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High School News

HS FEB 4

Dear Parents,

And suddenly, February is upon us and out 2020 Discover Ecuador.

Please note that the seniors will be on their traditional retreat at school.

Students who are not going DE are required to come to school and will get involved with different local service-based activities. A form was sent to students to choose a minimum of two activities. Time will also be allocated for students to write their reflections on ManageBac and to do extra work.

  • Parque Metropolitano Clean Up: Bus to Metropolitano Monday morning and a few hours in the park to help beautify the park.
  • IMAGINE: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday: Working in IMAGINE classrooms with children and teachers. (18 maximum committed every morning)
  • AC Art and Design Projects: Working on Art projects around AC. Painting, design, building.  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Hogar Para Sus Niños. 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday: Bus to an orphanage in North Quito to work with children. (5 students committed both days)
  • Tree Planting in Ilaloa: Working with the Municipio to plant trees. Thursday morning. There is a small cost ($14 for materials for this day). This might not happen as due to very low sign-ups
  • PAE Animal Shelter: An opportunity to help exercise and play with animals awaiting adoption.

Strategic Planning – Be Part of the Process - February 14
On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend an invitation to all parents from IMAGINE and Academia Cotopaxi to participate in a “World Cafe” next Friday, February. 14. This will be an informal meeting of minds of students, faculty and parents to discuss where we are and where we are going as a school and an essential part of our Strategic Planning process.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

ms feb 4

Service
Please click here to access the February edition of Service Learning: in the Middle!

MS Social
We have our second MS Social this Friday, February 7. The Social is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Sorry, parents, the Social is only for students :) 

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.
  • MS students are not allowed to be on campus after school, unless in a supervised activity. For this reason, we will show a supervised movie from 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., for students who are unable to leave campus. We prefer that students leave and return for the Social, but understand that this is not possible for some families. 

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
Over the next month, the PE teachers and I will be co-teaching Health Units at various points with all MS students. We will begin in Grades 6-7 with our unit on Substance Use Prevention, moving on to the Grade 8 unit on Substance Use Prevention and finishing up with the Human Sexuality Unit in Grades 6-7. We covered the Grade 8 Sexuality Unit at the beginning of the school year. 
All of our Health Units focus on allowing students to learn the skills needed to make healthy, safe and informed decisions. A letter containing more information will be sent to parents via Skyward. This is also an excellent opportunity to talk with your children about family values, expectations and healthy relationships. Please encourage your children to share with you what they learned in class.

Strategic Planning – Be Part of the Process - February 14
On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend an invitation to all parents from IMAGINE and Academia Cotopaxi to participate in a “World Cafe” next Friday, February. 14. This will be an informal meeting of minds of students, faculty and parents to discuss where we are and where we are going as a school and an essential part of our Strategic Planning process.

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 FEB 4

Dear Parents,

This week, we will meet with parent representatives and discuss ways in which we are building a stronger sense of community. Each of our families enriches the community experience, and we encourage you to connect with other Cotopaxi families, especially with families in your same grade levels, get to know them and share time together.  We will also talk about ways in which we can be engage in environmental agency.

On February 5, all students will have a “date with principals.” We will read the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds in celebration of Read Aloud day. Each child will be invited to express their own “dot” and then take a step back and appreciate the “dots” of others. Our collective experience will be displayed as a reminder of who we are. We encourage you to find a special moment every night and give your child the gift of your presence through a story. All children will say how much they love to be read to, and the benefits go far beyond the important one of building reading skills. Reading to your child will strengthen your relationship, help your child to connect emotionally and also develop cognitively as they develop images and possibilities in their brain through the sounds of your voice!

We would like to remind you that in the elementary division, children may not bring personal electronic communication devices or listening devices such as mobile phones, smart watches or iPods to school. If you have an emergency or situation that requires you to communicate with our child, we ask that you contact the school.  We appreciate your help with this agreement.

Strategic Planning – Be Part of the Process - February 14
On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to extend an invitation to all parents from IMAGINE and Academia Cotopaxi to participate in a “World Cafe” next Friday, February. 14. This will be an informal meeting of minds of students, faculty and parents to discuss where we are and where we are going as a school and an essential part of our Strategic Planning process.

