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Middle School News

MS Sep 17

Discover Ecuador
It is coming soon on September 23-27. Discover Ecuador is one of our most important weeks of the school year. Experiential learning is the best we can offer our students, and students at most international schools are incredibly privileged to have these opportunities. After months of preparation, the week is here! 

All students will report to their mentor classrooms at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, for attendance and to check their packing. You may find each packing list here: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8. You may also find trip information on the Discover Ecuador website.

Each trip is planned to arrive back to school by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

Parents will receive one daily communication by email from the Middle School. Please check your inboxes for this daily update. Remember, the policy is “no news is good news.” If you do not hear from us specifically about your child, this means that everything is going well!

Please remember, students are NOT allowed to bring cell phones, computers, or other electronic communication devices.

If you have any questions, concerns, or an emergency during working hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), please contact Maria Leonor in the Middle School Office and she will contact the trip leaders. After hours emergency numbers will be sent in a separate communication to each grade level.

MAP
Thank you to all Middle School parents for your support at home last week during MAP testing. In the weeks following Discover Ecuador, Math and Language Arts teachers will be discussing MAP growth and goals with students

Upcoming Dates (details forthcoming, for now please mark your calendars)

  • Middle School Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - October 24 
  • Digging Into Standards Based Grading Parent Workshop - Presented again for those who could not attend last week - October 24
  • Middle School Social - October 25
  • Parent Day in the Middle - November 7

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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High School News

HS Sep 17

Discover Ecuador
Please review the payment details sent in an email last week. If your daughter/son is not signed up there are spots for the Amazon trip.

Senior Brunch
On Saturday, September 21, we invite the senior class and their parents for our annual senior brunch at 10:00 a.m. and we will then proceed to practice for the Juramento a la Bandera ceremony.

Juramento a la Bandera
On September 26, at 1:30 p.m., we will celebrate Ecuador and our senior class. This is a very important ceremony for our beautiful country for our senior class and for their families.

NHS Applications
Eligible students students received their NHS application letters on Friday, September 13. Complete applications are due on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 a.m. Finally, Ms Gallé, our NHS advisor, will run a workshop for eligible students on what constitutes a good NHS application on Monday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 18 at recess in her classroom.

September 28 - Fun Run and Shoe Chain:
Please come and join AC’s annual fun run and support our second shoe chain organised by three High School students.
 
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Elementary School News

MS Sep 10

Back to School Night
Mark your calendar. Elementary Back to School Night will take place on Wednesday, September 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Back to School Night is a parent evening. This is not an event for children as teachers and assistants will be engaging with you and speaking about learning in our school.

We have been diving into learning these days and are enjoying observing your child’s natural curiosity express itself in a variety of ways.  All classes have started their units of inquiry and children’s questions, wonderings and theories are captured to represent their thinking. You are invited to tap into your own questions about their learning as you engage in conversations at home. Another important observation at school is how positively students are interacting.  We are immersed in an amazing culture where different perspectives and experiences come together. Ask your children about what makes them laugh during playtime, about what they are grateful for and what makes them smile when they are in school. Instilling positive thoughts has a remarkable effect on mindset and overall happiness which then allows for children to be even more ready to learn.

After-School Activities
After school activities begin on Monday, September 9. Please send your child an additional snack for 3:00 p.m. If you will pick up your child, please arrive at 4:15 p.m. We will open the car riders gate at that time. If your child is a bus rider, they will also ride the bus at 4:15 p.m. If for any reason, your child will not attend an after school activity in any given day, please complete a change of transportation form.

Snacks
We have noticed that some students are modeling very healthy eating habits and are bringing snacks that are highly nutritious. Please involve your children in positive decisions regarding their choices for food. In Ecuador, individually wrapped products are labeled to indicate the amount of sugar, saturated fats and salt. Low levels are the best for children and natural non-processed foods present optimal results. Also, speak to your children about how to help the environment by avoiding packaged items. Each of our actions has a direct impact on our world!

