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Director's Message

 

Dear Parents,
 
We are now approaching a special time of the year for people around the world to reflect on their good fortunes in 2019 and plan for an even more prosperous 2020. This reflection is marked in various ways. In the United States, it is marked by Thanksgiving and, like here in Ecuador and around the world, the holiday seasons of December. 
 
We are a fortunate community for both here in Quito and globally. Our children are the beneficiaries. They attend a wonderful school and have access to services and material support that ensure physical, social and intellectual well-being. Sadly, millions of children are not so fortunate. As a means of reflection and recognition of our good fortune, our High School students are organizing their annual Thanksgiving Drive to provide food for families in  the rural Zumbahua community. In keeping with our primary mission of education, we have also focused this year’s collection on promoting literacy. In place of toys, the Thanksgiving Drive will be collecting books. The books will be used to build community libraries. Promoting good nutrition and education for our fellow citizens is a powerful way of saying thank you for all the good fortune we personally enjoy. More details will be provided by your children’s Principals but first, I would like to invite you to watch this week’s Cotopaxi Conversation featuring two of our dynamic youth leaders who are organizing this important experience for all of us.

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Elementary School News

ES NOV 12

Dear Parents,
Our students have enjoyed the rainy Monday we experienced. Puddles are true opportunities for children and we invite you to explore rain!

Please keep in mind that Session I of after-school activities ends on November 21. Damiana will send information regarding sign-up for Session II which will open on Wednesday, November 13.

Observing your children’s growth is inspiring to us. Teachers are reflecting on this growth and preparing progress report information which will be available for you to read with your child on November 19. Progress reports are written to your child. So set aside a time on that afternoon or evening to celebrate your child’s growth. 

On November 20, you are invited to parent teacher conferences. We have made some changes based on parent and teacher feedback and here is how it will work:
All parents will sign-up for a conference with homeroom teachers (same as in other years) using a Google Doc schedule that will be shared with you by your child’s teacher.

New: 1) Parents are asked to sign-up for two 10 minute conferences with specials teachers (Spanish, Art, Music, PE). There will be a link in the Google Doc in order to do this. This will allow for families to interact with different teachers during conferences. 2) We will be offering digital citizenship workshops for parents in the library at the following times:

Digital Safety and Social Media: What Parents Should Know

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Book Characters
Children are connecting with authors, titles and stories by observing the different book characters that are represented in the library. Join this DIY toilet paper roll challenge and create a book character with your child. This home learning connection is an invitation to all elementary students. Stop by the library to get inspired!

Thanksgiving Drive
Last week, you received an email with the details for the Thanksgiving Drive. You can send your donations throughout these next weeks. We are looking forward to 100% participation in our Elementary division.

Warm regards,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

ms nov 12

Holiday Drive
You received an email last week with details regarding the Holiday Drive. Here is a summary:
Each grade level has been assigned specific food items to help us meet our goal. In addition, we are asking each family to donate one new, or slightly used, book (in Spanish) to the community schools to help them build a library. 

- Grade 6
3 x 1Kg Salt
1 x 1L Oil
3 x 500gr. Red Beans
Book

- Grade 7
2 x 2Kg Sugar
1 x 1L Oil
4 x 400gr. Noodles
Book

- Grade 8
2 x 2Kg Sugar
2 x 1Kg Oats
2 x 200gr. Tomato Sauce
Book

The collection will run from Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22. Students should bring their donations to their Mentor classroom.

Thank you for your support at home to ensure that your child brings their items to school the week of November 18.

Parent Day in the Middle
We had a very successful Parent Day in the Middle last week. Thank you to all parents who attended. If you were unable to attend, there will be another Parent Day in the Middle event on Wednesday, March 11.

Concerts
Concert season is upon us! I look forward to seeing most of you at one of the upcoming concerts.

  • Piano: Thursday, November 14
  • Band: Tuesday, November 19
  • Orchestra: Thursday, November 21

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's Message

Director´s Message

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a rewarding four-day break with your children.

On behalf of the teachers, administrators, parents and students involved in the High School Principal recruitment process, I am happy to announce that Ms. Lauren Pool, current Deputy Director of Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) will be following in the footsteps of Mr. Frederic Bordaguibel-Labayle to lead our High School program forward starting next year.

This week at the PTSA coffee, one of the themes will be the importance of engagement, not just involvement, of parents for ensuring student success. Involvement means "to enfold or envelope." Involvement implies doing to. Engagement is "to come together and interlock." Engagement implies doing with. A key component of success for our students is working with parents as a team. During the PTSA presentation, different ways of becoming more engaged in your child’s school experience will be examined. Additionally, there will be a presentation about our AC Space Club - a truly unique and engaging way to teach science in collaboration with NASA.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” - John D. Hull

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Middle School News

ms nov 5

Rethinking Awards
In the Middle School we are continually striving to provide the best environment for students in the middle years. This has included a Middle School specific schedule with a FLEX block, Standards Based Grading, Cougar Time lessons, experiential learning opportunities, and more. Research shows that how we recognize students is another important aspect of schooling. The traditional end of year awards based solely on grades is not necessarily the best way to recognize and motivate students in the middle grades. In combination with our move this year to Standards Based Grading, the Middle School team has taken a long, hard look at how we recognize Middle School students at Academia Cotopaxi. We are excited to share our plans with you, via this newsletter.

Starting this week, students and teachers will have the opportunity to recognize other students who embody the Middle School ATLs (Self-Management, Social Skills, Communication Skills). This will happen with a form, that will be linked to the Edmodo student bulletin every Friday. Students will be recognized each month at an assembly, and their parents will be invited. Recognizing students for exemplifying ATLs supports our goal of fostering the critical skills students need to excel in today’s world.

