanks to everyone who contributed to its success.

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

IB Corner
Our full IB Diploma Candidates have been working on their Extended Essay since early October and are meeting with their supervisors now. Mr. Voeller is inviting all Juniors writing the EE to come to school on December 19 and 20 to use as writing days to get a jump on their first draft which will be due in May. 

College Counseling News - 12th Grade Parents
If your son or daughter is applying to a school with a deadline from January 1 to January 8, the last day Mr. Wasser will look at Personal Statements or Supplementary Essays is December 19. This is a firm internal deadline! Please encourage your student to plan accordingly if these deadlines pertain to them and best of luck to your student in these final weeks of their 1st semester. -Mr. Wasser
 
Athletics

AC Athletics Survey
Dear parents, I have sent you a survey regarding our Athletics Program. If you would please fill it out by next Friday at the latest, that would be very helpful. Thank you for your continued support!

Swimming
December 7-8 all day at St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN
Saint Croix Swim Meet

QISSA Games
-December 9, 4:15 p.m. at Colegio Americano
Girls Varsity Soccer Semi-Finals vs. Colegio Americano
Boys JV Volleyball Semi-Finals vs. Colegio Americano
 
-December 11, 4:15 p.m. at (TBD)
Boys JV Volleyball 3rd place game and Finals
 
-December 12, 4:15 p.m. at (TBD)
Girls Varsity Soccer 3rd place game and Finals

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, medical@cotopaxi.k12.ec.
 
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS DEC 10

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, medical@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

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Director Message

DIR DEC 3

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.

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High School News

HS DEC 3

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!

Athletics

  • QISSA

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

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Middle School News

MS DEC 03

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

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

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Director Message

DIR NOV 26

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.

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High School News

HS NOV 26

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 PTSA@cotopaxi.k12.ec 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 PTSA@cotopaxi.k12.ec for details. Here is the application form.

Athletics 
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

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