I hope some of you were able to enjoy the PTSA Family Day on Saturday. It was a fun chance for AC families to relax and enjoy friendly games and socializing. Thank you to the PTSA for a great day!

MAP Testing - As a reminder, MAP testing is taking place in the Middle School this week May 15, 16, and 17. Please read this communication from Mr. Reber, the MS MAP coordinator:

At Academia Cotopaxi, students from 3rd to 10th grade 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, they have helped teachers target their instruction and have provided administrators with valuable information to make school wide decisions. This is an important assessment and we want our students to take it seriously every time.

On May 15, 16, and 17 middle school students will take their 3rd of 3 MAP® tests, 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 morning Cougar Time. 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 their 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. Your son/daughter’s teacher will conference with him/her providing next steps to work on areas of growth. You can help your child take this test seriously by valuing the results and discussing them with your child.
For more information on resources for parents, visit this page, and please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Ideas to keep in mind:

  • Three tests will be administered during the week (Math, Language Usage, Reading).
  • This test is used in multiple ways to support learning so please encourage and support your son or daughter to take this seriously.
  • As always, get a good night sleep and don’t skip breakfast.
  • Remind your son/daughter to bring a book. If they finish early they can read.

John Reber
MS MAP Coordinator

Counselor’s Corner
Hello parents, in addition to the substance use prevention and sexual health units which just began, this week in Cougar Time we're exploring how the brain develops and changes during adolescence and how being aware of these changes can assist in making positive and healthy decisions. Students learned a convenient model of how the brain works, as demonstrated in this video: The Brain in the Palm of Your Hand. I encourage you to have your child re-teach you about the "hand model" of the brain, share with you what they have learned and how it directly impacts them. 

Concerts this week
May 15 - Band Concert
May 17 - Orchestra Concert

See you on campus!

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."