Parent Representatives
In elementary, we aim to have at least two parent representatives for each classroom. Parent reps will work towards fostering stronger relationships between families, support our cultural fluency and represent families in our monthly elementary meetings. If you are interested in becoming a parent representative, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Here are the guidelines for you to review.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Sep 10

Parent Representatives
Thank you to our parent reps who met with members of the HS Admin team. The notes of our meeting with be sent to you by whatsapp.

Being on time
We want to make sure that students are on time and that they are taking full advantage of their time with their teachers and peers in class. To encourage this, and as discussed with our parents reps on Thursday September 5, we will re-activate the 3 unjustifed lates in a week: a lunch detention. Starting this week. Thank you for your support.

MAP Testing
We are finishing our first round of MAP tests this week and we will use the  data to personalise learning.

College Counseling

  • Our updated visit schedule for universities visiting us in September and October can be found here
  • A Common Application Workshop will be offered for 11th and 12th graders on Tuesday, September 17 (half day), from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
  • Please register here. Mr. Wasser will be offering a Presentation on Monday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium for 11th grade parents on the university application process. 

Discover Ecuador - February 2020
Thank you for the increased interest in our 2020 Discover Ecuador trips. Payment details are going to be sent very shortly.

Senior Brunch
On September 21, we will host our traditional senior brunch in the HS cafeteria at 10:00 a.m. We will also practice the ceremony of "Juramento de la Bandera" straight after the brunch.

Student Led Activities
High School Students hosted a very successful Activities and Club Fair for their peers on Friday morning. We had more than 15 offerings and lot’s of interest from the students. Activities will happen from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting next Monday. 

Athletics
Volleyball practices continue as scheduled. Our first games are scheduled for September 26.
Girls Soccer will meet on Monday at 4:00 p.m. for their first practice. Their first game is scheduled for September 24.
This is the link to the QISSA Game Calendar.
Come and support your children, GO COUGARS!!!

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel

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Middle School News

MS Sep 10

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night last week. The format allowed parents and teachers to engage in a meaningful way and opened the door for further conversations. We are very open in the Middle School - please feel free to contact your child’s teachers at any time with wonderings or simply to say hello.

We are less than two weeks away from one of the most important weeks in Middle School! Discover Ecuador is quickly approaching! You may find packing lists and other relevant information on the Discover Ecuador website. There are only three Middle School trips, grade 6 to Yunguilla, grade 7 to Ibarra/Zuelta, and grade 8 to Tsa’chilla. This week is a foundation of how Middle School students embody the AC mission: We are an English language-based international learning community that values diversity, embraces a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, and inspires empathetic and ethical student leaders. Parental support of this week of experiential learning is crucial to help us grow as a community and it is a privilege to work with so many supportive families.

As noted in last week’s newsletter, we are MAP testing this week in the Middle School. Take a moment to check-in with your child to converse about the tests.

Counselor’s Corner
Last week we had our first two Cougar Time lessons. For students who are new to the Middle School, they received an introduction to our social-emotional learning program and worked together to create mentor group norms. Grade 7 and 8 students also worked collaboratively in their mentor groups to create group norms (agreements for how they will treat one another during our social-emotional lessons). Mentors will continue to check in with their groups on which norms they are following well and which norms they could follow better and how. Doing so helps us build relationships amongst group members as well as contribute to creating a respectful and kind community.  

Students have a half day on Tuesday, September 17. These monthly half days allow our faculty to engage in important professional development work, which benefits all students. All MS students leave campus at 12:00 noon on half days. Thank you.

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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High School News

HS Sep 3

Dear parents,

Thank you for joining us last week, during Back to School night, to share the learning journey of your child(ren). 

September is now upon us and the real stuff is happening. Assessment, grades, retakes, learning at different speeds. Let’s remind our students to be present, to do their best and to get involved.

Course Changes
Reminder that your students have until Tuesday September 3 to change any of their courses for this semester. 

Student-Led Activities Fair (SLA)
The SLA Fair will be held on Friday, September 6 during GC Time, from 10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. The location will be the Learning Commons and like in past years, we will take the students by grade level as follows:

10:55 a.m.     Students go to their mentor.
11:00 a.m.     9th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:15 a.m.     10th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:30 a.m.     11th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:45 a.m.     12th grade mentors take their students to the fair.

