Message from the Superintendent
Dear ACS Families,
Please help us celebrate the hard work and achievements of many of our secondary students who will be recognized during our Week of Inspiration and Celebration. See below for times and dates and share the links with loved ones around the world. Not able to attend? Don't worry. All ceremonies will be posted to watch at your convenience.
Tuesday, September 22: National Honors Society Induction. Click here at 8:15 a.m. to attend the ceremony.
Thursday, Sept. 24: Middle School Academic Awards Ceremony. Click here at 8:15 a.m. to attend the ceremony.
Friday, Sept. 25: High School Academic Awards Ceremony. Click here at 8:15 a.m. to attend the ceremony.
Our mission of inspiring our students to be critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers and responsible global citizens has never been more relevant. Focussed on excellence, founded in integrity and committed to diversity our top priority is the health, wellness and safety of your children.
ONLINE ACTIVITIES 2020 Click here: ACS offers this list for the convenience and consideration of parents. The arrangements made between families and these instructors are private and independent of ACS. As such, they are not administered, managed by, or have any affiliation with the school. Arrangements regarding time, methods, and pricing, are determined exclusively with the instructors.
Please click on our DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN 2.0 to read details of our plan including guiding principles, a flow chart to determine how we will keep learning continuous under a variety of scenarios, all the apps we use to facilitate learning in a virtual environment and some considerations for when we all return to campus.
PARENT EXPERIENCE SURVEY
Thank you to all parents who completed the first Parent Experience Survey. The survey has been turned off so we can analyze your feedback and respond to strengths and concerns you have shared. Please look for a special invitation to Coffee with the Principal that will be scheduled the week of September 14.
121 = Number of responses
8.3 = Average rating on a 1-10 scale on how we are administering the distance learning program
Themes Emerging: Strengths To Build On
Students learning to be more independent and autonomous
Students collaborating frequently
Teachers are well-prepared, available, supportive
Students engaged in their own learning
Breaks and lunch are well-timed
Increase from last year of one to one direct instruction with teachers
Themes Emerging: Concerns To Target
The amount of time on screens
Specific to ECC and ES: Length of day, demands on parents to facilitate their child's learning, difference between homework and asynchronous work, Specials
Specific to SS: Homework load, lack of social interaction, internet challenges
CONGRATULATIONS ELECTED PARENT REPS
María Cecilia Endara, Carla De Santis, Lucia Meneses, Queenie Cronenbold, Karin Glasinovic Paiva, Martin Meneses, Juan Pablo Caceres, Paola O’Connor, Georgette Handal, Luis Carlos Siles, Paula Borda Claure, Alejandra Bernal, Beatriz Koziner, Pamela Ormachea, Alejandra Jiménez de la Torre, Milagros Chiappe,
Eduardo Valdivia and, Marcelo Urioste, Rocio Vargas, Claudia Canedo and Daniela Torrico, Dunia Lujan and Natasha Morales, Vanessa Rolf, Kattya Larrea and Claudia Ibañez, Maria Isabel Cariaga.
INTRODUCING THE COUGAR PARENT UNIVERSITY
In response to parent feedback we are happy to launch the Cougar Parent University. Click on the picture to the left to access the University which consists of a list of parent forums (also below), scholarly articles, webinars, our Virtual Library and additional resources aimed at equipping you with the information you need to effectively partner with the school in your child's learning journey.
COUGAR PARENT FORUMS, COFFEES AND OTHER EVENTS
You're invited to the following Parent Forums, Coffees and Other Events
Thursday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. 6th grade parents ONLY:
Grace and Carolina will provide tips and update parents about their child's transition to Middle School
Thursday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m. ACS Child Protection Policies (Part 1 of 2 part series)
Thursday, October 8 at 5:00 p.m. Child Protection and Safety (Part of 2 part series)
Child Abuse and Cyberbullying - recognizing the signs and what to do if you see them
Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. Mental health and Wellness (Part 1 of 2 part series)
How to support your kids during the quarantine
Recognizing ADD and ADHD signs and what to do if you observe them
Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. Mental health and Wellness (Part 2 of series)
Understanding chemical dependence (alcohol and drugs)
Understanding eating disorders
2020-2021 APPLICATION FOR AN ADDITIONAL CoVID TUITION DISCOUNT
The ACS Board is committed to assisting families to the greatest extent possible throughout the national health emergency by providing opportunities to apply for an additional tuition discount. The additional discount is offered in solidarity to our community and not as a result of providing the best continuous education in the region.
For those interested in applying for an additional CoVID Tuition discount for the 2020-2021 school year please see information on how to apply in the on-line application form linked here Tuition Discount Application 2020-2021 (English) or Descuento de Matricula 2020-2021 (Spanish).
This discount can only be applied for tuition for the first semester. In December the Financial Aid Committee will revisit all submitted applications in order to determine whether ACS is in the position to maintain, increase or decrease this discount
Eligibility for the award requires that families have no more than 2 months of outstanding debt for the 2019-2020 school year.
Receiving this award is contingent on successfully enrolling in school following the virtual registration process described above.
ALL DISCOUNTS ARE APPLIED FOR TUITION AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 6 DAYS BEFORE THE END OF ANY MONTH WILL BE REVIEWED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, HOWEVER THE DISCOUNT MAY NOT BE APPLIED UNTIL THE NEXT FOLLOWING MONTH. FOR EXAMPL, IF AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED ON SEPTEMBER 25, THE DISCOUNT MAY NOT BE APPLIED UNTIL NOVEMBER.
CHILD SAFETY AND PROTECTION
SAFETY MEASURES AND CHILD PROTECTION
In partnership with and support from the US State Department we have purchased equipment and are upgrading our health facilities to reflect international school safety standards specific to CoVid-19 safety protocols. ACS will adhere to and likely exceed standards provided by Bolivian and US Government authorities as they pertain to the safe physical reopening of schools.
Child protection and safety is a top priority. The school is in strict compliance with Bolivian Law and follows International best practices to ensure child safety including cyber security and teaching students how to use technology responsibly in virtual learning environments
Please click on this link for an archive of previous Messages from the Superintendent
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SUPPLY LIST 2020-2021
MEET THE TEAM
Chain of Command (English)
Cadena de Comando (Spanish)
STUDENT PARENT HANDBOOKS
Extra-Curricular Handbook (English)
Extra-Curricular Handbook (Espanol)
2019-2020 Learning Celebrations
We welcome your observations and suggestions about all ACS programs, events and initiatives. You can provide feedback by clicking on this link. or by clicking on the Feedback links provided on each of the Secondary and Elementary Newsletters.