Congratulations to our Fine and Performing Arts students and faculty for putting on such a great Arts Festival last week. Students had orchestra and drama performances and our art students displayed their efforts. Well done to all!

Counseling Corner - Last week I shared with you information on adolescent brain development, decision-making, and understanding of others’ perspectives. While high school students are developing their abilities to understand others they are also highly focused on their peers. This is a great time in their lives to help your children think beyond themselves and toward developing purpose in their lives. Check out this article from Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, which summarizes research the latest research on how to:

1. Support teens’ beyond-the-self interests
2. Discuss values and character strengths
3. Facilitate activities that enhance empathy and perspective-taking
4. Expose teens to diverse perspectives
5. Model empathy and prosocial behavior as an adult

IB Corner - Seniors are taking their IB Mock exams this week. Good luck to everyone!
Juniors have now selected their Extended Essay topic and they all have a supervisor. The Extended Essay is a 4000 word research paper that all full IB DIploma candidates write. This is a big time commitment and we wish them all the best for this IB core component. Juniors have also been busy working with Mr. Cadenas and Mr. Voeller to run the annual K-5 Talent Show this Friday-come watch and support our Elementary School students!

College Counseling Corner - A very busy week here at Academia Cotopaxi!  We will have three universities visiting us on Monday, a Canadian College Fair on Tuesday, and another College Fair on Wednesday.  Please take a look at our College Counseling Calendar for more details.  11th graders are highly encouraged to take the TOEFL iBT this year and register for the May SAT.  Mr. Wasser will be doing a site visit at the European Business School in Barcelona on Thursday and Friday.  He will be checking email at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec. Our 3rd Session of the College Counseling Workshop will take place on Monday.  Our 2nd Session topics are available here.  

Cougar’s Corner -

Girls Basketball
3/12    @    4:00pm    Friendly             Varsity @ AC vs Los Pinos
3/13    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Alliance
3/14    @     3:30pm   Torneo América Latina    Varsity @ América Latina
3/15    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Menor

Boys Soccer
3/13    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Alliance
3/15    @    4:15pm    QISSA                Varsity @ AC, JV @ Menor

Swimming @ Club Rancho San Francisco
3/16    @    6:00pm - 9:00pm                
3/17    @    8:00am - Until it’s over...

Have  a great week!

Garth Wyncoll
HS Principal