Athletics News
We are on our second week of the season, teams are training well, captains have been chosen and our first games will be on September 24. 
For the week of September 2 - 6, we will not have 6:00 p.m. buses. The bus service will be moved up to 5:00 p.m. With this change, we will have to start practices at 3:15 p.m. Your coaches will add this information to your team chats. Starting on September 9, we will return to the usual schedule.

College Counseling News

  • September 6 is the last day you can register to take the SAT or SAT IIs on October 5. Seats still remain at Colegio Menor.  However, please do not delay in registering online.This is a message primarily aimed at 12th graders.
  • Mr. Wasser be hosting a Common Application workshop at Academia Cotopaxi on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  This is a half-day and transportation will not be provided. Mr. Wasser will be sending out a follow up RSVP message on September 9.  
  • There will be a general information center for Cambridge University in the Academia Cotopaxi Auditorium on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP here.

MAP tests
9th and 10th graders will be testing this week. Please be ready and do your best as we use the MAP data to personalise your learning. Here is the letter Ms Hoyle sent this week.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Sep 3

Back to School Night
I look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 5. You are invited to join us from 5:00 p.m. onward in the auditorium foyer for refreshments and mingling. We will begin the presentation promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. 

In the auditorium, you will meet the AC Board of Directors, and receive general information about the Middle School. We will then break out into Grade level presentations, where you will meet the team of your child’s teachers. From there you will attend a session with your child’s first semester elective teacher, and then with your child’s music teacher.

Your “homework” is to come to Back to School Night knowing your child’s first semester elective, and their music class. Thanks!

Back to School Night is targeted to a parent audience. If you would like your child to join you in the sessions, they may, but generally this event is for parents.

I look forward to seeing you on September 5!

Discover Ecuador
A reminder that Discover Ecuador payments are due by Tuesday, September 3. You can find payment and other relevant information on the Middle School Discover Ecuador website. It is important for our service providers that payment is made on time. This is a required learning experience for ALL MS students. The entire Middle School faculty also participates in the learning trips. If, due to an extenuating circumstance, it is impossible for your child to participate in this week of learning, please meet with Sheryl to discuss an alternative. Thank you for your support!

Digging into Standards based Grading
Please join us on Tuesday, September 10, from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the Library to learn more about Standards Based Grading. This marks a shift in the way we report in the Middle School and the workshop will help you to understand why we made the switch, the impact on student learning, and how reports will look this year. Please RSVP at this link. I hope to see you there!

MAP Information
At Academia Cotopaxi, students from Grade 3-10 have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP)  since 2014. The data gathered for our school has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, has helped teachers target their instruction and has provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously.

During the week of September 9-13, Middle School students will take the first of three MAP® test sessions, given throughout the year. We give students MAP® tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year. Students will take the tests on their own computers during a set schedule from 9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

MAP tests are unique in that they are an adaptive test, which means that the test adjusts to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • 3 tests will be administered this week (Math, Language Usage, Reading)
  • The tests are used in multiple ways to support learning, so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, ensure your child gets a good night sleep and has breakfast.
  • Remind your son/daughter to bring a book, in case s/he finishes early. 

Please note that the MAP window for the Middle School at AC is ONLY September 9-13. All tests must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, September 13. If your child is unable to complete the tests by this time, for any reason, we will not have a score for that test in this testing session.
 
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page and please don’t hesitate to contact us.

See you on Thursday!

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 Sep 3

It has been wonderful to have all of our elementary students in school this week Pre-Kinder and Kinder students enjoyed their first week of classes; their laughter and smiles warm up our hearts. Relationships is at the center of our work and that is why this past week, we began to hold our Friday community meetings in each of our classes. Homerooms include guests from other areas of the school (office, maintenance, security, cafeteria) in these special community building meetings which will be held once a week. Ask your child to share how these are going for them.  

