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High School News

HS OCT 29

Discover Ecuador Trips
As we are confirming all 3 Discover Ecuador trips, we now have 6 extra spaces for the Galapagos. Given the logistics behind this trip, we need to confirm numbers by the end of this week (Thursday, October 31). If you would like to book one of those spots, please let me know and refer to this letter with all information including the payment page. We will only consider the payment of the deposit  as a formal commitment for the trip. First come, first served. Thank you.

IB Corner
A reminder that we will be holding our annual Extended Essay Gallery Walk on November 5 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. to showcase our seniors work on their EEs. This is a very long and demanding task and it is an excellent opportunity to show the community the hard work our seniors have done on this key IB task. 

Message from Mr. Voeller and Ms. Keyes Voeller

AC High School Students and Parents:
 
After 5 amazing years at Academia Cotopaxi, Delaney and I have decided that this will be our last year at AC. In 2015 we joined this community without knowing how much Cotopaxi would become a part of our lives.  Living and working in Ecuador has enriched us both as professionals and as humans. We will never forget the people we have worked with and the students and families that make up the Cotopaxi community. During this time our family has grown by two adopted dogs and our first child, who was born in Ecuador. The quality of the professional experience we have received here and the reputation of AC enables us to look for new experiences at schools throughout the world. We are forever grateful for our time here and will miss the AC community in the next chapter of our international teaching careers.
 
Sincerely, Brian Voeller and Delaney Keyes Voeller.
 
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Elementary School News

es oct 29

This week your children are bringing joy to our lives through their different expressions. Enjoy these moments.

Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, October 28 - Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, October 29 - Wacky Day for ES and IMAGINE
  • Wednesday, October 30 - Costume/Character Day 
  • Thursday, October 31 - Parade of Nations & 60th Anniversary Celebration. Wear an outfit that represents your nationality for the parade. 

 Costume Day Guidelines

  • Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.
  • Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

- Dangerous or intimidating costumes.
- Accessories that can intimidate or present risks such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size.
- Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children.
- Masks that cover the face.
- High heels or other clothing that could be inappropriate for elementary-age students.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS OCT 22

Student-Led Conferences - October 24
Please review this invitation letter for our fall student-led conferences. We look forward to seeing you all this Thursday in High School.

DE Status
Due to the recent events in Ecuador, we have extended the payment deadline to Thursday, October 24. Here is the latest communication about this.

MUN
Thanks to  Ms Schmidtke and Mr. Bonnet for running our AC MUN Conference last Thursday with students from AC, Americano and Colegio Los Pinos. Next step is the MUN Conference in Panama this week. Good luck to our students travelling and thanks to thanks to  Ms. Schmidtke and Mr. Bonnet for extending learning outside the classroom.

IB Corner
The EE Gallery walk for our Seniors has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 5, during GC time. 

Our Juniors have been using Junior Seminar time to get in deep with the criteria for the Extended Essay, a mandatory piece of the full IB Diploma. Over the next three weeks students will be selecting subjects and we will allocate supervisors for the class of 2021.

Athletics: JV Invitational

October 25-26 
JV Boys and Girls Volleyball Invitational Tournament at Alliance
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

ms oct 22

We are looking forward to seeing you Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences on Thursday. Please read the following for important information on the conference structure and how to sign up for conference times. Please note that there will be minimal availability at this time. If you are unable to sign up, please contact teachers directly to make appointments outside of conference day.

  • Students must attend the conference with their parent(s).
  • Conferences are scheduled for 10 minutes. 
  • Parents are asked to sign up for a maximum of four teachers (including your child’s mentor teacher). Unfortunately, there are not enough sessions for every parent to meet with every teacher. You will need to prioritize which teachers you would like to meet. If you would like to meet with more than four teachers, we invite you to schedule time with the teacher on another day.
  • A few “cross-divisional” teachers (Owen Krebs, Jordan Englehart, and Erik Iverson) will not follow the same sign-up procedure. HS conferences are drop in and those teachers will be in their classrooms and available for a drop in conference.