Have a wonderful week and celebrate reading with your family!

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Director Message

DIR JAN 28

Dear Parents,
 
Please note, this Newsletter includes useful information regarding the Coronavirus (link here). Please read this so that you are more accurately aware about this situation and how we are monitoring of it. 
 
On February 14, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. we will be hosting two “World Cafes” that will include parents, students and faculty to discuss big ideas for furthering our Strategic Plan. Please mark the date.
 
Please note that for next school year 2020 -2021 the first day of school for Grades 1-12 and the start of home visits for PK,  K and IMAGINE is August 19th.
 
A couple weeks ago you received a survey regarding our communications strategies. This not only gathered your feedback but also measured the preferred methods of communication. In total 261 parents responded to the survey. This is a statistically significant proportion of our community and provides sufficient data to draw some general conclusions.
 
Email messages are the preferred method of receiving information. Nearly 60% of respondents answered the request via the email that was sent to them. This was followed by 20% answering via WhatsApp. Only 4% of respondents answered the request via this, the Director’s Newsletter. Other methods of communicating the survey, Twitter, the AC website and Facebook represented less than 1% each. 
 
Other general trends from all survey results:

  • Parents overwhelmingly indicated preference for emails followed by WhatsApp.
  • Very few people found Facebook or Twitter useful for school communication.
  • ES parents overwhelmingly generally find SeeSaw to be very useful in following their children’s learning, not necessarily for receiving important announcements.
  • Teachers’ Newsletters are generally seen as more useful than other Newsletters.
  • Skyward has mixed reviews with some indicating it is difficult to use.
  • Few IMAGINE parents answered the survey. Data on Story Park is too limited to measure.     
  • The school website is not seen as useful as it could be and difficult to navigate.  

Comments parents shared with us are also very insightful, including:

  • Predominant comment is too many forms of communication, with overlap, inconsistency and redundancy.
  • Sheer amount of communications can be excessive and overwhelming.
  • Amount of WhatsApp communications, especially with multiple children, can be excessive with too many comments etc. that blur the initial messages.
  • Transportation communications need improvement.
  • Some announcements are received too late.
  • WhatsApp is good for urgent messages but protocols are needed to reduce volume.
  • Some struggle with Spanish or English only messages on WhatsApp or Story Park.
  • The calendar is not always helpful.
  • Too many different platforms and ways of communication.
  • There is a need to better proofread Spanish translations.

 
Thank you for participating in this important survey. Short, specific surveys often encourage more feedback than long, general ones. This data supports our plans to improve communication with parents: 

  • Redesigned, more user-friendly the school website.
  • A parent portal to access information not shared with the general public.
  • Streamlining of communications to fewer platforms with less redundancy.
  • Managing WhatsApp to communicate important messages with less “static”.
  • Consolidation of communications to reduce the sheer amount of messages you receive.

One strategy is to have ONE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER that highlights the most important events and news of the school, across divisions, keep everyone on the same page and more inclined to read the Newsletter. I would like to ask for your feedback on this very short one question survey regarding Newsletters. Let’s get more than 261 respondents! It will take less than a minute.
 
Thank you and have a great week.

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Elementary School News

ES JAN 28

Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing to practice healthy habits with your children. We ask that you please keep children who are not well at home. This week, the medical office is sending out further information regarding health safety. Do not hesitate to contact our doctors if you have any questions.

Once again, BINGO night was a great success. Children and adults enjoyed each other’s company and the PTSA members who put this together should be commended!  Children thrive when they engage in powerful social interactions and the BINGO was a wonderful example of that.  We encourage you to make the time to play with your child and feel the joy of their innocence and happiness.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS JAN 28

Thank you to the PTSA and to everyone who attended a very successful BINGO night last week! These events are a wonderful way for AC families to interact in a relaxed and fun social setting. This is MAP week in the Middle School - by the time you read this, your child will be in the middle of the MAP experience. MAP results will be shared at the beginning of February. 