Please remember to check your child’s SeeSaw learning journal where teachers post announcements and examples of the learning that is happening in the classroom. You can write an encouraging comment, send an audio message or ask questions. This interactive opportunity is there for you to engage in your child’s school life.Children are immensely motivated with parents’ compliments! If you need help with your account, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Maria Elena: mpazmino@cotopaxi.k12.ec

This week we begin with “kids cafe” and we are looking forward to seeing every student participate in the organization and environment in our cafeteria. Activities that extend beyond the classroom walls are powerful and the experiences that children have are plenty. As you register your child for extracurriculars, we encourage you to consider experiences that may be new for your child and broaden their interests. Registration for extracurriculars is online and takes place on September 2 and 3.

Your children’s teachers are carefully observing learning and are constantly gathering data that will inform their practice.  Over the next couple of weeks, they will spend one on one time carrying out our literacy assessments in grades 1-5, looking at mathematical processing, reflecting on the classroom agreements, watching children’s play during recess, and getting a feeling for the overall classroom climate. Students in grades 3-5 will also take the MAP Growth Skills Test (see information below). Understanding our students’ learning is important for us to design the best learning engagements to support their growth. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have any questions or input.

MAP Information
At Academia Cotopaxi, students from grades 3-10 have been taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) since 2014. The data gathered for our school has illustrated our students’ strengths and learning needs, has helped teachers target their instruction and has provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously.

During the week of September 9-13, students will take the first of three MAP test sessions, given throughout the year. We give students MAP tests to determine students’ instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Please note that students do not need to study for the MAP tests because it is meant to measure accumulated learning to date.

MAP tests are unique in that they are an adaptive test, which means that the test adjusts to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
 
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • 3 tests will be administered this week (Math, Language Usage, Reading)
  • The tests are used in multiple ways to support learning, so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, ensure your child gets a good night sleep and has breakfast.

For more information on resources for parents, visit this page and please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Have a wonderful week!

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Aug 27

Dear Parents,

We are back in full swing. A lot of positivity around the campus. It is a real pleasure to feel what is going on in classes.

Back to School Night
This is on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. You can review the invitation I sent last week here. We all look forward to seeing you for this formal kick off of 2019-2020.

New IB Math Courses
Math AA? AI?  What is the difference and what is the purpose and focus of these courses. Here is a great post on finding the right fit in the new IB DP Mathematics courses. 

Goal settings
We are going to start our process for students to set their ATL and CAS goals. It would  be great of you could reinforce the importance of goal setting with your child(ren) possibly in the realm of your professions and expertise.

High School Counseling
Ms. Keyes is excited to be back as the High School Counselor after returning from maternity leave. If you have any concerns for your son or daughter please feel free to reach out: dkeyes@cotopaxi.k12.ec

Also, please be aware that students have until September 3rd to make any course changes for this semester. For questions, please contact:

  • Grades 9-10: Ms. Keyes
  • Grades 10-11: Mr. Wasser
  • IB Courses: Mr. Voeller

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel

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Elementary School News

ES Aug 27

This first week of school has been filled with examples of caring attitudes from all of our students. Your children have been engaged in creating agreements with their peers and teachers that will foster a positive culture. They have been enjoying a variety of play based activities and are enjoying getting to know each other. Students are certainly participating positively in their classes and in the common areas. Students in PK and K have visited their classes and we are looking forward to welcoming them on Tuesday.

We encourage you to support your children’s autonomy at home. Children will benefit from simple tasks like getting their clothes ready (to include a cap for recess time), taking care of their belongings (there are several non-labeled items in our lost and found already…), preparing healthy snacks (take advantage of the labels as a learning opportunity), and contributing to the overall needs of your family.

We encourage parents who are interested in supporting our school-home partnership as homeroom parent representatives to contact your homeroom teacher. See below for our director’s message regarding parent engagement.

Coming up...
Monday, September 2
Kids Cafe Begins! - Children in grades 1-4 will be participating in the set-up organization of our lunch time. All children will have a turn during the first semester for a week, and then again second semester.  We invite you to include your children in your home routines and give them responsibilities that will support their autonomy and independence, as they contribute to the needs of the family.

Parent Representatives
If you are interested in becoming a parent representative, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Here are the guidelines for you to review.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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