We use Skyward for sign-ups. Please click here for instructions on how to sign up for conferences. I encourage you to sign up soon, to ensure you receive the times you prefer.  

Please contact the Tech Office, Santiago Albuja at salbuja@cotopaxi.k12.ec, if you need assistance with the Skyward sign-ups. 

We are also offering a repeat of the MS Parent Workshop, Digging into Standards Based Grading. This will be presented from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. This is the same workshop we presented in September, and is being offered again for those who could not join in September. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here. Please sign up by October 23. Thank you!

MS Social
We have our first MS Social on Friday, October 25. The Social is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Sorry parents, the Social is only for students. Students will receive more details next week. Here are a few items for parents:

  • Students should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and everyone must be picked up promptly at 7:30 p.m.
  • If your child is going home with another family, please let Sheryl know in advance of the Social.
  • No MS student is allowed to walk home after the Social.
  • The Social is only for AC Middle School students.

Counselor’s Corner
Over the past week in Cougar Time, mentor groups have been exploring friendships, exclusion and inclusion. Prior to the lessons, students were asked to complete the following activity at home: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8. If you were not the one your student interviewed for the activity, this would be a good way to start a conversation about friendship, including the qualities of a good friend and how friendships can change over time. 

With kind regards,
Sheryl

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

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Elementary School News

ES OCT 22

"Spirit Week" begins on Monday, October 28 and we invite you to speak to your children about these fun times. During that week, our elementary students will join their Cougar Buddies on Monday and have an experience celebrating Ecuadorian traditions as they decorate “Guaguas de Pan” and eat “Colada Morada” which the school will provide. Interacting with other members of our community fosters positive relationships and builds empathy and kindness. Your children will share what they learned from their Cougar friends and the traditions from Ecuador and other cultures.

Homeroom teachers will provide information regarding activities for Costume Day. We do ask that you follow the costume day guidelines when deciding on what your child will wear on this day.

Here’s the schedule:
Monday, October 28 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, October 29 - Wacky Day for ES and IMAGINE
Wednesday, October 30 - Costume/Character Day 
Thursday, October 31 - Parade of Nations & 60th Anniversary Celebration. Wear an outfit that represents your nationality for the parade. 
 
Costume Day Guidelines

  • Costumes should be “child-friendly” and allow for easy movement in order to avoid accidents.
  • Students are asked to refrain from using any of the following:

- Dangerous or intimidating costumes.
- Accessories that can intimidate or present risks such as weapons even if these are toys or small in size.
- Costumes that represent violent characters or can be scary for younger children.
- Masks that cover the face.
- High heels or other clothing that could be inappropriate for elementary-age students.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS OCT 15

Dear HS Families,

Ecuador is going through some tough times and as a community, we have to look out for one another and adapt to the circumstances. It is important to be safe and learning continues to happen. All our teachers have been sending work to complete through managebac and/or email and some may have chosen to connect with students  over google hangout. In any case, it is important that all HS students show resilience and ownership for their learning and they need to be proactive and connect with their teachers by emails whenever necessary.
We are hoping that things will get back to normal as soon as possible.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador / Postponed
We were going to host a very special concert from OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) on Wednesday, October 16. Unfortunately, OSNE needs to postpone. The new date will be communicated when we can.

Student-led Conferences / October 24
Please review this invitation letter for our fall student-led conferences.

Discover Ecuador
We are extending the deadline for the payment of the deposits to October 15. For parents whose child(ren) is/are signed up for a trip but have not paid the deposit, please review this letter that was sent last Wednesday. Thank you for your support for this program.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS OCT 15

The past few weeks have been a learning opportunity in resilience and adaptability for all of us in Ecuador. The Middle School greatly appreciates your support at home in helping the continuation of learning, under these less than ideal circumstances. Please continue to check in with your child and ask about his/her online learning experience. Assignments were shared on Edmodo or emailed to students.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
The Middle School is scheduled for Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 24. Please read the following for important information on the conference structure and how to sign up for conference times.