Classroom Platform
We are always seeking to improve the Middle School experience for students, parents, and teachers. To that end, a few teachers are piloting Google classroom, as an alternative to Edmodo. If your child is in a class with this pilot program, you will receive an email from Google with instructions on how to join the class. Later in the school year, we will ask for your feedback on the parent experience regarding Google classroom. Although this may require some families to open both Edmodo and Google classroom this school year, the result will allow us to find the best system for everyone. Thanks for your role in school improvement!

MS Social
We have our second MS Social on Friday, February 7. The Social is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Sorry, parents, the Social is only for students :)

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.
  • MS students are not allowed to be on campus after school, unless in a supervised activity. For this reason, we will show a supervised movie from 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., for students who are unable to leave campus. We prefer that students leave and return for the Social, but understand that this is not possible for some families. 

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 JAN 28

Dear Parents,

January is always a busy month in the High School so please take a look at the information below. Have a great week!

2020-2021 Course Selection Process
Option forms are due on January 27. The HS Admin team will start building the 2020-2021 schedule.

On January 27, 8th grade parents and students are invited for a 2020-2021 High School course selection presentation at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Discover Ecuador (DE)
The Discover Ecuador trips are coming up, between February 3-7. There will be a meeting with the trip organisers on Friday, January 31 at 10:55 a.m. for students and parents. Please review the packing lists and itineraries for each trip.

Students who are not going DE will be required to come to school and will get involved with different local service-based activities. A form was sent to students to choose a minimum of two activities. Time will also be allocated for students to write their reflections on ManageBac and to do extra work.

  • Parque Metropolitano Clean Up: Bus to Metropolitano in the morning and a few hours in the park to help beautify the park.  
  • IMAGINE: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday: Working in IMAGINE classrooms with children and teachers. (18 maximum committed every morning)
  • AC Art and Design Projects: Working on Art projects around AC. Painting, design, building.  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Hogar Para Sus Niños. 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday: Bus to an orphanage in North Quito to work with children. (5 students committed both days)
  • Tree Planting in Ilaloa: Working with the Municipio to plant trees. Thursday morning. There is a small cost ($14 for materials for this day).

College Counseling
SAT Registration:
Register by February 14 for the March 14 SAT here.
Mr. Wasser will be out of the office from Wednesday, January 29 through Monday, February 3, visiting HULT International School of Business. He can be reached via email here.

IB Corner
Mock Exams for our Seniors will be the week of March 9. Students that are registered for an IB Exam will take a “Mock Final” for that course during this week. This is designed to simulate the exam conditions they will face in May and will serve as the Semester 2 Final exam for those courses. Students that are not registered for IB exams will have normal school that week. 

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Director Message

dir jan 21

Dear Parents,

Last week our fourth-grade learners and teachers visited both an Islamic mosque and a Jewish synagogue here in Quito. This is part of the unit they have been doing in the PYP focused on understanding belief systems and traditions around the world. The trips were a huge success. Not only did the students gain an insight into these belief traditions, but they were wonderful ambassadors for our school. The rabbi at the synagogue commented that of all the students he's ever presented to, each year Academia Cotopaxi's students are always the most respectful, active listeners and ask deep, meaningful questions. To all the parents of fourth graders, please congratulate and encourage your sons and daughters to continue being inquisitive and open to learning.
 
To be honest, the Elementary administration, fourth grade teachers and I pondered the rationale of such a trip considering recent developments in Iraq and Iran. We reached out to the security authorities at the US Embassy. The Embassy assured us that there was no reason for undue alarm or caution here in Ecuador. There was also agreement with a philosophical argument for encouraging our students to understand other perspectives. We live in an ever more interconnected world. Many of us grew up in a world where everyone around us were very similar to ourselves, the same culture, the same beliefs. But our children will most likely interact with people who come from very different belief systems and traditions than they. In a world with so many challenges, it is vital that we include others, whoever they are, in finding solutions. We need to build bridges of understanding, not walls and barriers to dialogue. And thus, we realized that our way of combating conflict as a school, is to model and give opportunities for insight, understanding and realization that for the most part we have the same values, love, family, regard for creation and the natural world, the need to feel appreciated for who we are.
 