We will continue to recognize unique students at the end of the school year with the Middle School special awards and the Academia Cotopaxi award. The special awards include: Core Values, Cougar Spirit, Service, Giving Tree, Athletes of the Year, and Cougar Scholar of the Year. We will no longer give the Presidential nor class awards in Middle School. 

In addition to the above student recognitions, we always do a Celebration of Learning at the end of each semester. This has been for students to celebrate their learning with classmates, and starting this school year we will also look for ways to involve parents. 

I will be sharing the above plans with Middle School students at our assembly this Friday. We wanted you, the parents, to be the first to know about this student-centered change.

Parent Day in the Middle 
We still have a few spaces left for Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Thursday, November 7 for a "deep dive" into the Middle School program, and an opportunity to experience Middle School classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about Middle School curriculum and our counseling program. We will then attend classes, and end the morning by coming together for a follow-up conversation. This event asks for a time commitment of 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. The presentation will be similar to the Parent Days we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. We will repeat this session again in March. Please use this form to sign up. Thank you.

Counselor’s Corner
For those of you who were able to sign up for and attend the Parent Q&A on vaping & juuling hosted by FCD, I would love to hear from you about what you learned and/or what you found helpful about the session. Please email your comments to me at ajordan@cotopaxi.k12.ec. Although I will be sending out more information (along with the PE teachers) to parents when we have our Middle School Health Unit on Drugs & Alcohol Prevention later this year, here is an article from Kids Health which provides more information about what vaping/juuling is, how it impacts teens, and how you can help as a parent. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Middle School 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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High School News

HS NOV 5

Dear Parents,
I hope that everyone had a great long weekend and that we are all ready for short week.

Thank you Senior Parents
On behalf of the High School community, I would like to thank our Senior parents for decorating the senior area last week. We definitely had a Halloween feel. Merci les mamans!

Fiestas de Quito
Our Annual Fiestas de Quito celebration will be on Wednesday December 4th. Each grade will be assigned a theme (see below) and students will prepare and present a skit in the Auditorium on December 4. Here is the rubric for this and the jury will decide on the grade level who wins the 2019 Fiestas de Quito celebration. High School parents are all cordially invited to this event on December 4 at 1:30 p.m.

     This year’s themes:
     -Grade 9: Legends
     -Grade 10: History
     -Grade 11: Characters
     -Grade 12: Traditions

Athletics: QISSA Games 
November 5 at 4:15 p.m.       Einstein vs. AC        Boys JV Volleyball
November 5 at 5:30 p.m.       Einstein vs. AC        Boys Varsity  Volleyball
November 6 at 4:15 p.m.       AC vs. Einstein        Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Director's Message

Dear Parents,

There is a lot going on this week, the big event being the Parade of Nations that coincides with our celebration of 60 years for Academia Cotopaxi. From a humble beginning in 1959 when a small group of American government personnel realized a need for the education of their children. Mrs. Alice Conger became the driving force behind the establishment of a school that was given the name of Cotopaxi Academy. She became the school's first Director. That first year, the school had a population of only 20 students from grade 1 through 12. The first teachers were the mothers of the students.

In 1959-1960 a Board of Directors was elected. One of the Board’s first decisions was to rent a large house on the corner of what is now Naciones Unidas and El Salvador. Rooms were converted into classrooms. This became the first “real” Cotopaxi Academy. Just over thirty years later the school moved to its current location. Academia Cotopaxi became one of the first IB schools in the region, joined several organizations, gained accreditation from regional US agencies, adopted the IB Primary Years Program. More recently, the school has become renowned around the world for its Inclusion Program, which reflects its Mission. A lot has happened in 60 years but throughout these years the focus has always been on our students, education and our community. Whether you are an alumni or a family who has just joined our school, there is a long, prestigious history behind us that propels us forward into the future. Happy 60th Birthday Academia Cotopaxi!

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Middle School News

MS OCT 29

Parent Day in the Middle 
The Middle School is delighted to offer Parent Day in the Middle. Join us on Thursday, November 7 for a "deep dive" into the MS program, and an opportunity to experience MS classes. We will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Library for a conversation about MS curriculum and our counseling program. We will then attend classes, and end the morning by coming together for a follow-up conversation.

This event asks for a time commitment of 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Spaces are limited to 20 parents. You will receive an email confirmation if you are one of the 20. The presentation will be similar to the Parent Days we have held in the past, with different classes to visit. We will repeat this session again in March.

Please use this form to sign up. Thank you!

Fiestas de Quito
Fiestas de Quito are approaching! This year we will celebrate Quito with traditional games, food and music. Middle School students will have the opportunity to play many traditional games that are still seen in the city.
 
For this celebration to be a success, we need your help. We want to involve parents actively in this celebration. Everyone is invited to be part of this great celebration on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Athletic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 
Likewise, parents who wish may be in charge of organizing the games, the music or the food (provided by the school) station. For this, they will need to coordinate with the Spanish teachers of their children. If you want to help with the celebration, please add your name on this page. On Thursday, November 7, we will have an organization meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in class C-26. For any questions, please contact your child's spanish teacher.
 
Warm regards,
MS Spanish Department
 
Counselor’s Corner
The Counseling Team at Academia Cotopaxi would like to pass along information about an upcoming educational opportunity for parents, run through the program Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). The free online seminar, Prevention in the Family: An Online Q&A for Teen Health Promotion, will take place on Monday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. EST. Topics may cover some of the following: 

  • Where do the main pressures on kids to use drugs come from?
  • What is vaping and JUULing? 
  • How much impact do parent attitudes and modeling have on teen use?
  • What dangers does marijuana pose to my child? 

If you are interested, please use this link to register. 

We hope to see you at the Parade of Nations & 60th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday morning in the Athletic Center!

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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