  • Students must attend the conference with their parent(s).
  • Conferences are scheduled for 10 minutes.
  • Parents are asked to sign up for a maximum of four teachers (including your child’s mentor teacher). Unfortunately, there are not enough sessions for every parent to meet with every teacher. You will need to prioritize which teachers you would like to meet. If you would like to meet with more than four teachers, we invite you to schedule time with the teacher on another day.
  • A few “cross-divisional” teachers (Owen Krebs, Jordan Englehart, and Erik Iverson) will not follow the same sign-up procedure. HS conferences are drop in and those teachers will be in their classrooms and available for a drop in conference.

We use Skyward for sign-ups. Please click here for instructions on how to sign up for conferences. I encourage you to sign up soon, to ensure you receive the times you prefer.

Please contact the Tech office, Santiago Albuja at: salbuja@cotopaxi.k12.ec, if you need assistance with the Skyward sign-ups. We look forward to seeing you on October 24!

MS Social
We have our first MS Social on Friday, October 25. The Social is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Sorry, parents, the Social is only for students. Students will receive more details next week. Here are a few items for parents:

  • Students should arrive by 5:30 p.m. and everyone must be picked up promptly at 7:30 p.m.
  • If your child is going home with another family, please let Sheryl know in advance of the Social.
  • No MS student is allowed to walk home after the Social.
  • The Social is only for AC Middle School students.

Symphony Concert
We are sorry to announce that the OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) concerts have been cancelled for Wednesday, October 16. We hope to reschedule in the future. Thank you for understanding.

I hope to see you on campus soon.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

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

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Elementary School News

ES OCT 15

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all your support during last week as we engaged in creative ways to continue with learning and provide children with a safe emotional environment. We reiterate our recommendations to keep adult conversations about conflict and unrest in private settings and spend time with children that is playful and appropriate for their developmental needs. You can refer to the counselors’ document at this link for more information. 

Please keep in mind that we will have a regular full school day on October 16. The OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) has announced that they will have to cancel their concerts scheduled for October 16. Math Night has been postponed until April 2020.

We also look forward to celebrating our culture and diversity at this year's Parade of Nations on October 31. You are welcome to join our community during this special time.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Elementary School News

ES OCT 8

In this issue, I would like to thank our parent community for truly partnering with us and supporting learning. Your contributions in SeeSaw, your attendance at Back to School Night and Conferences, as well as your daily participation in your children’s learning lives is wonderful. Our parent representatives have been amazing in supporting our communications and we want to thank our community for following our guidelines in WhatsApp groups. We are looking forward to seeing you for Math Night on Thursday, October 17. 

Symphony Concert
On Wednesday, October 16 AC is delighted to host a very special concert. We had a last minute opportunity for OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) to perform at our school, so we jumped on the chance and our stellar music department is taking the lead on turning an opportunity into a reality. Many students will be attending a morning concert, and we are also making these concerts available to parents. You are cordially invited to attend an OSNE concert, either from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the AC Auditorium. This event is free of charge and is guaranteed to be a musical treat.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS OCT 8

Seniors and ToK Presentations
Last Wednesday, our seniors did their ToK presentations in front of teachers, peers and 11th graders. This is the first time we are doing this at AC and it was great to see the level of critical thinking of our senior class. Thank you to our seniors and to Mr. Spielman.

IB Registrations
Mr. Voeller has been meeting with our seniors to discuss IB exam registrations. All of our students are registered on the IB platform and will be bringing home the “Fees Letter” that explains how the IB charges for exams and deadlines as well as their Registration Summary and Invoice Breakdown. We are asking parents to sign these and return them to Mr. Voeller by October 25. 

Discover Ecuador
We are extending the deadline for the payment of the deposits to October 15. For parents whose child(ren) is/are signed up for a trip but have not paid the deposit, please review this letter that was sent last Wednesday. Thank you for your support for this program.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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