Developing and promoting principles of tolerance is important in our globalized world. In order to enhance social relations and prevent conflicts, it is necessary to establish a ground for mutual understanding, negotiation and tolerance on the border of religions, languages and ethnicity. Dialogue cannot be conducted if there is no respect for human rights, rule of law, democratic principles and spiritual values. Not only knowledge and respect regarding secular ideology but also religious ideology is an essential goal of life in our culturally diversified world.
 
I recall teaching World Religions to high school students in Mexico, a setting very similar to Quito. Initially some students felt uncomfortable with the idea of exploring other faiths. To address this, we examined the example of Pope John Paul II. There was no doubt of the strength of his conviction in his beliefs, nor the openness to dialogue with people of other faiths, inviting religious leaders from around the world to the Vatican and honoring other faiths by visiting their places of worship. He reflected a universal reality and imperative when he said, “By dialogue, we let God be present in our midst, for as we open ourselves to one another, we open ourselves to God.” No matter what our views with respect to religion, when we open ourselves to including, respecting and honoring others, we become better people. That is a fundamental principle behind inclusion at Academia Cotopaxi.

Please also remember that one of our big events of the year, the PTSA Bingo is taking place this Friday, January 24 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Athletic Center.
 
Have a wonderful week.

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Middle School News

MS JAN 21

The photo above shows a few of our MS students using the bench they designed and constructed in Design Tech class this semester. In grades 7-8 Design Tech class, students propose and plan their own projects, and then construct them from start to finish. This is a continuation from the Grade 6 Design Tech class, where students plan and complete pre-selected projects. Design Tech is one of the classes we will feature in our Celebrations of Learning during FLEX this week. Other highlights include the Socratic Seminar in Social Studies, Investigative Journalism in Language Arts, and Printmaking in Art. Ask your child on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday about their FLEX experiences!

In addition to classroom Celebrations of Learning, we have two assemblies during FLEX this week. On Monday we all had the chance to watch the Robotics classes battle it out in a Battle Bot assembly, and on Friday students will enhance their cross-cultural understanding through a special Chinese New Year assembly.

MAP
During the week of January 27-31, Middle School students will take the second 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.

At Academia Cotopaxi, students in 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.

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 child to take this seriously.
  • As always, ensure your child gets a good night sleep and has breakfast.
  • Remind your child to bring a book, in case they finish early. 

Please note that the MAP window for the Middle School at AC is ONLY January 27-31. All tests must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, January 31. 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.

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
This past week in Cougar Time, Middle School students learned about how their brains are going through a major “renovation” during adolescence and how they can be more aware of what those changes mean in regards to social interactions, risk-taking, planning & organizing, etc. If you as a parent are looking to better understand the changes that occur in the brain during adolescence, I recommend you read this post: They’ll Do What? The What and the Why of the Changes that Come With Adolescence.

We look forward to seeing you at PTSA BINGO on Friday!

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 JAN 21

Dear Parents,

Talent Show auditions will take place this week on Thursday, January 23. To register your child or group, please complete the form at this link by Wednesday, January 22. All proceeds from the Talent Show go towards the class of 2021 service learning project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: hshulman@cotopaxi.k12.ec

During the week of January 20-24, students in grades 3-5 will take the second 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 test scores are one piece of information regarding your child’s learning. 

We continue to monitor the indexes for UV Rays and want to thank you for partnering with us to keep children aware of the importance of protection. Students have been such collaborators and demonstrated flexibility as we have had to make some changes to their play routines.  We will continue to hold PE classes under shade or indoors this week. Only if the index allows for it, will we have classes in the outdoor fields.

We have been observing a heightened interest from students to care for our environmental resources. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with your child and make some personal commitments to reduce or eliminate the use of disposables. We see that many snacks come individually wrapped in disposable plastic, tetra pak or styrofoam containers.  We encourage you to replace these with drinks in thermos, fruits in non-disposable containers, carbs and protein in reusable bags.

The PTSA is putting together an awesome afternoon on Friday. BINGO begins at 4:30 p.m.

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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